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Discussion in 'Universal Monsters' started by Doctor Omega, Feb 6, 2017.
Then there were these....
And this is the book that really got me interested in horror films in general....
I've still got mine in the loft I believe and it's the only one of my old horror books still in good nick I think!
I had The Creature From The Black Lagoon and The Wolf Man as a child and I remember my Father happily spending hours painting them for me too!
This one is news to me! Have never even heard of it! But there's Lon as a Wolf Man again!
Face of the Screaming Werewolf is a 1964 horror film created by occasional film maker Jerry Warren from parts of two unrelated Mexican horror films plus two sets of footage which he shot himself at different times. It was released theatrically on a double-bill with Warren's similarly constructed Curse of the Stone Hand.
A psychic woman leads archaeologists into an Aztec pyramid where they discover two mummies, one of which turns out to be werewolf (Lon Chaney Jr.). A mad scientist revives the werewolf-mummy, which terrorizes the city, while the second, Aztec mummy also comes to life and goes after the psychic.
For this film Jerry Warren used pieces from two Mexican horror films, La Casa del Terror (1959) and La Momia Azteca (1957), along with scenes he shot himself for Attack of the Mayan Mummy (also based on La Momia Azteca), plus some more footage shot especially for this title.
Lon Chaney Jr. as The Mummified Werewolf
Yerye Beirute as Dr. Janning
George Mitchell as Dr. Frederick Munson
Fred Hoffman as Detective Hammond
Rosita Arenas as Ann Taylor
Ramón Gay (billed as Raymond Gaylord) as Dr. Edmund Redding
Angel Di Stefani as The Second Mummy
Alfredo W. Barron (billed as Donald Barron) as Janning's Heavyset Henchman
Yolanda Varela (billed as Landa Varle) as The Girl Carried Off By The Werewolf
German Valdes as Man Who Rescues the Carried-Off Girl
Chuck Niles as Newscaster Douglas Banks
Steve Conte as The Hired Thief
The film's lack of story cohesion inspired a surrealist novel of the same title by Ken Gage, published in 2006, which uses imagery and dialogue from the film to tell a strange story involving Satan's war in heaven, robots, sadomasochistic vampires, the nature of elitism, and aliens (mostly from the planet Venus).
I have never heard of this. I must go and find it at once!
That bizarre 2006 book that they mention that was not a novelisation but was "inspired" by the film, somehow.....
This is the story of the voices in my head, of obsession with monster movies, of Satan’s fall, of two lovers absorbed in a cinematic outing where their reality becomes unglued and messy, of my journeys through the Americas and the Polynesian Triangle. It includes sex, violence, dreams, Aztec mummies, gypsies, poetry, cannibal kings, confused androids, black magic, lagoon lurkers and werewolves -- the stuff of typical American literature.” -- Ken Gage
The book sounds crazier than Trump!
As for the film itself... I would quite like to think it might be canon and that we might be able to somehow squeeze it into the continuity... That all along there was another (admittedly bizarre) outing for Larry Talbot! Will have to check this film out too myself.
Then there was this, of course......
And the theme music to the show, by Nelson Riddle......
I think I've heard of this movie, wasn't it a Mexican hybrid of sorts?
Yes, it sounds a right mish-mash.....
Poor Lon... His career seemed to follow a similar path to Lugosi's. Addiction (alcohol in his case) and ending up making half-arsed movies, doing a thinly-disguised version of his most famous role for a somewhat loopy director.
Well in the forties he was forced to play Kharis The Mummy, a role that he hated!
I know that he was also never too happy with the whole Abbott and Costello thing either. I think that MEET FRANKENSTEIN is a classic in it's own right though.
Thing is, Bela had real acting talent. He could do more than just horror. I don't think he had the range that Karloff had, but he didn't have to be typecast to playing ghouls and mad men. Lon, on the other hand, I never saw as more than a character actor. He could play cowboys or wolfmen, but I don't know that he could have ever had the career that his father had had. True, his father usually got typed for monsters or heavies, but he could have gone on to do more substantial roles. Maybe I'm wrong, and Lon could have gone on to play in better movies, but he never seemed to have the real acting chops. Alas, typecasting was even worse in those days.
Lon Chaney Senior Speaks - in His Only Talkie......
The Unholy Three is a 1930 American Pre-Code melodrama involving a crime spree, directed by Jack Conway and starring Lon Chaney. The film is a remake of the 1925 film of the same name, with both films based on the novel The Unholy Three, by Clarence Aaron "Tod" Robbins.
In both versions, the roles of Professor Echo and Tweedledee are played by Lon Chaney and Harry Earles respectively. This film is notable for the fact that it was Chaney's last film, as well as his only talkie. Chaney died from throat cancer one month after the film's release.
A sideshow is closed by the police after Tweedledee (Harry Earles), the embittered "Twenty Inch Man", kicks a young boy, starting a riot. Echo, the ventriloquist, proposes that Tweedledee, the strongman Hercules (Ivan Linow), and he leave and, as "The Unholy Three", use their talents to commit crimes. Echo also takes along his pickpocket girlfriend Rosie (Lila Lee) and his gorilla, whom Hercules fears.
Echo disguises himself as Mrs. O'Grady, a kindly old grandmother who runs a pet shop. Tweedledee pretends to be her baby grandson, and Hercules her son-in-law. They use the information they gain from their wealthier patrons to rob them. Echo is the leader and brains behind the outfit, but his bossy ways leave the other two resentful. Meanwhile, the shop's clerk, Hector McDonald (Elliott Nugent), falls in love with Rosie.
The gang is ready to pull off a theft on Christmas Eve. When Echo decides to postpone it, Tweedledee and Hercules go ahead without him. Afterwards, Tweedledee gleefully recounts how they not only robbed but also killed the wealthy Mr. Arlington, despite his pleas for mercy. Worried about the police, they decide to frame Hector by planting a stolen necklace in his closet.
That same night, Hector asks Rosie to marry him. Ashamed of her past, she pretends she was only leading him on for a laugh. After he leaves, she starts crying; he returns, sees that she really does love him, and they become engaged.
However, Hector is arrested for murder. Still frightened, the Unholy Trio hide out in an isolated cabin in the country, forcibly taking Rosie with them. Rosie pleads with Echo to exonerate Hector somehow in exchange for her returning to him. Tweedledee tries to persuade Hercules to shoot them both, but the strongman refuses.
Echo, as "Grandma" O'Grady, shows up at the trial and tries to provide an alibi, but slips up and his disguise is discovered. He makes a full confession and receives a sentence of one to five years. Back at the cabin, Tweedledee overhears Hercules offering Rosie a chance to run away with him (and the loot), so he lets loose the gorilla; Hercules murders Tweedledee before he himself is killed by the ape. Rosie escapes.
As Echo is being taken to prison, Rosie promises to wait for him, honoring their agreement. Realizing she loves Hector, he generously tells her not to.