Category Archives: Monsters and Matinees

Monsters and Matinees: Beyond Lugosi – 9 Classic Film Actors who Played Dracula

9 Classic Film Actors who Played Dracula Say the name Dracula and who do you see? Most likely Bela Lugosi. The Hungarian actor remains the face of Bram Stoker’s iconic character even for some who have never seen him play … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Ghostly Terrors, Big Bugs and Universal Friends are Great Intros to Classic Horror

It’s October and everyone wants to watch a horror film. Here at Monsters and Matinees – where we watch horror movies all year – we understand and are prepared to help out by offering suggestions of films that would be … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: A Tribute to Carl Kolchak, Monster Hunter

A Tribute to Carl Kolchak, Monster Hunter Let’s be honest creature feature fans. We may love the monsters, but we enjoy the hunt, too. Van Helsing, Hellboy, Solomon Kane and yes, the Scooby Gang, are among the most well-known of … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Exploring the Cinematic Roads to ‘The Lost World’

Exploring the Cinematic Roads to ‘The Lost World’ Meet Professor George Edward Challenger, a clever and gruff man with an adventurous spirit but impossible behavior. He lives up to his name by being a challenge to everyone he meets while … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Taking a Look at Eye Creature Films

Taking a Look at ‘Eye’ Creature Films Of all the monsters in horror films, the “eye” creature is one of the most bizarre. I’m not talking about the great one-eyed giant called the cyclops – he tends to make a … Continue reading

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Monsters & Matinees: Let’s cast our votes for horror films on the National Film Registry

Let’s cast our votes for horror films on the National Film Registry Every year when the slate of new movies going into the National Film Registry is announced, the list creates a buzz among film buffs. Not only does the … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: ‘Soylent Green’ came too close to predicting life in 2022

‘Soylent Green’ The year is 2022. Smokestacks spew thick, dark fumes. Fires burn out of control. People wear masks to shield themselves from dangers in the air. Garbage overflows. Hunger and unemployment are rampant. We understand all of that from … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: The Cinematic Miracle of ‘Nosferatu’

The Cinematic Miracle of ‘Nosferatu’ An overprotective widow looking out for her husband’s masterwork – and her bank account. A disastrous miscalculation by filmmakers that brought down a fledgling studio. A legal order for the destruction of an artistic work. … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: In search of the Yeti

Monsters and Matinees: In search of the Yeti Horror movies of the 1950s fed off real-world fears in a way – it feels so wrong to say – many of us have enjoyed. Paranoia about nuclear war and Communism, among … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: All in a Dysfunctional Family with ‘Frankenstein’s Daughter’

All in a Dysfunctional Family with ‘Frankenstein’s Daughter’ Teens, cars, kissing, music, dancing and a pool party: you might be thinking it’s time to settle in with a 1950s hot-rod film. Not so fast. Meet Frankenstein’s Daughter, a 1958 film … Continue reading

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