Anilbalan Ghost Cities Blog FW: New post London After Midnight

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog, as always enjoys an Anilbalan Ghost Cities blog post but this one fills me with mild concern. I watched ‘London After Midnight’. It was broadcast in Tehran a long time ago. It hasn’t driven me insane. But insane people always say that! I love the old horror movies. They lunge from the just plain cheesy and ridiculous to the genuinely frightening. Whatever they are up to they show a lot more imagination than many modern movies in the genre that rely on blood and pretty women being killed in horrible ways. Enough preamble but a quick request – should you see London After Midnight please send me a copy before you are wheeled raving away to your padded cell! I’d like to see it again!

Over to the incomparable master of the macabre, Anilbalan!

Cheers!

Hugh

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London After Midnight

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Lon Chaney’s ability to transform himself using makeup techniques earned him the nickname ‘The Man of a Thousand Faces’. Today he is regarded as one of the most versatile and powerful actors of early cinema, renowned for his characterisations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and his groundbreaking artistry with makeup – as well as being the father of The Wolfman (1941) star, Lon Chaney Jr. Whilst Chaney senior is best known for his starring roles in such silent horror films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925), it is one of his lesser-known films that remains perhaps his most infamous: London After Midnight (1927). The movie is now lost and remains one of the most famous and eagerly sought of all lost films, the last known copy having been destroyed in the 1967 MGM vault fire. The reason it is so infamous (and perhaps also the reason why it was destroyed) is that, according to urban legend, anyone who watches the complete, original cut of the film is doomed to become suddenly, incurably insane. This defence was most famously used in the 1928 murder trial of a man accused of murdering a woman in Hyde Park, London – unsuccessfully in that case.

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ghostcities | May 15, 2016 at 2:00 am | Tags: Lon Chaney, London After Midnight, Whitechapel | Categories: Conspiracy theory, Film, Horror, Unexplained Mystery | URL: http://wp.me/p1Pozr-re

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