Poll: Which Universal Monster Scares You the Most?

They’re the most recognizable cinematic creatures in history, the Universal Monsters! The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. These are characters who have embedded themselves in the hearts and minds of moviegoers for generations. As we are smack dab in the middle of October, the Universal Monsters have once again taken the spotlight as fans rewatch their various films as part of their Halloween viewing. For this week’s poll, we want to know which one of these monsters scares you the most! Vote below, and share your feelings on these creatures in the comments!

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  • http://themidnitedrive-in.blogspot.com Quiggy

    The Invisible Man. The rest I can see coming and take precautionary measures.

    • Laurel Lane

      You may not see Dracula coming; he can be invisible and you certainly can’t see him coming if you’re looking into a mirror :-).

  • PS2 Master Race

    The Creature from the Black Lagoon for the win.

  • Jim C Jr

    Not sure which Dracula you were referring to in the list but if it was Bela’s Lugosi’s Dracula and you were a kid when you saw it not much frightens you for the rest of your life

  • garykevinware

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) is my favorite movie, but I narrowly voted for Frankenstein’s monster over the Phantom of the Opera for the scariest.

  • Randy Skretvedt

    Frankie all the way! The greatest of all Universal monsters, especially as played by “Karloff” in “Bride of Frankenstein.”

  • Britt Reid

    1931 FRANKENSTEIN

    • JOHN PRLJIC

      GREAT MOVIE.

  • JOHN PRLJIC

    DRACULA, BECAUSE HE IS THE UNDEAD.

  • John

    My vote is tied more to the actor. If Lugosi essentially reprised his stage performance on-screen he must also have scared the bejeebers out of theatergoers. Made up or not, all Karloff had to do was LOOK at you. Laughton could wring emotion out of the very stone his character openly wished he could be made of. Rains’ portrayal was all the more remarkable because even unseen he left very little to your imagination. Chaney Jr was a big guy who truly could act. And lest we forget TWO actors played the Creature. So…if not the scariest then the most unsettling of them all on introduction? Elsa Lanchester (sure didn’t see THAT coming, let me tell you).

  • Rick

    The Charles Laughton version of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME was done by RKO, not Universal. However, Universal did produce the 1923 Lon Chaney version.

  • richardpeck

    When I was a kid I saw a coming attraction for a Dracula movie where he seemed to emerge from some sort of black cross, a bat probably, on a mantlepiece. I spent the next several days scrutinizing the walls for a black cross

  • Melinda

    Frankenstein 1931 version