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House of Frankenstein

Released 1944
Distributor Universal

In 1944, Erle C. Kenton’s creature-feature may have seemed like a cash grab or pandering to monster-loving ticket-buyers—but who cares? Take our cash! Pander! Though just 70 minutes the film contains enough plot for four movies and features a once in a lifetime cast including Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, and John Carradine. It was cowboy actor Glenn Strange’s first appearance as Frankenstein’s creation and his memorably stiff-legged gait inspired a generation of adolescent imitators.

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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 BatchInnerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The HowlingPiranhaMatineeThe ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in ActionThe 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 SquadAmazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, IndianaCSI: NYHawaii 5-0Witches of East EndLegends of Tomorrow and Salem. His most recent big screen credit is an episode of the 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!

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