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Fancy some classic monster movie mayhem?
Don't you just love a good horror movie, or better yet, a bad horror movie? There's something about vampires, zombies, mutant creatures, aliens and deranged scientists that speaks to us all. If you're a lover of movie monsters then the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art has a treat for you. Their Monsters Film Festival is taking over GOMA's Cinémathèque from April to June 2013 with some of the best, the goriest, the campest and the most horrific (take that whichever way you will) films of the genre.
Boris Karloff from The Bride of Frankenstein. Image from GOMA website.
What is it about monster films that attracts us? Stripped of all the special effects and make-up at their heart they are usually allegorical tales of good versus evil or cautionary stories about the abuse of power or people. Most of them have their roots in ancient fable and folklore, proving the timeless quality of their messages. At their best they can be powerful reflections of the times in which they were made. At their worst, and let's face it some of the worst movies ever made have been monster movies, they can usually at least make us laugh.
You can go right back to some of the very first cinematic horror flicks with classics like Nosferatau (1922), Charles Laughton as The Hunchback (1923) or possibly the most famous of the early monster flicks, The Mummy (1932), featuring a very creepy Boris Karloff.