Tired old queen at the movies

Dracula & The Wolf Man

alloween shakes and shudders settle in as TOQ salutes two Universal horror classics; Todd Browning's Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi and George Waggner's The Wolf Man, starring Lon Chaney Jr. Lugosi had played the vampire on Broadway, where he was considered a matinee idol because of his on stage sex appeal as the evil count.

Although he played everything in horror movies from a hunchback to the Frankenstein monster, it was Dracula that influenced and stunted Lugosi's career. The yak hair for Cheney's werewolf make-up took six hours to apply and itched him constantly. Chaney came from a background of horror. His father was the legendary Silent Screen star Lon Chaney. Though he'd made a huge impression as Lenny in the film version of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men (1939), once Lon Jr. played a werewolf, there was no turning back. Both films feature terrific supporting casts; Everett Van Sloan as Dr. Van Helsing, Dwight Frye as the maniacal Renfield in Dracula, and in The Wolf Man, Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Evelyn Ankers, the best screamer in horror movies and the great Maria Ouspenskaya as the gypsy fortune teller who knows too well the werewolf's fate. So, carve a pumpkin, grab a crucifix and curl up with a warm monster... of some sort.

Steve Hayes

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Here at ka-os|theory, Steve Hayes is regarded as a legend. He's opened up a whole world of cinematic pleasure, and fired up my appreciation of film. His enthusiasm is infectious, electrifying, and unfailingly on point. The films he recommends are always worth seeing, and several have become firm favourites. If you have even a passing interest in movies, watch a couple of reviews. They're fun, funny, and you'll be intrigued. As he says, "Trust the tired old movie queen, this is terrific!"

(Syndication is with the kind permission of Steve Hayes. I'd recommend that readers check out his YouTube channel and explore his reviews. Discover the joy of vintage cinema - I did!)


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