Inverted Dungeon Movie Reviews

When the Castlevania series first debuted, credit was given to Vampire Hunter D, a series of Japanese novels (and two movies) about a vampire hunter going up against Dracula. We'll begin our discussion of movies and cinema with reviews of both Vampire Hunter D flicks (and maybe one day we'll get ahold of English copies of the books and review those, too).

Of course, more recently Frederator Studios, in conjuction with Netflix and Konami, produced a short-run animated series based on Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. And since we review everything (especially when it has the name Castlevania on it), let's look at that as well:

Classic Horror Cinema

But the connection between the Castlevania series and cinema isn't limited to two anime movies and its own TV show. The series has long shared ties to classic horror cinema, parodying both the Universal and Hammer films series from the very first game onwards. Over time, the connection has grown deeper, borrowing ideas and characters from horror cinema to give the series a greater connection to its cinematic ancestors.

Throughout this section, we'll take a look at the classic monsters of the silver screen. It's our excuse to watch movies and call it an assignment for the site.

Movies Featuring Dracula (and Other Vampire Lords)

Movies Featuring Carmilla

  • Vampyr (1932, Tobis Filmkunst, Unrated)
  • Blood and Roses (1960, Documento Film, Unrated)
  • Crypt of the Vampire (1963, E.I. Associates Producers, Unrated)
  • The Vampire Lovers (1970, Hammer Films, Rated R)
  • The Blood Spattered Bride (1972, Morgana Films, Rated R)
  • The Unwanted (2013, W.A. Entertainment, Unrated)
  • The Curse of Styria (2014, Like Fire Productions, Unrated)

Movies Featuring the Mad Science of Dr. Frankenstein

Movies Featuring the Mummy

  • The Mummy (1932, Universal Pictures, Unrated)
  • The Mummy (1959, Hammer Films, Unrated)
    • The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964, Unrated)
    • The Mummy's Shroud (1967, Unrated)
    • Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971, Rated PG)
  • The Mummy (1999, Universal Pictures, Rated PG-13)
    • The Mummy Returns (2001, Rated PG-13)
    • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008, Rated PG-13)
    • The Scorpion King (2002, Rated PG-13)
    • The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (2008, Rated PG-13)
    • The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption (2012, Rated PG-13)
    • The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power (2015, Rated PG-13)
  • The Mummy (2017, Universal Pictures, Rated PG-13)

Movies Featuring the Wolf Man

Movies Featuring the Gill-Man

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, Universal Pictures, Unrated)
    • Revenge of the Creature (1955, Unrated)
    • The Creature Walks Among Us (1956, Unrated)
  • The Shape of Water (1941, Fox Searchlight, Rated R)

Other Horror Flicks and Series

And since the modern age of horror keeps chugging onwards, we'll continue to add movies and television shows into this section as well. Anything that seems vaguely applicable (such as vampires, werewolves, and abominations of science) will get included in this section. Like Caastlevania, these films are informed by the classics that came before but have also served to influence our current views and expectations of the classic monsters.