Monsters & Memories #8: Doctor X (1932) By Ed Davis

Monsters & Memories #8: Doctor X (1932) By Ed Davis

Synthetic flesh, Groovy Ghoulies! That’s what it took to make a monster back in 1932. You need to look no farther than the Michael Curtiz directed “Doctor X”. Warner Brothers’ first foray into this expanding genre. It was based on a play (as so many were during this time) of the same name. It was an early Technicolor film, which really...

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Monsters & Memories #7: Svengali (1931) by Ed Davis

Monsters & Memories #7: Svengali (1931) by Ed Davis

Look into my eyes, Groovy Ghoulies! Is it working? Nah, I was never good at the hypnotizing thing. But, I watched a cool flick starring John Barrymore called “Svengali.” It was released by Warner Brothers and was based on the 1894 novel “Trilby” by George Du Maurier. It was directed by Archie Mayo. It’s the story of a great...

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Monsters & Memories Special Report: Godzilla Kaiju Battle 2011‏ By Ed Davis

Monsters & Memories Special Report: Godzilla Kaiju Battle 2011‏ By Ed Davis

Godzilla is back, Groovy Ghoulies! He stomped through Schenectady, NY this past Friday when It Came From Schenectady presented Godzilla Kaiju Battle 2011. It was their 2nd annual Godzilla film festival. A giant four story screen at Proctor’s GE theater was home to two great Godzilla movies, “Son of Godzilla” and “Godzilla, Mothra, King...

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Monsters & Memories #6: Frankenstein (1931) By Ed Davis

Monsters & Memories #6: Frankenstein (1931) By Ed Davis

It’s alive Groovy Ghoulies! Those words, exclaimed by Dr. Henry Frankenstein marked the birth of a screen legend.  The Frankenstein monster was born to movie fans in 1931.  It’s based on the novel by Mary Shelly and also adapted from a play by Peggy Webling.  And directed masterfully by James Whale.  For the record, this is one of my favorites from...

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Monsters & Memories #5: The Phantom (1931)

Monsters & Memories #5: The Phantom (1931)

Look out, Groovy Ghoulies! If there’s a sound behind the bookcase, or if you feel like the eyes in the painting are following you; you just might be followed by “The Phantom!” This 1931 film was written and directed by Alan James, who would later direct some of the Dick Tracy motion pictures. We get a film this time around, not based on a...

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Monsters & Memories #4: Dracula (1931) – Part 2 by Ed Davis

Monsters & Memories #4:   Dracula (1931) – Part 2 by Ed Davis

Hola Groovy Ghoulies! I have a weird sense of Deja Vu, this time around. I feel like we’ve been here before, only everything is Spanish! I had the pleasure of sitting down to the Spanish version of 1931’s “Dracula”. This movie used the same sets and the same script as the Bela Lugosi version. Why go to all the trouble? Well, the studio...

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