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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Universal Studios Monsters (also known as Universal Monsters and Universal Classic Monsters) is a media franchise based on a series of horror films primarily produced by Universal Pictures from the 1930s to the 1950s. Although not initially conceived as a franchise, the enduring popularity and legacy of the films and the characters featured in them has led the studio to market them under the collective brand name of Universal Studios Monsters. Steve Jones of USA Today described that some of Universal's most famous monsters as "pop culture icons", specifically Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and The Wolf Man. Merchandizing of characters in formats such as clothing and board games which included The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon have continued into the 21st century.After the Universal horror films were syndicated to television, this led to a rise in the popularity of merchandise based on Frankenstein's monster and Dracula. Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, the Universal monsters were promoted via merchandizing which included: Halloween costumes, Aurora model kits, paperback novelizations, makeup how-to manuals, T-shirt iron-ons, posters, trading cards, and more. Since 1991, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Parks & Resorts have featured characters from the Universal Classic Monsters franchise. From 2006 to 2014, the characters also appeared in the year-round walk-through attraction, Universal's House of Horrors, at Universal Studios Hollywood. The franchise is also the central theme of Universal's Horror Make-Up Show. The live show opened in 1990 at Universal Studios Florida and is still in operation.