mad in pursuit journal

DISPATCHED FROM THE CROSSROADS, AT THE intersection OF dracula & frankenstein

Halloween Movies

spookAs a kid, Halloween was always the kickoff of a 4-day celebration. If you went to Catholic schools, November 1 was a holiday — All Saints Day. Then November 3 was my birthday. So Halloween was about collecting enough candy to keep the sugar buzz going till it was time for birthday cake.

Halloween seems bigger than ever, with costume shops sprouting up around here in every empty store front. But for me, it's less about masquerade and more about working up a bit of spine tingle.

Creature features I love to watch again and again (no particular order):

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) — the monster has a heart, most poignant

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) — hapless shipping clerks meet the monster, Dracula, and Wolfman

Young Frankenstein (1974) — I can't resist this Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder version

(I see a pattern here. But it's logical that someone who takes pride in their creativity be a fan of the Frankenstein story.)

The Exorcist (1973) — but spare me the sequels. The book was better.

Rosemary's Baby (1968), but, again, the book was better

Dracula (1979) — I like Bela Lugosi, but Frank Langella takes the cake as the most seductive Dracula. Can't remember when I saw this last. I love a good vampire tale, but most are terrible.

I don't like teen slasher movies, though the original Nightmare on Elm Street is horrifying.

The Fly (1986) — primarily because of Geena Davis' heartbreaking performance. I loved the originals, too. I guess it's a variation on the Frankenstein story — mad scientist turned inward.

Alien (1979) . Sigourney Weaver's Ripley is an outstanding damsel in distress.

That's all I can think of for now.


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