Top Ten, Universal Monsters

The Universal Classic Monsters: The Definitive Ranking

The Universal Monster boxset that covers the highlights (and some of the lowlights) from Universals horror output from 1931 through 1956 was indeed a quality addition to the collection. I didn't love everything, and I disliked its fair share, but there were enough nice, little surprises along the way that I feel confident in keeping… Continue reading The Universal Classic Monsters: The Definitive Ranking

0.5/4, 1950s, Horror, John Sherwood, Review, Universal Monsters

The Creature Walks Among Us

#31 in my ranking of the Classic Universal Monster movies. Whose bright idea was it to change the design of the Gill Man to *checks notes* remove the gills? Seriously, I can understand the half-baked ideas about science taking shortcuts around Nature, the uninteresting love triangle thing that barely exists, or even the meandering story.… Continue reading The Creature Walks Among Us

1.5/4, 1950s, Horror, Jack Arnold, Review, Universal Monsters

Revenge of the Creature

#22 in my ranking of the Classic Universal Monster movies. The first Creature from the Black Lagoon was something of a hodgepodge of quality with a central monster that seemed accidentally sympathetic. I wasn't expecting that kind of happy accident in the sequel. What I got was a more standard monster movie with more boring… Continue reading Revenge of the Creature

1950s, 2.5/4, Horror, Jack Arnold, Review, Universal Monsters

Creature from the Black Lagoon

#14 in my ranking of the Classic Universal Monster movies. Finally, a new monster. The Universal Monster franchise had gotten to the point where the serious thrills of the early films had been replaced by outright and intentional comedy. There was room in the market for more straight horror, but the Frankenstein monster just wasn't… Continue reading Creature from the Black Lagoon