Coming to 4K Ultra HD, Bluray and Digital from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment comes UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS Icons of Horror Collection.
THE MUMMY hit screens in 1932 as Boris Karloff plays Imhotep, a mummy who is killed for trying to bring his love Ankh-esen-amun back to him. Once revived, he becomes Ardeth Bey to everyone around him while still searching for his long-lost love. Bey meets Frank (David Manners) and Professor Pearson (Leonard Mudie) who are looking for her as well.
He also meets Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann) who looks like his love. When his secrets are discovered, the only way to stop the mummy is to burn The Scroll of Thoth. The climatic ending brings Helen to Bey’s world of power and a time long past but who will survive?
Other cast include Arthur Byron as Sir Joseph Whemple, Edward Van Sloan as Dr. Muller, Bramwell Fletcher as Ralph Norton, Kathryn Byron as Frau Muller and James Crane as Pharaoh Amenophis.
Bonus Features on THE MUMMY includes: Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed, He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce, Unraveling the Legacy of THE MUMMY, THE MUMMY Archives, 100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era, Trailer Gallery, Feature Commentary with Film Historical Paul M. Jensen and Feature Commentary with Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman, Bob Burns, and Brent Armstrong.
The 1935 hit THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN sees the return of Boris Karloff as The Monster. Percy Shelly (Douglas Walton) and Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon) tell Mary Shelley (Elsa Lanchester) that her story of the monster is well done. She tells them there is more to the story continuing with villagers and Hans (Reginald Barlow) wanting to see the bones of the monster. While looking, he discovers he is alive and going after wife Minnie (Mary Gordon).
Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) has his body returned to his beloved fiancée Elizabeth (Valerie Hobson). Minnie tries to warn her that the monster is alive but no one is listening to her. Elizabeth is more interested in helping Henry recover from his trauma. He reaches out to Dr. Septimus Pretorius (Dwight Frye) to continue his research., The monster believes he has found his mate, but everything starts to go wrong but in the midst of madness.
Other cast include E.E. Clive as Burgomaster, Dwight Frye as Karl, Ted Billings as Ludwig, and J. Gunnis Davis as Uncle Glutz.
Bonus Features on THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN includes: She’s Alive! Creating The Bride of Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein Archive, 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics, Trailer Gallery and Feature Commentary with Scott MacQueen.
The 1943 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA brings Erique Claudin (Claude Rains) no longer plays at the Paris Opera House which effect the young Christine Dubois (Susanna Foster) with her voice lessons. He is devoted to her and at the same time sees Raoul Dubert (Edgar Barrier) wanting to marry her. He isn’t the only one as Anatole Garron (Nelson Eddie), a famous opera singer, wants her heart as well.
Trying to write music, Claudin takes it to Maurice Pleyel (Miles Mander) who rejects him, yet, he hears his music being played by Franz Liszt (Fritz Leiber). Rage causes Claudin to become injured and he runs to the sewers covering his face with a mask he steals from the opera house. Once again helping Christine, he knocks out the singer Biancarolli (Jane Farrar) for the opera Amour et Floire and they have no choice but to put Christine in her place. She is a success!
As everything starts to go wrong and the men try to stake their claim to Christine, it is the Phantom who kidnaps the girl. He wants her to sing only for him, but when Raoul and Anatole go after her, disaster strikes them all but in different ways.
Other cast include J. Edward Bromberg as Amiot, Fritz Feld as Lecours, Frank Puglia as Villeneuve, Steven Geray as Vercheres, Hans Herbert as Marcel and Hume Cronyn as Gerard.
Bonus Features on PHANTOM OF THE OPERA includes: The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked, Production Photographs, 100 Years of Universal: The Lot, Theatrical Trailer and Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen.
Finally, the 1954 CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON brings the expedition of Dr. Carl Maia (Antonio Moreno), Dr. David Reed (Richard Carlson) and Dr. Mark Williams (Richard Denning) going down the Amazon to look for the fossils a creature with webbed fingers. Davis has brought his girlfriend Kay Lawrence (Julia Adams) and scientist Dr. Edwin Thompson (Whit Bissell) along.
Watching them is the ‘Gill-man’ (Ben Chapman/Ricou Browning) and he notices Kay following their boat down the river. When Kay goes for a swim, the creature follows and leaves behind a claw in the net. The scientists now know that the creature is real. Once captured, it doesn’t stay so for long and kidnaps Kay! David, Lucas and Carl know they must go after her and face the creature.
Other cast include Henry Escalante as Chico, Bernie Gozier as Zee, and Nestor Paiva as Captain Lucas.
Bonus Features of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON includes: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, Back to the Black Lagoon, Production Photographs, 100 Years of Universal: The Lot, Trailer Gallery and Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver.
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What is amazing about this collection is that these are the movies my mother introduced me to because they are the movies her parents introduced her to! This was the height of frightening films and how I loved Friday nights in our house. First, making pizza (yes, there was a time when people made pizzas in their own home) and then pajamas, grabbing pillows to gather on the floor and making a night of horror films.
As my kids grew up, we did the same thing, tradition in the best possible way. It was a way to gather to have family time but also to enjoy some of the best monster movies ever made. The jumps, the richness of the black and white films, the chaos, the yelling at the screen was a blast as a child, a blast with my kids and now, a blast with the grandkids.
These characters are iconic and have made history because of the story, the cinematography, special effects and directors that knew exactly who to cast in the roles. Boris Karloff and Claude Rains brought exactly what these characters needed for us to be frightened but yet, also felt a bit of humanity at the lives they were forced to live.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has brought this awesome collection just in time for the spooky season so get your pizza made (or ordered), find the most comfortable p.j.’s you own, every pillow in the house and settle in with the lights out for a bit of monster binge watching!
All of these iconic characters are, well, misunderstood to my way of thinking which is probably why we enjoy them so much!
In the end – these are the icons of horror!