Science-fiction, fantasy and horror movies cover a broad canvas including Frankenstein and Tod Slaughter, Dracula and Donald Duck, moon men and mad doctors, gorillas and crazy scientists, talking mules and helpful angels. Other categories covered in this book include Alien Encounters, Lost Worlds, Space Travel, Monsters, Creepy Old Houses, Phantom Killers, Mystery Thrillers, Animated Cartoons, and Horror Spoofs such as "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein".
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By Tami Brady
Apr 26, 2010
If you are a trivia buff that likes learning little tidbits about classic movies or like me are constantly asking “Isn’t that the guy from such and such a movie?” then you’ll enjoy Science-Fiction & Fantasy Cinema: Classic Films of Horror, Sci-Fi & The Supernatural. This reference covers a wide variety of movies from the thirties to the seventies. These include epic movies like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Star Wars, Abbott & Costello comedy flicks, and even a large selection of Disney movies. The movies are presented in alphabetical order. Each entry then notes the characters and the actors that played them as well as the people behind the scenes such as the director, producer, writer, etc. From here we get into the details of copyright date, release dates, and length of the film. A short synopsis and a comment section follow. Apart from the section where I could look up names of actors, the comments section was probably the section I most enjoyed. I found myself... More > browsing these sections and finding out all sorts of interesting bits of trivia.< Less
I have long desired to see the 1927 sci-fi classic, Metropolis. I lost interest when I discovered a confusing assortment of versions, restorations, and run times existed. I was delighted to see a movie poster of the film gracing the cover of author John Howard Reid’s Science-Fiction & Fantasy Cinema-Classic Films of Horror, Sci-Fi & the Supernatural. This is the twenty-third entry in Reid’s “Hollywood Classics” series. To say that Mr. Reid is a movie buff is like calling the Pope religious. His movie addiction began at age 5 when he first saw Laurel and Hardy in “Jitterbugs” at a Saturday matinee. He began writing movie reviews at age twelve and wrote reviews for rival newspapers as an adult. He drew on his more than 20,000 reviews and his personal collection of over 3,000 titles on DVD and VHS to write this book. Nearly 300 titles are examined. Some like Creature from the Black Lagoon or Flash Gordon are well known, while others are more obscure: The Hound of the Baskervilles... More > or a Spanish version of Dracula from 1931. Reid doesn’t leave out animated favourites like Peter Pan and Cinderella. The best of Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner, Donald Duck, and many others that graced the big screen in the 1940’s and 50’s was a nostalgic highlight for me. The book looks at several of these seven minute animated films that made up my Saturday morning television routine as a child in the 70’s. For each selection Mr. Reid includes the full cast and the parts played by name. The director, screenplay writer, editor, music composers, and producers are listed, as well as copyright date, studio, worldwide release dates and running times. Many selections include the dates when the movie was made and locations where the film was shot and the cost to produce them. Each title is summarized, many with Mr. Reid's own personal review and other reviewers’ comments. Movies like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Karloff’s The Mummy, Star Wars, and Cinderella in the same book with Fire Maidens from Outer Space, Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur, and Bride of the Gorilla makes this a fascinating collection. All this, and the expert advice on the best version of Metropolis, make Science-Fiction & Fantasy Cinema-Classic Films of Horror, Sci-Fi & the Supernatural by John Howard Reid a must read for movie buffs and film trivia fans and for those who take pleasure in a wonderful cinema experience. Twenty-first century cinema appears to be more about special effects and marketing than producing satisfying films. If you are interested in finding the gems that came before, then this book is a key to which you will refer again and again. Highly Recommended. 5 Stars 320 pages Lulu.com (January 22, 2007) Large format 8X11 inches 978-1430301134 Reviewed by William Potter for Reader’s Choice< Less
"Science-Fiction and Fantasy Cinema" Nearly 300 classic movies are detailed, rated and reviewed in this lavish 319-page guide to vintage films of horror, sci-fi and the supernatural. In addition to its many reviews and pictures, this fascinating book provides a listing of the author's selections for the top 130 films of the genre. James Whale's "Frankenstein" rates as number two in this critic's estimation, while third place goes to the Spanish version of "Dracula", directed by George Melford in 1931. The Bela Lugosi version is examined in the book itself, but fails to gain a place in the top 130 list. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" rates fourth position, "The Mummy", fifth. Other films on the list (with their positions) include "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" (6), "The Horn Blows at Midnight" (7), "Ichabod and Mr Toad" (8), "Cobra Woman" (19), "Metropolis" (20), "Son of... More > Frankenstein" (30), "Forbidden Planet" (35), "Day the Earth Stood Still" (43), "La Otra" with Dolores Del Rio in a wonderful dual role (53), "The Ghost Breakers" (54), The 1935 "Scrooge" (57) with Sir Seymour Hicks, and the 1943 "Phantom of the Opera" (61). All the above movies and many, many others are discussed and detailed with full cast and credit information in the book itself.< Less
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