Sunday, June 4, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History June 4 - 10, 2017

Revolt of the Zombies (1936) an American horror film directed and produced by the Halperin Brothers was released on June 4, 1936. The film stars Dean Jagger and Dorothy Stone. It is one of the earliest zombie films was released on June 4, 1936. Although he received no credit for the film, Bela Lugosi's eyes do appear in Revolt of the Zombies.

The Unknown (1927) an American silent horror film directed by Tod Browning and featuring Lon Chaney as Alonzo the Armless and Joan Crawford  was released on June 4, 1927. Movies critics have often cited Chaney's performance as one of the best ever on film. Joan Crawford said that she learned more about acting from working with Chaney in this movie than from everything else in her career.

Damien: Omen II (1978) directed by Don Taylor, starring William Holden, Lee Grant, and Jonathan Scott-Taylor was released on June 9, 1978. William Holden was the original choice to star in The Omen (1976), but he turned it down.  After The Omen (1976) became such a huge hit,  Holden made sure he got a part in the sequel.

Poltergeist III  (1988) the third and final entry in the original Poltergeist film series was released on June 10, 1988. The film was directed  by Gary Sherman and starred  Tom Skerritt,  Nancy Allen, Heather O'Rourke and Zelda Rubinstein.  O'Rourke and  Rubinstein were the only original cast members to return for this final installment of the trilogy.  The film was dedicated to O'Rourke who died four months before the film was release.

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