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The Wolf's Trail - Le Loup des Malveneur

This is an extra-credit installment of The Wolf’s Trail. I’d originally intended to charge straight ahead, keeping my focus limited to movies that saw wide release in the US (which makes my job a lot easier, since those movies are generally a lot more readily available to me that the films that never made it to America officially). 879 more words

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The Wolf's Trail - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

The trail of the wolf has led us now to the end of an era. Not the end of Universal’s classic horror movies (not quite), not the end for Lon Chaney Jr’s career as a wolfman, not even the end of things for poor Larry Talbot, though it would be a long time before he was to be dusted off again. 2,123 more words

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The Wolf's Trail - She-Wolf of London

In the post-war world of rocketry and atomic science, the Universal Monsters were a franchise in decline. The budgets were slashed, the top creative talents had largely moved on, and the movies themselves, … 2,369 more words

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The Wolf's Trail - House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula

We’ve come to the part of the 1940s where the old monsters were beginning to run out of steam. With the real horrors of a world war to contend with, genteel gothic horror was looking like kid stuff, and the period settings and invocations of old superstition were out of place in a world driven by science and engineering. 3,624 more words

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The Wolf's Trail - Return of the Vampire and Cry of the Werewolf

Universal Studios was the most successful purveyor of monster movies in the 1940s, but they definitely weren’t the only ones in the game. We’ve already talked about… 2,596 more words

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The Wolf's Trail - Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

Welcome once again to The Wolf’s Trail, where we continue to follow the through-lines within werewolf cinema across the decades! We’re here on our new day for this feature, which is now going to be our regular Wednesday night thing, and this week we’re returning to the big man himself, Larry Talbot, in the groundbreaking crossover sequel  2,053 more words

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