This bloodthirsty Dracula is one of Universal Monsters’ fall offerings

Bram Stoker’s classic novel lives on with this figurine from Universal Monsters’ Reaction Series. The 3.75 inch figure is modeled after the vampire as he appears in the 1931 film Dracula, directed by Tod Browning. Based on horror, sci-fi and suspense films released from 1923 to 1960 by Universal Studios, this line is a celebration of all things classic and scary. And it’s just in time for Halloween! Collect his pals The Invisible Man, The Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Wolfman before October 31 rolls by.

The original vampire. And he didn't sparkle.

The original vampire. And he didn’t sparkle.

French Wolfman Poster: Pure Awesome!

The Wolfman poster above is one of a few American posters the studio released ahead of the 2010 film. It features the beautiful Emily Blunt and only the mere suggestion of the beast Larry Talbot (Benicio del Toro) has become. The other posters (seen here at WorstPreviews.com) feature a look at the monster himself, or at least at Del Toro, but theres something truly evocative and eerie about the absence of the Wolfman from the image: Blunt’s terrified Gwen Conliffe hides from something she can’t see and we the viewer are of little help, equally as likely to be surprised by his sudden presence as she. It’s a touch of class in a sea of posters that seem too desperate for attention.

But even it seems to pale in comparison to the French poster, whose minimalist approach and brilliant use of visual cues (the strength and weakness of the character, the Victorian styling, the secrecy implied by the fact we’re behind his back and, of course, the snarling wolf at the top of the cane) bring class, sophistication and genuine beauty to the tragic horror of the film.

I love it. It’ll definitely be the one that goes up on my wall even before the movie hits theatres.

And, naturally, because this is an action figure blog and I am hopelessly devoted to the pursuit of toys (and Benicio Del Toro’s career), here’s a link to pre-order Mezco’s brilliant 6-inch and 12-inch figures. I’ll be snagging these ASAP.