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13 DEMON STREET 1959-1960 LON CHANEY JR COMPLETE SWEDISH TV HORROR ANTHOLOGY FILMED IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE 2 DISC DVD-R!

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13 Demon Street is a 1959 horror anthology TV series. Thirteen 25-minute episodes were produced in Sweden, filmed in English language. The cast was a mixture of American, British, and Swedish actors. The series never aired in American syndication. In 1962, three episodes of the series were edited together to form a theatrical feature called The Devil’s Messenger with extra framing footage shot that reconfigured Chaney’s character as Satan. Chaney filmed new wraparound segments to link the three episodes, which were “The Photograph”, “The Girl in the Glacier” and “Condemned in Crystal”.

In the original TV episodes, Lon Chaney Jr. was the haggard-looking host, introducing each episode from his dreary ‘home’ at 13 Demon Street. Condemned for some shockingly atrocious crime, Chaney’s purpose in relating the series’ stories was to convince viewers that the crimes presented in them were worse than his own misdeed, which would free him from his purgatory. This was hard for audiences to judge, however, because Chaney’s original crime was never specified.

The series was originated by Curt Siodmak, who also wrote some of the scripts and directed several episodes. He had previously written Chaney’s 1941 film The Wolf Man and was instrumental in bringing Chaney into the project.

Several of the show’s stories were derivative in nature. “The Black Hand”, for example, was modelled on The Hands of Orlac, while “The Photograph” is an updated version of the M R James story “The Mezzotint“.

Although numerous dealers offer the series on DVD or VHS, every existing set is missing most of the Lon Chaney footage, removed by some unknown individual for unknown reasons. Episodes were intended to open and close in Lon Chaney’s character’s dilapidated home, where he would act as host and comment on each individual story. However, most episodes have obvious jump cuts, almost completely eliminating Lon Chaney’s presence.

13 scary episodes!

  • “The Black Hand” (written by Richard Jairus Castle, story by Curt Siodmak)
  • “Fever”
  • “Condemned in the Crystal”
  • “Green are the Leaves”
  • “The Girl in the Glacier”
  • “The Book of Ghouls”
  • “The Photograph”
  • “The Vine of Death” (written by Curt Siodmak and Leo Guild)
  • “A Gift of Murder”
  • “The Secret of the Telescope”
  • “Never Steal a Warlock’s Wife”
  • “Murder in the Mirror”
  • “Black Nemesis”

all 13 episodes, 25 minutes each, black & white, mono, fullscreen, 2 discs, 5 hours. 2 DVD-R come packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!

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