Perhaps the most influential cycle of films in cinema history, the Universal Classic Monsters of the ‘30s, ‘40s, and early ‘50s have proven to be immortal—dreamlike, macabre, horrific, atmospheric, haunting, and among the most wonderfully crafted films of all time. Spawning hundreds of knock-offs, sequels, models, comic books, magazines, books, toys, t-shirts, lunch boxes and more, these iconic film masterpieces have had a profound effect on the art and culture of multiple generations of movie fans. Based on the works of famed authors such as Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells and Gaston Leroux—and featuring the filmmaking talents of celebrated directors such as Tod Browning, James Whale, and Jack Arnold, along with legendary actors like Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Claude Rains, Elsa Lanchester, and Lon Chaney, Jr.—these 8 classics are where it all started for genre lovers (and you know who you are!) For the first time in Enzian’s history, all of them can be seen in the same week. Amazing!
Bela Lugosi stars as Dracula in the 1931 original screen version of Bram Stoker’s classic tale. Towering ominously among the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains, Castle Dracula strikes fear in the hearts of the Transylvanian villagers below. After a naive real estate agent succumbs to the will of Count Dracula, the two head to London where the vampire hopes to stroll among respectable society by day and search for potential victims by night. Directed by horror specialist Tod Browning, the film creates an eerie, chilling mood that has been rarely realized since and remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but of all time.
USA, 1931, 75 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Tod Browning & Karl Freund