Sunday, February 26, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History February 26 to March 4, 2017

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, (1965) a British horror film from Amicus Productions, directed by  Freddie Francis, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee was  released theatrically on February 28, 1965. Terror's House of Horrors was the first in a series of anthology films from Amicus and was followed by Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1970), Asylum (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973) and From Beyond the Grave (1974).

The Walking Dead (1936) directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Boris Karloff. Karloff plays a man who is wrongly executed then brought back to life by a scientist was released on Febuary 29,1936

   Jackie Coogan, child actor, World War II glider pilot and TV star best remembered as Charlie Chaplin's sidekick in The Kid (1921) and Uncle Fester in 1960s sitcom The Addams Family, died on March 1, 1984 from Cardiac arrest he was 84 years old.

Voodoo Woman (1957) directed by Edward L. Cahn and released by American International Pictures on March 1, 1957. This film is regarded as one of the worst films in cinema history.

The Curse of the Cat People (1944) an American film directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise, and produced by Val Lewton was released on March 2, 1944 was the sequel to Cat People (1942). This film was Robert Wise's first directing credit. The screenplay written by DeWitt Bodeen who written the original Cat People (1942).

Nosferatu (1922) a  German horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau and starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok was released on March 4, 1922. The film was based on Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, although the writer did change the names of the characters and the storyline it was not enough to prevent a lawsuit from Stoker’s widow. When Stoker’s widow won the lawsuit, the court ordered that all existing prints of the film be destroyed. One print did manage to survive which was  in the United States at the time where the novel Dracula was already in public domain and the German court could not force the US to destroy the film.


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