Thursday, December 31, 2015

TEETH BECOME FANGS! FINGERS BECOME CLAWS!


There hves been several notable vintage monster anniversaries in 2015. Universal's BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN tops the list. WEREWOLF OF LONDON is a close second.

Since I've already posted the FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND filmbook for BRIDE on earlier dates (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I'll close out the year with the FM filmbook for WEREWOLF.

I hope you have enjoyed reading MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD this year. I enjoy sharing this material with you and plan yet another year of chewy monster goodness here at the Mysterious Mansion.



















Wednesday, December 30, 2015

THAT "OTHER" WEREWOLF


During the production of Universal's WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935) Jack Pierce designed what was to be the last of his great gothic horror makeup creations. However, his idea of a man turning into a wolf, complete with fur covering his entire face, would have to wait a half-dozen more years until Lon Chaney, Jr. wore the makeup in THE WOLF MAN.

Henry Hull was cast as Dr. Wilfred Glendon in the titular role. Hull was known at the time as one of the stage and screen's greatest actors and he wielded great influence regarding the making of the productions he was to act in. When he caught wind of what Pierce was planning he balked at having his face covered in yak hair. Hull thought the full-face makeup would prevent audiences from observing the werewolf's expressions. Much like Lugosi's insistence on applying his own makeup in 1931's DRACULA, Pierce's idea was shot down by studio executives (probably the film's producer, Stanley Bergeman) in favor of Hull's request. Once again, Pierce would have to lick his creative wounds and bide his time.

The first issue of MODERN MONSTERS (April 1966) included an article on WEREWOLF OF LONDON, defending it as a worthy addition to the Universal classic monster film canon. It made thematic comparisons to the more well-known (and popular) Chaney, Jr's THE WOLF MAN, as well as detailing what separated the two. The unnamed author's (most likely publisher Jim Matthews) assertions are largely accurate, with the exception of naming the werewolf curative Mariphasa plant that Glendon brought back from Tibet as the "Mariposa".







Saturday, December 26, 2015

UNIVERSAL'S LEADING LADIES OF 1942

Evelyn "The Wolf Man" Ankers
Universal promoted its leading stars of 1942 in a two-page spread in the December 26, 1942 issue of SHOWMAN'S TRADE REVIEW (that's 73 years ago today). Included were the leading ladies of the wartime era. Many of them appeared in Universal's revitalized horror series of films, such as Elyse "The Mummy's Tomb" Knox, Anne "House of Frankenstein" Gwynne, and "Louise "Son of Dracula" Albritton.



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS LOBBY CARDS


Green space aliens! A menacing robot! Christmas itself threatened! Well, at least we know by the title that Santa wins. Above is a one-sheet poster for the movie, below are lobby cards.





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