DISCOVER--the classic Universal monster movies

Wiser and more well-informed heads than mine may disagree, but I feel it's safe to say that horror films as mainstream popular entertainment (i.e. fun) pretty much began with the Universal versions of Frankenstein and Dracula respectively, making stars of Boris Karloff (alias Bill Pratt) and Bela Lugosi overnight. Amazingly, it was four years before the sequel to Frankenstein, but when Bride of Frankenstein picked up from where the first film left off, the makers were already having fun with their gallery of characters and playing for nervous laughs long before Abbott and Costello got in on the act. By the time all the various things that go bump in the night were bumping into each other on dark and stormy overcrowded evenings for capers like Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, House of Frankenstein, and House of Dracula, it was only a few short steps to Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, You'll Die Laughing bubble gum cards, Paul Naschy films, and The Munsters. Which was fine by me. This list is in chronological order.
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1.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
2.
Dracula (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
3.
The Mummy (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
 
4.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
5.
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
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One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
6.
The Wolf Man (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
7.
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After being awakened, Larry Talbot chips Frankenstein's Monster out of a block of ice. When Talbot changes to the Wolf Man, the two creatures battle each other. (74 mins.)
 
8.
House of Frankenstein (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An evil scientist and his hunchbacked assistant escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster. (71 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
9.
House of Dracula (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Count Dracula and the Wolf Man seek cures for their afflictions; a hunchbacked woman, a mad scientist and Frankenstein's Monster have their own troubles. (67 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
10.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
11.
Revenge of the Creature (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Men capture the creature from the Black Lagoon and make him an aquarium attraction, from which he escapes. (82 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
12.
This Island Earth (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war. (87 mins.)
Director: Joseph Newman
 
13.
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A scientist captures the Creature and turns him into an air-breather, only for him to escape and start killing. (78 mins.)
Director: John Sherwood
 
14.
The Mole People (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopatamia. (77 mins.)
Director: Virgil Vogel
 
15.
The Deadly Mantis (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south. (79 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
16.
Monster on the Campus (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The blood of a primitive fish exposed to gamma rays causes a benign research professor to regress to an ape-like, bloodthirsty prehistoric hominid. (77 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ Thanks for the comment James, all good solid and useful information added. Glad you like my lists...


Obsessed with the popular culture of the 1960s and surrounding decades, Jon Abbott has been writing about film and TV for over thirty years in around two dozen different publications, trade, populist, and specialist. He is the author of several books, including

Irwin Allen Television Productions 1964-1970,
Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots,
The Elvis Films,
Cool TV of the 1960s: Three Shows That Changed the World,
and Strange New World: Sex Films of the 1970s.

See his Amazon author's page, and his other lists on the IMDB, all under the pre-fix DISCOVER. ” - jonabbott56