Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Wouldn't it be cool if they re-animated London After Midnight?

London after Midnight may be one of the best known "lost" films, a silent terror classic. It's a collaboration of Lon Chaney and Tod Browning, the one where Chaney wears the cool top hat with his black cape. I remember it first from a Famous Monsters of Filmland thumbnail cover, featured in their back issue gallery.

Mark this
While it was remade as Mark of the Vampire with Bela Lugosi and imdb.com reports a still picture re-creation, it's one of those legendary horror tales you long to see and lament.

It struck me like a diamond bullet
I was struck by a notion while reading about the restoration of lost segments of the Doctor Who serial The Invasion. Two lost chapters of the tale will be recreated via animation, and the 30-second clip on the BBC website looks incredible.

So how cool would it be to see "London After Midnight" given a similar treatment?

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2 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I've never seen "London after Midnight" but it sounds cool. I need to pick up a bunch of the old monster movies on DVD. Good stuff to watch at night when you live in the woods.

Andy said...

Where soundtracks (unless silent movies, of course!) survive intact, then it's entirely possible to recreate using animation - Flash, in the case of 'Doctor Who'. Also, all the missing Who episodes are available in photobook format, so there are images for every single scene. x

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