Frankenstein (1931) Director: James Hale ★★★☆☆ Based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel of the same name (Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus), James Hale's film was one of two classic monster/horror movies made by Carl Laemmle Jr.'s studio, Universal Pictures, in 1931 -and both films saved the studio from near destitution. Frankenstein is a tragic film … Continue reading Frankenstein


Dracula (1931) Director: Tod Browning ★★☆☆☆ Dracula is a classic - Bela Lugosi's performance has forever entered the public consciousness. However, otherwise the film is clunky and awkward at times (the scenes of the storm-wrecked ship were even lifted from another film). The film is also inferior to its memorable predecessor, Nosferatu: A Symphony of … Continue reading Dracula