David: The final design for Freddy was based on a pepperoni pizza. I was at a restaurant one night, and I was having pizza and I was just kind of deep in thought. I started playing around with the cheese, putting it around the pepperoni, and actually made Freddy’s face on the pizza.

David Miller on what inspired his makeup for Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984, via filmchrist.

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH:

“It is obviously Vincent Price’s vehicle, and he gives us one of his most focused and balanced performances. Scripts and directors so often pulled upon Price’s comedic aplomb… or his grave capacity for projecting utter malevolence. In this, he mixes both. He is utterly ruthless and toxically charismatic; thus, it’s easy to see why he has followers and why they humiliate themselves for his delight.”

From MONSTER SERIAL,
published by The Collinsport Historical Society
, via silverscreams.

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN:
“It should be a helluva downer, but Whale’s story — and, more importantly, Karloff’s performance — generates a greater realization. I walk out of BRIDE knowing that everyone feels misunderstood. Everyone is in need of a friend who both accepts and “gets” them. There are many times in life when we don’t have such friends, but that’s a sad fact mitigated by our unity in longing. Anyone who really pays attention to BRIDE identifies with the creature. In one of the single finest performances ever captured on film, Karloff represents all of our longing, all of our simple joy, all of our optimism, and in the end, a determined and brave wisdom to which all of us can only aspire.”
From MONSTER SERIAL, published by The Collinsport Historical Society, via silverscreams.

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN:

“It should be a helluva downer, but Whale’s story — and, more importantly, Karloff’s performance — generates a greater realization. I walk out of BRIDE knowing that everyone feels misunderstood. Everyone is in need of a friend who both accepts and “gets” them. There are many times in life when we don’t have such friends, but that’s a sad fact mitigated by our unity in longing. Anyone who really pays attention to BRIDE identifies with the creature. In one of the single finest performances ever captured on film, Karloff represents all of our longing, all of our simple joy, all of our optimism, and in the end, a determined and brave wisdom to which all of us can only aspire.”

From MONSTER SERIAL,
published by The Collinsport Historical Society
, via silverscreams.