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.

Classic Monsters Guides
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7’ | 2.13 m
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Bride of Frankenstein
213.000
1935.00
40000
3D
Bride of Frankenstein
6’5” | 1.96 m
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Creature from the Black Lagoon
196.000
1954.00
56000
3D
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Dracula
122000
6’4” | 1.93 m
Dracula (novel, 1897), Dracula (film, 1931)
Dracula
193.000
1897.00
122000
3D
Dracula
8’ | 2.4 m (novel)
Frankenstein (novel, 1818), Frankenstein (film, 1931)
Frankenstein’s Monster
240.000
1818.00
211000
3D
Frankenstein’s Monster
Gort
9700
8’ | 2.4 m
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Gort
240.000
1951.00
9700
3D
Gort
Gremlin
51000
24” | 61 cm
Gremlins (1984)
Gremlin
61.000
1984.00
51000
3D
Gremlin
Igor
47000
5’7” | 1.70 m
Frankenstein (1931), Young Frankenstein (1974)
Igor
170.000
1931.00
47000
3D
Igor
5’7” | 1.70 m
The Invisible Man (novel, 1897), The Invisible Man (film, 1933)
Invisible Man
170.000
1897.00
42000
3D
Invisible Man
Nosferatu
153000
6’3” | 1.91 m
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
Nosferatu
191.000
1922.00
153000
3D
Nosferatu
6’2” | 1.88 m
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (1909), The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Phantom of the Opera
188.000
1909.00
201000
3D
Phantom of the Opera
5’11” | 1.8 m
The Mummy (1932)
The Mummy
180.000
1932.00
71000
3D
The Mummy
Vampira
21000
5’7” | 1.70 m
The Vampira Show (1954)
Vampira
170.000
1954.00
21000
3D
Vampira
6’2” | 1.88 m
The Wolf Man (1941)
Wolf Man
188.000
1941.00
5100
3D
Wolf Man
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Series of illustrations of the Creature from the Black Lagoon drawn from the front and side views with overall height

Creature from The Black Lagoon, a movie released in 1954, stars the antagonist and monster Gill-Man. Gill-Man is a fully amphibious creature so he can breathe both underwater and above ground. Gill-Man has webbed hands with claws and tough, thick skin that can regenerate and heal rapidly allowing him to recover from attacks that would be deadly to humans. Gill-Man lives in the Black Lagoon at the end of a tributary in the Amazon and is obsessed with a female crew member, Kay, on a geology expedition. Gill-Man attacks the other crew members and abducts Kay, but she is rescued by the remaining crew. When she is saved, Gill-Man is riddled with bullets by the crew and sinks back into the depths of the lagoon.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon, portrayed by Ben Chapman in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), is 6 foot 5 inches (1.96 m) tall.

Creature from The Black Lagoon, a movie released in 1954, stars the antagonist and monster Gill-Man. Gill-Man is a fully amphibious creature so he can breathe both underwater and above ground. Gill-Man has webbed hands with claws and tough, thick skin that can regenerate and heal rapidly.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon, portrayed by Ben Chapman in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), is 6 foot 5 inches (1.96 m) tall.

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Ben Chapman
First Appearance
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

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Phantom of the Opera
Series of dimensioned height drawings of the original and modern Phantom of the Opera viewed from the front

The Phantom of the Opera, also known as Erik and referred to as The Phantom, is a character from Gaston Leroux’s novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra from 1909, which has been remade into a movie and musical. Erik is a mysterious, deformed man who haunts a Parisian opera house and falls in love with one of the stars of the show, Christine. Erik captures her during one of the shows after learning she has betrayed him and planned to run away with her lover, Raoul. While holding Christine captive and coercing her into marriage, Raoul and a Persian policeman attempt to rescue her. However they fall into many of Erik’s traps. The Phantom also threatens to blow up the entire opera house, but Christine keeps this plan by cooperating with Erik. Depending on the version (novel, film, or musical), Erik either lets Christine go with Raoul or is bludgeoned to death on the banks of the scenic Seine river by an angry mob.

The Phantom of the Opera, originally portrayed by Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera (1925), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

The Phantom of the Opera, also known as Erik, is a character from Gaston Leroux’s novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra (1909), which has been remade into a movie and musical. Erik is a mysterious, deformed man who haunts a Parisian opera house and falls in love with one of the stars of the show, Christine.

The Phantom of the Opera, originally portrayed by Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera (1925), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

Phantom of the Opera
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6’2” | 1.88 m
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Lon Chaney
First Appearance
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (1909), The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

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The Phantom of the Opera front (classic), side (classic), front (modern)

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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
First Appearance
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)

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Dracula
Drawings with labeled height of Dracula in poses ranging from the front, side, and with an open cape

Dracula, a vampire spawned from the imagination of Bram Stoker and the namesake of his 1897 novel, is the most iconic vampire of all time. The story of Dracula and some of his key characteristics became the basis for a whole genre of literature and films to come. Dracula is a vampire that lives Transylvania, but moves to England to partake in his favorite activity of blood sucking and spreading the undead curse. Once in England, however, he is hunted by a group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula is the basis for Nosferatu, an illegal adaptation of the story due to violations of copyright laws that the studio tried to avoid by slightly altering the story.

Dracula is popularly depicted at 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall, but was originally portrayed by Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931) at 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Dracula, a Transylvanian vampire spawned from the imagination of Bram Stoker and the namesake of his 1897 novel, is the most iconic vampire of all time. The story of Dracula and some of his key characteristics became the basis for a whole genre of literature and films to come.

Dracula is popularly depicted at 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall, but was originally portrayed by Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931) at 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

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Bela Lugosi (6’1” | 1.85 m)
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Dracula (novel, 1897), Dracula (film, 1931)

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Invisible Man
Drawings of the Invisible Man standing as seen from the front and back views with labeled height

The Invisible Man, also known as Griffin, is a character from the 1897 science fiction novella, The Invisible Man, by Henry G. Wells. Griffin was a scientist, who through research with optics, discovered he could make a person unable to reflect light and render them invisible. After performing this experiment on himself, Griffin realizes he cannot undo what he has done. Being completely invisible unnerves Griffin and he desires to begin a “Reign of Terror” throughout the nation. Griffin remains invisible until he is beaten to death at the hands of enraged mob.

The Invisible Man, portrayed by Claude Rains in the Invisible Man (1933), is 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

The Invisible Man, also known as Griffin, is a character from H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man (1897). Griffin was a scientist, who through research with optics, discovered he could make a person unable to reflect light and render them invisible and performs this experiment on himself.

The Invisible Man, portrayed by Claude Rains in the Invisible Man (1933), is 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

Invisible Man
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5’7” | 1.70 m
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Claude Rains
First Appearance
The Invisible Man (novel, 1897), The Invisible Man (film, 1933)

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Invisible Man front (original), front (modern), back (modern)

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