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Before they started teaming up with Abbott and Costello, the Universal Movie Monster stable (Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy and ancillary members The Bride, The Creature From The Black Lagoon and the Phantom Of The Opera) were sterling examples of how to be really scary with limited budgets and limited means. Using makeup and appliances, (and a willingness to suffer for their craft) Lugosi, Karloff and the Chaneys transformed themselves into creatures that seemed to come straight from the frightening images in your lizard brain, and delivered on the promise of a “horror” movie. Many later tales failed to successfully top those “primitive” monsters (George Romero’s haunting study of seven doomed souls in an abandoned house notwithstanding), even with superior special effects and higher budgets, and even the likes of Doctor Caligari’s Somnambulist carry heavy-duty creep factor nearly a century on…
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you that “None of the above” is generally not an acceptable answer for our purposes, and is usually no fun to boot, asking: Which of the classic movie monsters holds the most terror for you? (Remember to show your work!)
Remember: Once again, the best comment will win, thanks to Fangoria Presents!