The Halloween season is by far one my favorite seasons of the year. The decorations, pumpkins, haunted houses, and of course scary movies. When it comes to horror flicks, there are none more synonymous with Halloween then the Universal Monsters series. Come this Oct. 31, Dark Hall Mansion and artist Tom Whalen have teamed up to bring a folio set of 10 prints to your home this All Hallow’s Eve! Better news, everyone will have an equal shot of getting these bad boys. Hit the jump to check out some images and see how you can get a set for yourself.
Perfectly timed so you can pick it up before Halloween, Amazon’s Deal of the Day is Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Blu-ray. The set contains Dracula, the Spanish version of Dracula (a fascinating alternate take on the same script), Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolfman, Phantom of the Opera, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. I own this set and I recommend it wholeheartedly. The transfers are incredible, the special features are insightful, and obviously the movies themselves are terrific. I was re-watching Bride of Frankenstein last night, and it truly is one of the greatest movies ever made. This set gives the movie and all the other films the home release they deserve. For $64.99 (57% off), this is a steal. Remember, Gold Box Deals are only good until the end of the day or while supplies last.
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It’s hard to overestimate the impact of Universal’s classic monster movies. They brought the themes and techniques of German Expressionism straight to Hometown U.S.A. and forever defined our notion of horror movies in the process. Every Halloween decoration ever made owes them some debt. Every onscreen boogeyman and misunderstood outcast can trace their roots back to them. They’ve become so ingrained in pop culture that we scarcely acknowledge their existence anymore… save during moments like this one, when they make the leap onto a new medium. As part of their 100th anniversary celebration, Universal has packaged eight of them into an “Essentials” Blu-ray collection, a handsome set that nonetheless stumbles into a number of expected pitfalls. Hit the jump for my full review.
Universal is prepping the Blu-ray release of Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on October 2. The box set features Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. There are 12 hours of bonus features and a 48-page book with behind-the-scenes photographs and original posters. Notably,Creature from the Black Lagoonis presented in 3D as it was filmed. Basically, if you are a fan of the Universal monsters, this sounds like a godsend.
Hit the jump for the press release with details on the special features that accompany each movie and a look at the box art.
David Goyer has been attached to remake The Invisible Man since 2007. To give you an idea of how long that is in movie years, in 2008 Steve interviewed Goyer and got details on The Invisible Man and the Magneto prequel. The Magneto prequel was eventually woven into this year’s X-Men: First Class. But The Invisible Man is still alive and “working its way through the Universal development channels.” Disconcertingly, Goyer tells Hero Complex that his take on H.G. Wells’ original 1897 story way (which was adapted by James Whale in 1933 and starred Claude Raines) would expand the mythology of the character (ugh). Hit the jump for the full quote from Goyer and why I find it disappointing.