Sunday, 29 January 2012

Lost Horror Films




I've always had a fascination when it comes to lost Horror film. In this day and age it's hard to believe there is such a thing, but as we know they didn't have the technology back then that we do now. 

So here's a list of lost Horror films that unfortunately may never see the light of day, to find out more info on each film just click on the pictures (If the picture doesn't work click on the film title):

"Dracula's Death" (1921)
"Dracula's Death" or "Drakula halála", sometimes translated as "The Death of Drakula" is a 1921 Hungarian horror movie, currently believed to be a lost film, that was written and directed by Károly Lajthay. The film is notable because it marks the first screen appearance of the vampire Count Dracula, though recent scholarly research indicates that the film's plot does not actually follow the narrative of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.

"The Golem" (1915)
"The Golem" is a long lost film (save for a few fragments). It is the first of three Golem films by Wegener, the others being !The Golem and the Dancing Girl! (1917) and "The Golem: How He Came into the World" (1920).

"Life Without A Soul" (1915)
This film is an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Gothic novel Frankenstein. The film is about a doctor who creates a soulless man. In the end, it turns out that a young man has dreamed the events of the film after falling asleep reading Mary Shelley's novel.

"The Werewolf " (1913)

An old Indian legend tells of the supposed ability of persons who have been turned into wolves through magic power to assume human form at will for purposes of vengeance.
"Ingagi" (1930)
An expedition enters an area of the Congo jungle to investigate reports of a gorilla-worshipping tribe. After many dangerous adventures, they come upon the tribe they sought, only to watch as a virgin is sacrificed to a huge gorilla, who takes her away. The expedition follows the gorilla in an attempt to save the woman. 

"The Cat Creeps" (1930)
This is a sound remake of "The Cat and the Canary" (1927). It is one of the many lost films of the early talkie film era.

"Hu-Man" (1975)
An actor is placed in dangerous situations and his fear will be broadcast to the television audience. The audience's emotions will determine whether he is sent into the future or the past. 

"Vampyren" (1913)
The interesting thing is that this silent movie might be the first using the Gothic theme of vampires.


"King Kong Appears In Edo" (1938)
King Kong attacks Edo (now Tokyo) in one of Japan's first giant monster films. The film's innovative special effects, including the ape suit, were created by Fuminori Ohashi, who would go on to work on Godzilla. The movie was not shown in theatres after its initial release, and was likely destroyed by the bombings of Japan during World War II.

"Go And Get It" (1920)
An intrepid newspaper reporter attempts to solve a series of murders committed by a gorilla carrying the transplanted brain of a human.


"The Strange Case Of Captain Ramper" (1927)


Marooned on an ice floe, Capt. Ramper (Paul Wagener) mutates into a hairy beast. 

"The Wizard" (1927)
Ostensibly an adaptation of Gaston Leroux's "Balaoo", this revenge story involves a truly awesome-looking gorilla with a human face grafted upon it.

"Voodoo Heartbeat" (1972)
An experimental serum turns a man into a fanged killer beast.

"Phantom Of The Opera" (1916)
The first on screen adaptation of the famous film, has been lost for many years.


The most famous lost Horror film is most probably "London After Midnight" (1927) which I wrote a piece on a few months back to see that piece just click on the picture below:


There are also a few films which still haven't been converted to DVD or Blu-Ray such as "Blood Beach" (1980), "New Year's Evil" (1980), "The Mutilator" (1985) and more. Whilst they are still available to watch on VHS they are in danger of becoming lost films themselves.

2 comments:

  1. From what I've read, VAMPYREN is about a vamp, rather than a vampire -- a woman who uses men. The words vampire and vamp were used interchangeably then. (The image is from the 1932 VAMPYR.)

    VOODOO HEARTBEAT is not technically lost, as a copy has been located. Unless it gets a release, it's no use to those of us who want to see it, though.

    ReplyDelete