Category Archives: Posts by Toni Ruberto

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: Monsters Meet in Universal’s Shared Cinematic Universe

Monsters Meet in Universal’s Shared Cinematic Universe What’s better than seeing your favorite movie characters in a film? Seeing them together in multiple films of course! That’s the idea of the “shared universe” in modern filmmaking where endless Star Wars … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: Creature Feature Fans owe a Debt to ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’

Creature Feature Fans owe a Debt to ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’ With its thick legs, protective scales, spiked back and laser-sharp teeth, the 200-foot-long fictional Rhedosaurus is a terrifying creature. As the title character of The Beast from 20,000 … 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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Monsters and Matinees: The A-Men of a B-movie Trilogy

The A-Men of a B-movie Trilogy “When was the last atomic test in Vegas?” That question is never a good sign for people in a horror/sci-fi film from the 1950s, but it is for the viewers who know that this … Continue reading

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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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