Sunday, March 5, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History March 5 -11, 2017

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.

Friedrich Wilhelm "F. W." Murnau (born Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe; is best known for directing  Nosferatu (1922), an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Murnau died on March 11, 1931 at the age of 42 form injuries he received in a car wreck. His last film Tabu premiered the following week.  Murnau was one of the most influential German film directors of the silent era.


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