Happy Valentine’s Day from Universal Monsters Universe!
It’s February 14th. If this was back in 2010, and UMU was around then, we’d be talking about director Joe Johnston’s remake of The Wolfman. But, moving on, it’s 2018. Following the two year monster-versary of the site, I’d like to offer a few ideas I have to make this Valentine’s Day just as cool and spooky as it could have been or may have been for you in 2010.
Maybe you don’t have a boo-friend or ghoul-friend this year, and that’s just fine. The ideas I’ve presented below work just as well if you find yourself just a mad scientist without your Henry, Fritz, or Elizabeth.
I. Read a Gothic Novel Together
If your girlfriend is wonderful, smart, and loves books, then what better way to spend time together than with one of her favorite reads and one of yours. Maybe she enjoys Bronte and you appreciate Shelley, either way, maybe you could both choose a book to read together. After a long day at work, and a nice evening out or in, you too creepy cuties could cuddle up next to one another and take turns reading from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” or just quietly read what you enjoy, but together!
Or, maybe you live in or around New York City? How about you and your boo-friend or ghoul-friend head over to Strand Bookstore, and you treat each other to a book of your choice?
To read together.
But only if it’s gothic horror!
II. Watch a Classic Universal Monster Film Together.
I love the classic Universal Monsters films and I make no secret of how much I enjoy sharing with others. There’s just something so timeless about classic Hollywood, most especially the 20’s/30’s/40’s era of movie making. My girlfriend has a supreme appreciation and fondness for classic, vintage Hollywood so, naturally, it’s my plan to slowly introduce her to the Universal Monsters over time.
So, if you choose to spend Valentine’s Day indoors, perhaps you could put on a classic Universal Monsters film? Almost each film is a contemplation of love and longing. Not sure which film to choose? Well, you’ve come to the right place! You can’t go wrong with the gothic charm and pre-code horror and sensuality of Tod Browning’s 1931 masterpiece Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. However, if you’re not so much into vampires, the most charming and cute of all the Universal Monsters movies is, arguably, The Wolf Man. Starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Evelyn Ankers, the chemistry is one for the ages and, aside from the horror, the romance is the real howl of George Waggner’s 1941 classic, which went on to inspire 2010’s remake starring Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, and Hugo Weaving
Whatever you may choose to do on this Valentine’s Day, I hope you all have a sweet and safe one with your own personal Larry Talbot’s and Gwen Conliffe’s. Just stay away from gypsy fortune tellers* and beware of Borgo Pass**.
* The Wolf Man reference.
For anyone reading that has yet to see the Universal Monsters film
Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Mom and Andrea – Thank you for loving the monster! ♥
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)