Universal Horror (1998)

USA, UK, 8 October 1998
black and white, colour

An American/British television documentary of genre interest directed by Kevin Brownlow.

Plot Summary

The history of horror movies produced by the Universal film studios.


Director: Kevin Brownlow
© Universal Television Enterprises
A Photoplay production
Executive Producer: Peter Langs
Producer: Patrick Stanbury
Camera: Gerald Saldo
Camera: John Ames
Editor: Kevin Brownlow
Original Music: James Bernard
Additional Music: Carl Davis
Sound: Jeff Hanks, John Ames, Lloyd Freidus, Jeff Gomillion
Historical Consultant: David Skal

Kenneth Branagh (narrator)
Forrest J Ackerman
Turhan Bey
Ray Bradbury
Jim Curtis
Curtis Harrington
Rose Hobart
Gloria Jean
James Karen
Boris Karloff (in archive footage)
Sara Karloff
Carla Laemmle
Fritz Lang (in archive footage)
Rouben Mamoulian (in archive footage)
Curt Siodmak
David J. Skal
Gloria Stuart
Lupita Tovar
Fay Wray

Alternative Titles

Universal Horrors

Includes extracts from
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
The Black Cat (1934)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Cat and the Canary (1927)
The Cat Creeps (1930)
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1913)
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920)
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931)
Dracula (1931)
Drácula (1931)
Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
The Invisible Man (1933)
Island of Lost Souls (1933)
J’accuse! (1938)
King Kong (1933)
Metropolis (1927)
The Mummy (1932)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
The Old Dark House (1932)
The Raven (1935)
The Red Spectre (1907)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Unknown (1927)
The Wolf Man (1941)


Dark Terrors no.16 (December 1998) p.4 (UK) – article (Screen screams: James Bernard)
Shivers no.63 (March 1999) pp.8-9 – illustrated article (The sound of silents by Jonathan Rigby)

Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart pp.178-179