Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bride of Frankenstein RARE Photos!

These amazing photos have recently surfaced! In the first, you can really see the amazing detail of the Monster's Make-Up by the Master, Jack Pierce! There always seems to be time to take a cigarette or tea break between scenes as shown in the photo bottom left with Colin Clive and the King of Horror, Boris Karloff.

Here is one of your early Halloween Treats. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Monster speaks! But not with Bela's voice!

The year was 1943. Bela Lugosi was in the middle of a series of low budget nightmares produced by Monogram Studios. As always, Bela gave each movie role he was in 110% of his acting ability. Abilities that the low budget studios certainly did not deserve. Over at Universal there was a new Monster Movie resurgence. The public tired of the real scares of world war 2, wanted some make believe frights. Bela returned to Universal to portray a movie monster that he originally turned down. That monster was of course Frankenstein's monster. He played Igor in both SON OF FRANKENSTEIN and GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN. At the end of Ghost, Igor's brain was placed in the Monster's body! So it would follow that the monster would now speak in Igor's voice. And at the end of Ghost, he did! But, because the Evil Doctor did not match up blood types, the Igor-enstein was blind! We last saw the monster stumbling about a fire engulfed house and perishing in the flames. Flash ahead to FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN. Lon Chaney as the moon cursed Wolf Man is looking for a cure. He travels to Bavaria and seeks the information inside the book written by Dr. Frankenstein, The Secrets of Life and Death. He comes across the burn scarred Monster while in the middle of his search. Although still blind, the monster also cannot speak. Reason? Because the execs at Univ. thought the monster looked too silly to have the voice of Bela coming from it! So, in the film you will see Bela's lips moving very slightly and no sound coming out. WHAT A TRAVISTY! The reason this makes no sense for Univ. to have done this tampering, is that Bela's voice coming from the Monster in Ghost was creepy and amusing at the same time. A great dis-service to cinema and monster history. Here is a great still from this very under-rated film in the Frankenstein series.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Here is a very interesting Window Card from a long lost movie. Advertised as a non-theatrical and more interestingly, 16mm presentation! Would love to see it. But, at least we have the movie paper on this rarity.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Joy of Joi

Joi Lansing. The first time I got my eyeball prints on this ravishing lovely, was in the 100th episode of the Adventures of Superman. In "Superman's Wife", she played Sgt. O'Hara. Working undercover, she pretended to marry the Man of Steel (George Reeves) in order to help unmask the Numero Uno Kingpin of Crime in Metropolis, Mr. X.

Thanks to the miracle of DVD, Joi can be en-joied in several film and t.v. roles. What other possible reason would I own a DVD of "Hillbillys in a Haunted House'?! When you have the chance, go to you tube and type in Caught in the Web of Love or the Silencers to see Joi at her sexiest!

On a sad note, Joi was known for her bountiful breasts. She died of breast cancer at the age of 43.