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Respect To Tod Browning’s DRACULA

Tod Browning’s 1931 film, Dracula kick-started Hollywood’s fascination with horror. Almost 100 years on and the adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel remains the quintessential vampire film. The massive success of the Bela Lugosi starrer [...]

September 7, 2020

Paying Respect To James Whale’s THE OLD DARK HOUSE

Director James Whale followed-up the huge success of Frankenstein in 1931 with another Universal Pictures chiller, The Old Dark House. Based on J.B Priestly’s novel Benighted, the pre-code 1932 horror-thriller is a wonderfully atmospheric [...]

September 5, 2020

Notebook Reviews: GODS AND MONSTERS

Bill Condon – 1998  Gods And Monsters is a beautiful film, superbly directed by Bill Condon. Ian McKellen is excellent as Frankenstein director James Whale and the actor brings the requisite amount of emotion to the role of Whale in his [...]

August 26, 2020

Remembering Universal Pictures’ Ill-Fated DARK UNIVERSE

2017 was a much simpler time. It was a time when Universal Pictures decided to follow the Marvel route and attempted to create a shared universe for the classic Universal Monsters. The studio scored an A-list cast: Johnny Depp as the Invisible [...]

June 7, 2020

It’s HAMMER Time This November On The Horror Channel

This November the UK’s Horror Channel is celebrating horror cinema at its finest with a Hammer Classics Seasons. The channel is embracing the best of horror by showing The Abominable Snowman, The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy [...]

October 23, 2018

Celebrate 60 Years Of Hammer Horror

Readers of Movies in Focus will know that I have a huge appreciation for Hammer Horror movies. The films from the British horror studio have a style of their own and they dripped with a wonderful gothic atmosphere. Hammer’s first horror film [...]

August 5, 2017

Book Review: HORROR CINEMA Is A Book You Must Own!

Horror Cinema from Taschen is a book that all cinefiles must own. This is often said, but it’s really true this time around. It’s imperative that this 640 page book has a place on your book-shelf. The volume is a wonderful overview of the [...]

July 15, 2017

Welcome To The DARK UNIVERSE

I have to admit that this is giving Movies In Focus a little tingle. I’ve been craving a reboot of the classic Universal Monsters since Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy hit screens back in 1999 and now I’m getting it – with a [...]

May 22, 2017

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