Get a back stage pass to the Museum's back lot
to see how, and also why, monster movies, have been made.
Movies - Check out the history and technology behind
these larger than life productions including classics like Frankenstein,
King Kong, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and more...
The Universal Monsters
- The year was 1923 and the film was The Hunchback
of Notre Dame. The movie, based on the classic book by Victor
Hugo, was made by a studio named Universal and would be the
first of a series of films that for more than the next three
decades would, in equal measure, horrify and delight filmgoers.
Godzilla: Monster of
Monsters - In 1954 Japanese
film producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was pondering the recent, accidental
exposure of some fishermen to radiation from an American H-bomb
test when suddenly he had an idea for a film. It would feature
an aquatic, lizard-like creature grown to gigantic proportions
by atomic radiation. His beloved skyscraper high creation would
eventually be featured in over 30 films and be adored by monster
movie fans around the world.
Rise of the Zombies -
Vampires have been popular figures in horror since Bram Stoker
wrote Dracula in 1897. The root of werewolf folklore
can be traced all the way back to the ancient Greeks. Zombies,
in their current form, however, have only shuffled their stiff-legged
corpses onto the silver screen in the last few decades. Where
did the zombie myth come from and why are they now so popular?
- What's the story behind the film with the largest leading
man, well ape, in history?
Stop Motion Photography
- Before the era of slick, computerized film creatures we have
today, artists had to create their monsters though this painstaking
Magic of Ray Harryhausen - In May of 2013
a pioneer in film industry died at the age of 92. Ray Harryhausen
brought to life hundreds of monsters and fantasy characters
and in the process influenced a whole generation of movie makers
from George Lucas to Tim Burton.
- Film buffs will want to check out this monster making
film technique. Perhaps the greateste of stop motion animation
artists, Ray Harryhausen, found a way of putting his model monsters
into real environments while using the primative filmmaking
tool available in the 1950's.
Conan-Doyle's Trick Monster
Film - Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock
Holmes, puts on over on his friend, Harry Houdini, and a room
full of other great magicans by taking them back in time.
- Hundreds of motion pictures have movie monster in them.
Here a list of some you may want to check out.
Alien Autopsy Film
- This is a monster movie of a different type. Did somebody
really film the autopsy of a creature from a different planet,
or was it just more movie magic?
Not so many monsters, but related to film...
of Indiana Jones - Indiana Jones was spawned
in the mind of George Lucas as a way of bringing the short serial
movies he'd watched as a child back to life. What were these
cliffhangers and why were they so inspiring?
Movies - There was a time when home movies meant
an eight millimeter black and white film of your kids playing
in the sand down by the beach. In the last few decades, technology
has been steadily closing the gap, however. The type of equipment
that big studios could only have dreamed about thirty years
ago is now available to any teenager with a PC on his desk.
As a result, films made by small groups of amateurs, or even
individuals, are starting to look more and more like Hollywood
Iron Sky - A look at the production of the Finnish/German
scifi film production released in 2012 that pioneered a new
way of making movies.
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