If you’re a subscriber to Shudder, the thriller, suspense and horror streaming platform, you may have noticed a few new additions and if you aren’t a member, now may be the time to join because they have added the Universal Monster films to their roster. These are some of the most influential films in the history of horror; icons that gave rise to the popular images of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.
These films exploded the careers of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Claude Rains and Lon Chaney Jr. And while Karloff embraced the dark characters he played, others were type cast following their monstrous portrayals, unable to completely shed off the evil personas. However, we can marvel at their work, see the monster films that inspired so many film-makers and laid the foundations of the horror that we love today.
Dracula - Bela Lugosi stars in the Universal's classic adaptation of Bram Stoker's essential vampire tale.
Frankenstein - Boris Karloff is the screen’s most memorable creature in the story of Dr. Frankenstein, who pieces together salvaged body parts to create a human monster.
Bride of Frankenstein - Karloff returns as the screen's most misunderstood monster and Elsa Lanchester stars as his ill-fated bride in one of horror's all-time greats.
The Invisible Man - Claude Rains stars as a mysterious doctor who discovers a serum that makes him invisible and slowly drives him to commit acts of terror.
The Mummy - Boris Karloff stars as the mummy Im-Ho-Tep, a high priest who is revived by British archaeologists 3,700 years after being embalmed alive.
The Wolf Man - Lon Chaney Jr. stars in this horror masterpiece about a man who is attacked by a werewolf and then becomes one himself at each full moon.
This is a perfect Halloween treat.
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