Classic Horrors Club – Doctor Who?

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After Jeff introduced me to the wonderful world of Dark Shadows, it’s time for me to introduce him to Doctor Who. Now, talking about the series that’s been going strong since November 23, 1963 is far too much for just one episode. However, back in 1965, the legendary Peter Cushing introduced us to what I like to describe as the mirror universe or Earth 2 version of the Doctor. So, this month on episode 37 of the Classic Horrors Club Podcast, we take a trip in the TARDIS and check out Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)!

Just like the Doctor, we have visits from some of our good friends as Steve Turek joins us with clips from an interview with Victoria Riskin (Fay Wray’s daughter) recorded at the recent Monster Bash. Then, Bill Mize replies to my challenge as we virtually discuss The Beast from the Beginning of Time (1965)!

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Mihmiverse – Cat and the Canary (1927)

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This month on episode 61 of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast, the Kansas City Crypt enters the post-Halloween season with a reflection on an event that Monster Movie Kid attended in the past month. Silents in the Cathedral has been going strong for more than two decades now and this year, their silent classic was Cat and the Canary (1927)!

Cat and the Canary (1927) is available on DVD from Kino Lorber. Go with that version, or even some of the ones found on YouTube, rather than the copy available on Amazon Prime Video. Their copy is way too rough to enjoy, especially when you know there is a better print that’s easily available.

Be sure to check out the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm for all of the great merchandise and information on how you can help make future films happen! Chris is hard at work on the next two chapters in the Mihmiverse story as he is in post-production of The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us and pre-production for That Which Lurks in the Dark for 2020. Check out sainteuphoria.com to learn how you can contribute today!

As always, tell ’em Monster Movie Kid sent you!

Countdown to Halloween Day 31 – House of Wax (1953)

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Countdown to Halloween Day 31 – House of Wax (1953)
Cast:        Vincent Price as Professor Henry Jarrod
Phyllis Kirk as Sue Allen
Frank Lovejoy as Detective Tom Brennan
Paul Picerni as Scott Andrews
Carolyn Jones as Cathy Gray
Dabbs Greer as Sgt. Jim Shane
Charles Bronson (billed as Charles Buchinsky) as Igor

Story by Charles Belden
Screenplay by Crane Wilbur
Directed by Andre De Toth

Release Date: April 25, 1953

Plot: When his max museum is burned down, creator Professor Henry Jarrod survives to once again open a new museum. But where does he find the lifelike bodies?

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Richard’s Review: Having just watched Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) a few months ago, it was interesting to watch House of Wax and do some compare and contrasting. Personally, I prefer Price over Lionel Atwill but there was less mystery here as to who was the scarred man. I kind of missed the reporter role but the vivid colors here are spectacular. But I could have done without the somewhat annoying barker segment, placed to utilize the 3D effects. Beautifully filmed, this is truly one of Vincent Price’s masterpieces. Highly recommended!

Karla’s Thoughts: I loved House of Wax as Vincent Price was awesome in one of his best roles. The colors were amazing. It is definitely different at times from the original, such as in the prolonged opening sequence and the lack of the reporter role. The lead actress here had so much more to do than Fay Wray in the original because of the way the story revolved around her more. I would definitely watch this one again.

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Trivia:

  • Andre De Toth was actually blind in one eye, made all the more interesting considering this movie was made in 3D.
  • Vincent Price was nearly burned when the wax museum fire scene got out of control.
  • Phyllis Kirk is well-known actress for her television roles in such shows as The Twilight Zone, Suspense and Tales of Tomorrow.
  • Frank Lovejoy usually played hard-edged or detective-type roles in films, such as Brub Nicolai opposite Humphrey Bogart in the film In a Lonely Place (1950).
  • Carolyn Jones is best remembered for playing Morticia Addams in The Addams Family. She also starred as Marsha, Queen of Diamonds on Batman in the 60s.
  • Paul Percini had a long-running career with over 200 credits on screen and television, including roles in Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Zorro, The Time Tunnel and Batman.
  • Dabbs Greer is better remembered Reverend Alden in Little House on the Prairie but also starred in Science Fiction Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).
  • Charles Bronson worked with Vincent Price again in Master of the World (1961) but is best remembered for his Death Wish film series and other film roles, such as The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).
  • Bela Lugosi appeared at the film premiere wearing a vampire cape and with a man in a gorilla suit on chain.

Availability: House of Wax is available on Blu-ray from Warner Brothers, which also includes Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933).

Countdown to Halloween Day 30 – Masque of the Red Death (1964)

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Countdown to Halloween Day 30 – Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Cast:        Vincent Price as Prince Prospero
Hazel Court as Juliana
Jane Asher as Francesca
David Weston as Gino
Nigel Green as Ludovico
Patrick Magee as Alfredo
Skip Martin as Hop Toad
Verina Greenlaw as Esmerelda
John Westbrook as The Man in Red

Based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe
Screenplay by Charles Beaumont & R. Wright Campbell
Directed by Roger Corman

Release Date: June 24, 1964

Plot: When Prince Prospero discovers the Red Death has arrived in a nearby village, he takes the lovely Francesca to his castle where he and his guests worship Satan and partake in sins of the flesh. However, the mysterious Man in Red has other plans.

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Richard’s Review: I absolutely love this film and it’s one of my favorites of Vincent Price. He is so deliciously evil as Prince Prospero. The cast of oddball characters surrounding him are entertaining, especially Hop Toad, whose mannerisms and dialogue made me think of Tyrian from Game of Thrones. However, I have to say I was a little disturbed by Esmerelda being played by a young girl as Alfredo stared at her in lust. Aside from that odd moment, the movie is dark and wicked…and I love it.

Karla’s Thoughts: Vincent Price was amazing and flawless but I really hated to see him play such an evil role. The story was good but a little too dark for me at times. The senseless deaths, such as killing the villagers, and taking pleasure from watching others suffer, was a little hard to watch. This is a really good movie but I’d probably not watch again because it was too dark.

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Trivia:

  • Each of the men in various colors at the end of the film are meant to represent a different form of death, such as gold for leprosy and black for the black death.
  • Corman had originally wanted this to be his second Poe flick but decided to wait as he felt elements of the film were similar to The Seventh Seal (1957).
  • Two miles of corridors were constructed to enhance the visual scope of Prospero’s castle.
  • Hazel Court starred in numerous genre films, including The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) with Peter Cushing and The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959), both starring Christopher Lee. She also worked with Vincent Price and Boris Karloff in The Raven (1963).
  • Jane Asher brought a random friend to the set one day and introduced him to Roger Corman, who did not know who he was. The next day, he read that the young man was Paul McCartney.
  • David Weston also starred in Witchcraft (1964) as well as episodes of UFO and The Tomorrow People, as well as seven episodes of Doctor Who.
  • Nigel Green also starred in Corridors of Blood (1958) with Boris Karloff, Jason and the Argonauts (1963), The Skull (1965) with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee and Countess Dracula (1971).
  • Patrick Magee also appeared in Dementia 13 (1963), The Skull (1965) and Die, Monster, Die (1965) with Boris Karloff.
  • Skip Martin also starred in Corridors of Blood (1958), Vampire Circus (1972) and Son of Dracula (1973).
  • Verina Greenlaw was only 8 years old but was supposed to be playing an adult woman. Her role was voiced by an unknown adult actress.
  • John Westbrook also starred in The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) and appeared in numerous British television series including Blake’s 7.

Availability: Masque of the Red Death was available on Blu-ray as part of The Vincent Price Collection I. However, unless you already have it in your collection or have a spare $400 lying around, your better bet is to find the out-of-print Midnite Movies DVD but be patient as you shop around for the best price (pun intended).

Countdown to Halloween Day 29 – Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

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Countdown to Halloween Day 29 – Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
Cast:        Vincent Price as Verden Fell
Elizabeth Shepherd as The Lady Rowena Trevanion/The Lady Ligeia
John Westbrook as Christopher Gough

Based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe
Screenplay by Robert Towne
Directed by Roger Corman

Release Date: January 20, 1965

Plot: Verden Fell buries his wife Ligeia and becomes a recluse until he meets the lovely Rowena. Upon marrying her, old memories and a promise from his late wife that she’d never die continues to haunt him.

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Richard’s Review: The location shots make this the brightest and perhaps most real-world of all of Roger Cormen’s Poe flicks. Price is great as always and while Elizabeth Shepherd seemed closer in age to Price than some of his other co-stars, I personally don’t think they had the chemistry needed to convincingly pull off the romantic angle. However, the good script, despite its’ odd plot contrivances, works to tell an entertaining story. It’s definitely a fun and atmospheric movie for the Halloween season.

Karla’s Thoughts: I really liked The Tomb of Ligeia but sad that it didn’t have that happy ending of them being together. Price was great and I really liked Elizabeth Shepherd . I loved the exterior shots but struggled with the lack of accurate science. It was also weird that they randomly pulled Egyptian lore into it, along with a lot of other seemingly random supernatural elements. But, I did enjoy it overall and I would definitely watch it again.

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Trivia:

  • Roger Corman considers this the biggest of his Poe films due to the location shooting at Castle Acre Priory, which nearly doubled his usual filming schedule of 15 days. It would be the last of his Poe adaptations despite American International Pictures wanting him to continue.
  • The wedding scene with Verden and Rowena took place in the 900-year old Church of St. John.
  • This was Robert Towne’s second motion picture, following The Last Woman on Earth (1960). Other credits include The Outer Limits and the first two Mission: Impossible films.
  • Elizabeth Shepherd appeared in numerous British television series but genre fans may also remember her from Damien: Omen II (1978).
  • Elizabeth Shepherd loved working with Vincent Price, stating “he made everything seem easy” and that he had a “wickedly witty sense of humor” off screen according to an interview in Scarlet Street in the summer of 1992.
  • John Westbrook also had an uncredited role in The Masque of the Red Death (1964) and appeared in numerous British television series including Blake’s 7.

Availability: Tomb of Ligeia is available on Blu-ray as part of The Vincent Price Collection II.

Countdown to Halloween Day 27 – Escapes (1986)

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On episode 634 of the Dread Media Podcast, I walk into dangerous territory with one of Vincent Price’s hardest to find films, Escapes (1986)! This film is practically lost and, honestly, it should be. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

After recording this segment, I did discover that Escapes has been released on Blu-ray as an extra on the Dark Harvest (1992) release. Or you could just watch it for free on YouTube.

As always, tell ’em Monster Movie Kid sent ya!