Saturday, October 31, 2009

Monster-a-Day: Frankenstein

Boris Karloff stars in the quintessential monster film, Frankenstein directed by James Whale (1931). Leaner and hungrier (literally) than he would appear in 1935's Bride of Frankenstein, Karloff became an icon with this film.
Read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (for free) at Project Gutenberg
or, listen to the book (also available free thanks to Project Gutenberg)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Monster-a-Day: Dracula

A native of Hungary, Bela Lugosi (born Béla Ferenc Dezsõ Blaskó) was nearly 50 years old when he played the iconic count in Tod Browning's 1931 Dracula. Dracula at All Movie

Dracula at IMDb

Read Dracula by Bram Stoker (for free) thanks to Project Gutenberg

or, listen to the book (also thanks to Project Gutenberg)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monster-a-Day: The Mummy

Better known for his role as the creature in Frankenstein, Boris Karloff brings long "dead" Egyptian priest Imhotep to life with chilling results in 1932's The Mummy. A special nod to Karl Freund's direction, a great example of what one could do with a camera, even in the early '30s.
"The Mummy's Curse" (an article by John Warren at Tour Egypt)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monster-a-Day: The Invisible Man

The classic H.G. Wells novel became a vehicle for Claude Raines (directed by James Whale of Frankenstein fame). A tale of the corrupting influence of power, The Invisible Man utilized landmark special optical effects that influenced generations of filmmakers.

The Invisible Man at All Movie

The Invisible Man at IMDb

Read The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (for free) at Project Gutenberg

or, listen to the book (also available free thanks to Project Gutenberg)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Monster-a-Day: Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera (1925) made Lon Chaney a star and Universal the go-to studio for horror films in the 1930s. Give me spirit gum and imagination over digital effects any day.

Phantom of the Opera at All Movie

Phantom of the Opera at IMDb

Read The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (for free) thanks to Project Gutenberg

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Edition of Frankenstein

A new edition of Frankenstein is available, one that hopes to "clarify" the authorship of the classic gothic novel. Newsweek ran a nice article a few weeks back. Check it out, and then grab yourself a copy of the book. (If you're a collector like me, you know you want to)