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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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Pictures of Frankenstein’s Monster—Because why the hell not!

Born of a dark and stormy night’s dare, Mary Shelley’s Romantic Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is one of the most influential books in the horror canon. And thanks to Frankenstein, James Whale’s seminal 1931 film, Frankenstein’s monster has become one of the most iconic characters in popular culture. The creature has been portrayed [...]

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