The book covers unusual and often surprising areas of horror film history: (1) The harrowingly tragic life of Dracula 's leading lady, Helen Chandler, as intimately remembered by her sister-in-law. (2) John Barrymore's 1931 horror vehicles Svengali and The Mad Genius , and their rejection by the public. (3) The disastrous shooting of 1933's Murders in the Zoo , perhaps the most racy of all Pre-Code horror films. (4) A candid interview with the son of legendary horror star Lionel Atwill. (5) The censorship battles of One More River , as waged by Frankenstein director James Whale. (6) The adventures (and misadventures) of Boris Karloff as a star at Warner Bros. (7) The stage and screen versions of the horror/comedy Arsenic and Old Lace . (8) Production diaries of the horror noirs Cat People and The Curse of the Cat People . (9) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man revisited. (10) Horror propaganda: The production of Hitler's Madman . (11) Horror star John Carradine and the rise and fall of his Shakespearean Repertory Company. (12) The Shock Theatre television phenomenon. And (13) A Tribute to Carl Laemmle, Jr., producer of the original Universal horror classics, including an interview with his lady friend of almost 40 years.
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc