Movies Tagged ‘bela lugosi’

The Phantom Creeps (1939)

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

The Phantom Creeps FROM 1939 is everything an old classic B sci-fi is supposed to be.

It features Bela Lugosi (as Dr. Zorka,) a mad megalomaniac

scientist who attempts to rule the world by creating various elaborate inventions. However, foreign agents and G-Men try to seize the inventions for themselves.

It was adapted in DC’s Movie Comics #6, cover date September-October 1939, the final issue of that title.

Stock footage was used from The Invisible Ray (look closely and you’ll see Boris Karloff,) including scenes of Dr Zorka finding the meteorite in Africa. The music came from the Frankenstein films. The Phantom Creeps’ car chase was itself used as stock footage in later films. Newsreel shots of the Hindenburg disaster were used as part of Dr Zorka’s final spree of destruction after his robot, which is supposed to destroy the human race, is stopped by a single shot seconds after being unleashed.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind

Béla Lugosi as Doctor Alex Zorka.

Robert Kent as Captain Bob West, G-Man

Dorothy Arnold as Jean Drew, reporter

Edwin Stanley as Doctor Fred Mallory, Doctor Zorka’s former partner

Regis Toomey as Lieutenant Jim Daley, G-Man

Jack C. Smith as Monk, Doctor Zorka’s assistant

Edward Van Sloan as Jarvis, foreign spy chief

Dora Clement as Ann Zorka

Anthony Averill as Rankin, a foreign spy

Hugh Huntley as Perkins, Doctor Mallory’s lab assistant

Ed Wolff as The Robot

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Scared to Death

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Scared to Death (1947) is a horror film directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Béla Lugosi. It was filmed in Cinecolor, is one of only three color pictures Lugosi made and the only one he starred in. The film is

notable for its narration by a dead woman — she describes the events leading up to her death.

Scared to Death opens with the disclosure by morgue examiners that a beautiful woman has literally died of fright. The plot reveals how she reached the fatal stage of terror.

The woman is married to the son of a doctor, the proprietor of a private sanatorium, where she is under unwilling treatment. Both the son and the doctor indicate they want the marriage dissolved. Arriving at the scene is a mysterious personage identified as the doctor’s brother who formerly was a stage magician in Europe. He is accompanied by a threatening dwarf.

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The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

The Corpse Vanishes is a 1942 horror film directed by Wallace Fox. The screenplay was written by Harvey Gates. The film stars Bela Lugosi as a mad scientist who injects his aging wife (played by Elizabeth Russell) with fluids from virginal young brides in order to preserve her beauty. Luana Walters as a journalist and Tristram Coffin as a small town doctor investigate and solve the disappearances of the brides. The film bears some resemble to the real world story of Elizabeth Báthory, a sixteenth century Hungarian countess and serial killer who was said to preserve her beauty by bathing in the blood of virginal young women.

On the day of Alice Wentworth’s wedding, mad scientist Dr. Lorenz sends the young bride a poisoned orchid, the scent of which places the young woman in a state of suspended animation. He then spirits her body away to the basement laboratory of his isolated mansion and extracts her bodily fluids to inject into his vain and aged wife in order to renew her youth and beauty.

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The Devil Bat

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

The Devil Bat (1940) is a black-and-white horror movie which was produced by Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) and directed by Jean Yarbrough. The film stars the well known horror actor Béla Lugosi, along with Suzanne Kaaren, Dave O’Brien, Guy Usher, Yolande Mallott and Donald Kerr.

The story involves a small town cosmetic company chemist (Lugosi) who is upset at his wealthy employers, because he feels they have denied him his due share of company success. To get revenge, he breeds giant bats. He then conditions them to kill those wearing a special after-shave lotion he has concocted. He cleverly distributes the lotion to his enemies as a “test” product.

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