The Wolf Man (1941) USA / 70 min / Drama Horror / B/W

Written by Roger Malcolmthewolfman Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.  Universal’s The Wolf Man, directed by George Waggner, starring Claude Rains as Sir John Talbot and Lon Chaney Jr. as Lawrence Stewart Talbot, was written for the screen by Curt Siodmak.  It’s commonly mistaken as the first of it’s kind but Universal had released what is the first feature film depicting an anthropomorphic werewolf in Werewolf of London (1935) as well as a lost silent short film The Werewolf (1913).  Originally both Werewolf of London and The Wolf Man would have utilized the same make-up effects of legendary make-up artist Jack Pierce, though his designs were rejected on Werewolf of London for a more simplified and less time-consuming approach.  Pierce more famously created the make-up for Boris Karloff’s roles in both Frankenstein (1931) and The Mummy (1932).  He would also do make-up for Bela Lugosi’s character in White Zombie (1932) and many other horror films of the time.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) USA / 80 min / Horror Sci-fi / B/W

Written by Roger Malcolmcpicpaqmjvp9cia9Set in a small California town, one doctor discovers a plot to overtake the human race in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  The film is based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, adapted for the screen by Daniel Mainwaring and directed by Don Siegel.  Filmed in beautiful black and white photography,  Siegel would go on to direct A-list stars such as Steve McQueen in Hell is for Heores (1962), Clint Eastwood in Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), Dirty Harry (1971), Escape From Alcatraz (1979) and The Shootist (1976) starring John Wayne in his last performance.

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The Abominable Snowman (1957) UK / 91 min / Adventure Horror / B/W

Written by Roger MalcolmMV5BMTc0Nzc1NzE0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzY0NDAzMQ@@._V1_SY475_SX334_

On an adventure in the Himalayas for evidence of the Abominable Snowman, one scientist discovers the answers – albeit horrifically.  Val Guest directs as he would on both The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and Quatermass 2 (1957).  The screenplay is based on a story called The Creature, both written by Nigel Kneale, known more famously for his creation of Dr. Bernard Quatermass.  Quatermass, which tells the story of a highly moral British scientist that discovers a threat to humanity by alien forces, would spawn 3 television serials for the BBC in the 50’s, radio programs, a 4-part serial by Thames Television in the 70’s, a remake by BBC in 2005 of the original serial and 3 feature films from Hammer Film Productions.
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