Classic Universal Monsters

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 […]


Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) at #LoewsJersey

NOSFERATU, EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS (1922) wurde durch die richtige letzte Nacht gegeben at the Landmark Loews in Jersey City last night – and it was terrific. Noted as a free adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula NOSFERATU, directed by F. W. Murnau is the earliest known film to feature the story of Dracula and is – therefore […]


The Dead Travel Fast, but Bram Stoker’s DRACULA lingers

Published 117 years ago this month was Bram Stoker’s tale of Dracula.  If one judges a masterwork by the number and variety of incarnations it spawns in all mediums of communication, then this novel reigns supreme. As the one and only Prince of Darkness, Dracula has taken on many different faces and voices through the years – […]


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 […]


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 […]


7 x 7 Award – My favorite posts

I was tagged by three great bloggers, Kari at What Happened to Hollywood, Kristina at Speakeasy and Stephen at Classic Movie Man (thank you!) for what seems to be a “tag-you’re-it” blog award.  To me it means the world that other, very highly regarded bloggers even think of my blog so I’m thrilled to be mentioned not by […]

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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 […]