Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

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As a kid, stumbling onto classic B-movies featuring the likes of Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Peter Cushing (to name a few) was an unexpected and thrilling gateway to horror and science fiction storytelling. It was also an easier and at times kitschy way to endure tales with more than subtle amounts of gore and darkness (I was a nervous child). Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman and their sordid ilk weren't just scary creatures that prompted one to check behind the shower curtain when one had to pee, indeed they had stories to tell. As with most things in childhood, Halloween is a journey of exploration and discovery: cosplay, trick or treating, storytelling, communal gathering, fear and mystical contemplations. A yearly system of checks, balances and fantasy. And of course at the end of the day, a celebration of life whether the Great Pumpkin arrives or not.

Happy Halloween my friends!

Dracula as interpreted by Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster

Read Mary Shelly's original text here. Watch the film here.

4 comments:

  1. Hope you had a not-so-scary Halloween, Chelly! (I've always been partial to those classic monsters and the holiday--it's my birthday!)

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    1. OMG! Happy happy birthday my friend!! Hope you had a spooktacular day! :)

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  2. Scary classic monsters. Always a bowl of fun Halloween candy goodness. :)

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    1. you said it Tina! :) What would Halloween be without them? Hope you had a fun day my friend!

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