Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Film Review: COMING SOON (1982)

Jamie Lee Curtis is the Host of the John Landis directed film Coming Soon (1982) which a Universal Studios produced “clips” film about the greatest in Universal horror and sci-fi monsters.  Curtis takes you on a journey through the classic black & white Universal monster classics characters such as Dracula, he Wolfman, the Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster and the Creature From the Black Lagoon that inspired and frightened a nation.  She also delves deep into the popularity of certain genres as the tide for horror films changed from one decade to the next. 

There an extended sequence with director Steven Spielberg while on the set of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and mention of the popularity of his film Jaws (1975). There is also a lengthy bit that focuses on Alfred Hitchcock’s classics Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963).  This film, which is only 55 minutes in length, is for people who love classic Universal monsters and it reminds us of how the studio build its reputation.

The star power of Curtis (who has been a permanent fixture of the horror genre) and written by Landis and Mick Garris (a huge supporter of all things horror having worked on numerous Stephen King film adaptations as well as the creator of the TV series Masters of Horror) this is a film made by fans for the fans.

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