Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Undying Monsters!

As a special Halloween treat, I thought I would post a link to a documentary I made a few years ago. Here is a synopsis with a link to the film:

Dracula, Frankenstein, King Kong, and The Wolf Man. These are only a few of the classic characters that brought terror to people in cinemas around the world. "The Undying Monsters!" explores why characters in these such fright films are beloved by so many. You will encounter a monster movie historian, true monster movie fans, and a person who has influenced the genre more than any other known man. These most unusual people will take you to a world where corpses 3,500 years dead walk again, where vampires are on the hunt for blood, and where werewolves prowl under the full of the moon. This is the fang-tastic world of "The Undying Monsters!"


Here they are!  Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Vincent Price!

They love to laugh... and scare!

Friday, October 30, 2009

FM Fridays - Issue #2 Cover

He went for a little walk!

Here is a publicity still of the opening scene from "The Mummy" where Boris Karloff as Imhotep "went for a little walk".

"You should have seen his face!"

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Aurora Box Art Tribute: Zacherly

I love seeing Aurora model box art tributes.  It makes me wish these models had been made.  Here is one for a Zacherly model.

"That smarts!"

Like Father, Like Son

During the production of "Ghost of Frankenstein", Lon Chaney, Jr. visited the "Phantom of the Opera" stage, where his father played the Phantom himself.

A Family of Monsters

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Karloff Faces His Future

Boris Karloff is shown what his results will look like once he turns into Mr. Hyde in "Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde".

Is Karloff impressed?

Monster Movie Posters: "Pillow of Death"

Here is a "Pillow of Death" poster from the "Inner Sanctum" series.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Lobby Card Series - "How to Make a Monster"

"Wake up, you stupid policeman!"

"Don't make a fuss.  It's only a cavity."

"I just want to help you walk across the street!"

Do you recognize these heads?

"My you have a serious case of acne!"

"Have you seen this werewolf?"

Teenage Werewolf is jealous for attention.

"Fire!  No good!"


Here are some publicity stills from "The Incredible Shrinking Man"!

Little people or giant props?

He shrinks before your eyes!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Behind the Scenes with Creech

Let's go behind the scenes of "Creature From the Black Lagoon"!

The Creature Unmasked!  It's Ben Chapman!

Creech getting a touch up from the beautiful Milicent Patrick.

The Creature: What a ham.

"I can do the jitterbug!"

Mopping up after himself.

Ricou Browning in the Creature suit with
the prototype head.

Frankenstein and His Little Friend

Janet Ann Gallow likes to play horsey on the leg of Lon Chaney, Jr. on the set of "Ghost of Frankenstein".

"Yee Haw!"

Jack and Frank: Together Again

Here is a rare behind the scenes shot of Make-up man Jack Pierce and Boris Karloff on the set of "Son of Frankenstein".

"May I have this dance?"

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Get Your Witch and Bride Now!

Here is an ad with the great box art of James Bama for the Salem Witch and Bride of Frankenstein models.

Forrest J Ackerman

Here is some nice artwork of Forrest Ackerman that the renewal of Famous Monsters put together.

"Exercise your eyeballs."

Monster Models: The Aurora Mummy

He is the box to the glow version of the Aurora Mummy model.

"Build me!"

Friday, October 23, 2009

50 Years of Sam Raimi

Yes, 50 years ago Sam Raimi was born.  He has been very important in the horror field what with his "Evil Dead" trilogy.  His most recent horror film was in the "Evil Dead" spirit and it was pulled off excellently.  That movie is "Drag Me To Hell".

"Drag Me To Hell"

Who needs Bruce Campbell when you have
Alison Lohman?

"Button, button.  Who's got the button?"

"How's about a little kiss?"

FM Fridays - Issue #1 Cover

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bela: What a Fella!

Yesterday was also Bela Lugosi's birthday.  He was born 127 years ago.  Lugosi, of course, will always be remembered for his role of Dracula.

Bela Lugosi

1882 - 1956

Carla Laemmle Turns 100!

Carla Laemmle (niece of Universal Studios founder, Carl Laemmle) turned 100 yesterday.  I have had the pleasure to meet her a couple of times.  She is very witty and youthful.  It is amazing to meet someone that was in "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Dracula".

Carla Laemmle - Born 1909

Carla falls on the lap of Dwight Frye in

Carla returns to the "Phantom" stage where
she played a ballerina in 1925.

Pepsi: A Monster Generation?

Lon Chaney, Jr, Evelyn Ankers, and Brod Crawford love their Pepsi-Cola!

"Only Pepsi can quench the thirst of a Wolf Man!"

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Who's There?

The Wolf Man answers the door in "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein."

"It's the mail man!"


Cigarettes used to come with trading cards of celebrities.  Here is one of Boris Karloff from "The Mummy".

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Lobby Card Series - "Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man"

"Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man"

"Carrying my wife over the threshold."

"Good thing I have my fur to keep me warm!"

Not the most sanitary of operation facilities.

"Do you also see a giant standing in the corner?"

"Help us!"

"A simple rub of the face will bring this man back
to life."

The True Monsters: The Villagers