On this day in 1938, Orson Welles performed an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel War of the Worlds (1898). It begins with a series of factual sounding news bulletins depicting an alien invasion from Mars. The Halloween broadcast frightened many listeners, causing some people to panic and flee their homes. Yet it's like the old saying goes, "There's no such thing as bad publicity," since Orson Welles quickly became well known. The prank jump started his career into the spotlight and to this day the stunt is remembered and referenced.
In memory of this historic moment, I present to you the radio broadcast from 1938. Enjoy!
Merry Frankenstein Day! In other words, Happy Birthday Mary Shelley! She was born August 30, 1797 so that would make her 215 years old!
Mary Shelley gave birth to a timeless story about a lonely doctor who managed to bring remnants of a person back to life! Frankenstein's monster has become a recognizable icon, inspiring countless works of art. This includes an almost infinite list of films featuring the monster, such as Frankenstein (1931), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Young Frankenstein (1974) and other less known films like The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1972) or Blackenstein (1972).
The first adaptation of Frankenstein was for the theater in 1823. She attended one of the performances! In 1831 she actually altered her story due to the story's influence. While the myth gathered a lot of attention during her time, it gained even more popularity after her demise. To this day we celebrate Frankenstein as a permanent fixture in horror fiction.
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