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100 Years of Horror: Bela Lugosi (1996)

Video  |  Documentary, Short  |  1996 (USA)
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100 Years of Horror looks at the life and career of Bela Lugosi most famous for his performances as Dracula.


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Credited cast:
Carroll Borland ...
Herself - Lugosi's Stage Co-Star
Himself - Monogram Co-Star (archive footage)
Mark Gilman Jr. ...
Himself - Producer - 'Lugosi - the Forgotten King'
Himself - Publisher, 'Playboy' Magazine
Sara Karloff ...
Herself - Boris Karloff's Daughter
Himself - Host
Bela Lugosi Jr. ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself - Director - 'The Body Snatcher'


100 Years of Horror looks at the life and career of Bela Lugosi most famous for his performances as Dracula.

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Bela Lugosi
24 September 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

100 Years of Horror: Bela Lugosi (1996)

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Bela Lugosi is the subject of this episode and I'm sure even the most minor horror fan knows all about him. At just 23-minutes there's a lot of stuff that's left out but once again the documentary does a very good job at giving people the basic stuff so that newbies could certainly see some of the actor's more memorable highlights (and lows). We of course start off with Dracula, the film that would make him a star and then his immediate fall when he turned down FRANKENSTEIN. From here on out it was a pretty rough ride, although we got several classic films including WHITE ZOMBIE, THE BLACK CAT, THE RAVEN and his masterpiece, Ygor, in SON OF FRANKENSTEIN. He got a few more chances to shine but for the most part he was thrown in "C" and "Z" movies before ending his career with Ed Wood for three films.

If you unfamiliar with Lugosi then this is going to be a nice place to get some basic information about the man. As with other episodes in the series, it at least gives newbies a place to start when it comes to the subject matter but I think even die-hard fans who know all about the subject can still sit back and enjoy what's presented here. Interviews include Ralph Bellamy, John Carradine, Bela Lugosi, Jr., Sara Karloff, Hugh Hefner and even Robert Wise. The film clips are presented here as are clips from a couple of the shorts Lugosi did after Dracula. Host Christopher Lee rightfully mentions that he's played Dracula more than any other actor but whenever someone tries to impersonate the character it's Lugosi's version that they do.

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