06 October 2010

Universal Monsters - The Legacy Collection Continuity

For those who might be discovering the Universal Monsters series of horror films, the 2004 DVD omnibus "Legacy Collection" series is the perfect way to explore the films.  The only real problem is that after a while, the characters crossed over into one another's sequels and they were split up amongst the various volumes in the DVD series.  So, for those who want to know the chronological sequence and which features are included in which volume, here's the complete list:

03/11/31 Dracula (Spanish Version) Dracula: The Legacy Collection
11/13/33 The Invisible Man The Invisible Man: The Legacy Collection
04/22/35 Bride of Frankenstein Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection
05/13/35 WereWolf of London The Wolf Man: The Legacy Collection
05/11/36 Dracula’s Daughter Dracula: The Legacy Collection
01/13/39 Son of Frankenstein Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection
01/12/40 The Invisible Man Returns The Invisible Man: The Legacy Collection
09/20/40 The Mummy’s Hand The Mummy: The Legacy Collection
12/27/40 The Invisible Woman The Invisible Man: The Legacy Collection
03/13/42 Ghost of Frankenstein Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection
10/23/42 The Mummy’s Tomb The Mummy: The Legacy Collection
03/05/43 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man The Wolf Man: The Legacy Collection
11/05/43 Son of Dracula Dracula: The Legacy Collection
06/09/44 The Invisible Man’s Revenge The Invisible Man: The Legacy Collection
07/07/44 The Mummy’s Ghost The Mummy: The Legacy Collection
12/01/44 House of Frankenstein Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection
12/22/44 The Mummy’s Curse The Mummy: The Legacy Collection
12/07/45 House of Dracula Dracula: The Legacy Collection
05/17/46 She-Wolf of London The Wolf Man: The Legacy Collection
03/05/54 The Creature from the Black Lagoon Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Legacy Collection
04/26/56 The Creature Walks Among Us Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Legacy Collection
Notes
  • The Mummy, The Invisible Man and The Creature from the Black Lagoon series are self-contained and complete; they do not crossover with Dracula, Frankenstein or the Wolf Man characters.
  • The Spanish version of Dracula was shot at the same time as the English language version, using the same sets.  It is not a part of the series proper, but rather an alternate production that many feel is superior to its counterpart.
  • WereWolf of London and She-Wolf of London are not part of the Wolf Man continuity and exist as isolated films included to flesh out the Wolf Man volume.
  • The characters also appeared in several of the Abbott & Costello features, in reprisal performances by Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr. and Glenn Strange.  These are a sort of bizarre coda to the series proper, by which point the iconic characters had outlived their value in the horror field.

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