Monday, October 28, 2013

My Favorite Monster Movies

By Leslie D. Soule

Who doesn’t love a good monster movie? Monsters have been a staple of literature and also the visual equivalent of literature – film, since the beginning of both forms of entertainment, and I’d like to think that it’s because there’s something in the concept of the monster that touches the depths of the human psyche. I’m rather personally fond of a quote by Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide books. In his novel The Restaurant At The End of the Universe, he writes of princes who “[…] take tea with weird gods and rescue beautiful monsters from ravening princesses…” I found myself intrigued with it, because I guess who the monsters really are is all about your perspective.

That being said, here’s a list of my five favorite monster movies and the reasons why. Here we go:

5. The Lost Boys
Are you tired of sparkly vampires? Ready for the kind of vampires that don’t sparkle, the kind that make you want to destroy them? In the words of Seth Grahame-Smith, “It’s time we stopped kissing vampires and got back to killing them.” This movie stars Keifer Sutherland in a role he shines in. Be sure to catch The Lost Boys: The Tribe as well, if only to check out how much Angus Sutherland looks like his daddy.

4. Lady Frankenstein
This one’s a Frankenstein story with an erotic twist. The lady in the movie is trying to create the perfect lover – the guy who’s interested in her doesn’t have the body she wants, but she likes his brain well enough. Meanwhile, there’s a guy who’s not so bright, but has the right body. So she thinks it’s time for a little experimentation. This one’s a fun flick to watch with friends over for a movie night.

3. Mad Monster Party
I love this claymation film. It was created by Rankin-Bass, the same people who brought us those iconic Christmas & Rudolph claymation movies. This one is much less well known, but also has a lot of charm.

2. Blood And Chocolate
This is easily my favorite shifter film. It stars werewolf shifters and a young woman who is falling in love with a human who’s not a shifter. This film is full of eye-candy and features a gripping, harrowing plot and a burgeoning romance that tugs on your heartstrings.

3. The Tingler
This movie’s not too well known either, but it’s one of Vincent Price’s best. The movie’s about a creature that comes out when you’re scared, called The Tingler. What is the Tingler, exactly? And what happens when a woman is unable to scream in order to stop the Tingler? You’ll just have to watch and find out!!!
Bonus Time: Worst Monster Movie I can think of – Vampire’s Kiss, starring Nicholas Cage. However, it’s a fun one to watch because it’s so awesomely bad.
Anyway, hope you all have a great Halloween!!!!

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