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When I was growing up in the 1950′s, I was planted in front of the television every Saturday afternoon Monster movie matineefor Monster Movie Matinee. I get chills just remembering how I loved being scared by those movies. This is where I saw classics like Frankenstein’s Monster, Wolfman, Dracula and a great many ‘B’ movies.

Our church, like most Catholic churches, had a rating system for movies. Children under 14 were advised not to watch B movies, as they might scar the minds of younger children for life with the images portrayed on the screen. Thankfully my Dad didn’t pay much attention to their recommendations.

So, with nothing standing in my way these, and others like them, became my favorite form of entertainment. I’d curl up on the floor with a pillow and blanket in my kind of heaven for 90 minutes. Please enjoy:

1941, The Wolfman, starring Claude Reins, Ralph Bellamy, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Bela Lugosi.

1931 Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi.

1931, Frankenstein, starring Bela Lugosi.

1931, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, starring Frederick March. This is the scene when he changes from Jekyll to Hyde.

These are classics. The following were “B” movies, but fun and startling all the same.

1953, IT Came From Outer Space.

1956, Godzilla-King of the Monsters, starring Raymond Burr

AND THEN, there was MOTHRA!

All of these movies will seem pretty corny to those under 40 years old, but I love them. Hubs and I have old movie fests pretty regularly.

What were your favorite movies growing up? Do you still watch them today? I do. These are pretty low-tech, but I love them all the same.

You know I love hearing from you! Do me the favor  of commenting and I’ll promise not to vanquish you! Muahaha!

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  1. bloodywhitby  October 19, 2011

    Much of the reason that many of these films exist is that Bram Stoker failed to protect his creation Count Dracula, leaving the door wide open for Hollywood to plagiarise his story for, if you’ll pardon the pun, countless movie adaptations.

    I’m lucky enough to live close to Whitby, the little fishing port which inspired Bram Stokers original vampire story, and all of the Hollywood films and tv series that have followed since. My blog is a story which tries to bring all of those things together by bringing modern vampires back to Whitby in the present day. Hope you get a chance to drop by.

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    • Marcia  October 19, 2011

      I will definitely stop over and take a look! Sounds right up my alley! Thanks so much for coming here and I hope you’ll come back again. :)

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  2. Angela Wallace  October 18, 2011

    I didn’t see Dracula until college, and I thought Renfield was creepier than Dracula. I’m a Disney fan. I still watch the animated classics. :-D

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    • Marcia  October 19, 2011

      Ooh, yeah, Renfield is really creepy. Dracula seems kinda lame to me now. But still the oldies. Disney, too. I watched them all with my kids as they grew and now with my grandkids. Thanks, Angela

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  3. Sonia G Medeiros  October 17, 2011

    I love monster flicks. Especially the classics. Great post. :D

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  4. Naomi Bulger  October 17, 2011

    I’ve never been one for scary or horror movies, but the old ones are so much fun. When I was at university we developed a tradition with my parents where I’d come home on one night a weekend and we’d rent movies like “It” or “The Thing” and cook and cringe and laugh together. Very good memories.

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    • Marcia  October 17, 2011

      Great memories, Naomi. I’m so happy to find out that I’m not alone in not watching today’s horror movies but loving black & white movies of all kinds! Thanks for coming by.

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  5. lynnkelleyauthor  October 17, 2011

    You were a much braver kid than I was! I saw my first scary movie at age 6, The Blob. I guess I had nightmares from it, so my mom said no more scary movies for me! I saw enough through the years, but am such a chicken. Those are great old classics that you listed. I liked the funny movies, like Jerry Lewis, who I thought was hilarious when I was a kid. And scary funny, like Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein!

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    • Marcia  October 17, 2011

      Ooh, I love those, too, Lynn! And Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Gee I miss those movies. I hope I can find them on Netflix. I guess I’m lucky I loved horror movies then because I can’t even sit through the opening scene of one of newer ones now.

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  6. Tameri Etherton  October 17, 2011

    I know I saw all these movies when I was a kid, but they didn’t stick with me as, ohmygosh I love them! movies. But then, I’m not a horror fan and refuse to see anything slasher/psychologically thrilling or horrorish. I’m a huge wimp and proud of it. Okay, not so proud, but still…

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    • Marcia  October 17, 2011

      I’m with you…can’t watch any of today’s horror movies, actually since about 1970. We’ll have a Wimp Coalition! All wimps gather for a good old-fashioned…musical! :)

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  7. patriciasands  October 17, 2011

    Here’s my vote for the oldies too! There’s nothing like laughing at scary stuff. The monster movies today are so over the top that they are no fun.

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    • Marcia  October 17, 2011

      Did you watch Thriller with Boris Karloff? We’ve been watching them on Netflix. Not as many thrills as I remember.

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  8. Hartford  October 17, 2011

    Growing up, I loved the Nightmare on Elmstreet flicks. Now, I am not much into horror. LOL but I do love a good true story based thriller. :-)

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    • Marcia  October 17, 2011

      Nightmare on Elm St scared me. See, I try to watch scary movies from 1970 forward. I just can’t. I love thrillers, too Next time you think of a good one, let me know and I’ll try to catch on Netflix.

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  9. Jess Witkins  October 17, 2011

    I similarly grew up in front of TV too. LOL. I was just thinking the other night how much I’m glad I grew up where I saw such a broad range of film styles and genres so early on. I love pretty much anything now. Black and white films, musicals, documentaries, foreign films, campy comedies, period dramas. I’m in! I just watched the original Dracula for the first time last year. Sylvia Browne says Bela Lugosi is a ghost now, who dresses and lives as Dracula in his old home, never moving beyond his most famous role that typecast him for life. Spooky.

    Are you tuning in for AMC’s Fear Fest these next two weeks? I will be!

    P.S. I now have the Monster Mash stuck in my head. Thanks a heap. :P

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    • Marcia  October 17, 2011

      I used to sing Monster Mash all the time…Let’s do the Mash…the Monster Mash.. dang, now it’s in my head! No AMC, no cable. If anyone knows what Bela is doing right now, it would be Sylvia. Is there a genre you don’t read, Jess? You do like everything!

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  10. deniz  October 17, 2011

    I love old movies like these, along with the old Doctor Who episodes. They could really scare if you let your imagination run wild!

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    • Marcia  October 17, 2011

      How about Sherlock Holmes? That was a good series, too. Thanks for coming by Deniz.

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  11. Marcia  October 17, 2011

    Oh, I’m glad you’re a fan! I wish I could have fit in more. I just watched Creature from the Black Lagoon last week. The classics are the best ever, in my opinion. Thanks, Donna. Hey, I wrote your character into my book this weekend!

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  12. Donna  October 17, 2011

    I will not watch any monster movies past the 50s. Not worth it. You hit on my favs as well as The Mummy, THEM, The Thing, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and on and on and on…oh and Cat People and…….

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