Friday, November 30, 2018

Clod Bless the Child

Don't scorn me, you know what I'm like
If cornered, a blow I will strike 
It's no life on the run
Constant strife, never fun  
Forlorn, I could go for this tyke.

The Monster (Lon Chaney Jr) befriends little Cloestine Hussman (Janet Ann Gallow) in The Ghost of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton; 1942).

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Kharis that Ate Kharis


Without fail Kharis ekes out the hours
It's own tail each lame sequel devours
No elan, inartistic
It grows stale and antique, as it sours.

David Cairns

The Mummy's Curse (Leslie Goodwins; 1944): In this, the last of the sequels, the Mummy (Lon Chaney Jr) plays stooge to high priest Ilzor (Peter Coe) and acolyte Ragheb (Martin Kosleck).

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sequels Ye Shall Find

A fairly high priest, we assume
Has Kharis released from his tomb
But then, in a fire
Again, he'll expire
But terror, now ceased, will resume.

Cowboy star Tom Tyler and George Zucco in Universal's first sequel to the Mummy from Universal, The Mummy's Hand (Christy Cabanne; 1940).

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Another Fine Mesquite

His fate has been highly unjust
He hates to comply, but he must 
Once dashing, now crusty
Old passions grown dusty
So dated and dry he'll combust.

The Mummy strangles some guy on a porch: Lon Chaney Jr in The Mummy's Tomb (Harold Young; 1942). Title by Mesquiter Donald B. Benson.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Mummy-Back Guarantee

First one thinks he is burned in a fire   
Then he sinks, unconcerned, in a mire
Under walls that collapse
There's no call to play taps
Mummy finks, we have learned, don't expire.

Lon Chaney Jr drags his way through The Mummy's Curse (Leslie Goodwins; 1944). The Mummy appears to perish at the end of every film, but we know better. Title by Donald Benson, guaranteed.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Monster Smashed

As drunk as a lord, swilling scotch
This flunky's therefore not nop-notch
He'd have liked a gin rickey
But he's spiked with a mickey
Hits the bunk, where he snores, leaves a blotch.
David Cairns

Dr. Pretorius offers the Monster ( Boris Karloff) a knockout cocktail of House of Lords whiskey in Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale; 1935). Title by smashing Donald B. Benson.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Hope for the Rest, Expect the Versed

Though prepped for an infinite nap
He's kept by his masters on tap
And slogs overtime
In blogs full of rhyme
Except that these rhymes never wrap.

Donald B. Benson

Turhan Bey and George Zucco inspect The Mummy's Tomb (Harold Young; 1942). The Mummy being Lon Chaney Jr, of course. We'll all need a nap when the gobbling is over. Happy Thanksgiving from the turkeys at LimerWrecks.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Less is Morbid

The inaugural Mummy just glows
Now this slogger looks bummed, comatose
These sequels just prove he
Can creak through a movie
Which doggerel sums more than prose.

David Cairns

Lon Chaney Jr wishes he could escape The Mummy's Tomb (Harold Young; 1942).

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Kharis Match

He staggers about, he's half-lame
Looks haggard, no doubt off his game
How can one defeat him?
Don't panic, reheat him!
The raggedy lout turns to flame.

Lon Chaney Jr. (or his stunt double) burns in The Mummy's Tomb (Harold Young; 1942). Title by the match king, David Cairns.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Acolyte's Out

These bums, though they're priests, can't be trusted
For a tumble the beasts have both lusted
To this perky brunette
The jerks pose a threat
The Mummy, at least, is disgusted.

High priest Ilzor (Peter Coe), acolyte Ragheb (Martin Kosleck), and Betty Walsh (Kay Harding), in The Mummy's Curse (Leslie Goodwins; 1944). Edit by David Cairns, out there at Shadowplay.

Friday, November 16, 2018

You've Gotten Female

The monster's aware that he's mental
And wants to be social and gentle.
He thinks he'd be sane
With a little girl's brain
And doesn't grasp harm incidental.

Donald B. Benson

Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., and Janet Ann Gallow play musical brains in The Ghost of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton; 1942).

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Mummy's Handymen

In the deep Middle East there's a cult
Where they keep a high priest to consult
When some dopes from the West
Go and open a chest
An old creep gets released as result.

Priests of Karnak George Zucco and Eduardo Ciannelli conspire in The Mummy's Hand (Christy Cabanne; 1940).

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Silence of the Ham

He'd squeal, but he's mute so can't say
What he feels for this beaut on display
The princess he'd mourn
Has since been reborn
And really looks cute, sans decay.

Lon Chaney carries The Mummy's Curse (Leslie Goodwins; 1944); with Virginia Christine (Ananka) and (Peter Coe (High priest Ilzor). Title by silent but deadly Donald B. Benson.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Degeneration Gap

It's easy to see there's no chance.
He's wheezy and doesn't wear pants.
She's reincarnated
To be far less dated --
A BC and AD romance.

Donald B. Benson

Boris Karloff and Zita Johann in The Mummy (Karl Freund; 1932).

Monday, November 12, 2018

Deathless But Dateless

You can’t win her back by duress
Dark rants and attacks won't impress
No dagger will serve
To bag her, you perv
Romantic? You lack all finesse.

Paul Truster with Surly Hack

Boris Karloff and Zita Johann in a lobby card for The Mummy (Karl Freund; 1932).

Friday, November 9, 2018

Swap Meat

Though a brute when he's injured or riled,
This galoot would be winsome and mild
It seems strange but explains
His exchanging of brains
With this cute little innocent child.

In The Ghost of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton; 1942), the Monster (Lon Chaney Jr) is obsessed with Cloestine Hussman (Janet Ann Gallow). Title by meaty David Cairns.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Lecher In the Rhyme

Consider this rotten old coot
He's all id when he spots someone cute
He looks haggard and grim
And though dragging a limb
Lift his lid, and he's hot in pursuit.

Lon Chaney Jr and Ramsay Ames pose in a still for The Mummy's Ghost (Reginald Le Borg; 1944).

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


In a tomb kept a secret he'd slept
From that room, his joints creaking, he's crept
Then he dies at the close
Though he'll rise, we suppose
To resume in the sequels inept.

Lon Chaney Jr as Kharis in The Mummy's Tomb (Harold Young; 1942).

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Pith Element

Its tomb bears a terrible curse
Exhume, and beware the perverse
What you think long since died
Has been shrink-wrapped and dried  
Inhuman, it scares up this verse.

Dick Foran, Peggy Moran and Charles Trowbridge dare to raise The Mummy's Hand (Christy Cabanne; 1940)

Monday, November 5, 2018

Sleepy Swallow

Take a sip, you'll feel hale and awake
Just one nip cures that ailment or ache
But you're wary of drinks
Poured by scary old finks 
And you're hip to odd males on the make.

The Mummy's Ghost (Reginald Le Borg; 1944): High Priest Yousef Bey (John Carradine) admires the reincarnated princess Ananka (Ramsay Ames), and wants to keep her young for himself.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Souse of Frankenstein

The mummy sips only that tea
While Dracula's choice is Type B.
The monster's not choosy;
If you offer booze, he
Will grunt "What you drink fine with me!"

Donald B. Benson

Boris Karloff hits the sauce in Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale; 1935). Franken-Fridays is loaded...with limericks.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Ra of Unintended Consequences

Their dream is to loot ancient purses,
They scheme despite hieroglyph curses,
Good sense overriding
But also providing
Our team with occasion for verses.

Paul Truster

Dick Foran, some guy (that doesn't look like Wallace Ford), Cecil Kellaway, Peggy Moran, and Charles Trowbridge shake The Mummy's Hand (Christy Cabanne; 1940.)