Sunday, February 19, 2017

This Week in Fright Film Hstory February 21 -27, 2016


Freaks (1932) an American  horror film directed and produced by Tod Browning and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was released on February 20, 1932. Browning, who had once been a part of traveling circus drew from his personal experiences while making this film.





Max Schreck (Friedrich Gustav Maximilian Schreck) a German actor who remembered for his lead role as Count Orlok in the film Nosferatu (1922) died of a heart attack on February 20, 1936 he was 56 years old.







Dwight Frye was born on February 21 1899 in Salina, Kansas. As an actor he is most remembered for portraying mentally unbalanced characters, Frye’s most notable roles were Renfield in Dracula (1931) and as Fritz, the hunchbacked assistant of Dr. Henry Frankenstein in James Wells Frankenstein (1931). He would later reprise his role as Fritz in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).






Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) an American horror film directed by Robert Florey is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and stars Bela Lugosi was released on February 21, 1932.



































Sunday, February 12, 2017

This Week in Fright film History February 12 - 18, 2017


Dracula (1931) premiered at the Roxy Theatre in New York on February 12, 1931.  Newspapers reported that some audience members fainted from shock. This was obviously a publicity stunt perpetrated by the film studio to help boost ticket sales.

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) directed by Jack Arnold and starring Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno and Whit Bissell premiered on February 12, 1954.









Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) an American mystery horror film directed by Michael Curtiz. The film stars Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, and Frank McHugh. Released on February 18, 1933 the film is noted for being the last dramatic fiction film made using the two-color Technicolor process.










Sunday, February 5, 2017

This week In Fright Film History February 5 - 11. 2017





John Carradine an American actor, best known for his roles in horror films and Westerns was born on Febuary 5, 1906. Carradine was a member of Cecil B. DeMille's and John Ford,s stock company. He noted for being one of the most prolific character actors in Hollywood history.




The Monster Walks (1932) an American horror film directed by Frank R. Strayer and starring Rex Lease, Vera Reynolds, Sheldon Lewis, and Mischa Auer was released on Febuary 7, 1932.









The Spiral Staircase (1946) directed by Robert Siodmak based on Ethel Lina White's novel Some Must Watch was released on February 7, 1946. The film starred Dorothy McGuire, George Brent and Ethel Barrymore.











Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) written by Charles B. Griffith and produced and directed by Roger Corman was released on February 10, 1957.The film was Corman's most profitable film to date.














Lon Chaney, Jr. born Creighton Chaney on February 10, 1906 was the son of famous silent film actor Lon Chaney. Lon Chaney, Jr. was an American actor best known for playing Larry Talbot in The Wolf Man (1941).





The Uninvited (1944) was directed by Lewis Allen and released on February 10, 1944. The film  is based on the Dorothy Macardle novel Uneasy Freehold and  stars Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey. Charles Lang was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematography.














Sunday, January 29, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History January 29 to February 4 , 2017



Scared to Death (1947)  directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Bela Lugosi and George Zucco, was released on February 1, 1947. The picture was filmed using the  inexpensive Cinecolor process which was usually reserved for low-budget Westerns.  Scared to Death (1947)  is the only color film to star Bela Lugosi , he did appeared in a the Technicolor film, Viennese Nights (1930) but his role was uncredited.




 
Boris Karloff Karloff remembered for his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939) and his many roles in horror films died on February 2, 1969. He was 81.










The Devil Commands (1941) an American horror film directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Boris Karloff. The story was adapted from the novel The Edge of Running Water by William Sloane. The Devil Commands (1941) was on of several in which Karloff played a mad scientist with a good heart. It was released on February 3, 1941.






George Romero an American-Canadian film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, best known for his Living Dead series of films was born on February 4,1940.





 



Sunday, January 22, 2017

This Week In Fright Film History January 22 - 28, 2017


Alraune (1928) is a German silent science fiction/ horror film directed by Henrik Galeen and starring Brigitte Helm was released on January 25, 1928. The film tells the story of a prostitute which is artificially inseminated with the semen from a hanged man.

The Raven (1963) a horror/comedy film produced and directed by Roger Corman was released on January 25, 1963. The film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History January 15- 21, 2017



The  Golem (1915) a  silent horror film written and directed by Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen was released on January 15, 1915. 



The Golem and the Dancing Girl(1917) was released on January 15,1917.  The film is the second installment of a trilogy, preceded by The Golem (1915) and followed by The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920). Paul Wegener and Rochus Gliese co-directed and acted in the film.  The Golem and the Dancing Girl is considered a lost film, however there are unconfirmed reports of a print that may exist in an eastern European film archive.





Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912) was based on both Robert Louis Stevenson's novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) and on the play version (1887) of Thomas Russell Sullivan. The film was directed by Lucius Henderson, the film stars James Cruze as the dual role of Jekyll/Hyde. This version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was released on January 16,1912.






Edgar Allan Poe, an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, was born on January 19, 1809.











Colin Clive was born on January 20, 1900. Although Clive appeared in over 18 films it is the role of Henry Frankenstein in Frankenstein (1931) that he is best remembered for. Clive would reprise his role as Henry Frankenstein again in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).




The Invisible Ray (1936) a science fiction/horror film starring Boris Karloff and Béla Lugosi was released on January 20, 1936.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History January 8-14 , 2017

The Vampire Bat (1933) an American horror movie directed by Frank R. Strayer and  starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and Dwight Frye was released on January 10, 1933.






The Invisible Man Returns (1940) was a sequel to the 1933 film The Invisible Man. The film starred Vincent Price (in his first horror-film), Cecil Kellaway, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nan Grey, and Alan Napier, who would later play Alfred the butler in the 1960’s Batman TV series. The Invisible Man Returns was released on January 12, 1940.



Son of Frankenstein (1939), the sequel to Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was directed by Rowland V. Lee and starred Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi was released on January 13, 1939.   Son of Frankenstein (1939) was the third film in Universal Studios' Frankenstein series and the last to feature Karloff as the Monster and was the first to feature Bela Lugosi as Ygor.

The Monkey's Paw (1933) an American horror film directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, based on the story, The Monkey's Paw (1902) by W.W. Jacobs was released on January 13, 1933. This film is considered a lost film.