Through the years, the horror movie genre has seen several changes, with everything from psychological terror to slasher movies and torture porn ruling at the box office. However, outside of the German expressionist films of the ’20s and the silent era’s efforts, it was the Universal Monsters that ruled the box office.
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It all started with the adaptation of Bram Stoker’s and then moved on to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. By the time the Wolf Man arrived in the ’40s, the monsters started meeting each other, fighting each other, and then when World War II came around, they finally went out of style. Here is a look at the 10 best Universal Monster movies of the ’30s and ’40s.
10 THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
The Creature from the Black Lagoon came out in 1954, and this was after the Universal horror movies began to lose popularity. It was also the time when Hollywood was dipping its toes into 3D filmmaking. As a result, the film was almost a gimmick more than it was an actual Universal Monster movie.
The film centered around a creature discovered in the Amazon. As with many misunderstood monsters, humans attacked it, prompting the creature to defend itself, becoming a feared monster in the process. Know as the Gill-man, the movie also played as a love story, with the beautiful woman calming the savage beast.
9 HOUSE OF DRACULA
There were several monster mashups during the classic Universal Monster era. The first came in 1943 with Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. However, House of Dracula in 1945 was one of the best movies that threw several of the Universal Monsters onto the screen.
This was the seventh movie with Frankenstein’s Monster and the fourth with Count Dracula and the Wolf Man. There was only one more Universal Monster movie after this one with those three monsters. The film sees Dracula and Talbot (Wolf Man) visit a doctor, each seeking a cure only to come across Frankenstein’s Monster.
8 THE INVISIBLE MAN
Interestingly enough, The Invisible Man’s Universal Monster killed more people than any other horror villain outside of Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees with 123 kills. As a matter of fact, he killed more people than The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and The Wolf Man combined.
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The Invisible Man starred Claude Rains as a scientist who seeks to change the human body’s refractive index, and he ends up becoming invisible as a result. Due to the maddening side effects, he ends up as a murderous psychopath.
Released in 1932, Boris Karloff returned for his second stint as a Universal Monsters icon, following Frankenstein’s Monster, when he took on the role of Imhotep, an ancient Egyptian high priest who returns to life years after his death as a living mummy.
Imhotep then assumes the identity in the present day of Ardath Bey and sets out …read more
Source:: Daily times