Attack of the Monster Movie Makers

Interviews with 20 Genre Giants

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About the Book

Twenty horror and science fiction moviemakers—both in front of and behind the camera—reminisce about some of their great (and not so great!) films. Merry Anders, Charles Bennett, Ben Chapman, Herman Cohen, Robert Day, Val Guest, Susan Hart, Candace Hilligoss, Rose Hobart, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Jacques Marquette, Cameron Mitchell, Ed Nelson, William Phipps, Vincent Price, Ann Robinson, Herbert Rudley, Harry Spalding, Kenneth Tobey, and Lupita Tovar reflect on their work in such movies as Berserk, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Cat-Women of the Moon and many others.

About the Author(s)

Tom Weaver lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been interviewing moviemakers since the early 1980s. The New York Times called him one of the leading scholars in the horror field and USA Today has described him as the king of the monster hunters. Classic Images called him “the best interviewer we have today.” He is a frequent contributor to numerous film magazines and has been featured in the prestigious Best American Movie Writing. A frequent DVD audio commentator, he is the author of numerous reference and other nonfiction books about American popular culture.

Bibliographic Details

Tom Weaver
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 396
Bibliographic Info: 109 photos, filmographies, index
Copyright Date: 2014 [1994]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9574-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1685-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi


Merry Anders 1


Charles Bennett 17

Ben Chapman 31

Herman Cohen 45

Robert Day 85

Val Guest 99

Susan Hart 127

Candace Hilligoss 145

Rose Hobart 157

Betsy Jones-Moreland 175

Jacques Marquette 195

Cameron Mitchell 209

Ed Nelson 229

William Phipps 249

Vincent Price 267

Ann Robinson 289

Herbert Rudley 309

Harry Spalding 319

Kenneth Tobey 339

Lupita Tovar 357


Index 367

Book Reviews & Awards

“highly recommend”—New York Daily News; “Weaver is a master at the interview technique”—Midnight Marquee; “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; “Weaver’s books are sheer delight”—Cult Movies; “like all the rest (and future) Weaver books Attack is an excellent addition to any cool film library”—Fatal Visions; “[the] anecdotes are frank and revealing”—Video Watchdog; “Tom Weaver is the king of film historians”—Starlog; “valuable”—Classic Images; “well written and interesting…fascinating and insightful interviews…fascinating…the interviews are all interesting and give many behind-the-scene looks at the film production…highly recommended”—WFOS-FM.