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.

What was the first monster movie?

The first monster movie was The Golem, it was released in 1915 and directed by Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen. The Golem was a German silent film and the first to include a monster. The film was shortly followed by Nosferatu (1922), Die Nibelungen (1924), and Dracula (1931).

Who are the Universal Monsters?

The Universal Monsters include Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wolf Man, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Other Universal Monsters include Ygor, the Bride of Frankenstein, and Mr. Hyde. Universal Monsters consists of the horror villains that come together for a shared goal and mission.

When do the classic Universal monster movies take place?

The period of time when the classic Universal monster movies take place depends on the movie, but most take place between the late 1800s and the early 1900s. The classic Universal monster movies create a shift in reality and as a consequence the time period they take place in is uncertain.

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7’ | 2.13 m
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Bride of Frankenstein
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Bride of Frankenstein
6’5” | 1.96 m
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Creature from the Black Lagoon
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Creature from the Black Lagoon
Dracula
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6’4” | 1.93 m
Dracula (novel, 1897), Dracula (film, 1931)
Dracula
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Dracula
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Frankenstein (novel, 1818), Frankenstein (film, 1931)
Frankenstein’s Monster
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Frankenstein’s Monster
Gort
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8’ | 2.4 m
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Gort
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Gort
Gremlin
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24” | 61 cm
Gremlins (1984)
Gremlin
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Gremlin
Igor
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5’7” | 1.70 m
Frankenstein (1931), Young Frankenstein (1974)
Igor
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Igor
5’7” | 1.70 m
The Invisible Man (novel, 1897), The Invisible Man (film, 1933)
Invisible Man
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1897.00
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Invisible Man
Nosferatu
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6’3” | 1.91 m
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
Nosferatu
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Nosferatu
6’2” | 1.88 m
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (1909), The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Phantom of the Opera
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Phantom of the Opera
5’11” | 1.8 m
The Mummy (1932)
The Mummy
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The Mummy
Vampira
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5’7” | 1.70 m
The Vampira Show (1954)
Vampira
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Vampira
6’2” | 1.88 m
The Wolf Man (1941)
Wolf Man
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Wolf Man
Nosferatu
Collection of dimensioned illustrations of Nosferatu in various standing postures

Nosferatu is an illegal adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, created by Prana-Film. Nosferatu stars a vampire named Count Orlok who resides in 19th century Transylvania, but requests to buy a house in Germany from Thomas Hutter’s estate company. Once Thomas Hutter arrives at Count Orlok’s estate to sell him his new house, a series of suspicious circumstances arise that lead to Hutter’s discovery that Count Orlok is a vampire. However, he realizes too late, after selling him a house next door to his own in Germany. Count Orlok moves to his new home and is tempted into a blood-sucking trance by Hutter’s wife, Ellen. This turns out to be his downfall as he is too distracted by sucking her blood to realize the rising of the sun and vanishes in a puff of smoke.

Nosferatu, portrayed by Max Schreck in Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922), is 6 foot 3 inches (1.91 m) tall.

Nosferatu is an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, created by Prana-Film. Nosferatu stars a vampire named Count Orlok who resides in 19th century Transylvania, but buys a house in Germany. A series of suspicious circumstances arise that lead to the discovery that Count Orlok is a vampire.

Nosferatu, portrayed by Max Schreck in Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922), is 6 foot 3 inches (1.91 m) tall.

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Max Schreck
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Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)

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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.

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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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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.

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Peter Cullen
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Gremlins (1984)

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Gremlin front, front (aggressive), side

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Gort
Collection of dimensioned drawings of Gort in various standing postures viewed from the front

Gort, also nicknamed Iron Man, is a humanoid police force robot that serves and protects his master Klaatu in the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still from 1951. After arriving to Earth with Klaatu, Gort vaporizes the guns of several soldiers without harming the soldiers by using his main, and only weapon: a laser beam concealed in his facial visor powerful enough to destroy the entire Earth. For much of the movie, Gort stands still guarding their spaceship they arrived in and never speaks; he only follows commands from Klaatu or acts to protect his master. The Day the Earth Stood Still was remade in 2008 and the character of Gort was altered almost completely from the original.

Gort, portrayed by Lock Martin in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), is 8 foot (2.4 m) tall.

Gort, also nicknamed Iron Man, is a humanoid police force robot that serves and protects his master Klaatu in the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still from 1951. After arriving to Earth with Klaatu, Gort vaporizes the guns of several soldiers without harming the soldiers by using his laser beam.

Gort, portrayed by Lock Martin in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), is 8 foot (2.4 m) tall.

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Lock Martin
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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

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Gort front (guard), front (attack), front (carrying woman)

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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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Boris Karloff (5’11” | 1.8 m)
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Frankenstein (novel, 1818), Frankenstein (film, 1931)

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Frankenstein's Monster front, front (walking), side

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