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Beautiful Monsters: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to the Alien and Predator Movies [Paperback]

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Item description for Beautiful Monsters: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to the Alien and Predator Movies by David McIntree...

The end of the 1970s was a turning point for science fiction and horror films. Star Wars, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and Halloween set the standard for many years to come. In 1979, a new film would blend these genres together into an SF/horror film that would cross genres, and feature a villain that audiences and critics would find far scarier than Michael Myers or Jason and Pamela Voorhees. Beautiful Monsters is the story of the Alien and Predator film franchises. Each film is chronicled through analysis and extensive background information, and the themes and influences examined through articles. In addition all the spin-off books, comics and computer games are detailed. This is your one-stop guide for everything relating to two of cinema's most popular and enduring creations who finally met in the 2004 film Alien vs Predator.

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Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.11" Width: 5.91" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   1.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 19, 2005
Publisher   Telos Publishing
ISBN  1903889944  
ISBN13  9781903889947  

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I havent even bought this book, I want to, and will!  Jul 27, 2007
This looks like a Freakin' awesome book. I love both of those movie franchises and even AVP. it should be the perfect companion to the unltimate avp fan.
A book that falls short mainly due to an overly biassed writer.  Jan 8, 2006
I've just finished reading this book, and I have to say there were moments where I found some interesting information that I haven't heard before, but I also found that there was twice as many times where I read something and basically felt like smacking the writer due to the sometimes biassed and sometimes irrellevent information given.

I am a huge fan of the film franchizes, but I know where some movies fall short and where some don't. This guy gives all the movies incredibly high ratings, even after he ridicules them. He gives his opinions on why some things were good and why things were bad, but he presents it as if his opinion is generally accepted fact. Furthermore, some of the facts he produces are simply irrellivent and possibly completely off the mark. He states how "Situation A" that happens in a movie is remeniscient of things that happen in 8 more movies that are completely unconnected to the series and states that they all served as inspiration by the film makers. He also states what he feels the themes the movies presents, but he goes on huge tangents on the different ways they can be interpreted and then states that the film makers were brilliant for writing it for those groups of people. Isn't it possible that the film makers wrote a good story and then people just interpreted it differently then what they'd originally envisioned?

The writer also seems to have forgotten small bits of information that were actually of interest. He puts the budget in for maybe three out of the 7 movies. He buts bios out for everyone in the main cast and crew, and just happens to forget the director of Predator...things like that.

In closing, if you love the franchises as much as I do, don't waste your time on this book. Although it has a few new anecdotes and information on unused plot lines, most of its info can be obtained by the DVD Special Editions or by checking out which are full of great information that you can get from the film makers and crew themselves without getting this third party's opinions in the way.
The book I was waiting for.  Aug 10, 2005
This is probably the single-most informative book there is on the AvP universe. It dissects each of the movies in extreme detail, talking about its trivia, its goofs, its questionable science, the actual production, even gives short biographies on the actors and top crew members, then it stretches out to delve into the comics and novels! It's all intuitively organized by sections then chapters, and its obligatory index page is all but unused because anything you can ever want to know, you can flip through the book and find within 15 seconds. This is saying a lot, considering it's 266 pages without a single picture.

The best way I could describe this book is, it's all the best behind-the-scenes specials, essays, and reviews all condensed into a single source. If you're a fan of any or all of these franchises, this book is indispensable.

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