With the onset of October, I'm sure that we will start seeing more and more horror flicks on the tube this month. I'm a gonna fill you in with some little trivia facts about some classic horror films...Then I'm going to ask you to participate in a teeny-tiny mini-meme...
The role that made Boris Karloff famous was originally offered to both Bela Lugosi, and John Carradine; both turned it down. One of the factors was that the costume weighed 62 #'s and the make-up took over 4 hours to apply.
Boris had to wear 22# size 24 boots. He also wore 2 pairs of pants with steel struts shoved in them, and a double thick quilted suit.
His make-up was 1/16th of an inch thick, and the bolts on his neck left permanent scars!
The famous scene where he carries Dr. Frankenstein off was memorable for Karloff in real life also-He strained his back so hard that he had to have an operation to fix it!!
Bette Davis wanted the part of Mrs. Frankenstein, but she was turned down because she was too aggressive!
Bela Lugosi became the first great monster of the talkie-era with this role. He had been playing the role of Dracula on Broadway since 1927, so he already knew his part well! Unfortunately, he was only pd $500. for his part in the film...
Among the films lighting tricks: Twin pencil-spotlights were shined in Lugosi's eyes to give him that famous hypnotic stare.
The Castle Dracula and Carfax Abbey sets were so expensive to build, that Universal Studios kept and reused them several times in the 30's..
The enormous spider web on Dracula's staircase, was actually a string of rubber cement. And the Mtns. in the opening scenes were4 really the Rockies-Not the Alps, or the Carpathians!!
THE MUMMY (1932)
Karloff's second big monster flick was inspired by the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922. And the widespread belief that several men connected with the expedition, had died mysteriously and had been cursed!
Karloff was wrapped every day in linen and gauze, and was covered in mud!
Karloff became so famous from his previous role, that he was billed as only..."Karloff", at the time, Only Greta Garbo had acheived a single named billing!
OK....I think thats enough for today, I'll finish up next week with some more 'insider' info!.....
As for the Meme....
1. What was the very first 'Scary Movie' that you remember seeing at the theater?
(The original House of Wax...in 3-D!!!)
2. Name me the top 5 Horror flicks that really scared the Bejeezus out of you, or that has left a lasting impression on you...
c. Night of the Living Dead...the original
d. King Kong....the original
e.The Tingler....Some theaters were actually wired for shock
Come and play with the G-Man...it will help me feel better... please?