What, are we on a schedule?
You'll thank me.
today is the oldest you’ve ever been
and the youngest you’ll ever be again
let that sink in
“Horror takes us into the minds of the victims, explores the threats, disseminates fear, studies how it changes us. It pulls back the curtain on the ugly underbelly of society, tears away the masks the monsters wear out in the world, shows us the potential truth of the human condition. Horror is truth, unflinching and honest. Not everybody wants to see that, but horror ensures that it’s there to be seen.”
Behind The Scenes Photos from Classic Universal Monster Movies
Spearheaded by producer Carl Laemmle, Jr. and visionary makeup artist Jack Pierce, Universal Studios’ series of monster movies were responsible for giving the world of cinema its first true horror icons, laying the groundwork for all other iconic boogeymen to follow.
Beginning in 1925 with the Lon Cheney fronted silent horror classic The Phantom of the Opera, Universal Studios churned out a series of monster movies that were heavy in tension, suspense and atmosphere, setting the ominous mood and tone for each film by way of thick fog, classical music scores and towering gothic castles. Adapting the works of such prominent literary figures as Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and H. G. Wells, Universal effectively established itself as Hollywood’s ‘House of Horrors’ and continued its landmark series through the 1960s, the last of its original iconic monsters arriving in 1954 with Creature From the Black Lagoon.
The devil is paying a visit.
photos by staffan widstrand (2,4,5,6) and stefano unterthiner (1,3,7,8) of the european brown bear in kuhmo, finland. once on the brink of extinction, the brown bear population of europe has doubled since 1970 thanks to conservation efforts.
David Lynch poses for a photograph at his studio in Hollywood, California, 20 July, 2005.