One thing is for sure about 2016, we have lost way too many genre favorites. From actors to directors to artists to cinematographers and everyone else in between….just way too many. There were some that I consider icons, such as Herchell Gordon Lewis, who paved the way for thousands of young filmmakers. Actor Don Calfa appeared in so many sitcoms and movies but was still able to come up with so many wonderful characters. Then we have Angus Scrimm, who really only appeared in a handful of features, but it only took one role for him to forever be remembered in the hearts of us horror fans. And while actor/writer Gene Wilder was mainly known for his comedic side, along with Mel Brooks, he gave us one of the best tributes to the classic Frankenstein pictures.
The horror genre has lost another icon from the classic age of monster movies. Lupita Tovar passed away yesterday at the age of 106. She had starred in the Spanish-language version of Universal’s Dracula in 1931. This was the version directed by George Melford that was filmed on the same sets as the Tod Browning version, but at night after the American crew had left. It was produced by Paul Kohner, who would later marry Tovar as short time after filming finished.
She came to Hollywood in the late ’20s and appeared in several silent films, even working opposite Bela Lugosi in the 1929 film The Veiled Woman. After appearing in Dracula, she returned to Mexico and appeared in several other films, including Mexico’s very first talking film, Santa (1932).