Over at the Universal Monster Army message boards, a subject thread popped up called Your Classic Monster Wish! in which forum members started posting their wishes and dreams regarding classic monster movies. I thought it was an interesting topic, and decided to hijack it for this installment of The Thursday Thirteen.
- Hammer Films all had distribution deals with the same companies. Wouldn't it be nice if the jumping-through-the-various-distribution-companies hoops were taken out of the equation when it came to releasing the entire Hammer Films catalog on DVD or Blu-ray?
- Speaking of Hammer, more Brian Donlevy as Professor Quatermass. Again, not to slight other performers who've played the role, but, for me, there's something about Donlevy's take on Quatermass that hit me just right. He's a cocksure hero-scientist that drags us along on his save-the-world adventures, and I wish there were more movies like that.
- Some sort of explanation why Larry Talbot is still suffering from lycanthrophy at the start of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein when he was cured at the end of House of Dracula. I know it's a nitpicky kind of thing (and, actually, it IS explained in Jeff Rovin's excellent 1998 novel Return of the Wolfman, but I want an in-movie explanation), but it's always bugged me a little bit. (I probably read too many comics as a kid and get really hung up on how everything matched up continuity-wise.)
- Speaking of special features, more special features for these classic, and sometimes not-so-classic, monster movies. While I enjoy the simple pleasure of opening up the latest collection from Mill Creek Entertainment and finding a genre movie from the 40s that I don't already have on disc or haven't watched in a long time, I doubly enjoy finding a movie, like, say, White Zombie (previously released by Mill Creek, and anyone else who has access to a public domain print of the film) that's been rereleased by Kino Lorber with a new commentary track. As fans of these kinds of movies, we're collectors, and as much as our wallets might cry about it, we'll spend a few extra bucks for interviews, commentary tracks, something more than a trailer and a screen of cast and crew information.
- Soundtrack album releases. Those who know me know that I'm a film score collector, and companies like Monstrous Movie Music make me VERY happy. Again, my wallet might not like it, but I'd love more soundtrack albums from these films.
- More Bela Lugosi. Speaking of my favorite Hungarian, I would have loved to see him get more work at Universal. Bring him back for House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula. Let him do more when he finally dons the monster make-up in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf-Man. Even today, the original Frankenstein seems to be more attention than the original Dracula (although I am happy that Dracula got the amazing restoration treatment in the recent Blu-ray release), and I feel that's been a massive injustice. From the beginning of his horror career, Bela Lugosi (for a number of different reasons) never got the same bump Karloff did, and that's just not fair.
- London After Midnight existed somewhere today. I'd like to think that it's out there somewhere. That a more complete version of the 1927 film Metropolis turned up a few years ago is pretty amazing, so maybe . . . MAYBE this lost Lon Chaney film will surface.
- More Captain Kronos films. Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter was intended to launch a franchise, and I would love to see more films in this series.
- And, finally, I wish there was some way I could go back in time and watch all these classic monster movies I love today when they were first released theatrically!