October 2016

Horror Pick(S) of the Month



Hi all, I am Rob Medaska, and I am Rob Medaska.  We welcome you to our monthly horror film pick for the month.  This is our favorite time of year as Halloween is right around the corner.  We usually have a horror festival each year, where we pick some of our favorite horror films, as well as some that we have never seen, and have a showcase for our friends.  This year we are in for a treat because TCM is going all out with its horror selections this year for the entire month.  Each Friday and Sunday they will be showing a treasure or horror flicks, sure to satisfy the horror fan in all of us.  Our pick for the month is actually 3 choices.  October 9th, Sunday night, TCM will be showing Ghost of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, and House of Frankenstein, starting at 8pm.  Universal is our favorite studio, and since he was a little little guy, Rob has loved watching the universal monsters in action, isn’t that right Rob?  Yep, I love the monsters, they are very cool, and kids all over the world will always like the monsters, cause they are a lot of fun.

First up is Ghost of Frankenstein, from Universal Pictures, 1942, it stars Sir Cedric Hardwicke. Ralph Bellamy, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney as the monster.  For me it is a fun movie as it has a bunch of twists and turns, where we pick it up where Son of Frankenstein left off.  Ygor is back, one of Lugosi’s best works IMO, and ready to revive with monster with the help of the “other” brother.  It is nicely paced, with some of the greatest character actors of all time.  What do you think Rob?  I like the movie because is has a good setting and it has a really great actors.  Bela and Boris.  Boris is not in this one Rob.  Leave me alone I am only 7.  Anyway I like the eerie beginning with Bela in the tower at night, I love how that makes me fee.

Following that comes Frankenstein meets the Wolman, Universal, 1943, starring Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Ilona Masey, Patrick Knowles, and Maria Ouspenskaya (thanks god for copy and paste).  Rob you start off this one.    I like the movie because it has an awesome start, it starts at night in the graveyard.  You can’t get better than that.  And where you see his hand rising from the crypt it was awesome.  I wasn’t scared, it made me excited.  I like the actors in this one, even Dwight Frye is in it.  That is a great beginning Rob, for a lot of us Universal horror fans, probably the best start to a Universal horror movie of all time.  Also what can be better than monster fighting monster, other than Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, where Dracula and Wolfman tangle, it is the only time the monsters fight each other.  I like the direction of Roy Neill, he paces the start extremely well.  And as someone has stated on the classic horror film board, Chaney really throws that guy in the hospital scene.  Many many great things about FMtW.

Last up is House of Frankenstein, Universal, 1944, staring Boris Karloff, J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Elena Verdugo, Anne Gwynne, Lionel Atwill, Peter Coe, George Zucco, Glenn Strange, Sig Rumann.  Directed by Erle C. Kenton.  It is the first in the series, well 2, of the “House” movies from Universal.  It brings all the monsters together under one marque for the first time, well at least the Monster, Wolfman, and Dracula.  The script is kinda loose, but trying to tie together all the changes the monster went through over the course of 13 years would be a tuff task for anyone.  It puts Karloff in the mad scientist role, which I love him in, and it has Chaney in his iconic role (and my fav monster).  Rob what do you have on this one?  I like HoF because it in the beginning has a pretty good start.  It is cool but not as cool as GoF.  I love the ending because it has the monster trying to get away from the fire but he can’t.  The movie has some really great actors and is fun.

Well put Rob, well there you have our choices for this month, the witching month of October.  Please try to check them out, October 9, starting at 8pm est.  Also please let us know what your fav horror is, and when it might be on TV. Also check us out at Classic Movies and More…..for more.  For Rob, I am Rob, we will see you next month for more, Rob & Rob, and our monthly horror pick.  Have great scary time.