Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
Here is a countdown of some of the most influential, terrifying, disgusting and entertaining horror films over the last 100 years.
No. 27: "M" (1931)
Directed by Fritz Lang, the film follows the psychopath Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre). The devilish child killer continually alludes the police, but the tide turns when others criminals join the manhunt.
Co-starring: Ellen Widmann, Otto Wernicke and Inge Landgut.
Runtime: 99 minutes
Rated: Not rated.
- The film's serial killer is played by none other than actor Peter Lorre who went on and enjoyed a successful Hollywood career, with pivotal roles in "Casablanca" (1942), "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) and "Casino Royale" (1954).
- "M" is considered the great granddaddy of slasher films, while "Psycho" (1960) ranks as the granddaddy and "Halloween" (1978) the father of the subgenre.
- Nazis banned the movie in July 1934. So, the German film could not be seen in its country of origin.
- It only took six weeks to film "M."
- Prior to "M," Peter Lorre was known best for his work as a comedic actor.
- "M" is short for morder. The word means murderer in German.