Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Flashbacks

Conversations with 24 Actors, Writers, Producers and Directors from the Golden Age


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About the Book

As a 12-year-old, Richard Eyer co-starred with Robby the Robot. In Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Paul Mantee’s co-star was a monkey named Barney who received billing as “Mona, the Woolly Monkey.” Actress Randy Stuart played the wife of The Incredible Shrinking Man. Alan Caillou wrote the original pilot outline for television’s The Six Million Dollar Man. Asked to look over the final script six months later, he noticed that exactly one of his lines was being used (and that out of context) and that 27 writers were being given writing credit!
Tom Weaver—author of Attack of the Monster Movie Makers, Science Fiction Stars and Horror Heroes, They Fought in the Creature Features, and Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers—returns with a new collection of interviews that go behind the scenes of Golden Age science fiction, horror and fantasy filmmaking. Among the interviewed are Casey Adams, John Badham, Antony Carbone, Robert Clarke, Sidney Hayers, Lewis Allen, Gene Evans, Alex Gordon, Jackie Joseph, Ken Miller, John Moxey, Arthur Ross, Arianné Ulmer, Debra Paget and Edward Dmytryk.

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 (7 x 10)
Pages: 359
Bibliographic Info: 115 photos, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2004 [1998]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2070-4
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“one of the leading scholars in the horror field”—New York Times; “the king of the monster hunters”—USA Today; “one of our foremost fantasy film historians”— Sight & Sound; “CLASSIC material. Tom Weaver has an interviewing style that is unparalleled. He makes his subjects come alive, and his knowledge is so immense that nothing gets past him. There are very few consistently excellent and reliable film writers out there like Tom Weaver…valuable…recommend[ed]”—Classic Images; “great fun”—Big Reel; “a must read…treasure trove of insider information…crammed with fascinating anecdotes”—Film Review; “most impressive…. Colorful anecdotes are to be found on almost every page of this book, and it is always Weaver’s sense of fun and love for his subject that make him the interview king…for a fun, entertaining read, any one of Weaver’s interview books is worth the price of admission…a must-have book”—Midnight Marquee; “another superlative collection…if you’re new to Weaver you’re in for a real treat”—Samhain; “Tom Weaver is the king of film historians”—Starlog; “leading genre scholar, ace interviewer and frequent Scope scribe Tom Weaver strikes again with another collection of hypnotic interviews…a must”—VideoScope; “another Weaver winner in all ways”—Little Shoppe of Horrors; “Weaver’s gift for bringing out the warmth and humanity of his subjects and securing recollections of minute detail is amply proven by this latest treasury”—Monsters from the Vault; “delightful”—Burlington County Times; “fascinating”—Video Watchdog; “nicely-produced”—Interzone.