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Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster
Scripts from the Crypt Collection #4

Ed Wood

 

Gary D Rhodes returns to the Graveyard of Forgotten Facts, unearthing a treasure trove of terrific illustrations and a casket-full of new information and insights on Bela Lugosi, Ed Wood and Bride of the Monster (1956). Also exhumed are the Bride’s shooting script and a vault full of decaying extras.

Large format, 288pp


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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

 

For the first time in history, Universal Studios has opened its vaults and is allowing us to view these rare artifacts of filmmaking. Previously seen only by the stars and technicians, we now have the opportunity to review the complete original shooting scripts from these classic motion pictures. Each book also contains the complete story of the making of the film, many rare behind-the-scenes photos, interviews with the people in front of and behind the camera, and complete pressbook. Includes production background, pressbook, rare behind-the-scenes photographs and biographical notes on the cast & crew! 

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

 

For the first time in its history, Universal Studios has opened its vaults and is allowing us to view these rare artifacts of filmmaking. Previously seen only by the stars and technicians, we now have the opportunity to review the complete original shooting scripts from these classic motion pictures. Each book also contains the complete story of the making of the film, many rare behind-the-scenes photos, interviews with the people in front of and behind the camera, and complete pressbook.

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The Hideous Sun Demon

The Hideous Sun Demon

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #1

 

In this one-of-a-kind volume, you'll learn everything under the sun about producer-director-star Robert Clarke's 1959 monster classic. Includes scores of rare and never-seen photographs and an afterword from sexquisite co-star Nan Peterson! This is the first in a series of such books from longtime genre fan and chronicler Tom Weaver.

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The Indestructible Man

The Indestructible Man

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #2

 

Horror legend Lon Chaney put his considerable all into his performance as The Indestructible Man, a 1954 sci-fi drive-in favourite. The film gets the full Scripts from the Crypt treatment: a lengthy ‘Making of’ essay, commentary from its writers and producer-director, cast-member memories, Production Code correspondence, pressbook and the ultra-rare script. 174pp.

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Bride of the Gorilla

Bride of the Gorilla

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #3

 

Curt Siodmak, creator of The Wolf Man and Donovan’s Brain, devised this outlandish monster melodrama, basically an exotic remake of The Wolf Man, co-starring the Wolf Man himself, Lon Chaney. Includes a 'Making Of' article, a tribute to Siodmak, detailed release information, an essay on the music score, an interview with producer Herman Cohen, a Lon Chaney Timeline, Production Code correspondence, script, pressbook and more.

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Ed Wood and the Lost Lugosi Screenplays

Ed Wood and the Lost Lugosi Screenplays

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #5

 

Dig deep into the desert of unfilmed films, unearthing all manner of previously unknown artefacts and unseen relics. Includes The
Vampire's Tomb and The Ghoul Goes West.
Large format, 302pp

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Dracula's Daughter

Dracula's Daughter

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #6

 

Cross and wooden stake in hand, Dr Gary D Rhodes re-enters the sepulchre of supernatural cinema, casting his lantern's light on Universal’s 1936 classic Dracula’s Daughter. With fellow tomb raiders Tom Weaver and Michael Lee, he discovers long-forgotten lore, presented herein with the film’s original shooting script, pressbook and a large array of other freshly exhumed extras.

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The Veil

The Veil

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #7

 

In 1958, Frank P Bibas blazed a ghostly trail when he created the anthology TV series The Veil, hosted by 'The King of Monsters' himself, Boris Karloff. Its weird tales were reportedly all based on true-life accounts of frightening phenomena. This book unVeils all the secrets of the supernatural series and its accounts of ghosts, visions, possession, and reincarnation. Introduction by Boris Karloff.

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The Atomic Submarine:

The Atomic Submarine:

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #8

 

Beneath the polar ice, seven submarines have been mysteriously destroyed. The Navy must stem this tide of undersea disasters. They send the fleet’s killer sub, the atom-powered Tiger Shark, to the 5,000,000 square miles of Arctic Ocean to neutralise our nation’s newest enemy. Their adversary is not foreign but alien: an undersea flying saucer which they dub Cyclops. Includes original shooting script, 'making of' chapter, tribute to producer Alex Gordon, pressbook and much more!

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

 

The silent movie version of The Phantom of the Opera that we are familiar today is not the original 1925 release but a silent version of the 1929 sound remake. Directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney, Sr in the title role as a deformed musician haunting the Paris Opera House, committing murder, and terrorising the owners and producers in a pathetic and terrible attempt to earn the love of a famous opera singer. Contributions by Mary Philbin, Ray Bradbury, Ron Chaney, Carl Laemmle Junior, Charles Van Enger, Rupert Julian, Virgil Miller, Ben Carré and Patric Leroux.

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The Man Who Laughs

The Man Who Laughs

 

In 1928, The Man Who Laughs began production with Conrad Veidt and Mary Philbin, as Dea, the blind girl in love with Gwynplaine, who as a child had his face disfigured into a permanent grin by a sadistic band of gypsies. Gwynplaine grows up and is a great success as a carnival attraction. Unknown to everyone, he is actually the son of a Peer of England, whose father had to go into exile to escape the wrath of the King of England. Also included in this volume is a facsimile of the complete 5 chapter story from Liberty Magazine, by Adela Rogers St. John, 'Lon Chaney, Portrait of the Man of a Thousand Faces' published in 1931, 9 months after his untimely death at age 47.

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The Black Cat

The Black Cat

by Philip J Riley

 

Take a trip back into the shadowy soundstage of this macabre milestone - the facts, the figures, the studio politics, the sinister inspirations, the demonic virtuosity of director Edgar G Ulmer, the censorship troubles, the personal memories of the leading ladies, a sexual harassment saga almost as perverse as the film itself... and the complex, moving, ultimately tragic relationship of the film's two horror superstars. Included are the pressbook and many rare and striking photos.

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Cagliostro: The Great Imposter

Cagliostro: The Great Imposter

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

With the success of Dracula and Frankenstein, Universal Pictures was searching for more vehicles for its new Monster stars, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. A story was prepared, originally for Lugosi then quickly switched to Karloff, based on the 18th century alchemist Cagliostro - a master of black arts, who was said by his followers to be 3,000 years old. Nina Wilcox Putnam wrote a treatment in which Karloff was to be not only a magician but a mad scientist who invented a death ray, but Universal thought it ‘too science fiction’ and ordered Putnam to work with John L Balderston and add more Egyptian mysticism. The end result evolved into Karloff's The Mummy in 1932. Included are biographies and credits for Putnam and Balderston. 156pp.

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Fear No Evil

Fear No Evil

by Richard A Ekstedt Original Script and Background Analysis

On March 3, 1969, audiences were captivated by the television colour broadcast of Fear No Evil, an intelligent, erotic, and quite stunning telefilm from Universal MCA, starring Louis Jourdan, Lynda Day George and Carroll O’Connor. The intriguing teleplay has vanished and is now forgotten by most, but Philip J Riley brings back the memory of this historic landmark in classic television history. 163pp.

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Frankenstein: A Play

Frankenstein: A Play

by John L Balderston & Garrett Fort Original Script and Background Analysis

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley tells the story of Victor Frankenstein and the man he creates in an unorthodox scientific experiment. The novel spawned several stage versions and before production started on Universal’s 1931 film, John L Balderston wrote a new adaptation of Frankenstein with screenwriter Garrett Fort. Although it was never performed on a stage, it remains an important document in American theatre history. Discover the thrills that were originally meant for 1930s’ Depression-era audiences in this faithfully-reproduced version of Balderston and Fort’s play. 105pp.

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Horror of Dracula

Horror of Dracula

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

In 1958, Hammer Films began their now classic remakes of the Universal monster films in vivid Technicolor and Christopher Lee created a more horrific vision of Count Dracula, which delighted audiences and continues to do so today. This volume contains the shooting script, pressbook and a host of photographs, with production background by Ronald V Borst. Also contains THE VAMPYRE by John Polidori, 1819. 176pp.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

edited by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) was acclaimed as the first million-dollar production. This volume includes a facsimile of director Wallace Worsley's personally annotated shooting script by Edward T Lowe and Perley Poore Sheehan. Also contains hundreds of rare photos, many of which have never been published, from the library of Wallace Worsley Jr. 217pp.

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Gorgo

Gorgo

edited by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

‘Sam Slade didn't believe in Gorgo until he saw the monster's hideous scaly face, its slimy green talons and the massive mouth that could swallow a killer whale. If this was not enough, he was to have even bigger problems in his future.’ Released by MGM in 1961, the King Brothers’ feature Gorgo is that oft-told cinematic fable of the giant beast that threatens humanity. This volume contains the shooting script as well as the original tie-in novel by Carson Bingham. 216pp.

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The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

by RC Sherriff & Gregory William Mank Original Script and Background Analysis

‘Power... Power to walk into the gold vaults of nations, amidst the secrets of kings, into the Holy of Holies! Power to make multitudes run squealing in terror, at the touch of my little invisible finger!’ - Claude Rains as The Invisible Man. Includes the shooting script, pressbook and an introduction by Jessica Rains. ‘Anyone who cares about classic monster movies will find a treasure trove of information, rare photos, and meticulous detail.’ -- Leonard Maltin. 197pp.

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Karloff: The Invisible Man

Karloff: The Invisible Man

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

In 1932, many projects were announced for Boris Karloff, now Universal’s top monster star. Director James Whale was stalling because the studio only wanted him to make a sequel to Frankenstein but after countless rewrites, RC Sherriff managed to capture Whale’s attention with a version of HG Wells’s The Invisible Man. The film went ahead without Karloff and with Claude Rains in the starring role, but it was still a huge success. This volume is a portfolio of the development of The Invisible Man and the attempts by numerous writers to come up with a shooting script that would satisfy Universal. 162pp.

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Lon Chaney Talks Dracula

Lon Chaney Talks Dracula

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

This volume of the Alternate History of Classic Monster Films we present the full first Louis  Bromfield treatment of Dracula, which was written to star Lon Chaney before his untimely death in August 1930. It also includes the incomplete first draft screenplay by Bromfield and Dudley Murphy. Also included is a translation of FW Murnau's shooting script for the first screen version of Dracula - 1922’s Nosferatu - complete with Murnau’s own annotations. 172pp.

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London After Midnight

London After Midnight

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

London After Midnight (1927), starring Lon Chaney, is considered a lost film.  This volume presents the original script, many new photographs of vintage posters from around the world, a reconstruction of the film using photographs, artwork and silent film titles, and a Foreword by Forrest J Ackerman. Included is the complete 1928 Photoplay novel, and the back cover features a portrait of Chaney by Academy Award-winning makeup artist Rick Baker. 251pp.

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Return of Frankenstein

Return of Frankenstein

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

When Dracula and Frankenstein became box office hits, Universal ordered sequels to be written for both films. In 1935, James Whale agreed to direct ‘The Return of Frankenstein’ and in this volume is the shooting script by John L Balderston. Whale thought Balderston’s version too brutish and rewrote the script with William Hurlbut, keeping Balderston's draft as only the outline. It is presented here in its full original form. 209pp.

 

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Robert Florey's Frankenstein

Robert Florey's Frankenstein

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

With the success of Dracula, Universal was quick to capitalise on creating a new Lon Chaney in Bela Lugosi. In March 1931, Robert Florey, recently returned to Hollywood from Europe, was approached by Richard Schayer, head of Universal's story department. Schayer told him that the studio was looking for ideas for a new horror film to star Lugosi and they both agreed on Frankenstein as the ideal choice. This volume presents the script for Frankenstein as it would have been had Bela Lugosi starred and Robert Florey directed. 201pp.

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Wolfman Vs Dracula: An Alternative History for Classic Film Monsters

Wolfman Vs Dracula: An Alternative History for Classic Film Monsters

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

Following Phantom of the Opera (1943), a sequel to Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman was considered for a Technicolor production: ‘Wolfman vs Dracula’! A script was prepared by Bernard Shubert, who had written the screenplay for Tod Browning's Mark of the Vampire (1935). But things did not go according to plan and the studio decided to make another of its Arabian Nights extravaganzas to fulfil its Technicolor contract instead; all that remains of ‘Wolfman vs Dracula’ are some colour 8x10s of Lon Chaney Jr in both roles. This volume also contains a biography of Shubert, with commentary by effects cinematographer David Stanley Horsley. 133pp.

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Doctor Cyclops

Doctor Cyclops

Novelisation

Author Will Garth presents the unforgettable, strange adventures of Dr Cyclops, the superscientist. Dr Bulfinch, noted biologist, and his young and pretty assistant, Mary Phillips, travel thousands of miles to the Peruvian jungle to answer the call of scientist, Alexander Thorkel. Near the place where Thorkel carries on his experiments, natives talk fearfully of black magic, but truth is stranger than their tales. Thorkel discovers how to reduce people to 1/6 their natural size. He turns Dr Bulfinch, Mary, and their team into midgets, who struggle to survive in a world that has suddenly become gargantuan and frightening.

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The Revenge of Frankenstein

The Revenge of Frankenstein

edited by Philip J Riley Novelisation

‘“..and as the Baron Frankenstein has been adjudged responsible for the actions of the monster which he created...you are charged to carry out sentence of death by beheading.” So read the instructions on the warrant - but Frankenstein did not die!’ This is a new edition of the original tie-in novel of the Hammer sequel to 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein. 154pp.

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The Raven

The Raven

By Eunice Sudak Novelisation

This is a new edition of the original film tie-in novel, plus ‘The Making of The Raven’: interviews with Roger Corman, Vincent Price and Richard Matheson. 154pp.

 

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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

by Lee Sheridan Novelisation

Here is the gripping film story of American International’s The Pit and the Pendulum, adapted from the bone-chilling tale written by America’s master of terror, Edgar Allan Poe. Introduction by Richard A Ekstedt. 154pp.

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Masque of the Red Death

Masque of the Red Death

by Elsie Lee Novelisation

This is a new edition of the original tie-in novel of Roger Corman’s The Masque of the Red Death, based on one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most macabre short stories. In 12th century Italy, Prince Prospero (Price), a devoted worshipper of Satan, rules a land stricken by a mysterious plague. Prospero’s cruelty includes toying with the fear-stricken peasants under his control in order to satisfy his own diabolical whims - until the Red Death itself intervenes to end his tyrannical rule. 156pp.

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Brides of Dracula

Brides of Dracula

by Dean Owen Novelisation

This is the first volume of a series whose purpose is to preserve the 1950s and 1960s horror movie tie-in novels in a new format for a new century. These are the original novels by various authors, not the scripts as in the Filmonster Series and the MagicImage Filmbook series. 153pp.

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The Bride of Frankenstein

The Bride of Frankenstein

edited by Philip J Riley Novelisation

In this sequel to the world’s most famous shocker, Frankenstein is compelled to repeat his experiment and create a bride for the monster. He hesitates - but his task-master, by most dastardly threats, forces him to complete the work with the result that... A terrifying story which contains an underlying idea that is particularly applicable at the present time when machinery has become a MONSTER - a dominating and revolutionising power in the economics of the MODERN WORLD. HORROR - FASCINATION - ROMANCE. 154pp.

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20 Million Miles to Earth

20 Million Miles to Earth

by Henry Slesar Novelisation

‘The pain had come upon them suddenly, pain that gripped their chests like the giant talons of some rapacious bird, pain that sent them scurrying, reeling, stumbling towards the silvery object that stood half-buried in the volatile sands. Some were to make the ship in time; others were to die later. One was to live to see the horror of the dust-shrouded planet transplanted to the world of his birth, twenty million miles away...’ The Ymir, as the creature was named by Forrest J Ackerman is one of Ray Harryhausen's best remembered stop-motion creations. 154pp.

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