Sunday, June 7, 2015

This Week in Fright Film History June 7 - 13, 2015

Damien: Omen II (1978) directed by Don Taylor, starring William Holden, Lee Grant, and Jonathan Scott-Taylor was released on June 9, 1978. William Holden was the original choice to star in The Omen (1976), but he turned it down.  After The Omen (1976) became such a huge hit,  Holden made sure he got a part in the sequel.

Poltergeist III  (1988) the third and final entry in the original Poltergeist film series was released on June 10, 1988. The film was directed  by Gary Sherman and starred  Tom Skerritt,  Nancy Allen, Heather O'Rourke and Zelda Rubinstein.  O'Rourke and  Rubinstein were the only original cast members to return for this final installment of the trilogy.  The film was dedicated to O'Rourke who died four months before the film was release.

Brigitte Helm died on June 11, 1996 at the age of 90. Helm made over thirty other films during her career including Metropolis (1927) and Alraune (1928). She was at one time considered for the title role in Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

Rosemary's Baby (1968)  a psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on  Ira Levin’s 1967 novel Rosemary's Baby  was leased on June 12 1968. The cast includes Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Ralph Bellamy, Maurice Evans, Sidney Blackmer and Charles Grodin. The film inspired a string of  films involving Devil worshippers and black magic.

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) was a science fiction giant monster film directed by Eugène Lourié, starring Paul Christian, Paula Raymond and Cecil Kellaway, and with visual effects by Ray Harryhausen was released on June 13, 1953.

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