Category Archives: Monsters and Matinees

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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Monsters and Matinees: Make your Own Horror Film Festival at Home

“Have a Festival of Horror” proclaims the full-page magazine ad from 1973. It was in the quarterly magazine called The Film Journal and it literally meant to have a film festival, as in  “hey, buy these movies on 16mm film.” … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: The Vampire through the Artistry of Mario Bava

The Vampire through the Artistry of Mario Bava As much as we love Bela Lugosi and our other iconic film Dracula, Christopher Lee, there’s a range of vampire films that go beyond these actors and The Count. Some aren’t memorable … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Horror Author David J. Skal Talks ‘Fright Favorites’

Monsters and Matinees Talks withHorror Author David J. Skal about ‘Fright Favorites’ Open the new book Fright Favorites: 31 Movies to Haunt Your Halloween and Beyond to find this dedication from author David J. Skal: “To monster kids of all … Continue reading

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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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