Sunday, August 6, 2017

This Week in Fright Film History August 6 -12, 2017

Caltiki – The Immortal Monster (1959) Italian science fiction horror film directed by Riccardo Freda was released on August 8, 1959. Riccardo Freda claims that he abandoned the film so that future director Mario Bava would have a chance to direct. 

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953) a comedy/horror film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, and Boris Karloff was relased August 10, 1953.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) an American horror film directed by Victor Fleming, director of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz was released August 12, 1941.  This film version featured an all-star cast including Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  (1941) was remake of the 1931 film of the same name, both movies were based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired the rights to the 1931 film from Paramount Pictures.  To keep the 1931 film out of circulation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ordered every print of the 1931 film that could be located destroyed. The film was considered lost until a full version was found and was restored.

H. G. Wells, an English writer known for his science fiction works including The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau died on  August 13, 1946 at the age of 79.

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