What’s Your Favorite ’30s/’40s Universal Monster Movie?

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  • Jason fleming

    I vote other The Black Cat is my favorite. Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man aren’t far behind. I prefer the first cycle beginning with Dracula in 1931 and ending with Dracula’s Daughter in 1936. The second cycle beginning with Son of Frankenstein just didn’t have the magic of the earlier films some are good but none are great. My favorite of the 2nd cycle is Son of Dracula unfortunately Lon Chaney Jr. was miscast as the count.

  • Enrique F. Bird

    I believe “The Wolfman” might be the best, but “Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman” is a personal favorite. “Dracula” is overrated perhaps because of its historical significance. And both “House of Frankenstein” and “House of Dracula” are just plain fun. A honorable mentios is deserved by “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”.

  • Tammy

    “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is like a big old Universal Monster Sundae! A scoop of Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman, a sprinkle of Invisable Man and topped off with a big cherry of laughter courtesy of Abbot and Costello! Everybody knows this film, and if I not mistaken didn’t it help relaunch intrest in this genre.
    Gotta love those monsters!

  • oldmoviedeva

    ‘Don’t remember the studio or the year–but Tod Browing’s ‘Freaks’ scares the peewads out of me every time

    • Jason fleming

      Freaks was made at MGM

  • Jackalexanderwest_99

    I loved the idea of the collection of monsters that U served up in House of Dracula. It became my favorite. After I told that to my mother, she told me about actress Martha O’Driscoll who now lived in my hometown of Northbrook, Illinois. Wikipedia doesn’t mention it, only that she married a Chicago businessman. They got a race farm down in Florida and that’s where she died in 1998.

  • Blair kramer

    I’ve always been a big fan of FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN.  It’s extremely cheesy fun!  Bela Lugosi’s lumbering Frankenstein monster was a hoot (although, as I understand it,  the monster was supposed to have been blinded in the the climax of the immediately previous film. Therefore, he was also supposed to be blind in FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN. Clever editing changed that aspect of the character. But if you watch Lugosi’s performance as Frankenstein’s monster,  it becomes reasonably apparent that Lugosi originally played the part as though he couldn’t see)!   

  • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

    I have no idea about the movie “Werewolf of London”. I have never heard of that one. The rest of the list…..I loved them all! Tough choosing just one off the list. I voted for Dracula. The movie scared me when I was just a little yonker, and it did so using my own imagination! I love the idea of using your mind, whether you are trying to read a novel or write a script that will keep kids too frightened to turn off the lights. (I usually watched these movies late at night, when it was over, I always tried to race back down the hall, to my room and into my bed before the light actually did go off when I hit the switch!)

    • Jason fleming

      Universal also released a 1946 film called She-Wolf of London. As for Werewolf of London I’ve always thought it was the weak link in first cycle of films. It does give Warner Oland a good role outside the Charlie Chan films but Henry Hull is a little too civilized as the werewolf.

  • John

    You can’t go wrong with any of the original Universal horror movies; Dracula,The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Bride of Frankenstein,or The Invisible Man. Many of the follow-up Universal horror movies were good also. The black and white photogrphy creates a sinister, chilling and foreboding atmosphere that just can’t be beat by other studios. These are true classics, where other later follow-up movies are pale in comparison. If you like these great movies, you must also check out one of the creepiest,and most bizarre of all horror movies…………The Black Cat, with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.