Themed parties are always in style, whether it’s for a holiday, a birthday, or just because. And for all you horror lovers out there, what could be better than a party featuring all of your favorite monsters? Since the Universal Monsters don’t exactly have a mainstream following, gathering all of the merchandise you need for a party can be difficult. Unless it’s Halloween time, Wal-Mart or Target won’t have anything in stock, which leaves the wide-world of the Internet.
Luckily, Universal Studios have come out with licensed Universal Monsters party supplies that you can find on various websites all year around. Most of the supplies have “Happy Halloween” written on them, but for horror lovers, Halloween lasts 365 days, so don’t be afraid to use the supplies for any occasion! And you better hurry, they’re getting harder and harder to find.
Real Name: William Henry Pratt
Birth: November 23, 1887
Death: February 2, 1969
Boris Karloff is arguably Universal Studio’s most well-known horror actor and icon. He was made famous in 1931 for his role as the Monster in Frankenstein at 44-years-old.
Before Frankenstein, Karloff struggled as an actor and had small roles in numerous silent films. Lon Chaney, the big horror star of the time, was friendly with him and gave him advice on how to succeed in the industry. “Find something no one else can or will do and they’ll begin to take notice of you.” This is something Chaney did throughout his career by playing painful roles, and it’s what Karloff found a few years later when he became the Monster.
Monster lovers don’t despair – just because Universal Horror was in its prime decades ago doesn’t mean there still aren’t plenty of ghoulish goodies to sink our claws into (all cheesy puns intended). Many online stores, such as Big Bad Toy Store, offer tons of Universal Monster merchandise from figurines to stuffed animals to backpacks. If you’re an avid collector like myself, check out this list of monster merchandise must-haves.
Before delving into all the gory details about an organization, band, company, or movie star, it’s important to first learn the basics, right? Well, the same goes for the Universal Monsters. Jumping into this abyss of terror can be overwhelming if you don’t know who played what monster or which movie came first.
Continue reading for the basic plot and facts of the main Universal Horror films. Continue reading