Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A-Z: Classic Monsters: N is for Nosferatu

"N" is the letter for the A-Z Challenge today.  I'm back in the classic monster mode and almost posted about some classics like Nymphs and the Night Monster.  Instead, I decided to stick with one sick (not sexy) monster, Nosferatu.  He's definitely a classic and *shivers* gives me the heebie jeebies.

About the film Nosferatu

Released in 1922, this black and white horror film was an "unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula."  Because the film makers couldn't purchase rights to the original classic, they made some changes to the script like switching the words "vampire" to "nosferatu," which means vampire in old Romanian.  Long story short, Stoker's heirs sued and all copies of the film were deleted.  All except one survived and has since immortalized it's way through the last century as an iconic masterpiece.  Read more about the film here.

I've never watched this film in it's entirety, only bits and pieces.  I think what made this film a classic was the suspense and the utter horror of the inevitable blood sucking.  I know we've seen enough of vamp films over the years, but I swear I can still watch parts of this and it gives me the creeps.  That's kind of cool for being a 90+ old film.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A-Z: Classic Monsters: M is for my Mystery Monster

Today's letter for the A-Z Challenge is the letter M.  There were several monsters I came up with for the letter M, but I decided, once again, to make you guess this classic monster.  Here are your clues:

*  I am dark and I am fae.
*  I wield much power in my staff and in my crystal ball.
*  I can trust no one but my black winged pet.
*  I hate roses, except thorns.
*  I like pricking fingers.

Who am I?


Come on...that was easy.  Even the picture was a dead giveaway.  Did you figure out my mystery monster? Can you think of clues that would have been better? As I said, I had many ideas like Medusa or even the Mummy, but I thought I'd change things up a bit.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A-Z: Classic Monsters: King Kong & Lock Ness Monster

It's another week of the A-Z Challenge and today I'm featuring a double post for the letter K & L.  In the realm of classic monsters,  we can't forget the monster that still makes us go ape sh**, King Kong.  And for the letter L, I'm feauturing by special request, The Lock Ness Monster.

About King Kong, the original film

From Wikipedia, "King Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose was from an idea conceived by Cooper and Edgar Wallace. It stars Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot and Robert Armstrong, and opened in New York City on March 2, 1933 to rave reviews."

I hate to admit this, but I wasn't a big fan of the original.  *Runs for cover*  I think the visual graphics of the film were cool, but beyond that...bleh.  Sorry, I couldn't get into the the monster-ape wants the blond bombshell angle.  And sadly, because I was never a fan of the original, I neglected to see the Hollywood repeat released in 2005.  So, was the remake as good as the original? Anyone?

Even though it may not have been my favorite, there is no doubt this monster was a classic one.

L is for the Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster, a.k.a. Nessie, hails from the largest body of fresh water in the Scottish Highlands, the Loch Ness.  There have been numerous sighting over the years about this dinasour-like beast but the question that haunts us all is does it exist?  The lastest news from the Daily Mail UK reported recently about a monster hunter sighting.  "After two years of patiently scanning the loch, Mr Feltham says he finally caught a glimpse of Nessie, as the monster is known... but he didn't have his camera to hand."  WHAT?  No camera...for shame!

Do you think Nessie exists?  It's possible, right?  I saw the documentary on that body of water they like to call a lake.  Here's a snippet of the National Geographic show.  It sounds convincing, huh?  Do you think Nessie is a classical monster?

The Truth Behind : Loch Ness Sightings

Do you have any monsters you think would have been better to feature?

Friday, April 11, 2014

A-Z: Classic Monsters: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

It's Friday and today's letter is "J" for the A-Z Challenge.  Of course I've decided to to feature Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde even though Mr. Hyde was the monster.  Still, in my opinion, Dr. Jekyll was a total monster for creating such a concoction that would turn him into Mr. Hyde, right?

About The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Written by Robert Louis Stevenson, this piece of classic literature was incredibly expressive for one written during a time when society was mostly oppressed.  If you think about it, other than the fantasy aspect to it, that might have been why it was so popular.  Robert Stevenson is a master and happens to be one of my favorite classic lit authors.  If you have had a chance to read this short story, check out my creepy classic review here.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1931 American Pre-Code horror film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Fredric March. The film is an adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), the Robert Louis Stevenson tale of a man who takes a potion which turns him from a mild-mannered man of science into a homicidal maniac. March's performance has been much lauded, and earned him his first Academy Award.

If you could create a potion that would allow your evil alter ego emerge and live vicariously (without consequences) through that version of yourself...would you do it?  Some say drugs and alcohol have that effect, but I'm not talking about that.  Thoughts?

My favorite spin-off - Hyde and Hare

Can you think of any classic monsters that start with J?  Are you a Robert Louis Stevenson fan?  What about Bugs Bunny?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A-Z: Classic Monsters: I is for ?

Today letter for the A-Z Challenge is I.  Since we are doing classic monsters, there was only really only one choice for me.  But I found this gif and decided to turn today's post into a trivia one.  First if all, look at the visual effects on this?  Pretty impressive for a black and white film, huh?  Anyway, let's see if you can answer these trivia questions.

* When was this original film made and which film company made it? 1933 by Universal
* Who was the original classic author? H.G. Wells
*  Can you name some other books by this author?  The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine & The Island of Doctor Moreau

Highlight the blocked text for the answers or click the links!


Okay, that was too easy, huh?  Did you have anyone else in mind for the letter "I" like Imotep perhaps?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A-Z: Classic Monsters: H is for the Headless Horseman

The A-Z Challenge's letter is "H" and there is only one classic monster that comes to mind.... the Headless Horseman.  If you know anything about my blog, than you know how head-over-heels I am about this mystical monster.  In order to honor an classic like the Headless Horseman and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I am reposting a snippet of my first creepy classic review.

Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The first book on my Creepy Classics review list is Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Since written in the 1800s, Irving is considered one of celebrated early American writers. My curious nature led me to read this one first. It’s been too long since I cracked this book open and I was pleased I did.

Irving skillfully depicts an early American rural setting of a small Dutch town as the beginnings of his legendary story of the Headless Horseman.  A master at fiction, Irving had me laughing several times when describing the classical character of Ichabod Crane. He’s the gangly nerdy schoolmaster who loves to sing and study about witches, legends and other mystical folklore.

Read the complete post here.

From Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow...

I also wanted to share a snippet of Irving's words on the Horseman.  There was amazing build-up before this, but I really liked this singular sentence!

On mounting a rising ground, which brought the figure of his fellow-traveller in relief against the sky, gigantic in height, and muffled in a cloak, Ichabod was horror-struck on perceiving that he was headless!--but his horror was still more increased on observing that the head, which should have rested on his shoulders, was carried before him on the pommel of his saddle! 


Fox's Office prank using the Headless Horseman

Last Halloween, Fox unleashed the classic monster to walk their corporate halls and scare their poor employees to near death.  Check out this cute video Fox did.  Why is it such fun to scare people?

I've posted a few times on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane and of course the Headless Horseman.  He's a favorite of mine.  Do you like him too?  Did you have a better classic monster for the letter "H" in mind?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A-Z: Classic Monsters: G is for Godzilla

It's week two of the A-Z Challenge.  How's everybody doing so far?  "G" is the letter for today's post and my topic is about the classic monster, Godzilla.


About Godzilla

According to Wikipedia, "Godzilla is a 1954 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho, directed by Ishirō Honda, and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. The film stars Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata, and Takashi Shimura. The plot tells the story of Godzilla, a giant monster mutated by nuclear radiation, who ravages Japan and brings back the horrors of World War II's nuclear devastation to the very nation that experienced it first-hand. It was the first of many kaiju films released in Japan, paving the way and setting the standard for future kaiju films, many of which feature Godzilla."

Why is he a phenomenon?

I have no idea?  You?  Would you consider him a classic monster?  He's more of a beast than anything else, but he's definitely a classic.

What's new?

Godzilla has been redone about a billion times.  Comic books, cartoons, television series and the list goes on and on...  And guess what?  Hollywood is doing it again.  Set to release on May 16th, the classic film stars Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen.  This movie is getting some serious buzz.

Godzilla Extended Trailer Released

Godzilla starts May 16th.  Check out the latest trailer just released last week.

Do any other classic monsters come to your mind besides Godzilla?  Hope you have a great week.