Friday, October 31, 2014
NUTHIN' SAYS HALLOWEEN LIKE LUGOSI
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I've found myself thinking about my favorite horror movies lately, and I keep coming back to films featuring the great Bela Lugosi. Lugosi was, of course, the definitive Dracula in Tod Browning's 1931 classic. He was so iconic in that role that it stunted his career, and he was pretty much stuck in the role of villain or monster for the remainder of his life. It's a double edged sword when the role that breaks your career also destroys it.
A few years ago Shelley and I went to a screening of Lugosi's Dracula at Northrup Auditorium. The twist on this screening was that it featured live accompaniment by Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet. They were performing a new score that Glass had composed for the film, which normally is virtually void of music. You can hear this score on the DVD or you can watch the whole darn thing RIGHT HERE:
Lugosi played vampires a few other times in his career, but he only played Count Dracula one other time. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein would already be a classic just for featuring Abbott and Costello, but this one is loaded with the big daddies of Universal horror. You get The Wolfman, Frankenstein's Monster, AND LUGOSI AS DRACULA! It's a blast to watch, and "The Laughs Are MONSTERous", as the poster says.
Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein by crazedigitalmovies
Lugosi had one more great vampire appearance in 1935, where he played Count Mora. It's a creepy little film that is pretty polarizing in horror circles because of its ending. Still, Lugosi as a vampire. The film was cut down to just over an hour in length due to shocking content such as an incestuous relationship between the Count and his daughter. Ewwww.
Mark of the Vampire (1935) by MargaliMorwentari
Finally, let's get into Lugosi's final role in Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space. Plan 9 was once declared the worst movie ever made, but it's far too entertaining for that label. Lugosi plays a widower in the film, but then Lugosi died shortly after production began. He was replaced by a chiropractor who covered his face with his cape. Classic Ed Wood joint.
Have a great Halloween, everybody!