A QUAINT & CURIOUS VOLUME OF FORGOTTEN LORE
( Cult Movies Press, 2003, 382 pages )A Quaint & Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore
The Mythology & History of Classic Horror Films
Frank J. Dello Stritto
delves into what is on the screen and just behind it in classic horror films.
Hollywood of the 1930s and 1940s produced dozens of horror and monster movies. Today, their reputations range from classic to schlock; but to their young audiences, the movies were more than entertainment.
The monsters’ sagas involve quests similar to their counterparts in children’s fairytales and classical mythology: Frankenstein Monster’s search for belonging; The Wolf Man’s search for peace; The Mummy’s search for love. Drs. Frankenstein and Jekyll abandon comfortable lives to pursue forbidden knowledge. King Kong’s untamed aggression falls to Carl Denham’s unbridled ambition. Count Dracula forever corrupts the young; and each new generation must defeat him. Their multi-film sagas formed a new mythology, almost unwittingly created in the 1930s & 1940s, almost accidentally rediscovered in the 1950s & 1960s, and today more powerful and poignant than ever.
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