Post by nucleusofswarm on Oct 17, 2020 1:27:13 GMT
The films that are the birthplace of enduring franchises and catapulted creatures from literature and myth into icons that took on a life of their own. But when it comes to the classic cycle, which is your favourite?
For me, Invisible Man, though Bride of Frankenstein is pretty close. Old Dark House is pretty solid too.
I found it quite remarkable that the female lead, Gloria Stuart, played the older Rose (Kate Winslet) in James Cameron's Titanic in 1997. She lived to 100 (2010). Quite a span of Hollywood filmmaking progress in the intervening 65 years between the two roles.
Keep reminding myself to get the recent Blu-Ray of The Old Dark House. An interesting early appearance from Charles Laughton and of course Boris Karloff a more agile threat than his Mummy or Frankenstein's Monster were.
I can honestly say I love them all in varying measure, with Bride of Frankenstein - one of the most perfect horror films ever made - coming out on top. Only Valerie Hobson's shrieking Elizabeth comes across as slightly grating. Having Elsa Lanchester play sweet, demure Mary Shelley at the beginning, and the snarling, swan-like Bride at the end is is pure symmetrical genius, and Ernest Thesiger is so good as Pretorious, you have to remind yourself he wasn't in the original book.
But I do, I love them all. The silly but hugely entertaining Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, the extraordinary The Old Dark House, the reassuringly formulaic Mummy series (including the slow, brooding magnificence of the original), the ground-breaking Invisible Man. The Sherlock Holmes series, also produced by Universal, also contains much of the atmosphere and some of the players from these horror films so naturally I love them too. An honorable mention to two non-Universal horrors - definitely influenced by Universal - Mark of the Vampire and Return of the Vampire, both starring Bela Lugosi as a couple of wonderful Dracula-types.
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