Blumhouse’s DRACULA (2021) Preview

A new Blumhouse version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula set in the modern-day is to be directed by Karyn Kusama (Destroyer; The Invitation, Jennifer’s Body) from a screenplay written by her former …

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FRANKENSTEIN (1910) Overview

Frankenstein is a 1910 American science fiction horror short silent film written and directed by J. Searle Dawley for Edison Studios. It was the first motion picture adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The uncredited cast …

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MARY SHELLEY (2017) Reviews and overview

Mary Shelley is a 2017 American/British/Luxembourg romantic drama film that references the science fiction and horror genres, directed by Haifaa al-Mansour from a screenplay by Emma Jensen. The film stars Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth, Bel …

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DEPRAVED (2019) Reviews and overview

Depraved is a 2019 American horror feature film written and directed by Larry Fessenden (Beneath; The Last Winter; Wendigo; Habit). The Glass Eye Pix/Forager co-production is a contemporary re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s …

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SIMPLE CREATURE (2016) Overview

‘Being human is a temporary condition’ Simple Creature is a 2017 science fiction thriller written and directed by Andrew Finnigan. The Old Loyal Films production stars Russell Hodgkinson, Carollani Sandberg and …

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PATCHWORK (2015) Reviews and overview

‘Some assembly required’ Patchwork is a 2015 Canadian-American comedy horror film directed by Tyler MacIntyre from a screenplay co-written with Chris Lee Hill (Tragedy Girls). The movie stars Tory Stolper, Tracey Fairaway …

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The Monsters Chess Set – game

The Monsters Chess Set featuring Universal Studios monsters was a limited edition chess set issued in 1999 by a company named Spencer. The King and Queens of both pieces are 3″ …

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Monster Old Maid – card game, 1964

Monster Old Maid is a 1964 American card game created by the Milton Bradley Company from Springfield, Massachusetts for children aged five to ten years-old. Based on the card game …

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FRANKENSTEIN (2015) Reviews and overview

‘Man is the true monster.’ Frankenstein is a 2015 American horror feature film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel written and directed by Bernard Rose (Paperhouse; Candyman). The film stars Xavier Samuel (Twilight …

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STRETCH SCREAMERS – Toys

Stretch Screamers is a series of electronic toys manufactured by Games Quest/Manley Toys Limited of Hong Kong. As their name implies, Stretch Screamers could be stretched, causing them to apparently scream …

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Dwight Frye – actor

Dwight Iliff Frye (February 22, 1899 – November 7, 1943) was an American stage and screen actor, noted for his appearances in the classic horror films Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He is frequently …

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Horror spitballs

Horror-themed spitballs – rubber balls that when filled with water and squeezed, squirt the water back out – were manufactured and sold by American company Entertech in 1989. There were four …

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Horror-themed Pinball Machines

Pinball machines as we now know them first appeared in the early 1930s and almost immediately were seized upon as opportunities for branding and cash-ins of all shape and form, …

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Legend Horror Classics – magazine

Legend Horror Classics was a British magazine published by Legend Publishing and which ran for thirteen issues between 1974 and 1975. The magazine was very much a second fiddle imitation of …

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FRANKENSTEIN (2004) TV mini-series – review

Frankenstein is a 2004 American television mini-series directed by Kevin Connor (At the Earth’s Core, Motel Hell) from a screenplay by Mark Kruger based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It follows the original book …

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Dave Allen – comedian

David Tynan O’Mahony (6 July 1936 – 10 March 2005), better known as Dave Allen, was an Irish comedian and actor, perhaps best known for his 1970s BBC TV series, which …

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MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN (1994) Reviews and overview

Frankenstein – aka Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – is a 1994 American horror film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Robert De Niro and Branagh himself. It also stars Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, Ian Holm, John Cleese (Monty Python), Aidan Quinn and Richard Briers. Produced …

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Mike Hill – artist and sculptor

Mike Hill is a Los Angeles-based sculptor, originally from Warrington, Cheshire in England, who specialises in ultra-realistic models of monsters from classic horror films. His work includes small figures for …

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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) Reviews and overview

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American horror-comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Doctor Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth …

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VAN HELSING (2004) Reviews and overview

‘Adventure lives forever’ Van Helsing is a 2004 American action adventure horror feature film about a monster slayer sent to Transylvania to defeat Dracula. The movie was written and directed …

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Universal Monsters – merchandise

The global popular cultural significance of the 1930s and 1940s Universal movie monsters cannot be understated. These films were smash hits that, despite the efforts of censorial prigs on both …

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BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) Reviews and overview

‘The monster demands a mate!’ Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American science-fiction horror film, and the first sequel to Frankenstein (1931). It was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester in the …

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Jack P. Pierce – makeup artist

Jack P. Pierce (born Janus Piccoula; May 5, 1889 – July 19, 1968) was a Hollywood makeup artist most famous for creating the iconic makeup worn by Boris Karloff in Universal Studios’ 1931 adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, along with various …

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Aurora Movie Monsters – Model kits

The Aurora Plastics Corporation is an American toy and hobby manufacturing and marketing company founded in 1950. It is known primarily for its production of plastic model kits in the …

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I, FRANKENSTEIN (2013) Reviews and overview

‘200 years later, he’s still alive’ I, Frankenstein is a 2013 Australian/American action horror film directed by Stuart Beattie, based on the graphic novel and original screenplay by Kevin Grevioux. It stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill …

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