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CLASSIC MONSTERS of the MOVIES



Lon Chaney Jr: Heir to the Monster Throne

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Lon Chaney Jr: Heir to the Monster Throne

 

As the son of the legendary Man of a Thousand Faces, Lon Chaney Jr had a lot to live up to, but his career saw him step out of his father’s shadow and establish himself as a horror movie icon in his own right. From a turbulent early life, through the ups and downs of his career to his status as the star of some of horror’s most beloved motion pictures, this biography is the perfect companion to his many movies. But of course there was plenty more to his life, and it also explores his off-screen character. As a defender of downtrodden colleagues and a studio hellraiser alike, he made a huge impression on those around him. No fan of Lon Chaney Jr should be without a copy of this unique biographical title.

84 pages, full colour throughout!


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Classic Monsters of the Movies #14
(Lugosi's Dracula!)
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Classic Monsters of the Movies #14

 

Featuring: Lugosi’s Dracula - his portrayal of Stoker’s vampire in Universal’s 1931 movie has become the popular face of Dracula, but Bela Lugosi made many other contributions to the way we imagine bloodsuckers. Monsters from the Deep - there’s something particularly threatening about water-based monsters, so it’s time to meet hydrated horrors ranging from the golden age through stop-motion and into the world of science fiction. George Zucco exploring the life of the man behind the movie malice. The Masque of the Red Death - Vincent Price presides over a castle full of terrible deeds in AIP’s gloriously grotesque spectacle. Invasion of the Saucer Men - this issue’s Kitsch Corner takes a journey to the heart of sci-fi Americana with some of the most extraordinary aliens you’ve ever seen.

68 pages, full colour throughout!


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The Frankenstein Legacy


The Frankenstein Legacy

 

The pages of this Frankenstein movie guide are richly illustrated with beautiful, crystal-clear stills - some rarely seen - from the golden age of classic horror, showing how the look of the Monster transformed our understanding of the character. As you explore each section of this lavish publication you’ll see how the movies of Universal shaped the way we see this true classic monster, its presentation in films like Son of Frankenstein (1939) giving it a new and more thuggish persona. Soon after, Hammer motion pictures such as The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) focused on different elements of the Frankenstein story.

84 pages, full colour throughout!


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The Universal Mummy Movies
(1932-1955)

The Universal Mummy Movies

 

This franchise guide begins with a chapter devoted to The Mummy (1932) and covers each instalment in the series in turn, with many rare stills, posters, behind the scenes information, facts and trivia. Includes The Mummy’s Hand (1940), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), The Mummy’s Ghost (1944), The Mummy’s Curse (1944) and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955).

68 pages, A4, perfect bound, full colour throughout.


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The Universal Dracula Movies
(1931-1948)
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The Universal Dracula Movies

 

The Universal Dracula Movies 1931-1948, a lavish full colour publication exploring the development of the franchise through each successive instalment. Packed with information on the movies themselves, as well as the people who brought them to the screen, the guide is rich in rare stills, posters and lobby cards. It covers the entire series, with a chapter for each movie: Dracula (1931), Dracula (1931, Spanish version), Dracula’s Daughter (1936), Son of Dracula (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). Please note, for collectors of these publications, the chapters that feature the same films as The Universal Frankenstein Movies franchise guide contain different information and, where possible, stills and posters.

68 pages, A4, perfect bound, full colour throughout.


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Classic Monsters of the Movies #13

Classic Monsters of the Movies #13

(Halloween at 40!)

 

Featuring: Halloween at 40, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi: Behind the Scenes, Metamorphosing Monsters: The enduring attraction of shape-shifting creatures, Tod Browning: Understanding the man himself, Revenge of the Creature: The Sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon and much more...

68 pages, full colour throughout!

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Classic Monsters of the Movies #12

Classic Monsters of the Movies #12

(The Curse of the Werewolf!)

 

Featuring The Curse of the Werewolf: Oliver Reed dominates the screen, but has tough competition. Chilling Cherubs: kids have a lot to answer for in classic horror movies. Black Sabbath: Mario Bava’s anthology horror thriller. Fay Wray: this biography explores the life of a true horror superstar. The Fly: Al Edison mutates, Patricia Owens panics and Vincent Price does everything he does best in this 1958 body horror classic. The Ghost Train: all aboard for laughs and chills as we join Arthur Askey on the desolate station platform.

68 pages, full colour throughout!

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Classic Monsters of the Movies #11

Classic Monsters of the Movies #11

(Jekyll & Hyde!)

 

Featuring: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde: John Barrymore turned the wicked alter ego of Stevenson’s scientist into a truly unsettling antagonist. Thicker Than Water: not all monsters are lone wolves. Witchfinder General: a fact-packed exploration of this unflinching movie. Dwight Frye: his roles as Renfield and Fritz. The City of the Dead: this 1960 chiller doesn’t get anywhere near enough attention. The Earth Dies Screaming: and there are plenty of reasons to scream...

68 pages, full colour throughout!

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Classic Monsters of the Movies #10

Classic Monsters of the Movies #10

(The Mad Ghoul!)

 

Featuring: The Mad Ghoul: Universal’s 1943 cult classic. Love Kills: A look at the love lives of our favourite heartsick beasties. Witchfinder General: Aggressive, raw and brutal, this depiction of life in the English Civil War pulls no punches at all. Rondo Hatton: A look at some of his most powerful performances and his place in horror lore. Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde: A classic of the Hammer Horror era. The Undying Monster: Let’s go hunt a werewolf!

68 pages, full colour throughout!

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Classic Monsters of the Movies #9

Classic Monsters of the Movies #9

(The Hunchback of Notre Dame!)

 

Featuring: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and Charles Laughton’s timeless performance. Stop-Frame Fantasy Frights: Pioneers Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen. Vampires are Universal, Part 2: stakes at the ready for the beastly bloodsuckers of Hollywood yore. Peter Cushing: A look at the life and career of this national treasure. Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte: Tribute to Robert Aldrich’s monochrome masterpiece. Isle of the Dead.

68 pages, full colour throughout!

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Classic Monsters of the Movies #8

Classic Monsters of the Movies #8

(Universal Frankenstein!)

 

The classic Universal Frankenstein (1931) with Boris Karloff. Anatomy of a Monster – Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Vampires in Film – Bruce G Hallenbeck takes a look at vampire cinema. Barbara Shelley. The Abominable Dr Phibes. Ed Wood – looking at what makes Tim Burton’s 1994 biopic so irresistible. And much more besides!

68 pages, full colour throughout.

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Classic Monsters of the Movies #7

Classic Monsters of the Movies #7

(Mark of the Vampire!)

 

Featuring: Mark of the Vampire – Exploring this moody, twist-laden thriller. Sinister Sidekicks – A rundown of some of classic horror’s most memorable movie minions. J Carrol Naish. Hammer Vampires – The world of Hammer Horror’s bloodsucking undead. Feisty Femmes. The Alligator People. The Walking Dead.

68 pages, full colour throughout!

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Classic Monsters of the Movies #6

Classic Monsters of the Movies #6

(Glen Strange!)

 

The Legacy of Glenn Strange, Lon Chaney Jr, Quatermass, Evelyn Ankers, Monster Music: Horror film soundtracks aren’t just about screaming. Them!, Dark Eyes of London.

68 pages, full colour throughout!

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Classic Monsters of the Movies #4

Classic Monsters of the Movies #4

(Dracula AD 1972!)

 

Featuring: A Closer Look at Dracula AD 1972, Horror Make-Up, Lon Chaney, Young Frankenstein, Monkey Business: why are there so many apes in horror movies?

68 pages, full colour throughout!

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Classic Monsters of the Movies #3

Classic Monsters of the Movies #3

(Creature from the Black Lagoon!)

 

Featuring: Creature from the Black Lagoon, The ladies of Hammer, Val Lewton, Mad scientists and much more besides!

68 pages, full colour throughout!

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Classic Monsters of the Movies #2

Classic Monsters of the Movies #2

(The Mummy Phenomenon!)

 

Featuring: The Mummy phenomenon, Hammer’s Frankenstein, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, The 50s sci-fi horror boom.

68 pages, full colour throughout!

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Boris Karloff: The English Gentleman of Horror

Boris Karloff: The English Gentleman of Horror

 

Boris Karloff… the name alone is enough to send chills up the spine. As the Monster in 1931’s Frankenstein and its first two sequels, the softly-spoken English actor brought Mary Shelley’s literary creation to the screen in unforgettable fashion, but this was just the first of many compelling horror performances. This unique biographical tribute book travels through the stage and screen career of one of cinema’s most beloved horror stars, from his early work in low-budget thrillers to the high-profile performances in movies like The Mummy (1932) and The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936) which made his name a byword for all things macabre.

84 pages, full colour throughout!

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Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Prince of Darkness

Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Prince of Darkness

 

A stunning 84-page publication paying tribute to the remarkable life and work of a true horror cinema great. Presented in beautiful full colour, this title explores the nuances of his many performances as well as the impact he made on the wider world of horror culture. Lavishly illustrated throughout with stills, publicity shots and posters, this is the ideal companion to your favourite Lugosi movies, and pays respectful tribute to a man whose name is forever linked with the world of monsters, but whose legacy is a far wider one.

84 pages, A4, luxury matt laminated cover with gloss highlights.

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Classic Monsters Almanac

Classic Monsters Almanac

A year-round guide to all the important dates and happenings in the horror film calendar. Featuring: a double-page guide to each month of the year with film release dates, cast and crew birth and death dates, facts and trivia. A tribute to the stalwarts of British and American horror films and a feature-length article on the mainstream horror movie A-listers. Check out what (and who) you share your birthday with! This one-stop horror movie history guide is a must for all fans of classic horror movies.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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The Classic Monsters Scrapbook

The Classic Monsters Scrapbook

The world of classic horror movies is packed with all kinds of trivia, and so is the Classic Monsters Scrapbook. From little-known facts about the movies themselves to anecdotes from the lives of their casts & crews, this publication is absolutely packed with information. Each section focuses on a specific decade, making it easy to find your favourite film. Inside you'll find fascinating facts that will enrich your understanding of many classic horror movies, stunning scrapbook-inspired design evocative of a bygone age, a fun new angle on each period in classic horror filmmaking and bite-sized morsels of horror movie trivia to keep you reading.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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