Monday, October 22, 2012

Abbott and Costello were there for my first time

I've told this story before: I came to my horror fandom in an odd-and-roundabout way.  Parents didn't think I should watch horror flicks.  No r-rated movies.  Religious family.  Still drawn to monsters.  Loved Halloween.  Stumbled across the Crestwood House Monster Series of books in the children's section of the local library (one of these days I'm going to get around to tracking down these books - I only have the King Kong and Creature from the Black Lagoon books).  Studied up on the classics as much as my grade school kid mind would allow.  Drew pictures of monsters in class.  If such a thing as being a "monster kid" without seeing any of the monster movies was possible for a grade school kid in the early- to mid-80s, I was it.

Then I finally saw one of the "classic" Universal monster films - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.  I remember vividly being at a friend's house on a weekend and flipping through channels, and we stumbled across the animated opening title sequence.  As soon as I saw the names "Bela Lugosi" and "Lon Chaney, Jr." I knew what we were watching.  Those names were etched into my brain at this point, and thanks to those Crestwood House books, I knew that this film was the last go-round for all these characters.  I didn't care that I hadn't seen the other films - I knew the stories leading up to the film, and I loved it.

And in a few minutes, I'm about to head out to the Joy Cinema to see the film on the big screen.  I can't wait!

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