So Much Horror Under One Roof!

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Since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to watch the great Universal monster movies in order. One of the problems was having all the movies. DVD and Blu-ray takes care of that. Then there’s which ones and in what order? All those monster-geek newsgroups and stuff offer up some proposed lists, and I found one I like.

Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
Son Of Frankenstein (1939)
The Wolf Man (1940)
Ghost Of Frankenstein (1942)
Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943)
Son Of Dracula (1943)
House Of Frankenstein (1944)
House Of Dracula (1945)
Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

My daughter and I are about to kick the whole thing off. (School may be out, but her education keeps going!) When we’re finished with these, we’ll take on The Invisible Man and Mummy movies (I love the first two Mummy things). And we can’t forget those two Karloff-Lugosi Poe films: The Raven (1935) and The Black Cat (1934). Has anyone else tackled these? If so, how’d you go about it?

The image up top is Karloff and makeup genius Jack Pierce in a color test for Son Of Frankenstein, my favorite of the Frankenstein films. It has some of the most incredible set designs I’ve ever seen. The subject line comes from the ads for House Of Dracula.



Filed under Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr., Universal (-International)

3 responses to “So Much Horror Under One Roof!

  1. My Universal monster viewing has been all higgledy-piggledy, like an animal! What a civilized summer of horror you both will enjoy. Your parenting skills are tops!


  2. john k

    I understand,some day Universal USA will release a
    boxed Blu Ray set of all of their second string Monster hits.
    Until then I am very happy to “cherry pick” the wonderful
    Blu Ray’s from Elephant Films France.
    Sadly these wonderful films are only Blu Ray editions if Universal
    can supply a high-def master. Some are already done others are
    works in progress.
    At any rate Elephant’s releases are Blu/DVD combo packs.
    Furthermore there are on “forced subs” issues with Elephant’s
    DVD Beaver have been giving these Elephant releases their
    highest recommendations.
    I totally endorse the Elephant editions of SON OF FRANKENSTEIN,
    The totally “unsung hero” of Universal Horror is DOP George Robinson,
    his work on the two latter mentioned films is jaw dropping.


    • Presley and I watched Dracula and Frankenstein last night. The Blu-rays of those, in that boxed set, are incredible. I grew up watching those films via TV showings and 16mm dupe prints. To see them as they appear today is a godsend.


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