I have this vision that anytime Eric Kripke and Ben Edlund get in a room together and start sharing their ideas, everyone else backs away very slowly and leaves them alone. These two so far have produced such off the wall classics as “Hollywood Babylon,” “Bad Day At Black Rock,” and the most crazy of all experiments, “Ghostfacers.” Now we get another classic episode, and once again they have outdone their warped minds.
This time the gem is “Monster Movie,” a faithful and brilliant recreation of the campy horror films of the 1930s. Dracula, the Werewolf, and the Mummy all appear as though they never left the world, freaking out the modern day Sam and Dean plus a nice looking damsel in distress via the well overdone backdrop of Oktoberfest. The background themes in these films were never subtle and naturally the creative minds behind the show went for the works.
In coming up with this review, I found it hard to give a critical opinion on the acting, writing, directing, and continuity in the traditional sense. Instead, I did my best to scrutinize the classic horror movie elements and determine how well the lofty visions were accomplished. Given the fact that I actually took one cinema appreciation class in college, I thought I could pull such an analysis off.
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It’s hard for many to remember (including myself), but before Star Wars films actually went at a slower, less jagged pace. These older films were done before short attention span theater, when there weren’t a lot of fancy camera movies or tricky focus techniques. The primary goal of movies was storytelling, thus keeping the focus on the actors, not the background noise.
Plots weren’t fast moving in those times either, especially in the horror genre. The actors portraying the villains often played their parts in elaborate ways, making the characters appear exceedingly diabolical. The formula was usually the same, hero (in this case heroes) arrive in town, love interest is introduced, hero figures out the villain’s dastardly plan, villain attacks said love interest who is rescued by the dashing hero, villain strikes back by capturing hero, hero escapes and comes back to foil villain. Granted the hero usually doesn’t change into a silly costume when captured, but that’s likely everyone having fun with Jensen.