I have always had the utmost respect and admiration for Boris Karloff. My earliest memories of L.A. t.v. is of the classic Universal Horror films. Here, we see Karloff as the Satan Worshipping HajlmarPoelzig, from the Black Cat (1934).If I could go back in time, I would have brought Boris before George Lucas and recommended him in the role of The Emperor!This kindest of souls was just plain creepy in his various roles.A Forbidden Planet salute to Boris Karloff.
At the start of the 3-d craze came this little gem. I could not find any info on it, other then it's really cool "Man drops in your lap from a helicopter as a boat is about to crush you" poster. It does say Featurette, which leads me to believe it most likely was around 30 min. Enjoy! Note: Please read the amazing story of this film in the comments section by fellow film scholar Mr. Theakston.
Hammer Films and director Terence Fisher followed the excellent Horror of Dracula with this well-made, richly-colored sequel which suffers only from the conspicuous lack of Dracula himself -- since Horror's Christopher Lee had declined participation in further Dracula sequels for the time being. In his stead, we have young, blond Baron Meinster (David Peel) providing the requisite vampiric threat. Though imprisoned in the family estate by his mother, Meinster is released from his silver chains by an unsuspecting French teacher (Yvonne Monlaur), through which he gains access to a veritable smorgasbord of nubile wenches at a girls' school. Fortunately, master vampire killer Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is on the case. Besides featuring some of the best acting, photography and period detail of the Hammer Dracula series, this is also one of the first to delve into the more sexual aspects of vampirism, with implicit suggestions of incest, sadomasochism and homosexuality. This half sheet (22X28) hints at many of the Vampire's dark needs.
Isn't it interesting that both contain images of a woman in peril! One being attacked by a giant crab. The other, held captive by natives. Funny, all I can think of is melting a huge stick of butter and grabbing my crab crackers. Oh yeah, and rescueing the woman. Unless of course she is allergic to shellfish.
Another prime example of the artistic greatness of Reynold Brown. It is no wonder after seeing this poster why Mr. Brown is considered one of the best sci-fi, horror and fantasy artists for American International. I have always been a sucker for Time Travel films, especially when almost every future has one kind of Mutant or another. This is a really cool little Edger G. Ulmer gem from 1960 that should be released on DVD.