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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Bride of Frankenstein
Pair of drawings of the Bride of Frankenstein standing from the front and side views with overall height

The Bride of Frankenstein is a character briefly introduced in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and fully brought to life in the film sequel The Bride of Frankenstein in 1935. In the novel, reluctant Henry Frankenstein agrees to make a mate for his monster through coercion of the monster, but destroys his work before she is brought to life. In retaliation, the monster kills Frankenstein’s wife. In the film, Henry Frankenstein completes his female creation, but like the townspeople before her, she is disgusted by the monster and refuses his advances. The film ends with the monster destroying the lab with him and her in it while Henry and his wife escape.

The Bride of Frankenstein, portrayed by Elsa Lanchester in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), is 7 foot (2.13 m) tall. Elsa Lanchester is only 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall, but she was lifted on stilts for the role.

The Bride of Frankenstein is a character introduced in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and brought to life in the film sequel The Bride of Frankenstein in 1935. In the novel, reluctant Henry Frankenstein agrees to make a mate for his monster, but destroys his work before she is brought to life.

The Bride of Frankenstein, portrayed by Elsa Lanchester in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), is 7 foot (2.13 m) tall. Elsa Lanchester is only 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall, but she was lifted on stilts for the role.

Bride of Frankenstein
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Elsa Lanchester (5’4” | 1.63 m)
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Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

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Bride of Frankenstein front, side

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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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Creature from the Black Lagoon front (arms raised), front (walking), side (grabbing)

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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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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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Dracula front, side, front (cape open)

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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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Lon Chaney
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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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