Sunday, October 30, 2016

This Week in Fright Film History - November 1 to 7

Halloween II (1981)  the second installment in the Halloween,  directed by Rick Rosenthal, written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, was  released on October 30, 1981.

Edward Van Sloan  remembered for his roles in horror films such as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), and The Mummy (1932), was born on November 1, 1882.

The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936) a science fiction/ horror film directed by Robert Stevenson starring Boris Karloff and Anna Lee, was released in the United States on November 1, 1936 by Gainsborough Pictures. The film was also released under the titles The Brainsnatcher and The Man Who Lived Again.

Carrie (1976) an American horror film based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Stephen King was released on November 3, 1976. The film was directed by Brian De Palma, written by Lawrence D. Cohen and starred Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and John Travolta. Carrie (1976) was the first of King's novels to be adapted for film. Sissy Spacek was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and Piper Laurie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Godzilla  (1954) a Japanese science fiction  film produced by Toho, directed by IshirĊ Honda, and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya was rleased on November 4, 1954.

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) starring Boris Karloff and Myrna Loy was released on November 5,1932. Directed by Charles Brabin, this film is considered the best of the Fu Manchu films produced during the 1930s.

Son of Dracula (1943)  directed by Robert Siodmak  and  starring Lon Chaney, Jr. and Evelyn Ankers was released on November 5, 1943.   Son of Dracula (1943)  is the first film to show a vampire transforming into a bat. It was the third film in Universal Studios' Dracula trilogy, beginning with Dracula (1931)and Dracula's Daughter(1936).

The Headless Horseman (1922) an American horror film released on November 5, 1922 was  adaption of Washington Irvings The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The film featured American humorist and actor Will Rogers.

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