Rock Out With John 5 And The Creatures…AND The Universal Monsters!

The only positive side about knowing nothing virtually about any music at any period of time is that I can count on friends to steer me in the right direction. Yesterday on Facebook Matt Lappie was kind enough to share this AWESOME music video by John 5 and the Creatures entitled “Making Monsters”.

John 5 and the Creatures - Universal Monsters Band

Friends, I can hear what you are asking though. What does this have to do with the Retroist?!

Universal Monsters mob

Well, that is a valid question and I can say that while Making Monsters employs some beautiful stop motion animation of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Wolf Man…it also features glorious clips from those very Universal Monster films.

Dracula - Bela Lugosi - John 5 and the Creatures

Plus there is that whole Aurora Creature from the Black Lagoon model kit kicking it off…

Aurora - Creature from the Black Lagoon

…and to make it even better the music by John 5 and the Creatures is really great. I suppose that is only natural as he has worked with David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie!

[Via] Jonny Coffin

So crank it up, assuming you won’t get in trouble at work of course, and join the Monsters out on the dance floor!

Dark Hall Mansion’s Universal Monsters Print Set…is ALIVE!

If you had chance to listen to the latest Saturday Frights Podcast where we discuss 1933’s The Invisible Man you know just how high in esteem both the Projectionist and I hold the Universal Monster films.

Which is why I was so absolutely delighted to be contacted by our friends from Dark Hall Mansion concerning their limited edition 7-print set by Nicolas Delort featuring those legendary monsters of the silver screen. As you can see from these images they all have an awesome Bernie Wrightson/Gary Gianni style going on, which considering those are two of my favorite comic book artists that is a very good thing.

All images courtesy of Dark Hall Mansion.

All images courtesy of Dark Hall Mansion.

Invisible Man - Dark Hall Mansion - Nicolas Delort

The Bride of Frankenstein - Dark Hall Mansion - Nicolas Delort

The Mummy - Dark Hall Mansion - Nicolas Delort

Dracula - Dark Hall Mansion - Nicolas Delort

The Wolfman - Dark Hall Mansion - Nicolas Delort

The 7-print set goes on sale Tuesday, Oct 13, at 9:30 AM PST on the Dark Hall Mansion’s Store Page.

From the Official Press Release:
“Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Universal Studios Licensing LLC, will release artist Nicolas Delort’s striking take on each of the original 7 classic Universal Monsters that shaped and defined vintage horror movies. Each of Nicolas’ unique pieces interprets each Universal Monster in an elegant manner that not only interprets the legacy of each film but seeks to bring Nicolas’ considerable skills to bear, refining and distilling all per his personal vision and sensibility. His “Mummy’s” exquisite detailing is simply something to behold, his “Frankenstein” not only renders the film’s powerful arc and tragedy in full but addresses the very act of creation itself. His “Dracula” is all mood and atmosphere, his “Wolf Man” quite terrorizing in its transition, and Nicolas’ “Invisible Man” a reflective meditation on man’s intrusions. Finally Nicolas’ arresting “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” in a word, elevates; an extraordinary piece that is very much more than it appears at first glance, gorgeous and emotionally resonant, woman as divine. And what to say of Nicolas’ beautiful and ethereal “Bride of Frankenstein,” where despite having Elsa Lanchester’s likeness available to him, his personal vision for the Bride insisted it be something else altogether, in so doing, raising the piece to that of lyrical and poetic.

Each individual print in DHM’s Nicolas Delort 7-print set measures 18″ x 24,” is hand numbered, and screen printed. The Standard edition set is printed per Nicolas’ hand crafted B&W approach while his Variant’s hue is richly toned and deliberately vintage in feel. There is also a very limited foil edition based on either the Standard or Variant colorway, plus the most select series, only 10 editions, a complete run of all 7 of Nicolas’s “Universal Classic Monsters” pieces individually screened on wood.”

Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 045 (The Invisible Man)

Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will discuss a particular horror movie or horror themed TV episode from the Retroist Vault. This week we briefly discuss the 1933 classic film “The Invisible Man” and the Projectionist has brought along some vintage Drive-In ads for your listening pleasure.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook. The Projectionist may be reached at if you have any comments or questions for the shadowy cinephile from Haddonfield.

The Music at beginning of our show was provided by Peachy (The Fran Waxman of Wales), if you have musical needs why not contact him at And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page.

The NEW ending music for the show is entitled “Twisted Toys”…suitable for working with the Projectionist and was provided by Tony Longworth, you can visit his site by clicking that link provided or hopping over to his Soundcloud Page!

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Leave A Universal Monster Everywhere You Go With These Reuseable Stickers!

Here is a fun idea for all of us Universal Monsters fans for this October. We need to scour the internet and purchase all of these 1982 Reusable foil stickers featuring our favorite monsters and wherever we happen to visit post one…in a legal spot and without vandalizing anything…to let other Retroist fans know we’ve been there!

Say like if you were going to visit the Monster-Mania Con this weekend?


You can hop on over to Embrace123’s Etsy shop to pick up this particular sticker pack.

Werewolf Of London

Year: 1935
Director: Stuart Walker
Writers: John Colton, Harvey Gates, Robert Harris, and Edmund Pearson
Music: Karl Hajos
Starring: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson, Lester Matthews, Clark Williams, and Lawrence Grant

Favorite Quote: “The werewolf is neither man nor wolf, but a Satanic creature with the worst qualities of both.”

What better way to get your weekend off to a start than spending an evening watching a classic Universal Monsters picture? While a fantastic film, Werewolf of London doesn’t quite reach the level of awesomeness that the Wolf Man did in 1941. But it’s a Universal Monster picture which means that no matter what you are in for an entertaining film!

When world-renowned and wealthy botanist Wilfred Glendon (Hull) and his friend Hugh Renwick (Williams) travel to Tibet in search of the elusive mariphasa plant, they should have perhaps paid attention to not only their fleeing Sherpa but the traveling Missionary who tells them that the valley that houses the plant is inhabited by Demons. A fact that seems supported when just before the discovery of the mariphasa, Hugh finds himself unable to walk further and Wilfred is struck by unseen assailants. His search at an end, Wilfred pushes on through the valley alone and begins to cultivate the rare plant. Unaware that above him hidden in the rocks a clawed and furry monster watches him intently until it springs down upon him, savagely attacking Wilfred, biting him on the forearm before being driven away by the Botanist’s attacks with a knife.

We next see Wilfred with two long scars on his arms where the creature bit him, he has returned home to London in triumph but is having difficulty with the mariphasa plant. The legend that we learned early in the film is that it takes it’s sustenance from the rays of the moon. Wilfred has constructed a Moon Lamp in an attempt to entice it to bloom for him but is missing out on the social party being held by the Botanist Club and his wife, Lisa (Hobson), good-naturedly scolds him about it. At the party Wilfred is introduced to Captain Paul Ames (Matthews) who just so happens to have been an old flame of his wife and the Botanist seems less than pleased that they are getting along so well. Also in attendance is Dr. Yogami (Oland) who informs Wilfred they had met before…in Tibet…and that they were both searching for the mariphasa plant at the same time. The two Doctors retire to the study after Wilfred refuses to allow Yogami to examine his mariphasa and Yogami openly tells him that the plant is an antidote to those who suffer from Lycanthropy.

Wilfred obviously doesn’t believe Dr. Yogami, not until the next night when his Moon Lamp experiment yields results with the mariphasa…and when the light touches his exposed hand it begins to sprout long claws and fur!

[Via] Universal Movies

The make-up effects for Werewolf of London were handled by the legendary Jack Pierce and the original design for the Henry Hull “Wolf Man” features would have been the same as the one Lon Chaney Jr. ended up wearing in 1941 if the studio hadn’t nixed it in favor of the more simpler make-up, it didn’t help that Hull refused to sit for hours having the make-up applied.

Hull’s Lycanthrope is different than the type we would come to love in 1941’s The Wolf Man as he seems to be quite intelligent, he dons a scarf, coat, and cap before prowling the streets of London in search for a victim.

Werewolf of London is available for viewing on Netflix Streaming this very moment. It’s a great film and not only the first Hollywood mainstream Werewolf film but earns it’s worthy spot in the pantheon of Universal Monsters. It receives four and a half pumpkins out of five!
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