Paul Matthew Carr

About Paul Matthew Carr

Paul is a writer, artist and designer. He spends an inordinate amount of time on the Internet blogging about silly things and even more time making things up and then attempting to convince people they are proper stories. He also talks into microphones from time to time.

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping: Krampus the Anti-Claus

By |2018-12-18T17:30:25-06:00December 18th, 2018|Ideas & Excuses, Thoughts & Notions|

We are all familiar with the benevolent nighttime intruder who once a year indulges in mass breaking and entering to deposit gifts under indoor foliage. You know, the omnipotent fat man dressed in red who observes your every waking and sleeping moment to determine if you are “bad” or “good” [...]

Horse with No Name: A Shining Beacon of Mediocrity for the Ages

By |2018-12-15T15:58:58-06:00December 15th, 2018|1970s Nostalgia, Features, Thoughts & Notions|

I work in a place that plays canned music on the loudspeaker all day. To be fair there is a decent amount of variety (although at the time I write this, in mid-December, there is nothing but Christmas music. But that’s another article) a mix of current pop songs and [...]

Reckoning Upon God: Frankenstein (Monster Memories)

By |2018-10-15T14:39:02-06:00October 14th, 2018|Features, Halloween, Monster Memories, Related Articles|

Frankenstein is one of the few classic monster movies that I did not see on a Saturday afternoon on a UHF channel.  No, this film was played in prime time. It was a special movie-of-the-week. A  re-showing of a classic film on “regular” TV. It was a big deal. [...]

The Blood Elevator: It’s Meaning & Symbol

By |2018-10-15T15:20:47-06:00October 13th, 2018|1970s Nostalgia, Halloween, Ideas & Excuses|

The blood elevator scene, sometimes called the ‘river of blood’, from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a horrifying and disturbing image in a film full of horrifying and disturbing images.  Upon watching it the scene produces in many - myself included - a feeling of dread; an uneasiness that is [...]

Even the Moon is Frightened of Me: The Invisible Man (Monster Memories)

By |2018-10-15T14:38:39-06:00October 12th, 2018|Features, Halloween, Monster Memories|

An invisible man must be one of the more bizarre choices for a monster. First of all it’s not really a monster, not in the classical sense anyway. He is, after all, just a man. A deranged man, sure, but just a man nonetheless. There is nothing supernatural about [...]

Even a Man Who is Pure in Heart: The Wolf-Man (Monster Memories)

By |2018-10-15T14:31:27-06:00October 10th, 2018|Features, Halloween, Monster Memories|

By 1941 Universal had been making monster movies for over a decade. It had now become a well-oiled machine and while not quite formulaic just yet was well on its way to becoming so. The Wolf-Man still retains the moodiness and the harsh shadows emblematic of German Expressionism that [...]

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