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.
Countless amounts of Universal Monsters merchandise are available so any fan can line their shelves. Decorations are great to look at and create any room into a ghoulish haven, but what is their depth? What can you learn from them?
Monster magazines offer readers in-depth articles on all of their favorite creatures, along with glossy, high resolution photos that can be cut out and used as a decoration. Below, I’ve included the top horror-themed magazines any monster fan should know. Each magazine contains articles on monsters, movies, television, merchandise, and much more. Check them out.
Name: Bela Ferenec Dezso Blasko
Birth: October 20, 1882
Death: August 16, 1956
“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they play,” is just one of the many iconic lines Bela Lugosi said in his star role of Count Dracula in 1931’s Dracula.
Even after more than 50 years after his death, Lugosi remains an iconic figure in the world of classic movies and horror. He defined the image and characteristics of a vampire; the cape, his charming and suave attitude, and of course his aversion to sunlight and crosses and his affinity for blood. We can see these traits in the majority of vampire movies that have been produced since Dracula.
Want to declare your monster love with those who live outside of your house of horrors? No, you don’t need to carry around any of your collectibles to do this because many clothing brands, such as Rock Rebel and Monsters Universe are selling fully licensed Universal Monsters t-shirts and accessories, so monster fans all around the world can proudly don them.
Fans got a taste of what Universal Monsters comedy films would be like thanks to Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, but have you ever wondered what it would be like if the monsters were one big ghoulish family?
Universal Studios must have wondered too, because in the ’60s they produced The Munsters – a family full of characters influenced by the Universal Monsters. Since Universal Studios produced the show, they were able to use the monster makeup and design for the characters. Other studios could make a Frankenstein monster, werewolf, or Count Dracula of their own, but not with the same styling created by Jack Pierce because it’s under copyright.
The father, Herman Munster, was inspired by Frankenstein’s monster. The mother, Lily Munster, was inspired by the Bride. The grandpa, who is always just called “Grandpa,” was inspired by Count Dracula. The son, Eddie Munster, was inspired by the Wolf Man. And the niece, Marilyn Munster, was inspired by, well, a normal person. There’s even an uncle who pops in resembling the Creature and the Phantom.
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.
With every horror classic comes those who take these iconic images and create ways for fans to experience the horror again and again. Most commonly created are collectibles, but those certainly aren’t the only things available. Many museums, art, haunted houses, and restaurants have been created. Yes, even restaurants that get the Wolf Man in your stomach growling exist to preserve this legacy of horror.