Making Monsters

Friday, December 25, 2009


When Universal Studios released "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" in 1931, America's love affair with horror movies was born. Michael Mallory, author of Universal Studios Monsters, A Legacy of Horror, explains why these pivotal films revolutionized cinema and how they live on in the recent horror flick "Paranormal Activity."

Comments [6]


Monsters in movies I believe are overused, although Paranormal Activity is definitely a revolutionized version of a so called "monster" movie.

Oct. 20 2010 10:21 AM
Bree Gassner from Colorado

Its insane how movie making has improved so much in so little time. Effects in Paranormal Activity, make Dracula look childish. Might want to straighten out your facts before an interview though...weird...

Apr. 28 2010 01:13 AM
Lauren Dominick

I think it's amazing how an industry can boom in such little time. Universal went from making movies like Dracula to now this Paranormal Activity. However, as mentioned above, I do find it funny that someone who works in this industry can be so ignorant when doing an interview. If you don't know what your talking about...shut your mouth!

Apr. 27 2010 05:12 PM
Rick Mitchell from Los Angeles, CA.90036-4822

Also for Mr. Mallory: TARANTULA was not the first "Big Bug" science-fiction film. It's production was inspired by the success of Warners' THEM! (1954), whose production was inspired by the success of their pickup THE BEAST FROM THE 20,000 FATHOMS (1953).

Rick Mitchell
Film editor/Film historian

Dec. 28 2009 09:34 PM
Rick Mitchell from Los Angeles, CA.90036-4822

I was employed in the post-production department at Universal between 1968-78 and had many occasions to deal with its library and Mr. Mallory is wrong about certain historical points. Universal did not sell its library to Realart in 1946 but licensed certain titles for theatrical reissue for a short period. In 1956 they licensed their pre-1949 library to Columbia's Screen Gems tv division for syndication purposes. Screen Gems put the horror films in a special separate package called "Shock Theater" which proved very successful during the 14 years of the Screen Gems license.

For Mr. Church, the title on the film is CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.

Rick Mitchell
Film Editor/Film Historian

Dec. 27 2009 08:11 PM
Gary Church from Alameda CA

I was not impressed with Mr. Mallory's comments. He is supposed to be an expert? He did not get the name of one movie correct- and it was a classic. It was "The creature from the Black lagoon." Also pairing Night of the Lepus with The Thing was not credible at all. The Thing was a classic movie that still plays well and is better than the John Carpenter remake. Night of the Lepus was a far more recent exploitation movie of poor quality.

Dec. 27 2009 05:45 PM

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