Lionel Atwill – actor

Lionel Alfred William Atwill (1 March 1885 – 22 April 1946) was an English stage and film actor. He was born on March 1, 1885 in Croydon, Surrey. He studied architecture …

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Bud Westmore – make-up artist

Bud Westmore (13 January 1918 – 24 June 1973) was a make-up artist in Hollywood and son of George Westmore, a member of the Westmore family prominent in Hollywood make-up. He is …

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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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R. L. Stine – author

Robert Lawrence Stine (born October 8, 1943), known as R. L. Stine, and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American writer and producer. Stine, who is referred to as the “Stephen King of children’s literature,” is the …

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The Deadly Mantis – USA, 1957 – reviews

‘This was the day that engulfed the world in terror…’ The Deadly Mantis is a 1957 American science fiction monster movie produced by William Alland for Universal-International Pictures. It was directed by Nathan Juran (The Brain …

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The Scarlet Claw – USA, 1944 – reviews

The Scarlet Claw is a 1944 Sherlock Holmes movie directed by Roy William Neill, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. It is the eighth film of the Rathbone/Bruce series. David Stuart Davies notes on the film’s DVD audio commentary that it’s …

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The Cat Creeps – USA, 1930 – reviews

The Cat Creeps is a 1930 horror/thriller directed by Rupert Julian and John Willard and produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr for Universal Pictures. As with many films of the late silent/early talkie …

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Dracula – USA, 1931 – reviews

Dracula is a 1931 horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as the title character. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, which in turn is based …

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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 – USA, 1935 – reviews

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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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 – USA, 1933 – reviews

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, 1923

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1923 American film directed by Wallace Worsley and produced by Carl Laemmle and Irving Thalberg. It stars Lon Chaney, Sr., Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Nigel de Brulier, Brandon Hurst. The film is probably the second most famous …

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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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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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The Raven – USA, 1935 – reviews

The Raven is a 1935 American Universal horror film directed by Lew Landers and starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Purportedly based upon Edgar Allan Poe‘s famous homonymous poem (but with little connection), featuring Lugosi as a Poe-obsessed mad …

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She-Wolf of London – USA, 1946 – reviews

She-Wolf of London (UK title: Curse of the Allenbys) is a 1946 American 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 …

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Son of Frankenstein – USA, 1939 – reviews

Son of Frankenstein is a 1939 American horror feature film and the third film in Universal Studios’ Frankenstein series and the last to feature Boris Karloff as the Monster as well as the first to feature Bela Lugosi as Ygor. It …

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