The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)


I watched the 1971 British dark comedy horror film “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” on Svengoolie. The cult classic was produced by Ronald S. Dunas (The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk, Naked Fear) and Louis M. Heyward (The Dick Clark Show, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs, House of 1,000 Dolls, The Crimson Cult, Cry of the Banshee, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Dr. Phibes Rises Again), directed by Robert Fuest (Dr. Phibes Rises Again, The Devil’s Rain), written by William Goldstein (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) and

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House of Wax (1953)

Unlike anything you’ve seen before!

I watched the 1953 House of Wax, originally called The Wax Works, which was Warner Bros.’ answer to the surprise 3-D hit Bwana Devil[1], on Svengoolie. They contracted Julian and Milton Gunzburg’s Natural Vision 3-D system[2], the same one used for Bwana Devil, and filmed a remake of their thriller Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), based on Charles S. Belden’s three-act play The Wax Works. The director André de Toth (May 15, 1913 – October 27, 2002) was blind in one eye and couldn’t see the 3D results.

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Invaders From Mars (1986)

There’s no place on Earth to hide

I watched the 1986 Cannon Pictures science fiction horror film “Invaders From Mars” on Svengoolie. Elaborate creature and visual effects were supplied by Stan Winston[1] and John Dykstra[2] in this re-make of the 1953 film. The movie was directed by Tobe Hooper an American director, screenwriter, and producer best known for his work in the horror genre. The British Film Institute cited Hooper as one of the most influential horror filmmakers of all time.

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

You think I’m insane. You think I don’t know what I’m talking about. Well you just look in that grave where Lawrence Talbot is supposed to be buried and see if you find a body in it!

I watched the 1943 sequel to The Wolf Man, Universal Studios Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man on Svengoolie. When grave robbers, looking for buried money in the Talbot mausoleum, open Larry Talbot’s crypt they find his body and the coffin stuffed with Wolf’s-bane. Lon Chaney Jr. (played the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein monster, and the Wolf-Man), Larry Talbot, is free and starts seeking an end to his suffering. He locates the gypsy woman Maleva played by Maria Ouspenskaya

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The History of Horror Movies: The Beginning

Horror is a genre of speculative fiction which is intended to frighten, scare, or disgust.

I love a good horror movie. One of my favorites is the 1931 “Dracula” starring Bela Lugosi. I try to watch Svengoolie, on MeTV, every Saturday night and I used to watch Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. The movies started back in the silent era and continue today.

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Werewolf of London (1935)

“You are foolish, but without fools there would be no wisdom”

I watched this 1935, Universal picture, Werewolf of London on Svengoolie. This was the first mainstream movie to feature a werewolf. The film is directed by Stuart Walker (American producer and director in theatre and motion pictures) and stars Henry Hull (American character actor, lots of westerns) as Wilfred Glendon, a world-renowned Botanist turned werewolf. Jack Pierce designed the make-up to look like what would come six years later in The Wolf Man,

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The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Julie, don’t make that same mistake again, LOCK THE OTHER DOOR!

I watched this 1946 mystery/horror, Warner Bros., film “The Beast With Five Fingers” on Svengoolie. It is about a pianist, Francis Ingram, played by Victor Francen (career in French cinema and Hollywood, Madame Curie, A Farewell to Arms) who is in a wheelchair and only has the use of one hand. He plays the piano, with this hand, extremely well, with music written by Bruce Conrad played by Robert Alda (Alan Alda’s dad, The Devil’s Hand, M*A*S*H, The Girl Who Knew Too Much)

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The Ghoul (1933)

… and on the night of the full moon, at the first hour, I will make my offering of the eternal light to Anubis …

I watched this 1933 British horror film, released by Gaumont-British Picture Corporation, on Svengoolie. This is considered the first British horror film of the sound era, lost until a nitrate camera negative of the film in perfect condition was found in a forgotten film vault at Shepperton Studios. A rough, incomplete, subtitled, version had been used until this discovery in the 80s. Aga Ben Dragore, a knife-wielding, enigmatic Egyptian Arab, is seeking a sacred jewel that has been stolen from an ancient tomb.

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Son of Dracula (1943)

Temptress of terror! A vampire’s bride … with blood on her lips!

I watched the first Universal-directed movie by thriller specialist, Robert Siodmak (The Killers, The Dark Mirror, The Devil Strikes at Night), the 1943 Son of Dracula on Svengoolie. Lon Chaney Jr. plays Count Alucard (Dracula backward) in the third Universal Dracula show, the first two being Dracula and Dracula’s Daughter, and the first bringing the vampire to America. Lon Chaney Jr. played four of the Classic horror monsters in, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s Monster and The Ghost of Frankenstein, The Mummy’s Tomb,

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Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

So how come her last name isn’t Dracula?

This 1936 Universal Pictures horror film is a sequel, taking up exactly where the 1931 Dracula left off. I watched this movie, directed by Lambert Hillyer (The Invisible Ray, the first screen depiction of Batman, and many westerns) on Svengoolie.

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