Scream Horror Magazine on Facebook Scream Horror Magazine on Twitter Scream Horror Magazine on Instagram
Scream Horror Magazine

MONSTER SQUAD: Book Review

Posted on: January 29th, 2018

It’s the monsters from movies that stick with us. In some cases they become icons for the horror and science fiction genres, and even become familiar in popular culture. Monster Squad looks at the men and women behind the monsters who brought them to life as we know them. Wixson’s book gives twenty special effects artists the opportunity to discuss their most pivotal work and careers through extensive interviews. These artists did everything from creature design to animatronics to make up. The legendary artists interviewed include Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff, Jr., Bob Keen, and Bart Mixon. You may not know all their names, but you will know the monsters of Aliens, Pumpkinhead, Hellraiser, and IT.

During the interviews we learn where these artists got their start and what their inspirations were growing up. They take us through their journeys to the special effects world and talk about the movies that shaped their careers. What comes through is that these are passionate artists who love what they create. They offer some amazing anecdotes from the variety of people they have worked with and for.

It’s really fascinating to see where the ideas for pivotal monsters came from, what the original inspirations were, and how they changed before becoming the final creation brought to life for the screen. My favorite interview was probably Bob Keen. I loved hearing about his work on Clive Barker’s projects – Hellraiser, Nightbreed, and Candyman. It was also really interesting to hear these masters of practical effects, all built from the ground up, discuss the industry transition to what is now mostly digital effects.

The amount of innovation, quick thinking, and problem solving these artists have to do is unreal, yet they make it work. If you enjoy behind the scenes stories, you’ll enjoy the interviews in this book. All the artists have really absorbing stories to tell about a huge variety of movies.

Reviewed by Andrew Tadman @thebooksofblood

Be Sociable, Share!
Scream International Mailing List
About Scream Horror Magazine
The world’s scariest publication, SCREAM – Blood, guts, gore & more! We are THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE PRINT & DIGITAL HORROR MAGAZINE. We cover films, celebrity interviews, DVDs/Blu-rays, festivals, books, games, comics, graphic novels, fiction/non-Fiction, photography, clothing/fashion, news, reviews, previews, competitions, on-location film reports & much, much more!
Contact Scream Magazine
For advertising, sales, ordering, editorial, or other miscellaneous questions, you can reach us via email here
Follow Scream Magazine
Follow Scream Magazine on Twitter Join Scream Magazine on Facebook Scream Magazine on Instagram
Scream Magazine on Instagram
©2016 SCREAM MAGAZINE | Privacy Policy