October Nostalgia

This month I had decided I was going to watch one of my old favorites. I can’t really say why it was what my mind drifted there, it could simply be that it was one of my first real “horror” movie experiences.  Alas I put myself up to watching Critters (1986), which was in its day a scary movie (I had to grow up a wee bit to appreciate the humor). It also was probably the first Sci-Fi flick that I had watched, most other horror movies at that time were either based in fantastical fantasy or had it’s roots in old horror.

the-monster-squadStarring: Scott Grimes (Brad), Terrence Mann (Ug), and Don Keith Opper (Charlie) and others.A small band of furry alien criminals escape prison and steal off with a space ship which they end up landing on Earth. Chaos ensues as these little monsters terrorize a small town.

Critters is a 1986 science fiction comedy horror written Domonic Muir and directed by Stephen Herek. This is the first of a four part series ( I would suggest watching the first two and stopping, maybe just the first one).  Though much like a can of Pringles you may not be able to stop after you pop the top on this series.

What I really must say about this series is that it had brought out both the scary and potential possibility of life else were in the stars. Even though for months afterwards cats dashing away on my morning paper route or at night walking home would get me to jump the thrill this one provided me left me with good memories for years to come. After watching it again I obviously don’t feel the same sense of dread and horror but do appreciate what I had after my first viewing.

September Nostalgia

Every once in a while it is nice to revisit something from your youth.  Today I had decided to watch the movie The Monster Squad (1987).  It was an interesting viewing of a movie I loved as a kid.  With the way newer movies make use of CG and with what we have come to expect from the action, story line, and acting this movie earns a full wheel of cheese.

the-monster-squadStarring: Andre Gower (Sean), Robby Kiger (Patrick), Brent Chalem (Horace), and Ryan Lambert (Rudy)

The Monster Squad is a 1987 horror comedy film written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and directed by Fred Dekker (who also wrote and directed Night of the Creeps). It was released by Tri-Star Pictures on August 14, 1987. The film features the Universal Monsters (re-imagined by a team of special effects artists including Stan Winston), led by Count Dracula. They, in turn, combat a group of savvy kids out to keep them from controlling the world.

It felt good to watch this movie all over again.  I am sure this movie inspired many a kids to start clubs of their own as many like myself had already had a secret desire to be part of some special group.  In my case we had created a snake club.  We had spent time finding our secret meeting places as we didn’t have the luxury of a cool club house in the back yard, instead we found a nice little carved out area by a local bike trail at the local park.  Looking back at that I realize we probably weren’t the first and sure as heck weren’t the last to use that spot.

The things I liked about this movie when I was young are sure different than what I look at and appreciate about it now.  I no longer connect with the main protagonists as I am no longer a youngster myself but I enjoy the effort put in to make a movie like this come together back  in the day.  Something I would have clearly overlooked back then.  The masks and makeup that the actors had to endure in order to become the monsters was a crazy process back then, (there are still some great professionals out there now) yet the acting was allowed to be barely par with passing the line and attempting to bring out the passion of the character on screen.  I am not even thinking about the fact that the movie was supposed to be cheesy, but small things like actors looking for the other before they made moves instead of relying on them to be there to do their job.

None the less this movie was good in its time and had left an impression on me when I was young, I hope that everyone will take the time and look this one over again and not knock it for what it is but appreciate it for what it was.  I know I had fun watching this one again.