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Homage to Curt Siodmak

by Ehsan Khoshbakht
Curt Siodmak (1902-2000) was a novelist and screenwriter, author of the novel Donovan’s Brain, which was made into a number of films and the brother of great emigre director Robert Siodmak. His first horror credit was The Invisible Man Returns (1940), and he followed this with two Boris Karloff vehicles, Black Friday (1940) and The Ape (1940). he wrote famous I Walked with a Zombie (1943) for producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur. Siodmak also directed some less than impressive low budget monster movies, including Bride of the Gorilla (1951), The Magnetic Monster (1953), and Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956). His final… Read more

Curt Siodmak (1902-2000) was a novelist and screenwriter, author of the novel Donovan’s Brain, which was made into a number of films and the brother of great emigre director Robert Siodmak. His first horror credit was The Invisible Man Returns (1940), and he followed this with two Boris Karloff vehicles, Black Friday (1940) and The Ape (1940). he wrote famous I Walked with a Zombie (1943) for producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur.
Siodmak also directed some less than impressive low budget monster movies, including Bride of the Gorilla (1951), The Magnetic Monster (1953), and Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956). His final significant genre credit was for Terence Fisher’s German production Sherlock Holmes and the Necklace of Death (1962).His novel I, Gabriel was published in Germany, and afterward many of his early novels came back into print. Also, he’s written an opera, Song of Frankenstein, and a play about Jack the Ripper.

My affections for Curt comes from a very simple point: in many film I’ve watched, and I enjoyed more than I expected, Curt’s name was in the credits as the writer. Many Karloff films, many exceptional Universal horrors. Many films that had more to say than what their often ridiculed B-status impose.

Read a Siodmak interview here on my blog.

Curt’s films as writer or director not available on MUBI’s databese:

The Magnetic Monster (1953)
Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956)
Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)
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