Sunday, December 18, 2016

This Week in Fright Film History December 25 -31, 2016

The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) was released on December 25, 1946. The film was directed by Robert Florey and with a screenplay by Curt Siodmak, based on a short story by W. F. Harvey. The film starred  Robert Alda, Andrea King, and Peter Lorre. It is reported the The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) was the inspiration for the character of “Thing” in Charles Addams’ comic strip The Addams Family.

The Black Castle (1952)  It was produced by William Alland, who would later produce  Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). The film which featured horror heavy weights Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr. in supporting roles was released on December 25, 1952 in the United States 10 days after is premiere in Sweden.

Friedrich Wilhelm "F. W." Murnau (born Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe; one of the most influential German film directors of the silent era, was born on December 28, 1888. Murnau is best known for directing Nosferatu (1922), an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) an American horror film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Fredric March was released on December 31, 1931. The film is an adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Karl Struss was nominated for Best Cinematography and Percy Heath and Samueal Hoffenstien were nominated for Best Writing. Fredric March's performance in this film earned him his first Academy Award making Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) the first horror film to receive an Academy Award.

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