The Fog (1980) USA / 89 min / Horror / Color(metrocolor)

Written by Roger Malcolmthe-fog-poster-1980

“Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?”
Edgar Allan Poe

The inhabitants of a small sea-side northern California town are haunted by avenging ghosts during its centennial celebration. 
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The Haunted Palace (1963) USA / 87 min / Horror / Color

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From the pit came a horror of unknown origins, which would lead to a curse on the New England town of Arkham.  Based on Lovecraft’s ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’, starring Vincent Price and Lon Chaney Jr., and directed by Roger Corman, The Haunted Palace derives its title from an Edgar Allan Poe poem.  Notably the credits purposely misspell Poe’s middle name “Allan” to “Allen”.  The studio American International Pictures forced Corman into changing the film’s original title “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” to connect it to Corman’s Poe films of previous success. (more…)

King Kong (1933) USA / 104 min / Adventure Fantasy Horror / B/W

Written by Roger MalcolmKing Kong (1933) France_2The greatest monster film ever, unrivaled in spectacle is the classic King Kong.  The premise is based on an idea by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace.  Cooper alongside Ernest B. Schoedsack would co-direct though both would be uncredited.  The screenplay was written by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose.  Creelman would write the screenplay for The Most Dangerous Game (1932) which was filmed simultaneously on the sets of King Kong as both would feature Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong.  Rose would go on to write the screenplay for Mighty Joe Young (1949) which Schoedsack would also direct as well as directing Kong’s sequel Son of Kong (1933) released fittingly only 9 months later to capitalize on the success of it’s predecessor.

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