Halloween treats with no tricks!: Obscure 40s Horror!

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Frenzy aka Latin Quarter (1945)

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Derrick DeMarney as Charles Garrie & Joan Greenwood as Christine, a Ballet dancer/artist’s Model star in this rare ghost story about a Bluebeard type mad sculptor Manetti (Beresford Egan who’s hair style & beard is frightening enough!), and his beautiful wife Christine who haunts her lover Charles in order to get at the truth! Very atmospheric and creepy obscure horror, including a séance!… thanks to director Vernon Sewell (Black Widow 1951 Ghost Ship 1952)

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House of Darkness (1948)

A very young Laurence Harvey is the greedy and twisted pianist Francis Merryman who wants the family inheritance and the house all to himself! When he murders violinist father John Merryman (Alexander Archdale) it seems to place a curse on the house in particular over Francis who descends into madness! The film also co-stars Leslie Brook. Directed by Oswald Mitchell of the Old Mother Riley series. Very nice touches that makes this a pleasing little dark tale of greed and things that go bump in the night!

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The ghost of John comes back as a shadow on the wall, his accompanying Francis on Violin! Well done, Spooky stuff!

The Vampire’s Ghost 1945

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“Slave of the bloodlust!”

Director Lesley Selander (The Fatal Witness 1945, Catman of Paris 1945) In a small village near an African port, John Abbott  plays a 400 year Vampire Webb Fallon who runs a seedy bar and scares the hell out of the surrounding villagers. This is a very well paced and viable contribution to the vampire archetype. Charles Gordon is Roy Hendrick who falls under his control… the film also co-stars Peggy Stewart and Adele Mara as Lisa

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Catman of Paris 1946

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Another taut and well done tale of horror/suspense directed by Lesley Selander. There’s a vicious killer stalking Paris in 1896. Is he insane or can it truly be a supernatural cat that turns into a man with fangs and claws?

Meow!!!! Lenore Aubert (Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948) plays the incredibly beautiful Marie Audet in love with writer Charles Regnier (Carl Esmond) who has just returned from his trip where he might have picked up something supernatural along the way… When the Ministry of Justice bans his book and winds up shredded to death, the Inspector Severen (Gerald Mohr) and Fritz Field playing the Prefect of Police turn to Regnier as their lead suspect!

Prod DB © Republic Pictures / DR THE CATMAN OF PARIS de Lesley Selander 1946 USA avec Adele Mara et Carl Esmond monstre, ogre, ombre, fantastique, ambiance, griffes code BW
Prod DB © Republic Pictures / THE CATMAN OF PARIS directed by Lesley Selander 1946 USA

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Hope we’re scaring up some good treats for you this Halloween season!

Your EverLovin’ MonsterGirl