Horror Movies and TV What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?  

Christopher Shultz
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List Rules Vote up the most terrifying classic monster movies from Universal Studios

For well over a decade, Universal Studios released a slew of monster films that became classics almost instantly. There are a ton of '30s horror movies and titles from the '40s as well, but Universal's are often cited as the cream of the crop, from their Bela Lugosi Dracula movies to Boris Karloff's Frankenstein films and beyond. But which are the best Universal monster movies? And moreover, which are the best Universal Studios monsters? How about the best Dracula movies, or the Boris Karloff films that outshine the rest? Now's the time to let your voice be heard!

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive Frankenstein is a 1931 horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling, which in turn is based on the novel of the same name by ...more

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Bride of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein. Bride of Frankenstein was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester ...more

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The Wolf Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Lon Chaney The Wolf Man is a 1941 American drama horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and directed by George Waggner. The film stars Lon Chaney, Jr. as a werewolf named "The Wolf Man" ...more

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle Dracula is a 1931 vampire-horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by ...more

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The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Una O'Connor The Invisible Man is a 1933 science fiction film based on H. G. Wells' science fiction novel The Invisible Man, published in 1897, as adapted by R. C. Sherriff, Philip Wylie and Preston Sturges, ...more

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Creature from the Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Julie Adams Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1954 monster horror 3-D film in black-and-white, directed by Jack Arnold and starring Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno and Whit ...more

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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Noble Johnson The Mummy is a 1932 horror film from Universal Studios directed by Karl Freund and stars Boris Karloff as a revived ancient Egyptian priest. The movie also features Zita Johann, David Manners ...more

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Son of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone Son of Frankenstein is a horror monster film and is the third film in Universal Studios' Frankenstein series and the last to feature Boris Karloff as the Monster as well as the first to feature ...more

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Abbott and Costello Meet Frank... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Lou Costello Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, or Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein —although the film is usually referred to as simply Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein—is a 1948 ...more

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Ma... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, released in 1943, is an American monster horror film produced by Universal Studios starring Lon Chaney, Jr. as the Wolf Man and Bela Lugosi as Frankenstein's ...more

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House of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr. House of Frankenstein is an American monster horror film starring Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr., directed by Erle C. Kenton, written by Curt Siodmak, and produced in 1944 by Universal ...more

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The Ghost of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr. The Ghost of Frankenstein, is an American monster horror film released in 1942. The movie is the fourth in a series of films produced by Universal Studios based upon characters in Mary Shelley's ...more

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House of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine House of Dracula is an American horror film released by Universal Pictures Company in 1945. It was a direct sequel to House of Frankenstein and continued the theme of combining Universal's three ...more

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The Mummy's Tomb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
The Mummy's Tomb Dick Foran, John Hubbard, Elyse Knox

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Dracula's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Hedda Hopper, Otto Kruger, Halliwell Hobbes Dracula's Daughter is a 1936 American vampire horror film produced by Universal Studios, a sequel to the 1931 film Dracula. Directed by Lambert Hillyer from a screenplay by Garrett Fort, the ...more

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The Mummy's Hand is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
The Mummy's Hand Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, Wallace Ford

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Revenge of the Creature is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Clint Eastwood, John Agar, Nestor Paiva Revenge of the Creature is the first sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon, being the only 3-D film released in 1955 and the only 3-D sequel to a 3-D film. It premiered in Denver on March 23, ...more

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Son of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine Son of Dracula is a 1943 American horror film directed by Robert Siodmak – his first film for Universal studios – with a screenplay based on an original story by his brother Curt. The film stars ...more

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The Invisible Man Returns is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
Vincent Price, Cedric Hardwicke, Nan Grey The Invisible Man Returns is a 1940 American horror science fiction film from Universal. It was written as a sequel to the 1933 film The Invisible Man, which was based on the novel The Invisible ...more

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She-Wolf of London is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Are The Best Universal Monster Films?
June Lockhart, Lloyd Corrigan, Sara Haden She-Wolf of London is a 1946 horror film produced by Universal Studios, directed by Jean Yarbrough and starring June Lockhart and Don Porter. The title evokes the earlier Werewolf of London, ...more