Author Archives: Toni Ruberto

Monsters and Matinees: The Handsome Face of Horror in ‘I Married a Monster from Outer Space’

The Handsome Face of Horror in ‘I Married a Monster from Outer Space’ When classic movie fans think of the faces of horror, we rightly go to some of the most iconic creatures in film history: the Universal monsters and … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: You’re invited to the ‘House on Haunted Hill’

Movie audiences going to see House on Haunted Hill in 1959 knew they were in for a treat. They didn’t know much more than that – only that it was something called “Emergo” and it had never before been seen. … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: ‘The Blob’ is based on a what?!

‘The Blob’ is based on a what?! “Do you know the movie The Blob, Aunt Toni?” I’ve never heard a sweeter question than that one recently asked by my 11-year-old niece, Grace. As classic movie fans, we all hope to … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: The ‘It’ Factor of Classic Horror Titles

The ‘It’ Factor of Classic Horror Titles It. Two simple letters that form the most innocuous of words, one that we use hundreds of times a day without thinking. And that’s the point of the word that is defined as … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Anthologies Serve Quick Bites of Horror

Monsters and Matinees: Anthologies Serve Quick Bites of Horror We’re hearing a lot about Quibi these days, a new video platform touting a “quick bite” philosophy of short-form videos. Classic horror fans been ahead of the curve on this idea, … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Universal’s True Original Monster and Other She-Wolves

Universal’s True Original Monster and Other She-Wolves We love our Universal Monsters. Frankenstein, Dracula, the Mummy and The Wolfman – these guys are legends for a reason. But it’s time to ask the guys to move over and make room … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: A British Village is Pulled into Space and Everyone Drinks Tea

Once in a New Moon What makes us watch a movie for the first time? Often it’s because of our favorite stars. Perhaps a notable director. It can be from the recommendation of a friend. But sometimes all I need … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Still Buzzing about ‘The Fly’ Trilogy

Still Buzzing about The Fly… It’s easy to think of the 1958 film The Fly in two words: “help me.” That phrase – often said in a silly high-pitched voice meant to mimic the film – is from an iconic … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Tiny Terrors Bring Big Thrills

Monsters and Matinees: Tiny Terrors Bring Big Thrills Have you ever felt a weird sensation on your leg and reached down to bat it away? Or thought you saw something on the floor and jerked your leg thinking it was … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: B-Movie or Kids’ Film? ‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’ is Both

B Movie or Kids’ Film? Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is Both This is tough to admit, but sometimes horror and sci-fi B-movies don’t have a particularly scary monster. Sometimes, they are just … bizarre. That’s true in Santa Claus … Continue reading

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