Universal Monsters Family

James / September 13th, 2012


  • Simon_N_Flame

    September 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Awesome !!!

  • Bloxxie

    September 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Keep Em Videos Running Up James!

  • flaco_bey

    September 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    It’s really hard to pick the monsters after the 60’s. Even though i prefer not to do it, it’s always fun to discuss it and watch you debating it.
    Amazing video, thanks a lot.

  • DavidARice

    September 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I saw your cameo on To Boldy Flee and I was wondering if you know that Critic is gonna end?

  • Allen Lucas

    September 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Sorry if I’m going out of subject here, but I just saw your excellent cameo in the last part of To Boldly Flee. I actually did see that coming a mile away. Anyway, it’s actually more satisfying than your appearances in the other TGWTG videos like the “very silly” feud. I think Doug retired his NC character, so I hope you two collaborate again in the near future.

    Also since Spoony was fired from that site, it would be great if you have him join this site. I think you two will have fun times together!

  • September 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    hell ya man, hell ya.

  • AnotherNerd

    September 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I agree, but since I am not a hardcore horror fan, I think the modern monsters/killers deserve their own list. How about it, James? Can you make a video about the family of 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s horror icons (you can exclude the 2000’s if you wish). Also bring back Board James and Overanalyzers please! I showed them to my friends and all of us nearly choked with laughter =). P.S. To me, classic horror movies expand as far as the early 90’s because I am part of a younger generation.

  • Griff

    September 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    how about the T-Rex from Jurassic Park as the last iconic Universal Monster?

  • ookami57

    September 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    James I’m glad to see new content on the site but I have to ask are you even trying anymore? I look at the list of the new videos and I’m not seeing any new nerd episodes. I know it’s not the only thing you make but as a fan I greatly enjoy them, I’m not telling you how to do your job just voicing my opinion.

  • Smack2k

    September 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm


    Simply put….BEST EPISODE EVER….

    Way to go…keep up these kinds of things…We all love the nerd, but seeing your complete PASSION for movies (horror especially) is something I really respect….I have that kind of passion for Pro Wrestling and Music, so I totally get it..

    Do MORE and MORE of these old cinema pieces, be it historical or just lists of favorites from the glory years of cinema…

    As for the Nerd…when you do it, you do it….BUT these are great, and really show you as a person and you love of cinema, keep it up James…

  • Haseo55

    September 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I havent seen alll of those movies, but what i have seen they are works of art.

    I dont know if you know spanish but there was one comedy film here in my country Mexico that had all 4 of the classics, Dracula,The mummy,the wolf man and Frankenstein´s Monster.

    Its called Capulina vs The monsters(Capulina contra los monstrous), i mention it because i dont know if you would like it but i have to since Capulina was my childhood hero and i watched all of his movies.

    Theres are also El camino de los espantos(the road of spokes),capulina vs the mummies and Capulina vs the vampires.

    There comedies and i have always enjoyed them, also the last one Capulina vs the vampires has some scenes similar to the 1931 dracula which only found out because i just saw that movie thanks to you.

    I hope you could watch them(you watched the turkish star wars) and well since sadly Capulina died last year im trying to keep his memory alive.

    Finally Thankyou for your great videos

  • brunoalves.89

    September 13, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Isn’t “Psycho” a Paramount movie?

  • juggernautakira

    September 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    James, do the PHANTASM movies. I am actually floored you missed them.

  • Spirit31

    September 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    i agree with Griff, the T-Rex could of been a Universal 90s monster easily, hands down. everything dinosaur after that copied jurassic park like crazy. hell, i still hear the famous trex roar in stuff on tv today!!

  • CopperMilitia

    September 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I actually have a DVD of Jekkyl and Hyde with 2 silent films. It says one of them is from 1911 and one is from 1920.

  • lillemartin

    September 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    As always great work!! Keep up the good work James! Can´t wait for monster madness 🙂

  • CopperMilitia

    September 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Make one about the slasher villains!!!

  • CopperMilitia

    September 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Include zombies from Night of the Living Dead or something.

  • Einsam

    September 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    i love abbott and costello meet frankenstein

  • justinabsentia

    September 13, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    make more avgn episodes. i understand that you are doing your monwter madness stuff already, but i tend to like avgn stuff more. keep up the good job man. i’m just a spoiled bitch. this stuff mesns the world to me either way.. thanks. keep it up man.

  • September 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    So why are we talking about this? I feel like I am in a basement chatting it up with friends… I guess thats the point huh? Kudos.

  • petehvill

    September 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    @brunoalves.89 Originally yes, it was released as a Paramount Picture. But I believe since then, Universal bought the rights to the film, not to mention the fact that it was shot at Universal Studios. But I guess that’s good enough for James and it’s good enough for me too, cause Psycho kicks ass! Seriously, one of my all-time favs.

  • petehvill

    September 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    This was an awesome video, James! I couldn’t help but have a smile on my face the whole way through, with all your reasoning and explanations. Also I loved the cameo in To Boldly Flee! Now that that’s concluded, I have Monster Madness to be excited for. Keep it up James! Can’t wait!

  • ThePhantom

    September 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Psycho shouldn’t count as Paramount made it and Universal only got the rights later

  • FLintCLeaver

    September 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    You forgot E.T. The scariest one of all. That traumatized me as a youngling

  • PoopStainMcgee

    September 13, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    My name is Poop Stain Mcgee!!!

  • Steven Jielburg

    September 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Wow. I mean wow.

    James, you really, REALLY know your stuff. It’s really impressive.

  • jdshald

    September 13, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    this video inspired me to watch all the “classic movie monsters” movies you selected. great video james.

  • TrevorHarley

    September 13, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    your movie knowledge is truly fantastic. great video james

  • Dr. Breakfastmachine

    September 14, 2012 at 12:45 am

    You forgot the one last Universal monster from after Jaws: An American Werewolf in London.

  • JayRam

    September 14, 2012 at 12:47 am

    James, I been anticipating the Fall season to begin for some time now. Videos like these are a reminder that October–my favorite month–is right around the corner. It’s the best time to watch monster movies.

    And, I’m looking forward to buying the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on blu-ray. Also in October.

  • Squirrel1256

    September 14, 2012 at 1:30 am

    James you are the King of Horror Films!

  • Griff

    September 14, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I’ll say it again, if you’re gonna include the shark from Jaws (which I think is a great choice mind you) then there’s no reason not to also include the T-Rex from Jurassic Park

    and I also agree with Dr. Breakfastmachine, An American Werewolf in London should be the pick for the 80’s

  • Benobot99

    September 14, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Very interesting and informative video. I am glad though that Freddy Vs. Jason was made as I found it to be awesome. By the way, I think for a Youtube video, James and Mike should just sit on the “couch” and play Contra for 20 minutes; it’d be awesome to watch!

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    September 14, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Ah, i see you’re not in a script. I think you had only a scrap of what to talk but you did go far. Good job i loved it.
    So, it remains one unanswerd question: Dinosaurs from Jurassic Park are not to be considered Universal monsters because they existed before or wasn’t Universal to establish them in movies?
    Or, you didn’t think about that? Eh.

  • Eltanin

    September 14, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I love hearing you talking about horror films for how informative and entertaining they are. It has made me get interested in the genre.

    Keep up the great work man!

  • MrStaypuft

    September 14, 2012 at 3:24 am

    I would like to see reviews for some of the odd movies out there that someone could find at FYE and not be sure if the movie is good enough to warrant a purchase since it was something that wasn’t a big hit or a straight to DVD movie and as such they don’t know about it. There were some that I saw that I thought might be good but I am just not sure if I should buy them. And I think a Monster Madness that could help people not only find good movies would be good but one that shows that taking a chance on something new could pay off instead of going for the tried and true all of the time.

  • PinballFiend

    September 14, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Definitely an awesome video. The Universal Monsters are always fun to dig into and its amazing how many of them there are once you start researching. The only issues I see with Norman Bates and Jaws is that that they are so heavily tied to their directors. The first thing you think of when you see the Universal Monsters is that rotating globe, but Norman Bates bring Hitchcock to mind and likewise with Jaws and Spielberg.

    Still, though, awesome concept and execution, especially hearing your thoughts as you debate on the issue. How about a video on the evolution of the horror movie next year?

  • lfgubrs

    September 14, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Jaws is definitely a classic universal monster!

  • Digger318

    September 14, 2012 at 6:25 am

    DON’t WORRY! at some point i will make that big VS video… in lego!

    lol check out my youtube, I already made a resident evil short and a silent hill mini series. All filmed in the style of a movie. unlike most lego films on youtube.


    there is also a TMNT short and spiderman and batman shorts

  • Hawkear

    September 14, 2012 at 7:19 am

    It’s cool how James shows us all this and now I can go and watch them all, I really wasn’t aware of the order and which ones to really watch, but all these monster madnesses remind me of when i was a kid watching evil dead with my sis, good times!

  • Kobi123

    September 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Nice Work James, keep talking about horror movies and such, it’s a nice warm up for Next Month’s Monster Madness, I hope MM is coming back next month 0_0

  • Misdemeanors

    September 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I know this may seem a bit blasphemic to some, but I actually enjoy these horror movie-review-videos more than the most avgn-videos, though I’m still quite and impatiently looking forward to the movie release! Keep up the great and incredibly fascinating work!

  • BatDan

    September 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I’m trying to think of a family of modern movie monsters, but most aren’t that good. Maybe the Slender Man, but he was created on the internet, not a movie. I agree that human monsters are some of the most terrifying though, because they’re very, very real.

    Also, fun to see you show up in “To Boldly Flee”.

  • September 14, 2012 at 8:42 am

    You can consider the T-rex from Jurassic Park if you like, but the idea of a T-rex as the star “monster” had already been established in Valley of Gwangi and plenty of other dinosaur movies if I stopped and thought about all of them.

  • spvtryan

    September 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Amazing, James. Truly impressive. You definitely just made me add the Universal Monster Collection on blu ray to my Amazon wish list. 🙂

  • klsadfj sklfj

    September 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

    my dad had one of those old Franky models, but i think he sold it on the bay.

  • apoc001

    September 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I want to see this team take on one non-universal monster (or iconic character) at a time in a movie, like the Cloverfield monster, the thing (from John Carpenter’s The Thing), etc.

  • windowlicker808

    September 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

    the blob. i know it was an independant film and not universal but definitely worth mentioning.

  • marc_lawson

    September 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

    James you really enjoy categorizing stuff. Just looking at how you organize the video games, I bet when you are an old man you will own the ultimate video game museum and you’ll be like the master game librarian.

  • marc_lawson

    September 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

    They should make a marvel vs capcom style fighting game for classic monsters vs modern monsters.

  • jrraptor

    September 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

    great video, but you forgot the Birds(1963) & Jurassic Park(1993).

  • Psychopathetica

    September 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm


    They kinda did. It’s called Darkstalkers, made by Capcom back in 94. It was a 2D fighting game that played exactly like Street Fighter, and had that Street Fighter Alpha cartoony look. It consisted of Frankenstein, Dracula, Succubus, Mummy, Wolfman, Zombie, and many more. Quite a few sequels spawned since then and a couple of characters from Darstalkers actually appeared on Marvel vs Capcom 2.

  • September 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Or what about a 3d-Fighting game… :”)
    I do not play fighters much but I’d play that.

  • zombiehorror

    September 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Is it just me or was there no mention of the first Universal werewolf?! Wilfred Glendon, the Werewolf of London, surely he should at least be considered for inclusion or exclusion!! Also your comment that an old VHS tape, Coming Soon, featured Jaws as a monster doesn’t hold much weight since it also features The Tarantula, which you already excluded! A scientifically created-gigantic tarantula is way more of a monster than a normal great white shark!

  • September 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I wanna see King Kong versus Cloverfield Monster 🙂

  • jimmythechief

    September 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I like this little rant/tangrnt you did James. Great salute to the monsters. I also like how you mentioned Lon Chaney “the man of a thousand faces”, awesome makeup artist. Did you know their still trying to figure out how he got his nose to do that for Phantom of the Opera… There are rumors, but no official details. He was a true magician.

    I know you stopped at JAWS, but I kinda wanted to add another monster. I’m gonna add Beetlejuice. It’s true his movie wasn’t horror, but you also mentioned Abbot and Costello, so I think it’s fair to include the Tim Burton/Michael Keaton character. It also fits your criteria, he’s famous, he’s a Universal monster, and there’s even a show that includes him and the classic Universal movie monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman) at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida (Beetlejuice’s Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue).

    Let me know what you think Cinemassacre fans.

  • kinghenry

    September 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    wouldnt Michael Myers be kind of a Universal Monster since they did Halloween II

  • justinabsentia

    September 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    the wuf man. lol. fucking phillys

  • September 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    What about Michael Myers?! He was through Universal. Universal owned Anchor Bay, who distributed the first film. When it was a massive success, Universal took over distribution for “Halloween II” and “Halloween III.” When those films turned out to be a disappointment, Universal handed distribution rights back over to Anchor Bay, who went on to produce “Halloween 4” and “Halloween 5” before they ultimately sold the rights to Dimension in 1995.

  • elmerfudd5565469

    September 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Very fascinating video. I don’t know much about monster movies in general but I still found this very interesting. You’re knowledge on the subject is outstanding. As usual, well done James!

  • raphael85

    September 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Nice video but I have one question: why not mention the werewolf from “Werewolf in London?” Universal made that movie in 1935 while “The Wolfman” came out in the early 40’s. Now I don’t think he would fit on the list, but it would have been cool for him to get a mention.

  • Dob Bylan

    September 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm


  • clovernuts

    September 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Nerd…… What do you think about Darkstalkers (Capcom game)?

    I am just asking because they do such a great homage to those old Universal movies. I dont know about you but I think we are due for a current gen version. All of those souped up Universal movie monsters deserve it. I really would not mind getting one. Im on board. Gimmie Capcom Gimmie!!!!

    Love the vids Nerd!

  • MikeALC

    September 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    September 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    LOL! Too good of an idea is right James! Awesome Justice League reference there 🙂

    NO T-REX guys, cmon. lol …. the T-Rex was fucking awesome though

  • Elvenking

    September 15, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Amazing dive into Universal monsters. Never stop what you do James. I always get an ‘at home’ feeling when I watch your videos. The things that appeal to you seem to do the same for me. Thanks!

  • Desslok

    September 15, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I would also have to include the Metaluna Mutant from This Island Earth. While not as well known and iconic as Dracula or The Monster, the Mutant seems to get included in the Universal Monster rotation pretty regularly. They’re even doing a figure of The Mutant for 2012’s Diamond Select figure wave, along with Phantom of the Opera and the Invisible Man.

  • J-P

    September 15, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Nice list (and so informative)..
    Although I don’t think it is fair to count Jaws a real life monster. A great white sharks are real for sure (but so are people so you should count Norman Bates also as a real life monster)..
    In real life great white sharks don’t act like they do in the Jaws movies. It is mostly a misconception that was held at the time.
    Actually Peter Benchley (author of the novel) has a totally different view of great white shark after researching the subject for decades.
    This section is copied from IMDb.com: “Interestingly, after the enormous hysteria created over the great white shark and their alleged man-eating habits, Benchley became a dedicated environmentalist committed to learning all he could about one of the world’s most amazing apex predators. In the ensuing years, Benchley became one of the great white shark’s greatest defenders and publicly admitted on numerous occasions that with what he now knew about the fragility of the species, he would have never written a book like Jaws which demonised the great white.”

  • Cultura

    September 15, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Great collection of monsters.. but should the early King Kong and Godzilla not be one that list ?

    Oh and btw, that dusk forest night soundtrack you run in the background for 15 min is looping like every 5 sec, that owl is driving me mad, the idea was good but it needed to be longer.

  • Rotavator

    September 15, 2012 at 6:54 am

    You should review Metropolis. I loved that movie.

  • Zelda4dinner

    September 15, 2012 at 7:29 am

    If Jaws counts, I think John Carpenter’s The Thing should count as the last Universal monster. Can you imagine if the Thing tried to imitate Dracula, Frankenstein or the Wolfman?

  • lotusclown

    September 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

    jaws is a fish james! even by the story he/she was just doing what comes natural, hunting for food.. the creature from black lagoon was “knowingly” murdering people! sorry but i disagree on jaws being a monster.

  • kybr2k

    September 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Aww man, James! Since you called Jaws, you could have at least given the worms from Tremors an honorable mention, even though the film was a horror comedy. Have a nice weekend!


  • Palmerama

    September 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I did not know that Universal don’t own the rights to King Kong! After reading the Wiki page it turns out that King Kong is public domain! With WB owning the original film & sequel Son of Kong (Ted Turner buying the rights after RKO closed). Universal own only certain character rights & the rights to their remakes.
    Great video james!

  • zacharyjoseph

    September 16, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I love the audio. I know it is good audio when I didn’t notice until over halfway through the video. Just sets the mood.

  • Mr.Amazing42

    September 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

    that was mind bending amounts of logic and film history, good show sir,good show.

  • Entropy3ko

    September 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Quasimodo is a human monster as well. He’s deformed, but human.

    Debatably one could count the Invisible man is also a human monster, since he is invisible due to a science experiment… although Quasimodo and the Phantom of the Opera do not have any special powers or abilities, just deformities. Norman Bates as well, he is deformed on the inside rather than outside.

  • DenOndeBoss

    September 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    You should make that movie James! ;o)
    “The Ultimate Clash of Horror Movie Monsters” ;o)

  • Undertaker91

    September 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    That was a great idea for a movie, you should do it. Clashing classic movie monsters would be awesome

  • ToiletRule

    September 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Damn. Was really hoping you’d at least mention the Graboids from Tremors.

  • September 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Black my eyes! three times I had to watch the “fat old guy on a motorcycle” commercial. Once I got past that. Nice vid Nerd!

  • September 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

    OMG. Monsters. Halloween. A great video. I know you didn’t mention Halloween but I can’t help but think of it since I’m an enormous fan of your Monster Madness series. I seriously can’t describe how those videos (and videos like this) make me feel. They truly capture that spooky, almost child-like nostalgia of your first Halloween or scary movie every time for me! Thanks dude! Keep it coming.

  • September 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    While Universal did wind up with Kong at some point, there was a huge race for the ’76 remake between Universal and Paramount (which Paramount won). There’s a really good book from 2003 or 2004 where they explain the making of every Kong film (up to that point), it’s really good if you ever get the chance to read it. I recommend it to as big a Kong fan as James is.

  • DarkSouske

    September 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    It IS to good of an idea….why dont you make it James?

  • Aaron1375

    September 19, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Whew, you almost gave me a headache with that discussion. Great vid, and it is a completely awesome idea about the ultimate versus movie.

  • Guy Incognito

    September 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    The Graboid from Tremors would fit into this list quite nicely.

  • frostare

    September 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I love this “monster league” you put together: My personal favorite comes from a quite underrated series that started in 1986. I’d love to pit it versus the Universal movies one. See if you can identify them: Dragonlord, Malroth, Zoma, Psaro, Nimzo, Mortamor, Orgodemir, Rhapthorne, Corvus and ???.

    Man now I wanna check out the Godzillathon again to looka at all the Godzilla monsters.

  • September 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I am very surprised that the Blob didn’t get mentioned. I’d expect at least an honorable mention as a classic non-Universal monster.

  • Thomas Lindell

    October 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    My favourite must be The Creature (or Gill-man as some refer)

  • AndrewFM

    October 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Disagree that the continuity was especially broken after 1939 – Son of Frankenstein makes only slightly less sense in the continuity than Bride did to the original Frankenstein. At the end of Frankenstein, men in 1920s fedoras burn down the windmill – it’s a film set more or less ambiguously in the 1930s, with many Germanic people with Germanic customs! By contrast, Bride is much more 17th century in design – no cars on the streets anymore, much less fedoras (none after opening scene), and all of a sudden these “Germanic” people are now Cockneys. What’s the deal there? That’s ATROCIOUS continuity (Great movies though!)

  • AndrewFM

    October 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I also think GRABOIDS represents Universal Monsters quite well in the 1990s

  • Iron65

    October 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Too good of an dea… man Nice review!! thanks for your aknowledge!

  • fantasticfink

    October 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    “too good of an idea.” so true.

  • Daniel Brown

    June 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Is it wrong to find the Bride of Frankenstein really attractive and want to have sex with it.

    Anyway every time James does a monster video i think of Monster Mash.

  • BladeRunner

    September 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    any video with James talking about the Universal Monsters is an awesome video.

  • September 25, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Because it’s too good of an idea. Yeah. And imagine the money you would need to pay to get the rights.

  • October 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I knew he was going to put jaws

  • Jahir Sanchez

    October 29, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    If you’re counting universal would that mean that the trex in Jurassic Park

  • Wheatballs

    October 30, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Nice video sir Ty again for making them.

  • skwij

    November 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    You REALLY know your stuff! Most impressive. Thanks!

  • Michael Schmidt

    February 22, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I would stop with the Creature. Everything else is a stretch, and doesn’t really fit. I’m not sure if you need to worry about which cycle Creature is in, either. He’s a classic monster that fits your criteria, and the other fifties monsters don’t.

  • Luke Sonnenburg

    August 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    I remember watching these when I was really little and I still watch them today. What a bunch of great classic films.

  • horrorlover1994

    August 4, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I Like Universal Horror And The Universal Monsters.

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