Night of the Demon (Columbia 1957)
Classic Monsters - the ultimate horror movie resource
by Classic Monsters
1y ago
When Night of the Demon hit British cinema screens in 1957, it was part of a double-bill with Nathan Juran’s 20 Million Miles to Earth, and made relatively little impression on either audiences or critics despite its cast-iron reputation today. Basing it on Montague Rhodes James’ short 1911 ghost story ‘Casting the Runes’, screenwriter Charles Bennett had initially commenced his quest to bring the dark fable to the big screen in 1954. Bennett, who had previously worked with Alfred Hitchcock on the likes of The 39 Steps (1935), had long been a fan of James’ tale of alchemy and occultism and, co ..read more
Visit website
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (Universal-International 1951)
Classic Monsters - the ultimate horror movie resource
by Classic Monsters
3y ago
By the early fifties Bud Abbott and Lou Costello had already faced off against the likes of Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, the Wolf Man and assorted ghosts – with 1951’s Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, they entered the world of H G Wells. Fresh from their success with Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff in 1949, Hugh Wedlock Jr and Howard Snyder were engaged to blend Bud, Lou and invisibility. Their outline – which they had originally conceived back in 1948 as an Invisible Man film, The Invisible Man Strikes Back, rather than an Abbott and Costello comedy – was h ..read more
Visit website
Lou Costello
Classic Monsters - the ultimate horror movie resource
by Classic Monsters
3y ago
Louis Francis Cristillo was born in Paterson, New Jersey on the 6th of March, 1906. Though a gifted athlete, he was determined to become an actor and hitchhiked to Hollywood in 1927 to find acting work, later returning east to become a burlesque comic in the early 1930s. In January 1934 he married dancer Anne Battler, with whom he had four children. The following year, he shared the stage with producer, performer and established straight man Bud Abbott, marking the beginning of one of comedy’s most beloved partnerships. Camille (Joan Davis) and Ferdie (Lou Costello) encounter ghostly goings-o ..read more
Visit website
Franz Waxman
Classic Monsters - the ultimate horror movie resource
by Classic Monsters
3y ago
Franz Waxman was born Franz Wachsmann in the southern Polish city of Chorzów on the 24th of December, 1906. In 1930, he wrote the score for The Blue Angel, but fled Nazi persecution in 1934 and eventually settled in Hollywood. His complex, motif-driven work for Bride of Frankenstein (1935) is widely regarded as one of horror cinema’s greatest scores, but it was his haunting composition for 1940’s Rebecca that cemented his place in movie history. He died on the 24th of February, 1967. The post Franz Waxman appeared first on Classic Monsters ..read more
Visit website
Max Schreck
Classic Monsters - the ultimate horror movie resource
by Classic Monsters
3y ago
Maximilian Schreck – best known to film fans as Max Schreck – was born on the 6th of September, 1879. Passionate about the theatre from an early age, the young Schreck was discouraged from his thespian ambitions by his father and held down a ‘respectable’ job as an apprentice, his mother funding his acting lessons in secret. After the death of his father, he enrolled in drama school and spent two years travelling around Germany. Key engagements in Berlin for Max Reinhardt, and later in Munich for Otto Falckenberg, enabled him to make connections with prominent figures in the theatre industry ..read more
Visit website
Philip Latham
Classic Monsters - the ultimate horror movie resource
by Classic Monsters
3y ago
Charles Philip Latham was born on the 17th of January, 1929. He made his movie debut with an uncredited part in The Dam Busters (1955), which he quickly followed with several television appearances including a recurring role in live series Emergency – Ward 10 in 1959. In the 1960s, Latham continued to appear in popular television shows including The Saint and a long-running role in The Troubleshooters. In 1966 he swapped the small screen for big screams as Klove in Dracula Prince of Darkness. He had previously appeared in Hammer movies The Devil-Ship Pirates and The Secret of Blood Island, bo ..read more
Visit website
House on Haunted Hill (Allied Artists 1959)
Classic Monsters - the ultimate horror movie resource
by Classic Monsters
3y ago
House on Haunted Hill – the title says it all. No need for subtlety or mystery; before we’ve even watched a frame of the movie, we know that good old-fashioned spooks await. Screenwriter Robb White and director William Castle cut straight to the chase with the disembodied head of house owner Elisha Cook Jr relating a little of the building’s grisly history against a backdrop of screams and clanking chains. Next thing we know, a procession of funeral cars is heading up to the eerie abode of the title while Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) introduces the key characters. Critics would argue that ..read more
Visit website
Freaks (MGM 1932)
Classic Monsters - the ultimate horror movie resource
by Classic Monsters
3y ago
Made by MGM in the autumn of 1931 and released the following year, Freaks used real sideshow ‘freaks’ among its cast of performers and quickly became notorious for its effect on both critics and the cinemagoing public of the early 1930s, eventually being banned in several countries including the United Kingdom, where the film didn’t see the light of day for some 30 years. The story of Freaks began some years earlier, while Tod Browning was still working very successfully at MGM with silent superstar Lon Chaney. The pair were collaborating on the silent version of The Unholy Three in 1925 along ..read more
Visit website
George Woodbridge
Classic Monsters - the ultimate horror movie resource
by Classic Monsters
3y ago
Born on the 16th of February, 1907 in Exeter, England, George Arthur Woodbridge was a popular character actor in a huge number of movies. His ruddy cheeks and West Country accent made him perfectly suited for Hammer Horror’s various inns and police stations; he appeared in the likes of Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959) and The Curse of the Werewolf (1961). In the early 1970s he played the title character of children’s television show Inigo Pipkin; his death on the 31st of March, 1973 was reflected in the way the series addressed the subject of mortality. The post George Woodbridge appeared ..read more
Visit website
Friday the 13th (New Line Paramount 2009)
Classic Monsters - the ultimate horror movie resource
by Classic Monsters
3y ago
With the 2003 reboot of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre having been a great success, it made sense to repeat the formula for the Friday the 13th franchise, and New Line’s Toby Emmerich approached producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form to broach the idea. With Paramount, New Line and Crystal Lake Entertainment subsequently giving their approval, the team got to work. The initial concept of an origin story for Jason evolved into a reboot of the first part of the original series on the grounds that telling too much of the character’s history would make him too sympathetic. The horror, not ..read more
Visit website

Follow Classic Monsters - the ultimate horror movie resource on Feedspot

Continue with Google
OR