Down from the Attic

Down from the Attic

by John T. Soister, Henry Nicolella


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Much has been written (and rewritten) about classic horror and science fiction films like Nosferatu and Metropolis, as well as not-so-classic pictures like Bride of the Monster and The Hideous Sun Demon. Yet some genre films have fallen through the cracks. The 24 films—some elusive, some easily found on YouTube—examined in this book all suffered critical neglect and were prematurely stacked in the attic. The authors bring them back into the light, beginning with Der Tunnel (1915), about the building of a transatlantic tunnel, and ending with The Emperor’s Baker—The Baker’s Emperor (1951), a bizarre Marxist take on the Golem legend.
A variety of thrillers are covered—Fog (1933), Return of the Terror (1934), Forgotten Faces (1928)—along with such sci-fi leaps into the future as The Sky Ranger (1921), High Treason (1929) and Just Imagine (1930). Early adaptations include The Man Who Laughs (1921), The Monkey’s Paw (1923), Hound of the Baskervilles (1937) and Sweeney Todd (1928). Rare stills and background material are included in a discussion of Hispanic vintage horror. The career of exploitation auteur, Bud Pollard (The Horror, 1933) is examined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786498314
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/03/2016
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 1,103,688
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John T. Soister is a teacher of modern and classical languages, and lives in Denver, Colorado. Henry Nicolella, of Syracuse, New York, retired from a ministry of working for the homeless.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Nota Bene viii

Introduction 1

Der Tunnel; Transatlantic Tunnel 7

Sherlock Holmes 20

The Sky Ranger (The Man Who Stole the Moon) 34

First Looks: Das grinsende Gesicht; Die Insel der Verschollenen 52

The Monkey’s Paw; Sweeney Todd 62

The House Without a Key 76

Forgotten Faces 91

High Treason; Men Must Fight 99

Les Fantômes de Paris: Chéri-Bibi; The Phantom of Paris 110

Just Imagine 125

Fog; Terror Aboard 139

The Horror: The Patchwork Cinema of Bud Pollard 149

Return of the Terror 168

Death Takes a Holiday 176

Hispanic Horrors 188

Der Hund von Baskerville 202

Císařův Pekař a Pekařův Císař (The Emperor’s Baker, the Baker’s Emperor) 213

Chapter Notes 225

Bibliography 229

Index 231

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