The Universal Monsters

Focus on the Universal Monsters, a series of horror, suspense and science fiction films produced by Universal Pictures between 1923 and 1960, which offered their first cinematographic representations of the romantic figures of Dracula, Frankenstein or the werewolf! 

Although Carl Laemmle, the founder of the studios, began to produce monster films during the silent era (Rupert Julian's Phantom of the Opera, 1925), the first decade did not see any notable success. It was in the early 1930s, when the studio's operational management was entrusted to its son Carl Laemmle Jr., that the series took off: for 10 years, it experienced its golden age, with works that became as mythical as Tod Browning's Dracula (1931) or James Whale's The Invisible Man (1933). Universal then launched the sequels to its biggest successes, before turning to giant creatures in the 1950s. 

The Universal Monsters have marked their time and inspired a great number of directors, among them Tim Burton, Francis Ford Coppola or Wes Craven. LaCinetek offers you to (re)discover 5 of these horror classics, whose evocative power remains intact today.  

Dracula by Tod Browning (1931)
The Invisible Man by James Whale (1933)
The Bride of Frankenstein by James Whale (1935)
The Wolf Man by George Waggner (1941)
The Incredible Shrinking Man by Jack Arnold (1957)

To complete this (re)discovery, LaCinetek offers you a focus of about twenty essential films that highlight the very special place that monsters occupy in the history of cinema :

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