Pop Culture & Performing Arts

Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror

From the 1920s through the 1950s, Universal Studios was Hollywood’s number one studio for horror pictures, haunting movie theaters worldwide with Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, among others. Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror explores all of these enduring characters, chronicling both the mythology behind the films and offering behind-the-scenes insights into how the films were created. Universal Studios Monsters is the most complete record of the horror films of this legendary studio, with biographies of major personalities who were responsible for the most notable monster melodramas in film history. The stories of these films and their creators are told through interviews with surviving actors and studio employees. A lavish photographic record, including many behind-the-scenes shots, completes the story of how these classics were made. This is a volume no fan of imaginative cinema will want to be without.

About The Author

Michael Mallory is an internationally recognized authority on twentieth-century popular culture and the author of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe, and X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe. He has written some 400 articles for newspapers and magazines, including several on the monster films of Universal Pictures, for publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Scarlet Street, and Millimeter.

Stephen Sommers is the director of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

  • Publish Date: September 08, 2009
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Performing Arts - Film - Reference
  • Publisher: Universe
  • Trim Size: 9 x 12
  • Pages: 252
  • US Price: $40.00
  • CDN Price: $47.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-1896-1


"In Universal Studios Monsters, Michael Mallory has used his encyclopedic knowledge – and dear love – for old-school Universal horror to craft an engaging and informative read. Whether you're an expert or a newcomer to the classic horror scene, there will be something for you here." ~FamousMonstersofFilmland.com

"... a loving overview of the work of the one studio responsible for turning so many monsters into cinematic brand names...Universal Studio Monsters is a frightfully good time." ~SciFiWire.com

"It appears to have covered all the bases, editorial-wise, it's the wealth of illustrated elements that puts any coffee-table tome over the top. In that regard, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS will not disappoint. " ~Bookgasm.com

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