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12-30-07 2007 IN REVIEW
First of all, as we do every year, we’d like to take a moment to remember all the
celebrities that had made some contribution to the horror genre that passed
away this last year. Whether they were actors, directors, or writers, these
people have made an impact on the genre, and to film fans like us. And because
of fans like us, these names will never be forgotten. And I think that is the
best gift that fans like us can give to any of these talented people….the gift of immortality.
Thank you for all those wonderful films, performances, images, and memories!
Bob Clark, Yvonne DeCarlo, Freddie Francis, Charles B.
Karl Hardman, Bruno Mattei, Tony Tenser, Roger Watkins
We are still battling the real world with our day job. It seems to grow worse
by the day, and we’re hoping that there will be some major changes coming
shortly. And that may result in some major changes here at the Krypt, as far as
conventions and such go, but we’ll just have to wait and see. But we know that
something has to change.
For 2007, I would have to say that the major highlight for me
in 2007 was the publication of the HORROR 101 book. Sure, I only had a minor
part in it with two essays and the photos. But it showed two things to me.
First of all, this book featured my first real published work. To some
that might not have been a big deal, but for me it was. And I’d like to
thank Aaron Christensen for letting me be a part of this wonderful project.
And second of all, I learned something even more valuable
from AC. And that is that if you want something to happen, like getting a book
published, just do it. Aaron showed me that putting all that time and hard work
into something that you believe in can happen. And that gives me hope. Now I
just need to learn something about procrastination and motivation and I’ll be on my way!
Of course, one of the other highlights, just like every year,
is every time we head off to a convention. With every show, we see our old
friends and make even more new ones. As we keep trying to spread the
gospel of the horror genre, we're amazed to find so many other people that are
either doing the same thing, or are ready and willing to let you guide them to
some unknown horror. That still gives me hope that there are still fans
out there that are interested in the both the genre's history and contributions
from around the world. Just remember to keep Discovering the Horror!
One of our goals for next year is to start keeping track of
every movie that we watched throughout the year. That way, at the end of
the year, it's pretty easy to compare your notes to see what you've actually
seen that year. I know now when I try to think of all the movies that I've seen this
year all run together with the ones that I've seen years before. But as we
were going through our updates over this last year, trying to think of all the
movies that we've seen, there's one that keeps coming to mind that I was having
a hard time thinking of another one to top it. And that would be Robert
Rodriguez's PLANET TERROR.
This is one movie that I could watch over and over again, and
still be entertained time and time again. From the dialog, the music, the wacky
action, the blood and gore galore, it's pretty tough for me to find a flaw here.
Plus it's just so damn fun to watch. Plus, having had the opportunity to
watch this in the theater as part of the original GRINDHOUSE double feature,
packed full of other genre fans, was also one the highlights of the year.
ANNIVERSARIES OF TERROR
2008 will have a few anniversaries for me to be celebrating.
Back in April of 1988, I traveled off to California for my first horror
convention, Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors. That weekend, I had the opportunity
to meet some major horror celebrities for the first time, not to mention that it
the first time I had met ANYONE famous. But these were the people that I had only
read about in books and magazines. People like Tom Savini, George
Romero, Clive Barker, Tobe Hooper, Roddy McDowell, Anthony Perkins, and the list
goes on. So for me, it was one of the best times
I’ve ever had at a show. And now, 20 years later, with more conventions under
my belt that I can even start to count, I still have a blast at them. Granted, now that
tends to be due to the company that we keep there as oppose to the celebs. But
in either case, we still have a great time.
Then a short month after that first horror con, I went to
another very scary place. A church. And I got married. It still amazes me
that my wife Dawn has put up with me for these last 20 years (25 years, if you count
the “dating phase”). Just picture someone who cooks like a gourmet chef (and
actually loves to cook), but then also puts up with someone who collects horror
DVDs, posters, and is slowly turning their house into a haunted movie theater!
Now that is true love. Or she’s just waiting for me to kick the bucket so she
can sell my collection. Not really sure which is the case, and at this point,
don’t care. I just know that if it wasn’t for her, I don’t think I’d be here
And the last anniversary coming up is that of what you are currently
reading now. Back in October of 1998, I officially launched Kitley's Krypt. I
never would have believed that 10 years later, I would still be at it. This
site has changed over the years, some changes minor, some major. But the one
thing that has always stayed the same was my devotion to the horror genre and
the hopes of helping others out there expand their knowledge and love the genre
as well. Has it helped anyone out there? I would like to think so. Maybe not
the thousands I had delusions about when I first started. But just helping out
one newer horror fan making that decision to check out a film that he probably
wouldn’t have looked at twice before, does make all the work here worth it.
So our plans for 2008 is make this landmark pretty special, especially
when it gets closer to October. We are hoping to have several big giveaways and
other stuff to help celebrate our 10 Years of Terror. So stay tuned for that.
Only got 2 correct answers for the last Mystery Photo. And the kudos go to
our regulars Hoby Abernathy and Aaron Christensen. The pic is of the great
Boris Karloff in one of his last films, THE SNAKE PEOPLE.
This time up, we have a little tougher one. So let's
see if I can stump everyone on this one, even our regulars. I think I got
them on this one. I will tell you it's not some obscure movie, but one
that was pretty popular in the late 80's. Good luck!
Well, kind of. While working on some plans for next
year, we discovered that we had totally forgotten that we had interviewed
Caroline Munro last April at the Cinema Wasteland show, but never got around to
putting it up. Well, now it's done and posted in our Interview section,
which can be found under the Features link.
OLD & NEW SECTIONS NOW OPEN!
We have finally gotten around to transferring most of
the pages from our old site. Now back up and running is our Psycho-Babble
page, our page dedicated to those wacky mad scientists in our S.M.S. page, and
we also have the last of our Convention reports posted as well.
We have also transferred over, with a slight change in
appearance, what use to be called our Tombs Of Fame section. It is now
simply called Kryptic Salutes. These pages will highlight people working
the genre that we feel need to be pointed out. Some of the names you might
now, some not. But we feel that each of them have made a impact on the
genre, and is someone that all fans should know a little bit about.
So check them out and let us know what you think. You can find these
pages all under the
DAY OF REST...
Yesterday, we came home from work, and due to a cold/flu
coming on, just felt like a wet rag. While we tried to get some work done
on this site, we mainly were just sitting here in a daze. So we figured if
we're just going to sit and not get anything accomplished, we might as well sit in
front of the TV and get some movies watched. So we did. As a matter
of fact, five of them. One right after another. What a much needed
re-fueling it was, too. For details on what
we watched, and to add in your own thoughts in, check out our
First and foremost, we want to wish everyone out there Happy
Holidays! And hoping that you have some time off to enjoy with your
friends and family. Since when it comes down to it, that's really what
counts....besides of course, our DVD collections, posters and the other
important stuff that we have. But friends and family are right up there
MIKELS BOOK REVIEW
We have posted our review for Christopher Wayne Curry's
latest book, FILM ALCHEMY: THE INDEPENDENT CINEMA OF TED V. MIKELS. It's
in the Biography section in our recently revived Reference Book Reviews, which can be found in our
RAISING HELL AT
For Chicago area fans, the Music Box Theatre will
be hosting a midnight screening of Clive Barker's HELLRAISER on January 11th &
12th. Clive Barker will be there for the screening on the 12th. But
you have to buy your tickets in advance through Ticketweb to get in. If
you're interested, I would get your tickets soon, since I'm assuming it will
For more information about the Music Box, click
FLASHBACK TO HOST DEAD
This year at the Flashback Weekend, they will be hosting the
40th Anniversary World Tour of the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. So
far on the guest list they have George Romero, John Russo, Marilyn Eastman, Krya
Schon, Bill Hinzman, Judith O'Dea, Russ Streiner, and George Kosana.
They also have listed the babysitters from Rob Zombie's
HALLOWEEN, Danielle Harris, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Kristina Kelbe.
More guests to be announced.
and Hoby Abernathy were the only ones to send in the correct answer
for the last Mystery Photo. That was the lovely Juliet Mills in BEYOND THE
DOOR, another great EXORCIST "inspired" movie. See our DVD news
below for some great news about this movie!
So check out the latest photo to see if we get can a few more
answers this time out. Click
HERE to send in
your answer. Good luck.
Here is some great news for us fans of cult titles, once
again proving that just about ANY movie can get a DVD release. BCI/Navarre
has made a deal with Code Red to exclusively distribute their DVD titles.
Here's some of titles that they are going to be releasing over the coming year:
SOLE SURVIVOR, BOARDING HOUSE (A great Turkey Day Movie if there ever was one),
THE DEAD PIT, THE UNSEEN, BUTCHER BAKER NIGHTMARE MAKER, THE VISITOR, THE
MUTILATOR (Once again, hope it's the uncut version), THE NESTING, NIGHTMARE,
SPASMS, TERROR CIRCUS (Is this BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD???), and a few other
But the one title that I'm pretty excited to see, oddly
enough was our last Mystery Photo, is BEYOND THE DOOR. They have already
recorded an audio commentary from director/producer Ovidio Assonitis.
We're just hoping that it's the uncut widescreen version of the film, and not
the cut US print. Fingers are crossed.
I know that Code Red has done a great job so far on their
releases, so we'll very excited to hear some of these titles that they have
announced, since they should be well worth the wait.
12-15-07 FIGHTING THE
Back again after missing our update over last weekend.
Once again, just too much stuff going on here. And with the holidays
coming up fast, it's keeping us busy. But we do have a few new
things for this update, so hopefully it was worth the wait.
INTERVIEWS AND MORE UP AND RUNNING
Our Interview Section is now back up and re-designed.
Unfortunately, we somehow lost most of the photos from the behind-the-scene
stuff that Pete O'Herne had sent us for the Bad Taste Cast Interview, but the text is still all there.
One of our goals for next year is to work on more and more of
interviews for the site.
To find our Interviews, just click on the Features section
in the above links.
We also have un-archived some more of our Convention Reports as
well. Those are also in the Features section.
And lastly, we have also un-archived some of our Reference
Book Reviews. These can be found in our Reviews
HALLOWEEN REVIEW & CONTEST
Well, we have finally got around to seeing Rob Zombie's
HALLOWEEN and have posted our review of it. The review is for the new
2-Disc Unrated Director's Cut DVD that comes out next week. So check out
our review to see which side of the fence we are on.
And to celebrate this momentous occasion, while doing a
little cleaning here at the Krypt, we stumbled across a copy of
the soundtrack from HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, signed by Rob Zombie.
So we decided to give it away to one lucky winner. All you need to do is send us an email letting us know if you liked his version
of HALLOWEEN or not, and why. Don't worry folks, we're not talking an
essay here, but a sentence or two of your thoughts. Think of it as a
little poll. One winner will be chosen from the list of emails that we
get. To participate, just click
HERE to open
the email, type your thoughts and send away. Good luck!
Okay, so the photo wasn't the greatest quality. But since this film has
never gotten a decent release, that's going to be pretty tough. And since
the film is William Girdler's ABBY, and is a...slight variation on William
Friedkin's THE EXORCIST, who knows if it will ever get an official release.
Only Will Wilson, Kevin Hart, and Hoby Abernathy had the
correct answers. Nice job guys. At least I know there are some
people out there that have seen it.
With this week's pic, we're going to stay on a theme here and
see if that will help. Just remember, there's no penalty for a wrong
TONY TENSER - REST IN PEACE
Who is Tony Tenser? Don't know? That's a shame.
That means you still have some learning to do. But that's okay, since
after reading this, you'll now know who Tenser was. Tenser was a British
producer who's studio, Tigon British Film Productions, seemed to specialize in
the exploitation market. Tenser was behind such films as Michael Reeves
WITCHFINDER GENERAL, Peter Walker's FRIGHTMARE, Freddie Francis' THE CREEPING
FLESH, and many other titles. He was also the executive producer on a
couple of early Roman Polanski films, such as CUL-DE-SAC and REPULSION. So
while his films may not have been blockbusting smash hits, but for us horror
fans, we knew that we were in for a good time with something that Tenser was
Tenser passed away on December 5th, at the age of 87.
If you're interested in reading more on Tenser, I would highly recommend getting
the book BEASTS IN THE CELLAR by John Hamilton. It
was published by FAB Press and is one great book.
12-05-07 A SLIGHT
We had even intention to have this update done over the
weekend. But since we didn't have a weekend (having to work both Saturday
AND Sunday), that made it a little tough. But we do have something new
with this update. We have finally brought back our Vincent Price Memorial
Poster Art Gallery. For those who were around when we had it up on our old
site, it's basically a place to see the different poster art from different
movies and from different countries. Since we are a big fan of poster art,
and am a collector, I try to let other collectors and fans see some of the great
artwork that used to be used for movie posters. It really is a dying art
form. So for more details about what the Gallery is about, just click on
the Features link above and have fun. There's a lot of posters to check
out. We have all of the sections open now, except the American Movies
Section. But there is more enough eye candy with the sections on Spanish &
Paul Naschy films, British & Hammer films, and the Italian films. We will
have the American Section up shortly.
So take a few minutes and check it out. And please give
us some feedback on what you think. We always like hearing from you.
Somehow we completely forgot to put up a new photo with our
last update. So here's a new one before we forget.
The last photo was from Wes Craven's THE SERPENT AND THE
RAINBOW. While watching parts of the film, looking for a good frame grab,
I had forgotten how good some of that movie is. It does have it's weak
points, but for the most part, I think it's pretty effective.
Anyway, the ones that sent in the correct answers were Hoby
Abernathy and William Wilson.
So check out the latest pic and see what you can come up
with. Good luck.
We also have one new review with this update. It's for
one of the latest releases from Dark Sky Films, THE KILLING KIND. If you
enjoy 70's films with a sleazy feel to them, then you'll love this one.
Check out our full review for more details.
DARK SKY UNLEASHES THE KING
OF THE WITCHES!
And speaking of Dark Sky Films, we were very excited to hear
the news that they will be releasing a rare cult classic film, SIMON - KING OF
THE WITCHES. Just trying to find a video pre-record of this movie was
tough enough. And if you were lucky to find one, the quality wasn't that
great. So we are hoping that Dark Sky does their usual excellent job of
giving films a great looking presentation. Hopefully they will have some
good extras, at least of some sort of participation with Andrew Prine.
When we interviewed him a couple of years ago, he had some great stories about
the making of this movie.
But let's not just stop with that great bit of news.
Since the holidays are coming up, what better present to have for your favorite
movie fan that getting them a DVD from Dark Sky. Right now, they are
having a 30% discount sale on 12 of their titles. There are different
offers each day, so make sure you check out their website
HERE for more details.
CHICAGO SCREENING OF CURSE
OF THE DEMON
For those in the Chicago area, the classic film CURSE OF THE
DEMON (aka NIGHT OF THE DEMON) will be showing at the Gene Siskel Film Center
this Friday and also next Wednesday. After the screening on Wednesday,
there will be a lector/discussion by film critic and author Jonathan Rosenbaum.
Even if you have seen this film, having the chance to see it on a big screen is
well worth your time and money. This is one of those films that defines
what a "classic" is. And of course, if you haven't seen it, now is your
For more information about the screening, check out the
11-25-07 ANOTHER TURKEY DAY MARATHON...I'M
We survived another day chocked full of "rare" movies.....the
"rare" meaning they're not well done. Doc AC came out to participate in
the festivities, along with my son, who only managed to survive the first film
before having to wander off to do other things that teenagers tend to do.
But the Doc and I had a pretty good time with our viewing choices.
The first up was KILLDOZER, a made-for-TV movie from the
70's, which was probably the last time I had seen this movie. I didn't
remember much, but knew it fit the bill for the day's viewing. And really,
to give some sort of defense to the film, it's not really a poorly made film.
It's just the dialog is silly, and just the whole idea of the movie is just
laughable. A killer bulldozer? The ones that move about 5 miles an
hour and you can hear approaching about 2 miles away? How can that be
frightening. But they do their best to make it work. Clint Walker is
the main lead, and has about as much personality as the bulldozer they're
running from. He was a pretty big star in the "western days", back when
actors didn't have to show any emotions. He must have rocked back then!
Next up was Amando de Ossorio's THE SEA SERPENT. Now
most fans know de Ossorio from his BLIND DEAD films. But please don't
watch this film expecting any remotely close to those stylistic films.
Once again, the dialog is a hoot. The acting is sub-par, especially from
Timothy Bottoms who was trying a little too hard, and Ray Milland, who just
seemed to not give a crap about being there. And of course, you have the
wonderful puppet monster itself. Now that, I happen to love. As
cheesy as it is, it's a perfect Turkey-Day movie.
After that, we stayed with de Ossorio for the newly released
LORELEY'S GRASP. While I don't have happened to think this was a turkey, I
wanted to watch the new print, and AC hadn't seen it. So without going
into any details here, we have our own full-blown review posted in our Review
And lastly, we watched one of Rick Baker's finest career
moments, OCTAMAN. I know I would have enjoyed the film quite a bit more
had the print we were watching wasn't so damn dark! There several moments
when the screen was completely black. And the sad thing is that I really
don't seen anybody putting out a nice re-mastered disc of that movie.
Which is sad, since it's a great old fashion rubber suited monster movie.
Great for Turkey Day, that is. But none the less, I do have to give Mr.
Baker credit for the creature. I'm sure he would rather forget about the
film, but I still think the creature still is cool looking after all of these
So another year's Turkey Day gone and another 4 movies down
the pipe. Time to start making that list for next year!
We do now have official Kitley's Krypt T-Shirts for a
whopping $10, plus postage. The shirt features our
logo on a black T-shirt, and comes in Large, X-Large, and 2X-Large. If
you're interested, please send me an email about ordering details.
We do have a few new reviews posted. The first one is
for Amando de Ossorio's LORELEY'S GRASP, one of our favorites. Can't go
wrong with Helga
Liné if you ask me. We also have reviews of two lower budgeted fair, GONE
THE WAY OF FLESH and Bill Zebub's ASS MONSTER.
And in the Soundtrack department, we have our reviews up for
a couple of recently released scores. The first one being Hammer's CAPTAIN
KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER. And secondly, one that I am still amazed got
released, is MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND.
ENGLAND ART CONTEST WINNERS
First of all, I want to thank everyone who sent in their
entries into this contest. We had more entries on this contest than we've
ever had before, so it seems that a lot of people had fun with it. I also
would like to especially thank Don England, for not only donating 2 prints for
us to give away, but also for creating such a great piece of work in the first
And if you are not one of the two winners, don't think that
you can not still get your own print. Don sells them through his website (Slaughtered
Lamb Studios). Just drop him a line. They are very reasonably
Here's the list of movies that are in the print. Keep
in mind, that some of the images, like Freddy's glove, could have been in many
different movies. So if you said any of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
movies, you got that one in. So here's the list:
ZOMBIE, CREEPSHOW, THE EXORCIST, OPERA, Freddy's glove, SUSPIRIA, DAWN OF THE
DEAD, THE HOWLING, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, EVIL DEAD, PUMPKINHEAD, DR. BUTCHER
M.D., Jason's mask, THE BURNING, BASKET CASE, TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD, CANDYMAN,
SHOCK WAVES, HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH, IT'S ALIVE, HALLOWEEN, THE THING,
MARTIN, PHANTASM, and the arm on the left side is from NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3
(the puppet maker's arm). Sorry folks, but the axe in the upper left hand
corner isn't from a particular movie, but something that Don just threw in
And now for the winners.....Contrats to David Prime & Robert
We have posted our report of the latest HorrorHound
Weekend that we attended last weekend. As always, we had a great time
there. Looking forward to March for their HELLRAISER reunion, and other
great things they have planned.
Plus, we have finally brought over the previous convention reports
for the Flashback Weekend shows. They are in our Features section.
We're still working on bringing the rest of those other show reports over.
While we are preparing for the real Turkey Day tomorrow, we
wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, or if you're one that doesn't
celebrate it, hopefully you can at least celebrate having a day off from work.
I know I am. We are putting the finally touches on our Turkey Day Marathon
tomorrow and have plenty of antacids on hand in case it gets too much.
We had another great time at the HorrorHound Weekend this
past weekend. We want to say thanks to everyone who stopped by and chatted
with us there. Always nice to hear from other like-minded fans.
Hopefully we'll have our report and photos up in our next update, which SHOULD
be this weekend. SHOULD being the key term. Depends on how we
LAST FEW DAYS FOR ART
In our update this weekend, we will be announcing the winners
for the England Art Contest. So you only have a couple of days left to
participate if you haven't already. So don't delay or you will miss out on
the chance to win a print of this great piece of art. Just click
HERE to get started.
11-11-07 WASTELAND AND MASSACRE REPORTS
We have FINALLY gotten around to getting our reports posted
for the Cinema Wasteland show and the Music Box Massacre 3. We took plenty
of photos at both events, so check out our reviews and enjoy. You can find
them in our Features Section in the Links above.
Plus, we have also FINALLY gotten around to transfer over all
our previous reports for the Massacre and the Wasteland from the old site.
So now you can look back at all of those past shows and see what you've missed!
HORRORHOUND NEXT WEEKEND!
And while on the subject of shows, next weekend we will be
heading off to Indianapolis for the 2nd HorrorHound Weekend. They've got a
pretty good guest lineup, including John Landis! Joining us for the trip
will be our buddies Putrid (aka Matt) and Dave Kosanke from Liquid Cheese.
I know we are once again going to have a good time at the show. If you're
going, please stop by our table and say hello!
ENGLAND ART CONTEST
We are going to let this contest go for a little while
longer, since it seems a lot of people are having fun with it. I've gotten
a couple of people that had already sent in their answers, only to discover
another movie that they didn't notice the first time.
So just click on HERE
to get to our Trivia section, and follow the instructions. Come on, give
it a try. You've got nothing to lose other than a few minutes. And
you just might be one of the lucky winners. Trust me, this piece of
artwork (featured to the right) is beautiful. I've got my own copy in a
nice frame sitting in our Kryptic Theater, right below our marquee. Yes,
we have our own marquee.
We have 4 more reviews posted this week. I guess that
makes up for the fact that we didn't have an update last week. This time
out, we review WITCHCRAFT with Lon Chaney Jr., THE DEADLY MANTIS with.....a
giant deadly mantis, SEEDING OF A GHOST, a slick and gooey horror from Hong
Kong, and the new 2-disc special edition of CREEPSHOW. Head over to our
Reviews section and check them out.
If you are one of those that still hasn't gotten a
region-free player, maybe after reading our review for CREEPSHOW you'll decide
that you have to have one now. Christmas is coming, and what a great idea
for a gift, huh?
MAD DOCTOR CD
Since we are a big fan of movie soundtracks, we are always
checking out the new titles that come out. One place that we always scope
out is Screen Archives Entertainment. They have a huge selection of
titles, and always let you know what's new. Plus, they are have stuff that
you would NEVER see at a local Best Buy or the likes. For example, I was
browsing through there the other day and came close to falling out of my chair.
It seems that someone has decided that they needed to put out a CD soundtrack
for Eddie Romero's MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND! I couldn't get my credit
card out fast enough to order this title. Sure, some of the titles are a
little pricy, but for as rare as some of these titles are, I don't mind paying
the extra $$. I'm sure once we get this title, we will be posting our
review for it. Of course, you can't order just one title, so we also
picked up the recently released score for Hammer's CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE
HUNTER. Can't go wrong with Hammer score!
For more information about this CD or the website, click
TURKEY DAY MARATHON
Now that Halloween is over, and we are coming to an end of
our favorite season, there is still one more day of celebrating coming up.
Since 2003, we have spent the Friday after Thanksgiving in front of our TV,
divulging ourselves in some of the horror cinema's less than finest features.
Some feel that it's an endurance test. And there have been some movies on
the schedule that do make it seem that. But most of the time, we are just
enjoying the hell out of these turkeys. So far for this year's
celebration, we will be watching Armando de Ossario's THE SEA SERPENT and the
70's made-for-TV movie KILLDOZER I'm sure we'll be coming up with a couple
more to watch. Maybe this year we'll finally get to ROCK 'N' ROLL
It seems that we posted another tough photo this last time. Only got three
people with the correct answer. And they would be Aaron Christensen, Will
Wilson, and Mike Shields. And the mystery title was none other than
MOTHER'S DAY. Ever hear of it? While it's not one of my personal
favorites, I know it does have it's following.
So check out the latest photo and see if you know it.
I'm sure we won't have another update until after the
holiday. So we wanted to wish everyone out there a happy and safe
Halloween this year. Hopefully you were able to spend time this month
watching some of these great movies from our favorite genre. New ones, old
ones, as long as we're watching, it's all the same. As our buddy Dr. AC
says, Keep America Strong....Watch More Monster Movies!
We have been a little busy this last week trying to get
caught up on some reviews that we needed to get posted. So with this
update, we have a total of FIVE new reviews! Can't remember the last time
we had that many at once. So head on over to our
Reviews section to hear what we have to say about WRONG TURN 2, Dan Curtis'
FRANKENSTEIN, THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER, CRAWLSPACE, and Robert Kutzman's BURIED
WRONG TURN 2 SOUNDTRACK
And speaking of WRONG TURN 2, we have also posted our review
of the soundtrack for the film, that was just released by La-La Land Records.
You can check that out in our Review section as well.
The winner of our Amicus Collection contest is Doug Lamoreux.
Nice job Doug, as well as to all the other people that entered in with the
correct answers. It's always nice to see that many fans of Amicus films
out there. Or at least know how to do a little research if need be.
Once again, we'd like to thanks the fine folks at Dark Sky Films for donating
this prize pack for us to giveaway. You can check out their website
The answers were as follows:
1. What was the first anthology film
produced under the Amicus moniker? - DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS
2. What is the more widely known title
for BRIDE OF FENGRIFFEN? - AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS
3. In the last Amicus production, THE
MONSTER CLUB, what famous horror author was played by John Carradine? - R.
READY FOR ANOTHER
Okay folks, this time out we have another great work
of art that we are giving away 2 prints. This amazing collage is from
artist Don England, from
Slaughtered Lamb Studios. Just click over to our Trivia page
HERE to see
the print and to find out what you have to do to win one of these wonderful
works of art.
OFFICIAL HORROR 101 WEBSITE
There is now an official website for the Dr. AC and the
Horror 101 book. You can check it out
Last week Photo was from the cult classic SCARECROWS, which had just gotten a
DVD release a couple of weeks ago. If you haven't seen this film, we
highly recommend that you seek it out. It's a great little shocker.
Contrats to Will Wilson and Hoby Abernathy for knowing this little gem.
So here's our latest photo. Just click
HERE to send in
your email if you think you know the movie it's from. Good Luck.
HORRORHOUND ALMOST HERE!
In another few weeks, we'll be heading off to Indianapolis
once again for the HorrorHound Weekend. We had a great time there last
July, and are expecting another great time. They have a great guest line
up again this time out, especially with John Landis being there. Any
AMERICAN WEREWOLF fan out there is not going to want to miss this one.
Hope to see you there and please make sure you stop by and introduce yourself!
10-24-07 WHAT A
For some reason, the computer gods out there decided it was time to throw a
little computer problems at the Krypt, causing us not only being able to send
any emails, it was also stopping us from uploading any updates here. I
mean, it's only our favorite time of year, so what could we have possibly
wanted to post. But it seems that we have it back working again, though
we're still not sure what the problem was in the first place. Damn...I
could get a job at a computer help desk somewhere.....
Anyway, back to reality....wait, that's too depressing.....So
while we're still hoping for a career change or a winning lotto ticket, we're
still working way too many hours, which is putting quite a damper on our October
fun. But we're still pushing on, trying to sneak in some fun when we can.
We will have some new reviews posted as well, including a few
new DVD releases, including one from Dark Sky Films and the newer Wild Eye DVD
with their releases of THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER and the rare CRAWLSPACE. So
keep watching for those reviews.
WASTELAND & MUSIC BOX REPORTS
As much as we love this time of year, once October rolls
around, we tend to have something going on every weekend. So when those
finally end, and we actually have some free time on the weekend (aka Sunday),
there's huge burden off our shoulders and we can actually try and enjoy this
time of year. Mainly by watching movies, but enjoying it none the less.
So got plenty of photos at both the Wasteland and the Music
Box Massacre and will be working on getting our full reports posted, as well as
bringing back access to all the previous Wasteland shows and Massacres. So
Another classic film that only our regulars knew. And that was from MAN
MADE MONSTER, starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Lionel Atwill. It was just
released on DVD in another great collection, so you have no excuse to check it
out. In the first issue of Famous Monsters that I remember buying, there
was an article on this film, so it's always been a favorite of mine. Job
well done to Hoby Abernathy, Mike Shields, and Kevin Hart.
So take a look at our new photo. It might be a little
tough, but that's the whole idea. We want that brain to be working.
But there's enough clues in the photo to help you out. As usual, just
click on the photo to see a bigger view, and then click
HERE to send us
the email. Good luck!
Sorry for the long delay in announcing our winners for the
HATCHET contest, but here they finally are. A special congratulations goes
out to John Hoskins, Michael Richards, and Christine Fidance. You will all
be receiving an mini-HATCHET poster, signed by director Adam Green and actress Joleigh Fioreavanti. Your poster prize should be going out in
the mail by this weekend. Thanks again for playing.
DARK SKY FILMS GIVEAWAY
For our latest contest, the wonderful folks at Dark Sky Films
has given us a great prize to give away for the Halloween season. The
lucky winner of this contest will be the proud owner of the Amicus Collection!
This set features the DVDs of ASYLUM, AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS, and THE
BEAST MUST DIE. All of this can be yours.....just by answering a few
questions. Just click HERE to go to our Trivia page. And if you
don't know the answers, remember a little homework just could get you these 3
As usual, the winner will be drawn from all the entries with
the correct answers. Good luck.
CHARLES B. GRIFFITH - REST IN PEACE
Last April, at the Cinema Wasteland show, we had the honor to
not only meet Mr. Griffith, but also sit down with him for a quick interview.
We was a fun interview, full of great stories of the "old days" of low budget
filmmaking. And right now, as I write this, my amazing poster for the not
so amazing movie UP FROM THE DEPTHS, is hanging behind me in my office, with
Griffith's signature sprawled across it. And while Griffith wasn't too
happy with this directorial project of his, I still love the poster. And
to know that I had the chance to meet and talk with someone who contributed some
great work to the genre will be among my favorite memories.
So it was with great sadness that I heard of his passing a
few weeks ago. His work back in the day with Roger Corman showed the
talent of a real screenwriter, able to crank out movies with little or no time,
and with hardly a budget. He will be missed. So go out and re-watch
one of the many classics Griffith had something to do with. Trust me,
there's quite a few.....DEATH RACE 2000...ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS...LITTLE
SHOP OF HORRORS...and many, many more.
NEXT NOX ARCANA
Talk about not taking a break...It wasn't that long ago that
Nox Arcana had released there Shadow of the Raven CD. But as we know, they
are not ones to sit on their laurels, and have already started work on their
next CD. Entitled Grimm Tales, the ninth album from the band will be about
what childhood nightmares come from. According to Joseph Vargo, "The
concept will center around dark fairies, wicked witches, and creatures that lurk
in the deepest shadows of childhood nightmares."
The CD should be out early next year. And we can't
DEL TORO DOES LOVECRAFT
Guillermo del Toro is one filmmaker that I would follow no
matter what kind of film he would make. I have really enjoyed all of his
films (yes, even MIMIC). I think that he is one of the most talented
filmmakers working in the film business today. Plus the fact that he's a
huge horror fan and wants to continue to make genre films, gives him even more
kudos from me.
So when I heard that del Toro is finally going to start work
on his on-again/off-again dream project of H.P. Lovecraft's AT THE MOUNTAINS OF
MADNESS, I was more than thrilled. I had this discussion of the weekend
about Stuart Gordon and his dream Lovecraft project that never got off the
ground. As much as I love Gordon as a director, I think that del Toro's
vision (not to mention the $$$ that he could get) is much more needed to bring
the work of Lovecraft to the screen.
del Toro is set to start on MOUNTAINS right after HELLBOY 2:
THE GOLDEN ARMY. Since Universal is behind it, I'm sure they are going to
be throwing a lot of cash his way. And I have complete faith in del Toro's
work and know he won't put out something less than amazing. Talk about
setting your hopes up high.....geezzz...
The one thing that I love almost as much as horror reference
books is documentaries on the horror genre. And there's two new docs
coming out covering two of our favorite directors: Lucio Fulci and William
First up is a DVD tribute to Fulci called PAURA: LUCIO FULCI
REMEMBERED. Mike Baronas of Paura Productions had been planning on a book
on Fulci, but decided to use the interviews that he had gotten and go with more
of a visual medium. The feature will have interviews with Giovanni
Lombardo Radice (aka John Morghen), Brett Halsey, Jared Martin, Florinda Bolkan,
and many others who worked with Fulci over the years. This is set to be
released in February of next year, so we will keep you posted.
For more information about the project, you can check out
their official website
And for a subject that has been way past due, director /
producer Jeffrey Schwarz has created a feature length documentary on one of the
greatest showman in the horror genre, William Castle. The feature, called
SPINE TINGLER! THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY, features interivews with Roger Corman,
John Landis, Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, John Waters, Fred Olen Ray, and many,
many others. For those who might not know Castle or his work, he was
responsible for films like 13 GHOSTS, THE TINGLER, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, MR.
SARDONICUS and a few other classics. And if you're not familiar with his
work, you need to be. They are a load of fun.
The documentary is currently looking for a distributor, there
will be a few screenings in California in November. For more information
about the project, check out the official site
We can't wait for this one.
OTHER DVD NEWS - SPANISH
One of my newest favorite DVD companies is BCI. After
the incredible work they've done with some of the Paul Naschy films and other
great Spanish classics like NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS and LORELI'S GRASP, they have
announced two more Naschy titles that will be coming out. Sometime next
year, they will be releasing BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL (aka HOUSE OF
PSYCHOTIC WOMEN) and HUMAN BEASTS. Now, if I remember correctly, the video
release of BLUE EYES under the HOUSE title was cut. So this should be the
first time this film will be officially released here in the states uncut.
Not to mention the fact that it's a pretty damn good film! HUMAN BEASTS
did get a video release from All Seasons Entertainment, but not sure if anything was ever cut
from that print. While it's not the greatest film of Naschy's, I'm still
happy to see it get released. But I highly recommend everyone seek out
BLUE EYES. Can't wait to see what they are going to announced next!
TOOTING MY OWN HORN....
I had sent in an essay I had written on being a horror fan to
our local paper, thinking they might find it interesting enough for the upcoming
Halloween season. Well, apparently after checking out this website, they
thought that I would be more interesting than what I had written. So if
you'd like to check it out, here's the
LINK to the paper's website.
A TIME FOR REST
After three weekends of excitement, the last being a 24-hour
marathon of madness, it's going to take me a bit of time to get back to the
swing of things. I would like to hope that I will have an update at some
point this week, but we'll see how the rest of the week is.
Once we do get an update posted, we should have our reports
of the last Wasteland show, as well as the Music Box Massacre (where we once
again had a great time!).
We will also be posting our winners for the signed HATCHET
poster contest. What's that? Didn't know about our HATCHET Contest?
Well then you better scroll down through our past updates and see what we're
talking about. And when we do post the winners, we will have yet ANOTHER
contest to test your movie knowledge. If there's one month where you
should be studying, this month should be the one.
Once again, in a couple of days we will be making our bi-annual
trip to Ohio for the Cinema Wasteland show. And with the way my day job
has been these last few months, I can't tell you how much I am looking forward
to this show. Just being able to walk away from the real world, spend time
with friends, and talk about horror movies, is a much, much needed therapy that
I need right now. So we hope to see our regulars there, and hoping to meet
some new friends as well. So if you are going, please stop by our table
and introduce yourself.
KARL HARDMAN: REST IN PEACE
We also wanted to take a moment to mention the passing of one
of the most memorable characters in a horror movie. Karl Hardman will
always be known to horror fans as Harry Cooper, the asshole father from NIGHT OF
THE LIVING DEAD. Over the years, we had the chance to meet him at a few
different conventions, and he was always fun to talk to. He really enjoyed
talking to the fans of NIGHT and never seemed to get tired of answering
basically the same old questions from the fans. While his character of
Cooper might not have been the hero type, the way he talked to his fans, Karl
Hardman was a hero. And as I always say when one of our "horror actors"
passes away, us horror fans will always keep his memory alive, and he will never
Hardman passed away on September 22nd from pancreatic cancer.
Our thoughts and wishes go out to his friends and family.
Believe it or not, but the moment that we've been waiting for
what seems like forever, has finally come to pass. HORROR 101: The A-List
of Horror Films and Monster Movies Vol. 1 is now available. The official
website for the book should be up shortly, but in the meantime you can click on
the link above, under our banner, for more into. If you are on MySpace, you can check out the MySpace page
If you're interested in ordering
a copy of it now, you can drop us an email
HERE. The cost of the book is $25, or $40 for 2 copies (don't forget, Christmas is
coming....). If you think that's a bit pricey, just figure it's cheaper
than buying 3 issues of Fangoria. And there's a hell of a lot less ads in
We will have copies at our table at the Cinema Wasteland
show, as well at the upcoming
Music Box Massacre the following weekend. So please stop by, pick up a
book and not only show your support of the genre, but you might even learn
something from that ancient art of reading.
CORALINA COMING TO THE
Speaking of the Massacre, we totally forgot to mention this in our last update, but our
favorite Italian starlet Coralina Cataldi Tassoni will be attending the Music
Box Massacre for a screening of DEMONS 2. Below is a the lineup and times.
For more information about the Massacre and the Music Box Theatre itself, check
out the official website
We've always had a blast at the marathon, and really shows
the true fans out there. Don't have too many 24 hour marathons of romantic
comedies out there, do they? So if you're remotely in the area, or even if
you're not, make a plan to come out and enjoy the festivities. Hope to see
11am - Doors Open
12:10 pm The Cat and the Canary (82 mins.)
1:45pm Freaks (1932) (64 mins.)
3pm Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (83 mins.)
4:30pm Equinox (80 mins.)
6pm - Peeping Tom (101 mins.) (1962) (Michael Powell)
8pm Monster Squad (with director Fred Dekker in person!) (82 mins.) with live Q
10pm - Demons 2 (with star Coralina Cataldi Tassoni in person!) (91 mins.) with
live Q & A.
12:15am - Videodrome (89 mins.)
2am - Halloween 3 (99 mins.) (1982) (dir. Tommy Lee Wallace)
3:50am - The Raven (Roger Corman) (86 mins.)
5:30am - It's Alive (Larry Cohen) (91 mins.)
7:20am - Death Dream (88 mins.) (Bob Clark)
9am - The Demonology of Desire (22 mins.)
9:30am - The Shining (146 Original Version) (1980) (dir. Stanley Kubrick)
Plus: Rusty Nails will be hosting! Count Midnight will appear!
Bring your pajamas, blankets and pillows! Table Dealers in the lobby!
Live Charity Auction! Free Prizes and Surprises!
MIDWAY DRIVE-IN - A NOSTALGIC CELEBRATION!
Last Saturday, my son and I traveled out to Dixon, Illinois
to take part in the first (of hopefully many) Dusk Til Dawn Horror shows at the
Midway Drive-In. Recently purchased by Mike & Mia Kerz (who run the Flashback
Weekend shows), they are bringing back the drive-ins the way they use to be. We
were thrilled to see the people turn out for this all night horror fest, and we
had a blast. From all the great movies we got to watch, to the great food from
the snack bar, to all people that we talked to there that came out, it was a fun
Many kudos to Mike and Mia for putting their heart and soul
into what they believe in. That must have been one hell of a leap of faith
decide they're going to own and run a drive-in theater. But they are doing
it because of their love and passion for the drive-in. And lucky for us
fans, now we have somewhere we can go to enjoy these types of events. So
if you missed this one, make sure you make it out the next time they are doing
something like this, or any screening for that matter. I know we will be
there to support them each and every time we can.
Here's some photos from that night. But for more photos
and info, check out their website
HATCHET: DVD NEWS AND QUICK
They have announced the details for the DVD release of Adam
Green's HATCHET, and of course, it will be unrated. For some reason, I
thought I remember hearing / reading that Green said the movie got passed by the
MPAA without any cuts. I may be wrong. But if that's the case, then
they must have cut stuff out before giving it to them. Another thing was
that at a couple of conventions that I was at over the summer, at the Anchor Bay
table, they were showing a clip from HATCHET. But when I recently seen the
film, that particular scene really looked like it was slightly trimmed. So
they must have been showing a clip from the uncut version, not the theatrical
But in any case, even the theatrical version was something to
make any fan of 80's slasher / gore movies shout with joy. Green said that
he was trying to make a throwback to those types of movies, and I think that's
exactly what he did. It's a no-brainer. It's gory, got annoying
characters that you are waiting to die in gruesome ways, and they do. End
of story. Plus, Green did come up with a decent folklore background for
the movie. But it is a movie that will kick start a new fad in Hollywood?
Don't think so.
So come December 18th, fans will be able to pick up the
Unrated (or R rated) version of HATCHET on DVD. The film will feature an
audio commentary by Green, cinematographer Will Barratt, and actors Tamara
Feldman, Joel David Moore, and Deon Richmond. Plus, there will be a 90
minutes of features on the making of the movie from beginning to end. It's
not the answer to us horror fans' prayers as we were led to believe, but it's
still an entertaining film.
Only had 2 people send in the correct answer on this last
one. And that was even having a couple of weeks to think about it.
Well, it was kind of an obscure title, but that's why we do it. Then maybe
you'll seek it out. The film was AXE (aka
CALIFORNIA AXE MASSACRE, and
about a dozen more titles), and it is available on DVD. I would recommend
you check it out. It is worth seeing.
Kudos go out to Will Wilson and Hoby Abernathy for knowing
this movie. Nice job guys.
The new photo might be pretty easy, but let's just see how
many people can see the light!?!?! Send the emails
9-30-07 NEW REVIEW
We have another new review posted, that of the new release of
Jack Hill's SPIDER BABY, from Dark Sky Films. Folks, you don't even need
to read my review....just go out and buy this disc.
9-23-07 NEW REVIEWS
Don't have that much of an update this week, other than a
couple of new reviews. First up with have the latest from Larry Fessenden,
THE LAST WINTER. And then we also take a look at Dark Sky Films 2-disc
release of Tobe Hooper's EATEN ALIVE. Check out our Reviews section to
DUSK TIL DAWN HORROR SHOW
Just to update what will be playing at the Dusk Til Dawn
Horror Show at the Midway Drive-In Theater next weekend. Along with
HATCHET and RE-ANIMATOR, they will be screening EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF
DARKNESS. There is still one more film that hasn't been announced yet.
The doors will be opening at 6pm, with the screening starting around 7:30pm or
dusk. There will be prize-giveaways, along with vintage trailers and
concession ads. We will be set up there as well. So why not come out
and start your October celebration a little early.
For more information, go to the official website
WE'RE A LITTLE LATE....
Yea, we've been working on this update for 2 weeks now.
And just when we think we're going to be finished, something else comes up and
we just don't have the time to get to it. I guess I could just update the
site with what I have done, but I keep figuring it will be done and uploaded
right away. And then like I said, something comes up and I just don't get
Sure, it would be nice to have several people working on
this, to share some of the burden of the webhosting. But I still am too
much of a control freak. Plus, I haven't been able to find any volunteers
will to do all the grunt work for basically for free. Anybody????
So in the meantime, while we struggle through our day job,
we'll keep trying to get something up here to show that we are still alive and
kicking....well, more like a twitch now and then, but there is still movement.
DVD MANIA STARTS NOW!
I can't tell you how many DVD titles came out on the 11th that I
needed to add to my collection. How long have us fans been waiting for
some of these films to finally come out (at least over here in the states on
some of them). Titles like SCARECROWS, THE BURNING, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, WITCHFINDER GENERAL....the list goes on
But now, here's what I don't understand. I was at my
local Best Buy on Tuesday when these titles got released. And they did not
have a single copy of ANY of these releases that I was looking for. I even
had one of the staff look up some of the titles and was told that they won't
have in stock at the store, and that you'd have to order them online. So basically they're
telling me not to come into the store. And guess what, if I do order them
online, it's going to be with someone like Deep Discount DVD. So with the
Halloween season right around the corner, why would they not have those new
titles on their New Release section? Wonders never cease.
Of course, as happy as we are to hear that some of these
movies are coming out, there is one little note of bad news that goes
along with it. While it was awesome to hear that TALES FROM THE CRYPT and
VAULT OF HORROR were going to be released on a double-disc set, it seems that
VAULT is the cut version. I still haven't heard if TALE is the cut version
or not, but if memory serves, even the cuts on that were minimal. But we have heard reports that THE BURNING and SCARECROWS are the uncut
versions, even though they are stated as being rated R. So at least we got
that going for us.
But in any case, there are enough DVD coming out in the next
few months that is damn near going to make me get a part-time job (like I have
time in my life for that!?!?!) just to afford all of these purchases!
So we definitely shouldn't be hearing from anybody that
there's nothing good coming out to watch!
MORE DVD NEWS
George Romero's CREEPSHOW is probably one of my favorite
Romero films, not to mention one of my favorite films all together. So
when the original release of CREEPSHOW even came out on laserdisc, I was pretty
bummed that the only extra it had was a trailer. Then when I heard that it
was getting a DVD release, I was again hoping for the best. No luck, since
it was just a bare-bones release. But now, our dreams have come true with
a new 2-disc special edition is coming out...except it's coming out in the UK.
Do we need to say something about getting a region-free player again...
The 2-disc set will contain a feature length documentary,
called Just Desserts, that goes into everything about the movie from the origins
of the EC Comics to Stephen King to interviews with the actors, make up effects
with Tom Savini and much more. There is also an audio commentary with
George Romero, Tom Savini, and DVD producer Michael Felsher. The movie
will feature an all-new 5.1 Surround Sound track, in addition to the original
stereo mix. There is also some deleted scenes. Though they are not
suppose to be the greatest quality, it will be great just to see them. And
then the usual trailers and still gallery.
We just can not wait for this disc to come out. Kudos
to Mr. Felsher for making this happen.
Only got one new review this week, and it's from our faithful
assistant, Dr. AC. It's for the film THE MURDER GAME. Check it out
and see what you think.
We've got a couple of reviews in the work, including one on
the new Larry Fessenden movie, THE LAST WINTER. Stay tuned.
In our last update, we were giving praise for a
massive new horror reference book, Nightmare USA. And then a few days ago,
a package came in the mail that re-defined that. It was Tim Lucas' book
Mario Bava: All The Colors Of The Dark. Not to take anything away from
Nightmare USA, which still is a must for fans, but even that is dwarfed by the
size of the new Bava book. Holding this book makes me feel like I'm
holding some ancient tomb from some 80's Italy horror movie. At over 1100
pages, the book is filled with great photos, awesome poster art, and much, much
more. I just can't get over the size of this thing.
If you didn't take our advice and pre-order it, you can still
get it, but at the price of $260 (postage paid). See....you should have
listened to me when I first mentioned it. For more
information, check out the Video Watchdog site
Since HATCHET opened a couple of weekends ago, and did a pretty nice
chunk of change for the limited amount of screens that it was showing on, we
have a couple of items that we are going to give away this week. We have 3
mini HATCHET posters, signed by director Adam Green and star Joleigh Fioreavanti.
So if you want to have a chance at one of these, here's what you have to do.
Since HATCHET is a homage to the good old-fashion American boogey-man / monster
/ slasher movie, we would like to hear your favorite movie featuring one of
these types of monsters. But wait....we are not including the main guys,
like Freddy, Jason, Michael, and even Pinhead. Let's here some of those
favorites that are a little off the beaten path. Come on now, it's not
that hard. Just put some thought into it.
Three names will be drawn from all of the entries. So
don't put it off before you forget. Just click
HERE to send
ALL NIGHT DRIVE-IN
And speaking of HATCHET, coming up on September 29th, at the
Midway Drive-In, they are having an Horror Dusk Til Dawn Event. So far,
they will be screening HATCHET and RE-ANIMATOR, with a few more classic films to
be announced soon. I know we are going to do our best to be able to be
there. As soon as they announce more titles, we'll list them here as well.
Anytime there is a theater that is having an all-night horror marathon,
especially if it's a drive-in theater, we're going to do our best to take
advantage of that.
For more details, check out the theater's official site
While they still haven't announced the complete lineup for
this year's Massacre, what they have listed is still more than enough
to get you to come out and enjoy the fun. Once again, promoter Rusty Nails
and the Music Box Theatre have come up with some great titles this year.
For the last 2 years, we've been there and had a great time. And this time
will be no different. There's going to be great movies, some
dealers in the lobby (including us!!!), and special guest stars, including Fred Dekker, director of MONSTER SQUAD and NIGHT OF THE CREEPS. Where else are
you going to have the chance to see great classics like ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET
FRANKENSTEIN, or EQUINOX, or the Roger Corman classic THE RAVEN on the big
You can get advance tickets for only $24 by clicking
HERE. Tickets at the door will be $29. And don't forget, the
last two Massacres have sold out. So you might not want to wait until the
last minute to get those tickets. And if you're going to get your ticket
at the door, make sure you get there early!
And if you are coming, make sure you stop by our table and
chat a few...especially during the wee hours of the morning, since we'll need
something to keep us awake!
OTHER MUSIC BOX SHOWS TO WATCH FOR
While the number of films playing in the next season is a
little light for my tastes, there are a couple of films that we need to mention
that will be showing there.
At the weekend matinee on October 27th & 28th, they are
showing the original NOSFERATU, with a live organ accompaniment. We've
seen this there before with the live organ and it's great. Highly
Here's some titles that might peak your interests at the
SHAUN OF THE DEAD - October 5th & 6th
FIDO - Ocotber 19th & 20th
LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET - Oct. 26th & 27th.
And while on the subject of Rusty Nails, there is an official
site now for his documentary on horror legend George Romero, called DEAD ON: The
Life and Cinema of George A. Romero. Rusty has been working on this for
years, and once it's finally finished, it's going to be something special.
He has gotten interviews with tons of people who has worked with Romero or been
influenced by his work. People like Stephen King, John Carpenter, Dennis
Hopper, John Waters, Quentin Tarentino, and many, many more. Still not
sure when this will finally come out, but when it does it will be a must for
horror fans to see.
For more information, click
get to the official site.
Since it's been a few weeks since our last update, I figured more emails would
be coming in for our last mystery photo, but apparently not. So the only
ones to get this one was Mike Shields and Hoby Abernathy. This either
means that these guys just have WAY too much time on their hands, or the rest of
you need to get spend more time on some more Euro-horror films. The last
pic was the main vamp-chick from VAMPIRE'S NIGHT ORGY (aka ORGY OF THE VAMPIRES,
aka many other titles). This is basically a Paul Naschy movie...that
doesn't star Paul Naschy has the same usual great look and feeling to it.
Even stars Euro-horror faves Jack Taylor and Helga Liné, as well as a few other
familiar faces. So nice job, guys.
Here's another old classic one, but this time from the good
ol' US of A. Give it a whirl and see what you can come up with.
Click HERE to
send in your email.
NIGHTMARE USA - A
MUST FOR HORROR FANS
Now everyone who knows me, knows that I'm a sucker for horror
reference books. I collect them. I sell them. And I promote
them. We recently picked up the latest book from FAB Press, Nightmare USA
by Stephen Thrower. This massive tomb also comes with a massive price of
$80. But don't fret book lovers, you can still grab these on Amazon for
only $50. Now sure you still say that $50 is way too much. There is
where you are wrong. This book is huge and heavy. With over 500
pages, and weighing 5 1/2 pounds, this is what a reference book should be.
Of course, if that doesn't convince you, the subject matter
of this book should. As the subtitle says, "The Untold Story of
Exploitation Independents", this book covers films that I would have thought no
one else had ever heard of, let alone cover it in much detail like this one
does. Movies like THE STRANGENESS, HEADLESS EYES, SCREAM BLOODY MURDER,
and many more. If you are a fan of those types of films from the 70's and
early 80's, then you need to add this to your collection. Trust me, you
will not regret it.
And lastly, I'd like to quote something from the introduction
of this book, since it kind of goes along with our mission statement of
Discovering the Horror.
Author Stephen Thrower says, "Years after one has seen the
major contenders, the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRES and HALLOWEENS, one can still
discover unexpected marvels: maybe whole films, like VICTIMS or DEATH BED; or
maybe just amazing scenes or images, in movies largely unremarked-upon before.
In the attics and cellars of American cinema, under its floorboards, behind the
weighty furniture and between the layers of linoleum, strange cine-life forms
still lurk, and if sometimes your passion for the obscure gives you the mien of
a deranged entomologist, holding aloft a weird insect and trying to convince
others of its beauty while they wrinkle their noses in distaste, well, that's
obsession: it's not for everyone."
See....it's not just us preaching that. But honest to
goodness authors too!
I was happy to see all the emails for our last Photo.
Shows that they are still some classic fans out there. Contrats to Hoby
Abernathy, Kevin Hart, Kevin Thoms, Mike Shields, Will Wilson, Steve Bejma.
Looks like were getting some new names along with the usual suspects. The
photo is that of the mighty Tor Johnson battling it out with Lon Chaney Jr.,
from the film THE BLACK SLEEP. This is one the reference books all said
was utter trash, but I found pretty entertaining. Just read our review for
it, which we just posted.
So here's the latest photo for your entertainment.
It's a tough one, unless you're up on your Spanish horror. Now that we've
giving you a nice clue, let's see if we can't get some more new faces....or names that is. Good luck.
We have a couple of new reviews posted. The
first being for the much criticized THE BLACK SLEEP, which we hope to change.
And then also our review for ISOLATION, a film that everyone should seek out.
It one of the best horror films I've
seen this year.
We also have posted our review of the latest release from Nox Arcana,
SHADOW OF THE RAVEN. Fans of Edgar Allan Poe will especially enjoy this
new release. Check it out in our Soundtrack Reviews. Just click on
our Review Section to get there.
DARK SKY FILMS
TO UNLEASH CURTIS' FRANKENSTEIN
Dark Sky Films will be releasing Dan Curtis' made-for-TV
version of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein this Halloween. The movie stars 70's
favorite Robert Foxworth as Victor Frankenstein and Bo Svenson as the creature.
It also Susan Strasberg and John Karlen. The DVD will feature a new audio
commentary by actors Foxworth and Karlen, plus the 1973 FRANKENSTEIN promo,
recap and preview from the original broadcast on ABC-TV's WIDE WORLD OF MYSTERY,
which was aired on January 16th-17th. Unfortunately, this is the edited
home video release version, which runs approximately 126 minutes, and not the
full 180-minute broadcast version.
At least we'll be able to see one version, since the video is
long out-of-print. Plus, it will nice to hear Foxworth talk about his work
on this film.
8-27-07 FALL IS
I don't know about anybody else, but I am so waiting for this
summer to be over. Sure, the heat and the rain this month has made it
pretty rough for us in the midwest. But with the end of the summer, that
means we have a couple of things to look forward to. First and foremost,
that means that October is going to be here before we know it. And as
usual, we are planning to have a very busy month. Within the first two
weekends of October, we are traveling to Ohio for our bi-annual trip to the
Cinema Wasteland show. This will be the 8th year that they have been
holding these great conventions. Who would have ever believed it?
Check out their website
HERE for more information.
Then the following week, we will be set up at the 3rd annual
Music Box Massacre in Chicago, all really for another 24-hours of great horror
movies and special guest stars. For more details, check out the Music Box
site HERE, or the
MySpace page for the Massacre
We hope to see you there at both of these shows!
And if we survive those, then we are going to try and spend
the rest of the month getting ready for our annual Halloween Party, and watching
as many horror movies as we can! Let's just hope that the hours at work
have let up a little by then to give me time for all of this celebrating. Maybe
next year, I'll just take all my vacation during October.......hhmmmmm.
And then to make these next two months even more enjoyable,
are the tons of great movies that are going to be coming out on DVD! There
are tons of classic films hitting DVD, some for the very first time. Who
would have thought the day would come that you would be able to get a double
feature DVD of TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR (though we're hoping
they are the uncut prints on both). So for us fans, not only is it a great
time to be a horror fan, it's even better since you will have the opportunity to
see these great films without all the hard searching that we use to do years
ago. So start saving your pennies....you're going to need them.
OHIO MOVIE MARATHON
For those out there that consider Chicago too long of a trip
for a movie marathon, if you're in the Columbus Ohio area, then you still might
be in luck. At the Drexel Theater, they are having their own all-night
marathon on October 21st-22nd. While that marathon isn't a full 24-hours,
they are still giving you plenty of entertainment for your money. The
movies they have listed are: BLACK CHRISTMAS, Dario Argento's BIRD WITH THE
CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, BURIAL GROUND (aka ZOMBI 3: NIGHT OF TERROR), FROM DUSK TIL
DAWN, EVIL ALIENS, and David Cronenberg's RABID. Not a bad lineup if you
ask me. For more info, check out the official website
NEW NOX ARCANA
For fans of music for a darkened room, stormy nights, or just wanting to bring
your creep-level up, the latest release from Nox Arcana, Shadow of the Raven is
now out. This release is inspired by the great literary master Edgar Allan
Poe. While we've only heard the sample tracks on the website, we have
faith in Nox Arcana's ability to continue to create wonderfully dark and
beautiful soundscapes with each release.
You can order your copy from their
only $10. What a great way to get ready for the upcoming Halloween season!
PUTRID CONTEST MOVIE NAMES
In our rush last week to get our update done, we forgot to
list the names of the movies from the Putrid Art Contest. So before we
forget again, the names of the movies from the illustration are as follows: THE
HEADLESS EYES, GARDEN OF THE DEAD, the Manson girl from THE HELTER SKELTER
MURDERS, FRIGHTMARE, BEAST OF BLOOD, THE BEYOND, ILSA: TIGRESS OF SIBERIA, SHE
FREAK, and DON'T GO IN THE WOODS ALONE.
Once again, nice job to everyone who sent in their answers.
Even if you didn't get them all right, at least you're putting that trivial
knowledge to good work.
Last week's photo was an easy one. It was from the uber-classic
CURSE OF THE DEMON. If you haven't seen this film, that should be moved to
the top of your "must watch" list. It's one that defines what "classic"
Job well done to Kevin Hart, Mike Dudly, Hoby Abernathey,
Kevin Thoms, Steve Bejma, Richard Steet, and Jerry Carmichael.
So here's this week photo. It's a little tougher than
last week, but let's see if you can do a little research to find out the title.
CAMPBELL HAS LEFT THE
I know that Bruce Campbell is a horror icon and considered a
god in some crowds. I was there once myself. So don't start with the
hate mail after these comments. They are just my opinion.
So here goes. A few years ago, when horror icon Bruce
Campbell was trying to break away from his horror fame and having TV series
after series (though they were just on one of the lesser networks), and doing
Disney movies, and whatever else he could get his hands on, he seemed to stay
away from the horror cons and horror spotlight. Then after a while, when
those series got cancelled one after the other, and his attempts to make into
the 'big time' of Hollywood just didn't happen, it seemed to me that all of a
sudden Mr. Campbell finally came to an understanding that he probably wasn't
going to be known more than a b-actor, and seemed to embrace it. He wrote
a great book on his life as a b-actor, and made probably one of the best movies
of his career, BUBBA HO-TEP.
But now, it seems that the chance of Hollywood beckoning
again has reared it's ugly head, he's got a new non-genre series that was just
picked up for a second season, he has decided not to do the sequel to BUBBA.
But here's the weird part. It's not because of a scheduling conflict, but
according to Fangoria's website “[BUBBA NOSFERATU] is dead
to me,” Campbell said flatly. “It sleeps with the fishes. Don
Coscarelli is a very passionate filmmaker. We got to a few points
[developing the screenplay] that we couldn’t reconcile. I want to keep our
friendship, so we parted ways. So I’m not part of that project.”
And just when I was starting to give the guy credit for
accepting his destiny and embracing it, he does something like that. Don't
worry folks, before too long, when all those other chances slip away, he'll be
fighting at the chance to do one of those many rumored ASH VS WHOEVER titles.
LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
The latest issue of the best Hammer magazine around, Little
Shoppe of Horrors will be coming out next month. This issue is totally
devoted to the great Terence Fisher. Without him, there might not have
even been the Hammer that we know today. And this new issue will be packed
full with information about Fisher and the films that he made. If you've
never heard of this magazine and are a fan of Hammer Films, then you definitely
want to pick up this issue, and quickly order any back issues they still have,
since they go out-of-print very quickly. You won't regret it. And
you'll learn tons of great info about the Studio That Dripped Blood!
With the release of Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN less than a week
away, we'll finally get to see if Rob really can make Michael Myers scary again.
It will also be interesting to see the fan reaction as well.
But in the meantime, we have a winner in our latest contest.
And that would be.....Michelle Hudecek!
Thanks to everyone who sent in emails with their HALLOWEEN
favorites. Made me want to break out at least the original and re-watch
it. Maybe I'll save that for a little closer to October.
A LITTLE SELF PROMOTION....
While we were out at the Horrorfind Weekend show, our friends
from Mutantville Productions wanted to do a quick interview with yours truly for
their coverage of the show. So if you're interested, you can click
be taken to it.
8-19-07 HORRORFIND WEEKEND
We survived our weekend trip out to Baltimore for the
Horrorfind Weekend, and more importantly to hook up with some other horror
buddies out there, some of which are participates in the Horror 101 book that
will be out soon. We did had some ups and downs, but had a good time for the most
part. For the full report and some photos, head over to our Convention
section for all the juicy details.
We have also retrieved our convention reports from the past 2
Horrorfind shows that we were at, and have them in the Convention Reports
section as well. We're hoping to get the rest over shortly, but it is a
time consuming process. Something that we don't seem to have too much of
HORROR 101: THE A-LIST OF
HORROR FILMS AND MONSTER MOVIES
And while on the subject of the Horror 101 book, it looks
like the release date is going to be a little closer to the middle of October.
While we were really hoping for a pre-October date, we want it "good than
fast" as Dr. AC says. And as much as I'd like to see this thing finally
come to light, I agree 100%. But that doesn't mean you can't start
planning on it for an early Christmas present, right?
So what we've done is started a new page here at the Krypt to
give you as much information about the book as we can. Also, if you are
really interested in pre-orders, we will be posting information about that very
soon as well. Of course, if you want to just send us an email to let us
know you're interested, we will send you more info when we know it.
As our banner says, Discover the Horror, and as Dr. AC says,
Keep American Strong....Watch More Monster Movies, this book will help you do
both. So click on the graphic to the right to be taken to the book
We have a couple of new reviews posted. The first one is a cool little
documentary about the Italian horror genre called HANGING SHADOWS. It
features interviews with a bunch of the people behind these great movies.
Also, we have a review for the low-budget short film simply called TREE. I
must say that due to this film and BETTER OFF UNDEAD that we reviews a couple of
weeks ago, they have given me hope for low-budget independent horror films.
Check out the reviews, then check out the movies!
MUSIC BOX MASSACRE 3
Once again, this October 13th-14th, we will be attending the
3rd annual 24-hour marathon of madness, known as the Music Box Massacre.
For the last 2 years, our wonderful promoter/filmmaker/host Rusty Nails and the
Music Box Theatre have joined forces to give us Chicago area horror fans a day to remember.
Tons of great movies and some cool special guests, they are always a good time.
And this year looks no different.
So make sure you mark your calendar and come out to join the
fun. We will once again be set up there in the lobby. So make sure
you stop by and keep us awake! For more details on this, you can check out
the official site of the
Music Box Theatre,
or check out the MySpace page for the
While this list is not finalized, here is what they have
planned so far. Understand that these possibly could change, but so far
they have some amazing titles in there. Who ever thought that you could
have the chance to see some of these titles on the big screen?
CAT AND THE CANARY
ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN
THE RAVEN (1963)
THE MONSTER SQUAD - With appearance by director Fred Dekker.
Sorry for the long delay in ending this contest, but as you
can tell since we've missed an update or two, we've been pretty busy. But
we do have 2 lucky winners in our Putrid Art Contest. And they are Robert
Freese and Hoby Abernathy. The correct answers are as below.
Congrats to the winners, as well as to everyone who participated. Now keep
reading to hear about our latest contest!
We have 1 copy of the new soundtrack for Rob Zombie's
HALLOWEEN that we are giving away. All you need to do is click
and send us an email telling us about your favorite moment from any of the
HALLOWEEN films. We will be drawing one lucky winner next weekend.
So you don't have time to wait. Send us that email right away and get it
And don't forget to make your plans to catch this in the
theater when it hits August 31st. Then we'll know if for sure if Zombie
could make Michael scary again.
NEW HUNCHBACK RELEASE
Lon Chaney Sr. fans will be very happy to hear that this
October, Image Entertainment will be releasing the "Ulitmate Edition" of THE
HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. The film has been newly mastered from an original
multi-tinted print, and has a new score compiled by Donald Hunsberger, adapted
and conducted by Robert Esrael. The disc will have essays by Chaney Sr. expert
Michael F. Blake, behind-the-scenes footage of Chaney on the set, facsimile
reproduction of the original souvenir program, gallery of original 3D stills (3D
glasses included), and an extensive 2D photo gallery. The disc will be released
on October 9th, and have a retail price of $24.99.
Yea, we know it's been a while for a new Mystery Photo.
Of course, it was from the great Toho film THE GREEN SLIME. Can't tell you
how much this movie scared me when I was a kid. Don't think it was the
monsters as much as their shrieking whine that they had. Kudos for meager
3 who knew this film....or ones that just bothered to send in their answers.
Those honors go to Hoby Abernathy, Kevin Hart, and Mike Shields. Come on
people, is it that hard? Or are the pictures too hard possibly? Or
is it that I just forgot to include the email link? Could be.....
In any case....here's the new photo to the right. And
here is the EMAIL
LINK. Check it out and see what you think. It's not that hard is
8-09-07 MISSED UPDATE
Sorry about the missing update from last week. Just
didn't get around to it. And even this week is going to be a little light.
We're trying to get ready to be heading out tomorrow to the Horrorfind Weekend, plus
with the 12-hour days we've been putting in, it's just be tough to get anything
done. But we are looking forward to hanging out this weekend and talking
shop and networking at the show. It'll be strange not working the show,
but then will give me plenty of free time to do whatever. So it should be
a good time in any case.
We won't be having an update this weekend, since we will be
at the Horrorfind show. But expect one next weekend, with the usual stuff,
including some trivia contest winners, and maybe even another contest!?!?!?!
JOHN LANDIS AT HORRORHOUND
And while on the subject of conventions, John Landis has been
added to the already growing guest lineup. He will be joined by WEREWOLF
star David Naughton, as well as Gunnar Hansen, Shawnee Smith, Roddy Piper, and
many more. Go to the
for all the glorious details.
We have 1 review this week, this time out a documentaries.
It's for John Borowski's newest film, ALBERT FISH. Fair
warning people, this has to be the most disturbing films that I've seen.
And that's not due to any graphic visual content, but only in description.
We also did just get in a new documentary called HANGING
SHADOWS, which is about the Italian horror film industry. It features
interviews with just about who's who in that sub-genre. So look for a
review for that coming shortly.
So head on over to our Reviews section and check them out.
Not only do we finally have our report done for the
HorrorHound Weekend, but we also have the Flashback Weekend done as well.
Hopefully both of them will be worth the wait. To get there, click on the
Features link above, then
We're hoping to start transferring over our past Convention
Reports from the old site in the very near future. We'll let you know when
We have also transferred over our Update Archives and our Review Archives to the new site,
so they are accessible in our Review Section. We will be having a couple
new reviews coming up shortly, including one on the new documentary by John Borowski, ALBERT FISH.
We are working on some full blown reviews, but in the
meantime, we've posted our thoughts on a few of the other movies that we've seen
over the last couple of weeks. Just click on the Blog link above.
HATCHET AT FLASHBACK
While we are working on our official report for the recent
Flashback show, I wanted to say a quick remark about this new movie coming out.
Since this movie is getting a lot of underground hype, it makes me nervous.
Even though the film is suppose to be a serious throwback, an old-fashion
American horror movie, there has also been a few reports that it has the same silly
humor that fills the more recent American horror fare. During the HATCHET
Q&A at the Flashback, director Green was even making remarks as far as how long Rob
Zombie's HALLOWEEN will last in theaters. Not sure what was up with that.
But all I know, from the clips that I seen at the Anchor Bay
table, all I can say is....man, it is gory. When you have woman
getting the top half of her head ripped off, all on camera, and is not a quick mili-second shot, this has to be one of the most over-the-top gore sequences
that I've seen in quite some time. I am amazed that scene got by the MPAA.
So whatever you might read or hear about this movie, at least
from what I seen, you can bet it's going to be gory. And I know that I
will be making sure that I catch this one in the theater as well.
Also, stay tuned to the Krypt, for in the next week or so, we
will be having another contest with the winners getting a HATCHET mini-poster,
signed by director Green and star Joleigh Fioreavanti. So keep
We will be heading out to Baltimore in a few weeks for the
Horrorfind Weekend. We won't be set up there as a dealer, but are going
with Dr. AC to help promote the book. Midnight Marquee, the publisher, were hoping to have it done by the show, but
that's probably not going to happen. Better right, than soon, as the Doc
likes to say. But we will be hanging out at the show most of the weekend.
I'm sure you'll be able to spot us, just look for the bald guy with the Krypt
shirt on. Since the guest list isn't anything special for me, we plan on
spending more time just networking and meeting other fans. So if you see
us walking around, stop us and say hello!
Okay, so we used a photo from a made-for-TV movie from the
70's. Pretty tough, huh? But we still have a few people that knew
what it was. A "Job Well Done" goes to Hoby Abernathy, Kevin Hart, and
Mike Shields. The shot is from the 1977 TV movie IT HAPPENED AT LAKEWOOD
MANOR (aka ANTS). I fondly remember the big box video release that just
had a shot of Suzanne Somers' cleavage covered with ants. Nice marketing
Now for the ones that were stumped, I want you to take a
lesson from one of the ones that did get it, Mr. Hoby Abernathy. This shows
the kind of dedicated fan that he is. Or maybe that he just has a lot of time on
his hands. In either case, he's what Hoby sent in with his answer:
"The photo looks to me
like some chick was killed by ants. So I thought of all the movies I knew that
had regular sized (as opposed to giant mutated) ants, like PHASE IV, but it
didn't look like that one to me. When I started investigating ant movies on the
Internet, this one seemed the most likely. So even if I'm not right, I did get
a pretty good education on ant movies. See, your website works...it makes me do
my horror homework!"
See folks, this is the kind of fans that we like to see.
Ones that go that little extra mile and do their research. We can all
learn something from Mr. Abernathy. And just think, now everyone reading
this will always remember this little killer ant movie. See, we are
changing the world.
So let's take a look at the latest pic and see what you can
come up with.
We are giving one more week for entries in the Putrid Trivia
contest. Just scroll down to our last update to see the details. You
can also click HERE to get to the Trivia page for the
details as well. For fans of the Blind Dead, you will love having this
print. It really is awesome.
And just when you thought there couldn't be any more DVDs
to plan on buying this fall, here's some more that are going to be tempting your
money from your wallet.
Probably 2 of the most popular are going to be the duel
releases of the GRINDHOUSE films, DEATH PROOF and PLANET TERROR. DEATH
PROOF is coming out Sept. 18th, and will be the full cut of the movie, featuring
the scenes that were part of the "lost reel" footage that wasn't shown in the US
release. The DVD will also feature man different featurettes covering
everything from Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike, to Stuntwoman Zoe Bell, trailers,
international poster gallery, and more. PLANET TERROR, for some reason
comes out a month later on Oct. 16th. It will also feature the missing
reel footage, along with audio commentary by director Rodriquez, trailers,
deleted scenes, and featurettes on the makeup, the stunts, production design,
costumes and much more. Can't think of too many of us out there not
planning on buying these. Even though I though DEATH PROOF was WAY too
talky, the car stunts is worth the cost of the DVD.
Another news bit that must have slipped
by me that made me very happy, was the announcement of an new DVD release of
Francis Ford Coppola's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA. This release, hitting the
streets on Oct. 2nd, will be a 2-disc edition (finally) that will be a newly
re-mastered anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. Even with all it's
flaws, we still love this movie. The look and style of it is just amazing,
making me forget the weak acting that is in it. The new release will have
audio commentary by Coppola, making of documentary and deleted scenes.
Since this is suppose to be a 2-disc edition, I'm hoping that they are using all
of the material from the Criteron laserdisc that was put out years ago.
Got my fingers crossed.
LUCAS' BAVA BOOK FINALLY
Tim Lucas of Video Watchdog has been working on his book on
Mario Bava for as long as I can remember. The book, Mario Bava - All The
Colors Of The Dark, is finally done and will be coming out in the next couple of
months. With it being 1,128 glossy, full color pages, full color
French-fold laminated dust jacket, being almost 11" x 12" in size, this is one
muther of a book! So if you have any interests in the great Mario Bava,
this book is going to be THE book to have.
Now here's the special deal. This book is going to be
for a retail price of $250 (plus another $10 for postage) once the shipment
comes in, in late August. But if you place a pre-order now, you can get
this book for only $130, which includes postage. Now you must be thinking
that $130 seems like a lot of money for a simple book. But when you think
that just about anything and everything you're going to want to know about Mario
Bava is going to be in this book. And if you are hesitant, and don't
pre-order it, if you ever decide that you do want to get one, you are going to
pay a hell of a lot more for it. And I have a feeling that these might go
out-of-print pretty damn fast. Which is going to make that $250 price even
seem cheap. So do yourself a favor and make a small investment into what
is going to be a great edition to any horror book collection.
For ordering information, click
to be taken to the Video Watchdog website.
Didn't see this one coming. But according to
Fangoria, Johnny Depp's production company will be co-producing a new feature
film based on the early 70's gothic soap opera DARK SHADOWS. Of course,
Depp will be starring as the famous vampire, Barnabas Collins. Being a fan
of Depp, I think this could turn out to be pretty good, depending on who else is
involved. I would hope that they keep the gothic look and feel of the
series. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
7-15-07 HORRORHOUND REPORT....COMING VERY SOON.....
We really hoped to have our write done before the weekend was
over, but just didn't happen. But we are putting up the finishing touches
up, so I'm hoping in the next day or two. Definitely before this weekend,
since we will be at the Flashback Weekend. If you're going as well, make
sure you stop by and say hello!
We now have our Soundtrack Review page up and have even got 3
more reviews posted. This time out, we take a listen to the scores
from DEAD SILENCE, ISLAND OF THE FISHMAN, and MAY and other selected works from
Jaye Barnes Luckett. To get there, just click on the Reviews link at the
top and then go to Soundtrack Reviews.
Since there are so many movies that we watch but don't write
up full reviews on, I felt that I still should at least comment on them.
And since I am making a goal for myself to watch at least 3 movies a week, I
should have new blog posted each week about the movies that I've seen. All
you have to do is click the Blog link above to be taken to it. Feel free
to leave your comments as well.
PUTRID ART CONTEST
Regular visitors to this site have probably heard me mention our artist buddy
Putrid. Not only is this guy one hell of a talent artist, but he really
knows he movies. Not bad for someone in their mid 20's, huh? One of
Putrid's favorite creatures are Amando de Ossorio's Blind Dead. He has
created this incredible montage of artwork, celebrating these Templar Knights.
And we have 2 prints (approx. 12x20) of this artwork that are signed and
numbered that we
are giving away to two lucky winners.
So here's the deal. First of all, click
HERE to open the Trivia Page.
Directly under our Trivia Banner, you will see the cover artwork for the new
Liquid Cheese. Under that is a link to open an email to send in your
answers. Below that is the Blind Dead artwork that you are trying to win.
You can also see that artwork by clicking the thumbnail to the right.
So here's what you need to do: There are figures from 8
different movies. Your job is to name as many as you can. Even if
you don't know all of them, send it what you know. You never know, you
might have the most correct answers. The ones with the most correct
answers will win. If there are more than 2, then there will be a drawing
to decide who wins.
Was it only because I had it up for a few days that we
only got 3 correct answers for this week's Photo? The pic was everyone's
favorite B-actor, Clint Howard from EVILSPEAK, one of my favorites of Howard's
work, not to mention a great film from the 80's. That's my story and I'm
sticking to it. So a hearty "Job Well Done" goes to
Matt Black, Hoby Abernathy, & Mike Dudley. Nice job, people. Now
let's try it again.
HERE to send in
7-11-07 WELCOME TO THE
We know that it's been some time since our last
update, but we've been trying to get this re-design thing going and it's been a
tough road. We still have a lot more learning to do before we can really
get this the way we want. Or find someone that knows what they're doing and
would be willing to help out....hint, hint.
But in the meantime, we have made quite a bit of changes
Not to many other sections (if any) are open right now, but we hope to add them
back in a few at a time, very soon. Regular visitors to this this site will
notice that our Navigational Bar on the left is gone. Those links are now
located on the top and bottom of each page, hopefully making it a little easier
and less cluttered. I'm sure there's going to be some tweaking here and
One thing that hasn't changed with our
site is that you still won't see any
advertisements on this site, unless it is something we personally stand by or
want to promote. We want to give you a place where can come and not be
bombarded with pop-up ads and side banners everywhere, drawing your attention
away from the content.
Sure, it may not look as flashy and fancy as some of the other sites out there.
But we're hoping that the content here will keep you coming back, and not the
But with all of these changes that
we're going through here, our mission for this site still remains
the same as it always has: To Educate, Expand, and Entertain. We still
want to use this space as a learning ground for all horror fans, young and old,
newbies and old-timers. There is much we all can still learn. We
just have to take that chance. The horror
genre in one of oldest out there and is filled with rich and entertaining
offerings to all that are willing to take a bite. So come on. Grab
hold. Mouth wide open and bite down hard. Tasty, isn't it?
We have returned from the first HorrorHound Weekend and
had one hell of a time. Mucho congrats and thanks to Aaron and Nathan of
Horror Hound for putting on a great show. Even if it was their first
show, they had a real nice turn out. We didn't get as many photos as we
wanted, but we did get a few interesting ones....though most of them were taken
in the bar for some reason....
Hopefully by the end of this week, we can have our full
report done and posted. Hopefully.
ATTENTION FREDDY FANS
And while on the subject of conventions, this year's Flashback Weekend is a must for any fans of the
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series. They have a total of 8 cast members from
the original NIGHTMARE, including most of the major cast. Plus, they also
have 3 cast members from NIGHTMARE Part 3: Ken Sagoes, Rodney Eastman, and Ira
Heiden. So if you add in Englund, Saxon, and Langenkamp, that's 6 cast
members from Part 3. And then from Part 4, they have Lisa Wilcox.
But even if you're not a big NIGHTMARE fan, they still have
plenty of other guests. They have recently announced that Adam Green,
writer/director of HATCHET will be appearing, along with the star of the movie,
Joleigh Fioreavanti. HATCHET has been getting a lot o buzz on
the net as of late. We're hoping that it's going to live up to all that
Other guests at the show include Ashley Laurence, Charles
Band, Ken Kirzinger, Michael Berryman, Warrington Gillette, Bud Davis, Conrad
Brooks, Svengoolie, John Dugan, Melissa Bacelar, and Jason Paul Collum.
For more information, check out the site HERE.
Don't forget people, but this show
is less than 2 weeks away.
We've been to everyone of the Flashback shows and have had a great time each and
every time. We'll be set up there as usual, so make sure you stop by and
introduce yourself. Check out the Flashback Weekend website
It's been so long since I've updated this photo, that I
actually had to go back and take a look to see what it was myself. Of
course, it was from WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST. Definitely a favorite of
mine. Job well done for Michelle, Mike Shields, Hoby Abernathy, Kevin
Hart, Cary Conley, and Steve Bejma. So take a stab at this new photo and
see what you can do.
Just click on the photo to the
right and it will expand. Then click
HERE to send us
the email. Good Luck.
At the HorrorHound Weekend, we had the chance to meet author
Christopher Wayne Curry. Curry is the author of A Taste of Blood: The
Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis. This title was the first book I read on
the wonderful world of H.G. Lewis. It was a great and informative read,
and still is today. If you're a fan of Lewis, then you do need to check
out this book.
But the real reason for this mention, is not
only to say that Mr. Curry was a great guy, but he also told us that he has a
new book coming out. This time, he tackles another filmmaker that
definitely deserves more attention than he gets. And that is the one and
only Ted V. Mikels. The title of the book is called Film Alchemy: The
Independent Cinema of Ted V. Mikels. The book will cover 19 of Mikels'
major films, with a full list of cast and crew credits, plot synopsis,
behind-the-scenes anecdotes and much more. Even has an overview of Ted V.
This book will be published by
McFarland this fall, with a price tag of about $50. Yea, that is kind of
pricy for a book. But figure it this way, that is more money than Mikels
made on his film ASTRO ZOMBIES. Doesn't seem that much now, does it?
For more information, check out McFarland's website
And while on the subject of books and
McFarland, I stumbled across another one of their new books that I might have to
add to the collection. And it's about another cult and less known
director, Larry Buchanan. The book is called simply The Films of Larry
Buchanan: A Critical Examination, by Rob Craig. This is a softcover, with
a price tag of $40, and is available right now. The book takes a look at
the work of Buchanan and covers more than 20 of his films. Titles like THE
NAKED WITCH, ZONTAR: THE THING FROM VENUS, THE EYE CREATURES, and MARS NEEDS
WOMEN are just some of the classic low budgeted films that Mr. Buchanan gave us
on a budget that would have made Roger Corman blush. So if you are a
sucker for reference books, then you might want to add these to your Christmas
list and hope for the best!
As we've said before, this is going to be a great year for
horror fans. There are tons of classic movies making their debut on DVD.
And then also some not-so-classic films. In either case, there is going to
be plenty of glorious entertainment to be had.
First up is the news of a Vincent Price collection from MGM.
On Sept. 11th, MGM will release a box set called Vincent
Price: MGM Scream Legends Collection, which will feature THE ABOMINABLE DR.
PHIBES, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, TALES OF TERROR, TWICE-TOLD TALES, THEATER OF
BLOOD, MADHOUSE and WITCHFINDER GENERAL. Now since most of these are
already available except WITCHFINDER, I'm hoping that is not the only way to get
that movie. That would be a bad part on MGM. Same would be for the
additional disc that comes with the box set, that has some documentary features:
Vincent Price: Renaissance Man, The Art of Fear, and lastly, Working With
Vincent Price. This is also marked as "Volume 1", so who knows what kind
of a series they're looking at. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
In the first issue of Famous Monsters
that I remember reading had an article on MAN-MADE MONSTER. For years I
tried to find a copy of that movie but could never find it. Then it
finally hit video. The performances by Lionel Atwill and Lon Chaney Jr.
were well worth the wait.
And now it finally comes to DVD this
Halloween, as part of a box set from Universal. They will be releasing a
"Horror Collection", which will feature HORROR ISLAND, CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN, NIGHT
MONSTER, THE BLACK CAT, along with MAD-MADE MONSTER. Universal will also
be releasing a "Sci-Fi Collection" that will have DR. CYCLOPS, THE DEADLY
MANTIS, THE LAND UNKNOWN, THE LEACH WOMAN, and CULT OF THE COBRA. These
should be coming out for Halloween, with a price tag of a whopping $20 for each
set. These are going to be exclusives at Best Buy. Just think movie
fans, for $20 you get 5 classic movies. Like I said, it's a great time to
be a movie fan.
MGM Home Video is set to put out a
2-disc special edition of Philip Kaufman's 1978 remake of INVASION OF THE BODY
SNATCHERS. The first disc will have audio commentary by the director, and
the second disc will have a bunch of featurettes, covering everything from the
special effects, sound effects, retrospectives and more. The release date
is set for August 7th.
MGM will also release a bunch more
titles in their Midnite Movies Double Feature discs. Damn, do I love those
things! They will have RETURN OF DRACULA / THE VAMPIRE, THE BEAST WITH A
MILLION EYES / PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES, PHARAOH'S CURSE / CURSE OF THE
FACELESS MAN, THE BEAST WITHIN / THE BAT PEOPLE, and KONGA / YONGARY: MONSTER
FROM THE DEEP. What great news to have some great classics....well, great
movies....okay, some really fun movies like THE BAT PEOPLE to hit DVD.
Plus, anytime we can get some of these old films like BEAST WITH A MILLION EYES,
that had never gotten a video release, but where we can see the works of early
effects masters like Paul Blaisdell.
mentioned before of the news of a 2-disc special Jack Hill's SPIDER BABY coming
this September as well, from Dark Sky Films. Now we have learned of some of the extras the edition
will have, and even got a glimpse of the cover art. First up, it will contain a new audio commentary by Hill and
co-star Sid Haig. It will also have a retrospective documentary on the
making of the film, that will feature director Hill, stars Haig, Quinn Redeker,
Beverly Washburn, Karl Schanzer, Mary Mitchel, and DP Aldred Taylor, and even
Joe Dante! There will also be a short featurette on Ronald Stein, the man
behind music for the movie. And there's even a featurette where Jack Hill
returns to the original house where the movie was filmed. I love this
movie and can not wait to see this great sounding edition.
We have also mentioned before about a new box set
called THE FLY COLLECTION, containing the original THE FLY, THE RETURN OF THE
FLY, and the never released before CURSE OF THE FLY. Now, thanks to DVD
Drive-In, we have learned about some of the extras for that set. David Del
Valle has recently moderated an audio commentary with David Hedison for THE FLY.
Apparently, there is to be a 4th disc in this collection that will have 2 new
featurettes. One will be on the making of FLY movies, and one will be on
Vincent Price. Those will contain interviews with Hedison and Brett
Halsey, who starred in RETURN. This has a release date of Sept. 11th.
6-17-07 EVEN MORE DVD NEWS
It's really looking like this fall is going to be a great
year for us horror fans. More and more titles are being announced to come
out, some for the first time ever here in the States. Once again, it's a
great time to be a horror fan!
Coming this September from Fox is going to some double
feature sets. The first one will be the original Amicus anthologies TALES
FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR. We can only hope that these are the
Next up is CHOSEN SURVIVORS and THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING.
I actually don't remember these, but in CHOSEN, you have Bradford Dillman and
Richard Jaeckal in the cast. So how could it not be entertaining?
And Terrence Fisher directed EARTH, and has Dennis Price and Thorley Walters in
the cast. Once again, how can you go wrong?
Then there is DEVILS OF DARKNESS and WITCHCRAFT, the latter
starring Lon Chaney Jr. and I don't think had ever seen a video release.
As well as BLUEPRINT FOR MURDER and MAN IN THE ATTIC. MAN is an early Jack
the Ripper movie starring Jack Palance.
And then finally, they will be releasing THE FLY CLASSIC
COLLECTION. It will feature the original releases of THE FLY and RETURN OF
THE FLY, but also will have CURSE OF THE FLY, which has never gotten a video
release here in the states, let alone a DVD release. While it's not a
great film, it is a must for the collection.
Thanks to DVD Drive-In for the news info.
We have a new review posted for a low budget movie that we
received for review, HOUSE OF CARNAGE. Hopefully you will enjoy the review
more than we did the movie.
It seems there were a few more people that remember this last
pic, from a cheesy little flick from the 80's, called THE BEING. Yes, that
was Ruth Buzzi getting attacked by the title character. A "Job Well Done"
goes to Hoby Abernathy, Rick Hayden , Michelle Hudecek, Mike Shields, Dave
Kosanke, Kevin Hart, and Steve.
Take a look at this one for another classic. Of course,
aren't they all classics?
And speaking of DVD Drive-In, they are presenting the
Drive-In Super Monstermania at the Riverside Drive-In in Vandergrift, PA, on
September 7th and 8th. While this is a little too far for us to come to
(not to say that we didn't seriously ponder it), this looks like an awesome
time. They are having all-night movie marathons both Friday and Saturday
night. On Friday, they have a "Nature-Gone-Beserk" theme with FOOD OF THE
GODS, SQUIRM, EMPIRE OF THE ANTS, and WILLARD. On Saturday, they are
showing TALES FROM THE CRYPT, HORROR EXPRESS, GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE, and HANNAH:
QUEEN OF THE VAMPIRES.
It's only $10 per person, per night, which is about the price
of one film at today's standards. They would like to make this an annual
event, so if you're in the area, please show up to support these types of
events. If I was closer to PA, trust me, I would be there. For more
information about this event, go to
DVD Drive-In. Tell them we sent you!
RON STEIN BOX SET
For soundtrack fans, especially those films of the 50's and
60's lower budgeted films, this new box set is going to make you very happy.
Percepto Records has just released MAD, MOD & MACABRE: THE RONALD STEIN
COLLECTION. This 5-disc collection contains scores for 11 different
movies, including SPIDER BABY, DEMENTIA 13, ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, and
Each score has been re-mastered from Stein's own personal
archives. The 5-disc set is only $49.95. For more information about
the set, go to Percepto
HORRORHOUND WEEKEND APPROACHES
Don't forget, but the first annual HorrorHound Weekend
quickly approaches and is but a mere 3 weeks away. They have tons of
guests lined up with plenty of great dealers (your's truly included), so it has
the makings of a great show. If you're planning on coming out, make sure
you stop by and say hello.
For more information about the show, go to the official
And then 2 weeks after that show, we will be at the annual
Flashback Weekend for another great time. Fans of NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
are definitely not going to want to miss this show. With a reunion of most
of the main cast, it's sure to be a good time. Plus they have other guests
as well, such as the lovely Ashley Lawrence from the HELLRAISER films.
Once again, hope to see you there. Check out their
MIDNIGHT HORROR AT THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE
If you're near Chicago, here's a couple of dates to see some
classic horror movies on the big screen. On August 10th & 11th, they are
screening David Cronenberg's SCANNERS. And on August 24th & 25th, they are
screening William Girdler's THE MANITOU. These are both midnight shows.
So mark your calendars. It's been a while since I've seen THE MANITOU and
would love to catch that on the big screen.
For more information about the theater, check out the website
6-10-07 MORE GREAT DVD NEWS
If you are a Paul Naschy fan like us, then you were probably
as happy as we were with those two DVD releases from BCI. And to make it
even better, they have released the covers of their next two releases: Paul
Naschy's EXORCISM and Amando de Ossorio's NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS. These
will be coming out in August (and will once again be available in a Two Pack at
Best Buy). We were blown away by the quality of their previous releases
(NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF and VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES) and can't wait to see
But wait...it doesn't stop there. This Halloween, they
will be releasing another Naschy / de Ossorio set: HORROR RISES FROM THE
TOMB and LORELI'S GRASP. GRASP had been released here in the stats on
video under the title AND NOW THE SCREAMING STOPS, and has always been a
favorite of mine. Can't wait!
Thanks to DVD Drive-In for the info.
In other DVD news, MGM Home Video has announced a few of
their titles for their fall release, on September 11th. The first one,
Michael Reeves' incredible WITCHFINDER GENERAL, starring Vincent Price.
This was released in the states in an edited version under the title THE
CONQUEROR WORM). There was an import release some time ago, that was
uncut. Though those restored scenes were not the best of quality. So
we're hopeful that MGM does a nice job with this release. This is one
powerful films, and has one of the best performances by Price.
Another long sought after title that had never gotten a video
release here in the states is Bert I. Gordon's FOOD OF THE GODS. Another
classic giant monsters running amuck movie, that only Mr. B.I.G. could deliver.
Both titles will be $14.98.
Also on that date and coming from MGM will (FINALLY) be the
release of the uncut version of Stuart Gordon's FROM BEYOND, as well as AFTER
MIDNIGHT, another special edition of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and another rare
film, SCARECROWS. Let's just hope that they releases the unrated version.
HELL HOUSE REMAKE
Now usually, we don't like to mention all the new
remakes that are being made or even announced. Mainly because there are
too many, and they are usually not worth mentioning. But now they have
announced that might be remaking LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, or depending on how you
want to look at it, a re-adapting the original novel from Richard Matheson.
This novel was my favorite haunted house book, and the movie version, directed
by John Hough in 1973, is one of my favorite haunted house movies. But
even that movie left out quite a bit in the extreme details (for that time) that
were in the book. So maybe a new version with be able to do that???
But then we they also loose the effectiveness of the book and just fall back on
the cheap scares?
So while we don't have any real hopes for this, we will be
watching for more news about it. And we'll pass it along to you.
We are starting to post our Mystery Photo on our
MySpace page as well, so we got a few more responses this last time than normal.
Last week's was an old classic from the 70's. It was from William
Girdler's THE MANITOU. A nice "Job Well Done" goes out to Kevin Hart, Mike
Shields, Dave Kosanke, William Wilson, Steve, and Hoby Abernathy.
The new pic is another one from the around the same
time....maybe a few years later. Good luck!
We've finally gotten around to getting this review up for THE
WEREWOLF WOMAN (aka THE LEGEND OF THE WOLF WOMAN) from guest reviewer Dave
Kosanke, the man behind
Liquid Cheese. Sorry the delay (to especially
Dave), but here it is. If you are not aware of this movie, then you are
going to want to add that to your list. As I told Dr. AC before he watched
it, you will never forget this movie. And if you're looking for another
title to make a great double feature, throw in Jose Larraz's VAMPYRES.
Click HERE for the
review, or you can go to our Reviews section
BACK TO THE GRIND
There is major work still to be done just to get the site
back to full speed. Then...we can start to work on that new look we've
been talking about. So in the meantime, we're doing our best to try to at
least get back to our regular updates. I'm hoping to get a new review
posted in the next couple of days.
Before the hard drive crash a few weeks back, our buddy Dave
Kosanke of Liquid Cheese wrote a great review of THE WEREWOLF WOMAN for us.
So we're going to do our best to get that posted up on the site ASAP, along with
some other reviews as well. It looks like things are getting somewhat back
to normal, meaning we haven't had any computer mishaps in a few days. So
that's a good thing. Now if only the day job could let up a bit and have a
few less 12-hour days, then things really could get back to normal. So
hang in there....at least that's what they keep telling me.
HORROR 101 COVER ART
For some reason, in our post last week about our
convergence at the HorrorFind Weekend to celebrate the release of Dr. AC's new
book, not only did we forgot to mention the title, but we also forgot to post
the cover art. So here you are. We are very excited about the
release of this book. And that has nothing to do with the fact that I have
a couple of essays in there...
But in all honesty, with this book, the good doctor is trying
to do what we do, as well as countless other die-hard horror fans out there.
And that is to educate the younger and newer fans out there of the genre's rich
and meaty history. But this isn't just a book for new fans, but for all
fans. It's a collection of essays from just everyday fans like you and me,
giving our insights to some of the genre's most crucial films. We hope you
give it a look when it comes out. Of course, it will be available through
this site. So if you're interested, please drop us an email
HERE and we
will keep you posted on further updates.
THE CLAW COMES TO DVD!!!!
After all of these years, the greatest Turkey Day
movie will finally hit DVD. That's right folks....THE GIANT CLAW!
Columbia will be releasing a classic horror box set, called From Here To
Obscurity", which includes this uber-classic, along with THE WEREWOLF (1955),
CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN (1955), ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU (1957), and one other
title to be announced.
For fans of cheesy B-movies, there is not one better than THE
GIANT CLAW. If you're not familiar with this film, the title creature is
basically a marionette bird being pulled through the air. Can you image
the faces of the actors at the premiere, when they see what this creature looks
like for the first time?
FREE SCREENING OF THE EARL
If you crossbred David Mamet with Chuck Palahniuk, stuck
their offspring in a deserted warehouse and handed them pipes and bats to do
battle with, you’d have something akin to The Earl, a daring new indie
work from director Jim Sikora and screenwriter Brett Neveu (adapted from his
Because much of the film’s enjoyment derives from Neveu’s
dense, cryptic unfolding storyline, I’m reluctant to give much away
synopsis-wise. Suffice to say that the plot revolves around a trio of
twentysomething siblings who meet on an annual basis to engage in a live-action
role-playing game – an apparent combo of freeze tag and Gladiator-for-the-playground. Amidst
the bashing and smashing, there are “rules” that seem to flow as freely as the
participants’ head wounds.
While not strictly a horror movie, there’s enough dark comedy
and brutal bloodletting to tickle genre fans, with a quartet of equally strong
performances from the original Chicago stage cast (John Moran, Steve Schine,
Noah Simon and Danny Goldring) reprising their roles. Sikora’s direction is
assured and confident, and his cinematic winks will bring a smile of recognition
to many a film geek’s face. Art director Rick Paul (who worked on John
McNaughton’s chilling Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) creates a
convincing “found environment” setting, while Pamela Turnmire’s admirable makeup
f/x will assuredly evoke a cringe or two.
There will be a special **FREE** sneak preview gala screening
12:30pm, Saturday, June 9th at The Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State Street,
Call Intermission Productions at 708-345-7088 to RSVP, and
for more info, check out their MySpace page at
And tell ‘em Dr. AC sent ya…
No hits on this week's photo. It was from WHATEVER
HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? I'm sure with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, one
would have to wonder how could it be a horror movie. But trust me, this is
one twisted little film, and really is a must for all horror fans. If you
haven't seen it, you should. Consider it part of your education.
So check out our new photo and see what you think.
5-29-07 NEW KRYPT ON THE HORIZON???
Just to give a quick update on our plans to upgrade the Krypt.
We have upgraded our software and there's a little bit more learning on our part
before we delve into it. But are still able to use the old Front Page
until we really figure out all the bells and whistles in this new program.
So until then, we are planning to get back to our weekly update like we use to.
That's the plan at least. We still have a lot of broken links that we are
still in the process of fixing. So please be patient.
BRUNO MATTEI - REST IN PEACE
Fans of Italian horror most likely know Mattei's work.
If you don't know that name, or his most known pseudonym Vincent Dawn, but
you've seen more than a dozen of the Italian zombie films, then you've probably
stumbled across some of Mattei's work. Most notably of that might be the
work he did on Fulci's ZOMBIE 3. Which, according to who you asked, could
be anywhere from 10 minutes to the whole thing. Mattei has worked in just
about every film genre, and usually you can find some entertainment in
there.....somewhere. Usually. He started directing in 1970,
and didn't stop until his death. He had just finished working on his
latest zombie movie,
BEGINNING. Click on the title to see the trailer.
Mattei passed away from cancer on May 21st. Whether or
not you enjoyed his work, this is a big lost to the horror genre, and the
Italian film industry as well. Our thoughts and wishes go out to his
friends and family.
Once again, these are good times to be a horror fan.
More and more it seems that rare and obscure titles are being announced for a
DVD release. So at least with the gas prices going where they are, it's
giving us more reason to just stay at home and watch these movies that are being
released. Here's just a brief recap of some titles that have been
announced recently. Thanks to DVD Drive-In and Fangoria for the info.
MGM will be releasing the first uncut print in the States of
THE BURNING, the '81 slasher film that not only featured some faces before they
were big stars, but also some incredible work by Tom Savini. Much of which
ended up on the cutting room floor. The film will be presented in a hi-def
widescreen transfer, with commentary by director Tony Maylam, and a featurette
on Savini's work.
And also thanks to MGM, we will finally get to see the
director's cut of Stuart Gordon's FROM BEYOND. This will also feature a
commentary by Gordon and other extras that have yet to be announced.
There's also news of a new RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD disc,
but I'm hearing some rumors that this might not happen as well. So we got
our fingers crossed and will wait and see.
But they also mentioned a bare-bones release of William
Wesley's SCARECROWS! Now we can only hope that it is the uncut print and
that it is re-mastered. Since the movie takes place mostly at night, this
really need a nice clean presentation. And at least a commentary, huh?
This announcement really took me by surprised. Then had
me thinking why it had taken so long. Back in the 70's, when the BBC was
making some really cool made-for-TV horror films, they produced a version of
COUNT DRACULA, starring Louis Jourdan as the Count. Granted, Jordan didn't
really fit the part, but the film is still a pretty good adaptation and is
entertaining. I don't believe this ever got a domestic video release here
in the states, but remember it being popular back in the trading days.
Plus, with a retail price set at $14.98, how can you go wrong?
And the folks at CasaNegra continue to announce even more
great titles for their collection. WORLD OF THE VAMPIRES and THE LIVING
HEAD will hit DVD on September 25th. And like all of their other titles,
these will be newly re-mastered uncut transfers in both English and Spanish
languages. And with each at $19.95, they are both a must for a fan of the
gothic horror from Mexico.
NEW NASCHY FILM
As Naschy fans, we are always excited to hear about him
working on a new film. But then when you hear that the film is being
directed by Carlos Aured, it makes it even better. Aured directed some of
Naschy's best films, such as HORROR RISES FROM THE TOME, CURSE OF THE DEVIL,
BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL (released on video here in the stats as HOUSE OF
PSYCHOTIC WOMEN), and THE MUMMY'S REVENGE.
The new film is called LA GAVIOTA (DEADLY SEAGULLS is the new
English title), and started shooting back in April. For some
behind-the-scene photos and more information about the movie (and about Naschy
himself), go to the best site on the web dealing with Paul Naschy,
The Mark of Naschy.
But in the meantime, here's the poster art for the new film.
I know that would get me to see it.
The last Photo was from David Cronenberg's VIDEODROME.
Since we've had so many computer problems, I apologize for the people that I'm
sure I'm forgetting to mention that sent in their answers. But the only
email that I apparently still have is that of Rick Hayden. So this week
Rick...you stand alone. But that's only because my computer sucks.
We've posted a new photo with this update. This one
might be a little tougher for you newer fans. But it's one film that I
would highly recommend any horror fan to check out. But first, let's see
who knows it???
Not much has been going on in the Convention news, at least
that we know of. One bit of news is that the Flashback Weekend has added
another name to their NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET reunion. Nick Corri (who's
real name is Jsu Garcia), who played Rod Lane in the film, will be making his
first convention appearance. He will be joining Heather Langenkamp, John
Saxon, Amanda Wyss, Lin Shaye, and of course, Robert Englund for the reunion.
Plus, they have plenty of other guests listed. Not sure why they don't
have Corri listed, but it is mentioned on the Forum board.
You can check out their website
This August, we will be making another trip out to Baltimore
for the Horrorfind Weekend. But this time, we won't be setting up as a
dealer....well, not really. We will be traveling out there with Dr. AC
himself to help unleash his book that is going to be published by Midnight
Marquee. It seems that quite a few of the contributors of this little tomb
will be there as well, which should make this one hell of a fun weekend.
We will keep you posted with more details of the book when they become
5-25-07 RETURN TO HELL
Hey folks. Yes, we are still kicking. We have
been really trying to get back here to the site, but things just keeping
happening that is keeping us from it. From other computer issues to just
working so many hours at our day job (which has turned into our evening job), we
just haven't been able to spend mush time working on this site. Not to
mention watching any movies or doing much of anything. But we're really
hoping that some changes are coming soon. REALLY hoping, and REALLY soon.
And while on the subject of change, we're about to take a
chance on some possible major change here at the Krypt. We have been using
Microsoft's Front Page to create and maintain this site since it's inception
over 8 years ago. I have always thought that this site was a little plain
and simple, especially compared to the other mainstream sites. But on that
same token, we weren't aiming to be like them anyway. We didn't feel the
need for all those flashy ad banners and whatnot, clogging up the real content
of the site. But we do think that there are some improvements that could
So with that being said, this weekend we are planning to
upgrade our Front Page software to Microsoft's new Expression Web. Now
here's the real kicker. We have no clue on how this new programming works.
We're hoping that it's pretty much the same, but with more power. But
we're really not sure. So.....we could have our next update done by the
end of the weekend....or maybe not. We've been wanting to re-design a
thing or two here at the Krypt for some time, and with this recent computer
breakdown, this seems like the best time. We are just hoping that the
transition is smooth. At least for the most part.
Hopefully we will be back up and running at full speed very
shortly. And again, thanks for all the support!
5-18-07 BACK FROM THE DEAD....HARD DRIVE
Apparently it had been a long enough gap for me without
computer problems. So the almost 2 weeks ago, while I was at work, the
evil computer fairies came to the Krypt and waved their magic LCD pen and
crashed my hard drive. On a Monday, no less. There's nothing more
enjoyable than turning on your computer, only to hear those lovely couple of
beeps and seeing the DOS startup screen telling you it can't find any boot-able
drive. I really do hate computers.
When I have these little computer outages, I start to ponder
things like what if I didn't spend so much time in front of this little demon,
the things that I could get done. First of all, there's tons of movies
that I could get to that are just sitting there in the collection waiting to be
watched....some even waiting to be taken out of the factory shrink-wrap! I
also have tons of these wonderful non-fiction books that I've been picking up
over the years, waiting to be devoured, filling my head with even more trivia
While having this this same discussion this week with our
assistant Dr. AC, this thought always surfaces. And that is after watching
all of these movies, or reading all of these books, just who would I talk to
about them? And that, my friends, always will bring me back to the Krypt.
For it is here that I can spout my illustrious
thoughts and feelings on this great genre, give my profound (well....sometimes)
views on movies, both recent and old, and worse case, give away free stuff.
So while the site is up and running, there are plenty of
broken links and problems on the site all over the place. We are working
on getting those fixed and having the site back to it's normal state in the next
few days. Hopefully.
ATTENTION GEORGE SOURILE & ROB TAGGERT!!!!!
When our hard drive crash, we lost all our emails, including
the ones that had your addresses where we can mail you your DARK CORNERS DVD.
Please send us an email again with your mailing address. We apologize for
the delay. Click
HERE to send
More reviews this week. This is almost starting to
become a regular thing....can't have that now, can we? Then you people
might be expecting it! But this week, I take a stab at some Italian
horror/sleaze with LA BIMBA DI SATANA, while Aaron takes on the original GOJIRA
(aka GODZILLA). You can either click
HERE to get to them, or on
the link to the left. And as always, Enjoy!
I'm hoping that a lot of people were either on vacation last
week, or that their internet was down. Got only 3 emails with the correct
answer to the Mystery Photo. The answer was Hammer's TWINS OF EVIL.
Now I don't want to get on my lecturing soapbox, but for the fans our there that
are not familiar with TWINS, or that many Hammer's films, I STRONGLY urge you to
look into them. Hammer really was the catalyst (or a main part of it) that
started the Horror genre to rise from the coma of the 50's. 'Nuff said.
But a nice job to the usual suspects, Mike Shields and Hoby
Abernathy, and also a new name, Liz Molloy. Hopefully we'll see more of
DARK CORNERS GIVEAWAY WINNERS
Thanks to all who sent in their "Recent Theater Experiences".
From the emails, it shows that us horror fans are still going to the theaters,
though most answers were for GRINDHOUSE. Of course, even all of us didn't
seemed to help out the Box Office. Anyway, our lucky winners were George
Sourile and Rob Taggert.
Thanks for all the entries, and enjoy your free copy of DARK
5-1-07 BACK FROM HELL
After working every day last week anywhere from 12 to 16 hour
days, let's just say that it was a very long week. We hoped to have this
update done Sunday night....then last night, but after a busy weekend catching up on a few things,
and then spending most of the day Sunday watching movies with Mr. Christensen
and Putrid (for more details on that, check out our blog), and then having to be
at work at 5am today, we just didn't get this completed in time. We didn't
want to rush it, so we figured a couple of more
days wouldn't hurt. We got a few new things with this update, including a
new DVD Giveaway. So read on.
Now regulars to this site have probably read of my affection
for the Russian film NIGHT WATCH. And finally now the sequel, DAY WATCH,
will be released here in the States on June 1st. That is just a month
away! Now if you haven't seen the first film, then you have a month to
track it down and enjoy. Then you will be all ready for the sequel when it
hits theaters. The sequel has the same amazing looking effects and imagery
that the first one did. And it continues the story and the characters from
the first film.
Here's the official poster for the American release.
Hopefully, this time around it will play in a few more theaters than the first
one did. Makes me even more anxious for the 3rd entry to come out.
This is simply incredible news for Hammer fans. British
DD Home Entertainment and US distributor Sony have made a deal to release at
least 13 Hammer titles, some of which have never seen a DVD release.
There's a couple that I am very excited about. The first one is TASTE OF
FEAR (aka SCREAM OF FEAR). This was one of the first black & white
thrillers they started to make after the success of PSYCHO, and is one of their
best. I don't believe this had even gotten a video release here in the
states. The other one is NEVER TAKE SWEETS FROM A STRANGER. This is
a very underrated film that not too many people seemed to know about. It
is a very disturbing film to watch, since the film is about a child molester.
But it is handled extremely well, but still gives a strong point across.
The other titles announced are: CASH ON DEMAND, THE CAMP ON
BLOOD ISLAND, CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT, THE DAMNED, DON'T PANIC CHAPS, THE
GORGON, MANIAC, THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY, SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST, THE TERROR
OF THE TONGS, AND WATCH IT SAILOR.
There's possibly more titles to be announced, but those
haven't been mentioned yet. Can't wait to see these finally hit.
Got another double dose of reviews again this week. And
again, one comes from myself (BENEATH STILL WATERS) and one from our assistant
Aaron Christensen (SHAUN OF THE DEAD). Enjoy, and we have plenty more
DARK CORNERS GIVEAWAY
The good folks at Union Station Entertainment and
Anchor Bay have been kind enough to send a couple of DVDs to give away for the
new film DARK CORNERS, starring Thora Birch. The film is a strange tale of
two characters, both played by Birch, one a reality and the other a nightmare.
But which is which, is the real question.
The DVD gets released on the 22nd of this month. But
why wait? We have 2 copies to giveaway. All you need to do is
send us an email by clicking
HERE, and let us know what was the last horror film
that you seen in a theater. Easy enough, don't you think? Let's here
them, people. 2 names will be drawn from the list of emails that we get.
Only had 4 entries for the last photo, which ALL horror fans
should know. For shame, people. For shame. I'm guessing
everyone has been as busy at work as I have been, which would explain the few
names. But none the less, the honored are Will Wilson, Hoby Abernathy, Mike Shields and Mike
Dudley. Now was it because it was the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and
everyone thought it was TOO easy? Or maybe it was a little more tricky
than I though. Here's another
film around that same time. There's a clue for you.
MONDO MACABRO MAKES MOVIE
Apparently not satisfied with just releases hard to find (not
to mention never heard of) great and entertaining cult films, the folks at Mondo
Macabro have actually produced not only a horror movie, but Pakistani's very
first modern horror film! It's called HELL'S GROUND. You can check
out their MySpace page
for the trailer and other information. We're hoping that it's as fun as
half the titles that they release on DVD. If that's the case, then they'll
have a big hit.
As the summer gets closer, we have some other shows coming up
fast that we are planning on being at. Below are the ones that we are
planning on being at so far, and some of their guests so far.
HORROR HOUND WEEKEND - July 6th-8th. Even though this is their first
show, they have plenty of guests lineup, with really too many to name off here.
Just go to the website and check it out for yourself. It has all the
makings of a great show, and we'll be set up there to help with the fun.
WEEKEND - Two weeks later, we'll be set up here once again, and ready to
have a great time. They are having a big NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET reunion,
with plenty of other guests as well.
WASTELAND - This isn't until October, but there's nothing wrong with making
those plans early. And if you're a fan of the HALLOWEEN series, then you
definitely don't want to miss this one. So far, they have 8 of the actors
who have played Michael Myers over the years. Plus, a couple of DEVIL'S
REJECTS and many more.
There might be a few other shows that we hit this year, but
those are the main ones. Hope to see you there.
4-22-07 SMALL UPDATE
Didn't think we'd get anything does this week, but these
things just kind of fell together. Hopefully things will be getting a
little less hectic in the weeks to come.
We did get a new photo posted. And this one isn't in
black and white. So good luck.
The lucky ones that got the trick photo last time were Cary
Conley, Mike Shields, and William Wilson. The film was from George
Romero's MARTIN, in one of the flashback sequences. Nice job, folks.
We have posted two new Reviews this week.
First Mr. Christensen takes a look at the 70's British film TOWER OF EVIL, while we
take on something more recent, WICKED LITTLE THINGS. Enjoy.
4-15-07 A BRIEF VACATION FROM THE
We don't have that much of an update this week. This is
mainly due to the real job. And this next couple of weeks are going to be
even more crazy. So there probably won't be an update next weekend
since this next week I will be making a journey to the land of cheese and
beer....yep, you guessed it...Wisconsin. We have a complete new computer
system coming into my day job that is going to take some major overtime to
So instead of trying to piece a few things for an update here
and there, I'm just going to put it aside for the next week or so, and
concentrate on getting through this massive change. I'm sure everyone can
understand. I will be popping in and out of our MySpace account if we have
the time to. Maybe commenting on a recent movie that we were able to catch
during this chaos.
As usual, I do appreciate all the support and emails that I
receive from everyone out there. Trust me, it keeps the fire going.
We do have one new review up in our Soundtrack review
section. It's for the recently released THE REAPING. Check it out.
If there's any YouTubers out there, check out this click of
exploding heads that our buddy Will Wilson has come up with. Keep in mind,
people....it's pretty gory. Check
4-8-07 WASTELAND REPORT
We have posted our report for Cinema Wasteland #11.
Still can't believe that they've had that many shows. So hop on over to
our Convention Reports and
check them out. We got plenty of good photos this time out.
CHARLES B. GRIFFITH INTERVIEW
We have also posted our interview with Charles B. Griffith.
If you've seen any of the older Roger Corman films, then you've seen his work.
Or maybe even some cult film called DEATH RACE 2000. So head on over to
our Interview section
and see what Mr. Griffith had to day about working with Corman, Oliver Reed and
FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW
If you're looking for another review site and has tons of
great stuff and gives you a wide variety of titles to read about, then check out
the site below. Our buddy Matt has recently upgraded from a MySpace page
to an actual website. And it looks great. So check it out and see
what you think.
According to Richard Stanley's MySpace (doesn't that sound
strange?), we may get to see an uncut DVD release of his first film, HARDWARE.
According to Stanley, "HARDWARE’s fortunes seem set for an
11th-hour upturn,” he says. “With the DVD rights now practically worthless as a
result of the industry going slowly but steadily down the tubes, Miramax—or what
remains of it—has finally agreed to come to the table. It’s early days yet, but
just getting the various parties talking is akin to getting the Israelis and the
Palestinians to sit down together. There's unlikely to be any money in it, but
if I can crack this particular Rubik’s Cube, we could see a director’s cut
scheduled for an autumn release. I’m hoping to drop the crappy ADR lines added
for the initial cinema run—mostly to soften the characters and make them seem
more in control—as well as reinstating a couple of teeny weeny yet oddly telling
things omitted at the time.”
It also is looking like his latest film, VACATION, might
finally start to roll. The script was written by Stanley and his
girlfriend, Maggie Moor, and is about an "aging banker who still fancies himself
as a surfer and ends up trapped with his lap dancer girlfriend in a shabby
Middle Eastern beach resort after an apocalyptic solar storm destroys the West,
forcing the luckless Americans to come to terms with a medieval year-zero
environment and a hostile culture that holds them responsible for the world's
pain." Apparently the script has attracted the attention of genre icon Bruce
Campbell, who wants to play the lead.
Damn....would it be nice to see Stanley back to making
feature films again, and maybe even get this one in the theater. I was
lucky enough to catch HARDWARE when it first came out, and fell in love with
Stanley's work. What a true visual director. Can't wait.
Thanks to Will Wilson for the news.
Since we were busy having a hell of a time at the Wasteland
last weekend, obviously there was no updated photo. Not that it really got
more people to give a guess. We did have one new name along with the usual
crowd. So contrats to George Sulea for joining the ranks of the elite,
along with Kevin Hart, Hoby Abernathy, and Mike Shields. The film is of
course, the original THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. One film that every
serious horror fan should check out. The influences that film had on the
genre is amazing.
So head on over and check out the latest photo and give it
your best shot. It's kind of a trick photo, so put a little thought into it.
And if you've never attempted to send in your guess, what are you waiting for?
We have a couple more reviews this time out. First up
we have the older Euro-classic A BELL FROM HELL. Definitely a must see.
And then we also have the more recent and more low budget film, SOFT FOR
4-04-07 BOB CLARK - REST IN PEACE
It's one thing to morn the loss of a person. But when that person is taken
away because of the stupid actions of another person, it just makes matters
worse. For us horror fans, Bob Clark had giving us a few classic films.
Our personal favorite would have to be DEATHDREAM, but there is also BLACK
CHRISTMAS and the cult classic CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS.
And of course, while not in the same genre, this is no better story for the
Christmas time then A CHRISTMAS STORY.
Clark was only 67 years old when a drunk driver (who had no
license no less) swerved into his lane, hitting his car head-on. The
accident also took the life of Clark's 22 year-old son, Ariel. Hopefully
this put this person away for a long time for his careless actions.
Since 2000, we have been taking our journey to Strongsville
Ohio for the Cinema Wasteland show. And it just gets better every year.
We got plenty of pics this time out, and even scored a couple of short
interviews with Carolina Munro and Charles B. Griffith. I'm sure we'll
have our official report posted some time this weekend. Stay tuned.
But if you're already looking to plan for the October
Wasteland show, they have a few guests lined up already.
If you're a HALLOWEEN fan, then you're definitely going to
want to be there. They have Chris Durand (from HALLOWEEN H20), Tom Morga
(HALLOWEEN 4 stunts), Tony Moran (Michael in HALLOWEEN 1 & 2), Don Shanks
(HALLOWEEN 5), Tommy Lee Wallace (HALLOWEEN), and George Wilbur (HALLOWEEN 4 &
They also have William Forsythe and Leslie Easterbrook from
DEVIL'S REJECTS, Charles Band, Len Barnhart, Gary Kent, Len Lies, and Tom
Sullivan. Make your plans now.
We were able to catch an advance screening of GRINDHOUSE last
night. Simply put....we loved it. I really had expected to enjoy
Tarentino's DEATH PROOF more than Rodriguez's PLANET TERROR, but it was the
other way around. I found DEATH PROOF to be a little too talky. It
was still good, but just too much yapping. But PLANET TERROR is
unbelievable. Tons of gore, tons of violence, and one great scene after
another. We really enjoyed all the little in-jokes, with the scratchy
film, the missing reel, and just loved those fake trailers.
When this opens this Friday, you are going to want to see it.
Trust me. It is a fun time at the theater.
3-28-07 MORE REVIEWS
As we try and get our final things together for the Wasteland
show this weekend, we wanted to get a couple more of these reviews posted.
We got another one from Sazuma and a great documentary on Don Dohler.
Check them out.
A HORRORBLE STORE
We also wanted to take a second to mention a friend of ours
and their store. John Aranza runs Horrorbles, which is located in Berwyn,
IL. Since the closing of The House of Monsters in Chicago, it was great to
see another "Monster" store open up. They carry a great selection of many
different items, from movies to posters to books and masks. Check them out
if you're in the Chicagoland area. And if you're not, you can always visit
their on-line store
HERE. Make sure you tell them the Krypt sent you their way.
NEW FACE AT THE KRYPT
We have recently hired on Aaron "Dr AC" Christensen as
our new hunchback assistant. Aaron will be helping us out with reviews and
other such duties. And you will probably see him behind our table at a few
upcoming shows. The good Doc has joined us in our quest to expand all of
our knowledge about the horror genre. So make sure you give him all a
DAY WATCH TRAILER
I'm sure you know that we are a huge fan of the Russian film
NIGHT WATCH, and even loved the sequel DAY WATCH. Well now, come June 1st,
you'll be able to catch DAY WATCH in the theaters, thanks to Fox Searchlight.
We've seen DAY already and really enjoyed it. So check out this trailer
for it, and remember to mark your calendar for the sequel.
We have a few more reviews that should be posted in the next
couple of days, but here's three new ones to hold you over until then.
Head on over to our Review section to check out our thoughts on FAMILY
PORTRAITS: A TRILOGY OF AMERICAN, HORROR BUSINESS, and LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH.
Next week is almost here and it can't come soon enough.
Usually the Wasteland show is the first real show of the season, and we're
always chomping at the bit for it to get here. And even though we did do
the Fango show last last month, we are looking forward to this show once again
for a great time and to get away from reality once again. For more
information on the show, check out the official
Hope to see all those familiar faces again and as always,
make sure you stop by our table and say hello.
First off, before I forget, last week's photo was from the
classic twisted film, THE BLACK CAT, starring the two icons of horror, Bela
Lugosi and Boris Karloff. The lucky entries were, as always it seems, Hoby
Abernathy, Kevin Hart, Mike Shields, and Will Wilson. Come on now....is it
only these four that know these photos or are they the only ones that are
bothering to send in there guess???
Well, we've been on a black & white kick for a while, so
let's try another one. Good luck.
3-21-07 MYSTERY PHOTO
Here is a good example of what happens when Jon tries to get
work done on the website when he's too tired or pre-occupied. I totally
forgot to list what the last Mystery Photo was. Of course it was from
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. Sorry, if I kept a few of you on edge with
FREDDIE FRANCIS - REST
We were quite saddened by this news. Mr. Francis was a
huge talent that really has deserved mush more attention than he ever got.
For us horror fan, his work in the genre is amazing. From his work with
Hammer Studios and Amicus, to many other productions, Francis always delivered.
And not just as a director, but as a cinematographer as well. He was the
DP on classic films like THE INNOCENTS. He was awarded two Oscars for Best
Cinematographer for GLORY (1989) and SONS AND LOVERS (1960), not to mention many
other awards and nominations.
We have the opportunity to meet Mr. Francis many years ago at
a Fanex Convention in Baltimore. He was gracious to sign my posters for
TALES FROM THE CRYPT and PARANOIAC. He and his talent will be missed.
But for us horror fans, he will never be forgotten. Our thoughts go out to
his friends and family.
We meant to mention this when it was first posted, but kept
forgetting about it. But the guest list so far has been posted on the
It looks like Freddy fans are going to get quite a treat with this year's
lineup. Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, and Amanda Wyss
will be attending. Also in the line up is Ashley Laurence from the
HELLRAISER films, and Ken Kirzinger, who played Jason in FREDDY VS JASON.
FRIDAY THE 13th fans will have a chance to meet Lar Park-Lincoln and Kevin Blair
Spirtas from FRIDAY Pt 7. From FRIDAY Pt 2, Warrington Gillette, who
played the "Unmasked Jason" will also be attending. Also listed is Bud
Davis, from THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, and Lloyd Kaufman & Svengoolie.
I'm sure they'll be adding a few more guests as well.
We'll be there as always. And as always, we'll be having a great time.
Come out and see for yourself.
MUCH OF MADNESS...
We have updated our rambling section, which we are now
calling Much of Madness, More of Sin. We've always like that line from and
Poe poem and feel that it's appropriate. So check it out. The link
is still under our Soapbox banner.
3-18-07 BRIEF UPDATE
We had a pretty busy/hectic weekend, so our update today will
be brief. But we should have another update in the next couple for days.
I know that this sounds like a broken record, but we have some great things on
the horizon. So keep checking back.
We have a new review posted for MAGUS, a movie about an evil
sorcerer, played by real life magician Ron Fitzgerald.
Once again, we got the usual suspects getting the last photo.
Come on out there....is there nobody else that knows these films? Don't
you want to have the honor of having your name mentioned on this very site???
Well, someday you could join the ranks of Kevin Hart, Hoby Abernathy, Mike
Shields, and even Will Wilson, who's only seen about 3 black & white movies!
So, let's see if this new photo is one of those 3?
3-13-07 BACK IN ACTION
Sorry the delays and lack of attention as of late. As
always, got a lot of stuff on and are doing our best not to let the real world drive
us completely nuts.
We were up in the land of cheese this last weekend doing a
little movie memorabilia show we like to call simply "the bowling show".
And one of the perks of doing that show is that we get to hang out with our
buddy Dave Kosanke. Dave is the editor/writer/publisher of Liquid Cheese,
a good old fashion fanzine that covers "movies and music to mangle your mind."
That's right folks, something that you can actually hold in your hand and read
instead of looking at the computer screen. Back in the day, these types of
fanzines were our websites. And it's great to see that people like Dave
are keeping them alive.
If you're interested in learning more about this fanzine, you
can check out his MySpace page
Tell them we sent you.
The main reason I was mentioning Liquid Cheese is because of
a recent article that Dave wrote, called 21st CENTURY HORROR REVIVAL. Dave
has written a great article about how the horror genre seemed to have taken a
dip in the late 80's, and is now coming back to life.
Now there has been many of discussions about how horror films
have died away and then been resurrected time and time again since the beginning
of film. And I'm not going to get into that now. My only point that
I wanted to make is that I've never really noticed or paid attention when there
are these dips and valleys. And the reason is simple. Even though
there might not be any NEW horror movies coming out at that present time, or
that the genre is not popular at the moment, there are still hundreds of titles
and sub-genres out there waiting to be discovered for the first time. Even
the most die hard and dedicated fan out there hasn't seen "everything".
So the next time the genre is in a slump and you're not
getting your fix at the local theaters, do a little homework and get to know
some of those older titles that you might not have gotten around to. Who
knows, you might just stumble upon a real gem that opens up a whole new world to
you. It can happen. Many times, in fact. So remember, just
like our tagline points out, Discover the Horror.
GARY SHERMAN AT THE MUSIC BOX IN CHICAGO
All you Chicago area fans, don't forget that the Music Box
Theatre in Chicago is having a midnight screening this weekend of Gary Sherman's
DEAD AND BURIED. And Sherman will be there both days. We will be
there on Friday night. Help support these midnight horror shows!
CULT DIRECTOR PASSES AWAY
Last week, on March 6th, Roger Watkins passed away from a
heart failure. Rogers is best known for directing the cult film LAST HOUSE
ON DEAD END STREET. We had the chance to meet him at one of the Cinema
Wasteland show a few years back. Our thoughts go out to his friends and
DON DOHLER DOCUMENTARY
Hopefully everyone out there knows who Don Dohler was.
Unfortunately, I don't think that is the case. Those of you who don't,
consider this homework. Check out NIGHT BEAST and ALIEN FACTOR.
For those who DO know, there is a new documentary coming out
called BLOOD, BOOBS, AND BEAST, and is about the Mr. Dohler and his films.
HERE is the official
Now, we are a fan of his earlier films, the ones that he
directed himself. The ones that he had been making with partner Joe Ripple
directing, we just were never that impressed with. We only made it through
HARVESTERS, which was...okay, and STAKES, which was...not. The newer ones
featured more T&A and blood then Dohler's older ones. And like a lot of
Dohler fans, I missed that. Not that we have a problem with the T&A and
blood, but as one person states in the trailer, Dohler's films were made from
Well, apparently this new documentary shows what really was
going on behind the scenes, and shows that Dohler really wanted to get back the
films that he use to make, irregardless if it was going to make money or not.
And plus, it shows that Ripple was more interested in making money, than making
We're really looking forward to seeing this when it comes
out. We'll keep you posted.
We made it through our first convention of the year, and it
couldn't have come soon enough. It was a nice break from the real world to
be able to hang out with other like-minded fans at the show. The show was
so packed and busy, that we really didn't have that much time to get out and
take too many photos. In fact, I don't think we took more than a dozen.
And since we still don't have those developed yet, our official report is going
to be delayed for a short time. But even though we were stuck behind our
table for most of the show, that didn't stop us from chatting with a lot of
fans, and meeting a bunch of new friends.
hanging out with us on Saturday, amazing us with his knowledge of low budget
horror movies. It was great to hear someone in their 20's, talking about
the old big box videos like they were holy relics, and spouting off movie titles
that your average Fangoria reader would probably never heard of. It brings
a glimmer of hope to us older fans that there are still young fans out there
that are not just obsessed with Freddy and Jason, and the latest Eli Roth movie.
Not that there's anything wrong with that....
We also met an new/old friend, Lawrence Raffel, formally of
Play, but is now working for
amazing that we both were involved in sort of a message board type newsletter
some 15 years ago. Small world, huh?
A mucho thanks goes out to our buddy Dr. AC for helping us
run the Kryptic table throughout the weekend. I may have to hire him full
time for our PR staff. Of course, that would make him the ENTIRE PR staff,
but that's beside the point.
Next on the list is our bi-annual journey to Ohio for the
Cinema Wasteland show. Can you believe that this will be their 11th
show??? And as usual, it has the makings of another great time. Kari
Wuhrer had to cancel due to family reasons, but there is still going to be
plenty to keep the die-hard fans entertained. Hope to see you there.
And if you are going, as usual, stop by and say hello.
The Flashback Weekend still hasn't posted their official
guest list up on their website, which is kind of surprising. But they have
been announcing a name or two on their message board. The latest name in
their NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET reunion is cult icon John Saxon. Sure, he
starred in the first Freddy movie (not to mention Parts 3 and NEW NIGHTMARE),
but also worked in many other films and other countries, such as working with
Dario Argento in TENEBRE and Mario Bava in THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (aka THE
EVIL EYE). Hopefully they will be announcing more names shortly.
I'm sure everyone else was bummed that Guillermo del Toro's
PAN'S LABYRINTH didn't take home the Oscar for Best Foreign Film or Best
Screenplay. A huge travesty, if you ask me. But at least it did take
home a few awards. And the fact that del Toro was there and nominated is a
very good start to show these Hollywood types what a real filmmaker can do.
DEAD & BURIED AT MUSIC BOX IN CHICAGO
On March 16th & 17th, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago will
be having a midnight screening of Gary Sherman's DEAD AND BURIED. And
Sherman will be there in person!
We do have a few free passes for the Friday night showing.
All you need to do is send us an email with your name and mailing address and
we'll send it out. 2 pass limit per address. Don't wait too long,
since it's only a couple of weeks away.
MUSIC BOX HORRORS
No, it's not time for another Music Box Massacre (that's in
October), but the new Spring scheduled is available on their
features some great titles for us horror fans.
Now here's a title that I never thought I would be able to
see on the big screen. At the midnight show on April 6th & 7th, they will
be screening I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. What better way to spend your Easter
weekend than seeing this uber-cult classic.
They are also playing THE DESCENT, as well as some other
interesting cult faves. And on May 5th, they will be holding a 14 hour
marathon of Sci-Fi favorites in their SCI-FI SPECTACULAR. They will be
screening films like MAD MAX, THE TERMINATOR, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (and
star Patricia Neal will be there in person), and many more.
Make sure you check out their
website for more
Glad to see that some people still can recognize these shots
from those 'old black & white" films. Contrats to Hoby Abernathy, Mike
Sheilds, Aaron Christensen, an Kevin Hart for knowing the classic film THE
INNOCENTS. This is one for the study books folks, if you haven't seen it.
So check out this new black & white shot and see if this
sparks any memories. Good luck.
There seems to be tons of upcoming DVD releases that fans
have been waiting for years. Some time ago at the Home Theater Forum,
Warner Home Video had a on-line chat about some upcoming projects. For
Hammer fans, they are talking about re-doing all the Hammer films for the HD and
SD market. Granted, I do look forward to having to re-buy all of those
films, but man they sure would look beautiful in all those glorious colors,
And FINALLY, we will see the release of HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS
and NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS, with new 16s9 transfers from newly restored film
elements. It's about time since I know many fans that have been waiting
for these titles to come out.
They are also working on a special edition of POLTERGEIST,
that will also feature a new transfer, 5.1 mix, and extras. Don't know the
details on the extras, but a nice retrospective would be nice, don't you
There is also hope to see a 20th anniversary for BEETLEJUICE
and a re-issue of the remake of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, which will contain the
original ending, which was on the original release but quickly pulled for the
market. We'll have to wait and see on those two.
Fans of Lon Chaney Sr. can expect a second collection some
time in 2008. They are hoping to make a new documentary on Tod Browning
and that in the collection. They will also be releasing Ken Russell's THE
DEVILS, Oliver Stone's THE HAND, Wes Craven's DEADLY FRIEND (like that needs a
DVD release???), and Joan Crawford's TROG (which definitely needs a release).
CREEPSHOW SPECIAL EDITION DVD
I was so disappointed when my favorite Romero film
came out on DVD with a bare-bones edition. But now, there is going to be a
new special edition release for the UK. Michael Felsher is the man behind
getting this done, and we can't thank him enough. We really enjoyed his
work on the recent TCM & TCM 2 releases, so we know he'll not disappoint us.
He says there will be commentary by George Romero and Tom Savini, and a
documentary that will hopefully "include as many people who were involved in the
film as possible", according to Felsher. It should be out for a Halloween
release this year.
So if you STILL haven't gotten around to getting a
region-free player....isn't it time?
Since we had never been able to get all those other
Horror channels, like Monsters HD, we were more than tickled to see that Chiller
TV is now on the air, and more importantly, is available to us through Direct
TV. While they still have a small amount of titles on their now, they have
a great start. They are now showing tons of series, from ALFRED HITCHCOCK
PRESENTS, to FREDDY'S NIGHTMARE to FRIDAY THE 13th: THE SERIES, to even TWIN
PEAKS. Plus they are also showing some films commercial free, which is
always a bonus. So check out their website HERE and if you do have Direct
TV, check them out.
2-18-07 FANGO SHOW
Well, next weekend is finally our first convention of
the year, and it can't come soon enough. This whole real-life work stuff
is killing me. While we are hoping that Creation hasn't put our dealer
table in a closet somewhere in the basement, we are looking to have a good time at the show.
Last year, we had a premo spot, and I just don't see being that lucky twice in a
row. Guess we'll just wait and see.
They have added a couple of last minute guests which one of
them really surprised me. And that was Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman.
He will be there promoting THE TRIPPER, along with the director David Arquette.
Never thought I'd see the day to see Pee Wee Herman at a Fango show.
For a full list of the guests scheduled to be there, go to
the Creation page. Fango should be publishing a schedule for the show some
time this week, which will probably be on their website.
So if you are coming out to the show, stop by our table and
say hello. We always like putting faces to the emails.
CORALINA AT CHICAGO FANGO...KIND OF
We recently spoke with our favorite Italian horror queen
Coralina Caltadi Tassoni, who just happens to be in the film that Italian horror
fans have been waiting for decades to come out, MOTHER OF TEARS. She said
that she is planning on being at the Fango show on Saturday. She is not
coming as an "official guests" but will be there walking around the show.
So keep your eyes peeled for her.
Since our convention season is official starting next week
with Fangoria, here are some of the other shows that we are planning to be
hitting later this year.
Movie Memorabilia Show and Film Festival - March 17th & 18th. Featured
guests so far are Rusty Nails and James Zahn, with more to come.
Wasteland - March 30th-April 1st. They are having reunions for
FASTER PUSSCAT KILL...KILL!, HELTER SKELTER, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and
many other other guests. Check out the site for full details.
May 26th-May 27th. Not sure if we'll be making to this one or not, but so
far they have Robert Picardo, Denise Crosby, Lori Nelson, Mark Stetson, Gary
Gianni, David J. Schow, Bob Burns, William Stout, Zacherle, and more.
HorrorHound Weekend - July 6th-July 8th. We are really excited about
this first time show. The HorrorHound boys have the makings of a really
good time here. They have tons of guests lined up already, such as Michael
Biehn, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Ken Foree, and many, many more. Check out
the site for full details.
Flashback Weekend - July 20th-22nd. July is going to be a busy month
for us. The site doesn't have their full guest like up so far, but have
announced these guests so far: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda
Wyss, Ashley Laurence, and Ken Kirzinger. They will have many more guests
that they will be announcing soon.
I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised at anybody
getting our last photo. And that's only since this movie, FROM HELL IT
CAME, is pretty obscure, never getting any video or DVD release. But it's
nice to know that there are fans of the great Tabanga, or "a tree monster that
likes to chase men is shirts", as Gilda Radner called it in IT CAME FROM
Kudos to go Kevin Hart, Mike Sheilds, Aaron Christensen and
Hoby Abernathy. Now check out our latest one. It's another black and
white classic, but with a bit more of a serious tone than the last. Good
We have posted four new reviews with week. And 3 of
them, we have the fine folks at
Cinema to thank for. They continue to offer great import titles at
great prices. Of course, that just means we end up broke quicker, but
that's besides the point.
This time out we take a look at some new titles as well as
some classics. We have reviews for the 80's monster/slasher flick BAD
DREAMS, the Italian blob movie CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER, the killer robot
movie DEATH MACHINE, and the latest film by Christopher (CREEP) Smith,
SEVERANCE. This will make you never want to go to another office outing,
that's for sure.
LA-LA LAND SALE
If you're looking for some new soundtracks to add to your
collection, then you may want to head over to
La-La Land Records
and check out the sale they are having. They have a number of their CDs
for a mere $5.98 and $9.98, and have some great titles in there. We highly
recommend picking up the CREEPSHOW. For any price, this score is a must
for horror fans.
POSTER GALLERY ADDITIONS
We have a few more additions to our Gallery, including some
great Thai posters. Check them out and enjoy.
2-08-07 LATE UPDATE
Sorry for that bit of lateness on this update. We have
been trying hard for last few days to get this done, was just getting no where.
But hopefully this with keep you busy for a bit.
CINEMA WASTELAND UPDATE
It seems there has a been a slight guest change at the Spring
Wasteland show. We just received an email from the Wasteland front office
(that being Ken Kish) letting us know that Lori Williams had to drop out due to
work reasons. But being the promoter extraordinaire that he is, Ken was
able to track down and get Dennis Busch to join the PUSSYCAT reunion.
Busch played the "Vegetable" and has never done an appearance before. So
for PUSSYCAT fans, this is a rare opportunity.
SAW 3 - DOUBLE DIPPING AGAIN?
When SAW 3 hit the DVD shelves a couple of weeks ago, and it
said "Unrated Edition", I thought that maybe they finally realized that the fans were
getting pissed off by them releasing the theatrical version, only to release an
uncut version later down the road.
But now, a release in the UK is being called
"Extreme Edition". Does this feature more footage that isn't in the Unrated
Edition? We're not sure, but hope to find out soon.
Why must they keep doing this to the fans? Oh yea, I forgot....it's all
about the money. And then they wonder why people want to download them for free.
SPIDER BABY REBORN
Now here's a re-release that I can be excited about. It seems
that Jack Hill's classic film SPIDER BABY will be getting another release, with
a bunch of new extras. According to Hill, "We made a HD transfer that is far
superior to the earlier job." The disc will also have some new extras, including
a new documentary about the making of the film, which will feature interviews
with the most of the remaining cast. There will also be a documentary about the
composer Ronald Stein. There will also be a new audio commentary track with Hill
and star Sid Haig.
We are a huge fan of this movie and can't wait for this disc
to come out. And for this film, it doesn't matter that we already own the
previous release. It's just nice to see talent like Jack Hill and Sid Haig
getting the props they've been deserving for years.
MORE DVD NEWS
It seems that PHANTASM 3: LORD OF THE DEAD will
finally be hitting DVD here in the states. Being released on April 10th,
along with another re-release of the original film, this release from Anchor Bay
looks to have the same extras as in the UK release, with audio commentary by
Angus Scrimm and Michael Baldwin, deleted scenes, and trailers. It will
also be presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen. But one feature that
might be new is a Behind-the-Scenes featurette.
But if you're really looking for the ultimate PHANTASM
edition, and have a region free player, then you have to get the set that Anchor
Bay UK put out, that features an awesome Sphere display case. It contains
all 4 movies, and a 5th disc of extras. Well worth every penny. You
can still get these by contacting our buddies at
PAN'S DVD RELEASE
On May 15th, New Line Home Entertainment will release
Guillermo del Toro's PAN'S LABYRINTH on DVD in a double disc edition. It
will feature a anamorphic widescreen transfer with DTS-ES 6.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
EX and 2.0 Surround audio. It will be in Spanish, but will have English
It will also feature audio commentary by del Toro, a
making-of documentary, and several other featurettes on the making of the film,
including the Director's Notebook. It will also have photo galleries and
storyboards as well.
If you have not seen this amazing dark fairy tale from this
major craftsman of cinema, then you really need to. It has been nominated
for 6 Oscar nominations, including Best Foreign Film. See it in the
theater. Give your support to these types of movies.
ROBERT PICARDO AT WONDERFEST
While they've only mentioned it on the site, it seems that
Mr. Picardo will be the guest of honor at this year's Wonderfest show, this
Memorial Day Weekend. Each year we plan on getting to this show, but never
seemed to make it. But since one of our favorite werewolves is going to be
there, now we have another excuse to try to plan to make it out. No
ROTLD REUNION SHOW D.O.A.
It seems that this was just too good to be true.
Apparently not enough interests (aka money) getting to the promoter to cover the
cost of the guests. Trust me, nobody is more disappointed than me,
especially since we have already paid for a dealer table there. We're not
even sure if there's still going to be a show or what. Just another bit of
news that is really making my week.
Fango has added a few more guests to the lineup, but still no
HUGE stars that we were hoping. And certainly no GRINDHOUSE panel, at
least nothing yet.
But they have added David Arquette, Marcus Nispel, Dee Snider
& Debbie Rochon (wait...are they guests, or just working the show?), Kane Hodder,
Ari Lehman, Robert Kutzman, and others. Check out Creations
for the full detail....though they don't tend to update it too frequently.
Since we had finally joined the ranks of the MySpace
community, along with just about EVERYONE else on the planet, we are taking
advantage of the blog craze as well. You will find a link on our
Navigational Bar on the left to get to both our MySpace page, as well as our
blog page. This is where we might post different little things that we're
don't feel is worth posting here, such as quick thoughts on movies and what not.
Recently, we've been watching and re-watching the HELLRAISER series, and posting
our thoughts about them here. Check it out and let us know what you think.
HELLRAISER BOOK REVIEW
Speaking of HELLRAISER, we've just finished reading the new
book by Paul Kane, entitled The Hellraiser Films And Their Legacy. And
we've just posted our review of the book in our Review Section, under
Well, even with the extra time, we didn't get that much for a
response on our last photo. It was from THE RETURN OF THE FLY. I
remember that sequence vividly watching that as a kid, especially when the guy
steps on the rat body and the human hands are reaching out from under the shoe.
That's stuff that nightmares are made of.
Contrats to Mike Shields and Aaron Christensen for knowing
this little gem.
Now you people don't really want me to put something TOO easy
up there, do you? I've always thought that if you don't know it, once you
find out the answer, it will always be stuck in the brain, and you'll at least
remember that photo and the title. A little subconscious education, if you
will. At least we're trying.
So click on over and try out the new one and see what you can
come up with. As always, good luck.
With the announcements of this year's Oscar nominations, I
couldn't have been more thrilled to hear that Guillermo del Toro's PAN'S
LABYRINTH had been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, plus another 6
nominations as well. I can only hope that this incredible filmmaker can
take home a much deserved award and attention that he deserves.
The other nominations are for Art Direction, Cinematography,
Best Makeup, Original Score, and Original Screenplay.
ROTLD SHOW UPDATE
The website for the Movie Memorabilia & Film Festival has
updated their guest lineup for their RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Reunion show in
March. Right now, they have listed Clu Gulagher, James Karen, Linnea
Quigley, Don Calfa, Beverly Randolph, Jewel Sheppard, Brian Peck and John
Philbin. For fans of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, this is going to be a
For more details about the show, check out the website
We have a few new reviews posted this week. For movies,
we have THE GATHERING, PREY, and the cult classic DEATH RACE 2000. We have
also posted our review for the soundtrack from PRIMEVAL. Check them out in
our Review Section.
I figured I wouldn't have too many winners on this last
photo, since it was a pretty tough one. And even when I gave you a big
clue. I said this one would be "five times" as hard. Well, the photo
was from DEVIL TIMES FIVE. Will Wilson was the only one to send in the
correct answers, but thanks for all the interesting attempts.
Take a look at this week's photo and see what you can come up
with. Trust me, it's not as hard as that last one.
1-22-07 BUSY WEEK
We had planned on our weekly update as usual, but ended up
spending most of the day on Sunday watching movies. 5 of them to be exact.
So by the time we got around to working on this update, it was getting way past
our bedtime. And trust me, you don't want me working on this thing when
I'm tired. The thought process gets somewhat lost between the old brain
and the fingers, resulting in some strange language, sometimes might be
decipherable. Sometimes. But hopefully it was worth the extra day.
While we still have a lot more to do, and add a lot
more items, here's the beginning of it. We just threw some of the posters
that we currently have in stock, but have plenty more to add. So take a
quick look and see if there's anything in there that you just have to add to
your collection. Everything listed is in stock, unless otherwise noted.
The Chicago Fangoria show is a little more than a month away.
And I must say that I am very disappointed in the guest lineup thus far.
Unless they have some last minute surprise they are going to be whipping out,
this is not looking that good. Yea, they do have some genre faves in
there, like Bill Moseley, Sid Haig and Ken Foree. And while we love to see
them at any show, they have been to so many shows, are they really still going
to draw in the big crowds? Yes, they do have Doug Bradley and Jeffrey
Combs. Bradley was at a Chicago Fango show years ago, so that is good.
And I don't believe that Combs has ever had a Chicago appearance. And then
there's Shawnee Smith, another first timer. But other than that.....what?
Jared Padalecki? Sorry, but just don't see him being a huge draw.
Uwe Boll? Oh that's good. And then a BARRICADE panel. Do we
remember all the different guests last year?
Looking at the lineup for the Burbank, California show in
May, 5 months away, they already have Don Coscarelli, Paul Naschy, Bernie
Wrightson, Eric Red, Russell Mulcahy, as well as Doug Bradley and Shawnee Smith.
So what's with the Chicago lineup? Are we not as important as the west
coast? Why not treat the mid-west fans like you do the East and West coast
Come on Fango. If you keep this up, you will lose this
market once again, just like you did years ago. The only difference is
that we already have a couple of great shows here in mid-west, Cinema Wasteland
Show and the Flashback Weekend. And this summer, we'll even be adding a
3rd one, the Horror Hound Weekend.
So let's see if they can pull out an Ace at the last minute.
It's about time that some more DVD documentaries come out.
And this one looks pretty interesting. Based on the book of the same name,
by John McCarty, this 3-disc set will have 10 episodes, each of which covers one
particular director. Each episode will feature interviews with a bunch of
names in the business, from the likes of John Agar to Stuart Gordon, to Richard
The directors that are featured in this set are: Jack Arnold,
Tod Browning, William Castle, Roger Corman, Terence Fisher, Tobe Hooper, Roman
Polanski, Jacques Tourneur, Ronald West, and Robert Wise.
The set will be released by Elite Entertainment, and has a
release date of May 8th, with a retail price of $29.98. I know we are
looking forward to it.
Mike Shields was the only entry to correctly name the
last photo. And that would be from the awesome film (that's right AC, I
said AWESOME!) THE MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND! Though, after watching it
again yesterday, I still think I have a bit of a headache left over from those
super-zooms they were doing. That stuff would even make Jess Franco dizzy!
If you thought that last one was a tough one, this one is
five times as hard. So good luck. You'll need it.
ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN CASTING
We've been purposely avoiding posting all the news coming out
about Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN. The main point is that it's all over the web
so it's kind of hard to miss it. So figure it was just redundant.
But I have read more and more comments about how some are
calling it DEVIL'S REJECTS 2 and stuff like that, since the people Zombie is
casting are either from REJECTS or are just genre faves, but usually in a
negative way. Like why can't he get new people to be in this movie.
Now, we know that Carpenter and Romero tended to use some of
the same cast when they could. And even a bigger reason that I like what
he's doing, is that he's casting people that he would like to see in his movie,
someone who has done something with the genre. Remember folks, I'm sure
there's nothing more that would please the studios than if Rob was casting the
latest pretty face from some TV show. So I give him a lot of credit of
casting people that he's a fan of. I know if I was ever in the film
industry, I would be doing the same thing.
1-14-07 YVONNE DECARLO PASSES
Once again, though we are not huge fans of THE MUNSTERS, we
do feel the loss of Yvonne De Carlo. She did have quite a few other
credits to her name, but for us horror fans, she will always be remembered as
Lily Munster. She passed away on Monday the 8th, from natural causes.
She was 84.
As always, our thoughts and wishes go out to her friends and
MONSTER SQUAD HITS DVD
This cult favorite will finally be coming out on DVD, though
not really sure from who yet, according to Don May Jr., from Synapse Films.
No definite details on when it's going to be coming out, but I would expect some
news in the near future. Since there is a huge MONSTER SQUAD reunion at
the Monster Mania convention next month, one would have expected it then.
Unless....the makers are planning on being at that show to do some major
interviewing for some nice supplements??? Now that would be the smart
thing to do.
"DO YOU WANT TO PARTY?" - R.O.T.L.D. REUNION SHOW
And while speaking of reunion shows, this March, Chicagoland
will be able to attend the
Show in Burr Ridge, which will have a cast reunion of this cult classic.
At this point, the site has been updated with all the details yet, but according
to organizer Frank Slabinak, he is in talks with 8 of the stars, and have
confirmed Beverely Randolph, John Philbin, Linnea Quigley, and possibly Jewel
If you're interested in attending the show, or even getting a
dealer table, email Frank and ask for more details. I know he's got a few
more tables left, so don't wait. This is going to be great show for zombie
fans around the midwest. Don't miss out!
With all these other Horror Channels that have come
out, or have been going to come out for years, it seems that NBC Universal is
now jumping on the band wagon, with the channel simply called Chiller. And
since it will be available through Direct TV, which is what we have, we are very
excited about this. According to Variety, NBC U will take advantage of the
horror TV shows like ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS and films like THE SHINING and
PSYCHO, as well as many from the MCA library. John Gaspin of NBC U, also
says that they have acquired programming from others such as 20th Century Fox
TV, Songy, Warner Bros TV, and Lionsgate. They are also planning to show
TWIN PEAKS, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, FREDDY'S NIGHTMARES, and FRIDAY THE 13th: THE
So since we've recently joined the ranks of HDTV owners, we
are even more excited about this. Hopefully it will be worth all the wait.
Well, we had quite a more names this time out with the
correct answer, unless I forget to mention them again. The gooey pic was
from that other cult classic, STREET TRASH. If you haven't checked out
that latest 2-disc special edition that Synapse Films put out last year, then
you need to pick it up right away. While we are not HUGE fans of the
movie, the 2-hour documentary alone is worth the cost. They did an amazing
job finding all of these people who worked on the film, including Bryan Singer,
who has gone on to direct the first two X-MEN movies and SUPERMAN RETURNS.
Anyway....the special elite who sent in the correct answers
were Mike Shields, Will Wilson, Kevin Hart, Aaron Christensen, and Mike Dudley.
So check out the latest one and see what you can do.
1-07-07 NEW REVIEW
We've posted our review for the new independent low-budget
film ALONE WITH HER, starring Colin Hanks. It's worth checking out.
We were looking through the latest issue of Fangoria, and was
reading about a new film based on the exploits of Ed Gein, called ED GEIN: THE
BUTCHER OF PLAINFIELD. Writer / Director Michael Feifer says, "PSYCHO,
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and a lot of other films have played off the
mythological side of Ed Gein. my approach was to bas the film on the
reality of Ed Gein, and of that time and place in Wisconsin in the 50's when
people were finding out about him. Rather than a wild horror movie about a
guy running around with a chainsaw, this is about a real-life moment in time and
a drama about that period."
Sounds cool enough. But then he makes a whole mistake
of casting Kane Hodder as Gein!!! Now, this is nothing again Mr. Hodder,
or his acting ability, but if this is suppose to be about the "reality of Ed
Gein", casting him for the role would be like casting Cedric the Entertainer as
Charles Manson. Plus, they are also adding a character (played by Michael
Berrymore) as his henchman.
Okay, here's the deal folks. If you want to make up a
movie and maybe just something from real life, then fine do it. But don't
make it sound like you're going to make a film that is based on the facts more
than the other films. I would have been much more excited to see a film
about Hodder and Berryman playing a couple of butchers in small town than what
I've read so far about this one.
POSTER GALLERY UPDATE
We have also updated our Poster Gallery with tons more poster
graphics, mainly Thai posters. If you haven't checked out our gallery, you
really should spent a few minutes there. We have some amazing poster art
Also thanks to Jeff Howe for some
donations. And if we ever get off our butts, we'll even have some of those
very posters for sale as well! Stay tuned for that.
The correct answer for our last Photo was Paul Naschy's THE
HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE. Mike Shields was the only one with the correct
answers. Come on....are there not that many Naschy fans out there?
Please say it ain't so!
Anyway, check out the newest photo and see if this one rings