Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday's Fright Film Tdbit - Smell-O-Vision !

Smell-O-Vision was a technique created by Hans Laube and made its one and only appearance in  Scent of Mystery (1960).  The system was designed so that the film's soundtrack would  trigger 30 different odors to be released into the theater's seats allowing the audience  to "smell" what was happening in the movie.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

This Week in Fright Film History August 21 - 27, 2016

The Seventh Victim (1943) starring Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell, Kim Hunter (in her first film), and Hugh Beaumont, directed by Mark Robson was released August 21,1943.

Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949) a comedy/ horror film starring Abbott and Costello and Boris Karloff was released on August 22, 1949. The full onscreen title is Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff.

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The Student of Prague (1913), with a run time of 1 hour 25 minutes, is hailed as the first true feature length film in history. The film premiered on August 22, 1913. It is reported the some of the audience members actually screamed when the student’s image steps out of the mirror. Although this effect was achieved with the ever so common double exposure technique that effect had never been seen by the movie going audience at that time and it did make quite an impression.

Lon Chaney, known for his roles in such silent horror films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and London After Midnight (1927) died on August 26, 1930 from bronchial lung cancer, he was 47 years old.

The Head of Janus (1920) a German horror silent film directed by F. W. Murnau and written by Hans Janowitz . The film was an unauthorized adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the German authorities did not recognize the source material due to the changes in the names of the characters. The director F.W. Murnau is best known for his film Nosferatu (1922) which was unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The film was released on August 26 ,1920

The Abominable Snowman (1957) was directed by Val Guest and released by Hammer Film Productions on August 26, 1957. The film is based on a 1955 BBC television play, The Creature, written by Nigel Kneale, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation for the film. The Abominable Snowman (1957) was released in the United States under the title of The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday's Fright Film Fact

Boris Karloff’s role as Frankenstein’s creature was considered a minor part by Universal. As a result, Karloff was not invited to the December 6th, 1931 premiere of      Frankenstein (1931).

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday's Fright Film Fact

Actress Julie Adam, was accidentally knocked unconscious while filming The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954),  when the stuntman playing the creature, accidently  hit her head on the side of the entrance of the cave while carrying her inside.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

This Week in Fright Film History August 14 - 20, 2016

Bela Lugosi, famous for his starring role in the  Dracula (1931) and his various roles in other horror films,  died of a heart attack on August 16, 1956 in his Los Angeles home. He was 73.

Cry of the Werewolf (1944) aka Daughter of the Werewolf,  an American horror film starring Nina Foch, Stephen Crane and Osa Massen was released on August 17, 1944. The film is based on a story by Griffin Jay and was directed by Henry Levin.

The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) directed by Nick Grinde, and starring Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, and Ann Doran was released on August 17, 1939.

 H. P. Lovecraft born was on  August 20, 1890 . He was a virtually unknown author during his lifetime and only published in pulp magazines while living in poverty. He achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction and is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in the horror genre.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday's Fright Film Fact

In 1996, Reverend Steve Galindo of Seminole, Oklahoma, created a legally recognized religion with Ed Wood, who was posthumously awarded the Golden Turkey Award for Worst Director of All Time, as its official savior. Originally meant as a joke, the Church of Ed Wood now boasts a congregation over 3,000 followers. Woodites, as the church members are referred to, celebrate Woodmas on October 10, which is Wood’s birthday. A number of parties and concerts are held throughout the world in celebration of Woodmas each year. Wood is known for directing such low budget films as Glen or Glenda 1953), Jail Bait (1954), Bride of the Monster (1956) and Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957).

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tuesday Fright Film Tidbit

Boris Karloff reportedly said to make-up artist and designer Jack P. Pierce regarding the mummy bandage costume: 

"Well, you've done a wonderful job, but you forgot to give me a fly!"

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Phantom of the Opera - (VoicePlay feat. Rachel Potter)

This Week in Fright Film History August 7 -13, 2016

Caltiki – The Immortal Monster (1959) Italian science fiction horror film directed by Riccardo Freda was released on August 8, 1959. Riccardo Freda claims that he abandoned the film so that future director Mario Bava would have a chance to direct. 

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953) a comedy/horror film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, and Boris Karloff was relased August 10, 1953.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) an American horror film directed by Victor Fleming, director of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz was released August 12, 1941.  This film version featured an all-star cast including Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  (1941) was remake of the 1931 film of the same name, both movies were based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired the rights to the 1931 film from Paramount Pictures.  To keep the 1931 film out of circulation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ordered every print of the 1931 film that could be located destroyed. The film was considered lost until a full version was found and was restored.

H. G. Wells, an English writer known for his science fiction works including The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau died on  August 13, 1946 at the age of 79.