FrightFest Guide: Monster Movies

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"Monsters have been a part of human culture since we first gained the ability to tell stories. They represent everything from our deepest fears to our feelings of alienation and estrangement. From its beginnings, the cinema has provided a venue to visualize monsters in all their fearsome and sometimes strangely sympathetic glory. They have become some of the movies' most unforgettable, enduring and popular characters. And now the entire spectrum of screen creatures is gathered in one volume.

In The Frightfest Guide to Monster Movies, celebrated writer, editor and critic Michael Gingold starts in the silent era and traces the history of the genre all the way through to the present day. From Universal Studios legends such as Frankenstein's Monster and the Mummy, to the big bugs, atomic mutants and space invaders that terrorized the '50s, to the kaiju of Japan and the ecological nightmares of the '70s and '80s, to the CG creatures and updated favourites of recent years ― they're all here.

200 of the greatest creature features from across the globe are reviewed, with fascinating facts and critical analysis, all illustrated with a ghoulish gallery of remarkable monstrous imagery. Cult-favourite filmmaker Frank Henenlotter, creator of some of the screen's most idiosyncratic and bizarre beings, contributes a foreword, A whole world and grisly galaxy of creatures great and small, spawned from space, the supernatural and strange science, the beginning of time, beneath the sea and beyond imagination, await in this book. Dare you confront the beasts within?"

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    Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam

    1920 — a.k.a. The Golem, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Lost World

    1925, in 7 top lists Check
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    Frankenstein

    1931, in 17 top lists Check
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    Island of Lost Souls

    1932, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Mummy

    1932, in 2 top lists Check
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    King Kong

    1933, in 27 top lists Check
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    Bride of Frankenstein

    1935, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Wolf Man

    1941, in 2 top lists Check
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    Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

    1948 — a.k.a. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, in 6 top lists Check
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    Mighty Joe Young

    1949, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Thing from Another World

    1951, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

    1953, in 3 top lists Check
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    Robot Monster

    1953 — a.k.a. Monster from Mars, in 2 top lists Check
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    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    1954, in 1 top list Check
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    Gojira

    1954 — a.k.a. Godzilla, in 11 top lists Check
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    Godzilla: King of the Monsters!

    1956, in 1 top list Check
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    Monster from the Ocean Floor

    1954 — a.k.a. It Stalked the Monster Floor, in 0 top lists Check
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    Them!

    1954, in 3 top lists Check
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    Bride of the Monster

    1955, in 0 top lists Check
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    It Came from Beneath the Sea

    1955 — a.k.a. Monster from Beneath the Sea, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Quatermass Xperiment

    1955 — a.k.a. The Creeping Unknown, in 2 top lists Check
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    Tarantula

    1955, in 2 top lists Check
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    Sora no daikaijû Radon

    1956 — a.k.a. Rodan, in 1 top list Check
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    The She-Creature

    1956, in 0 top lists Check
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    X the Unknown

    1956, in 0 top lists Check
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    20 Million Miles to Earth

    1957 — a.k.a. The Beast from Space, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Amazing Colossal Man

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    Attack of the Crab Monsters

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Black Scorpion

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Curse of Frankenstein

    1957, in 1 top list Check
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    I Was a Teenage Frankenstein

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Monolith Monsters

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Monster That Challenged the World

    1957, in 1 top list Check
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    The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

    1958, in 4 top lists Check
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    Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

    1958, in 1 top list Check
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    The Blob

    1958, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Trollenberg Terror

    1958 — a.k.a. The Crawling Eye, in 1 top list Check
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    Fiend Without a Face

    1958, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Fly

    1958, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Hideous Sun Demon

    1958, in 0 top lists Check
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    I Married a Monster from Outer Space

    1958, in 1 top list Check
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    It! The Terror from Beyond Space

    1958 — a.k.a. It! The Vampire from Beyond Space, in 1 top list Check
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    Caltiki il mostro immortale

    1959 — a.k.a. Caltiki, the Immortal Monster, in 0 top lists Check
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    Behemoth the Sea Monster

    1959 — a.k.a. The Giant Behemoth, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Mummy

    1959, in 1 top list Check
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    The Tingler

    1959, in 4 top lists Check
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    Dinosaurus!

    1960, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Little Shop of Horrors

    1960, in 2 top lists Check
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    Gorgo

    1961, in 0 top lists Check
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    Konga

    1961, in 0 top lists Check
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