Monster Memories2020-12-02T10:02:51-07:00


Monster Memories

Thou Doth Protest Too Much: The Silent Night, Deadly Night Controversy

Picture this: the year is 1984 and you are an impressionable youth watching an episode of Three’s Company or Little House on the Prairie when during a commercial break this comes on the TV: Obviously after this there was no going back. Your childhood was over, years of therapy ensued, and Christmas – that most beloved of holidays – would never be the same again. Or not. More than likely what

By |December 7th, 2020|

I Mistrust My Own Judgement: Dracula (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 over the decades. I attempt, as much as possible, to put myself in the mind-set of the time period it was released; basically to see

By |October 24th, 2020|

I Dislike Being Touched: The Mummy (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 it. I do. But then this pesky thing called a plot creeps up and I realize that sometimes memories are better than how things really

By |October 20th, 2020|

Even a Man Who is Pure in Heart: The Wolf-Man (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 characterizes the earlier films. But gone now are the jarring camera angles and steep, claustrophobic architecture in favor of steady wide shots and spacious interiors.

By |October 15th, 2020|

Classic horror nostalgia

We love old horror movies. We also love to wallow in nostalgia. So we thought why not combine the two and talk about classic horror movies from a nostalgic point of view? This is the result.

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