24 10, 2017

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

By | 2017-10-24T23:17:46+00:00 October 24th, 2017|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 [...]

17 10, 2017

I Mistrust My Own Judgement: Dracula (Monster Memories)

By | 2017-10-19T11:22:01+00:00 October 17th, 2017|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 [...]

2 10, 2017

Creature Double Feature: My Saturday Monster Time

By | 2017-10-02T18:34:03+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Features, Halloween, Ideas & Excuses, Monster Memories|

Growing up my Saturday afternoons would be spent with creatures, monsters, ghosts, ghouls, murderers and mad scientists. Beginning around one o'clock I would settle down in front of our 17" Sony Trinatron (complete with simulated wood grain plastic sides) with a soda (typically Frank's grape or ginger ale) and a bowl [...]