Author Archives: Toni Ruberto

Monsters and Matinees: From Villain to Wronged Man, the Diverse Horror Roles of Vincent Price

From Villain to Wronged Man,the Diverse Horror Roles of Vincent Price It’s October, the time of year when the world realizes it’s OK to watch scary movies every day – and horror film fans are right there with suggestions whether … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: A lifetime of being terrorized by ‘Grizzly’

Not all movie monsters fade away with the end credits. They might make a lasting impression because of their greatness (Universal monsters), uniqueness (The Blob) or silliness (Attack of the Killer Shrews). They can feed on our fears or leave … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: With Beauty and Brains, Mara Corday Battled the Beasts

With Beauty and Brains, Mara Corday Battled the Beasts My lifelong obsession with the horror classic Tarantula is well known among my family and friends. The second column I wrote for Classic Movie Hub detailed my love for the film … Continue reading

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Monster and Matinees: Georges Méliès and the Creation of the First Horror Film

Georges Méliès and the Creation of the First Horror Film It started with a bat. And what a perfect opening image it was for the world’s first horror film. After all, the bat has been one of the most iconic … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Honoring Ray Harryhausen, a ‘Titan of Cinema’

Honoring Ray Harryhausen, a ‘Titan of Cinema’ Picture yourself standing in the middle of a fight with Ray Harryhausen’s skeleton army from Jason and the Argonauts. OK, it’s not the “real” skeletons, but it’s still pretty cool experience. This movie … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Modern Sci-fi owes a Debt to ‘Day of the Triffids’

Modern Sci-fi owes a Debt to ‘Day of the Triffids’ In a continuing quest to enjoy as many classic movie monsters as possible, it was time to revisit The Day of the Triffids. Seeing it with fresh eyes after so … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Nature Strikes Back in Eco-horror Films

Nature Strikes Back in Eco-horror Films Is there anything scarier in horror movies than the truth factor? It doesn’t matter how far-fetched the plot or how loosely it may be based in reality, just a touch of “this did happen” … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: All Bug-Eyed over Big-Bug Movies

All Bug-Eyed over Big-Bug Movies It could have been the colossal ants. Or the big locusts. Maybe the giant leeches. Most likely it was that house-sized tarantula. I’ll never really know the one film that started my obsession with big-bug … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: ‘Giant From the Unknown’ Towers over Richard E. Cunha’s ‘Six-day Wonders’

‘Giant From the Unknown’ Towers over Richard E. Cunha’s ‘Six-day Wonders’ In the world of Monsters and Matinees, discovering a filmmaker or film that is new to us is good – even if the movie isn’t so great. B-movie fans … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: How Abbott and Costello brought the Meet-cute to Horror

How Abbott and Costello brought the Meet-cute to Horror To start this new year of Monsters and Matinees let’s take a deep breath, exhale all the anxiety from 2020 and laugh. Yes, even here in the world of Monsters and … Continue reading

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