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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Famous Monsters Memories: Lots of Lugosi, Lon Jr., Karloff, Creatures & Kong

This jumbo Famous Monsters post covers five issues and a slew of rare photos of fear favorites like Lugosi, Chaney Jr., Karloff, King Kong and more!

A shot from RETURN OF COUNT YORGA (1971) that's not in the finished movie, at least I don't recall it being in there.

A rare shot of the construction of the King of Skull Island from the original KING KONG from 1933.

Issue #92 covers everything Lugosi...

Bela sucks the life from a carton of milk at the HOUSE OF WAX (1953) premiere.

Bela Lugosi in what is presumably his last role in Ed Wood's PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1956).

Basil, Bela and Chaney Jr. enjoy a FIENDly get-together.

This cover features a portion of the TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972) artwork.

Does anybody out there know what movie this image is from? Even FM's didn't know the films title.

Long before videotapes, laserdiscs and DVDs, there were super 8 film reels. I never had one, but knew some folks that did. Even though you only got a small portion of the films on reels, it was still the next best thing to seeing them in the theater.

A break during the shooting of SCHLOCK (1973) from director John Landis.

The adult geared, fantasy horror B/W comic magazine VAMPIRELLA was huge in the 1970s. This poster was just as big a deal to male monster movie lovers as the later and iconic Farrah Fawcett image that ended up on many a wall.

Jack Pierce applies make up to Lon Chaney Jr. on two different films from 1941 and 1945.

This is half of a spread on Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff appearing together on the TV show, ROUTE 66 (1960-1964).

Frank wishes you all a very scary new year filled with good fear. Happy Horror-days!


Maynard Morrissey said...

yes, another wonderfully compiled photo/cover collection. I love that stuff.

Happy Horror-days to you too Brian!!

venoms5 said...

Hey, Harry, I'm really glad you enjoy these. These are some of my favorite posts to do because of the memories attached to them. Curiously, they're up and down in terms of how much traffic they get, lol.

And Happy Horror-days to you, too, buddy!!!:D

Franco Macabro said...

I'd kill for that Vampirella poster! I remember how they used to make those big ass posters! I had one of King Kong on top of the twin towers, cool article, love seeing all these old horror masters behind the scenes.

venoms5 said...

Man, Fran, I can't tell you how many times something stirred within me as a small boy that I didn't understand till much later. Little did I know it was from looking at that damn Vampirella poster on so many magazines back then! LOL.

I'm glad you dig these, Fran. I got lots more to go!

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