A few weeks ago I posted about legendary Hollywood make-up artist and “King of the Gorilla Men” Charles Gemora. As you may recall, Gemora appeared as Erik the Gorilla in the Bela Lugosi film Murders in the Rue Morgue. He also created and played the Martian in War of the Worlds.
Last night I began my research for our upcoming interview with Richard Anderson by watching Curse of the Faceless Man and was surprised to see Charlie Gemora’s name in the opening credits.
Gemora was the film’s “Creature Creator.” He was responsible for creating stone man Quintillus Aurelius (played by actor/stunt man Bob Bryant in the film). In the film, Aurelius is a gladiator killed in Pompeii in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. His body is unearthed 2,000 years later by an archaeological expedition.
The creature is quite effective and another example of the great creative work done by Gemora.