Frankenstein (1931) Medical and moral experiment gone wrong. Boris Karloff’s lean gaunt features were perfect for the beyond expiration look of a re-animated corpse.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) A brief, five minutes of screen time was all that was needed for Elsa Lanchester to become a film icon. Beauty and horror rolled into one electrified woman.
Dracula (1931) The first movie star monster in the Universal collection. Bela Lugosi’s piercing eyes, voice, angular features and birthright connection to the storyline’s location was truly a “born to play the part” event.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
A symetrical and streamlined costume makes one believe you are watching an evolution throwback. Ricou Browning’s grace and fluidness in the water could beat any Olympic contender.
The Thing (1951) James Arness’ tall frame and square facial features made him a powerful vegetable monster menace. “Watch the skies” for more like him, was the famous end quote of this early science fiction classic.
Mark of the Vampire (1935) Carol Borland’s glowing skin, pillowly lips and trance-like stare made her the memorable undead girl. She floats, glides and fades through the beautiful haunted landscape of this MGM vampire story.