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Halloween is upon us kids so I thought that it was about time for another installment of my ever so popular monster movie poster features. As usual I have collected a nice mix of the classic and the mind numbingly strange for you to feast your blood-thirsty eyes on.
Enough talk lets get to it!
Revenge of the Creature
For the sequel to "Creature from the Black Lagoon" Universal really wanted to play off the success of movies like "Godzilla" and "Them!" by bringing the Gill-man to civilization where he could go on a rampage. The poster for the film echos this with a giant Creature carrying off a woman while a mass of people in the foreground flee in terror.
A little history:
Revenge of the Creature is the first sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon. The film is notable for being the only 3-D film to be released in 1955; the only 3-D sequel to a 3-D film; and for being the first screen role for Clint Eastwood. The movie was released May 11, 1955, in the United States. It was followed by a sequel in 1956, The Creature Walks Among Us.
Having survived being riddled with bullets at the end of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Gill-man is captured and sent to the Ocean Harbor Oceanarium in Florida, where he is studied by animal psychologist Professor Clete Ferguson and ichthyology student Helen Dobson. Helen and Clete quickly begin to fall in love, much to the chagrin of Joe Hayes, the Gill-man's keeper. The Gill-man takes an instant liking to Helen, which severely hampers Professor Ferguson's efforts to communicate with him. Ultimately, the Gill-man escapes from his tank, killing Joe in the process, and flees to the open ocean. Unable to stop thinking about Helen, he soon begins to stalk her and Ferguson, ultimately abducting her from a seaside restaurant where the two are at a party. Clete tries to give chase, but the Gill-man escapes to the water with his captive. Clete and the local law enforcement must now try to track down Helen and her amphibious abductor.
To be perfectly honest .... the only reason I posted this was for the tag line "She Had A Face Only A Mummy Could Love!"
Like I could pass that up?
A little history:
The Gorgon is a 1964 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer.
It stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco. The film was photographed by Michael Reed, and designed by Bernard Robinson. For the score James Bernard combined a soprano with a little-known electronic instrument called the Novachord. The film marks one of the few occasions when Hammer turned to Greek mythology for inspiration; this time it is the legend of the Gorgon that is respun for the Hammer audiences.
The year is 1910, in the rural German village of Vandorf, seven murders have been committed within the past five years, each victim having been petrified into a stone figure. Rather than investigate it, the local authorities dismiss the murders for fear of a local legend having come true. When a local girl becomes the latest victim and her suicidal lover made the scapegoat, the father of the condemned man decides to investigate and discovers that the cause of the petrifying deaths is a phantom. The very last of the snake-haired Gorgon sisters haunts the local castle and turns victims to stone during the full moon.
She-Wolf of London
Actually I was looking for an excuse to write about this film. When it comes to the classic horror films produced by Universal people always think of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr. One name is always missing from that list, June Lockhart. People often forget that there were some female monsters too!
I got your back ladies!
A little history:
She-Wolf of London is a 1946 horror film produced by Universal Studios, directed by Jean Yarbrough and starring June Lockhart and Don Porter. The title evokes the earlier Werewolf of London (1935), although, unlike its forebear, it is concerned more with mystery and suspense than supernatural horror.
Phyllis Allenby is a young and beautiful woman who is soon to be married to lawyer and boyfriend Barry Lanfield. Phyllis is living at the Allenby Mansion without the protection of a male, along with her aunt Martha and her cousin Carol and the servant Hannah. As the wedding date approaches, London is shocked by a series of murders at the local park, where the victims are discovered with throats ripped out. Many of the detectives at Scotland Yard begin murmuring about werewolves, while Inspector Pierce believes the opposite and suspects strange activity at the Allenby Mansion (which is near the park), where the "Wolf-Woman" is seen prowling at night and heading for the park. Phyllis becomes extremely terrified and anxious, since she is convinced that she is the "Wolf-Woman", deeply believing in the legend of the so-called "Curse of the Allenbys". Aunt Martha tries to convince Phyllis how ridiculous the legend sounds, while she (aunt Martha) and Carol are suspicious in their own ways. Phyllis each day denies of Barry visiting her, and when a suspicious detective is murdered soon after he visits the mansion in the same way the other victims perished, Barry begins believing that something else is beside the so-called "Werewolf murders" and makes his own investigations both to the park and to the mansion.
King Dinosaur was hardly the "Mightiest Monster Of Them All" , but he had a great poster!
A little history:
King Dinosaur is a 1955 science fiction film starring William Bryant and Wanda Curtis with narration by Marvin Miller. In this film, four astronauts in 1960 travel to a planet called Nova that has just entered Earth's solar system. The crew begins to study the planet to see if it's able to withstand a possible Earth colony. After first discovering normal Earth animals such as a kinkajou and an alligator, they soon encounter giant insects, dinosaurs, and the titular King Dinosaur.
The Walking Dead
One of my favorite movie posters, it's simple and quite elegant. Well as elegant as a zombie movie poster can be.
A little history:
The Walking Dead is a 1936 horror film starring Boris Karloff as a wrongly executed man who is restored to life by a scientist (Edmund Gwenn). The film was directed by Michael Curtiz, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
John Elman (Boris Karloff) has been framed for murder by a gang of racketeers. He is unfairly tried and despite the fact that his innocence has been proven, he is sent to the electric chair and executed. But Dr. Evan Beaumont (Edmund Gwenn) retrieves his dead body and revives it, as part of his experiments to reanimate a dead body.
Dr. Beaumont's use of a mechanical heart to revive the patient foreshadow's modern medicine's mechanical heart to keep patients alive during surgery. Interestingly, although John Elman has no direct knowledge of anyone wishing to frame him for the murder before he is executed, he seems to have an innate sense of knowing those who are responsible after he is revived. Elman takes no direct action against his framers, and in the end it is their own guilt that causes their deaths.
House Of Dracula
No Karloff as The Monster, no Lugosi as Dracula, instead you get Glenn Strange, John Carradine and the pretty Jane Adams as a hunchback. It's safe to say that the Universal horrors got a little watered down in the forties.
Lon Chaney Jr did play the Wolfman though.
A little history:
House of Dracula was an American horror film released by Universal Pictures Company in 1945. It was a direct sequel to House of Frankenstein and continued the theme of combining Universal's three most popular monsters: Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula and The Wolf Man. The film was a commercial success, but would also be one of the last Universal movies featuring Frankenstein's monster, vampires and werewolves: after 1945, horror moved toward science fiction, Cold War paranoia, and the Hiroshima syndrome of super science creating its own monsters, themes which would be the hallmarks of 1950s horror and science fiction movies.
Godzilla vs The Sea Monster (German)
Tomoyuki Tanaka really wanted King Kong to battle "Ebirah, Horror of the Deep" but couldn't get the rights to use him from RKO. Instead Godzilla was substituted. This German poster for the film echoes the whole "Kong" theme with Big G chasing after the lovely Kumi Mizuno (The Japanese Fay Wray?).
A little history:
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, released in Japan as Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas (ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘 Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō) and known internationally as Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, is a 1966 science fiction kaiju film directed by Jun Fukuda and written by Shinichi Sekizawa. This is the first film in the series with special effects directed by Sadamasa Arikawa. Eiji Tsuburaya, now very busy with Tsuburaya Productions, supervised the effects shoot. The film is the seventh in the original Godzilla series.
After Yata (Tooru Ibuki) is lost at sea, his brother Ryota (Tooru Watanabe) steals a yacht with his two friends and a bank robber. The crew runs afoul of the giant lobster Ebirah, and washes up on the shore of an island, where a terrorist organization manufactures heavy water for their purposes, as well as a chemical that keeps Ebirah at bay. The organization, known as the Red Bamboo, has enslaved natives from Infant Island to help them, but the natives hope to awaken Mothra to rescue them.
In their efforts to avoid capture, Ryota and his friends, aided by a beautiful native girl, stumble across Godzilla sleeping within a cliffside cavern. The group devises a plan to defeat the Red Bamboo and escape from the island. In the process, they wake Godzilla using a lightning rod. Godzilla fights Ebirah, but the giant lobster escapes. Godzilla is then attacked by a giant condor and a squadron of Red Bamboo fighter jets, but destroys them.
The humans retrieve the missing Yata, free the enslaved natives and Godzilla begins to destroy the base. Godzilla smashes a tower that has a self destruct button that makes the island unstable. Godzilla fights Ebirah and defeats it, ripping off both Ebirah's claws and causing it to retreat into the sea. The natives summon Mothra to save everyone, however, Godzilla challenges Mothra when she gets to the island. Mothra manages to push Godzilla away and carry the people off. Godzilla escapes the island just before it explodes.
The Food Of The Gods
The moral to this story, don't feed the animals, or more importantly don't feed the animals some mysterious goop you find oozing up from the ground!
What makes for a great monster movie poster? The answer is simple, a giant rat fondling a woman in a tree.
A little history:
The Food of the Gods is a 1976 film released by American International Pictures and was written, produced, and directed by Bert I. Gordon. He had earlier made a movie based on the same novel called Village of the Giants starring Beau Bridges.
The Food of the Gods starred Marjoe Gortner of Earthquake, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, Jon Cypher, John McLiam, and Ida Lupino. This film was loosely based on a portion of the H. G. Wells novel The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth. A sequel to the film was made in 1989, entitled Food of the Gods II.
The film reduced the tale to an 'Ecology Strikes Back' scenario, common in science fiction movies at the time. The food mysteriously bubbles up from the ground on a remote island somewhere in British Columbia. The couple that discover it, Mr. and Mrs. Skinner (McLiam and Lupino) consider it a gift from God, and promptly begin feeding it to their chickens. Soon, rats, wasps, and worms consume the substance, and the island is crawling with giant vermin. One night, some of them kill Mr. Skinner.
Morgan, a professional football player (Gortner), and his buddies are camping on the island, and one of them is stung to death by giant wasps. After ferrying his friends back to the mainland, Morgan returns to investigate. Also thrown into the mix are Thomas and Rita, an expecting couple; Jack Bensington, the owner of a dog food company (Meeker) hoping to market the substance; and his assistant Lorna (Franklin), a "lady bacteriologist." Eventually, the survivors are trapped in the farmhouse with the rats swarming around outside, and Mrs. Skinner and Bensington are killed by the rats.
Morgan eventually blows up a nearby dam, flooding the area and drowning the rats, whose size and weight renders them unable to swim. The food, however, survives. It is swept into a river and is consumed by cows, who give tainted milk, which is then drunk by schoolchildren.
Curse Of The Demon
Curse of the Demon features one of the coolest looking monsters to ever grace the silver screen. Unfortunately it only appears in the film for a couple of minutes.
Likewise the poster art featuring the monster is some of the best ever produced.
A little history:
Night of the Demon is a 1957 British horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis. An adaptation of the M. R. James story Casting the Runes (1911), the plot revolves around an American psychologist investigating a satanic cult suspected of more than one murder.
The film's production was turbulent due to clashing ideas between producer Hal E. Chester on one side and Jacques Tourneur and writer Charles Bennett on the other. Planned to not show a literal demon, producer Chester inserted a monster over the objections of the writer, director and star Dana Andrews. To accelerate the pace, the film was trimmed down to 83 minutes (and retitled Curse of the Demon) in the US where it played the second half of a double feature with films like The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958).
Humanoids From The Deep (Monster)
Slimy monsters always come out of the ocean looking for women with big breasts in bikinis ...... it's part of nature's plan.
Whatever this poster is selling I'm buying!
Humanoids from the Deep (alternatively known as Monster is a 1980 science fiction monster movie, starring Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, and Vic Morrow. Roger Corman served as the film's (uncredited) Executive Producer, and the film was distributed by his New World Pictures. It was directed by Barbara Peeters (aka Barbara Peters). The musical score was composed by James Horner.
Source: Monster Island News on Youtube
Rare Bigfoot and Mothman footage. In many cases old film footage of Sasquatch such as these have remained hidden in attics and closets for decades. Many people fearing ridicule never released them to the public.
The Abominable Snowman (aka The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas) is a 1957 British horror film, directed by Val Guest and starring Forrest Tucker and Peter Cushing. The film is based on The Creature, a BBC Television play by writer Nigel Kneale, and follows the exploits of an English anthropologist with an American expedition as they search the Himalayas for the legendary Yeti. Kneale adapted his own television script into the film screenplay. Cushing, along with several other members of the cast, had also starred in the original version (the role of Tom Friend in the television play was taken by Stanley Baker).
The film was produced by Hammer Film Productions and released on 26 August 1957 in the UK. It was subsequently released in the United States and throughout the world.
"Dangerous? Poor old Waldman. Have you never wanted to do anything that was dangerous? Where should we be if no one tried to find out what lies beyond? Have your never wanted to look beyond the clouds and the stars, or to know what causes the trees to bud? And what changes the darkness into light? But if you talk like that, people call you crazy. Well, if I could discover just one of these things, what eternity is, for example, I wouldn't care if they did think I was crazy." - Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive)(Frankenstein)(1931)
It seems that there is some sort of conspiracy going on to get me into a casino. Yes, a very definite conspiracy to get my big white parked in front of a slot machine. Sure I play the slots from time to time, who doesn't, but I'm no high roller and I can easily resist an urge to plunk my hard earned dough into a one-armed bandit.
That will power is starting to ebb however with the recent introduction of a slot machine that is classic Universal monster themed. I loved to play the old "Creature From The Black Lagoon" slot machine so I figured that I give the new game a shot. Anyway, I can resist "The Creature", "Wolfman" and "Frankenstein" when I want to ...... but can I resist "Godzilla"?
Yes, the "King of Monsters" has invaded the casino!
Here is the skinny from slot machine manufacturer IGT:
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"Godzilla on Monster Island Video Slots" contains animations of Godzilla, MechaGodzilla, Gigan and Mothra.
Damn these slot machine makers will make a gambler out of me yet!
Check out these images and trailer:
Source: Huff Post
Generally when you mix monsters with musicals you get a rather mixed bag. On one side you have Andrew Lloyd Webber's monster hit "Phantom of the Opera" and on the other you have Universal's mind-numbingly dumb "Creature from the Black Lagoon." Now producer Carmen Pavlovic has adapted "King Kong" for the stage with the assistance of Tony award nominated writer Craig Lucas and composer Marius de Vries.
Though "Kong" will feature over 40 actors and singers the true star will be a 40-foot-tall animatronic gorilla that is being designed by Global Creatures the same company that produced the dinosaurs for "Walking With Dinosaurs."
If all goes well for "Kong" in its initial run in Melbourne, Australia later this year than Pavlovic will move the production to Broadway in 2012 before returning in 2013.
As the producer describes it the musical version of the "beauty and the beast" tale will be a story about a "a woman and a giant ape fall in love in Depression-era New York, as the ape proceeds to wreak havoc upon the city."
Now that's good theater!
However, if you want to see how bad a "King Kong" musical "could" be check out this little video from the fine film making country of Bangladesh:
Above, the box art for ADV Films' DVD of "Destroy All Monsters" from 2004. Media Blasters hasn't released any photos of their upcoming box art. They say they have a few "surprises" in store.
Media Blasters' DVD and Blu-ray editions of Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla vs. Megalon are days away (slated for October 25) from being released.
The big question in fans' minds is, "Will they include the AIP (original distributor American International Pictures) dub on DAM?" Fans generally agree that the Toho "international dub" is horrendous (I am in this camp) and that the inclusion of the AIP dub would be a big selling point.
Well, once people start receiving their discs and post reviews on the Internet, we will know for sure! It is rumored that the AIP dub had been sourced from a 16mm print of DAM.
The last video release of DAM by ADV was back in 2004 (for Godzilla's 50th anniversary) and it only included the "international dub." As a refresher, here's my 2004 review of that release:
Taking advantage of Godzilla's 50th Anniversary, ADV Films has produced a Special Edition DVD of Destroy All Monsters! (1968) complete with a soundtrack CD for the price of $14.99..
While I have other and better (including one with the original U.S. dubbing) copies of DAM, the price of $14.99 for a DVD with a CD were too good to pass up. Was this worth the $14.99? Easily yes!
On the DVD itself, it contains the "international" Toho dub that many fans aren't too fond of. Since I've owned the ADV VHS edition with the same dub, that really didn't bother me and I fully expected it.
However, the film transfer itself is not one that I would give high marks for. The print used was a bit worn to begin with and the "natural" enhancement that digital transfers do to older films only accentuate the film scratches and sound pops of the soundtrack. It was not anywhere near as obvious in the VHS edition of a few years ago. I would have expected that ADV would have been able to obtain a more pristine print of the film to make the digital transfers. Plus, there are no chapter stops or a menu (well, since there's no chapters, who needs a menu?) and no extras on the DVD. It would have been nice if they included the original Japanese and/or U.S. trailers. This is pretty bare-bones!
The soundtrack CD, on the other hand, is a gem of an item and it alone is worth the price of the item. There are 30 Akira Ifukube tracks on the CD. But, unfortunately, there's nothing in the package to tell you the titles of each track. Since most of us pretty much memorized the movie anyway, we can picture in our own minds which scenes each track came from. If you don't already have the soundtrack for DAM in your kaiju library, this item is a must-have. Your neighbors will love you for cranking up your system's volume while playing this!
I have to admit the packaging art for this DVD/CD is very nice. It is a lot better than the cartoony one ADV released before. "50th Anniversary" is quite evident in the packing art. The average person not "in the know" might be led to believe that it is the 50th Anniversary of Destroy All Monsters!, not Godzilla himself.
The DVD is in widescreen and 2.0 English.
My overall grade for this item is B. Too bad ADV didn't put out a product that matched or came close to their recent Gamera trilogy releases.
The DVD gets a C and the CD gets an A
Media Blasters has promised a few "surprises" with their release. We'll see.
"Gypsy woman? Now we're getting down to it. She's been filling your mind with this gibberish. This talk of werewolves and pentagrams. You're not a child Larry, you're a grown man and you believe in the superstitions of a Gypsy woman!" - Sir John Talbot (Claude Rains)(The Wolfman)(1941)
Source: Danielle Gelehrter
As many of you know we simply love horror hosted programs here at Monster Island News and do the best job possible to help spread the word about them. In the past we have embraced many such shows with a west coast flavor, most notably "Cinema Insomnia" (hosted by Mr. Lobo), yet in recent months a couple of programs from America's eastern half have caught our attention.
On such show is "Penny Dreadful's Schilling Shockers" hosted by the buxom witch Penny Dreadful. Like CI Penny's program is a showcase for the best public domain movies and B features that we all love.
Never seen "Shilling Shockers"? Fear not my horror movie fanatics the shows 8th season is upon us!
Here is the press release:
Award-winning cult TV show Penny Dreadful’s Shilling Shockers continues giving monster movie fans an alternative to the drudgery of reality TV and infomercials. Penny Dreadful, the witch hostess, presents classic horror and sci-fi films on over 200 public access channels throughout New England. Shilling Shockers Season 8 hits the TV scare-waves this October and features such classic silent films as The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore, and the Fritz Lang masterpiece, Metropolis.
Producer Danielle Gelehrter asserts, “People often knock public domain films, but some of the greatest motion pictures ever made are in the public domain. Many of them just happen to be silent movies. In Season 8, we’ll showcase some of the most iconic films in the history of horror, fantasy and science fiction.”
Shilling Shockers stands out from other hosted movie programs because of its detailed storyline segments that often complement the film being shown. This season, Penny travels through time with her fiendish friends (Garou the werewolf, Dr. Von Bulow the monster hunter, and madwoman Luna) in an ambitious plot that takes place over the course of several centuries and episodes. As these misadventures unfold, Penny guides viewers through the films with her usual morbid wit.
Of the more ambitious direction the show has taken over the past three years, Shilling Shockers director Rebecca Paiva explains, “We’ve been challenging ourselves more each season. A ‘hosted horror movie’ used to mean a charismatic character offering trivia and amusing anecdotes during breaks in the film. We have been expanding on this idea over the years to develop plots and backstories for our characters, and our shows often include local history, musical numbers, and complex narratives for viewers to enjoy.”
Gelerter adds, “The show now lives up to its namesakes ‘penny dreadfuls’ and ‘shilling shockers’ by featuring story arcs and ongoing chapters in a larger storyline. While we aren’t the first horror host show to attempt ongoing storylines, we have taken it pretty far in terms of merging the horror host formula with the continuing serial format.”
More information can be found at http://www.shillingshockers.com.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT PENNY DREADFUL’S SHILLING SHOCKERS
“Shilling Shockers is no fly-by-night production. Slick and professionally produced, it should be on the Sci-Fi Channel or PBS.”
- David Nahmod, Scary Monsters Magazine
“Horror hostess Penny Dreadful is the one to watch!”
– Dave Fuentes, Terror From Beyond the Daves
“A hot and hilarious host, and two zany sidekicks makes a cult series, and one worthy of the attention. Stop looking for a successor, Elvira; your replacements are right here.”
- Felix Vasquez Jr, Cinema Crazed
“Penny has drop-dead comic timing, and the rare ability to be in character and at the same time stand back and arch an ironic eyebrow at that character. Her low, sexy, husky voice is like Bela Lugosi channeled through Greta Garbo."
- Big Ole Face Full of Monster Magazine
The Shilling Shockers “scream team” are popular guests at horror conventions and frequently appear at Rock & Shock (Worcester, MA), Monster Bash (Pittsburgh, PA), WonderFest (Louisville, KY), and HorrorHound (Indianapolis, IN). Penny Dreadful won the 2007 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Favorite Active Horror Host. She won the award again in 2010, becoming the first and only horror host to win the award twice. Shilling Shockers has also sponsored fundraisers for the “Make a Wish” Foundation and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Where to catch "Penny Dreadful's Shilling Shockers:
Boston, Massachusetts BNN Comcast 23 & RCN 83
Worcester, Massachusetts WCCA 13
Salem, Massachusetts SATV 3
Cambridge, Massachusetts CCTV 10
New Bedford, Massachusetts NBTV 95
Providence, Rhode Island COX 18 & Verizon 39
Warwick, Rhode Island COX 18 & Verizon 31
Portland, Maine CTN 4
Belfast, Maine BCTV 2
Washington County, Maine WASHINGTON COUNTY TV 2
Manchester, New Hampshire MCAM 23
Laconia, New Hampshire LRPA 25
Burlington, Vermont VCAM 15
Montpelier, Vermont ORCA 15
New Haven, Connecticut CTV 27
Stamford, Connecticut CABLEVISION 77
Huntington, West Virginia COMCAST 20
Source: Ray Fox
Back in July I posted some press information about a new paranormal website called "Odd Encounters" where people can post their own stories about monsters, UFOs and ghostly visits. Earlier this week the site's founder Ray Fox shot me an email stating that he loved Monster Island News and he was thrilled that I had posted the info on his site.
Ray also went on to note that Odd Encounters was now up and running and ready for people to submit their stories.
Here is an updated press release:
OddEncounters.com is seeking true tales of the paranormal--real ghost stories, ufo reports and reports of brushes with strange creatures. The first edition of bizarre stories has been published and is now live on the site. Now we want to hear your story!
Along with the stories, photos and videos of the paranormal, an Odd Encounters Forum has been established to allow visitors to discuss the features posted on the site, as well as talk about their own odd encounters.
Visit the site at http://www.OddEncounters.com and delve into the world of the supernatural. If you've had a real paranormal experience of your own, submit your story to Odd Encounters today.
The truth is out there. Bring it into the light.
For more information, email email@example.com.
On a side note Ray's brother Mike runs a Halloween prop company called "Night Frights" that looks pretty cool. If you need anything for your haunted house go HERE
Sources: Wakulla County News and Information / Julie Adams Official Website
It's that time once again! Time for the residents of Wakulla Springs, Florida to celebrate their favorite monster ... The Creature From The Black Lagoon. As most of you already know Wakulla Springs State Park doubled as the infamous "Black Lagoon" (along with the back lot at Universal) in the first of three Gill-man films. Every October the park shows the movie and holds events to pay tribute to the monster that they love so dearly.
Here is the info from Wakulla.com:
Wakulla Springs State Park will present "Creature Feature" on Friday, October 21, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm.
Entrance will be free to the public. The event is being hosted by Wakulla Springs Lodge on the big screen TV in the hotel lobby. The gift shop will be open during the event for refreshments! Choose from a full range of snacks, drinks and candies.
The Creature will be lurking about the property and is expected to make an appearance!
Can't find the "Black Lagoon"? Maybe this will help - http://www.floridastateparks.org/wakullasprings/
Normally the stars from the movie make a special appearance but this year Julie Adams will be in Hollywood promoting her new book "The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections From the Black Lagoon".
Here is the info from Julie's website:
Julie at Book Signings for Her New Book
After numerous requests, Julie has written her personal autobiography with many pictures never before seen. It is titled The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections From the Black Lagoon and covers her whole career. It will be available on October 27th. It will be launched with a book signing on Thursday, October 27 at Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. And there will be a double feature screening at the Egyptian Theatre that night of Creature From the Black Lagoon (Shown in 3D) 7:45 - 9:00 p.m. followed by a Question and Answer session with Julie and Bend of the River following the Q & A.
There will be another book signing on Sunday, October 30th at the Dark Delicacies Book Store, 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA from 2 - 4 p.m. There is no charge for a dedication and signature at the book signings.
The book will sell for $29.95, please add $3.00 for postage. If you want a personal dedication and signature through ordering the book on the Web Page it will be an additional $20.00, postage is free on personally signed books.
Details on the upcoming Criterion Blu-ray and DVD of Godzilla (1954) are now available at Criterion's website. Both the Blu-ray and DVD editions will be available January 24, 2012.
New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series)
New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr
Audio commentary for Godzilla, King of the Monsters by Kalat
New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube
Featurette detailing Godzilla’s photographic effects
New interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato
The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay featuring historian Greg Pflugfelder describing the tragic fate of the fishing vessel Daigo fukuryu maru, a real-life event that inspired Godzilla
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman
To see Criterion's site on the Godzilla Blu-ray and DVD, go here.
Sources: AMC / TCM
It's time once again to pit the two top classic movie networks against each other mano-e-mano in a cage match of Halloween programming. As in the past decade or so I have given the schedules from both networks a once over to name the king of Halloween movies.
In the early part of the last decade AMC (American Movie Classics) ruled the cable wire with their "Monsterfest" celebration of horror, monster and sci fi films. As the years moved on AMC began to migrate their programing from the "classics" to modern slasher films and my interest migrated right along with it to other networks.
Likewise TCM (Turner Classic Movies) began to pick up the slack with a better selection of films though they never put together anything as magnificent as the long-dead "Monsterfest."
That was then, this is now and TCM has put together a schedule of classic horror films for 2011 that harkens back to the good old days.
Here is your blurb from the TCM website:
Classic Horror - Mondays in October
Throughout the month leading up to Halloween, TCM presents a festival of shiver-inducing fright films highlighted by the premiere of the latest entry in our A night at the Movies documentary series, A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011). Unlike previous entries that featured the view- point of various industry insiders, this one focuses exclusively on the one- and-only master of horror storytelling, Stephen King.
Taking viewers through their darkest hours are five full nights of horror classics, arranged roughly by decade and ranging from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) to Repulsion (1965). Also raising goosebumps will be such masterworks of the genre as Nosferatu (1922), Frankenstein (1931), Cat People (1942), House of Wax (1953) and Night of the Living Dead (1968).
- A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King
- Frankenstein (1931)
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
- Mark of the Vampire
- The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
- The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
- The Wolf Man
- The Uninvited
- Dead of Night
- I Walked With a Zombie
- Cat People
- The Curse of the Cat People
- The Devil Bat
- Dead Men Walk
- Horror of Dracula
- House on Haunted Hill
- The Tingler
- House of Wax
- Curse of the Demon
- A Bucket of Blood
- Carnival of Souls
- Dementia 13
- The Pit and the Pendulum
- The Masque of the Red Death
- The Devil's Bride
- Village of the Damned
- Night of the Living Dead
- The Innocents
- The Haunting (1963)
TMC Classic Horror
Source: Music Box Theatre
I know that Monster Island News has a lot of readers/fans in the greater Chicago area (yes, I'm talking to you James Baack) that will find this very, very interesting. In fact they may have a monstergasm of some sort!
Indeed the Music Box Theatre in Chicago is hosting week long festival of classic Universal Studios monster films beginning October 21st. All the usual creatures will be on hand including ... um ... The Creature, Dracula, Frankenstein, Mrs Frankenstein (okay they never really got hitched) The Wolfman and of course a Captive Wild Woman (you can't let em loose to roam the street!)
Here are your films:
Murders in the Rue Morgue October 21, 2:40pm; October 22, 2:00pm; October 22, 5:15pm
Robert Florey, 1932, 61m
In 19th Century Paris, the maniacal Dr. Mirakle abducts young women and injects them with ape blood in an attempt to prove ape-human kinship…
The Invisible Man October 21, 4:00pm; October 23, 2:00pm; October 23, 7:15pm
James Whale, 1933, 71m
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.
It Came Frow Outer Space October 21, 8:15pm; October 23, 5:15pm
Jack Arnold, 1953, 81m
A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert, and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strange.
Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D October 21, 10:00pm; October 22, 3:30pm
Jack Arnold, 1954, 79m
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientist try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. In 3D!
The Invisible Man Returns October 23, 3:30pm; October 23, 9:00pm
Joe May, 1940, 81m
The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.
Captive Wild Woman October 24, 5:30pm; October 24, 8:45pm
Edward Dymtryk, 1943, 61m
An insane scientist doing experimentation in glandular research becomes obsessed with transforming a female gorilla into a human…even though it costs human life.
The Wolf Man October 24, 7:00pm
George Waggner, 1941, 70m
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.
Dracula October 25, 5:30pm; October 25, 9:00pm
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. Starring Bela Lugosi.
The Mummy October 25, 7:15pm
Karl Freund, 1932, 73m
In 1921 a field expedition in Egypt discovers the mummy of ancient Egyptian prince Im-Ho-Tep, who was condemned and buried alive for sacrilege…
Frankenstein October 26, 5:30pm; October 26, 8:45pm
James Whale, 1931, 70m
Horror classic in which an obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.
Bride of Frankenstein October 26, 7:00pm
James Whale, 1935, 75m
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein (goaded by an even madder scientist) builds his monster a mate.
The Black Cat October 27, 5:30pm
Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934, 65m
American honeymooners in Hungary are trapped in the home of a Satan- worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein October 27, 7:00pm
Charles Barton, 1948, 83m
Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.
Here is the full schedule:
8:15 – It Came From Outer Space 3D
10:00 – Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D
2:00 – Murders in the Rue Morgue
3:30 – Creature from the Black Lagoon
5:15 – Murders in the Rue Morgue
2:00 – The Invisible Man
3:30 – The Invisible Man Returns
5:15 – It Came From Outer Space
7:15 – The Invisible Man
9:00 – The Invisible Man Returns
5:30 – Captive Wild Woman
7:00 – The Wolf Man
8:45 – Captive Wild Woman
5:30 – Dracula
7:15 – The Mummy
9:00 – Dracula
5:30 – Frankenstein
7:00 – Bride of Frankenstein
8:45 – Frankenstein
5:30 – The Black Cat
7:00 – Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
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"This is Tokyo. Once a city of six million people. What has happened here was caused by a force which up until a few days ago was entirely beyond the scope of Man's imagination. Tokyo, a smoldering memorial to the unknown, an unknown which at this very moment still prevails and could at any time lash out with its terrible destruction anywhere else in the world. There were once many people here who could've told of what they saw... now there are only a few. My name is Steve Martin. I am a foreign correspondent for United World News. I was headed for an assignment in Cairo, when I stopped off in Tokyo for a social; but it turned out to be a visit to the living HELL of another world. " - Steve Martin (Raymond Burr)(Godzilla: King of the Monsters)(1956)
Source: Fon Davis
For the last couple of years I have been chronicling the progress of what looks like an amazing giant robot themed sci fi series called "M.O.R.A.V.". Late last month I got a couple of emails from the team behind the project, including creator Fon Davis, about spreading the word about a fundraiser on Kickstarter to .. well ... give the series pilot a kick start.
Giant robot fans responded to this ... and how, pledging to donate above and beyond the $40,000 Davis and his crew needed.
This overwhelming support caught Davis off guard as this message he posted on Facebook illustrates:
"I have been staring at my computer with my jaw dropped for some unknown amount of time, just taking it all in. With less than a day to go you funded MORAV: Missions.
Then I thought, what on earth can I say that would express the excitement we are feeling at my studio right now and verbalize the perfect "thank you" you all deserve for supporting our project?
I don't know what the perfect "thank you" is, so I'm just going to share.
I am deeply moved by all the work, encouragement and kind words you have all shared in your blogs, websites, groups, facebook walls and twitter feeds. When we started this campaign on kickstarter a month ago, I had no idea how emotional this whole experience would be. Every time someone would pledge some money or share our kickstarter link, I felt a warm feeling that frankly, took me off guard. It was not just money, it was a belief in our project. It was a vote of confidence. It was helping an old friend out. It was helping me realize a dream. It was supporting your local artist community. It was joining our team.
Thursday we will launch our first funded project on MORAV: Missions. I will be sure to share the experience with you so you can see what you have joined us in creating. We won't let you down!
Thank you for all the generosity and support you have given us and continue to give us. As I am typing this we are now exceeding the goal amount. You are all amazing! Keep it up! The extra will make an even better MORAV! We will spend every penny on making MORAV: Missions something you can all be proud of.
Thank you sincerely a thousand times to the moon and back!"
M.O.R.A.V.: Missions Plot:
The story begins with the robot pilots and their peers testing and training then follows them through their struggles with the hardships of war. The audience witnesses the start of a global arms race to build the greatest giant robot army in the world. MORAV covers many decades chronicling the characters through a coup de'tat followed by a civil war that eventually leads to World War Three. The viewer will actually get to see the entire historic saga of robot warfare through the eyes of the men and women immersed in this reality.
If you like robot science fiction, MORAV could be what you've always wanted to see but no one has done. This kind of gritty realism is uncommon in the robot science fiction genre. The show is heavily focused on keeping stories character based and making the environment tangible. There is an effort to bring the audience into a world where robots really walk the streets. The robots in this series do not jump, fly, and shoot lasers out of their eyes. They are designed the way giant robots would be if they were real.
The Nation of Kumala. Divided into two separate states, they have endured an uneasy peace for hundreds of years, but now they find themselves embroiled in a bloody conflict that pits East and West at each other’s throats for control of the entire country.
Across the Jilta Straits lies her sister country of Tangri Island. A peaceful nation with a rich blend of traditional Asian heritage and Western-influenced modernisms and, not unlike any other paradise on Earth, there are those who wish to exploit her and take what she has to offer, no matter what the cost.
As tensions evolve into all-out war, heroes from both Tangri and Kumala unite with a corporate peacekeeping detachment of the Joint Nations Defense force in an attempt to prevent the onslaught of genocide. If they fail, the conflict could destroy Kumala and threaten not only the stability of Tangri Island, but engulf the remainder of South-East Asia into a global war.
But even as Tangri’s King deploys his historic special forces team, The Dragon Army, in an attempt to help subdue the ethnic cleansing in Kumala, the JND is secretly testing a new and devastatingly powerful robotic super-weapon on their peaceful island, one that will ravage Tangri’s future before the King’s forces have time to react.
Lines will be drawn, friendships tested, alliances forged, and the balance of military might will be forever changed by a weapon the likes of which no one has ever seen or imagined.
"I can tell you something about this place. The boys around here call it 'The Black Lagoon'; a paradise. Only they say nobody has ever come back to prove it." - Lucas (Nestor Paiva)(Creature From The Black Lagoon)(1954)
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With Halloween quickly approaching is it any wonder that the news headlines over the past 24 hours have been dominated by Frankenstein's monster!
“I, Frankenstein” starring Aaron Eckhart will release in U.S. Feb 22, 2013
By: Anastasia Alvarado (Hollywood News.com)
HollywoodNews.com: Aaron Eckhart will play Adam Frankenstein in the Lakeshore Entertainment, Hopscotch Features and Lionsgate production of “I, Frankenstein,” commencing in Australia in January. The film was written and is to be directed by Stuart Beattie (director of Australia’s breakout hit “Tomorrow, When the War Began,” and writer of such films as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “G.I. Joe,” “30 Days of Night,” and “Collateral”), and is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, co-creator of the “Underworld” franchise. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the United States, Lakeshore will handle international sales and E1/Hopscotch will distribute in Australia. U.S. release is slated for February 22, 2013.
Shawn Levy Dishes On His Untitled Frankenstein Project
By Justin Monroe (Complex.com)
When we recently interviewed director Shawn Levy about his new robot boxing movie Real Steel, we had to ask him about about a rather conspicuous genre movie that his IMDB page says he's rumored to be directing and currently developing. Known only as Untitled Frankenstein Project, it makes a genre fan's mind race with the possibilities, both good and bad. Rather than speculate, check out what he had to say about it:
"It’s an amazing script and, yes, I am attached to direct it. That’s true, and if I can get the right pairing of two young guys I’ll make it. It’s a radical retelling of the legend, and the reason that the casting is so critical is that, though it is still very much a monster movie and a genre piece, it really focuses on the friendship and relationship and betrayals between Victor Frankenstein and Igor, who is at once his friend and assistant, all set against this discovery of a science that might change human science forever. So if I can cast it to my liking I will be making it. If I make it I’m gonna make it next year."
Frankenstein moon: Astronomers vindicate Mary Shelley's account
Frankenstein moon: 'Frankenstein' author Mary Shelley claimed that the tale came to her in a vision late one night as the moon streamed through her window. Her account was disputed, but astronomers at Texas State University have now substantiated her 'Frankenstein moon.'
By Eoin O'Carroll (CSMonitor.com)
Many literary critics have long thought that Mary Shelley fabricated her account of how she came up with the idea for her 1818 novel "Frankenstein." But a research by a team of astronomers suggests that she was telling the truth.
In the preface to the 1831 edition of the novel, Shelley wrote that the idea first came to her in the summer of 1816, where she stayed in a manor on Lake Geneva with her future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and the writers Lord Byron and John Polidori. Byron suggested that each of them write a ghost story. Days passed, but Shelley produced nothing but "that blank incapability of invention which is the greatest misery of authorship."
Then late one night, after a conversation about the possibility of using electricity to reanimate cadavers, the story came to her in a waking dream in which she saw a "hideous phantasm of a man" being animated by "the working of some powerful engine." When Shelley opened her eyes, she saw moonlight entering her room through the shutters, and a story was born.
The female ‘Frankenstein’ reaches its climax
By Meredith Deliso (The Brooklyn Paper)
Park Slope’s “feminist Frankenstein” trilogy has finally reached its climax.
Rabbit Hole Ensemble’s year-long exploration of Mary Shelley’s classic concludes this month with “The Tale of Frankenstein’s Daughter” — an interpretation the explores the feminine side of Frankenstein.
So in Stanton Wood’s play, our mad scientist is an infertile doctor who, in her desperation to have a child, creates an impassioned, yet misunderstood, man-killing monster.
“It’s much more a story about a mother and a child, about parenting, loss, rejection and isolation,” said director Edward Elefterion. “It’s less scientific, and more emotional.”
This gender-bending trilogy kicked off last fall with “The Tragic Story of Dr. Frankenstein,” which explored Shelley’s thriller from the doctor’s perspective. The trilogy switched gears this past spring with “Doctor Frankenstein’s Magical Creature,” this time told from the monster’s point of view. This third and final piece blends both plays together for a more fully realized, emotional story, running in a minimal, Kabuki theater-inspired production at Park Slope’s BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange starting Oct. 13.
“It’s much deeper, much richer, much more emotional,” said Elefterion. “It’s a whole new beast.”
Above, Yuu Asakura with "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan." Photo by Armand Vaquer.
The 20% autumn discount sales for The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan are going well. Strangely, sales through ComiXpress (without the discount) are also going well.
Orders sent directly to me (not through ComiXpress) postmarked through October 10 can get the guide for $12.00 plus $2.00 shipping & handling for a grand total of $14.00.
So, between now and October 10 (four more days) send your orders to:
18618 Collins Street #105
Tarzana, CA 91356
An era has come to an end.
Dallas News.com reports:
Leonard Nimoy attended what he says was his last Star Trek convention Sunday in Rosemont, Ill. The 80-year-old, best-known for playing Mr. Spock in the original TV series, formed four fingers into a V for Vulcan sign and intoned Spock’s most famous phrase: “Live long and prosper."
However, the Fox News.com's blurb on the Nimoy story has his Trek character slightly wrong:
Dr. Spock was a famous baby doctor who died years ago.
Is this the design for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla?
Maybe so, maybe no. Anyway, Dread Central posted this photo on their site. They won't bet the farm on it, but can't rule it out either. Fans are dubious.
As for me, it is too spikey for my tastes, but it at least looks like Godzilla and it is a major step above the Sony/TriStar version of 1998.
We'll have to wait and see.
To see Dread Central's write-up on it, go here.
UPDATE: Turns out this picture has been floating around for a while.
Sources: Carrbridge Films / Avery Guerra
A little over a year ago I broke the story about a very interesting independent film being produced in Scotland called "Brocken Spectre." As many of you know monsters resembling Bigfoot or the Himalayan Yeti have been spotted all over the globe for centuries, what you may not know is that Scotland has such a monster legend often times referred to as "Fear Liath Mor" or "Big Grey Man of Ben MacDhui".
Yes, The Loch Ness Monster grabs all the press and limelight while the ape men of Ben MacDhui wander around in obscurity.
A group of young film makers at Carrbridge Films thought that the local legend would make the perfect subject for a film centering on possible rational explanations for the strange sightings.
Director Fergus Thom just shot me press release stating that filming on "Brocken Spectre" is now completed and a trailer is forthcoming:
Shooting has now “wrapped” for Brocken Spectre, a feature film being made in the Scottish Highlands by young filmmaker, Fergus Thom (19)
ʻBrocken Spectreʼ is based loosely on the legend of the Big Grey Man of Ben MacDhui and takes itsʼ name from the natural phenomenon most often used to explain sightings of the Big Grey Man – a brocken spectre being the magnified shadow of an observer cast upon the upper surfaces of clouds opposite the sun.
The film follows the story of Olivia, a young adult, as she leaves her city life behind in pursuit of a new start in the Highlands. Buying a remote bothy nestled in the mountains, she settles in with little drama. However, itʼs not long before the echoing footsteps on Ben MacDhui find their way to her.
Fergus Thom, the aspiring filmmaker behind the lens from Carrbridge, decided in 2010 that after leaving school, as well as starting his own business and continuing to run award winning news initiative ʻCarrbridge Newsʼ, he would make this feature film.
He said: “Itʼs been a lot of fun putting together this film, but also a lot of work. We started filming in late February, with the snow still on the ground, and finish now in Autumn as the Summer draws to a close!”
Continuing, he added: “There are so many amazing locations in the area that we really were spoilt for choice when it came to deciding where to film and it was always part of our ambition to try and capture the natural beauty of what weʼre lucky enough to have on our doorstep.”
Fergus roped in his friends to take on roles and play characters in the film and, reflecting on this, he said: “A great big thank you is very much due to the cast of the film, all of whom have shown such enthusiasm and been so tolerant of everything from the amount of time it takes to shoot each scene to putting up with filming in some really nasty weather conditions, they really have been great and their involvement has been hugely appreciated.”
Now entering post-production, a trailer is due to be released online very soon, and while no completion date has been announced, editing and production progress can be followed on the website www.brockenspectremovie.co.uk and on the filmsʼ Facebook page – search “Brocken Spectre”
Written By: Chuck Duncan
I ran across this nice article about the classic Universal monsters:
If you love Halloween as much as we do, then you’ve come to the right place! Welcome to CliqueClack Flicks’ 31 Days of Halloween. All month long our coven of writers will dust off some of our favorite horror movies and discuss what makes them a seasonal favorite.
To kick off the month, we’ll start with what is arguably the movie famous and beloved collection of movie monsters ever committed to celluloid — the Universal Monsters: Dracula, Frankentstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Invisible Man (the Creature from the Black Lagoon is often lumped in with this group, but the Gill Man didn’t come along for another 20 years).
Dracula (1931) was based on a stage play which was based on Bram Stoker‘s novel — the first official adaptation of the book (Nosferatu was, infamously, nearly erased from existence when Stoker’s widow sued for infringement on the material). The movie, like the play, cast the debonair Bela Lugosi in the title role — a departure from the novel’s tall, elderly man with the long white mustache — to give the Count more of an air of sophistication and smoldering sexuality. The better to mesmerize you and drain your blood. If reports are to be believed, the film was so frightening to audiences that woman were fainting in the aisles. Today, it’s a slow, stage bound adaptation of a stage play (a Spanish version filmed at night on the same sets is considered by many to be far superior to this classic). Frightening or not, it certainly holds its place in history as an iconic horror movie.
Universal really struck it rich with its adaptation of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, and all the credit goes to director James Whale for his stunning visual style and his casting genius. This is the movie that made Boris Karloff a star, and unlike Lugosi, he managed to have a long, successful career (albeit, mostly in horror films) and is beloved by fans the world over. Besides Whale’s expert direction, Karloff’s performance lifts the Monster (mistakenly referred to by many as Frankenstein) from just a simple caricature to a creature with deep emotional turmoil. His iconic makeup scared the pants off of audiences in 1931, but they also felt sorry for the misunderstood creature as he plunged to his death in the flaming windmill at the end of the movie.
The movie was such a hit that Universal demanded a follow-up, so the Monster was resurrected (again) for The Bride of Frankenstein, which is considered to be one of the best monster movies ever made. Again, with Karloff’s performance, Whale’s directional influence (and Whale certainly managed to camp things up with some not very subtle homosexual subtext — two words: Ernest Thesiger) and the addition of Elsa Lanchester as both the Bride and Mary Shelly, this might actually be the first horror film with comedic overtones. Whether funny, scary or both, The Bride of Frankenstein is simply brilliant filmmaking all around.
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