14 10, 2018

Reckoning Upon God: Frankenstein (Monster Memories)

By |2018-10-15T14:39:02+00:00October 14th, 2018|Features, Halloween, Monster Memories, Related Articles|

Frankenstein is one of the few classic monster movies that I did not see on a Saturday afternoon on a UHF channel.  No, this film was played in prime time. It was a special movie-of-the-week. A  re-showing of a classic film on “regular” TV. It was a big deal. [...]

13 10, 2018

The Blood Elevator: It’s Meaning & Symbol

By |2018-10-15T15:20:47+00:00October 13th, 2018|1970s Nostalgia, Halloween, Ideas & Excuses|

The blood elevator scene, sometimes called the ‘river of blood’, from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a horrifying and disturbing image in a film full of horrifying and disturbing images.  Upon watching it the scene produces in many - myself included - a feeling of dread; an uneasiness that is [...]

12 10, 2018

Even the Moon is Frightened of Me: The Invisible Man (Monster Memories)

By |2018-10-15T14:38:39+00:00October 12th, 2018|Features, Halloween, Monster Memories|

An invisible man must be one of the more bizarre choices for a monster. First of all it’s not really a monster, not in the classical sense anyway. He is, after all, just a man. A deranged man, sure, but just a man nonetheless. There is nothing supernatural about [...]

10 10, 2018

Even a Man Who is Pure in Heart: The Wolf-Man (Monster Memories)

By |2018-10-15T14:31:27+00:00October 10th, 2018|Features, Halloween, Monster Memories|

By 1941 Universal had been making monster movies for over a decade. It had now become a well-oiled machine and while not quite formulaic just yet was well on its way to becoming so. The Wolf-Man still retains the moodiness and the harsh shadows emblematic of German Expressionism that [...]

8 10, 2018

I Dislike Being Touched: The Mummy (Monster Memories)

By |2018-10-15T14:39:28+00:00October 8th, 2018|Features, Halloween, Monster Memories|

The Mummy from 1932 is a classic. A flawed classic for sure, but a classic nonetheless. There are parts of this film that are truly brilliant and there are parts that are…well…not. To be honest this is one film that I have had mixed feeling for. I want to love [...]

6 10, 2018

I Mistrust My Own Judgement: Dracula (Monster Memories)

By |2018-10-15T14:27:26+00:00October 6th, 2018|Features, Halloween, Monster Memories|

Tod Browning’s 1931 adaptation of Dracula is the granddaddy of them all, the film the launched the Classic Monster films of Universal. The Universal cinematic universe if you will. I try not to judge these old films by modern standards or how a film has come to be perceived [...]

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