Why make the Invisible Man into a monster when there are Nazis to fight? That's the logic behind this fourth film in the series which casts the title character against some of history's biggest monsters.
The first in a series of sequels to Universal's 1931 English-language original, this film was loosely based on Stoker's short story, "Dracula's Guest", and is, by far, the best of the Universal sequels.
A couple of decades later, Universal took another stab at Dracula with a new adaptation featuring Frank Langella and this film ended up being possible Universal's best version of the story to dare.
For a few years Universal tried, and failed, to get some kind of Universal Monsters product on screens somewhere, somehow. One of the first attempts was this British co-production that was actually pretty good but, sadly, only went a single season.
With the smash succes of the 1999 reboot, Universal returned to the well as our heroes have to battle the mummy once more, along with a new and more powerful potential threat (the Scorpion King), in this less-than-fresh sequel.
Years later Universal, for some reason, decided to dip into the well again for a three-quel featuring a new "mummy" and none of the magic of the 1999 original. This film is about as bad as all the ancient movies in the series.
Speaking of bad movies, Tom Cruise was enlisted to help reboot the franchise once again as well as launch the "Dark Universe". Sadly this film was a bad first step, stumbling out of the gate and taking the proposed shared universe with it.
There's a beast on the loose in London and the police are at a loss as to how to catch it. This film marked Universal's first foray into werewolf films, but the movie doesn't quite know what to do with it's titualar character.
Universal wanted to extend the life of two franchises and accidentally stumbled upon a new way to craft these tales, the shared universe, as both the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's creature cross paths for the first time.
Already straining with the diminishing returns of the series, Universal tried again with their shared universe crossovers, but much like the previous film, this movie struggles to justify so many monsters sharing the same storyline.
With the scary monsters movies dead, Universal attempted to relaunch the series with a crossover film featuring the comedic stylings of Abbott and Costello. Although popular at the time, this film isn't really all that funny in the modern era.
Young Frankenstein: A parody of the classic Universal Monster films from comedy master Mel Brooks.
Dark Universe: A discussion about what might have been for Universal's failed attempt at a share cinematic universe.