Doc’s Journey Into Universal Horror

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

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

★★★★½

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]

★★★½☆

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

★★★½☆

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

★★★½☆

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

★★★½☆

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

★★½☆☆

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

★★½☆☆

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

★★★½☆

  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

★★★½☆

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

★★★½☆

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

★★★★½

This month we look at two more undisputed classics which may surprise many first time viewers, the first by being about as far from the Brendan Fraser franchise as you [read on...]