The Monster Mash – a look back at the Golden Age of Horror

Hollywood has never found a better Count Dracula than Bela Lugosi

Just in time for Halloween, I recently got to work on a tremendous book by author Matt Bevilacqua all about the amazing cinematic age of horror and monster movies that encompassed the 1930s in the US. The book is called “All Godless Here: The Golden Age of Horror, 1930-1939” and really took me back to my pre-cable TV youth where Sunday afternoons not spent watching football were often made interesting by all black-and-white monster movies in which my brother and I were introduced to the likes of Frankenstein’s monster, Count Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Mummy and countless others.

Bevilacqua’s book takes a really interesting trip inside the making of these movies, the politics behind them, the rise and fall of legends like Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, and gives amazing trivia about several dozen movies that truly defined the era.

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