Bill Warren was an American film historian and critic, one of the leading authorities on science fiction, horror, and fantasy films.
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Bill Warren is the author of books: The Evil Dead Companion, Keep Watching the Skies!: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties: The 21st Century Edition, Vampirella Archives Volume Two, Vampirella Archives Volume Three, Vampirella Archives Volume Four, Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties: Volume II, 1958-1962, Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties: Volume I, 1950-1957, Vampirella Archives Volume Five, Evil Dead: A Morte do Demônio [Arquivos Mortos] | O Massacre da Serra Elétrica [Arquivos Sangrentos], Vampirella Archives Volume One
As Warren meticulously and unfailingly points out, special effects were infantile ("They fall into a huge spider web which strongly resembles a cargo net," Earth vs. The Spider), budgets incredibly small ("As Jack Moffitt noted, 'the giant spaceman must be a fugitive from medieval France since, on his chest, he wears a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis. On his back, is an Assyrian bull, indicating he may have had his cleaning, pressing and mending done in Babylon'," Attack of the 50 Foot Woman). From The Astounding She-Monster, another small budget reminder: "In the first day of filming, the She-Monster bent over to kill one of the characters and ripped (her) suit in the back ... so in all subsequent scenes, the She-Monster makes exits and entrances facing the camera. Of course, this means she is walking backward much of the time, but aliens are weird."
The book is filled with witty, fanatically in-depth critiques, with insider anecdotes. In addition to detailed plot synopses and production data, Warren cites good and bad reviews from the period, then adds his own analysis of how the film stands up after two or three decades. Credits add to and correct other publishedsources. Fantastic photographs, drawings, appendices and index are included.