WRITTEN REVIEW: Man Made Monster (1941)

EDITOR’S NOTE This podcast is dedicated to Universal Monsters, but there are many more excellent (and some awful) vintage Universal Horror films out there that don’t feature any of these classic monsters and so won’t be featured on our show. They are absolutely still worth covering, so we’ve invited some guest writers to share their thoughts on these non-monster Universal Horror films. Now, enjoy this film review from Sal Roma.

Title: Man Made Monster . Studio: Universal Pictures . Writers: George Waggner and Harry Essex . Director: George Waggner . Released: March 28, 1941 . Country: United States . Rating: 7/10

After a bus accident results in the electrocution of all the bus passengers but one, the lone survivor, Dan McCormick (Lon Chaney Jr of The Wolf Man), is hired by Dr. Lawrence (Frank Albertson, the wealthy “Tom Cassidy” in Psycho) to take part in some experiments. Joined by Lawrence’s partner, Dr. Rigas (Lionel Atwill, a regular in many of the Frankenstein sequels), the duo tries to learn more about McCormick’s apparent immunity to electricity. Little does Dr. Lawrence realize that Dr. Rigas has his own sinister side experiments planned to use McCormick’s immunity to turn McCormick into a “Man Made Monster,” compelled to follow all of Rigas’ orders.
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Ep 1.4: The Mummy (2017) and Universal’s Dark Universe

Welcome to a New World of God’s and Monsters! This is Universal Monsters Cast, where your horror hosts – Gillman Joel, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh – regularly brave discussions of many a monstrous thing, with a special focus on the Universal Monsters, both the classic films and the emerging Dark Universe.

Season 1. Episode 4. The time has come; the time is now! The Mummy has risen and we will take our first look at the film and Universal’s newly-minted Dark Universe. The mainstream reviews are not great. Some fans agree. Others don’t. The horror community has been a tad more forgiving. What did you think of The Mummy? What does this do to your hopes for the Dark Universe franchise? Let us know in the comments below.

Some are ready to call The Mummy dead on arrival, but if there is one thing we’ve learned from The Mummy’s many incarnations over the years, it is that Death is Only the Beginning!
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