1940s

The Creeper – USA, 1948

The Creeper is a 1948 American horror feature film directed by Jean Yarbrough (The Devil Bat, She-Wolf of London; House of Horrors; et al) from a screenplay by Maurice Tombragel (Horror Island), based on a story idea by Don Martin. The Reliance Pictures… Read More ›

The Ghost Breakers – USA, 1940

‘Love and laughter with’ The Ghost Breakers is a 1940 American comedy horror film directed by George Marshall and starring Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard and Richard Carlson. The Paramount film was adapted by Walter DeLeon from the 1909 play ‘The Ghost Breaker’ by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard. It was… Read More ›

Fog Island – USA, 1945

Fog Island is a 1945 American mystery-suspense film with horror overtones directed by Terry O. Morse from a screenplay by Pierre Gendron, based on the 1937 play Angel Island by Bernadine Angus. It stars George Zucco, Lionel Atwill, and Jerome Cowan. In 1956, Terry O. Morse directed… Read More ›

House of Dracula – USA, 1945

House of Dracula is a 1945 American horror film released by Universal Pictures. It is a direct sequel to House of Frankenstein, and continued the theme of combining the studio’s three most popular monsters: Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange), Count Dracula (John Carradine), and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.). The… Read More ›

Zombies on Broadway – USA, 1945

‘Cursed by a voodoo hoodoo on a howling zombie hunt!’ Zombies on Broadway is a 1945 American horror comedy film directed by Gordon Douglas (Them!; Spooky Hooky) from a screenplay by Robert Kent and Lawrence Kimble. The film stars RKO’s Abbott and Costello imitators, Alan… Read More ›

The Mad Ghoul – USA, 1943

‘A new sensation in horror!’ The Mad Ghoul is a 1943 American science fiction horror film directed by James P. Hogan (his last film, before he died of a heart attack, aged 53) from a screenplay by Paul Gangelin and Brenda Weisberg. The Universal production stars Turhan… Read More ›

Tor Johnson – actor

Tore Johansson (19 October 1903 – 12 May 1971), better known by the stage name Tor Johnson, was a Swedish professional wrestler (billed as The Super Swedish Angel) and actor. He appeared in many B-movies, including three Edward D. Wood, Jr. films…. 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 ›

The Black Cat – USA, 1941

The Black Cat is a 1941 American comedy mystery horror film directed by Albert S. Rogell (The Last Warning) from a screenplay by Robert Lees (The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show “Scoobygeist”); Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein; Hold That Ghost)… Read More ›

Martin Kosleck – actor

Martin Kosleck (March 24, 1904 – January 15, 1994) was a German film actor, born Nicolaie Yoshkin in Barkotzen in Pomerania. He soon gained a foothold in German cinema and landed a role in Alraune, the noted science fiction horror film directed by Richard… Read More ›

Acquanetta – actress

Acquanetta (July 17, 1921 – August 16, 2004), nicknamed “The Venezuelan Volcano” by her friend William Randolph Hearst, was a B-movie actress known for her exotic beauty. The facts of Acquanetta’s origins are not known with certainty. Although accounts differ (some… Read More ›

The Devil Commands – USA, 1941

‘Karloff turns killer in a horror-crammed thriller!’ The Devil Commands is a 1941 American horror film directed by Edward Dmytryk (Captive Wild Woman; Bluebeard) from a screenplay by Robert Hardy Andrews and Milton Gunzburg, based on William Sloane’s novel The Edge of… Read More ›

Night Monster – USA, 1942

‘Creeping terror… kills like a strangler!’ Night Monster is a 1942 American horror feature film produced and directed by Ford Beebe (The Phantom Creeps; The Invisible Man’s Revenge) from a story and screenplay by Clarence Upson Young. It was distributed by… Read More ›

The Mummy’s Curse – USA, 1944

Buried fury! Stalking to life from the depths of doom!’ The Mummy’s Curse is the 1944 American supernatural horror film directed by Leslie Goodwins from a screenplay by Leon Abrams and Dwight V. Babcock. The film is the follow-up to The Mummy’s Ghost and marks… Read More ›

The Mummy’s Ghost – USA, 1943

‘Nameless! Fleshless! Deathless!’ The Mummy’s Ghost is the 1943 American supernatural horror film directed by Reginald Le Borg (The Black Sleep; Voodoo Island; Diary of a Madman) from a screenplay by Griffin Jay and Henry Sucher. Cast: Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Robert Lowery, Ramsay Ames and… 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 ›

Ghost Weddings – article

In Chinese tradition, a ghost marriage (Chinese: 冥婚; pinyin: mínghūn; literally: “spirit marriage”) is a marriage in which one or both parties are deceased. Other forms of ghost marriage are practiced worldwide, from Sudan, to India, to France since 1959…. Read More ›

George Zucco – actor

George Desylla Zucco – 11 January 1886 to 27 May 1960 – was an English character actor who appeared, almost always in supporting roles, in ninety-six films during a career spanning two decades, from 1931 to 1951. In horror films, he often played a suave villain…. Read More ›

House of Horrors – USA, 1945

‘Beautiful artists models and a beastly killer!’ House of Horrors is a 1945 US horror movie directed by Jean Yarborough (She-Wolf of London; The Creeper; Hillbillys in a Haunted House) from a screenplay by George Bricker (Pillow of Death; She-Wolf of London) and story by Dwight… Read More ›

Black Friday – USA, 1940

  ‘A man-made monster is on the loose!’ Black Friday is a 1940 American science fiction-crime-horror Universal Pictures film directed by Arthur Lubin (Hold That Ghost; Phantom of the Opera). It stars Boris Karloff. Although second-billed, Bela Lugosi, has only a small part… Read More ›