Category Archives: Universal Monsters

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Ludicrous Love Lyrics (2023) (Part 2)”!

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If you ended last week’s jam session feeling incomplete and longing for its other half, have no fear, because this week, we’re loading up on…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Ludicrous Love Lyrics (2023) (Part 1)”!

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This week, we’re coming up on another holiday…

… Whether you love it with all your heart or dread it with every fiber of your being, jam with us as we continue a grand and beloved––– by me––– Jammin’ with Jamie tradition. We’re going to jam to the funniest, weirdest, and most twisted…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Macabre Monster Melodies (2022)”!

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With all our jammin’ to the supernatural, sci-fi, and slashers, there’s one last ghoulish group that may feel left out.

Some are supernatural, some are sci-fi, and some may even be slashers, but they all have one in common: they’re all not quite mortal humans… or, at least, not as most of us know mortal humans to be.

So grab your garlic, silver, crosses, salt, and anything else you can scrounge up, because we’re about to open the crypt for a mix of…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Halfway to Halloween Harmonies (2022)”!

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I have so many monstrous melodies that last year, I filled six weeks of Jammin’ with Jamie with songs celebrating the spooky season… and I still had some left over that never made it to air!

With all these beats that go bump in the night bubbling for that long, they’re going to boil over this week as we jam to a host of…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Macabre Monster Melodies (2021)”!

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Our jam session of spooky sci-fi songs that was originally scheduled to air October 9 ended up playing last Saturday, October 16, at 6 am ET/5 am CT, just before our regularly-scheduled jam session. If you’d like the recording of that jam session (or any other jam session), let me know!

This week, grab your stakes, silver, crucifixes, and any other protection you can think of, because we’re walking through the woods and heading down into the crypt for a mash-up of…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Macabre Monster Melodies (2019)”!

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Halloween may be over, but here on Jammin’ with Jamie, we’ve got a killer “Halloween hangover,” and can’t quite the spooky season cold turkey. Turkey will be coming in a few weeks, anyway.

For now, let us nurse our hangover with a mix of…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Summer Songs (2018)”!

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We’re in the midst of the hottest days of the year! Let’s heat things up on Jammin’ with Jamie with a sizzling serving of…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Halfway to Halloween (2017)”!

Due to technical issues, this Jammin’ with Jamie will happen Saturday, May 6!

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It’s time for another annual Jammin’ with Jamie tradition… that started last year.

But it was a ton of freaky fun, so we’re doing it again!

You’ve heard of Christmas in July, now get ready for an early celebration of another holiday!

Six months from now, we’ll be having a ghoulishly good time celebrating, so let’s start now with a haunted house of harmonies reminding us that we’re…

Clear away those cobwebs to reveal…

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Monster Melodies (Halloween 2016: Part 5)”!

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This is my one-hundredth blog entry! Woo-hoo!

As I have made clear in so many previous posts here (and on other sites), I’m a big fan of horror (and horror comedy). I have a special place in my heart for monster movies. Monster movie fans often dub ourselves, “Monster Kids.”

This week on Jammin’ with Jamie, we’re unleashing our inner Monster Kids––– or maybe, for some of you Jammers, discovering them––– with one of my personal favorite of our Halloween jam session themes…

“Listen to them… the songs of the night…”

Halloween Movies: “Dracula”

First of all, this is my sixtieth blog entry! Hooray!


When I wrote about The Monster Squad, I made it very clear just how much I love the Universal Monster franchise. It’s amazing to me that one studio was responsible for bringing so many iconic monsters to the big screen.

So, of course, no series of entries on Halloween movies that I write would be complete without one of the original Universal Monster movies rearing its head.

Grab your crosses and stakes and put on your turtlenecks, because we’re about to face…

Dracula (1931)!

I do not own any of the following images or videos!

Here’s the trailer…

I first saw Dracula on Svengoolie, and boy, was I excited to see it! (I’m always excited for Svengoolie, but that’s beside the point.)

If you want to see the film, you have a couple of options: Sven recently showed it again (with a new score), and it will rerun Saturday, October 31, on WCIU. Also, Turner Classic Movies is showing it in theaters on Wednesday, October 28, in a double feature with the Spanish-language version of the movie (with English subtitles), which was filmed at night with a different cast and crew using the same sets. I went to the double feature on Sunday, and I loved seeing all the similarities and differences between the two films.

Here’s the basic, spoiler-free rundown…

Dracula (1931)
Plot: Mr. Renfield travels to Transylvania to close a real estate deal with Count Dracula, who plans to move to London, but all is not as it seems…
Villain(s): Really?
Scare Factor: The scares are very different from what you’re used to seeing in horror films, so it’s hard to predict how scary you or any kids you know may find this one.
Gore Factor: You see blood once in the entire film.
Family-Friendly Factor: There’s no swearing, and any minimal suggestive content that adults may infer will go way over kids’ heads.

Quick! Run while he’s stuck in the web!

Quick! Run while he’s stuck in the web!

ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK! Spoilers lurk beyond this point!

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