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Jack Pierce: The Man Behind the Monsters (2002)

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The life of Universal makeup legend Jack P. Pierce is told through narration, stills, and recreations of scenes from six famous Universal horror films. Sixteen actors perform in elaborate ... See full summary »


Scott Essman


Scott Essman





Credited cast:
Alan August ... The Man Who Laughs
Shielu Bharwani ... Maleva (as Shielu Bharwani Burman)
Devon Davidson Devon Davidson ... Evelyn Ankers (as Devon Jackson)
Ken DeShan Ken DeShan ... Im-Ho-Tep, the Mummy
Byrd Holland ... Offstage Voice
John Huey John Huey ... Claude Rains
Kevin Isola ... Basil Rathbone
James Jenkins James Jenkins ... Offstage Voice
Todd Krainin Todd Krainin ... Fritz
Devon Lucas Devon Lucas ... Offstage Voice
Douglas Meyers Douglas Meyers ... The Wolfman
Denise Moses ... Una O'Connor
John Nisbet John Nisbet ... Mummy Explorer
Daniel Roebuck ... Ygor
Perry Shields ... Jack Pierce


The life of Universal makeup legend Jack P. Pierce is told through narration, stills, and recreations of scenes from six famous Universal horror films. Sixteen actors perform in elaborate makeup applied by top Hollywood professionals recreating the look and feel of the famous creations. Performed live on June 17, 2000 at the International Makeup Artist Trade Show in Pasadena, California. Written by Perry Shields

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15 June 2002 (USA) See more »

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Pasadena, California, USA

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Visionary Cinema See more »
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An original tribute; well deserved!
8 May 2004 | by dangie_1See all my reviews

First of all, what a deserving subject; and secondly, a truly original showcase for the man and his many talents and interests!

Scott Essman and his stellar production crew at Visionary Cinema literally bring the artist and many of his most memorable screen creations to life in a fantastic one time only multi-media stage performance from Pasadena, CA. that took place on 6/17/2000.

The play running a brisk 72 minutes, (which is a ballpark length for many of Universals' Monster Classics!) was captured with 3 cameras then edited without any re-dubbing or "cheating".. To this reviewer, the play basically divides into 2 sections: the "one man show" motif where Pierce (wonderfully portrayed by Perry Shields) reads from his scrapbook of press clips, with certain recollections triggering unbelievable spot on recreations from some of Universal Studio's greatest Horror Classics.

All of the make-ups are truly amazing in regards to recreating Pierce's original conceptions, but the scenes featuring the Frankenstein's Monster, The Bride, and the Mummy are so convincing it's like watching scenes from the original film productions; a testimony to the loving care shown by the 100 plus member crew employed by Visionary Cinema to produce this piece.

Both picture & sound rank high on this disc, especially when one remembers that this is a ONE TAKE stage production. Plus, the disc is LOADED with bonus features. In fact, I spent a full 90 minutes in the MEMORABILIA section of the dvd before even watching the main feature.

It goes without saying, that this disc is a must have for anyone with even a passing interest in the Classic Universal Monsters that Jack Pierce helped bring to life.

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