Monstrous Controversies

The 1920s – 1960s weren’t exactly the heydays for movies filled with murder and gore. When horror films started being produced, people were revolted at a murder scene that today’s generation wouldn’t even blink at.

The Universal Monster movies faced backlash for its “racy” content when released. Scenes were cut, lines were changed, and some films were banned altogether. Fortunately, some of the scenes that were cut have been restored, but many remain lost.

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Actor Spotlight: Lon Chaney

Lon Chaney

Name: Leonidas Frank Chaney

Birth: April 1, 1983

Death: August 26, 1930

“Don’t step on it! It might be Lon Chaney!” was the popular 1920s catchphrase for one of Universal’s first horror movie stars, Lon Chaney. His ability to completely transform himself using makeup made the public believe that he never appeared on film wearing his own face, which coined him the name “Man of a Thousand Faces.”

Chaney was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado to two deaf and mute parents. Throughout his childhood, he learned to communicate through pantomime, sign language, and facial expressions, which is credited as to why he was such a great silent film actor.

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Monster Merchandise Must-Haves

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.

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Basic Facts and Information:

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.

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Greetings fellow monster lovers!

Boris Karloff as the Monster in Frankenstein (1931)

During the golden age of horror, there was one studio that prevailed over the rest and created some of the most iconic horror characters known to the world – Universal Studios. Even if you aren’t a horror movie junkie, chances are you’ve laid eyes on the suave vampire, Count Dracula; the undying creation of Dr. Frankenstein; the cursed and tormented Wolf Man; and so many more.

The main line-up of monsters that have become legendary through Universal Studios are Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Universal had success with many other horror movies, though, such as the Invisible Man, the Phantom of the Opera, the Creeper, and the Man Who Laughs.

Since their creations, these monsters have been immortalized in pop culture through thousands of clothing and figurines, comic book adaptations, Halloween decorations, movie remakes, and television references. Just do a search on the Internet, and all of your deepest monster desires will be met.

In this blog, I will be focusing on the main six monsters, but posts about every single Universal horror film during this time will be included. News, biographies, merchandise, reviews and the like will be posted to give monster lovers of all shapes and sizes a look into the terrifying world of Universal Monsters.

With so many horror movies these days being focused on gore and cheap thrills, it’s refreshing to see these classics continue to live through the ages.

Poster from the film Dracula (1931)

 

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