Classic horror is set to return to the cinema just in time for the Halloween season. Fathom Events is working in conjunction with Universal Studios to bring four of their classic monster movies back as part of the 90th anniversary. The movies will be aired as double features in participating theaters on Saturday, October 2, and October 30. The Universal monsters set to be revived are Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The Wolf Man.
It lives! It liiiiiiiiives!
October 2 sees the release of Dracula and Frankenstein. All shows are at 1 PM. Dracula started the Universal Monsters series in 1931 and starred horror icon, Bela Lugosi. Though not initially conceived as a franchise, the popularity of the films and characters led Universal Studios to brand the films as such. Frankenstein was released the same year and starred Colin Clive as the Monster. Dracula is the classic reimagining of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel of the same name. And it was the 1818 novel by Mary Shelley that was adapted into the 1931 film.
The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man strike at 1 PM on October 30. The Invisible Man premiered in 1933 and starred Claude Rains as the titular character. It is based on the 1897 novel by HG Wells of the same name. 1941 saw the release of my personal favorite Universal Monsters movie, The Wolf Man. Lon Chaney Jr. led an all-star cast as the Wolf Man and his alter ego, Larry Talbot. While The Wolf Man may not have a literary counterpart, that doesn’t make it any less of a classic in my eyes.
The Universal Monsters have always held a special place in my heart. These movies instilled a love of both horror and classic cinema in a much younger version of myself. Each year, once the spooky season has officially begun, I’ll gather the family around so we can munch on popcorn and enjoy these classic horror icons. Tickets and locations for the Universal Monsters films can be found on Fathom Events website. Make sure to get your tickets before they’re gone!