November Fire Recordings is happy to announce the release their newest documentary film ‘Jack Pierce,
The Maker of Monsters.’ Any classic film fan, let alone the horror enthusiast, knows the Universal
monsters. Very few have a clue that most of those iconic monsters were created by one man, Jack
Pierce. We are incredibly excited about this film and are looking forward to the fans’ and media’s
response to it.
In today’s cinematic world of digital effects, telling what is real from what was created in a computer is
impossible. But there was a time when Hollywood relied on nothing more than an artist’s ability to create a
boogie man with grease paint, cotton, glue, hair, and a few simple materials to draw people into the
theater to be chilled and thrilled. When we think back to these talents of the silver screen most people
think of “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Lon Chaney. But Universal Studios had its very own Phantom
creating the world’s most memorable creatures lurking in its substages. His amazing ability to create
makeups that can still stand toe-to-toe with today’s multimillion dollar effects is worth a closer look. Jack
Pierce was the man who brought us Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, The Wolfman, Bride
of Frankenstein, and countless other monsters that have stood the test of time. Drawn from recorded
interviews, historical footage, hundreds of photos including Jack Pierce’s personal scrap book, and news
clippings we meet “The Maker of Monsters,” Jack P. Pierce. Join his journey from Greece to the budding
film industry in Los Angeles in the early 1900s to his rising star as a freelance film hand, eventually
becoming the head of Universal’s makeup department and creating the monsters that we all grew up with
and still love. This 82-minute documentary covers his entire career and life including the surprising hand
Pierce had in American Olympics history. Plus, all the classic monsters your heart can stand!
82 minutes of historical footage, photos, and interviews.
DVD extra includes Hans J. Salter (Universal Composer) interview.