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A documentary examining the early days of horror films, particularly those crafted at Universal Studios during the 1930s. | Add synopsis »
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Not enough detail for knowledgeable fans but for the casual viewer of the genre, this is an interesting documentary See more (9 total) »


  (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 
Sound Department
John Ames .... sound
Jeff Gomillion .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ames .... camera operator
Gerald Saldo .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Sherief M. Hassan .... assembly editor (as Sherief Hassan)
Neil Hunter .... on-line editor
Charles Ware .... post production supervisor
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 (as David Skal)
David J. Skal .... source: stills (as David Skal)
Lupita Tovar .... source: stills (as Lupita Tovar Kohner)
George E. Turner .... source: stills
Arianne Ulmer .... source: stills (as Arianne Ulmer Cipes)
Lynne Wake .... production assistant
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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Not enough detail for knowledgeable fans but for the casual viewer of the genre, this is an interesting documentary, 29 October 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

This documentary looks back at the era of the horror movies produced by Universal Studios. Starting with the silent classics, we are told the story behind Phantom of the Opera, Dracula through to the later horrors of The Wolf Man etc. With clips of the films, stills from the period and interviews with those involved directly, experts, fans and relatives of the original stars talk about the films and the stars of the period.

Having recently seen several Universal classic horrors (the only good thing about the 'holiday' of Halloween) I was interested enough to watch this documentary about the Universal era. The film is interesting and will engage anyone with a passing interest in the films but not those who already have a good working knowledge of them. This is because the film skims over the surface, talking generally about the main people and films but never really going into great detail about any one of them. What it does well is to look at a lot of films – I had heard of/seen most of them but there were one or two that were unknown to me and interested me for that reason. The sweeping approach just about works because there is enough in the way of anecdotes and stories to just about make it feel constantly informative, and I assume that the film is aimed at an audience famialr with the films but not to the point where they will know anything beyond what is on screen.

Usually when a documentary rolls out relatives of dead stars I start to shudder but here it works pretty well. The various daughters etc are only sparingly used, and more time is given over to Branagh's informative narrator, stars of some of the films and the various 'experts' all contribute well. Of course the clips take up most of the running time (again something that may bother those very familiar with the films) but the contributions tend to play over well without feeling too obtrusive.

Overall an interesting film but one that will only really appeal to fans of the films that have not taken their interest beyond just seeing the film. With such a big subject to cover in a short time, very little detail can be given on any one aspect; hence well-informed fans will feel that this documentary is too simplistic. However for me, and the majority of viewers I'd guess, this was an interesting film that used clips and interviews well with just enough interesting stories and snippets to make for a memorable little film.

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