Monster Movie Motivations

What motivates a monster? What gets them out of bed (or coffin) in the morning (or at sunset)? The answers are many and varied.

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I Need That Delivered Right Murnau

Several years ago while purchasing a Jess Franco DVD at what was then called Tape World I had a brief exchange with a young clerk about horror movies. He said the scariest movie of all time was 1922’s Nosferatu. Seriously? F.W. Murnau’s classic certainly has its moments, but to say that horror cinema has not upped its game in almost a century seems to indicate someone who hasn’t seen all that many horror movies.

I suspect this was my first hipster encounter.

Every fan of horror (or of cinema in general) should see Nosferatu, but personally I prefer the 1979 remake Nosferatu the Vampyre as well as its pseudo sequel 1988’s Nosferatu a Venezia (a.k.a. Vampire in Venice). My point? Just because something came first doesn’t mean it’s the best.