The Monster Mash: Abbott and Costello Meet the Creature from the Black Lagoon


“This is where we keep all of our horror pictures. Yes, there’s Dracula, and there’s the Wolf Man, and there’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. But wait. Wait until you see our latest horror creature. The Creature from the Black Lagoon.”

I had two choices on what to review today. I could’ve picked the 1953 feature film Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which starred horror regular Boris Karloff as Dr. Jekyll. I seriously debated whether I would review it or not. It was one of Abbott and Costello’s four monster meeting films and would’ve rounded out this month of movies.

I ultimately didn’t go with it because it felt strange to review a comedy riffing on Jekyll and Hyde movies when I never reviewed one this month. Instead, I’m doing something I’ve never done: reviewing a sketch. Continue reading

The Monster Mash: Creature from the Black Lagoon


“There are many strange legends in the Amazon.”

The Gill-Man from Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) is the first new classic Universal monster we’ve discussed since 1941’s The Wolf Man. How does he hold up to the others? Well, the character is impressive. The ultimate movie? Not so much. Continue reading

The Monster Mash: Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man


“I went to shake his hand, his hand was gone, I looked up to speak to him, his head was gone. Then he took off his shirt, his body was gone, he took off his pants, his legs were gone! Then he spoke to me, I was gone.”

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. If you’ve read my reviews of the other Invisible Man films from this month, you’ll know I’m fond of the series, the first being one of my favorite movies of all time. The added bonus of Bud, Lou, and the backdrop of corrupt boxing (a setting I’ve always been drawn to despite my aversion to the actual sport) makes it practically a given that I would enjoy Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951). Continue reading