5 Favorite Universal Monsters
It seems only fitting with Halloween just around the corner, it seems only fitting that I should take a moment to list a few of my favorite monsters. In this case, they are my favorite Universal monsters.
1) The Phantom of the Opera
This is, obvious to regular readers, a no brainer for me. One of my top 5 movies is the 1925 silent classic. Universal remade the movie with Claude Rains at the Phantom, but the 1925 original is the classic of the classic monsters.
2) The Wolfman
The Wolfman, like many of the Universal monsters, is a tragic figure. Larry Talbot was nothing more than a man who wanted to help someone, but was at the wrong place at the wrong time. And, sadly, he becomes cursed to become the Wolfman during the full moon.
3) Frankenstein’s Monster
Frankenstein’s Monster is probably one of the most recognizable of the Universal monsters, and one of the most franchised. Played originally by Boris Karloff, Frankenstein’s monster would also be played by Glenn Strange, Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi (the latter two having brought to live the Wolfman and Dracula respectively).
4) The Creature From The Black Lagoon
The last of his species, the Creature lived in relative solitude until man came blundering into his world. The Creature From The Black Lagoon would spawn two sequels, the last of which put the creature completely in foreign territory as a land dweller.
Of all the monsters on this list, Dracula is probably the most dangerous. The Wolfman is a victim of circumstance. Frankenstein’s monster never asked to be created. The Creature from the Black Lagoon probably would have lived its life unaware of the world around him if modern man had not blundered in. Even Erik, who is at the vary least a sociopath still has a sympathetic side. Dracula, however, is evil, a true monster.
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