Horror Movie Hall of Fame I – Dr. Frankenstein’s Electrician

While its easy to focus on the stars of the iconic movies that made me into the person I am today, my hall of fame looks at the people who really made these movies happen but aren’t as famous as they should be.

My first induction then, is the legendary Kenneth Strickfaden (1896-1984), electrical special effects designer extraordinaire. He worked on over 100 films and TV shows including Frankenstein (1931), The Wizard of Oz, The Mask of Fu Man Chu and the Munsters.

Some of his best work, in my opinion, was done on the set of Frankenstein, where he made the machine that gave life to that modern prometheus. The lightning machine uses a Tesla coil built by the man himself: Nikola Tesla.

Tesla Coil FTW

Boris Karloff was terrified of electricity, so Kenneth even stepped up to be his stunt double.

So there you have it, my first induction into my horror movie hall of fame. From the time where men were men, special effects were real, and people would stand in electrical storms for their work.

This choice has nothing to do with the thunderstorm currently raging over central London. Nothing.

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