In a very odd coincidence, while looking for something else I stumbled onto a marvelous interview with Jerry Garcia about “The Movie that Changed My Life.” What’s odd about this is that the film — Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (a 1948 classic starring Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Lon Chaney, Jr. as the Wolf Man) — is one of my favorites. When I saw it as a child I was terrified and just in the past month I re-watched twice. I had no idea that it was so influential on Jerry Garcia, though. He was only six years old, his father had died the year before, and the film not only so terrified him that he had to hide his eyes, but it also just captivated him, and became a lifelong influence.

In the fascinating interview, he explains why, in great detail.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKUtyUmS4IE&feature=related

I completely understand his view of mastering the macabre being an ally of persecuted children. (Being young and impressionable is a two edged sword.)

In what I’m sure is no coincidence, I’m a lifelong horror fan as well as a longtime Deadhead.

MORE: Many thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link, and a warm welcome to all.

Comments welcome.

Still, a lingering question… Wasn’t Frankenstein making a stab at transhumanism?