A look back at where the month has taken me and potentially where it will lead.
My review of the 1932 novelization that became the 1933 film classic.
It does no good to outline a plan if you don't bother to follow through, and since the only one who will hold me accountable is me, it's time to take a look at how I did this month. At the beginning of the year, I said I that don't bother with resolutions anymore, but … Continue reading January 2018 Overview and Assessment
Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to 2018. It's that time, so I wanted to talk about resolutions. We've all seen them in action. Most of us have tried our hands at them and probably failed. The last resolution I made was back some 30 years ago. I swore never to make another new year's resolution. … Continue reading New Year, New Strategies
When we talk kaiju -- the giant monsters of the big screen -- Kong is the first name that comes to mind for me. Most will say Godzilla. Whatever. Kong was first, and as far as I'm concerned, he's still the best. Certainly the most interesting. Why? Probably because he's the one with heart. I … Continue reading Kong: Skull Island, 2017
"His name is Kong. I saved his life once... and he saved mine." In 1933, when Kong fell from the Empire State Building, moviegoers asked the most obvious question for the time: where was Doc Savage? Though never called out specifically in the old pulps of the day, Doc Savage's headquarters was located on the … Continue reading Doc Savage: Skull Island by Will Murray
According to some lists, it's ranked as the greatest horror movie of all time. It opened in 1933 to rave reviews. It was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 1991. It has been remade twice, in 1976 and 2005. It is the pre-Code monster film King Kong. King Kong was not the … Continue reading King Kong, 1933
In 1954, the age of the Universal Studios' classic monsters was coming to an end. In the wake of World War II, the detonation of the atomic bomb, and the Cold War, it became generally accepted that a threat from space was the only thing that might unite the planet... and truly scare us. But … Continue reading The Creature from the Black Lagoon, 1954
Contrary to popular belief, Lon Chaney, Jr.'s The Wolf Man was not the first werewolf picture for Universal. Did you know that? Until a few years ago, I didn't know that. Before Chaney made the role iconic, there was Henry Hull. And if you're like me, if this is your first time hearing that name, … Continue reading WereWolf of London, 1935
As cosmic timing would have it, today is the 85th anniversary of the release of Universal Studios' Dracula, directed by Tod Browning. As I write this, I am not quite done revisiting the novel yet (I will finish it today!), but I couldn't let the stars align like this without paying homage to the movie … Continue reading Dracula, 1931