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.
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.
This week on the podcast, we saw Watson’s morals crumble under the weight of peer pressure. While I am flattered that an article of mine would attract some attention, I was writing about various Geek Icons, all over 60 years of age, who may or may not be around much longer. Seeing as how the conversation turned to who might die next and how much money might be down on that, I was a wee bit dismayed. And I will not be putting a bet down on Betty White. No. I won’t be. The age thing is why Carrie Fisher was left off, by the by.
But good for Watson for holding out for a little over a minute.
Now I’m going to agree with one of his other points.