1930s, 2.5/4, George Melford, Horror, Review, Universal Monsters


The early sound period has always fascinated me, especially in how studios suddenly needed to find ways to release films in different markets with different languages when changing out intertitles had been enough since the advent of the medium. One thing they did was simply film multiple versions of a movie. This is probably the… Continue reading Drácula

1930s, 3/4, Horror, Review, Tod Browning, Universal Monsters


The first official cinematic adaptation of Bram Stoker's seminal novel (the tales of the illegality of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu tickle me), Tod Browning's Dracula is a handsomely produced gothic romance that manages to capture enough of the novel to retain a semblance of a story while removing any kind of emotional investment. At only 74-minutes… Continue reading Dracula

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… Continue reading The Universal Classic Monsters: A Statement of Purpose