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His Humble Hunchback: The Stock Character History of "Igor" (Part 2)

Part 2: Ygor and the Houses of Hunchbacks

Don’t miss the first part of this essay, covering early dramatizations of Frankenstein and the influence of Dwight Frye! 2,088 more words


His Humble Hunchback: The Stock Character History of "Igor" (Part 1)

Part 1: Early Dramatizations and Dwight Frye

When one thinks of Frankenstein – not the book itself or any one specific adaptation – but as a collective mythology, there are a few specific set pieces that spring to mind. 1,427 more words


Friday Foto Follies: James Whale

A Follies tribute to the great director and artist, James Whale (22 July 1889 – 29 May 1957).

“The mix of beauty, perversity, wit and fear in Whale’s monster pictures is the goal that every horror director worth his salt has aspired to since.” – Lloyd Rose, Washington Post Staff Writer

Image Galleries

The showmanship of 1930s theatrical displays

I recently stumbled upon this series of photographs depicting the ballyhoo employed to lure patrons into movie theaters in Lexington, Kentucky in the early 1930s. The photos are via the… 61 more words

Posters And Cover Art

Not "Mad," Just Crafty

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.”

Ordinarily a title like “The Mad Doctor of Market Street,” with its tang of 70s grindhouse fare doesn’t seem to promise much to fans of old-timey horror movies, but this one was a Universal product and it saw the light of day in 1942. 787 more words

Film Criticism

But Whatever Happened to Rolf?

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.”

Universal’s 1942 “Night Monster” is one of the studio’s unsung gems. Directed and written by two men who worked mostly in the western and adventure genres (Ford Beebe and Clarence Upson Young respectively) and photographed by the veteran cameraman Charles Van Enger, the film is a tidy little “old dark house” mystery that veers unexpectedly, and delightfully, into supernatural horror. 442 more words

Film Criticism

Ramble: The Wolf Man (1941)

dir. George Waggner

Lon Chaney, Jr. creates one of the most memorably tragic of all horror film creatures in “The Wolf Man”, the best of the Universal output since “Bride of Frankenstein” and the most visually arresting since… well, “Bride of Frankenstein”. 2,442 more words