One of my all-time favorite actors in the golden age of scary movies, was the late, great, John Carradine. He was born on February 5, 1906 and passed away on November 27, 1988. John made many movies over the course of his career, but those spooky old black & white movies really stood out for me. If those penetrating eyes didn’t get you–his voice would. Carradine’s hypnotic look was never more prevalent than it was in ‘House of Dracula’, Universal, 1945. Although this movie is panned by many, I really enjoyed it!
John Carradine made several horror movies for Universal Studios and others, between 1933 and 1988, the year of his death. Among them:
- The Black Cat-1934
- Bride of Frankenstein-1935
- House of Frankenstein-1944
- Blood of Dracula’s Castle-1969
- Terror in the Wax Museum-1973
- House of Seven Corpses-1974
- The Howling-1981
- Satan’s Mistress-1982
- Buried Alive-(released in 1990)
‘House of Dracula’ Movie Trailer:
One of my all-time favorites is ‘Invisible Invaders’, from 1959. Although often viewed as a sci-fi movie, the zombie scenes are worth the price of admission. In this movie, Carradine plays Dr. Karol Noymann, a scientist. Invisible aliens invade Earth, occupying bodies of the recently deceased, thus turning them into zombies. Hiding out in a bunker, the main characters, played by John Agar, Jean Byron and Philip Tonge, try to figure out how to destroy them before it’s too late.
‘Invisible Invader’s Movie Trailer:
Do yourself a favor and watch anything you can with this great actor, you won’t regret it! He has been one of my favorites as far back as I can remember. It wasn’t until recently that I finally got to see Carradine in ‘The Grapes of Wrath’. What an excellent picture! Yes, I am particular to his horror movies–it’s the ‘Halloween’ in me, after all. But I would be remiss in not mentioning the over-all stellar career this man had. He was truly one of the best.
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