Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Wolf-Bane is Blooming

I use to love watching Dr. Shock on channel 17 and Creature Double Feature on channel 48 on Saturday afternoons with my Dad. It was pure abandon. We would watch the Universal monsters (anything with Borris or Bela) parade by followed by the Hammer Films (anything with Christopher Lee or Peter Crushing). An occasional Godzilla or Kong would slip into the mix from time to time but one of our favorites to watch on Saturday afternoons was always “The Wolf Man” (1941) staring Lon Chaney Jr.

Fast forward to 2009 (yes I know we are a little ahead of ourselves). Low and behold Benicio Del Toro is now the bitten man with a curse. Check out this Entertainment Weekly article:,,20185191,00.html. There’s a great interview with Rick Baker who won the academy award for the makeup effects from “An American Werewolf in London”. Well, Mr. Baker is most certainly still in the game.

I just hope they still have that Gypsy woman whisper that folk tale, “…for even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolf-bane blooms and the moon is full and bright.”

I’m so there opening night.


Pax Romano said...

Do you know that I had an autographed picture of Dr. Shock? It read, "Let there be Fright!"

I was such a fan, and I mourned his passing back in 1979 by dusting off his framed photo and placing it next to my framed high school diploma in my bedroom.

Sadly, I misplaced both the diploma and the picture of Doc many moons ago - I am sure it is in a box somewhere in the bowels of my parent's basement.

Evil Chicken said...

You’ve got to find it – that’s too cool!

My brush with greatness was an opportunity meet Captain and Mrs. Noah. I also remember seeing Larry Ferrari play his organ LIVE.

Oh yes… good times, good times.

So whatever happened to Wee Willie Weber?