Oldies but goodies: Monster movies from the past

October 31st, 2010. All Hallows Eve, or as it’s more commonly known, Halloween. This is the once-a-year day for some good thrills and chills. Since it’s that time of year, let’s look back on some of the horror genre’s classic movie monsters, and see just what made them so terrifying.

Name: Count Dracula

First Movie Appearance: Dracula (1931)

Short Description: During the day he sleeps in a coffin, but at night Count Dracula preys on the blood of the living, his victims turning into vampires themselves. He is also a snappy dresser. He has no reflection and cannot be photographed.

Strengths: Has strong hypnotic and telepathic abilities. Can control nocturnal animals, and has the ability to shapeshift into different forms. Possesses great strength equal to twenty men.

Weaknesses: he can’t tolerate garlic, crosses and holy water. He dies when he’s staked through the heart.

Name: Frankenstein’s monster

First Movie Appearance: Frankenstein (1910)

Short Description: Frankenstein’s monster was created from the parts of different cadavers and brought to life. He was created by Dr.Victor Frankenstein.

Strengths: Extremely strong and ugly.

Weaknesses: Despite his gruesome appearance, he is a sensitive, emotional creature who only wants to share his life with another like him.

Name: Creature from the black Lagoon

First Movie Appearance: The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Short Description: A amphibious human like creature who was discovered by an exploration team

Stengths: He can swim great distances and can breathe underwater.

Weaknesses: A few dozen well shot bullets can take him down.

Name: Godzilla

First Movie Appearance: Godzilla (1954 in Japan, 1955 in North America)

Short Description: A dinosaur that was mutated because of atomic radiation.

Strength:  He’s fifty to a hundred meters tall, so he can knock a whole city by himself. He also has atomic breath and nuclear pulse attacks, and has enhanced regeneration.

Weakness: He’s vulnerable to Cadmium.

Name: The Invisble man

Formerly known as Jack Griffin.

First Movie Appearance: The Invisible Man (1933)

Short Description: Once a young gifted medical university student, Jack Griffin tested on himself a formula that allowed him to become invisible. He succeeds, but he can’t reverse the process. Driven mad by the drug and his inability to turn visible, he performs various crimes.

Short Description: To appear visible, he wears a trench coat, hat, bandages around his head, and large dark goggles over his eyes.

Strength: He’s invisible, so he can pretty much get away with anything.

Weakness: He’s still human, even though he’s invisible.

By: Sarah Abbott, Staff Writer

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