1920s

Ogopogo – mythical creature

In Canadian folklore, the Ogopogo or Naitaka (Salish: n’ha-a-itk, “lake demon”) is a lake monster reported to live in Okanagan Lake, in British Columbia, Canada. The Ogopogo has been allegedly seen by First Nations people since the 19th century. The most common description of Ogopogo is a 40 to 50-foot-long (12… Read More ›

Häxan aka Witchcraft Through the Ages – Sweden/Denmark, 1922

Häxan (English title: The Witches or Witchcraft Through the Ages) is a 1922 Swedish/Danish silent horror feature film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum, a 15th century German guide for inquisitors, Häxan is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could… Read More ›

Robert Bloch – writer

Robert Albert Bloch (April 5, 1917 – September 23, 1994) was an American fiction writer, primarily of crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction, from Milwaukee,Wisconsin. Bloch is best known as the writer of the 1959 novel Psycho, the basis for the 1960 film of the… Read More ›

My Name is Bruce – USA, 2007

‘Fearless! Unstoppable! Ready for his close-up!’ My Name Is Bruce is a 2007 American comedy supernatural horror feature film, directed, co-produced by and starring cult actor Bruce Campbell. The film was written by Mark Verheiden (The Mask; Timecop). In the… Read More ›

H.P. Lovecraft – author

  Howard Phillips Lovecraft aka H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he… Read More ›

Christopher Lee – actor

Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (27 May 1922 – 7 June 2015) was an English actor, singer, and author. With a career spanning nearly seventy years, Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a… Read More ›

M.R. James – author

Montague “Monty” Rhodes James OM, MA, FBA (1 August 1862 – 12 June 1936), who used the publication name M. R. James, was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge (1905–18), and of Eton College (1918–36)…. Read More ›

Dwight Frye – actor

Dwight Iliff Frye (February 22, 1899 – November 7, 1943) was an American stage and screen actor, noted for his appearances in the classic horror films Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He is frequently seen on-screen as a simple, sometimes deranged, sycophantic assistant to… Read More ›

Noble Johnson – actor

Noble Johnson (April 18, 1881 – January 9, 1978) was an African-American actor and film producer. He was one of the first black actors in Hollywood to achieve any meaningful level of fame and successfully navigated the transition from silent movies to talkies. Born in… Read More ›

The Dunwich Horror – short story by H.P. Lovecraft

“The Dunwich Horror” is a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, first published in the April 1929 issue of Weird Tales. It takes place in Dunwich, a fictional town in Massachusetts and is considered one of the core stories of the Cthulhu Mythos. Although Lovecraft first mentioned “Yog-Sothoth” in the novel The Case of Charles… Read More ›

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – USA, 1920

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1920 horror silent film, produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released through Paramount/Artcraft. The film is based upon Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and starring actor John Barrymore. It was directed by John S. Robertson and co-starred Nita Naldi. The scenario… Read More ›

The Hands of Orlac – Austria, 1924

The Hands of Orlac (German: Orlacs Hände) is a 1924 Austrian silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene and starring Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina and Fritz Kortner. The film’s plot is based on the story Les Mains d’Orlac by Maurice Renard. Wiene had made his name as a director of Expressionist films such as The Cabinet of Dr…. Read More ›

Tod Slaughter – actor

Tod Slaughter (19 March 1885 – 19 February 1956) was an English actor, best known for playing over-the-top maniacs in macabre film adaptations of Victorian melodramas. Born as Norman Carter Slaughter in Newcastle upon Tyne, he made his way onto the stage in 1905 at West Hartlepool. It was in 1925 that… Read More ›

The Phantom Carriage – Sweden, 1921

The Phantom Carriage – original title: Körkarlen – is a 1921 Swedish film directed by and starring Victor Sjöström, alongside Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg and Astrid Holm. It is based on the novel Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness! (Körkarlen; 1912), by Nobel prize-winning Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf. The film is notable for its… Read More ›

Drakula halála – Hungary, 1921

Drakula halála — translated as ‘Dracula’s Death’ or ‘The Death of Drakula’ — is a 1921 Hungarian horror movie written and directed by Károly Lajthay. Currently believed to be a lost, the film is notable because it marks the first screen appearance of the vampire Count Dracula, though… Read More ›

José Larraz – filmmaker

José Ramón Larraz (born 1929 in Barcelona) was a Spanish director of exploitation and horror films such as the erotic and bloody cult classic Vampyres (1974). He died in Malaga on 3rd September 2013 whilst working on a remake of Vampyres that was completed by his co-writer Víctor… Read More ›

Wolf Blood (1925)

Wolf Blood, also known as Wolfblood: A Tale of the Forest, is a silent 1925 werewolf movie starring George Chesebro, who also directed it. Dick Bannister is the new field boss of the Ford Logging Company, a Canadian logging-crew during… Read More ›