The Making of a Monster: My Bride of Frankenstein Painting


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Last year marked the 80th anniversary of Universal Pictures’ Frankenstein sequel, “The Bride of Frankenstein”.

The film stars Elsa Lanchester as Mary Shelley in the opening sequence, and as the Monster’s mate — the Bride — at the end.

As the Bride, Lanchester is seen onscreen for a mere 4 minutes of a 75 minute film, but with such a memorable, show-stopping look, she was forever immortalized as the Queen of Monsters in those few 240 seconds.

Lanchester Bride

As an artist, I’ve spent years painting still-life, portraits, and wildlife. One thing I had never painted was anything pop culture related. How crazy is that? I’m constantly mooning over the monster art of artists like Basil Gogos and Jason Edmiston, yet I’d never done any of that myself. So last October, I set out to create a Bride of Frankenstein-inspired piece to commemorate the film’s 80th anniversary. I featured the finished painting in my Halloween night blog post, “A Toast to Gods and Monsters“.

In that post, I said that I would do a follow-up that chronicled the progression of the painting. So here’s your one and only warning: A whole slew of geeky, potentially boring art-speak follows. If you’re not keen on listening to me wax poetic about the who, what, when, where, why and hows of painting, then feel free to skip over the art jargon and scroll ahead to look at the pretty pictures. I won’t judge you. Much. Continue reading

Creepy Cartoons: Monster Bash


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Like most little kids, I loved getting up early on weekends to watch cartoons. Some of the most prominent memories I have from my younger years involve binge-watching my favourite animated characters in the wee A.M. hours.

Unlike all of my friends, I was lucky when it came to program selection. At my house, we had a big C-band satellite dish and access to all American programming. I love Canada, but all-Canadian content television is absolutely horrendous. The two basic Canadian stations we got DID have some good stuff, like “The Mighty Hercules” and one of my favourite shows of all time (though not animated), the Canadian classic “The Littlest Hobo“. But as far as quality and quantity? Yeah, the American stations were head and shoulders above the rest. Continue reading

“I Love Lucy”: Celebrating 65 Years of a Comedic Classic


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Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!

And you can start by explaining how a television show that first premiered 65 years ago today is still more popular and beloved than 90% of all the other programs which have aired in the last six decades.

Who could have known that the crazy antics of a zany redhead and her heavily-accented Cuban husband was the perfect recipe for a comedy series? But here I sit, 65 years later, attempting to put into words how Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz broke the television mold so long ago. Far from fading into the land of lost shows, the series is still shining as brightly as it ever was.

On October 15, 1951, viewers tuned in to “I Love Lucy” for the first time. Lucy and Ricky Ricardo were actually Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz — a real-life husband and wife duo who were determined to make a go of their tumultuous marriage.


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Peter Cushing: The King of Horror Who Never Liked the Term


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I recently watched an interesting old black and white video clip of my favourite actor, Peter Cushing. In a 1973 BBC interview, the interviewer asks Cushing to explain why he doesn’t like the term “horror” when referencing the types of movies he’s done.

Cushing: “It isn’t that I object to it. I just feel it’s the wrong adjective as applied to the films I do. Because horror to me is, say, a film like The Godfather. Or anything to do with war, which is real and can happen, and unfortunately, no doubt, will happen again some time. But the films that dear Christopher Lee and I do are really fantasy. And I think fantasy is a better adjective to use. I don’t object to the term horror, it’s just the wrong adjective!” Continue reading

Creepy Cartoons: The 10 Scariest Episodes of Scooby Doo


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This Halloween season, I want to spread appreciation for a rather underappreciated strain of the horror genre: Creepy cartoons.

Horror is so much more than blood and gore, violence and terror. Some of the best that horror has to offer is delivered in a much more subtle manner. And for my money, the best example of this is cartoons.

Whether it’s something mild like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, or something a bit edgier like Beetlejuice, the truth is — kids love horror. They always have, they always will. And this Halloween, my inner child is just howling for something spooky and fun.


You had to know I’d kick off a “Creepy Cartoons” Halloween series with a post about the original creepy cartoon, Scooby Doo. After 9+ major series incarnations over the past 47 years, Mystery Inc. has faced some seriously spooky capers. Continue reading

Stay Tombed, Fiends…


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Hey, it’s October! 🎃🎃🎃And you know what that means…

Much like the full moon turns an ordinary man into a werewolf, the month of October transforms me into a blood-loving, fang-bearing, monster-obsessed ghoul. Well, maybe I’m like that all of the time. But when the witching month is upon us, I feel better about haunting your inboxes with tasty, horror-related morsels. Continue reading

A Few Simple Tricks for Non-Life-Threatening (But Annoying) Computer Issues


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Okay, so computers aren’t really my thing. I’m fine with them, I can do all the basics and a few advanced things too. But aside from typing or photo/graphics/aesthetics-related tasks, I don’t pretend to know a whole heck of a lot.

Sometimes that’s not a big deal. I mean, Google is just a click away, right? But then there are times when my laptop gets a raging case of PMS and a simple two-second Google search isn’t enough to solve my problem.

I won’t lie — this post is meant more for me than for you, as an easy means of remembering how to work around certain issues that crop up more often than I’d like them to. But if just one other frustrated person comes across this blog post and it helps them? Well, then it was completely worth writing.

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“Bonanza”: The Classic Western With a Heart of Gold


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Today, you’re not likely to see many Westerns on television. But from the 1940s through the early ’70s, the Stetson-sportin’, gun-slingin’, drawl-talkin’ gentlemen of old is exactly what audiences wanted to see.


When “The Lone Ranger” premiered in 1949, starring Clayton Moore (Lone Ranger) and Jay Silverheels (Tonto), it helped to kick off a small-screen wild west revolution. It paved the way for many long-running western series like “Gunsmoke” (1955-1975), “Wagon Train” (1957-1965), “The Rifleman” (1958-1963), “Rawhide” (1959-1966) and “The Virginian” (1962-1971). But for me, the best thing to come out of this western revolution was a little classic called “Bonanza”.


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Salvation Through Christ Alone


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Giovanni Battista Crespi (Il Cerano), The Risen Christ, 1602-04

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)– remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

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