Van Helsing (2004) – Stephen Sommers

After his fairly positive success with two Mummy movies, and the cult favorite Deep Rising, Stephen Sommers looked to do an homage to the Universal Monsters and hopefully launch a new tentpole franchise with the Hugh Jackman led Van Helsing. This is the next recommendation from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies by John Landis,…

House of Dracula (1945) – Erle C. Kenton

It’s another Saturday matinee scare-fest as I continue my exploration of Vampires in the cinema while i continue my enjoyable journey through John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies, available now from DK Canada. There are problems and monsters a plenty in House of Dracula, a rather short entry into the Universal Monsters Series. Clocking in…

The Mummy (1932) – Karl Freund

Somehow in my exposure to the Universal Monsters, and classic films I had missed this Boris Karloff classic that allowed the Mummy (Karloff) to join the ranks of such classic monsters as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Now, thanks to DK Canada’s The Movie Book,…

Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) – Jack Arnold

  I got to revisit one of the classic Universal monsters for the next entry in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, director Jack Arnold, and the monster… the Creature from the Black Lagoon, or as he’s also known… The Gill Man, and I have to say, some 60 years on, this is still one solid piece…

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

  Bride of Frankenstein picks up right where the first one ended with the angry townspeople and trying to burn out the monster. After most of the townsfolk amble away in a post-mob funk we learn that both the monster and Henry Frankenstein (Henry?? Really?? I know I harped on that last time, but wow,…