If there’s one thing that a true film aficionado obsesses over it’s lost media.
These are films that were made, or rumored to have been made, but, due to any number of circumstances, are lost to time, presumably never to be seen again.
In the horror genre, one such movie is the immortal Lon Chaney’s “London After Midnight”. In this silent detective/horror film, Chaney plays both the crime fighter and the criminal. The last known print was lost in a fire in 1967, and the only way to see any version of it is through music and still photographs.
This is a movie that deserves to be found, a movie that there is a burning desire for film students to see again, and learn from.
Then, there are movies that are lost, and really don’t deserve to be found, and one of those is Craig Denney’s “The Astrologer”, a $4 million dollar vanity project made by, and starring a man who had no talent in any way, shape or form, in film making, screenwriting, nor acting.
“The Astrologer” has been found, and, after watching it, I want to punch the person who found it.