Book of the Week: Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers: Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls and Makeup
First off, I’m really excited that it’s finally October. That means I’m going to do my absolute best to have a post ready for you guys every day this month. That being said, I’ve also noticed that sometimes I tend to lean too much towards horror cinema, and not enough towards print (if you don’t count the vintage comics.)
But there are a lot of really awesome Horror books out there, both fiction and non-fiction. So today, I’d like to tell you about one of the best nonfiction horror works I’ve read. “Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers: Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls and Makeup”, by Tom Weaver. Yes, it is a mouthful to say the whole title, but it’s really worth reading if you have any interest in classic low-budget horror.
The interviews themselves are incredible, giving you an incite into several brilliantly cheesy films that unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to have otherwise, because a lot of them tended to leave their out-takes and extra footage on the cutting room floor. I particularly loved the interview with a selection of people who had the good fortune of working with Roger Corman before he became officially famous.
The interviews are in-depth, and entertaining. Honestly, it’s like reading real conversations. A lot of times, I have difficulty getting through biographies or nonfiction works, because there’s a fine line between fact-telling and bland. This is a perfect companion with a B movie marathon, and a lot of the films mentioned in this book are actually on Netflix instant watch right now.
If you manage to find this book, don’t pass it up. If you find it and decide to read it, don’t pass up the Mel Welles interview. Some of you may remember him better as Mr. Mushnik…the one that’s not in the musical…
Oh! And the great interview about The Creature from the Black Lagoon…I could go on for ages. Just read the book…