King Kong’s Film Debut

On March 2, 1933, the film King Kong opened at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to rave reviews. Directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, the screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose was developed from an idea conceived by Cooper and Edgar Wallace. It stars Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot and Robert Armstrong. It has been ranked by Rotten … Continue reading King Kong’s Film Debut

“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

The Wolf Man!

On December 12, 1941, The Wolf Man, an American horror film starring Lon Chaney Jr. in the title role, received its premiere. The movie was written by Curt Siodmak and produced and directed by George Waggner. The film also features Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles, and Bela Lugosi; with Evelyn Ankers, and Maria Ouspenskaya in supporting roles. The title character has had a great deal of influence on Hollywood’s depictions of the legend of the werewolf. The … Continue reading The Wolf Man!

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