Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – Well they’d thrown a bunch of the Universal Monsters into single movies. Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man all wreaked havoc in the “monster mash” movies House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula. What else could be done? Obviously, humor! The series had kind of descended … Continue reading

House of Frankenstein (1944) & House of Dracula (1945)

So Universal had gone through all the classic monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, and the Wolf Man. Then they decided to mash the franchises together with Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. Then they figured “if two, why not three?” That’s where these movies come in. These are commonly referred to as … Continue reading

Dracula (1931)

Dracula (1931) – Despite hits like The Phantom of the Opera, Universal Studios head Carl Laemmle wasn’t particularly interested in making horror movies. Carl Laemmle Jr., on the other hand, was quite keen to bring Dracula to the big screen. History has kind of sided with Laemmle Jr., I am happy to say. Dracula was … Continue reading

The Wolf Man (1941)

The Wolf Man (1941) – Creighton Chaney decided to follow in the footsteps of his father Lon Chaney, the legendary “man of a thousand faces” famous for such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera. The studio rechristened Creighton as Lon Chaney, Jr. and he often, as in The … Continue reading

The Mummy (1932)

The Mummy (1932) – Two reviews into my retrospective of the Universal Monster films, I haven’t yet mentioned one of the people largely responsible for their classic iconography: Jack Pierce. Well, third time’s the charm. Jack Pierce was the leading make-up guy at Universal after Lon Chaney (Sr.) walked off the set of The Man … Continue reading

The Invisible Man (1933)

The Invisible Man (1933) – I have always been a fan of horror movies. Always. I was a weird kid, you know? The grim and macabre held a great fascination for me. Now my parents recognized this but you’d be hard-pressed to find responsible parents who would let their 6-year-old see the latest Freddy Krueger … Continue reading