The Original Stuff of Nightmares - Old Hollywood Monsters
By C.A. Verstraete
Today there are plenty of horror movies and books to whet your appetite for something horrific for Halloween, but for me, the Universal classic monsters still can't be beat. Be sure to check out the movie trailer links for some nostalgic, spooky fun.
My favorite book to re-read has always been Dracula by Bram Stoker, and to me, no one brought the him to life more than Bela Lugosi in the original Dracula (1931) movie (1931). Nothing is creepier, I think, than the haunting stare of Lugosi's eyes. * Watch the movie trailer.
Then there is Frankenstein (1931). Who can forget the cry of Dr. Frankenstein, "It's alive, it's alive!" as his monster stirs, amazingly played by Boris Karloff, who literally brought the dead to life. (heh-heh). I still remember my mom saying that this was the scariest thing she'd ever seen as a child when it first came out. * Watch the movie trailer.
Another favorite I still love to watch is The Mummy (1932). I love the old version with Boris Karloff as Imhotep, but I admit to also enjoying The Mummy remake (1999) as well with Brendan Fraser. * Watch the original Mummy movie trailer.
There's something about watching the look of fear and horror on Larry Talbot's (Lon Chaney Jr.) face when he turns into The Wolfman. (1941) And who can resist that tippy-toed gait? My favorite part of the film, though, has to be the eerieness of the old gypsy woman as she recites that famous poem, "Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright." * Here's the rest and other movie quotes at IMDB. Watch the movie trailer.
Did you know?
* The spiderwebs in Dracula's castle were actually... rubber cement? See more Dracula trivia.
* Frankenstein wasn't "technically" a horror film, since the term for the genre wasn't used until 1934. See more Frankenstein trivia.
* It look eight hours each day to put on Boris Karloff's movie makeup in The Mummy. See more Mummy trivia.
* Never knew this: The "wolf" in the movie was Lon Chaney Jr's German Shepherd. See more Wolfman trivia.
** COMMENT: Which is your favorite monster and why? Plus, see my giveaway on the Day 1 post. * See day 3 Reading List post.
* Today's Book: Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897) - Read it free at Project Gutenberg
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