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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 […]


A Hammer-Style Female Monster – FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1967)

Who am I and what did you do with the real Aurora?  It’s not even October yet and I took another look at a Hammer Studios production, the ultimate evil, a female version of Frankenstein’s monster. While Terence Fisher‘s Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) is not a favorite entry in the Hammer horror arsenal, it is not without merit.  In […]


IT’S ALIVE! A Monster Tribute

“Oh! If I could only contrive (a story) which would frighten my reader as I myself had been frightened!” Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus as the result of a dare from a friend.  The friend was poet, Lord Byron and he challenged her to write a ghost story as part of a game while passing the […]


Frankenstein (1910)

Once Upon a Screen is unofficially dedicating the month of October to Frankenstein’s Monster.  Not only does The Monster remain among the most popular characters in media almost two centuries after Mary Shelley created him, but I also happen to be very fond of the brute.  A full-fledged tribute to a Century of film depictions […]

Boris Karloff in Frankenstein


Today would have been the birthday of one of the most influential authors who ever lived, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. In tribute I post a few of the shorter radio adaptations of her perennial classic, FRANKENSTEIN. “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”  Radio ad for James Whale‘s 1931 classic, FRANKENSTEIN: “…learn from my miseries, […]



Word has it that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein as the result of a dare from a friend.  The friend was poet, Lord Byron and he challenged her to write a ghost story.  Drawing from state of the art medical experimentation at the time, Mary, born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, wrote one of the most influential books in […]


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 […]



You may have heard that  Universal Studios is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To celebrate, they will be restoring and reissuing some of its classics. A few of which may appear in theaters near you as special releases so be on the look-out! I wanted to post a personal homage to this studio whose films and […]