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How to Have a Monster Party: The Basics

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.

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Monster Magazines

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.

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Actor Spotlight: Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi

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.

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Actor Spotlight: Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff

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.

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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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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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