THE BASEMENT BOOK SHELF: “Giant Monsters of Filmland”

2021 started out with the release of the book “Giant Monsters of Filmland,” edited by Eric McNaughton and Darrell Buxton. It took awhile to get, but it was well worth the wait. I probably would not have even known about it except for an ad on Facebook.

One of my fondest memories growing up was watching monster movies. Though I enjoyed Dracula and Frankenstein, it was the giant monsters that I found myself drawn to the most. The introduction to this book, by Eric McNaughton, reminds me so much of myself as a child. To find a book just on this subject is a dream-come-true.

From the days of George Melies through the stop motion mastery of Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen. To the CGI extravaganzas of today and practical effects. Giant monsters have stomped, slithered, destroyed and terrified the world’s citizens on land, sea and air.

In this large format, full color book from We Belong Dead, we look at the world of monstrous giant creatures. It is packed with rare stills, posters and lobby cards, and because of this is bound to be another hit!

The first thing I noticed about “Giant Monsters of Filmland, a We Belong Dead publication, is the quality. This book is full color, except in the use of photos only available in black and white. It is printed on high quality glossy paper. From what I can tell, this book is very complete. Unlike most movie guides, each entry here is given multiple pages on each film.

This book is very complete with monsters covered that I had actually forgotten about. This was a great aspect of the book as now I can find these movies and watch them again. A lot of research went into this book and I know I will reference it often. If you are a fan of giant monsters, this book is a must have and I cannot recommend it enough! The monsters are not the only things covered either; the actors, actresses and production staff all get their coverage as well.

To order your own copy, just click on the book cover above! While you are there, check out their other offerings because they all look fantastic! Don’t forget to read the other blogs in my BASEMENT BOOK SHELF REVIEW series.

~David Albaugh

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