A little fun for All Hallow's Eve...
Boris Karloff as Adreth Bay/Imhotep
No "Aliens", no "Predators", no Godzillas, no Jasons, Freddy Kruegers, or Lestats... This is a traditional contest. Who was the best "classic" movie monster?
Take your pick, until Universal pulls the clips off of Youtube.
First Category: Best Univeral Studios Movie Monster of the 1930s and 1940s
1) Boris Karloff as Frankenstein (1931)
"It's alive!" A big, misunderstood, not so gentle giant... Karloff actually has you feeling a little sorry for him when the villagers trap him in the windmill.
2) Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolfman (1941)
Picking up from where his dad, Lon Chaney Sr, left off. I like the dark, foggy, Gypsy chic. Here, he succumbs to a beat-down from Claude Rains with a silver-tipped cane. Who knew Claude was such a hard guy?
3) Bela Lugosi as Dracula (1931)
Lugosi makes Transylvania a household word, displaying old world charm, and apparently, what passed for sex appeal at the time. Can you figure? Poor Bela started to get the idea after a while, that he really was Dracula.
4) Boris Karloff again, as The Mummy (1932) Editor's Choice
Karloff as the Egyptian priest and mummy, "Imhotep". His lean, sinewy physique worked very well here again, like it did in Frankenstein. He was a kind of physical genius. I think this movie was pretty cool. I love the use of the Egyptian hieroglyphics, legends, and symbols in a Victorian/Edwardian, slightly inaccurate, dusty, Harvard-Peabody Museum kind of way.
Second Category: Repressed and Frustrated Movie Monsters of the 1950s
I don't think the Sexual Revolution started in the 1960s. Looks to me like the lid was already coming off the pressure-cooker well before then.
1) Michael Landon in I was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
Michael, before his Little House On The Prairie days, making mischief in the school gymnasium. Who was that mad-scientist guy in all those 50s films? Whit Bissell... He was in everything...
2) Ben Chapman in The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) Editor's Choice
The "Gill-Man" was my favorite movie monster when I was a kid. Pretty fancy swimming there by Ben Chapman, in a full body rubber suit, you must admit (there's your opening for pithy remarks, drive a truck through it if you wish...). I think Julia Adams was quite fetching. Wonder whatever happened to her?