IT CAME FROM HORRORWOOD, Tom Weaver, 1996, McFarland and Company, 386pp, index
Insight into B-movie Hollywood horror and science fiction with moviemakers interviewed by film historian Tom Weaver.
Dolores Fuller talks about displeasure with Sarah Jessica Parker telling audiences she played Fuller in the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie, Ed Wood, as the worst actress in history and also discusses writing music for Elvis.
Greg Walcott, the male lead in Plan 9 who appeared as a favor to the producer, seems to agree with Parker and talks about Ed Wood's "menagerie" of friends who appeared on the set and in the movie.
Prolific 1940's screen actress Gloria ("Titanic") Stuart talks about how Claude Rains tried to upstage her in The Invisible Man.
Frequent screen villain Michael Pate talks about playing a vampire in the Wild West, how Strange Door co-star Charles Laughton liked to play head games with people, and why he returned to Australia.
Mara Corday describes sinking down into the theater seat when she finally got a look at the gangly bird creature inserted into The Giant Claw and how Clint Eastwood played a small part as a jet pilot napalming Tarantula and later she made appearances in small roles in several of his movies like Every Which Way You can.
Sam Shepherd talks about working with J. Carrol Naish and Lon Chaney on Dracula vs. Frankenstein.
Linda Harrison, once described as the perfect woman for her part as Nova in Planet of the Apes - beautiful, scantilly clad, and mute - describes how the final beach scene in the movie took a month to film.
Robert Wise tells how they had Claude Rains in mind for the star-making part that went to Michael Rennie in The Day the Earth Stood Still.
And AIP composer Les Baxter explains why his score for Vincent Price's Master of the World was one of his favorites.
The final chapter is a salute to Z-movie maker Ed Wood.
These and other stars B-movie makers of the 30's through the 60's tell their stories in this fascinating series of Q&A interviews, sharing anecdotes, observations, clearing up a few myths and misunderstandings..