James Whale

The legendary Universal Horror cycle of the earlier to mid 1930s is a period in cinema all cinephiles owe it to themselves to explore. Certainly variants of horror myth and folklore were present in the cinema prior to this. Most famously we can think of “Nosferatu” or any number of German Expressionist films from earlier in the century as well as the early silent version of “Frankenstein”. However, for many film historians the 1931 “Dracula” (Tod Browning) and “Frankenstein” (James Whale) ushered in “horror” as a very specific genre in Hollywood filmmaking.