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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Low-Budget Lark 'I Was a Teenage Frankenstein'

23 November 2012 9:20 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I Was a Teenage Thanksgiving Turkey! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director and Tfh creator Joe Dante introducing "I Was a Teenage Frankenstein," the hurried follow-up to the American International Pictures sleeper hit "I Was a Teenage Werewolf." "Speak! You have a civil tongue in your head. I know, because I sewed it back myself!" says Prof. Frankenstein, played by popular character actor Whit Bissell in one of his rare leading roles. This hurried followup to Aip's sleeper hit I Was a Teenage Werewolf hardly scales the same low budget heights but it's fun anyway. Several plot points are cribbed from Hammer's Curse of Frankenstein. »

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31 Days of Horror: ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ should have stayed from whence it came

16 October 2012 7:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Directed by Jack Arnold

Written by Harry Essex and Arthur A. Ross

U.S.A. 1954

The Universal monsters that so many people recognize and accept as iconic and saw the light of day on the cinema screen were products of the 1930s, the two most popular being of course Frankenstein and Dracula, each released as early as 1931. By the 1950s, the studio’s output with regards to ‘classic’ creatures had dwindled considerably, even though science-fiction flicks were tremendously popular by then, with plenty of adventures concerning the invasion of outer-space attackers descending upon our planet. There was one particular outing that would, in fact, have a lasting impact on the collective minds of monster movie fans, that being Creature from the Black Lagoon. Part of the film’s popularity had to do with its presentation in 3D. Yes, studios were testing that technology out even »

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Blood of the Vines: I Was A Teenage Werewolf

7 March 2012 8:37 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Randy gets downright lycanthropic.

When I was in college – way back when – the student center had a room where a different video each week was piped in and played continuously.  I would plop down between classes – when we weren’t drinking something horrible at the school newspaper office – and catch fifteen minutes or so of whatever they were showing.  By the end of the week I had probably seen the whole feature – in bits and pieces out of sequence.  I saw “Lemmings” that way, and “Groove Tube.”

I also saw the 1957 horror classic I Was A Teenage Werewolf that way, and it was a delightful week.  It may have been the movie, or it may have been the horrible stuff we were drinking at the newspaper.  After so much time, I’ll charitably attribute it to the film.

The movie stars Michael Landon, before his “Bonanza” days and waaaay before »

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