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The perfect Christmas gift for your horror-loving friend…

I wasn’t planning to post any Christmas gift ideas until at least November 1, but I don’t know how long this deal will be available so I’m posting now…

Universal Classic Monsters


Universal Classic Monsters

Those who have been long-time readers know that I love horror movies, especially the older stuff like this. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy…it’s all here. Even my favorite, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I cannot wait to have this set in my hands (Saturday) and start watching.

Universal Classic Monsters

Here is the almost full list of movies included…

Universal Classic Monsters

I say “almost full list” because there is a thirty-first film included as a bonus feature: the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula. In addition to all the movies, there are documentaries and commentaries and archival footage and theatrical trailers…it’s packed with extra features.

I’ve already ordered mine, and can’t wait to start binge-watching. I don’t know how long the price will stay this low (more than half-off the regular price); order now so you don’t miss out! Your horror-loving friends will love you to death!

Vampire Legends: Christopher Lee (Countdown to Halloween)

Christopher Lee

No one could ever surpass Bela Lugosi as the quintessential Dracula, but Christopher Lee came close in the Hammer film, Horror of Dracula. He reprised the role several times, but the best and most memorable performance was in that initial 1958 movie.

Vampire Legends: Jerry Nelson (Countdown to Halloween)

Sesame Street The Count von Count Jerry Nelson

Count von Count made his debut on Sesame Street in 1972, voiced by Jerry Nelson. Along with Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch, the Count was one of my favorite Sesame Street Muppets growing up. I did not understand the significance of a vampire counting back then, though, and most still do not. Evidently, one way to defend yourself against a vampire is to keep a pocketful of seeds, and when he comes to attack, throw the seeds on the ground. The undead suffer from an obsessive compulsive disorder, and must count things. So while he is counting the seeds you tossed on the ground, you can make your escape!

Vampire Legends: Luke Evans (Countdown to Halloween)

Luke Evans

Dracula returned to the big screen in 2014 with Luke Evans playing the legendary character in Dracula Untold. Universal is reportedly attempting to build a Marvel-style universe using iconic horror figures such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man.Dracula Untold was a good movie, but felt more like an action film with vampiric elements than a horror movie. Evans’ performance was memorable, however, and it will be interesting to see Universal’s future releases in the series.

Vampire Legends: Bela Lugosi and Carlos Villarias (Countdown to Halloween)


When Dracula was released in 1931, Variety wrote, “It is difficult to think of anybody who could quite match the performance in the vampire part of Bela Lugosi, even to the faint flavor of foreign speech that fits so neatly.” Lugosi’s performance has been the standard by which all other vampiric actors have been judged.

Carlos Villarias

Tod Browning’s Dracula was filmed during the day; at night, the costumes and sets were being used to film a Spanish-language version of the film with Carlos Villarias in the role of Conde Dracula. This version was long though to be lost, but in the 1970s it was discovered and restored, and is often included as a bonus feature on releases of the English-language version.

A third, silent, version of Dracula was released in 1931 to theaters that had not yet been wired for sound.

Countdown to Halloween is coming!!!


The Countdown to Halloween will be starting very soon!

Last year, we featured “Horror Fun Cards” each day during the month of October (and those will be reposted at TWJ fun cards on tumblr beginning Thursday). What does The Writer’s Journey have in store for 2015? A brand new original series called “Vampire Legends”! Be sure to come back Thursday and every day during the month of October to see all 51 “Vampire Legends” cards!

R.I.P. Christopher Lee

(May 27, 1922 – June 7, 2015)

Before he was Count Dooku, he was Count Dracula. Iconic horror film actor Christopher Lee passed away on Sunday at the age of 93.

Horror Fun Cards: 1979 Topps Frank Langella as Dracula

1979 Topps Custom Card Frank Langella Dracula

Purchase Dracula with Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier!

Cushing Gets Confused: Star Wars Outtakes (A Parody)

In celebration of Peter Cushing’s 100th birthday and in conjunction with The Peter Cushing Centennial Blogathon hosted by Frankensteinia: The Frankenstein Blog, The Writer’s Journey presents a parody.

A long time ago, Peter Cushing played Van Helsing in a number of Dracula films produced by Hammer Studios. When he was cast as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: A New Hope, no one expected him to get confused. But he did.

This post is part of The Peter Cushing Centennial Blogathon, hosted by Frankensteinia: The Frankenstein Blog. Learn more at

Classic monster movies on @Netflix

I have some stuff stacking up, but no time to get to a proper post at the moment, so why don’t you watch some classic monster movies? Here are some legendary titles currently streaming on Netflix (if you don’t have an account, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here):

That ought to keep you busy for a few minutes.

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