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Scariest Movies Ever Made

Scariest Movies: Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' with Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles. Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies – e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein – in addition to, gasp, a handful of […]


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Scariest Movies Ever Made



Lon Chaney Movies: The Man of a Thousand Faces

He Who Gets Slapped with Lon Chaney Lon Chaney is one of the most fascinating movie stars in film history. Throughout the 1920s, Chaney was one the biggest box office draws the world over despite what could kindly be described as an unhandsome face – one that was often disguised by heavy layers of make-up to make him look ancient, deformed, Chinese, female, etc. His roles usually fell into two categories: total fiends, or fiends and semi-fiends in love/lust with or protective of some pretty young thing or other. On Monday, Aug. 15, Turner Classic Movies will be showing 15 Lon Chaney movies, in addition to the reconstructed – by way of stills – London After Midnight (1927), perhaps the […]


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Lon Chaney Movies: The Man of a Thousand Faces



Monsters & Porn Stars + Joan Crawford & Kristen Stewart: Eclectic SXSW Movies

SXSW Film Festival line-up The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced the complete feature lineup for this year's Festival, March 12 – 20, 2010 in Austin, Texas. Over the course of nine days, 119 features will screen at the festival, with 55 of those having their world premieres at SXSW 2010. These films were selected from a record 1,572 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,206 U.S. and 366 international feature-length films. Headliners Cyrus Directors and Screenwriters: Jay and Mark Duplass With John's social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorcee finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her […]


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Monsters & Porn Stars + Joan Crawford & Kristen Stewart: Eclectic SXSW Movies



Abel Gance, Lon Chaney, Buster Keaton: San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Chang by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack (top); J'accuse! by Abel Gance (middle); Lon Chaney in Tod Browning's West of Zanzibar (bottom) Abel Gance's 1919 anti-war drama J'accuse! is the centerpiece of this winter's edition of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Castro Theater. The 162-minute, recently restored J'accuse!, which is having its US big-screen premiere at the festival, focuses on a love triangle set in World War I Europe, a time when men were slaughtering one another for some great cause or other. (As always, the great cause in question depended on which side you were fighting.) Actual soldiers took part in the film, and in one scene […]


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Abel Gance, Lon Chaney, Buster Keaton: San Francisco Silent Film Festival



'The Phantom of the Opera' & 'The White Ribbon': Halloween & History Horror

'The Phantom of the Opera' with Lon Chaney: Halloween Special. Lon Chaney 'The Phantom of the Opera' Halloween screening The 1925 silent classic The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney in the title role, will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 25, '09, at 2:30 p.m. at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, about 9 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Directed by Rupert Julian for Universal, The Phantom of the Opera is perhaps Lon Chaney's best-known movie role. This film adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel also features popular Universal star Mary Philbin as the object of the Phantom's desire and burly leading man Norman Kerry as the hero, in addition to Arthur Edmund Carewe and Gibson Gowland (the leading man […]


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'The Phantom of the Opera' & 'The White Ribbon': Halloween & History Horror



Paul Crifo & Lon Chaney's Great-Grandson at Academy Exhibitions

Poster artist Paul Crifo poses in front of the In the Heat of the Night poster at the opening of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' new exhibitions “Art of the Movie Poster: Illustrated One-sheets and Design Concepts from the Paul Crifo Archive” and “Irving Thalberg: Creating the Hollywood Studio System, 1920-1936,” on Wednesday, September 16, 2009. Photos: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S. Ron Chaney poses next to great-grandfather Lon Chaney's original make-up kit. Ben-Hur items Paul Crifo


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Paul Crifo & Lon Chaney's Great-Grandson at Academy Exhibitions



THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Oakland's Paramount Theatre

The 1925 classic The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, and Mary Philbin, will be screened at the art deco Paramount Theatre of Oakland, Calif., at 8 p.m. on October 31. Matias Bombal will present the evening, while Jim Riggs will be at the Mighty Wurlitzer accompanying the screening. Directed by Rupert Julian, and adapted by numerous hands (including those of Raymond L. Schrock and Elliott J. Clawson) from Gaston LeRoux's novel, The Phantom of the Opera remains one of the best-known silent films ever made. It may not be Lon Chaney's greatest, but no one should miss the chance of seeing this grandiose film on the big screen of an old, old (as in 1931) movie […]


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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Oakland's Paramount Theatre



'Mr. Wu' Movie Review: Morbid Lon Chaney, Renée Adorée Classic

"A maiden defiled must be put to death by the hand of her father,” so reads the “ancient Chinese law” that is the basis for Mr. Wu, a stylish tale about miscegenation, fornication, and filicide. In the title role, Lon Chaney, with his usual genius for make-up and characterization, uses at least four of his 1,000 faces to portray two Wu's through three generations. Old Wu arranges for his grandson to be brought up around Western ways. Years later, that leads to problems when grandson Wu (now “old” Wu himself) discovers his only daughter (Renée Adorée) is preggers by a – gasp! – white man (Ralph Forbes). As a maiden defiled, she must be killed by her father who also […]


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'Mr. Wu' Movie Review: Morbid Lon Chaney, Renée Adorée Classic





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