Horrors! Get ready for the Val Lewton blogathon! Kristina of the Speakeasy blog and Stephen aka Classic Movie Man will be cohosting this event.
Lewton, the subject of a documentary produced by none other than Academy Award winning director, Martin Scorsese (Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows, 2007) was a horror film genius. He didn’t invent the horror film, but elevated it to a new level by commissioning literate scripts, (often written anonymously by himself), carefully casting his main characters, and incorporating film noir techniques. Not a household name, Lewton produced the horror classics Cat People (1942) and I Walked With a Zombie (1943). Often imitated, Lewton influenced legendary directors Scorsese, William Friedkin, and George Romero, to name a few.
The Rules of the Blogathon
Pick a Val Lewton movie or theme that you’d like to explore. Possibly you want to discuss a certain performance, or how Lewton’s films influenced the genre. Then blog your heart out! Since there can be many takes on the same film, duplicate posts will be allowed, but feel free to ask what’s been taken (so far Bedlam, Isle of the Dead, I Walked With a Zombie and The Ghost Ship are definites). In the body of your blog post, please mention the blogathon with links, or just cut and paste this handy bit here:
This post is part of the Val Lewton blogathon hosted by Stephen aka Classic Movie Man & Kristina of the Speakeasy blog – more here as we both set up landing pages
E-mail Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristina at email@example.com to let us know which movie you want to do. When corresponding, please include “blogathon” in the subject line of your e-mail. Along with your link, please include your Twitter handle, if you have one. It will help us promote you, your blog, and the blogathon.
|Jane Randolph takes a swim in Cat People.|
When your post is complete, send the link by end of day October 26, 2012 (Central Time, US). Links to posts will go live on October 31, 2012. Your submissions will be posted to both Classic Movie Man and Kristina’s Speakeasy blogs. The combined posts will include the titles of your blog posts with their respective links to your blog.
Any questions, please contact Stephen or Kristina.
The Blogathon is closed, but please click here to read Val Lewton post from other bloggers.
DIRECTOR (feature film)
|Feel free to post this image, courtesy of|
Paula Guthat, to your blog.
WRITER (feature film)
2. The Body Snatcher (1945) as Written for Screen by.
PRODUCER (feature film)
3. Apache Drums (1951) as Producer.
4. Please Believe Me (1950) as Producer.
5. My Own True Love (1949) as Producer.
6. Bedlam (1946) as Producer.
7. Isle of the Dead (1945) as Producer.
8. The Body Snatcher (1945) as Producer.
9. The Curse of the Cat People (1944) as Producer.
10. Youth Runs Wild (1944) as Producer.
11. Mademoiselle Fifi (1944) as Producer.
12. I Walked with a Zombie (1943) as Producer.
13. The Ghost Ship (1943) as Producer.
14. The Seventh Victim (1943) as Producer.
15. The Leopard Man (1943) as Producer.
16. Cat People (1942) as Producer.
EDITING (feature film)
17. A Star Is Born (1937) as Ed asst to David O. Selznick.
The lineup so far (as of October 1, 2012)
Classic Movie Man (this blog) - I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE @sreggie on twitter
Speakeasy - THE GHOST SHIP @HQofK
Jen Garlen - BEDLAM @garlengirl
Once Upon a Screen - CAT PEOPLE @citizenscreen
Can’t Stop the Movies – BEDLAM @mr_sheldrake
Thrilling days of Yesteryear - THE SEVENTH VICTIM @igsjr
CP’s Classical Gas - ISLE OF THE DEAD
Furious Cinema - ISLE OF THE DEAD @furiouscinema
Laura’s Misc Musings - THE LEOPARD MAN @laurasmiscmovie
Craig of Viking Samurai - The BODY SNATCHER @craigr3521
The Last Drive-in (Monster Girl) – CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE & ISLE OF THE DEAD @thelastdrivein
Lasso the Movies - CAT PEOPLE @lassothemovies
Caftan Woman – THE SEVENTH VICTIM @caftanwoman
Cinematically Insane – ??? @willmckinley
Old Movies Nostalgia - VAL LEWTON BIO @moviesnostalgia
The Stop Button - MADEMOISELLE FIFI @thestopbutton
She Blogged by Night - THE BODY SNATCHER
My Love of Old Hollywood - A STAR IS BORN
Journeys in Classic Film – ???
A Shroud of Thoughts - ???
@NitrateDiva - Lewton’s use of Point of View & Voice-Over
50′s Westerns - APACHE DRUMS
Kellee Pratt - Lewton’s Influence on the Horror genre @irishjayhawk66
Classic Becky’s Brain food – I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE
Ivan of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear created this cool flyer
to promote blogathon.
-Remember, more than one take on a movie is fine, especially if you find a unique angle, so long as there aren’t tons of posts on one movie.
-Someone could do Val’s bio, or the making of a movie or one special performance.
-Do not think you have to be a horror fan to participate? APACHE DRUMS is a technicolor western. Robert Walker was in PLEASE BELIEVE ME as one of the guys romancing heiress Deborah Kerr & Walker was also in the romance MY OWN TRUE LOVE, if you want to write about something different.