Sunday, December 22, 2013

This Week In Fright Film History December 22-28 2013

The Mummy (1932) an American horror film from Universal Studios directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff  and featuring Zita Johann, David Manners and Edward Van Sloan. This film, released on December 22, 1932 was a huge the box office hit, but unlike Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931) and other Universal horror films,  had no sequels, but rather had a reboot of sorts with The Mummy's Hand (1940).

The Mummy's Curse (1944) a sequel  to The Mummy's Ghost (1944) was released on December 22,1944. This would be Lon Chaney, Jr.'s final appearance as Kharis, the mummy.

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

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