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« Reply #450 on: September 06, 2011, 12:34:34 PM »
I assume your question is limited to the horror genre, if not specifically Universal horror movies. 
Only from my point of view (movies I won). It's been a long time since I've seen any black-and-white monster movies on TV. I can't really judge movies I've only seen on television, where they might be edited and have commercial breaks. PBS used to show them at halloween. I remember Them!, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (both), The Thing (both), and just saw Bedlam and The Body Snatcher. It's because I haven't seen them for awhile that I bought the six sets. I also know of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Hammer Horror boxed sets.

It turns out the six boxed sets have 26 different movies. 27 if you include the Spanish cast version of Dracula, also made in 1931. 4/5 Dracula (the original comes with two scored versions), 5 Frankenstein, 5 Mummy, 5 Invisible Man, 4 Wolf Man and 3 Creature of the Black Lagoon. I like the Stephen Sommer's Mummy and Van Helsing movies, though I would have preferred rachel Weisz back for the 3rd mummy movie. Of the newest monster movies I like The Mummy's Return the best. Assuming I remembered the title correctly.

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« Reply #451 on: September 06, 2011, 03:17:37 PM »
Karloff-a-go-go!  

One of my favorite surf tunes with clips of the original Mummy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExQocj_bhG8&feature=related

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« Reply #452 on: September 06, 2011, 06:30:56 PM »
The Creature from the Black Lagoon was actually a 50s movie.  Judged among the other 50s monster movies, I consider it one of the best.  The scene where the Gill-man is swimming with the unsuspecting (and uber-beautiful) Julie Adams is a mesmerizingly primal and suspenseful piece of cinema.  All the underwater camera work was superb. 

The Creature from the Black Lagoon is best when viewed as originally intended: in a theatre with your 3D glasses on. It is one of the last of the "classic" Universal horror movies.

I believe that the Creature was the inspiration for the Sahuagin race in D&D, but that's just speculation on my part.
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« Reply #453 on: September 08, 2011, 09:15:55 PM »
I just watched The Mummy last night. They filmed a whole bunch of reincarnation scenes which were lost except for stills. Strangely enough, no version of the Sommer's Mummy versions includes the Boris Karloff movie, though Van Helsing includes Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. I would have thought the Blue Ray trilogy would have it.

I have never seen The Creature in 3-D though I have seen it many times on TV. I think I'll watch all three this weekend. I need to get in the mood to finish The Created by Halloween. I always try to get out a Ravenloft conversion for Halloween.

I also rented X-Men: First Class to watch in about an hour. And I ordered the Frighteners DVD. Another Strange Peter Jackson film. Always love John Astin.

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« Reply #454 on: September 09, 2011, 03:53:45 AM »
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Always love John Astin.

My favorite John Astin movie is Evil Roy Slade. I've never been tempted to analyze why. He plays a dual role, and is convincing in both. It's a comedy western rather than horror, so I don't recommend it for getting into the Halloween mood.

It might make a good mood-setter for a Boot Hill design.
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« Reply #455 on: September 09, 2011, 10:49:46 AM »
I keep forgetting my Boot Hill module is almost done. I have to playtest it and see if I can turn off vorpal weapons. I may also have forgotten to hook in ALL the sheriff plots. I'm not sure I haven't done that though. Maybe I'll try to play it this weekened.

On the other hand, I did see X-Men: First Class and it was a decent movie. I'd like to know if it takes place before or after the Wolverine Origins movie. It seems I have seen James McAvoy in Band of Brothers, Children of Doom, Narnia and Wanted, with voice in Gnomeo and Juliet. I saw Michael Fassbender in Band of Brothers and 300. Still don't remember him though. Blue Ray version apparently has a Cerebro Mutant Tracker. Wonder what that does. No history of documentary on the DVD.

I like John Astin's appearances on Night Court. I thought there were more than 10.


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« Reply #456 on: September 09, 2011, 12:21:57 PM »
My favorite John Astin movie is Evil Roy Slade.
 

I've never been able to forget how men would sing about the "Stubby Index Finger" around their campfires.

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« Reply #457 on: September 09, 2011, 12:35:10 PM »
On the other hand, I did see X-Men: First Class and it was a decent movie. I'd like to know if it takes place before or after the Wolverine Origins movie. It seems I have seen James McAvoy in Band of Brothers, Children of Doom, Narnia and Wanted, with voice in Gnomeo and Juliet. I saw Michael Fassbender in Band of Brothers and 300. Still don't remember him though. Blue Ray version apparently has a Cerebro Mutant Tracker. Wonder what that does. No history of documentary on the DVD.
 

I considered buying a DVD of X-Men: First Class, this morning.  But there were hardly any Extras.  What a rip-off!  The other X-Men movies came with full loads.  I really enjoy commentaries where the artists talk about their art.  If they don't give some good Extras, even for a great movie like this, I can certainly wait until I see a cheap, previously viewed copy somewhere. 

Walmart had Quantum of Solace for 5 bucks, but it hardly had any Extras, either, so I passed on that too.  Conversely, the older Bond films are swimming in Extras, much to my delight. 

Many movie magazines give two DVD review ratings, one for the film and one for the extras.  I don't see why these studios can't take a hint.   >:( 

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« Reply #458 on: September 09, 2011, 01:22:31 PM »
Speaking of John Astin, his Gomez Addams is one of the greatest comic characters ever created for TV.  There was an almost Marx Bros genius to his approach.  I found the gusto with which his Gomez tackled even mundane activities to be inspiring. 

Here's the Gomez Addams theme by the great Vic Mizzy: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6PkUUUtscQ

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« Reply #459 on: September 10, 2011, 01:01:30 PM »
X-Men 1st Class had 22 minutes of documentaries. The Blue Ray apparently has a mutant finder which might be useful. The documentary is probably on one of the other 4 X-Men movies. The origin ones usually have one on the comic series.

I accidentally got a single disk version of Quantum of Solace when I forgot to pay attention to my DVD club. Recently I bought the 2 dvd special edition. I have every James Bond Special Edition, including the David Niven Casino Royale which has the only TV version of James Bond. Sadly Never Say Never Again has no extras. Most movies today come in 2-dvd and 1-dvd versions with the 1-dvd version falling into the bargain bin. I always check to see if a movie has a 2-dvd version before I buy a cheap one. I end up not getting many cheap ones.

The Pierce Brosnan James Bonds were the first not to have commentaries until Die Another Day? The Daniel Craig's don't have any either. Unless they added stuff to the boxed set versions. I'm really annoyed that The Shadow can only be found in Full Screen. I have about a dozen like that. I also just noticed The Mummy's Curse was formatted to fit the screen. Since when does a 1944 movie need to be reduced to fit a screen?

I also really liked the television show I think was titled Pushing Daisies. Of course, I knew my liking it would be the kiss of death. It was inventive and colorful and odd. And it had zombies.  :)

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« Reply #461 on: September 13, 2011, 03:54:43 PM »
Saxophobia --fear of unprotected sax?  No, just delightful music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yMwc8olTLE&feature=related

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« Reply #462 on: September 15, 2011, 03:11:33 PM »

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« Reply #463 on: September 17, 2011, 11:12:56 PM »
I've mentioned composer Lalo Schifrin before, in this thread, but I think his most impressive effort was for The Four Musketeers (1974).  Here's a sample:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4XVZEGfxRI 

He replaced Michel Legrand who had scored The Three Musketeers (1973).  Nothing against Legrand, but I don't think he could have handled the delicate yet emotionally complex scenes required in the second half of the tale.  Legrand was better suited for the lighter tone of the first one.  Schifrin really displayed his range in the second. 

The Four Musketeers is one of my top ten favorite movies of all time.  The Three Musketeers wouldn't be too far behind.   

The selection I linked is Milady's Theme.  One of my favorite dramatic motifs is that of the haunting woman (which I've used in some fashion in a number of my mods).  Faye Dunaway's character is a superb example from film.

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« Reply #464 on: September 18, 2011, 12:11:06 PM »
I had two enjoyable dreams, last night. 

In the first, I was a cyborg soldier from a future apocalypse.  I had been deactivated by an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) wave, and awoke, years later, alone, in the post-apocalyptic world.  My memory was gone.  Shortly, I found, and joined up with a woman who was taking medicine to her clan (someplace).  We had to avoid weird monsters and robots, and took on another survivor during our dangerous journey before that dream ended. 

In the second, I was a Ray Liotta character in some sorta crime movie.  Robert De Niro was playing my older brother, who had orders to whack me, and maybe my wife & kids, too.  The climax involved, at one point, he and I shooting fireworks at each other in the hallway of my house.  Then we wrestled over his gun and I aimed it at the capo who'd given him the whacking order, and the trigger was pulled.  Bada Boom! -- happy ending.
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