Sunday, March 4, 2018

This Week in Fright Film History March 4 -10, 2018

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

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, (1943), produced by Universal Studios starring Lon Chaney, Jr. as the Wolf Man and Bela Lugosi as Frankenstein's monster was released on March 5,1943. This was the first of a series of "ensemble" monster films combining characters from several film series.

Edward Van Sloan remembered for his roles in horror films such as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), and The Mummy (1932), died on March 6, 1964 at the age of 81 in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1908) a Selig Polyscope Company silent film starring Hobart Bosworth and Betty Harte was released on March 7,1908. This was the first of several screen adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


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