My Eight Great Favorite “BOO” Movies!




In celebration of our annual fright day, and in recognition of the fact that I really have no better ideas cranking up this fine fall Saturday morning, here’s a list of my eight all time favorite fright flicks:

(8) Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). Not all that scary, but very funny for its time. The great comedy team takes on Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman – and comes out alive.

Favorite Lines:

Lawrence Talbot: “Every night the full moon rises, I turn into a wolf!”

Lou Costello: “Don’t worry about it, Mr. Talbot. That same thing happens to about a million other guys!”

(7) Dracula (1931). Hard to beat the classic Bela Lugosi portrayal of the living dead man from Transylvannia whose restlessness at home leads him to England, where life really sucks!

Favorite Line:

Renfield (at dinner): “Aren’t you drinking?”

Count Dracula: “I never drink ……. wine.”

(6) King Kong (1931). Big money attracts big ape to New York, where he undergoes a major fall. Until he met Kate Hudson, it was sort of the Alex Rodriguez Story.

Favorite Line:

Policeman (examining dead ape)” “Well, Denham, it looks like the aeroplanes got him!”

Carl Denham (ape tour promoter): “It wasn’t the aeroplanes. … ‘Twas beauty that killed the beast!”

(5) Night of the Living Dead (1968). Zombies rise from the grave and go on a flesh-easting binge.

Favorite Line:

(Male Companion to Lead Character Barbra in Cemetery): “They’re coming to get you, Barbra!”

(4) Young Frankenstein (1974). Grandson of infamous doctor returns to his family’s native soil to complete his ancestor’s work on the restoration of new life in a human body parts chop shop.

Favorite Line:

Young Dr. Frankenstein to porter at rail stop: “Pardon me, boy, is this the Transylvannia Station?”

(3.) Frankenstein (1931). The original treatment of Mary Shelley’s classic tale, starring Boris Karloff as the monster.

Favorite Line:

Dr. Frankenstein (upon noting that his restoration subject has slightly moved): “It’s alive! …. It’s alive! … It’s alive!”

(2.) The Blob (1958). Long before national healthcare, an amorphous red blob substance from outer space attempts to devour the world.

Favorite Line:

Police Chief (after the blob has been frozen into a still living, but harmless inert state): “We’ll drop it someplace where it will stay frozen, someplace like the north pole.”

Steve McQueen, teenage hero: (Are you listening Al Gore?): “Let’s hope the north pole never does thaw out!”

(1) Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Seed pods fall from outer space and start transforming human life into a race of people with no emotion about anything they day. As Dr. Miles Bennell, actor Kevin McCarthy takes on this menace in a desperate attempt to save the world.

Favorite Line:

Dr. Bennell to girl friend Becky: “If we are going to escape, we can’t show any emotion of any kind as we walk down the street. Otherwise, they’ll recognize us as a threat and do us in (something along those lines, anyway)!”

Becky (should’ve answered): “Miles, if we can pull this off, do you think we can get jobs workng for the government?”


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4 Responses to “My Eight Great Favorite “BOO” Movies!”

  1. Serge Masse Says:

    Although it is not a movie, my favorite is still Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

  2. Leona Schroeder Says:

    Have a Happy Halloween without a fright! Door bell is ringing away.
    We are watching the start of Texas-OSU game.


  3. anthony cavender Says:

    Here are some other choices: “The Shining”; “Nosferatu”-the original vampire movie–; “the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”; “The Most Dangerous Game”; “The Black Cat”; “The Mummy” (with Boris Karlof); “The Island of Doctor Moreau”. For many years, “The Night of the Living Dead” had the distinction of being the best movie ever made in Pittsburgh.

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