You may not have noticed this, but we’re inching closer and closer to that most glorious of holidays, Halloween. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t exactly have the broad selection of horror classics to get the mood just right the horrific holiday. Thankfully, for all those gorehounds and psychotronic heads, there’s Shudder, the streaming service that is directly focused on providing blood-curdling thrills and chills old and new to horror fans.
Just added to the Shudder library, and just in time for Halloween, are some of the most important horror films in the history of cinema, the original roster of Universal Monsters: Todd Browning’s Dracula starring Bela Lugosi; James Whales’ Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein starring the legendary Boris Karloff as the reanimated monster; Claude Raines as The Invisible Man; Lon Chaney, Jr. carries on a family tradition as The Wolf Man; and finally Karloff returns as an ancient evil unearthed in The Mummy.
Whether you’ve never seen these classics or have seen them way too many times, the Universal Monsters defined a genre so thoroughly that these stories are still being mined for scares – or in the case of the Dark Universe, interconnected as part of a cinematic universe. But these original films hold up over time. They’re classics because of their impeccable construction, the groundbreaking special effects, the chilling performances, and the atmospheric set design and lush black and white cinematography.
If you haven’t tried Shudder, they do offer a free trial and it’s definitely worth taking advantage of in the Halloween season, and their library is just so expansive in the genre that it’ll keep you up to your eyeballs in gore. Be sure to get your free trial soon, before the next full moon. Because, after all, even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.