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Universal Pictures’ SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939)

My absolute favorite horror movies are those produced by Universal Pictures during the studio’s horror hey day.  Today I am dedicating a post to a prime example of the era, one that stands among my favorites from the Universal entries that tell the continuing saga of Frankenstein and his monster – Rowland Lee’s Son of Frankenstein […]


Erle C. Kenton’s GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942)

Friend, good.  This movie, bad. In the timeline of classic Universal horror entries dedicated to the big boy on the lot, The Monster, Erle C. Kenton’s The Ghost of  Frankenstein (1942) follows Rowland Lee’s Son of Frankenstein (1939).  I’ll be posting a commentary on Son of Frankenstein, which is a favorite of mine in a couple of weeks, but for […]

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In Praise of ‘El Conde’ (The Count)

Following is a special guest post by a long-time pal of mine, Chris Moniz. ♦ As the Halloween Season is upon us, I thought it appropriate to honor a great man…however undead he is. Ladies and gentlemen, Conde Dracula! That’s right, you read it correctly, Conde Dracula…not Count Dracula. You mean to say that you […]

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WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) blu-ray review

I’m thrilled to spotlight the first submission by a new contributor to Once Upon a Screen, Rob Medaska.  Rob’s posts will be featured in “Medaska’s Mess” and will include reviews and commentaries on his varied classic passions.  So, without further ado…I bid him a warm welcome. ◊ Let me introduce myself, my name is Rob Medaska, […]

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The Wolf Man (1941)

Presented with spoilers, a commentary on a film produced and distributed by Universal Pictures in 1941, directed by George Waggner… “Even a man who is pure at heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” After an eighteen-year absence,  the youngest son […]


Hammer’s Horror of Dracula

Memorable films are aplenty, but few films have changed the course of legend as did… Universal Studios gave the world an unforgettable face to ascribe to Bram Stoker’s legendary character when it released Tod Browning’s, Dracula in 1931.  Playing Count Dracula in that film is Bela Lugosi whose stylized portrayal and image would become the […]


Classic Horror Poster Gallery

“To a new world of gods and monsters!” – Dr. Pretorius, The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)   “To win a woman, take her with you to see Dracula.” – Bela Lugosi   The bloody days of old.


Mark of the Vampire (1935)

In the small village of Vioska in Czechoslovakia… Sir Karell Borotyn is found dead in his study – his body completely drained of blood.  He has two small wounds on his neck.  The local doctor, Doskil, immediately suspects that this is the act of a vampire, a fear that runs rampant throughout Vioska.  Dr. Doskil […]


Ninotchka (1939)

“Prologue: This picture takes place in Paris in those wonderful days when a siren was a brunette and not an alarm – and if a Frenchman turned out the light it was not on account of an air raid!” “Garbo Talks!” hailed ads when popular silent film star, Greta Garbo made her debut in talking […]


Ed Wood and Bela Lugosi

Edward D. Wood, Jr. was born in 1924 to a blue-collar family in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  They say his mother, Lillian, dressed him up like a girl throughout his early childhood until people started making comments about it.  Wood grew up during the Golden Age of film.  Talking pictures had just been perfected and his childhood was […]


Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

When I saw that Kristen of Journeys in Classic Film was hosting the Universal BackLot blogathon to coincide with the centennial celebration of Universal Studios not only did I have to take part, but could make no other choice than to dedicate a post to Charles Barton’s 1948 classic, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. I love […]

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Dracula, a tribute

This week (May 26th to be exact) marks the 125th anniversary of the release of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula.  It went on sale for the first time in London bookshops on that day in 1897.  Since (to me) that novel introduced what would become the single, most popular and influential character in popular culture, I […]