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Re: What we (UMA'ers) grew up on??? Remembering the fun.
« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2011, 07:15:58 PM »
As a child of the 70's/early 80's I had to take my monsters where I could get 'em!

Television-Universal Monster/Hammer flicks, Scooby-Doo, The Incredible Hulk, The Munsters, Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Salem's Lot, Gargoyles, I have memories of horror/Halloween episodes of Green Acres, Happy Days, CHIPs, The Brady Bunch; I'd watch any episode of a show with even the slightest nod to monsters.  Later in the early 80's; Tales From the Darkside, Amazing Stories, Dark Night of the Scarecrow.  Any and every horror flick I could catch on HBO/Showtime, the list is to long to list!

Toys-3/4 Remco's, the Mighty Men and Monster Maker, any and all toy lines that had even the remotest connection to monsters; Masters of the Univers, Star Wars, tons of generic action figure lines, etc.  Dinosaurs, aliens, dragons, etc.

Reading material-Marvel/DC/Charlton horror comics, Fangoria, Starlog

And I have fond memories of the Haunted Mansion lp with Disney's Trick or Treat on the opposite side!

That's what I grew up on!

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« Reply #31 on: August 07, 2011, 01:59:04 PM »
It seems that we all grew up on so many cool things. Whether it was Horror related
or not. As children, I believe, our happiness came many wonderful things.
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« Reply #32 on: August 07, 2011, 02:39:29 PM »
I will never forget the feeling I had seeing my first issue of Famous Monsters when I was eight!  I didn't know any real "monster fans" at school, none that were really serious, anyway; and seeing the magazine, and poring over the ads, I realized that there must be other people out there, somewhere, who enjoyed such things.  Just the knowledge that there were "other monster fans OUT THERE, SOMEWHERE" calmed me down and excited me at the same time.  It was okay to like the Frankenstein Monster and all his buddies!
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« Reply #33 on: August 07, 2011, 03:32:32 PM »
Inspired by Dr. Frankenstein, as a tot I would perform my own brain transplants by making monster heads (skull, brain and all) using clay or Play Doh. Then, with the plastic scalpel from my doctor kit, I'd proceed to remove the tops of the heads and switch brains. Luckily my family found this more entertaining than disturbing.

I also recall making a small Frankenstein Monster out of old clothes and a plastic milk container for a head.

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« Reply #34 on: August 24, 2011, 10:45:29 AM »
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« Reply #35 on: August 24, 2011, 07:06:38 PM »
I think I love you.

I have this image of Keith Partridge burned into my brain...

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« Reply #36 on: August 24, 2011, 08:04:08 PM »


Hey, I have 3 or 4 Partridge Family songs on my iPod.

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« Reply #37 on: August 24, 2011, 08:05:44 PM »
I do too... 

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« Reply #38 on: August 24, 2011, 08:09:47 PM »
Didn't remember this one as a kid, but found it on YouTube and it's become one of my Partridge Family faves!!

The Partridge Family - Summer Days
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Re: What we (UMA'ers) grew up on??? Remembering the fun.
« Reply #39 on: August 24, 2011, 08:15:34 PM »
I grew up with Horror Incorporated ( I can remember running home from my friend's house, they lived across the street), groovie ghoulies, Dark Shadows (original), The Munsters, Addams Family, Kolchak, the Night stalker ( I rode my bike home as fast as I could for this one), In Search of with Leonard Nimoy and Saturday afternoon horror movies. I never missed a horror movie and still don't. My Dad got me into the classics, so I have a big love of them. Yes, I did watch Bewitched, Partridge Family and Star Trek.

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« Reply #40 on: August 24, 2011, 10:58:50 PM »
A very well constructed song that i remember well. but i still find it disturbing when David sings it to Danny Bonaduce...

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« Reply #41 on: August 25, 2011, 06:28:33 AM »

Hey, I have 3 or 4 Partridge Family songs on my iPod.


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« Reply #42 on: August 25, 2011, 10:02:43 AM »
Growing up in the upstate NY capitol district in the 70s and 80s I had lots of fuel for my monster mania. I saw most of the 70s Godzillas, the AIP/Amicus Land that Time Forgot movies, Sinbad snd thr Eye of the Tiger, Giant Spider Invasion (which played on a double bill with Godzilla vs Megalon when I was 5 and scared me silly!), the 76 Kong,several kung fu movies and assorted other gems at the local drive-ins (a couple of which are still in operation today). On TV I saw a lot of harryhausen and Godzilla movies. In fact, seeing King Kong vs Godzilla on TV when I was 4 years old is what started my love of monsters and dinoaurs in the first place. I also loved Planet of the Apes and Star Trek. My dad was always a model builder-mostly cars, planes and train sets, so he supplied me with many many kits as a kid-the Pyro/Lindberg dinosaurs, Aurora monsters and Prehistoric Scenes, the Addar jaws (there's a kit that needs reissuing bad!) and the mego Kong on the WTC. When I was little we would go to the hobby shop or Duane's Toyland and he'd let me pick what kit I wanted and he's put it together and paint it for me. As  I got older he taught me how to do them myself. Now we usually will go to a hobby shop along with mt teenage sons once or twice a year which is always a great time. In the early 80s we got a couple UHF stations and tons of great (and not so great) monstwer movies and by the mid 80s, english dubbed anime shows like Voltron, Tranzor Z and Robotech. One channel had a friday night triple feature called Theater Bizarre which ran every Friday from 1982 to 1989 or 90 and they showed everything from Universal classics, Hammer, AIP, Godzilla, Gamera,evben a few Paul Naschy movies! There was no host per se but the opening graphics and music were great and there was always an announcer that offered a breif description and opening monolgue. Here is a link to several openings I posted on youtube a couple years ago.
Theater Bizarre Combo.wmv
. I also LOVED Charlton's horror comics! It might be sacreligious, but I like Charltons better than EC! Aside from monsters I also grew up watching classic sitcoms like bewitched, I dream of Jeannie as well as british comedies like Monty Python and Benny Hill. My parents and extended family were always very supportive of my monster interests too.
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« Reply #43 on: August 25, 2011, 12:01:33 PM »
That was great, RedKing - bet it brings back lots of memories!
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Re: What we (UMA'ers) grew up on??? Remembering the fun.
« Reply #44 on: August 25, 2011, 12:25:23 PM »
I wasn't really a horror fan growing up. Not so much because I didn't like monsters because I most certainly did but because the 80s was the era of slasher films and as a kid I had kind of a weak stomach. The sight of blood made me ill.

My big thing was movie creature FX. I was fascinated with the technologies used to bring creatures to life in the movies. Puppetry, stop motion, animatronics, things like that. I was a pretty good puppeteer. I loved puppets. When I was six I nearly got kicked out of a McDonald's. I had one of those monkey puppets that could be posed to look like it had it's arms around your neck. I walked in there with the monkey, making it look around and respond to it's surroundings. An employee approached me to tell me to get the live animal out of the restaurant only to realize it was just a puppet. I barely remember this but my mom swears it happened. There was one time I do remember though. I was at my grandfather's house and I had fallen asleep on the couch with a monkey puppet on my hand ( a different one. This was years later than the McDonald's incident ) when one of my uncle's friends came into the room. I woke up at that moment and for some reason I made the monkey sit up and look around. My uncle's friend actually screamed.
Of course, monster puppets weren't readily available back then. When they were I was all over them. When the My Pet Monster plush came out and became popular it was quickly followed up with others in the line. There were three small monster puppets. I had all three. I played with them endlessly, giving them personalities and such. I loved manipulating them and making them come alive. And then Boglins came out. They looked realistic enough to be a movie prop and I loved them. Plus since they were made of rubber I could play with them at the local pool. We once cornered a girl on tthe diving board with the boglin. She refused to jump into the pool as long as the boglin was there. I even took that Boglin to church. I brought him to church so often that when I didn't bring him people asked about him.
I'm not a fan of CGI effects. The fact that with puppetry or animatronics the creature actually exists somewhere, that you can actually touch it makes it just that more amazing. CGI has it's place but I'll never hold it in as high a regard as puppetry, animatronics or stop motion. I love the idea of actually making monsters. Making them so they exist in the real world in some form.
CGI is nothing but a glorified cartoon. It can be neccessary for some things, but I'll never find it as impressive as animatronics or puppetry.