Are they monsters or men? Unclassifiable creatures, possessing freakish qualities and abilities inhabit a world of their own, shocking the humans with whom they come into contact with their powers and near immortality. Before the advent of modern comic book movies Universal Studios took characters from literature, stage, and screenwriters’ imagination to the silver screen, creating a series of monster classics. From the 1920s through the 1950s cinemas across the United States became home to the likes of Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Frankenstein. Join us for a retrospective of some of the best horror, science fiction, and suspense classics this October as we present Universal Monsters.
An alarming adaptation of the H.G. Wells story, both for the way it allows its antihero to fully fall into madness and for the violence that this fall involves. Claude Rains, in one of his first Hollywood roles (and only starring ones), plays Dr. Jack Griffin, a scientist whose new power of invisibility brings with it a considerable side effect of megalomania. Challenged early on by villagers who question his experiments, he throttles the investigating police officer and goes on an anti-authoritarian murder spree. (J. Larsen)