BONUS: The Essential Universal Monsters

This trial run for the Universal Monsters Cast was originally conceived of as a BONUS episode of Horror Movie Podcast. With the regular host out for the week, co-hosts Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock decided to discuss listener feedback from the recent HMP “Essential Universal Monsters” poll, give their own personal classic Universal Horror recommendations, and give their initial thoughts on the teaser trailer and first poster for The Mummy (2017) – as well as the potential for a new shared cinematic universe. Doc also brought his picks for the best monster movies of the 1930s that were not made by Universal Pictures.

Horror Movie Podcast is typically a bi-weekly show, released every other Friday, hosted by Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock, Dr. Walking Dead, and Wolfman Josh. You can find the show on iTunes, Stitcher and

Help us spread the word and build up the following for this show on Twitter @MonstersCast. You can also follow Wolfman Josh on Twitter @IcarusArts and Dr. Shock on Twitter @DVDinfatuation. Music for this episode composed and produced by future UMC producer, Kagan Breitenbach. Check out Kagan’s work at

Thanks for listening to this trial run of the Universal Monsters Cast!


I. Intro
—Where Jay at?
—Universal Monsters Cast
—Listener request from Dino Ticinelli


[00:04:18] II. Results of HMP’s “Essential Universal Monsters” Poll:
(gleaned from 96 respondents and 819 votes)

  1. Frankenstein (1931)
  2. Dracula (1931) -tie- The Wolf Man (1941)
  3. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
  4. The Invisible Man (1933) -tie- Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  5. The Mummy (1932) -tie- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  6. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  7. Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943)

[00:35:31] III. Additional Listener Recommendations from “Other” Votes:

—The Black Cat (Ian, Dark Mark, The Dude, The Gray Man)
—The Raven (Ian, The Dude, The Gray Man)
—Revenge of the Creature (Gatz, Dark Mark)
—The Creature Walks Among Us (Gatz)
—The Incredible Shrinking Man (Gatz)
—The Monolith Monsters (Gatz)
—The Old Dark House (Sal, Jonathan, Dark Mark)
—The Invisible Ray (Dark Mark)
—Murders in Rue Morgue (Dark Mark)

[00:51:43] IV. Additional Recommendations from the HMP Hosts:

—The Black Cat (Dr. Shock)
—The Raven (Dr. Shock)
—[Spanish] Dracula (Wolfman Josh, Dr. Shock)
—The Mummy’s Hand (Wolfman Josh, Dr. Shock)
—Werewolf of London (Wolfman Josh)
—House of Frankenstein (Wolfman Josh)
—Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (Dr. Shock, Wolfman Josh)
—Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (Wolfman Josh)

[00:54:20] V. Dr. Shock’s 11 Essential Non-Universal Horror Movies of the 1930s
(with links to Dave’s written reviews at

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931, Paramount), Doctor X (1932, Warner Bros), Freaks (1932, MGM), Island of Lost Souls (1932, Paramount), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932, MGM), White Zombie (1932, United Artists), King Kong (1933, RKO), Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933, Warner Bros), The Walking Dead (1936, Warner Bros), Mad Love (1935, MGM), The Devil-Doll (1936, MGM)

*Movie Podcast Weekly Holiday Greeting!

[01:06:13] VI. The Mummy (2017) trailer and the Universal Monsters Universe
—Watch the trailer (here)


[01:38:30] VII. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending


You can read all of Dave’s “Universal Horror” reviews (HERE) at

You can hear us discuss some of these classics in our Frankenstein Versus (Ep 83) discussion, our Dracula Versus (Ep 85) discussion, Dr. Shock’s tributes to Bela Lugosi (Ep 33) and Lionel Atwill (Ep 49) , our Horror Comedy (Ep 87) discussion, our Horror for Kids (Ep 97) discussion, and all the way back to the very beginning with Dr. Shock’s Top 10 Horror Movies (on Ep 02) list.

Thanks to listener Dino for getting this ball rolling. You can follow Dino on Twitter: @dinoticinelli

UMC Producer and Composer Kagan Breitenbach’s links:
Check out Kagan’s music at
Follow Kagan on Twitter @KRBrietenbach

Wolfman Josh’s links:
Follow Josh on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @IcarusArts
Universal Monsters Cast Official Twitter @UniversalMonsters
Josh covers horror movies on
Horror Movie Podcast Official Instagram @HorrorMovieCast
Josh covers streaming online movies on
Follow MSC on Twitter @MovieStreamCast
Like MSC on Facebook

Dr. Shock’s links:
Dave writes daily movie reviews on
Follow Dave on Twitter @DVDinfatuation
Like Dave’s DVD Infatuation, now on Facebook
Dave covers horror movies on Horror Movie Podcast and  Land of the Creeps

Jay of the Dead’s links:
Follow Jay of the Dead and Horror Movie Podcast Official Twitter
Horror Movie Podcast Official Facebook
Jay of the Dead covers new releases in theaters on Movie Podcast Weekly
And if you’d like to e-mail Jay of the Dead with a good Beastly Freaks recommendation:

Dr. Walking Dead’s links:
Order Kyle’s new book! How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture: The Multifarious Walking Dead in the 21st Century
Order Kyle’s previous books American Zombie Gothic and Triumph of The Walking Dead
Follow Kyle on Twitter @DrWalkingDead

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