Favorite Universal Monster films
I love the old Universal Monster movies from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Watching them now, they're not scary at all, but there's so much nostalgia associated with them. Plus, the film makers did a great job bringing humanity to the likes of Frankenstein's monster, the wolf man and the mummy.
If you've never seen one of these classics, check them out. The cable station, Turner Classic Movies, re-runs them on occasion, especially during October. Here's one man's favorite Universal Monster films, with a few honorable mentions:
1. "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935): Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein monster is superb, and Elsa Lanchester's gray-streak hairdo remains iconic to this day. Easily the best Universal Monster film ever, and a must-watch.
2. "The Wolf Man" (1941): Lon Chaney Jr.'s makeup as the Wolfman is awesome, as is his performance as the tortured Larry Talbot.
3. "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954): One of the last films from the golden era of Universal Monster movies was years ahead of its time. Before "Jaws" made you fear what lurks beneath the water, the gil-man did the same.
4. "Frankenstein" (1931): Not as great as its sequel, but a fine film nonetheless. Victor Frankenstein's "It's alive! It's alive!" and the laboratory scene creating the monster is
5. "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948): Loved this film when I was a youngster. What more could a kid ask for then two comedians, the Frankenstein Monster, Dracula and the Wolf Man?
Honorable mention: "Dracula" (1931); "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man" (1943); "The Mummy" (1932); "The Invisible Man" (1933)
- Mark Podolski | @mpodo