BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN: A 75th Anniversary Appreciation
Compiled by Jim Clatterbaugh
Bryan Senn, Greg Mank, Mark Clark, Steven Thornton, David Colton, and Gary D.Rhodes help Monsters from the Vault celebrate the 75th anniversary of James Whale's 1935 classic, Bride of Frankenstein. Each offers his thoughts and memories of the iconic film.
ROY WILLIAM NEIL: The Master of Suspense
By Michael A.Hoey
MFTV welcomes producer/director/ writer Michael A. Hoey to our pages this issue. In this excerpt from his forthcoming book Sherlock Holmes and The Fabulous Faces, Michael, who is also the son of character actor Dennis Hoey, shares with us his first meeting with director Roy Williams Neill in 1944, when his father took him and a friend to Universal Studios to visit the set of the Sherlock Holmes film The Pearl of Death.
THE MAD GENIUS: A Retrospect
By Greg Mank
Award winning author Greg Mank (2009 Rondo Award, best book) look at the John Barrymore film, The Mad Genius, which was released in 1931, the same year of Lugosi's Dracula, Karloff's Frankenstein, Frederic March's Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, and Barrymore's own Svengali. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz, who would go on to win an Oscar for Casablanca.
DRACULA GOES TO THE JUNIOR HIGH
By Gary D.Rhodes
Number one Lugosi scholar, Gary Rhodes, shares with Monsters from the Vault one of his latest discoveries, a 1950 summer stock version of Dracula featuring Bela Lugosi. What makes this different is that Lugosi and the St. Petersburg Players performed Dracula, not at a working theatre, but instead on the auditorium stage of the South Side Junior High School in St. Petersburg, Florida.
FILMS FROM THE VAULT
DVD Reviews by Marian Owens Clatterbaugh
Reviews of The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, Dark and Stormy Night, and The Aurora Monsters: The Model Craze That Gripped the World.
BOOKS FROM THE VAULT
Books Reviews by Mark F. Berry, Mark Clark, David Colton, and Bryan Senn.
Reviews of Keep Watching the Skies! American Since Fiction Movies of the Fifties, The 21st Century Edition, A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers, Bela Lugosi's Tales from Grave #1, Mind Warp! The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, and Science Fiction America: Essays of SF Cinema.
ON THE COVER: Two-time Rondo Award winner (Best Cover), Daniel Horne's beautiful painting of the Monster's Bride from 1935's Bride of Frankenstein.
INSIDE FRONT COVER: Clatterbaugh's late brother, Dennis (in his Halloween costume from 2005), is featured on a mock Monsters from the Vault cover, thanks to the extremely talented Kerry Gammill.