Purrs and howdys, Kittens & Dawgs! A couple of weeks ago, I shared Halloween masks from my childhood. The gypsy mask got me to thinking about watching vintage horror films in my childhood, especially the Lon Chaney, Jr. who played a cursed soul as “The Wolf Man”. I remember thinking this was scary.
I always felt bad for Chaney’s character. I wanted the curse to end but I knew the only way death by a silver bullet. I also saw his other Wolf Man flick, “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” (1947) and as an adult we saw the comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) in which Chaney played his “Wolf Man” character Lawrence Talbot. What a fun movie!
Speaking of Frankenstein, Boris Karloff played the fiendish monster in the 30s and the late 50s as Doctor Frankenstein. I definitely remember mostly watching Karloff on the late night TV program “Chiller” as the monster in the late 60s through the 70s, as in The Mummy (1932) movie. Staying up late to catch the creepy fun was a popular thing to do on Saturday nights.
There are other notable creep masters Peter Cushing, Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Bela Lugosi to name a few. These actors did creepy well portraying the supernatural purrfectly! The scariest non-monster film but monsterous in other ways I ever saw was Pyscho with Anthony Perkins. A slasher movie where you don’t actually see any slashing. Alfred Hitchcock was a genious at making spin-tingling thrillers.
Horror movies today don’t do much for me and I’d rather watch some fun 80s & 90s classics. Two of our favorites are Ghostbusters or Young Frankenstein. We probably will watch one of these this weekend since Halloween is on a weekday.
Do you have a favorite Halloween movie – horror or comedy you’d like to recommend?
In November I’m kicking off “Memories of Thanksgiving from Long Ago to Recent Past” series. That’s all for now join me tomorrow for some laughs with my Friday Fun Stuff Halloween Sillies Edition!