On The Subject of Horror

The year was 1923 and Universal Pictures made the silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s gothic novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. With its amazing sets of fifteen hundreds Paris and starring the makeup genius Lon Chaney as Quasimodo, the film was a huge success and is the most successful silent film. Chaney, a pioneer of make up effects brought on his A game to the film, setting him apart from most actors.

Two years later Universal releases 1925’s The Phantom Of The Opera. Another silent film featuring Chaney as the phantom and another role that would established his reputation into legendary status. As Chaney would go on as a dominant name in make up effects and Hollywood, Universal Pictures was merely making a small crack in cinema history.

In 1931 Universal begins the very first cinematic universe featuring popular monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Invisible Man. Universal also…

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