Fellow Svengoolie fans throughout the land will be looking forward to a 1959 Universal Studios “vampire western” film this weekend.
“Svengoolie” presents: “Curse of the Undead” (1959)
1959 Universal Studios trailer for “Curse of the Undead.”
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror host will be presenting “Curse of the Undead” (1959), this Sat., Aug. 5 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The film was directed by Edward Dein, who would later work on directing several television programs (including episodes of “Hawaiian Eye,” “The Wild Wild West” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep/Black Sheep Squadron.”
This will be the third time that Sven will present Dein’s Universal horror-western feature on his show. He had previously showcased “Curse of the Undead” back in Oct. 2013 and Aug. 2014.
Fellow fans of “Svengoolie” and vintage Universal thriller films will be thrilled this Sat. when he will showcase a landmark 1931 feature on Me-TV.
“Svengoolie” presents: “Dracula” (1931)
The legendary Chicago-based horror host will showcase the 1931 version of “Dracula” (featuring Bela Lugosi in the title role) this Sat., March 25 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV Network.
In addition to Lugosi, the actors who appeared in “Dracula” were Helen Chandler (as Mina), David Manners (as John Harker), Dwight Frye (as Renfield), Edward Van Sloan (as Van Helsing) and an uncredited cameo by Carla Laemmle (as a stagecoach passenger, who said the first lines of dialogue in the film). She was the niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle.
The landmark 1931 film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel was directed by Tod Browning. Karl Freund was the cinematographer for Browning’s film. After his work in cinema, Freund would help design the pioneering 35mm three-camera setup for television (with three simultaneous 35mm cameras) in the early 1950s, working with Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s production company, Desilu (for the couple’s 1951-57 groundbreaking sitcom, “I Love Lucy”).