Universal Studios Monsters: Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolfman, and The Creature From the Black Lagoon
There are a few things that every self-respecting lover of horror has in common. Two of those things are an appreciation for the Universal Studios Monsters, and at least a small collection of memorabilia.
It’s no shocker that there’s a fair amount Universal Studios Monster memorabilia out there. Some of it’s great, some of it’s bad, and then there’s Diamond Select Toys. I own a fair amount of horror memorabilia, and I’d say over half of those are action figures. None of my collection is half as detailed or brilliant as the Diamond Select Universal Monster collection.
The last of my series on Diamond Select’s Universal Studios Monsters Series will be on a set of three piggy banks they sent me. While I will not be shoving dirty loose change into these beautiful works of art, I did find a good use for them. My horror movie collection has never look more awesome than with these new bookends! It’s like I have the Wolfman, the Gillman, and the Bride of Frankenstein protecting my DVD collection from jerks who borrow (but never return) copies of my all time favorite movies. If forced to choose a favorite, I’d have to say it would be the Bride of Frankenstein. While her exquisite detail is no better than the other two, it probably boils down to the fact that the Bride of Frankenstein is probably my favorite pre 1950’s movie.
The Bride, AKA Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, AKA the Monster’s Mate is probably the most iconic female monster of all time. The Bride of Frankenstein has long been hailed as the apex of the Universal Studios Monster movies. The direction, the acting, and the cinematography are all years ahead of their time. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this timeless movie than by having the bride adorn your DVD case, or just collecting your child’s change and piquing their interest in monster movies.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Lon Chaney Jr. is one of the best monster actors of all time. No role was more notable for him than that of the Wolfman. While for the most part I prefer the black and white versions of these toys, I have to say that if you get the Wolfman you should get him in color as it just seems to capture the ferocity of Lon a little better.
Rating: 8 out of 10
The Gillman is another one of my favorite Universal Studios Monsters. He is creepy, mysterious, and takes advantage of the already scary water. Definitely get this one in black and white, as I feel the colorized version takes away from the Gillman’s creepiness.
Rating: 9 out of 10