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 characters I have a deep affection for. I present a pictorial salute and join Dr. Pretorius from James Whale’s BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) in raising a glass…
Here are some of the unforgettable characters Universal Studios brought into my life — in these cases all on a small screen in my family’s living room, where I was first introduced to the wonders of motion pictures. I’d rush home from school, stay up too late or argue with my brother for tv viewing rights in order to visit these friends over and over again (I will add we never had to argue over the Universal monsters. They were/are his favorites). I hope I do them justice for I can’t imagine my movie-loving journey without them. These simple images represent horror, laughter, warmth, admiration and a myriad of fond memories.
Those are but a few of the great, classic gods and monsters worthy of note – Universal treasures.
From a fan, a sincere thank you to the great Universal Studios – the producers, directors, actors, make-up geniuses and all others – for giving me, and so many other movie fans so much, for the legacy we feel is our own.
“We love the thing that shocks us and sends chills down our spine.” – Carl Laemmle
Indeed, we do.