31 Days of Horror: The posters of Universal’s Golden Age

Frankenstein #2

SIlver bullets, wreaths of garlic and torches of fire could all slow the monsters of Universal Studio’s Golden Age of horrors, but the studio itself proved impervious to all elements. When audiences tired of the endless stream of Dracula, Frankenstein and Mummy sequels, the studio pitted the creatures against each other in “monster rallies” like Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. When Universal ran out of mash-ups, they paired their monsters in a series of successful comedies with Abbott and Costello. And when the 1950s dawned and audiences became bored of terrestrial threats, Universal transitioned to intergalactic terrors and atom bomb-mutated creatures.

Below is a collection of nearly 70 posters featuring Universal fright flicks (in chronological order, because I’m obsessive like that), spanning from the early 1930s to the late 1950s. Everything from vampires to mummies, gill men to mole people. I know what you’re thinking, ‘I bet he doesn’t have a She-Wolf of London poster.’ Oh yes, there’s a She-Wolf of London poster. (Click here to continue.)

These posters were culled from all over the vast expanse of the internet, but the two sites with the best material are IMPawards and the exploitation-centric Wrong Side of the Heart. Both are great resources worth visiting.

Click on any of the images below for a larger version, which will also start a slideshow. So go ahead and explore. See if I was bluffing about that She-Wolf of London poster.

Check back tomorrow for rampaging bunnies, rats and reptiles as Deep Fried Movies looks at posters from the 1970s “Revenge of Nature” cycle.

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