Sunday, December 30, 2007

Game For a Mad Huntress

Some pre-code stories are thinly veiled re-workings of classic popular fiction tales. Like today’s post, The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell is the obvious influence here, but thankfully Ace knew enough at this point in the pre-code horror game to add a few weird twists of their own including the undead, voodoo witchcraft, and of course transforming the savage hunter into a sexy, cold blooded huntress!

From the July 1952 issue of The Beyond #13







4 comments:

Anonymous said...

NICE TWIST ON THE OLD STORY. I ACTUALLY JUST WATCHED THE FAY WRAY MOST DANGEROUS GAME NOT TO LONG AGO...... THE WIKIPEDIA LINK HAS SOME NEAT INFO, LIKE HOW THEY USED THE SAME SETS TO SHOOT IT BY NIGHT AS THEY FILMED KING KONG BY DAY.

Karswell said...

Here's another bit of interesting and gruesome trivia from the '32 film adaption of The Most Dangerous Game, taken from IMDb:

The trophy room scenes were originally much longer: there were more heads in jars. But there was also an emaciated sailor, stuffed and mounted next to a tree where he was impaled by Zaroff's arrow, and another full-body figure stuffed, with the bodies of two of the hunting dogs mounted in a death grip. Preview audiences cringed and shuddered at the head in the bottle and the mounted heads, but when they saw the mounted figures and heard Zaroff's dialog describing in detail how each man had died, they began heading for the exit -- so these shots disappeared.

Anonymous said...

great post today! love the heads on the wall.

Anonymous said...

Surprised there weren't more comments on this story, it's one of the best I've read here lately.
John