Andrew and Matt talk (for the second time) about middling Frankenstein picture SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, which features the impressive cast of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, and Lionel Atwill. Sorry about the slight echo!
This week, Andrew and Matt talk about the 1998 film GODS AND MONSTERS, the James Whale biopic by Bill Condon starring Ian McKellen, which we decided would be an excellent conclusion to James Whale January.
Andew and Matt are Alive!!!!!!! Kicking off James Whale January with “Frankenstein” the 1931 film starring Boris Karloff.
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Not a tremendous amount to say about this one – defined by the performances of Karloff and Lugosi.
Poe and Golden Age Horror: What was the obsession?
In this week’s episode, Andrew and Matt watch the 1935 horror film Mad Love starring Peter Lorre and directed by Karl Freund. A true horror classic, Mad Love mixes expressionism with Grand Guignol scares.
Anne Rice on Dracula’s Daughter
“Dracula’s Daughter.” One fateful night in my childhood, I went to the Grenada Theater two blocks from my house and paid the admission of 12 cents to see this 1936 film. It must have been the early 40’s. It was old then. I never forgot it. The elegant and beautiful Gloria Holden as Dracula’s daughter swept me away. Decades later, remembering that tragedy, that romance, that elegance, I sat down to write a book called “Interview with the Vampire” and capture the same ambience. Ah…what a strange and random thing is life.”
Mad Love was made for $403,000 according to Wikipedia
Citizen Kane and Mad Love
When Pauline Kael annotated the similarities between Citizen Kane andMad Love (1935) in a 1971 New Yorker article on the Welles classic, curious moviegoers made a point to seek out the Peter Lorre horror film. Welles’ deployment of certain visual elements (whether intended or not) from Mad Love cannot be denied, from the makeup to the use of a white cockatoo. It’s also more than a coincidence that cinematographer Gregg Toland worked on both films.
What set Mad Love apart from other Hollywood horror films of the thirties was the disturbing Expressionist style of director Karl W. Freund. A key German Expressionist cinematographer who had shot The Last Laugh (1924),Metropolis (1927), and Dracula (1931), Freund made his directorial debut with the classic chiller, The Mummy(1932).
The Black Cat is pretty much one of my personal favorite horror movies of all time. It was notable at the time of its release for featuring the two most famous horror stars working at the time, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. The film’s director, Edgar G Ulmer, is famous mainly for this film, and it’s easy to see why. The style and Weirdness of the film are undeniable.