House of Frankenstein is an American monster horror film produced in 1944 by Universal Studios as a sequel to Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man the previous year. This monster rally approach would continue in the following film, House of Dracula, as well as the 1948 comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

 Tagline: FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER! WOLF MAN! DRACULA! HUNCHBACK! MAD DOCTOR!

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  • Despite the title, this is the first of the Universal Frankenstein films in which a member of the Frankenstein family does not appear.

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  • Bela Lugosi was slated for the role of Dracula, but the film was dependent upon the presence of Karloff being released from tour of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Shooting was delayed, and John Carrdine was cast instead of Lugosi, who had a prior engagement: ironically, playing Karloff’s “Jonathan Brewster” role in another touring company of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
  • Originally Kharis the mummy, another Universal “classic monster”, was to be in the movie but was removed because of budget restrictions.
  • Originally titled ‘The Devil’s Brood’, this was given a $354,000 budget and a relatively generous (by Universal standards) 30-day shooting schedule. Star Boris Karloff earned $20,000 and Lon Chaney Jr. received a flat $10,000 for his third appearance as the Wolf Man. John Carradine and J. Carrol Naish were both paid $7,000 each. Lionel Atwill earned $1750 and George Zucco was paid $1500. Glenn Strange was paid $500 for his role as Frankenstein’s monster.

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  • The title “House of…” could refer to the ruins/house owned by Ludwig Frankenstein, the second son of Henry Frankenstein (portrayed by Cedric Hardwicke) in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). It’s also the same “house” where Lawrence Talbot discovers the Monster in ice in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943); and, of course, where Neiman discovers the Wolfman and the Monster in this film. (The castle is entirely washed away in the flood at the climax of ” – Meets the Wolf Man,” but is inexplicably semi-intact here.
  • Glenn Strange was the fourth actor to play the Monster in Universal’s Frankenstein series. The actor who played the original Monster, Boris Karloff, was also present in the film, playing the role of Dr. Niemann. Being on the set, Karloff was able to personally coach Strange in the way the Monster should be played.
  • Universal employed an actress to dub actress’s screams for their horror films, but Elena Verdugo’s scream worked so well, it was retained in the final version.

 

Dracula vs. Frankenstein released November 1971


Dracula vs. Frankenstein is a 1971 horror film directed by Al Adamson.

Cast
J. Carrol Naish … Dr. Frankenstein, aka Dr. Duryea
Lon Chaney … Groton
Anthony Eisley … Mike Howard
Regina Carrol … Judith Fontaine
Greydon Clark … Strange
Zandor Vorkov … Count Dracula
Angelo Rossitto … Grazbo
Anne Morrell … Samantha
William Bonner … Biker
Russ Tamblyn … Rico
Jim Davis … Police Sgt. Martin
John Bloom … Frankenstein’s Monster
Shelly Weiss … The Creature
Forest J Ackerman … Dr. Beaumont

Story: During the day, Doctor Duryea [J Carroll Naish] runs the Creature Emporium [a sideshow in an amusement park near the beach in Venice, California] from his wheelchair but, by night, Duryea is a mad scientist working on some sort of blood serum. For this serum he needs the blood of women who were scared to death, as it is their fear that “energizes the molecular structure of their blood”. To do this, he has his zombie Groton [Lon Chaney Jr] behead girls with an axe and then bring him their bodies. Duryea then rejunvenates them so that he can harvest their blood.

One day Dr Duryea is visited by Count Dracula [Zandor Vorkov] who has found the remains of the original Frankenstein monster. In exchange for some of Duryea’s serum (which will make Dracula invincable), Dracula offers the doctor the use of the Frankenstein monster [John Bloom] in order to get revenge on Duryea’s adversary, Dr Beaumont [Forrest J Ackerman]. Together, they reanimate the monster and he does eventually kill Beaumont.

Meanwhile, Las Vegas showgirl Judith Fontaine [Regina Carrol] is searching for her sister Joanie, who disappeared after joining a group of hippies who hang near the Creature Emporium. Police Sgt Martin [Jim Davis] has been of no help, so Judith goes to the local hippie hangout and shows around a photo of her sister. No one has seen her. When someone slips some LSD into her coffee, Judith winds up on the couch of aging hippie Mike Howard[Anthony Eisley], who offers his help (along with a few kisses). When they learn that Joanie was last seen at the Creature Emporium, they pay a visit to Dr Duryea, but he claims to have never seen Joanie.

Meanwhile, more girls have turned up missing and a few male bodies have been found chopped to bits on the beach. When friend Samantha [Anne Morrell] is carried through a trapdoor under the Creature Emporium, Mike and Judith break in and discover, to their horror, the undead bodies of all the girls, including Joanie [Marie Lease], that the doctor has been using. In the fight that ensues, Dr Duryea is beheaded in his guillotine and Groton is shot by Sgt Martin. Judith is carried off by Dracula. Mike frees Judith but, as they run away, Dracula zaps Mike with his ring of fire, burning him to a crisp. Dracula and the Frankenstein monster carry Judith to an old abandoned church where Dracula ties her to a chair and prepares to make her immortal, but the Frankenstein monster has a sudden change of heart and protects her.

Dracula and the Frankenstein monster duke it out. Their fight carries them outside into the surrounding woods. Dracula bests the Frankenstein monster by pulling off his arms and head. But the sun is rising, and Dracula must get back to his coffin. He makes a dash for the church door but collapses on the stairs and burns up in the morning sun. Judith unties her binds and gets away.

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Final film appearances of J. Carrol Naish and Lon Chaney Jr..

Originally planned as a sequel to Satan’s Sadists, with Russ Tamblyn and other “bikers” reprising their parts from that film. However, not long after filming began, it was decided to turn it into a horror film instead of a biker picture and much of the footage with Tamblyn and other actors from the first film was cut out. They were unable to cut them completely out of the movie, though, which is why Tamblyn and his biker gang seem to be wandering in and out of the film, with no connection to the story line and with not much to do.

It was originally intended to have Dracula turn Frankenstein’s Monster into a bloodthirsty vampire, so the Monster could better serve the Count’s purpose. The idea was dropped, however, when the fangs kept falling out of actor John Bloom’s mouth, which he couldn’t keep in due to his heavy makeup.

Much of the electrical lab equipment in Duryea’s lab are props originally used in Frankenstein. Ken Strickfaden, who had designed all the electrical gadgetry in that film, supplied the equipment.

In his scene confronting Count Dracula, J. Carrol Naish looks noticeably older than he does elsewhere in the film. This is due to the time that had elapsed between the bulk of his scenes, when it was intended as a different film entirely, and the Dracula/Frankenstein scenes that were grafted on later.

Regina Carrol and victim

At this point in his career, J. Carrol Naish was very ill and frail and could no longer remember dialogue, so he read it off cue cards. However, he had only one real eye, so in his dialogue closeups you can see one eye moving back and forth, reading the lines, while the other eye remains fixed in position.

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A compilation of three different short films entitled cut box & dumplings by directors from japan korea & china that all deal with the theme of human monstrosity & exploring the outer limits of the macabre. Starring: Bai Ling , Tony Leung Run

Released in:
2004
Country:
Hong Kong, Korea (South), Japan

Also known as:
Three Extremes (Singapore, English title)
Three, Monster (Korea (South))

Tagline: From the Nightmares of 3 Horror Masters

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Directed by
  Fruit Chan (segment “Dumplings”)
  Takashi Miike (segment “Box”)
  Chan-wook Park (segment “Cut”)

Writers
  Haruko Fukushima Segment “Box”
  Lilian Lee Segment “Dumplings”
  Chan-wook Park Segment “Cut”
  Bun Saikou Story (segment “Box”)

 

Swamp Thing released July 30, 1982

 
Swamp Thing (1982)

Swamp Thing (1982)

Swamp Thing is a fictional character, a plant elemental in the DC Comics Universe. He first appeared in House of Secrets #92 (July 1971), and was created by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson. The character is a humanoid mass of vegetable matter who fights to protect his swamp home, the environment in general, and humanity from various supernatural or terrorist threats.

The character found perhaps his greatest popularity during the 1980s and early ’90s. Outside of an extensive comic book history, the Swamp Thing property has inspired two theatrical films, a live-action television series, and a 5-part animated series among other media.

Adrienne Barbeau & Dick Durock (Swamp Thing)

Adrienne Barbeau & Dick Durock (Swamp Thing)

 

swamp-thingSwamp Thing’s expansion into media outside of comic books began with his first eponymous film in 1982. Directed by Wes Craven, it starred actor/stuntman Dick Durock as the title character. A sequel, The Return of Swamp Thing, was produced in 1989. This was much lower in budget and met with significantly less success than its predecessor.

The aforementioned film series rejected the popular Alan Moore revision of Swamp Thing’s origin and portrayed Swamp Thing with his original origin as a man turned into a plant-like entity. They also heavily featured Anton Arcane, who now became the man responsible for causing Alec Holland’s transformation into Swamp Thing.

adrienne_barbeau_The documentary feature film The Mindscape of Alan Moore contains a psychedelic animation piece based on the “Love and Death” issue of Swamp Thing.

The 1982 film starred Louis Jordan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, and Dick Durock (as Swamp Thing).  Directed by Wes Craven

Tagline:  Science transformed him into a monster. Love changed him even more!

Plot: After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.

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Make Up Department
  Wren Boney … assistant makeup artist
  Ken Horn … special makeup effects artist: Charleston
  Tonga Knight … makeup artist
  Tony Marrero … hair stylist
  Esther Mercado … special makeup effects artist: Charleston
  David B. Miller … special makeup effects artist
  William Munns … special makeup effects designer
  Deborah Shankle … special makeup effects artist: Charleston
Special Effects Department
  Art Brewer … special effects
  Geoffrey Rayle … special effects assistant (uncredited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Cyclops released July 28, 1957

A test pilot is missing and a search party is sent out in the jungles of Mexico; however, while searching they uncover a monster in the jungle who became this way due to a dose of radioactivity.

Starring: James Craig, Gloria Talbott, Lon Chaney Jr., Tom Drake, and Duncan ‘Dean’ Parkin as The Cyclops (Bruce Barton)

Tagline: SEE ONE-EYED CYCLOPS — BEASTS HUGE AS DINOSAURS — PYTHONS 75 FT. LONG

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Makeup Artist Jack H. Young & the Cyclops

 

 
Make Up Department
  Carlie Taylor … makeup artist
  Jack H. Young … special makeup
 
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Vocal Special Effects by: Paul Frees who was a well known voice artist from the 1940’s-80’s.  You’d recognize his voice from the following films & TV shows:
The War of the Worlds – Second Radio Reporter/Opening Announcer (1953)
The Shaggy Dog – Narrator/J.W. Galvin, Psychiatrist (1959)
The Manchurian Candidate – Narrator (1962)
The Incredible Mr. Limpet – Crusty (voice) (1964)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes – Singer of ‘The Darktown Strutters’ Ball’ (voice) (1971)
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (TV movie) – Burgermeister (1970)
Knight Rider (TV series) – K.A.R.R. (1984)