live through this (Halloween 2012)

After the storm of the century, are you really in the mood for a postapocalyptic zombie movie on Halloween?

I know I’m not. Gates are locked, porch lights are dimmed, and on the Netflix queue tonight we’ll be watching (and it streams):

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
(photo from 3guys1movie)

Just my speed. And from what I’ve seen of the first ten minutes or so, it holds up surprisingly well. I can’t believe Marty’s never seen it before.
With Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Lon Chaney as the Wolfman, what’s not to like? Just keep in mind that Abbott & Costello started out as radio comedians, so the movie is all about showcasing their banter and doesn’t strain itself when it comes to the plot. I always preferred these two to, say, the Three Stooges. Of course, the Marx Brothers trump all movie comedians.

And bicycling around Long Beach today, I actually found some Halloween decor to admire:



Kinda reminds me of the couple from Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, another possible movie candidate for tonight.

Lastly, and scariest of all, from the Paris Review, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Telltale Heart” in Pictures, by Daniel Horowitz:

TRUE!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?”


Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded—with what caution—with what foresight—with what dissimulation I went to work!”


Yes, he was stone, stone dead. I placed my hand upon the heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. His eye would trouble me no more.”


Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God!—no, no! They heard!—they suspected!—they knew!—they were making a mockery of my horror!–this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now—again!—hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!”

Yikes! I’ll just be nipping out to make sure those gates are locked again…
Happy Halloween

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5 Responses to live through this (Halloween 2012)

  1. kathy says:

    Ha! having a discussion tonight with Laura and Babs on FB about old horror flicks, i.e. Nosferatu, The Crawling Eye, The Blob, etc. Asked if they remembered the one with Peter Graves and the giant grasshoppers…

  2. Deanne says:

    What fun, what fun

  3. Denise says:

    @I remember a movie about armies of ants called Them! but no grasshoppers and Peter Graves. And you forgot ACMF? We did watch it later, but didn’t make it to the end, when if I remember right even the Invisible Man makes an appearance. Is it too late to take back my assertion that it still holds up?
    @Deanne, I hope you’re feeling better, after that mishap with the ceramic pots. What a week you’ve had!

  4. Hoov says:

    Ah, for us it must be “Young Frankenstein”. Put zuh candle beck!

    Nice decor!

  5. Denise says:

    @Hoov, of course YF! And isn’t that couple sweet? So much decor junk to wade through to find a gem though.

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