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Black Friday

Released 1940
Distributor Universal

More brain games from screenwriter Curt Siodmak, this time involving Boris Karloff as an ethically-challenged scientist who transfers the grey matter of a brutal gangster into the skull of timid professor Stanley Ridges. Karloff and Lugosi are top-billed but the velvet-toned Ridges, an underrated vet who refined his craft on the English stage, turns in a memorable dual-edged performance as the gentle soul who suffers through a series of Hyde-like transformations.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming anthology film Nightmare Cinema. Joe is also the frequent co-host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!