Well, they're saying rain all next week. Wouldn't mind it so much if it weren't so gloomy. Ugh. Sounds like the mood will be perfect for reading (well, when is it not a good time for reading?)
and the beginning of my yearly Movie Monster Fest.
I don't know about you, but I prefer my Halloween Horror without a dose of technicolor blood splatter. I'm very old school when it comes to my monster preferences. I don't like 'slasher' movies, so there aren't any on my list. I still like all the stuff that scared me when I was a kid. Some I can laugh at now, others still make me uneasy. All are filmed in black and white and I love watching them during Halloween season. Popcorn, of course, is optional. Plain or cheddar? (It's funny, despite the gorgeous color of the Autumn season, when I think of this time of year, I mostly think of it in black and white precisely because of all the monster movie marathons I used to watch as a kid. Yes, those were the days of b/w television. No laughing, please. I confess I even saw some of these movies in theater. Obviously, I am ancient.)
I've thrown four comedies into the mix because how can you NOT watch the preposterous Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein which, by the way, also has appearances by Lon Chaney as The Wolf Man and Bela Lugosi as Dracula? Arsenic and Old Lace has Cary Grant, murder, loony mayhem, Raymond Massey as a Boris Karloff look-alike and Peter Lorre at his sniveling homicidal best. Young Frankenstein is Mel Brook's classic, the only 'modern' film in the list but filmed in b/w because Brooks knew color would not work. The late Peter Boyle is wonderful as the Frankenstein monster, but in my opinion Cloris Leachman as Frau Blucher, steals the show. The Ghostbreakers is my favorite Bob Hope movie. Half the film is set in a Cuba that probably never was (who knew there were zombies and voodoo in Cuba?), but it's sure fun to watch.
Highest Creep Quotient: Dracula, Dracula's Daughter, Cat People, The Mummy.
Four films that prove less is more when it comes to scary.
The one film that scared me practically into hiding under my theater seat when I was a kid: The Leopard Man. I had nightmares forever after about a certain scene. To this day I can't watch it without cringing. (For many years I refused to see this movie again, that's how much of an impression it made on me.) The second film that had a similar effect, though not as long-lasting, was Cat People. The swimming pool scene and the night scene in the park - frightening without really showing anything. Amazing.
And I admit the first time I saw the original Frankenstein, I was impressed.
The other titles listed are moody, atmospheric and scary, but purely - for me anyway - in a nostalgic sort of way. The Uninvited (does a ghost count as a monster?), The Thing and Creature From the Black Lagoon are films I could watch anytime. They are not comedies by any means, they are just plain fun.
(The wonderful bat is an Edward Gorey illustration. The illustration at the top of my post is by the inimitable Charles Addams, of course.)