Herb Strock's steady
hand helmed some the horror genre's most beloved double-feature
fare with titles such as, I Was A Teenage Frankenstein,
The Crawling Hand, and Blood of Dracula.
He broke into pictures shooting the Fox Movietone newsreels
and soon began the arduous, educational climb through
the editing departments of the major film and TV studios.
His television work alone would require a discussion
twice as long as the one which follows. Says Herb of
his TV directorial career: "I did so many westerns
I pleaded to get out from under the manure."
How did you find your way into the science fiction and
[Producer] Ivan Tors moved over to where I had been
working which was Hal Roach Studios and was going to
do a picture called The Magnetic Monster. So
he hired me as associate producer and film editor. And
I was editing the picture three days into production
when Ivan and [director] Curt Siodmak had some kind
of a falling out. I never knew what. And Ivan got me
into the Directors Guild and insisted that I take over