Sunday, May 21, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History May 21 - 27, 2017

Quatermass 2,  U.S. title  Enemy From Space (1957) a British science fiction/horror film starring Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Richard Wordsworth and Margia Dean was released on May 24, 1957. Quatermass 2 (1957) was a sequel to The Quatermass Xperiment (1955).

Dawn of the Dead (1979) written and directed by George A. Romero, the second film in Romero's Living Dead series was released May 24, 1979.

 Body SnatherThe Body Snatcher (1945) directed by Robert Wise, based on the short story The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson.  The Body Snatcher (1945) the last film to feature both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi was released on May 25, 1945. The Body Snatcher (1945) is based the short story The Body Snatcher (1884) by  Robert Louis Stevenson which was based loosely on the Burke and Hare murders also known as the West Port murders. Burke and Hare were accused of committing a string of murders in Edinburgh, Scotland over a period of approximately ten months in 1828. William Burke and William Hare reportedly sold 16 corpses to a Doctor Robert Knox for his anatomy lectures. When faced with a shortage of suitable corpses, Burke and Hare began murdering people and selling the bodies to the unsuspecting Dr. Knox.

The Gorilla (1939) an American comedy/horror film starring the Ritz Brothers, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi, and Patsy Kelly was released on May 26, 1939.

Peter Cushing was born on May, 26 1913. He is known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the Baron Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Van Helsing. He appeared as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977) and Dr. Who in Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966).

Christopher Lee. known for appearing as Count Dracula in a number or Horror films, Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014), and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002 and 2005) was born on May 27, 1922

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