Classic Monsters are a group of characters that encapsulates the dozens of original Hollywood films released during the 1920s to the 1950s and also includes more modern movie monsters. These films encompass a great many genres from horror to fantasy and romance, but all incorporate a horror character, and are intended to thrill or scare the audience. The first film was a silent film version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was released in 1923. The films that followed were cinematic representations of popular horror stories. This included Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. They were hugely popular in movie theaters during the first half of the twentieth century.

Classic Monsters

Frankenstein’s Monster
Frankenstein (novel, 1818), Frankenstein (film, 1931)
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Dracula
Dracula (novel, 1897), Dracula (film, 1931)
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Invisible Man
The Invisible Man (novel, 1897), The Invisible Man (film, 1933)
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Phantom of the Opera
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (1909), The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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Nosferatu
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
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Igor
Frankenstein (1931), Young Frankenstein (1974)
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Gort
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
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The Mummy
Collection of illustrations of the Mummy in various horror postures with overall height measurements

The use of the character of a Mummy, an undead creature under wraps and bandages, originates from nineteenth century Britain when they were colonizing Egypt. Originally, the Mummy was a female portrayed love interest. It was not until 1932, when the romantic Mummy archetype was replaced with the monster Mummy by Boris Karloff’s movie The Mummy. Now joining the ranks of Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy has been seen as an antagonist in works of horror despite a slight revival of the romantic archetype towards the end of the twentieth century.

The Mummy, portrayed by Boris Karloff in The Mummy (1932), is 5 foot 11 inches (1.8 m) tall.

The use of the character of a Mummy, an undead creature under wraps and bandages, originates from nineteenth century Britain when they were colonizing Egypt. It was not until 1932, when the romantic Mummy archetype was replaced with the monster Mummy by Boris Karloff’s movie The Mummy.

The Mummy, portrayed by Boris Karloff in The Mummy (1932), is 5 foot 11 inches (1.8 m) tall.

The Mummy
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5’11” | 1.8 m
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Boris Karloff
First Appearance
The Mummy (1932)

Drawings include:
The Mummy front (arms raised), front, side

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Gremlin
Assortment of drawings of a Gremlin seen from the front and side with overall height dimensions

Gremlins are creatures of folklore, similar to goblins or fairies, famous for causing havoc. Gremlins came to public attention during World War II when they were blamed for technological malfunctions on aircrafts, especially with the Royal Air Force. These Gremlins were typically depicted with spiked backs, sharp teeth, claws, and large eyes. There is also a movie, Gremlins (1984), but these creatures bare little resemblance to the folklore creatures, except for their malicious desire for harm and havoc. In physical appearance, the Gremlins from the movie, Gremlins, resemble a Furby, a popular children’s toy from the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Gremlins, as represented in Gremlins (1984), are roughly 24 inches (61 cm) tall.

Gremlins are creatures of folklore that are famous for causing havoc. Gremlins are typically depicted with spiked backs, sharp teeth, claws, and large eyes. In Gremlins (1984), the creatures bare little resemblance to the folklore creatures, except for their malicious desire for harm and havoc.

Gremlins, as represented in Gremlins (1984), are roughly 24 inches (61 cm) tall.

Gremlin
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Actor
Peter Cullen
First Appearance
Gremlins (1984)

Drawings include:
Gremlin front, front (aggressive), side

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Wolf Man
Series of illustrations of the Wolf Man in assorted postures with overall height labeled

The Wolf Man is the second werewolf movie from Universal Pictures, released in 1941, and supremely more popular than its predecessor Werewolf of London. In this film, Larry Talbots is transformed into a werewolf after being bit by one while trying to protect his love interest’s friend. After being bitten, Larry is informed by a gypsy that he will turn into a werewolf since he was bitten and lived. This proves to be true, and throughout the rest of the film Larry struggles with his werewolf desire to kill and his human desire to not. Larry is finally killed by his own father when he attacks his love interest. As he dies, he transforms back into his human form and his father and lover mourn his tragic end.

The Wolf Man, portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man (1941), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

The Wolf Man is the second werewolf movie from Universal Pictures, released in 1941, and supremely more popular than its predecessor Werewolf of London. In this film, Larry Talbots is transformed into a werewolf after being bit by one while trying to protect his love interest’s friend.

The Wolf Man, portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man (1941), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

Wolf Man
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Lon Chaney Jr.
First Appearance
The Wolf Man (1941)

Drawings include:
Wolf Man front (arms raised), side (walking), side (sniffing)

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Vampira
Dimensioned drawings of Vampira posing in a variety of standing postures

Vampira is a campy creation of actress Maila Nurmi in the 1950s. Inspired by Mortica Addams, Nurmi created a spooky horror television host. On her show, The Vampira Show, Nurmi would introduce different horror films, feign speaking with spirits, and play with her pet spider, Rolo. The show aired from 1954 to 1955 exclusively in Los Angeles, but Vampira’s instantaneous success outlived the life of the show with her being featured in films past the cancellation of the show. The Vampira Show is now regarded as a cult classic and created fan clubs worldwide.

Vampira, created and portrayed by Maila Nurmi, is 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

Vampira is a campy creation of actress Maila Nurmi in the 1950s. Inspired by Mortica Addams, Nurmi created a spooky horror television host. On her show, The Vampira Show, Nurmi would introduce different horror films, feign speaking with spirits, and play with her pet spider, Rolo.

Vampira, created and portrayed by Maila Nurmi, is 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

Vampira
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Maila Nurmi
First Appearance
The Vampira Show (1954)

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Vampira front (standing), front (spooky), front (raised arms)

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Frankenstein’s Monster
Multiple illustrations of Frankenstein's Monster standing, walking, and reaching with overall height measurements

Frankenstein’s monster, frequently and inaccurately referred to as Frankenstein, is a tragic villain from Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein. Frankenstein created his monster through a blend of chemistry and alchemy; creating an 8 foot tall, hideous creature that just wanted to be loved. Once shut out of the human society he so desperately wanted to belong to, Frankenstein’s monster sought revenge on his creator, Frankenstein. The novel is also referred to as The Modern Prometheus as a nod to the Greek myth of Prometheus, a character who created humans out of clay and gifted them with fire.

Frankenstein's Monster is described as being 8 foot (2.4 m) tall in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein (1818). Frankenstein's Monster was first portrayed by 5 foot 11 inch (1.8 m) tall Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (1931) with the assistance of lifted boots.

Frankenstein’s monster, frequently and inaccurately referred to as Frankenstein, is a tragic villain from Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein. Frankenstein created his monster through a blend of chemistry and alchemy; creating an 8 foot tall, hideous creature that just wanted to be loved.

Frankenstein's Monster is described as being 8 foot (2.4 m) tall in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein (1818). Frankenstein's Monster was first portrayed by 5 foot 11 inch (1.8 m) tall Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (1931) with the assistance of lifted boots.

Frankenstein’s Monster
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8’ | 2.4 m (novel)
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Boris Karloff (5’11” | 1.8 m)
First Appearance
Frankenstein (novel, 1818), Frankenstein (film, 1931)

Drawings include:
Frankenstein's Monster front, front (walking), side

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