May Monster Madness 2013 – Day 3

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Welcome to May Monster Madness 2013! Hosted by the totally awesome Annie Walls – author of The Famished Trilogy, Emma from Little Gothic Horrors, and Ked from Something Wicked this Way Comes.

On the first day of this awesome blog hop, I shared with you a couple of the movies that scared the crap out of me when I was a little girl, much younger than I would let my little girls watch horror films. In this post I would like to share my favorite monster movies from my rebellious pre-teen/teenage years.

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Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The film’s ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, and E.G. Marshall. Romero again engaged makeup and special effects artist Tom Savini for this film.

It was considered a sleeper hit at the box office when released in November 1982, earning $21,028,755 domestically,[1] and remains a popular film to this day among horror genre fans. The film was shot on location in Pittsburgh and its suburbs. It consists of five short stories: “Father’s Day”, “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill”, “Something to Tide You Over”, “The Crate” and “They’re Creeping Up on You!”. Two of these stories were adapted from King’s short stories.

The segments are tied together with brief animated sequences. The film is bookended by scenes, featuring a young boy named Billy (played by King’s son, Joe King), who is punished by his father for reading horror Comic books. The film is an homage to the E.C. and DC horror comic books of the 1950s such as House of Mystery, House of Secrets, The Witching Hour, Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of Fear.

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Creepshow was awesome to me because it meshed two of my favorite genres — Comics and Horror. And who wouldn’t love a horror movie written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero? This movie was definitely a favorite of mine during my pre-teen and teenage years. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I watched it. That would be the equivalent of trying to tell you how many times I listened to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! during that same part of my life. Hey, I didn’t say I was especially proud of all my choices back then.

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The Return of the Living Dead is a total classic. I recall watching this movie with my friends over and over and… well, yeah… you get the picture. In retrospect, I’ve been a lover of zombie movies for most of my life. No wonder I’m obsessed with the zombie apocalypse! Being much older now I prefer when the zombies don’t speak to their prey, as they’re much more terrifying when they just snarl when they come for you. These zombies from back in the day just made me laugh my ass off!

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What is the first horror movie that comes to mind when you think about your teenage years? I would love to hear about it!

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Wife, mother, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • This is so strange. I’m sure I’ve seen “Creepshow” but I can’t remember the stories. But “Return of he Living Dead” is one of my fav’s! I have a secret fetish for Black Comedy, and I’ll be writing about it for the last post on the 17th.

    • Can’t wait to read it! You’ll have to watch Creepshow again and let me know what you think 🙂

  • LittleGothicHorrors

    The first horror that comes to mind when I was a young teen is the TV miniseries, ‘Salem’s Lot’. I remember everyone at school was watching it and it was quite the sensation at the time. I still love it and although it has dated, I think it is still incredibly creepy.

  • Forget teenage years, I was watching this stuff when I was six! O_O I had older brothers that would head straight for the horror isle in our video store and I used to beg and plead to watch them and promise not to get scared! I wasn’t as brave as I would have liked to believe! 😉

    I kinda did a retro horror movie thing throughout my teens though, and sat through fright night and all the Nightmare on Elm Streets again! So good! Loving this post!
    Here’s my MMM’S for today Carmen Jenner Author and Book Me!

    Happy Hopping! =D

    • Fright Night! Damn, I forgot about that one! lol. I watched that around the same time as these too.

  • Ben Ellis

    Toni! I have been having so much difficulty leaving comments on your awesome hop stops! With King and Romero it was bound to be a freakin’ awesome movie! I haven’t seen it in so long and will have to re-visit. Thanks for the reminder!

    Here’s my day III MMM at Design du Jour.

  • Magaly Guerrero

    I must add Creepshow to my list. It looks disgustingly entertaining.

    My teenage years horror is definitely A Nightmare on Elm Street. Actually, is the only movie that makes me think twice before going to sleep.

    • A Nightmare on Elm Street was awesome, the first one anyway! I have a story for that one. lol.

  • Shah Wharton

    The Evil Dead and The Freaks. Shiver! Great and incredibly creepy movies. Loved Creepshow too, and A Nightmare on Elm Street (series). But the first I think was Salem’s Lot or The Fog. Oh gosh, I do love my horror.

    • Evil Dead was definitely an awesome movie! I don’t think I’ve ever seen The Freaks. I will have to look that one up! Thank you 🙂

  • C Fite

    I remember Creepshow and I loved The Crate! Gosh, there was a movie “Boogeyman” I think. I watched it when I was really young. All I recall is it had a mirror and the “boogeyman” wore what looked like pantyhose stretched over his face. I can still recall his horrid face and still don’t like mirrors.

  • Thinking about my teen years, Phantasm and April Fools Day come my mind. Of course Nightmare on Elm Street too.

  • Maynard Morrissey

    Yeeha, two of the most entertaining fun-horror-movies of all time. Love them bith 🙂