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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THE DEADLY MANTIS (1957) reviews and overview

‘This was the day that engulfed the world in terror…’ The Deadly Mantis is a 1957 American science fiction monster movie produced by William Alland for Universal-International Pictures. It was directed by Nathan Juran (The Brain …

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THE MOLE PEOPLE (1956) Reviews and overview

‘Terrifying… monsters from a lost age!’ The Mole People is a 1956 American science fiction horror feature film directed by Virgil W. Vogel (The Land Unknown) from a screenplay by László Görög (The Spider). …

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TOWER OF LONDON (1939) Reviews and overview

Tower of London is a 1939 American historical and quasi-horror film produced and directed by Rowland V. Lee (Son of Frankenstein) from a screenplay by his brother Robert N. Lee for Universal Pictures. It …

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HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945) Reviews and overview

House of Dracula is a 1945 American horror film released by Universal Pictures. It is a direct sequel to House of Frankenstein, and continued the theme of combining the studio’s three most popular monsters: Frankenstein’s …

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THE MUMMY (2017) Reviews and overview

‘Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters’ The Mummy is a 2017 American action-adventure horror film co-produced and directed by Alex Kurtzman (Cowboys & Aliens; Sleepy Hollow; Venom) from …

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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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Reynold Brown – artist

Reynold Brown (October 18, 1917 – August 24, 1991) was a prolific American realist artist who painted many Hollywood film posters. He attended Alhambra High School and refined his drawing …

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Lionel Atwill – actor

Lionel Alfred William Atwill (1 March 1885 – 22 April 1946) was an English stage and film actor. He was born on March 1, 1885 in Croydon, Surrey. He studied architecture …

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Bud Westmore – make-up artist

Bud Westmore (13 January 1918 – 24 June 1973) was a make-up artist in Hollywood and son of George Westmore, a member of the Westmore family prominent in Hollywood make-up. He is …

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CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN (1943) Reviews and overview

‘Born of horror to live in terror!’ Captive Wild Woman is a 1943 American science fiction horror feature film, starring John Carradine, Milburn Stone, Evelyn Ankers, and “introducing” Acquanetta (Lost Continent). It was released …

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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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THE SCARLET CLAW (1944) Reviews and overview

The Scarlet Claw is a 1944 Sherlock Holmes movie directed by Roy William Neill, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. It is the eighth film of the Rathbone/Bruce series. David Stuart Davies notes on the film’s DVD audio commentary that it’s …

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DRACULA (1931) Reviews and overview

Dracula is a 1931 horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as the title character. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, which in turn is based …

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THE MUMMY (1932) Reviews and overview

‘A love that defied time drives a beautiful girl to her doom’ The Mummy is a 1932 American supernatural horror film from Universal Studios directed by former cinematographer Karl Freund …

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WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935) Reviews and overview

Werewolf of London is a 1935 horror film starring Henry Hull, produced by Universal Pictures. Review: Aristocratic botanist, Dr Glendon (Hull), ventures into the foothills of Tibet to search for the elusive Mariphasa Lumina …

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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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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923) Overview

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1923 American film directed by Wallace Worsley and produced by Carl Laemmle and Irving Thalberg. It stars Lon Chaney, Sr., Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Nigel de Brulier, Brandon Hurst. The film is probably the second most famous …

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