Sunday, September 25, 2016

This Week in Fright Film History September 25 – October 1, 2016

The Mummy (1959) directed by Terence Fisher and starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing was released theatrically on September 25, 1959.

Charles Samuel "Chas" Addams an American cartoonist known for creating the comic strip  The Addams Family” died on  September 29, 1988.

 The Ape (1940) a Monogram Pictures film produced and directed by William Nigh and, starring Boris Karloff was released on  September  30, 1940. This would be the last film in Boris Karloff's 6-picture contract with Monogram. He would however return in 1958 for "Frankenstein-1970."

 Kongo  (1932) a nearly forgotten and rarely seen film is an American horror film released on October 1, 1932. The film was directed by William J. Cowen, and starred Walter Huston, Lupe Vélez, and Virginia Bruce. Kongo (1932) is a remake of the 1928 film West of Zanzibar, directed by Tod Browning and starring Lon Chaney and Lionel Barrymore, which was also based on the 1926 play Kongo.

George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1959) premiered at the Fulton Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 1968, admission by invitation only and was met with a standing ovation.Night of the Living Dead (1968) was George A. Romero's feature debut and became one of the most successful independent films ever made.

The Brute Man (1946) an American horror film starring Rondo Hatton, Tom Neal and Jan Wiley and directed by Jean Yarbrough was released on October 1, 1946 to very negative reviews. Rondo Hatton suffered from a condition called Gigantism and Universal Studios attempting to capitalize on his condition for shock value, signed Hatton on for a six movie contract. The studio publicity department would often promote the fact that Hatton had no need for special makeup. Unfortunately Hatton died before the release of The Brute Man (1946).  Some film historians claim Universal was so embarrassed at exploiting Hatton’s illness for shock value that it sold the film to the Producers Releasing Corporation rather than issue it directly. Once considered a lost film it has been rediscovered and was released to home video in 1982.

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