Young Frankenstein (1974) – Mel Brooks

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has been very enjoyable so far, and I’m still at the beginning of the massive tome! It was with great joy that I settled in to watch Mel Brook’s homage and send-up of the Universal Frankenstein films. Gene Wilder headlines a laugh-infused cast, that is just a joy to watch,…

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) – Terence Fisher

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me to yet another entry into the Hammer horror films, this time it is Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. While gaudy and blood soaked Technicolor bring us back to the world of Frankenstein, again played by a restrained Peter Cushing, who plays the character stronger this time, a sharp wit, devious…

The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) – Freddie Francis

  I spend some more time with the Frankenstein mythos as I continue to delve into the fantastic Sci-Fi Chronicles book. This time around, I found that The Evil of Frankenstein seemed to be the weakest installment in the Hammer series (that I’ve seen so far) and seemed almost to be a mirror of some…

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) – Terence Fisher

  We jump across the pond for the next Frankenstein instalment for the Sci-Fi Chronicles. I’ve previously reviewed their first title, The Curse of Frankenstein, so today I’m looking at Hammer’s second Frankenstein film, which sees returning star Peter Cushing reprising his role as Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein escapes the guillotine with the aid of his loyal hunchback servant,…

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – Charles Barton

  The Frankenstein cycle in the Sci-Fi Chronicles books takes a quirky turn (and not for the last time) into comedy as the Monster tests out his comedy feet in this Universal classic that was my introduction to the original monsters. Costello’s brain is up for grabs as Wilbur (Costello) is watched over by Sandra…

Trailer Tracks: The Monster Squad (1987) – Fred Dekker

  Man, do I remember THIS movie, written by Shane Black, with creature effects by the legendary Stan Winston… Who wouldn’t want to be in a Monster Squad? And these kids get to take on Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, Wolfman, the Creature and the Mummy!!

Death Race 2000 (1975) – Paul Bartel

  The 101 Action Movies brings a Roger Corman  produced classic for viewing, which pits David Carradine against a new comer named Sylvester Stallone. In a world where Mr. President (Sandy McCallum) has been in power for a while, after a devastating war with the French, in order to prove their virility, and their love…

Re-Animator (1985)

The 101 Horror Movies strikes again, with this cult classic, featuring genre favoourite Jeffrey Combs. Based loosely on the original tale by the always chilling work of H.P. Lovecraft, the film, directed by Stuart Gordon, is a wonderful over-the-top gorefest. We follow Herbert West (Combs) from an interesting experiment in Sweden back to the States…

The Invisible Man (1933)

We’re already into the talkies in the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list! What a film to start with! From the Universal vaults, who brought us the most reognized visions of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf-man, the also gave us this version of H.G. Well’s story of The Invisble Man. Claude Rains, who will always be Casablanca’s…

The Golem (1920) & Frankenstein (1931)

Last night’s fare featured slightly similar themed films, man creating life, playing god as it were. The first film up was from 1920, and one of the last silent films recommended in 101 Horror Movies, the German film The Golem. The second film up came from Hollywood, and the year 1931, and featured Boris Karloff…