The Horror Hits of Richard Gordon

Author: Tom Weaver

Publisher: BearManor Media

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

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What does Producer Richard Gordon mean to you? If you're a fan of classic horror films, you know he's the only living producer to have worked with the genre's most valuable players—Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi—not to mention the black and white beasties in Fiend Without a Face, the First Man into Space, and other 1950s horror movies. If you take your fright flicks on the ghastlier side, you remember his more gory goblins from the Silicates on the Island of Terror, the mad slasher of the Tower of Evil, and the interstellar shocks delivered by Inseminoid. A master of both worlds, Richard Gordon has been a behind-the-scenes titan of terror for over a half-century, collaborating during his years of active production (1956-1981) with some of the field's most formidable stars, such as Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, and Terence Fisher. Take a film-by-film excursion through his cinematic chamber of horrors in this definitive interview.
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"Twice the Thrills! Twice the Chills!"

Horror and Science Fiction Double Features, 1955-1974

Author: Bryan Senn

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476668949

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 433

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In the mid-1950s, to combat declining theater attendance, film distributors began releasing pre-packaged genre double-bills—including many horror and science fiction double features. Though many of these films were low-budget and low-end, others, such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Horror of Dracula and The Fly, became bona fide classics. Beginning with Universal-International’s 1955 pairing of Revenge of the Creature and Cult of the Cobra, 147 officially sanctioned horror and sci-fi double-bills were released over a 20-year period. This book presents these double features year-by-year, and includes production details, historical notes, and critical commentary for each film.
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Boris Karloff's The Veil

Author: Barbara Bibas Montero,Tom Weaver,Dr. Robert J. Kiss

Publisher: BearManor Media

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

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Tense, true, dramatic stories about the mysterious, baffling, unexplainable events in our lives. In 1958, Frank P. Bibas blazed a ghostly trail when he created the anthology TV series The Veil, hosted by “The King of Monsters” himself, Boris Karloff. Its weird tales were reportedly all based on true-life accounts of frightening phenomena. Ten of the planned 39 episodes were shot, all with Karloff as host and as leading characters. Then the Hal Roach Studios were swallowed up by financial quicksand, and The Veil vanished like a spook at sun-up. The episodes ended up not on TV but in warehouse storage. For decades, the fact of their existence was known to practically no one. This book unVeils all the secrets of the supernatural series and its accounts of ghosts (on land, sea, and air), visions, possession, and reincarnation. Appendices include three Veil scripts, synopses of unproduced scripts, an exhaustive history of Karloff’s career as a TV host and rare Karloff photos from the John Antosiewicz Collection. And an Introduction by Boris Karloff.
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The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

Author: Robert E. Howard

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 9780345509741

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

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Here are Howard’s greatest horror tales, all in their original, definitive versions. Some of Howard’s best-known characters–Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and sailor Steve Costigan among them–roam the forbidding locales of the author’s fevered imagination, from the swamps and bayous of the Deep South to the fiend-haunted woods outside Paris to remote jungles in Africa. The collection includes Howard’s masterpiece “Pigeons from Hell,” which Stephen King calls “one of the finest horror stories of [the twentieth] century,” a tale of two travelers who stumble upon the ruins of a Southern plantation–and into the maw of its fatal secret. In “Black Canaan” even the best warrior has little chance of taking down the evil voodoo man with unholy powers–and none at all against his wily mistress, the diabolical High Priestess of Damballah. In these and other lavishly illustrated classics, such as the revenge nightmare “Worms of the Earth” and “The Cairn on the Headland,” Howard spins tales of unrelenting terror, the legacy of one of the world’s great masters of the macabre. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Of Gods and Monsters

A Critical Guide to Universal Studios’ Science Fiction, Horror and Mystery Films, 1929–1939

Author: John T. Soister

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476604991

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 405

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While Universal’s Dracula and Frankenstein (both 1931) have received the most coverage of any of the studio’s genre releases, it is the lesser known films that have long fascinated fans and historians alike. Starting with The Last Warning, a 1929 movie released as both a silent and a talkie, Universal provided a decade of films that entertained audiences and sometimes frustrated critics. Each of Universal’s horror, science fiction and “twisted mystery” films receives an in-depth essay for each film. The focus is first on the background to the making of the movie and its place in the Universal catalog. A detailed plot synopsis with critical commentary follows. Filmographic data for the film conclude the entry. Universal’s The Shadow short film series is covered in an appendix. Many rare illustrations and movie posters are also included.
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Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers

Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls, and Makeup

Author: Tom Weaver,John Brunas,Michael Brunas

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 413

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For fans of SF and horror films, will there ever be a decade to compare with the 1950s? Actors, directors, producers, and crews prevailed over microbudgets and four-day shooting schedules to create enduring films. This book turns a long-overdue spotlight on many who made memorable contributions to that crowded, exhilarating filmmaking scene. John Agar, Beverly Garland, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Gene Corman, and two dozen more reminisce about the most popular genre titles of the era. Lengthy, in-depth interviews feature canny questions, pointed observations, rare photos, and good fun.
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Poverty Row Horrors!

Monogram, PRC, and Republic Horror Films of the Forties

Author: Tom Weaver

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 376

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Poverty row horror films were usually inexpensively (some would say cheaply) produced with writing that ranged from bad to atrocious. Yet these movies with their all-star horror casts (Carradine, Lugosi, Karloff, et al.) and their ape men, mad monsters, devil bats and white zombies still have a loyal audience 50 years after their release.Essays contain full filmographic data on the 31 horror chillers made by the three studios from 1940 through 1946 and are arranged by year of release. Each entry includes the date of release, length, production credits, cast credits, interview quotes, and a plot synopsis with critical commentary. Filmographies for prominent horror actors and actresses, from John Abbott to George Zucco, are provided in the appendices.
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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 20

Author: Stephen Jones

Publisher: Running Press

ISBN: 9780762437276

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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This annual collection of exceptional horror and dark fantasy fiction stories is the essential must-have for horror buffs. The 20th edition of this showcase of horror includes a comprehensive overview of international selections, an impressively researched necrology, and a list of indispensable contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and aspiring writer of true horror.
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The Times TV and Video Guide

Author: David Quinlan

Publisher: B. T. Batsford Limited

ISBN: 9780713484434

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 896

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Comprehensively updated from the 1998 edition, the 1999 Guide includes over 7000 movies covered in depth, selected by the TV Times' own David Quinlan. Sharp critical review is backed up by a five star rating system from outstanding to poor. Each review includes running time, country of origin, release date, color or black-and-white production, and up to six of the major stars who appear in the film. Every film is also assessed for its suitability as family viewing. The ideal film companion for all the family from Britain's most acute and trustworthy film critic
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