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Rex fury

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The Depression and Universal Monster Movies
« on: March 21, 2020, 09:12:12 AM »
I was just reading an article by National Interest that connected the rise of horror films to the a Great Depression. The article specifically mentions Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolf Man as being by products of society’s need to forget about being “ broke and jobless”.  So, if not for the Great Depression, the Universal Monster films might not exist?   The article got me thinking about  what that conclusion suggests about future films designed to provide escapism for our culture?  Any thoughts, fellow monster kids?
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Re: The Depression and Universal Monster Movies
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 11:39:20 AM »
If it wasn't for The Cold (i.e. possible nuclear) War and the flying saucer scare, we wouldn't have had the '50s sci-fi movie cycle (and I would be very sad).
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Re: The Depression and Universal Monster Movies
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2020, 03:23:08 PM »
There's a book that talks about horror/scifi movies and related them to what was going on politically/socially at the time of their release but I can't recall the name....hmmmm?  I have it but all my stuff is still packed up from a move.

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Re: The Depression and Universal Monster Movies
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2020, 04:35:48 PM »
There's a book that talks about horror/scifi movies and related them to what was going on politically/socially at the time of their release but I can't recall the name.

There are several books like that, especially on the subject of the cold war and sci-fi connection.
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Re: The Depression and Universal Monster Movies
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2020, 05:01:08 PM »
Undoubtedly but the particular one I was thinking of was The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror by David J. Skal.

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Re: The Depression and Universal Monster Movies
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2020, 08:13:00 PM »
I'm sure there will be an epidemic of pandemic movies - and a 3-part TV movie about how the one we are experiencing evolved.   Maybe the people who did Chernobyl would be interested.

If they re-did War of the Worlds today, the virus would clear the way for the invaders to take over.
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Re: The Depression and Universal Monster Movies
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2020, 08:46:36 PM »
If they re-did War of the Worlds today, the virus would clear the way for the invaders to take over.

Oh, the irony!  ;D
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Re: The Depression and Universal Monster Movies
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2020, 04:21:19 AM »
Undoubtedly but the particular one I was thinking of was The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror by David J. Skal.

Excellent book imo. "Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture" by Annalee Newitz is excellent book as well. I totally dig it, but depending on your politics you may not agree with her analysis. But right of center readers may still find it interesting.

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Re: The Depression and Universal Monster Movies
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2020, 10:10:43 AM »
Here’s another (albeit older) article discussing the 1918 Influenza and Nosferatu:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/nosferatu-resurrection-of-the-vampire-397854.html

Thanks to all comments posted , gives me food for thought!
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