EXTRA FUN FACTS:
1) DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE: Mr. Hyde’s make-up was made more grotesque as the film went on, to reflect his increasing violence.
2) DRACULA: Lugosi had played Dracula on stage for years, and yet wasn’t the first choice for the film adaptation (which was the first sound horror film).
3) FRANKENSTEIN: It was Lugosi, not Carradine, who turned down FRANKENSTEIN - but it was a totally different script at the time. Karloff developed back problems from this film that plagued him the rest of his life.
4) DR. X: The damsel in distress is Fay Wray - who was also in KING KONG.
5) FREAKS: Was a failure at the time, due to the use of actual carnival “freaks” (no make-up on them). This pretty much ruined the director’s career (Tod Browning, director of DRACULA).
6) ISLAND OF LOST SOULS: A controversial film because of the explicit torture scenes, but the idea of “bestiality” when the Panther Woman falls in love with a human.
7) MASK OF FU MANCHU: Banned in some areas for years because of “racist stereotypes” many of the torture scenes are similar to what Indiana Jones would later face.
8) MOST DANGEROUS GAME: Filmed on the same sets at the same time as KING KONG, in order to help recoup costs.
9) INVISIBLE MAN: H. G. Wells was still alive when this was made, prompting the filmmakers to take extra care with the story.
10) MURDERS IN THE ZOO: The villain in this, Lionel Atwill, was not only DR. X., but appeared in numerous other horror films.
I had two sets of Polish grandparents, and although they would cook the same food, they each had their own personal twists on them (pierogies might be boiled or not). Some of my fondest memories are going over and selling all the grilled onions and foods being cooked.