1930s, 3.5/4, Horror, James Whale, Review, Universal Monsters


Dracula was a big success for Universal and producer Carl Laemmle Jr. set out to follow up the gothic romance with something similar in terms of tone and reputation. What he ended up picking was an adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel about man conquering nature to create life and the fallout that follows. Eventually… Continue reading Frankenstein

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