4/1/13

Artful Conception #20: The Carry (Famous Monsters of Filmland Edition)

Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)

I've posted a few times on the odd phenomenon of "the carry".  Typically seen in monster movies - it's that almost inevitable point where the chick faints and the monster carries her away. It's a scene that's repeated over and over - and not just in film, but in books, comics and advertising as well.

The idea to revisit this topic came from reading an old Famous Monsters of Filmland where they actually talk about this very theme. Of course, it's done in the typical FMoF style with plenty of puns and no real sociological analysis:

"The first rule of monsterish carry-offism is that the creature must carry off the maiden in destress.  Or dat dress. And carry her off well.

No one really cares where they carry her to, it's how that makes 'em howl. 'Cuz, after all, whether it's to Dracula's dungeon or a dinosaur's pad, chances are 1,000,000 to none that the hero will rescue her in the nick of time -- heroes' have a knack for that sort of thing --- and drive a stake thru the vampire's heart (this is known as a wooden performance) or blow up the brontosaurus with grenatdes, explosive bullets, mortar shells & chemical bombs.  As Brenda Saurus said as she was being blown to bits, 'That's show blitz!'"

As you can see, there isn't much substance, but at least they acknowledged it.  The topic began in issue #33, and was "carried on" in subsequent issues.  So, to make like Forry Ackerman, I too will "carry on" the tradition.  Enjoy.





 















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11 comments:

  1. Monsters never choose fat girls.

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    1. I know, which sucks. I'd love to be carried off by Dracula or The Phantom Of The Opera. And the hero can just forget about rescuing me. If he tries I'm kicking him in the crotch and letting the monster have him!

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  2. WHAT!?!

    No picture of Gort carrying Helen away?

    I'm shocked, I tell you.....shocked!

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    1. Yeah, and what about Robbie carrying Altaira?

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  3. I always loved the "Carry On Monsters" features in Famous Monsters magazine when I was a kid. Hey wait, I still do..... Glad to see the Pojected Man in the mix. That's kind of a forgotten flick.

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  4. That creature in the pic from The Day the World Ended looks suspiciously like an alien from the original Outer Limits series a few years later.

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    1. Yes, it looks something like the Empyrian from "Second Chance".

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  5. My favorite "Carry Ons" have always been - Peggy Moran, in The Mummy's Hand and Julia Adams, in The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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  6. Magic KennyApril 02, 2013

    Mole people = pancakes a'comin'.

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  7. They missed the best one.

    http://www.austinchronicle.com/binary/151c/screens_feature-30907.jpeg

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