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Monster Movies

Boo! Sorry, were you scared?  Well, that’s this week’s unit. Being scared, but not in the real way like Halloween.  We’re going to be working on monster movies — what happens in them and special effects.

First up, Frankenstein!  In this movie, Dr. Frankenstein creates a monster that escapes and murders a young girl by drowning her.  Luckily, he is destroyed in a burning windmill.  Here is a photo of Boris Karloff in his Frankenstein costume:

Anyway, when I said Boris Karloff in his Frankenstein costume I meant that Boris Karloff plays Frankenstein.  The movie came from a book written by a woman named Mary Shelley.  Boy, if you ever see this movie, it’s pretty creepy.  First scene takes place in a cemetery — creepy!

Next up – Creature From The Black Lagoon!  In this movie, a science research team discovers a hidden monster in the Amazon’s Black Lagoon.  Luckily, the team is able to stop him before they are all killed.  The illusion is fascinating.  The actor who plays the creature in the water was an Olympic swimmer who could hold his breath under water for five minutes.  Ben Chapman played the creature on land.  Also, the movie was first seen in 3-D.  Here is a picture of the creature:

Here is probably one of the most popular movie monsters in this unit: Godzilla!  Godzilla is a combination of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Stegosaurus.  The spikes were inspired by Stegosaurus spikes and the rest of Godzilla is taken by the shape of a T. Rex.  In the movie, a giant atomic radiation monster invades Tokyo, Japan.  They finally manage to kill him by taking all of the oxygen out of the water in Tokyo Bay.  There have been many many more Godzilla movies, some of him being evil and some of him battling monsters.  Here are pictures from the original Godzila movie, Godzilla vs. Gigan, and Godzilla vs. Hedora (aka the Smog Monster):

Time for you to meet our final movie monster.  Beware of The Blob!  The Blob is supposed to be an alien creature that eats people.  They finally are able to freeze it and take it to The Arctic.  Here is a picture of a Blob movie poster:

These movies are all monster movies, which makes them incredibly haunting, except Godzilla maybe.  I’m interested in monster movies because I want to see things that don’t exactly educate the mind for a change.  I also have read many books about these monster movies and more, like Dracula and King Kong. 

Next time, be prepared for a heck of a big lotus — Japanese Art and Culture.


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  1. James / Jul 15 2008 1:53 am

    I’m a big Godzilla fan. But I’m a big Blob fan. I live right near where they filmed the Blob, not in Downingtown. But, Coatesville. Anyway. what do u think would be like if Godzilla and The Blob had a fight, and who would win?

  2. milesandhisfavorites / Jul 16 2008 12:39 am

    It would take a while, but Blob would win. Hands down. And Godzilla’s breath is not exactly cold.

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