Van Helsing (2004) Dractober Review

Universal have been trying to resurrect their Dark Universe for a lot longer than you may think. Back in 2004, emboldened by the quick one-two hits of “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns”, they decided to give director Stephen Sommers the whole Universal Monster toy box. Unfortunately, what he came up with was a textbook … Continue reading Van Helsing (2004) Dractober Review

House Of Frankenstein (1944) Dractober Review

The “Infinity War” of its day, “House Of Frankenstein” – also featuring Boris Karloff’s very last role in the Universal Monster Universe – brought together the tangled continuities of their “Frankenstein” “Wolf Man” and “Dracula” franchises into one big monster mash-up (it was originally going to feature “The Mummy” too but the budget just wouldn’t … Continue reading House Of Frankenstein (1944) Dractober Review

The Monster Squad (1987) #MonthOfSpooks Review

As the years went past and cinematic tastes changed, Universal’s Monsters found a new home as beloved perennial TV favourites, gathering new generations of fans year after year and breaking out into popular culture through Saturday morning cartoons and reinterpretations. As the cinema reinvented and reinterpreted the creations, Universal’s pantheon continued to be the benchmark … Continue reading The Monster Squad (1987) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Initially reluctant to do a sequel to the smash hit “Frankenstein”, director James Whale finally relented when Universal agreed to give him full creative control. With the studio out of his way, the only thing standing between Whale and his ultimate vision was Joseph Breen and the Hays Code. Having survived the inferno at the … Continue reading Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Frankenstein (1931) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Universal’s 1931 production of “Frankenstein” opens with a preamble from actor Edward Van Sloan stepping from behind a curtain and delivering a brief cautionary announcement before the opening credits ‘How do you do? Mr Carl Laemmle [the movie’s producer] feels it would be a little unkind to present this picture without just a friendly word … Continue reading Frankenstein (1931) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Craggus’ Quincentennial Post

  So, here we are: Post 500. How time flies when you're having fun! After five hundred posts (and somewhere north of 420,000 words), it's pretty clear I'm in this movie blogging for the long haul. That being the case, it's high time then that I addressed some of the scandalous gaps in my film … Continue reading Craggus’ Quincentennial Post

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Review

If you’re a little surprised that “Hotel Transylvania” got a sequel you’re not alone. The makers themselves seem a little bit taken aback. Even the title card of the movie itself has the ‘2’ only appearing after the ‘Hotel Transylvania’ has faded from the screen. Like they’re saying, ‘I know, right?’. Picking up from the … Continue reading Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Review

I, Frankenstein (2014) Review

‘From the producers of Underworld’ proclaims the poster proudly, and boy – they aren’t kidding. It should really read: ‘From the producers of Underworld who used Ctrl+H to replace Werewolves with Gargoyles and Vampires with Demons’. Of all the cruelties and indignity visited upon Victor Frankenstein’s creature in “Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus”, surely none … Continue reading I, Frankenstein (2014) Review