Friday, November 28, 2014

Evelyn Ankers - Horror Temptress

Evelyn Ankers has a pretty face and a cute figure. She's starred in some very famous classic Horror movies. She was the love interest in The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Claude Rains. The Wolf Man is a very atmospheric movie throughout mainly due to the gypsies and the fog filled woods. Below is a picture of Lon Chaney Jr. and Evelyn Ankers in one of their more flirtatious scenes.

She also played the sister of Louise Albritton in Son of Dracula, which also features Lon Chaney Jr. as Dracula. It's a well made movie about Albritton's character marrying Count Dracula just to turn into a vampire herself, she's very much into the occult. This stylish thriller explores a mere mortal's morbid desire to join the undead. Below is a picture of Ankers and Albritton conversing.

She also plays with Lon Chaney Jr. in Ghost of Frankenstein, which features Bela Lugosi as "Ygor." She is the daughter of Ludwig Von Frankenstein, one of Henry Frankenstein's sons. This movie picks up where Son of Frankenstein, which stars Basil Rathbone, leaves off. Below is a picture of the cast.

She also plays in two Sherlock Holmes adventures starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, The Voice of Terror, and The Pearl of Death, noted below.

House of Fear - Sinister Hppenings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ghosts of Nightmare Castle

Nightmare Castle is the home of Lord and Lady Arrowsmith. Lord Arrowsmith married the Lady of the manner for her fortune and turned this lovely mansion into a haven for morbid scientific experiments.
 Lady Arrowsmth has grown tired of her husband and cannot resist the touch of another man, she'll settle for the gardener. Lord Arrowsmith has grown suspicious on his trips out of town and is about to catch her in adultery!
 The castle earns it's reputation as a nightmare when Lord Arrowsmith seeks revenge against his wife and her lover - but he'll soon discover that revenge can be a cosmic and somewhat ghostly two-way street. The castle is now be haunted with their ghosts!
Lord Arrowsmith populates the castle with his lovers Solonge and his wife's sister. The experiments with aging and a second marriage cannot protect him from the ghosts who inhabit the castle and seek revenge.

Blackwood Castle Raven

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The House of Fear

The House of Fear is my favorite movie in the Sherlock Holmes series. Like many in the series, it has a great opening, featuring a stellar acting performance by Basil Rathbone. The movie is set in Scotland, so we get to take an inspiring trip through the country side to a spooky old mansion. What I like about this mansion so much is that the interior is all paneled in wood which creates a dark and gloomy atmosphere. Interestingly, they use the same house picture in this movie as they use in The Voice of Terror! It’s an intriguing mystery about murders taking place one by one. Of course Sherlock Holmes is called in to solve the crimes, as well as Dennis Hoey as Inspector Lastrade. Every time one of the inhabitants is destined for demise the victim receives and envelop full of orange seeds, as if from the murderer. It is quickly postulated that the murders are taking place for insurance money. The scenes are quite diverse: a local tavern, an ocean front mansion, a graveyard, a beach, and 221B Baker Street. The mansion is a real man cave with all male actors except for Mrs. Monteef, the maid who never fails to act sinister and spooky. Plenty of drinks, pipes, and cigarette smoking abound with Basil Rathbone declaring, “too many clues, too many suspects.” But that’s the House of Fear, impossible to figure out until the end

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dressed To Kill 4 You

Dressed To Kill is one of my favorites of the Sherlock Holmes series. I watch it regularly. As in The Woman In Green, Dressed To Kill takes place in London, in high class apartments, dive bars, a prison, and an auctioneers shop - along with some priceless deducing that can only take place at 221B Baker street. Patricia Morrison plays a ruthless vixen hell bent to steal a set of plates used for counterfeiting. She wears many elegant gowns and tests her wits by trapping Sherlock Holmes. Fredric Worlock (Terror By Night, Faces Death) and Henry Cording (House of Fear, Secret Weapon) round out her gallivanting gang of thugs. A murder committed for a music box sets the game-a-foot with Mr. Holmes pondering and theorizes over the possible significance - he races against time to save more lives. Nigel Bruce plays down the goofiness this time around with a more serious Watson, Unfortunately, our good friend Dennis Hoey, who usually plays Lestrade, doesn’t make an appearance this time around.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sherlock Holmes: Woman in Green


Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce made fourteen Sherlock Holmes adventures; two for 20 th Century Fox, and twelve for Universal Pictures. The movies take place in different settings - ships, trains, spooky old houses, and even during War-time. The Woman in Green is set in London and is more glamorous than most; with swanky apartments, elegantly dressed gentlemen, and a stunning young vixen villianess. As an added pleasure, Henry Daniel stars as the infamous Professor Moriarity.

A particularly gruesome string of murders excites Scotland Yard to solicit the aid of England’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and the game is afoot! I love the old cars and clothes and the glamour of 1940’s women, even though in this case she is blood-thirsty! In the story hypnotism is used as a weapon for extortion. Dr. Watson is put under comically for the amusement of an hypnotist’s club, and Sherlock Holmes almost jumps off a roof being put under himself. It’s a evenly entertaining movie that I highly recommend.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Gallery of Horror


Gallery of Horror stars John Carradine as actor and narrator. His introductions to five short horror stories are very intriguing and full of interesting information about ancient peoples and their beliefs in witches, vampires, warlocks, werewolves, zombies, and monsters in general. At first it seems like a B-movie, and probably it is, but as you watch the movie over and over again it gets more cohesive and interesting as you pick up on all the little details. It features 60’s/70’s garb and old school horror special effects like paintings for castles. The first short story is about an ancient witch come back to life and an enchanted clock. The second is about a master vampire who, through raw intelligence, has survived modern vampire hunts. The third is about a betrayed mad scientist’s revenge on his wife and her lover. The forth stars Lon Chaney Jr. and is about a modern day Frankenstein experiment that backfires badly. The fifth is about Count Dracula himself, and his minions. All and all it’s old school creepy and gets better and better the more you watch it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Frankenstein - Favorite Parts

My favorite part is the electrocution of the Monster when electric-lightnings come out.

Bride of Frankenstein:
My favorite part is the crypt scene with Dr. Pretorius.
Son of Frankenstein:
My favorite part is when Wolf Von Frankenstein discovers the Monster in the crypt.
Ghost of Frankenstein:
My favorite part is Ygor digging the Monster out of the dried lava.
Frankenstein  Meets the Wolf Man:
My favorite part is the beginning when they awake the Wolf Man.
House of Frankenstein:
Dracula is my favorite part.