Universal Classic Monsters (also known as Universal Monsters and Universal Studios 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 Universal's most famous monsters as "pop culture icons", specifically Dracula,
Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Wolf Man.