Sunday, December 18, 2005


I am a big fan of the classic monsters and monster movies. Interestingly, I am so without having seen any of them, practically! I mainly know them from later movies, from comic books, and from books. (I read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, for instance.)
So I jumped at the chance when I found out of a great opportunity to get a whole bunch of the most classic monster movies at once on DVD, and even at a excellent price. It has three or four Frankenstein movies, and the same for Dracula and Wolf Man. And it has a couple of interesting documentaries. It also has small busts of those three gentlemen, in surprisingly fine quality. This is the MONSTER LEGACY COLLECTION.
The link above leads to Amazon USA. If you can get it, I recommend the UK edition, which has four extra films, The Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, and The Invisible Man. It is not quite as easy to find, but I found it at Blah DVD.

I don't know why I, like many people, have such an affinity for monsters. They just be weally weally cool.
What is a monster? Is it an evil creature or person? Is it a deformed creature/person? Is it something inhuman? I am not sure what the basic of it is.


Anonymous said...

Here's an interesting recommend for you, being a computer-using kind of one of my all-time favorite monster movies, the' monster' is a computer! It's called " Colossus: The Forbin Project", and I assure you that, dated technology aside, it's white knuckles from beginning to end. Briefly, two computers dedicated to missile defenses get to be pals and decide to take over the world for the good of humanity. Farfetched as it sounds, the net effect is scary as HELL! I urge one and all to check it out.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Aha. I read the book Colossus decades ago, it was good. Didn't know there was a movie. Would think it be a bit meager on action, there was none in the book that I recall.

Swifty said...

I've recently begun a book, entitled 'The Seven Basic Plots' by Christopher Booker. The premise of the book is, as the title suggests, in all of literature, there are only 7 basic plots. One of them is 'Overcoming The Monster'. It's suggested that these themes are mental archetypes, forming part of the way our psyche is formed. Which would explain why everywhere in the world, without exception, stories are essentially the same. So I'm suggesting you like Monsters simply because you're human. Not very satisfactory I know, but if I get any more insight after finishing the book, I'll give you an update!!!