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The Invisible Ray

Released 1936
Distributor Universal

A wonderfully creepy mix of modern-day science and old-fashioned horror, Boris Karloff plays Janos Rukh whose radioactive research turns him into a glow-in-the-dark monster. Bela Lugosi plays, for once, a commonsensical and kindly scientist who labors over a cure for his ill-fated friend. Directed by Lambert Hillyard with a top notch crew of Universal regulars, George Robinson did the fine photography and John P. Fulton manufactured the spooky visual effects including Karloff’s ghostly appearance as the irradiated madman.

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About Ernest Dickerson

In the tradition of Mario Bava and Jack Cardiff, Ernest Dickerson is an Emmy and Peabody-award winning film and television veteran. The NYU grad photographed many films for director Spike Lee, including Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues and Malcolm X. In 1992 he made his feature directorial debut with Juice and has been working steadily ever since with credits like Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (starring TFH favorite Dick Miller), Bulletproof, Bones and Never Die Alone. Dickerson's acclaimed TV work includes AMC's The Walking Dead and Low Winter Sun, Showtime's Dexter, and HBO's The Wire and Treme, for which he won a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Director.

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