Sunday, April 23, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History April 23- 29, 2017


Night of Terror (1933) an American  horror film directed by Benjamin Stoloff and starring Bela Lugosi, Sally Blane, Wallace Ford, and Tully Marshall was released on April 24, 1933. Bela Lugosi was working a heavy schedule during this time in an attempt to get himself out of debt, including filming International House (1933) by day and Night of Terror (1933)  by night.







Invisible Ghost (1941) released by Monogram Pictures, starring Bela Lugosi, Polly Ann Young and directed by Joseph H. Lewis was released on April 25,1941. This would be Polly Ann Young’s last film.


Mark of the Vampire (1935) an American horror film, starring Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, and Jean Hersholt was released on April 26, 1935. The film was directed by Tod Browning and is a remake of his silent film London After Midnight (1927) with the characters' names and circumstances changed. 








Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) Japanese American science fiction film. It is a re-edited Americanized version of the Japanese film Godzilla (1954) , which had previously been shown subtitled in the United States was released in America on April 27, 1956





The Thing from Another World (The Thing),  a 1951 RKO Pictures film based on the 1938 novella "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell (writing under the pseudonym of Don A. Stuart)  was released on April 29,1951. The film stars Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, Douglas Spencer and James Arness as The Thing




Sunday, April 16, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History April 16 - 22, 2017

The Lady and the Monster (1944) is a film based on the novel “Donovan's Brain” by Curt Siodmak, who is known for writing such horror classics as The Wolf Man (1941) Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943) and The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). The film was directed by George Sherman and written by Dane Lussier and Fredrick Kohner. The Lady and the Monster (1944) which starred Vera Ralston, Erich von Stroheim, and Richard Arlen was released on April 17, 1944.



After suffering several strokes Bram Stoker, the author of DRACULA died on April 20, 1912. His death would go virtually unnoticed by the world, overshadowed by the sinking of the Titanic which dominated the headlines that week.
Supernatural (1933) an American horror film directed by Victor Halperin starring Carole Lombard and Alan Dinehart was released on April 21, 1933.









Bride of Frankenstein (1935) the first sequel to Frankenstein (1931). Bride of Frankenstein was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, and features Elsa Lanchester in the dual role of his mate and Mary Shelley was released on April 22, 1935 in Los Angeles California.












Sunday, April 9, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History April 9-15, 2017



House of Wax (1953) starring Vincent Price was released on April 10, 1953 . It was a remake of Warners' Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) and was directed by André de Toth. It is perhaps the best-known film from the 3-D film craze. House of Wax (1953) was one of the biggest hits of 1953, earning an estimated $5.5 million in North American alone.


 


House of 1000 Corpses (2003) written, co-scored and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring Chris Hardwick, Rainn Wilson, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie ( Rob Zombie’s wife), and Karen Black was released on April 11,2003.














Dr. Cyclops (1940)  directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Thomas Coley, Victor Kilian, and  Janice Logan was on April 12, 1940. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (Farciot Edouart, Gordon Jennings). Dr. Cyclops (1940) is the first American science fiction film to be made in Technicolor.






The Monster Maker (1944) was originally titled: "The Devil's Apprentice." J. Carrol Naish, Ralph Morgan, Tala Birell, and Glenn Strange starred in this ultra-low budget horror film which was released on April 15, 1944. The film earned a B rating from the Legion of Decency for "excessive gruesomeness." 










 





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday's Fright Film Tidbit

The Blair Witch Project (1999) written and directed by Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick. was film in only 8 days with a budget, according to Sánchez, of between $20,000 and $26,000. To date the film has grossed close to 250 million.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History April 2 - 8, 2017




Dark Shadows the American Gothic soap opera which aired weekdays on the ABC television network, ended  its run on television on April 2, 1971





Roger Corman an Academy Award winning American film producer, director and actor best known for his low-budget B movies including a cycle of films adapted from the tales of Edgar Allan Poe was born on April 5,1926.












Kane Hodder, known for  portraying Jason Voorhees in several of the Friday the 13th films was born on April 8, 1955.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Today is Lon Chaney's Birthday


Lon Chaney, born Leonidas Frank Chaney on April 1, 1883 – was an American silent film actor. Chaney is 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). His legendary makeup techniques earned him the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Faces."

Monday, March 27, 2017

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Man Made Monster (1941)


Man Made Monster (1941)

Lon Chaney Jr. once said during an interview, “After witnessing the torture my father endured in his various make-ups, I was more than ready to heed his advice about not doing that type of work. And yet, I suppose the fact that I'm here proves that some people just can't escape their destiny."

 Man Made Monster (1941) would mark the beginning of a long and illustrious career as a horror actor for Lon Chaney Jr. and although the studios had been eager to cash in on his name they cast him in what would be the lowest budget film for the studio in 1941. Man Made Monster (1941)  directed by George Waggner who later produced and directed such horror classics as TheWolf Man (1941), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) and The Phantom of the Opera (1943). The film was based on the story, "The Electric Man" which Universal had purchased for $3,300 in 1935 as a potential Boris Karloff / Bela Lugosi vehicle.

The film featured Lionel Atwill, one of Universals premier horror actors in his first role as a mad scientist.  Atwill would later play a mad scientist in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) which also featured Lon Chaney Jr. in both films Chaney Jr. plays a monster that kills Atwill's characters with electricity. The film also features Anne Nagel and Frank Albertson, who appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) as Tom Cassidy (the client with $40,000).  Man-Made Monster (1941) was filmed in only three weeks. Yet despite it’s low budget and tight shooting schedule The Man Made Monster (1941) would become one of Universal’s better horror films for that time period.

Man-Made Monster (1941) would launch Lon Chaney Jr.'s career as a star in horror films and the film's success directly led to his casting in later horror films such as The Wolf Man (1941), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

Man-Made Monster (1941) was later re-released under several titles including Electric Man and The Mysterious Dr. R. In 1953, it was re-released by Realart Pictures under the title The Atomic Monster on a double bill with The Flying Saucer (1950). When Realart Pictures rereleased the film under the title Atomic Monster, Alex Gordon had titled one of his films with the same title. He sent his attorney Samuel Z. Arkoff to meet the Realart representative James H. Nicholson to discuss the matter. As a result of that meeting the three men started their own film company, American International Pictures (AIP). AIP would be noted for producing such low budget horror films  as I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957),  Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), House of Usher (1960), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) as well as a series of Poe based horror films in the 1960’s.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History March 26 - April 1, 2017


Man-Made Monster (1941) starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Lionel Atwll was released on March 28, 1941 . Man-Made Monster (1941) would launch Lon Chaney Jr.'s career as a star in horror films and the film's success directly led to his casting in later horror films such as The Wolf Man (1941), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) and Frankenstein Meets theWolf Man (1943).



 

The Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds (1963)  starring Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, and Suzanne Pleshette was released theatrically on March 28,1963.




House of Horrors (1946)  released by Universal Pictures, starring Rondo Hatton as "The Creeper". It was the second of three CREEPER films for Rondo Hatton, filmed September 1945, but released until March 29, 1946, following Hatton's death on February 2, 1946.








Lon Chaney, born Leonidas Frank Chaney on April 1, 1883 – was an American silent film actor. Chaney is 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). His legendary makeup techniques earned him the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Faces."