A fun, lively, entertaining and hilarious afternoon of silver screen riffs were enjoyed by many fellow MSTies in the Frederick area!
Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff’s “The Mads Are Back!” at the Weinberg Center for the Arts!
Mr. Hamby meets the Mads of MST3K! Trace Beaulieu, Chris Hamby and Frank Conniff; taken after the Mads’ afternoon show at the Weinberg Center For the Arts in Frederick, Maryland on Sat., Nov. 18, 2017! Both Trace and Frank admired my official “Svengoolie” “official chicken thrower” T-shirt! Several fellow attendees of Trace and Frank’s “The Mads are Back” show also recognized the iconic Sven T-shirt! Woo-Hoo! Hooray! “Hi-Keeba!”
The film features Boris Karloff, David Manners , Edward Van Sloan, James Crane, Zita Johann, Henry Victor and Arthur Byron.
Aside from Karloff’s roles (as Imhotep and the Mummy), both Manners and Van Sloan were no strangers to Universal’s horror franchise. The two actors appeared in the studio’s 1931 version of “Dracula” with Bela Lugosi in the title role (in “Dracula,” Van Sloan played appeared as vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing and Manners appeared as Jonathan Harker).
Karl Freund, who worked as a cinematographer on “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” for Universal was chosen by studio head Carl Laemmle, Jr. to direct “The Mummy.” Freund was best known for his advancements in cinematography and visual effects, notably on improving a trick that he had tried previously with Karloff.
The director gave the actor’s eyes an unusual lighting technique. This was done when Freund focused on placing miniature lamps to focus on Karloff’s eyes during close-up shots (in his Imhotep character), while the rest of the lights were dimmed. The rest is cinematic history, as Freund’s visual effects in the film have been praised by many over the years.
Why you should see the 1932 version of “The Mummy” on “Svengoolie” (to those that haven’t seen it)
“The Mummy” (1932) is one of many definitive cinema horror classics, which has spawned numerous sequels and adaptations over the years. You will not be disappointed by Karloff’s acting, Freund’s direction and in the case of “Svengoolie,” some wit and wisdom direct from Berwyn!