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From the beginning of cinema, things that go bump in the night have colored our collective storytelling experience. The hypothetical “monster,” in whatever guise or otherworldly shape it may take, is the manifestation of our fears and social paranoias, and an effective watchdog for making sure we all toe the line. This book peels back the flesh on a few monsters that have tingled our spines and caused more than a聽few聽nightmares over the past 100 years,聽from the creepy talons of Max Schreck in 1922鈥檚 Nosferatu through the Tokyo-stomping Godzilla to the present day.聽Cinematic monsters聽from such touchstones as聽Alien, King Kong, The Fly,聽and Evil Dead聽are categorized by chapter聽under creature type, such as space monsters, infectious monsters, and large/overgrown monsters. Through literature, the monster has found a lasting legacy but, through cinema, it has developed from black聽and white into full technicolor glory making the monster movie an enduring document of social times, movements, fears, and desires.