Universal Horror (or Universal Monsters) refers to the horror, science fiction and suspense films that Universal Studios released between 1923 and 1960.
The films had a distinctive style and quality, and were known for creating iconic images of many classic monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Invisible Man. Key players in the Universal Horror films were Lon Chaney, Béla Lugosi, Boris Karloff and later Lon Chaney, Jr. While notable directors included James Whale, Tod Browning, and Robert Florey.
Beginning with The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) the series would come into its own during the 1930s with the release of seventeen classic horror films, including Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931) The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). During the 1940s, Universal released a lot of sequels and follow ups to their earlier successes; the studio had cemented its presence in the horror world. By the 1950s many Universal had retired a lot of their monster’s and were experiencing a decline in popularity until the release of Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), which revived the series and introduced it to a new generation. By 1960 the series was at an end, though its legacy continue to influence film for years to come.
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