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Sep 29 15 5:13 PM
1. The Mummy (Just a bit slow paced for me and not enough thrill in it. A creepy film but I feel there could be more)
2. Bride of Frankenstein (As someone noted above, this may be shocking to some. Just feel it gets a lot more credit than due. Excellent sequel and film, but I've always personally felt the first one is better. I've watched both back to back twice and both times thought so. Also I get irritated when the image of Karloff in BOF is used for things pertaining to the first film)
3. Dracula's Daughter (Just doesnt grab me like it does everyone else. Good film and very gothic, just not a winner in my book)
1. House of Horrors (Again good film but just not a topper for me, not 10 at least.)
1. The Incredible Shrinking Man (Granted I really like this film. Just dont think it fits in the horror cycle that its occasionally placed in)
As far as the Creature goes, granted yes he was a killing machine but it was for the sake of survival. It's no different to a wild and/or abused animal attacking. It will attack if provoked and feels its safety is in danger. Saying you cant sympathize with the Creature is no different then saying you cant sympathize with Frankenstein's Monster. The Monster killed yet we pity him. Also if you had intruders entering your home, poisoning your waters, killing your fish friends, and shooting you with spears be enough to provoke you into attacking these intruders???????????????
I don't think it was purely for survival, at least not in the first film. The Creature rather then let the humans leave his lagoon unmolested, deliberately placed an obstacle in their path and continually prevented them from leaving and why? His Kingkongitis ( monster see pretty girl, monster become infatuated with pretty girl, monster must have pretty girl, AND kill any other male that posses threat to conquest of said girl ) was a theme copied ad nauseum in all the Creature films. Frankenstein's monster never asked to be created, just wanted to be accepted and loved, and simply wanted a friend. The monster could sense the inherent goodness in the blind hermit, shed tears for and comfort his poor old blind friend. The Creature, aside from the underwater ballet, couldn't even muster the limited pathos that Kong displayed for Ann Darrow. The Frankenstein monster was still, for all intent and purposes, still human, actually he was a lot of humans, with a brain that could be reasoned with, when he wasn't pissed off. The Creature, on the other hand, with those dead shark eyes, was a primitive inhuman beast with no concept of right and wrong, closer to the Neanderthal Man from MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS.
Sep 29 15 5:17 PM
Sep 29 15 5:38 PM
crissrudd4554 wrote:The Creature lived for over 100 billion years ALONE in an Amazon Lagoon. How's he supposed to know right and wrong???? I sympathize with the Creature because hes lonely and seeks a companion and I'm leaving it at that.
Sep 29 15 5:39 PM
Sep 29 15 5:59 PM
infinite1 wrote:crissrudd4554 wrote:The Creature lived for over 100 billion years ALONE in an Amazon Lagoon. How's he supposed to know right and wrong???? I sympathize with the Creature because hes lonely and seeks a companion and I'm leaving it at that.Well, you FIRST have to accept that he lived alone for over 100 billion years, I don't. That was neither proved or disproved in any of the films. In fact it sure looked like he was killed at the end of each film. But all this proves is that he's a one dimensional sci fi monster like ALIEN or THE THING or JAWS. He is not a multi dimensional creature like those found in Universals' thirties and forties horrors.
Sep 29 15 6:29 PM
cjh5801 wrote:I think the Creature elicits a great deal of sympathy, for me, anyway.
Richard Denning's character is despicable and seeks to exploit him for merely existing. He's held in a small cage under stressful and potentially inhumane conditions. He's relentlessly harassed.
Maybe some here have trouble feeling empathy for him because as a "fish" he's so far removed from mammals that they are unable to identify with him? I don't think he's that much different than the rest of Universal's sympathetic monsters.
Sep 29 15 7:40 PM
crissrudd4554 wrote:The Creature lived for over 100 billion years ALONE in an Amazon Lagoon. How's he supposed to know right and wrong???? On second thought Im not arguing this. The whole discussion about Henry Hull in the Werewolf of London thread was enough. I sympathize with the Creature because hes lonely and seeks a companion and I'm leaving it at that.
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Sep 29 15 8:44 PM
Dear Mr. Rudd,
Congratulations for having a definitive opinion and supporting it with evidence.
Sometimes, contributors can be a little too touchy, and become discomfited too easily.
A few threads have even been eliminated if the discussion warms up just a little.
I have sent and received several "Is it something I said?" messages in the course of championing one's cause.
Stand tall and impress your discussants with the power of a sturdy claim well-argued!
Andy in Vancouver.
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Oct 3 15 6:03 PM
Casey62 wrote:Titles I feel are overrated (still like 'em, though):
1930's: SON OF FRANKENSTEIN
It feels too long. Karloff's monster is reduced to a stooge for Lugosi's Ygor.
1940's: THE MUMMY'S HAND
Too light hearted until the Mummy shows up. My favorite Kharis entry is THE MUMMY'S CURSE.
1950's: THIS ISLAND EARTH
More sci-fi than horror, but overrated nonetheless. Too talky until the climax.
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