Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Guilty Pleasures

You probably think of me as a highbrow intellectual, sipping a glass of white wine while lounging in my wingback chair and pronouncing lofty thoughts, but it's not true. I don't own a wingback chair. And in any case, I have some guilty pleasures that would probably deny me membership in the Society of Highbrow Intellectuals.

Schlocky horror movies for one.

Yes, I admit it. I absolutely love cheesy monster movies, Mexican vampire flicks, and other such brain candy. I like good horror movies, too ... but I'll take a 1950's or 60's monster movie with lumbering rubber creatures and lantern-jawed but inept heroes. I prefer my heroes to be ept, but that's neither here nor there.

I got to thinking about this when I saw this tribute to horror movie superstar Peter Cushing this morning at Miss Cellania's blog:

If you can't read the caption, it says:

Killed Dracula with a pair of candle stick holders.
Blew up Alderan.
Fought Daleks.
Has been at the Earth's core.
Killed more vampires than Buffy.
Outsmarted Moriarty.
Verbally bitch-slapped Darth Vader.
I beg your pardon, but do you really think Chuck Norris can top that?

My kind of guy. Perhaps Pete and Chuck can come to DC and straighten out Congress.

But anyhow, here's a partial list of Bilbo's Favorite All-Time Great Schlocky Horror Movies (with links to their Internet Movie Data Base pages so you know I'm not making them up):


Turn down the lights, settle in with a big bowl of popcorn, and enjoy the kind of movies they don't make any more. Well, they do still make them...just not as well.

It'll take your mind off all the real horrors out there.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.



The Mistress of the Dark said...

Anyone who fights Daleks is ok in my book.

Bandit said...

I don't like any of the horror movies made today. As a kid, I used to love watching the oldies on a Sat. afternonn. I dpn't know if you would call them spoofs, but Abbott and Costello made a series of movies where the met: the Wolfman, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and maybe others. they were great.

Mike said...

One of our local broadcst stations is carrying THIS TV (11.2) which carries Elvira's Movie Macabre.


It looks like there's a broadcast station in the DC area.


KathyA said...

Well, we are just full of surprises, aren't we??