An affectionate profile of Forrest J Ackerman, the man who invented science fiction fandom and coined the expression“ – Sci-fi
“An affectionate homage” – The Toronto Star
Through the extensive use of movies clips, archival footage and interviews with the biggest names in fantasy films (Roger Corman, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, John Landis, Joe Dante, and George Clayton Johnson, among others), this one-off documentary traces Ackerman’s 90-year transformation from obsessed movie-going toddler to sci-fi literary agent (representing the likes of L. Ron Hubbard of Scientology fame), to “deaditor” of Famous Monsters of Filmland, a magazine that inspired some of Hollywood’s most successful film-makers.
In Famous Monster, we also tour the famous Ackermansion, which housed Forry’s 300,000 piece collection of sci-fi, fantasy and horror memorabilia, and follow Ackerman as he meets and greets his loyal fans at endless book signings and conventions.
Called “a monstrously good tribute to an eccentric pioneer” by The Globe and Mail, featuring his last major interview before his death in 2008 (aged 92), Famous Monster offers the sci-fi and fantasy fan a mind-boggling trip down monster memory lane from the man who was there from the very beginning.