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Posts by Jake Tucker

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...)

Review: Zaat (1975)

Zaat poster

Everyone here at Classic-Horror.com strives to enlighten as well as entertain. It’s our mission to enlighten everyone about horror films, but to also enlighten and educate everyone about the world around us. The readers of CH are in for a small ecology lesson whether they like it or not. The movie I am reviewing has a very profound meaning for our country at this point in history. At this moment we are under attack. America has been invaded by a foreign menace so bloodthirsty and destructive that they must be destroyed at all costs. This menace is of course the Northern Chinese Snakehead fish. These invaders are large, amphibious, snake-like, carnivorous fish with a nasty attitude (much like the antagonist in the film I’m reviewing).(read more...)

Review: Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Mark of the Vampire poster

Let me just say first off, that many of the reviews you’ll read for this film talk about how the trick ending ruins the film. I used to agree with this school of thought, but after I watched this film again I changed my mind. I’m getting ahead of myself, let me give you my review first. I really like Mark of the Vampire (MGM, 1935). It’s one of my favorite "vampire" movies.(read more...)

Review: The Raven (1935)

Raven 1935 poster

I am writing this review from Richmond, VA, Poe’s hometown. He was born in Boston and he lived in New York and Maryland, but he considered Richmond his hometown. He grew up here and he began writing his stories here, so actually you could call Richmond the birthplace of American horror. There are more movies based on Poe’s works than any other American author. I find that ironic because Poe’s work is pretty much unfilmable. Filmmakers solved this problem by making films based solely on a plot device, title, or event from Poe’s works. There are very few direct adaptations of Poe’s work. Universal’s The Raven (1935) is no exception.(read more...)

Universal Terror VIII: "Son of Frankenstein" and Beyond

Son of Frankenstein publicity photo

In 1938, in an attempt to gain profits, Universal re-released Dracula and Frankenstein. The gamble paid off; the re-releases were extremely popular. Universal then decided to make a third Frankenstein film. In 1939, Son of Frankenstein was made. Henry Frankenstein's son Wolf von Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone) returns to his ancestral village to claim his inheritance. Wolf, his wife Elsa (Josephine Hutchinson), and his son Peter (Donnie Dugan) are not welcomed by the villagers. The villagers remember his father's monster and the damage it did.(read more...)

Universal Terror VII: The New Universal

Universal logo (New Universal)

The Raven was the last horror film to be produced under the Laemmle dynasty of Universal. 1936 would be a year of great upheaval for the studio. In 1936, the studio hit very hard times, yet friends and relatives of the Laemmle family still took home top salaries. The stock holders became angry and voted the Laemmles out. After Carl Laemmle's family was removed, Universal became known as the "New Universal". (read more...)