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UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: Vol. 1 - Blu-ray (Universal, 1934-40) Shout! Factory

In their prime, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi were considered two of cinema’s premiere ghouls and for very good reason. Lugosi had cemented his fame as the elegant Transylvanian blood-sucker, Dracula (1931); a role that, rather tragically type-cast him and limit his career-advancing opportunities. For Karloff, the iconic monster in Frankenstein (1931) the outlook was somewhat rosier. Billed as ‘the magnificent’ by Universal’s press department, the studio was quick to ram their lanky English thespian into more like-minded fare, even to have him appear as a figure of fun in two Abbott and Costello monster mash-ups post their interest in ‘horror’ movies. But Karloff would go on to appear in two Val Lewton masterpieces, sans make-up to disfigure and conceal his otherwise angular features, and, in later years, could be heard as the beloved narrator of everyone’s favorite Christmas Grinch. Rewind, and go back to the mid-1930’s and early 40’s – and both men were at the peak of their first cy…

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