Happy Thursday, everyone. Suze here.
So have you heard? A movie is being made based on the old horror soap opera, Dark Shadows, which ran in the late 1960s. I’ve only ever seen clips of the show, but it looks like it was a lot of fun. (Click here to see part of an episode. Enjoy the closeups!) One of my favorite actors, Johnny Depp, is slated to play the main character, Barnabas Collins, in the remake. Look at this cast photo (see Johnny in the middle with the walking stick?) — how can you not love it? I would watch it simply to see the 1972 clothes and hair. Check out that leisure suit and turtleneck, baby!
This news, and the fact that it’s October, got me thinking about monster movies. I’m not talking about the blood and guts and gore-galore flicks of the last few decades. I’m talking about the classics — the campy kind we in the northeast could see on WPIX, Channel 11, out of New York City every Saturday (if you know what I’m talking about, you can hear the “Popcorn” song in your head right now, can’t you?).
Bela Lugosi as Dracula. Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolfman. My favorite? Boris Karloff as The Mummy (spectacularly spoofed by Hank Azaria in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian). The goddess Isis saves the day in that one.
And, if you want to see a monster-combo, may I suggest another personal favorite? Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Don’t forget King Kong, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and The Thing.
And what about the television shows? I grew up on a steady diet of The Addams Family and The Munsters. I always wished Gomez would toss a bag of money at me through the television screen, maybe smooch my arm and call me Querida. Every time we saw a different room in the Munsters’ home at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, I wished I was there so I could poke around in all those cobwebby corners. I still feel kind of bad for Marilyn.
The thing about these monsters is . . . they’re not really scary. Oh, maybe Bela and Lon and Boris frightened moviegoers back in the day, but by today’s standards they’re so tame I don’t think they could frighten anybody but the youngest kids, who shouldn’t be watching that stuff anyway.
So tell us. Who’s your favorite movie monster and why? Why do you think we love monsters? Paranormal romance lovers — explain yourselves!
And here’s a sneak preview of coming attractions: The Scribes have a full roster of fabulous interviews lined up during Spooky Week at the end of this month. Don’t miss it!