Statement of Purpose, Universal Monsters

The Universal Classic Monsters: A Statement of Purpose

This is the first time I’ve decided to spell out why I’m doing a group of films before I actually get into it. I just thought it would be a nice marker for establishing what and why I’m doing what I’m doing, so it feels a bit less random. I mean, it’s ultimately all kind of random why I go from one thing to the next, but at least I can state my reasons.

So, about a year ago I bought the Universal Classic Monsters Blu-ray pack of 30 (actually 31) movies. I bought it because it was on sale, I got a good price, and it seemed like a quality addition to the collection. It’s a handsome box that includes several repeats (Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is on no less than three different discs because he meets not only Frankenstein’s monster but also Dracula and the Wolf Man). I’ve seen a handful of these before, but aside from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, which I got randomly from Netflix DVD a couple of years ago, I haven’t seen anything in the set since I was probably about 12.

So, with Halloween coming up, I thought it would be fun to dig into.

Now, this isn’t the complete catalogue of horror films that Universal put out. Even if you just start with Dracula in 1931, there are a bunch of films that could have fit that Universal didn’t include like Murders on Rue Morgue, Tower of London, or Captive Wild Woman. I won’t be searching those out, limiting myself to what’s in the box set. Maybe next Halloween.

That’s really it. I have the set. Halloween’s coming up. I think it’ll be kind of fun.

So, here we go!

2 thoughts on “The Universal Classic Monsters: A Statement of Purpose”

  1. The original cinematic universe!

    Wish I owned this collection but I’ll follow along as best I can. I have seen most of these but not recently. (Frankenstein is the most recent, based on YouTuber ‘Wendigoon’ and his discussion of it).


    1. I’m gonna have to find the time for all the movies that aren’t included in the collection like Murder in the Rue Morgue. Not now, but I’m interested in what else was made in this vein that didn’t involve the core five (six, if you include the Phantom) monsters.


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