Posts Tagged ‘1940′s’
February is Women In Horror Recognition Month and we are supporting this with our own Women In Classic Horror celebrations, taking a look at the feisty females who helped shape the horror genre in decades past. Born in 1918 to English parents, Evelyn Ankers became known as one of the very first scream queens with her clutch of Universal horror films throughout the 1940′s. Her first major genre appearance was with Abbott and Costello in their 1941 horror comedy Hold That Ghost and she continued to be one of Universal Pictures’ top female horror stars throughout the forties. Before the end of the decade however, horror films had fallen out of favour with cinema goers and Ankers career faltered, with her penultimate film being The Texan Meets Calamity Jane (1950) and her final screen appearance was in No Greater Love in 1960.
Evelyn Ankers Horror Filmography
Hold That Ghost (1941)
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
Captive Wild Woman (1943)
Son of Dracula (1943)
The Mad Ghoul (1943)
Weird Woman (1944)
Jungle Woman (1944)
The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)
The Frozen Ghost (1945)
Zombies… they seem to be everywhere at the moment: in movies, major TV series and in ’flash mobs’. The origin of zombies, however, lies in Voodoo.
Voodoo is based on traditional African religious beliefs, modified in Haiti, which first flourished in the sugar cane growing areas around New Orleans. Hoodoo is the folk magic of the American South, based partly on Voodoo and partly on European forms of folk magic.
The mystique and fear surrounding Voodoo and Hoodoo was partly fuelled by the zombie movies of the early 20th century, and CULTure Babylon will explore both the Hollywood and the factual aspects of these religions.
In the talk, Voodoo and Hoodoo, Fact and Fiction, Michael Clarke will explain the differences between Voodoo and Hoodoo, and give insight into the reality of these belief systems.
After the talk there will be a screening of I Walked With a Zombie (1943), a classic horror directed by Jaques Tourneur and Produced by Val Lewton, which has provided some of the most enduring images of the living dead.
Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.
Tickets are £6.50 in advance (£7.50 on the door) from King’s Lynn Arts Centre on 01553 779095.
Michael Clarke has lectured on systems of magic for over 15 years, and has carried out extensive research on the folk magic and witchcraft of East Anglia. He started and runs a Pagan Moot (meeting) in Great Yarmouth.
CULTure Babylon is a series of cult films and talks celebrating the dark and offbeat side of culture. Formerly based in Ely, this is the first ‘pop-up’ event in King’s Lynn.