In White Zombie, death feels inescapably omnipresent with images of crosses, cemeteries and headstones filling every scene. In one of the most unnerving shots of early horror cinema, we see a pair of pervasive eyes peering across the landscape. What’s so discomforting about the eyes is their vacancy and the troubling inevitability that they are undoubtedly watching us. Recognising these eyes from the film’s iconic poster we are instantly pulled in by the power and symbolism they represent.
Universal Studios had delved into horror filmmaking with silent films The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925), but Dracula (1931) was Universal’s first “talking picture” in the horror genre. Directed by Tod Browning and an uncredited Karl Freund, Dracula was based on the 1924 stage play by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston; adapted from the 1897 novel of the same name by Bram Stoker. After Carl Laemmle, Jr. was able to legally secure the novel’s film rights, screenwriter Garrett Fort began work on adapting Dracula for the movie theater.
“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.”
Universal Monsters Glow-in-the-Dark ReAction Figures: Glowing from the Grave! The classic movie monsters return to haunt Super7 as exclusive glow-in-the-dark versions!
“Weird Monster Escapes! Terror Seizes City! …a woman’s beauty the lure for his dangerous desires!”
Fright-Rags rings in Halloween with unique apparel from John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, plus spooky merchandise from the Universal Monsters, Fangoria, Starlog, Gorezone, and Joe Bob Briggs.
“Amazing! Startling! Shocking!”
Super7 is proud to present Wave 2 of their Universal Monsters 3.75″ ReAction Figures assortment. From the classic horror films, Revenge of the Creature (1955), Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Dracula (1931), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), and The Invisible Man (1933)!
“It’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive! It’s ALIVE!”
Half of what makes a good horror film is a good monster. Without a believable, and ultimately scary, antagonist there’s not much for the audience to latch onto. No film studio – not even the amazing Hammer Films – has ever been able to hold a candle to the classics, and probably wouldn’t have ever existed without the Universal monster movies of the 1930s and 40s.
“Not since the beginning of time has the world beheld terror like this!”
On 19 August, Indicator presents a six-disc limited edition Blu-ray box set dedicated to the unique collaborative relationship between one of cinema’s greatest visual stylists and one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars: Marlene Dietrich & Josef Von Sternberg at Paramount, 1930-1935. Also available is Indicator’s delayed release of the Michael Palin comedy The Missionary.
“What could she do but flee from love? She loved two men at once!”
The Dark Knight returns to Mondo Gallery this May with a brand new show eight decades in the making. Mondo Gallery’s 80 Years of Batman celebrates the history of the caped crusader, along with his allies and infamous rogues gallery of villains, with eighteen classic, iconic and fan-favorite Batman comic book cover images produced as screen printed posters. Opening night for 80 Years of Batman will be held Friday, 17 May, and the show will run through 25 May.
“For most of my life I’ve been enamored with Batman. His rogues. His world. His look. It’s just about as perfect as you can get.”
Garageland have announced their limited edition Famous Monsters print series; including Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, and The Invisible Man – screen printed on 18” x 24” speckletone cream/kraft paper. Each print run (limited to 75 each) is signed and numbered by the designer, Lou Xray.
“Created in a weird scientist’s laboratory… from the skeletons of two women and the heart of a living girl!”
Slasher Pack IX: Monsters includes four Japanese inspired horror tees from Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy and Frankenstein; available for pre-order now!
On 18 June, Indicator presents a collection of films by the legendary Samuel Fuller, as well as two uncompromising works directed by and starring some of American cinema’s most iconic names.
Samuel Fuller at Columbia, 1937-1961 brings together the maverick director’s hard-hitting crime dramas, along with a series of films made for Columbia Pictures which were based on stories by Fuller.
“If it’s not love, what is it?”
Fright-Rags has teamed up with the Lugosi estate to release two t-shirts and a pair of socks, featuring the classic horror icon in his signature Dracula costume.
To enter the mind of a killer you must challenge the mind of a madman. Fright-Rags takes on the challenge with a new line of apparel from Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs.