"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, three episodes of the unseen 13 Demon Street. Boo!
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. Convinced that his death could only be the result of his alcoholic wife murdering him, he decides to off her first by putting rat poison in her decanter of booze... (The wrap-up shows Chaney inexplicably cackling at the contents of a malignant dollhouse!)
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: "You do the incantations and I’ll do the dishes." But when he discovers that she’s running away with her illicit boyfriend, Hubert reads from The Science of Necromancy, takes advice from a witch’s cat, and conjures up a road full of flames for the fleeing lovers...
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..."
BLACK NEMESIS -- Watson Pritchard
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...
Lorri ScottOther cast:
Hortensia Hedstrom, Alan Blair, Lorri Scott, Robert Kanter, Ben Breen, Doreen Dening, Vernon Young, Alan Blair, Lorri Scott, Robert KanterDirected by: