RE: #AskAHoney

I think it’s only fair I tortured my lovelies that I should subject myself to the same torture.

“If all the horror movies in the world were being destroyed and you could only save one, which one would it be?”

For me it is Frankenstein (1931)

Here is why. For one thing this movie caused a lot of chaos, one of my favorite things, for the simple fact that chaos shakes things up and forces people to think. The censors of the time wanted the now iconic line: “By God, now I know what it feels like to be God” to be removed on the grounds of blasphemy. Also, the scene where the monster throws the little girl into the lake or pond and she drowns. They thought it was too shocking for the audience.

I have to admit that scene was gut-wrenching for me. It was like a train wreck – you wanted to look away, but you couldn’t. And damn if you didn’t almost feel guilty for feeling compassion for the monster. Even though he just unwittingly took an innocent life.

For me this movie symbolizes us – humanity. We are beautiful yet frightening; amazing yet monstrous. The monster’s creator is both proud yet terrified by his own creation. I’m sure many of our parents feel that way. But more still is the creation’s search for love, understanding and acceptance from his creator. And he’s denied.

Many of us at some point in our lives wonder who or what created us, for what purpose and more importantly where the hell is that creator? Why is the creator absent from our life.

Even when we grow up and leave home we are thrust out into the world searching for love, companionship, understanding and acceptance.

When you cut right down to the bone, this story (movie) is about the human condition.

This movie works on so many levels, it has so many metaphors, and so many standards which are still being used in horror today. And yes, it is important to thank our horror maven Mary Shelley for this wonderful and terrifying story. In fact, I think she should be the patron saint of the Horror Honeys.

I hope I articulated this well enough or I am severely under-medicated.

 

Top 10 Iconic Horror Images

This week is very special to all horror fans. It is the week of Halloween when we anxiously search through the cable guide looking for our favorite horror movies to watch. I thought I would take this opportunity to post some of the most recognizable scenes from popular horror movies. These are in no particular order. I’m very old school so this list will be heavy on old films. I hope you enjoy the list and feel free to tell me your favorites.

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Poltergeist.

This movie freaked me out when I was younger. It revived its hold on me when my niece came along. She could have doubled as Heather O’Rourke and quite often on several occasions she took advantage of that fact with my sister and I. I remember some people being afraid of their televisions, back in the analog days, when stations went off the air and we were treated to white noise. And who can forget the freaky clown doll?

NO. 9

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Bride of Frankenstein

Proving once again that true love is a bitch. I love the Frankenstein franchise for the duo nature of fear and tragedy. There were moments when we feared Doctor Frankenstein’s creation and other moments where we felt sympathy for his creation. At the basic core it is a story about humanity. Our struggle with life from the moment of creation to the pursuit of happiness in love and acceptance. For those who have ever been set up on a blind date this image has particular relevance.

NO. 8

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House On Haunted Hill

What can I say? It’s Vincent Price! The dashing horror icon has always been a favorite of mine. House on Haunted Hill IS an icon. The Frank Lloyd Wright house used in the exterior shots in this film is iconic on its own level. However, the movie is sadly considered somewhat cheesy and campy by today’s horror generation, but who cares. Did I mention it has Vincent fucking Price in it? A devilishly handsome man with an unmistakable AND iconic voice.

NO. 7

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Nightmare on Elm Street

What Hitchcock did for the shower Wes Craven did for the bathtub. This scene always makes me think twice before passing out in the bathtub with a bottle of vodka. Thanks Wes! It’s a bit suggestive too wouldn’t you say? I loved the mom line about drowning in the tub. Yeah, I think she’s more worried about the burned psycho back from Hell with knives for fingers! And those knives are precariously positioned.

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Night of the Living Dead

Again with children. Children are scary especially when they are hungry. Nay. Ravenous. This was a nightmare in itself for parents. Something sweet, innocent and somewhat helpless is now the thing to be feared. A good theme. This scene was so iconic it graces many posters and T-shirts even to this day. A film from 46 years ago is still relevant and inspiring new generations of film, television, video game and comic creators.

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Frankenstein

I’ve included this one for a special reason. This very sequence, not included in its entirety, caused quite a stir in its day with censors for its blasphemous content. Early prints were cut and later restored for posterity sake. Doctor Frankenstein knew what it felt like to be God. Creating life from death was an appalling notion, but now every bio-lab across the world is trying to emulate this timeless classic.

NO. 4

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Nosferatu

Scary in its day, but nothing more than a true icon today. This was the first vampire film to grace the silver screen which would go on to set the standard for what was to come. It is still one of my favorites to watch for Halloween. It’s so ugly it’s beautiful. And he doesn’t sparkle.

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Dracula

THIS is what was to come and how glorious it is. Bela Lugosi was born to play this part. While many have attempted to fill his shoes, in my opinion, they all fall short. He was even buried in his Dracula cape. He IS and forever will be Dracula. Do yourself a favor this Halloween and curl up with him and listen to the children of the night for what music they make.

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Psycho

No, she didn’t run out of Herbal Essences. This scene ruined showers for Janet Leigh for life! Now that is cinema. The shower scene is one of the most iconic images of horror and I believe will remain so for eternity. In fact, in film school this scene is used to teach aspiring filmmakers on the importance of storyboarding. Thank you Saul Bass.

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The Exorcist

This movie to date is the only horror movie that ever truly scared me. Of course it might have something to do with being left home alone for the first time and deciding that watching this would be a good idea. I scarred myself and my younger sister for life, but it was worth it. THIS is the movie I hold all other horror movies to. This image is perhaps the most iconic. It’s simple, it’s beautiful, it doesn’t give anything away and yet is highly effective.

This is just a few iconic images. I can think of hundreds more, but it would take too long to include everything that one could. Share your favorites with me and enjoy your horror movie viewing this Halloween. Or indeed, all year round!