Looking back to adolescence and early adulthood, films with all sorts of frightening creatures were a favourite. Though the dinosaurs, aliens, and ghosts were scary then they have since become treasured parts of my memory. Friends I revisit often it flights of fancy. How and why this happens is worth contemplating. Is it simple familiarity? Or is it that the spooks of childhood pale in comparisson to the serious issues we learn of as adults in the real world? What does it say that revisiting the monsters is often preferable to facing that world?