13 episodes

Welcome to The Monsters That Made Us! Join “The Invisible Dan" Colón and “Monster Mike" Manzi as they celebrate all of the SPOOKTACULAR characters and films in the Universal Studios Classic Monsters series. 

The Monsters That Made Us Dan Colón and Mike Manzi

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Welcome to The Monsters That Made Us! Join “The Invisible Dan" Colón and “Monster Mike" Manzi as they celebrate all of the SPOOKTACULAR characters and films in the Universal Studios Classic Monsters series. 

    The Invisible Woman (1940)

    The Invisible Woman (1940)

    Watch out for those banana peels because this time, Universal’s putting the scares on hold in favor of a all out farce! Join “The Invisible Dan Colon and “Monster Mike” Manzi as they discuss 1940’s The Invisible Woman, its incredible cast and the always impressive effects work of John P. Fulton (which earned him yet another Academy Award nomination), as well as Universal’s questionable decision to shift even further from horror with a full blown, laugh-a-minute invisible comedy that has absolutely nothing to do with any of the films that preceded it.
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    The Mummy's Hand (1940)

    The Mummy's Hand (1940)

    Imhotep is dead, and the age of Kharis is upon us! Brew yourself some tana tea (no more than three leaves!) and join “The Invisible Dan” and “Monster Mike” as they once again trek through the sands of Egypt in search of an ancient tomb. They discuss Universal’s new streamlined production style, including tons of repurposed footage and music, Jack Pierce’s more efficient (but still very effective) makeup techniques, and why The Mummy’s Hand is basically a dry run for the Abbott & Costello adventures that are yet to come.
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

    The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

    It’s a race against time as Sir Geoffrey Radcliffe, wrongfully convicted of his brother’s murder, turns himself invisible to escape the noose, and hunt down his brother’s killer before the invisibility serum drives him raving mad! Join “The Invisible Dan” and “Monster Mike” as they discuss 1940’s The Invisible Man Returns, starring horror icon Vincent Price in his first horror role! They discuss the incredible advancements in John P. Fulton’s special effects, Universal horror’s shift to film noir, and how The Invisible Man Returns may have influenced a little film called Star Wars!
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    • 1 hr 52 min
    Son of Frankenstein (1939)

    Son of Frankenstein (1939)

    The sins of the father come back to haunt us as we follow Baron Wolf von Frankenstein, son of Henry Frankenstein, back to the old family home to claim his inheritance, which ends up being a lot more than he ever could have expected. Listen as "The Invisible Dan" and "Monster Mike" chat about some old school Hollywood censorship, Bela Lugosi's incredible character work as Ygor, Boris Karloff's final performance as the monster, and why Son of Frankenstein still holds up as one of the truly great entries in Universal's Classic Monster series.

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    • 2 hr 18 min
    Dracula's Daughter (1936)

    Dracula's Daughter (1936)

    What do you do when your dad is the ultimate blood-sucker? That's exactly what "The Invisible Dan" and "Monster Mike" are discussing as they head back to Carfax Abbey mere seconds after Professor Van Helsing drove a stake through the heart of Count Dracula! Join them as they discuss the very different (and kinky) movie Dracula's Daughter almost was (and still kind of is?), why Countess Zaleska is one of the most underrated monsters in the Universal canon, and more!

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    • 1 hr 47 min
    Werewolf of London (1935)

    Werewolf of London (1935)

    We hope you're howling for a good time because in this episode, "The Invisible Dan" and "Monster Mike" are scouring the rocky mountains of Tibet and the foggy streets of London, hunting werewolves! Join them as they discuss the first feature length werewolf movie ever made, its undeniable impact on future horror films, the unique choice to tie lycanthropy to the world of plants, and how its incredible transformation sequence (another Jack Pierce/John P. Fulton effort) makes it essential viewing for any monster fan.

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    • 1 hr 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

TLiciousX ,

So much better than I was expecting!

When recommending this podcast, I feel I can confidently say that it does not matter if you care about these monster movies. Just give it a listen, and you will quickly come to care about them, because the hosts bring encyclopaedic knowledge and infectious enthusiasm to the topic.

erock14291 ,

Great deep dive that is accessible for everyone!

Dan and Mike do a fantastic job diving into the Universal Studio monster movies. You get to hear stunning stories about behind the scenes production, and a fun recap of the movie itself. It was a deep enough dive to please film fans, but also the chemistry between the hosts made it fun enough for anyone to listen.

If you like movies, horror, or just fun and informative conversations: The Monsters That Made Us is for you!

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