Top 10 Universal Movie Monsters

Top 10 Universal Movie Monsters

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Ever since the era of silent films, Universal Studios has been turning out iconic movie monsters. While most are designed to frighten and delight audiences, the greatest examples also elicit varying degrees of sympathy. In this list from Best Horror, we’ll be taking a look at the top 10 Universal movie monsters.

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Countess Marya Zaleska

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Countess Marya Zaleska – Also known as Dracula's Daughter (1936), this deranged vamp (Gloria Holden) tries to destroy her father’s body in order to be free, then turns to psychiatry when that fails. Therapy doesn’t work either, and she soon abducts her shrink’s girlfriend and heads for Transylvania.

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Bride of Frankenstein

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Bride of Frankenstein – With her crazy hair and kinky shrieking, The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) became something of a sex symbol to guys with a screw loose. Considered one of the best of the old Universal horror films, and for very good reasons. Elsa Lanchester was superb as the Bride.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) – Universal’s most successful silent film, it grossed over three-million dollars, thanks in large part to the nuanced performance of Lon Chaney, Sr.. The role made Chaney a star, and he would go on to become a legend.

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The Mummy

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The Mummy (1932) – Boris Karloff was great as Imhotep, a resurrected Egyptian priest looking for his ancient love. The recent Mummy series was also pretty great, especially Arnold Vosloo’s performance as the updated version of the character.

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The Invisible Man

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The Invisible Man (1933) – He’s a man who can become invisible. Pretty cool, huh? Claude Raines kicked all kinds of ass in the role which would launch numerous sequels.

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The Phantom of the Opera

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The Phantom of the Opera (1925) – A disfigured man obsessed with a young opera singer. The premise has been used on a number of occasions, including a popular Broadway version of the story.

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Gill-Man

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Gill-Man – Also known as the Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Gill-Man is definitely one of the most distinctive-looking Universal monsters. Can’t really fault him for chasing after hot chicks in bikinis.

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The Wolf Man

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The Wolf Man (1941) – Lon Chaney Jr. is most famous for playing this role, and he does so with a great amount of charm. Larry Talbot is a likable guy, and that’s what makes his transformation into the Wolf Man all the more tragic.

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Dracula

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Dracula – With his hypnotic eyes, dramatic cape, and sinister accent, there’s no denying that Count Dracula is one of the greatest movie monsters ever created.

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Frankenstein’s Monster

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Frankenstein’s Monster – So what puts Frankenstein’s Monster at the top of the list? Tragedy. Sure, Dracula may be looking to hook up with a special woman, but the Monster’s problems go way beyond that. We’re talking about a creature who drowns a little girl when he’s only trying to play with her. Absolutely heart-wrenching. In my humble opinion, Boris Karloff will always be the greatest Frankenstein’s (1931) monster.

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