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Snapshot: Lewis Milestone’s 1939 film of Of Mice and Men

The 1939 film version of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring Burgess Merideth and Lon Chaney Jr., directed by Lewis Milestone, and scored by Aaron Copland: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, John Steinbeck, Aaron Copland, Lon Chaney Jr, Lewis Milestone, Burgess Merideth

Cool Stuff: NECA’s ‘The Wolf Man’ Action Figure Expands the Universal Monsters Toy Line

This year, NECA is digging back into the history of horror with a new, incredibly detailed line of action figures based on the classic Universal Monsters. The first one out of the gate is Frankenstein this summer, but this fall will bring The Wolf Man to your shelf, featuring an outstanding likeness of actor Lon Chaney Jr. from the classic 1941 monster movie. NECA Wolf Man Action Figure For the 70th anniversary of Universal’s horror film classic, NECA is excited to reveal The Wolf Man i...
Tags: Toys, Movies, Horror, Universal, Collectibles, Cool Stuff, Lon Chaney, Frankenstein, Dracula, Chaney, Neca, Black Lagoon, Lon Chaney Jr, Universal Monsters, Wolf Man, The-Wolf-Man

John Steinbeck Wrote a Werewolf Novel, and His Estate Won’t Let the World Read It: The Story of Murder at Full Moon

Photo of Steinbeck by Sonya Noskowiak, via Wikimedia Commons John Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and East of Eden, but not before he’d put a few less-acclaimed novels under his belt. He didn’t even break through to success of any kind until 1935’s Tortilla Flat, which later became a popular romantic-comedy film with Spencer Tracy and Hedy Lamarr. That was already Steinbeck’s fourth published novel, and he’d written nearly as many unpublished ones. Two of those three manus...
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CS Recommends: Silver Linings Playbook, Plus TV & More!

CS Recommends: Silver Linings Playbook, Plus TV & More! Stuck inside? Don’t know what to watch/read/play/listen to? has got you covered. In this week’s CS Recommends our staff kicks off gives you solid tips on the best media to consume during your downtime, including David O. Russell’s award-winning Silver Linings Playbook, and more! Check out our picks below! if ( ! ezoic_test() ) { PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptS...
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Cool Stuff: Waxwork Records Spinatures Subscription Includes ‘Dracula’, ‘The Wolfman’, ‘Jaws’ & More

Waxwork Records joined the collectibles game this year with their new Spinatures line of highly detailed turntable-spinners featuring mini-busts of iconic characters from horror and sci-fi. So far we’ve seen the likes of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Mummy and more, and this year the Universal Monsters line-up will expand along with a few other frightful additions thanks to the first ever Waxwork Records Spinatures Subscription. Get the details below. Waxwork Records Spinatures Su...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Bela Lugosi, Sam, Collectibles, Cool Stuff, Jaws, Bruce, Lon Chaney, Dracula, Chaney, Lon Chaney Jr, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, The-Wolfman, Trick-R-Treat

‘Dracula’, ‘Frankenstein’, and Other Classic Universal Monster Movies Will Briefly Be Available for Free on YouTube This Month

If you made a movie-related New Years resolution to catch up on some old horror classics, here’s some good news: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and several more classic Universal monster movies will be available to stream on YouTube for free later this month. Find out when you can stream these titles – and when they’ll once again disappear like a bat on a foggy night. NME (via Bloody-Disgusting) reports that seven movies, which were originally released from the 1930s and into the late 194...
Tags: Movies, Horror, United Kingdom, Universal, Nme, Chaney, Lon Chaney Jr, Universal Monsters, Wolf Man, Bela Lugosi Dracula, George Waggner, John Talbot

Mondo Releasing Four Universal Monsters Puzzles for Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon

It’s going to be a graveyard smash over at Mondo, who are releasing four Universal Monsters puzzles this December. The puzzles, which feature Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, are designed by beloved poster artist Francesco Francavilla, whose classic designs have been transformed into gorgeous 1,000-piece puzzles. Mondo is putting on a monster mash — a Universal Monster mash, that is. The pop culture apparel company is debuting four Universal Monsters p...
Tags: Art, Movies, Universal, Cool Stuff, Mondo, Frankenstein, Dracula, Black Lagoon, Bela, Lon Chaney Jr, Universal Monsters, The-Wolf-Man, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Francesco Francavilla, Wolf Man Dracula, Francavilla

Exclusive: Mondo Releasing Four Killer Universal Monsters Puzzles!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Exclusive: Mondo Releasing Four Killer Universal Monsters Puzzles! is thrilled to exclusively announce that Mondo is getting into the Halloween spirit and will be releasing four killer Universal Monsters puzzles including Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, and Creature from the Black Lagoon! You can check out photos of the puzzles in the gallery below and order them when they go on sale at 1 p.m. CT at! PB = PB |...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Mondo, Extras, Frankenstein, Dracula, Black Lagoon, Bela, Lon Chaney Jr, Dracula Frankenstein, ComingSoon, Universal Monsters, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Francesco Francavilla, Wolf Man the Mummy, Wolf Man Dracula

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein! (1948)

32 Days of Halloween XIIIMovie Night #19 Because one of the things you do when a franchise is running out of steam is mash it together with other franchises in the hopes that 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 =$$$. That being said, it’s hard to think of a better result than Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. You’re getting two of the original actors (all respect to Glenn Strange, who would Frankenstein Monster as many times as Karloff) plus you’re getting the comedy duo in rare form. And while the p...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Horror, 32 Days of Halloween, Bela Lugosi, Abbott, Frankenstein, Dracula, Lon Chaney Jr, Karloff, Wolf Man, Abbott and Costello, Glenn Strange, Marvel Comics FFS

Lon Chaney Jr’s INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES Are Coming to Blu-Ray - New Trailer and Artwork

The full series of Inner Sanctum Mysteries make their UK blu-ray debut in December. Read more >>> [Author: The Movie Waffler]
Tags: UK, Movies, Lon Chaney Jr, The Movie Waffler

‘The Wolfman’ Reboot Starring Ryan Gosling Lands ‘Invisible Man’ Director Leigh Whannell

Having already proven he has the goods to bring a new twist to classic Universal Monsters with The Invisible Man, Leigh Whannell is now in negotiations to helm The Wolfman. Ryan Gosling is set to star in the horror pic, which was previously reported as being partially inspired by Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler. That might be changing, though, as Whannell is also going to be writing a treatment for the film based on his own idea. Joining Whannell on the project is Blumhouse, with whom Whannell has a ...
Tags: London, Movies, Horror, Jake Gyllenhaal, Universal, Paul Feig, Ryan-Gosling, Leigh-Whannell, Elisabeth Moss, Remakes, Talbot, Blumhouse, Lon Chaney Jr, Karyn Kusama, Gosling, Dexter Fletcher

The Universal Horror Revival Continues with ‘Wolfman’ Starring Ryan Gosling

After bumbling and stumbling with The Mummy, Universal seems to finally be back on their feet when it comes to reviving their classic monsters. They had big success with Leigh Whannell’s Invisible Man, and already have several other monster-themed projects in the works. Now a new beastie has joined the lineup: Wolfman. Ryan Gosling is set to play the lycanthrope, and Universal is said to be closing in on a director. Variety has the scoop on the Wolfman reboot, stating the project is being de...
Tags: Orange Is The New Black, London, Tibet, Movies, Casting, Horror, Los Angeles, Jake Gyllenhaal, Universal, Paul Feig, Ryan-Gosling, Leigh Whannell, Remakes, Wolf, Talbot, Lon Chaney Jr

POLL RESULTS: Who is the Greatest Classic Universal Monster?

BEGIN SLIDESHOW POLL RESULTS: Who is the greatest classic Universal monster? After seeing Leigh Whannell’s masterful The Invisible Man explode at the box office this weekend, has the responses to its poll asking readers who their favorite classic Universal monster is, with over 1100 votes giving one clear winner. Check out the results below! RELATED: POLL RESULTS: Who Will Win the Oscars? Who is the Greatest Classic Universal Monster?  Top FIve 1. Dracula (34%, 394 vote...
Tags: Movies, Bela Lugosi, Elizabeth Banks, Leigh Whannell, Jason Blum, Bram Stoker, Abbott, Wolf, Frankenstein, Dracula, Aldis Hodge, Black Lagoon, Lon Chaney Jr, Cecilia, Boris Karloff, Claude Rains

POLL: Who is the Greatest Classic Universal Monster?

BEGIN SLIDESHOW POLL: Who is the Greatest Classic Universal Monster? The time has nearly arrived for Leigh Whannell (Upgrade)’s masterful The Invisible Man to grace the screen, and is asking our readers to dive back into the annals of Universal Monster hall of fame to vote on the best creature to terrify audiences over the years. Vote in our Who is the Greatest Classic Universal Monster? poll below! RELATED: POLL RESULTS: What is the Best Stephen King Movie? panel m...
Tags: Movies, Bela Lugosi, Elizabeth Banks, Leigh Whannell, Jason Blum, Bram Stoker, Abbott, Dracula, Aldis Hodge, Lon Chaney Jr, Cecilia, Boris Karloff, Claude Rains, Kylie du Fresne, ComingSoon, Wolf Man

10 Werewolf Movies to Watch Before the Next Full Moon

Being a werewolf is generally messy—there’s that agonizingly painful transformation process, the total loss of self-control, and just having to deal with all that fur everywhere. Lycanthropes are full of angst, and movies—including these 10 essential picks—have always appreciated that about them.Read more...
Tags: Science, Bela Lugosi, Werewolves, Wolves, Michael J Fox, Teen Wolf, Lon Chaney Jr, Rick Baker, Neil Jordan, Jeph Loeb, John Landis, Joe Dante, The Howling, Liam Cunningham, Neil Marshall, An American Werewolf In London

32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 22: The Black Castle!

Yes, if I was being menaced by Lon Chaney Jr’s disembodied, floating head, I’d probably pull a sword on it too. But more on that in a moment. Tonight, we begin with a lovely ballad about the end of the world from The Misfits. This is “Hunting Humans,” from their 1999 album, Famous Monsters. What side is the singer/protagonist on? Who can say? Next, a tasty Halloween treat from Tales From the Darkside, the anthology series from the Dead duo of Richard Rubinstein and George Romero. This 1...
Tags: Halloween, Music, Television, Movies, Horror, 32 Days of Halloween, Lon Chaney Jr, Boris Karloff, Tales From the Darkside, Misfits (band

Hugo Awards 2019: Initial Thoughts

The 2019 Hugo Award Finalists were announced earlier this week, so it's time for the requisite joyful praise and bitter recriminations. Best Novel has a reasonably balanced mixture of elements. 4 of 6 are part of a series... but two of those are the first in a series (which can often operate in a standalone way, though far too many do not), one of them seems to be a standalone novel set in the same universe, and one is the third in a series (and decidedly not standalone). 4 of the 6 are also p...
Tags: Science Fiction, Movies, Time, Bela Lugosi, Neal Stephenson, SFF, Becky Chambers, Naomi Novik, Hugo Awards, Campbell, Fritz Leiber, Heinlein, Dracula, Lon Chaney Jr, Mary Robinette Kowal, Lois McMaster Bujold

32 Days of Halloween XI, Day 26: Fangs of the Living Dead!

Let’s make a stop back on the Swedish/American show known as 13 Demon Street, which we’ve mentioned to you before. And I’ll point you there to get the back story on just WTF this is, exactly. Because it can be confusing. Just know that, indeed, that is Lon Chaney Jr. as your somewhat host. And now, here’s some fun. The Elgin Hour was a live hour-long show and our episode comes from 1955. It’s called “Sting of Death” and stars Boris Karloff, who discovers that the bees in his neck of the...
Tags: Halloween, Television, Movies, Horror, 32 Days of Halloween, Vampires, Lon Chaney Jr, Living Dead, Boris Karloff, Amando de Ossorio, Ossorio, Malenka

32 Days of Halloween XI, Day 7: The Black Sleep!

Tonight it’s a smorgasbord of horror icons in The Black Sleep, but first let’s enjoy some outtakes from the absolutely mental set of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. I highly recommend the audio commentary that comes on (at least this is where I found it) the Universal Legacy Collection Blu-Ray for The Wolfman. That’s where you can learn about how the film had a substantial pie budget, a “court jester” and so forth. The Black Sleep is from 1956 and stars Basil Rathbone, Lon Chaney Jr...
Tags: Halloween, Comedy, Movies, Horror, 32 Days of Halloween, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, Abbott, Blu Ray, Lon Chaney Jr, John Carradine, Abbott and Costello

‘Freddy vs Jason’ is 15 Years Old and It’s Among the Last of Its Kind

This month marks the 15th anniversary of Freddy vs Jason, and if you’re even a mild horror fan you know the movie was a big damn deal. Not only is it the highest grossing entry in both the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises, but it’s also the fourth highest-grossing slasher film ever (beaten only by the first three Scream films). It’s about more than mere box office, though, as the film was also one of the last real face-offs between genre icons. Freddy and Jason are permane...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Horror, Vincent Price, Features, Vatican, Toho, Tom Cruise, Godzilla, Jason, Universal Pictures, Abbott, Wolf, Jekyll, Talbot, Tod Browning

Dinosaur D.W. Griffith's Final Roar Is Heard in 'One Million B.C.'

The dinosaurs, or least the lizards, stalk again in One Million B.C. , one of the big hits of 1940. Released independently through United Artists, this movie has suffered the ragged fate of many such indies over the years, yet this digital restoration is the sabre-toothed tiger's pajamas. The film opens with modern simpletons in lederhosen stumbling into a cave to wait out a storm. The cave turns out to be quite the spacious split-level abode, occupied by a venerable a...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Romance, Adventure, Germany, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Volcano, Dinosaur, Nazi, Humane Society, Prehistoric, King Kong, Hardy, Landis, Griffith

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 23: Witchcraft!

Well, we’re getting in the gimmick side of things tonight…and since we are, we have to give a nod to the King of Horror Gimmicks: William Castle. Here’s a brief retrospective of his genius/madness. Yes, the image up top is promotional for Witchcraft, the 1964 film that stars Lon Chaney Jr. in (as Wikipedia phrases it) “one of his last proper acting roles.” And if you’re anything like me, your first thought was: “Where can I get me a ‘witch deflector’?” Good question. No clue. I wonder h...
Tags: Halloween, Movies, Horror, Wikipedia, 32 Days of Halloween, Lon Chaney Jr, William Castle

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 19: The Soul of a Monster!

For tonight’s mayhem, we start off first with an episode of Suspense! from 1950. And this is a radio show that ran from 1942 to 1962. This particular one is “On a Country Road” and it stars some guy by the name of Cary Grant… Now we switch over to everyone’s favorite in the “Produced in English for Swedish television with the appropriate subtitles” genre. I’m…not sure how big a subgenre that is, but these days you never can tell. It’s 13 Demon Street, hosted by Lon Chaney Jr. And it’s ...
Tags: Halloween, Television, Movies, 32 Days of Halloween, Cary Grant, Old Time Radio, Lon Chaney Jr, Cary Grant Now

Gallery: Explore the Classic Universal Monsters Posters

Explore cinema history with our Universal Monsters posters gallery! Universal Pictures recently announced The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, would be part of a larger world called Dark Universe, including the upcoming film Bride of Frankenstein. To celebrate the franchise’s cinematic history, we’re taking you on a journey back through the heyday of horror with a gallery of Universal Monsters posters from the 1920s through the 1950s. Check it out in the gallery viewer below! The Mummy, directed...
Tags: Feature, London, Movies, Horror, Bela Lugosi, Middle East, Russell Crowe, Secret Service, Tom Cruise, Notre Dame, Universal Pictures, Kingsman, Annabelle Wallis, Edgar Allen Poe, Simpson, Lon Chaney Jr

Dwayne Johnson & Angelina Jolie Still Rumored for Dark Universe Roles

Dwayne Johnson & Angelina Jolie still rumored for Dark Universe roles Universal Pictures is betting big on their June 9 release The Mummy to kickstart an interconnected series of films revolving around their stable of classic monsters. As has been rumored in the past, an article in The Hollywood Reporter has reaffirmed rumors that the studio is still going after superstars Dwayne Johnson to play The Wolfman and Angelina Jolie to portray the Bride of Frankenstein within their Dark Universe. Wh...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Dwayne Johnson, Horror, Star Trek, Oscar, Angelina Jolie, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Warner Bros, Tom Cruise, Jason Blum, Bill Condon, Chris Morgan, Caribbean, Universal Pictures

Movie Review: Dead Man's Eyes (1944)

A review of the murder mystery starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Jean Parker. (by StevenHelmer)
Tags: Publishing, Lon Chaney Jr, Jean Parker

The 50 Best Movie Fist Fights

The 50 best movie fist fights The fist fight. A time-honored tradition of beating down an opponent using the two tools God gave you. Though many of the most revered action scenes in film history involve guns, swords, or other weapons, the personal nature of a fist fight brings out the best in heroes and villains alike and makes sure audiences are paying attention to every swing. With the release of the new film Fist Fight this weekend, we decided to take a look back at the extensive history o...
Tags: Feature, Movies, Russia, Superman, Bela Lugosi, Shanghai, James Bond, Robert De Niro, Philadelphia, Ash, Michael Fassbender, Edward Norton, Mel Gibson, Bruce Lee, Jungle, Frank Sinatra

9 Memorable Movie Mummies

A look at nine interesting international incarnations of movie mummies With Universal rebooting their classic monster movies starting with The Mummy (an apology perhaps for the campy Stephen Sommers’ Mummy movies that aped Indiana Jones and saturated the screen with hokey CGI silliness), fans are once more debating the endless merits of “now vs. then.” It’s an unending fanboy/girl battle cry, to rage against living creative mortals mining past successes and re-painting them for a new generati...
Tags: Feature, Movies, Horror, La, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Britain, Tom Cruise, Indiana Jones, Hammer, Roger Corman, Universal Pictures, Abbott, Parker, Lee, Boris

A Closer Look at An American Werewolf in London

  An examination of John Landis’ horror classic An American Werewolf in London plus words with storyboard artist John Bruno John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London proved to be an incredibly successful, highly innovative and stylish pop-cultural phenomenon that did something that no other film had done in relation to the history of awarding cinema excellence. It created a distinguished Academy Award for achievement in best make-up, something that had never been a mainstay at the Oscar c...
Tags: Europe, England, New York, London, Movies, Horror, Los Angeles, Karen, David, John, Jack, Eddie, Chambers, Alex, Hammer, Kermit

6WH: Week 5.5 - Lesser Frankenstein

Of all the Universal Monsters, Frankenstein's creature is my favorite. This is due chiefly to the first two movies in the series, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein (Both of which were covered in the Six Weeks of Halloween marathon a few years back). Alas, while I've seen many of the Universal Monster movies, I haven't seen a ton of the sequels. They don't all have the greatest reputation, but it still seems worth checking out. Turner Classic Movies went on a Frankenstein kick a couple weeks...
Tags: London, Movies, Daniel, Talbot, Lon Chaney, Frankenstein, Dracula, Lon Chaney Jr, Niemann, Boris Karloff, Wolf Man, John Carradine, Larry Talbot