Picking out best Universal Monster is tough. They all have such rich histories be it Dracula or Wolfman in the 30’s or Creature from the Black Lagoon in the 50’s. While he wasn’t my favorite, I think the best from a film stand point is Frankenstein.
The original Frankenstein (and it’s equally brilliant sequel Bride of Frankenstein) have become part of our every day knowledge. In it’s hour and 10 minute running time there’s an over-whelming amount of iconic imagery. From the It’s Alive moment, to the little girl by the pond or the opening shot in the graveyard. People who watch this classic for the first time find a lot of familiar moments throughout. There’s a reason it’s so beloved.
My personal favorite moment is just before the movie even begins. A man walks out and informs the audience what the film is about and warns them that it might be too scary. It’s that type of showmanship we haven’t seen in the last 4 decades of horror.
Classics are classics for a reason, so check this one out sometime.