Wednesday, August 24, 2011

House of Frankenstein 1944

Wikipedia: "House of Frankenstein  is an American monster horror film produced in 1944 by Universal Studios as a sequel to Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man the previous year. This monster rally approach would continue in the following film, House of Dracula, as well as the 1948 comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. 

"House of Frankenstein was the first multi-monster (often called "monster rally") movie. Early drafts of the story reportedly involved more characters from the Universal stable, including the Mummy, Captive Wild Woman, The Mad Ghoul, and possibly The Invisible Man. Working titles—which included Chamber of Horrors (a reference to Lampini's travelling horror show) and The Devil's Brood--emphasized the multi-monster nature of the story.

"The "monster rally" approach, which emphasized box office appeal over continuity, was used in House of Dracula the following year and later in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. It has been periodically revived since then, in the 1959 Hans Conreid album Monster Rally, in Bobby Pickett's 1962 novelty song "Monster Mash," in the 1967 Rankin/Bass animated film Mad Monster Party?, in the 1970-71 children's television series The Groovie Goolies, in the 1976 television series Monster Squad, in the television mini-series House of Frankenstein 1997 (which shares the same title and search by the primary villain for the Frankenstein creature), and in the films The Monster Squad (1987) and Van Helsing (2004)."

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