Saturday, 6 November 2010

The Universal Horror Poster Gallery

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Wallace Worsley, 1923)

The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian, 1925)

The Cat and the Canary (Paul Leni, 1927)

The Man Who Laughs (Paul Leni, 1927)

Dracula (Tod Browning, 1931)

Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)

Murders in the Rue Morgue (Robert Florey, 1932)

The Old Dark House (James Whale, 1932)

The Mummy (Karl Freund, 1932)

The Invisible Man (James Whale, 1933)

The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934)

The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935)

Werewolf of London (Stuart Walker, 1935)

The Raven (Lew Landers, 1935)

The Invisible Ray (Lambert Hillyer, 1936)

Dracula's Daughter (Lambert Hillyer, 1936)

Son of Frankenstein (Rowland V. Lee, 1937)

Tower of London (Rowland V. Lee, 1939)

The Invisible Man Returns (Joe May, 1940)

The Mummy's Hand (Christy Cabanne, 1940)

The Invisible Woman (A. Edward Sutherland, 1940)

Man-Made Monster (George Waggner, 1941)

The Wolf Man (George Waggner, 1942)

The Ghost of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton, 1942)

The Mummy's Tomb (Harold Young, 1942)

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (Roy William Neil, 1943)

Phantom of the Opera (Arthur Lubin, 1943)

Son of Dracula (Robert Siodmak, 1943)

The Mad Ghoul (James P. Hogan, 1943)

The Invisible Man's Revenge (Ford Beebe, 1944)

The Mummy's Ghost (Reginald Le Borg, 1944)

House of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton, 1944)

The Mummy's Curse (Leslie Goodwin, 1944)

House of Dracula (Erle C. Kenton, 1945)

She Wolf of London (Jean Yarbrough, 1946)


  1. Directors didnt get much credit back in those days, apparently it was all about "Carl Laemle", the producer got all the fortune and glory back then. So did the actors, and the original source material the film was based on. But "a film by" didnt seem to something important to put on the poster back then.

  2. Thanks for the comment Franco. Yes the 1920's - 1950's were all about the producers and the stars. But then Hollywood production always emphasised the collaborative nature of filmmaking, it was the European critics of the 50's and 60's that began to venerate the director. The majority of the directors who worked on these films have largely been forgotten, only James Whale really emerged from this period to b remembered. My favourite film out of this lot is 'The Black Cat'. The best poster maybe 'Dracula's Daughter'


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