Based in the East Bay Area of sunny California, Ben Monroe is a writer and communications consultant. He is interested in the ways that traditional storytelling methods can be used in advertising, corporate communications, and other non-traditional ways.

Dig me, I'm a "Horror Expert"

Dig me, I'm a "Horror Expert"

Just before the holidays, I was asked to contribute a short article on “Great Horror Movie Performances Nobody Ever Talks About” (short being, 200 words or less). I jumped at the chance to do this, because I love talking about anything related to horror, especially if it means I get to point people towards a movie they might not otherwise bother to watch.

Now, I admit in addition to loving pointing people to movies or books they might not bother with otherwise, it’s sort of in my nature to rock the boat in strange ways. So initially, I thought, “You know what would be funny? I should talk about ‘Blacula’.” Because it’s kind of really an interesting movie, if watched with the perspective of the time it was made, and what else was going on in the world then.

And then I watched the movie again for the first time in a few years. And then I remembered that damn if William Marshall wasn’t a great actor, and even if the whole movie was pretty cheesy, he still brought his A-Game. Funny thing too, as I’ll still always think of Marshall as the “King of Cartoons” in “Pee Wee’s Playhouse.” Funny old world.

So in the end, it wasn’t hard at all for me to write the piece. I just wrote about how awesome Marshall was even if the rest of the movie was a great big ball of cheese. As of this writing, it’s a free watch on Amazon Prime. Give it a shot if you’re so inclined.

Scary Stories for a Good Cause

Scary Stories for a Good Cause

This guy read everything by Stephen King. You won’t believe what happened next!

This guy read everything by Stephen King. You won’t believe what happened next!