The October 10, 1931 issue of MOTION PICTURE HERALD proclaimed that the 23-year-old Bette Davis had been "assigned" an important role in Universal's new picture, FRANKENSTEIN. The news was a bit odd since the picture had wrapped just 7 days before and Miss Davis would not be seen in the film. It was likely that Universal thought they had a potential mega-star on their hands and didn't want to take a chance with her in a film that might flop at the box office. Instead, the role of Henry Frankenstein's fiance who was to become Mrs. Frankenstein in the sequel four years later went to Mae Clarke, Bette's next pictures were with RKO and Columbia, and FRANKENSTEIN was a huge box office success. Clarke's career after FRANKENSTEIN was marred by a nervous breakdown and marital problems. One wonders what direction Davis' career might have gone had she been cast in the role as the bride of Frankenstein.
There seems to be a never-ending stream of books about horror films for sale these days. Two of the major publishers, McFarland and Bear Manor Media, seem to publish something at least monthly between the two of them. One technical publisher, Wiley, is publishing a collection of essays that looks excellent. But at about $200, I can only hope that it will sometime be reprinted in a less expensive edition. These titles are all available for pre-order in the usual places.
I came across this image while surfing through the TUMBLRverse. This has got to be one of the weirdest scenarios using monster masks that I've ever seen. Other than perhaps wearing them to maintain the anonymity of the participants, I just don't see the point. I'm presuming this is from a private photo shoot, but it may be from a men's magazine. In any event, it's a weird one, don't you agree? For those with more delicate dispositions, I have modestly covered the areas that may be considered inappropriate for general audiences. However, if you are the adventurous type, you can click HERE and view the photos sans censorship.
Determined to continue their ambitions for that classic Warren-era look, Richard Sala and the rest of Warrant Company have lined up the next two covers of THE CREEPS by a couple of Warren alumni cover artists, Frank Frazetta (above) and Sanjulian (below). According to the publishing schedule, however, we'll have to wait until next Spring and Summer to purchase them.
This nicely-produced indie 'zine has just published it's 29th issue. The cover is another beaut by Mark Maddox. Inside is a lengthy article on the making of Universal's 1931 production of Dracula by editor Martin Arlt and a few other goodies. Go HERE to order a copy.
Now ready for ordering is the latest issue of the must-have publication from Jim Clatterbaugh, Monsters From the Vault. MFTV has been a long-esteemed independent monster 'zine that has consistently been held to the highest standard by its creator.
Every issue is teeming with in-depth articles by today's top horror writers and the layouts and photo reproductions are unparalleled in the indie monster 'zine business ... or most anywhere else for that matter.
I'm not kidding -- if you haven't yet tried an issue of MFTV, you owe it to yourself to catch up. Jim even offers the first ten issues in a digital archive format. Go to his website right now and treat yourself to something special.
The 33rd issue of Richard Klemenson's semi-annual work of art known as Little Shoppe of Horrors is now available to order from his website. Support independent publishing by purchasing a copy. This issue focuses on Hammer's Dracula, Prince of Darkness. The front cover, depicted above, is by Mark Maddox.
Coming up at auction from Heritage is an extremely rare one-sheet poster from London After Midnight in very fine condition. It is the only one of its kind known to have become available to the public in the 87 years since the now-lost film was released. It is expected to be sold for an unprecedented price. Here is the description from the auctioneers: "Now, for
the first time in modern history, the stone litho original U.S.
release one sheet can be seen! The film was released with two
different one sheet posters, this one and the Rotogravure style,
done in a sepia tone photographic process, which MGM did frequently
during this period in time. This gorgeous poster is the only copy
to have surfaced after 87 years that we are aware of and we believe
it may be a very long time before it will ever be seen again. With
only the most minimal wear and never used, the poster was folded
into eighths and then folded again, making for a few more
centerpoint separations. It remains in lovely condition and
assuredly one of the most sought after posters of the twentieth
century! Folded, Very Fine+."