Geek Rewatch: The Monster Squad

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I hate nostalgia.  I really do.  Glorifying stuff from the past simply because it was a beloved thing of the past?  Not for me.  I’d much rather judge something based off its actual quality, not some warm feeling I had when I was ten.  Besides, revisiting a lot of those older things shows many of them weren’t that good to begin with.

So, with that in mind, I decided to check out The Monster Squad just before it left Netflix.  I’d seen it once from start to finish as a kid, remembered more or less liking it, and was wondering how good it actually was.  Anyway, thoughts after the cut.

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Tom Recommends: The Universal Horror Classics

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Horror movies are probably about as old as the movie industry itself.  Thomas Edison made one, an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.  That movie no longer exists aside from a few frames, but that was hardly the last time something creepy, evil, and murderous would show up on the silver screen to threaten others.

Universal Studios perhaps invented much of the modern horror genre.  Producer Carl Laemmle Jr., son of the studio’s owner, oversaw much of them, and even if the movies may seem stale or silly by today’s horror standards, these films created the classic look of many monsters that every incarnation since is held up to as well as making household names for many of the actors who played said monsters.

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