Val Lewton blogathon starts here, Happy Halloween! scroll all the way down to see all the links…
Horror Film Master
Horrors! Get ready for the Val Lewton blogathon! Kristina of this Speakeasy blog and Stephen aka Classic Movie Man cohost this event.
Lewton, the subject of a documentary produced by none other than Academy Award winning director, Martin Scorsese (Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows, 2007) was a horror film genius. He didn’t invent the horror film, but elevated it to a new level by commissioning literate scripts, (often written anonymously by himself), carefully casting his main characters, and incorporating film noir techniques. Not a household name, Lewton produced the horror classics Cat People (1942) and I Walked With a Zombie (1943). Often imitated, Lewton influenced legendary directors Scorsese, William Friedkin, and George Romero, to name a few.
many many thanks to PAULA GUTHAT for designing this promo banner that was seen on many blogs
here’s one IVAN of THRILLING DAYS OF YESTERYEAR made for himself:
Time to go trick or treating, help us promo by tweeting your faves with the hashtag #ValLewton so others can follow along
thanks so much for reading, and for everyone who’s taking part and helping us promote this, we really appreciate all the interest and participation!
All credit must go to my co-host for this event, Stephen aka Classic Movie Man, for the idea, which was a natural spinoff of his great post Val Lewton: The genius nobody knows. Today Stephen writes on I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE focusing on “Betsy,” one of the more self-assured, professional, smart & honorable of the Lewton heroines. @sreggie
Once Upon a Screen: CAT PEOPLE not only a great analysis of the film but of Lewton’s “important role of bridging the gap in horror films between Universal’s golden era to the resurgence of the genre” @citizenscreen
50 Westerns from the 50’s: APACHE DRUMS gives you lots of info on Lewton’s scary, suspenseful western, his only Technicolor film, and discusses its place at the end of his career (and he also links to another great post on the same movie, so make sure to check that out)
Critica retro: talks about Lewton’s work on TALE OF TWO CITIES, specificaly the storming of the Bastille scenes! (this page is in Portuguese but there are handy translator buttons you can use) @startspreading
for the many other writers taking part, I now send you to go visit my co-host Classic Movie Man’s hub where you’ll find:
Old Movies Nostalgia – VAL LEWTON BIO @moviesnostalgia
The Stop Button – MADEMOISELLE FIFI @thestopbutton
She Blogged by Night – THE BODY SNATCHER
My Love of Old Hollywood – A STAR IS BORN
Journeys in Classic Film CAT PEOPLE and I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE
A Shroud of Thoughts – SEVENTH VICTIM
Nitrate Diva – Lewton’s use of Point of View & Voice-Over @nitratediva
Kellee Pratt – Lewton’s Influence on the Horror genre @irishjayhawk66
Can’t Stop the Movies- BEDLAM @mr_sheldrake
CP’s Classical Gas – ISLE OF THE DEAD