Happy Birthday, Boris Karloff

Today, November 23, is Boris Karloff's birthday. Boris Karloff, you may know, appeared in dozens of classic horror films, as well as providing the narration for the original Grinch in Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Boris Karloff is famous for starring in Universal Picture's Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)  as... Continue Reading →

Movie Monday: Cat People (1942)

Cat People is one of the most successful films produced by Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur for RKO in the 1940s. Working with a small budget and just a movie title, Lewton, Tourneur and screenwriter DeWitt Bodean created a hybrid horror/film noir movie that suggested rather than depicted the lead's transformation into a ferocious... Continue Reading →

Movie Monday: The Seventh Victim (1943)

This month, we have been looking at the strange and evocative movies produced by Ukranian-born movie writer and producer Val Lewton for RKO in the 1940s. Today, I am suggesting you watch The Seventh Victim, a 1943 film that has been thought to have inspired Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby. The Seventh Victim is not a... Continue Reading →

Movie of the Week: The Leopard Man (1943)

The Leopard Man was directed by Jacques Tourneur. Like all Lewton-Tourneur collaborations, the movie was produced on a small budget and relied on oblique storytelling and evocative, shadowy scenes to set a mysterious and sinister mood. Some of the lines in the movies are quite poetic. This film is considered one of the first American... Continue Reading →

Hocus Pocus 2 Premieres Today

The Sanderson sisters are back for Halloween hijinks in the sequel to the 1993 film, Hocus Pocus. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles as three witches up to no good in Hocus Pocus 2. Doug Jones will also return as your favorite zombie, Billy Butcherson. The sequel airs on... Continue Reading →

A Val Lewton Fall Film Festival

In this blog, I've always featured lots of horror movies because I love them and they are associated with Halloween. And you know, there are all kinds of horror movies. There are Universal monsters we all know and the lurid Hammer vampires. There are 1950s sci fi drive-in flicks and 1970s supernatural films. All wonderful... Continue Reading →

Happy National Vampire Day!

Yes, today is the day we celebrate those blood-sucking, garlic-hatting, undead, fiends. There are many good vampire stories and books, but Mark of the Vampire (1935) is not one of them. Of course, Bela Lugosi is wonderful in the few scenes in which he appears. But the movie plot is not wonderful and Lionel Barrymore... Continue Reading →

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