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Historical Happening – King Kong Premiere

Posted in adventure, art, box office, classic horror, Cool Stuff, creature features, dark, fantasy, fiction, Film, history, horror films, legends, monster movies, monsters, movies, RayHarryhausen, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 03/02/2017 by Edward Brock

The classic, King Kong, made its New York premiere on this day–in 1933. (It was released nationwide on April 7th).

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It’s also Willis O’Brien’s birthday (who created the marvelous stop-motion effects for the film). He was born in 1886.

Historical Happening – Horror Birthdays

Posted in amazon, art, box office, classic horror, Cool Stuff, creature features, creepy, dark, fantasy, fiction, Film, halloween, history, horror, horror films, macabre, monster movies, monsters, movies, people, scary, sci-fi, syfy, TV, Uncategorized, weird with tags , , , , , , on 02/13/2017 by Edward Brock

Several actors–who had prominent roles in Horror films–were born on this day.

Oliver Reed (1937) – Curse of the Werewolf, Burnt Offerings, The Brood

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David Naughton (1951) – An American Werewolf in London

Mena Suvari (1979) – The Rage: Carrie 2, Day of the Dead, Don’t Blink

Historical Happening – Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid”

Posted in art, box office, Cool Stuff, Film, history, humor, legends, movies, people, Smithsonian, Uncategorized, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on 02/06/2017 by Edward Brock

Though it had a premiere on January 21, Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid hit theaters on this day, in 1921.

It starred Chaplin–who wrote, produced, and edited the film, as well. It was also Chaplin’s first feature-length film as director.

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3 Surprising Box Office Blockbuster Films of All-Time – when Adjusted for Inflation

Posted in box office, movies with tags , on 03/26/2015 by Edward Brock

When I hear that a film is the highest grossing film of all-time, or for a weekend, or for a certain month, etc., I always wonder what other blockbuster films would have made, if ticket prices were the same as they are today.

Fortunately, Box Office Mojo gives the answer. They provide a list of the Top 200 films–adjusted for inflation (you can find it here–http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm) if you want the full list.

Many of the films are no surprise–like Gone With the Wind (#1), Star Wars (#2), Jaws (#7), or Raiders of the Lost Ark (#20), the many Disney, and family, films.

But, there were some films I was very surprised to find on the list. Such as:

House of Wax (Warner Bros-1953). This little horror gem–starring Vincent Price–made $23,750 during its initial release. But, adjusted for inflation puts it at #96 with $419,414,900–putting ahead of such modern films as the Iron Man films, Toy Story 1 & 2, and  all but one of the Harry Potter films.

Young Frankenstein (Fox–1974). This hilarious horror romp–directed by Mel Brooks, and starring Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Peter Boyle–made $86,273,333. But, adjusted for inflation puts it at #118 (with $378,872,300).

Stir Crazy (Columbia-1980). This great Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor comedy took in $101,300,000, but adjusted for inflation puts it at #187–with $312,561,300.

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