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Back to Basics—The Invisible Man

By 1933, Universal Studios had become a veritable fear factory, thanks to the efforts of production head Carl Laemmle Jr. After the amazing profits earned from Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy, he was eager to find Universal’s next horror property. Carl Junior had been trying to get a Frankenstein sequel off the ground, but director [...]

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Back to Basics—The Mummy

For the last week or so, Slammed & Damned has been going “Back to Basics,” examining movies from horror’s past to discern what relevance they have in the present. So far, we’ve looked at Dracula and Frankenstein, the first two major films from the golden age of Universal Studios. These movies not only helped form [...]

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Back to Basics—Frankenstein

When Universal Studios released Dracula in February 1931, all involved were a bit nervous. The studio’s adaptation of Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston’s play, loosely based on Bram Stoker’s novel, was a gamble. Was the public ready for a horror movie—and a talkie, no less—intimating that Evil was alive and well in their world? [...]

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Back to Basics—Dracula

Although Dracula first came to life, if you’ll excuse the phrase, in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, it was through the 1931 Universal Studios film that he truly gained immortality. When watched now, it’s slightly difficult to see what it is that caused Dracula to become arguably one of the most important movies in history. It’s all [...]

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