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12-31-03 FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING...
We had planned on announcing this a few months ago,
but completely forgot about it. Go figure. But we did want to say
that back in October, we hit our 5 year anniversary. Can't believe I've
been doing this for that long. But we are hoping that next year will be
even a better year for us, as well as you the viewer...or reader...or what have
We hope to continue the contests and prizes that we have been
doing the last half of this year. I know we have gotten some great
responses from you out there and really do appreciate it. Plus we always
enjoy testing those little brains out there. We work hard to bring you
something to possibly enlighten you, maybe even educate, but at least if nothing
else, to entertain.
So I want to thank everyone out there who visits here on a
regular basis. We always love hearing from you, so keep up the emails.
And for those newer visitors, glad that you found your way here, and visit
often. Got questions? We got answers...somewhere around here...
Have a safe and Happy New Year!
MYSTERY CHANNEL VINCENT PRICE MARATHON
For those who do see this update before tomorrow, the
Mystery Channel will be showing some great Price movies tomorrow. So
check your listings to catch some classic films with Vincent Price.
THE HOUSE OF ZOMBIE
It seems that the script for Zombie's sequel to his
directorial debut has been approved, and they are planning to start production
and casting early next year, with a proposed release date some time next summer.
According to MTV.com, Zombie says "It's
a very different film. It's much darker and more serious. It's a gritty
crime movie like [the 1973 Terrence Malick film] 'Badlands.' There's nothing
campy or wacky at all." The film to take place a couple of months after
the first film, with the Firefly house being raided by a SWAT team.
And in some other Zombie news, it seems that his music career
has not been put on hold as we once thought. He plans on writing his next
solo album early next year. He hasn't started anything yet, but Zombie
says "I really want to make a much heavier, darker record. I'm not
worrying about radio or television or anything. I just want to make a really
scary record." He doesn't seemed to be in a hurry about it though,
planning on getting some new band members and experiment. Nice to see that
he's not giving up the music career. Looking forward to it.
SOME SAD NEWS TO END THE YEAR...
After an unsuccessful battle with cancer, Hong Kong actress Anita
Mui passed away a few days ago. Though she wasn't really known in the
horror genre per say, but when I was really into the HK actions films a few
years ago, this lady was one of my favorites. Probably my favorite of her
films was Heroic Trio, where she played the crime fighting Wonder Woman.
She also starred along Jackie Chan in DRUNKEN MASTER 2 and RUMBLE IN THE BRONX.
She was only 40 years old.
She will be missed. Rest in Peace...
SLIGHT HOLIDAY DELAY...
We had planned on having this update done way earlier this
week, but between my work in the real world and the holiday season rapidly
approaching, things kept getting push back and back. But since we are in
the holiday season, please
click here for a special season's greeting from us
here at the Krypt.
Congrats to quite a few people this time out on our Mystery
Photo. I'm wondering how many of you would have gotten it if I would have
cut off the owl mask??? But nonetheless, congrats go to Edward Quioc III, Hoby
Abernathey, Brian Smith, Eric Alexander, Stephen Weakley, Chris Huziak, Mark
McConnaughey, and Vatonges. As they all knew, the correct answer was
STAGEFRIGHT....or AQUARIUS...or BLOODY BIRD... But whatever you call it,
it was the Michele Soavi's first feature film that he directed. As we all
know, he would go on to do one of the best Italian zombie movies ever made,
Good luck on this
A couple of news bites for fans of Mr. Naschy. The
first is the awesome news from
that our buddies at
Mondo Macabro USA will be putting out Naschy's rare film LATIDOS DE PANICO
on DVD. This film has never been release over here, unless you count the
always grainy bootlegs. This is somewhat of a sequel to Naschy's HORROR
RISES FROM THE TOMB (Now when is that coming out???) To the right is the
German poster art (borrowed from Naschy.com) that may be could be used for the
cover, but nothing has been finalized.
But with the quality of the discs that Mondo Macabro have
been putting out, we are very excited to see this one. They have always
done an excellent job, not only on the film itself, but all the cool extras that
they pack in there as well.
And in other Naschy news,
Midnight Marquee will
be re-issuing Naschy biography, Paul Naschy: Memoirs Of A Wolfman,
with a new cover. So if you weren't lucky enough to pick one of the first
printings up, you better make sure you don't miss out on this one.
CATCH THE CREEPER
While waiting for JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 to hit DVD this
Tuesday, check out this game that is on the official website. It's
basically a PacMan variation with the Creeper in there. Click
here to get
AND SPEAKING OF SEQUELS...
TREMORS 4: THE LEGEND BEGINS comes to video on January 2nd.
I have to say, that while the 2nd and 3rd film weren't as good as the first one,
they were still entertaining and well worth the watch. I'm expecting the
same on this new one. They have always come up with some good stuff to
keep you watching. That's a lot more than I could say for a lot of these
The DVD will feature audio commentary with the director S.S.
Wilson, an on-the-set documentary, deleted scenes and outtakes, minature
production, a early student film from the director, and something called Dirt
GREAT GIFT FOR HORROR FANS
I'd like to take a moment to recommend a DVD that I think
that all horror fans should have in the collections. Image Entertainment
have released HEROES OF HORROR on DVD. This is the five episodes from
A&E's Biography program that feature Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr.,
Peter Lorre, and Vincent Price on a great 2-disc set. This would be a
great item for some horror fans Christmas list. I had picked this up about
a month ago, but hadn't really sat down and watched it yet. So today,
while wrapping some holiday packages, I popped in the Karloff and Chaney Jr.
episodes. Even though I had seen both of them when they originally aired
on A&E, they were still very entertaining to see again.
Fans of horror should know the basics. And it doesn't
get any more basic than these five actors who did so much for the genre.
For a price under $20, you can make a horror fan very happy with this gift.
ONE FOR THE "YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME" FILE
A friend of mine sent me a link to Kung Fu Cinema, a site
that covers Asian marital arts films. It is strictly a review and
informational site. They don't sell movies at all. But earlier this
month, they were hit with a "cease and desist order by Miramax Films in regards
to the unlawful sale of import versions of Zhang Yimou's HERO." So while
they don't sell movies, since they had links of places where import versions of
these titles could be purchased, they were accused of being an accessory to the
crime. Give me a fucking break!
Now Miramax is well known for releasing butchered versions of
the import movies that they pick up for American distribution rights. And
I do agree that they have the right to protect their property. But for
them to say that I can't purchase a legally made DVD of some Asian film from
Japan or wherever, that they have purchased is a crock of shit.
I know this doesn't have that much to do with horror, but I
think it's still a pretty important news for us fans of imported movies, whether
it be martial art action films or horror. For more information of this,
here to be taken to Kung Fu Cinema's site. Plus, we'd like to hear
your thoughts about it on our Message Board.
For fans of trailers of cult films, here is some great news.
Ban 1 Productions is working on a Trailer DVD for next year that will have 40
different trailers for some great cult movies. Titles like DEADLY SPAWN,
MUTATIONS, CHATTERBOX, SCHOOL GIRL BRIDE, and many more. Check out their
website by clicking
more information about this upcoming disc. Since we love trailers as much
as the films, we are really looking forward to this one.
12-9-03 HORROR FOR
THE HOLIDAYS CONTEST!
Coming out on DVD and Video on the 23th of this month is
JEEPERS CREEPERS 2. Now the reason for this shameless plug is that we are
big fans of this series. We really enjoyed the first film, and was blown
away even more with the second film. Like ALIEN and ALIENS, the two
CREEPER movies are quite different, with the second one having a lot more action
than the first. If you didn't get a chance to see it in the theater, you
will want to check out this DVD release. Here's what features the DVD will
2 different audio commentaries: 1st with Director Victor Salva and cast.
The 2nd with Creeper Jonathan Breck, storyboard artist Brad Parker, and makeup
effects artist Brian Penikas.
"Deleted scenes & Moments" - This is a 15-minute segment that will feature
deleted scenes and a look into the Creeper's graveyard of past victims.
"Creeper's Lair" featurette - a storyboard sequence that was never shot.
"A Day In Hell" documentary - 1/2 hour doc. that shows a day on the set of
"Lights, Camera, Creeper" - Goes into the creation of JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 with
behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.
"Creeper Creation" - A behind-the-scenes look at the process of turning actor
Jonathan Breck into the Creeper
"Digital Effects by The Orphanage" - This featurette shows the creation of
the film's digital effects from the beginning, from concept to creation, which
includes showing how the Creeper was able to grow wings and fly.
"Creeper Composer" - This featurette is about the composer Bennett Salvay and
his process of scoring the film, featuring footage of the recording session.
"Ventriloquist Creeper" - A 3-minute menu-based storyboard with 3 minutes of
Photo Gallery and trailers.
Make sure you add this title to your Christmas list, or be
at the stores on 23rd to pick up this great movie, and what sounds to be a great
addition to any horror collection. You can check out the official JEEPERS
CREEPERS 2 Website by clicking
Now for the contest, this is going to be an easy one.
All you need to do in send me an email by clicking
here. I'm not sure what I'll be getting for the give-away from MGM,
but could be anything from a soundtrack, posters, or DVDs of the JEEPERS
CREEPERS movies. So once I get the prizes, I will draw names from the
emails to pick the winner. Pretty easy, huh?
For more information on other horror titles that MGM have
released, check out their Horror Section of their site
Check out the wallpaper in their download sections. Pretty cool stuff.
NEW MYSTERY PHOTO
I was very happy to see the number of people sending in
correct answers on this last photo. It was RAW MEAT, or DEATH LINE,
depending on what side of the ocean you're on. And here I thought it was
pretty obscure. Great job people. The ones who sent in the correct
answers were Stephen Weakley, Chris Huziak, Hoby Abernathy, Mads Jensen, and
And now try that gray matter on this
I DRINK YOUR BLOOD DVD
For you poor bastards that weren't able to pick up one of
those limited edition DVDs of this cult classic, you are in luck. Fangoria
Magazine plans to launch a new line of classic DVDs next year. And the
first title in that line will be David Durston's I DRNK YOUR BLOOD. Not
sure if that disc will have all the same features as the previous release, but I
would image so. But apparently they will only be available through
Fangoria's website. But even so, at least you'll be able to get your hands
on this great little movie.
NOW HERE'S SOMETHING REALLY SCARY...
After an 11-year old boy started to write a horror story for
his English class, he ended up getting suspended for it. For more details
on the story, click
It's amazing at how the world has gotten so scared of itself
over the last few years. It is nice to see that the kid and his family is
getting some help from the ACLU in dealing with this. What is this
teaching our kids? That you can only have imagination as long as it's not
threatening to anybody in anyway?
HORROR GOES TO CAMP!
If you are fans of the Cinema Wasteland shows, you might want
to check out this convention. A. Ghastlee Ghoul, a horror host from Ohio,
has decided to try his hand at a movie convention. And we have decided to
go and give it a try. With the guest of honor being none other than Sid
Haig, we figured we had to be there. Other guests include Tom Sullivan and
his traveling EVIL DEAD Museum, Joe Estevez, Conrad Brooks, and Krya Schon, the
little girl from original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
We've also added a link on our Navigational Bar that shows
all our upcoming shows that we are doing, or at least hoping to do. It's
Upcoming Conventions & Shows.
For more information on the Scary Camp, click
here or on the graphic
11-30-03 NEW BOOKS
We have added a few more titles in our Books section, just
in case you're looking for that special item for someone for the holidays.
Nothing says Christmas like giving someone a copy of say....A TASTE OF BLOOD:
THE FILMS OF H.G. LEWIS or SCHLOCK-O-RAMA: THE FILMS OF AL ADAMSON. I know
it would in my case. You can check them out
We have two more reviews of some interesting soundtracks up,
for CARNIVAL OF SOULS and the double bill CD of INVASION OF THE SAUCER-MEN and
IT CONQUERED THE WORLD. Have a look
Also, just as a reminded for the Chicago-area people, the
Music Box Theatre will be having a midnight screening of Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE
next weekend, December 5 & 6. We will be there on Saturday, with some of
our usual motley crew.
CINEMA WASTELAND - MORE GUESTS ADDED
Ken and company have added a few more guests to their April
lineup. Adding to the TEXAS CHAINSAW group, is R.A. Mihailoff who played
Leatherface in TCM 3. Then there's everybody's favorite psycho, Bill
Moseley. You might know him from Rob Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, but
don't forget his wacky performance as Chop-Top from TCM 2.
And while he doesn't have any relation to the TCM family,
though if you've seen SPIDER BABY, you'd swear that that film is the grandfather
of TCM, Sid Haig will also be joining the show. While Haig may have also
recently appeared in HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, he has been in tons of those
drive-in classics that we all love.
If you want to see a full guest list, either click on the
banner near the top of this page, or just simply click
they say, if you're only going to make it to one show next year, this is the
11-23-03 NEW REVIEWS
We've added three new
Reviews up in the usual
section. Check them out and enjoy!
We didn't ever realize that with the last Mystery Photo, we
never said what that last one was from! Figured someone would have emailed
me to find out what it was from. Oh well...sorry! It was from
TARGETS, with Boris Karloff.
As for this last one, that was from Hammer's CAPTAIN KRONOS:
VAMPIRE HUNTER, which is one of our newest reviews. Unfortunately, nobody
sent in a correct answer for that one. Where's all the Hammer fans out
there? Check out the new one and see what you can come up with. It
might be a little tough, but good luck.
11-21-03 A SAD
NOTE TO START THE WEEKEND...
Jim Siedow, best know for playing Drayton Sawyer (or just the
Cook) from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE has past away.
It's really odd that just last weekend, I had gone to see TCM
at a Midnight screening in Chicago. Siedow gave a great performance as the
twisted father figure in both TCM 1 & 2. I also thought he was sometimes
the most frightening character, since at some points, there seemed to be a
little bit of sanity in him. Almost like he was going to help you.
But then the craziness would take over, and we'd see that twisted grin come over
We'd like to express our deepest condolences to his family
11-16-03 HAMMER MOVIES RISE FROM THE
In some great news for us Hammer fans, Warner Home Video has
announced that they will be releasing 3 more Hammer films from their collection.
They are FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, and
TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA. But even better news is that Warner is
reporting that TASTE will be the uncut version, which has never been officially
released here in the states. They told
"We've confirmed that our DVD for
TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA is the complete,
95-minute uncut version of the film" and that "we are pleased that fans will be
happy with this release."
Finally, my favorite of the Hammer / Frankenstein films will
be coming out! That only means of few more titles to have all the Cushing
/ Frankenstein and Lee / Dracula titles to complete the collection.
Gee...I wonder if Lee will be doing any commentary???
Also according to DVD Drive-In, for fans of those low-budget
classics, there will be a few titles from Retromedia, Image, and Something Weird
coming out to keep you happy. You can look forward to GAMERA VS MONSTER X
and MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET. Then two from our buddy Larry
Buchanan, IT'S ALIVE and YEAR 2889, which will feature an interview with YEAR
2889 Paul Peterson. And then there a double feature of Andy Milligan's THE
GHASTLY ONES with SEEDS OF SIN.
Too bad they won't be ready for this year's Turkey Day
And speaking of Turkey Day, we are taking a nod from MST3K
and plan on spending our Thanksgiving holiday watching some classic turkey
films. Head on over to our
Message Board and give us some suggestions of titles that should be viewed
during this Turkey Day Festival! So far, we plan on watching BLOOD FREAK,
and will probably throw a Larry Buchanan film in there somewhere.
TEXAS CHAINSAW FANS
For fans that can't get enough of this series (not including
that piece of crap remake), now's your chance. Author Stefan Jaworzyn has
written The Texas Chainsaw Companion. The retail price is $19.95, but
Amazon is offering it for around $14.00. The book covers the first four
films. As much as I really don't need to hear about the making of the
first one, I will probably have to add this to my reference collection...
KILLER KLOWNS 2?
It seems that the Chiodo Brothers are in talks with MGM for
make their long awaited sequel to their cult classic KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER
SPACE. Check out this
more info. If you want to see the sequel be made, then write to the Chiodo
Brothers and let them know! You can write to them by
For fans of the original,
Percepto Records plan on
releasing the original soundtrack on CD, which will include the theme songs by
The Dickies. The CD will have a newly re-mastered tracks by the films
original composer, John Massari.
11-12-03 CHICAGO AREA TCM & ZOMBIE FANS
For those in the Chicagoland area, I guess I should have
mentioned mentioned where the 3-D version of CREATURE was playing. Didn't
think of it. In any case, it was at the
Music Box Theater
on the north side of Chicago. This weekend, they are playing a Midnight
showing of the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE on Friday and Saturday.
Sorry for the short notice, but we will be out there on Saturday night.
Then on December 5th & 6th, they have midnight screenings of
Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE!!! We will definitely be there on the Saturday night
CINEMA WASTELAND REPORT & PICS
Well, we finally got off our butt and got these pics scanned
in and up. Click here
to be taken to our Celebrity Photo section and enjoy!
11-08-03 UPDATE - PART 1
We been trying to get this update done over the last week,
but seemed to be getting sidetracked from quite a few different things.
We've been watching quite a few movies as of late. Even tonight, we are
heading out into Chicago to see a midnight screening of THE CREATURE FROM THE
BLACK LAGOON...in 3-D!!! So in the meantime, while we still have some more
items that we are working on, here are a few things to keep you busy.
Yes, we finally decided to put up another photo.
Congrats to those who guess correctly. They would be Kevin Nickelson,
Stephen Weakley, and Brian Horrorwitz (from
So check out our new pic and get those brain cells to work!
CABIN FEVER CONTEST WINNER!!!
Sorry for the delay in this folks, but we've finally have
drrawn a winner in our latest contest. And that winner is Theresa Wyckoff.
Congrats to you Theresa! You will be receiving four DVD titles, all
courtesy of Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Those titles are DAGON,
FRAILTY, LEPRECHAUN, and DEAD-ALIVE. Thanks to all who participated.
Keep watching this site for our next contest.
LIONS GATE HORRORS
And speaking of Lions Gate, they have debuted their new face
on the internet with a new site to promote their horror titles coming out.
Check it out here.
We have also added a few new reviews up here at the Krypt.
Click on our Reviews
section to find out what we think about Rob Zombie's debut film HOUSE OF 1000
CORPSES, Guillermo del Toro's first film CRONOS, the much hyped movie from the
Pang Brothers THE EYE, and two British classics, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD
and Hammer's FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL.
We also have a review of Steve Jablonsky's score for the
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake, recently put out by La-La Land Records.
We hope to have some more reviews in the next few days.
Such as MIDNIGHT MASS, BEAST FROM THE HAUNTED CAVE, CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE
HUNTER, and THE LIVING CORPSE, which is a Pakistani version of DRACULA that has
to be seen to believe.
MONSTER MANIA REPORT
We also finally got our report done for the Monster Mania
show that was back at the end September in New Jersey. Check out our
Convention Photo section
for the details. We should have our report of the Cinema Wasteland show in
the next couple of days as well.
TEXAS CHAINSAW - A REVIEW QUESTIONED?
I just wanted to make a comment or two about this latest
remake. As I posted before, I thought this film was terrible. But
while I'm working out my frustrations in a review to posted later, I came across
another review that had me scratching my head. In the latest issue of Rue
Morgue magazine, Jen Vuckovic wrote a review for it, that had me wondering if
there was a different version out there. Stated in the review, it says
"the kids run out of gas and go in search of the sheriff for help." Don't
remember them running out of gas. They were going to meet the sheriff,
weren't they? The review also goes on to mention a "family of crazed
cannibals". Don't remember any mentioned or shown anything of any
cannibalism. Yea, there were body parts here and there, but don't recall
anybody getting 'dressed for dinner'.
Now, is it me? Was that in there and that maybe I just
blocked it out? So if there's anybody out there that has seen the movie,
whether you enjoyed it or not, drop me a note and let me know if I'm the one
that's developed a case of narcolepsy or not. We need your help to know if
I need to update my medication or not.
10-26-03 MUSIC FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
Are you one who loves
to listen to music soundtracks? Well, we've recently come across a few
that we want to give our Kryptic Recommendation for this Halloween season.
Being a big fan of movie soundtracks, we are always on the
lookout for some great atmospheric music. We had heard of Midnight Syndicate,
but never really looked into it. But they were at the Horrorfind Weekend and we
were able to hear some of their music. What I heard, I liked. But it was one
of those items that I had planned on going back to get, but never got around
it. A couple of weeks ago, while doing some holiday shopping at Spencers (damn,
do they have some great Halloween stuff…), I picked up one of their CDs. After
only listening to the first few tracks, I regret not buying them directly from
the guys themselves at Horrorfind. If you are a fan of creepy, atmospheric
music, you need to check these guys out. It’s like music for a horror movie,
except the movie will be in your head. This is great music for Halloween
parties, Halloween night, or just anytime you want to set that mood. Check them
out at their website.
You should also be able to find their stuff at places like Spencers or other
Halloween type of stores.
CURSE - OCULUS INFERNUM
This is a project by Twisted Sister's former frontman Dee
Snider, who wanted to do a Halloween version of Trans Siberian Orchestra.
And he did just that. By taking bits of classic music and classic horror
themes, adding his own little story, Snider & Co. have come up with a great CD
not only for the holiday, but for anytime you want to get into the mood.
You should be able to find it at most places like Best Buy or Tower Records.
You can also check out the website
here, though I
couldn't get anything to show up. Hopefully, this isn't a one time deal,
and we can expect more.
While were still getting our reports done for the last two
conventions that we attended, here's some news about the shows for next year
already. Can't plan this stuff early enough, you know.
The first one is our personal favorite show, the Cinema
Wasteland show, which is going to have their first April (2nd-4th) show next
year, as well as their normal October show. For the April show, it will be
the 30th Anniversary of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. And to celebrate that,
the guests that they have lineup for already are all from the CHAINSAW movies.
You have Gunnar Hansen (original Leatherface), Edwin Neal (the hitchhiker), Paul
Partain (Franklin), Marilyn Burns (Sally), Allen Danziger (Jerry), and Robert A.
Burns (set designer from the original TCM). Bill Johnson, who played
Leatherface in TCM 2, is also scheduled to be there. I'm sure they'll get
Bill Moseley (Choptop) as well, but that's not confirmed yet. And at this
early stage, I wouldn't be surprised to see more guests added.
So if you are a fan of this movie, this is one show you don't
want to miss. It's at the same place as always, at the Holiday Inn,
Strongsville, Ohio. Check out their website for more details.
While no guests have been announced yet for next year's show,
they have posted the dates. It will in July 30th - Aug. 1st, and will be
held Holiday Inn O'hare, which is where the first one was held, but not sure.
In any case, we've done the past two shows and have always had a great time.
When we get more information on the guests, we'll post them here.
No real information about this show, except the dates.
Dave and company have already announced the date and some
guests for his next show. It will in New Jersey again, and will be on
August 27th - 29th. So far, the guests include Lopita Tovar, who starred
in the Spanish version of DRACULA, Ingrid Pitt, and Hazel Court.
So make your plans now.
And on a small note, we did go see this remake...rehash of
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE last night. And yes, we thought it was terrible.
Sorry guys, but just because you make everyone sweaty and take most all the
color out of the film, this doesn't automatically make the film have a gritty
feel to it. I don't care about the fact that they changed the storyline
around. But it did bother me that the story was plain stupid. Having
the main character chased around through 1/2 the movie does not make suspense.
Though it is a shame that they can't make a sequel since the people holding the
rights wants too much money. Of course, now they've just moved on to
remake AMITYVILLE HORROR...we can hardly wait.
10-22-03 WE'RE BACK!
Yes, after two conventions, a Halloween Party, and many, many
computer problems, we are back. It's been over 4 days since we've
experienced any computer problems, so I'm hoping that we are out of the woods
with this thing. I must say that it's been a real hell of a time getting
through all of this.
After replacing a hard drive and motherboard in this thing,
while installing new drivers for the XP upgrade, we somehow got one of those
worm blaster viruses in our system that just played holy hell with us. We
could only get online for about 60 seconds or two before our computer would
restart. What a bitch.
But now I'm hoping that we've fixed everything and things
should get back to normal...somewhat. We will be making a few changes here
at the Krypt. Now that we had gone a few weeks without a computer, I
realized that I tend to spend way too much time sitting here in front of this
thing. Actually, I knew it all along, but just didn't want to admit it.
So while we are going to keep this site open, there will be a
few changes. Namely the updates won't be as frequent. I would hope
to have something at least once every 7-10 days. I hope to work on more
reviews, not just movies, but also books and soundtracks, and also adding more
entries in our Tombs of Fame and Shame, as well as working on some other
sections. I think the main thing that will change is that I won't be
updating with all the news info that I've been doing in the past. There
are way too many other great news sites, like Gorezone and Creature-Corner, that
are updated daily with tons of news bites. Hell, that's all I was doing
anyway, just going to all those sites and collecting what interested me. I
will still put little news bites up occasionally when I want to add my own
little opinion in there.
I'm hope everyone will understand the changes. I
actually did think for a while to shutting down this site, but really don't
think I could do that. I enjoy doing it way too much. And the
occasional feedback from one of you out there makes it all worth while.
But in any case, we are working on our convention reports for
both the Monster Mania and Cinema Wasteland shows, and are hoping to have them
up by the end of the weekend.
9-20-03 A BRIEF INTERRUPTION IN OUR
This will be our last update for a few weeks. As we
mentioned before, starting next weekend, we have two conventions back to back.
So during that time, we will be putting our Kryptic Komputer out to pasture...actually dropping
off at Gateway for repairs (or at least hope they can find the problem).
We're hoping to have it back by the time we return from Ohio for the Cinema
Wasteland show. If it is, we will post a little note letting every one
know not only that we did survive, but can also access our email again.
And then shortly (yea, right) after that, we will have our reports up about the
shows. So if we don't answer any emails after next week, this is why.
Stay tuned, and we will be back!
CABIN FEVER TRIVIA STILL GOING!
During this downtime, we will keep our latest Trivia contest
still going for the next couple of weeks. We will announce the winner when
we get back from the upcoming shows. You you still have a couple of weeks
to send in your entry. Just click on our
Trivia Page to give it a
And speaking of which, we did catch CABIN FEVER at the
theater last weekend. While it's definitely not the greatest movie as some
were saying, it is pretty good. Yea, nothing really original, but then
again, neither was HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, but we enjoyed the hell out of that
one. So check it out. We were thinking of seeing UNDERWORLD this
weekend, but figured if I was to see three first-run movies three weeks in a
row, that it might throw the earth off it's axis, or at least cause some sort of
NEW MYSTERY PHOTO
We did have two people send in correct answers for our last
photo, which was from Stephen King's MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE. They were Chris
Huziak and Bobby.
This time we really have a very underrated little film.
Great little film that is pretty disturbing in it's own right. Good Luck.
Click on the link to the left to see the new pic.
VICTOR SALVA GOES TO WAR
The Hollywood Reporter is...reporting that Victor Salva's
next movie will the the WWII horror story called THE WATCH for New Line Cinema.
He will be directing, as well as re-writing the script. The story is about
a group of soldiers that run up against an incarnation of the devil as they try
to take out a Nazi bridge. With the great way that Salva can create
atmosphere and style, we are really looking forward to this next project.
Thanks to Fangoria for the news.
HALLOWEEN REMAKE...ANOTHER RUMOR
As we all hoped (at least here at the Krypt), the reports of
Dimension planning on remaking the original HALLOWEEN were just rumors, and
nothing more. But with all the remakes going on lately, I would have not
been surprised one bit. It seems that those memories of that PSYCHO
abortion have all been forgotten.
SPEAKING OF HALLOWEEN...
If you're looking for some really cool stuff for this year's
Halloween, or for anytime of the year, check out
They have some awesome stuff, including some exclusive items from HOUSE OF 1000
CORPSES. That might have something to do with the place being run by
makeup artist Wayne Toth. Check out their Murder Ride t-shirt, not to
mention the one for Red Hot Pussy Liquors.
9-11-03 CONVENTION UPDATE!
We've just found out that Dave & Co. have added two more
guests to his Monster Mania show. Adding to his Hammer Glamour lineup,
Suzanna Leigh. She was in Hammer's LUST FOR A VAMPIRE and the highly
underrated film THE LOST CONTINENT. And also added to the list was
Virginia Hey, who was in ROAD WARRIOR, as well as the TV
JUST A QUICK RAMBLING...
I got the latest issue of Fangoria yesterday in the mail.
I subscribe, so we tend to get it a little earlier than the stores. Well,
after reading the Elegy by editor Tony Timpone, and paging through the new
issue, some questions started to come to mind.
First of all, the price for this issue is up an extra $2,
making it $9.99. But on the front cover, it states "Extra Bloody Pages!".
Looking at the back page, it shows 90 pages. I think they're normally
around 80. So there's are around 10 more pages. But then I started
to look a little closer.
There is a 6-page interview with Christopher Lee in this new
issue. No biggie. The guy is a legend to the horror genre.
It's even part 1 of 2, it's so big. But then we find out that it is an
interview that was done back in 1992! Why is this in here? I could
see maybe if Lee had passed away, and this was some lost interview. But
hell, the interview had even been posted on the internet some time ago on a
Universal Horror site.
But it doesn't stop there. I noticed that there seemed
to have a lot of full page ads in this issue. So I started to count them.
As I was doing this, I discover that Fango seems to think that the cover the
magazine is page #1. I just checked Rue Morgue, and they seemed to do it
too. So I guess that's normal? But in the last issue of Fango
(#226), which had 82 pages, they had 11 full page ads. In this new issue
(#227), they have 90 pages, but with 19 full page ads.
So for that extra $2, you get an interview that is 11 years
old, and around 9 more pages of adds. Is it just me thinking that this
seems a bit wrong? Want to vent? Post your response on our
Message Board, or email Fango yourself by clicking
RICK BAKER RETIRES?
In that recent report from Sci Fi Wire with Wes Craven about
his troubled CURSED movie, he mentions about Baker leaving the project, and that
he was retiring. "I haven't seen that hit the news yet, but he shut down
his studio. All of the elements have been taken over by KNB for us."
Having seen any other news about this, but for some reason I
thought I remember reading this somewhere before. Maybe Baker figured he
had won enough Oscars. Shame if the reports are true, since he has done
some amazing work in his career.
Thanks to Really Scary.com
SHOULDN'T THIS BE ON COMEDY
Airing next week on AMC will be FANG VERSUS FICTION: THE REAL
UNDERWORLD OF VAMPIRES AND WEREWOLVES. The show will feature commentary by
scientists, sociologist, weapons experts, and (ready for this?) "self-described
vampires and werewolves". The show will "examines an
exclusive modern-day vampire and werewolf underground unknown to mainstream
society." You got to be kidding me? Isn't there a better way to
promote UNDERWORLD then this? Times like this, I'm embarrassed to admit
that I like horror movies.
For those who want to watch these whack-jobs, it will be
airing on AMC on September 17th and 19th.
ABBY FINALLY COMING OUT???
Eclectic DVD and Sinema Diable will be releasing the ultra
rare 1974 film ABBY, which was yanked from the market after a lawsuit from
Warner Bros. stating that it was a rip-off of THE EXORCIST. According to
Eclectric's website, it's suppose to feature an all new digital transfer of the
film. Before I get excited about seeing this lost William Girdler classic,
I wait and see what the reviews have to say. It's set to be released on
Also coming out from Eclectic DVD the same day, is Paul
Naschy's DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE. While this has been released on video, it
was the cut version. No word on if this will be the uncut version or not.
But after their release of the 'clothed' version of VAMPIRE'S NIGHT ORGY, I
don't have my hopes up.
Both titles will have a SRP for $14.95.
GUILTY PLEASURES, ANYONE?
Speaking of the Message Board, after talking with a few
different people, and having them mentioned about being embarrassed to liking a
certain movie, I've decided to give you a chance to confess your sins. Go
on over to our
Message Board, and let's hear some of the movies that you love, but wouldn't
admit it to the public...or at least people that know you. Come on now,
this is the internet...we're all anonymous here, right? No one will
ridicule you...well, maybe, but it will be good to cleanse you soul, right?
9-9-03 TO HTML OR TO NOT HTML...THAT IS
Well folks, it lasted about a two months, but we are
going to be back to our old mailing list updates. As better as the newer
ones looked, it really is almost as much time working on that as it does doing
the update for the website. It's not as easy as just cutting and pasting,
even though it should be. What it was causing was causing my updates to be
a week or more apart, instead of getting the site updated several times a week.
So we're back to the non-HTML email updates. Sorry to disappoint everyone,
but I hope everyone understands.
CONVENTION TIME APPROACHES...AGAIN
Well, the convention season for us is already coming to a
close for this year. But we still have two more on the horizon that are
two weeks back to back. If you are planning on attending either or both of
these shows, please stop by our booth and say hi. It's always nice to put
the faces with the names.
The first one is Dave Hagen's
Mania show in New Jersey. This will take place on September 26th-28th.
This is Dave's first show, but for fans of classic horror and Hammer films, you
don't want to miss this one. The guests include Hammer starlets Hazel
Court, Veronica Carlson, Caroline Munro, and Yvonne Monlaur. Other guests
include Ben Chapman and Julie Adams (from CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON), Kane
Hodder and Betsy Palmer, Doug Bradley, Chiodo Brothers (the guys who brought us
KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, created the CRITTERS, and many more awesome
effects), James O'Bar, and many others. Click on the banner below to be
taken to the official site for the show.
Then the following weekend, we will be heading to Ohio for
Wasteland show, which takes place on October 3rd-5th. This is Ken &
Pam's 4th show, and each time they get better and better. We've been there
since the beginning, and always have a great time. From meeting other
fans, seeing the celebs, or watching all the great flicks that are playing at
night, you can't go wrong with this show.
At this year's show, the dead are returning again. From
the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, there will be six people attending: John
Russo, Russ Streiner, Kyra Schon, Bill Hinzman, Marilyn Eastman and Karl
Then from EVIL DEAD, not only do have have Tom Sullivan
returning with his awesome EVIL DEAD musuem, but also the lovely Ladies of THE
EVIL DEAD (Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandwiess, and Theresa Tilly). And making a
very rare convention appearance is Hal Delrich who played Scotty. This is
a great opptunity for fans of this movie to meet pretty much all the major cast
from the film.
But there's more. Also attending will be Robert A.
Burns, the man responsible for the set designs for the original TEXAS CHAINSAW
MASSACRE and many others. And then there is Basil Gogos, Anthony DiLeo,
Kenny Miller, and everyone's favorite Demon Lady, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni.
STARTS FRIDAY...BUT ORDER YOUR CD NOW!
We've put our review up for the soundtrack for Eli Roth's
CABIN FEVER, which hits theaters this Friday. This is a great soundtrack,
filled with all the creepiness to put those hairs on the back of your neck on
end. Check out our full review in our
Plus, while to be honest, we're really not looking that
forward to the movie, La-La Land Records will also be releasing the soundtrack
for the remake of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, with music by Steve Jablonsky.
And while it's nice to see La-La Land Records releasing some
of these newer films, let's hope they also keep putting out those forgotten and
lost classic scores as well!
And don't forget about our CABIN FEVER TRIVIA contest that is
going on right now. Just click on our
Trivia section to be taken
NEW MYSTERY PHOTO
Yet another photo goes by with no winners? Did I make
it too hard again? I guess that film was a little too obscure, even if it
did star Peter Weller. The film is OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN, and is about very
large rat that takes up residents in Mr. Weller's brownstone. While his
wife and kid are out of town visiting relatives, he's starting a personal war
against this rodent. Great movie if you've never seen it...but trust me
guys...once you watch it, you'll never lift up the toilet seat again the same
We've posted a new
pic in the normal place, which should be a
little easier this time...well maybe not. You people must not be doing
I DRINK YOUR BLOOD STAR DIES
Some sad news from Fangoria's website. Bhaskar, the
actor who uttered those famous words, "Satan was an acid head," in David
Durston's I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, had passed away in early August at the age of 73.
Bhaskar was well known for his dance company that had toured the country for
many years. But shortly after his role in BLOOD, he had a fall from a
stage that left him confined to a wheelchair. After which, he took up
painting. Both him and Durston did record audio commentary for the DVD
release of BLOOD, which was very entertaining, and informative.
YES, ANOTHER REMAKE BIT OF NEWS
You know, this is starting to get pretty ridiculous that
every week on my updates, there is news of a new remake in the works.
You'd almost think I was making this stuff up...sometime I wish that was the
The latest to be remade is THE FLY by Fox Searchlight.
Could this be a bad sign with the guy that will be writing and directing this
new version, Todd Lincoln, even says "I'm one of those comic book sci-fi fans
who read the remake announcements and groan. This is certainly inspired by the
original but it's a total re-imagining...Why, in both films, did the fly never
So is that the whole part of the "re-imagining" part...that
this new creature will fly? I hate to sound negative, but it's really hard
to keep an opening mind with all of these remakes coming at us. I guess
will have to wait and see what else comes from this project.
Thanks to Dark Horizons for the news.
AND WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF...
While the deal hasn't been finalized with Victor Salva
working another remake of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, while talking to the
BBC, Salva stated "I think it's just one of the best ideas that any writer has
ever come up with and that's why it translates so well in each incarnation."
But before going into this film, he has a couple of other
projects that he might work on. The first one is called LIGHTHOUSE, and is
a ghost story. The second called THE WATCH and is a horror story that
takes place in World War 2. Salva had this to say about THE WATCH: "I like
[it] very much because it's a horror movie and a wonderful anti-war story at the
same time. I think we really need our anti-war stories right now, because we're
falling back into a very dangerous place."
While we still haven't been able to get the chance to see
JEEPERS CREEPERS 2, I like Salva's work enough to be hopeful with whatever
project that he is going to do next. Though that WW2 film sounds
Thanks to Dark Horizons for the news.
TROUBLE IN HOLLYWOOD???
Just a couple of weeks before Sony Pictures'
UNDERWORLD hits theaters, they are hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit by
White Wolf Inc. and author Nancy A. Collins, who are alleging 17 counts of
White Wolf is saying that the characters, theme, and setting
from the film UNDERWORLD are based on their role playing games Vampire: The
Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Collins is saying that the
UNDERWORLD script is based on her 1994 story Love of Monsters, which was
published by White Wolf.
White Wolf's President, Mike Tinney, said "Ours is a huge
fictional world, supported by over 200 volumes of fictional material. It’s
infuriating to see Underworld’s script riddled with our property." Collins
said, "Apparently they are marketing this as a remake of Romeo and Juliet.
What I think they really mean is that it’s an on-screen adaptation of my story."
This should be interesting how this plays out. I'm sure
they will be getting a nice little paycheck for it. But then, I'm not a
lawyer, nor do I play one on the internet...
Thanks to Really Scary.com for the news.
EXORCIST PREQUEL - THE STORY CONTINUES
Well, as we reported earlier, director Paul Schrader had
been fired from his job as director, which according to him was not giving them
any "footage without any of the bloody violence the backers had wanted".
But now the writer of the film, Caleb Carr is expressing his
point of view on the subject.
had an interview with him, where he expresses his opinion about the film and
about the recently fired Paul Schrader (and boy does he!).
About Schrader, Carr says, "As for my reaction and the future
of the film, I am heartened by the departure of a director who had apparently
taken on the project not because he loved it, but for a paycheck and as a way to
get (by his own public statement) "back" into the mainstream of commercial films
(his previous solid lock on commercialism apparently having been that landmark
of popular culture, CAT PEOPLE). Mr. Schrader has left us
with a good amount of useable material which, when cut in with necessary reshoots,
should make up a fine film; but in the future, I'd hope that he would have more
respect for the work of others than to treat it as a tool with which to gain his
private, unconnected, pragmatic goals."
When asked about the comments made by Schrader about the type
of film Morgan Creek was expecting but didn't get, Carr had this to say:
"All this crap about Morgan Creek wanting a conventional horror movie is just
that: crap made up by Schrader to cover his ass, or rather to cover his
lackluster cut. The only moments of what seems cheap physical horror were
actually Paul's inept shooting of more subtly horrific stuff; but Morgan Creek
didn't want those scenes even cheaper, they wanted them refined."
For the full interview, check out
And while you're there, check out the rest of their great site. We
stumbled upon this when checking for news bites, and have added it to our
And somewhat on those same lines, Wes Craven has talked about
what some of the problems were on his werewolf project CURSED, that got put on
hold. He told Sci Fi Wire that he expects to start production back up in
November. The shut down of the movie apparently was due to some script
problems with the third act of the movie. Now that's kind of funny, don't
you think? The film is eleven weeks into production before Dimension
decides that it has a problem with the third act? Something smell funny
here, or is it just me?
Craven stated in the interview, "It's just been a matter of
trying to get it done, so it's been a very long arduous process, and frankly I'm
just sick of the process and want to go out and do something I can feel really
good about." Gee...that really makes me want to run out and see this when
it comes out. Maybe they should put this with double feature with the
A SQUIRMING DEBATE
Let's start this off with a little story, shall we? A
few years ago, at the first Cinema Wasteland show in 2000, they were screening a
16mm print of SQUIRM. I was sitting there with our buddies Eric Ott, who
runs the film room for Ken, and Tom Simmons of Video Junkie, getting all set to
enjoy this great little flick. As the movie started, we noticed the female
lead of the movie naked...or at least topless. Well, the three of us
started looking at each other...not because of the nudity on the screen (though
Eric's wife thinks differently), but because none of us remember there being any
nudity in this film. After we got home from the show, we checked the
pre-record that we had, and also the PAL pre-record to see if this footage was
in those version. Fraid not.
So when news of MGM putting out the DVD of SQUIRM, and that
it was going to be the R version, there was much rejoicing. But when I
picked up this new DVD, we found that there still was no nudity. Now it
has been a few years since I seen this footage, but I do remember seeing the
girl being topless either she was getting in the shower, taking the shower, or
getting out. So I posted my findings on the Mobius Message Board,
basically asking if anybody else remembers seeing this before.
The next day, I received an 'un-official' email from someone
at MGM. They told me that while they didn't work on the transfer, they
know the person who did and can assure me that there is no footage missing.
They went by the original negative which was suppose to be left intact.
They also said that the director, Jeff Leiberman, also confirmed that the
transfer was complete, and dismissed rumors of a much more graphic version as
"horseshit", and "footage-wise, the disc is 100% complete."
Now, I don't want to give off the impression that MGM is
going on the lines of what some other DVD companies have done, by advertising
titles as uncut when they're not. I have been very happy with the most of
the discs that they have been putting out. But I was a little taken back
by this person's email. I replied to him, telling him that I actually seen
this print with the nudity, not "know a person who seen it". So far, no
So our friend Eric will be threading up his projector and
taking notes as to where exactly the nudity is, the exact location of the
nudity, the duration of the nudity....you know, all that hard work that we must
put ourselves through. But in the meantime, SQUIRM has been showing on
cable this month, which is the uncut, and un-matted print. And apparently,
there is nudity there. So it seems that the letterboxing is cutting off a
few things. If we find anything different from the 16mm print, we will let
LINKS PAGE UPDATED
We have added a few more cool and interesting sites to our
ever growing links section. Check them out!
AND IN CLOSING...
Just a quick little note to say that we did make it out to
see JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 last night (which was why this update didn't get done
yesterday), and enjoyed it quite a bit. If you enjoyed the first one, you
will like this one. This weekend we're going to attempt to see CABIN
FEVER...at the matinee of course.
9-4-03 STILL STANDING...BARELY
Our attempts at fixing our computer wasn't as successful as
we planned. It's still functioning, but not sure for how long. If
all goes well, after our next two conventions, maybe we'll have enough to
purchase a new computer and be done with it. But in the mean time, near
the end of this month, we will be dropping this thing off at the Gateway
pastures to have them give it a look while were busy with our conventions.
We're hoping that they are finished with it by the time we're back. We can
But of course, I could be like other sites, and put up a
PayPal donation link on here. That way, since it's so expensive for me to
run my site, you people out there can donate your hard earned cash so I can buy
a new computer...how's that sound? Figured as much. Maybe I should
just ask for donations so I can buy more DVDs??? Not any better? Oh
well, I'll keep trying.
NEW QUIZLET POLL
Since we forgot to do this with the last update, I figured
I'd throw it out there now. We have updated out Poll to coincide with our
adding Paul Blaisdell to our Tombs of Fame section. I know that a lot of
people might not have seen the movies listed, but I'm sure you've seen photos of
the monsters. So you can always vote that way if needed.
Our last poll probably had the most activity that we've had
for one of those. I guess I can across a subject very dear to your hearts.
And it seems that most of us all agreed that we'd rather see the rubber
monsters. That had a total of 81% of the votes, with bad CGI only getting
19%. Thanks to all who voted.
8-31-03 STAND BY FOR UPGRADES!?!?
In the next couple of days, we will be attempting to upgrade
our system (just a new hard drive) that we are hoping will fix the problems that
we've been having lately. But since it's been a few years since I've had
to do any computer maintenance, I'm hoping for the best. So once again, if
there seems to be a little delay in updates, or responding to emails, that is
BOOKS AT DISCOUNT PRICES!
For fans of reference books, you know that McFarland Press
puts out some great titles. But unfortunately, their prices seemed to be a
bit on the high side. Well, we have several of their titles that we are
now offering at considerably lower prices. All the books are in very good
to mint conditions. As always, we have come across them at a good deal,
and want to pass those savings onto our readers. Here's what we have added
to our Books For Sale
PAUL BLAISDELL: MONSTER MAKER - Written by Randy Palmer, this
is a great book about the forgotten talent that created some great looking
monsters like the Martians from INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN and THE SHE-CREATURE.
This hardcover book is normally priced at $45.00, but we are offering them for
CHEAP TRICKS AND CLASS ACTS: SPECIAL EFFECTS, MAKEUP AND
STUNTS FROM THE FANTASTIC FIFTIES - This book covers all the work that
these pioneers in the industries came up with to fool all those viewers at the
drive-ins, from flying saucers, to alien invaders, the stunts, and the sets.
McFarland's price for this hardcover book is a hefty $55.00. But our
Kryptic price is only $40.00.
CYBORGS, SANTA CLAUS AND SATAN: SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND
HORROR FILMS MADE FOR TELEVISION - In one of my favorite titled books, this
covers those made-for-TV movies that we all grew up watching. The normal
price for this hardcover book is $45.00, but our price is only $25.00.
RETURN OF THE B-SCIENCE FICTION AND HORROR HEROES - This is
two books combined into one massive volume. Over 800 hundred pages filled
with interviews by Tom Weaver, who talks to tons of people in the industry of
yesteryear. People like Hazel Court, John Ashley, Beverly Garland, Mel
Wells, Gordon Hessler, and many more. McFarland's price for this softcover
= $30.00. Our price = $20.00.
Then we also have DOWN AND DIRTY: HOLLYWOOD'S EXPLOITATION
FILMMAKERS AND THEIR MOVIES, which talks about people like Ted V. Mikels, H.G.
Lewis, and Ray Dennis Steckler. And also ROGER CORMAN: BEST OF THE CHEAP
ACTS. Both of these titles are softcover and normally go priced at $25
each. We have them at $15 each, or both titles for $25.00.
Check out section of
BOOKS FOR SALE for many more
great volumes to add to your collection.
NEW TOMBS OF FAME ENTRY
While on the subject of Paul Blaisdell, we have added him to
our Tombs of Fame. Why
add some guy who made some cheap monsters back in the 50's instead of someone
like Dick Smith or Tom Savini? Just read our entry in the Tombs to find
THE FEVER TRIVIA!
For our new Triva contest, which should be a little easier,
we are promoting Eli Roth's CABIN FEVER, which starts September 12th.
Click here to find out more
about our latest trivia game! Good Luck!
JEEPERS CREEPERS TRIVIA CONTEST WINNER
Well, apparently after that last hint, somebody was able to
come up with the answer to our pretty difficult question. Congratulations
to our winner Angela Podhradsky! She is the winner of the soundtrack for
JEEPERS CREEPERS 2. Which if it's half as good as the first one, it'll be
The answers for this little quiz are as follows: The
first form the Creeper was the automotive form, the 2nd form was the Scarecrow
of the Dead, and the finally form was the Harryhausen-Beast creature.
These answer were on the documentary on the DVD of JEEPERS CREEPERS.
While enjoying our 3-day holiday weekend, we're hoping to
catch the sequel in the theater, so we'll let you know what we thought.
INVASION OF THE REMAKES
Yet some more news of another remake. But this time, I
am a little bit more excited than usual. Mainly because of the director
that is reportedly attached to the project. According to a report from UK
journalist Alan Jones, Victor Salva will be directing the 3 remake of INVASION
OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. The film is to be produced by Roy Lee and Doug
Don't know what to make of this one. I loved the
original, really enjoyed the first remake, but didn't care for the last version
from Abel Ferrara. I would like to think that Salva might be able to bring
some really good atmosphere to this version, but it's going to be a tough sell.
Thanks to Dark Horizon for the info.
DIRECTOR SCHRADER EXORCISED
Well, as we kind of all expected, Morgan Creek Productions
fired director Paul Schrader from their prequel to EXORICST because he did not
give them "footage without any of the bloody violence the backers had wanted",
which was said the was the reason for his dismissal.
Sorry folks, but this really is a bad...omen! (Sorry,
couldn't help it) I really feel sorry for the poor bastard who takes
over, since this film will most likely be a garbled mess when it's finished, and
then both directors and the producers can start pointing fingers as to who's
fault the whole mess really is.
Thanks to Dark Horizon for the info.
BACK TO THE GRINDSTONE
Yes, things are somewhat back to normal, at least for
the time being. We do seemed to be having some computer problems as of
late. It has been a few years since we've upgraded our system here, but
were hoping to make it last a little longer. But just in case this thing
crashes before the next upgrade (hopefully sometime in October), we'll post
something in our
Message Board to the status. So if you don't see any updates for more
than a couple of weeks, check there for any details.
THE FEVER IS COMING!
On September 12th, the much talked about
FEVER will be hitting theaters. Starting at the beginning of next
month, we will be starting a new Trivia contest. This one might be a
little easier than our current one...maybe. This time out the prize will
be a CABIN FEVER Prize pack, that will include 3 different horror movie DVDs.
Stay tuned for more info...in the mean time, you might want to break out those
old issues of Rue Morgue and do some research.
And while of the subject of CABIN FEVER, it seems that our
La-La Land Records will be putting out the soundtrack for this movie on
September 9th. The soundtrack will feature over 75 minutes of music,
featuring both the original score from Nathan Barr and Angelo Badalamenti, as
well as songs from the movie by bands like Scappy Hamilton, Your Mom, Happy
Wednesday, and The Turtlenecks. If you pre-order the soundtrack from La-La
Land Records now, you will receive one signed by director / writer Eli Roth and
composer Nathan Barr. These signed editions will be limited, so order soon!
JEEPERS CREEPERS TRIVIA
Okay, so this one is a little harder than usual. Here's
a hint. If you have the DVD, just watch the special features. That
should help you out a little. Keep trying...and remember, this kind of
information is normally useless in the real world, but not here!
We didn't have any winners this time out for our
Photo. It was from the Amicus film AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS,
staring a whole mess of people. It's like the who's who in British horror
films. You have Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Ian Ogilvy, Patrick Magee,
Stephanie Beacham, Guy Rolfe, just to name a few. This one comes highly
recommended, if you haven't seen it.
So we do have a new one up for your viewing in the usual
HORRORFIND WEEKEND REPORT
This was our first trip out to the Horrorfind Weekend
convention, but it is definitely not the last. While it's a bit of drive
out to Baltimore, it was well worth the trip. Check out our review of the
show by clicking here, or on the Convention Photos link to the left.
HOLLYWOOD SHOWS THEIR TRUE NATURE OF
It seems that the trouble-ridden EXORCIST prequel has run
against some more walls. After replacing the original director and main
lead, the studios now seemed to be very unhappy with the finished project that
director Paul Schrader has turned it. Apparently the heads of Morgan
Creek, who footed the $45 million bill, were waiting for the spinning heads and
the projectile vomiting. And were not too happy about it either.
What they got was what was in the script, which some state that they probably
So we'll have to see what Morgan Creek does with it.
Maybe they'll hire a new director to "add" some sequences of gore and vomit.
Maybe they'll just release it as it and take a chance. In either case,
when I hear stories like that, it just makes me happy that I never considered
getting in the film business...at least no more than being some schmoe at a box
plant that runs his own little website...
If you want to read the whole story, click
EVILSPEAK - FINALLY UNCUT!
The greatest film ever made about a nerd contacting the devil
on a computer is coming to DVD, and will finally be the uncut version! The
film was hacked more than Clint Howard's victims in the movie when it was
released on video. According to AB's Micahel Felsher, this version will be
"a new, anamorphic widescreen transfer of the uncut version." They also
have extras planned, such as audio commentary, trailers and more. We
should expect to see it next summer.
GOT TO BE KIDDING ME?
This has got to set a new record in the stupidest idea for a
DVD cover. Here is the artwork for the new re-release of THE TEXAS
CHAINSAW MASSACRE from Pioneer. Just what in the hell were they thinking?
Is that suppose to be humorous? I just don't get how these people get in
the business. Wasn't there anybody there with a set of balls that raised
their hands and said just how stupid this idea was? Probably not, or if
there was, he's probably cleaning the executive toilets now. Times like
these just make me start to think that maybe Darwin was right after all.
TOO MANY DAMN DVDS!!!
How do you like that? I'm complaining that there's too
many DVDs coming out over the last few weeks. I guess the stress has
finally gotten to me. For us fans, these last few weeks have been heaven.
From the release of Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, to all the MGM titles that
are coming out next week. Fans of Hammer will be finally be able to see
the uncut version of VAMPIRE LOVERS on DVD, along with COUNTESS DRACULA, which
had never been released over here in the states. Both with commentary by
star Ingrid Pitt and others. Then there's the release of RAW MEAT (aka
DEATH LINE), which is another film that had never been released over here.
Then there's the re-mastered and uncut version of SQUIRM crawling onto shelves.
And speaking of DVDs, just a little mini-review of the FRIGHT
NIGHT 2 DVD that has recently come out from Artisan. We knew ahead of time
that it wasn't going to be widescreen. While that did bother us, I still
enjoyed the movie enough to want it on DVD. Well, once we got it and
plopped it in, we were very disappointed in the quality. It looks as if it
was transferred right off the video version. Shame on you Artisan.
While it is a very cheap price, it seems that there is a reason for that.
Here are a couple of hidden features on the DVD of HOUSE OF
1000 CORPSES that we came across while visiting
DVD Review. This
site has tons of hidden features on a lot of the DVDs out there. For the
HOUSE extras, click
8-23-03 A RETURN TO NORMALITY...KIND OF
Yes, we have survived our first Horrorfind Weekend
Convention...barely. We had such a great time, that we will be back there
again next year. Next to Cinema Wasteland, it was one of the best times
I've had at a show. We are working on a pretty big update that we are
hoping to have up by the end of the weekend, including pics and report of the
Horrorfind show. We do have a few reviews in the works, but with all the
damn DVDs coming out these last few weeks, we are getting buried here....course,
I guess that's not really a bad thing is it?
8-11-03 A SLIGHT DELAY IN OUR BROADCAST...
Sorry for the bit of delay in our update. We've been
trying to get organized for the
convention this weekend. So obviously, there won't be an update this
weekend...or maybe even the next weekend, depending how long it takes us to recover.
Is anybody else going out there? As always, drop by our table and say hi!
JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 CONTEST!!!
Yes, kiddies, it's time for this month's trivia contest.
Click on over to our Trivia
page and test your knowledge of the first movie. This one is a little
tough folks...sorry, but we want to make you work for it. Get that brain
working....The winning prize will be a soundtrack cd from the new sequel JEEPERS
CREEPERS 2, which was composed by Bennett Salvay, who did an excellent job
scoring the first film. Good luck...
Well, I'm sorry to hear that only a few people were able to
correctly guess our last Mystery
Photo. The man loosing his head is none other than Paul Naschy, from
the movie HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB. That film was my first taste of
Naschy's work, and quickly became my favorite of his films. If you haven't
seen it, I strongly urge you to seek it out...it will be worth it.
The winners this time were Hoby Abernathy, Matt Pinkerton,
and someone from PlanetDaphine. Nice job, and good luck on the new one.
here or on the navigation bar on the left. This is also going to be a little tough for people out there. Do I need to
start giving out homework assignments before the summers over???
AND SPEAKING OF
Here's an interesting photo from his latest film, ROJO SANGRE
(RED BLOOD). Just from this still alone, I'd be willing to put some hard
earned cash down for the DVD. Filming started this month, and was written
by Naschy. With the two films that he made here in states a few months
ago, along with this new one, it shows that there is no stopping this guy.
Click here to be taken to the
official site (though
it is in Spanish), or THE MARK
OF NASCHY, the best site to learn more about Mr. Naschy and his works.
CABIN FEVER TRAILER
Check out the
official site for the trailer of this upcoming film that looks to be pretty
COMING SOON...AN NEW ENTRY IN OUR TOMBS OF
While this may be another few weeks before construction is
finished, we will be adding Paul Blaisdell to our Tombs. While that name
may not be that familiar to everybody out there (which is a real shame, and the
reason for his induction), you will recognize the monsters that he
created...usually out of no money and no time. Watch for it's opening in
the upcoming weeks.
For those fans of Killer vegetables...get ready for Rhino
Home Video's 25th Anniversary Special Edition 2-disc DVD of ATTACK OF THE KILLER
TOMATOES! This will have a newly re-mastered transfer, and will also
include audio commentary by the writer/director John DeBello, co-star Steve
Peace, and "creator" Costa Dillon. There will also be deleted scenes, six
featurettes (yes...SIX!), a short film called "Do They Accept Travelers Checks
in Babusuland?" with optional commentary, trailer, radio spots. The SRP for the
2-disc set will be $24.95, but they will also be releasing a single disc movie
only version for $14.95.
WRONG TURN will be hitting DVD on October 14th from Fox Home
Entertainment. This special edition will be an anamorphic widescreen
transfer, and a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track. It will also have audio
commentary by the director Rob Schmidt and the cast. And lastly, 4 deleted
scenes, 3 featurettes, a still gallery, and trailers. It will have an SPR
Also in October, on the 21st, Fox will release Danny Boyle's
(not a zombie movie) 28 DAYS LATER on DVD. It will contain both widescreen
and full screen versions, with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The
extras will include audio commentary by the director and screenwriter Alex
Garland (which I'm assuming is the same commentary on the import disc).
But the disc will have three alternate endings, where the import disc just had
the one. It will also have deleted scenes, the Pure Rage featurette (which
is almost as scary as the movie), still galleries, storyboards, music video, and
trailers. The SRP will be $27.95.
Thanks to DVDFile.com
AND WHAT'S AN UPDATE WITHOUT NEWS OF MORE
Dark Castle has announced the writers for their HOUSE OF WAX
remake that is currently in the early planning stages. Chad and Chris
Hayes are giving the script a whirl, who have written a few television movies.
No other details, like whether it would be in 3-D, like the original.
And speaking of 3-D, now it looks like films from the
Godfather of Gore, H.G. Lewis, are even set to be re-made. Apparently,
Trans-Pacific Media and Sick-O-Scope Motion Pictures are setting up to remake 5
of Lewis' early pictures....and in 3-D! The films to be remade are WIZARD
OF GORE, BLOOD FEAST, SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS, COLOR ME BLOOD RED, and GRUESOME
TWOSOME. As interesting as this sounds, let's just sit back and wait to
see if it really does happen.
Thanks to Fangoria and Creature-Corner.com
TV TREMORS GET BURIED
It seems that the rating were just not high enough to save
TREMORS: THE SERIES from extinction. It will not be returning for a second
season. But on a better note, TREMORS 4 will be out possibly this
Christmas. As always, the producers are promising something new and
different for this next entry in the series.
Congrats to the four winners of our CREEPSHOW Trivia Contest.
They are Hoby Abernathy, Chris Huziak, Alex Riyan, and Amanda Passmore.
Thanks again goes out to
Records for supplying the prizes, not to mentioning putting out some great
(and long sought after) soundtracks. Also thank to all who sent in
entries. Stay tuned for our next contest.
First Craven's new werewolf film CURSED is on, then on
hold, then back on again, then back on hold. And now is seems that Rick
Baker, who was hired to create the look of the werewolf and the effects, is now
off the project. Apparently KNB might be taking on the job, after
finishing the GINGER SNAPS sequel.
Plus, according to Rue Morgue, it seems that Craven just
can't get a break with this film. Plus, Miramax/Dimension has also dropped
Craven's idea to remake Kiyoshi Kurosawa's KAIRO (aka PULSE). The head of
M/D considered the project to similar to THE RING. Now when did that stop
any studio before. Usually that would make it an even hotter project.
So who knows if this project will ever see the light of day.
Thanks to Creature Corner.
AND ON THE EIGHT DAY...THE STUDIOS CREATED
I'm sure that we've all heard / or read by now that the
remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD is going to be rated PG-13. Are we surprised?
Come on folks, we know the equation. It's plain and simple: PG-13 = $$$.
Not that I had planned on running out to see the film (that rarely happens these
days, even with movies I want to see), but it puts it even farther down on the
But while on the subject of remakes, it seems that another
two older and lesser known films from the 70's are going to get the remake
treatment. First up is a newer version of the 1977 film THE SENTINEL,
produced by Universal. Variety reports the new version will be written by
Scott Rosenberg, who is only using the original film as a "leaping-off point",
by using the idea of a young woman moving into an apartment with mysterious
While I don't want to pass any advance judgment about this
project (who...me?), I do want to take a second and say that if you have never
seen the original film, then you need to track it down and watch it. It's
pretty easy to find it on DVD, with a very cheap price. With an all-star
cast from Chris Sarandon, Cristina Raines, Martin Balsam, John Carradine, Jose
Ferrer, Ava Gardner, Arthur Kennedy, Burgess Meredith, Eli Wallach, Christopher
Walken, and many more, you can't go wrong. And if that's not enough,
legendary makeup wizard Dick Smith did the special makeup effects, some of which
are pretty damn gruesome. Check it out!
The second film getting the remake treatment is Bob Clark's
1972 film DEATHDREAM (aka DEAD OF NIGHT, THE NIGHT ANDY CAME HOME). The
story is kind of re-telling of the Monkey's Paw story, when a mother wishes her
son to come home after she refuses to believe that he was killed in Vietnam.
Eli Roth, fresh from his CABIN FEVER film, is slated to
direct this remake, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This version will
be about a young man returning from the war in the Middle East. The film
is being produced by Workshed Entertainment.
But trying to get my hopes up for this one is kind of hard
when you read about another project in the works from the same company.
RED, is a horror thriller loosely based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
Except this time, she's all grown up now and lives in New York hunting
werewolves, searching for the one who killed her grandmother....right.
I'll be first in line...
Thanks to Fangoria and ReallyScary.com
MISC. HORROR MOVIE NEWS
It seems that making 70's style movies is the in-thing
nowadays. In what is being called a "twisted 70's style film turned inside
out", director Gary Jones has co-written a film called THE LAST HORROR PICTURE
SHOW. The other co-writer of the script was Gunnar Hansen. He will
also be starring in the film, along with Robert Englund and Kane Hodder.
The plot is about some college kids who travel to the locations where their
favorite horror film THE BARBECUE MASSACRE was filmed. Turns out the film
was based on real people, and they happen to stumble across them, and "terrible
and horrific things happen to the kids at that point." The horror trio
will apparently have all new characters to add to their ever growing repertoire.
Their looking for a release this fall or mid-2004. And
they said HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES was unoriginal???
And while Tobe Hooper is actually filming a new project (the
remake...new version...that complete different film under an old title) TOOLBOX
MURDERS, it seems that the writers have already gotten another film lined up for
Hooper. Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch have reported to Fangoria that
they have written another film called BREW, and will start shooting in October.
The film is about a guy who inherits a brewery, along with a outstanding debt.
He decides to sell it, but first has to clean it up. So of course, he and
his friends become trapped inside the brewery, and discover his once thought
long-dead relatives locked away in the basement, who had been living off beer
made from human blood.
It's going to be a horror/comedy, and be "over the top", with
a really dysfunctional family. They are hoping to get Brad Dourif and
Amanda Plummer to play two of the brewery dwellers.
Once again, and they said HOUSE wasn't original??? I
mean, it's nice to see Mr. Hooper working again, but I really need to see
something newer of his to get the bad taste out of my mouth from CROCODILE
(which was written by the same two wrote TOOLBOX and this new one BREW) or even
NIGHT TERRORS...oohhh....the pain, the pain...
It seems that the reports of Asia Argento appearing in
George Romero's latest project THE ILL is not correct.
Dark Dreams had
received an email from Asia confirming that she is not involved.
THE HOUSES OF ZOMBIE
Here's a bit of news on both the DVD release of Zombie's
directorial debut, as well as the upcoming sequel. As for the DVD release,
in the latest issue of Fangoria, Zombie says this release may not have the uncut
version of the film, but does have tons of extras. It will have screen
tests, trailers, and a still and FX gallery that has over 100 photos taken by FX
artist Wayne Toth. It will also have some featurettes created just for the
DVD. But he says the best part will be the menus, which
features the actors in makeup and character telling the view what to do.
As for the movie, he says the script is completed and they
should start filming this fall. According to a recent interview on MTV,
Zombie had this to say:
"Without getting too specific, what I want to do with the
second one, I don't want to re-create the first one and just put a '2' on the
end of it. [It takes place] a week later, and [it deals with] the repercussions
of what happened in the first film. At this point I kind of know what everybody
loves, and that's all the bad characters, obviously. So it's just them going off
on other things. But it's going to be totally different than anyone expects. And
it will probably be a lot more violent"
And in the recent issue of Fangoria, Zombie says that the
sequel begins with cops raiding the house, and the family is on the run.
"It's a super-violent, demented crime thing, like a really brutal Western.
It's like ROCKY HORROR meets GOODFELLAS. It's a much darker film."
Darker than the first one??? Damn, that's got to be
Thanks to DarkHorizon.com and Fangoria.
JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 HITS THE ROAD...LITERALLY!
Something that I don't think has happened since the days of
AIP and William Castle, MGM will be sending out the Creeper-Caravan on a
nation-wide bus tour. Beginning in Columbus, Ohio, on August 4th, and
continuing through August 24th, the cast of JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 will be traveling
the countryside. They will be making stops for appearances at different
events. The tour will include stops in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia,
Washington DC, Detroit, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, as well as quite
a few other stops. We're trying to get more of a detailed list of the
appearances and will post them here if we do here anything else. If you
know of any of these stops, please let us know so we can post it.
We do know that they will be stopping in Baltimore, MD on
Friday, August 15th, for the
The bus will arrive there at 7pm for 2 hours. Stars from the movie will be
there for autographs and to meet the fans.
And in another JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 signing events, on August
30th at the
Delicacies bookstore, director Victor Salva, the Creeper Jonathan Breck,
actor Ray Wise, and FX artist Brian Penikas will be signing posters from the new
movie (free of charge). Also, CREEPERS composer Bennett Salvay will also
be there signing soundtracks for the movie. There might even be an
appearance of the Bus Tour as well.
AMC DOCUMENTARIES COMING TO DVD
American Movie Classics will be releasing two very
interesting documentaries on DVD. The first one is called THE ALIEN SAGA,
and is narrated by John Hurt. It explores the world of the 4 movies, and
has cast interviews, never-seen-before outtakes, rare home movies, and
highlights from all four films. It will also have screen tests,
featurettes, and trailers.
The other documentary is THE OMEN LEGACY. This will
have rare behind-the-scene footage, cast and crew interviews, featurette, and
trailer. And the real interesting item here is a commentary track with
Satanist Blance Barton, Catholic priest / Professor of theology Dr. Felix Just,
and Rev. Doug Posey. Now that sounds interesting.
Thanks to DavisDVD.com
CARPENTER DVDs - MISSING COMMENTARIES???
It seems that they upcoming release of THEY LIVE does not
have the audio commentary of the director and star Roddy Piper that was on the
import disc. No word on whether the commentary of Carpenter will be on the
upcoming release of PRINCE OF DARKNESS will be on there.
Thanks to DavisDVD.com
ANOTHER ANCHOR BAY LAPSE OF THINKING...
While on the subject of John Carpenter, as we all know, the
newest edition of HALLOWEEN is coming out from Anchor Bay. The below
screenshots are comparing the original release and the newer version. They
apparently thought that the film was too dark, or had too much coloring to it. The newer version is on the right.
See what you think, and post your thoughts on our
Message Board if you want.
DVDFile.com for the pics. For a full review of the new edition, check
AND SPEAKING OF DVD RELEASES...
We picked up Blue Underground's release of DEAD AND BURIED.
And while we haven't even opened the package up yet, there was something on the
back that had me shaking my head. It reads:
"DEAD & BURIED is now presented
completely uncut and uncensored (including the controversial 'hypodermic needle
in the eyeball' scene)".
As far as I remember, the film was never cut before or
censored, and don't remember any controversy over the eyeball sequence.
Could it be that they are stating that to make it sound like it's different than
what was out before, even though it's exactly the same? Gotta love that
7-27-03 CLEANING HOUSE
Sorry for the delay in updates folks, but we've been doing
some cleaning and re-arranging here at our Kryptic offices. Being a
collector, we have accumulated quite a few magazines over the years, that have
been filling up our bookcases more and more. Granted, it's not as bad as
it used to be. Anybody remember back in the 80's when there were more
horror magazines filling your comic book store shelves then bad actors in
Italian zombie movies. Titles like SlaughterHouse, HorrorFan, Monsterscene,
or even Fangoria with their sister mags Gorezone and Toxic Horror. So we
decided to pack these up into nice little storage containers and put them in our
little downstairs dungeon. This frees up more space for our ever growing
collection of horror reference books...you know, you can never...ah...never
mind...you've heard it before. Back to the update.
CREEPSHOW REVIEW, CONTEST, AND SIGNING!
For those who hasn't sent in an entry for our CREEPSHOW
contest, there is still time. The contest is running to the end of the
month, so you have until Thursday of this week. Get them sent in and you
could be one of the lucky winners of the newly released soundtrack for
CREEPSHOW, put out by
Records. Click here to be taken to the
And speaking of that, we have our review up for this awesome
release. Check it out in our Reviews section by clicking
And...if you are in the Burbank, California area, there is
going to be a signing at the Dark Delicacies bookstore on August 9th at 2:00pm.
To celebrate the release of CREEPSHOW, composer John Harrison will be on hand to
sign the cds. Also there will be Richard Band, composer of RE-ANIMATOR and
FROM BEYOND signing those CDs as well. And joining Band, will be director
Stuart Gordon to sign those CDs as well. Apparently you do have to buy the
CDs there at Dark Delicacies to get them signed. Not sure if that means
you can't get something else signed or not. But if you're not from that
area, you can purchase CDs to be signed at the event and then shipped to you.
For more information, you can contact Dark Delicacies at (818) 566-6660 or at
through their website.
Did I get too obscure for you folks out there? The film
is the 1972 film GARDEN OF THE DEAD, where prisoners who have been drinking
formaldehyde and are killed trying to escape, rise from the grave hungry for
The only person to answer correctly was the ever faithful
Chris Huziak. I guess the rest of you have some more studying to do, huh?
If you think we're going to have a shot from SCREAM 3, you're at the wrong
website! Well, this new one is another obscure little flick that I'm
hoping more of you out there recognize. The star of this movie is one of
my favorites! That's enough of a clue for you. Click here for the
BLACK DEMONS REVIEW
We have added our review of this rare (meaning 'not very well
done') zombie film from Umberto Lenzi. Check it out
HAMMER FILMS RISES FROM THE DEAD...YET
It seems that the news of Hammer Films starting up on new
films is making the circuit again. I was exciting about this news the
first three times I've heard it over the last few years. Now...when it
happens, then I'll get excited. But apparently, they are once again about
to launch a series of both remakes of their own films, as well as some new
titles in there. Plus they are talking about tons of merchandising, such
as video games, stage shows (?), internet ventures, books (like there's not
enough books on Hammer Films??? Wait, what am I saying?), toys and other
stuff. They even mention a pay-TV horror channel??? I guess we'll
wait (once again) to see if any of this really comes to pass.
Thanks to Fango.
FANGORIA CONVENTION UPDATE
Once we heard about the split from Creation, we sent a letter
to Fango editor Tony Timpone asking him about the new venture, such as ticket
prices and celebs charging for autographs.
Thanks for your support. There
will be NO more preferred seating. Same price for everyone. Celebs charging is
the reality of the business today, but the majority of the guests who will be
appearing on stage will not be charging, especially the stars who will be
promoting new films.
So I guess that is a good thing about the ticket prices.
It is going to be very interesting to see who this pans out. I'm really
hoping for the best, but since Creation is no longer involved, I can't see how
it could get any worse. We haven't decided on whether we are going to do
that first show or not, but we'll keep everybody updated.
Dante Tomaselli has gone back to his project of SATAN'S
PLAYGROUND now that his involvement of INFERNO is no more. PLAYGROUND will
star genre faves EVIL DEAD's Ellen Sandweiss, SLEEPAWAY CAMP's Felissa Rose, and
Then after that film, Tomaselli has said that he will be
making a sequel to the 1976 film ALICE, SWEET ALICE, which was directed by his
uncle Alfred Sole.
"I guess it sort of makes sense," Tomaselli told e-splatter,
"because the original film is about evil passed on from generation to
generation. And both of our films are about evil cloaked in religion. I know
ALICE, SWEET ALICE 2 will have a "giallo"-like feel with some brutal, bizarre
murders. I'll even get to incorporate the spine-tingling Stephen Lawrence music
from the original."
Thanks to Fangoria.
DUEL DELAYED AGAIN
For the second time, Steven Spielberg's excellent made-for-TV
movie DUEL has been pulled from their release schedule. It was suppose to
be released on August 12th, but is no longer there. Shame, since like many
others, I was waiting for this release to add to the collection.
Thanks to DVDfile.com.
ZOMBIE'S HOUSE 2
Last weekend was the San Diego Comic Con, where Rob Zombie
and company were making an appearance. At one point during the talk,
Zombie gave away some details about the sequel. It will have the cast from
the first film coming up against another group of crazies. There will also
be more background into the family of the first film.
Zombie also explained why the uncut version of HOUSE will not
be on this DVD. He said that he wanted to re-insert the footage into the
film, not just have it as deleted scenes. And for them to do this, it
would take a lot of time editing and getting the sound right. And since
the greenlight was giving for the sequel, he just didn't have the time at this
point. He did say that it would be out eventually. But for now, this
version that is coming out August 12th will be worth every penny. As
bitter as I am about eventually having to buy a second version of this movie, I
can understand his reasons. I guess it was this or we wait another year or
so for it to come out.
Thanks to Joblo.com for the info.
7-19-03 KISS CREATION GOODBYE!
In a move that some once thought would be a sign of the
apocalypse, Creation will no longer be running Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors
conventions. It seems that Fangoria has struck a deal with Kevin Clement's
Chiller Theatre to produce all future Fangoria shows, with the first show being
next January (9-11), at the Meadowlands Sheraton in East Rutherford, NJ.
"We want to bring our conventions to more people than ever
before and to open the events in more U.S. cities. An association with Chiller
Theatre and Kevin promises to bring us more vendors, more guests, more customers
and more fun. Our first East Coast show in January will also mark the first
three-day Weekend of Horrors, and we will be rolling back ticket prices to only
$12 per day in advance. This won’t be just another Chiller or Fango show, but an
exciting opportunity to marshal forces to create the greatest live horror fan
event ever," says Tony Timpone.
What does this mean? Well, I'm sure you can kiss those
grumpy old line Nazis goodbye, not to mention maybe having the show a little bit
more organized. It's still way too early to tell what changes are going to
come, but one can only imagine that it can only get better. Figure, even
going with a 3-day show, with cheaper tickets, that's got to be better for
The plans so far for this first show will have a reunion of
casts and crew from all 10 FRIDAY THE 13th films, and women of NIGHTMARE ON ELM
STREET series. There will also be a Fangoria short film competition.
Still too early to think about if we're going to be there or
not, but we may have to check it out just to enjoy not seeing those damn
trekkies all around...
GATE RELEASES THE UNDEAD
Lions Gate Entertainment have picked up the US
distribution for the Australian zombie movie UNDEAD. The story is about a
small group of survivors that have to battle an army of zombies after a meteor
shower somehow awakens them. From the pics, it does look pretty
interesting, at least having a little bit of style and atmosphere.
The film was written, directed, and produced by two brothers,
Michael and Peter Spierig. No word if Lions Gate will be releasing it here
in theaters, or having it go straight to video. For more pics, trailer,
and more info, check out the official site by clicking the poster art.
BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR PUSHED BACK
And speaking of Lions Gate, they have pushed back the release
of Brian Yuzna's newest entry in the RE-ANIMATOR series from October 14th, to
December 30th. Don't understand why they would want to push it back out of
the Halloween season...don't make much sense to me...You can still see (I'm sure
a heavily cut version of) the film this October on the Sci-Fi Channel.
7-16-03 ONCE AGAIN...ARE THEY THAT HARD
UP FOR TALENT OR ORIGINAL IDEAS?
Once again, here at the Krypt, we feel that it is our job,
our duty if you will, to point out certain times when it's obvious that
Hollywood either has completely lost all creativity, they just don't know what
originality is, or (and mostly the correct theory) they just don't care.
Here is the poster for the remake of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSARCE. And right
next to it is the poster for HANNIBAL. See any similarities??? Don't
know what to say.
Thanks to our buddy Will for sending us the pics.
CREEPSHOW TRIVIA CONTEST
As we've mentioned before on this site, the good folks at
La-La Land Records are releasing John Harrison's awesome score for George
Romero's CREEPSHOW on CD, for the first in the States. You can throw away
those Japanese imports of that, since this newest edition will blow that away.
Land Records have graciously donated three copies of their new soundtrack
for us to give away for our little trivia contest. We are going for the
first three people to answer all three questions correctly. Click on the
graphic or on the link to the left to be taken to the Trivia page. Good
28 DAYS MORE?
Now this is a first. According to the LA Times, Fox
Searchlight is going to be adding the alternate ending of their release of 28
DAYS LATER, that will be added to after the closing credits. The ending,
which is a little bit more downbeat, was pulled after the initial preview
audiences were not too happy with the ending. This ending is on the import
DVD. So starting on Friday the 25th, all the prints will now contain this
different ending. Remember though, it's played after the credits. So
if you don't want to get bummed out, don't stay.
ALIEN BREAKS LOOSE IN THEATERS THIS HALLOWEEN
20th Century Fox will be re-releasing the original ALIEN in
over 1000 theaters this October 31st. Plus, as reported earlier, this
version will contain the additional footage that was cut out of the original
release, with some footage that was not even shown on the special edition DVD
that had been released. So if you missed the chance to see this classic
back in the day, now is your chance.
WHY DO WE LIKE CHEEZY MOVIES?
Hoby Abernathy has posted this question on our Message Board.
And in hopes of answering that eternal question, I'm calling on everyone out
there to put in their thoughts on the subject. We're interested in hearing
what you're idea behind this strange phenomena. Click on the link to be
taken to the
HALL OF FAME ENTRY
We have added another room in our Hall of Fame section.
But this is a little different than the other rooms. For this one is
dedicated to not just a single actor or director, but to an entire studio...one
that dripped blood. We are pleased to welcome the addition of Hammer
Studios to our Hall
FRANKENSTEIN CREATED TELEVISION
Once again, Frankenstein and his creation will be reborn once
again on television, for four-hour version from Hallmark. It will start
filming in Slovakia and Austria, with Kevin Connor taking on the directorial
reigns. Connor, who started his career directing a very memorable cast for
FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE, and a few of those LAND BEFORE TIME movies, and even
making the classic MOTEL HELL.
In this version, the adaptation was done by Mark H. Kruger,
and is being called "the most elaborate and chillingly faithful version of her
classic of the macabre." The film is to star Alec Newman as Dr.
Frankenstein, with Luke Goss playing his creation. Goss had given a great
performance as the renegade vampire mutant in BLADE 2. Julie Delpy and
Mark Jax are to co-star.
TOOLBOX MURDERS GETS A BODY COUNT
Tobe Hooper's remake of...I mean new movie with an old title,
has acquired several names and faces for his latest project. According to
Creature Corner, Angela Bettis, fresh from her performance in MAY has been cast,
along with Mrs. Zombie herself, Sheri Moon. Joining them will be Juliet
Landau, Greag Travis, Rance Howard, and Brent Roam. We wish Hooper all the
best in this project. He needs it.
WILLARD DVD SPECS
New Line Home Entertainment has announced the details for
their DVD release of WILLARD remake, which starred Crispin Glover and R. Lee
Ermey. The film will be in 2.35:1 widescreen transfer, as well as a
full-frame version, with Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound. The disc
will also have audio commentary by the director Glen Morgan, producer James
Wong, and stars Glover and Ermey. It will also contain two different
documentaries. The first one is a feature length documentary called THE
YEAR OF THE RAT, which about the film from conception to creation to release.
The second documentary, called RAT PEOPLE: FRIENDS OR FOES, is about the rats
themselves. It will also have a DVD-ROM "script to screen" feature, along
with a rat gallery, theatrical trailer, and TV spots. But the real gem
here is the music video cover of Michael Jackson's BEN, which is not only sung
by Glover, but he also directed the video, and even does audio commentary for it
ENTER THE UNDERWORLD
Sony Pictures has unleashed their official website for
the upcoming Romeo & Juliet takeoff, this time with vampires and werewolves.
Starring Kate Beckinsale as a vampire warrior who falls in love with one of
their sworn enemies...a werewolf. Check out the official site
7-12-03 MERCHANDISE - REVISING
We are in the process of revising our Merchandise
section. Some of the items have been sold, and we've never gotten around
to updating them. Sorry about that. Plus the videos and laserdisc
selection is getting pretty slim these days. Not sure if we'll even be
posting them anyway. But for now, we just have a direct link to our
selection of Books that we are carrying. If you're looking for a wide
selection of out-of-print Horror Reference books, we've got them. With
over 70 different titles, I'm sure you might be able to find something of
interests. Besides, you know the saying... you can never have too many
We have a new
for you to get that grey matter working. This one might be a little
tougher. It's still considered a classic for those followers of cult
films, and ones that have an hour to kill...hint, hint.
Our last photo was from the great little film called I BURY
THE LIVING. As we said, it is a much underrated film. It's been
released on DVD by MGM, and we would highly recommend you picking it up.
The correct answer was sent in by Hoby Abernathy, Rick Lassiter, and Stephen
Weakley. Thanks for playing and good luck this time out.
We've just finishing posting our
Review for I DRINK YOUR
BLOOD and ONE STEP BEYOND. Check them out!
DOHLER & COMPANY APPEARING AT HORRORFIND WEEKEND
For those attending the
convention next month, you will be able to meet the man behind such classics as
ALIEN FACTOR and NIGHTBEAST, Mr. Don Dohler. He will be there with his new
partner Joe Ripple, who have been making newer films such as HARVESTERS, STAKES,
and their latest, VAMPIRE SISTERS, which I think they'll be screening at the
We've got some more details, and photos of the new series of
collectibles from HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. Click on the thumbnail below to
get a little bit closer look. As much as we liked the Spaulding figure, I
hate to say it, but the Baby and Otis figures don't look too good. I'm
hoping that maybe the photo is just bad, or that they look better when you
actually seem them. But at this point, I can mark some of them off my
"need" list. The Spaulding's still a definite, though. They can be
Entertainment Earth, and are due out in November of this year. The set
of these 6-inch figures is going for $70. But for some reason, in the set,
you get 2 Spauldings, 2 Professors, and then 1 each of Otis and Baby.
That's odd, if you ask me.
AND SPEAKING OF HOUSE...
While we're still a little pissed about the upcoming rated R
version of HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES that is hitting DVD next month, Zombie said in
a radio interview that they had gotten the cast members together and filmed 20
minutes of footage for the interactive menus on the DVD. I still don't
know why they can't release the uncut footage in this one.
MORE DVD NEWS
Coming out in January of 2004, Warner Home Video will be
releasing a dual edition of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. The disc will retail
for $19.98, and will have both the 1931 version starring Fredric March (who won
an Oscar for this role), and the 1941 version starring Spencer Tracy.
For those who haven't seen the March version, you are missing out on of the
classic staples on the genre. It's a must see!
Also announced for their October release, Paramount will
be putting out Hammer's CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER and FRANKENSTEIN AND THE
MONSTER FROM HELL. Still no word as to if FRANKENSTEIN is the uncut
version, but we do know that audio commentaries have been recorded for both
And a little bit older news, for those who haven't heard
all the details about Anchor Bay's upcoming 2-disc edition of Wes Craven's HILLS
HAVE EYES, here they are. It will be released on September 23rd, with an
SRP of $29.98. But I know some on-line DVD companies are taking pre-orders
for under $20.
The first disc will have a new widescreen version of the film
(1.85:1), which is suppose to be incredible. It will also feature audio
commentary by Craven and producer Peter Locke.
The second disc will have all the extras. It will have
an brand new documentary about the film called "Looking Back On THE THE HILLS
HAVE EYES". It will have interviews with Craven, Locke, DP Eric Saarinen,
and actors Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace Stone, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston,
and Susan Lanier. The disc will also contain the retrospective feature:
The Directors: The Films of Wes Craven. This will have interviews with not
only Craven, but also actors Courteney Cox Arquette, David Arquette, Adrienne
Barbeau, Neve Campbell, Robert Englund, Mtch Pileggi, Bill Pullman, Meryl Streep,
Kirsty Swanson, and Ray Wise.
Filling out the disc, will be an alternate ending to HILLS,
trailers and TV spots, behind-the-scene photos, posters and advertising art,
original storyboard art, and a bio for Craven. The disc will also have
some DVD-ROM features, such as having the original screenplay and also some
computer screen savers.
CAPTAIN SPAULDING TOY!
You knew it was coming. Here's the first pic (borrowed
from Rob Zombie's site) of the Capt. Spaulding action figure, though it don't
look like it does much 'action'. But none the less, it still looks pretty
damn cool, and I know we'll be adding one of those to our toy...I mean
collectable collection when they come out. The figure stands approx. 6
inches and comes with a bucket of chicken and a 45 magnum, and sits on a base of
skulls and bodies. According to Zombie's site, there will also be figures
of Baby, Otis and someone called The Professor. No details on who's
putting them out or when.
IMAGE RELEASES THE
It seems there will be another edition of Lon Chaney's
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA released on DVD. This time out, Image Entertainment
will put out a new special edition on September 9th. This 2-disc edition
will feature two different versions of the film. The first one will be the
1925 original feature, which runs 110 minutes, with a musical score by Jon
Mirsalis. The second version will be the 1929 restored version, which runs
98 minutes. This one will have two different soundtracks to it. One
will be the original theatrical soundtrack in mono, and the second will be by
Carl Davis in stereo.
Other extras will include audio commentary by Scott MacQueen,
"Carla Laemmle Remembers" A Video Interview conducted by David Skal, 1925 and
1930 theatrical trailers, interview with cinematographer Charles Van Enger,
still galleries with deleted and missing scenes, and 9 bonus dialogue sequences
from the 1929 version.
The SRP is $24.99.
DANZIG'S FAVORITE'S COMING TO DVD
It seems that Glenn Danzig has teamed up with Eclectric DVD
to put out some of his favorite horror movies. According to Clint Weiler,
"Basically, these are Glenn’s favorite horror movies, so we’re releasing them on
disc though Eclectic." They will be releasing THE EERIE MIDNIGHT HORROR
SHOW (aka THE SEXORCIST), THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE, Leon
Klimovsky's THE VAMPIRE'S NIGHT ORGY, and one of the last films of Boris
Karloff, THE SNAKE PEOPLE.
I know that they Klimovsky film was released on an import
DVD, but it was the cut version. No word on which version this will be.
Though, according to
Eclectic website, THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE, is said to be not
only letterboxed, but also uncut as well, in an all new digital transfer.
Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Thanks to Fangoria for the news.
CHAT ROOM TRIVIA CONTEST???
We've posted something about this quite some time ago.
We're still planning on it, but wanted to get a little feedback if possible.
I've posted a note about it on the
Message Board. Go there and check it out, and let us know what you
6-29-03 28 DAYS LATER CONTEST WINNERS!
Here are the winners of our latest contest. The correct
answer was 2,419,200 seconds in 28 days. 1st Place, taking the t-shirt, is
Amanda Passmore. The 2nd and 3rd Place, both receiving a mini-poster are
Hoby Abernathy and Michael Warren. Thanks again for all who participated.
We'll be having more contests as we go along.
Yes, believe it or not, be we've actually got some new
reviews up. Only 5 new ones for right now, but we're still hard at work on
some more. You can enjoy them in the usual place, or clicking
NEW QUIZLET POLL
Thanks to everybody who had participated in our little
William Girdler poll. It looks like it was a close race between 1st and
2nd place on this one. Here's the results:
ASYLUM OF SATAN - 27%
THREE ON A MEATHOOK - 25%
DAY OF THE ANIMALS - 16%
GRIZZLY - 14%
THE MANITOU - $14
ABBY - 2%
PROJECT KILL - 2%
SHEBA BABY - 0%
ZEBRA KILLER - 0%
We also have added a new question to the poll in case you
didn't notice. This time out, it's a question that has been fought over
for centuries....okay, so maybe just a few years now. But since the advent
of CGI (computer generated images), a lot of people thought that would put your
average makeup artist out of work. But as we've all seen, CGI doesn't
particularly mean it's going to be flawless. We all remember AMERICAN
WEREWOLF IN PARIS, don't we? So the question is what would you prefer?
Really bad CGI effects or would you be more happy with the old fashion rubber
makeup appliances and maybe even a zipper? We even encourage you to go
into more detail on our
Message Board if you'd like. There will be a posting there as well.
MYSTERY PHOTO UPDATED
Like we said, this last one was going to be a little tougher.
And the only winner had never even seen the film, but made one hell of a guess
just from seeing the trailer. Great job to Chris Huziak for coming up with
the correct answer. And that would be TOWER OF EVIL (aka HORROR ON SNAPE
ISLAND aka BEYOND THE FOG). For those who haven't seen it, I would highly
For the new photo, we are going with something a little
older, but still a classic as far as I'm concerned. Good luck!
ENTERTAINMENT GOES ONE STEP BEYOND
This was another one of those TV series that I used to catch
as a kid, along with episodes of TWILIGHT ZONE and THRILLER. Hosted by
John Newland, the series started in January of 1959 and ran until June of 1961,
giving us 94 1/2 hour excursions into the world of ghosts, precognition, and the
supernatural...but even better, they were all suppose to be based on actual
Well, VCI Entertainment will be releasing 12 episodes of the
series on DVD / VHS at the end of July. The VHS version will have 3
episodes on 1 tape, with 4 tapes in the set. It can be purchased
separately, or in a box set. The SRP for each tape is $9.99 each, or
$29.99 for the box set. The DVD will have all 12 shows in one set, and has
an SRP of $29.99. These are the episodes that are included in this set:
Delusion, Ordeal on Locust Street, Brainwave, Doomsday, The
Inheritance, The Explorer, The Clown, Delia, House Of The Dead, Tidal Wave,
Anniversary Of A Murder, and To Know The End.
And speaking of VCI Entertainment, we are putting up our
finishing touches on our review for their release of HORRORS OF THE BLACK
MUSEUM. We're hoping to have that up in the next couple of days, along
with a few more reviews...no seriously. Stay tuned!
BLOOD FEAST 2 AT BLOCKBUSTER???
It seems that Shriek Show will be releasing 3 different
versions of BLOOD FEAST 2 on DVD. One will be a cut version (rated R),
then an uncut version but with no extras, then a special edition which will be
the uncut version, but have a bunch of extras (no word yet on the extras, but I
believe there's audio commentary by Lewis). So we sent an email to Shriek
Show to find out if they really thought there would be a market for the R-rated
version with an uncut version available. Their reply: "Yeah, Blockbuster."
Just doesn't seem right that a DVD company is releasing a cut version strictly
so they can get their foot in the door to Blockbuster. I understand it
from a financial point of view, but I still think it's just a sad state of
affair when that happens.
ONE MORE DAY FOR 28 DAYS LATER CONTEST!!!
Entries will be cut off tomorrow night at midnight, so don't
delay to get those entries in here. See details below from the last
update. Also don't forget to go watch the film!
6-21-03 WIN A 28 DAYS LATER T-SHIRT!
We are going to have a drawing for a T-shirt
(Large size only) and two mini posters from the movie. This is very
simple, if you have a calculator. All you need to do is send an email, by
clicking HERE, with the number of seconds in 28 days. You know, 60 seconds
in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, you figure the rest out. All the
correct answers will be put in a drawing for the prizes. The contest will
run until next Friday the 27th, the day the movie opens. The drawing will
be held that weekend, so winners will be posted sometime over the weekend.
And we actually have the prizes in our possession, so no waiting on some
promotional department to send the stuff out. (Sorry guys, but still
waiting to receive the Rob Zombie stuff) Good Luck!
FLASHBACK WEEKEND REVIEW
We have finished our review of last week's Flashback Weekend
in our Convention Photos section as usual. Not as many pics as usual, but
still a few good ones in there.
KRYPTIC RAMBLING UPDATE
Yea, we've even updated that section with just a little
Rambling about DVD-R bootlegs. Let's here your opinions on the
INTERVIEW WITH THE CREEPER - JONATHAN BRECK
While we were at the Flashback show, we were able to take a
few minutes of Jonathan Breck's time for a little interview about the two
JEEPERS CREEPERS films. Check it out
This week we have two correct answers for the Mystery Photo.
They were (once again) Chris Huziak and J Slattery, and the movie was Stuart
Gordon's much underrated (I think) DOLLS. Okay, so this time out, we're
going to get a little bit tougher and a little bit more obscure. Try out
RATED 'R' HOUSE
It seems that the (mostly likely first) release of Rob
Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES DVD will be the R-rated version. In an
interview with Video Store Magazine, Zombie stated that while a future unrated
version is not out of the question, "At this point, that version doesn't exist.
This is really all there is right now." So kiddies, it's up to you buy
this first edition or wait and see if they do put out an unrated version.
But I'm sure the way the suits are thinking, if the R-rated version doesn't sell
well, why put out another edition that also might not sell well...
But the interview also states that Zombie plans on getting
the cast back in full makeup to shoot some live action interactive menus.
Now that could be interesting.
Thanks to DavisDVD.com
CRONOS TO RISE AGAIN
Guillermo del Toro's first film CRONOS will be coming out on
a special edition DVD this October 14th. This looks to be one not to miss
either. The disc will have a commentary by the director, along with an
interview with him as well. del Toro is also putting some of his early
short films in there as well. Plus it will have a re-mastered transfer,
which will have a new 5.1 audio track. More stuff may be added later, but
there is also rumors that there might be a limited edition version that will
come with a replica of the Cronos device. How cool is that?
Thanks to Fangoria for the info.
HILLS HAVE A BITCHIN' SPECIAL EDITION DVD
Anchor Bay's upcoming DVD release of Wes Craven's HILLS HAVE
EYES looks like it's going to be great addition to one's collection. It
will be a 2-disc edition, that will feature a new anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer
with 5.1 EX adn DTS-ES soundtracks, it will also have audio commentary by Craven
and producer Peter Locke. It will also have a new featurette that will
have interviews with Craven and Locke, along with actors Dee Wallace Stone,
Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier, and cinematographer Eric Saarinen.
It will also have The Films Of Wes Craven which is a 60-minute career
retrospective with interviews with the director, Robert Englund, Mitch Pileggi,
Ray Wise, Kristy Swanson, Meryl Streep, Adrienne Barbeau, Neve Campbell, and
others. Not to mention trailers, TV spots, and still gallery. For
fans of Craven and / or this movie, this will be one not to miss.
Thanks to Fangoria, again.
6-16-03 FLASHBACK WEEKEND....REVIEW
Yes, we did survive another convention, but this being the
first one behind the table (unless you count a 'Vito' or Bowling show in there).
We are still working on our report about the show, with the usual pics. We
were also able to sit a few minutes with the Creeper, Jonathan Breck for short
interview. That will also be posted shortly.
A TIME OF MOURNING...
Last Thursday, Gregory Peck passed away at the age of 87.
While Peck was not really known for his roles in many horror films, but being
the star of the ultra-classic THE OMEN, I'd say that counts quite a bit.
And then we heard that as reported by the LA Times, William
Marshall has passed away at the age of 78. Probably best known to us
horror fans as Blacula in the two films he did in the early 70's. But he
also starred in the rare William Girdler film ABBY, that was yanked off the
market for it's similarities to THE EXORCIST.
A TIME OF RE-BIRTH...
It seems that there's been more activity on our Message Board
in the last few days then in the last 6 months on our old one. Apparently
there were some difficulty in people posting on there. I apologize for
that, but now with this old one, it should be a lot easier for everybody to put
their Kryptic Ramblings up there. See you there.
As we've all heard / read, Rob Zombie's HOUSE will be coming
out on DVD on August 12th. Here's all the extras that are being listed for
this release: Audio commentary by Zombie, trailers, screen tests, still
and FX gallery, featurettes that Zombie designed specifically for the DVD, and a
separate score track. Zombie has also designed the art for the tri-fold
But it is also listed as rated R. Does that mean that
they will be releasing another version down the road with the uncut footage?
I would hope that Lions Gate wouldn't do something like that, since they know
that the fans would have no problem buying the newer release in a heartbeat.
But according to the Peter Block at Lions Gate (as reported on Creature
Corner.com), “Lions Gate has a strong tradition with horror films which allowed
us to see the genius in Rob’s work and was instrumental in our being a great
partner for him. Some parts of this film are very graphic, too much so that we
had to tone it down for the theatrical release. But in the DVD, it’s all here,
just as Rob intended, in all its striking and vivid detail. HOUSE OF 1000
CORPSES is a true horror fan’s delight.”
So what does that all mean? Is the uncut footage on the
disc? I got to tell you, as much as I like the film, unless it's at Best
Buy for $15.99, I'd have my doubts of running out and buying it, only to have it
show up a few months later in a new Special Edition with the footage in there.
Plus, it's not like the film would go out of print right away. I guess
we'll have to wait and see.
MAY HITS IN JULY
And while on the subject of Lions Gate, their DVD of Lucky
McKee's film MAY will be hitting the DVD shelves on July 15th. They have
announced that there will be two different audio commentaries for this disc.
The first one will have the writer/director McKee with actresses Angela Bettis
and Nichole Hiltz, co-star Bret Roberts, the DP Steve Yedlin, and editor Chris
Siverston. The second commentary has once again McKee, but this time with
composer Jaye Barnes-Luckett, production designer Leslie Keel, and more to be
DEAD & BURIED FINALLY RISES IN THE STATES
Gary Sherman's much under-rated zombie film DEAD & BURIED
will finally be coming to DVD here in the states in a 2-disc special edition
from Blue Underground. Here's some of the specs: Widescreen
(1.85:1), remastered DTS ES and Dolby EX sountracks, 3 different audio
commenataries - 1st with directory Sherman, 2nd with co-writer / co-producer
Ronald Shusett and actress Linda Turley, and the 3rd with cinematographer Steve
Poster. There will also be theatrical trailers, poster and still gallery.
The bonus disc will have Stan Winston's DEAD & BURIED EFX, Robert Englund: An
Early Work of Horror, and Dan O'Bannon: Crafting Fear.
Always being a fan of this great little movie, I am very
excited about this one.
6-8-03 A REVIEW...28 DAYS LATER
Well, it didn't take me that long to get this review done,
but after hearing all this hype, we had to pick up the
import disc of this fantastic film from our buddies at
Xploited Cinema. And we were not let down at all.
Check out our Review of this great flick.
A BRIEF APOLOGY...
Last week I was promoting (really just announcing) the
Chicago Horror Film Festival that was held last weekend. I would like to
apologize to anybody that did attend it, but I don't think there was anybody
there besides myself and the people who had made the films that were being
shown...which would put it at about 20-25 people. Now, I knew that these
were going to be low budget films. But I just didn't expect them to be
very poor quality in regards to the films themselves. We could only sit
though the first hour of the films before we had to leave...I was questioning my
sanity at that point...that and pissed off that I just ruined my Sunday night.
Maybe the films picked up after the ones that we had seen, but I couldn't chance
it. I was trying to keep an open mind with these shorts, but they were
just terrible. Is it really that difficult to make a film that is scary?
Damn...and here I thought that Hollywood was just going for the easy money...
NEW (OLD) MESSAGE BOARD
Well folks, we have gone back to our old Bravenet Message
Board. Since not a lot of people were using the other one, which we had to
pay for, we decided to go back to the free one. It's not as spiffy as the
other one, but will work out the same.
NEW MYSTERY PHOTO
Well, we only had one winner this time, for one that should
have been pretty simple. The winning answer came from Chris Huziak.
That decapitated head, and one of the best looking that I've ever seen I might
add, is from the movie C.H.U.D. Come on people, you should know this
stuff! Let's try it again with this new pic.
FRIGHT NIGHT 2 TO HIT DVD FINALLY!
Artisan Entertainment will be releases this, along with THE
FOURTH ANGEL, I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU, KILLING MR. GRIFFIN, LAIR OF THE WHITE
WORM, RODENTZ, and REPOSSESSED. Unfortunately, they will be all full frame
with no extras besides trailers. They also will be re-issuing BRIDE OF
RE-ANIMATOR for some reason as well. Don't know if all the extras will be
on that one that were on the original release.
CINEMA WASTELAND GUESTS UPDATE
Ken & company have added a few more guests for this years
lineup. Joining the lovely Ladies of EVIL DEAD, along with their creator
Tom Sullivan, Hal Delrich will be joining the little reunion. Hal played
Scotty in the original film. Looking forward to seeing him, since his
appearances are pretty rare.
Also joining the guest lineup is another first. Anthony
DeLio will be there. Who's he, right? Well, for fans of Romero's DAY
OF THE DEAD, DeLio is the soldier that lets in the zombies at the end of the
movie, right as he is getting torn apart. He was also in Romero's
KNIGHTRIDERS and TWO EVIL EYES. This is his first real convention
Of course, fans of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE will not want to
miss Robert A. Burns. He was the production designer for TCM, creating all
those twisted little props from the Sawyer house. Plus, he has worked on
other classic films like RE-ANIMATOR, TOURIST TRAP, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, and THE
And then fans of the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD will
be happy to meet some of the creators of the film. Russ Steiner and Bill
Hinzman will be on hand to celebrate the 35 year anniversary of the movie.
Oh yea, that worthless hack John Russo will also be there...
For more information, check out their site by clicking
FLASHBACK WEEKEND - 5 MORE DAYS!
And for those of you in the Chicago area, or who are coming
in for this convention, we will be set up there again. So stop by and say
5-31-03 BIG UPDATE!
Yea, I know...another two weeks since that last update.
Sorry for the delays here folks, but things have been pretty hectic here as of
late. Between my real job and my family, my time here at the computer is
very limited. But probably the main reason for this last delay is
recovering from last weekend. On basically a last minute decision, I made
the trip out to California for the Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors convention.
I've been working on my convention report all week, scanning in the photos, plus
just trying to rest up. So check out our report in our
FLASHBACK WEEKEND - TWO WEEKS!
And speaking of conventions, in two short weeks, it will be
time for the 2nd Annual Flashback Weekend Convention. Last year's show was
one of the best shows that I did last year. Ton's of stuff going on, great
dealers (including yours truly), and plenty of great guests to meet. And
from the looks of it, this year is going to be better than the last. With
guests like Robert Englund, Brad Dourif, Kevin McCarthy, P.J. Soles, Linda
Harrison, Lisa Wilcox, Ken Foree, Bill Moseley, Tom Sullivan, and many more!
Click on graphic above for more info. You won't regret it!
CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
And speaking of conventions, if you are in the Chicagoland
area, tomorrow night is the Chicago Horror Film Festival. They are showing
21 different independent short films, starting at 5:00pm, at the 3 Penny Cinema.
For more information, click
LA-LA LAND RECORDS SCORES BIG TIME!
La-La Land Records had recently released the definitive
edition of RE-ANIMATOR earlier this year. And now they follow up with
another Richard Band score from Stuart Gordon's follow-up, FROM BEYOND. We
have our review for this great cd up in our Reviews Soundtrack section.
And now, coming out on June 17th, they are releasing
George Romero CREEPSHOW. Being released for the first time in the U.S. and
Europe, John Harrison's score is another great classic that we have been looking
forward to since our old LP bought the farm.
Previously released in Japan, which would go from some
major cash on the market, this new version not only has been fully remastered,
but also has never-before-released bonus tracks. These tracks include some
unreleased music from George Romero's TV series TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, and
also a never-before-heard overture Harrison composed from a project for Romero
that was never filmed called TALES OF HOFFMAN.
The CD will come with a full color, illustrated booklet that
includes liner notes from composer Harrison, George Romero, and more.
Pre-orders are being taken now, and if you do order now, you can get it signed
by composer Harrison at no extra charge.
Check out their site by clicking
DVD NEWS (SOME OLD, SOME NEW)
While at the convention, I heard reports from the cast of
HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES that the DVD to be released this August will be the
R-rated version, with possibility of the uncut version being release at a later
date. Now, I don't think this is a confirmed thing, at least I hope not.
But that really pisses me off when DVD companies do that...cough, cough...Anchor
Bay...If they are doing it because the original release when out of print, then
just re-issue the same thing. But by adding "new" stuff, now the die hard
fans have to debate on buying yet another version of something they already
have! I'm hoping that Zombie / Lions Gate / and whoever else in charge
there don't sting along the fans like that.
And speaking of Anchor Bay and their countless re-issues,
on August 5th, they will be releasing yet another version of John Carpenter's
original HALLOWEEN, a new 25th Anniversary edition. This will have a 2
disc set, with one disc having both the theatrical cut and the extended version,
both in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby digital 5.1. It will also
contain the original audio commentary from the Criterion laserdisc, by
Carpenter, Debra Hill and Jamie Lee Curtis. The second disc will have an
all new 90-minute documentary (which includes parts from the AMC Backstory),
trailers, TV and radio spots and still gallery. Who wants to put money
down that this won't be the last version of this to come out?
Thanks to DVDFILE.
MEDIA BLASTERS / SHRIEK SHOW RELEASE FULCI
Media Blasters will be releasing a couple of Lucio Fulci's
films as well this summer. The first one LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN, which
has never been released here in the states, and will be coming out at the end of
June. It will have a documentary and interviews with actors Florinda
Bolkan, Jean Sorel, Mike Kennedy, and Penny Brown, and also makeup effects
artist Carlo Rambaldi and Franco di Girolamo. This is the film that had
the nightmare sequence of some dissected dogs that got Fulci in court trying to
explain that they were not real dogs.
Then in August, Media Blasters will be releasing their
version of Fulci's ZOMBIE, with might be issued under the original title ZOMBI 2
(since DAWN OF THE DEAD was released as ZOMBIE in Europe). It also might
get a limited theatrical release before it's release. It will be released
in two different versions. The regular edition, which I'm assuming is just
the movie, and the 2-disc edition that will feature a featurette, and a bunch of
interviews with producer Fabrizio De Angelis, screenwriters Elisa Briganti and
Dardano Sacchetti, composer Fabio Fizzi, special effects creators Gianetto De
Rossi and Maurizio Trani, and production / costume designer Walter Patriarca,
with possibly more to be added. Those bastards are going to make me buy
this title again, with all those extras.
Media Blasters also have finished several interviews with
Jess Franco for their upcoming releases of FACELESS, being released at the end
of September, NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT and SEX CHARADE, both being released in
Thanks to Creature Corner.
ALIEN & ALIENS RETURNS TO THE THEATERS
The original 1979 ALIEN will be hitting the theaters again
this October. But it will now have some, even maybe all of the cut footage
that was cut from the original print, restored back into the film. They
are also planning to re-release ALIENS into theaters next spring.
Thanks to Dark Horizon.
HAMMER TIME AGAIN
Adding to the tons of titles coming out on DVD in August, is
Hammer Films' DIE! DIE! MY DARLING. Also known as FANATIC, this 1965 film
was written by Richard Matheson and stars Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers,
and Donald Sutherland. No details on any extras at this time.
Thanks to DVD DRIVE-IN for the info.
MIDNIGHT MASS HITS DVD
This is an adaptation of an awesome short story by F. Paul
Wilson, that I had read years ago, and loved it. I was very excited to
hear that it was being adapted for a movie. And on July 8th, we'll be able
to see if it can live up to the original story. The basic plot is about a
world where humans are pretty much the minority, with vampires everywhere.
In a church in a small town, the residents make their last stand against their
The film was directed by Tony Mandile, and stars Douglas
Gibson and Pamela Karp. Being released by Lions Gate, the DVD will be
filled with extras, including commentary, bloopers and outtakes,
behind-the-scene featurette, production art, and a widescreen transfer with 5.1
Again, thanks to Creature Corner.
CULT CLASSIC HITS DVD!
One of the most famous films in the Drive-In era will be
making it's debut on DVD. I DRINK YOUR BLOOD will be coming out from Box
Office Spectaculars and Grindhouse Releasing. The disc will feature a new
digitally transfer of the original rated X director's cut of the film.
That's right folks...fully uncut and uncensored.
Plus this special edition will be filled more more extras
than a meat pie filled with rabies! It will have out-takes, commentary,
interviews, still galleries, trailers, radio spots, and even more. It will
also feature four never seen before deleted scenes, including the original
"blood-drenched" ending that was too disturbing for the 70's crowd.
Look for this one, a definite must to the collection.
UPCOMING MOVIE NEWS
Fantastic Factory, the Spanish production company of Brian
Yuzna and Julio Fernández has got a bunch of films currently in production that
have been picked up for U.S. rights from Lions Gate. The titles include a
werewolf movie called ROMASANTA, directed by Paco Plaza. Also on the list
is a killer-dog movie called ROTTWEILER, THE NUN which is religious chiller, and
one called BENEATH STILL WATERS. It's not sure if these will be getting a
theatrical release or not, but Lions Gate is still apparently working on getting
BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR for some midnight screenings this summer. Fingers are
This rumor is apparently true, that Tobe Hooper will be
helming the remake of THE TOOLBOX MURDERS, for the original producer Tony DiDio.
From what I have read, it's really not even a remake, but just a completely
different story, but just using the name as a marketing tie-in. At least
that's my opinion. I really feel sorry for Hooper. It would really
be nice to see him pull something out one of these days to make us forget about
all the films that he's been making over these last 15 years.
Now that putting Pinhead and Jason in space failed
miserable, I guess putting Dracula up there would be the next choice.
DRACULA 3000 puts the count in space terrorizing a crew of a spaceship.
Where's my gun? Sorry, guess that's being a little too judgmental.
Where's that dull hammer?
Kevin Connor, director of the cult film MOTEL HELL, will
be directing another new version of FRANKENSTEIN for TV, with Hallmark
producing. Filming stars at the end of June. Didn't care for that
last TV version, but being a huge Frankenstein fan, I will be interesting in
seeing this one.
The Return of BRUNO MATTEI! It seems that Mattei
will be coming back to the horror genre with MONDO CANNIBALE. Great news
for Italian fans, but does he still have all those white contamination suits?
How could this one be bad??? CROAK - "When a comet
slams into a tanker truck carrying a radioactive load, a bucolic American town
falls victim to a plague of mutant frogs." Killer frogs? I am so
Thanks to Fangoria for the info.
5-17-03 NEW MYSTERY PHOTO
Sorry for such a long delay between Photos. We'll try
and bit a little bit more regular with these. The last pic was from the
original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. Thanks to Hoby Abernathy &
Stephen Weakly for sending in the correct answers. The new photo has been
posted. Good luck!
ZOMBIE TRIVIA & NEWS
The trivia contest is officially over. As posted
before, Hoby Abernathy was the first correct winner, and has chosen a signed
poster for his prize. The other entries with all the correct answers were
put into a drawing, and three names were picked. They were Robert Benson,
Brett Baish, and Jeremy Allen. Thanks for all who participated. The
prizes will be sent out as soon as we get them from Lions Gate. The
correct answers are below.
In Rob Zombie's house, he has a stuff polar bear that was
actually in what TV series? - THE ADDAMS FAMILY
On his first solo cd, Hellbilly Deluxe,
there is an audio clip from a trailer before the song Living Dead Girl.
What movie is the trailer from? - LADY FRANKENSTEIN
Many years before joining the cast of killers in Rob
Zombie's movie, Michael J. Pollard also starred in a movie about a very famous
pair of violent criminals. Who were they? -
BONNIE AND CLYDE
Sid Haig had once played the main bad
guy on a Saturday morning TV series. What was his character's name? -
DRAGOS (from JASON OF STAR COMMAND)
Genre favorite Karen Black made her acting debut under the
direction of what soon-to-be-famous cult director? -
HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS
In other Zombie news, fans of his will be able to see him
hosting the recently revived Headbanger's Ball on MTV each week, for
three weeks, starting on May 24th.
THE NEW LEATHERFACE
This photo is from the latest Entertainment Weekly (that we
stole from Creature Corner), and gives us a look at the mask of Leatherface from
the latest Hollywood remake. While the photo is only in black and white,
it pretty much looks like he bought the mask at a convention, or a Halloween
store. Still trying to figure out how it was decided that a remake of this
film was needed. It's such a shame that Hollywood has run out of original
ideas to make movies from.
THE CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
In a couple of weeks, we are hoping to attend the first annual Chicago Horror Film Festival. It will be held on
Sunday, June 1st, at the 3 Penny Cinema, located at 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
The festival starts at 5pm and runs to 11pm.
We are planning to be there, taking a look at some of the
films playing this year. For more information, such as the listing of the
films playing, click
We've got some cool news about some of the upcoming shows
that we will be at this year. Next month will be the
FLASHBACK WEEKEND 2
convention. We had such a great time last year, and from the looks of it,
this year will be no different. They have just added Lisa
Wilcox (from NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4), Johnathan Breck (from JEEPERS CREEPERS
1&2), Bill Johnson (Leatherface from TCM 2). And then of course is
Mr. Brad Dourif. I have been a huge fan of his for years. From his
great roles in EXORCIST 3, the evil computer genius from DEATH MACHINE, as the
voice of Chucky from the CHILD'S PLAY movies, or even his Oscar nominated role
from ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, Dourif always gives it all to his roles.
I am very excited to see him come to the Chicagoland area for a show.
WASTELAND - Ken and company have added Robert Burns to their guest list.
Now that name might now sound familiar, but if you a fan of horror films of the
70's and 80's, then you've probably seen his work. Burns is a set and prop
designer, who's work could be seen in TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, THE HILLS HAVE
EYES, THE HOWLING, RE-ANIMATOR, and TOURIST TRAP. This will be their 4th
show, and is still one of the best shows around. Looking forward to it
again this year in October!
FROM BEYOND COMES TO
Records are scoring big again with another soundtrack from Richard Band.
Following up their awesome release of RE-ANIMATOR, comes FROM BEYOND. This
has never been released on CD in the states, and has always been one of my
favorite soundtracks. I used to have this on LP years ago, and really miss
This release has the score fully re-mastered and expanded,
containing material that had not been released before. It will comes with
an illustrated booklet that will have liner notes from director Stuart Gordon,
composer Band, and also writer Randall D. Larson. This is a limited
release of only 3000, so if you want one, don't wait! You can order them
now directly from their website, and have the cd autographed by composer Richard
Band. The price is only $19.98.
IS THERE A POINT WHEN WE SHOULD JUST SAY NO?
There's a couple of recent news items that has me shaking my
head. The first one is that it seems that Tobe Hooper will be re-making
the 1978 film THE TOOLBOX MURDERS. The original film starred Cameron
Mitchell as a psycho out killing young women in an apartment complex that were
of "unscrupulous nature", using different tools from his toolbox. But it
seems that this remake, and I use the term very loosely, seems to have nothing
to do with the original, other than being set in an apartment building.
The original producer, Anthony Didio, will also producing this one.
But why call it a remake when it obviously has nothing to do
with the original? Plus it seems that those talks of him directing those
two sequels of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD didn't pan out too well. Is this
the best that Hooper can do nowadays? For more information about this,
check out this
The second bit of news that has me scratching my head is
about the newly proposed Hannibal Lector film. I know that Hopkin's Lecter
is very popular, and a box office guarantee. Which is why RED DRAGON was
made...oh wait...that's right...they wanted to make the film the way it should
have in the first place. I'm sure it had nothing to do with selling a hot
property. Right...Which is exactly what we have here with this new
Plus it seems that author Harris has gotten over any bad
feelings at the liberties that were taken for the film version of his book
HANNIBAL. Enough to where he's going to be writing the story and
possibly the script for what producer Dino de Laurentiis is calling THE LECTOR
VARIATION. This will have Lecter at four different ages throughout his
early life, starting at 12, and moving through his 20's. Do we really need
this? Is it over kill?
HERE'S SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO...
We were very impressed with Brad Anderson's great film
SESSION 9. And now he is working on his next horror project, called THE
MACHINIST. The film is to star Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and
Aitana Sanchez-Gijon. Bale stars as "insomniac lathe operator" who starts
to see a ghost in the factory where he works. Filming starts this month in
Barcelona, and is being made by the Spanish company Filmax, who is speciallizing
in horror films.
Filmax will also be producing FRAGILE, which will be written
and directed by Jaume Balagueró. Balagueró brought us the very creepy THE
NAMELESS, and also more recently DARKNESS. Like DARKNESS, FRAGILE will be
shot in English, and is said to be one of Spain's biggest productions, which is
set to start in the spring of next year. The story is about an old
hospital on an island off from England that is going to shut down. A nurse
arrives there to help with the transferring of the patients, when the ghost
story element begins.
And if that wasn't all, Filmax will also be producing a new
series of made-for-TV horror movies, all to be shot in English. The title
for the series is called PELICULAS PARA NO DORMIR (MOVIES WHICH WON’T LET YOU
SLEEP). The directors that they have lined up so far are Alex de la
Iglesia, Jaume Balagueró, Mateo Gil, Paco Plaza, and Narciso Ibañez Serrador
(director of WHO COULD KILL A CHILD?). Serrador will be not only directing
one of the episodes, but also overseeing the entire project.
With all the cool stuff that is coming out of Spain these
days, we are looking forward to these.
Thanks to Fangoria.
ARGENTO'S LATEST - THE CARD DEALER
Check out this
link for more info about the latest from Argento, including interviews with
the cast and crew, including actor Liam Cunningham.
Thanks to Dark Dreams for the info.
DOG SOLDIERS 2
And speaking of Liam Cunningham, it seems that a sequel will
be going into production this summer. While I don't think Cunningham will
be returning, Kevin McKidd will be, along with producers David Allen and
Christopher Figg. Eric Miller, who is writing the script, told Fangoria,
“The sequel will have the same elements as the first film, but will have some
more Americans in the cast. People complained that the original was too
British.” Not me. But since I did enjoy the first film, it will be
interesting to see what they come up with for this one. A director for the
sequel has not been confirmed yet.
Thanks again, to Fangoria for the info.
5-10-03 WE'RE BACK...
Well, we have survived our little trip to Kentucky, and were
able to get some titles marked off my "to-watch" list, no matter how bad they
were going to be. Yes, I actually packed a VCR in my suitcase, along with
some videos. How bad is that? I also was able to finish ONCE AROUND
THE BLOCH, the autobiography of Robert Bloch, the author of PSYCHO, and many,
many, many other novels and short stories. You will see his name pop up in
a lot of those anthology films of the 60's, as well as many other British films.
It's a great read, and very humors. We highly recommend it. And now
back to the program...
ZOMBIE NEWS AND MORE...
First of all, our above trivia game is still going on.
We will be cutting off at the end of next week, Friday the 16th, so get your
submissions in. Good luck.
To add another DVD title release for August that I will
have to buy, Lions Gate have announced that Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES will
be released on the 16th. The only extras that have been confirmed so far
is an audio commentary by Zombie, along with a still gallery and an isolated
No mention of the uncut scenes, or if it will be the unrated
cut. I'm sure that Zombie will want to have the unrated version released,
so let's hope. But according to a interview in Rue Morgue magazine (issue
#31), there was less than 10 minutes, not closer to 20 minutes that some are
reporting. But as we fans know, a mere 10 seconds can be a lot of footage.
Of course, a nice documentary about the making of the film,
interviews with cast and crew, and it's troubles of getting released would be
And of course, the real big news is that it seems that
Zombie will be making a sequel to his directorial debut. So far the movie
has made over $11 million at the box office. So with the foreign markets
along with the video release, there's a lot more money coming. So
obviously this means sequel. But Zombie had said all along that the first
film was written with a possible sequel in mind.
In talking about the proposed sequel, Zombie said, "After the
success of the opening weekend on 'Corpses', I knew that talks of a sequel
weren't far behind. I originally wrote the first film with a sequel in mind,
just in case such a situation should arise... and it has. I think now is
the only time to do a sequel. Myself and the cast are still in the right
'Corpse' mindset. To come back to this years later wouldn't work the vibe would
When asked about any returning characters, Zombie says, "I
really want to expand upon the characters of Spaulding, Otis, Baby, Tiny, Dr.
Satan and some of the others. I love these characters and I want explain
the strange relationships between them. The first film hints at many things, but
never really explains the full truth."
But what about the sequel hungry studios? Isn't rushing
into a sequel just asking for trouble? Zombie states, "These days sequel
are a whole new game. In the past 'sequel' was a dirty word but now
sequels are for the most part bigger and better than the original. I don't want
to retread the same story but take the returning characters on a strange new
journey." He also adds that for the sequel, "I'll have more time and
more money to create an even more intense and elaborate vision of the world of
'House Of 1000 Corpses'."
They are set to start production for the follow up this fall,
with a proposed released of April of next year. Let's hope that it doesn't
take another four years for this one to come out...
ALL HAIL HILL AND HAIG!
For those lucky bastards on the East coast, you have the
chance to see see two classic films on the big screen, as well as meet two of
the people responsible for them. On Tuesday, May 20th, at Hollywood's New
Beverly Cinema, they will be showing a double feature of Jack Hill's SPIDER BABY
and BIG DOLL HOUSE, both of which star Sid Haig. Both Hill and Haig will
be there for the screenings, with other special guests to be announced.
For more information, call (323) 465-8764. If we could, we'd love to be
there for that.
AND IF YOU NEED MORE EVIDENCE THAT HOLLYWOOD
Here are the DVD covers for the recently released American
remake THE RING, which starred Naomi Watts. And to the right of that is
Dutch director Dick Mass' new film THE SHAFT, which is a remake of his own 1983
film THE LIFT, which just happens to also star Watts. While I am excited
to see this movie, this is just pathetic...
5-3-03 BRIEF LEAVE OF ABSENCE...
We will be out of town on a business trip all of next
week. We're off to the land of William Girdler, Louisville, Kentucky,
possibly in search of killer animals, Satanic asylums, or maybe just some
meathooks. So if you email us about something, we will not have access to our
email, so won't be able to reply. We will get to answering those when we
POSTER GALLERY UPDATE
We have added a bunch more great looking posters to our
Gallery. Check them out!
VS JASON POSTER
Okay folks, once again you are going to have to listen to me
complain about the lack of imagination in Hollywood right now. To the
right is the teaser poster for the upcoming movie. Is it just me, or does
that look like a newer special edition of the X-MEN movie? Tell me that
they couldn't come up with something a little bit more interesting and a lot
more creative than that?
I guess I should just be thankful that they didn't go with
the usual graphic of just all the faces of the young cast, like they've been
doing since SCREAM...
You can check out the official website by clicking
HERE, except there
really isn't much of anything up there yet. I'm sure they're planning to
add some more stuff...at least I would think so.
BURTON RETURNS TO ANIMATE A CORPSE
It seems that Tim Burton will be returning to a stop-motion
animated feature called THE CORPSE BRIDE, which was based on a 19-century
European folk tale. It is about a man who somehow is accidentally engaged
to a cadaver.
Burton will be producing with Vinton Studios, and it will be
directed by Mike Johnson. Being that Burton's A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
is one of my favorite films, I can't wait for this one. Hopefully it
IT'S OFFICIAL: JOHN RUSSO HAS GONE INSANE!
I had recently read this on the Fangoria website, and just
couldn't believe what I was reading. In a recent talk with Fango, Russo
said that he is getting ready for ESCAPE FROM THE LIVING DEAD, which is some
sort of sequel to NIGHT. “I will write and direct, with Russ Streiner on
as line producer. I want Debbie Rochon to star; she’s the Sigourney Weaver of
zombie films", Russo said. Russo will also be co-producing the film with
But here's the point where Russo has slipped into some sort
of delusional world. “We’ve had offers of $5 to $10 million to make the
movie,” Russo claims. “Everybody wants a zombie film right now. As crazy as this
sounds, our sales agent says we’ve already gotten interest from Jeff Goldblum,
who’s from Pittsburgh, Patrick Swayze, Dennis Hopper and even Jim Carrey about
being in the movie! Carrey’s a big LIVING DEAD fan and asked to wear a NIGHT OF
THE LIVING DEAD T-shirt in his new movie, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS
Now that line is quoted directly from Fango's site.
Notice how it sounds like Fango doesn't even believe the guy when they state
"Russo claims" from that last quote?
Like Jeff Goldblum or Jim Carrey are going to be the next
zombie film from a guy who is having his films financed from wanna-be filmmakers
paying him to teach them how to make movies! Didn't that guy learn his
lesson from that abomination he did when he tampered with the original NIGHT OF
THE LIVING DEAD? Give me a break!
DVD fans better start saving their pennies now, because this
is going to be another brutal summer with all the awesome titles coming out.
Here are some covers and details about some upcoming titles.
BLUE UNDERGROUND is coming out with some great titles, and even better extras.
They are going to putting out Gary Sherman's zombie flick DEAD AND BURIED, and
it is going to be loaded with extras. Coming out at the end of July, it
will have several audio commentaries, including director Gary Sherman,
co-writer/co-producer Ron Shusett and actress Linda Turley, and cinematographer
Steven Poster. There will also be interviews with effects designer Stan
Winston, actor Robert Englund, and co-writer Dan O'Bannon. Add those to
location still shots, theatrical trailers and teasers, and poster and still
galleries. This title is definitely a must.
At the same time, they will be releasing VENOM, the
snake-on-the-loose thriller, with an all-star cast including Klaus Kinski,
Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson, Susan George, and Michael Gough. The extras
will include audio commentary by director Piers Haggard, trailers, and
It also seems that Blue Underground will be re-releasing some
titles that Anchor Bay had released earlier. One of these titles is Q: THE
WINGED SERPENT. This time out the disc will feature audio commentary by
director Larry Cohen, trailers, teasers, TV spots, poster and still galleries,
and even a DVD-ROM press kit. They will also be putting out Cohen's GOD
TOLD ME TO, which will also have audio commentary by Cohen.
Another Anchor Bay re-issued title is Jose Larrez's VAMPYRES,
which will be released at the end of this month. It will have audio
commentary (don't know if it's the same as the original AB disc or a new one),
interviews, deleted scenes, trailers, photo gallery, filmography, and even a
DVD-ROM section. Now, in an earlier report, they said that this would
"feature a beautiful new transfer of the feature which reinstates the
controversial gore footage missing from the previous DVD release". But
they are listing in the extras for this new release of having some deleted
scenes. So we're not really sure what's up with that.
They will also be releasing BABA YABA, which will have extras
such as interviews, deleted scenes, trailers, photo gallery, a documentary, and
a DVD-ROM sectioin. And another re-issue of DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, which
will have audio commentary, interviews, trailers, and photo gallery.
Plus, another great title coming out from MGM, is the much
underrated I, MADMAN. It's a shame that this isn't coming out with tons of
extras, but it seems that it's just a bare-bones version. But I guess if
that's all we can get, it's better than nothing. Plus, at least the
artwork is better than the video box art. For some more cover art from
MGM's titles that will be coming out in August, click
to get to DVD Drive-In's release page.
4-27-03 GUEST RANTING: A TOP TEN LIST
FROM ONE OF THE 'BOYS'
Peter O'Herne, better known as Barry to the fans of
BAD TASTE, has sent in his Top Ten Lists. Like any of us self respecting
fans, narrowing it down to only 10 is almost an impossibility. But Pete
has given it a try anyway. Here they are in no particular order. Any
comments, complaints, or whatever else, can be addressed on our
Board, where these titles will also be listed.
CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER - Man this movie was great and it inspired us
to go film our own style of vampire film.
DRACULA (1978) - I liked this film and the way this was shot sticks in my
mind with the vivid style.
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE - The ultimate in Horror...Scared the Hell out of me
when I saw it years ago. Walking home at 2am in the morning after watching
this is not good.
DAWN OF THE DEAD - Great film and great fun...Why this is being re-made is
beyond me. It's not like anybody can forget this one.
PSYCHO - Hitchcock...Who can argue :)
HALLOWEEN - Great film. John Carpenter deserves success.
THE OMEN - I liked the series as far as 3.
EVIL DEAD - Can't have a faves list without EVIL DEAD. Again, the
trilogy was cool.
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON - "I didn't mean to call you meatloaf,
THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES - Vincent Price is legend as far as I am concerned.
NEW MYSTERY PHOTO
Sorry folks that we haven't updated this in a while.
Unfortunately, we did not have any correct answers on this one. Guess I'm
going a little too obscure here? Well, if you're expecting shots from the
last SCREAM movie, you at the wrong site. We try to either go with a
classic or something a little more to the obscure side. The goal is not
only to give you mind a little work, but also if you don't recognize the film,
it'll make you want to seek it out!
The last entry was from Juan López Moctezuma's ALUCARDA (aka
SISTERS OF SATAN, INNOCENTS FROM HELL). This time, we will go with a
little bit more mainstream, but is also a classic. If you haven't seen
this one, put it on your list.
ZOMBIE TRIVIA CONTINUES....
We're still taking on entries in our Trivia Contest.
All who send in correct answers will be put into a drawing to win either signed
poster or one of 2 signed CD soundtracks from Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES.
Click on the banner above to get to the questions.
ALICE COOPER TO HAUNT HORRORFIND WEEKEND!
The one and only monster rocker Alice Cooper will be
appearing at this year's
I think this is the first time that I've ever remember seeing him listed at a
SE CHRISTINE DVD DRIVES INTO TOWN
Here's a bit of info about the upcoming special edition DVD
of John Carpenter's CHRISTINE. There will be audio commentaries by
Carpenter, and actor Keith Gordon. There will also new interviews with
cast and crew.
Thanks to Creature Corner.com for that info.
WARNER BROS. ANNOUNCE UPCOMING DVD TITLES
WB has mentioned some of their titles to be released later
this year, and some for 2004. First up is the terrible sequel RETURN OF
THE LIVING DEAD 2. Can't believe this was made by the same guy who gave us
SHOCK WAVES...of course, he doesn't care for that movie anyway...Next up is the
IT'S ALIVE: TRILOGY! Now that would be a nice box set. They will
also be releasing the Tod Browning's disturbing classic FREAKS, a film that was
banned for many years. The will also be putting out THE BAD SEED and
TXH-1138. Next year, expect to see some Lon Chaney Sr. titles and Val
4-19-03 WE HAVE OUR FIRST WINNER!
Hoby Abernathy was the first one to send in all 5
correct answers for our Rob Zombie Trivia contest. He will get his choice
of either the signed movie poster or CD. But don't let that stop the rest
of you for trying. We still have three more signed items left.
Everyone else who answers all the questions correctly will have their name put
in for a drawing. So don't wait.
HAZEL COURT APPEARING AT MONSTER
Hazel Court will be appearing at the Monster Mania show
this September. Court had appeared in some great films over the years,
such as THE RAVEN, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, not to mention Hammer's CURSE OF
FRANKENSTEIN. Click on the link below for more information.
NEW MOVIE POSTERS!
Here's a couple of posters for JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 and
4-18-03 ROB ZOMBIE TRIVIA CONTEST!
Are you a fan of Mr. Zombie? Would you like to win a
movie poster or CD, signed by Mr. Zombie? Then click on the banner above
to be taken to our latest trivia contest for your chance. Good Luck!
Also fans of Zombie who might not have been able to find a
theater to see his movie might want to check again today, since they are
expanding the number of theaters to about 700. For more info about the
movie, check out the
We have also added a new segment our our Krypt.
It is called Favorite Moments. This is where we'd like to hear some of
your favorite moments in horror films. For more of an explanation, please
click the link either above, or on the navigational bar on the left.
Slowly but surely, we are getting caught up on some of our
reviews. We have added one for Boris Karloff's CORRIDORS OF BLOOD.
And in our Library
section, we have added a review of the autobiography of William Castle, King of
THE CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Mark your calendars, for on June 1st will be the
Horror Film Festival. While I believe these films are all
independent films & shorts, it's still great to see something like this come to
my somewhat local area. The site doesn't list exactly where this is taking
place yet, but it does list the films that will be shown. Come on people,
support the genre! We'll see you there.
SALEM'S LOT CASTING
More names have been added to the cast of this remake of
Stephen King's vampire novel. Andre Braugher and James Cromwell are
now on the list, joining Rob Lowe, Samantha Mathis, and Rutger Hauer! as the
main vampire Barlow.
Now I must have missed when this news first came out.
I've always enjoyed Hauer (mainly back in the 80's), but unless he's dropped a
little weight lately, isn't he a little...big to be playing a vampire?
AND SPEAKING OF RUTGER HAUER...
One movie that I have always enjoyed was THE HITCHER, where
Hauer really shines as a psycho hitchhiker. Well, after being released on
DVD over here in the states in a no-thrills edition, it seems that fans of this
movie are going to have to get their hands on a region-free player.
A special edition 2-disc set of THE HITCHER will be coming
out in the UK at the end of June. The first disc will have audio
commentary by director Robert Harmon and writer Eric Red, with scene-specific
audio commentaries by Harmon, Red, actors C. Thomas Howell and Hauer, producer
Edward S. Feldman, composer Mark Isham, and cinematographer John Seale.
The second disc will have the teaser trailer, filmographies,
seven screenplay samples (with two deleted scenes), and an exclusive 39 minute
documentary THE HITCHER: HOW DO THESE MOVIES GET MADE? Plus there will
also be two short films as well. The first one is CHINA LAKE by Robert
Harmon, and THE ROOM by Rutger Hauer (which also will have audio commentary by
Thanks to ReallyScary.com
IN OTHER DVD NEWS...
Anchor Bay's latest re-release in another edition of John
Carpenter's HALLOWEEN. AB has apparently acquired the audio commentary
from the Criterion laserdisc for this 25th Anniversary Edition. Of course,
it will have a new high-definition transfer, with the second disc featuring an
hour long documentary about the film, which is an expanded version of AMC's
BACKSTORY, with some other extras.
AB will also be releasing the much sought-after SILENT NIGHT
DEADLY NIGHT, along with it's sequel on a double feature disc. Probably
figured no one would buy the sequel by itself...smart idea. No features
have been announced yet, but I'm sure they'll come up with some interesting
4-13-03 ZOMBIE HITS TOP TEN WITH 1000 CORPSES
As we all knew, Rob Zombie's long awaited film HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES
finally opened on Friday. According to Box Office Prophets, it gross $3.4
million for it's first weekend (Though, if they're posting this on Sunday
evening, how does that take in the money made from Sunday night screenings???),
which puts it in at #7. But the real news is that with a very limited marketing
campaign, and only opening in 595 screens, where ANGER MANAGEMENT opened in 3551
screens, the venue average put Zombie's film really in the #2 spot.
Congrats to Rob and company!
We do have two new Reviews up. The first one is for William
Girdler's classic THREE ON A MEATHOOK, and the second one is for a low-budget
short film called LAST STOP STATION. We're still planning / hoping to have
some more reviews up, both movies and books, up in the next few days. Stay
ATTENTION CHICAGO-LAND FANS OF
Star of Hammer's DRACULA 72 AD & CAPTIAN KRONOS, as
well as many other films, Caroline Munro will be appearing at the
Kitbuilder's show on May 3-4 in Hillside, at the Holiday Inn Hillside.
And for fans of Munro and Hammer in general, there is a east
coast convention that you just might want to attend. It's the Monster
Mania Con, and is being held in the Philadelphia area on Sept. 26-28.
Joining Munro at the show will be Hammer vets Veronica Carlson and Yvonne
Monlaur, as well as Doug Bradley, Kane Hodder, Ben Chapman, Julie Adams, Joe Bob
Briggs, and many more. Click on the banner below for more info. This
is their first show, so lets go out and show our support to the horror
WALDEMAR DANINSKY RETURNS!
As reported before, Paul Naschy has come to the states
and returned to his most well-known character, the tragic lycanthrope Waldemar
Daninsky. He has finished filming the movie THE UNLIVING with Fred Olen
Ray, along with the film COUNTESS DRACULA'S ORGY OF BLOOD with Donald Glut.
Here is the advance poster for THE UNLIVING. Who knows...maybe this will
open more doors in the states for Mr. Naschy and as well Mr. Daninsky.
For more information about the film, click on the
poster to be taken to the Mark of Naschy website, which has a lot more details
and pics from the upcoming movie.
WARNER BROS. ANNOUNCE AWESOME DVD TITLES!
We have very happy to hear some of the titles that Warner
Bros. will be putting out this August. Some of these titles are long
overdue. No details on what extras, if any, but we can hope that on some
of them, they go the works. Plus, I just hope that THE HAUNTING is in
2.35:1. All have SRP's of $19.98:
CRITTERS, CRITTERS 2, CRITTERS 3, CRITTERS 4, THE HAUNTING, HOUSE OF WAX
(which will include the original 1933 version: MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM
starring Lionel Atwill), LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3, MAN'S BEST
FRIEND, OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN, THE OMEGA MAN, SOYLENT GREEN, THE THING: 50th
ANNIVERSARY, and WAIT UNTIL DARK.
ANCHOR BAY'S NEWEST RELEASE OF DAY OF THE DEAD
Once again, AB is re-releasing another edition of George
Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD, with time with a second disc full of extras. The
film will be a new 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with Dolby Digital
surround EX and DTS ES 6.1 soundtrack. It will also feature two audio
commentaries. The first one will be with Romero, Tom Savini, actress Lori
Cardille, and production designer Cletus Anderson. The second one will be
with Roger Avary (still don't understand this one...) The second disc will
also have a brand new documentary which will feature interviews with Romero,
Cardille, Savini, Anderson, and more. It will also feature some FX footage
from Savini, additional promo footage, an audio interview with the late Richard
Liberty, four still galleries, original screenplay, production notes, and last
but not least...trailers. All that for only $29.98.
FRIDAY THE 13th UNCUT IN THE UK
As reported before, the special edition of the original
FRIDAY THE 13TH that is being released in the UK in the fall, looks to be a must
for those out there for a region-free player. Not only will it feature the
international cut of the movie (which as a few extra seconds here and there),
but also the brand new documentary "Return to Crystal Lake", and also have an
commentary by director Sean Cunningham, stars Adrienne King and Betsy Palmer,
composer Harry Manfredini, and more.
While there are no plans at this time for anybody over here
in the states to release it, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the whole series
gets re-released again as special editions this time out. This is just
speculation here, folks. Don't want to start an internet rumor, but I've
seen too many special editions come out after a bare-bones edition is released
and purchased by the many fans...only to have to fork out more dough when the
special edition comes out.
4-6-03 NEW ADDITIONS TO THE POSTER
We have added a bunch of new posters to our Gallery.
These are all Turkish posters that have some great artwork. Plus, it's
interesting to see how some of the artwork is used. Some posters have
artwork from other movies, such as the EVIL DEAD 2 poster, which has the sky
background from FRIGHT NIGHT. Then the DAY OF THE DEAD poster is actually
the video box art for a Jose Larrez movie called REST IN PIECES. Then you
have some poster art that seems to have nothing to do with the movie, like the
PUMPKINHEAD one. Of course, this didn't stop us from getting a bunch of
these on from ebay to add to our collection.
NEW MYSTERY PHOTO
Well, since I've seemed to have stumped everyone on
this one, I've made it a little bit easier...I think. The last pic from
from Peter Walker's SCHIZO. Not one of Walker's best, but still a good
movie. Check out the new one and see if you can't come up with this one.
While we're still working on a bunch of new reviews,
here are a few to keep you busy. We've gotten our review up for
Perseverance Records' release of DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN soundtrack, as well as a
review for an older low-budget video called THE STRANGENESS.
TRIVIA CONTEST - LIVE!!!
Okay folks, listen up! We are thinking of doing
something a little different for a trivia contest. Pretty simple really,
but we'll see what you think. As some of you might have noticed, we do
have a chat room here at the Krypt. But it's probably gotten used as much
as showers at a Star Trek convention. So what I was thinking was having a
trivia contest in the chat room.
Here's how it would work. I would set a date and time
for the contest. Everybody who wanted to give it a chance would show up at
that time. Then, I would type in a question. The first person to
answer correctly, would get a point. After so many questions, maybe 20 or
so, the one with the most points would win.
And just what would the winning prize be??? How about a
copy of HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS: THE GODFATHER OF GORE book by Randy Palmer,
signed by both Lewis and Connie Mason? I'm sure we could come up with a
couple of items for 2nd and 3rd place. How does that sound to everybody
out there? Give us some feedback.
4-1-03 LESLIE CHUNG - R.I.P.
As much as we'd like to say that this is a bad April Fool's
joke, it seems that it is the real thing. Actor / singer Leslie Cheung was
found dead today of an apparent suicide. Cheung is one of the first HK
stars that I became familiar with after seeing him in A CHINESE GHOST STORY, as
well as John Woo's A BETTER TOMORROW. He was also in the excellent THE
BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR, among many other great films. This is truly a
shame. He was 46 years old.
3-30-03 APRIL BIRTHDAYS - A TIME TO CELEBRATE!
Next month, there are quite a few birthdays that calls for
(or excuses for) watching some great movies. So on the appropriate day (or
whenever) break out some of their films, raise a glass, and enjoy one of their
many great films. Here's the breakdown, with some of our suggestions as
what to watch:
LON CHANEY SR.: April 1st - PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (of course), THE PENALTY,
ANDREW KEIR: April 3rd - QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB,
DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS
ANTHONY PERKINS: April 4th - PSYCHO (Duh!), PSYCHO 2, PSYCHO 3, EDGE OF
ROGER CORMAN: April 5th - Do we really need to list anything here?
What's a matter people? I told you I was going to make
the photo a little tougher this time. Well, I'll give it a few more days,
then we'll switch it to something a little easier....just a little.
MORE REVIEWS A COMIN...
We're also hoping to have quite a few more reviews up in the
few days, including a review of the recently released soundtrack of DR. PHIBES
RISES AGAIN from Perseverance Records. The real world has been keeping us
busy recently, so we're trying to get caught up. Stay tuned!
3-29-03 THE THIRD MOTHER ARISES?
When the news of Dario Argento returning to a supernatural
element in the film after his two current projects, THE CARD DEALER and DARK
GLASSES, the fans all hoped that it would finally be the last installment of the
Three Mothers Trilogy. Well, it seems that the fans are going to get their
wish. At the Flesh & Blood Festival, Alan Jones confirmed that Argento
will finally complete the series that he started many years ago with SUSPIRIA.
Now I wonder if he have Daria Nicolodi co-write it with him, like the first two
In other Argento news, former Goblin member, Claudio
Simonetti, will be composing the soundtrack for the film that Argento is
currently working on, THE CARD PLAYER. That is suppose to hit Italy this
fall, so maybe we can expect to see it the first of next year???
Thanks to DarkDreams.org for the info!
Once again, George over at
DVD DRIVE-IN has come
through with some great news for us DVD fans from MGM, including some AWESOME
double features that will be coming out. Here's the details on those
VAMPIRE LOVERS / COUNTESS DRACULA
- Finally coming out over here for the first time ever, this print of
Hammer's THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1.85:1) not only has the restored footage that was
in the VHS tape that MGM put out last year, but also the full-frontal nude shot
of Ingrid Pitt coming out of the bathtub. Now, it may sound like that we
are excited about the nude footage, but really we are just happy that the movie
will finally be released with all those scenes that were missing....no really,
we are, honest! But that's not all. There will also be an audio
commentary with the director Roy Ward Baker, screenwriter Tudor Gates, and
Ingrid Pitt, as well as a still gallery, trailer, and excerpts from the original
story "Carmilla" read by Pitt.
The COUNTESS DRACULA (1.66:1) print will be the uncensored
British cut, and will also include commentary by Director Peter Sasday,
screenwriter Jeremy Paul, and Pitt. It will also have the trailer.
This is great news for us Hammer fans. I've been
waiting for an uncut print of VAMPIRE LOVERS to come out since I got hooked on
Hammer Films! Plus, like a lot of the commentaries on these Hammer DVDs,
it's great to hear about how the films were made at that time. Very, very
different than today.
COMEDY OF TERRORS / THE RAVEN - Both films will
be in beautiful 2.35:1 ratio! There will also be an interviews with
screenwriter Richard Matheson, director Roger Corman, trailers, and a rare
promotional record featuring the voices of Karloff, Lorre, and Paul Frees.
For those out there that haven't seen these two films, we would not only highly
recommend them, but would say that they are a must in any serious fan's
collection. While they are no means horror films, they feature some of the
best actors in the genre making great fun of themselves. I've always
enjoyed the eulogy that Karloff gives in COMEDY. Great stuff here, folks.
THE HAUNTED PALACE / TOWER OF LONDON - THE
HAUNTED PALACE is released in a new high definition transfer, and in 2.35:1
which is the first time it will be released on the home video market in the
original widescreen ratio. it will also come with an interview with
director Roger Corman and trailer. TOWER OF LONDON (1962) will be in
1.66:1, and will have an interview with producer Gene Corman, and trailer.
THE TOMB OF LIGEIA / AN EVENING OF EDGAR ALLEN POE
- TOMB will be in 2.35:1, and feature two different audio commentaries.
The first one is with director Roger Corman, and the second is with star
Elizabeth Shepherd and film historian David Del Valle (which was taken from the
Image laserdisc). It will also have the trailer. EVENING is a great
little made-for-tv show that features Price acting out 4 different stories from
Edgar Allen Poe, including Tell-Tale Heart. This is a great little
addition, since it really shows off Price and his acting ability. This is
definitely a must!
Some other double feature discs that MGM have coming out also include
POLTERGEIST II (2.35:1) & III (1.85:1), GHOULIES 1 & 2 (both films in 1.85:1),
and TROLL & TROLL 2 (both in 1.85:1). They will also all have trailers.
And now for some of MGM single feature DVD titles that are
coming out, they once again have also come up with some great ones.
SQUIRM - According to director
Jeff Lieberman, the newly re-mastered print is absolutely stunning. This
has a new high definition transfer (1.85:1), and is the original uncut version.
It also will have an audio commentary by Lieberman. It should be out at
the end of August.
RAW MEAT (aka DEATHLINE) -
Starring Donald Pleasence, this film was never released over here in the states,
this will feature the uncut British version, which as some extra gory stuff that
was cut from the American theatrical release. It will also be in 1.85:1.
THE HOWLING: SPECIAL EDITION -
This one will have an all new 48 minute documentary, the commentary track from
the Image laserdisc, deleted scenes, outtakes, trailers, and more.
THE GHOUL: 70th ANNIVERSARY RESTORED
EDITION - Great news for us Karloff fans, this film was not only pretty
hard to find over here, it was usually the cut version. Now, after using
the film's original 35mm elements from the British Film Institute, and using a
digital restoration process to clean up the film and sound, this release will be
better than any other print before.
I, MADMAN - This very underrated
horror film will now be coming out in a 1.85:1 transfer, including the trailer.
Shame they couldn't get some input from Randall Cook, who not only did the
makeup for the main character Malcolm Brand, but also played him as well.
CLOWNHOUSE - Victor Salva's
first feature film. It will be presented in 1.85:1, along with a trailer.
3-23-03 FAVORITE SCENES IN HORROR?
Got a question for everybody out there. I posted
it as well on our Message Board, but figured I'd also post it hear, since no one
tends to use it. But anyway, we are interested in hearing what is some of
your favorite moments in horror films. Doesn't have to be a graphic
sequence or even a quality death scene. But maybe like little Regan's head
spinning about in THE EXORCIST...or when we first see Karloff as the creature in
FRANKENSTEIN...or even the first site of the staggering zombie in the beginning
of George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. We're not just looking for
classics mind you, but some of YOUR favorite sequences. Putting that gray
matter to work. When we get enough of them, we'll post them. Looking
forward to hearing them!
COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU!
A friend sent these posters in from a website called
Fark.com. Not sure exactly what the site is about, but they do have
some interesting poster graphics that people have come up with. Not all of
them are horror, but these are the three that I found most humorous. Also,
the page takes a while to load due to the heavy graphic content.
3-21-03 FANGORIA'S CHAINSAW AWARDS -
HALL OF FAME = H.G. LEWIS
As much as I bitch about Fangoria, I still cast my votes for
their awards, if only to maybe keep some of the usual Hollywood drivel from
here to see a list of their nominations this year. It
will have a complete listing of the categories, along with the choices.
Just cut and paste it into an email, and eliminate the other choices.
But one point I would like to make, when putting your
nomination for the entry into their Hall of Fame, please suggest the one and
only Herschell Gordon Lewis. For the man responsible for the gore film, we
are all indebted to him for his work. Let's try and show him what we think
of him while he's still alive!
NEW MYSTERY PHOTO
Okay, I think I stumped a few of the regulars with this last
one. It was from KISS OF THE TARANTULA. The ones with the correct
answers this time were Shonna Currie and Stephen Weakley. This new one
might be even a little bit harder. I'll give you a hint: it's a British
film. Enjoy! Click
for the photo!
NEW POLL - WILLIAM GIRDLER'S BEST?
We have also have a new poll at the top of the page, in case
you didn't see it. If you don't know who Gridler is, you've most likely at
least heard of some of his movies. GRIZZLY? THREE ON A MEATHOOK?
THE MANITOU? And if you still don't know who he is, then you have some
homework to do.
FREDDY COMES TO CHICAGO!
Robert Englund has recently been added to the guest lineup
for this years
Flashback Weekend. I'm sure Englund will be there promoting the FREDDY
VS JASON movie. Along with Englund, the guests will also include Kevin
McCarthy, P.J. Soles, Ken Foree, Michael Berryman, Bill Moseley, Tom Sullivan,
and more. If you missed the show last year, don't make the same mistake
CLASSIC MONSTERS RETURN...
It looks like the remake of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
may surface after all of these years of rumors. Tedi Sarafian, who wrote
the screenplay for TERMINATOR 3, will apparently be writing the script for
this latest remake, comning from Universal Studios. It's still up in the
air if Guillermo Del Toro will be directing or not. One can only hope that
he is not only able to do it, but also have the control that he should have.
If that happens, I'm sure we can't lose.
SPEAKING OF MONSTERS...
With UNDERWORLD, the GINGER SNAPS sequels, and the recent DOG
SOLDIERS, it seems that the werewolf is the new hot topic for Hollywood.
It seems that the celebs, both old and new and has-beens, was coming on board
for the Wes Craven film CURSED. Christina Ricci has joined the cast, which
already includes (NEW) Scott Foley, Omar Epps, Judy Greer, lleana Douglas,
Kristina Anapau, (OLD) Robert Forester and James Brolin, (HAS-BEENS) Corey
Feldman and Scott Baio.
To be honest, the only thing that is keeping looking for this
one is Rick Baker doing the makeup effects. Since he hasn't done a
werewolf since the amazing AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (and yes, we are
ignoring WOLF), it should be interesting what he can come up with.
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD - AND WERE NOT
TALKING ABOUT HIS CAREER!
We're still scratching our heads about this one, but Tobe
Hooper might be directing parts 4 and 5 for this zombie series. To be
quite honest, this isn't peaking any interests from me. It just doesn't
sound right. Does anybody remember that crocodile movie Hooper made a
couple of years ago? Hopefully I'm wrong about this one, but we'll have to
wait and see.
WOMEN'S ENTERTAINMENT TAKES A BITE
On Friday, May 9th at 10pm, the WE channel (Women's
Entertainment Television) will be airing an original documentary called NIGHT
BITES. This will be on the history of vampires in the media and why the
appeal is so strong to female viewers. They will have interviews with
people like BUFFY Ex. Producer Marti Noxon, BLADE scriptor David S. Goyer,
authors Anne Rice and Nancy Collins, and director John Landis, along with
talking to some of the fans of that sub-genre.
I'm sure I'm going to be able to get some great stuff for my
Psycho-Babble section here!
This August, MGM will be releasing the underrated haunted
house movie BURNT OFFERINGS on DVD. The movie features a family renting an
old house for the summer which has a strange past. Starring a bunch of
genre faves like Oliver Reed, Karen Black, Bette Davis, and Burgess Meredith.
The DVD will have an audio commentary by the director Dan
Curtis, star Karen Black, and writer William F. Nolan.
Thanks to DVD Drive-In.
CHRISTINE HITTING DVD???
Rumors of a special edition DVD of John Carpenter's take on
the Stephen King novel are about. Nothing definite, but possible
commentaries, documentary, and more are possible.
Thanks to Gorezone.
IN SEQUEL NEWS...
I loved the movie THE PROPHECY. I thought it was a
great and original movie, with some incredible acting. I was also very
disappointed with the first sequel to it. So much so, that I never
bothered with the 3rd entry in the series.
Well, apparently the producers are not stopping there, but
are planning two more entries in the series. The plot deals with some
angels seeking out an ancient manuscript that ends up in the hands of a young
woman, played by Kari Wuhrer. But with this cast lined up, I may have to
bite the bullet and rent it anyway when it comes out. Along with Wuhrer,
Lance Henriksen, Doug Bradley, and Sean Pertwee will be joining the cast.
Thanks to Gorezone.
Also, while TREMORS: THE SERIES breaks ground on TV this
March, courtesy of the Sci-Fi Channel, the latest straight to video feature has
just finished filming. Except this time out, it's a prequel, with it
taking place back in the same town of Perfection, but back in 1899.
Michael Gross is the only one returning for this one, playing his
great-grandfather who is in owner of a local silver mine that is closed down due
to the graboids.
KNB EFX did the creature effects for both the series and this
Thanks to Fangoria.
AND YET MORE REMAKES...
Of course, since the American remake of Hideo Nakata's RINGU
did so well, are we not surprised that the remake rights to his first film,
DON'T LOOK UP (aka GHOST ACTRESS) have been picked up by Distant Horizon.
The worst part of the news is when Distant Horizon says it's planning using a
"top horror screenwriter" for the project. Gee...didn't know there were
screenwriters who didn't care to by typecasts. Must be just the actors.
3-8-03 SATURN AWARDS: ARE THEY ON CRACK?
Okay, I'm really confused now. They have announced the
nominations for this year's Saturn Awards, which includes an entry for Best
Horror Film. Here are the nominations:
EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS
QUEEN OF THE DAMNED
EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS? QUEEN OF THE DAMNED? You've
got to be kidding me! Who the hell voted for these? Okay, while I
don't agree with all of the choices, but was that really the best of 2002?
Come on people, let's here some other titles that should have been nominated!
Post your opinions on our
Message Board. For full details of all the
nominations, check out the
AWESOME FURNITURE FOR THE DEAD...AND RICH
We were sent this website by our buddy Will, and I must say,
if I had the cash, I'd be placing a huge order with them. I've always
wanted a Coffin Table. Check them out -
RING AROUND THE REMAKES
We've recently seen the American version of THE RING.
For our feelings of this latest remake, check out our
And speaking of our Ramblings, we haven't added anything from
our weekly film lectures for a couple of reasons. One is that I didn't
make it this last week due to a snow storm. The other reason is as before,
that nothing really interesting or outrageous came out of the lecture or
discussions. Maybe next week...
NEW MYSTERY PHOTO
Congrats again to the usual suspects in guessing the correct
movie from our
Photo. They were Rick Lassiter, Chris Huziak, and Stephen Weakley.
A new one has been posted. The previous pic was from the 1979 Sergio
Martino film ISLAND OF THE FISHMAN, which was changed a bit and released over
here as SCREAMERS.
SCI-FI CHANNEL FIRST TO RE-ANIMATE HERBERT WEST
Well, even though DOG SOLDIERS broke the pattern, I still
don't like this. But this June, the Sci-Fi channel will be airing Brian
Yuzna's BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR. No doubt that the gore and stuff will not be
in the version shown. But it will be coming out on DVD, in an unrated
version, on September 23rd. Still doesn't make sense to me.
Thanks to Fangoria.
And speaking of RE-ANIMATOR, we have also added two new reviews in our new Soundtrack
Review section. For the new release of RE-ANIMATOR: THE DEFINITIVE
EDITION, and also THEY. Check them out.
HOUSE OF A 1000 THEATERS
It looks like Rob Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES may be
getting a wider theatrical release than first announced. Due to the fact
that the advance screenings of the movie have been very positive, Lion's Gate
has increased the release from 10 markets to 50. What that means is that
it will be playing in a lot more theaters than just the art houses.
Thanks to Dark Horizon.
WALDEMAR DANINSKY RETURNS!
As reported earlier, Paul Naschy is in the States for a part
in Donald F. Glut's film COUNTESS DRACULA'S ORGY OF BLOOD. And while here,
he will also be having a bit role in Fred Olen Ray's movie THE UNLIVING.
Scheduled to start shooting March 17th, Naschy will be dusting off his most
famous role, that of the tormented werewolf, Waldemar Daninsky. According
to Ray, "I went to everyone on this show and said, ‘I want Paul Naschy to look
just as the fans remember him. The werewolf makeup is going to be exactly
as it was in the Spanish films, although it did change often from one to
another, and our people are working from videotapes of the old movies. No modern
interpretation going on here—I guarantee it.”
We're hoping for the best for Naschy and both of these
projects. Though...the fact that Michelle Bauer is going to be in THE
UNLIVING too is not giving us a good feeling...
Thanks to Fangoria.
DAWN OF THE DEAD AND STUPID
Well, it looks like they've finally found somebody to helm
another senseless remake. Zack Snyder, former music video director, is
going to be behind the camera. Not that it could get any worse (but they
keep trying), the script by James Gunn will have a "younger cast" than the
original film. Can we say SCREAM???
INCREDIBLE MELTING DVD
Adding another great title (didn't say great film though) to
their DVD lineup, Synapse Films will be releasing the 1978 classic film THE
INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN on DVD late this year. Granted not the best film
out there, but I've also found it pretty entertaining. Not to mention the
cool and gooey effects by a young Rick Baker. No word on any extras at
this earlier stage, but May is hoping to have some input by Baker.
Now if we can only get that OCTAMAN special edition DVD...
ITALIAN FILM MARKET RISES FROM THE GRAVE!
Just when it seemed that Dario Argento was the only one
keeping the Italian film industry alive (well...sort of), here is a shitload of
great news from over there!
First up, Stivaletti is planning a remake of the
classic film THE GOLEM. This story, based on a Jewish Myth about a rabbi
who creates a man made out of clay to save his people, had been filmed many
times in the early days of filmmaking. Stivaletti wants to update his
version to be in a modern day Prague, and would also like to have Bruce Campbell
star in the film. It's been quite a while since Stivaletti's first and
last film, WAX MASK, which we enjoyed quite a bit. Hopefully we can see
more of what he's got in him, besides his incredible effects work.
Bava is said to start directing a new horror movie
in London this September, but that is all the details that are known at the
Cozzi, another Argento protégé, is also set to
direct a new horror movie called GUARDIAN OF EVIL, which he also wrote. The story
is about a group of young tourist in Rome who come across an ancient talisman
that could start the end of the world. Fangoria reports that the prop Cozzi is using for the old relic is the Anubis cross that Lucio Fulci had built
for his remake of THE MUMMY that never happened.
Did I miss that one? I don't remember Fulci ever being
attached to a mummy movie???
And now for the details about Dario Argento's latest film, it
is called THE CARD PLAYER, and stars Stefania Rocca (which was original suppose
to be Argento's daughter Asia) as a cop who is trying to find a serial killer
called the Card Player. The killer has Rocca play poker over the internet
with the killer. If she loses, the killer does in one of his victims via
webcam. Rocca's character teams up with Liam Cunningham (DOG SOLDIERS) to
search for the killer.
Argento told Fango, "THE CARD PLAYER is something I’ve never
done before—a complete police procedural focusing on forensic science but laced
with spaghetti Western imagery." While Asia will not be in it,
Argento's other daughter, Fiore will be. You might remember her from
PHENOMENA and DEMONS.
Sergio Stivaletti will also be handling the effects, such as
the postmortem bodies and such.
After completing this film, Argento will then start back up
production on DARK GLASSES, which was the giallo that was postponed last year
when the producer went bankrupt. The film is about a prostitute who, right
after adopting a Chinese orphan boy, is blinded in an accident. They then
try and track down the nutcase who is behind a bunch of prostitutes being
But then the big news is that after DARK GLASSES, Argento is
talking about returning to the area of the supernatural with his next film.
No real word if he's going to finished the Three Mothers trilogy, but says,
"It’s time for me to make another supernatural story in the tradition of
INFERNO. When I was in a deep depression over the DARK GLASSES fiasco, I had a
dream that I was visited by my late father Salvatore. And his presence inspired
the story. It’s about a young boy—me, I think, from years ago—and will be a
fusion of autobiography, horror and fantasy." We can hope!
But as cool as all that Argento news is, the real bit of
news that got me excited was hearing about the return of Michele Soavi.
Soavi's last film, DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE, is probably one of the best Italian
horror films. Soavi had dropped out of the industry for a few years due to
sick child, but has been responsible for some popular TV movies over the last
But now it looks like he's moving back to the theaters.
First he will be doing GOODBYE MY LOVE, GOODBYE, which is based on the best
selling novel by Massimo Carlotto, which is said to be a dark thriller.
Gianni Romoli, who wrote the scripts for Arengto's TRAUMA, as
well as Soavi's THE SECT and DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE (even producing the latter).
Well, apparently he is one of Italy's top producers, and wants Soavi back to
feature films, and is giving him the choice of two scripts of his.
The first one is called MERIDIAN DEMONS and is about Italian
vampires who can attack during siesta hours when people are sleeping (?).
Sounds strange. But the really cool sounding one is a remake of the 1941
film THE IRON CROWN. It is a sword and sorcery adventure in the 13th
century, where there is a battle over an iron crown that is magical, because it
was said to be made from a nail that was used to nail Jesus to the cross.
Producer Romoli told Fango, "I want Michele to direct what will be one of the
most expensive Italian productions ever. I intend to increase the fantasy,
horror and spectacle, because the original picture was very much a product of
its political time. It’s the Italian LORD OF THE RINGS, and I know it’s just
perfect for Michele."
Now that would be really cool. In either case, it would
just be great to see Soavi back into making feature films. Let's hope for
Thanks to Fangoria.
3-1-03 SO....WE FORGOT...
I had wondered why nobody has attempted a guess at the
Mystery Photo, then realized that it that I had never changed the picture.
Well it's been changed, and the people responsible for that have been sacked.
It's a bit harsh, but I'm sure my son will find another job out there somewhere.
We have also updated out little poll up top, in case you
didn't see. This is a simple one, just to let us know which parts of our
site that people enjoy and use the most. Please take a second and cast your vote.
The results for the Reference Book Poll are below. I must say that I am
very sorry to see John Stanley's book so high up in the poll. Mis-information
is a terrible thing for a reference book. Be smart...don't take one book's
opinion for granted. I was like that many years ago, and it kept me from
watching some films that I now love.
Overlook Film Encyclopedia - Phil Hardy - 21%
Psychotronic Encyclopedia - Michael Weldon - 21%
Creature Features - John Stanley - 16%
Other - 16%
Print is Dead - 11%
Splatter Movies - John McCarty - 8%
The A-Z of Horror Films - Howard Maxford - 5%
Terror on Tape - James O'Neill - 3%
Essential Monster Movie Guide - Stephen Jones - 0%
Horrorshows - Gene Wright - 0%
REVIEWS A COMIN'
We will have some new reviews in the next few days.
First will be in our Soundtrack Review section, and will be for the recently
released RE-ANIMATOR: THE DEFINITIVE EDITION and THEY, from La-La Land Records.
So far we have been pretty impressed with the scores, and are finishing up our
reviews for them.
We also will have some new book reviews up in our Library
section too. The first one is for the original edition of HORROR FILM
STARS by Michael R. Pitts. The second one is for Jay Slater's EATEN ALIVE!
ITALIAN CANNIBAL AND ZOMBIE MOVIES. Stay tuned!
CONVENTION TIME YET???
Well, while we are going through some drastic convention
withdrawal, we figured we'd list some of the upcoming shows that we are planning
on hitting this year.
- June 13-15
- August 15-17
CINEMA WASTELAND -
There are some great titles being announced lately.
Blue Underground will be releasing the Jess Franco / Christopher Lee film THE
BLOODY JUDGE this June. Also known as NIGHT OF THE BLOOD MONSTER, this
version will feature the most complete print "ever presented". Granted it
doesn't say Uncut, but we can hope. It will also have a featurette,
trailers, and more TBA.
Media Blasters' Shriek Show division will be putting out two
classic Italian films that I am very excited about. The first one is THE
VIRGIN OF NUREMBERG, directed by Antonio Margheriti, and also starring
Christopher Lee. And then there is THE DEVIL'S WEDDING NIGHT, which stars
Rosalba Neri and Mark Damon. These two titles are a must for any serious
collector. Great news, indeed!
And then for fans of El Santo will be happy to hear that Rise
Above Entertainment will be releasing a bunch of those films on DVD, which will
be subtitled in English for the first time. Expect to see titles like
SANTO IN THE TREASURE OF DRACULA, SANTO VS. FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER, SANTO AND
BLUE DEMON VS. DRACULA AND THE WOLFMAN, SANTO AND BLUE DEMON VS. DR.
FRANKENSTEIN, SANTO IN THE VENGEANCE OF THE MUMMY, and the newest film in the
series SANTO: INFRATERRESTRE, which has a new actor as Santo.
Thanks to DVD Drive-In for the news.
IT JUST KEEPS GETTING WEIRDER AND WEIRDER...
Apparently, during the closing credits for the remake of
WILLARD, the song BEN is played. But this version is sung by the star
Crispin Glover! Plus, Glover just finished directing the music video,
which also stars fellow WILLARD co-star R. Lee Ermey. This is one video
that I can't wait to see. The film opens up on March 14th.
Thanks to Fangoria.
Dario Argento will start shooting his newest film this month
(10th). The film is called THE CARD DEALER, and was suppose to star Asia
Argento, but that apparently has fallen through. Can't say that I'm
disappointed. Nothing against Asia, but the films that she starred in that
her father directed were...shall we say not some of his best work....
The new film is said to be about a serial killer who taunts
the police through the internet. If it's as good as SLEEPLESS, I will be a
happy man. One can only hope.
Thanks to Fangoria and Dark Dreams.
2-21-03 SOUNDTRACKS REVIEW SECTION
- NOW OPEN!
For as long as I’ve been a fan of movies, I’ve been a fan of
their soundtracks. As most movie fans know, the music in a movie can play such
an important role in the whole movie watching experience. There have been some
movies that according to some critics were made great by the music alone. While
I don’t agree 100% to that theory, I do agree that a good musical score can add
quite a bit to the final product. When you think of films like PSYCHO, JAWS,
THE OMEN, or HALLOWEEN, the music is just as popular as anything else in the
For me personally, when you listen to a soundtrack, it can
actually bring back the emotions that you were experiencing while watching the
movie, almost as if you were watching it all over again. And that is the main
reason why I collect them.
I’ve wanted to have a section of this site reviewing soundtracks for some time,
but like a lot of ideas, never seemed to make it off the drawing board. But
this has changed. Our goal with this section to give you some insight to some
of scores out there that we consider to be worth getting, or maybe avoiding all
together. As always, this is just our opinion.
This section is located at the bottom of our normal
NEW MYSTERY PHOTO
We have posted a new photo for everybody to dwell over.
Last photo was from the much underrated, and highly recommend SESSION 9.
If you haven't seen it, seek it out...it is worth it. The correct answers
were sent in from Rick Lassiter and Chris Huziak. Keep it up!
We have added a couple more books in our
For fans of the British horror genre, we now have some copies of ENGLISH GOTHIC.
And for collectors of all the cool horror toys and collectables, we also have a
couple of copies of COLLECTION MONSTERS OF FILM AND TV.
We also have even added a new review in our
It is for the book WOMEN IN HORROR FILMS, 1930's. Check it out.
FILM LECTURE SERIES - NOTHING SPECIAL THIS WEEK
Sorry to say, but the lecture this past week at the Gene
Siskel Film Center just wasn't as exciting as the last couple, so there's no new
commentary by yours truly. They screened the film THE BLACK CAT, which
starred Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Next week is the original CAT
PEOPLE, so hopefully they can come up with some interesting stuff.
Although, tomorrow we will be at the Film Center to catch two
great Mario Bava films, BARON BLOOD and PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES!
JACK PIERCE: MAKEUP LEGEND -
FINALLY GETS HIS RECOGNITION!
For one of the men truly responsible for Universal's Horror
reign back in the 30's, Jack Pierce was really only known from the fans of the
horror genre or in the make up field. For the guy who basically created
the look for all the classic monsters, FRANKENSTEIN, the MUMMY, the WOLFMAN, not
to mention many others, he really didn't get the awards or recognition that he
deserved back then.
Well, 35 years after his death, he finally is getting an
award. At the fourth annual Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild
Awards, Pierce received a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award, held this past
Monday. The ceremony will be shown on TV this Saturday (the 22nd) at 9pm
on the Style Network.
2-13-03 TO A NEW WORLD OF GODS AND IDIOTIC THEORIES
While everyone out may not have read Mary Shelly's novel, we
have all seen one or more movie versions of her novel, FRANKENSTEIN at some
point in time. Whether it be James Whale’s version, Kenneth Branagh’s, or
one of the many films that Hammer put out, we know the basic story of what’s
So my question is a simple one. What do you feel the
meaning behind the story is? I want to hear what real horror fans think
I will list a couple of different theories that I have heard
over the years. Read them over and see if you agree or disagree with any
or all of them. Do you have any ideas of your own? Go to our
Board and post your opinion. Trust me, your ideas couldn't be more
outrageous or outlandish then what I've heard before.
- It’s about making a person deal with the
consequences of his actions, and making him responsible for them, or at least
being held accountable for those actions.
- It is man’s attempt to eliminate the use or need
- It is man’s attempt to become god-like.
- It is suppose to teach you not to judge people on their appearance.
- Frankenstein's monster is symbolizing an outsider, someone not of the
normality of society...an outcast.
- A mad scientist creates a creature from dead body parts...end of story.
Come on people, let's see what you can come up with.
Crazy or not, we want to hear it!
We've also added another entry in our Kryptic Ramblings
section, going into more details about the film BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.
DIRECTOR / WRITER RENE CARDONA JR. PASSES AWAY
This cult Spanish filmmaker passed away on Feb. 5 at the age
of 63 from cancer. While some might not recognize or remember the name,
but Cardona Jr., as well as his father, were involved in some great films of the
60's and 70's. The most well known film was NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES,
which Cardona Jr. co-scripted with his father, who directed the film. But
Cardona Jr. had also directed his fair share of classic films, such as TINTORERA
and NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CATS.
LA-LA LAND RECORDS PRESENTS THEY!
While their release of RE-ANIMATOR: THE DEFINITIVE
EDITION is now shipping, La-La Land Records is now announcing their latest
limited edition release, WES CRAVEN PRESENTS: THEY!. The score is by Elia
Cmiral, who past works include RONIN and STIGMATA.
The release will feature a fully illustrated booklet that
will have a composer bio and notes about the fim. There will only be a
pressing of 3000 units, with each disc being hand-numbered. The disc will
retail for $14.98, plus shipping and handling, and has a running time of 41:01
minutes. It will start shipping on Feb. 21.
If you act now, the first 100 discs ordered from their
website, will be autographed by the composer!
IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!
With people like Tim Burton and Rob Zombie pulling their
favorite stars from yesteryear to be in their new movies, why has nobody in
Hollywood thought of the legendary Paul Naschy to be in their latest horror
film! Well, I guess we have the next best thing.
Naschy will make his American film debut in COUNTESS
DRACULA'S ORGY OF BLOOD, from writer / director Don Glut. This will be a
sequel to Glut's THE EROTIC RITES OF COUNTESS DRACULA, and will start shooting
in March. Genre veteran William Smith will return as Count Dracula.
According to Glut, "Naschy will play Padre Jacinto, who
appears in an 1897 Old West flashback and later on as a ghost haunting Lord
Ruthven. I’m really excited about working with Naschy. I’m a big fan. And
this will be his first North American movie, as well as his first trip to
California. Fred Olen Ray will probably also use him while he‘s here in a
new horror movie he’s shooting."
While it is nice to see him finally coming to American, it's
a shame it's not for a little bit bigger production. Hopefully, it will be
worth the wait.
Here's some news for just about everybody. On May 6th,
Columbia will be releasing IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA. After some
underwater bomb testing, a giant sea monster rises to the surface in search of
food, off the coast of San Francisco. Starring Kenneth Tobey, Lesley
Joyce, and John Carter, who do battle with the giant beast, which was created by
effects master Ray Harryhausen. The print will be a newly remastered,
Anamorphic widescreen transfer. No details if there are any other extras.
The following month, Pathfinder Home Entertainment will
release THE MONSTER CLUB on DVD. This was one of the lesser successful
British anthology films that came out in 1980. It was directed by Roy Ward
Baker, and stars Donald Pleseance, Patrick Magee and Stuart Whitman in the three
tales of terror. In the wraparound story, John Carradine plays author R.
Chetwynd-Hayes (who's works all the stories are based on) is invited to a party
by a vampire, played by Vincent Price. The disc will feature audio
commentaries, bios and trailers, with possibly more. While not one of the
better anthology films to come of Britian, it's still worth watch. Though
you may want to past over the filler in-between the stories.
And lastly, on September 23rd, we will finally be able to see
the long awaited 3rd installment in the adventures of Herbert West in BEYOND
RE-ANIMATOR. Lions Gate will be releasing this latest Brian Yuzna film,
but no definite word yet as to the rating. No details on what extras will
be on the disc either. Of course Jeffrey Combs returns as West, along with
Spanish superstar Santiago Segura joining the cast. Since I was completely
disappointed in Yuzna's FAUST, I can only hope and pray this will be better.
AND SPEAKING OF RE-ANIMATING A DEAD MOVIE (NOT
TO MENTION A CAREER)
It seems that Edward Furlong has been signed to play the lead
in the next installment of THE CROW series. Entitled THE CROW: WICKED
PRAYER, and directed by Lance Mungia, Furlong's character is a young man who is
killed, along with his girlfriend, by a gang of Satanist bikers. Where's
Al Adamson when you really need him??? What a joke.
In other movie news, Brad Anderson, who gave us the highly
underrated (and unknown) film SESSION 9, will tackling his first major studio
film with LUCID for Warner Bros. It is a psychological thriller about a
woman who can't tell her real life from her dream world. The script was
written by Anderson as well. Being that I'm a big fan of SESSION 9, we're
looking forward to this one.
ORIGINAL RING NOVEL COMES TO THE U.S.
The English translation to the famous book that started a new
horror craze in Japan will be hitting the states in April. The novel, by
Koji Suzuki, has been translated by Robert B. Rohmer and Glynne Walley, and will
be first published in a hardcover edition with a paperback version to follow.
The book is being published by a new company called Vertical, who also has the
option to publish Suzuki's other novels SPIRAL and LOOP.
2-6-03 NEW MYSTERY PHOTO!
Well, we've updated out
Photo once again. Thanks for everybody who played this time around.
The lucky winners (not that we have a prize or anything) were Stephen Weakley,
Rick Lassiter, R. Strother, and Chris Huziak. Let's see if you guys can
continue the trend...
SOMETIMES A DUCK IS SIMPLY A
As we've mentioned here before, at the Gene Siskel Film
Center, there is a film screening / lecture series, called THE CINEMA OF HORROR.
Each week on Tuesday, they show a film and then it's followed by a lecture by
one of the film professors from the school. I've decided to try and make
all of them. If anything, it's a chance to see some of these great films
on the big screen.
But also, I'm going for the lectures to see what interesting
things I can learn...or laugh at. My plan is to post a little review or
comments on each week's screening in our
section. This week's entry is about THE MUMMY.
I would hope that you will read our thoughts and send in your
own feelings or beliefs on the subject. If you've read our
section, you pretty much know our outlook on this type of film theory. But
that doesn't mean that we won't give you a chance to express your own point,
whether it be agreeing or disagreeing with us. We welcome all comments.
FROM THE "THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG" FILE
Figure this one out...After being at the theaters for only a
couple of weeks, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has already announced the
release date for the DVD of DARKNESS FALLS. It will hit the streets on
April 29th, only 2 1/2 months away. No details on the extras yet, but it
does make you wonder why they're dumping it so fast to video. Plus there's
talk of a sequel??? What am I missing here?
Thanks to DVDFILE.COM
BAD TASTE 2...DOESN'T LOOK GOOD
Fangoria recently posted part of an interview with Fran
Walsh, wife and writing partner of Peter Jackson. She talked about what
they have lined up after the last entry in the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy is
done. Apparently, they are still planning on that remake of KING KONG, but
that is on the back burner. Their next project is another film like their
HEAVENLY CREATURES. It is a story based on real life events around New
Zealand doctor who believed that gender could be an assigned trait. And to
test his theory, he switched the sex of an eight-month old baby boy to a girl,
after a circumcision went bad. The child was raised as a girl that
apparently didn't end too well. While this could be interesting....WHERE'S
BAD TASTE 2!
1-31-03 NEW MYSTERY PHOTO!
We have posted a new picture in our
This one is from a scary little film 70's. Congrats to Steven Millan for
naming our last one correctly. It was from Hammer's FEAR IN THE NIGHT,
starring Judy Geeson, Peter Cushing, and Ralph Bates.
IN THE THEATERS
New Line's remake of WILLARD will be hitting the theaters on
March 14th. They now have the official site up and running. Click or
go to http://www.willardmovie.com
New Line has also moved back their guaranteed money maker
FREDDY VS. JASON back from a summer release, to a possible fall release.
After years (yes, it has been years) of playing the
waiting game, and after three different distributors, Rob Zombie's directorial
debut, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES will be hitting theaters on April 11th. Let's
hope it'll be worth the wait...
Thanks to Fangoria for the news.
DON'T THEY REMEMBER THAT LAST ONE???
Rumors are floating around about a possible new entry in the
JAWS series. Apparently the script from the two who wrote DEEP BLUE SEA
(Duncan Kennedy and Donna Powers) has gotten Universal interested enough to
start doing some tests at Universal Studios, with a possible title of JAWS:
RESURFACE or JAWS: THE RETURN. Personally I'd be all over another killer
shark movie. And being that I did enjoy DEEP BLUE SEA, hopefully they can
repeat the success and not turn out something like the last Jaws film.
SALEM'S LOT - ONE MORE TIME...
There's also news of a new version of Stephen King's vampire
novel will start production in Australia this April. Not much other info,
other than Mikael Salomon might be in the director's chair.
Thanks to Dark Horizon.
THE HILLS HAVE EYES...AND THEY CAN SEE A
SPECIAL EDITION ON THE HORIZON!
Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired the DVD rights to Wes
Craven's THE HILLS HAVE EYES, and intend to release a deluxe 2-disc set in
September. It will have a new remastered transfer and DTS soundtracks.
While no specific extras have been confirmed, they hope to have audio
commentaries, onscreen interviews and more. Let's hope that they include
the one and only Michael Berryman for all of that.
And while on the subject of DVD releases, Blue Underground
has announced the specs and covers for their two upcoming George Romero
releases, THE CRAZIES and TWO EVIL EYES (co-directed by Argento).
The special 2-disc set for TWO EVIL EYES will contain
interviews with both Romero and Dario Argento, as well as Tom Savini, Executive
Producer Claudio Argento, and Asia Argento (?), and star Adrienne Barbeau.
There will also be a special behind-the-scenes look at the films special effects
of Savini, as well as a tour of his home. The set will also have a
theatrical trailer, poster and still gallery, and talent bios.
For THE CRAZIES, it will feature audio commentary by Romero,
THE CULT FILM LEGACY OF LYNN LOWRY featuring an interview with Lowry, trailers,
tv spots, poster and still gallery, and Romero Bio.
AND EVEN MORE DVD TITLES!
Here are a few covers and details of some upcoming titles
from Shriek Show.
Umberto Lenzi's BLACK DEMONS (aka DEMONI 3) will be hitting
DVD, uncut and digitally re-mastered for the first time in the States. The
disc will feature an interview with director Lenzi.
Another Lenzi film being released is SPASMO. This will
also feature an interview with the director, hopefully not the same one that is
on BLACK DEMONS.
And lastly, they will be releasing the cult film
WEREWOLF WOMAN (aka LEGEND OF THE WOLF WOMAN and about a dozen other titles).
If you have not seen this film, it's one of the cult classic that you couldn't
forget if you tried, and that's just the opening sequence! I'm hoping that
this will be the uncut version, but there is nothing listed on their site in
regards to it. One can hope. But for some reason, the DVD is coming
with two different covers. One is basically from one of the original video
releases, while the other one used the same style but updated it using real
photos, and you can definitely tell the difference. Don't really
understand why they would go through the trouble of that when the original is a
lot better, and probably more preferred.
1-24-03 POSTER GALLERY UPDATED AND
We have recently added some great new entries in our
Poster Gallery. But
here is a question for you out there. We have recently started back up
painting resin model kits. I was thinking about adding a wing to the
Poster Gallery, but having photos of model kits that people could send it.
Are there any of you out there that are into resin model kits, and would be
willing to send in photos of your work? Let us know. If the response
is there, we'll do it.
MARIO BAVA FILM FESTIVAL UPDATE AND MORE!
Once again, for people in the Chicagoland area, you don't
want to miss this rare chance to see some of Mario Bava's greatest films on the
big screen. Below are the times for the second half of the MARIO BAVA
FILM FESTIVAL being held at the
Gene Siskel Film
Center. At this writing, their website hasn't been updated with the
new times. This are the films and their screenings for next month.
BARON BLOOD - 1972
Saturday, Feb. 22nd at 4:15pm
Monday, Feb. 24th at 8:00pm
FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON - 1970
Monday, Feb. 24th at 6:15pm
Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 8:00pm
FOUR TIMES THAT NIGHT - 1972
Saturday, Feb. 8th at 6:15pm
Monday, Feb. 10th at 6:15pm
KIDNAPPED (aka RABID DOGS) - 1974
Sunday, Feb. 9th, at 4:15pm
Monday, Feb. 10th at 8:00pm
LISA AND THE DEVIL - 1972
Saturday, Feb. 8th at 8:00pm
Wednesday, Feb. 12th at 6:15pm
PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES - 1965
Saturday, Feb. 22nd at 6:15pm
Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 6:15pm
ROY COLT AND WINCHESTER JACK - 1970
Wednesday, Feb. 12th at 8:15pm
Saturday, Feb. 15th at 6:00pm
TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE - 1971
Saturday, Feb. 1st at 8:15pm
Monday, Feb. 3rd at 6:00pm
THE CINEMA OF HORROR
As we reported earlier this month, the GENE SISKEL FILM
CENTER is also having a film and lecture series called THE CINEMA OF HORROR.
It will feature classics (both old and new) of the horror genre, with some
screening having a lecture afterwards by Tom Gunning, Professor of Cinema &
Media Studies at the University of Chicago, and the author of THE FILMS OF
FRITZ LANG: ALLEGORIES OF VISION AND MODERNITY. On the titles listed,
he will only be giving the lectures after the Tuesday screenings. If only
it was closer, I would be hitting these every week. I am going to try to
make quite a few of them, so maybe we'll see some of you out there. Here's
the titles, dates, and times:
Tuesday, Jan. 28th at 6:00pm
THE MUMMY (1932)
Friday, Jan. 31st at 8:00pm
Tuesday, Feb. 4th at 6:00pm
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
Friday, Feb. 7th at 6:15pm and again at 7:45pm
Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 6:00pm
THE BLACK CAT (1934)
Friday, Feb. 14th at 6:00pm
Tuesday, Feb. 18th at 6:00pm
CAT PEOPLE (1942)
Friday, Feb. 21st at 6:15pm and again at 8:00pm
Tuesday, Feb. 25th at 6:00pm
AVANT-GARDE PROGRAM - This program features 5 short films from Maya Deren and
Friday, Feb. 28th at 8:00pm
Tuesday, Mar. 4th at 6:00pm
The following features do not have the times listed yet, but just the dates
for now. We will post them when we get them.
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) - March 7th and 11th.
THE BIRDS (1963) - March 14th, and 18th.
SHIVERS (1975) - March 21st and 25th
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) - April 4th, and 8th.
THE SHINING (1980) - April 11th and 15th.
VIDEODROME (1983) - April 18th and 22nd.
IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1995) - April 25th and 29th.
THE RING (2002) - May 2nd and 6th.
THE TALL MAN...ALIAS ANGUS SCRIMM
For fans of the PHANTASM series, you may want to check out
this Sunday's episode of the TV series ALIAS. Angus Scrimm will be in this
one, interrogating Rutger Hauer.
UNDERGROUND TO RELEASE VAMPYRES - UNCUT
The 1974 film is going to be coming to DVD a second time, but
this time fully uncut. Anchor Bay had released this on DVD before, but
there were some gore scenes missing from the print. The disc did have
audio commentary by producer Brian Smedley-Aston and director Jose Larraz, which
I found extremely entertaining.
According to Blue Underground's website, the disc will have
an all new featurette called RETURN OF THE VAMPYRES, that will have recent
on-camera interviews with the two stars, Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska.
This release is suppose to have plenty of extras, as well as having a new print
from a new transfer which they say re-instates the controversial gore footage
that was not in the previous release.
Then again, on the Anchor Bay release, they also stated that
the film was "uncut and uncensored with all its notorious sex and violence fully
restored." Let's hope it's not the same story. I've been very
impressed with what Blue Underground has done so far, so let's hope they
1-19-03 NEW REVIEWS!
Yes, believe it or not, but we actually have some new
reviews up. We've been in a bit of a rut lately, but hopefully are pulling
out of that. This time out, we have reviews for Hammer's FEAR IN THE
NIGHT, the classic CURSE OF THE DEMON, DOOMWATCH and Vincent Price's THE OBLONG
BOX. In case you don't know how to get there, click
GLOVER IS WILLARD!
While I'm not to thrilled about remakes lately, I really
don't think they could have picked a better person to play the title character
in this remake of the 1971 film which originally starred Bruce Davidson.
According to the IMDB, R. Lee Ermey is also in the cast. I'm assuming he's
taking on the role that Ernest Borgnine played in the original. I'm sure
it'll be entertaining because of Glover if nothing else.
REFERENCE BOOK POLL!
While I'm still leaving the poll up for a little longer, I am
very surprised (and disappointed) to see John Stanley's CREATURE FEATURES book
so high in the votes. I know that it's seems to be available in all book
stores (which is why I'm hoping it's popular), but I must say that it is riddled
with errors. See my review of it in our
section for more details. Please...for the love of all things holy!
DVDs AND MORE DVDs!
No need to get that import version of Juan Lopez Moctezuma's
ALUCARDA (aka SISTERS OF SATAN). Mondo Macabro will be releasing a version
over here in the States on March 25th. It will have a new transfer from
the original negative, and the Spanish soundtrack will be in stereo, which is
not on the import disc. It will also have a featurette, and an written
interview with the director, along with still gallery. There will also be
an interview with director Guillermo del Toro about the movie. Mondo
Macabro will also be releasing Jess Franco's THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z in the US at
the end of April. This will have a new anamorphic transfer, English and
subtitled French audio, as well as an documentary on Franco. There will
also be a still and poster gallery.
SANTO VERSUS DVD!
Ventura and Rise Above Entertainment will be releasing 20
films starring the masked wrestler / actor / superhero El Santo! Look for
these to start coming out in June.
MORE REBANE AND DOHLER HITTING DVD!
Ventura and Retromedia have set a March 25 date for the
release of Bill Rebane's BLOOD HARVEST and Don Dohler's FIEND. BLOOD will
have a photo collection and a featurette on the star Tiny Tim! FIEND will
have a still gallery, bloopers and outtakes.
They will also be releasing VOYAGE TO THE PLANET OF THE
PREHISTORIC WOMEN, which will have still gallery, a featurette on Mamie Van
Doren, and a 50-page reproduction of the Russian comic book adaptation of the
original movie! How's that for an extra!
I must say that over the years, Fred Olen Ray and his company
Retromedia have come along way from putting out no-frills editions with bad
prints, to putting out some great looking titles with some great extras.
Keep up the great work!
OTHER IMPORT TITLES HITTING THE U.S.
Unearthed Films will be releasing JUNK, the Japanese zombie movies that
pays homage to just about every zombie movie ever made. That will be
coming out at the end of April, and will include trailers and a photo gallery.
Mondo Crash will be releasing INVADERS OF LOST GOLD (aka
HORROR SAFARI) on April 15th. This film starred Stuart Whitman, Woody
Strode, and Laura Gemser. They will also be releasing Sergio Martino's
THEY'RE COMING TO GET YOU in August. This film is also know as DAY OF THE
MANIAC and ALL THE COLORS OF DARKNESS.
Thanks to Fangoria for the news.
Records will be releasing Richard Band's score for the classic film
RE-ANIMATOR. This CD will feature a new digitally re-mastered score of the
Stuart Gordon film, that will be in stereo for the first time. It will
also have a new 14-minute interview with composer Band, as well as a fully
illustrated booklet that will have liner notes from Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna,
and Herbert West himself, Jeffrey Combs.
But you must act quickly, since this is only a limited
edition of 3000. Plus, the first 40 people to order the disc will find
their copy signed by Gordon and Band, and the next 100 customers will received
one signed by Band.
They are taking pre-orders now at their website (www.lalalandrecords.com)
and it will be shipped on February 4th.
And to even top that news, they will also be releasing the
excellent and rare soundtrack to Stuart Gordon's FROM BEYOND! This is
probably one of my favorite scores out there, and is great to see it getting a
release after all these years.
And in other soundtrack news,
Records have recently moved their site (www.perseverancerecords.com).
They will be releasing the soundtracks for DR. PHIBES RETURNS and the 1978
remake of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. The PHIBES 30th Anniversary
Edition soundtrack by John Gale will feature the rare vocal version of Somewhere
Over The Rainbow and will be available on February 20th. The release
date for INVASION has not been set yet.
Prices for both of these titles are $17 and can be ordered
directly from the website.
1-15-03 HAVE A POTATO!
Even though the day is almost over, in case you didn't know,
today was the birthday of Ernest Thesiger, the actor that brought life to the
characters of Dr. Pretorius in BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and my personal favorite
Horace Femm in THE OLD DARK HOUSE.
And while on the subjects of birthdays, tomorrow is the
birthday of none other than John Carpenter! So sit down and watch and
double feature of THE OLD DARK HOUSE and maybe then THE THING or THE FOG.
BLOOD FEAST 2 COMING TO DVD!
Media Blasters has picked up the rights for Herschell Gordon
Lewis' long return to filmmaking, BLOOD FEAST 2: ALL U CAN EAT. I was
lucky enough to catch a screening of this at the Flashback Weekend show last
August and really enjoyed it. Apparently, they are planning on a lot of
Media Blasters have also picked up Jess Franco's FACELESS,
which stars Caroline Munro, Helmut Berger, Brigitte Lahaie, and Telly Savalas.
Looking forward to both of these titles coming out.
Thanks to Fangoria.com for the news.
Well, we've posted a new pic in the Mystery Photo section.
Click here for the new photo, or the link on the Navigational Bar. The
answer for the last one was THE BLOOD DRINKERS. Congrats to Chris Huziak
for naming the correct movie.
1-8-03 THE ORIGINAL RING COMES TO DVD
Just as we figured, the original version of RING, directed by
Hideo Nakata, will be given an American release by Dreamworks. We knew
that they weren't going to release this before their remake was out. Don't
want the general public to have something to compare it to. It will be
released on March 4, under the original Japanese title RINGU, the same day that
the American remake will be coming out. The best news is that it will be
released in Japanese with English subtitles. Nothing worse than a poorly
dubbed (isn't that redundant?) movie. No extras have been announced for
the remake DVD, other than an extended version of the images from the cursed
video, but I'm sure there will be more added. Thanks to Fangoria for the
WELL AIN'T THAT A REAL PISSER?
Warner Bros. will be releasing a special edition of the first
FRIDAY THE 13th movie next year, but it won't be available in the US. The
disc is suppose to contain the international version of the film, along with a
new documentary "Return to Crystal Lake, which will have new interviews with
director Sean Cunningham, Adrienne, Betsy Palmer, and writer Victor Miller.
Apparently Paramount owns the rights for the US domestic
rights and say that they have no plans for a special edition here in the US.
Well, I have heard rumors in the past that Paramount might be
releasing some special editions after they put their original releases on
moratorium. I wouldn't put anything past these companies to try and
squeeze every dime out of us DVD freaks. It's almost common practice for
companies to release a special edition shortly after a no-frills edition has
been released and picked up by everybody and their brother. Just look at
Anchor Bay and they EVIL DEAD releases.
Thanks to Dark Horizon.
KING KONG SPECIAL EDITION DVD???
According to The Digital Bits, there might be a 3-disc
special edition in the works from Warner and The Voyager Company. Nothing
really has been confirmed, but the possibility looks promising for the film's
70th year anniversary.
XPLOITED CINEMA - GET YOUR IMPORT DVDs HERE!
We've added a new link in our Merchandise section on our
Links page for this great place to get those import dvd titles that you've been
looking for. They've got a great selection, and some pretty good prices.
Check them out by clicking
here, or going to
We've recently ordered the import disc of Sergio Martino's
ISLAND OF THE FISHMAN from them, which is one of my favorites. How could one go
wrong with Richard Johnson, Joseph Cotton, Claudio Cassinelli, and let's not
forget Barbara Bach. But the disc also features the 1995 sequel THE
FISHMEN AND THEIR QUEEN, which I didn't even know that Martino had made.
I'm sure it won't be no where as entertaining as the first film, but what the
hell, it comes in the same package. How could you go wrong.
ISLAND OF THE FISHMAN is presented in the uncut anamorphic
widescreen (2.35:1) version, with a slideshow and filmographies. The
sequel as the same extras, but is in 1.85:1 format.
The only problem is that it is a Region 0 PAL DVD. So
unless you have a multi-region player that also plays PAL, you're out of luck.
Who knows, it might not be too late to pick up one of those Cyberhome players
from Best Buy...
We were able to make it the first couple of films playing in
the Mario Bava Film Festival at the
Siskel Film Center in Chicago this last Monday night. Back to back,
they screened new prints of BLACK SUNDAY and BLACK SABBATH, and they looked
amazing. I would highly recommend to any fan of horror films to try and
see any of the films left in the festival. I believe they are all new
prints. Even though we battled millions of commuters trying to leave the
city while we were going in, and getting a little lost and walking around for
over an hour trying to find the right theater (directions would have help
greatly, along with knowing the correct theater it was at), it was still worth
Other titles playing this month are KILL, BABY...KILL!, THE
GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (aka EVIL EYE), and KNIVES OF THE AVENGER. Next month,
they will be screening TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE, BARON BLOOD, LISA AND THE
DEVIL, FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON, KIDNAPPED (RAPID DOGS), ROY COLT AND
WINCHESTER JACK, and FOUR TIMES THAT NIGHT.
1-5-03 WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR!
Yes, we are finally back, and did survive the
holidays. Santa was very nice to us here at the Krypt, delivering not only one of
those nice Cyberhome DVD players (the ones that are easily converted to a region
free player) under our tree, but also a few nice DVD titles to add to our
collection. What better way to spread holiday cheer around than to receive
ZOMBI 3 and ZOMBI 4: AFTER DEATH on DVD?
But now with the new year, we should (?) be back to our
normal semi-regular updates. We do have some great ideas for this site for
the new year, and will hopefully bring them to light in the coming months.
We are planning some more interviews, adding a couple more entries in our Hall
of Fame section, more reviews, and some other fun stuff as well.
And, as always, we'd love to hear from you people out there.
Tell us what you like, what you don't, what you'd like to see (not that we'll do
it, mind you, but we will listen). Anyway, Happy New Year to everyone!
Now let's get back to work!
THE RETURN OF THE MYSTERY PHOTO
We are bringing back something that we use to do when we
first started this site. We will be posting a shot from a movie for you to
work that gray matter upstairs. Some might be easy, some might be pretty
hard. But hopefully everyone will give it a try. By clicking
new window will open up with the photo and an email link for you to send it your
guess. Good luck. This one might be a little tough.
NEW BOOK ADDED IN OUR
For fans of Vlad Tepes and his movie counterparts, this new
book is awesome. Simply entitled DRACULA by Elizabeth Miller, the coffee
table size book is filled with photos from the movies, as well as pictures and
illustrations of Vlad and his country.
Normally priced at $55, we are offering it for only $25, less
than 1/2 the cover price. We have a limited quantity, so if you're
interested act now.
Image has announced some more great titles that will be
coming out in March. Not only more titles from the Something Weird guys,
but also a very rare film. Pupi Avati's THE HOUSE WITH WINDOWS THAT
LAUGHED (released under the title THE HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS) is finally
coming out. This not only hasn't been available over here (other than some
pretty bad looking bootlegs), but is one that I've been reading and hearing
about for years. Phil Hardy's says Avati "produced one of the masterpieces
of the genre, a film to rival the achievements of Mario Bava's best work."
The film has been restored from the original camera negative
and will be in Italian, with English subtitles. It was also feature a
theatrical trailer, lobby card gallery, some behind-the-scenes information and
We are really looking forward to this release.
Another title Image is putting out worth highlighting, is Jess Franco's VIRGIN
AMONG THE LIVING DEAD. While this has been released over here, it was
always the cut version. The film stars Franco regular Howard Vernon.
Now this may not be the most entertaining of Franco's work, but how about that
This release will contain 12 minutes of alternate footage,
and liner notes by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas, and theatrical trailer.. It
will have French dialog, but with English subtitles.
MGM has also announced some more titles in their Midnight
Movies double feature selections. Titles such as PSYCH-OUT / THE TRIP,
ANGEL UNCHAINED / CYCLE SAVAGES, MUSCLE BEACH PARTY / SKI PARTY, and INVISIBLE
INVADERS / JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET.
But the real highlight is the release of CRY OF THE BANSHEE /
MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE. CRY will feature the 91 minute Director's cut
and will include a new video interview with director Gordon Hessler.
MURDERS will also feature a 98 minute Director's cut, which has 11 minutes of
footage that was cut from the original release. Another interview with
Hessler is included as well. Both films will be in 1.85:1.
For those who are not familiar with Hessler's work, you
should be. While he may not have made the best pictures, they were at
least entertaining. Something that I wish I could say about today's films.
If you want some more information about Hessler,
has a great interview with him on their site. Check it out for some great