When I was at work, I realized I was looking forward to running later. That felt good; usually I must psyche myself into it and hope to enjoy it once I’ve started. Full disclosure: the run did not feel as good as the anticipation, but you’ll have that. I confess, now I am more in the mood to write a silly post with monster movie pictures than a Running Commentary. Then I thought, it’s Non-Sequitur Thursday. Maybe I can combine the two.
This is a scene from Horror Hotel, which I was reminded of on a recent run. I was coming out of Brookfield Park and saw a t-bar in a neighboring back yard, possibly part of a clothesline or a holder for a bird feeder. To me it looked like a cross, and if it was only crooked, it would look like the cross wielded by a character in the movie as he uses it to break up a satanic ritual.
After I downloaded that photo this evening, I wondered what other pictures I could find that had to do with running. Some people say they only run if something is chasing them, so I looked for one of the villagers chasing Frankenstein’s monster. The only ones I saw showed the villagers moseying along, carrying torches. That is actually a pace I might be able to outrun. Unfortunately, my computer would not let me download any of those photos. I am so unadept at these things!
OK, this lady does not run. She foolishly backs away, screaming loudly, like a typical useless movie female of that era. But I just couldn’t resist using a photo from House on Haunted Hill, the original William Castle production starring Vincent Price, OF COURSE. It is one of our favorites.
I close with a picture that could certainly inspire one to run and run fast. I imagine I would. This, of course, is the great Christopher Lee, a definitive Dracula to many. I confess Bela Lugosi is the real Dracula to me, but there is room in my heart for many vampires. I admire that Lee’s interpretation is so different from Lugosi’s. There is probably a great scholarly article to be written comparing the two Counts, relating the characterizations to the respective decades in which the movies were made. I’m not saying I intend to write it. I write a silly blog. Happy Thursday, everyone.