Universal unleashes the monsters again

Universal Studio Home Video’s successful “Classic Monster” series will continue to grow as the studio announces seven new titles for the series; the comic Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy and six double features of sequels to the classic monster films Dracula’s Daughter / Son Of Dracula, Son Of Frankenstein / Ghost Of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man / House Of Frankenstein, Werewolf Of London / She-Wolf Of London, Mummy’s Hand / The Mummy’s Tomb, and Mummy’s Ghost / The Mummy’s Curse.

Beginning with the sequels of “Dracula”, “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936) and “Son of Dracula” (1943) tell two fairly unrelated tales of the offspring of the vampire. The original sequel to Bella Lugosi’s Dracula has his daughter, the beautiful and mysterious countess Marya Zaleska, in London. Unfortunately, she’s got Dad’s appetite. In the third film of the series, the Count’s other offspring, Carpathian Count Alucard sets sail for the New World when a young morbid heiress invites him to the United States. Her boyfriend and local officials are suspicious of the newcomer, who is interested in the “virile” soil of the new world.
Next up is the long string of “Frankenstein” sequels produced in the late 30’s and early 40’s. A delight to some and a dissapointment to others, these sequels beared little resemblence to the “Frankenstein” films of James Whale as audiences became less interested in moral conflict, and more interested in action filled monster movies. The first disc features the films “Son of Frankenstein” (1939) and “Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942) “Son of Frankenstein” begins with the son of the later doctor who returns to his home village only to be tempted by the misformed shepard Ygor who convinces the younger Frankenstein to ressurect the monster. The angry citizens of the town revolt and kill Ygor and the monster. Miraculously, both survive the attack when the return in “Ghost of Frankenstein” in which Dr. Frankenstein’s other son comes to town and Ygor convinces yet another heir that the monster is a good idea.

The second disc of Frankenstein sequels brings the monster face to face with some of Universal’s other classic monsters. In “Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman” (1943) on a moonlit night, graverobbers unwittingly unearth the tomb of Larry Talbot, the Wolf Man, who then begins a desperate search for a cure for his “condition.” The search eventually leads him to a climactic confrontation with, of all creatures, Frankenstein’s monster. Sequel to both The “Ghost Of Frankenstein” and “The Wolf Man”, the movie is followed next by “House of Frankenstein” (1944). A mad scientist, Dr. Niemann, and his hunch back assistant bring back to life Count Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Frankenstein monster for their plan of vengence against their enemies. The DVD will contain a trailer, production info, and cast and crew biographies.

The many films of The Mummy are featured on three new discs. The first double feature includes featuring the classic monster films “The Mummy’s Hand” (1940) and “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942) contains a trailer, production info, cast and crew biographiesand a Classic Monsters Montage. In “The Mummy’s Hand”, an expedition of American archaeologists headed by Steve Banning and Babe Jenson travels to Egypt in search of the undiscovered tomb of the princess Ananka. They get more than they bargained for when they find the tomb guarded by a living – and very deadly mummy. In “The Mummy’s Tomb” – A high priest travels with the living mummy Kharis to murder those of the expedition which had desecrated the tomb of the Egyptian princess Ananka thirty years earlier.

The second double feature DVD, featuring the classic monster films “The Mummy’s Ghost” and “The Mummy’s Curse” – both released in 1944 – contains the same special features as the prior “Mummy” disc. A grim lover’s triangle develops in “The Mummy’s Ghost” between an Egyptian high priest, the mummy he resurrected and a beautiful girl possessed by the princess of an ancient pharoah. “The Mummy’s Curse” begins when an irrigation project in the rural bayous of Louisiana unearths Kharis the living mummy, who was buried in quicksand 25 years earlier.
The final “Mummy” DVD steers away from the horror genre in “Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy”. In this quasi-sequel to “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein”, perennial jokesters Abbott and Costello find their archaeologist pal Dr. Zoomer has been murdered. A strange medallion leads them to an angry mummy.

The final offering from Universal is one of their lesser known Monsters, The Werewolf. The DVD contains the Werewolf films “Werewolf in London” (1935) and “She-Wolf of London” (1946). A renowned botanist searches for a rare Tibetan flower and must defend himself from a howling monster in “Werewold in London”. Back in London he is told the flower is the only antidote for keeping werewolves from harming the ones they love. He disbelieves until the next full moon. This was the first major Hollywood film on the subject of werewolves. In its sequel “She-Wolf of London”, a young heiress discovers clues that lead her to believe that during a full moon she falls under the family curse and then proceeds to committing ghastly murders in a nearby park.

All DVDs will be presented in their original fullscreen presentations in Mono sound and are presented in Black and White or Color depending on their original releases. The discs will each be available on August 28th for $29.98 apiece. Additionally, a new three pack Classic Monsters: The Definitive Collection will be made available which includes the classic monster films “Dracula,” “The Wolf Man,” and “Frankenstein.” These DVDs will be identical to the ones previously released individually. The box set will carry a suggested retail price of $69.98.

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