Monthly Archives: November 2014

Let’s Talk About Werewolves

Werewolves are surprising. For instance, you may think that the first movie werewolf was Lon Chaney, Jr. in “The Wolf Man.” But he wasn’t. Ahh, you say, you’re going to mention Henry Hull in “The Werewolf of London.” No. I’m … Continue reading

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Knowledge vs Appreciation

If you know that “Casablanca” was a Warner Bros. film, released in 1943, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and that it won the Academy Award for Best Picture of that year. You have knowledge. You file it away, and … Continue reading

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The Mystique of the Fang

Hammer Films didn’t originate vampires with fangs. There was the 1922 “Nosferatu” with Max Schreck’s rat-fanged Count Orlock and the Mexican “El Vampiro” may slightly pre-date Hammer’s 1957 “Dracula,” I’m not certain of that, but this piece isn’t about precedence, … Continue reading

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We Never Liked That Damn Book Anyway!

Here’s an interesting paradox–Hollywood likes to purchase literary properties, then films unfaithful versions of them. It’s rather like that scene in “The Magic Christian” where Peter Sellers’ satanic multi-millionaire wants to purchase only the eye cut from a valuable painting. … Continue reading

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