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8 October 1998 (USA) See more »
A documentary examining the early days of horror films, particularly those crafted at Universal Studios during the 1930s. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (voice)

Ray Bradbury ... Himself

Nina Foch ... Herself

James Karen ... Himself
Carla Laemmle ... Herself
Sara Karloff ... Herself, daughter of Boris Karloff
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Himself (as Forrest Ackerman)
David J. Skal ... Himself

Gloria Stuart ... Herself

Fay Wray ... Herself
Carl Laemmle ... Himself (archive footage)
Anne Carré ... Herself, widow of Ben Carré

Gavin Lambert ... Himself
Nicholas Webster ... Himself
Lupita Tovar ... Herself
Jim Curtis ... Himself, biographer of James Whale (as James Curtis)
George E. Turner ... Himself, film historian (as George Turner)
Gloria Jean ... Herself
Curtis Harrington ... Himself
Howard Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
George Herbert ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lord Carnarvon)
Turhan Bey ... Himself
Rose Hobart ... Herself

Rouben Mamoulian ... Himself (archive footage) (1969)
Philip Jenkinson ... Himself, interviewer (archive footage) (1969)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Arianne Ulmer ... Herself (as Arianne Ulmer Cipes)

Fritz Lang ... Himself (archive footage)
Curt Siodmak ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leon Ames ... (archive footage)

Richard Arlen ... (archive footage)
Robert Armstrong ... (archive footage)

Lionel Atwill ... (archive footage)
King Baggot ... (archive footage)

John Barrymore ... (archive footage)
Julie Bishop ... (archive footage)
Kathleen Burke ... (archive footage)

Lon Chaney Jr. ... (archive footage)

Lon Chaney ... (archive footage)

Mae Clarke ... (archive footage)

Colin Clive ... (archive footage)

Lou Costello ... (archive footage)

Joan Crawford ... (archive footage)
Bramwell Fletcher ... (archive footage)
Sidney Fox ... (archive footage)

Dwight Frye ... (archive footage)
Charles Gemora ... (archive footage)
Nan Grey ... (archive footage)
Marilyn Harris ... (archive footage)
O.P. Heggie ... (archive footage)
Fay Helm ... (archive footage)
Samuel S. Hinds ... (archive footage)

Valerie Hobson ... (archive footage)

Gloria Holden ... (archive footage)
Zita Johann ... (archive footage)

Boris Karloff ... Himself (archive footage)

Laura La Plante ... (archive footage)

Elsa Lanchester ... (archive footage)

Charles Laughton ... (archive footage)

Bela Lugosi ... (archive footage)
David Manners ... (archive footage)

Fredric March ... (archive footage)

Tully Marshall ... (archive footage)

Mary Philbin ... (archive footage)
Jack P. Pierce ... (archive footage)

Claude Rains ... (archive footage)

Basil Rathbone ... (archive footage)

Max Schreck ... (archive footage)

Ernest Thesiger ... (archive footage)
Edward Van Sloan ... (archive footage)

Conrad Veidt ... (archive footage)
Carlos Villarías ... (archive footage)

Directed by
Kevin Brownlow 
Produced by
Peter Langs .... executive producer
Patrick Stanbury .... producer
Original Music by
James Bernard 
Film Editing by
Kevin Brownlow 
Sherief M. Hassan 
Other crew
Forrest J. Ackerman .... source: stills
Ronald V. Borst .... source: stills
Ray Bradbury .... source: stills
Jim Curtis .... source: stills
Curtis Harrington .... source: stills
James Karen .... source: stills
Carla Laemmle .... source: stills
Bob Madison .... source: stills
Elias Savada .... source: stills
Curt Siodmak .... source: stills
David J. Skal .... historical consultant
David J. Skal .... source: stills
Lupita Tovar .... source: stills (as Lupita Tovar Kohner)
George E. Turner .... source: stills
Arianne Ulmer .... source: stills (as Arianne Ulmer Cipes)
Nicholas Webster .... source: stills
Stanley Bergerman .... thanks
Michael F. Blake .... thanks
Ivan Butler .... thanks
David Gill .... dedicatee
Miles Kreuger .... thanks
Scott MacQueen .... thanks
Bob Madison .... thanks
Marvin Paige .... thanks
Philip J. Riley .... thanks

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic, 9 December 2011
Author: Grann-Bach ( from Denmark

This documentary on classic horror is found on the DVD of the 1932 version of The Mummy. It consists of interviews with actors, crew, experts and those who have been inspired in various ways by the movies, clips of them(from different decades, silent and spoken alike, and you can see the evolution of film-making), behind-the-scenes footage and stills as well as narration(Branagh seldom lets us down, and this is no exception). The amount of journalism alone is impressive here, and the presentation is so smooth and compelling that you end up not able to take your eyes off it. I'm not used to being this captivated by something presented in this medium which is not fiction. They cover a massive amount in the well-paced 95 minutes that fly right by. The technical aspects, different language versions(some of them superior to the American originals!), Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, make-up, the connection to WWI(the popularity of the thrilling flicks was partially on account of grotesquely hurt and disfigured people(victims of the war) living on, because of medical advances), the accusation of these pictures causing real life crimes, European styles and look, Gothic, Bauhaus, expressionism, art, etc. They even give away how some of the FX were done(including an early version of blue-screen!), and you really understand why these were beloved. Editing is crisp, and this never dwells excessively on anything. There is a lot of disturbing content, gory and violence in this. I warmly recommend this to every single fan of the medium, not just of the period or the specific genre. 8/10

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