Val Lewton’s Masterpiece on a low budget for RKO. Directed by Jacques Tourneur and story by Curt Siodmak
Jo Gabriel’s “Sway” appears on my album The Amber Sessions
I will be doing a major feature on the work of Val Lewton in the coming months, his masterworks in shadow are some of the most evocative films ever screened.
Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1972)
“You know what you are?…you’re a slab of beef that I hired to dress my stage. And I like my sides of beef to hang in the corner until I need them. So why don’t you just shut up!”- Alan Ormsby as Alan.
M.G.– Alan Ormsby’s obscure 70s unintentionally atmospheric masterpiece
The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959) Directed by Edward L Cahn,(It, The Terror From Beyond Space (1958)which was sort of the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s ALIEN and the very cool Invisible Invaders (1959) whose Walking Corpses predated Romero’s Night Of the Living Dead 1968) story by Orville H.Hampton and starring the uniquely featured (he looks as if his face has been carved from wood) Henry Daniel who plays Dr. Emil Zurich. Valerie French plays Alison Drake. Grant Richards plays Lt Jeff Rowan and Eduard Franz plays Jonathan Drake. Paul Wexler plays the hulking zombie Zutai whose lips have been sewn shut with rotted-looking string. And Howard Wendell as Dr. George Bradford.
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