Summer Movie Monsters


“My life is a game of strip poker. Want to play?” ~ James Whale, ‘Gods and Monsters’

I’m not sure why I always consider ‘Gods and Monsters’ such a summer movie, but I do.

Maybe it’s the pool, which plays such an integral role to the story.

Maybe it’s the rainstorm, that has such a summer feel to it.

Maybe it’s Ian McKellen’s summery suits that reek of Gatsby and light and all things ephemeral.

Maybe it’s just Brendan Fraser, shorn of shirt, back when he was hot.

Whatever the case, this is one movie that has come to personify summer in my warped mind, so I’m recommending it when you need a way to pass the hot nights. It has a cooling, calming effect on me, despite its occasionally dark subject matter and more than a few disturbing moments. Summer can be like that. It’s not all sun and fun and splashing in the pool. But you’ll find that out in your own time.

“I’ve spent much of my life outrunning the past, and now it floods all over me.” ~ James Whale, ‘Gods and Monsters’

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