Universal Horror
May 16, 2011 10:14 AM   Subscribe

Universal Horror: history of the early horror films made by Universal Studios such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, King Kong, The Mummy and many more. Directed by Kevin Brownlow. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh. 1 :: 2 :: 3 :: 4 :: 5 :: 6 :: 7
posted by puny human (13 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

I grew-up watching the Univeral Monsters every Friday night on a local tv-station's horror movie show (shout out to Sammy Terry!) They never showed Dracula, though. I'm guessing because it's a terribly calm and deliberately-paced movie. No music, either. I love the atmosphere of that movie for exactly those reasons.
posted by Thorzdad at 10:23 AM on May 16, 2011

This Forbidden / Access Denied 403 Error Page is served to spammers, content scrapers, and those attempting "hotlinking" of images.

You're what's wrong with America, puny human.
posted by Trochanter at 10:30 AM on May 16, 2011

Huh, they hotlink for me. Must be some sort of curse.
posted by puny human at 10:36 AM on May 16, 2011

You didn't go into the tomb, did you? Never go into the tomb. Stay outside with the hot chick in jodhpurs.

Anyway thanks for the documentary. As a kid who grew up poring over "Famous Monsters of Filmland," this is right up my street.
posted by Trochanter at 10:44 AM on May 16, 2011

Image links 403 for me, too.
posted by Thorzdad at 10:53 AM on May 16, 2011

website for images (scroll down and click)



The Mummy
posted by puny human at 11:05 AM on May 16, 2011

If you're into this kind of stuff, or if you're not, then I also recommend Mark Gatiss's A History of Horror, which in 3 parts covers Universal, Hammer and 60s/70s American 'screamers'.
posted by Harry at 11:12 AM on May 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Oh, and Boris Karloff as the Monster.. in color!
posted by Harry at 11:16 AM on May 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

I'm spamming now. A tantalizingly short clip from a rather wonderful interview with Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, from that Mark Gatiss series.
posted by Harry at 11:21 AM on May 16, 2011

"A History of Horror" via MEGAVIDEO: 1, 2, 3.
posted by ryanshepard at 12:53 PM on May 16, 2011

What's there to say. This is all great.
posted by marxchivist at 1:29 PM on May 16, 2011

Thank you for posting this. Wonderful stuff.

Probably my oldest memory as far as having an intense aesthetic response to something was seeing a picture of Karloff in 'Frankenstein' when I was four or five. This scene here still amazes me. Karloff's eyes and the complexity he is able to convey in just a look along with the stunning makeup is what makes this still resonate for me 80 years later. That's what was so smart about Pierce's craft in 'Frankenstein', he left room for the actor underneath to do his work and Karloff really was a great actor. Just beautiful this is.
posted by Phlegmco(tm) at 2:20 PM on May 16, 2011

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