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Thursday, January 21, 2010

THE ILLUSTRATED DINOSAUR MOVIE GUIDE


THE ILLUSTRATED DINOSAUR MOVIE GUIDE. Stephen Jones. Titan Books. 1995.

An entertaining overview of the dinosaur movie is divided into sections dealing with the silent era (The Lost World) up to the 90's (Jurassic Park), with mini-reviews and write-ups on dozens and dozens of movies. Jones also includes movies with other giant creatures such as big bugs and mentions virtually every movie -- even erotic films -- that have dinosaurs, cavemen, or take place in a prehistoric setting sans monsters. Certainly a good starting off point for those interested in the dinosaur movie, and it's packed with a great many photographs as well. There is an introduction by FX wizard Ray Harryhausen and special sections on King Kong and other significant films and people associated with the genre. Jones includes Japanese monster movies and notes how increasingly juvenile and awful they became after the original Godzilla.

Verdict: Maybe not in-depth but fun reading nonetheless. ***.

2 comments:

Steven Applebaum said...

Did there happen to be a section on the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie?

William said...

I honestly don't recall.