Chris Nashawaty ‘Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses’ Review
Written by: Matt Molgaard
Roger Corman’s been directing and producing pictures for nearly 60 years. Known for his ability to pump out pictures in lightning speed on shoestring budgets, the man had a hand in countless miserable films, a boatload of fair films and a series of excellent pictures as well. Corman hasn’t always been profoundly consistent, but he’s the most prolific man in Hollywood, and he’s helped usher in too many talents to count. In short, he’s a celluloid wizard who stands as one of, if not the most influential man in cinematic history. And surprisingly, Chris Nashawaty’s new account of his career is not only totally and completely gratifying, it does the man and his history absolute justice.
Nashawaty’s work is interesting, as he’s able to open up this elaborate world of cheesy movie monsters, social commentary and the occasional brain teaser, without doing too much in the way of writing. Chris does indeed put in plenty of work, and covers some of Corman’s most recognizable efforts (House of Usher, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Masque of the Red Death, etc., etc.), but it’s the memories as recited by Corman himself, as well as countless collaborators that really propel this beauty forward. Their career accounts are informative, insightful and often humorous. That makes for a fine read. Scratch that, it makes for an amazing read.
Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses may be non-fiction, and it may lack a marquee author’s (like King, or Barker, or Koontz) direct involvement, but it’s one of 2013’s strongest pieces. This is an absolute must-have for anyone obsessed with film or literature. Film buffs will flip for this one (and likely appreciate the awesome introduction from John Landis) while bibliophiles will drool uncontrollably. And just to reiterate my stance, know that it’s earned every last drop of fanboy saliva that slips from the lips of those impressed by terrific books. The next time you’re contemplating picking up a novel that doesn’t fit in the simple horror fiction category, buy this book. There’s something here for every genre fan, regardless of age or taste.
Sounds like a great read…temptation abounds me….I think i should look into this one…just me…Vitina
This is great and right up my alley. Since I was little, I always bought “Making of…” books for “Jaws,” “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” etc. (And my degree is in Film.) So thanks for the review and the info! 🙂
The Man with the X-Ray eyes (the ending of which still haunts me), House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Masque of the Red Death…..Corman produced some absolutely amazing works…and some not so amazing works..which I think makes this book all the more intriguing. Thanks for letting us know about this one Matt..I will be adding it to my Christmas list.
Sounds like a great book and due credit for the man that has kept the horror film alive through many decades.