Friday, October 26, 2012

Lobby Benson!

A cool set of classic lobby cards!

How to Make a Monster (American International, 1958)

After they had some success with I Was a Teenage Werewolf, and I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, American International did their own monster rally picture bringing those two groovy ghoulies together. Sort of.

A makeup artist for American International pictures is summarily fired. He promptly loses his mind, and mixing "hypnotic chemicals" into his makeup, he commands the two young actors playing monsters in AIP's latest production to commit murder!

Here he takes matters into his own hands, wearing his own disguise.
Apparently he wants to make sure no one at the studio will ever drink
coffee again! Die, java brewing guard! Die!

Here Dumond examines his work on the Teenage Werewolf (Gary Clarke, in
for Michael Landon) as a big headed special effects creature looks on. I mean,
as Dumond's assistant looks on.

Teenage Frankenstein (a returning Gary Conway) wants to borrow a coat.
It's chilly out.

The real American International's real makeup artist, Paul Blaisdell, worked
his magic on this flick. Here's two of Blaisdell's earlier creatures decorating
Dumond's home. That's one of the aliens from Invasion of the Saucermen
on the left, and The She-Creature on the right. I'm not sure what that is in
the middle, except for SCARY!

Dumond gives Teenage Frankenstein some extra makeup on his right ear.

As often happens after a murder, the pesky ol' police show up. Here they're
apparently looking for killers AND autographs.

Teenage Werewolf and Dumond console Teenage Frankenstein after their
audition for American Bandstand does not go well.

This is how you do the Watusi...oh...FIRE!!!!

The blurb on the cards that reads 'SEE The Ghastly Ghouls In Flaming Color!' refers to the climax of the black and white movie. Right in the middle of a shot, the picture blooms into color for the final 10 minutes or so! This is a fun little picture, and worth catching. But be warned: there's not a lot of real monster recipes in it.

Til next time, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

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