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This year's Monsterfest

I just scanned the schedule for this year's Monsterfest. There's very little of interest to me there. It's a lot of slasher flicks and cheap horror from the sixties and on. HELLRAISER movies, SCREAM 3, THE BEAST MUST DIE, POLTERGEIST II.

Nothing that interests me.

They used to show the classic Universal horror films of the thirties. In fact, a couple years going they showed the old versions of DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY, and THE WOLF MAN back to back. I've called in sick for that, once upon a time.

This year they're showing WES CRAVEN'S DRACULA 2000, though. Pfft.

I'm sure they get better ratings with the newer stuff, but would it hurt to air the old classics? Just once?


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Oct. 17th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
The Universal Legacy collections are must haves if you love those movies. You can sometimes find them for under $20, $25 at the most and you get at least four movies, except with Creature from The Black Lagoon, where they only made three.
...and most importantly- they're almost all kid friendly.
Oct. 17th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
You're right. I should ask for these for Shopmas.
Oct. 17th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
You would think people would want to see the old movies. Especially the lesser-well known.
Oct. 17th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
You would think there would be enough interest to show them one time, at least. Apparently not.

I was sorry to see AMC move to more modern movies in recent years, but I do understand that it's helped their ratings.
Oct. 18th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
I love the old horror films and have a bunch in my attic. Poor Wolf Man, such a sympathetic character. The Mummy - Boris Karloff - still tres creepy. I'm sick of the original Frankenstein because I've seen it far too many times on television.

Oct. 18th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, poor Lon Cheney Jr. definitely had the charisma--big and awkward and eager to please. Of course, the scene where he uses the telescope to spy on the girl in her bedroom, then talk about what she does there hasn't aged well, but there you go.

Last year I borrowed DRACULA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION from the library and watched the English version and the Spanish version back to back. I hope I'm not telling you things you already know, but they were both shot at the same time, the English version during the day and the Spanish version on the same sets at night.

It's pretty interesting to watch the same movie, being made at the same time, by two different teams. Apparently, the Spanish-language team sat in on the dailies and tried to come up with better ways to shoot what the day team had done. They also edited the film differently, so some of the stuff that doesn't make sense in the Legosi version is explained.

I'm not going to get it before the holiday, I don't think. I should just buy myself a copy.
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