A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers

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McFarland, Aug 16, 2012 - 412 pages

“Another fabulous interview book by Tom”—Classic Images

“Weaver steps back and simply lets the memories flow. These are not Q and A interviews, but lengthy, fascinating essays compiled by Weaver based on the lengthy, detailed comments of the subjects. It is most effective…this reviewer can offer his highest recommendation”—Rogue Cinema

“I recommend this book enthusiastically”—Monsters from the Vault

“A winner”—Classic Images

“Tom Weaver has enjoyed a lengthy career writing about the horror genre through his reference guides and countless magazine contributions. His interviews are thorough and informative but presented conversationally, as though he is simply visiting with an old friend. Weaver expertly guides the talk in a way that allows him to ask his questions in an informal manner, and likely he received a more detailed answer than if he had approached the subject as a journalist would”—horrortalk.com

“One of Weaver’s best books to date—jam-packed with penetrating conversations about movies we love”—Western Clippings

“62 Interviews!! When you think how long ago many of the films and television series covered in this book were made, it’s hard to believe that many people would still be around? And if anyone can find them, Weaver can. And it seems like with each new edition, the illustrations are even better and rarer. No one does these interviews books as well as Tom Weaver. Can there be more? Knowing TW, the answer is probably yes!”—Little Shoppe of Horrors

“Tom Weaver has long been the doyen of writers about the more esoteric areas of genre cinema, and his single minded devotion to tracking down many a neglected talent has borne impressive fruit in recording the reminiscences of creative personnel otherwise neglected by interviewers. A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde is a highly entertaining collection which covers many years and many filmmakers and is crammed full of piquant anecdotes”—Crime Time

In this jam-packed jamboree of conversations, more than 60 movie veterans describe their experiences on the sets of some of the world’s most beloved sci-fi and horror movies and television series. Including groundbreaking oldies (Flash Gordon, One Million B.C.); 1950s and 1960s milestones (The War of the Worlds, Psycho, House of Usher); classic schlock (Queen of Outer Space, Attack of the Crab Monsters); and cult TV favorites (Lost in Space, Land of the Giants), the discussions offer a frank and fascinating behind-the-scenes look. Among the interviewees: Roger Corman, Pamela Duncan, Richard and Alex Gordon, Tony “Dr. Lao” Randall, Troy Donahue, Sid Melton, Fess Parker, Nan Peterson, Alan Young, John “Bud” Cardos, and dozens more.

 

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Contents

Preface
1
1 Jimmy Lydon on Robert Armstrong
5
2 Joanne Fulton on John P Fulton
15
3 Memories of Serials
33
4 Jean Porter on One Million BC 1940
44
5 Memories of Boris Karloff
50
6 Michael A Hoey on Dennis Hoey
70
7 Memories of Bela Lugosi
86
25 The Calvin BeckNorman Bates Connection
226
26 Roger Corman on House of Usher 1960
235
27 Alan Young on Jack P Pierce
240
28 David Whorf on Thrillers Pigeons from Hell 1961
243
29 Alex Gordon on The Underwater City 1962
248
30 Arch Hall Jr on Ray Dennis Steckler
259
31 Arnold Drake on 50000 BC Before Clothing 1963
264
32 Tony Randall on 7 Faces of Dr Lao 1964
268

8 Memories of Lon Chaney Jr
98
9 Richard Kline on Sam Katzman
108
10 Sid Melton on Lost Continent 1951
118
11 Memories of Five 1951
123
12 Marilyn Nash on Unknown World 1951
136
13 Diana Gemora on The War of the Worlds 1953
140
14 Fess Parker on Them 1954
148
15 Rosemarie Bowe on The Golden Mistress 1954
152
16 Memories of BelAir Productions
159
17 Pamela Duncan on The Undead 1957 and Attack of the Crab Monsters 1957
178
18 Marsha Hunt on Back from the Dead 1957
184
19 Herbert L Strock on Blood of Dracula 1957
189
20 Peggy Webber on The Screaming Skull 1958
191
21 Lisa Davis on Queen of Outer Space 1958
196
22Troy Donahue on Monster on the Campus 1958
209
23 Nan Peterson on The Hideous Sun Demon 1959
212
24 Richard Erdman on Face of Fire 1959
222
33 Frederick E Smith on Devil Doll 1964
272
34 Memories of Tickle Me 1965
276
35 Ib Melchior on Lost in Space 19651968 and Lost in Space 1998
282
36 Memories of The Wild Wild West 19651969
290
37 Burt Topper on Space Monster 1965
318
38 Peter Marshall on Edgar G Ulmer
325
39 Tom Reese on Murderers Row 1966
331
40 Richard Gordon on Protelco Productions
335
42 Nick Webster on Mission Mars 1968
347
42 Gary Conway on Land of the Giants 19681970
350
43 Memories of Nightmare in Wax 1969
366
44 Jan Merlin on The Twilight People 1973
373
45 Robert Pine on Empire of the Ants 1977
382
46 Ken Kolb on Sinbad Goes to Mars
386
Index
395
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Tom Weaver of Sleepy Hollow, New York, has been interviewing moviemakers for 35 years. The New York Times called him a leading scholar in the horror field and USA Today has described him as the king of the monster hunters. Classic Images said he was “the best interviewer we have today.” A frequent contributor to film magazines, he has written many books about American popular culture and is also a Blu-ray audio commentator.

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