Archive for Universal Monsters

The Invisible Man (1933) Review

Posted in Invisible Man with tags , , , on October 2, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

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THE INVISIBLE MAN

**** Out of 5

Tagline- H.G. Wells’ Fantastic Sensation

Release Date- November 13th, 1933

Running Time- 70-Minutes

Rating- NR

Screenplay- R.C. Sherriff (Novel- H.G. Wells)

Director- James Whale

Starring- Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers, Una O’Connor

Released in 1933 the Invisible Man was directed by James Whale best known to horror fans for Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and the Old Dark House. The Invisible Man isn’t as good as the first two Frankenstein films, but on par with the Old Dark House. When it comes to the horror genre Universal studios are the ones that shaped the genre forever with their Monster movies and this one doesn’t feature a person being made from dead body parts or a vampire or werewolf, but a man driven mad by a syrum that gave him the power to be well as the title tells you invisible.

Frankenstein was really the only true horror film by James Whale as his others while horror films, but they go for a more campy tone and Whale very much does that here as well. While even in his campier efforts there are still suspenseful moments, but Whale liked to play up to camp value and with the Invisible Man we get a really fun film that’s made the better due to the performance by Claude Rains who for almost the entire picture is only heard and not seen. As far as the Monster films go this is about middle of the pack, but its still an excellent film with some truly great special F/X that I feel still hold up well.

The screenplay by R.C. Sherriff is an adaption of the H.G. Wells novel, which I have yet to read. The script is a lot of fun with solid characters. The script starts out fun and always retains that throughout the picture. Like most of these films they aren’t just horror movies, but also a little bit of a drama and even a tragedy and that’s retained here for the most part.

James Whale is one of my favorite horror filmmakers with the first two Frankenstein films being two of my very favorites. For the most part Frankenstein played out like a horror film, but after that Whale would add more camp value in his films and it helped set him a part from other filmmakers of his era. The Invisible Man also plays high on camp perhaps more so than his other films. While there is some decent suspense, but for the most part Whale goes for a light and fun tone and pretty much succeeds in that. While this might turn off some viewers who are looking for a more horror driven story, but I loved the direction Whale took. Even if the Invisible Man isn’t Whale’s best horror picture it’s still a great film and even a lesser film by James Whale is still better than most horror filmmakers best work. And when I say lesser that’s just compared to some of his other pictures since this is a great flick and no way subpar.

Claude Rains is flat out amazing in the title role. It seemed as if he had a lot of fun doing this film and that very much comes across at least to me while watching the film. Almost every scene with Rains he is off camera, but he still carries the picture. Invisible Man also co-stars Gloria Stuart who gained a new legion of fans for her role in Titanic where she played an older version of Rose (Kate Winslet of course played younger Rose). Una O’Connor was a very entertaining actress with her over the top performances, but the more screen time she gets the more annoying she gets. She was great in Bride of Frankenstein but after a while she started to get a bit annoying, but than was gone from the film. Here that’s the only real flaw. O’Connor starts off fun, but it quickly grows tiresome and it does hinder the picture to a certain degree. I like her, but in small doses.

Outside of the great performance by Claude Rains the F/X is the star and despite this film being from 1933 you still wonder how they pulled it off. I’ve seen modern films with inferior F/X. Overall the Invisible Man is an excellent film and while not perfect it does prove to be a complete blast and fans of the Monster movies should check this out.

At the time of the blu-ray release the Invisible Man was 79-years old and once again Universal delivered a stunning HD presentation of their Monster movies. The HD quality is simply fantastic as is the audio quality. The Invisible Man has never looked or sounded better.

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Dracula (1931) Review

Posted in Dracula with tags , , , on October 1, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

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DRACULA

**** Out of 5

Tagline- Carl Laemmle Presents the Vampire Thriller!

Release Date- February 14th, 1931

Running Time- 75-Minutes

Rating- NR

Screenplay- Garrett Fort (Novel- Bram Stoker)

Director- Tod Browning

Starring- Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye and Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing

Released in 1931 Dracula is probably the most influential vampire film ever made and one of the biggest hits in the legacy of Universal Pictures. Since its release the good portion of vampire films have taken many elements from this film and every actor to portray Count Dracula is directly inspired by Bela Lugosi (and from time to time Christopher Lee). As much as I enjoy Dracula I’d rate it behind the first 3 Frankenstein films as well as the Wolf-Man, but with that said I actually think in some ways Dracula might hold up a little better than those films (along with the Wolf Man). Obviously in many areas the film is dated as 1931 is far, far behind us and times change and filmmaking techniques change. But I still find Dracula to be an effective chiller and while it may no longer be scary it’s still loaded with eerie atmosphere and I’d go as far to say that since the end of the 30s (and even the 40s) many horror films lack the eerie feel many films from this era had. Reading some reviews it’s quite a shame the modern audience are for a good portion complete dolts who laugh at the film. You don’t have to love the film, but its clear on some reviews these people aren’t very bright. By today’s standards Dracula may no longer be scary, but I can easily see how this film scared the hell out of audiences in 1931, but its a shame so many cannot appreciate this film for the classic is it since its still a highly enjoyable film. Like I said compared to other Monster movies I’d rate Dracula behind them and in the career of Tod Browning this is his most popular film and by far is most influential and his legacy, but personally I preferred Freaks, The Devil-Doll and Mark of the Vampire (also with Lugosi and a remake of Browning’s now lost silent film London After Midnight starting Lon Chaney, Sr).

I think everyone knows the plot behind Dracula so there isn’t a reason to rehash it, but as I mentioned before obviously Dracula will be dated, but I still think the film holds up very well and the script by Garrett Fort based off the Bram Stoker novel is well written and plotted and quite honestly I think the script would work well even today with obviously a few changes here and there. Garrett Fort writes an excellent film with mostly solid characters. As the film gets heavier in dialogue it does slightly drop off, but I’d say that’s more on the direction than the writing. Fort’s screenplay is a winner and set the bar for vampire films and while this wouldn’t be my favorite vampire film the iconic status of the film has never been topped and probably never will.

Director Tod Browning came from the silent era and if not mistaken this was his first talking picture and it does sort of show as Dracula can be a little rough, but this greatly adds to the film. Sometimes when a film is a bit raw it adds to the power and had they been made by a more experienced director results wouldn’t be the same. Films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Last House on the Left are rough around the edges, but that in part helps make the films so powerful and while Dracula is a completely different film I think the film being rough around the edges in part helps elevate the film. After Dracula I felt Browning would improve and make better films from a technical standpoint. Even though Dracula wasn’t my favorite Tod Browning film there are many aspects of the film I love than the films I liked more than this one. There are also stretches with no dialogue (mostly early in the film) and its almost like a silent film and this is where Browning really succeeds. Obviously the film is dated and certain techniques are decades and decades out of date, but even to this day Dracula still has plenty of eerie atmosphere and still retains a lot of its mystery and suspense. While this isn’t my favorite Universal Monster film I do think it might hold up the best. I love the visual look of Dracula and the scenes in Dracula’s castle in the opening is brilliant; I love the far wide shots and the lack of music really adds to the eerie feel and when I say Dracula holds up well I think the scene in Dracula’s castle is highly effective to this day. The 2nd half of the film when it gets a bit more heavy on dialogue, Dracula does slightly lose its edge and it seems to me the most effective scenes are those with little dialogue, but even as the film slips a little, Browning still crafts an eerie and mysterious film.

Dracula is the film that made Bela Lugosi an icon and there is very good reason for that; while some debate on Lugosi or Chris Lee for me there is no debate about it or on anyone else to play Count Dracula. Bela Lugosi is by far the best actor to ever play the role and nobody will ever top it. Lugosi is quite creepy and delivers one of the all time great performances. Edward Van Sloan sadly is forgotten by may despite starring in several of Universal Monster films. Besides Dracula he also appeared in the sequel Dracula’s Daughter, Frankenstein and the Mummy and as Van Helsing I’d go as far to say Edward Van Sloan is just as brilliant as Lugosi and like how nobody has topped Lugosi as Dracula, nobody in my opinion has topped Van Sloan.

Dracula is one of the all time greats and while the play like feel can hinder the film I again also feel the film holds up well and is still an eerie film. Lugosi and Van Sloan are a joy to watch and this is the vampire film that forever shaped those kind of films and the horror genre as a whole.

At the time of the blu-ray release Dracula was 81-years old and Universal delivers a brilliant transfer. Clarity and detail is nothing short of amazing and due to the age of the film Universal could have put less effort and people would chalk it up to age, but Universal stills shows respect for one of the films that helped shape the studio and this is by far the best Dracula has ever looked on home video. The audio is also excellent as gone is the hissing noise and you can now hear things you couldn’t on past releases.

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Top 10 Universal Monster Movies

Posted in Top 10 Universal Monster Movies, Universal Monsters with tags , , , , , , , on June 25, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

This list builds up to my top spot. In the future the list can change (well at least my 10th spot). But outside of number 10 the other 9 films will remain. So here we go my top 10 Monster Movies.

I left off Abbott & Costello mainly because I sort of forgot, but I also see it as its own film. If I were to list it I would place it 4th or 5th

10. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

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This was the first of the crossover films. It’s a solid film, but works best in the first half when it’s a Wolf Man sequel. Still a fun movie.

9. Ghost of Frankenstein

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This one is when the Frankenstein films became B-Movies. This marked the first time another actor played the Monster as Lon Chaney took over the role. This one is just a lot of fun despite the flaws.

8. Creature from the Black Lagoon

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50s camp at its finest. While the middle has some pacing issues the final act is rather creepy. Even with some sluggish pacing it never loses its charm.

7. The Invisible Man

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More campy than suspenseful, which was a James Whale trademark this film is just fun. Claude Rains is great in the title role and the F/X actually hold up well and still make me wonder how they did that.

6. Dracula (Spanish Version)

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At 104-minutes its quite long for a horror film from this era, but yet it works. From a technical side of things, the Spanish version is better, but Lugosi, Edward Van Sloan and Tod Browning’s eerie tone give the English version the edge, but I was quite surprised by how much I liked this.

5. Dracula

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While the film is dated obviously I actually feel it also holds up well in terms of writing and directing; the shots in Dracula’s castle early in the film is text book filmmaking on setting an eerie tone. Though at the end of the day Lugosi and Van Sloan are what makes this so brilliant.

4. Son of Frankenstein

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The last time Karloff played the Monster. This was a terrific film only problem is the Monster wasn’t given as much to do. As much as I love this film it lacks the James Whale touch, but its still a truly great film.

3. The Wolf Man

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Like Dracula, I think the Wolf Man holds up well and still can be quite eerie. Lon Chaney was brilliant as the tortured Larry Talbot.

2. Frankenstein

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Love the dark and eerie feel; this was such a great film and one of the horror flicks that forever shaped the genre. Karloff with no dialogue gives one of the greatest performances of all time.

1. Bride of Frankenstein

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Words cannot describe how much I love this film. This is easily my favorite Monster movie and nothing really comes close. Again Karloff is brilliant. Unlike the first this has a lot more camp value, but also some truly touching scenes. A masterpiece simple as that.

House of Frankenstein (1944) Review

Posted in House of Frankenstein, Universal Monsters with tags , , , , on June 24, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

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HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN

*** Out of 5

Tagline- Frankenstein’s Monster, Wolf Man, Dracula, Hunchback, Mad Doctor

Release Date- December 1st, 1944

Running Time- 71-Minutes

Rating- NR

Screenplay- Edward T. Lowe (story Curt Siodmak)

Director- Erle C. Kenton

Starring- Boris Karloff, J. Carrol Naish, John Carradine, Elena Verdugo, Glenn Strange and Lon Chaney

As I’ve stated in other reviews for the Universal Monster films by this point despite being Universal films they were B-Movies and House of Frankenstein released in 1944 is no different. By this time in the series we were far removed from the first 3 Frankenstein films and the original Dracula and Wolf Man. House of Frankenstein came 5-years after Son of Frankenstein and and 3-years after the Wolf Man, but it might as well been a 100-years since quality was so drastically different. House of Frankenstein is the 2nd of 4 crossover films with the first being Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man and the last 2 being House of Dracula and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. I suppose it was only a matter of time before Universal took advantage of having these characters and put them in a film together. This time around Dracula (Carradine) is added to the mix and we have the B-Movie staple of Monsters, mad scientists and a hunchback.

If anything House of Frankenstein sort of feels like an anthology; first Dr. Niemann (Karloff) and his story is set up. Than Dracula comes into the story, than after that enter Larry Talbot (Chaney) and finally the Frankenstein Monster (Strange). Perhaps it was the times or just the writing, but it always seemed as if there were problems linking all these Monsters together. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man more or less seemed to be the most successful in doing so, but even that film got a little sluggish when the Monster entered as the movie worked best in the first half when it was a Wolf Man sequel. Here in House of Frankenstein Dracula seems to be just a throw in since his story is unconnected to the rest of the film, well sort of.

After escaping from prison Dr. Niemann looks to get revenge on the people who sent him to prison and with the help of his hunchback assistant Daniel (Naish) he uses the Monsters to carry out that revenge.

The screenplay was written by Edward T. Lowe based off a story by Curt Siodmak who wrote the original Wolf Man and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. The story while interesting might have been better suited as its own film and not a Monster movie as the Monsters are just simply there because Universal has the rights to them all. As I stated the script very much feels like an anthology since Dracula never shares any screen time with the Wolf Man or Frankenstein Monster and it seems he was just put in for the sake of it. The script by Lowe is fairly decent, but adds nothing new to the legacy of either of the 3 franchises. Larry Talbot for the most part just rehashes dialogue from the previous film and its quite clear there wasn’t anything left for the character to do. The biggest letdown is the Monster doesn’t come alive until the final 10-minutes and when he does come alive he’s strapped down and it isn’t until the final 4-minutes he breaks out of the straps. Overall the script isn’t bad, but its brought down by not really being able to work the Monsters in together and it feels like 4 different scripts were written than edited together. I think the film would have played a lot better had it just been about Niemann wanting revenge and not mixing in the Monsters. In Ghost of Frankenstein the Monster had his brain switched with someone else thus creating a new Frankenstein Monster, but in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man that’s ignored and ruined Lugosi’s performance as the Monster (which wasn’t very good to begin with) and that’s continued here in House of Frankenstein as the Monster is back to being the original creation and the fact he actually isn’t is ignored.

House of Frankenstein was directed by Erle C. Kenton who previously helmed Ghost of Frankenstein and the year after this film he would direct House of Dracula. Seeing as Kenton directed Ghost of Frankenstein it is a bit annoying that the fact the Monster isn’t the original creation anymore is still ignored, but I suppose not writing the film there isn’t much he can do. The pace of the film can at times be a bit sluggish, but that’s more with the script than the directing. Gone is the eerie atmosphere the Monster movies were based on in their early days. Of all the Monster films I think Dracula and the Wolf Man hold up the best in filmmaking techniques for the most part and too bad Kenton doesn’t use any of those. Suspense is light and there really isn’t an eerie atmosphere either. To his credit though Kenton does deliver a fun film and while this isn’t exactly high quality filmmaking, Kenton is a competent director and makes a fun film with the flaws being more to do with the script than anything else.

John Carradine is sort of the forgotten Dracula and this marked his debut as Count Dracula and he would reprise the role the following year in House of Dracula. Carradine doesn’t have the charisma of Lugosi nor is he as eerie, but with that said I do like Carradine’s take on the role and while sure he’s nothing like Lugosi despite playing the same character I find him entertaining, but he really isn’t given much to do. Glenn Strange plays the Monster for the first time here and he’d play the tole twice more (House of Dracula & Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein). It’s really difficult to rate his performance seeing as he only has a few minutes of screw time and most of that he’s strapped down. It’s impossible not to compare anybody that plays the Monster to Karloff and nobody has or ever will match or top Karloff in the role, but Strange wasn’t bad. It’s just unfortunate he isn’t given a whole lot to do. Lon Chaney again is excellent as the cursed Larry Talbot, but he just rehashes past dialogue and while Chaney by this point does seem to be going through the motions he’s still a joy to watch.

House of Frankenstein was Karloff’s return to the series as he last appeared in the franchise in Son of Frankenstein his last outing as the Frankenstein Monster. Karloff is one of my all time favorite actors and my favorite horror actor and Karloff is excellent here, but only hindered by his screenwriter.

My review for House of Frankenstein may not be overly glowing, but despite the many flaws it is an entertaining film only brought down by the fact the film seemed to be unable to mix these iconic Monsters together and again I think the film would have turned out better without them. However House of Frankenstein is a fun film to watch and flaws and all should please fans of the series.

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The Wolf Man (1941) Review

Posted in Wolf Man (1941) with tags , , , on June 23, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

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THE WOLF MAN

**** ½ Out of 5

Tagline- His Hideous Howl a Dirge of Death

Release Date- December 12th, 1941

Running Time- 70-Minutes

Rating- NR

Screenplay- Curt Siodmak

Director- George Waggner

Starring- Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles, Maria Ouspenskaya with Bela Lugosi as Bela and Lon Chaney Jr. as Larry Talbot

When it comes to the horror genre you’ll be hard pressed to find a studio with a greater legacy than Universal and when it comes to the horror genre who knows where it would be if not for the Universal Monster Movies, which were big time releases that the studio promoted as big events. After reaching epic heights with the Frankenstein and Dracula series, which made Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi legends 1941 saw the release of the Wolf Man, which in many ways was sort of an end of an era as after this the Monster movies would be more along the lines of a B-Movie despite being made by Universal. The Wolf Man wasn’t the first werewolf movie Werewolf of London from 1935 also by Universal seems to get that honor, but its the Wolf Man that set the bar for every film of its type to follow.

Lon Chaney, Jr was born Creighton Chaney on Febuary 10th, 1906 and despite having a solid career it’s not easy when your father is Lon Chaney, Sr Man of a 1000 Faces and not only was Jr in his fathers shadow, but also Karloff and Lugosi. Of course the name Lon Chaney helped his career, but in some ways also hurt. Seeing as I’m not a big fan of silent films I prefer Jr and while I prefer Karloff and Lugosi I would rate Lon Chaney, Jr up there with them and he deserves far better credit than he’s given at times.

After the death of his brother, Larry Talbot (Chaney) returns home and also attempts to make amends with his father Sir John Talbot (Rains). One night while at a carnival, Larry attempts to help a woman being attacked by an animal and the animal ends up being a werewolf and bites Larry and now during a full moon, Larry turns into the Wolf Man.

The screenplay by Curt Siodmak is well plotted and well written and the characters are excellent and all greatly add to the picture. Like many movies of its era The Wolf Man is as much a drama as it is a horror movie and the monster also being sympathetic is another common theme. The script by Siodmak has influenced generation after generation of filmmakers and quite honestly of all the classic Monster movies I think the script (along with Dracula) holds up very well and while sure would need some tweaking I still think the script could play out well. Of all the Monster movies the Wolf Man would be my 3rd favorite behind Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein, but the script unlike those 2 I truly think could still work without a major rewrite.

Director George Waggner creates a film for the ages with the Wolf Man; the pacing is great though the 2nd half does move a bit slower, but pacing is always strong and Waggner creates some genuine suspense and atmosphere. Like how the script holds up I also think the direction does as well as many of the techniques used by Waggner could still work with a modern audience (again of course with some changes). The final act of the film is flat out brilliant with some of the best scenes for any of the Monster movies. The final act is also quite sad and tragic and really helps elevate an already brilliant film.

As much as I love horror flicks of the 30s and 40s my only complaint sometimes is the acting. Some of the best acted horror movies of all time came from the 30s and 40s, but they also had a lot of over the top acting, which really isn’t the case in The Wolf Man. Bela Lugosi is solid in a cameo and Claude Rains steals the show as Sir John Talbot. Claude Rains gives a brilliant performance and was the strongest link in the cast. Lon Chaney Jr. gives the best performance of his career as Larry Talbot. Like the Frankenstein Monster, Talbot is a sympathetic character. Once Larry turns into the Wolf Man he cannot help himself and he’s very much a tortured soul. Characters like Larry Talbot were done a lot in the classic era of the genre and here it works well again.

Overall The Wolf Man is simply a great film and by today’s standards it may not be scary anymore, but what it lacks there now is made up for with some eerie atmosphere. Like I said the film does hold up well for the most part and is one of the most important horror films ever made.

The Blu-ray release comes 71-years after its original release and Universal delivers a top notch transfer. While there might be some slight imperfections such as halos that appear, but I barley noticed it. The BD looks simply fantastic. I never got around to picking up the 2010 SE DVD so I really can’t say how much of an upgrade the Blu-ray is, but when compared to the Legacy Edition the DVD looks like a VHS. The only plus side to that DVD edition is you get 3 more films. But quality wise Universal delivers a beautiful HD transfer to go along with a solid audio track.

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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Review

Posted in Creature from the Black Lagoon, Universal Monsters with tags , , , on June 22, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

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CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

*** ½ Out of 5

Tagline- Centuries of Passion Pent Up in His Savage Heart

Release Date- March 5th, 1954

Running Time- 79-Minutes

Rating- G

Screenplay- Harry Essex & Arthur Ross

Director- Jack Arnold

Starring- Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nester Paiva, Whit Bissell

Released in 1954 Creature from the Black Lagoon was I guess meant to sort of restart their monster series with a new series. Back in the 30s Universal thrived on their Monster movies and these weren’t seen as B-Movies, but rather big Hollywood releases, but after the Wolf Man in 1941 these Monster Movies were more or less now B-Movies and several years after the series ended came Creature from the Black Lagoon, who like other Monsters is meant to be a little sympathetic, but personally I don’t really view the Creature that way for the most part.

The 1950s were a fun time in the horror and sci-fi genre with many excellent films with a lot of them being mutated insect films, which as a kid scared the hell out of me and Jack Arnold who directed this very film was responsible for the cult classic Tarantula, which as a kid scared the living hell out of me. The 50s had a very campy and feel and some of that was intentional other times perhaps not. Even Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which is a personal favorite of mine had some camp value to go along with its eerie tone, but even with so many excellent films from the 50s, but the decade for me would be more in the middle of the road when ranking decades in the horror genre. Creature from the Black Lagoon doesn’t quite have an eerie feel in my opinion though there is some decent suspense, but it does have some camp value and very much has this B-Movie charm that helps keep the film fun even in the slower scenes.

After an exploration trip in the amazon jungle, the explorers from across a human like prehistoric creature and they try to capture it, but escapes and returns for revenge.

The screenplay by Harry Essex & Arthur Ross is decently plotted with decent characters. The script isn’t as strong as the Monster movies of the 30s, but the script is still entertaining and fun. The script has a certain charm and while it may not be great it’s just a lot of fun. This really was a simpler time in film and Essex & Ross deliver a very fun screenplay that helped shape the Monster film for years to come.

Director Jack Arnold delivers a really fun film that has some pacing issues, but even in the slower scenes, Arnold still keeps the film moving at a fun pace. Creature from the Black Lagoon really has this B-movie charm that for me helps elevate the film. The final act actually does have some nice suspense and overall Jack Arnold delivers a really fun film and again while the pace a little uneven it never loses its charm. Creature from the Black Lagoon is a really fun film and while it doesn’t reach the epic heights of the Universal Monsters of the 30s it still can stand proudly next to them.

Jack Arnold besides feature films would direct many TV shows including Love Boat, Gilligan’s Island, Brady Bunch and Rawhide, which starred Clint Eastwood who had a bit role in Tarantula. The following year after Creature from the Black Lagoon Jack Arnold would return to direct the sequel Revenge of the Creature.

Once again Universal deserves praise for their amazing HD presentation. Clarity and detail shine, grain is present, but never too much. The underwater scenes are about as murky as things will get and they still look wonderful. There a couple of scenes where clarity might drop, but it doesn’t look bad or anything. Creature from the Black Lagoon is a beautiful HD presentation with no DNR or anything else that tries to make it too new looking.

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Universal Monster Movie Photo Gallery

Posted in Universal Monsters with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

Well I figure to make my return here might as well get a theme going and I’m gonna focus on the Universal Monster movies. I’ll probably break it down in 2 volumes with another batch of reviews and photo galleries at a later time.

I haven’t been around here nearly as much I try and keep up with reviews from everyone else, but sometimes that goes out the window. So to kick things off here’s some awesome photos from various Monster movies from Universal

(Note all photos of the Frankenstein Monster are Boris Karloff unless otherwise noted).

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Lon Chaney as the Monster with Bela Lugosi

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Another of Chaney as the Monster

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Bela Lugosi as the Monster

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Glenn Strange as the Monster

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Glenn Strange as the Monster with Boris Karloff

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