Monday, October 8, 2007
Halloween Frankensteins, Part 1
This is the kind of commercial image of the monster that I dislike seeing this time of year.
The 1931 Universal film version of The Monster remains, despite hundreds of versions of the character seen in myriad films, television shows and comic books, the most influential design of The Monster ever done. Here are all four elements of that design: flat head, prominent brow, gash/scar on the head, and electrodes/bolts on the neck or head. But this image represents the Monster as a goofy cartoon simplified down to the level of a toddler-friendly design. This is an impotent monster!
The Monster , even in a cartoon design, can have some power to look monstrous or powerful.
Here he is in a current Halloween decoration looking much better than the top image, but missing the electrode/bolt element. This is a monster! Sadly, because the Universal monster movies, being in black-and-white, are sadly not being seen much by kids anymore, few Hallowen mass-market items take the Universal-style Monster very seriously. Another nice exception is this:
The above is art on the Nestle's candy assortment bag marketed for trick-or-treating.
Below is a flashlight found in dollar stores. It features a very TIRED looking Monster. (Angry villagers keep him up nights.) Still, it's a face wouldn't want to meet on a dark night.
Have to leave for work; more of this (and a post on The Ghastly Ones) to come.