Boys and ghouls, this will be a mad monster bash taking place the week of Halloween so invite your friends, your enemies, your daddy, your mummy, and all the spooks in your life to attend. Any one, any age, is welcome and...children of the night, any topic you vant to write about is fine with us!
Universal Pictures distributed some of the most iconic motion pictures in Hollywood's history including a castle-full of delicious monster classics.
What kind of articles could you write about for this event? You can cover a film, a series of films, a profile of a Universal contract player, a director, behind-the-scenes personnel, or the history of the studio itself. You've got a Universe of topics to choose from, but in case your brain went stiff for the moment, here are some suggestions to spark the flames of inspiration :
Stars : Lon Chaney, Deanna Durbin, Laura La Plante, Rock Hudson and Doris Day, Abbott and Costello, Sandra Dee, Lana Turner, Audie Murphy, Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, David Niven, Hoot Gibson, Don Knotts, Mae Murray, Harry Carey, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, Marlene Dietrich, W.C. Fields, Mae West, Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Burt Lancaster, Irene Dunne, James Stewart, Tony Curtis.
Behind-the-Scenes : Carl Laemmle, Tod Browning, Alfred Hitchcock, Clarence Brown, Erich von Stroheim, Lois Weber, Douglas Sirk, Ross Hunter, Jean Louis, Mervyn LeRoy, Jack Pierce, Walter Seltzer, Frank De Vol, Elmer Bernstein, Delbert Mann, Henry Koster.
If you are new to blogathons, let us explain the rules of the party :
- All platters are served on a first come, first serve basis.
- If you don't post your post within the posting time, we'll miss your post and it won't be posted until our next post.
- Please park your carriage in the gate-house behind the castle.
- Listen to your host, especially since she has the longest fangs.
- The deadline for accepting walk-in invitations is midnight on Halloween - a bewitching time, don't you think?
We hope you can join the party, we're going to have a howling good-time!
The Roster ( so far... )
The Delicious Little Devil ( 1919 ) - Movies Silently
The Phantom of the Opera ( 1925 ) - Silentology
All Quiet on the Western Front ( 1930 ) - Back to Golden Days
The Cat Creeps ( 1930 ) - Immortal Ephemera
Dracula ( 1931 ) - Classic Movie Hub Blog
Correspondence from Carl Laemmle - Stars and Letters
The Mummy ( 1932 ) - Old Hollywood Films
The Invisible Man ( 1933 ) - Reel Distracted
Werewolf of London ( 1935 ) - Caftan Woman
Bride of Frankenstein ( 1935 ) - A Shroud of Thoughts
Love Before Breakfast ( 1936 ) - Carole and Company
Tower of London ( 1939 ) - Speakeasy
Son of Frankenstein ( 1939 ) - Once Upon a Screen
The Sherlock Holmes Series - The Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
The Wolf Man ( 1941 ) - Classic Becky's Brain Food
Here Come the Co-Eds ( 1945 ) - The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog
The Mummy Films of the 1940s - Classic Film and TV Cafe
Bud and Lou Take on the Universal Monsters - Outspoken and Freckled
So Goes My Love ( 1948 ) - Phyllis Loves Classic Movies
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein ( 1948 ) - Another Old Movie Blog
Francis the Talking Mule ( 1950 ) - Silver Screenings
Creature from the Black Lagoon ( 1954 ) - Wide Screen World
Midnight Lace ( 1960 ) - Silver Scenes