The Ghoul – UK, 1933 – reviews

‘Weird happenings in a house of mystery…’ The Ghoul is a 1933 British horror feature film starring Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, and renowned thespian, Ralph Richardson, making his film debut. Although often mentioned in the …

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The Werewolf of Paris – novel, 1933

The Werewolf of Paris is a 1933 horror novel as well as a work of historical fiction by Guy Endore. The novel follows Bertrand Caillet, the eponymous werewolf, throughout the tumultuous …

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Rondo Hatton – actor

Rondo Hatton was born with a genetic condition, that of acromegaly which affects the pituitary gland (not the last actor to be afflicted – Richard Kiel – most famous as …

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Stuart Freeborn – make-up artist

Stuart Freeborn (5 September 1914 – 5 February 2013) was a veteran British motion picture make-up artist who died recently. He has been referred to as the “grandfather of modern make-up design” and is perhaps best …

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The Mummy – USA, 1932 – reviews

‘A love that defied time drives a beautiful girl to her doom’ The Mummy is a 1932 supernatural horror film from Universal Studios directed by former cinematographer Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff (billed as ‘Karloff the …

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Werewolf of London (1935) reviews and overview

Werewolf of London is a 1935 horror film starring Henry Hull, produced by Universal Pictures. Review: Aristocratic botanist, Dr Glendon (Hull), ventures into the foothills of Tibet to search for the elusive Mariphasa Lumina …

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Bride of Frankenstein – USA, 1935 – reviews

‘The monster demands a mate!’ Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, and the first sequel to Frankenstein (1931). It was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester in the dual role of his …

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Essential Zombie Films

Movies are listed in chronological order to put the history and late 20th mass media pop culture saturation of zombies into context. She was not alive… nor dead… just a’ …

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Jack P. Pierce – makeup artist

Jack P. Pierce (born Janus Piccoula; May 5, 1889 – July 19, 1968) was a Hollywood makeup artist most famous for creating the iconic makeup worn by Boris Karloff in Universal Studios’ 1931 adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, along with various …

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The Invisible Man (1933) reviews and overview

The Invisible Man is a 1933 science fiction film based on H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel The Invisible Man, published in 1897, as adapted by R. C. Sherriff, Philip Wylie and Preston Sturges, whose work was considered unsatisfactory and who …

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame – USA, 1939

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1939 American monochrome film starring Charles Laughton as Quasimodo and Maureen O’Hara as Esmeralda. It was directed by William Dieterle and produced by Pandro S. Berman. The film is considered by many reviewers to be the best of the many …

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Mark of the Vampire – USA, 1935 – reviews

Mark of the Vampire is a 1935 American horror feature film, starring Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, and Jean Hersholt and directed by Tod Browning. It is a talkie remake of Browning’s 1927 silent London After Midnight with the characters’ …

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Maniac – USA, 1934 – overview and reviews

Maniac is a 1934 American horror feature film directed by Dwain Esper (Reefer Madness) and written by Hildegarde Stadie, Esper’s wife, as a loose adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe story “The Black Cat”, with …

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Freaks – USA, 1932 – reviews

Freaks is a 1932 American Pre-Code horror film about sideshow performers, directed and produced by Tod Browning and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with a cast mostly composed of actual carnival (funfair) performers. The film was based on Tod Robbins’ 1923 short story “Spurs”. …

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The Invisible Ray – USA, 1936 – overview

‘Beware the Luminous Man!’ The Invisible Ray is a 1936 Universal Pictures American science fiction film starring Boris Karloff (billed merely as “Karloff”) and Bela Lugosi. A visionary doctor, Doctor Janos Rukh …

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Vampyr – France, Germany, 1932 – reviews

Vampyr (German: Vampyr – Der Traum des Allan Grey) is a 1932 French-German horror film directed by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer. The film was written by Dreyer and Christen Jul based on elements from J. Sheridan Le …

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The Walking Dead – USA, 1936 – reviews

The Walking Dead is a 1936 American horror feature film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Boris Karloff. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Plot: John Elman (Boris Karloff) has been framed for murder by a …

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Tales of the Uncanny – Germany, 1932 – reviews

Unheimliche Geschichten (Tales of the Uncanny or Uncanny Stories) is a 1932 German black comedy horror film directed by the prolific Austrian film director Richard Oswald, starring Paul Wegener, and produced by Gabriel Pascal. The story is a …

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