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FRIDAY FUN FACT: FRANKENSTEIN [1931]

Wow. What a week it’s been. With my new job [is this news to you? catch up over here!] being a full time thing now, I’ve been extremely busy; and as a result – tired. But in between working and catching up on movies I’ve either missed out on, or haven’t watched until late into the evening, I’ve managed to  squeeze in the time to watch a film I bought a few weeks ago, but never got around to watching until this past Saturday – August 29th. That film was none other than my favorite Universal Monster film; Frankenstein. I had seen most of the film before, but not the entirety of it from start to finish, and after buying it and Bride Of Frankenstein, I figured I’d take one evening and watch the classic black and white film.

and man am I glad I did! the atmosphere of the film is unlike anything I’ve seen in recent years, making it feel dark, gloomy, and all around creepy! The sets that we’re exposed to are what seem to be a pure spin off of German Expressionism. Best of all, Doctor Frankenstein‘s “castle” is all twisted and distorted, making it feel like something from another world!  It’s not a long film by any means – clocking in at only 70 minutes – but it’s a staple in it’s genre, and deserves to be praised. Believe it or not, Frankenstein was technically not even a “horror” movie when it was first released back in 1931, since the term “horror” as a film genre wasn’t used officially until 1934!

but did you know?

In the film, just after bringing the monster to life, Dr. Frankenstein utters the [now] famous line, “Now I know what it’s like to be God!” Originally, the movie was released with this line, but when it was re-released in the late ’30s, film censors demanded it be removed: stating that it was blasphemy. Instead, a loud clap of thunder was used to switch out the line on the film’s soundtrack. This “censored dialog” was partially returned to the soundtrack in the initial “restored version” releases, and now, further restoration has now completely brought back this line of missing dialog. A clean recording of the missing dialog was supposedly found on a Vitaphone disc. [which looks similar to a large phonograph record] With modern audio technology available to us now, the dialog has been put back into the film without any detectable change in the audio quality, and good thing too: I feel this line gives us an insight to just how maniacal Dr. Frankenstein truly is!

Speaking of cuts from the film, there’s one specific scene where The Monster walks through a forest and comes upon a little girl, Maria, who is seen throwing flowers into a nearby pond. The Monster joins her and does the same, but being as there is now two of them doing it – they run out of flowers. Noticing he no longer has something to throw into the water, The Monster looks at Maria and moves toward her. In all North American prints of the movie, this is where the scene ends. However, the original cut of the film shows the action continue, as we see The Monster actually grab Maria, tossing her into the pond, then leaving the area [confused] when he notices that Maria doesn’t float like the flowers did. As expected, this little bit extra was removed because the censors complained about the violent end of the little girl. In the re issue of the film on DVD/Blu, the scene is restored [and is marvelous to watch!]

Lastly, according to The People’s Almanac, there’s one point where the movie was suppose to include a line of dialogue giving The Monster the name: Adam[presumably like the Biblical Adam?] The Almanac claims that there was an early print of this film that may have been released with such a scene, but that it was quickly cut out when audiences began referring to The Monster by the name Frankenstein..


Although there were many more cuts and edits to the film, Frankenstein remains a classic Monster movie to last the ages. Without the likes of it, [along with the other Universal Monster films] horror wouldn’t be the way it is now – and I love it to pieces for that reason. It’s atmospheric, it’s a landmark in cinema, and it’s still shocks audiences today! I’m glad I got the chance to write this FRIDAY FUN FACT, because up next is Bride Of Frankenstein, which I’ve yet to watch! With the long weekend coming up these next three days, I’m caught working but be sure to join me for my next post – whatever the topic may be!

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WAIT, DARIO ARGENTO’S SUSPIRIA IS GETTING A REMAKE?

suspiriasequelSuspiria is a strange film. Full of bright colors, gruesome violence and is set to a score that’s nearly as good as the movie itself; it’s beyond compare, and because of this – it’s one of those movies that after ‘experiencing’ it, you pray that it won’t get a remake.. The 1977 movie takes place on a stormy night, where an American dancer named Suzy Bannion arrives in Freiburg [but coming from New York] to join what she knows as a famous [and expensive] ballet school for a three year internship. Not even the next morning after her arrival, she is told [by the direction of the school] that a student she met earlier [leaving the school on the night she arrived!] was violently murdered and the police are investigating this crime. When Suzy becomes friend of another student, Sara, she quickly realizes that the school house is actually a coven of evil witches!

Back in 2008 though, Director David Gordon Green was actually planning on remaking Argento’s Italian horror classic for American audiences, [ughhhhh] but earlier last week, Green finally opened up about his original plan on his remake. This new information comes from a Crave Online interview..

But, at the heart of it,” Green continues, “I wanted it to be a horror film. And a horror movie, at the time when we were modeling that movie, meant you’re making Saw and Paranormal [Activity]. You were making these down and dirty, very gory, very economical movies. So the economic model for a horror movie was not where I wanted it to be to make a $20 million elegant movie from a guy who was an unproven horror director, you know?


The real question is though, is the Suspiria remake going to get off the ground now that “torture porn” as a genre has fallen, [good thing!]  and been way overused? One thing is for sure though, the most interesting comment in the interview is that there is a new version of the project is in fact in the works:

I’m actually hopeful that it’s happening,” Green said, “with a great Italian director that I had breakfast with last week.”

Last I remember though, Suspiria had a TV series being planned, rather than a large screen reboot; so at this time, are we getting both? Are we getting neither? Hopefully it’ll be the film reboot just because I can’t imagine the film as an ongoing series. [I feel that it almost doesn’t make sense..]


But what about you? Would you want a Suspiria reboot? Or are you still hoping for a TV series based on the movie? Let me know in a comment or two! If we are getting a movie, would you want it to be as colorful as the original? Or would you want a brand new vision? Also, If you found yourself to enjoy this article, please take a minute and follow me over on Facebook where you can click thelikebutton on my Facebook page. By clicking “like”, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted. I also share links and pictures that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more articles, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share the page with your family and friends!

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FRIDAY FUN FACT: The Exorcist [1973]

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Now before anyone jumps at me, I actually mentioned that this post would be late over on Facebook since I knew that I’d be busy up until Christmas. The real problem is the fact that Boxing Day happened to fall on a Friday and I got caught up working til late, plus Christmas. It was a very hectic time, but alas, it’s finally over. [Expect an After-Christmas Post soon] On this edition of Friday Fun Fact, we’re going to talk about one film that has been called: controversial, Satan worshiping – and it’s even gone so far as being called “The Scariest Movie Of All Time” .. that’s right everyone, we’re going to be talking about The [infamous] Exorcist.

I remember the first time I had seen the film, I was mortified by some of the things they were showing on screen [fellow fans know what I’m talking about] such as vomiting on a Priest to even a certain Crucifix! This film did a lot of things, but one real thing was it felt really..fucked up.

The movie follows a movie actress taking up temporary residence in Washington D.C. who has some trouble: the script for the movie she’s filming seems inadequate. Her Ex, who is also happens to be the father of her daughter, Regan, neglects to call the girl on her birthday. Meanwhile, Father Karras, a Priest [and a psychiatrist] is slowly losing his faith; as he’s dealing with a sick mother who needs medical care he hasn’t the money to provide for her. Another Priest, Father Merrin, has just returned from Iraq with senses of evil. These three individuals come together when the sweet and cheerful young Regan turns  into a cursing and violent person . But her “sickness” is beyond the reach of a medical doctor or a psychiatrist – what Regan needs is an Exorcist. [interested yet? read on!]

but did you know?

Actress Mercedes McCambridge, who provided the voice of the demon version of Regan, insisted that she swallow raw eggs and commit to chain smoking to “change” her vocalizations. More so, McCambridge, who had problems with alcohol abuse in the past, wanted to drink loads of whiskey because she claimed that she knew alcohol would distort her voice even more, and an almost crazed state of mind for the character. When she was giving up sobriety [for the sake of the scenes], she demanded that her Priest be on set to counsel her during the process of doing the scene[s]. At William Friedkin‘s [the director] direction, McCambridge was also bound to a chair with pieces of a torn sheet at her neck, arms, wrists, legs and feet .. in order to get a more “realistic sound” of a demon struggling against restraints! McCambridge later said that the experience gave her a horrific rage, while Friedkin has admitted that her performance – as well as the extremes that the actress put herself through to gain authenticity of a “demon voice” – still terrifies him to this day – and suddenly; me too!

[a face only a mother could love]

Remember this scene? Well did you know that when Regan projectile vomits at Father Karras, it actually only required one take? As it turns out, the vomit was originally intended to hit him in the chest. Instead, the plastic tubing that sprayed the vomit accidentally misfired, resulting in hitting him in the face! [ugh!]  The look of shock and disgust while wiping away the vomit is 100% genuine from Jason Miller [who played Father Karras], and he later admitted in an interview that he was very angered by this mistake. In other interviews, Miller has stated that he had gotten into a major confrontation with Director William Friedkin after Friedkin went to extreme lengths such as firing a gun near his ear to get an “authentic reaction” from him. He angrily told Freidkin that “he is an actor, and that he didn’t need a gun to act surprised or startled. “

For our last piece of trivia, we see the scene above [the Language Lab], there is a sign that says TASUKETE!“. While some North American viewers may just see this as a sign in a language lab: it’s actually the Japanese term for “Help Me!” used in the sense of asking, pleading or even praying, for help. Talk about the little things that tie the film together!


So that’s The Exorcist, It’s a horrific film, and still stands as one of the scariest of all time. It’s been banned, considered very controversial, and even has people believing in Demonic Possession.  How do you feel about the movie? Is it as scary as everyone claims? Or is it on your “Chuck-It-List” ? [a list of movies you’d never watch] Let me know down below, or over on Facebook in the comments over there!

I don’t care if that’s pea-soup.. that’s gnarly as fuck.

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