"Number 13 Demon Street. I am condemned to live here. To suffer on this earth eternally as a punishment for my sin. It is said that no greater outrage was ever committed by any mortal. But should I find a crime more heinous, my terrible punishment will end." -- LON CHANEY JR.
Somewhere between One Step Beyond and Thriller lies 13 Demon Street, a thirteen episode shot-in-Sweden television show created and directed by CURT SIODMAK (the Hollywood horror vet who scripted The Wolfman and wrote Donovan’s Brain). After directing the pilot for Hammer’s unsold Tales of Frankenstein (’58), Siodmak made a deal with LEO GUILD and KENNETH HERTS to shoot a supernatural horror anthology, 13 Demon Street, in Stockholm’s Nordisk Tonefilm studio in 1960. As host -- and caretaker of the titular address -- a disheveled Lon Chaney Jr. briefly intros each episode, often looking like he wants to punch the camera and start a brawl instead. Moody, atmospheric, and hilariously hokey, the series was nevertheless unable to find a buyer. Though the shows were never aired anywhere in the world, we’ve nevertheless found them. Yup, direct from the Land of the Midnight Sun (complete with Swedish subtitles) and transferred from 35mm prints, comes this incredibly rare Something Weird exclusive, all 13 Episodes of the unseen 13 Demon Street, on 4 DVDs, for only $24.95!!
GREEN ARE THE LEAVES
With John Crawford, Ann Wakefield, Jason Lindsey
A television crew arrives at Sweden’s Stafsholm’s Castle in the hopes of broadcasting a murderous ghost who dwells in one of the bedrooms:
THE GIRL IN THE GLACIER
With Frank Taylor, Sara Harts, Jason Lindsey
A chunk of glacier is struck in a mine shaft with the figure of a nude woman, guessed to be 50,000 years old, frozen in the ice. Bringing the chunk of ice to a museum, Dr. Sven Sjöström immediately falls in love with the woman entombed in it (whom he calls Angelica) and gets upset when Olsen, a rival scientist, suggests melting the ice…
THE BOOK OF GHOULS
With Charles Nolte, Vernon Young, Berit Lind
Finding a ritual that guarantees "untold wealth" in an old tome, Anton Lupesco goes on a bizarre scavenger hunt in which he must bury the beak of a raven in the oldest grave in the cemetery, steal "an omen of death" from antique shopkeeper Curt Siodmak in a silent cameo, and seek out a man who does evil and kill him. But -- surprise! -- there’s a tiny detail he’s overlooked...
THE BLACK HAND
With Pat Clavin, Sheldon Lawrence, Louise Grant.
When his car is hit by a speeding driver, Dr. Heinz Schloss, a brilliant surgeon, removes his pinned hand by severing it with a scalpel. Since the driver of the other car, Erich Münster, was killed in the crash, Schloss replaces his missing hand with one of Erich’s….
With Alf Kjellin, Karen Stefanee, Jill Donohue.
During a flu epidemic, Dr. Franz makes a housecall to crazed artist Otto Szegety, whose dingy flat is covered with paintings of the same beautiful woman. Asked who the model is, Szegety hisses, "She’s mine!"
CONDEMNED IN THE CRYSTAL
With Michael Hinn, Gunnel Brostrom, Chalmers Goodlin
"It would be awful to learn one’s future," says John Radian, a man with a "fear of the future," who’s suffering from a recurring nightmare in which he’s drawn to a dilapidated building in a fog-shrouded alley and wakes up screaming.
With John Crawford, Ralph Browne, Inga Botorp
After hot shot photographer Donald Powell takes a photo of a farmhouse in snowy Maine, a beautiful woman emerges from it. He tries to embrace her but ends up strangling the woman instead.
THE VINE OF DEATH
With Pat Clavin, Larry Falk, Don Molin
Museum curator Frank Dylan is thrilled to acquire the bulbs of the ancient Mirada "death vine," puts a bulb in his pocket, and rushes home to plant it. Instead, he stumbles in on Wally, his slimy neighbor, putting the moves on his wife.
A GIFT OF MURDER
With Charles Nolte, Doreen Denning, Gita Ander
At an anniversary party, Jim and Betty Duncan receive a Haitian voodoo doll as an anonymous present, complete with instructions on how to kill one’s enemies.
NEVER STEAL A WARLOCK’S WIFE
With Alan Blair, Lorri Scott, Robert Kanter Milksop
Banker Hubert Ames can’t afford to provide his sultry wife the wealth, clothing, and jewelry she demands, so he tries to acquire them via witchcraft. She’s unimpressed…
MURDER IN THE MIRROR
With Ben Breen, Doreen Denning, Vernon Young
Hired by creepy Count Ottocar Potosi to find a specific antique mirror, Antonio Martinelli is horrified when the mirror shows him a vision of the Count suffocating Mario, his wife’s lover -- a murder that occurred thirty years earlier and created by the victim’s "energy engraved on the glass..."
THE SECRET OF THE TELESCOPE
With Charles Nolte, Lorri Scott, Hortensia Hedstrom
Paul Kessler buys an antique telescope at an auction. It seems ordinary enough until he looks out the window with it and sees a vision of his dead self.
With Alan Blair, Lorri Scott, Robert Kanter
Phony medium "Monsieur" Aramit kills Dr. Robert Standish in order to scam his bereaved widow for some quick cash to pay off a gambling debt. All goes well until the doctor unexpectedly materializes when he isn’t supposed to... -- Watson Pritchard
Starring: Pat Clavin
Co-starring: Sheldon Lawrence
Other cast: Louise Grant, Alf Kjellin, Karen Stefanee, Jill Donohue, Michael Hinn, Gunnel Brostrom, Chalmers Goodin
Directed by: Curt Siodmak