Horror History – Evelyn Ankers

ankersEvelyn Ankers
Born Aug. 17th, 1918 – Died Aug. 29th, 1985

Evelyn Ankers was the only actress to play opposite the main Universal monsters, Frankenstein’s creature, the Wolf Man, and Dracula (actually his Son).  She appeared in a few films in England in the ’30s before coming to the US and working for Universal.  Her first movie, even though a comedy, still hand its hands in the horror genre.  It was Abbott & Costello’s Hold that Ghost in 1941.  That same year, she appeared as the love interests for Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man.  She would then appear in Ghost of Frankenstein in 1942 and then Son of Dracula in 1943, all opposite Chaney Jr.  It’s been reported that even though they worked together quite often, they were not the best of friends.

She made over 50 movies in her short career of less than 15 years before she retired from the business.  She came back to make a few appearances in television, but it wasn’t that many.  In 1942, she had married actor Richard Denning, who also was well known making creature features.  She spent the rest of her life as a happily married housewife to Denning until her death in 1985, from ovarian cancer.

Horror History – Víctor Alcázar

alcazarAlso known to use the name Vic Winner, this Spanish actor is probably a very familiar face if you’ve watched more than a few Paul Naschy films.  Alcázar usually played the good guy, or at least someone that was caught up with the nasty things going on.  But he was always one of those recognizable faces in those great Spanish horror films of the 70s’.  His first real horror appearance was in 1973, which was a very busy year for him.  The first film noted in that year was It Happened At Nightmare Inn (aka A Candle for the Devil), co-starring Judy Geeson.  But then that same year, he would appear in FOUR films with Paul Naschy.  They were Horror Rises from the Tomb, Count Dracula’s Great Love, Hunchback of the Morgue, and Vengeance of the Zombies.

While his acting wasn’t that of legends, he was always good in the roles that he had.  And he is one face that you will see pop up in these Spanish horror films of that era, so it is only expected that we wouldn’t want to highlight him here.  That way the next time you’re watching HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB with some friends, and Alcázar pops up on the screen, you can say “Hey…there’s Victor Alcázar!” and impress your friends!

Mystery Photo 12-20

Welcome to Monday, once again. And if it’s Monday, that means another Mystery Photo! Our last photo was from the 1966 Amicus thriller The Psychopath, directed by Freddie Francis. Really wish this film would get a nice cleaned up DVD release. Not even sure if this even got a VHS release here in the states….? Anyway, congrats to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Elena Anele, Cate Cameron, and Michael Shields. Well done!

Okay…since we’re only a few days away from the holiday, I thought it would be appropriate to post a film that could have something to do with it. I did say “something”, mind you. But take a good look and see if you can guess which film this shot is from. Good Luck!

And remember, please do not post your answer here, but send me an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com.

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