Bela Lugosi: a man of many monsters

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (20 October 1882 – 16 August 1956) commonly known as Béla Lugosi, was a Hungarian actor of stage and screen.  He was best known for playing Count Dracula in the Broadway play and subsequent film version. In the last years of his career he was featured in several of Ed Wood’s low budget films.

But Bela wasn’t limited to playing the handsome and hypnotically charming blood-sucker.  Although this was and is his trademark role.

In Son of Frankenstein Lugosi played the grunting assistant Ygor opposite Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone.



In 1943, he played the role of Frankenstein’s monster in Universal’s Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman.




Bela played another homicidal maniac in The Ape Man 1943.



Bela Lugosi was however most associated with the cunning vampire. He recreated the role of Dracula a second and last time on film in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein in 1948.




Late in his life, Béla Lugosi again received star billing in movies when filmmaker Ed Wood, a fan of Lugosi, found him living in obscurity and near-poverty and offered him roles in his films, such as Glen or Glenda and as a Dr. Frankenstein-like mad scientist in Bride of the Monster.


Bela Lugosi appeared in approximately 200 movies. The early ones were made in Hungary while the last two thirds were American productions.  He played dozens of fiends, ghouls, ghastly creatures and monsters. Truly a superstar in the world of horror entertainment.

What will this Fool come up with next?

Trump gets stung from all sides after floating injections of disinfectants

The president, who has championed unproven coronavirus treatments, embraced the dangerous practice as a potential cure.

Trump’s own word:

“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?” Trump said. “Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. So you’re going to have to use medical doctors with — but it sounds interesting to me.”

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Americans should inject themselves with household disinfectants as a coronavirus remedy provoked an apparently universal rebuke Friday — including from congressional lawmakers, the medical community and the makers of the cleaning products themselves.


On the advice of the President of the United States of America, aka stable genius.




Sea Monster Washes Ashore in Scotland

The sizeable remains of a mysterious sea creature washed ashore in Scotland this past weekend. The curious carcass reportedly appeared on a beach near the port city of Aberdeen after a powerful storm swept over the area. A picture of the oddity subsequently appeared on a community Facebook page with a caption asking “any ideas what it could be?” As one can imagine, there were a variety of suggestions and theories put forward by people online.

The primary prosaic explanations offered were a whale, a dolphin, or a thresher shark. Of course, with the creature having been discovered on a beach in Scotland, a popular possibility which kept coming up was that it was, in fact, the Loch Ness Monster. Alas, since the remains are rather badly decomposed, a marine biologist conceded that it’s difficult to know precisely what the animal had once been. Think you can solve the mystery?