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What to watch this week: Where to watch the Dark Universe's original monster movies

Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in 1935's Bride of Frankenstein.

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Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in 1935's Bride of Frankenstein.



A guide to Universal's Dark Universe

Lovers of monster movies rejoice! Universal Pictures is bringing iconic movie creatures back to the big screen and tying together their story lines for a connected Dark Universe. Universal announced the monster-verse earlier this month with plans to mine its vault for classic creatures to bring back to theaters, starting with The Mummy, which premiered Friday. Do we need another movie-verse? Probably not. But who could pass up the chance to bring another Bride of Frankenstein to the big screen? If you're looking to refresh your memory on the origins of these classic monsters, look no further than Amazon, Hulu and horror streaming service Shudder.

The Mummy:
Boris Karloff plays Imhotep, an ancient Egyptian mummy brought back to life through a magic scroll and continues to search for his lost love. The 1932 film set the standard for more mummy movies to come. Rent on Amazon.

Bride of Frankenstein: Another Boris Karloff flick, but this time he portrays Frankenstein's monster and Elsa Lanchester as the monster's bride. The 1935 film is one of the sequels often deemed superior to the original. Rent on Amazon.

Frankenstein: Sometimes scientists get bored and decide to dig up bodies to piece together a murderous masterpiece that wreaks havoc on a small European village. Normal. Also stars Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster. Rent on Amazon.

The Invisible Man: Claude Rains is mostly a disembodied voice in the 1933 flick based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel. Rent on Amazon.

Hunchback of Notre Dame: If you want the 1939 classic, rent it on Amazon. Get the Disney musical version on Hulu.

Phantom of the Opera:
The 1925 silent horror flick starring the legendary Lon Chaney is available on Amazon Prime and Shudder. The 2004 musical drama with Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum and Patrick Wilson can be streamed on Hulu.

Dracula: Universal found its iconic vampire count in Bela Lugosi in 1931, nine years after German silent film Nosferatu graced the screen. Dracula can be rented on Amazon. Nosferatu is available on Shudder.

Creature from the Black Lagoon: A 1954 3-D black-and-white monster flick where an amphibious humanoid terrorizes a camp of scientists in the Amazon. Rent on Amazon.

Watch this week


Tribute to Pulse, 7 p.m., Bay News 9: The local news channel will carry a special live tribute to the 49 people from the LGBTQ community who lost their lives last year during the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Orlando Love: Remembering Our Angels will broadcast from Lake Eola.

SERIES PREMIERE: Superhuman, 9 p.m., Fox: In this new reality game show, people with extraordinary skills and abilities - including synesthesia and frog calling - compete for a $50,000 grand prize.


SEASON FINALE: Famous in Love, 10 p.m., Freeform: In the Season 1 finale, cast and crew hide concerns for Rainer from the press.


SERIES PREMIERE: Blood Drive, 10 p.m., Syfy: In the dystopian future of 1999, Arthur Bailey is the last good cop in a horde of corruption and lives in desolate Los Angeles. He's about to get caught up in a race where cars run on human blood and the last participant to arrive at each checkpoint has their head explode. Sounds like a great show to watch while eating!

MasterChef, 8 p.m., Fox: The Top 20 chefs compete in the first mystery-box challenge. Of the three Tampa Bay chefs who competed only one made it to the Top 20 and got the coveted white apron.


AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton, 10 p.m., TNT: The American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award is presented to actor and filmmaker Diane Keaton (The Godfather, Annie Hall) from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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