Sunday, January 14, 2018

This Week in Fright Film History January 14 - 20, 2018

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.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

This Week in Fright Film History January 7-13 , 2018

Charles Samuel "Chas" Addams an American cartoonist known for creating the comic strip “  The Addams Family” was born on January 7, 1912.  

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.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday's Fright Film Fact

 Bela Lugosi, Edward Van Sloan and Herbert Bunston appeared in the original Broadway production of "Dracula" which opened at the Fulton Theater on October 5, 1927 and ran for 261 performances. They  were the only actors from the original 1927 Broadway production to later repeat their roles in the film version Dracula (1931).

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tuesday's Fright Film Tidbit Karloff decided to become an actor after winning the part of the demon king in a production of Cinderella in 1896, he was nine years old at the time.

Monday, January 1, 2018

KBHK Son of Svengoolie Open - 1983

A much younger and thinner Svengoolie, but he is still just as silly now as he was way back then. Thankfully some things never change.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History December 31 - 6, 2018

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) an American horror film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Fredric March was released on December 31, 1931. The film is an adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Karl Struss was nominated for Best Cinematography and Percy Heath and Samueal Hoffenstien were nominated for Best Writing. Fredric March's performance in this film earned him his first Academy Award making Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) the first horror film to receive an Academy Award.

Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)  directed by Monte Hellman and starring Michael Forest, Frank Wolff, Richard Sinatra, and Sheila Carrol was released on January 1, 1959. This film was  the first directing job for Monte Hellman who would later direct The Terror (1963) and Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989).

The Return of the Vampire (1944) released by Columbia Pictures on January 1, 1944, stars Bela Lugosi as the

vampire Armand Tesla. The Return of the Vampire (1944) was an unofficial sequel to Universal Studios’ film Dracula (1931) for copyright purposes, the vampire's name was changed to Armand Tesla

Figures of the Night (1920) a German silent horror film directed by Richard Oswald and starring Paul Wegener was released on January 6, 1920. This film is considered lost.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Friday's Fright Film Fact

The "wolf" that Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) fights in The Wolf Man (1941) was actually Lon Chaney Jr.'s   pet German Shepherd named Moose. Moose appeared in several Universal films during the early 1940's. Sadly, Moose's acting career was cut short when he was run over by a Universal studio truck in 1944.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

FRANKENSTEIN 1910 - The first Frankenstein Film

Frankenstein (1910) is considered one of the earliest American horror films.  This, the first of many Frankenstein films was produced by Edison Studios and was written and directed by J. Searle Dawley. Dawley shot the film in only three days at the Edison Studios in the Bronx, New York City. This silent 13-minute (one-reel) version featured stage veteran actor Charles Ogle (unaccredited) as the monster. In this 1910 version of the story, the creature is created by Victor Frankenstein when he mixes chemicals into a cauldron.  This scene was created by burning a paper mache dummy of the creature and then printing the scene in reverse. Although crude by today’s standards it was quite an achievement in 1910.

 As with most American horror films of this era there in no real supernatural forces to contend with it was Edison’s intention to emphasize the mystic and psychological problems of the story.
 This film was considered a lost film until it was discovered by Alois F. Dettlatt a Wisconsin film collector who had had the film in his collection since the 1950’s. The film was deteriorated to a degree; however it was salvageable and was restored in the late 1970’s. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tuesday's Fright Film Tidbit

Although known primarily for his role in horror films, Lon Chaney Jr. often stated that his favorite role was Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men (1939). After a few drinks at parties, he would start reciting dialogue from the film.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History December 24 -30, 2017

The Haunted Castle (1896) was released on December 24, 1896, this  three-minute-long French film by Georges Méliès is considered by many to be the first horror film. It was also known as The Haunted Castle, The Devil's Castle, The Devil's Manor, The Manor of the Devil, and The House of the Devil.

The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) was released on December 25, 1946. The film was directed by Robert Florey and with a screenplay by Curt Siodmak, based on a short story by W. F. Harvey. The film starred  Robert Alda, Andrea King, and Peter Lorre. It is reported the The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) was the inspiration for the character of “Thing” in Charles Addams’ comic strip The Addams Family.

The Black Castle (1952)  It was produced by William Alland, who would later produce  Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). The film which featured horror heavy weights Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr. in supporting roles was released on December 25, 1952 in the United States 10 days after is premiere in Sweden.

Friedrich Wilhelm "F. W." Murnau (born Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe; one of the most influential German film directors of the silent era, was born on December 28, 1888. Murnau is best known for directing Nosferatu (1922), an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.