I got into Universal Horror a few years back while on a mission to discover everything horror-related. My first viewing was the 3D version of The Creature from the Black Lagoon. It astounded me how good the 3D was. It still bamboozles me how modern day cinema can’t get 3D right. All they have to do is watch a film like this to see how it’s done.
Anyway, I digress.
The first in each series (plus the Bride of Frankenstein) are classic features. But what these films share in all their black and white (remastered) glory is their aesthetic. From creature and costume design to the fantastic cinematography and set design; these films are a joy to the eye even if you find the storytelling and acting a little dated.
Making my way through this classic collection and onto their many sequels I see the difference great scriptwriting, directing and casting can make to the success of a great film and why the originals in each series stands the test of time.
On a side note let’s make a special mention to Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. I can’t say much about this as I haven’t seen since it was released but it’s definitely on the rewatch pile. All I can remember is the stunning performances they all give. A wonderful tribute and celebration to these Universal Horror Classics.
The recent Tom Cruise reboot didn’t quite get it, but 2020’s The Invisible Man really made something of its own with the franchise. I, for one, would love to see these classics retold using the traditional methods of set design – capturing that haunting atmosphere in black and white film. But hey, that’s just me.
What about you? What do you love about these films? How would you like to see them rebooted? Drop a comment below. I’d love to hear what you think.