Saturday, October 31, 2009

1980s Monster Kid Memories


The term 'Monster Kid' is usually associated with a generation older than me, one who grew of age in their own glory days of Castle of Frankenstein and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines. Well, I may have been born too late for all that (1979, for those of you keeping track at home), but I'm a Monster Kid, too, dammit! These are some of the things that I, and people of my generation, grew up with.


True, we didn't have Vampirella or Ghoulardi, but we did have Cassandra Peterson, AKA Elvira, that well-endowed Mistress of the Dark who jiggled in all the right places and whose combination of somehow-innocent sexual imagery and B-Movie feature presentations kept many an adolescent up late nights, for more than one reason.


When I was a child, these were the closest I ever came to sports. I can still remember the excitement I felt when I opened a shoebox one Christmas morning to find a whole array of these bad boys. I was so enamored with them that not only did I regularly rent their video from Blockbuster, but I also had (okay, I admit it--still have) the 3-issue miniseries from Marvel Comics' Star line.

M.U.S.C.L.E. Men

That stands for Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere, people! And while they weren't strictly horror, per se, many of them were surely strange enough and gruesome enough to fit the bill.

My Pet Monster

This was the 'My Buddy' for the demon child--before Child's Play hit theaters two years later and made the 'My Buddy' cool, that is. And just so your Pet Monster didn't get lonely while you were at school, there was also...

My Pet Monster Pet

The above monstrosity is the one that I had.  Unlike the My Pet Monster, his nose looked like a cherry tomato as opposed to a pickle, and he was also a hand-puppet.  And finally, what list would be complete without...

Garbage Pail Kids

Buy them, collect them, trade them with your friends!

Oh, that's right, I didn't have any friends.

This could be either the cause or the effect, I'm not really sure which.


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