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Thrill to double the horror on DVD

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Anyone who has a keen interest in horror films knows that Universal pioneered the genre, scoring big with "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" in the early 1930s.

The studio also brought us the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Wolf Man. Their success spawned numerous sequels that packed a chill or two themselves over the years.

Universal has released many of those sequels on six double-feature DVDs ($29.98 each). The prints previewed are sparkling and crisp, something any classic horror fans will want to add to their collections.

Here are the double features:

"Son of Frankenstein" (1939): Boris Karloff in his final appearance as the monster. Good cast includes Basil Rathbone as the son. /"Ghost of Frankenstein" (1942): Lon Chaney Jr. plays the monster who gets a new brain in this sequel to "Son."

"Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man" (1943): Fun film with great climactic battle between the Wolf Man (Chaney Jr.) and the Frankenstein monster, played by Bela Lugosi, who refused the role in 1931./"House of Frankenstein" (1944): A grand universal monster jamboree featuring the Wolf Man (Chaney Jr.), Dracula ( John Carradine) and the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange).

"The Mummy's Hand" (1940)/"The Mummy's Tomb" (1942): The first film retells the story of the mummy Kharis (played by Tom Tyler) who is brought to life and supposedly destroyed by fire. Turns out he was not fatally burned, as the second film shows. Lon Chaney Jr. is the man behind the gauze for this one.

"The Mummy's Ghost" (1944)/"The Mummy's Curse" (1944): Chaney Jr. as Kharis headlines both movies, with John Carradine as the guy who brings him back to life.

"Dracula's Daughter" (1936): An eerie film in which Gloria Holden is outstanding as Countess Zeleska, the vampire who travels to England to find out if her father, Count Dracula, still lives./"Son of Dracula" (1943): This time Lon Chaney Jr. takes on the role of the famous vampire's offspring.

"Werewolf of London" (1935): Henry Hull plays the man who becomes a werewolf when the moon is full. A well-done piece./"She-Wolf of London" (1946): Very disappointing effort with June Lockhart as a woman who suspects herself of being the she-wolf.

Still available on DVD at $24.98 each are "Frankenstein" (1931), "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), "Dracula" (1931), "The Mummy" (1932), "The Invisible Man" (1933), "The Wolfman" (1941), "The Phantom of the Opera" (1943) and "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954).

All prices are suggested by the distributor. Shop around and you can find them for much less.