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Monster Memories
« on: April 27, 2012, 10:54:09 PM »
Simply post a good memory you have of anything monster related. What's the 1st thing that comes to mind?? Shoot!

I have 2 that oddly enough have to do with rain....and food lol.

I'll do one for now, and save the other for later in the thread.

When I was a kid I spent my elementary years in an apartment complex right next to the town pool. One day I was with friends and it gray real quick, cool breeze and some thunder so I ran up the hill, cut through a back yard got poured on and made it to the living room. When I got there my mom had a fluffernutter sandwhich made and King Kong Escapes was on TV. I think Channel 9 in NY/NJ used to air Godzilla marathons in the Summer and I was lucky enough to catch it. I remember sitting in front of the TV, eating that sandwhich and just....."being happy".

To this day, that movie reminds me of that good memory. Sometimes a rainy day on the couch with a snack and an old movie is the perfect thing. I still whole heartedly believe that Air Conditioning, Godzilla movies and Fluffernutter are 3 of the most important things in life.  ;)
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 03:11:07 AM »
I have many but i'll only list a couple. First is our Vacation to New york when I was 4 my Mom bought me a remco creature puppet from this mall that looked like a ship and it was sticking out of the water. My second is wearing Ben Cooper/ Collegeville costumes as a kid for Halloween. My mom always made it special for me. i wish I could go back and relive some of those memories.
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2012, 04:57:16 AM »
A good memory I have is visiting Universal Studios in Florida and spending most of the day in the Universal Monsters Cafe (I believe that's what is was called).  This was probably around 1999 or 2000.  I used 3 disposable cameras in the restuarant and just had an awesome blast!
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2012, 11:59:12 AM »
Ahhhh! These are so cool!  BTW- BlackLagoon, you are so creative with your topis!
Ok- 1967....Kalamazoo, Michigan- I remember sitting in front of the tv, crossed legged on the floor, and watching The Munsters. I fondly recall the cold chocolate milk I was drinking and the Munsters paper dolls I was spreading out onto the floor, and deciding which paper dress Lily should wear during the show. Ahhh yes....a PERFECT day.
And I still think about the Munsters when I drink an ice cold glass of chocolate milk   :)
My other distinct Monster memory was running to the tv and knocking my younger siblings out of the way- because Sir Graves Ghastly was coming on!!! Oh man, I loved Saturday afternoons watching those sweeeeeet movies!

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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012, 07:01:54 AM »
Sometimes a rainy day on the couch with a snack and an old movie is the perfect thing.

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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012, 07:55:32 AM »
I remember going to church on Sunday (12 o'clock mass---which was the cool one because there was music and singing) and then afterwards we always went to my grandparents' house on my mom's side for 'Sunday Supper'.  It was a 2 o'clock meal-----and I never did figure out where it fit into their meal schedule (my grandparents')------but it was essentially a late lunch for me.  I was, like, 5 or 6 and I remember a supper of sliced hot roast beef (I remember the sound of the electric knife as my dad sliced it)-----I always loved the end slice------and the iced tea freshly made (from mix, LOL) that was chilling in the fridge.  It was a good bet that either green beans or limas were served and definitely mashed potatoes and corn.  I always sat to the right of my grandfather-----but could never look at him as he ate because his food would be everywhere----mashed potatoes on his eye glasses, on the rim of his glass, etc.  For dessert, TWO little ice cream cups called Dixie Cups, which were 1/2 chocolate and 1/2 vanilla.  My dad always mixed them up for me, softer and added Reddi Whip just the way I liked it.

There was always a (I believe 1 o'clock) movie on either channel 9 or 11.  And today it was Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.  This was glorious.  They'd let me finish watching the movie in the other room  and push back the supper to accomodate me.  It's one of the reasons the movie is one of my all time favs.  Such warm memories for me.


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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2012, 09:05:07 AM »
I remember watching Chiller Theatre at around 7:30 PM on WPIX 11 on Saturday night during the mid-to-late 60's.  On occasion my parents and 2 brothers would be out of the house, and I would be frozen in fear, and couldn't even get up from the chair until someone arrived home. Now, this created a little problem for my bladder if I had to visit the bathroom. lol. Great memories, and my bladder is still around to talk about it. Okay, okay, bladders don't talk, but you get the point.



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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2012, 08:54:36 AM »
Hard to choose, but I'd probably have to say 2nd grade, in '68-'69: Dark Shadows trading cards, seeing my first monster movie on the big screen at a b-day party (King Kong Escapes, a fav to this day), & a kid bringing the Monster Old Maid cards for show & tell.
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2012, 09:38:57 AM »
The two movies it took me decades to identify, because my memories go so far back:

1.  I am watching TV in the early morning and there is a helicopter flying through the fog.  Hey, a movie about a helicopter.  Sounds interesting.  Very suddenly, a pterodactyl swoops out of the fog and bumps into the copter, causing it to crash.  Completely out from nowhere.  WHAT THE HECK??  Now I'm watching a monster movie, apparently.  One of the most startling movie memories I can recall, that pterosaur!

2.  A girl goes scuba diving in the ocean and sees a huge tentacled monstrosity, then swims to the surface and jumps into the boat with her gentleman friend, who doesn't believe her (she's a woman, after all) and thinks she saw a small octopus and "imagined" it was huge.  Being silly, she allows him to convince her that she saw nothing.  But late that night, the tentacled monstrosity, glowing with one big eye in the middle of its face, rises up out of the water...a nightmarish, horrible image!

It took a long time to figure out what these films were, based only on fragmented dim memories.  But they were, as I'm sure you know, The Land Unknown and  Monster from the Ocean Floor.
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2012, 11:48:26 AM »
Great topic indeed!

I remember trick or treating on Halloween in London, Ontario with two of my best buddies in 1963 or 1964 when I was given one card in a generic wrapper. Opening it up we discovered the "Hairy Fiend" card from the Mars Attacks set. We were awestruck since we'd never never seen any of the cards before and the card was absolutely wild! Without the wrapper, we failed to even figure out the name of the set despite the Mars Attacks title on the back!

Nonetheless, that "Hairy Fiend" card became the prize of our gum card collection which was soon to reach 6500 cards or so. It wasn't until about 25 years ago that I figured out that our "Hairy Fiend" card was part of the notorious Mars Attacks set. I've been pecking away at the elusive, and expensive, Mars Attacks cards ever since but I still don't have a "Hairy Fiend" card!

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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2012, 03:15:20 PM »
One of my favorite monster memories was sleeping over my cousin Kevin's house when my parents went away for the weekend. They had a cool finished basement to which we were banished regularly.

I remember loading up with snacks and running downstairs, waiting anxiously for "The Big Valley" on WPIX to end and the "Chiller Theatre" intro with it's 6 fingered hand and creepy music to rise up and further set the mood for..........."EARTH VS. THE SPIDER"!!

Naturally, we fell asleep before the movie ended. But what great times those were!
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2012, 08:29:51 PM »
When I was in Kindergarten, my 6th grade babysitter Leigh Ann, would read Alan Ormby's Movie Monsters to me on the bus ride to school. I carried that book around with me non stop.

A&C Meet Frankenstein on a small B&W TV in the kitchen eating cereal on a Saturday morning.

Watching Count Gore's Halloween showing of Dracula, eating our TOT loot while still in my Ben Cooper Darth Vader costume.

My brother and I running upstairs in the middle of The Exorcist. We still laugh about that.

Watching Count Gore on Saturday nights, Hammer horror on Saturday afternoons, my father taking us TOTing, AHI/Remco monsters....

There are so many.
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2012, 09:13:08 PM »
Scouring the TV Guide each week, searching for the word, "melodrama", which meant it was a horror movie!  Had to go through a lot of shows & pages to find one!
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2012, 01:48:30 AM »
One of my fond Monster Memories happened at Easter oddly enough. But then, what are we if not odd? Anyway, it was Easter 1963 and my sisters and I hunted for Easter eggs in the back yard (in that house the "back yard" was about fifteen feet across and mostly concrete with a small patch of dirt that wrapped around the house where my sisters' swing set was placed) as I came around the corner toward that patch of dirt, there under the swing set was my Easter Basket. How did I know it was mine you may ask, well right there, in that basket, surrounded by fake green grass and candy eggs, larger than life itself was a cellophane wrapped Aurora Creature From The Black Lagoon model. In my memory a shaft of light beamed down upon that shiny cellophane and a choir of heavenly voices sang aloud. For me, that is a moment frozen in time.
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2012, 09:54:05 AM »
Scouring the TV Guide each week, searching for the word, "melodrama", which meant it was a horror movie!  Had to go through a lot of shows to find one!
Forgot all about the "melodrama", I did the same thing.  What an ominous word it was to me back in the 60's.
One of my fondest monster memories was back in about 66.' I bought a combination of of Famous Monsters, Creepy and Eerie magazines for a quarter from my sister's friend, about 20 total and I remember to this day the weather.  It was overcast and the wind was picking up as I was walking home with these treasures.  We lived in a Leave it to Beaver neighborhood and the wind going through the trees really set the mood while I was walking home.
Also, my first monster costume for Halloween, a Ben Cooper Frankenstein.  I remember the smell of the plastic and the condensation building up on the inside of the mask as I walked down the hallway with stiff legs and my arms stretched out.  Bought one on ebay with the box in great condition. Got displayed next to my G.I. Joe Deep Sea Diver.


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