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Dec 22, '07, 8:31 PM
K what are your top 3 monsters/creatures from the b&w Universal horror movies...
1 The Creature (black lagoon)
2 Frankenstien's monster (Karlof)
3 Wolfman (Lon Chaney jnr)
Dec 22, '07, 8:36 PM
1. Frankenstein (Karloff)
2. Dracula (Bela)
3. Junior (Strange) :)
Dec 22, '07, 8:46 PM
Frankenstein, always reminded me of my dad oddly enough, gigantic, square headed and insanely strong. At least that's how he appeared to me as a kid.
Dec 22, '07, 9:13 PM
The Phantom of the Opera and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. I read both books while I was in elementary school.
Dec 22, '07, 9:33 PM
2-Phantom of the Opera
Dec 23, '07, 2:42 AM
The Creature from the Black Lagoon
The Wolf Man
Dec 23, '07, 3:13 AM
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Dec 23, '07, 4:10 AM
Man, that's a hard question to answer - I love them all. Today, I guess I'll go with:
2. Bride of Frankenstein
3. The Wolf Man
Dec 23, '07, 7:57 AM
Well, the Creature is my #1, but I really don't count him in with the others, in part because he's from so much later ('54) and in part because he's more science fiction than horror. That said:
1. Dracula. The Lugosi portrayal was so haunting to me as a child seeing it on television that, while many sequences in the film don't work for me today, Bela's presence still originates all things gothic and spooky in my mind.
2. Frankenstein's Monster. Again, the actor behind the make-up, in this case Karloff, makes it all. His turn in those first two films is beyond the pale.
3. Eric the Phantom, as driven by Chaney. The acting and the make-up still kill.
The Bride is the runner up, but in terms of films it's one I can watch repeatedly. The art direction is beautiful and the story & dialogue are so full of double entendre it's ridiculous.
Dec 23, '07, 4:55 PM
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jnr)
Dec 23, '07, 5:14 PM
Werewolf of London, he looked better than Chaney Jr.
And an honorable mention to Renfield. Damn was he creepy.
Dec 24, '07, 9:00 AM
Dec 24, '07, 1:33 PM
the Mummy (chaney jr as kharis)
werewolf of london
legosi as dracula
Dec 25, '07, 12:42 AM
Karloff's Frankenstein, always and forever :)
Bela Lugosi's Dracula
Lon Chaney Jr's Wolf Man
Dec 26, '07, 5:58 PM
First and foremost, Boris Karloff... I've met his daughter, Sarah a couple of times here in Louisville. She even came once to our convention, Wonderfest. A beautiful person her dad would be so proud to see these days, especially in how she honors his name, both as an actor and his private life. I've got her autograph that says, "Beast" wishes. :smile:
Before I continue I want to know if anyone here is familiar with or has met Bob Burns? The world's greatest collector of Hollywood props. If your a Universal fan, you would envy his collection of actual artifacts. He has Glenn Strange's boots from Abbott and Costello meets Frankenstein and even possesses the Frankenstein head piece used in that feature. Yes, I know... How could that piece of rubber survive all of those years? Bob says Glenn kept it in a PAPER BAG and somehow it just survived all of those years in his closet into the 60's. He just pulled it out one day and asked him if he wanted it!!! :terror: Bob then preserved it from that point forward...incredible.
Dec 26, '07, 6:52 PM
I made it to Wonderfest a couple of years ago, when Bob had the armatures for King Kong and Mighty Joe Young on display. That was also the first year that the Universal Monster Army had their UMA Toy Tour. Awesome stuff!
Dec 27, '07, 5:26 PM
Thanks Ramsey. Bob has become a regular and should be back for 2008, which will occur in July this time. We are also moving it across the street to the Fairgrounds because Executive West is getting a makeover. Check out our link... WonderFest USA - A Weekend of Fun for Movie and Model Fans! (http://www.wonderfest.com)
Jan 15, '08, 2:10 AM
1.Creature from the black lagoon
3. Phantom of the Opera
Favorite Universal monster crossover movies: 1.Frankenstien vs. the Wolfman
2.Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein.
Jan 15, '08, 7:28 AM
1. The Wolfman
3. Creature frm the Black Lagoon
4. Bride of Frankenstein
5. The Mummy
Jan 16, '08, 6:27 PM
Jan 31, '08, 11:15 PM
Feb 14, '08, 9:58 PM
Well, the Creature is my #1, but I really don't count him in with the others, in part because he's from so much later ('54) and in part because he's more science fiction than horror.
In my humble opinion...
If you want to get that technical about it, Frankenstein is as much sci-fi as the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Science and man's interference with nature, not supernatural elements, created the monsters.
And although Creature was in fact a much newer film, it's still a Universal monster flick, so I'd definitely group it amongst the earlier ones.
My top three:
1. Frankie's Monster, without a doubt. I feel so much for the poor creature, I always find myself rooting for him...and Boris Karloff is GOD.
2. Creature from the Black Lagoon...probably the scariest monster for me.
3. The Wolf-Man...I also feel for poor ol' Talbot, the only one of the bunch who wants to off himself.
I hate Dracula, I always wanted him DEAD...lol.
Feb 22, '08, 6:47 PM
Karloff as THE Monster is outstanding. He makes the character pathetic and chilling all at once. And in the Bride, he even did comedy.
The Wolfman — The monster make-up by Pierce is fantastic and even though Chaney gives a ham-fisted performance you still have empathy for poor Larry Talbot.
Ygor — Lugosi looked great as Dracula, but I think his best acting was as Ygor in Son of Frankenstein, particularly in the court scenes. I really wish Sideshow would make a 12-incher of YGor.
Feb 26, '08, 10:55 AM
I can't believe I let this thread go by without replying...
The Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr)
Karloff's Frankenstein Monster
Thadiun Okona II
Feb 27, '08, 12:34 PM
1. Creature. (was there anyone he didn't scare the heck out of when they were young?)
3. The Mummy
Feb 29, '08, 4:36 PM
Yes, to me, the Creature scared me the most as a kid.
The Wolf-Man was a close second.
Mar 1, '08, 11:57 AM
1 The Creature (black lagoon)
2 Wolfman (Lon Chaney jnr)
3 Christopher Lee as Dracula
Never liked Bela.:yuk:
Mar 1, '08, 3:50 PM
As a kid I too would vote creature from black lagoon-scared crap outta me when his hand reached through the porthole of boat. As an adult I like Frankenstien monster(Karloff) cuz I like the acting...It gets to me in certain scenes like the flower scene with the little girl by pond-I personally feel Karloff was underated as an actor due to the genre of movies he was in.
Mar 12, '08, 12:02 AM
but i love all of them.. hehe
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