the ghost of frankenstein 1942

The Ghost of Frankenstein, was an American monster horror film released in 1942. The movie was the fourth of in a series of films produced by Universal Studios based upon characters in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein and features Lon Chaney, Jr. as the Monster, taking over from Boris Karloff, who played the role in the first three films of the series, and Bela Lugosi in his second appearance as the demented Ygor.

Trivia:

  • It was reported that the rubber headpiece used for the Frankenstein monster make-up was very uncomfortable for Lon Chaney Jr. to wear. It sat directly on his forehead and he constantly complained. Once he asked for it to be removed. Angry and frustrated when no one listened, he ripped it off himself, tearing open a bloody gash in his forehead. Production on the film was shut down for a couple of days.
  • During breaks in filming, Lon Chaney Jr. would often treat child cast members to ice cream.
  • The first draft of the script was written by Eric Taylor was considered too depressing. The original Taylor treatment brought Wolf von Frankenstein back into play, as well as Ygor, plus a misshapen hunchback, Theodor. Ygor’s plan was to create a vengeful mob of society’s rejects, ala Freaks (1932), led by himself, with the Monster as brute force. A rewrite was ordered and given to veteran writer Scott Darling who retained the fundamental scenario but made significant changes.
  • Boris Karloff, then acting in the hit Broadway show which became Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), had no interest in working on the film. Producer George Waggner wisely decided to retain Karloff’s make-up out of fear that the public would not accept any change in the monster’s appearance.
  • Lon Chaney Jr. was cast while he was still filming The Wolf Man (1941).
  • Chaney would play the Monster a number of times later: footage from this film appears as stock shots in House of Dracula (1945); he doubled Glenn Strange for three shots in Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) when Strange twisted his ankle; he played the role in a half-hour version of “Frankenstein” on TV’s “Tales of Tomorrow” (1951); and he appeared (masked) in two comedy sketches with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello on a 1952 “The Colgate Comedy Hour” (1950) show.
  • Ygor and the Monster weren’t the only characters who came back from the dead. Michael Mark and Lionel Belmore, who play the two council members murdered in Son of Frankenstein (1939) are back as council members in this one, seemingly none the worse for wear.

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Happy Birthday Fritz Kiersch July 23

Fritz Kiersch director of the original Children of the Corn (1984) celebrates his birthday today!  23 July 1951, Alpine, Texas, USA
 

Children of Corn won “Best Fantasy Film” at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film in 1984.

Children of the Corn (1984)

Children of the Corn (1984)

 

 

Tagline: An adult nightmare.

 

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Courtney Gains as Malachai

John Franklin as Isaac Chroner

John Franklin as Isaac Chroner

Trivia

Kiersh started out as a camera assistant on TV commercials. Moreover, Kiersch also worked as both an assistant director and production manager before eventually working his way up to producer.

 

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Michael Jackson's 1982 Thriller Album
Michael Jackson’s 1982 Thriller Album

Thriller was Michael Jackson’s most popular album; released on 30 November 1982, it stayed at #1 for 37 weeks on the Billboard Chart.  At its peak, the album was selling a million copies a week worldwide. In just over a year, Thriller became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time. Sales are estimated to be between 47–109 million copies sold worldwide.  An estimated 60,000 units continue to be sold every year in the U.S!   

Thriller Zombies and Michael Jackson

Thriller Zombies and Michael Jackson

Micheal Jackson and Thriller Zombies

Micheal Jackson and Thriller Zombies

Director John Landis

Director John Landis

When the time came to create a music video for the album’s title track, Michael Jackson had been so  impressed with the film An American Werewolf In London‘s (1981)  special effects he asked its director, John Landis, to direct Thriller – a 14-minute music video that also acts as a short horror film.

 

Special Effects Wizard Rick Baker

Special Effects Wizard Rick Baker

American Werewolf’s creature effects whizz, Rick Baker, was hired to create the monster Jackson turns into in front of his girlfriend — before it’s revealed Jackson and his girl (former Playboy model Ola Ray) were only watching themselves in a movie.

There is narration from horror icon Vincent Price which heralds the arrival of zombies… which Jackson proceeds to dance with, quickly transformed into one of the undead himself!

Horror film Legend Vincent Price

Horror film Legend Vincent Price

Created for $500,000 ($1.4 million today – which, in 1982, made it the most expensive music video ever), Thriller was an instant smash-hit. Today, over 25 years later, it continues to top most polls as the Best Music Video. At the time, Thriller‘s video was even released as a separate VHS tape, that included a making-of documentary, and sold 9 million copies just by itself!

 

Rick Baker's make turns Michael Jackson into a creature for Thriller video

Rick Baker's special effects makeup turns Michael Jackson into a creature for Thriller video

 

Jackson, who was a Jehovah’s Witness at the time, even added a disclaimer at the start of Thriller, saying:

Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult.

 

GoreMaster's Guide to Makeup Special Effects 101

GoreMaster's Guide to Makeup Special Effects 101

 

The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards at the 1984 Grammys.

Earlier this year 2009 there were reports that Jackson was partnering with the respected Nederlander Organization to create a Broadway show that expands the landmark 1983 Thriller video into a full-fledged stage extravaganza. 

Thriller zombies

Thriller zombies

With the news of Jackson’s death today it does seem fitting to remember the amazing talent that he was and happier times when doing the “Thriller” dance was all the rage.  R.I.P. Michael.

Thriller Dance Zombies

Thriller Dance Zombies

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Thriller Video Trivia:

1. When Michael leaves the cinema, an announcer says “see you next Wednesday” (a recurring in-joke used in many of John Landis’ films, taken from a line in 2001: A Space Odyssey.)

2. The reason Michael’s face isn’t always that of a zombie during the dance sequence is that he found the make-up too uncomfortable.

3. Grape jelly was used for all the gory effects.

4. Famous composer Elmer Bernstein did the incidental music for the video.

5. The sound of the growling animal, used for Michael’s transformation, is the exact same sound Landis used in An American Werewolf In London.

6. The music video qualified for an Academy Award nomination, because it debuted before a screening of Fantasia — with most audiences leaving once Thriller had finished!

7. At the time Jackson’s record company didn’t want to pay $500,000 to make a video for an album that they thought had hit its peak. So Landis and Jackson made the video off the profits of a one-hour “Making of Thriller” documentary they made and sold to cable channels.

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Final Destination 4 Movie Trailer

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The Final Destination movie trailer is provided by New Line Cinema. The Final Destination movie opens in US theaters on August 28, 2009. The Final Destination movie stars Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Krista Allen, Mykelti Williamson, Haley Webb, Nick Zano, Andrew Fiscella, and Richard T. Jones.

Special Effects by
Steve Austin …. special effects journeyman
Larry Barado …. special effects technician
Ben Bornstein …. lab technician: KNB EFX Group
Stephen Bourgeois …. special effects foreman
Jeremy S. Brock …. special effects foreman: Florida
Guy Clayton Jr. …. special effects coordinator
Joe Giles …. special makeup effects crew: KNB EFX Group
Brian Goehring …. special makeup effects crew: KNB EFX Group
Carey Jones …. makeup effects technician
Edward Joubert …. special effects assistant
Peter G. Minor …. special effects assistant
David K. Nami …. special effects coordinator
David Nash …. special effects technician
Thomas Pilgrim III …. special effects technician: Florida
Gary Pilkinton …. special effects tech
Jason Pinsker …. special effects technician: KNB EFX Group
Elia P. Popov …. special effects foreman
Dirk Rogers …. special effects technician: K.N.B. Effects Group
Lino Stavole …. special effects technician: mold shop, KNB Effects Group
Chris L. Ward …. special effects technician
 

 

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Visual Effects by
Melissa Almeida …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Ronald Arredondo …. lighting rigger
Marc Aubry …. animator: Hybride
Ian T. Barbella …. visual effects
Michel Barrière …. visual effects supervisor: Hybride
Olivier Beaulieu …. digital compositor: Hybride
Daniel Belair …. technical director: Hybride
Caroline Bélisle …. administration: Hybride
Michaël Bentitou …. digital artist
Didier Bertrand …. digital compositor: Hybride
Louise Bertrand …. bidding producer: Hybride
Pierre Blain …. digital compositor: Hybride
Raphaele Blanchard …. tracking artist: Hybride
Cédric Bonnaffoux …. digital compositor: Hybride
Maryse Bouchard …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Christina Castellan …. visual effects production manager: Cafe FX
François Chancrin …. lead animator: Hybride
Mélanie Cotton …. technical support: Hybride
Joanie Croteau …. production assistant: Hybride
Glenn Curry …. technical director: CafeFX
Christophe Damiano …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Olivier Debert …. digital compositor: Hybride
Thierry Delattre …. visual effects supervisor: Hybride
Steve Dellerson …. visual effects
Yves Désilets …. digital compositor: Hybride
Philippe Desiront …. digital compositor: Hybride
Luc Desmarais …. technical support: Hybride
Anouk Deveault-Moreau …. visual effects coordinator: Hybride
Mark Doney …. digital compositor: Hybride
Roy L. Downey …. pyrotechnics supervisor: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Lafleche Dumais …. computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
Mathieu Dupuis …. digital compositor: Hybride
Leif Einarsson …. digital compositor
Dwayne Lance Elahie …. technical director: Hybride
Daniel Elophe …. digital compositor: Hybride
Felipe Fenton …. flame artist
Michael Fessenden …. previs artist: Baked Goods
Mike Fischer …. digital artist
Jean-Pierre Flayeux …. visual effects supervisor: Hybride
Michael Sean Foley …. cg supervisor
Xavier Fourmond …. digital compositor
Yanick Gaudreau …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Audrey Geoffroy …. animator: Hybride
Stephan Gervais …. technical support: Hybride
Antony Graf …. digital compositor: Hybride
Robin Scott Graham …. digital compositor: CafeFX
Pamela B. Green …. producer of visions
Veronique Guay …. production assistant: Hybride
Myléne Guérin …. visual effects coordinator: Hybride
Steven Hansen …. lead matchmove artist: Cafe FX
Brad Heiner …. key grip
Pierre-Simon Henri …. effects animator: Hybride
David Hochstadter …. digital compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Nadine Homier …. digital compositor: Hybride
Jean-Francois Houde …. digital compositor: Hybride
Jan Huybrechs …. 3D scanning: Eyetronics
Christopher Johnson …. visual effects: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
John Joyce …. visual effects coordinator: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Michael Joyce …. visual effects supervisor: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Bonnie Kanner …. visual effects executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels
Joseph Kasparian …. lead textures & lighting: Hybride
Ara Khanikian …. digital compositor: Hybride
Anne Ui-Hyun Kim …. digital compositor: Hybride
Alain Lacroix …. lead layout artist: Hybride
Mathieu Lalonde …. modeler: Hybride
Vassilios Lanaris …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Mathieu Leclaire …. technical director: Hybride
Daniel Leduc …. visual effects executive producer: Hybride
Francois Leduc …. digital compositor: Hybride
Winston Lee …. inferno artist
Benoit Lefebvre …. tracking artist: Hybride
Danny Levesque …. effects animator: Hybride
Anouk L’Heureux …. visual effects coordinator: Hybride
Martine Losier …. visual effects coordinator: Hybride
George Loucas …. previsualization supervisor: Baked Goods
David Louis …. effects animator: Hybride
Jocelyn Maher …. digital compositor: Hybride
Stephane Mailet …. technical support: Hybride
Stephane Mailet …. tracking artist: Hybride
Carolyn Martin …. visual effects coordinator
Richard Martin …. visual effects supervisor: Hybride
Tran Ma …. model, texture artist: CafeFX
Frederic Medoni …. tracking artist: Hybride
Francois Metivier …. digital compositor: Hybride
Rémi Meunier …. technical director: Hybride
Ryan Mitre …. previs artist: Baked Goods
Roger Mocenigo …. compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Young Joon Mok …. digital compositor
Benoit Morin …. matchmover: Hybride
Benoit Morin …. tracking artist: Hybride
Christian Morin …. digital compositor: Hybride
Martin Mousseau …. animator: Hybride
Michel Murdock …. visual effects financial controller: Hybride
C. Michael Neely …. previz animator
Jeremy Nicolaides …. compositing supervisor: Zoic Studios
Ian Noe …. visual effects producer
Nicolas-Alexandre Noel …. computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
Sean O’Connor …. production assistant: Hybride
Robert Owen …. best boy grip
Olivier Painchaud …. technical support: Hybride
Reid Paul …. visual effects producer: Amalgamated Pixels
Steve Pelchat …. layout artist: Hybride
Patrick Piche …. lead technical director: Hybride
Sonia Pronovost …. animator: Hybride
Florent Revel …. matchmove artist
Sébastien Rioux …. digital compositor: Hybride
Guillaume Ruegg …. texture-lighting artist: hybride
Eduardo Sallas …. digital compositor
Katy Savoie …. digital compositor: Hybride
Michael Saz …. digital compositor: Hybride
Joao Sita …. digital compositor: Hybride
Mark G. Soper …. visual effects producer
Nathan Srigley …. effects animator: Hybride
Guillaume St-Aubin-Seers …. digital compositor: Hybride
Jubinville Steve …. modeler: Hybride
John K. Stirber …. pyrotechnics supervisor: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Tammy Sutton …. compositor
Josef Sy …. animator: Hybride
Sylvie Talbot …. communications: Hybride
Philippe Theroux …. computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
Gaetan Thiffault …. lead effects animator: Hybride
Eric Torres …. visual effects coordinator
Peter Toufidis …. matte painter: Hybride
Anne Tremblay …. administration: Hybride
Marco Tremblay …. lead modeler: Hybride
Véronique Tremblay …. production assistant: Hybride
Yves Tremblay …. digital compositor: Hybride
Raphael Valle …. digital compositor: Hybride
Mathieu Veilette …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Celine Velasco …. texture-lighting artist: Hybride
Andre Waller …. digital compositor
Conal Wenn …. layout artist: Hybride
Tom Williamson …. visual effects supervisor
Grant Wilson …. animator: Hybride
Dione Wood …. visual effects producer: Amalgamated Pixels
David Yabu …. animator: Hybride
Hubert Zapalowicz …. tracking artist: Hybride

 

Tagline: Death saved the best for 3-D.

Tagline: Death saved the best for 3-D.

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Shows the making of “Wolvy,” a behind-the-scenes special makeup effects and fantasy character video created in 1996 at Delfino Studios in the San Fernando Valley, California. Update as of Oct 22, 2007: the full 24-minute MAKING WOLVY video now on Demand at Amazon.comDVD of MAKING WOLVY is also available.

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Using Dragon Skin silicone rubber, Slacker Tactile Mutator, Psycho Paint and Skin Tite to make special effects masks, monsters and gell-filled appliances.

How Its Made: Special Effects Makeup

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“How Its Made” television episode showing how special effects makeup is used to make a young actress look older.

6 Degrees of separation with Rick Baker

Rick Baker is an Academy award winning makeup artist and considered by many to be a master in his field. His masterful work in the area Special Effects Makeup is without equal. His long list of credits as a special makeup effects artist include American Werewolf in London, Men in Black, Hellboy, Planet of the Apes and many, many more!      This is why you can trace pretty much any makeup artist or actor to the amazing Rick Baker in 6 steps (degrees) or less.

 

 

 

Rick Baker to John Carpenter

 

Rick Baker did makeup special makeup effects for the 1977 sci-fi horror movie “The Incredible Melting Man”. A story about an astronaut that returns to earth and starts to melt and murder! Ricks assistant makeup artist for the movie was Greg Cannom:

 

Greg Cannom was a special effects makeup artist for the classic 1987 comedy horror movie “The Lost Boys”. A story about young vampires feasting on beach goers. “Never grow old..never die” One of the young vampires named Marko was played by Alex Winter:

 

Alex Winter had a role in the 1985 crime drama (and sequel) “Death Wish 3”. A fantastic tale about a vigilante that takes out bad guys in

New York City

. The star of the movie was tough guy and all around bad ass named Charles Bronson. 

Charles Bronson played “The Tunnel King” Danny Velinski in the star studded 1963 feature “The Great Escape” A superbly crafted movie about POW’s in World War 2 who try to escape from a german prison camp. Also starring in the movie was the masterful Donald Pleasence:

 

Donald Pleasence played Dr. Sam Loomis in the 1978 horror thriller “Halloween”. This was the movie in which we would be introduced to the frighteningly unstoppable Michael Myers! The director and writer of this timeless tale is our subject – John Carpenter.

 

John Carpenter is known as “The Master of Terror”.

 

Zombie American Ch. 3 (Final Chapter)

The final chapter in the Zombie American “documentary” where we follow Glen shooting some hoops!

Zombie American Ch. 3

Zombie American Chapter 2

Here’s the second installment documenting Glen’s life as a Zombie American.  Trying the dating world.

Zombie American Ch. 2

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