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The Whispering Shadow, starring Bela Lugosi, Henry B. Walthall, Karl Dane, Roy D'Arcy, Viva Tattersall, Robert Warwick

The Whispering Shadow

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The Whispering Shadow, starring Bela Lugosi, Henry B. Walthall, Karl Dane, Roy D’Arcy, Viva Tattersall, Robert Warwick

A mysterious criminal known as The Whispering Shadow commits crimes by means of a gang he controls by television and radio rays. Jack Norton, whose brother was murdered by The Whispering Shadow, suspects that the eerie Professor Strang – whose ghostly wax museum contains figures far too lifelike – may be involved in the crimes.

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The Black Sleep [Basil Rathbone]

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The Black Sleep (1956), starring Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Akim Tamiroff, Tor Johnson

The Black Sleep – Many  of Hollywood’s top horror stars appears in this story  of a mad doctor. He’s performing brain surgery on unwilling victims attempting to save the life of his wife. The story begins in a dark cell of Newgate Prison in London of 1872. Sir Joel Cadman (Basil Rathbone) is an eminent surgeon who is visiting Dr. Gordon Ramsey (Herbert Rudley). He’s a former student who has been condemned to death by hanging for murder. A murder that he believes himself to be innocent of having committed.

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100 Years of Horror

100 Years of Horror

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Editorial review of 100 Years of Horror courtesy of Amazon.com

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100 Years of Horror, hosted by Christopher Lee

  is the first show of its kind ever produced; chronicling the history of movie horror from the earliest experimental chillers through the unforgettable “golden age of movie monsters,” and on through today’s terrifying fright films.Hosted by Christopher Lee, the screen’s legendary King of Horror, the show features appearances by Robert De Niro, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hugh Hefner, Charlton Heston, Kenneth Branagh, Joe Dante, and many more. Also featured are fascinating interviews with Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Claude Rains. Included as a special bonus are never-before-seen interviews with the friends and families of the legendary names of horror such as Bela Lugosi, Jr.; Boris Karloff’s daughter, Sarah Karloff; Claude Rains’ daughter, Jessica Rains, and more.

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The Thirteenth Chair (1929) starring Bela Lugosi, directed by Tod Browning

The Thirteenth Chair

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The Thirteenth Chair (1929) starring Bela Lugosi, directed by Tod Browning

To enjoy  The Thirteenth Chair, the audience has to bear in mind that this is a  very early sound picture, and make appropriate allowances. If you do that, you can enjoy the murder mystery.  And especially the sight of Bela Lugosi as the police Inspector Delzante.  He berates and threatens the witnesses to a murder. Thirteen witnesses, at a seance, sitting in thirteen chairs — hence the title. It should be mentioned that  The Thirteenth Chair is directed by Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks). He brought Lugosi to worldwide fame only 2 years after this movie.

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Scared to Death (1947) starring Bela Lugosi, George Zucco, Nat Pendleton, Douglas Fowley

Scared to Death

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Scared to Death (1947) starring Bela Lugosi, George Zucco, Nat Pendleton, Douglas Fowley

Scared to Death is primarily remembered as the answer to a trivia question.  What is the only color film with Bela Lugosi in a starring role? And sadly, that’s all it deserves to be remembered for. It’s a good example of a waste of a perfectly good cast.

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) By: The Masked Reviewer

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) By: The Masked Reviewer

The movie begins on a full moon in a graveyard, with two grave robbers robbing Larry Talbot’s tomb. Too bad werewolves don’t die. Larry wakes up in a hospital 40 miles away, with a severe head injury. He later escapes the hospital to find the infamous Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein, only to find out that the doctor had died, but his monster hasn’t.

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White Zombie - with these zombie eyes he rendered her powerless - with this zombie grip he made her perform his eveery desire!

White Zombie

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White Zombie  (1932)  by: The Masked Reviewer, starring Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, John Harron, Robert Frazer

She was not alive ... nor dead ... Just a White Zombie performing his every desire - movie poster
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White Zombie begins with Madeleine Short (Madge Bellamy) arriving in Haiti. She’s there to reunite with her fiancee Neil Parker (John Harron). They are to be married at Charles Beaumont’s plantation. But Charles (Robert Frazer) also loves Madeleine. He goes to ‘œMurder’ Legendre (Bela Lugosi). He’s an infamous Haitian voodoo master for a potion. To make her choose Neil over him.

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The Gorilla (1939) starring the Ritz Brothers, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill

The Gorilla

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The Gorilla (1939) starring the Ritz Brothers, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Edward Norris, Anita Louise

In short,  The Gorilla is a “haunted house” mystery. Lionel Atwill’s character is threatened to become the next victim of “The Gorilla” — a serial killer.   His niece drops in to visit with her fiance. And she announces that they’ll be married in two days. Adding to the creepiness of the house is the butler, Peters, and Patsy Keller as the easily-frightened maid round out the household staff.  Peters is played by Bela Lugosi. He is half the reason to watch the film.  As I watched  The Gorilla with my children, they were all convinced that he must be doing something villainous … Lionel Atwill has hired detectives–the Ritz Brothers–to safeguard him … despite their comical ineptness.

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