Sunday, October 16, 2016

This Week in Fright Film History October 16 - 22, 2016

Dr. Renault's Secret (1942) is an American horror movie that was released on October 19, 1942. Directed by Harry Lachman was written by William Bruckner and Robert Metzler, the B-rated film revolves around the mad scientist, Dr. Renault. The film starred J. Carrol Naish, Shepperd Strudwick, Lynne Roberts, and George Zucco.

Béla Lugosi (Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó) a Hungarian-American actor, famous for his starring role in Dracula (1931) and his various roles in other horror films, was born on October 20, 1882.

The Old Dark House (1932) a comedy/horror film directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff was released on October 20, 1932. The film was based on J. B. Priestley’s 1927 novel Benighted.

Night Monster (1942) a Universal horror film featuring Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwill  and directed by Ford Beebe. For publicity top billing was given billing was given to Lugosi and Atwill, who both played supporting roles. The film was released on October 20, 1942.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is the fourth installment of the Halloween film series, directed by Dwight H. Little and written by Alan B. McElroy. The film was released on October 21, 1988.

The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) a comedy/ horror film, directed by Lew Landers, starring Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre was released on October 22, 1942. It was the last film Karloff made under his contract with Columbia Pictures.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) and the third installment in the Halloween franchise with a science fiction twist was released on October 22, 1982 .  Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) is noted for being the only film in the Halloween series that does not revolve around Michael Myers or any other elements from Halloween I or II.  Jamie Lee Curtis had an uncredited role as phone operator (voice only).

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