Book News Weaver, a freelance writer and movie enthusiast, presents his interviews with 23 horror and sci-fi movie makers. Interviewees include Kate Phillips, screenwriter for The Blob ; David Hedison, who played the title role in The Fly ; and actress Suzanne Kaaren ( The Devil Bat ). The volume is illustrated with b&w photographs of actors, reproductions of posters, and movie stills. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
McFarland Publishing David Hedison, who plays a tiny human-headed insect menaced by a spider at the climax of The Fly (1958), says the moviemakers spoiled the scene by giving him a squeaky voice. "Imagine if, as the camera moved in closer, you actually heard me screeeeaming for my life. That is horror. That is horror." In Tom Weaver's eighth interview book, Hedison--and 22 other moviemakers--talk about their horror and science fiction movie experiences as part of such films and TV series as The Blob, It Came from Outer Space, Tarzan the Ape Man, Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, Somewhere in Time, The Devil Bat and Forbidden Planet. Among those interviewed are Dan O'Herlihy, Kate Phillips, John Alvin, Anthony Cardoza, Tod Griffin, Alex and Richard Gordon, Suzanne Kaaren, and Warren Stevens. Full credits are provided for the actors, actresses, and producers.