Horror-themed Pinball Machines

Pinball machines as we now know them first appeared in the early 1930’s and almost immediately were seized upon as opportunities for branding and cash-ins of all shape and form, …

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Legend Horror Classics – magazine

Legend Horror Classics was a British magazine published by Legend Publishing and which ran for thirteen issues between 1974 and 1975. The magazine was very much a second fiddle imitation of …

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Frankenstein – TV mini-series, USA, 2004

Frankenstein is a 2004 American television mini-series directed by Kevin Connor (At the Earth’s Core, Motel Hell) from a screenplay by Mark Kruger based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It follows the original book …

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Dave Allen – comedian

David Tynan O’Mahony (6 July 1936 – 10 March 2005), better known as Dave Allen, was an Irish comedian and actor, perhaps best known for his 1970s BBC TV series, which …

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – USA, 1994 – reviews

Frankenstein – aka Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – is a 1994 American horror film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Robert De Niro and Branagh himself. It also stars Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, Ian Holm, John Cleese (Monty Python), Aidan Quinn and Richard Briers. Produced …

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Mike Hill – artist and sculptor

Mike Hill is a Los Angeles-based sculptor, originally from Warrington, Cheshire in England, who specialises in ultra-realistic models of monsters from classic horror films. His work includes small figures for …

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‘H’ (for ‘Horrific’) certificate

On 1st January 1937, the ‘H’ (for ‘Horrific’) certificate was introduced by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC). Prior to this horror films had been given an ‘A’ for ‘Adult’ …

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Young Frankenstein – USA, 1974 – reviews

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American horror-comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Doctor Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth …

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Van Helsing – USA, 2004 – reviews

‘Adventure lives forever’ Van Helsing is a 2004 American action adventure horror feature film about a monster slayer sent to Transylvania to defeat Dracula. The movie was written and directed …

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Universal Monsters – merchandise

The global popular cultural significance of the 1930s and 1940s Universal movie monsters cannot be understated. These films were smash hits that, despite the efforts of censorial prigs on both …

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Richard Briers – actor

Though best known in the UK as the star of popular 1970s sit com The Good Life and as the voice for animated series Roobarb, British actor Richard Briers (14 …

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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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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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Aurora Movie Monsters – model kits

The Aurora Plastics Corporation is an American toy and hobby manufacturing and marketing company founded in 1950. It is known primarily for its production of plastic model kits in the …

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I, Frankenstein – Australia, USA, 2013

‘200 years later, he’s still alive’ I, Frankenstein is a 2013 Australian/American action horror film directed by Stuart Beattie, based on the graphic novel and original screenplay by Kevin Grevioux. It stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill …

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Frankenstein – USA, 1931 – reviews

‘The man who made a monster’ Frankenstein is a 1931 American horror film directed by James Whale (The Invisible Man; The Old Dark House) and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling, which …

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