Horror History: Edward L. Cahn

edwardLcahnEdward L. Cahn
Born Feb. 12th, 1899 – Died Aug. 25th, 1963

Cahn started his career as an apprentice film editor but then quickly moved into directing. He started out directing a lot of westerns, crime dramas, and comedies, mainly Our Gang titles. But in the mid ’50s, when sci-fi pictures were starting to really take off, Cahn started working in that genre and made quite a few of them in a very short time. In fact, by today’s standards, Cahn might not be considered a great director, but he was quick and efficient, which is a very good trait to have when working on the world of low budget B-movies. But even those his budgets were low and time was short, the titles he made are still entertaining, even making a few classics while at it.

In his 31 years as a director, he credited with 125 films. That is 4 films a year average, with some years he was make 10! Imagine one of today’s directors trying to accomplish something like that. In those days, time was money. It was crank out the current picture and then quickly onto the next. Though even though that was the attitude, Cahn still put some quality in them.

During those years, he did make some great fun flicks, usually ones with some memorable titles. Such as Creature with the Atom Brain (1955), Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957), Curse of the Faceless Man (1958), or The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959). Of course, probably his most famous film is the 1958 film that would go on to inspire Ridley Scott’s Alien, which would be It! Terror from Beyond Space.

So if you’re looking for a fun sci-fi/horror film for a Saturday afternoon, look up some of Cahn’s work. I think you’ll find yourself being entertained.

Mystery Photo 11-9

I knew our last one was going to be a tough one, but that didn’t stop a few from sending in the correct answer. The shot was from the 1959 film The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake. Now with a title like that, doesn’t it make you want to see it? While the movie might not live up to that awesome title, I still think it is a great little film and worth seeing. Kudos to Hoby Abernathy, Doug Lamoreux, and Gavin Schmitt for sending in the correct title. Well done, Gents!

For this week’s photo, we’re going with another black and white film, and another one that probably doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Nothing scary in this picture, unless you start to imagine what might be behind those doors!!! Please remember not to post your answer here, but send us an email at jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good luck!

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