“The Phantom of the Opera” Starring Lon Chaney

When I was a teenager, my favorite piece of classic literature was Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra or The Phantom of the Opera. I was also a big fan of the 1925 American silent horror film adaptation directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and … Continue reading “The Phantom of the Opera” Starring Lon Chaney

Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein

Happy Halloween! Of all classic movie monsters, my favorite is Boris Karloff’s portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster in the 1931 film, Frankenstein and repeated in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). The bulky costume with four-inch platform boots made it an arduous role but the costume and extensive makeup produced the classic image. The costume was a job in itself for Karloff with … Continue reading Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein