Comedy / Drama / Film / Horror / Science fiction / Television / Victoriana

Dr Frankenstein, I presume

Frankenstein, the modern Prometheus, creator of the ‘monster’, and inspiration for all those mad scientists, has been portrayed in countless movies since the original 1910 adaptation of the Mary Shelley story. Usually he’s Dr Victor Frankenstein (as in the book), but sometimes Henry, or Baron von Frankenstein, or one of his many descendants (check this … Continue reading

Comedy / Comedy / Film / Music / Pop / sitcom / Television / Wales

Hedley, Andi, Michael and Nick – shared names that raise a smile

One of the funniest gags in the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles (and there are plenty to choose from) must be the running joke about the character Hedley Lamarr – that’s Hedley, not Hedy! Supposedly, the Austrian-born actress took exception to the unauthorised use of (almost) her name for the Harvey Korman character and threatened … Continue reading

Cardiff / Comedy / Fantasy / Film / Horror / Romance / Victoriana / Wales

A monster of a night in a spooky castle – with real bats

The Monster carries his victim into a spooky cave, and a fake bat on a string flaps in front of him, just as real bats flit more convincingly in front the screen. Special effects? Nature can provide something much more special, when films are shown in unusual locations. In this case, it was the 1935 … Continue reading