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Herbert L. Strock
Herbert L. Strock
Gender: Male
Medium(s): Film
Roles: Director
Date of birth: January 13th, 1918
Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts
Date of death: November 30th, 2005
Place of death: Moreno Valley, California

Herbert L. Strock was an American film director, producer and editor born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 13th, 1918. His first film was sci-fi movie The Magnetic Monster in 1953, though he was uncredited for his contributions to the movie. The directorial credit for the film was given to Curt Siodmak, who also wrote the screenplay along with Ivan Tors. In 1954, he directed the science fiction film Gog, which also blended elements of horror.

Herbert L. Strock's first full horror genre feature was I Was a Teeanage Frankenstein, which was released on November 23rd, 1957. The movie starred Whit Bissell, Robert Burton, Gary Conway and former Lois Lane actress Phyllis Coates. That same year, Strock directed Blood of Dracula, which starred Sandra Harrison, Louise Lewis, Gail Ganley and Jerry Blaine.

Herbert's next contribution to scif-horro/horror classic shlock came in 1958 when he helmed How to Make a Monster starring Robert H. Harris and Paul Brinegar. The script was based on a story by Aben Kandel and Herman Cohen.

In 1963, Herbert Strock directed The Crawling Hand with Peter Breck, Kent Taylor, Rod Lauren and future Gilligan's Island actor Alan Hale. This movie would go on to become a feature parody on Mystery Science Theater 3000. This was Strock's last regular film work for quite some time.

In 1980, Strock co-directed some sequences from the horror comedy spoof film Witch's Brew, which was a remake of the 1944 movie Weird Woman starring Lon Chaney, as well as 1962's Burn, Witch, Burn!.

Herbert L. Strock also co-directed another sci-fi/horror movie in 1980, Monster, though he was uncredited for his work on the film. Directorial credits for monster are given to Kenneth Hartford. This was Strock's final film work.

Herbert L. Strock passed away in Moreno Valley, California on November 30th, 2005 at the age of 87.

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