Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982

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McFarland, 2014 M01 10 - 388 pages
From 1928 through 1982, when Columbia Pictures Corporation was a traded stock company, the studio released some of the most famous and popular films dealing with horror, science fiction and fantasy. This volume covers more than 200 Columbia feature films within these genres, among them Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and The Revenge of Frankenstein. Also discussed in depth are the vehicles of such horror icons as Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and John Carradine. Additionally highlighted are several of Columbia's lesser known genre efforts, including the Boston Blackie and Crime Doctor series, such individual features as By Whose Hand?, Cry of the Werewolf, Devil Goddess, Terror of the Tongs and The Creeping Flesh, and dozens of the studio's short subjects, serials and made-for-television movies.

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Mr. Sardonicus is really a classic vintage horror film of 1961, and a very cool plot to boot. The story of Sardonicus is a real spooky chiller with very good acting but I like to focus on the character Anna played by Lorna Hanson.
A perky peasant woman maid who had leeches applied to her but I don't favor her face I would like to have seen the focus on Lorna Hanson's bare feet.
I wonder what went thru the mind of Lorna Hanson when she accepted this part and decided to bare her feet for leeches and if she had a boyfriend or husband see the scene and what he thought watching Lorna’s performance. Even my own wife Cathy shocked me after we watched Mr. Sardonicus together she remarked to me: "If they paid me enough as an actress I would have let Oskar Homulka place leeches on the soles and toes of my bare feet as you and other men in the audience watched" I asked her if to her I was considered as “just another man” watching in the audience? She remarked "well, yeah". What is it with this woman? Maybe another guy can tell me?


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Michael R. Pitts has written 40 books on motion picture history and entertainment and has also compiled more than three dozen volumes of local history and genealogy. He lives in Chesterfield, Indiana.

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