Universal Horror

Universal Horror

9 Episodes

Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolf Man: some of the most legendary movie monsters of all time originated at Universal Pictures in the 1930s, when the studio produced a string of gothic horror classics that would influence the development of the genre for decades to come. Featuring pioneering special effects and makeup, atmospheric mise-en-scène influenced by German expressionism, and stars like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, these unforgettable nightmares—including the longer (and racier) Spanish-language version of the original 1931 DRACULA and James Whale’s protocamp masterpiece BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN—have left an enduring mark upon our collective cultural imagination.

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    Episode 1

  • DRACULA: Spanish-Language Version

    Episode 2

    Directed by George Melford • 1931 • United States
    Starring Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton

    Shot concurrently using the same sets as the Tod Browning–Bela Lugosi classic, the Spanish-language version of the Bram Stoker novel was made as a part of a common practice in the early talkie...

  • The Mummy

    Episode 3

    Directed by Karl Freund • 1932 • United States
    Starring Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners

    Boris Karloff solidified his status as one of the greatest horror stars in film history with his terrifying yet surprisingly poignant performance as the high priest Imhotep, a 3,700-year-old mummy w...

  • The Invisible Man

    Episode 4

    Directed by James Whale • 1933 • United States
    Starring Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan

    Claude Rains makes his memorable Hollywood debut as the mysterious Dr. Jack Griffin, who discovers a serum that renders him invisible. Covered by bandages and dark glasses, Griffin arrives in a ...

  • The Black Cat

    Episode 5

    Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer • 1934 • United States
    Starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners

    Horror legends Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi were paired together for the first time in this astonishingly perverse sadomasochistic shocker from cult director Edgar G. Ulmer. While on their honey...

  • Bride of Frankenstein

    Episode 6

    Directed by James Whale • 1935 • United States
    Starring Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive

    In James Whale’s celebrated sequel to his 1931 horror classic, Mary Shelley’s monster forces his creator, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive), to make him a mate. Horror icon Boris Karloff reprises his...

  • The Raven

    Episode 7

    Directed by Lew Landers • 1935 • United States
    Starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lester Matthews

    Following their success in THE BLACK CAT, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi reteamed for this grisly tale of torture, plastic surgery, and morbid obsession inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe poem of the ...

  • The Wolf Man

    Episode 8

    Directed by George Waggner • 1941 • United States
    Starring Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Claude Rains

    After he’s attacked by a wolf while visiting his ancestral home in Wales, American Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) finds himself transformed—under the light of a full moon—into a werewolf, foreve...

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Episode 9

    Directed by Jack Arnold • 1954 • United States
    Starring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning

    In this pulp-horror classic (originally shot in 3D), American scientists on an Amazon expedition get more than they bargained for when a dark tributary turns up a prehistoric man with gills. Hal...