Doc’s Journey Into Universal Horror

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA [1925]  [HCF REWIND]

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA [1925] [HCF REWIND]

HCF REWIND NO. 203: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA [US 1925, 1929] AVAILABLE ON DVD AND BLU-RAY RUNNING TIME: 113 min/ 93 min [1929 version] REVIEWED BY: Dr Lenera, Official [read on…]

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA [1943]  [HCF REWIND]

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA [1943] [HCF REWIND]

HCF REWIND NO.99. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA  [1943] AVAILABLE ON DVD AND BLU RAY RUNNING TIME: 94 min REVIEWED BY: Dr Lenera, Official HCF Critic     Christine Dubois [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 18: THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 18: THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US

And so we come to the end, and sadly a pretty poor end too!   Dr. William Barton organizes an expedition to the Florida Everglades with the scientists Dr. Thomas [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 17: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON/ REVENGE OF THE CREATURE

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 17: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON/ REVENGE OF THE CREATURE

Universal’s final ‘classic’ monster, born out of the science fiction craze of the 50’s but one of its most popular, showcased in these two fun creature features, the second probably [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 16: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE / ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 16: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE / ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY

The second of our Abbot and Costello double bills almost brings the Universal series to a close….but there is one more monster in store next month!   In London, a [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 15: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN / ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 15: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN / ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN

I expect many of you were hoping I wasn’t going to do this, but I’m afraid I am.  It’s…….hello to Abbott and Costello, the guys who finally put an end [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 14: HOUSE OF DRACULA / SHE-WOLF OF LONDON

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 14: HOUSE OF DRACULA / SHE-WOLF OF LONDON

The last two films of the Universal cycle ‘proper’, a rather inventive final bash for their three top monsters and a somewhat obscure werewolf movie that isn’t [you’ll see what [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 13: HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN / THE MUMMY'S CURSE

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 13: HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN / THE MUMMY’S CURSE

The sequels reach their peak in silliness with these two ridiculous but entertaining entries! Dr Gustav Niemann is languishing in prison with his hunchbacked assistant Daniel, due to performing experiments [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 12: THE INVISIBLE MAN'S REVENGE / THE MUMMY'S GHOST

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 12: THE INVISIBLE MAN’S REVENGE / THE MUMMY’S GHOST

  We’re hardly talking about classics now, and the first of this month’s films is the weakest of the Invisible series, but is worth watching for its special effects, and [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 11: FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN / SON OF DRACULA

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 11: FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN / SON OF DRACULA

  Two of the best of the 40’s Universal horror sequels here; the first film to put one monster against another, and Doc’s personal favourite of the Dracula films! Two [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 10: INVISIBLE AGENT / THE MUMMY'S TOMB

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 10: INVISIBLE AGENT / THE MUMMY’S TOMB

  Another strange pairing this month, with only one actual horror film again, a rather fun, if slight, wartime propaganda thriller, here paired with a slightly underrated sequel – we’re [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 9: THE WOLF MAN/ THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 9: THE WOLF MAN/ THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN

Dr Lenera brings you a pairing of one of the definitive werewolf films and Universal’s fourth Frankenstein adventure, which contrary to popular opinion he likes more than the third! After [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 8: THE MUMMY'S HAND / THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 8: THE MUMMY’S HAND / THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

A strange double bill for this month, pairing the second of Universal’s Mummy adventures,which more or less set the tremplate for the rest, with a daft, juvenile comedy which may [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 7: SON OF FRANKENSTEIN / THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 7: SON OF FRANKENSTEIN / THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS

Starting to get into the many sequels in a major way now, we are moving away somewhat from the great classics, but there is still much fun to be had. [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 6:THE RAVEN / DRACULA'S DAUGHTER

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 6:THE RAVEN / DRACULA’S DAUGHTER

Here we go with the sixth instalment of this column, presenting another fascinating Edgar Allan Poe adaptation that is one of the closest the movies have ever come to the [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 5: BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 5: BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

For part five, rather than review another two films together in the manner of a double bill, I am going to devote the whole column to just one film, a [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 4:THE BLACK CAT / WEREWOLF OF LONDON

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 4:THE BLACK CAT / WEREWOLF OF LONDON

For the fourth part of this column, we look at two very different films, the first a very dark and perverse tale which may surprise many modern viewers, the second [read on…]

DOC'S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 3:THE MUMMY/ THE INVISIBLE MAN

DOC’S JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSAL HORROR 3:THE MUMMY/ THE INVISIBLE MAN

    An expedition travels to Egypt to locate the tomb of Imhotep, who was buried alive for committing a terrible crime. In the tomb they find the Scroll Of [read on…]