Happy Halloween ~ Movie Monsters

October 31, 2016

By Tab Byrum


Happy Halloween to one and all, one of my most favorite things about this time of year is that you can find almost any monster or horror movie available on TV at one time or another. I’ve always loved scary movies when I was a kid I loved to watch them but would pay the price when it was time for bed, or perhaps I should say my parents paid the price when I was hollering for them in the night because I was positive someone or something was in my closet. Today, of course, we own all the great monster movies on BluRay and can watch them anytime we want, but it’s extra special to do it during the build-up to Halloween. I suppose the original Frankenstein is my favorite movie monster with his bride running a close second. Dracula is always good for some old world glamor and romance and of course the newer serial killers like Michael Meyers from the Halloween movie franchise or Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th. When I was in high school my friends and I would get together on Halloween to rent and watch the latest slasher movie that came out on video accompanied by wholesome snacks like nachos, chips, and dip and of course candy. Today in celebration of All Hallows Eve we are taking a look at famous movie monsters, both past and present, and celebrating their looks and design. Have a safe and Happy Halloween, Enjoy!!! (above image via)


Universal Studios started the movie monster craze in 1931 with their production of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. The movie at the time shocked people and there are even reports of people fainting in the audience and having to be escorted out. You have to admit, Boris Karloff made a pretty amazing Monster and this was 86 years ago. (via)


Four years later in 1935 Dr. Frankenstein decided to create a mate for his original monster and we watched in The Bride of Frankenstein. This is a sequel that’s often considered to be better than the original, and while we have to wait until the end of the film to meet the bride it’s well worth the wait. Elsa Lanchester is extraordinary as the Monster’s Bride, the whole scene where he tries to hold her hand and she hisses at him is legendary. (via)


In 1941 Universal Studios brought us The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney, Jr. Chaney played Larry Talbot, the son of an English lord who returns to England and is attacked by a werewolf. Of course, in these films, there’s always a love element and in werewolf movies, the wolfman always wants to kill those he loves the most. (via)


This is Bela Lugosi as Dracula, this film came out in 1931, the same years as the original Frankenstein. The film is based on 1924 stage play which is based on Bram Stoker’s book, Dracula. Lugosi had starred in the stage version of the play but almost wasn’t cast in the film because studio executives thought his accent was too thick. Thankfully they went with Lugosi and movie history was made. Lugosi so identified with Dracula that when he died in 1956 he was buried in his Dracula cape. (via)


Actor Boris Karloff found fame in not just one Universal monster film but also as The Mummy. The Mummy came out in 1932 with Karloff playing the part of Imhotep, an ancient mummy resurrected by reading from an ancient scroll, he spends the film searching for his lost ancient love in the modern world. (via)


The Creature From The Black Lagoon saw Universal Studios continue with their monsters into the 1950’s when it was released in 1954. The film is set in the Amazon jungle where a team of geologists discovers a fossil of a creature that’s a link between land and water animals. Eventually, we find out one of these creatures is alive today and wreaks havoc on the explorers. (via)


In addition to Frankenstein, one of my favorite classic films is The Werewolf of London, this is the first major mainstream werewolf film. The movie stars Henry Hull as Dr. Glendon, a botanist in search of a rare orchid in Tibet, while there he is attacked and bitten by a werewolf. He returns to his London home and during the first full moon he transforms into the creature that’s part man and part beast. The effects and makeup in this film are simple but so effective and spooky. (via)


This is the crazy family of cannibals from the 1974 slasher classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. At the time the movie was said to be based on a true story but has since been proven wrong and was only done to sell movie tickets. The movie makers had a hard time finding someone to market the movie due to the violence. If you’ve neve seen it you should, it has a gritty 1970’s feel to it along with the maniacal leather face never saying a word but terrorizing you with a chainsaw. (via)


This is Michael Meyers, the star of the Halloween film franchise created by John Carpenter in 1978. This movie was one that scared everyone because you felt like it could really happen. To this day it’s still terrifying. (via)


This is Reggie Nalder in makeup as Kurt Barlow in Salem’s Lot. Salem’s Lot was a mini-series in 1979 that’s based on a Stephen King novel of the same name. This series has some of the best and creepiest scenes I’ve seen on TV, including the boy floating outside the bedroom window scratching to get in and the rising of the dead mother in the funeral home. Another must see. (via)



That’s it for this year, I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at Movie Monsters. Have a great day and Happy Halloween. 

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