Many of you know that I love a good horror movie but there is a selection of films that I hold in the highest of esteem, that would be the original Universal Monster pantheon. Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Invisible Man, the Mummy, and my favorite of all, the Wolf Man.
I’ve told this story in the forums before, when I was three years old I stayed up to watch the local Saturday Midnight horror show on television. I do vividly remember sitting up in the bed next to him, transfixed to the screen while my Father was snoring away. He woke up and told me I had to go to sleep and I told him I would after the movie. I wasn’t scared by Frankenstein’s Monster, in fact after watching that film I’ve always had a love for the Monsters that goes very deeply, they are the individuals who are wronged…well, normally…I mean Dracula and the Invisible Man are hard to have soft feelings for.
Shortly after that viewing of Frankenstein I started to draw, watch, and play anything monster related. Around that time Post cereals, I believe it was Sugar Crisps, started to give out glow in the dark mini-posters that had the Universal Monsters printed on them. I got the Wolf Man, hung him up on the inner door of our bedroom…and this is the only time I was frightened by the Monsters…because my Father had failed to mention the poster glowed in the dark. I woke up and turned over…there was the Wolf Man’s face staring back at me. I yanked the covers up over my head and didn’t go back to sleep. The poster got taken down, even though I protested, but soon I was introduced to the Wolf Man proper when it was played on the same Midnight horror show a couple of weeks later.
If you want the epitome of the classic Universal Monsters you owe it to yourself to watch this film.
I really enjoyed the director’s cut by the way of the Wolfman remake, I thought the theatrical version was all right but it cut out some very important character development and a fantastic scene with Benicio Del Toro and Max Von Sydow. So if you are bored some night, make it a double feature with some enjoyable lycanthrope action!