SPOOKY DIFFERENT KIND OF HALLOWEEN Oct. 31, 2015
This year I actually did get afraid. The 1942 RKO Radio Picture “The Cat People” that I saw Friday night on TCM with Gary left me with nightmares. It’s easy to figure out; the swimming pool scene with the woman and water reflecting off the walls was incredibly claustrophobic. No way would I be in that room, even if a jaguar wasn’t chasing me. It had to be in an RKO sound stage because no one would design that mess in a health club. Director Jaques Tournier knew how to work lights and shadows for maximum fright.
We also watched a less successful Tournier effort: “Curse of the Demon” wherein the producer inserted a monster right out of a Roger Corman fright fest. It was dumb. What was even dumber was the scary guy in “Monster from the Surf” (1965).
Also, last night I was left with two virgin bags of candy unopened. Apparently trick and treat is not part of the tradition for kids who live in my building. The candy will be just as fresh a year from now. I didn’t even bother to put on my vampire costume as I watched two Karloff classics on TV. I think I went to a Jaycees party in about 1968 with a date as a bum in Boise but most of my Halloweens aren’t even a foggy memory.