Category Archives: Posts by Toni Ruberto

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: 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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