Universal Horror

Oct. 17, 2012 | 4:56 p.m.

Universal horror: ‘Essential’ Blu-ray spotlights classic actors

"Dracula" (Los Angeles Times archives)
The month of October has been a big one for fans of Universal’s landmark horror films — the classic movies have not only been the subject of an ongoing tribute at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences here in Los Angeles but they’ve also been reissued on Blu-ray as part of a new set, “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection.” The set includes eight of the seminal films from the studio’s golden age of horror. In order to commemorate its 100th anniversary, the studio painstakingly restored the picture and sound of the classic films in its library, the legendary horror movies among them. The set features pristine iterations of Tod Browning’s 1931 “Dracula,” and the Spanish-language version starring Carlos Villarias and Lupita Tovar that was shot concurrently with Browning’s production; James Whale’s 1931 “Frankenstein” and 1935’s “Bride of […]
Oct. 16, 2012 | 3:17 p.m.

Drew Struzan unveils Universal monster portraits for Mondo show

Drew Struzan Mummy (featured image)
Drew Struzan might be cinema’s most famous movie poster artist, but he’s not exactly an eager interview subject. “I paint so that I don’t have to talk, and I make pictures so that I don’t have to explain myself,” Struzan said during a recent phone call from his California studio. Fortunately, his fantastic images speak volumes. Struzan is adding to his landmark body of work with portraits of Universal’s iconic monsters for a new exhibition from Mondo, Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art division, designed to celebrate the ongoing legacy and influence of the studio’s horror canon. The Austin, Texas, show, which opens Friday and runs through Nov. 10, collects more than 60 original and screen-printed works of art from the likes of Struzan, legendary makeup artist Rick Baker, illustrators and artists Laurent Durieux, Francesco Francavilla and Ken Taylor and many others. […]
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