Archive for the "Universal Pictures" Category

Universal Horror Films Released with Glow in the Dark Covers

Walmart has their Halloween display going for the 2016 season, and a special display of videos near the front of the store features a special release by Universal Studios. Their classic horror films have been released with glow in the dark covers. This is reminiscent of the Aurora monster model kits of the past with […]

In Memory of Bela Lugosi

A nice looking colorized photo from Dracula, and a video tribute in memory of Bela Lugosi who passed away August 16, 1956.

Can Universal's Horror Monsters Be Revived?

Over at Crave Online Joe Belcastro has a piece on "How to Revive Universal's Iconic Monsters." Along the way he suggests ways in which the creatures might be re-invented, even with the potential, as he sees it, of them becoming "modern blockbuster franchises." I really appreciate Belcastro's attempt. I have a fondness for these monsters […]

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

Hotel Transylvania a delight for children, adults, and Monster Kids of every age

Hotel Transylvania debuted in theaters last night, and may be the leading film in the box office this weekend. It turns in an impressive performance that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Hotel Transylvania is the latest animated film produced by Sony. It tells the story of Dracula who creates a seemingly secluded […]

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 […]

MAKE-UP ARTIST magazine: Universal Studios Horror Features

A perusal of the magazine rack at Barnes & Noble last week was rewarded with the find of Make-Up Artist magazine, Number 85 (July/August 2010). Two articles were of special interest to me. The first is related to the first photo accompanying this post of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The Creature is is […]

Bride of Frankenstein: Censors, Perversity, and Religion

In my last post I mentioned one of the treasures included in my anniversary gifts from my wife. With this post I share a few reflections on the second gift, The Legacy Collection of Frankenstein by Universal Pictures. When I grew up I had an appreciation for various schools of horror films. I know that […]

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