Horror History: John Brahm

johnbrahmJohn Brahm
Born Aug. 17th, 1892 – Died Oct. 12th, 1982
Beginning his career on the stage, just like his father before him, Brahm later move into film production, before moving to England in 1934 because of the rise of the Nazis. Working briefly as a production supervisor, he made his directorial debut with a remake of D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms. The next year, he moved to the U.S. Over the next few years, working with first Columbia and then 20th Century Fox, where he seemed to specialize in dark thrillers. While he only made four films that could be considered in the horror genre, they were all exceptional.
The first was The Undying Monster (1942) which was hybrid of a murder mystery and monster-on-the-loose, but was filmed with tons of atmosphere. But his next one, The Lodger (1944), a remake of the Hitchcock film, is still to this day one of the best Jack the Ripper movies ever made. Because of the success of that film, he made Hangover Square, which has a very similar theme to The Lodger but is also an exceptional film. He later directed Vincent Price in The Mad Magician (1954), eventually doing a lot of work on television, like directing ten episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, five episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Hour and twelve episodes each of Twilight Zone and Thriller. So while he might not have directed a lot of films in the genre, what he did do, he did quite well.