Sunday, March 12, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History March 12 - 18, 2017

The Ghost of Frankenstein, (1942) Released on March 13, 1942, The Ghost of Frankenstein was the fourth in a series of films produced by Universal Studios based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  The film featured Lon Chaney, Jr. as the Monster, the role from Boris Karloff had played in the first three films of the series.  Béla Lugosi made his second appearance as Ygor in this film.


Val Lewton, film producer and screenwriter, noted for a series of low-budget horror films he produced for RKO Pictures in the 1940s, died March 14, 1951 at the aged 46.

 The Monster  (1925) starting Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley and directed by Roland West  was released theatrically on March 16, 1925.

Film actress Brigitte Helm was born on March 17, 1906 as Brigitte Eva Gisela Schittenhelm in Berlin.  Helm made over thirty other films during her career including Metropolis (1927) and Alraune (1928). Helm was at one time considered for the title role in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) before Elsa Lanchester was given the role. (1910) Produced by Edison Studios and was written and directed by J. Searle Dawley. This 16-minute short film, the first motion picture adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, was released on March 18,1910.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) horror silent film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released through Paramount/Artcraft on March 18, 1920. The film, one of several was based upon Robert Louis Stevenson's novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that was one of several released during the silent era starred legendary film actor John Barrymore.

The Grinning Face (1921), an Austrian silent horror film directed by Julius Herska and starring Franz Höbling, Nora Gregor and Lucienne Delacroix was released on March 18, 1921. The film was based upon the 1868 novel The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo.

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