The Cryptoscatology Halloween Viewing List (Part 2): Lugosi’s Top 13
by Robert Guffey on October 20
In celebration of what would have been Bela Lugosi’s 135th birthday, I offer you a list of the essential entries in Lugosi’s five-decade-long filmography.
A few years ago a friend of mine saw Rowland V. Lee’s SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939) for the first time at The Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. At the end of the film his first comment was, “Why does everybody say Bela Lugosi was such a bad actor? He’s great in this! He steals the whole movie—and that’s not easy when you’re sparring with Lionel Atwill, Boris Rathbone, and Boris Karloff!” He then asked me to recommend other Lugosi films, so I took the opportunity to compile my personal “Top 13 Lugosi” list. Your forthcoming Halloween viewing experience can be vastly improved by the addition of any one of the following films from the Golden Age of Hollywood….
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