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With smash-hit films like The Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense, and The Phantom Menace breaking Hollywood records, it's obvious that sci-fi, fantasy and horror films are back--and bigger than ever before.Updated to include the most recent movie mega-hits, Creature Features has it all--the shockers, schlockers, blockbusters, bombs, cult faves, rare gems, classics, groun With smash-hit films like The Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense, and The Phantom Menace breaking Hollywood records, it's obvious that sci-fi, fantasy and horror films are back--and bigger than ever before.Updated to include the most recent movie mega-hits, Creature Features has it all--the shockers, schlockers, blockbusters, bombs, cult faves, rare gems, classics, groundbreakers, gorefests, space operas, sorcery, Euro-splatter, and everything in between. From features, made-for-televsion, and straight-to-video, here are all the films you love and hate; the films you forgot about and never knew existed. Horror and science fiction fans will find films that matter and films that splatter in one critical and humorous guide. Featuring * Thousands of capsulized reviews * A five-star rating system * Hundreds of obscure and rare titles * Video distribution informaton (including mail order) *Cross-references to secondary titles, sequels and tricky retitlings * And more.


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With smash-hit films like The Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense, and The Phantom Menace breaking Hollywood records, it's obvious that sci-fi, fantasy and horror films are back--and bigger than ever before.Updated to include the most recent movie mega-hits, Creature Features has it all--the shockers, schlockers, blockbusters, bombs, cult faves, rare gems, classics, groun With smash-hit films like The Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense, and The Phantom Menace breaking Hollywood records, it's obvious that sci-fi, fantasy and horror films are back--and bigger than ever before.Updated to include the most recent movie mega-hits, Creature Features has it all--the shockers, schlockers, blockbusters, bombs, cult faves, rare gems, classics, groundbreakers, gorefests, space operas, sorcery, Euro-splatter, and everything in between. From features, made-for-televsion, and straight-to-video, here are all the films you love and hate; the films you forgot about and never knew existed. Horror and science fiction fans will find films that matter and films that splatter in one critical and humorous guide. Featuring * Thousands of capsulized reviews * A five-star rating system * Hundreds of obscure and rare titles * Video distribution informaton (including mail order) *Cross-references to secondary titles, sequels and tricky retitlings * And more.

30 review for Creature Features: The Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Movie Guide

  1. 4 out of 5

    JaeRavenClaw

    My favorite book ever, I think, and an absolute must-have for horror fans. I love the fact that I have such a wonderful compilation of films at my fingertips, with short enough blurbs to give me a good idea of what I'd be watching without being snobby about it. My movie watchlist got longer and I love it. My favorite book ever, I think, and an absolute must-have for horror fans. I love the fact that I have such a wonderful compilation of films at my fingertips, with short enough blurbs to give me a good idea of what I'd be watching without being snobby about it. My movie watchlist got longer and I love it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Stevens

    If you are any kind of an horror, sci-fi, fantasy fan, this is the greatest read. It has the classics you can probably see in every critics work but the most important part of this book for me was discovering all these straight to video, made for TV movies, movies from late 80's through early 90's not on dvd yet or only released in foreign countries and are either other region coded or extremely hard to find. Most of the reviews have very funny sarcastic remarks and tons of puns (all intended)! If you are any kind of an horror, sci-fi, fantasy fan, this is the greatest read. It has the classics you can probably see in every critics work but the most important part of this book for me was discovering all these straight to video, made for TV movies, movies from late 80's through early 90's not on dvd yet or only released in foreign countries and are either other region coded or extremely hard to find. Most of the reviews have very funny sarcastic remarks and tons of puns (all intended)! I specially love the way Stanley exposes the directors hiding behind Alan Smithee or some other pseudonyms, or shlocky italian directors with anglicized names! I use this as a companion book to another one called simply "Video Movie Guide" by Mick Martin which I use mostly to look up movies not included in the Creature Features. A pointer to find a lot of these movies, if you can't find a copy online or all you can find is a very low quality rip, you can try visiting or possibly ordering from these two best remaining video stores: 1. Videotheque in South Pasadena 2. Cinefile in West Los Angeles Have a great, ghoulish, creepy time picking out your nightmare here!

  3. 4 out of 5

    GORDON

    Do you like scary movies? Good. This book has nothing but reviews of scary movies. Some frightening, some scary because they are so damned bad. Whichever category of bad movie you need to watch, Stanley has something here for you. Best served with popcorn.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Greg Bradley

    I’m not sure if this book has an equal? If there is, I’d love to get my hands on it. This is like the yearly Leonard Maltin book but only for horror/scifi/fantasy films. I only wish Stanley would make an update to it since it’s been about 20 years.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Stanley knows more about monster movies than one person really should. According to his introduction, he personally watches each of the movies in the book. His friends and family must be afraid for him; very afraid. But Stanley knows his stuff. Within moments of opening the book I had a list of movies to hunt down. Stanley writes in a familiar, friendly style. Although he comes across as “one of the guys,” no quality of writing will ever convince me that the demonic travesty Batman & Robin is wor Stanley knows more about monster movies than one person really should. According to his introduction, he personally watches each of the movies in the book. His friends and family must be afraid for him; very afraid. But Stanley knows his stuff. Within moments of opening the book I had a list of movies to hunt down. Stanley writes in a familiar, friendly style. Although he comes across as “one of the guys,” no quality of writing will ever convince me that the demonic travesty Batman & Robin is worth 3 stars (out of 5), the same as far superior films such as The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Akira, and Escape from New York. But even with that weakness, the information in Creature Features is invaluable. Who'd have thought that David Twohy, the talented writer/director of The Arrival and Pitch Black, did an earlier made‑for‑cable film? Or that the 1991 director’s cut of Blade Runner was actually, according to director Ridley Scott, a test work print (an “approved” director’s cut was released in 1992)? That is important information for SF geeks.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jason Coffman

    Stanley's guide was unquestionably an invaluable guide to genre film before the internet, and it's still an interesting volume to flip through. Unfortunately, Stanley's wildly inconsistent star ratings and some glaring factual errors make this much more of a quick look-up to see what he has to say on anything than a serious reference. Stanley's guide was unquestionably an invaluable guide to genre film before the internet, and it's still an interesting volume to flip through. Unfortunately, Stanley's wildly inconsistent star ratings and some glaring factual errors make this much more of a quick look-up to see what he has to say on anything than a serious reference.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    The latest incarnation of guide book that John Stanley, a former horror TV show host, has published. This book is written by someone who is a fan of the genre, and takes the subject seriously. My only complaint is that some films listed in previous editions are dropped to keep the book at a manageable size. So I keep my early editions on the shelves as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Noah Soudrette

    It's hard to find a book of film reviews that balances selection with an opinion that jives with your own. This is one of the few of those I've managed to find. Stanley's reviews are more like capsule reviews and are not very in depth, yet he gets his point across well. It's hard to find a book of film reviews that balances selection with an opinion that jives with your own. This is one of the few of those I've managed to find. Stanley's reviews are more like capsule reviews and are not very in depth, yet he gets his point across well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gregg

    So many of us (horror nerds) have this book in our shelves, and rightfully so. It is a classic.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jason Vedder

    I pretty much disagreed with Stanley's opinions 95% of the time. The book I had (which I sold back at a loss at a Hastings) a different cheaper looking illustrated cover. Date read is approximate I pretty much disagreed with Stanley's opinions 95% of the time. The book I had (which I sold back at a loss at a Hastings) a different cheaper looking illustrated cover. Date read is approximate

  11. 5 out of 5

    Reino

    I would have thought i saw more of the movies in this book. it has a lot of listings

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nurse_clavell

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

  14. 5 out of 5

    RoadieJeff

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    Jon Steffens

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Greg Illig

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    Dan Richmond

  28. 5 out of 5

    nathan bowers

  29. 4 out of 5

    Johnathon Robson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

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