Thursday, November 29, 2018

Universal Monsters Through a Kid’s Eyes


I should probably take Grandma’s advice and change this to “My Kid’s Eyes” as she gets older, but there’s no way I'm going back and relabeling all the old posts, I’m behind as it is.



Speaking of being behind, with the release of the legacy  edition monster films on Blu-Ray marked down for Halloween sales two years in a row, I can overcome one of my child’s biases against “stinky, grainy old tapes” in my multiyear quest to get my young horror fan to watch the classics.

Hey, she says Van Helsing is her favorite scary movie, why wouldn’t she be interested in its source material?

The answer, of course, is her natural bias against black and white.  Now, in-spite of my currently owning far too many copies of digitally enhanced Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein, we haven’t made much headway.

I’m woefully behind on material, but since this year is the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein the Modern Prometheus I'm going with what I have for now, maybe now that she’s read Dracula and  Frankenstein someday we’ll watch more of them.

Later edit: Nope!  Her resistance to black and white continued, then she went to college. Rosa and I watched them all together though. My vast warehouse of useless monster knowledge coupled with her never having seen these before led to fun commentary anyway.

1943 Son of Dracula
1944 The Mummy's Ghost
1944 House of Frankenstein
1944 The Mummy's Curse
1945 House of Dracula
1946 She Wolf of London
1948 Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein
1955 Revenge of the Creature
1955 Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy
1956 The Creature Walks Among Us

Anabelle did veer into the enjoyment of later films
1958, 1959, 1965 The Fly Trilogy
1986, 1989 The Fly Remakes

Here’s some links to older general posts about the classics.

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