Six Pix: Universal Monsters

Six Pix presents a sextet of movie posters representing a particular actor/director/genre. You pick the one you feel is visually the most artistic or best sums up the film.

Classic monster posters from Universal are featured in this edition of Six Pix.

Universal Monsters Movie Posters

Included are: The Phantom of the Opera (1925); Dracula (1931); Frankenstein (1931); The Mummy (1932); The Wolf Man (1941); and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).

All killer, no filler when it comes to these provocative one-sheets. Frankenstein and The Wolf Man are just a notch below the rest of the stellar images. Almost impossible to pick a winner from the remaining four but there’s something that appeals to me about the watery depths depicted in the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Which one do you think is the winner? Should I have included something else? Tell me about it below! (And please feel free to suggest future topics.)

  • Stacy B.

    I actually don’t like any of them-I feel they are more cartoon than anything and don’t really inspire any fear of the creatures in me. For me, they are Harelquin romance novel covers for horror movies.

  • Gordon S. Jackson

    All of these posters are very ‘cartoonish’, but that’s okay. With the exception of BLACK LAGOON they were all pre-television when so-called ‘realism’ and ‘sophistication’ had not yet taken hold. High art? Hardly! But entertaining fun? You bet!

    My personal choice? BLACK LAGOON, with very honourable mention to THE WOLFMAN with its hirsuit face and gnarled trees.

  • Blair Kramer

    My comment has nothing to do with the posters. They’re all beautifully done. I simply wish to address something that has long bothered me. Firstly, I would like to say that, even though it is very dated, I think “The Mummy” is one of the best early Universal horror films. Boris Kaloff was absolutely brilliant. However, for me, the scene in the museum near the end of the film completely ruined the entire fantasy. When karloff “breaks” the glass of the mummy case with his hand, and there clearly was no glass actually covering the case at all, well… It’s just silly!

    • Wayne P.

      Yep, but the finale of the bronzed statutory egyptian goddess turning him to ashes ever so slowly with that beam of hers…that was a great special effect for its day and the sultry anksuhnamon role against Karloffs imhotep, played by the basically one and done actress Zita Johann, aint half bad either! The Mummy, Wolf-Man, Dracula and Frankenstein, along with original Invisible Man (Claude Rains) unwrapping his missing face in the mirror, all have great scene stealing FX’s for the ages, to my mind, which more than save any minor faults ;).

  • bonaparte3

    Karloff ‘the uncanny’ in THE MUMMY. Imhotep lives!