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The Colossus of New York

Released 1958
Distributor Paramount Pictures

Fans of Eugène Lourié—the man behind The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms—got a surprise when they settled in for his new film about a giant cyborg—along with the expected sci-fi thrills they found the melancholy tale of a dying man reincarnated as a giant robot, a space-age Frankenstein monster draped in Dracula’s cloak. Ross Martin plays the guinea pig doomed to live a bionic life and Otto Kruger is the scientist who built him. Van Cleave’s piano-only score reinforces the grim atmosphere.

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About William Malone

“Born in Lansing Michigan, William Malone, like many of his horror colleagues, grew up watching “Shock Theater” and reading "Famous Monsters of Filmland.” In the 1970s, with a background in sculpting and painting, Malone secured a position at DonPost Studios (a mask and make-up FX firm). During his tenure there, he created many masks and props for films including sculpting the original William Shatner mask that became the iconic Michael Myers from HALLOWEEN. In 1980, he left Don Post to pursue his dream of being a filmmaker. Mortgaging his house, he made his film debut writing and directing the low-budget feature SCARED TO DEATH. Later, Malone went on to a successful career making such films as HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, FEAR DOT COM, PARASOMNIA and many TV shows including TALES FROM THE CRYPT and MASTERS OF HORROR"