Like a lovingly guided midnight tour, this book covers the seductive shadows of the most fascinating horror films and melodramas from the 1930s and 1940s. From the bloody censorship battles behind 1935's Bride of Frankenstein, to the sexual controversies of 1941's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the gruesome Nazi atrocities of 1943's Women in Bondage, this book delves into newly excavated research to tell the behind-the-scenes sagas of some of Hollywood's most frightening films. Peek behind the scenes, revel in on-the-set anecdotes and get a look at the script notes illuminating characters like WereWolf of London, Richard III, Panther Woman and Rasputin. Included are profiles of the performers and filmmakers who made the nightmares feel all too real in the darkened theaters of yesteryear, and an examination of the factors that have kept these films popular so many decades later.
Gregory William Mank is an acclaimed film historian whose non-fiction books include IT'S ALIVE! THE CLASSIC CINEMA SAGA OF FRANKENSTEIN; BELA LUGOSI AND BORIS KARLOFF - A HAUNTING COLLABORATION; ONE MAN CRAZY! THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLIN CLIVE; and the 2-volume WOMEN IN HORROR FILMS 1930s and 1940s. He has added fiction to his resume with the publication of the Porter Down Hollywood Mystery series beginning with FRANKENSTEIN'S WITCH - ST. LIZZIE, PRAY FOR US! He's written and narrated many audio commentaries including for such films as DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931), THE BLACK CAT (1934), CAT PEOPLE (1942), and THE LODGER (1944), written scores of magazine articles, and appeared on many documentaries including BORIS KARLOFF - THE MAN BEHIND THE MONSTER (2021).
Copyright 2022 by Gregory William Mank, Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards winner.
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