Greetings Groovy Ghoulies! Over the years, I have had the pleasure watching American, British, and Japanese horror and sci-fi films. They are the basis for the love of the genre that I have today. The great Universal classics, Hammer Horror, and Toho fueled a lifetime of imignation for me. So, It’s really nice when I get a chance to see some films from the other region of the worlds. I have briefly seen some Italian horror and Mexican horror. I look forward to seeing more! I am like a sponge, sucking everything up in my way! Or am I more of a Blob? Hmmm, will have to look into that. We head to 1932 Europe for today’s review. ‘Vampyr’! Is it a classic or should it be passed?
Archive for the Monsters & Memories Category
Ahhh, My Groovy Ghoulies! It has been too long since I’ve a chance to share the great Horror and Sci-Fi films of the past with you all. The past few months, the Missus and I have been busy with our little foster drooly ghoulie! We’ve had a chance to put a fresh coat of mildew and cobwebs here in the crypt and are ready to unleash a whole batch of Monsters & Memories for you! I thought this movie made a fine choice to kick things off once more! Boris Karloff stuck close to the Egyptian roots of The Mummy for 1933′s “The Ghoul”. Karloff goes seeking eternal life. But does he find it?
Growing up in the late ’70s and early ’80s, if someone had told me “One day all the horror and sci-fi you can think of would be at your fingertips”, I would have laughed at them. Back then, we didn’t have the internet to supply us with our fixes. We had Famous Monsters of Filmland and Starlog, two great magazines to meet our needs. And they were only published monthly! We had Creature Double Feature and it’s like to educate us on the weekend about all our favorite monsters. I remember going to thrift stores, used bookstores, and flea markets, scouring the isles of stuff in hope of some comic or toy to make the trip worthwhile. Come to think of it, I still do that. But these days, we have the wonders of Facebook to bring so much of this closer to our fingertips. I set my Facebook page back 24 hours, and decided to take a peek at how easy it is enjoy this genre that I love so much.
It was a battle of genres for me this time, Groovy Ghoulies. When I set out to do this column, I hoped to encompass all aspects of Horror and Sci-Fi. One movie that kept coming up on horror movie lists was The Most Dangerous Game. I originally scratched my head. I read the story in high school, and I think we watched the movie too. I don’t remember it being horror. This couldn’t be. So, As I waded through 1932′s list of movies, I knew The Game and myself were going to play outdoor chess. Would I still agree that it’s not Horror or will I have changed my mind?
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Trying to create a mate, Groovy Ghoulies! That’s what today’s movie is all about. What do you do when you take a circus ape, a crazy scientist injecting blood into the ladies of Paris, and old Dracula Bela Lugosi himself? You get a moody little film called “The Murders In The Rue Morgue.” Does Bela retain that star power from Dracula a year before? Let’s find out together.
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