You Won’t Believe Your Eyes!
By Mark Thomas McGee and R.J. Roberton
Published by BearManor Media, 2013. 267 pages.
To put it about as simply as I can, this is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in quite some time. I’d be amazed if this book doesn’t make you seek out some of the movies discussed in this book, no matter if you’ve seen them or not. Published by BearManor Media, who continues to put out quality products, on some very interesting subjects in the film industry.
The ’50s was a great time for movie monster fans. Sure, they were calling the pictures ‘sci-fi films’ then, but we all knew that when you have a monster chasing people, that is a horror movie. Of course, reading author McGee making that same comment in his intro, he immediately got my approval. But it wasn’t just because of that reason that I enjoyed this book, but because of McGee’s style here. Taking not the critical or analytical approach of these films, he takes that of a film fan, one part of a child who seen quite a few of these upon their initial release, to the adult now who has a special fondness for them. Of course, that doesn’t mean this is a love letter to each film, ignoring any faults they may have. Those are pointed out, and boring films are exposed as just that. But McGee’s way of explaining his thoughts really show that sometimes a cheap movie still can be pretty damn entertaining.
We really enjoyed reading this book, taking a history lesson back to a very different time. And of course, like any good film fan, I was taking plenty of notes while reading this, adding quite a few movie titles to my “need to see” list, which is something that every good movie book should do. Case in point: Atomic Submarine. This was a film that I never would have thought twice about watching it since it just sounds like some underwater adventure film. But after reading McGee’s take on it, I knew I had to check it out. And I wasn’t disappointed either.