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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]