Sunday, February 19, 2017

This Week in Fright Film Hstory February 21 -27, 2016

Freaks (1932) an American  horror film directed and produced by Tod Browning and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was released on February 20, 1932. Browning, who had once been a part of traveling circus drew from his personal experiences while making this film.

Max Schreck (Friedrich Gustav Maximilian Schreck) a German actor who remembered for his lead role as Count Orlok in the film Nosferatu (1922) died of a heart attack on February 20, 1936 he was 56 years old.

Dwight Frye was born on February 21 1899 in Salina, Kansas. As an actor he is most remembered for portraying mentally unbalanced characters, Frye’s most notable roles were Renfield in Dracula (1931) and as Fritz, the hunchbacked assistant of Dr. Henry Frankenstein in James Wells Frankenstein (1931). He would later reprise his role as Fritz in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) an American horror film directed by Robert Florey is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and stars Bela Lugosi was released on February 21, 1932.

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