OTR – Sherlock Holmes: The Bruce-Partington Plans (1939)

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This week, we’re beginning a new series on OTR WednesdayThe New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!

In 1939, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce appeared in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the first of an eventual fourteen film series. After the second film for 20th century Fox, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Universal acquired the rights in 1942. Unlike the first two films, that were set in the Victorian era, all of the 12 Universal films were set in modern times. the series ended in the summer of 1946 after Rathbone reportedly grew tired of the role.

Rathbone and Bruce simultaneously played Holmes and Watson on the radio in The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes during the same time period of 1939 to 1946. Both starred in a total of 218 episodes together until Rathbone left the role in May 1946 weeks before the final film debuted in theaters. Bruce returned for one more season opposite Tom Conway, who was rumored to have been Universal’s pick for the theatrical replacement as well but that never transpired. After a full season run of 39, Bruce and Conway both departed the program in July 1947.

While some of the early episodes from the Rathbone era still exist, unfortunately, many have been lost. Our first episode, The Bruce-Partington Plans, is actually the sixth from the first season and originally aired on November 6, 1939. So, put another log on the fire, grab your smoking jacket, a glass of wine and settle in as the game’s afoot!

Don’t forget to check out the forthcoming episodes on the new Sherlock Holmes playlist, as well as all of the other great old time radio shows on my YouTube channel!

2021 – The Year in Review

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2021 was a rinse and repeat kind of year thanks to the ongoing pandemic. Karla and I didn’t come close to topping 2020s total of 456 movies watched but we did see more new movies in a theater than the year before. I’m hoping that 2022 brings things back a little closer to years past, or at least a more balanced theatrical blend of old and new.

Let’s kick things off with a look at those 2021 statistics.

How many films did I watch in 2021?

Action: 14 (down from 20)
Animated: 25 (down from 37)
Comedy: 54 (down from 146)
Documentary: 31 (up from 12)
Drama: 11 (down from 17)
Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi: 161 (down from 178)
Musical: 6 (down from 7)
Mystery/Thriller: 33 (down from 39)
War/Western: 1 (same as last year)

Total films watched: 336 (Down from last year’s all-time high of 456 but close to 2018, as well as 2009, the first year I started keeping track of these totals for fun.)

Movies Watched in a Movie Theater: 7 (7 new and 0 old) – Sadly, no old films this year due to the cancellation of the 2021 Kansas Silent Film Festival (it went virtual) and only one live Cinema a Go-Go event, which we didn’t attend. The 2022 Kansas Silent Film Festival is scheduled for late February but our attending doesn’t seem likely, at least as of right now.

Now, it’s time for the official best-of-the-best and worst-of-the-worst. As with any list, they’re subjective to my viewing experience and mood at the time. I’ll provide thoughts on some of the films, others will just speak for themselves.

Top Movies Seen in a Movie Theater

1.     Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings – Karla and I both really enjoyed this one. While I wish it had been more like the original 70s comic, it was a fun, mystical adventure that left us wanting to see more of the character.

2.     007: No Time to Die – I’ve seen every Bond flick in a theater since Moonraker (1979), so this was an absolute must to see this year. I wasn’t disappointed and thought it was a wonderful send-off for Daniel Craig. I really enjoyed the various homages to the franchise, especially the inclusion of the music of Louis Armstrong. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending but it didn’t ruin the overall experience.

3.     The King’s Man – This was definitely better than the last film, which we both enjoyed, and a worthy entry in the series. I loved the time period, as well as the somewhat more subdued action and historical inclusions. We both want to see more of these new characters.

4.     Black Widow – While I did enjoy it, it seemed as if we should have seen this years ago and definitely before she died on screen. That said, a decent entry in the Marvel franchise but a little lackluster considering some of the superior Disney+ series that came out this year.

5.     The Suicide Squad – Okay, I enjoyed the bat shit craziness, over-the-top violence and inclusion of (spoiler) Starro. It is one of the more fun DC films in recent memory. That said, this probably wouldn’t have made the top ten in a regular year.

Note: We missed seeing The Eternals, Ghostbusters: Afterlife and, most importantly, Spider-Man: No Way Home. However, the first new movie of 2022 will be Spider-Man, so expect that to be on 2022s list.

Worst Movies Seen in a Movie Theater

1.     Spiral – My first movie in a theater in over a year, so it was at least fun in that aspect. However, this was by far the weakest entry in the Saw franchise. Samuel Jackson phoned it in and the story was way too predictable.

2.     Old – This would have made a better 20-minute episode of The Twilight Zone or entry in an anthology. There simply wasn’t enough here for a full-length movie and the twist at the end wasn’t anywhere close to surprising.

Top New Movies Seen on Home Media for the First Time

Any movie in this category has to have come out in either 2021 or 2020 and been seen on any form of home media (physical or streaming).

1.     Soul (2020) – One of the best films Karla and I have seen in the last several years. We loved the music, the story and the message. Highly recommended!  

2.     Dune: Part One (2021) – While I wasn’t blown away by it as I had hoped, I still really enjoyed it and it left me wanting more. I only wish the wait wasn’t going to be three years.

3.     News of the World (2020) – This one surprised me as it was a great western and a very touching story. I wish it had been seen by more people. It seems like it got lost in the pandemic shuffle.

4.     Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) – I wanted to like this one more than I did but it was still a lot of fun. It deserved to be watched theatrically.

5.     8-Bit Christmas (2021) – This one definitely surprised me. The trailer looked like fun and the movie didn’t disappoint. A modern-day retelling of A Christmas Story that worked on a nostalgic level. However, the ending really touched me in a very emotional way that caught me off-guard. This has been added to the annual Christmas movie list.

6.     The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) – The weakest in the franchise to date but still fun to watch. That said, it might be time to let the series rest for a while.

7.     Finch (2021) – A fairly formulaic post-apocalypse flick that was elevated by the presence of Tom Hanks. Overall, a fun flick but most likely a forgettable one.

Top Ten Movies Seen on Home Media for the First Time

This category is the same as previous years except that it covers any film from 2019 or older.

1.     Kwaidan (1964) – Finally saw this after owning it for years and I was blown away. It’s visually stunning and highly recommended.

2.     Inside Out (2015) – I probably ranked this one higher than it deserves but we both really enjoyed it.

3.     Too Many Kisses (1925) – So glad to own this silent movie, which was a lot of fun to watch. The print from the Film Preservation Society looks amazing.

4.     Train to Busan (2016) – Crazy fun and one of the better zombie/infected flicks in recent years.

5.     The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) – After years of attempting to watch this classic, I finally sat down and didn’t regret it. It’s trippy and a little all over the place but still worth checking out.

6.     Sherlock Holmes (1916) – The master detective works better in sound but this was so wonderful to watch after it was missing for so many years.

7.     The Beast and the Magic Sword (1983) – I watched a lot of Paul Naschy in 2021 and this was, by far, my favorite.

8.     Mill of the Stone Women (1960) – This was a random Shudder viewing that really surprised me. Highly recommended if you’re in the mood for some Euro horror.

9.     Auntie Mame (1958) – Not a film I’d usually pick but so glad I watched it. Expanding one’s cinematic horizons often results in some wonderful new discoveries.

10.  Viy (1967) – A highly visual and trippy flick that never failed to entertain.

Honorable Mentions: An Angel for Satan (1966) is quite possibly my favorite Barbara Steele movie. Eerie Tales (1919) was a pleasant surprise and fun anthology film.

Top Documentaries Seen on Home Media for the First Time

A new category last year and we definitely gravitated to more documentaries in 2021. We already have a stack lined up for 2022.

1.     Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010) – It’s criminal that I’ve owned this for more than a decade and never watched it, especially considering Rush is one of our favorite bands. Highly recommended!

2.     Carl Laemmle (2019) – We love documentaries on old Hollywood and this one from TCM was another great one.

3.     The Melies Mystery (2021) – A fantastic documentary on the great Georges Melies.

4.     Jazz on a Summer Day (1958) – A great snapshot of a past time with some great music.

5.     Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong (1989) – More great jazz music!

6.     Dean Martin: King of Cool (2021) – A little biased towards Dean but still entertaining.

7.     Woman in Motion (2021) – A great documentary on Nichelle Nichols but I wished it had a little more focus on her NASA days.

8.     The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith (2015) – A fascinating but sad look at a very unique individual.

9.     Blood and Flesh: The Reel Life and Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019) – Talk about a film documentary talking a turn and becoming a crime drama, this one is bizarre but in a way that you can’t turn away.

10.  Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years (2016) – We watched this before Get Back (which isn’t on this list as it really was more of a limited series). Great double feature!

Honorable Mention: Less of a true documentary and more of a very long series of extra and random clips, In Search of Darkness Parts 1 and 2 (2019 and 2020) are a fun watch. Looking forward to part 3 once it’s finished.

Worst Movies Seen on Home Media for the First Time

1.     Tenet (2020) – I think I’ve come to the conclusion that recent Christopher Nolan movies are just way too pretentious for my tastes. After Interstellar and Dunkirk, this is a strike three for me.

2.     Halloween Kills (2021) – Oh, how I wanted to like this one. I just didn’t enjoy it at all. I get that there is a lot of social commentary happening here but, honestly, that was and is the last thing I want right now in my movies.

3.     Spookies (1986) – Oh Joe Bob, why must you do this to me?

4.     Army of the Dead (2021) – Okay, I didn’t hate this one but I was a little bored with it overall. And don’t get me started on releasing this movie without fixing the dead pixel issue. That was just lazy filmmaking.

5.     Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) – A…very…unnecessarily…long…movie. Some of the restored footage may have improved it overall but it’s just way longer than it needs to be.

Looking ahead to 2022, I hope that the first movie of the year is Spider-Man: No Way Home. As usual, I’m looking forward to all of the new Marvel films, while placing my expectations low for anything from DC. I’m just hopeful for more trips to the theater for both new and old movies. I definitely miss the Kansas Silent Film Festival and Cinema a Go-Go.  

That elusive Godzilla Criterion Collection is once again high on the list, along with the Zatoichi series (also on Criterion). I’d also love to finally wrap up our Sherlock Holmes journey. That said, look for a lot of Sherlock on OTR Wednesday in 2022.

In the summer of 2022, we’re going to totally stir things up. After three summers of classic comedies, this year we’re going to outer space and the wonderful world of chapter serials. In June through August, we’re going to dive into Flash Gordon (1936), Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars (1938) and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940). Don’t worry though as plans are afoot for a special comedy series in July focusing on the short subjects of Thelma Todd.

Jeff and I will start the new year with our 5th anniversary show and we plan to continue to offer up our monthly dose of the Classic Horrors Club Podcast (aside from taking a brief break in February), including our third summer of drive-in adventures in the summer. I’m also looking forward to finally recording a formal movie review with Desmond Reddick after so many years of solo reviews on the Dread Media Podcast.

Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for your ongoing support! 2022 is going to be fantastic year!

OTR – A Christmas Carol (1944)

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From 1934 to 1953, Lionel Barrymore played the part of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol on radio a total of 18 different times. Sadly, only 5 of those performances still exist today and only 3 are widely available. The most memorable was in 1939 when Barrymore worked with Orson Welles on the Campbell Playhouse adaptation. It’s my personal favorite and has been an annual listen for me since I first discovered playing it on a local radio station in Paris, Texas on Christmas Eve 1989.

This year, I’d like to introduce you to his 1944 version. It aired originally as part of Barrymore’s own program, Mayor of the Town, and was later rebroadcast as part of The Globe Theater for Armed Forces Radio. It aired on December 23 and sadly has been rarely heard since that presentation. While it may not be as entertaining as the 1939 version, it’s still a wonderful showcase for the very best radio Scrooge.

As a special treat, take a listen to the original 1947 MGM records version featuring Barrymore. It’s a fun adaptation and a great time capsule for how Barrymore was playing Scrooge about midway through his long tenure.

Don’t forget to check out all of the Christmas programs on my YouTube channel for more great old time radio! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Monster Movie Kid!

Classic Horrors Club – A Christopher Lee Christmas

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Join Jeff & I in the crypt as we discuss three classic Eurohorror films starring Christopher Lee in episode 64 of the Classic Horrors Club Podcast! First, we’ll take a look at Crypt of the Vampire (1964) and Castle of the Living Dead (1964). Then, Steve Turek from the DieCast Movie Podcast joins us for The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967). Finally, we all share some thoughts on the other films and extras in The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee boxset, released earlier this year from Severin, including Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)Challenge the Devil (1963) and the Polish television series, Theatre Macabre (1971).

Check out the video companion on our YouTube channel. It contains exclusive content not available in this month’s podcast that you don’t want to miss!

Call us at (616) 649-2582 (CLUB), email at classichorrorsclub@gmail.com or join us in our clubhouse at https://www.facebook.com/groups/classichorrors.club/!

We’d also appreciate if you’d give us an honest rating on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud. Thank you!

You can find Jeff at:

Over the holidays, you’ll want to get an early start as we prepare to celebrate our fifth anniversary in January with three films all containing the word “five” in them: Five (1951), Dimension 5 (1966) and Devil Times Five (1974)!

MKR – These Are the Damned (1962)

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As Derek M. Koch over at Monster Kid Radio is still settling in to his new home, he put up the Hammer signal and the monster kids answered the call. So, this week on episode 550 of the Monster Kid Radio podcast, Steve Turek (DieCast Movie Podcast) and I sat down for a little conversation about These Are the Damned (1962).

This Hammer classic features Oliver Reed (who isn’t even featured in the cast on the above movie poster) as a gang leader in pursuit of his sister, who ran off with a vacationing American. And yes, there may be some strange happenings at a government base where the children there may not be as innocent as they appear.

Tune in and be sure let ’em know that the Monster Movie Kid sent ya!

DieCast Movie Podcast – Frankenstein (1931)

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My good friend Steve Turek at the DieCast Movie Podcast has just posted part 4 of his ongoing James Whale retrospective. In this episode, Jeff Owens and I represent the Classic Horrors Club Podcast as we sit down for a conversation about one of the all-time greatest monster movies…Frankenstein (1931). James Whale did a lot more than just monster flicks but when he did venture into the macabre, the results were stunning.

Tune into episode 72 of the DieCast Movie Podcast and be sure to tell Steve that Monster Movie Kid sent ya!

Classic Horrors Club – Naschy November

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It’s Naschy November as Jeff and I discuss the life and career of Paul Naschy in episode 63 of the Classic Horrors Club Podcast. We focus on three specific movies: Vengeance of the Zombies (1973), The Mummy’s Revenge (1975), and The Beast and the Magic Sword (1983). Yes, Paul Naschy films may be an acquired taste but they can also be a lot of fun if you give them a chance. As Jeff recently said, they are often a delicious Eurohorror feast.

Check out the video companion on our YouTube channel. It contains exclusive content not available in this month’s podcast that you don’t want to miss!

Call us at (616) 649-2582 (CLUB), email at classichorrorsclub@gmail.com or join us in our clubhouse at https://www.facebook.com/groups/classichorrors.club/!

We’d also appreciate if you’d give us an honest rating on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud. Thank you!

You can find Jeff at:

Special thanks and recognition to Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn from the Naschycast and author Tory Howarth (Human Beasts: The Films of Paul Naschy)!

It’s never too early to start preparing for next month’s episode. In December, Jeff and I will be celebrating It’s a Wonderful Christopher Lee Christmas as we dive into The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee boxset from Severin Films. First up with be Castle of the Living Dead (1964), followed by Crypt of the Vampire (1964) and, finally, The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)!

Bill Mize presents Monsters by the Minute – The Mummy (1932)

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Over the years, there have been numerous versions of the Mummy. Lon Chaney Jr., Christopher Lee and Paul Naschy have all brought the Mummy to life. Peter Cushing, Brendan Fraser and Tom Cruise have battled various incarnations. But there is one film that has always held a special place in my heart…The Mummy (1932) with Boris Karloff!

My good friend Bill Mize has been entertaining us with the award-winning Bill Watches Movies podcast but now, he’s embracing something new and exciting. In Monsters by the Minute, Bill will cover one movie, from start to finish, on both sides of the camera. From the actors to the scriptwriters to the directors, every aspect of the movie and the world around it are researched, analyzed and discussed.

Monsters by the Minute has kicked off it’s inaugural season by taking an in-depth look at The Mummy (1932) as only Bill can. New episodes drop every Saturday and we’re already two episodes in. Bill announced this exciting new show a year ago and now it’s time to unearth it for the world of 2021 to enjoy.

Check out the website and let Bill take you back to 1932 and beyond. I’ve just listened to both episodes and I’m eager for more. I highly recommend it! As always, tell ’em the Monster Movie Kid sent ya!

DieCast Movie Podcast – James Whale Retrospective

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Everyone knows that James Whale directed several horror classics, including Frankenstein (1931) and The Invisible Man (1933). However, there is much more to this English film director and my good friend Steve Turek has started a new retrospective series on the DieCast Movie Podcast to help educate all of us cinephiles hungry for more film knowledge.

In episode 65, the retrospective begins with guest James Curtis, author of James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters. Next up, in episode 66, I join Steve for a discussion on James Whale’s directorial debut, Journey’s End (1930). This captivating film is set in France 1917 during World War I and features several familiar faces, including Colin Clive, a year before he entranced audiences as Dr. Frankenstein.

Future episodes will feature fellow podcasters, such as my partner-in-crime Jeff Owens, and filmmakers as they sit down with Steve to talk about such films as Waterloo Bridge (1931) and Show Boat (1936). Of course, there will be some conversations about horror films as well and yours truly may just be back sooner than you think.

The DieCast Movie Podcast is a refreshing podcast hosted by Steve Turek and features a revolving format. In some episodes, he’s joined by his children Ben and Mikaela to let the roll of the die determine which movie they’ll talk about next, such as Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) in episode 67. In other episodes, Steve engages in some brilliant interviews with film and television stars such as Louis Gossett, Jr., Kathy Garver and Mary Badham. Steve always chooses to focus on the questions less asked and the results are always entertaining. I highly recommend you tune in today as I know you’ll enjoy it.

Revisiting The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

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The Incredible Shrinking Man is one of those rare films from Universal’s 1950s era. It takes what seems like a rather simple premise in the beginning and turns it into a much more important story about the value of a human life. The 81-minute journey is an interesting one that is highlighted by the main character’s adventures in the basement of his home and the ever-lurking tarantula, who is clearly hungry for its’ next meal. However, a whole other story unfolds before we ever reach that basement.

The movie begins with our two main characters, Scott and Louise Carey (Grant Williams, The Monolith Monsters, and Randy Stuart) enjoying a lazy vacation on a small boat. After Scott coaxes Louise to get him a beer from down below, he sees a large mist headed towards the boat. After it passes, it leaves a sparkly residue on his body with no apparent side effects. Flash forward six months later and Scott is beginning to notice his clothes are just a little too big on him. He eventually visits his doctor to discover he is indeed shrinking and losing weight. After Dr. Bransom (played by the ever-present character actor William Schallert) initially thinks nothing of the symptoms, another visit and an x-ray later proves he is indeed shrinking. It’s determined that the mist had some type of chemical reaction with a pesticide Scott was exposed to that impacted his molecular structure.

Naturally, Scott does not take this news well and this is where his character begins to go through some rather dramatic changes that may make it harder for some to cheer him on as the hero of the story. For starters, after initially telling Louise she could leave him since she certainly didn’t count on this strange occurrence when they got married, he begins to treat her rather coldly. In fact, he begins to displace his anger towards his situation on to her and, sadly, we never really get any type of resolution with their story. Even though the doctors find a cure to his continued shrinking, there is no possibility of a reversal. Scott’s desire to leave his home and explore the outside world again results in his sneaking out of the house one night. It is here that he meets a dwarf named Clarice (April Kent) and the two begin a questionable relationship. After she inspires him to continue work on a book about his story, their fling quickly ends as Scott realizes he is once again starting to shrink.

The pacing of the first part of the film is on track but it does seem like one rather long prologue to the sequence most monsters kids really want to see. After Louise leaves to run an errand, Scott has an encounter with a cat that results in his becoming trapped in the basement. When Louise returns to find a bloodied shirt and the cat licking its’ paws, Scott is presumed dead. His brother Charlie (Paul Langton, It! The Terror from Beyond Space) encourages Louise to leave and start a new life for herself somewhere else. However, Scott is very much alive but is now in a strange subterranean world that is home to a tarantula, his new nemesis of gigantic proportions. Now, to be fair, The Incredible Shrinking Man doesn’t have any giant spiders but to Scott, the tarantula is very much a giant and, quite honestly, it’s much more menacing than other films featuring giant spiders or bugs. In those films, the creatures are in our world and we possess the power to destroy them, usually after a series of trial and error attempts. However, in Scott’s basement, he’s now a stranger in a strange land, residing in the domain of the spider with nothing more than the tattered rags on his body and his own ingenuity.

This is where the film truly shines. The gigantic props, such as the scissors, nails, matches or needles, are his weapons of choice. Their size is challenging, forcing him to come to terms with his size like never before. His wife is no longer there to help him and he must defend himself with whatever he can find. Once we are introduced to the tarantula, we see just how terrifying it can be. The sound effects for its legs and feet are something I don’t remember other giant bug movies addressing. In the original novel, it was actually a black widow, which is scientifically more accurate than finding a tarantula. The web that plays a key part in one scene is also more in line with what a black widow would spin, but tarantulas are obviously much easier to work with and, a lot more menacing on the big screen. These really are only minor deterrents for those with a scientific brain. If you focus more on the action, it’s a lot more enjoyable. In fact, the tension builds to an amazing crescendo as Scott’s battle with the tarantula is epic and even a little grotesque. Scott’s adventures in the basement and ensuing spider battle are worth the price of admission alone.

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The film’s ending is rather controversial as it fails to wrap up everything nicely as was the usual pattern for films of the time period. Scott never reunites with his wife nor is there an eleventh hour miracle cure. Instead, the film chooses to go down a more philosophical path with Scott coming to terms with his size and his own purpose in this new shrunken universe. With the prospect that Scott will continue to shrink, the concept that all life is important, that “there is no zero” in the eyes of God, is a rather deep ending to what seemed like a rather whimsical small man versus giant spider film. The ending may have been ahead of its’ time as test audiences wanted a happy ending. Universal did too but director Jack Arnold had a little clout at that time and he preferred the ending as it was. With Creature from the Black Lagoon on his list of credits, Universal chose to trust in him and the results still speak for themselves.

The film’s screenplay was written by Richard Matheson and Richard Alan Simmons, and is based on Matheson’s own novel, The Shrinking Man, published two years earlier in 1956. While the movie generally follows the same storyline as the book, there are several key differences besides that of the spider breed. First, the book doesn’t follow the traditional linear storytelling format, opting instead for a series of flashbacks propelling the reader back and forth in time. That doesn’t always transition well to the big screen, so the film chooses an easier to follow pattern, which also allows for suspense to build towards the basement sequence, rather than rushing to it as the book does. Secondly, Scott has other more adult adventures outside of the home, such as peeking in on a teenage babysitter, something that the censors never would have approved of in 1957. Finally, Scott’s relationship with Clarice is much more personal, another theme that never made it to the big screen. In the end, these additions would have made the film much more adult than the usual Universal sci-fi or monster fare of the time. Ultimately, the movie works better without going down those darker paths.

The Incredible Shrinking Man never had a sequel, despite plans for a possible film that would have focused on Scott’s wife Louise. There was a rather loose remake in 1981 with The Incredible Shrinking Woman, a comedy starring Lily Tomlin. Talks of a modern-day version have been floating around Hollywood for at least a decade. It might be interesting to see what elements of the original novel are used for a contemporary presentation and the CGI special effects of today could result in a visual feast for the eyes. But nothing will ever compare to the sound of the tarantula lurking and searching for its’ prey as we saw and heard in the 1957 original. It stands the test of time and is well worth adding to anyone’s personal celluloid journey.

The Incredible Shrinking Man has previously been released on various formats of home media but has just had its definitive release. It’s now available on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection and includes such extras as an audio commentary from author and historian Tom Weaver, a 1983 interview with director Jack Arnold, an 8 mm home-cinema version from 1969, and much more. With the usual 50% off November Criterion sale now happening, it’s a perfect time to treat yourself to an early Christmas gift.