I’ve been listening to Monster Kid Radio a lot lately. My old friend, Micah S. Harris, pointed me to it last month and I can’t get enough. If you didn’t know, I’m a huge classic monsters fan. I can remember ordering monster movie books from Scholastic in school (who remembers that?). I remember watching what was probably Creature Feature on Friday night. First a chapter of Flash Gordon then a monster movie. It was great. Later the movies moved to Saturday afternoons. Give me the classics and B-movies! In college I met Micah and discovered a whole bunch more – Plan 9, all the Santo movies, Superargo, even more B’s. We would talk about monster movies all the time. The VCR was your friend if you were a monster kid.
So Monster Kid Radio is a podcast that focuses on these movies. I’ve been listening every day now for a month.
Recently MKR asked listeners to send in their 20 favorite monster movies made in or before 1967. The latest show goes over this list. I missed sending mine in so I thought I would post it here.
20.The Trollenburg Terror
19.War of the Gargantuas
18.House of Wax (original)
16.The Last Man On Earth (Vincent Price version)
15.The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
13.The Thing From Another World
11.Village of The Damned
10.The Monster of Piedras Blancas
9.The Wolf Man
8.The Mummy (Karloff version)
7.The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
5.Jason And The Argonauts
4.Dracula (Lugosi version)
3.The Mole People
2.Invasion of The Body Snatchers (original)
1.The Creature From The Black Lagoon
That’s my list. These are my favorite old monster movies. It was actually kind of hard to make this list. Mostly because I can’t remember all that I’ve seen. I’m sure I’ve left something off. There are no Hammer films here simply because I haven’t seen a lot of them or haven’t seen them as much or they were later than 1967. Kaiju are represented but several of my favorites are again outside the parameters. Most people will be pulling their hair out that I didn’t include the original Frankenstein in the top 20. It’s in the top 50 for sure but I like these better. It’s my top 20. What are yours? I’d love to hear from you. Send in your list or comment with them below. Try to convince me why Horror of Dracula or The Monster That Challenged The World should be on my list. @tomgurg, firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment
P.S. So when I started writing this article, War of the Gargantuas has just begun on Comet TV. It has just gone off. Guess what is coming on – Jason And The Argonauts! It’s a good day.