Archive for the "1930s" Category

Life Imitates Art: Island of Lost Souls and Animal-Human Embryos

I recently came across two items that made me give new attention to Island of Lost Souls (1932). The first was a commentary on the film that involved John Landis, Rick Baker, and Bob Burns. Their discussion makes for an interesting take on a neglected classic horror film. The second was a series of news […]

Hot Wheels Releasing Universal Horror Cars

I haven't owned a Hot Wheels car since I was a kid, let alone purchased one. But this will change later this year. Hot Wheels is releasing a special collection of special pop culture cars, including a set devoted to Universal Horror films. The picture included with this post is from the Creature from the […]

United Monster Talent Agency

In honor of Universal Studios 100th anniversary, their release of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein on the big screen with Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events, and Halloween on Wednesday, I am drawing attention again to a great short film I've looked at previously. It's The United Monster Talent Agency.

Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection

Projected Fears: The Thing From Another World as Gothic Horror

I am currently reading and enjoying Kendall R. Phillips' book Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture (Praeger, 2005). The book is similar to David Skal's The Monster Show in that it connects horror films to their context in American culture. Phillips' book is a little different in that it selects certain films which the […]

The Mummy (1932): Zita Johann and the Esoteric Tradition

A recent visit to my local library to peruse the shelves for horror and science fiction DVDs revealed a few treasures the other day, including a copy of The Mummy (1932) Special Edition. This is part of the Universal Legacy Series that I have yet to add to my collection. This 2-disc set includes bonus […]

The Black Cat: Edgar Ulmer's Gothic Vision of Europe vs. America

I have finished reading, and enjoying, The Philosophy of Horror, edited by Thomas Fahy (The University Press of Kentucky, 2010), and with this concluding post on the book I will comment on Paul Cantor's chapter, "The Fall of the House of Ulmer: Europe vs. America in the Gothic Vision of The Black Cat". Cantor's chapter […]

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