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Review: The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

The Mask of Fu Manchu poster

In the early 1930s, Boris Karloff cemented his reputation in our cultural landscape with films such as Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House, and The Mummy (both 1932). These films are timeless gothic fables that will be viewed and appreciated till the end of time. In 1932, Karloff took a brief sabbatical from Universal and made The Mask of Fu Manchu for MGM. This film is not like his other films from the period. It is not an immortal classic, and remains firmly entrenched in its era. It is a movie that is surrounded in the bigotry and ignorance of the period that produced it. The film is entertaining as a cult-trash flick but nothing else.(read more...)

Review: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954 poster

1954 was a great year for monster movies. The giant bug film was introduced with Them! and the Land of the Rising Sun gave the world an international icon with the film Gojira (aka Godzilla, King of the Monsters). In 1954, Universal studios brought the movie going public Creature from the Black Lagoon. This film was a sensation and put the Gillman alongside Count Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, and the Mummy in the pantheon of classic Universal Monsters. The Creature is the greatest monster of a decade filled with monsters. He outshines his irradiated and overgrown brethren because there was the slightest bit of humanity in him.(read more...)

Review: Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

When Abbott and Costello don’t give you snickers, Boris Karloff doesn’t give you chills, and Universal doesn’t give you a good monster movie you know you’re in for trouble. After the greatness of Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, the “Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters” series took a nosedive. Not only that, but with Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953), it slipped on a rotten banana peel while on roller skates and belly flopped into a pool full of elephant poo.(read more...)

Review: The Dark Eyes of London (1940)

Dark Eyes of London 1940

Dark Eyes of London, or The Human Monster is one of those movies that are stuck between one genre and the other. It, like many other low- budget thrillers from the 1930’s, is a mix of the horror and mystery genre. The plot is far more intricate than most films of its ilk.(read more...)

Review: Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

At the end of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, voiced by none other than Vincent Price, introduces himself to the bumbling duo. Vincent Price would not meet Abbott and Costello in their next monster film, but the Invisible Man would. Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man is one of the comedy duo’s greatest films, surpassed only by Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.(read more...)

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