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Copyright 1977
Guess the words defined at the
left and write them in over
their numbered dashes. Then,
transfer each letter to the cor-
responding numbered square
in the grid above. The letters
printed in the upper-right-hand
corners of the squares indi-
cate from what clue-word a
particular square's letter
comes from. The grid, when
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quotation from a published
work. The darkened squares
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the first letter of each guessed
word at the left, reading down,
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The 'Godzila' movies aren't scary
in the least. But as an expression of
the horror of World War II, of the
atom bomb, they say more to me
than 'Hiroshima, Mon Amour.'
-George Romero, director of
'Night of the Living Dead'
WO-THIRTY a.m., a hot
summer night, and I'm watch-
ing The Manster on the tube
for te zillionth time. The story never
fails to astonish me with its Sopheclean
simplicity: This journalist fellow, kind
of like the Raymond Burr of Perry
Mason days without the sparkling per-
sonality, visits a sicko Japanese scien-
tist, who deviously injects him with a
super-mega-serum he's been perfecting
for the best years of his life.
The journalist hits Tokyo and shacks
up with some "exotic" Japanese sleaze.
Then, things start-to ... happen. His
hand gets all rough and hairy, Wolf-
man-style. He feels the thump-thumpa-
thump of a heartbeat on his right side.
He grows a weird eye in the middle of
his shoulder! And that's just kid's stuff,
cause you know what happens next?
He sprouts this other head, which is
furry and scuzzy and drools a lot. This
guy isn't a journalist,anymore. He isn't
even a man. He's-you guessed it-the
The Manster murders a few women
and runs from the law, which looks
rather funny since his second head is
actually a cheesey little hunk of paper
mache that wobbles every time he tur-
ns around. And during the climax, in
which he crawls behind a tree, growls
like a rabid dog, and SPLITS APART!,
I have my revelation: This movie, this
moment, this existential instant of
Celluloid Reality, is the MEANING OF
LIFE! I can face the world again, and I
owe it all to the Manster., that cruel,
cuddly beast whose two heads are-and
always will be-better than one.
Horror movies entice me for a lot of
reasons, not the least of which is that
the majority of the world consigns them
to the aesthetic trash heap. Part of me,
of course, is simply a lowbrow elitist.
What wicked fun it is for trash connois-
seurs like myself to flaunt their love
for The Fly or Rodan in the face of
respectablility. It's the same perverse
pleasure I get telling people I don't like
Joni Mitchell because her lyrics don't
Yet there's more. Contrary to what
your English prof may tell you, the
unadorned junkiness of most horror
flicks has valid aesthetic appeal.
There's something pure and beautifully
uncomplex about how I Was A Teenage
Werewolf evokes the wan complacency
of its era. Like the other "classic"
Roger Corman cheapies, Werewolf is
stripped down to the bare bones of its
thoroughly inane story. That story, of
course, has social "relevance:"
Michael Landon, running around with
fangs and a hairy face, is reallynothing
more than a monstrous version of
James Dean's misunderstood kid in
Rebel Without a Cause. Too much
alienation, and you start to bite
people-nothing strange about that. But
the significance of the relevant-theme
Owen Gleiberman is co-editor of
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B. Goddess born from the head -
of Zeus (Myth) 24 92 130 190 2 182
C. King for whom Poseidon built
the walls of Troy;- - - - - - - -
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N. Ancient Greek goddesses known
as "the kindly ones" (Myth)
O. Elf; bugbear
P. Son of Agamenmon and
Clytemnes (Myth)
Q. Botched: maltreated
R. Strange: offbeat

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S. Exploring; surveying

T. Tropical S.A. creeping plant
U. Invisibility garment (Myth)
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V. "The less- we have, the better"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
W. Beyond reach; locking contact
(3 words)
X. Greek god of wine (Myth)
Y. According to Plato. the man named
the wisest by the oracle
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argument tends to get exaggerated.
The best horror is found in the method
behind the madness, the tingly fun of
the plot, the mingling of simple theme
and formal complexity.
deserve their low status on
the cinematic totem pole, but
it s easy to see how they got it. Most
are low-budget specials (Roger Cor-
man's infamous Little Shop of Horrors
was shot in two days and a night), the
stories thin and linear in design, the
characters and events blandly predic-
table. Yet the biggest reason is seldom
stated: At its essence, the horror movie
is a cinema of sensation. The impact is
crudely visceral, and while highbrows
may experience that impact, and even
enjoy it, they deny its value.
Horror movies rarely offer the loftier
pleasures of artistic "ambiguity." On
the contrary, they tend to unify audien-
ce response; most eveyone cowers,
sweats, and jumps at the same time.
But since manipulative sensationalism
doesn't fit very well into the "art"
category, defenders of monsterdom
will wheel out rusty examples of social
4allegory to inject some respectability

into their cherished genre. Too often,
they end up banging their heads against
the wall, or, worse, finding layers of
complexity that just aren't there.
That's easy to do nowadays, since the
seventies have given birth to the most
socially conscious horror movies in
history. American monsters have long
been incarnations of national night-
mares. Today's nightmare is
capitalism gone crazy, and something
like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
depicts American consumer society
turned against itself,, teeth bared. In-
spired by Chainsaw, a wave of low-
budget "shockers" like The Hills Have
Eyes and It's Alive echo the same
fatalistic message: We've created a
monster, and the monster is us. The
victims are cut from the same rich,
young, WASPy cloth. On their home
turf-plush, lazy suburbia-they're
safe. Thrust into the wilderness, they're
no match for the crazed, demented
savagery that awaits.
Even Chainsaw, the best of the kill-
the-middle-class flicks,. is dreary
whenever the horrifying pyschopath
Leatherface 'is offscreen. The charac-
ters, are, too thin,.the symbolism too

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