Universal Movies

I’d like to talk about some of my favorite horror movies. This is a difficult topic since there have been so many great horror movie released lately. Some of these include Hereditary, Midsommar, Don’t Breathe, Babadook, et cetera. Today I am going back to the 1930s. I enjoy the original horror films released by Universal Studios. My all time favorite horror film is Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than this! Who doesn’t know that square head, electrodes, and just all to familiar face? It’s universally recognized as the quintessential monster. Pun not intended. But there are others. The character of Dracula is immortalized thanks to Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of the vampire. Lon Cheney, Jr as the Wolfman is also well known. The Phantom of the Opera, before Andrew Lloyd Webber turned it into a broadway musical, was a silent horror film from the 1920s. This is a great example of just how versatile Lon Cheney was. He was the “Man of 1,000 Faces” for a reason. Even King Kong, if you want to go that route, is a classic monster. The original was an 18 inch wire figure covered in rabbit fur. Boy how times have changed! But not really. Kong is still relevant today. As is Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein, Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, et cetera. I mean, who or what do you think of when you hear the words “Dracula” or “Frankenstein”? You think of the classic Universal films. Now whether you consider Boris Karloff’s “monster” as a monster or misunderstood creature is up to you. Me? I lean towards misunderstood. The film when it was released, scared the Hell out of adults. Kids, on the other hand, latched on to Boris Karloff’s Monster. I count myself as one of those kids. Boris Karloff played the “Monster” as a sympathetic thing and not a cold blooded creature. When you think of Dracula, more than likely, you think of Bela Lugosi. That suave, bloodsucking night crawler living in a coffin in a castle in Transylvania. That thing in a cape slowly walking forward saying, “I am…Dracula” in that foreign voice. I mean, these characters, while mostly originally though of in books, are immortalized in film. Now while these films are not “scary” by today’s standards, they are still relevant. Even nearly a century later, these characters are still thought of as they are seen in those original films. They may seem tame by today’s horror standards, but damn if they aren’t popular! So do you think I have a point? Or am I totally off? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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