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  1. Sat up in bed last night at the TCM PROMO W/ Bela Lugosi Jr. Figured they were gonna say WHITE ZOMBIE or RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE at the end. But no... That's right: it's happening, THIS SUNDAY AT 12:30!!! 12:30 PM B/W - 74 m TV-14 horror Dracula (1931) Synopsis: The legendary bloodsucker stakes his claim on a British estate in search of new blood. Dir: Tod Browning Cast: Bela Lugosi , Helen Chandler , David Manners . LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW: D: Tod Browning. Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, Herbert Bunston, Frances Dade. Classic horror film of Transylvanian vampire working his evil spell on perplexed group of Londoners. Lugosi's most famous role with his definitive interpretation of the Count, ditto Frye as looney Renfield and Van Sloan as unflappable Professor Van Helsing. Reissued on video with a new score by Philip Glass. Sequel: DRACULA'S DAUGHTER.
  2. A poem I shared in the Universal Horror group on Facebook, thought I'd post it here too. Let me know your favorites among these.... Fans of Universal horror films know an awful lot, And know many things that others just do not. They know that Victor Frankenstein actually went by Henry, And that his monster was played by not one actor, but many. Karloff came first and was thought by many the best, Chaney, Lugosi, and Strange brought to life the rest. But before Frankenstein, Dracula came first, Lugosi played the vampire with the unhealthy thirst. But there were more monsters like the ancient Mummy, With bandages wrapped over his chest and his tummy, Karloff played him first, and Chaney played him too, But Tom Tyler played him in between the other two. And Claude Rains as the Invisible Man caused quite a bother, Several years before he played The Wolf Man's father. Vincent Price was invisible too in a special effects gem, And Jon Hall followed in not one, but two of them. But back to the Frankenstein monster and his clan, Which included a bride, two sons, and a hunchbacked man, The villainous Ygor who survived the noose and a shooting, He looked very evil when giving his flute a tooting. A great role for Lugosi, and next he played the monster, what's more, Although all his dialogue ended up on the cutting room floor. Dracula had a family too, a daughter and son shared his curse, The boy tried to pass himself off as Dracula spelled in reverse. Chaney played him, and all the other monsters at one time, But Larry Talbot was the role that made his fame climb. There were other great actors like John Carradine, Who played Dracula and a high priest and a scientist mean, Who combined an ape with human hormones, so he could say, That he was the one who created Paula Dupree. Don't forget George Zucco, a high priest who warned fools, And also was a professor that turned men into ghouls. There was Rondo Hatton, the villainous Creeper, Who introduced many victims to the Grim Reaper. And there's even more that Universal fans know, But let me just say it gives me a glow, It warms my heart and fills me with glee, To know that I'm part of this wonderful community.
  3. https://bigjohncreations.wordpress.com In 1932, the American Horror Film came into its own as a viable genre. Dracula and Frankenstein had blown the doors off the industry the year before, making overnight stars of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, and paving the way for a variety of imitators. Paramount responded with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (starring Fredric March in the roles that would land him an Oscar,) and the similarly literate Island of Lost Souls, which cast Charles Laughton as HG Wells’ overly ambitious Dr. Moreau. Not to be outdone, MGM turned to their silent master of the macabre, Tod Browning, hot of the success of Dracula, to put his carnival background to use. Freaks was an unmitigated disaster and was met with as much disgust from its audiences as the studio that wrought it. But Freaks wasn’t MGM’s only contribution to the genre that year. Director William J. Cowen’s Kongo stars future Academy Award-winner, Walter Huston (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,) as Dead Legs Flint, a cruel paraplegic living deep in the African jungle. He attains great power among the natives by performing magic tricks and pretending to be a God. 18 years earlier, Flint was crippled by his wife’s lover and has spent everyday since plotting an elaborate revenge. Released just before the production code would cast a damp towel on Hollywood, Kongo features some particularly grim scenes, and even more politically-incorrect dialogue. Originally a play on Broadway starring Huston himself, Kongo was previously made into a silent film called West of Zanzibar. This version starred Man of a Thousand Faces, Lon Chaney and was directed by none other than Chaney’s longtime collaborator, Tod Browning. Everything’s relative. For this episode of Backseat Filmmaker, I have the pleasure of discussing both versions of the story with film historian and writer, Michael H. Price. Price is the author of such works as Human Monsters: The Bizarre Psychology of Movie Villains (with George E. Turner,) and the Forgotten Horrors series, which has just seen the release of its seventh installment, Famished Monsters of Filmland.
  4. The Attaboy Clarence Podcast is proud to present 'A Universe Of Horrors', the latest special episode; a seven hour documentary detailing the rise of Universal Studios, of the horror genre, the movies, the stars and the personalities behind Hollywood's classic cycle of horror flicks. To get the show, visit the site at attaboyclarence.com or get it from iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/attaboy-clarence-podcast-classic/id804001187?mt=2
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