Sunday, September 11, 2016

This Week in Fright Film History Septmeber 11 - 17 , 2015


Maniac aka Sex Maniac, (1934) is an American exploitation/horror film, directed by Dwain Esper and written by Hildegarde Stadie, Esper's wife, as anadaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe story "The Black Cat" was released on September 11, 1934.  John Wilson, the founder of the Golden Raspberry Award, named Maniac(1934)  one of the "100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made" in his book The Official Razzies Movie Guide.


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 Great Britain on September 11, 1936 by Gainsborough Pictures. The film was also released under the titles The Brainsnatcher and The Man Who Lived Again.





The Blob (1958) an American horror/science-fiction film was released on September 12, 1958 and was Steve McQueen's debut leading role. The film's title song  written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David became a nationwide hit in the U.S.







Paul Wegener, the German actor, writer and film director known for his pioneering role in German Horror cinema died on September 13, 1948. He is best none for The Student of Prague (1913),The Golem (1915),The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917) and The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920).









Before I Hang (1940) a science fiction/ horror film released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Nick Grinde starring Boris Karloff was released on September 17, 1940. 














                                                 Revenge of the Zombies (1943) directed by Steve Sekely, starring John Carradine and Gale Storm was released on September 17, 1943. This film released during World War II depicts the story a mad scientist attempting to create a race of living dead warriors for the Third Reich.










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