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2010

12-26-10  AXE-MAS SURVIVOR
    Well, hopefully everyone out there survived their visit from Satan Claws this year.  Hope everyone out there got plenty of DVDs and other cool horror stuff in their stockings.  We made it through another year successfully, and are looking forward to next year, which looks to be pretty damn amazing.  Can't wait for it to begin.  In the meantime, going to spend some of this time off from work enjoying some movies.  Or trying to.

OBSCURE MOVIE LIST
    We meant to mention this in our last update, but simply forgot to.  With getting the new computer and trying to get it back up to speed, some things just slipped by.  But we are still diligently working on compiling a list of 100 movie titles are slightly obscure, hidden gems, and just ones that should get more attention.  Are these movies going to be these lost classics that change your political views?  Probably not.  But are ones that we (and the people sending in their suggestions) think are good films that have slipped under the radar, but really need to be discovered by more.  We are planning on having this list completed by the end of the year and will announce the list of titles after the 1st.  I'm sure there are going to be a few titles on this list that you have already seen.  That is just going to leave you will fewer films to get to before end of the year.  As we said when we first mentioned this, this is not for a contest or for prizes, but just to give you a list to try and complete within the next calendar year.  I know there are a lot of times when people are wanting to watch a movie, but just not sure what to watch.  So we're taking that load off your shoulders for you!  Regular saints, aren't we?
    But in the meantime, if you think of any titles, feel free to send them in.  We are still open to suggestions.  Granted, you only have a week left...

KRYPTIC ARMY - YEAR 2
    Less than a week to go before the year is over and we complete the first year of the Kryptic Army.  Again, I want to thank everyone that has participated in this throughout the year, whether you've been there in the trenches from the beginning or are a fresh recruit.  I think we have gone through some pretty amazing movies over this last year, and have had a lot of fun.  We're looking to do the same again next year.  Maybe we'll even get a little more creative with the themes too....we'll see.
    Hopefully we will also have more names popping up in the army.  The numbers are slowly growing, but can always welcome more.  So if you know any other horror movie fans that might now know about our Army, please let them know!  The more people on the front line fighting the good fight, the more interesting titles we'll see pop up during the missions.  If by chance this is the first time you're hearing about our Kryptic Army, then please click HERE to be taken to our Army page which will fill you in all the details.  We are always looking for a more horror fans that are willing to fight on the front lines!  Or if you know about the army, but just haven't signed up yet, then now is your chance.  Just click HERE to sign up.  Trust me...you'll have fun.
    On the 1st, like every other month, we will be sending out our email with the new month's mission.  But a short time after that, we will be announcing the winners from this last year.  As we first mentioned when we started this, for every month that you have participated in, your name will go into a drawing.  So if you've participated in all 12 months, then your name will be in there 12 times, giving you that many more chances to win.
    And just what could you win?  Well, how about a little container of THE STUFF, signed by director Larry Cohen?  Or a Mexian lobby card from RE-ANIMATOR signed by Stuart Gordon?  A CREEPSHOW soundtrack CD?  Or maybe even a signed 8x10 photo of H.G. Lewis?  We have plenty of items in our prize coffin that we will be pulling from.  So stay tuned for those announcements, as well continuing the fight in the Kryptic Army.

BEING HUMAN...AND AMERICAN
    Okay...little confused here.  I just read that there is going to be an American version of the BBC series BEING HUMAN coming out on Sci-Fi Channel next year.  Uh....Why?  There is a perfectly good series already...and it is even in English too!  So why does somebody feel that they have to make it Americanized for us to enjoy it?  Just seems like a waste of time and money and talent, when they could be trying to do something original and creative on their own.  Oh wait...I forgot where I was.  Wonders never cease.

HORROR HISTORY
    Sorry folks...no Christmas break in this classroom.  We let you off last week without a lesson.  Can't do that two weeks in a row...might go soft on me.  This week, we introduced you to one half of a very important pair of people that were responsible for many great entertaining movies in the '50s and '60s.  So head over to the classroom for this week's lesson.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Nice to see a few people were able to get our last photo, since it is one British film that seems to get past buy every now and then.  The film is BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW (aka SATAN' SKIN), starring the lovely Linda Hayden.  Kudos out to Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Dave Friedman, David Schmidt, Mike Shields, Wayne Teeter, Joe Wallace, and Alistair Wilson.  Great job guys...always nice to see the British horror get some love.
    Now our latest photo is going to be a tough one.  So you're going to have to really give a really good workout to come up with this one.  Good luck!  To send in your answer, just click HERE.

12-19-10  WE'RE BACK!
    Well, after what seemed like forever, we are back online!  The middle of last week, I came home from work to find out computer had taken a shit.  Actually, I believe it was the motherboard.  Every time we have computer  issues, I seem to start to question the time I spend on the damn thing, with the website and all.  Is it really worth it?  When I could be spending time watching movies, reading books, or whatever.  But it all comes down to why I have been doing this for well over 10 years.  Simply because I love it.  It is my escape from reality.  It is a place where I can go to be with other like minded horror fans out there that take this stuff as seriously as I do.  Sure, it is all about having a good time, but for me it is much more than that.  It really is a way of life.
    When I do have these little technical speedbumps, it seems to take forever, when in reality, it has only been less than 2 weeks.  But we are very happy to be back.  And not only are we back, but for the first time, we have moved from an old clunky desktop computer to a new fancy laptop.  Hopefully this will last a little longer than our last computer.  We shall see.
    So, we apologize for any delays in responding to emails or whatever.  But things should be back to normal....as far as 'normal' goes around here.  So let's get to it.

JEAN ROLLIN - REST IN PEACE
    The world of cult movies has lost another one, French director Jean Rollin.  He was known for making plenty of vampire films, usually filled with naked beautiful women, and even giving porn star Brigitte Lahaie a shot at starring in non-porn movies, though they still had quite a bit of nudity...but who's complaining?  He started in the film business in the late '60s and turned to horror in the last '70s with films like THE RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE (1968), THE NUDE VAMPIRE (1970), and CAGED VIRGINS (1971), he continued to make films.  Some of our favorites of his are THE GRAPES OF DEATH (1978), FASCINATION (1979), and LIVING DEAD GIRL (1982).  Thankfully, quite a bit of his work is available on DVD, so fans will be able to experience his films for years to come.
    He passed away on December 14th, after a long illness.  Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.  Rest in Peace, Mr. Rollin.  Your fans will keep your memory alive.

KRYPTIC ARMY - HOLIDAY HORRORS
    For those soldiers out there that might be having a little trouble finding a movie for this month's mission, head over to the message board to see what some ideas that other members have done.  This is the creativity that I was talking about.  To get to the Message Board, just click HERE.

GREYDON CLARK ADDED TO HORRORHOUND WEEKEND
    Clark might not be a name that is real familiar with horror fans, but it should be.  Clark was one of the independent guys that was doing everything from acting, directing, and everything in between.  With his work on films with Al Adamson, like SATAN'S SADISTS and DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN, to directing on of the WITHOUT WARNING, which has still never gotten a release over here on DVD or video!  Hopefully that changes soon, since it is a great little movie.  Clark joins the of the ever-growing lineup for HorrorHound's Indy show.  For all the details about the show, just click HERE.

VINCENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
    Next year marks the 100th birthday of Vincent Price, one of the horror genre's favorite actors.  And to mark this occasion, there are some fine people in the St. Louis area that are trying to put together one hell of a celebration.  They don't have a website up yet, but once they do, I'll be sure to pass it along here.  But so far, they do have the Price's daughter and author of Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography and Lucy Chase Williams, the author of The Complete Films of Vincent Price to agree to attend, as well as help from Cinema St. Louis, a non-profit cinema related event planning group.
    Right now, the only date that they have set is for May of 2011.  Once we get more details, we will post them here.  Price has always been one of the genre's biggest stars and we find it only fitting that there should be some sort of celebration to honor this great man.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    I was thinking (actually hoping) that since you had an extra week for the Mystery Photo that we would get so many more correct answers.  Or...maybe we did and I just lost the emails.  Could be a possibility.  So I guess if you did send in the correct answer and I missed you....sorry.  Just let me know and I'll correct it.  Anyway, our last photo was from John Carradine's THE UNEARTHLY.  For some reason I got on an Allison Hayes kick a couple of weeks ago.  Not a bad thing really.  Not one of Carradine's best films, but surely not one of his worst.  The only ones that sent in the correct answers were Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, and Mike Shields.  Good job, people.
    Let us get to our latest photo and see what we came up with this week.  Just click HERE to send us your guess.  Good luck.

12-5-10  NASCHY BLOGATHON
    I have to say that seeing all the different posts during the Naschy Blogathon all last week, every day with more and more new ones, it really showed me that there is a huge following of his work.  And hopefully with this week of Naschy, it started a whole bunch of new fans of this great and talented man.  Huge thanks out to the Vicar of VHS and Mad Mad Mad Mad Movies for getting this thing started and keeping up with all the new links that he was being sent over to him every day.  They have a listing on their blog of all the Naschy links that came in throughout the week.  So if you want to go straight there, to catch up on some of the links that you might have missed, just click HERE.  We have taken down our blog banner, but have added a link to our blog page on our Navigational Menu on the left.  So we will be keeping that page up for a while at least.
    Long Live the Hombre-Lobo and love live Paul Naschy!

WE NEED YOUR SUGGESTIONS! - OBSCURE MOVIE CHALLENGE!
    I know a lot of film fans out there that are just suckers for a movie lists, such as “Must See Before You Die” or “Top 50 Films to Keep You Awake”, and that list goes on and on.  So we thought that we would create our own list.  Our goal is over the rest of this month, compile a list of horror films that are obscure, under the radar, off the beaten path, that really should be seen by more people.  But doing it a little different.  But we thought that instead of just me coming up with the list, that we would get help from the biggest horror fans out there…..YOU!
    So this is what we are asking:  Send us an email with 1-5 movies that you feel fit that description.  We’re not talking cult movies like JASON X or the like.  But a film that you might have somehow discovered and was totally blown away by not just the movie, but also because you had never heard of it before.  One that you think EVERYONE should see.  Even if you only have 1 movie now, send us the title.  If you think of another one later, send another email.  So at the first of the year, depending on how many films we have suggested to us, hopefully enough to make a good and strong list of titles, we will post a listing of said films.  And then the real fun comes.  YOUR challenge will be to make sure that you have seen every film on this list.  Some of them obviously you will have already seen.  If so, and you remember it, check it off the list.  None of this “I think I seen that years ago” crap.  This is for your own benefit.  There’s no contests or prizes or anything like that for this challenge.  But just a challenge to you to check off this list of films that apparently are some real hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.  All you have to do is just click HERE to send us your suggestions.

TURKEY DAY 2010 REPORT
    We have finished our write up for this year's Turkey Day Marathon!  Head over to our Turkey Day page to see what we watched, and what our thoughts were.  Can't wait for next year!

HORRORHOUND GUEST ANNOUNCEMENTS
    The guest list for HorrorHound Weekend in Indy just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  They have announced several new names that will be attending their show next March.  Besides the headliner Dario Argento, here are some of the other names that have recently listed:  Tom Atkins, Stacy Nelkin, Dick Warlock, Catriona MacColl, Diane Franklin, Wayne Doba,Bob Elmore, Peter Giuliano, Ted White, Derek Mackinnon, Steve Johnson, Rhonda Shear, Don Post.  For all the latest details, head over to their site by clicking HERE.

PUPPET MASTER SOUNDTRACKS
    Fans of the PUPPET MASTER series from Full Moon will be excited to learn that Perseverance Records will be releasing a 5-disc box set that features all the original scores from the entire series (other than 5 & 8, since those movies just re-used scores from other Full Moon movies).  So you will get the complete scores from parts 1-4, 6 & 7, and 9 & 10.  All that for only $44.95!
    All the scores have been digitally re-mastered, including the first four film scores that were transferred from the composer's original analog tapes.  The box set comes with a 28-page booklet that has interviews with the four different composer on this disc: Richard Band, Jeff Walton, John Massari & Peter Bernstein, as well as in-depth notes on each of the films in the series.  This is a limited set of only 2000 copies, so if you have even the slightest interests, you'd better act now before they are gone.
    For more information, head over to the official site of Perseverance Records by clicking HERE.

HORROR HISTORY
    All right class, this week we give you someone who came through the Roger Corman film factory, and was worked as an actor, writer, director, and much more.  And I'm pretty sure you've seen one of the more famous movies that he has appeared in.  Head over to our classroom to learn who this man is.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    It seems that sometimes my choices for the Mystery Photo is a little obvious to those that know me, or that might really be paying attention.  Since last week was the Naschy Blogothan, we figured it would only be fitting to put up a shot from one of the many films that Naschy did.  We thought of using a different shot that might not have been as easy.  But this particular shot, people also recognized because it was used on the cover of John McCarty's PSYCHOS book.  The film is BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL (aka HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN), one of Naschy's entries in the giallo theme movies, which he did quite well with this one.  Kudos to the following who go it: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Mark Murray, David Schmidt, Mike Shields, Wayne Teeter, and William Wilson.
    So lets get to our next film.  This one might be a little tougher....so good luck!  Just click HERE to send in your answer.

12-3-10  NASCHY BLOGATHON -DAY FIVE
    We will be posting something each day on our site about the late, great, Paul Naschy, in conjunction with Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Movies who is hosting a week long Naschy Blogathon, covering all things Naschy.  And of course, we were going to be involved.  So just click HERE each day this week to be taken to our special Naschy Blogathon page.  Enjoy!

11-28-10  TURKEY DAY SURVIVOR
    We have survived another Turkey Day Marathon, with getting through a total of 7 movies: TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000, REPTILICUS, THE DAY TIME ENDED, MONSTER DOG, FATAL FRAMES, FIEND, and GARDEN OF THE DEAD.  Sure, a couple of them were just over an hour, but watching the 2 hour FATAL FRAMES really should count as about 3 movies, but it sure feels like it.  We also had the biggest crowd this time out as well.  Not only was my son Nick and Turkey Day veteran Aaron Christensen here, but also our buddy Craig Clark drove several hours to come join in the fun!  As well as Joe Wallace who made a point to stop by in time for a couple of titles.
    We are working on a full write up, and hopefully will have that posted in our next update.  Can't wait to start planning next year's feast.

HAMMER POSTER ART BOOK REVIEW
    We just got this new book a couple of days ago and have been drooling over it ever since.  We have already posted our review of it in our Reference Book Review section, which you can get to HERE.  If you are a poster collector, a fan of Hammer films, then this is one book that you have to pick up.  It is just amazing to look at.  And if you get it through Amazon, it's pretty affordable.

INGRID PITT - REST IN PEACE
    On November 23rd, horror fans around the world lost one of the most memorable female vampires out there....Ingrid Pitt.  After collapsing a few days earlier, she passed away from heart problems at the hospital.  Out of all the Hammer women that kept me drooling at the screen over the years, no one quite had the effect more than Ingrid Pitt.  I remember watching VAMPIRE LOVERS for the first time and falling in love those those sad eyes.  Sure, her voluptuous body didn't hurt either.  But she definitely had this screen presence that just hooked me.  Though she really only appeared in a handful of horror films, when she did, the audience knew it.  And remembered it.  Our thoughts go out to her friends and family.  She definitely is one horror icon that will is as immortal as her onscreen character of Carmilla Karnstein.
    We had the chance to meet her a couple of times over the years at different conventions.  We have written a little bit longer piece of our remembrance of her, one story in particular that we will always remember her for, but have it on separate page.  Just click HERE to be taken there.

NASCHY BLOGATHON
    We will be participating in the Official Naschy Blogathon that starts tomorrow.  So Monday through Friday, we will be posting our thoughts on our top five Naschy films.  Yes, we normally hate narrowing down a list of a TOP anything, but we figured could give it a try, since it is for a great cause: To help spread the word of the incredible work of Paul Naschy.  So we will have a special page where we will be posting these thoughts and update it every day this week.  We will also be posting it on our Facebook page as well.  The more people that see it, the better.  And if you're a Naschy fan, make sure you check out the Blogathon central, at Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Movies, since they will be updating their blog with all the other people involved.  So you'll have plenty of chances to read and see many different Naschy related items. 

2nd MOTHER COMES TO BLU-RAY
    Blue Underground has announced they will be releasing Dario Argento's INFERNO on both DVD and Blu-Ray next March.  The film will be presented on both discs in a new high-definition 1.85:1 transfer from the original uncut negative, and will feature Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Ex & Dolby Surround 2.0 audio tracks, with DTS-ES 6.1 on the DVD and a DTS-HD 7.1 for the Blu-Ray.  The extras will include interviews with Argento, Lamberto Bava (who was the assistant director) and actors Irene Miracle & Leigh McCloskey.
    So here's a stupid question....Where the hell is the Blu-Ray release of SUSPIRIA?

JOHN CARPENTER HAS GONE SENILE
    Okay, now everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but when I heard this, especially coming from Mr. Carpenter, I was shocked.  I was watching a recent BBC documentary on the history of the horror genre and it was discussing Val Lewton and his films, especially CAT PEOPLE.  Then we go to a brief interivew with Carpenter to here him say the following:

I just think he’s so overrated.  Everybody worships Val Lewton for a couple scenes.  The swimming pool scene….why?  There’s nothing in the frame near her.  It’s just lighting.  The pool is lit.  She’s in the middle of the pool.  Nothing is going to get her.  When it is frightening when there’s something around you.  If you can and you have a monster or thing that looks pretty good…show it.  Show it!  I mean, JURASSIC PARK done by Val Lewton would be nothing.

    Like I said, to each there own.  Which is why I'm posting it here.  But I have to say that my opinion of him has dropped quite a bit after hearing that.  I always considered him a great and knowledgeable filmmaker.  But that just throw me for a loop.

HORROR HISTORY
    We haven't had a new addition in here in a few weeks, so we figured it was about time to get back on the program.  Head over to the Horror History classroom to be introduced to a talented person who was HUGE in the B-movie circuit.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Our photo from last week is one from an old movie that FINALLY has just been released on DVD.  And that is DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW.  We tried to use a shot that wasn't too obvious either, but it didn't stop a few of you from recognizing it right away.  So kudos out to Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Dave Friedman, Lee Marohn, Erik Martin, David Schmidt, and William Wilson.
    So here is our new photo.  Might be a little tougher this time out, but we want to make you really think about this one.  Come on....at least you could just take a stab at it, right?  Just click HERE to send in your guess, and as always, good luck.

11-21-10  ONE MUTHER OF AN UPDATE!
    We miss last week's update due to the HorrorHound show, but we are back in action and have one massive update to make up for it.  As this year comes to a close, we are starting to realize more and more what is important in life.  And that is being happy and really taking advantage of the short time we have on this planet.  Which is what we are doing here, punching away at this keyboard, hopefully giving our readers a little sometime to learn, and maybe even smile a bit.  Enjoy!

HORRORHOUND WEEKEND - PAST & FUTURE
    Well, our 2010 Kryptic World Tour comes to an end after last week's HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati.  And what a way to end the year.  Had one hell of a good time, which is always the case with the great people that we hang around with.  Hopefully we'll have our report up in a week or two.  Didn't get a lot of photos of the guests, but that reason will be further explained in our write-up.  But thanks to everyone who stopped by our table and chatted with us, or just to say hello, as well as our usual cast of characters that we meet up with.  Very fond memories, some that we will never forget.
    They have just announced a huge addition to the March Indy HorrorHound Weekend show....Dario Argento!  But it doesn't stop there.  They are planning a SUSPRIRA reunion and have added stars Barbara Magnolfi and Stefania Casini to the lineup.  With the other guests they have already announced, such as a KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE reunion, to tons of Slasher film stars, this is looking to be another amazing show.  And with 3 months to go, you know they will be adding even more names for this event.  If you had any thought of going to this film, I would start making your plans, getting your hotel room, and start saving your money.  Their last Indianapolis show was HUGE, and we don't see this one being any less that epic.
    For more details, head over to their official convention site HERE.

NASCHY BLOGATHON!
    We would have posted something on this sooner, but being gone last weekend didn't help.  Any long time fan of this site and who knows me, knows my love for Paul Naschy, who we lost last November.  To celebrate this first anniversary of that great loss, the guys at Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Movies Blog are hosting a week long Naschy Blogathon!  What is this, you ask?  Well, they are asking anyone who has a site, blog, an artists, or anybody else who is creative and shares a love for Paul Naschy and his work, to do something during the week of November 29th through December 3rd, and let them know about it.  They will put a link of it up on their site for other Naschy fans to read/see.  We think it is a smashing idea and will be definitely be coming up with something to participate.
    If you run your own site/blog, or just want to join in the fun, head over to Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Movies and let them know you're interested.  The more people we can get involved in this, the more chance of getting new fans to discover this incredibly talented and life long fan of the horror genre.  He is missed, but we can make sure his memory lives on through his movies.

BLOGS WORTH CHECKING OUT
    Here are a few more blogs that we have either come across, been thrown our way, or are run by friends, that we think people need to be aware of, if you're not already.  So take a minute to check them out and hopefully you will find some enjoyment out of them, just as I have.

  • Cavalcade of Perversions - Anytime I see someone posting reviews and thoughts about movies such as WEREWOLF WOMAN, THE FOREST, and tons of other obscure titles, it always gives me hope.  Check out this blog for some fun reviews and comments on the genre.

  • Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Movies - The ones responsible for starting the Naschy Blogathon, so we have to give them kudos for that alone.  But their blog is a great read, filled with reviews and other good stuff.

  • Murder Legendre - Indian based site/podcast that is out to bring lost and forgotten films out of the dark.  Can't argue with that message.

  • Big Gay Horror Fan - Our good friend Brian Kirst runs this site with the same die hard passion as we run ours.  Brian's knowledge of the genre and cult stars is amazing.  He is always discovering new and interesting things from the genre and lets his readers know.  Check it out, and I think you'll be impressed.

DINO DE LAURENTIIS - REST IN PEACE
    Producers are one of those jobs in the industry that are really taking the biggest risks in movie making.  It is their money.  And we don't think that anybody took as many big risks and lost, but still continued on, then that of Dino De Laurentiis.  De Laurentiis passed away on November 10th, at the age of 91.  While he did have some big Hollywood hits, like DEATH WISH and SERPICO, it is for his plentiful work in the horror genre, both good and bad, that we give him thanks for.  For better or for worse, he gave us films like  KING KONG (1976), ORCA (1977), FLASH GORDON (1980), CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982), AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION (1982), THE DEAD ZONE (1983), DUNE (1984), CAT'S EYE (1985), SILVER BULLET (1985), MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (1986), MANHUNTER (1986), ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992), HANNIBAL (2001), RED DRAGON (2007), HANNIBAL RISING (2007).
    So for those, our thoughts go out to his friends and family, and our thanks for bringing many hours of entertainment to us.

KRYPTIC ARMY - DUST THEM MOVIES OFF
    Just a little friendly reminder to those who have not gotten in their Mission reports for this month's Army Mission.  With the holiday coming up next week, it's going to be pretty easy to forget about it in all the shopping madness that will follow.  So don't wait too long.

TURKEY DAY COMING
    And since next Thursday is Thanksgiving, we know that the next day, instead of fighting the shambling mobs out shopping, we will be parked in front of our TV for our annual Turkey Day Marathon.  It is a service that we have been doing since 2003 and have been having a blast.  These last couple of years we've seem to pick up a bigger group of victims to participate in our yearly masochistic plight.
    So far on this year's menu are films like FATAL FRAMES, REPTILICUS, FIEND, NIGHT OF HORROR, MONSTER DOG, and I'm sure a few more good bits when could throw in there.  If you're interested in what we've done in the past marathons, head over to our Turkey Day Marathon page, by clicking the link on navigational bar on your left.  We'll be posting our review of this year's marathon as well....if we survive.

WILDCLAW THEATRE NEWS
    Chicago's WildClaw Theatre has a few upcoming events that you should mark your calendars for and make sure you attend.  For those who don't know, WildClaw Theatre is a Chicago based theater group who is determined to bring back serious horror to the stage.  From their adaptations of Arthur Machen, to H.P. Lovecraft, to original plays, they have consistently given Chicago horror fans a thrill for the eyes and ears.
    The first one is Deathscribe 2010, which will take place on December 6th, at Mayne Stage.  The event starts at 8:00pm and the cost is only $20.  For that, you will get to experience 5 original radio plays that are performed live with a foley crew making these stories come alive right in front of you.  We had the honor of being a judge last year's Deathscribe and had a great time.  We're looking forward to attending this year's event to enjoy some more wonderful stories.
    This year's entries include:
• CHATTER, by Newt Calkins, directed by Greg Kolack
• TAPE DECK, by Liz Siedt, directed by Bob Fisher
• MONITOR SPECTARE, by Jude Mire, directed by Lance Baker
• THE D'ARQUE HOUSE, by Christopher Hainsworth, directed by Nic Dimond
• THE CHANGE IN BUCKETT COUNTY, by David Schmidt, directed by Carolyn Klein.

    And while on the subject of WildClaw, they have plenty of more events coming up, including their adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla.  Long before Lestat and Edward, and even before Dracula himself, Le Fanu's Carmilla was stalking young women in 19th century Eastern Europe.  And now, WildClaw brings it to the Chicago stage, at the Chicago DCA Storefront Theater.  Performances start on January 14th and running through February 20th.
    WildClaw is also sponsoring some other horror related events in upcoming months.  On Wednesday, January 19th, at 6:30pm, they will be holding a film screening of John D. Hancock's LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH.  Director Hancock will be attending for a introduction and a Q&A about the film.  This will take place at the Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington in Chicago.  If you have not seen this amazingly eerie film, then add that to your to-do list.  Or even better, make it a point to come out for this special screening.
    And lastly, on Thursday, Feb. 7th, also at the Claudio Cassidy Theater, WildClaw will be hosting a Women in Horror Panel Discussion, which will feature best-selling author L. A. Banks (author, The Vampire Huntress Legend series), Anne Adams (director, The Revenants/William Peter Blatty's LEGION), Michaela Petro (actor, "Carmilla" in Carmilla), Allison Amidei (playwright/designer, Adaptor/Costume/Makeup design for Carmilla), and Marie Macaisa (tech director, iPhone app designer for "iDrakula").
    For all the info and more details, head over to WildClaw's website, by clicking HERE.

DEMONS BOBBLE HEAD
    Looking for that perfect holiday gift for your horror fan friend that is impossible to buy for?  Well here you go!  Granted, they won't be out until January, but I think they won't mind the wait.  Cult Collectibles have announced their latest bobble head figure, Demon Doll from Lamberto Bava's film DEMONS.  The little bobble head figure even comes with the famous demon mask from the film.  Just click on the banner below for more info.

CULT FICTION DRIVE-IN SHOW
    If you live in the Florida area, then mark you calendars for another show coming your way.  The Cult Fiction Drive-In show will be taking place in Jacksonville Florida, on May 20th-22nd.  While it is still a few months away, they have already announced Camille Keaton and William Smith as their first guests.
    For all the info and details about this new show, head over to their website by clicking HERE.

DVD NEWS
    Once again, what a great time to be a movie fan, with all these great classic films getting released on DVD, some that have never even hit VHS.  Thanks to Shout! Factory, you will be able to see these films, looking the best they ever have.
    The first set is a 2-disc triple feature of Roger Corman classics: ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS (1957), NOT OF THIS EARTH (1957), and WAR OF THE SATELLITES (1958), all three produced and directed by Corman himself.  Both ATTACK and EARTH will be present in widescreen, while WAR will be full frame.  But the 2-disc set will also contain a Salute To Roger Corman, which features new interviews with the likes of Peter Fonda, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, Roger Corman, and many more.  Both ATTACK and EARTH will feature audio commentary by film scholars Tom Weaver, John Brunas, and Mike Brunas.  There is also a new interview with Corman, as he looks back at these three films.  And lastly, the Roger Corman Trailer collection, that will have over 25 trailers from films that were produced and directed by Corman.  That alone is a fun time.
    But, that is not all.  There is also another double feature disc coming out, this one a double dose of aquatic terror!  Well...that would only be if you watched both of them back to back.  This disc would be perfect for any Turkey Day marathon.  But none the less, UP FROM THE DEPTHS and DEMON OF PARADISE will be coming out as a great double feature disc.  Both films will have a new anamorphic widescreen transfer.  Can't wait to see how these two are going to look on DVD.
    And then lastly, Synapse Films have finally officially announced that they will be unleashing upon the world, the third film in the Coffin Joe Trilogy, EMBODIMENT OF EVIL.  This trilogy started back over 45 years ago with the release of AT MIDNIGHT I'LL TAKE YOUR SOUL (1964), continued with THIS NIGHT I'LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE (1967) and now EMBODIMENT picks up right were that left off.  Have to say that it really is seemless too.
    Synapse release is taken from the original negative in a high definition transfer and will have an amazing 5.1 surround sound.  The release will be a blu-ray/DVD combo back.  They will also have a Making of featurette, as well as footage from the Fantasia Film Festival premiere.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    I guess this is what happens when we through a newer film out there.  Few people recognize it.  But I guess that is one of the reasons why we pick the ones that we do, if only to bring these titles out in the open, especially when we think its a film that should be seen.  Case in point, last week's photo.  It was from Eduardo Sánchez's first feature film since THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, an alien invasion film called ALTERED.  We were actually surprised on how much we enjoyed this different take on this sub-genre.  Give it a whirl...think you might enjoy it.
    Anyway, kudos go out to Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, and David Schmidt for correctly identifying the movie.  Nice job, boys.  But enough of the pleasantries, let's get to our latest photo.  Good luck, and just click HERE to send in your answers.

11-7-10  HORRORHOUND WEEKEND
    We won't be having our usual update next weekend because we will be making the trip to Cincinnati for the HorrorHound Weekend.  We've been counting the days to this show for quite some time for many reasons.  And next weekend, it will finally be upon us.  And it will be UBER-EPIC!  Once again, the HorrorHound team has gathered up an amazing guest list, including a huge RE-ANIMATOR & BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR reunion, one that we are especially excited for.  We will be set there as usual, so if you're coming out to the show, please stop by our table.  We always love talking to fellow die hard horror fans.  And what better place to do it at.
    They have also started announcing guests for their Indy show, taking place on March 25th-27th.  Here is a list of who they have announced so far:  Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, Sean Patrick Flanery, Lisa Marie, Dick Warlock, , Peter Giuliano, and from KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, they have Suzanne Snyder, Grant Cramer, Harrod Blank, and Mike Martinez.  Just click HERE to get to the site page for that show.

WASTELAND & MASSACRE REPORTS
    FINALLY!  We have posted our reviews of both the recent Cinema Wasteland and their 10th Anniversary show, as well as the Music Box Massacre 6, that took place the following week.  That was two weekends in a row of madness.  And we wouldn't want to change a thing, and look forward to doing it all over again next year.  So head over to our Convention reports to check out our latest reports and photos.
    Also, just in case you've never looked around at our Convention Reports, please take a second...or hour to do so.  We have been going to conventions for over 20 years now and have close to 60 different convention reports, all with photos.  We are still working on some older reports that we've never posted, so keep watching for those.  You can get to our Convention Report page by either clicking on the link on the left, or just clicking HERE.

FLASHBACK WEEKEND ANNOUNCES DATE AND FIRST GUESTS
    Flashback has moved their convention back to the summer date, which we for one are very happy about, and have started to announce their guests.  It will take place on August 12th-14th, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont IL.  The guests they have so far are Robert Englund, Christina Lindberg, Kelli Maroney, & Chicago's own Svengoolie.  For more information head over to their website HERE.

NEW REVIEWS
    In our column in the new issue of HorrorHound, we talk about two vampire films that we feel need some more attention.  One of them was Larry Fessenden's HABIT.  But the other one is Jose Larrez's VAMPYRES.  We just love this movie.  It was hard for us to say everything we wanted to say in the constraint of our column.  There was so much more that we wanted to say.  So....we have expanded that review and have posted it here on our site.  So if you've read our article, we still want you to check out HABIT, but for of an in-depth look at VAMPYRES, head over to our Reviews section.
    We also have two more reviews posted for some new soundtracks.  The first one is for MIRRORS 2, and the second is for the cult classic film THE WICKER MAN.  And no, we are not talking about that piece of crap remake.  Head over to our Reviews Section to read more.

SYNAPSE GETS AN INTRUDER
    Scott Spiegel's first feature film, was also the very first film to feature special effects by the newly created KNB Efx Group, not to mention starring fellow Michigan film buddies Sam & Ted Raimi and a cameo by Bruce Campbell.  The special gore effects that KNB came up with, including the famous bandsaw through the head effect, got this film cut to pieces by the MPAA.  It has been release in an uncut version before, but with Synapse behind this new transfer, we can imagine how great it is going to look.  Michael Felsher's Red Shirt Pictures will be helping out with the extras as well, making this a nice edition to any gore fan.  Expect a 2011 release in both Blu-ray and regular DVD format.

HORROR HISTORY
    In this week's little history lesson, we're going to introduce two people this time out.  A director/producer team of brothers that were responsible for giving us the very first zombie movies.  So get over the classroom to learn a little more about these two.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Our last photo was the poor Eron Tabor after Camille Keaton got through with him in the 1978 film I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE.  Ouch.  'Nuff said.  Kudos out to the following how sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernath, Nancy Cremer, Mads Jensen, Erik Martin, John Pata, and Mike Shields.  Nice job people!
    So lets take a look at our latest photo and see how can get this one.  Might be just a tad bit harder.  But good luck.  Just click HERE to send in your answers.

10-31-10  HAPPY HALLOWEEN
    From here at the Krypt, we wish everyone out there a safe and Happy Halloween!  Hopefully you are able to spend the day with all things dark and scary...just as we all hoped!

KRYPTIC MISSION
    Well, by the time you are reading this message, hopefully you have already sent in your mission report for our October Kryptic Army.  If not, then you probably don't have too much time left.  And some point tonight, you will be receiving your latest Mission for November.  I wouldn't wait too long before digging into this one.  It might be a little tougher to...wrap up.

LISA BLOUNT & DON LEIFERT - REST IN PEACE
    These are two people that may not have been big stars, but each had made their own impact in the horror genre, that we will always remember them for.
    Don Leifert was a local actor/teacher from Baltimore Maryland that starred in a few of Don Dohler's early films, like THE ALIEN FACTOR (1978), FIEND (1980), NIGHTBEAST (1982), and THE GALAXY INVADER (1985).  He was also taught English and theatre classes and directed local plays.  He always brought a real charm to the roles he was playing in those fun movies.  He passed away in his sleep on Oct. 23rd.
    Lisa Blount started out as an actress, but later when into producing, even winning an Oscar for the short film THE ACCOUNTANT in 2001.  But us horror fans remember Blount for her roles in films like DEAD & BURIED (1981), CUT AND RUN (1985), and John Carpenter's PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987).  She always had a very easy look to spot.  She was found dead by her mother on the 27th, at her home in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The cause of her death was not reported yet, but she had been suffering for a rare and painful blood disorder for many years.
    To both the friends and family of Leifert and Blount, our thoughts and wishes go out to them in this sad time.  But they will be remember for their work and will never be forgotten.

    

IS THE HORROR ANTHOLOGY MAKING A COMEBACK???
    After last week, reporting on the THEATRE BIZARRE anthology film being produced, we read that Joe Dante might be behind another film called PARIS, I'LL KILL YOU.  Like THEATRE BIZARRE, this one will also feature several different directors handling different stories.  The director's named so far are: Paco Plaza (co-director of REC and REC 2, Vincenzo Natali (SPLICE), Ryuhei Kitamura (MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN), Christopher Smith (CREEP & SEVERANCE), the co-directing team Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE), and Xavier Gens (FRONTIERS).  While the deals are still be made for this one, it gives us hope that some of these talented directors, especially the ones outside the US, are going to be given more chances to show American audiences what they can do.

HORROR HISTORY
    This week's lesson is about one of our favorite exploitation actors that made a pretty decent career working in the Philippines in the late '60s and early '70s.  If you're not familiar with this guy's work, then we strongly suggest you take this week's lesson and go even farther and seek out his films.  I think you'll be happy you did.  Just click HERE to get to the classroom, or you can find the link on the navigational bar on the left.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Kind of surprised at the few responses from our last week's photo.  I mean, it is a pretty famous comedian in the shot about ready to burst into flames.  That shot is Don Rickles' famous death scene in John Landis' INNOCENT BLOOD.  Kudos out to Aaron Christensen, Craig J. Clark, Phil Meenan, and William Wilson.
    Of course, we do have mention that Mr. Wilson did get the correct photo the previous week, of POSSESSION, and we forgot to put his name in the list.  Hopefully this will stop the legal proceedings that he started.  That goes to anyone else out there, that if you send in the correct answer and I forget to mention you, please call me out on that.  I don't do it that often, but it does happen.
    So enough of that, let's get on to our latest photo.  And no, I would not stoop low enough to post a shot from HALLOWEEN...that would be just too easy.  So we went with a nice little gory shot from an older film, that has one hell of a moral story to it.  Enjoy, and just click HERE to send in your answer.  Good Luck!

10-24-10  THE DARKER SIDE OF HORROR
    Every now and then, a film comes along that pushes the limits.  Limits of extremes, good tastes, and moral judgment.  I'm talking about A SERBIAN FILM that screened yesterday at the Horror Society Film Festival in Chicago.  I didn't bother watching it since after hearing some of the details about it, I had no desire to see it.  I understand how some people want to see films that can effect them that much, have that much of an impact, whether its good or bad.  I may have felt like that when I was younger, but don't not too much anymore.  But I do understand wanting to go to that limit.  Much like the filmmakers of this particular film.  But it comes down to a personal choice.  Just because I don't care to see it doesn't mean I have the right to tell someone else that they can't watch it.  Unless....
    Last night at the screening, I seen something even more disturbing than the film.  It was an adult male that wanted to take his 14-year old nephew in to see the film.  The promoter of the film fest explained, in some detail to the guy just what the film entailed and how extreme and graphic it was presented.  The guy just kind of laughed it off saying, "Well, he wants to see it."  But apparently, shortly after the really intense scenes started, the guy walked out with his nephew, saying "That is a little too much."  NO SHIT?  YOU THINK?  What part didn't you understand when the guy told you it dealt with necrophilia and pedophilia, in a very graphic matter?
    It amazes me that some yahoo would actually even think of taking his 14-year old nephew to this type of film.  Was the strip clubs just getting too boring for him?  Couldn't find any underage hookers anymore?  Give me a freaking break!  Being a life long horror fan, and having a son, there was many times where I would not let my son watch certain films because of their content.  Hell, he's 18 now and I STILL wouldn't let him watch A SERBIAN FILM.
    I guess I just needed to vent a little how appalled I was that this guy would even consider this action, without thinking of how this 14-year old brain is going to try to understand and comprehend what he has just seen.  This is just plain stupidity.
    Now with that being said, we do want to say that we did have a good time at the film fest, and really wish we could have sat and watched some of the films.  We kept peeking into the theater every now and then and really felt like we were missing some good stuff.  But thanks to Mitch, Jessica, and the rest of the people that were helping put on this show.  We know there is a lot of work that goes into it and hopefully everyone appreciate its!

KRYPTIC ARMY - SATANIC CINEMA
    Okay you little devils....you only have one more week to get those reports in.  And since this is the week before Halloween, we know you're going to be busy getting ready for all those sacrificing that needs to be done by Sunday night....so don't put off sending in your reports too much longer, or it will be too late!  And then Old Scratch might just coming looking for you, wanting to know you're reasons for not participating this month!
    And if you are new to the site and have no idea what I'm talking about, head over to our Kryptic Army link for more details.  It's never too late to join!

THE THEATRE BIZARRE
    Being a fan of anthology films, its always exciting to hear about a new one in production.  Then when you hear about some of the people involved, it makes me even more excited.  Severin Films and Metaluna Proudctions are joining together to bring a new anthology film that will have each of the stories created by different directors.  The film, called THE THEATRE BIZARRE, will have six stories that have been inspired by the famous Paris theater Grand Guignol.  According to executive producer Daryl J. Tucker, "These filmmakers are all working with the exact same budget, delivery schedule and narrative directive,” adds executive producer Daryl J. Tucker. “They must deliver a short film of 10-20 minutes inspired by the term ‘Grand Guignol.’ No other creative restrictions exist. We’re expecting great things from six of modern horror’s most distinctive writers and directors.”
    We are very excited about two of the directors involved.  The first one being Richard Stanley, making his return to the horror genre with his segment, called "The Mother of Toads", that will star Catriona MacColl in the title role.  The other director we're exited to see here is Douglas Buck, director of the unforgettable short film CUTTING MOMENTS.  Other directors include Karim Hussain, Buddy Giovinazzo (director of COMBAT SHOCK), Tom Savini, and David Gregory.  We are really looking forward to this one, but since Stanley's segment just finished shooting in France, it make take a little while before we see it.  But we've waited this long for Stanley's return, we can wait a little while longer.

TERROR IN THE AISLES 7
    In case you think you might be going through movie fest withdrawal in December, now you can add something to your calendar that will keep you from getting the shakes.  Right on the heels of the Music Box Massacre, Movieside Rue Morgue magazine are presenting us with Terror in the Aisles 7, on December 3rd at the Portage Theater in Chicago.  The lineup they have announced so far sounds pretty damn good.  First off is a 25th Anniversary screening of George Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD.  Attending this fest will be two of the stars from the movie, Lori Dardille and Gary Klar.
    The other two films listed are the midwest premiere BLACK DEATH, the new period piece film by director Christopher Smith (TRIANGLE, SEVERANCE, & CREEP), and Philip Carrer's IF A TREE FALLS. The show starts at 7pm, with pre-sale tickets being $10 (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/133907) or $12 at the door.
    And if you want to start making your plans for next year, Movieside has already announced a partial lineup for their Sci-Fi Spectacular 3, taking place next spring.  So far, they have announced John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, the Vincent Price classic LAST MAN ON EARTH, David Cronenberg's EXISTENZ, Howard Hawk's original THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, and Paul W. Anderson's EVENT HORIZON.  We'll post pre details when we get them.

NEW REVIEWS
    We have posted reviews for two music CDs, just in time for Halloween.  Of course, if you're anything like us, we listen to this kind of music all year round!  But head over to our Soundtrack Review section to read our thoughts on Halloween Horror Hits and the latest from Buzz-Works with their release House of Nightmares.  Check them out!

ATTENTION HAMMER FANS
    The newest issue of the best Hammer magazine out there, Little Shoppe of Horrors has their new issue out.  Though they usually focus on Hammer movies, this issue features another famous British horror film, BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW.  The new issue has articles on Milton Subotsky, one half of Amicus Films, British producer Tony Tenser, the making of BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW, and more of the usual fine entertainment and information usually found in these pages, all for a small price of $8.95.
    AND....for you real die hard Hammer fans, Little Shoppe of Horrors is publishing Glen Davies 30-years of research and work on all the movies that Hammer never made!  Last Bus to Bray: The Unfilmed Hammer will be published in two volumes, each 100 pages and each filled with stories and photos of the movies that Hammer just never got around to making, such as VAMPIRELLA and I AM LEGEND, plus many more.  These two volume package is priced at $37.95, which includes the priority mail postage.  This is really a must for serious Hammer fans.
    For all the details on this issue, as well as their back issues, head over to their website by clicking HERE.

  

HORROR HISTORY
    It's been a few weeks since our last lesson, so we figured we'd try and crank one more in there before Halloween gets here.  Head over to the classroom to find out a little about this very distinct actor who has been in a few great horror movies, as well as working with some highly talented people.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    We actually got more correct responses from our last photo than we thought we would have.  It was from Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 film POSSESSION, starring Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani.  If you've seen this film, it is one that is hard to forget.  Even harder to understand what the hell is going on, especially if you take it at face value.  But it is one that does make a last impression, even if you are scratching your head weeks later.  But congrats to those who did get it correct.  And they are: Aaron Christensen, Jason Coffman, Mads Jensen, Mike Shields, Gert Verbeeck, Kristin Wicks
    So let's take a look at our newest one, which might be a little easier.  We'll just have to wait and see.  Good luck, and as always, just click HERE to send us your guess.

10-17-10  ALMOST THERE...
    The month is half over, which is a good thing and a bad thing.  We love the month of October since it is filled with horror related activities, movie screenings, conventions, and tons more stuff to keep us busy.  But the bad part is just that...we are too damn busy!  So we are looking forward to getting back to our normal pace, being able to have time to watch some movies, work more on the site to give you a hearty update each week, and continuing our journey down the road to discover the horror, guiding you as we do it.
    So here is a few little tidbits to hold you over.

HALFWAY MARK FOR OCTOBER MISSION
    Okay Soldiers, October is half over, so lets not wait too long to get your mission reports done.  I know this is a busy month for us horror fans, so the end of the month will be here before you know it.  So don't delay.  Only a couple more months to go.

HORROR SOCIETY FILM FEST
    Next weekend, we will be heading to the Portage Theater in Chicago for Horror Society's Film Fest, which will be their first 2-day festival, featuring plenty of great independent classics, new independent films, and plenty of short films as well.  For the features films playing, they are screening the notorious A SERBIAN FILM that has been shocking audiences where ever it is aloud to play, as well as DEMONS, TERRORVISION, SLICES OF LIFE, SLIME CITY and SLIME CITY MASSACRE, CHOPPING MALL, POPATOPOLIS, and SATAN HATES YOU.  Short films include Worm, TXT THE MOVIE, FORKLIFT DRIVER KLAUS, A BLIND DATE WITH COFFIN JOE and many more.  Special guests include Anthony G. Summer, Clay Westervelt, Daneen Meldoy, Derek Dziak, Erik Johnson, Robert Nolan, Zach Green, Marv Blauvelt.
    We will be set up in the lobby as always, and maybe trying to sneak in a couple of films during the weekend.  There will plenty of fun stuff to do, so make sure you come on out and help celebrate independent horror!  For all the details, trailers, and other info, head over to their website HERE.

NASCHY DOCUMENTARY TRAILER
    For fans of Naschy, you might have already seen/heard this new trailer that has been posted for a new documentary on this horror icon.  If you're not aware of Naschy's work, then now will be a great time to start.  This trailer had recently been put up on YouTube and has gotten us really excited to see the final product.  Hopefully this documentary will give him the notoriety that  he has been deserving for years.  Just a damn shame that he won't be able to see it for himself.
    To see the trailer, just click HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Kind of surprised that this one puzzled so many people.  This maggot covered head was from Dario Argento's PHENOMENA.  We did get a few of the usual suspects that did get the right movie, like Hoby Abernathy, Davide Schmidt, and Will Wilson.  Nice job, guys.
    But sorry to say, this one is not going to be too much easier.  Our goal here is the not only get that brain working, but also possibly introduce new movies to you that we think you should be watching, if you haven't already.  So take a good look and see if you can spot the movie.  Good luck, and to send in your answers, just click HERE.

10-10-10  OCTOBER MADNESS CONTINUES
    It's funny how October is the one month out of the year that I look forward to.  From the conventions, movie festivals, parties, it is just a month-full of horrific fun.  So why am I always so glad when the month is over?  Could it really be too much of a good thing?  Maybe.  But I know that so far this has been a crazy, stressful month, and I don't think I would have it any other way.
    We did survive the 10th Anniversary Cinema Wasteland show last week and had a great time there as usual.  Seeing old friends and making new ones, talking about movies all weekend, and adding a few more things to our collection.  What more could you ask for.
    And then from yesterday to the wee hours of this morning, we were at the Music Box Massacre 6.  That's right folks....for the sixth straight year, we have been at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago testing our will power to sit through 24 hours of movie madness.  Okay...so most of that time we were behind our table, that is beside the point.  We did get to sit and enjoy more movies this time out than usual.  Either way, as always, it was a great time.  We will have full reports and photos up on both of these events in the very near future.

WASTELAND GUESTS FOR APRIL
    While on the subject of Cinema Wasteland, like usual, they announced their guest lineup for their show next April.  And for Italian gut-muncher fans, you're going to be pretty happy.  Here is a list of who they have scheduled so far:

  • Ruggero Deodato

  • Michael Berryman

  • Francesca Ciardi

  • David Hess

  • Robert Kerman

  • Carl Gabriel Yorke

  • Betsy Baker

  • Ellen Sandweiss

  • Theresa Tilly (Sarah York)

  • Tom Sullivan

  • Tom Atkins

  • John Carl Buechler

  • William Forsythe

  • Michael Gornick

ROY WARD BAKER - REST IN PEACE
    We do have to take a minute to make mention of the passing of a great director, Roy Ward Baker, who we lost on October 5th.  It's funny how in most of the news reports that I read about his passing, all make mention of his film A NIGHT TO REMEMBER and his working with Alfred Hitchcock, and of the many television shows that he worked on.  But very few of them mentioned his work in the horror genre.  Between with Hammer Films and Amicus, Baker turned out some very memorable films including one of my favorites, VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970).  Here are some other of his films that we are particularly fond of: QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967), SCARS OF DRACULA (1970), DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE (1971), ASYLUM (1972), AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS (1973). THE VAULT OF HORROR (1973).
    So during this Halloween season, while you're sitting in front of the TV watching one of the many horror films you will this month, break out one of Baker's films and watch in memory of this talented director.  Our thoughts and wishes go out to his friends and family.

NICORTERO & LANSDALE GO TO THE DRIVE-IN
    If you are a fan of the film BUBBA HO-TEP, you might be aware of the literary works of Joe R. Lansdale, who wrote the short story that film was based on.  If you are familiar with his work, then you know just how bizarre and screwing this guy can be.  His novel THE DRIVE-IN is another one that proves just that.  And now it looks like Oscar winning effects artist Greg Nicotero will be bringing that story to the big screen, making this his features length directorial debut.  If you thought BUBBA HO-TEP was strange, you haven't seen anything yet.  Can't wait to see what they do with this.

WILDCLAW THEATRE EVENTS
    Everyone's favorite Chicago horror theater company has a few things on their plate for area horror fans to sate their appetite with.

  • WildClaw's Halloween Party - Friday, Oct. 22nd at the Lucky Number Grill (1931 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor)

  • Deathscribe 2010 - Dec. 6th at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, Chicago.  Submissions are still open!

  • WildClaw presents CARMILLA.  Opening on Jan. 14th and running through Feb. 20th.  The location will be announced soon.

    For any and all details, head over to WildClaw Theatre's official website by clicking HERE.  Be sure to check out their website for reviews of past plays, Deathscribe audio plays, and much more more.

DR. AC'S OCTOBER SCARE-A-THON
    Our good friend Aaron Christensen (aka Dr. AC), is putting himself to the challenge to watch as many horror movies as he can during the month of October, which is something that he's been doing for a couple of years now, since it the October Horror Movie Challenge was started on the IMDB message boards some time ago.  But this time, AC is trying to not only fight against the movie horrors that will be thrown at him, but he is also out to help the fight against real-life horrors.  So this month, during his movie watching madness, he came up with SCARE-A-THON 2010 to help raise money for Season of Concern, a Chicago based organization that provides direct-care support for people living with HIV and AIDS.
    So what the good DR. is asking is for you to donate one dime, 1/10 of a dollar, for every movie that he watches during the month of October.  He is planning on getting somewhere between 60 and 80 movies, so if you signed up for the 10 cent donation, it will run you about $6 to $8.  You could always sponsor more than a dime, or one lump sum.  But as we all know, every little bit helps to those who really need it.
    You will be able to follow the progress of Dr. AC's movie watching skills, as he will be posting them on his blog throughout the month.  You can get to that by either clicking HERE or just going to http://horror101withdrac.blogspot.com/  You don't need to send money know, but just sign up as a sponsor between now and the end of the month.  On November 1st, he will send out an email letting everyone know the movies that were watched and how much your donation will be, and how much total month was raised.
    So while you're sitting there watching a movie, or decorating your house of for the season, please remember those who need some help during this dark and dreary month that we like to celebrate.  Let's show that horror movie fans are not the psychotic, gore crazed, madmen that most people think.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    We had an extra week to figure out our last photo, but that didn't seem to increase the number of correct answers that were sent in.  But we did get a few that recognized this great little film from director Dan O'Bannon.  It is from his 1992 film, THE RESURRECTED, based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, "The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward".  Granted, probably a little more graphic than what Lovecraft was thinking, but still a great movie.  Kudos to the following for getting it correct:  Hoby Abernathy, Nancy Cremer, David Schmidt, Wayne Teeter, and William Wilson.
    So let us take a look at our newest photo, before it decays anymore, and see if you recognize it.  As always, good luck.  To send in your answers, just click HERE.

9-26-10  LAST WEEK FOR NASCHY MISSION
    Okay folks, the month is almost up so if you haven't gotten your mission report in, you better step to it.  Next Friday will be a new month and a whole new category to deal with.  So let's get cracking!

CINEMA WASTELAND NEXT WEEK!
    In case you didn't know, next weekend will we most likely not have an update due to the fact that we are making our bi-annual trip to Strongsville, Ohio for the 10th Anniversary Cinema Wasteland show.  It was October of 2000 when Pam and Ken first held what would be come our favorite show to go to each and every time.  We have been there for everyone one of their shows, and don't plan on missing any in the future as well.  They put on a show like no other.  I think it's got the best dealer room around (as well as the best dealers), plenty of great films to watch, and just a great bunch of like minded horror fans getting together for the weekend.  If you are one of those that have not experienced a Wasteland show, I strongly suggest you give one a try and see what you think.  You can always check out our convention report for each one of their shows (as well as all the other shows we've gone to) in our Convention Report page.  And if you are coming out next weekend, make sure you stop by our table to say hello.  We always like meeting our readers and putting faces to the names.
    For this anniversary show, they took a ballot vote to see who the fans wanted to see back at the show.  So we have some great people like H.G. Lewis, Camille Keaton, and Reggie Bannister, along with quite a few others.  Just head over to their website (by clicking HERE) to get the full details.

NEW REVIEWS
    We've got two new reviews this week.  One of them is remake of a classic '80's movie, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, and the other is an original movie that has just been remade, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE.  Head over to our Reviews section to see what we had to say.

MASSACRE FINAL LINEUP
    With only 2 weeks left to go, they have posted the final lineup for this year's Music Box Massacre 6, taking place on October 9th, from noon until noon on the 10th.  With special guests Jan White, star of George Romero's SEASON OF THE WITCH, and the Chiodo Brothers, the mad geniuses behind KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, and countless other amazing effects works.  But take a look below at the great lineup that they have compiled for this year's movie marathon.  We will be set up in the lobby, as usual.  So hopefully we will see you there and make sure you stop by and say hello.  Or wake us up, depending how late it is!
    For more info about the Massacre, head over to the Music Box Theatre's website by clicking HERE.

  • PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) - Starring Lon Chaney Sr. and with live organ accompaniment

  • THE RAVEN (1935) - Starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi

  • THE WOLF MAN (1944) - The original, starring the underrated Lon Chaney Jr.

  • SEASON OF THE WITCH (1972) - Early George Romero film

  • KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988) - The ultimate in clown horror

  • RABID (1977) - Early David Cronenberg film, starring Marilyn Chambers

  • BASKET CASE (1982) - Cult classic from director Frank Henenlotter

  • PET SEMETARY (1989) - One of the best King adaptations made

  • THE FUNHOUSE (1981) - Tobe Hooper's slasher film set inside...a funhouse

  • HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981) - Another great classic from Lucio Fulci

  • THEATER OF BLOOD (1973) - Vincent Price hams it up as an actor out to kill his critics

  • PSYCHO (1960) - 50th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's classic.  It never gets old

  • FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) - Before the remake comes out, let's remember how great the original is

CHICAGO AREA CULT FILM FANS TAKE NOTICE - DOC FILMS!
    According to their website, Doc Films is the "longest continuously running student film society in the nation." Not a bad title if you ask me. Strange then, that being in the Chicagoland area for the last 35 years that I wouldn't have heard of them. But none the less, we have now and are pretty damn happy about it. Why you ask? Well read on and you'll find out why.
    One of our readers, Louis, sent us some info on a film series that they are running, starting at the end of this month, and running through the beginning of December.  Each Thursday, they will be screening a cult film, most of these titles you've probably never even heard of.  But they have some real gems scheduled to play, such as H.G. Lewis' THE WIZARD OF GORE or Bill Rebane's BLOOD HARVEST, starring the very demented Tiny Tim!  Below is a full list in the lineup, with the dates and times.  You'll notice that all but one of these screening are from a 35mm print.  None of that cheap DVD projection here folks.  We are going to do our best to make it out to as many of these screenings as we can.
    For more information on Doc Films, just click HERE.

THE WIZARD OF GORE (1970) - Sept. 30th at 9:30pm - 35mm print
DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (1973) - Oct. 7th at 9:30pm - 35mm print
SOMETIMES AUNT MARTHA DOES DREADFUL THINGS (1971) - Oct. 14th at 9:30pm - 35mm print
NIGHT OF THE STRANGLER (1972) - Oct. 21st at 9:30pm - 35mm print
ENTER THE DEVIL (1972) - Oct. 28th at 9:15pm - 35mm print
THE BODY SHOP (1972) - Nov. 4th at 9:45pm - 35mm print
BLOOD HARVEST (1986) - Nov. 11th at 9:30pm - 16mm print
THE CHILD (1977) - Nov. 18th at 9:15pm - 35mm print
SCREAMS OF A WINTER NIGHT (1979) - Dec. 2nd at 9:30pm - 35mm print

HORROR HISTORY
    This week's lesson is a very important one, especially to those who are fans of British horror films.  This man was partly responsible for creating one of, if not THE biggest British film company in history.  So lets get to the classroom before the bell rings and pay attention to this week's lesson.  This will be on the test.  Just click HERE to get to the classroom.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Figured our last photo wouldn't get as many correct answers as we've been getting.  Damn shame too, since this is one film that is in desperate need of a DVD release.  With just a PG rating, it is amazing how sleazy this film is.  And the film of which I speak is the 1970 film BLOOD AND LACE, starring Vic Taybeck and Gloria Grahame.  Kudos out to Hoby Abernathy, Dave Friedman, Mike Shields, and William Wilson.
    On to our new photo.  Since you might have an extra week to think on this one, we've decided to go with something a little more mainstream, but maybe not as easy.  Give it a peek and see what you think.  Just click HERE to send in your answers.  Good luck.

9-19-10  KRYPTIC ARMY MISSION - HALF WAY POINT
    Hey Soldiers....let's not forget that the month is a little more than half over.  With the Halloween season upon us, don't wait until the last minute and have to struggle to get that report in.  Hopefully you are not having trouble locating some of the films needed for this month's mission.  Time is a ticking...

REVIEWS, REVIEWS, MORE REVIEWS
    We have a few different new reviews posted this week.  We have the review for the soundtrack for Tim Sullivan's 2001 MANIACS, which is posted in our Soundtrack Review section.  If you are a fan of soundtracks, then make sure you check out this section.  We have quite a few reviews of both old and new scores.
    We have also posted our review for the film ARMY OF THE DEAD, which just came out on DVD in the UK, but was already available over here in the states.  You can read our review HERE, but not a movie we would recommend at all.
    And lastly, we want to bring up a review that we had posted some time ago.  It is for the Spanish movie FRAGILE, directed by Jaume Balagueró (co-writer and co-director on the [REC] movies).  This was recently released on DVD here in the states under the Fangoria's Fright Fest label.  We had gotten an import disc of this some time ago and just loved it, and posted our review shortly after watching it.  Well, yesterday I watched it again with some friends and was reminded just how great of a movie this is.  So we wanted to post a link to our original review (that we've updated a bit) in hopes that you'll seek out this film.  If you are a fan of old fashion ghost stories, you will love this one.  You can read our review for FRAGILE by clicking HERE.

CHICAGO FILM FEST UPDATES
    Over the next month, there are several film festivals happening here in Chicago.  So if you're if you're looking a fun way to spend the evening(s), then mark your calendar for one of these great festivials.
    Next weekend is the Chicago Horror Film Festival that is taking place at the Portage Theater on Sept. 24th - 26th.  Magician Ron Fitzgerald will be hosting the festival and will include a live performance by goth musician Voltaire on Friday.  For more info about this show, head over to the official website HERE.
    Then a week after we get back from the madness that is Cinema Wasteland, we will be at the legendary Music Box Theatre on Oct. 9th for the Music Box Massacre 6!  For 5 years, Movieside and the Music Box has been bringing Chicago a 24-hour film fest filled with horror, madness, gore, and much, much more.  And this year will be no different.  They have great titles like the original PHANTOM OF THE OPERA starring Lon Chaney Sr., THE RAVEN starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, the 50th Anniversary screening of Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO, FRIGHT NIGHT, Lucio Fulci's HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, and KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE with the guys behind the movie, the Chiodo Brothers.  Not only did they write, direct and create all the title characters for KILLER KLOWNS, they have worked on tons of films in their careers, including creating the title characters from all 4 CRITTERS movies.  Also appearing at the show will be Jan White, star of George Romero's SEASON OF THE WITCH, which will also be screening at the festival.  For all the details, head over to the Music Box's official page HERE, or if you're on Facebook, check out the events page HERE.
    Then, two weeks later and back at the Portage Theater, the Horror Society will be holding their first 2 day film fest, filled with great movies, and even a few midwest premiere's.  They had already announced titles like DEMONS, SLIME CITY and the new sequel SLIME CITY MASSACRE, POPATOPOLIS (documentary on B-Movie filmmaker Jim Wynorski), SLICES OF LIFE, and the cult classic TERRORVISION.  But they have also just announced that they will also be screening SATAN HATES YOU, which stars a regular who's who of horror.  From Reggie Bannister to Michael Berryman to Larry Fessenden, to Debbie Rochon, to many more.  For all the info on this show, head over to Horror Society's website HERE.

DVD NEWS
    There are a few DVDs that have been announced that we are very excited about and want to take a second to pass on to our readers.  The first one is the first film from one of our favorite directors, Guillermo del Toro.  It is his unusual take on the vampire genre in his 1993 film CRONOS.  It had already been released in a special edition DVD, but now comes a new special edition from Criterion Collection in both DVD and blu-ray on December 7th.  Now, we haven't seen if all the extras are going to be on both versions or if the blu-ray has more features than the regular DVD, but we will keep you posted if we find out.  But here are the extras that have been announced:  A new restored hi-def digital transfer that was supervised and approved by del Toro and Cinematographer Gulliermo Navarro.  It will also feature 2 audio commentaries, one of del Toro (that might be the same one from the last DVD release) and the other of producers Arthur H. Gorson, Bertha Navarro, and Alejandro Springall.  Also included with be an unreleased short film from del Toro called GEOMETRIA (1997), which he finished this year.  There will also be a video tour of del Toro's office, which fellow horror geeks are going to probably enjoy since del Toro is just as big a fan of the genre as we are.  There are also new interviews with del Toro, Navarro, and actor Ron Perlman, an older video interivew with actor Federico Luppi, star of CRONOS, as well as del Toro's THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (2001).  The release also will have a booklet qthat will have an essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh as well as del Toro's personal notes for the film.  The usual still gallery and trailers will also be included.  This is one release that we are very excited about.
    BEST WORST MOVIE will be hitting DVD as well.  Folks, this is a great documentary by child actor turned documentary filmmaker Michael Paul Stephenson.  Sure, the movie is terrible but a lot of fun to watch, especially in large groups.  On November 16th is the release date from New Video under their Docurama Films banner.  If you have not....experienced TROLL 2, then you first need to do that right away.  Then once BEST WORST MOVIE comes out, then watch it and you will see just how much more amazing this film is.  The DVD will contain over an hour of deleted scenes and interviews, fan contributions, music videos, Q&A with the filmmaker with Creative Screenwriting magazine, and a 'provocative message' from Deborah Reed, who played the Goblin Queen is TROLL 2...whatever that means.  Unfortunately they couldn't get this documentary to be a double disc release with the film TROLL 2, but that is being released on its own from MGM next month.  Needless to say, for $19.95 retail, this is definitely a documentary that is worth every penny.
    And now on to a movie that is FINALLY getting a DVD release over here in the states.  Hell...this movie never even got a video release over here.  So it is way past due.  The film is Robert Young's 1972 film VAMPIRE CIRCUS, one of the last great films from Hammer Films.  Coming from Synapse Films, VAMPIRE CIRCUS tells the story of a town that has been quarantined due to a plague, but somehow the Circus of Lights arrives.  Could it be they are there to help fullfill the curse put on the town years before by Count Mitterhaus as he was being staked by the locals for being a vampire.  The disc will be presented in 1.66:1 widescreen, in hi-def 1080p on the blu-ray, anamorphic on the regular DVD.  The extras include an all new documentary on the film that will feature interviews with Joe Dante, Hammer scholar Ted Newsom, Video Watchdog editor/author Tim Lucas, film historian Philip Nutman, and actor David Prowse.  Other features include a retrospective on the British magazine House of Hammer, a history of Circus Horrors, and a VAMPIRE CIRCUS interactive comic book, posters and still gallery, and original theatrical trailer.
    For Hammer fans, this is something that we have been waiting for a very long time.  And to make it even better, Synapse will be following it up next year with the release of TWINS OF EVIL and HANDS OF THE RIPPER, as well as the TV series HAMMER HOUSE OF HORRORS.  Can't wait.

HORROR HISTORY
    Okay folks, this week's lesson is going to be about someone you've probably NEVER heard of.  Mainly because he was one of the unsung heroes in the makeup department, decades before they became as big of stars as the actors.  This man was responsible for developing and creating makeup and techniques that help advance the industry, some of which are still being used today.  So head over to the classroom to learn a little makeup history lesson.  Don't be tardy.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    This week's photo was a little too easy, I think.  Which I say only because we again got a lot of correct answers sent it.  That is a good thing, don't get me wrong.  But I think I need to make a few of you think a little harder this time out.  But before we get to that, lets get to the photo and the names.  The movie is from the 1986 film WITCHBOARD, starring Tawny Kitaen, a few years before all the Whitesnake videos.  Kudos out to the following for sending in the right answers:  Hoby Abernathy, Cindy Allen, Aaron Christensen, Nancy Cremer, Dave Friedman, David Schmidt, Michelle Trudel, Albert Gerber, Mike Shields, Many Walsh, and Will Wilson.
    Okay...let's get to this new one.  As I said, it's going to be a tougher one, mainly because the film never got a release here in the states on video or DVD.  Shame really since it is one film that is hard to forget.  So take a good hard look and see what you got.  Good luck with it...you'll need it.  Just click HERE to send in your answers.

9-12-10  SLIGHT PAUSE IN TRANSMISSIONS
    Since our last update, we have made a few computer changes, and not really by choice.  We have been experiences some malware and/or spyware issues recently that have really started to piss us off.  So to try and fix all of that, we have upgrade to Windows 7.  But by doing that, we discovered that a lot of programs that we've been using for years, like the version of Front Page that we used on this site, is no longer compatible.  But we some help from our family computer guru, we were able to get the help needed to make things semi-back to normal.  But the problem is that since we've been screwing around with this all week, we haven't had much time to get anything done for a decent update.  So we have a few things, but hopefully by next week, we will be back up to speed and back to normal.

KEVIN McCARTHY - REST IN PEACE
    Any fan of horror and sc-fi knew who Kevin McCarthy was.  From his role in the classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956), where he was trying to tell the world "You're NEXT!", to the many other great films that he had a part in, he always gave a top notch performance.
    McCarthy passed away yesterday at the age of 96 years old, from natural causes.  We were lucky enough to have the chance to meet him a couple of times over the years on the convention circuits and always a real joy to talk to.
    Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.  Remember Mr. McCarthy, because of your film work, you will never be forgotten.

BLOOD SNOW REVIEW
    We have posted our review of the film BLOOD SNOW, which is being released in the UK at the of the month.  It has already been released on DVD here in the States, under the title NECROSIS.  Head over to our Reviews section to find out more.

B-MOVIE BUST
    We had posted earlier that we were planning on heading over to Indiana for the B-Movie Celebration at the end of this month.  Well, as it turns out, that is not going to happen.  And here's why.  For some time, they had a listing of different movies posted that were going to be showing at the 3-day film fest.  There were tons of them that we were pretty excited in seeing on the big screen.  Like William Castle's MR. SARDONICUS, Roger Corman's THE RAVEN, William Girdler's ABBY, Bert I. Gordon's EMPIRE OF THE ANTS, and plenty more.  We were working on getting together a van load of fans to make the road trip down for a weekend of great films and fun.  Then they posted the final schedule.  As I went through it, planning on marking off which films I wanted to see, I started to notice something wrong.  Where were all of the films?  There were quite a few titles missing from the schedule.  So  emailed them to find out what the deal was and was told they "had to be replace because of rights clearance issues and cost."
    Okay folks, here's where I go off on a little rant.  If you are running a film fest, convention, or whatever, please do NOT advertises something unless you can deliver it.  I understand that celebrities can cancel or stuff happens.   I'm not talking about that.  What I'm talking about is advertising something that you HOPE is going to happen.  Because what you are advertising, is going to get people to buy advance tickets, make plans, and whatever else, to come to your event.  If they find out once they get there that it is no where near what was advertised, it is just a bad situation.  Sure, the promoter already gets his money then, but I highly doubt your going to be a return customer the next time out.
    And what makes it even worse, is that these films that are not going to be playing, as of right now, are still showing listed under there FILMS section on the website.  This is plain and simply, just bad business.

HORROR HISTORY
    This week's entry in our Horror History lesson is an actor that you might not know, but probably have seen.  Especially if you like '70s low budget horrors.  Head over to the classroom to learn more.  Just lick HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    We were very surprised, and happy, to see that so people send in the correct answer for our last photo.  This is not a mainstream movie, so it gives me hope when so many people recognize this cult classic.  The film is Don Sharp's PSYCHOMANIA (1973).  Sharp is an underrated director, having made quite a few entertaining genre films.  But lets get to the huge list of this week's names:  Hoby Abernathy, Wendy Bodine, Aaron Christensen, Craig J. Clark, Nancy Cremer, Jude Felton, Dave Friedman, Charles M. Kline II, Neil Alan Kloster, David Schmidt, Mike Shields, Ben Susser, Wayne Teeter, Kristin Wicks, and William Wilson.  Nice job people.  You're making me proud!
    Now lets get to this week's photo and see if we can get that many answers again.  Good luck, and as always, just click HERE to send us that email.

9-5-10  KRYPTIC ARMY: NEW MONTH...NEW MISSION
    Thanks to all those who participated in last months Slasher Mission.  Always great to hear the different movies that are being watched.  This month is a tribute to one of my personal icons of the genre (Hint: See directly below).  Members of the Army know who I speak of.  If you are not a member of the Kryptic Army and would like to join, head over to our Army page for all the details on how you can not only have a lot of fun, but also have the chance to win some great prizes.  It's never too late to join this Army.  We'll take anybody that is willing!

PAUL NASCHY'S BIRTHDAY TOMORROW
    Monday, September 6th would have been Naschy's 76th birthday, had he not passed away last November.  We wanted to take a second to remember this great man and his massive film legacy that he has left us.  Now would be the time to break out one of his movies and watch in honor and in remembrance of this great man.  If you're not familiar with him and his work, then there is no better time than now.
    If you are on Facebook, we have posted a topic on Naschy in the Discussion section.  Please take a minute to stop over there and post your thoughts on Naschy and / or his work.  We'd love to hear your thoughts.  You can get their by clicking our Facebook link on the left.

FLASHBACK WEEKEND AT THE DRIVE-IN
    They have announced the final lineup for their Drive-In Show next weekend.  On Friday the 10th, they will be screening Stuart Gordon's DOLLS, THE UNDERTAKER AND HIS PALS, and then the uber-cult classic PIECES!  Then on Saturday the 11th, they will be screening MY NAME IS BRUCE, THE EVIL DEAD, EVIL DEAD 2, and ARMY OF DARKNESS.
    Bruce Campbell will be there on Saturday, and Charles Band will be there as well, but we couldn't find it on the site if he was going to be there all weekend or just one of the days.  In any case, for all the information, just click HERE to get to the official website.

T-SHIRT UPDATES
    We now have all of our new T-shirt designs in stock.  We have 4 different designs, with on of them being strictly on women's sizes.  But the other three ones, the Naschy design, PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES and WEREWOLF WOMAN, are all available in Mediuams, Large, X-Large, and XX-large.  For all the info and to see the designs, head over to our T-Shirt page by clicking HERE or the artwork on the right.

FANGORIA CONVENTION REPORT....FROM 1988!
    Not sure why we never wrote a review of this show or even posted the photos.  But we finally did it.  Back in April of 1988, we headed off to California for our very first horror convention, Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors.  Not only was this our first horror convention, but up until then, we had never met anybody that we would have considered famous.  That weekend changed it all.  So to read our report and see the photos, just click HERE or head over or our Convention section and look for it under our Fangoria Show reports.

TOMAHAWK PRESS BOOK UPDATE
    Tomahawk Press has put out some great books over the years.  We have several of them and have always been impressed with what they do.  I'm sure it might have something to do with the fact that they put out a lot on the horror genre, but that is beside the point.  But coming October, they will be releasing another book that will be a must for fans of Hammer Films.
    Hammer Films – The Unsung Heroes: The Team Behind the Legend, written by Wayne Kinsey, be released at October 30th at a book release party over in the UK.  I'm sure they will be available over here in the states at some point, and we'll try to keep you updated when we find out.  Kinsey has already written a few amazing books on Hammer, and has always done high quality work.  This looks to be no different.
    This new book details the biographies of Hammer's key players, through interviews and stories from the people that worked there.  As usual, the book will be packed full of rare photos of the films and the people behind them.

    Then coming soon is another book that is looking like a must have for fans of the one and only Boris Karloff.  Stephen Jacobs has written Boris Karloff: More Than A Monster, with Sara Karloff calling this book the "definitive biography" of her famous father.  Using detailed research, previously unpublished letters, interviews, this book gives new insight to the man and his private life.

DVD NEWS
    Last year at one of the film fests we were at, they were screening PATHOGEN, the zombie movie made by 12-year old Emily Hagins.  But they were also showing the documentary about her and the making of this film, ZOMBIE GIRL: THE MOVIE as well.  We caught most of PATHOGEN and did enjoy it for what it was.  But the documentary was actually really entertaining, and showing the determination of this young girl.
    The documentary will be released on DVD this November by R Squared Films.  The DVD will not only include the documentary, but also Hagins' feature film PATHOGEN.  The other extras include a Q&A at the premiere of PATHOGEN, an interviews with Hagins about her second and third feature films.
    If you are a young aspiring filmmaker, no matter what age, we think you will find this movie not only entertaining, but showing that if you do have the drive and determination, you can make things happen.

HORROR HISTORY
    Are you a fan of the sci-fi / horror films of the '50s?  If you are, then you probably already know of our latest figure that we are spotlighting in this week's Horror History Lesson.  If you not familiar with those movies, then now is your chance to start.  Head over to our classroom to start to start your lesson.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Our last photo was not from a Mario Bava film, which a few people were thinking because of the color scheme in the photo.  Though I do admit that I can completely see how that could be thought of.  But no, the photo is of Tallulah Bankhead from Hammer's DIE! DIE! MY DARLING!, a pretty decent little film if you haven't seen it yet.  Kudos go out to Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Mike Shields, and Anthony Vitamia.  Job well, lads!
    And now on to this week's little puzzling photo.  Good luck, and as always, just click HERE to send us that email.

8-29-10  KRYPTIC ARMY LAST CALL FOR SLASHERS
    Okay soldiers, you've only got a couple more days to get your reports in for this month's mission.  Tuesday is the 31st, so that is not leaving you much time.  So let's get a move on and get them in!  Because come Wednesday morning, you'll be having a whole other mission to tackle.  So let's get it in gear people.  With the Halloween season right on our backs, I know everyone is going to have a lot of stuff planned.

ASTRO RADIO Z
    Friday night, I had the honor of being a guest on Cory Udler's internet radio show, Astro Radio Z.  We talked about everything from PIRANHA 3D to Paul Naschy to the current state of the horror genre, both Hollywood and the independent guys.  You can still go to the site and listen to the show from the archive.  Just click HERE.

KRYPTIC WORLD TOUR 2010 CONTINUES
    Now that September is almost here, that means we are getting very close to the Halloween season.  I have already seen some of the stores breaking out their seasonal items.  This really is my favorite time of year.  But it also means it is our busiest time of year too.  So here is what we have on our schedule so far for the next few months.  We hope that you might be able to head out to one of these many events, and if you do, please stop by our table to say hello.  We always enjoying meeting other fans of the genre.
    B-Movie Celebration - Sept. 24th-26th.  We're still not 100 % we're going to this 3-day movie festival, but we are going to try.  We keep missing it and this year we really want to try and have a great weekend just watching movies.
    Cinema Wasteland - Oct. 1st-3rd.  Can't believe that it has been 10 years since Pam and Ken started their own little movie show.  And it those 10 years, we have been to everyone of their 17 shows, and not once did we not have an amazing time.  They put on a show like no other, and we are looking forward to doing it once again.
    Music Box Massacre 6 - Oct. 9th-10th.  Another year of 24 hours of movie madness.  Once again, it looks like they have an amazing line up planned this year.  And so far the special guests include the Chiodo Brothers, the exceptionally talented guys behind KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, as well as doing effects for tons of movies such as the CRITTERS movie series.
    Horror Society Film Festival - Oct. 24th-25th.  This October, Horror Society is throwing a 2-day film fest featuring plenty of both independent shorts and features, along with some classic horror films.  They are still working out all the details, but click on the link to see what they have lined up so far.

BLOCKBUSTER FILING BANKRUPTCY...THREE CHEERS!
    I knew they were going downhill, but hearing this news just made the day a little better.  It has been reported that they will be preparing to file for bankruptcy next month.  They have lost $1.1 Billion (not million....BILLION) since 2008, AND has almost another billion dollars of debt!  I'm sure it's because of the infiltration of Netlix, Redbox, and being able to stream movies online has really crippled their rental stores with their expensive rental fees.
    Now why would I be happy about Blockbuster (hopefully) going out of business?  Simply because of what Blockbuster did when they first came on the market.  First that came in with such a force and money to purposely drive out the little Mom & Pop video stores.  They made deals with the studios to get more copies of big titles, making it even harder for their little single owned stores to compete with.  Then once they drove their competition out of business, they raised their prices and became the only big game in town, forcing consumers to go to them if they wanted to rent a movie.  So its nice to see that a company like Redbox is doing the same thing to those yellow and blue bastards.  So the day I hear they are official gone, I will stop what I'm doing and dance a little jig.  Karma....it can be like a bitch slap from out of nowhere.

HORROR HISTORY
    This week, we highlight a director that may not have a huge genre filmography, but the few good ones that he did, made a very last impact.  So lets head over to the classroom to find out more.  Just click HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    We knew this last one was going to be a tough one.  But we wanted to throw it out there anyway to see if anyone took the bait.  Yea, I know...bad fish analogy.  But that fits pretty good since this was from a bad fish movie.  The shot is from a movie called ZAAT, which is also known under many other titles, like THE BLOOD WATERS OF DR. Z and HYDRA, and a few others.  This movie has even appeared on MST3K getting the typical once over.  It is a bad movie.  But is one of those that we find pretty damn entertaining.  If only because it's got a great monster suit that they like to show off through about 90% of the movie!
    None the less, only two people were able to send in the correct answer.  And that was Hoby Abernathy and Craig J. Clark.  Nice Job, guys.
    Now lets get to our newest photo.  Not as tough this time, I would think.  But take a look and see what YOU think.  Good luck, and as always, just click HERE to send us that email.

8-22-10  PIRANHA 3D
    Okay...hate to rain on all the praise PIRANHA 3D has been getting from fans, but if you're looking for a boob filled comedy with tons of gore, then you'll enjoy it. If you expecting a horror movie...sorry, watch the original.
    I am amazed at the amount of gore in this film, but it was so much and so over the top, that it did seem to be too much. Never thought I'd ever say that. After the first 15 minutes of intense gore, it really lost any sense of shock value. At least to me. And for someone is still deathly afraid of the water (actually afraid of what might be IN the water) after seeing JAWS, this movie didn't make me flinch or feel uneasy.
    Very surprised to see the gore that Aja was able to get on the screen, but I think in trade for that, he gave Hollywood his soul. The underwater ballet sequence....really? I must be getting old....

MUSIC REVIEWS
    We have posted reviews for two new CDs that have come out.  One is for the latest release from Nox Arcana, Theater of Illusion, and the other is from the film (but not really) SPIKES.  Head over to our Soundtrack Reviews to find out what we're talking about.

FACEBOOK DISCUSSIONS
    If you are on Facebook, we do have a Fan page for the site that we would love for you to join.  Also, we are going to be posting weekly topics for Discussion on this page.  So we would love to hear your thoughts on what ever we have picked for the week.  Hopefully we'll see you there.

WILDCLAW THEATRE's DEATHSCRIBE 2010
    It's that time of year again, when fall starts to come, the temperatures start to drop, the leaves turn, and we all get ready for the Halloween season.  And what better way to get ready than to submit your 10-minute radio script for the upcoming Deathscribe competition.  Here's all the info from WildClaw's website:
    "We are looking for 10-minute radio scripts that are genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque. We put no restrictions on contestants as to content or tone, but keep in mind that we are a Horror Theatre. We take our horror seriously, and so should you.
    Scripts must be ready to produce - all sound and music cues included. Details on format can be found below. Please be aware that these scripts, if chosen, will be performed by no more than 6 actors, therefore if you have more characters it will require double casting by the director of the piece.
    5 scripts will be selected from all submissions. After being selected, there will be an opportunity for the authors to refine and tighten these scripts if deemed necessary in collaboration with WildClaw Theatre Company.   These scripts will be rehearsed and presented as an evening of Live Radio Drama with Foley sound and recorded for a future WildClaw Blood Radio Podcast."
    Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2010.  For all the information about Deathscribe 2010 and WildClaw Theatre, just click HERE.

MUSIC BOX THEATRE HORROR's HAPPENINGS
    Chicago's Music Box Theatre, where have seen some amazing films there over the years, have announced their fall schedule, and they have some awesome titles that they are going to be screening.  Below are some of the ones that we feel our readers might be interested in.  But you can get the full run down by going to their website HERE.

PSYCHO - Oct 8,10,11, & 13
Music Box Massacre 6 - 9th-10th
Jacques Tourneur Matinee Series: CAT PEOPLE - Aug. 28th & 29th and CURSE OF THE DEMON - Oct. 2nd & 3rd

Serial Killers
10 RILLINGTON PLACE - Oct. 23rd & 24th
PEEPING TOM - Nov. 13th & 14th
NIGHT CALLER - Nov. 20th & 21st
BADLANDS - Nov. 27th & 28th

Other Midnight shows:
OLDBOY - Sept. 24th & 25th
BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR - Oct. 15th & 16th
AMERICAN PSYCHO - Oct. 22nd & 23rd
HUMAN CENTIPEDE - Oct. 29th & 30th
HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER - Nov. 5th & 6th
DEAD SNOW - Nov. 5th & 6th
LEFT BANK - Nov. 19th & 20th
FRENZY - Nov. 27th.

LINDA BLAIR ADDED TO HORRORHOUND CINCINNATI SHOW
    The star of one of the most terrifying horror movies ever made, that we feel still holds up today, will be attending the Cincinnati HorrorHound show this November.  Of course, we're talking about Linda Blair.  But don't forget, Blair has a few other horror and cult entries in her portfolio, such as HELL NIGHT and SAVAGE STREETS.
    For all the information about the show, just head over to their official website HERE.

HORROR HISTORY
    Head over to our Horror classroom for this week's entry in our little Horror History lesson.  This time we spotlight an actress who worked on several classic Euro Horror titles that are must see for the fans.  Enjoy!

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Some times these photos that I use get picked because I just might have the movie laying around on my desk at the time, or had recently gotten it.  This one just happened to be sitting there because going to lend it to a friend, so I grabbed a pic from there.  The shot is from Siu-Tung Ching's A CHINESE GHOST STORY (1987).  It wasn't until after I posted it that I realized that the previous photo was from GHOST STORY, and now I'm putting up A CHINESE GHOST STORY.  While as funny this might be, I have to say that it was done purely by accident and was just a bizarre coincidence that I picked it.  Have to say though...did make me laugh.
    Only got two correct answers: Aaron Christensen (who I loaned the movie to) and Mark Ferguson.  Job well done!  But now for the rest of you, I strongly suggest you seek out this movie.  There are actually 3 films in the series, all entertaining, but the first one is simply amazing.  The crazy cinematography is just beautiful.  It's a love story, a comedy, action and martial arts, and the haunting beauty of actress Joey Wang.  This film started a whole new sub-genre in Hong Kong cinema.  So seek it out....I don't think you'll be disappointed.
    But in the meantime, let's take a gander at our latest photo and see how tough one this might be.....and believe me....its a fun one...but definitely a tough one.

8-15-10  TERROR IN THE AISLES 6
    We survived the heat last night at the Terror film fest, along with quite a few other die-hard horror fans that came out to enjoy a night of great movies.  We have posted our small little write up along with some photos from the show, which you can get to by clicking HERE, or going to our Convention Reports link to the left.

MUSIC BOX MASSACRE 6 ANNOUNCEMENT
    Okay die hard movie fans, mark your calendars!  On October 9th, Music Box Massacre 6 will be taking place, of course at the Music Box Theater, in Chicago.  Once again, they have an incredible lineup planned.  While the lineup is not complete and not final, here is a list of what they have announced so far:

  • THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) - Original classic starring Lon Chaney Sr.

  • THE WOLF MAN (1941) - The original tale of the tormented Lawrence Talbot, starring Lon Chaney Jr.

  • THE RAVEN (1935) - 2nd horror film to pair up the icons of horror Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi

  • PSYCHO (1960) - 50th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's classic

  • THEATER OF BLOOD (1973) - Great Vincent Price picture has him as an actor killing off his critics

  • RABID (1977) - David Cronenberg's early film starring Marilyn Chambers

  • THE FUNHOUSE (1981) - Great little film from Tobe Hooper

  • HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981) - Another classic from Italian Master of Horror, Lucio Fulci

  • FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) - See just how good the original was before that remake comes out

  • KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988) - What a fun movie...unless you got a thing about clowns...

  • PET SEMATARY (1988) - "Sometimes dead is better."

Also appearing at the Massacre will be the Chiodo Brothers, creators of KILLER KLOWNS, not to mention countless other movies that they worked on, especially creating the stars of the CRITTERS series.  But just check out their resume to see the tons of other great films that they contributed to.  The fun starts at noon on the 9th, and goes through to noon on Sunday.  So make your plans, bring your pillows & blankets, and stay for the fun.  For all the details, head over to the Music Box's website HERE.

KRYPTIC ARMY - HALFWAY MARK
    Okay soldiers, just a friendly reminder that we are at the halfway point for this month's mission.  With the summer coming to an end, let's not get side track with trying to enjoy these last days of sweltering heat, high humidity, and all around slug-creating weather, to make sure you make that time to sit down and relax in front of your TV (hopefully in a nice air conditioned room) and do something that really is important...watching horror movies!
    If you are still not a member of the army, it's never too late to sign up, and you can still win some great prizes.  In our army, we take everyone who's willing and able.  We don't discriminate against age, race, religion, or sex.  As long as you are a fan of the horror genre, you qualify.  If you're interested, click on the Kryptic Army link on the left.

ITALIAN INVASION III
    Fans of Italian horror films, especially Lucio Fulci and his film CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (aka GATES OF HELL) are going to be pretty excited about this year's lineup at Chiller Theatre Expo this October.  They have just announced a total of 7 names that starred in that legendary film.  Who knows if they'll be adding anyone else, but here is who they have listed so far: Antonella Interlenghi, Luca Venantini, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Venantino Venantini, Fabrizio Jovine.  Taking place on Oct. 29th through the 31st, this will show case the 30th Anniversary of this Fulci classic.
    For all the information, just click HERE.

HORROR HISTORY
    Our lesson for this week folks is about someone who helped us enjoy the classic Universal movies that we watched, because of what we hear.  Head over to our Horror History Classroom to find out more.

ALL THINGS FRANKENSTEIN
    The original FRANKENSTEIN (1931) is one of my all time favorite films, as well as just the character alone.  He is someone that a lot of us horror fans can relate to.  Not meaning we've been assembled from corpses mind you, but being an outsider and not fitting in with 'normal' society.  So if you are like me and are a huge fan of Frankenstein, his creation, and anything else about this timeless story and characters, then please take some time to check out this blog, Frankensteinia: The Frankenstein Blog.  This site covers anything and everything about our favorite creature, from movies, to books, to other influences the character and films might have.  It is frequently updated and is always a great way to spend some time, not to mentioning learning a few new things.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Our last photo was from the 1981 film GHOST STORY, with the shot being of the unforgettable Alice Krige, in what she says is still most recognized role.  We had debated on putting up a photo of her in her more gruesome guise from the film, but thought that might be too easy.  But it didn't stop a bunch of you out there naming the correct movie.  So kudos out to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Wendy Bodine, Aaron Christensen, Dave Friedman, Michelle Hudecek, Eric Kuhl, David Schmidt, Wayne Teeter, and William Wilson.  Nice job people.
    So let's take a look at our latest photo.  This one might be a bit more difficult, but if you've seen the movie, you will remember it quite easily.  I know that I have never forgotten this movie after my first viewing, and has become one of my favorites.  Good luck, and as always, just click HERE to send us that email.

8-8-10  TERROR IN THE AISLES NEXT WEEKEND!
    Okay Chicago area horror fans, don't forget that next weekend at the Portage Theater will be Terror in the Aisles 6, featuring another horror filled evening.  Here is a list of the films being played:

7:30 p.m.: TRAILER TRASH (Vintage trailers & shorts)
8:00 p.m.: CREEPSHOW
10:00 p.m.: CLIVE BARKER'S BOOK OF BLOOD (Midwest Premiere!)
Midnight: TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE (20th Anniversary!)

    There will also be a screening of John LaFlamboy's "The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue", starring Robert Englund.  Other short films include "Walk Zombie Walk", Gary Shultz's "Devil In My Ride", and Eric Appel's trailer for "Weird: The Weird Al Yankovic Story" with Patton Oswalt and Weird Al.
    Special Guest appearance by director/composer/actor John Harrison!  Not only did Harrison director BOOK OF BLOOD & TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE, he also created one of our favorite movie scores, CREEPSHOW.  Plus, Clive Barker's original paintings from the Packer Schopf Gallery will be on display in the theater lobby.  Seeing Barker's work in print is nothing like seeing them in real life.
    Advance tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/116777, or are $12 at the door.  We will be set up there in the lobby, and will also be premiering some of our new T-shirt designs as well.  Hope to see you there.

OSHKOSH ZOMBIE WALK
    In a couple of weeks, Oshkosh will be holding it's second annual zombie walk, Infection 2010, on September 4th.  They had a pretty good turn out last year and are trying to make it even bigger this year.  After the walk there is a party at the the Time Community Theater.  All proceeds from the Zombie Walk goes right to the theater, so it is a great cause.  If you're in the area, or feel like making a road trip, I guarantee you'll have a good time.
    For more details, just click HERE.

KRYPTIC ROLL CALL
    Okay people, a few weeks ago we asked for the members of our Army to sound off on our message board, giving a little background on yourself.  So far we've only had 3 members have the guts to do that.  Come on now....I know there's got to be more of you out there that would love to spout your love for horror and why you're here.  And please feel free to comment on the other posts if you wish.  That's an order, soldiers!  You can get to the message board by clicking HERE.

FLASHBACK DRIVE-IN EVENT UPDATE
    The Flashback Weekend at the Drive-in that we mentioned last month has released some more info about this event, taking place on September 10th & 11th at the Midway Drive-in, located in Dixon, Illinois.  We had already announced that they would be screening THE EVIL DEAD, but now they have released some more info.  They will also be screening EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS.  And appearing at the Midway on Saturday will be the star of those films, Bruce Campbell.  They will also be screening his movie THEY CALL ME BRUCE.  Charles Band and his Full Moon Road Show will be appearing as well.
    There will be a triple feature on Friday night.  Then on Saturday, there will be horror dealers set up in the parking lot during the afternoon.  Then in the evening, there will be a from dusk til dawn night of movies.  For all the details and updates, head over to their website HERE.

HORROR HISTORY
    This week lesson is on an actor who only appeared in a handful of genre pics, but always made an impression.  Head over to the classroom for this week's Horror History lesson.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Well, we knew our last photo was going to be a tough one and we were right this time out.  Only got three correct entries this time out.  Even though we had quite a few that thought it was Lamberto Bava' DEMONS, which was a good guess and was from the right country, the shot is from the film ZOMBIE 4: AFTER DEATH.  The director behind this wonderful piece of cinema was none other than Claudio Fragasso.  That's right...the main that gave us TROLL 2.  The scholars that knew the correct movie was Hoby Abernathy, Mads Jensen, and Will Willson.
    So lets go a little bit easier this week...a little.  Good luck.  Just click HERE to send us your answer.

8-1-10  LOSS OF A FRIEND & FELLOW HORROR FAN
    Years ago my friends, like 20+ years, before this whole internet thing started, to connect with people over long distances, you either had to call them on the phone, or write them a letter.  That’s right….write out a letter and actually mail it through the postal system, which could take DAYS to get to the other person.  So finding and connecting with other die hard horror fans was not as easy as it is today.  There was some work involved.  But all those years ago, the first person I really connected with, who was as big of a horror fan as I was, was a guy from Florida named Rick Lassiter who wrote to me after seeing my name in a letter section of Fangoria magazine.  We immediately connected because of our mad devotion to the genre.  We would discuss movies, books, and everything else about the genre.  Back in 2003, while we were attending the Horrorfind Weekend in Baltimore, I was pleasantly surprised to see Rick had come out to the show.  We had met once before, years ago, so it was nice to see him there and be able to catch up with him.  That is Rick in the photo on the right.
    We had still kept in touch over the years and still chatted every now and then.  But as life moves on, you get busier, and our talks were fewer and fewer.  The last time I talked to Rick was last fall when he called me to tell me that he just found out that I had started to write for HorrorHound and that he loved it.  He wanted to tell me that he was so happy for me that I was able to pass on my love for the genre in the magazine.  As it turns out, that would be the last time I talked to him.
    I received an email tonight saying that he had passed away last fall from pneumonia.  What a blow.  Rick was an accomplished martial artist, and had been as long as I'd known him.  So for him to be taken from something like that really hit me pretty hard.  You just never know.  And as the saying goes, you really do have to enjoy not just every day, but also every friend you have out there.
    So Rick, if you're out there, I just want to say that you were a big inspiration to me all those years ago, and to thank you for the countless letters that we sent back and forth to each other, talking on end about our shared passion for the horror genre.  The horror genre has lost one of its biggest fans.  My thoughts out out to Rick's friends and family.  I know he is missed and will continue to be missed.

BEST WORST MOVIE
    Friday night, we headed into the city for some fun and excitement.  At the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, they were screening the new documentary BEST WORST MOVIE, which is about the remembering and realization how TROLL 2 has become a huge cult movie.  After the documentary, they were then going to screen TROLL 2.
    We were pleasantly surprised to see the theater fill up for this event.  Everyone likes a bad movie every now and then, but not that many are willing to come out and support it.  The documentary was a lot of fun and director Michael Stephenson (who also starred in TROLL 2) does an exceptional job showing the true spirit behind this movie, as well as the mass confusion that was going on during the making of it.  He was able to find and interview pretty much most of the original cast and talk to them about the movie.  Dr. George Hardy, who plays Stephenson's dad in the movie, is the main focus of the documentary, has he discovers the incredible following behind this movie.  Because of his super friendly personality, it makes the film even more entertaining.
    It's even better that they had gotten the director of TROLL 2, Italian Claudio Fragasso, made it even better.  Seeing his face as he sees in amazement at the crowds of people coming to see his movie, but then also this same amazement when he realize people think that its a terrible movie.  Being familiar with Fragasso's work for some time, I'm not surprised at all.  If you've seen some of this other films like MONSTER DOG (1984) and ZOMBIE 4: AFTER DEATH (1988), you would be surprised either.  But like TROLL 2, that doesn't mean they're not entertaining.
    So the bottom line is that if you have the slightest chance to see BEST WORST MOVIE, if you are a fan of cult films and even more so, really bad ones, then you need go out and support this film.  You can get a full listing of their theater listings, with some of the cast appearing with the film, at the official website, that you can get to by clicking HERE.  Films like this need our support, so please do what you can to help spread the word and the joy of TROLL 2.

DEL TORO FINALLY WILL GO TO THE MOUNTAIN....HOPEFULLY
    As much as we love Guillermo del Toro, it's tough to get excited about one of the many projects that he announces, since he has so many in the works at any given time.  We have excited ever since he first mentioned wanting to do an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness.  But it either kept getting pushed back for something else, or just had trouble getting the studios interested.  We just felt that that del Toro would be the one guy that could really bring Lovecraft's work to the big screen and stay faithful to the author and the story.  When we first heard that he was no longer going to direct THE HOBBIT, we were ecstatic.  We were hoping that we was going to jump on this project or maybe even his adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN that he's been talking about.  So when he announced at Comic-Con that he was going to be doing a HAUNTED MANSION movie for Disney, needless to say I wasn't too happy about it.
    But now, it seems that after that, his next movie is finally going to be the Lovecraft adaptation.  And even better, James Cameron is going to be onboard to produce it.....and it will be in 3-D.  They are suppose to start pre-production in a few weeks, and will be shooting it next year.  Now, to me, the good thing about that news is that means that they will be able to get the budget and freedom that they need.  At least I am praying for that.  The last thing a Lovecraft story needs is studio interference.  So we have our tentacles crossed that this will finally happen.

KILLDOZER T-SHIRT
    Any time someone puts an obscure movie on a shirt, it gives me a smile.  It shows that there are still people out there willing to take a chance and invest in something that might not be as popular as another Freddy or Jason shirt.  So major kudos to Fright-Rags for creating a KILLDOZER t-shirt.  They have always come up some great and original designs from movies, both famous and cult.  Just love the colors they come up with.  I know we will be adding this new design to our collection very soon.  You can check out their site HERE.

KRYPTIC ARMY - NEW MONTH....NEW MISSION
    New month which means new mission.  Thanks again to all those who are participating in our Army Challenge.  You're hard work is great appreciated, not to mention that you are discovering some fun new movies....at least most of you.  You should have already gotten this month's mission email.  If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a note and I'll help you out.
    And for those who are not participating, it's never too late to start.  There will be plenty of prizes at the end of the year, even if you only participate in one of the months, you could still win.  For all the info, just click on the Kryptic Army link on the Navigational Bar, or just click HERE.

HORROR HISTORY
    This week's entry is another one of those men behind the scenes that was responsible for some incredible monster creations, but sadly hasn't gotten the notoriety that he should.  Head over to our Horror History page to find out more.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Once again, pretty impressed with the number of people out there that recognized our last photo.  It was from the 1980 film DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE, and we'd have to say is one of the better DON'T movies made at that time.  Features some pretty impressive camera tricks for the burn sequence, especially for 1980.  If you haven't seen this, then here is another title for your list.  I think you'll enjoy it.
    So to the one that did get it right, such as Aaron Christensen, Dave Friedman, Lawrence Raffel, David Schmidt, Wayne Teeter, Gert Verbeeck, Tom White, and Will Wilson, you have our ever dying admiration.  At least until week's list of names.  And speaking of which, lets take a look at our latest photo.  Take a good hard look at this one, folks....it's a tough one.

7-25-10  A SLIGHT CHANGE IN APPEARANCE
    You obviously notice right away something a little different with the way the Krypt looks.  We have changed it around a bit, creating a navigational boarder to your left, which shows all the different Features we have here at the Krypt.  These were all listed under our Features line before, but we weren't sure if everybody knew that.  Since most computer monitors now are a little wider, we could go back to having a navigational bar on the and still  have enough room for content.  Granted, we could always fill those sides up with ads, banners, and be just like most of the other sites out there, but we still have no plans to do that.  The only advertisements that you'll see on this site are the ones that WE decide are important enough to tell you about.  None of this blind banner crap here, making it look like every other site out there.  At least as long as I'm running show.
    So take a look to the left and see if there's a section that maybe you never seen before, or maybe it has been a while.  There's is plenty of fun reading over there, as well as tons of different photos from the countless conventions that we've been going to over the last 20 years.  Yes, some of the sections are still under construction, like the Sub-Genre guide, but there is still enough content there to keep you interested.  And of course, as always, we'd love to hear any feedback.

KRYPTIC ARMY - LAST WEEK FOR JULY MISSION
    Only 1 week left, soldiers.  So let's get those reports in before those alien bastards take over the world!  Then get ready to take on a whole different breed of killers next month.

T-SHIRT PAGE
    Those of you that have seen us that the conventions over the years, know that we mainly deal in horror reference books, posters, and stuff.  We've never really wanted to get into the T-shirt business, mainly because there are so many other great places out there already.  And the last thing we wanted to do is compete with them.  But since there are been a few designs that we had never seen on a shirt before, we've decided to take those matters in our own hands and make them happen.  Earlier this year, we had artist Putrid come up with a design for a Paul Naschy tribute shirt, which he did and amazing job on.  But we're not stopping there.  We have a few more shirts in the making, with some more completely original ideas which we think are going to be pretty fun.
    So we have created a new page on our site to show the shirts that we have currently and what is coming soon.  Just click the graphic link on the left for all the info, or you could click HERE.

MEAT GRINDER REVIEW
    We've posted our review for this Thailand movie that is being marketed as one of those gory torture-porn movies.  Which is a shame since its a much better film than that.  Head over to our Reviews section to get our full take on this film.

HORROR HISTORY
    This week, we take a look at a man that had a helping hand in creating one of the genre's oldest and greatest creatures of all time.  Head over to our Horror History page to discover who this might be.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Our photo from last week was one of the more sleazier gore films from Lucio Fulci, but did pack a hefty punch.  It was from NEW YORK RIPPER (1982).  And for a little bit of trivia, the young lady in the photo who it about to get very up close and personal with that razor blade is Daniela Doria, who had the pleasure of getting killed in Fulci's films several times.  You will probably remember her from the opening of HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981) when she gets a butcher knife stabbed through the back of her head, coming out of her mouth.
    So we have a few scholars that were able to recognize this pic.  And those are Hoby Abernathy, Nancy Cremer, Mike Dudley, Erik Martin, John Pata, and Will Wilson.  Nice job, people.
    So let us take a look at this week's photo and see what you can come up with.  We will give you hint that it came out around the same time as NEW YORK RIPPER....maybe a year or two earlier....but no more hints....we want this image to be burned into your brain until you figure it out.  Good luck.  Just click HERE to send us your answer.  And remember, even if you're not sure, send in your guess....you just never know.

7-18-10  WILDCLAW WINS!
    After mentioning this over our last two updates, we just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to anyone who took the time to vote for WildClaw Theater in the Chase Community Giving program, because they WON!  Granted, they made it in at the bottom of the top 200 by the skin of their pointed little teeth, but none the less they did make it.  For a small theater company like this that is filled with people devoted to bringing serious horror the stage, this is going to be very, very helpful.  So again, if you voted, I know they appreciate it, but I do as well because it shows that us fellow horror fans are there to help and support others out there that are fighting the good fight.  Well Done, People!
    Of course, you can find out about WildClaw and all of their upcoming events by checking out their website by clicking HERE.

KRYPTIC ARMY - JOIN FOR FUN, THRILLS, & PRIZES!
    Okay troops, little bit of an update here.  First of all, just a little reminder that the month is a little more than half over, so we're hoping our current soldiers are making it way to the front line to tackle this month's mission.  Keep fighting the good fight.
    And now, in a little attempt to get more members in our Army, and to make the current members drool with anticipation (at least hopefully), we thought that we would list some of the items that are in the prize closet and will be given away after this year is over.  As we said in the beginning, every month you've completed your mission, you will have your name thrown in the drawing.  If you've completed all 12 months, it will be in the drawing 12 times.  Granted, you can only win once, but you will have a much better chance.  But even still, if you've just started, that doesn't mean you can't win.  There is that chance.  So for you people out there that have not joined our Army, I strongly suggest that you think again.  And not only do you have the chance to win a great prize, but you also will have fun each month seeking out new films that you've never seen before.
    So here's a few of the things we have so far:

  • Spanish Lobby Card for RE-ANIMATOR signed by director Stuart Gordon

  • Mini Poster print from RE-ANIMATOR signed by director Stuart Gordon

  • TRICK 'r TREAT mini poster signed by director Michael Dougherty

  • 8x10 still from the original MY BLOODY VALENTINE signed by director George Mihalka and actor Peter Cowper

  • DARKNESS mini poster signed by director Leif Jonker and actor Gary Miller

  • Lobby card from NIGHT OF THE CREEPS signed by director Fred Dekker

  • Lobby card from STANLEY signed by director William Grefe

    And we still have another 5 1/2 months to go to collect even more stuff.  So if you have not joined our Kryptic Army, or you already are on our mailing list but haven't participated in the Monthly Missions, then we strongly suggest that you do so.  It will be a lot of fun, you'll see some great movies (and maybe some not so great ones), increase your knowledge about the genre, and possibly win something cool.  Not to mention being the envy of all your friends!  Okay, that last one might be a stretch...
    For all the info about the Army and what it is all about, just click HERE.  Hope to see you on the front lines very soon.  We need you.

NOX ARCANA - THEATER OF ILLUSION
    Theater of Illusion, Nox Arcana's 12 CD will be shipping out by the end of the month.  As always, we are looking forward to going on another dark and wonderful musical journey with the help of Nox Arcana.  According to their website (that you can get t by clicking HERE) this is what their new CD is about:
    "Welcome to the Theater of Illusion, the legendary stage of magic hidden beyond the threshold of dreams and nightmares. Behold strange and mystifying acts performed by phantom magicians and discover the dark secrets that lie in wait beyond the veil of shadows.  Nox Arcana invites you to enter a realm of magic and dark fantasy to immerse yourself in a soundscape of haunting melodies, mystical rhythms and pulse-pounding orchestrations."

HORROR HISTORY
    This week, we're staying over in the UK and spotlighting another important figure in British horror history, as well as helping a studio grow into a world famous company.  Just head over to our Horror History page to find out more.

BLACKOUT REVIEW
    We have posted our review of a recent movie that is coming out next month called THE BLACKOUT.  If you like movies with creatures, then head over and read our full review.  Just click HERE.

TROLL 2 & BEST WORST MOVIE
    At the end of the month, at the Music Box Theater in Chicago, they will be screening a very special double feature.  On July 30th and 31st, they will be screening BEST WORST MOVIE, a documentary about the infamous film TROLL 2 (1990), directed by Italian schlock master Claudio Fragasso, but shot in Porterville, Utah.  The film is so bad, that it has gained legendary cult status, making a very popular midnight movie and bad movie geek get-togethers.  So much so, that some younger filmmakers decided to make a documentary about this little film.
    The documentary will be screening at 9:45pm on Friday the 30th and Saturday the 31st, with the actual film TROLL 2 being screened at midnight.  Cast and crew from the documentary are scheduled to appear.  But even if you don't live in the Chicago area, this documentary is on tour around the states, having many screenings.  For more information about the movie and other screenings, just head to the official site by clicking HERE.
    For info about the Music Box Theatre and the screening, just click HERE.

TERROR IN THE AISLES 6
    While  on the subject of movie screenings and festivals, we just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that next month on August 14th at the Portage Theater will be the Terror in the Aisles 6, featuring 3 movies: CREEPSHOW, Clive Barker's BOOK OF BLOOD, and TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE.  Director, actor, and composer John Harrison will be appearing in person at the show.  Not only did Harrison create one of my all time favorite movie scores, CREEPSHOW, but he has had his hand in tons of genre films.  He was even the zombie in DAWN OF THE DEAD that gets the screwdriver shoved through his ear!  Plus going on to becoming a successful director, with films like the other two films that are being screened besides CREEPSHOW.
    But there is also a few new attractions that have recently been added to the show.  Clive Barker's original paintings from the Packer Schopf Gallery will be showing in the lobby of the Portage Theater.  Seeing his artwork in person is reported to be completely different than seeing in a book.  So this is just another reason to come out to the show for a night of fun and horror.  Doors open at 7pm, with trailers starting at 7:30pm and CREEPSHOW starting at 8pm.  Tickets are available in advance for only $10 through brownpapertickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/116777, or will be $12 at the door.  There will be plenty of dealers set up (including us), and plenty more fun to be had.  Hopefully we'll see you there!

 

B-MOVIE CELEBRATION
    And yet even one more movie festival that we want to bring up.  We've been wanting to make it the annual B-Movie Celebration that is held in Franklin, Indiana, but just just make it.  This year, it looks once again like a great time.  Even though that is getting close to our busiest time of the year, it would be great to be able to go there, relax, and catch some great movies the way they were meant to be seen.
    It takes place on Sept. 24th through the 26th, and will feature screenings of plenty of movies.  Here are a few of the titles that they will be screening: William Girdler's THE MANITOU (1978) & ABBY (1974), DEATH RACE 2000 (1975), ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (1979), GALAXINA (1980), LAND OF THE MINOTAUR (1976), SLIME CITY MASSACRE (2010), DEAD SNOW (2009), BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959), William Castle's MR. SARDONICUS (1961) & HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958), VALLEY OF THE GWANGI (1969), EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977), QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1968), THE RAVEN (1963), PIRANHA (1978), THE BLOB (1958), CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954).
    But they also will have guests there like Bert I. Gordon, Lloyd Kaufman, Daniel Roebuck, Tony Randel, Jim Wynorski, and more.  This year the B-Movie Celebration is honoring three filmmakers that made a impact on the industry, even though they might not be that well known.  They are K Gordon Murray, William Girdler and Kroger Babb.  If you don't know these names....you should.
    For all the details about the festival, head over to their website by clicking HERE.

NASCHY DOCUMENTARY
    As we all (hopefully) know, Paul Naschy passed away near the end of last year.  But it seems that someone else has decided that more people need to know about Naschy and his legacy.  Luis Rosales and SciFi World have produced The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry, a documentary directed by Angel Agudo, about Paul Naschy and his work.  Mick Garris is the host, and has input from the likes of directors John Landis, Jorge Grau, actress Caroline Munro, and many others, including Naschy himself.  The documentary will premeire at The Sitges Film Festival in Spain this October.  Hopefully it doesn’t take that long before it is available to his fans around the world.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Our last photo was from Larry Cohen's THE STUFF (1985).  We figured if we used a shot of Michael Moriarty it might be a little easy to recognize.  So we found that shot that we thought might be a little tougher.  But it seems enough of you recognized it anyway.  So job well done, people.  Here are ones that sent in the correct answers this week:  April J. Atwood, Hoby Abernathy, Craig J. Clark, Nancy Cremer, Mike Dudley, Rick Hayden, Samuel Locke, David Schmidt, Justin Thaler, Gert Verbeeck, and William Wilson.
    Also, for those of you who don't send in their guess because they might not be sure, send them in anyway.  You never know, you just may be right.  If you send in the wrong answer, I'll email you back and let you know it was wrong, but keep trying.  If you don't hear back from me, then you know you got it right.  We love to see persistent horror fans.  Just click HERE to send in your answers.  Good luck.

7-11-10  WILDCLAW THEATRE
    Last week, we asked you to take a few minutes of your time and help our friends at WildClaw Theatre in getting some much needed funds for their Horror Theatre company.  It's coming down to the final day and it's getting very close.  So if you haven't voted yet, please take a few minutes and place your vote for them.  EVERY SINGLE VOTE COUNTS and could help them receive $20,000 in grants, which would help them immensely.  For a small company that has been busting their butts to bring real horror theater to the Chicago area fans, they need all help and $$ they can get.  So please, click http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/261199553-wildclaw-theatre and help support WildClaw.
    And while on the subject of WildClaw Theatre, they are now taking submissions for their third Annual International Festival of Radio Horror Plays.  We were honored to be one of the judges last year and it was a blast.  The deadline is October 1st, 2010. They are looking for 10-minute radio scripts that are "genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque."  They pick the 5 best scripts then perform them live before an audience, using actors and live foley artist.  For all the information about this year's Deathscribe contest, just click HERE.
    Also, for Chicago area fans that want to have some fun and support WildClaw Theatre at the same time, then get ready for their Monster Bowl.  The last two years, they've presented a Zombie Bowl, but this year, they are opening up the guidelines to any and all monsters.  It will be taking place on Saturday, July 31st at the Timber Lanes (1851 W. Irving Park, Chicago).  More details will be coming from WildClaw, so keep checking their website HERE for more info.

HORROR HISTORY
    Yea, I know we haven't posted an update in this section in a while.  But we're working to try and bring that back to a weekly feature again.  Mainly because we don't think there's anything more important as a horror fan as to learning about the history of the genre.
    So this time out we take a quick look at one of the female stars of British horror.  If you are a fan of Hammer, then you should know her.  Click HERE to get your new lesson.

NEW REVIEWS
    We have posted several new reviews with this update.  First off, we have posted our thoughts on the soundtrack for the Italian film NIGHT OF THE DEVILS.  Head over to our Soundtrack Review section to read them.  To get there, just click HERE.
    We have also posted reviews of several different film reference books in our Reference Book Review Guide.  To get there, just click HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Our last photo seemed to be another tough one.  But at least this time we did get a few more responses than last time.  So a big kudos go out to Mads Jensen, Erik Martin, and Mike Shields for naming the correct movie.  Which was FINAL TERROR, the 1983 film starring Adrian Zmed, Rachel Ward, Darryl Hannah, and Joe Pantoliano.  If you haven't seen it, it's well worth checking out.  Granted, the DVD leaves a little to be desired as far as the quality....but still worth a look.
    So here's our latest photo.  Again, we're trying not to get too easy again, but we'll see who can come up with the name of this little favorite.  Really packs a whallop in such a small package.  Just click HERE to send in your answers.  Good luck.

7-4-10  2010 KRYPTIC ARMY - HALF WAY POINT
    Okay Troops....we've successfully made it through the halfway point in this year's missions.  I want to thank all the members of the Army out there for participating each month.  I know I am having a lot of fun hearing from each of you each month with what movies that you have chosen, as well as your thoughts.  I've got some more fun and interesting themes picked out for the rest of the year, so we will keep that momentum rolling.  And we are definitely planning on continuing this project next year as well.  So at the end of this year, once we announce all the winners and prizes, we will be starting all over again next year.  So we hope that everyone stays with us for next year's assignments as well.

SUPPORT HORROR THEATER!
    Our friends at WildClaw Theatre need your help.  Over the last few years, they have been working extremely hard at bringing serious horror to the stage here in Chicago.  But now they need your help and support.  I'll let our good friend and WildClaw member Aaron "AC" Christensen explain the further details on how you can help them, just by taking few clicks of your time.  Take it away, AC.....

Aaron Christensen here....For the past three years, WildClaw Theatre has been bringing live horror to the Chicago stage (as well as bowling alleys, taverns and other Windy City locales) with fantasmagoric productions of Arthur Machen's THE GREAT GOD PAN, H.P. Lovecraft's THE DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE, William Peter Blatty's LEGION, Scott Barsotti’s original zombie drama THE REVENANTS, as well as their annual horror radio play festival, DEATHSCRIBE. 

All that horror requires money.  However, this year, Chase Community Giving programs will award $5 million in grants to 200 local U.S. non-for-profit organizations.  And folks like YOU get to choose who gets the donations.   Yes, for once, the asylum is truly in the hands of the inmates.  This is an opportunity for the horror kids to let their voices be heard – if we can keep WildClaw in the top 200, Chase will award $20,000 to a HORROR THEATRE.  Yeah.  That's a WHOLE lot of stage blood.

Please give WildClaw your vote and help us keep bringing horror to life, on stage and in your face.  It takes less than 60 seconds, doesn't cost a thing, and each vote sends a big bloody message.  But please hurry, as the campaign ends soon!  (Votes must be cast by midnight, July 12, EST)

Here's the link:  http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/261199553-wildclaw-theatre

Yes, you need to be a Facebook member to participate, but hopefully this won't be a problem for most of you.  Again, it only takes a minute, and remember, while you are voting, there are 100 other blood brothers and sisters out there with good intentions who are not.   We appreciate you taking the time and effort to keep horror alive and/or undead.

Any questions, feel free to visit WildClaw's website at http://www.wildclawtheatre.com  or contact WildClaw's resident Ambassador of Horror, Aaron "AC" Christensen at drach101@gmail.com

HORRORHOUND WEEKEND... EVEN MORE RE-ANIMATED
    Continuing on their RE-ANIMATOR reunion, they are making it even better.  They are already celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Stuart Gordon's RE-ANIMATOR, but now they are adding another reunion in the same vein.....the 20th Anniversary of Brian Yuzna's BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR!  So adding to this movie's already guests of Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott, they will also be joined by Fabiana Udenio and the Bride herself Kathleen Kinmont.  This is starting to come together as an amazing reunion show for RE-ANIMATOR fans.  And I have a feeling they're not done yet.
    For all the details of this show, just click HERE.

FLASHBACK WEEKEND NEWS
    It looks like Flashback Weekend will be back this year....sort of.  While they are planning on getting back to their regular conventions next year, back in summer months (hooray for that!), this year they are going to do something a little different.  On September 10th & 11th, they will be having a 2-day at the Midway Drive-in, in Dixon, Illinois.  They will be screening movies Friday and Saturday night, and will have vendor tables set up on the drive-in grounds during the day.  There will also be celebrities announced, that will be introducing the films, as well as be available for autographs during the day.
    So far, they have announced Charles Band and his Full Moon Road show will be there.  They have also announced a screening of the new Grindhouse Releasing print of EVIL DEAD.  For up to date info, head over to their website by clicking HERE.

HORROR ARTIST CHRIS KUCHTA NEW WEBSITE
    We meet Chris as a Chicago Fango show a couple of years ago and was immediately impressed by his work.  And since then, he has continued to impress us.  He has recently got his website up and running that features tons of photos of his artwork.  Head on over the to check out the incredible pieces that he comes up with.  He does a ton of conventions throughout the year, so make sure you keep an eye out for him as well.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    We didn't realize just how difficult our last photo was when we posted it.  Just like our photo from THE CHANGELING got more correct responses than we've ever had, our pic from last week probably got more incorrect responses from people trying to figure out where that clip is from.  I got just about every title out there that featured somebody melting, from STREET TRASH, to INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, to SLIME CITY, and many more.  But there was only one person this time that sent in the correct answer.  And that was Erik Martin.  The film?  It was John Hough's entry in the werewolf series, THE HOWLING 4: THE ORIGINAL NIGHTMARE (1988).  I know the whole melting sequence threw everyone, but he was really transforming after he melted into a big pile of goo.  While that effects sequence was done pretty damn good, unfortunately the rest of the movie isn't so much.  So kudos to Mr. Martin, as well as to all the ones that kept sending in their answers, some multiple times trying to get the right answer.  We love to see that persistence.  Shows dedication.  Or obsession, but we don't care.
    Our next photo might be another tough one, but we think there's enough clues in it to help you narrow it down.  Take a look and good luck.  Just click HERE to send in your answer.

6-27-10  UPDATE AFTER ALL
    Originally, we didn't think we would have an update this weekend since we were planning to be at the Cyphan show all weekend.  But as it turns out, we ended up packing up and leaving at 2pm on Saturday.  Why?  Because I think there might have been 75-100 people that came through the door at that point.  So we didn't see the need to waste the rest of our weekend staying there.  It also doesn't help when the daily admission price was $30!  The daily price shouldn't have been more than $10, then that might have brought more people through the door.
    I know it was a first time show.  I'm not expecting record crowds for one of those.  But what I do expect is the show to be promoted, and I don't think it was.  And the other really big problem that I had in the promotion aspect of it was the complete lack of including the horror element in the promotion.  The guest line up had more horror names than sci-fi and fantasy.  But on their commercial that ran on the Sci-Fi Channel made no mention of the horror aspect or the guests.  Would it really have taken that much longer to add that in there?  Hell, even the badges just said Science Fiction and Fantasy United.
    I've been doing conventions for a long time and have been at some amazing ones and not so amazing ones.  If there were a good crowd of people there and I still didn't sell anything, then I know it's not the crowd, but just what I'm selling.  That wasn't the case here.  When the only 2 sales I have on Friday and the first part of Saturday was to 2 different dealers, I know this is not a good show.   There just weren't any people there.  I don't know the official count, but it sure didn't look like more than 75 people total for the day and a half that I was there.  So that's why we packed up and came home.  I know we got a few surprised looks when we started to pack up, from the promoter to even some other dealers, but I wasn't going to completely waste my weekend at this place.
    So here's a little advice to anybody with thoughts of putting on their own show.  First of all, expect to lose money.  If you think you're going to make a profit on your first show, then not only are you crazy, but then you're not spending enough money on advertising.  You have to spend more money and time on advertising.  Because you can have the best guest lineup in the world, but if nobody knows about it, it won't matter.  And I'm not talking about passing out a couple of flyers at some local film fests.  I'm talking about spending at least a year at EVERY film fest, convention, and any tie-in event that you can be at getting the word out about your show.  Getting people to come, THAT is the first part of having a good show.

KRYPTIC ARMY - JUNE MISSION ENDING SOON
    Okay folks, just a friendly reminder that the end of the months is only days away.  So if you haven't gotten your mission report sent in, you might want to get on it.  Thursday morning our new mission for July will be going out and I think everyone is going to enjoy this one as much as the rest.  It may be even a little easier subject matter, though may take you a while to find one that you haven't seen already.  But there's plenty out there, so it shouldn't be too hard.  How's that for a clue?!?!
    And if you're not a member of our Kryptic Army and want to join, there's no time better than now.  Just click HERE to read all about it and where you can sign up.

HORRORHOUND GUESTS UPDATE
    It looks like fans of Stuart Gordon's RE-ANIMATOR are going to be very happy at the Cincinnati HorrorHound show this November.  They have added stars Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott to the show's lineup.  But that's not all.  Making his first convention appearance is Peter Kent, who played Herbert West's first attempted at animating a corpse.  Kent's appearance was hard to forget, not just being a muscular and naked re-animated corpse, but also taking a bone saw through the back.  Of course, Kent is also known as a actor/stuntman, working quite a bit as Arnold Schwarzenegger's stunt double on films like the first TERMINATOR films, TOTAL RECALL, TRUE LIES, and many more.  His performance in RE-ANIMATOR will make a nice addition to this 25th Anniversary reunion of RE-ANIMATOR.
    But they have also added two guests from THE CRAZIES, Chris Carnel and Brett Wagner.  Actor/stuntman Carnel also played the minor in the recent remake of MY BLOODY VALENTINE (2009), while Wagner's face has been all over the place in promotion of THE CRAZIES.  Throw in Lloyd Kaufman from Troma, and all the rest of the great guests they already have lined up, this has all the makings of another great show.
    For all the details about the show, just head over to www.horrorhoundweekend.com

VAMPIRE REVIEW
    We have posted our review of a new film (well...sort of) called VAMPIRE.  It was actually released back in 2002 under the title DEMON UNDER GLASS, but is not getting a new title and a new release.  Check out our thoughts HERE.

DEL TORO FUTURE PLANS
    As we posted before, we were pretty happy to hear that Guillermo del Toro was not going to be directing THE HOBBIT, mainly because we were anxious for him to get to some of other many projects that he has been talking about.  Collider.com posted this Q&A session he did at the recent Saturn Awards about leaving THE HOBBIT, and what are some of the plans that he's working on.  Instead of writing the notes out, we thought we'd just post the video itself and let you watch it.  It's long, about 20 minutes, but as always, del Toro is very funny and very entertaining to listen to.  Especially when he's talking about his Man-Cave that he has where he puts all of his collectibles and memorabilia.  And to top it off, he says that he's actually having a real car made to match the title vehicle from the 1977 movie THE CAR.  This guy is my hero.  So watch the video to see what he has to say about his FRANKENSTEIN and Lovecraft project, along with many more.

 DVD NEWS
    It seems that THE EXORCIST is the latest classic film to be announced for a special edition 2-disc Blu-ray release.  This version will have both the Extended Director's cut of the film (which I like to call the "Where's Waldo" version), but will also have the original version.  There will be a lot of extras carried over from the previous releases, like commentary by Friedkin, the BBC documentary The Fear of God: 25 Years of THE EXORCIST, and much more.  But new and exclusive to the Blu-ray release will be a new documentary called Raising Hell: Filming THE EXORCIST, which will feature set footage, camera & makeup tests, interviews with the director, the cast, writer, and more.  There will also be a new featurette on the locations in Georgetown, where the film was shot.  And lastly, there will be a featurette where Friedkin and Blatty discuss the different versions of the film.
    Not sure if these extras are going to get me to run out and buy this new release right away, since I'm pretty happy with my original release, before all that extra footage was thrown in there.  We'll just have to wait and see what the reviews say.
    Another film that will finally be getting a DVD release is Ivan Reitman's early film CANNIBAL GIRLS, starring a young Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin.  Shout! Factory will be releasing this at the end of October, and no word on the extras.  Sure, this isn't the greatest film out there, but it is a lot of fun.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    I guess I was right on our last photo being a tad bit tougher than our shot from THE CHANGELING.  Only got two correct answers this time.  But remember, even if you're not sure, there's no harm in sending it a guess.  I'll tell you if you're wrong, so you can keep trying.  But kudos to Gert Verbeeck and William Wilson for sending in the correct answer.  And that would be ANTROPOPHAGUS, the 1980 Joe D'Amato film starring George Eastman as the cannibalistic title  character.  Been a long time since we sat down with this movie and figured we were over due.  There's a couple of scenes this movie is famous for, and we knew if we used either one of those, it might be a few more answers.  So we went with a little more obscure shot.
    But now on to this week's photo.  This one shouldn't be as obscure.....well.....  As always, click HERE to send in your answer and good luck!

6-20-10  HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY JAWS!
    It was 35 years ago today when a film came out that literally changed my life.  I didn't get to see JAWS when it first hit the theaters, but remember seeing the lines around the block when it did.  But a year or two later, it was playing again at one of my local theaters, when my sister took me and a friend to see it.  I might have mentioned this here before, but that film gave me nightmares for weeks, every single night.  They were so real and so intense that I still remember them to this day.  Never before or since has a film so terrified me like JAWS did.  So much so that since that film, I have never stepped for in a body of water other than a bathtub or swimming pool.  Been to Florida twice and been on the beach.....a mere foot from the water.  Would not go in.  Don't get me wrong.  I love the water.  Just don't like what might be in there waiting for me.
    So even though this film traumatized me that much, it is still one of my favorites.  It is one film that is near perfect.  That might have to do with the actors more than anything.  What a perfect cast Speilberg had here.  The real star for me though, was the late Robert Shaw as the crusty sea captain Quint.  When he gives his little speech about being on the Indianapolis when it goes down, to me, is one of the most chilling and frightening moments in cinematic history.  So Happy Birthday JAWS.  And I still don't think it's safe to go back in the water.  Ever.

CYPHAN CONVENTION NEXT WEEK
    Okay folks, next weekend we will be at the Cyphan Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror show at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL.  The show runs from Friday the 25th through Sunday the 27th.  With horror guests like Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Ari Lehman from the original FRIDAY THE 13th, as well as Stephen Geoffreys from FRIGHT NIGHT and 976-EVIL, and even Chicago's own Svengoolie will be there Saturday afternoon.  There is a very good chance (depending on how much beer we can get) that the amazingly talented gore artist Putrid will be at our table on Saturday.  We do have some limited edition prints for sale as well as the Paul Naschy t-shirts that he designed.  As well as Cory Ulder, director of INCEST DEATH SQUAD and the upcoming sequel!
    For all the details, head over to their website by clicking HERE and make sure you stop by our table.

TERROR IN THE AISLES 6
    While we missed the last TITA show, we are not planning on missing this next one.  Taking place at the Portage Theater in Chicago on Saturday August 14th, they will be screening vintage trailers, the short film WALK ZOMBIE WALK and 3 feature films: CREEPSHOW, CLIVE BARKER'S BOOK OF BLOOD, and TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE.  Plus, John Harrison will be the special guest for the event.  Not only did Harrison director BOOK OF BLOOD and TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE, but he also composed the score for CREEPSHOW (which is one of my all-time favorite scores) and DAY OF THE DEAD.  Plus, for you fans of the original DAWN OF THE DEAD, he was the zombie that got the screwdriver shoved into his ear.
    So make your plans now to attend this great event.  Advance tickets are only $10 (by clicking HERE), or $12 at the door.  Either way, you can't beat that price for an evening of fun and horror!

SOAPBOX TIME: TO BLU-RAY OR NOT TO BLU-RAY
    Okay.....we did it.  We couldn't take it any longer and went out and bought a Blu-ray DVD player.  Figured my birthday was coming up in a couple of months, so what the hell.  Plus, earlier last week, I had placed an order for some Blu-ray DVDs from a site that has having a huge sale, and ended up ordering Carpenter's THE THING, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE WOLFMAN, and TRICK 'R TREAT.
    So.....is Blu-Ray really all that and more?  Is everything so clear you can see the tiniest of details?  Yea...I guess so.  Now understand this is just after watching one movie and a few extras on a couple of other movies.  Sure, it is pretty damn clear.  But has it blown me away?  Not yet, as far as the clarity part.  Sure, you can see that Richard Dysart's character has a nose ring.  But did that really change anything about the movie for me?  No.  "Back in the day", I can still remember putting in the laserdisc for TERMINATOR 2 and noticing the difference, a major difference, between that quality and that of a VHS tape.  It really was like night and day.  I have not seen that yet with Blu-ray.  But like I said, understand this is just after 1 day with the player.  So as we get more use to this format, check out more discs, and even go back to compare them to the regular DVDs, we'll post more of our thoughts if we start to complete be taken in by this new format.
    BUT...the main reason I really bought one of these is because of the extras, not the extra clairity.  Since the studios are trying to force the market and the public to go Blu-ray, a lot of the discs coming out now seem to have all or more of the extras on only the Blu-ray editions.  And as a die-hard horror fan, it sucks that if you really want all those extras, you have to go the extra distance.  Bastards.

HAMMER HITS 75 YEARS OLD
    Back on June 17th, 1935, Hammer Films released their first picture, the comedy THE PUBLIC LIFE OF HENRY THE NINTH.  It's amazing to think that a small company just starting out would eventually go on to change the face of horror from the '50s through the '70s.  They made films that are so good that they have lasted the test of time and are still as enjoyable now as they were back then.  And with all of these great titles coming out on DVD now, it gives new viewers a chance to experience these amazing films again and creating a new generation of Hammer Fans!
    And while of the subject, Hammer Films authority Marcus Hearn has a new book coming out this fall that is going to be a must for us Hammer fans.  Following up his Hammer Glamour book, this October Titan Books will unleash The Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From the Archive of Hammer Films.  This will feature the "very best and most iconic movie posters produced for the Hammer studio."  The book will also include rare artwork from foreign posters from some of their most famous films.  Being a huge fan of poster art to begin with, this is one book that we are really looking forward to.  The has will have a retail price of $29.95.

STREETWALKER REVIEW
    We have posted our review of a new film hitting DVD next month.  It's called RESURRECTING THE STREET WALKER and is a pseudo-documentary about a young aspiring filmmaker who discovers an unfinished horror film about a serial killer.  The more determined he gets to finishing the film, the deeper into obsession he gets.  For our review, just click HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    In all the years I've been posting these Mystery Photos, I can't remember a time when I have gotten this much response.  Here I thought I was pulling out an obscure film that I personally just love and thought needed some more attention.  But then I kept getting emails after emails with not only the correct answer but with comments as well saying how much they love this film.  Brought a smile to my face many times this last week.  So thanks to everyone to participated.  Thrilled to see this film getting this much love.  And speaking of which, the film in question is THE CHANGELING (1980), starring George C. Scott.
    And here's the list of people that sent in the correct answer.  Major kudos to you: Hoby Abernathy, Craig J. Clark, Aaron Christensen, Nancy Cremer, Mike Dudley, Scott Finnegan, Dave Friedman, Ghoul Friday, Michelle Hudecek, Mads Jensen, Charles M. Kline II, Eric Kuhl, Erik Martin, Amanda Passmore, Steven Riola, David Schmidt, Wayne Teeter, Gert Verbeeck, and William Wilson.
    So while everybody is riding that winner high, take a long hard look at our latest photo and see if this rings any bells.  Just click HERE to send in those answers.  And as always, good luck.

6-13-10  KRYPTIC ARMY - JUNE HALF WAY POINT
    For all your army members out there, this is just a reminder that the month is half over, so don't wait too long before to get to your mission.  If you want to see what your fellow recruits that have already completed their mission, you can see them at our Message Board, by clicking HERE.
    And because we have gotten so much positive response from this, we are planning to do it all again next year, with new and interesting missions.  We hope you stick around and continue to help fight against the in-experienced Horror Fan.  If you're not a member of the Army, it's never too late to join.  Just click HERE to get more information.

DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA
    Drive-in movie fans rejoice!  On September 10th and 11th, DVD Drive-in presents this year's Drive-In Super Monster-Rama will be taking place at the Riverside Drive-in, in Vandergrift, PA.  This is the fourth year they are holding this epic event, and like always, they have one hell of a line up planned for this year.  On Friday, September 10, the features will be THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, THE OBLONG BOX, THE WITCHMAKER and THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.  Then on Saturday the 11th, they will be screening  Hammer's FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN and FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL (Uncut British Version), then THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW and DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS.  These are all screened from 35mm prints.
    For more information, just click HERE.

BEYOND THE REALMS
    Fellow HorrorHound Scribe and good friend Jason Schneeberger has just launched a new website, called Beyond the Realms, that features everything from movie and music reviews (both old and new), news, tattoo art, and more.  Head over to their site and check them out.  I'm sure they have something there that you'll enjoy.  You can get there by just clicking HERE, or going to www.beyondtherealms.com
    We also have another site that was brought to our attention that we found pretty entertaining.  It's called Mystic Skull, which is a web-based magazine that covers the horror genre in books, films, music and more.  When we noticed an interview with cult filmmaker Ted V. Mikels and an article on composer Ronald Stein, we knew we found another kindred spirit in the genre.  Just click on the banner below to get to their site.

 Mystic Skull magazine

HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY PSYCHO!
    One of our Kryptic Army Soldiers, Erik Martin, brought this to our attention and thought that it needed to be pointed out.  On Wednesday the 16th of this month, Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO will turn 50 years old.  Can you believe it?  It was 50 years ago on that date when Hitchcock unleashed Norman Bates into the theaters.  That film had a major impact on the horror movies from there out, making the hidden side of man's darker side.  Plus the fact that you just never know how innocent your friendly neighbor might be or what he's doing behind closed doors.
    So Happy Birthday Norman and Mrs. Bates, and thank you Mr. Hitchcock for creating such an incredible movie that we can still enjoy 50 years later.

HORRORHOUND GUEST UPDATE
    HorrorHound has announced two new guests for their upcoming November show.  There's a lot of stuff that goes on behind-the-scenes on movies that us, as viewers, have no idea the hard work that goes into it.  Sure, we're pretty familiar with the whole makeup artist game, and know the challenges that is.  But there are plenty of other talented people that are going unnoticed.  Now, and the Cincinnati show in November, you will have the chance to ask plenty of questions to two people that helped make GHOSTBUSTERS such a great movie.
    Billy Bryan worked on GHOSTBUSTERS, wearing the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man suit.  But he has also worked on plenty of other genre favorites like CHILD'S PLAY, ARMY OF DARKNESS (playing the Pit Bitch), and SPECIES 2.  Working as puppeteer, acting in a creature suit, or tons of other applications, he is one of the guys who's work can often get overlooked.  Mark Bryan Wilson is another of the same.  He helped create the Slimer character from GHOSTBUSTERS, as well as working on films like BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, EVIL DEAD 2, TERMORS, and SPECIES.
    So when you come out to the show, I'm sure these guys have plenty of great stories to tell about the real workings of making movies and what goes on off camera.  For all the info about this upcoming show, just click HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Our photo from last week was from the Spanish film THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE (1972), that features plenty of blood and nudity, like any good Spanish horror film from that time.  It's slightly based on Carmilla story, but takes a few liberties here and there.  But comes highly recommended from us here at the Krypt.  Kudos out to Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Mike Shields, and Wayne Teeter.  Nice job guys...not an easy one.
    So let's take a gander at our latest one and see how easy this one is.  As always, just click HERE to send in those answers.  And as always, good luck.

6-6-10  KRYPTIC ARMY - GODFATHERS OF GORE
    For those out there in our Kryptic Army, you have gotten this month's mission.  I'm sure it will be an easy one as well as enjoyable one for you to tackle.  If you're not in the Army, it's never too late to join.  All you have to do to sign up is just click HERE to sign up and we'll send you all the details.

CYPHAN SHOW
    In just 3 short weeks, we'll be heading up to the north side of Chicago, to the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL, for the Cyphan, the mid-west's sci-fi/fantasy/horror convention.  Their official site can be reach by clicking HERE.  It is taking place on June 25th-27th, and for horror fans, they will be having a 30th-Anniversary FRIDAY THE 13th reunion with Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, and Ari Lehman.  Stephen Geoffreys from FRIGHT NIGHT and 976-EVIL will also be there.
    Hope to see a nice crowd of horror fans that come out and support this new local show.  The Chicago area needs one.  We'll be set up there, with a bigger spread than we've ever had, so please come out to the show and make sure you stop by our table and say hello.

SOUNDTRACK REVIEWS & NEWS
    We have posted our review of two different movies that have been released in one 2-disc release.  Waldo de los Rios did the score for both WHO COULD KILL A CHILD? and THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED, both great examples of Spanish cinema.  We have separate reviews for each of the films in our Soundtrack Review page.  Check them out.
    And if you're a fan of soundtracks, there seems to be more and more classic movie scores that are getting a soundtrack release.  Here's a couple more that we just stumbled upon.  Lex Baxter had worked on tons of great movies, like tons of stuff for AIP, like their Corman / Poe movies, as well as BLACK SABBATH and tons more.  One of the last horror films that he composed was for the 1982 Philippe Mora film THE BEAST WITHIN.  This has been released in a 1000 copy release from Intrada.  And La-La Land Records has released Michael J. Lewis' score for Vincent Price's campy tribute to Shakespeare, THEATER OF BLOOD.  This is also a limited release, of only 1200 copies.  To order this one, just head over to their website by clicking HERE.

    

MEG FOSTER AT HORRORHOUND
    Genre veteran Meg Foster will be joining the guest line up at the Cincinnati HorrorHound show in November.  Foster had been working in the genre for years, and has appeared in countless films, such as WELCOME TO ARROW BEACH (1974), MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (1987), THEY LIVE (1988), LEVIATHAN (1989),  and STEPFATHER 2 (1989), just to name a few.  Add that in with countless TV appearances, Foster with those unique and gorgeous eyes, is a hard person to forget.

DVD NEWS
    Back in the early days of collecting videos, a video tape of trailers was always a great thing to have.  It was great for parties, or just to throw in and let play.  Especially if there were the classic trailers like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, and the ORGY OF THE LIVING DEAD triple feature.  Well now, one of the best tapes ever release of these kinds of trailers is now coming out on DVD.  MAD RON'S PREVIEWS FROM HELL is coming out on DVD on September 14th from Virgil Films.  We highly recommend everyone picking up a copy of this.  It makes the perfect thing to throw in for you Halloween parties (or any party for that matter) and will always get people's attention.
    The 1978 film SLITHIS, featuring a great old fashion rubber monster, was suppose to be released on DVD earlier this month by Code Red.  We're really hoping that it did come out since this is a great movie.  But there is no mention of it on their website and we're still waiting for their release of RITUALS that was suppose to come out some time ago.
(NOTE: Just heard from one of our readers that the SLITHIS DVD is in fact out and looks great.  Going to have to add that to my list now.)
    For people with region free players, the German based Camera Obscura has announced that they will be releasing (pun fully intended) Franco Prosperi's WILD BEASTS (1984).  This is a film is about a zoo who's water supply becomes contaminated by PCP, causing all the animals to break out and start attacking.  You have a woman in a convertible being chased by a cheetah, elephants running rampant at an airport, and sewer rats being set on fire by a flame thrower.  Unbelievable stuff here.  There will be several times when you're jaw will drop.  No details on when this coming out, but we'll keep you posted.

TURKEY DAY REPORT COMPLETE
    We've completed our report on the last two years of our Turkey Day Marathons.  We have added them to our report page.  So once again, you can access them from our Features page, or just by clicking HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Much to the dismay of quite a few people, our photo from last week was NOT from Gary Sherman's POLTERGEIST III, though I do have to admit that it was a pretty good guess.  But the shot is from Dick Maas' 1983 film about a killer elevator called THE LIFT.  But glad to see that quite a few people were able to come up with the correct answer.  Kudos goes out to: Hoby Abernathy, Mads Jensen, David Schmidt, Mike Shields, Wayne Teeter, and Gert Verbeeck.
    Take a look at our next photo and see if it strikes a cord with you.  Good luck to everyone.  Just click HERE to send in your answer.

5-30-10  DENNIS HOPPER - REST IN PEACE
    The death train just keeping going.  Although, after seeing photos of Hopper a couple of months ago while getting star on the Walk of Fame, I really didn't think he would be around much longer.  He had been suffering from prostate cancer for sometime and finally lost his battle with it yesterday morning, at his home in California.  While this Hollywood bad boy has played in all kinds of films, he took several turns in the horror genre, usually making a very memorable performance.  He worked with several directors known for their horror films, such as Curtis Harrington in NIGHT TIDE (1961) and QUEEN OF BLOOD (1966), with Tobe Hooper in TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986), David Lynch in BLUE VELVET (1986) giving us one of his most whacked out performaces, with Stuart Gordon is his sci-fi / horror / action film SPACE TRUCKERS (1996), and lastly with George Romero in LAND OF THE DEAD (2005).
    Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

TURKEY DAY REPORT BLOG
    We are still working on getting this page completed, but we have decided to open the doors early.  It's not completely finished, but we do have our reports from the first five years.  We still have two more years to go before we're caught up, but hopefully those will be filled in shortly.  So if you're curious as to what we put ourselves through every year for the good of mankind and of bad cinema, then head over to our Features section and look for the Turkey Day Marathon link.  Or you could just click HERE.

GODZILLA FANS
    Chicago area fans of Big G will be happy to know that G-FEST going to be held this July 9th-11th at the Rosemont Hotel at O'Hare, in Rosemont, IL.  Appearing at the show is actors Akira Takarada, who starred in the original GODZILLA (1954), as well as five other Godzilla films, actor Robert Scott Field, star of GODZILLA vs KING GHIDORAH, and authors Dr. William M. Tsutsui and David Kalat.
    But even if you're not interested in going to the convention, the nearby Pickwick Theater will be screening classic Godzilla movies the whole time.  Here is what they will be showing:  SON OF GODZILLA (1967), GODZILLA vs MOTHRA (1992), GODZILLA 2000, GODZILLA X MEGAGUIRUS (2000), GODZILLA vs THE SEA MONSTER (1966), and the original GOJIRA (1954).
    For all the details about the convention and the screenings, head over to the official G-Fest website by clicking HERE.

TWO DVDS TO REMIND YOU WHY NOT TO GO INTO THE WATER
    Shout! Factory has been doing an amazing job with their special edition DVDs that they are putting out.  It making all of us horror fans just drool with excitement.  Even though Joe Dante's PIRANHA had already been released on DVD, this new special edition is going to blow it out of the water.  First off, the new anamorphic widescreen presentation will have audio commentary by both Dante and producer Jon Davidson.  There will also be behind-the-scene footage, bloopers and outtakes, still and poster gallery, additional scenes from the network television print, as well as a new documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Roger Corman, Dante, Dick Miller, Belinda Balaski, and more.
    And if that wasn't enough, get prepared for a special edition of HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, that will feature a new high-definition transfer of the uncut international version!  Granted, from what I remember, it's only one quick shot that was cut, but for us die-hard fans, that's enough to get me to buy it.  The disc will also feature never before seen deleted scenes, trailers and radio spots, Leonard Maltin's interview with Corman on the making of the movie, and a making-of featurette that has interviews with composer James Horner, AD James Sbardellati, editor Mark Goldblatt, and more.  Hopefully they got to some involvement from effects guru Rob Bottin.
    Both discs will be out on August 3rd, in both Blu-ray and regular editions.  Haven't heard if there is any differences between the versions, so we're hoping not.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    I have to say that I was pretty surprised and impressed at all the correct answers that we got on last week's photo.  While not that obscure, it's not a title that a lot of people talk about.  So it was great to see so many people know it.  The shot was from the 1976 Spanish film WHO COULD KILL A CHILD?  If you've seen the recent British film THE CHILDREN, this has a very similar theme to it.  And while not as graphic, this one still has a strong impact.  So kudos go out to the following scholars:  Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Dave Friedman, David Schmidt, Mike Shields, Kristin Wicks, and Will Wilson.
    Now let's get to this week's photo.  Take a good look and see what you can come up with.  Just click HERE to send in your answer.  Good luck.

5-23-10  BUSY WEEK
    It's been a busy week here at the Krypt.  Last weekend we got a wee bit of water in our basement, which in itself wasn't the biggest problem.  But the water seemed to have "re-animated" something left behind by our departed cat.  Needless to say our basement, including the Kryptic office, smelled a bit like a sewer.  So we've been working throughout the week, tearing carpet up, and all that fun stuff.  We haven't even gotten to that many movies this week either, which is a major bummer.  But with a little over a week left in May (Hint, hint to the members of the Kryptic Army), we're planning on ending the month with a Memorial Day movie fest.  Having a 3-day weekend makes it real easy to waste one of those by just watching movies!  Well...sounds like a good idea to me at least.

TURKEY DAY BLOG COMING SOON
    Regular followers to this site know of my yearly excursions into the best of bad cinema that I call my Turkey-Day Marathons.  I've been holding these on the day after Thanksgiving since 2003 and realized that though I do mention them on the site around that time, I don't have any real documentation of each event, like what we watched and so on.  So this week I have been working on doing just that.  I was originally hoping to have it done for this week's update, but it has become something a little larger than I had anticipated.  But once it's finished, it will detail each year's event, with what was watched and some personal notes and comments about the movie and the experience.  Bet you just can't wait, huh?  Maybe we can inspire everyone reading this to hold their own T-Day Marathon this fall....

PUTRID'S WEBSITE
    Our good friend Putrid (aka Matt Carr) has finally gotten his website up and running.  His artwork has graced this website on more than one occasion.  His ability blows me away each and every time.  He is also the one that created the design for our Paul Naschy shirts (which are still available...if interested, email me HERE.)  He's a hardcore horror fan that comes up with some incredible work.  Just head over to his site, by clicking HERE, for examples of this work.  Just a brief warning for the weak at heart, his stuff can get a little brutal.

TERROR IN THE AISLES 5
    After a night of Zombies at Terror in the Aisles 4, Movieside has announced their next show, Terror in the Aisles 5, taking place at the Brew & View at the Vic Theater in Chicago, on June 11th.  This time out, it's a Killer Children Triple Feature, with screenings of IT'S ALIVE (1974), THE CHILDREN (2008), and GRACE (2009).  Plus, as a bonus, IT'S ALIVE director Larry Cohen will be the special guest.  The show starts at 8:00pm.  You can get your tickets online through brownpapertickets.com.

MUSIC BOX SCHEDULE
    Attention Chicago area genre fans!  The Music Box Theatre has posted their Summer lineup, and there's quite a few choice titles in there.  They are having a Ray Harryhausen series that will make any fans of drool.  Starting this weekend and running through the end of June, they will be having matinee screenings of titles like JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, ONE MILLION YEARS B.C., and more.  There's nothing like seeing the work of this master on a big screen.
    They are also having several great titles in their Midnight Movie series.  Titles like [REC] 2, RAW MEAT, CANNIBAL GIRLS, TROLL 2, and BIRDEMIC: SHOCK & TERROR (with director James Nguyen in person).
    Other special engagements include Romero's latest zombie flick, SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD starting a week long run next Friday, and one that we're excited to see: BEST WORST MOVIE, a documentary on the film TROLL 2.  This starts July 30th, with cast and crew appearing at one of the screenings.  We'll post more details when we get them.
    For all the info and details, head over to their website by clicking HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Last week's photo was from the classic film I BURY THE LIVING (1958), which starred Richard Boone as the new caretaker who discovers that he might have the power over life and death.  We got quite a few responses this week, so it does look like this film is still a pretty well known one.  If you haven't see it, it's available on DVD and well worth checking out.  Kudos out to Hoby Abernathy, Steve Bejma, Aaron Christensen, Craig J. Clark, Mike Shields, Wayne Teeter, and Will Wilson.
    For our photo this week, it may be a little tougher, but think that it will be pretty easy to spot...if you've seen the movie.   Good luck, and just click HERE to send in your answer.

5-16-10  KRYPTIC ARMY MAY MISSION - HALFWAY MARK
    Okay folks, we are halfway through the month, which means you only have 2 more weeks to get those missions in.  The end of the month will be here before you know it, so don't put them off too long!

SOAPBOX TIME AGAIN!
    With the recent news of George Romero directing a remake of Dario Argento's DEEP RED all over the internet, it's pretty hard not to notice.  Personally, I could care less.  I haven't liked the last two zombie films Romero has made, so if he wants to remake DEEP RED....let him.  I've got other stuff to concern my time with.
    But what does bring a tickle to my belly about this whole thing is that our buddies at Bloody Disgusting once again point out just how knowledgeable they are about the horror genre. Click on this link (before he corrects it) and read the part where Mr. Disgusting himself describes DEEP RED as it being "about a string of supernatural splatter murders". Supernatural, huh? Once again....stay off the computer and go do some homework.

FRANK FRAZETTA - REST IN PEACE
    And here we go again.  Okay, so Frank Frazetta might not have been in horror movies exactly, but I don't think there's an horror illustrator alive that didn't bow down to his work.  Of course, his work for the '60s horror magazines like Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella also helped seal his contributions to the genre.  His work will live on and be admired by fans for years to come.
    Franzetta passed away this last Monday after suffering a stroke the day before.  He was 82 years old.  Our thoughts and wishes go out to his friends and family.

B.I.G. BOOK REVIEW
    We've posted our review of Bert I. Gordon's autobiography, and must say that we're pretty disappointed.  For our full review, head over to our Library Section, or by clicking HERE.

JILL SCHOELEN ADDED TO HORRORHOUND IN CINCINNATI
    Scholelen might not jump out right away as a genre vet, but just by looking at her genre credits, she's definitely made her mark.  From being first girl to really take on Terry O'Quinn in THE STEPFATHER (1987), to playing opposite Robert Englund in the very underrated 1989 version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, as well as CURSE II: THE BITE (1984), CHILLER (1985), CUTTING CLASS (1989), POPCORN (1991), and WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK (1993).
    For all the info on the HorrorHound Weekend, head to their site by clicking HERE.

COMPLETE THRILLER COLLECTION HITS DVD
    Years ago, back in the VHS and laserdisc days, Universal Home Video a few episodes of this TV series that ran from 1960-61, but not even close to the whole series.  But now, the good people of Image Entertainment will be releasing the complete series on a 14 disc box set.  It will include on 67 episodes from this series, which of course was hosted by Boris Karloff.  Over the two years it played, the series featured tons of talent actors such as William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen, Cloris Leachman, Tom Poston, Elizabeth Montgomery, Ursula Andress, Richard Chamberlain, and tons more.
    The box set will also contain 29 different audio commentaries from the likes of Arthur Hiller, Ernest Dickerson, David Schow, Tim Lucas, Jim Wynorski, Richard Anderson, Beverly Washburn, Ron Borst, and many more.  There will also be promotional and production stills, rare episode promos, and isolated music & effects tracks for certain episodes.  It will retail for $149.98, which is a bit pricey, but remember that it is for 14 discs.  This is one collection that any fan of those early horror anthology shows must add to their collection.  Classic stuff here people.

BLOGS TO CHECK OUT
    There are a few blogs that we check out on a regular basis and figured it was about time to give them some props.  Some are updated a little more regularly than others, but I usually will find something entertaining there.

  • Day of the Woman - Brittney-Jade Colangelo is a young woman on a mission.  Giving her feminine sight on what's going on in the genre is always entertaining.  And even an old horror fan like me can learn something on her site.  Kudos to that!

  • Frankensteinia - Since we are pretty big fans of Frankenstein, his creature, and the like, we were thrilled when we came across this extremely well done and informative site.  If you even the slightest fan of Frankenstein films and sub-genre, then you're going to want to check this out.

  • Horror 101 with Dr. AC - The amazing Dr. AC (aka Aaron Christensen) posts his thoughts on the movies that he goes through (when he's not traveling the world), giving his own special insight to the movies.

  • Shu-izms - Good friend Bryan Schuessler's blog where he reviews movies, music, and whatever else is on his demented mind.

  • Video Junkie - Tom Simmons' brings back his wonderful insight of cinema to the internet with this new blog version of his old site.  Between him and contributor Will Wilson, they will always be presenting some great articles on many different genres and subjects.  Highly recommend this one.

NEW LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS - MUMMY TIME!
    The latest issue of one of the best fanzines ever produce on Hammer Films is now out.  Issue # 24 covers the making of all of the mummy movies that Hammer put out: THE MUMMY (1959), THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1964), THE MUMMY'S SHROUD (1966), and BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1971).  Of course, there's tons of other info and coverage that LSoH always has.  The new issue is now available for only $8.95 (+ $1 for postage in the US).  Or you could not only order this issue, but also pre-order issue # 25, which will cover the making of BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW, due out this October.  It might not be a Hammer film, but it's a very important film from the British horror genre, featuring the beautiful and alluring Linda Hayden.
    Also, if you were looking to finally fill out your back orders of this great fanzine, they are now offering ALL back issues in reprints.  They are only $13 each.  The original issues go for big bucks on the open markets, like eBay.  So why pay all that money when you can get reprints for a much cheaper price?  I know we will be doing that to fill out the issues that we're missing.
    For all the info, head over to their website by clicking HERE.

ARGENTO DOES DRACULA
    Didn't see this one coming.  According to Shock To You Drop's site, from a report from Alan Jones, Argento has announced that not only will he be making a version of Bram Stoker's famous novel, but that it will also be in 3-D.  It will be a period piece and will be a "faithful translation" of the novel, with Argento writing it as well as directing.
    Now, trying very hard to stay positive on this, it is going to be very tough for me to get behind this.  I hope like hell that it's a worth while version.  I really do.  But I'm still wanting my time back from watching his version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  I guess we'll just have to wait and see, with fingers crossed.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    After last week's easy photo of HALLOWEEN, as I said, I set out to stump everyone with the newest photo.  Everyone, with one person in particular.  And that would be a very good friend of mine, Hoby Abernathy.  Almost every week, Mr. Abernathy sends in the correct answer for the photo.  Even if he has never seen the movie the photo is from, he somehow figures it out.  So while talking with another friend, it was suggested that I throw out a photo to stump really this guy.  And up until this morning, I thought we did just that.  But late last night, I got an email from Mr. Abernathy with the correct answer.
    So major kudos to you, Hoby Abernathy, for being able to correctly identify this photo.  We love and admire your dedication to constantly Discovering the Horror!  Even if it means completely wasting a day at the computer.  We salute you!
    The shot is that of famed British actor Frank Finlay from from film CTHULHU MANSION (1990), directed by Juan Piquer Simón.  This has not been released on DVD yet, and not really sure I'd be waiting for it either.  As much as I'm a fan of the work of director Simón, this movie is just plain awful.
    But let's take a look at our latest photo and see if we can get a few more answers this week.  Trust me, it's not as tough.  Honest.  Good luck, and just
click HERE to send in your answer.

5-9-10  KRYPTIC TOUR CONTINUES
    We had a blast last week at the Horror Society show, and am looking forward to the next stop of our 2010 Kryptic World Tour.  Up next will be the Terror in the Aisles film fest being held on Friday, May 21st at the Portage Theater in Chicago, for a night of undead fun!  They will be screening Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Fulci's ZOMBIE and the Midwest premiere of [REC] 2.  For all the details, check out our posting below, or just click HERE.
    After that, the next show that we have planned is a new show in the Chicagoland area called Cyphan.  It's a show that is not just a horror show, but also a sci-fi and fantasy as well.  They are having a FRIDAY THE 13th reunion with Ari Lehman, Betsy Palmer, and Adrienne King, along with Stephen Geoffreys from FRIGHT NIGHT and 976-EVIL.  Other guests include Julie Caitlin Brown (from Babylon 5, Star Trek TNG, and Star Trek DS9), Jewel Staite (from Firefly/Serenity & Stargate Atlantis), and Nicki Clyne (from Battlestar Galactica).  The show will take place on June 25-27, at the Westin Chicago North Shore, in Wheeling, IL.  Click HERE to get to the offical site.
    After that show, we don't have anything definitely planned until the fall when we hit Wasteland and HorrorHound in Cincinnati.
    And speaking of Wasteland, they have updated their site with their guest list for their October 10-year Anniversary show.  Yes, it has been 10 years since Pam and Ken Kish started their very own show.  And after 10 years, and 17 shows, let's all hope that they keep putting on what has become the best show around, in our humble opinion.  Not to say other shows are a good time, but there is nothing out there like Wasteland.  Plain and simple.  Never been to a Wasteland show, then make your plans now and see what the difference is.  For their fall show, taking place on October 1-3, they have some returning guests that were voted back to return, as well as some new ones.  Here are a list of names so far:  H.G. Lewis, Camile Keaton, Reggie & Gigi Bannister, Josh Becker, Gloria Hendry, Bill Hinzman, Kane Hodder, Lloyd Kaufman, Robert "John" Skipper, Carol Speed, Carter Stevens, Austin Stoker, Tom Sullivan, and Jim Van Bebber.  For all the details, head over to their website by clicking HERE.
    The HorrorHound has  a few guests announced for their Cincinnati show, taking place on November 12-14.  So far they have announced Malcolm McDowell, Julian Sands, Danielle Harris, Jonathan Breck, and Dick Warlock, with plenty more to be announced.  Click HERE for their website.

DAVID DURSTON - REST IN PEACE
    Another week and news of the passing of another person that had made an huge impact on the genre.  Writer/director David Durston gave us one of the most memorable and infamous cult films ever made, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD.  When it was paired up with an older film that was re-titled I EAT YOUR SKIN, it became one of the most famous double features in the history of the horror genre.  Not to mention that I DRINK YOUR BLOOD is a pretty wild and entertaining movie.  For years, there was that eternal quest to find an uncut print of the movie.  It had been shipped out to the theaters before the ratings board looked at it.  And once they did, they demanded some major cuts.  So instead of havin gall the prints shipped back, they told the individual theaters to make their own cuts of what they thought was too much.  That caused tons of literally tons of different edits.  Thanks to Grindhouse Releasing, they released the complete uncut print on DVD back in 2002, so we can enjoy this movie for years to come.
    Durston passed away on May 6th, at the age of 89.  We had a chance to meet him a couple of times over the years at different conventions.  He was always a super nice guy and had some wonderful stories.  Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.  Rest in Peace, Mr. Durston.  You and your work will never be forgotten.

HOUSE OF BLACK WINGS DVD RELEASE
    This independent feature, filmed in Chicago, will be hitting DVD on May 31st, from Sword & Cloak Productions.  This is a moody and atmospheric piece with a Lovecraftian feel to it.  The DVD will feature a "Making of" featurette, along with Wrap Reel, trailer, Photo Gallery, and crew commentary.  It will be available through Amazon.com as well as through Sword & Cloak Productions site (swordandcloak.com).
    We're usually not too fond of these lower budgeted films, but were pretty impressed with this one.  You can read our full review by clicking HERE.

NASCHY SOUNDTRACK
    I'm actually surprised that I hadn't been questioning this years before, but how come we've never seen a release of any soundtracks from the films of Paul Naschy?  Well now that is all changing!  Quartet Records has recently recovered the tapes of some of Paul Naschy's films and sounds like they are planning to release them on CD.  The first in their collection will be Howling of the Devil, from composer Fernando García Morcillo.  This CD is a limited edition of only 500 copies.  So if you're even slightly interested, then I suggest you order one right away, which is just what we did.
    And if you're looking for a place to order it, I would highly suggest heading over to Screen Archives (click HERE for website).  They have a huge selection of soundtracks and good prices for the most part.  Every now and then you'll see a soundtrack with a huge out-of-print price tag that just amazes me.  But most the titles you'll find there are under $20.  We just placed an order for several new titles to add to our collection.  Check them out and I'll be you'll find a couple that you'll have to own.

MORE SOUNDTRACK NEWS
    Fans of Full Moon's PUPPET MASTER movies will be excited to hear that Perseverance Records will be releasing a 4-disc box set that will contain the scores for all TEN of the PUPPET MASTER films, with scores by Richard Band, Jeff Walton, John Massari, and Peter Bernstein.  It will feature liner notes by Brian Satterwhite and plenty of photos from Charles Band's collection.  The tentative release date right now is July 15th.  Stay tune here for more details, or you can head over to Perseverance's website by clicking HERE.

DVD NEWS
    I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again: This is a great time to be a horror fan!  It doesn't matter if a majority of what Hollywood is turning out a bunch of crap, when we have some classic films getting released on DVD and Blu-ray with tons of extras and even unrated editions.  This is why I say there is always something out there to watch.  Shout! Factory will be unleashing two films from Roger Corman's closet on July 20th that fans have been waiting to happen for quite some time.  And just think, there's more films on their way!  Now we're not sure if there is any difference between the regular DVD and the Blu-ray, at least as far as extras on either film.  Let's hope that they are the same.But for now, let's take a look at what these two editions have in store for us.
    FORBIDDEN WORLD (1982) is about a genetic experiment that gets loose on a research lab on a distant planet and starting running amok.  This will be a 2-disc special edition that will feature a newly re-mastered theatrical version, but also an unrated director's cut.  No word on the quality of that print, but hopefully will be pretty decent.  Other extras include interviews with Roger Corman, the cast and crew, a featurette on the special effects from the film, and trailers.  The second disc will feature the unrated director's cut, in full-frame ratio, with audio commentary by director Allan Holzman.
    GALAXY OF TERROR (1981) is about a spaceship crew headed off to explore a strange pyramid that causes them to face their deepest fears.  With an all-star cast of Robert Englund, Sid Haig, Ray Walston, Erin Moran, Edward Albert, and Grace Zabriskie, this may not be the greatest sci-fi/horror movie out there, but it's a lot of fun.  The new DVD will features commentary with the cast and crew, and plenty of featurettes dealing with the movie, the cast, and more.  It will also have a photo gallery and original script.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Yea, so I used a pretty easy photo this last time.  Figured I'd throw and easy one out there to see if everyone was paying attention.  And it looks like they were.  Of course, the shot was from John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN.  I was thinking that maybe if I show something other than Michael Myers, it wouldn't be as easy.  But they came out of the woodwork on this one anyway.  So kudos go out to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Craig J. Clark, Nancy Cremer, Mike Dudley, Eric Englemann, Dave Friedman, Christopher M. Hoss, Eric Kuhl, Erik Martin, David Schmdit, Gavin Schmitt, and William Wilson.
    Now that everyone is feeling pretty good about themselves, prepare to be stumped!  This next one, though the quality is not that great, I think will be a very tough test to you die-hards out there.  So get those thinking caps on, starting doing some on-line research, pray to those Phoenician  gods, or whatever you have to do, but let's see how many can come up with this one!
    If you know it, just click HERE to send in your answer.  And good luck...you'll need it.

5-3-10  HORROR FANS RULE!
    Okay....so we're a day late on our update.  We had planned on getting this done last night, but it just didn't happen.  From not getting to bed until after 3am the whole weekends, we were pretty beat.  Or we're just getting too old to be doing this sort of stuff.  Friday we headed to the airport to pick up fellow HorrorHound scribe Matt Moore, who was coming out for the Women of Horror 2 film festival.  After an un-godly delay at the airport, we finally headed our way into Chicago for the midnight screening EVIL DEAD.  Damn shame that there weren't more people there to see the film.  Oh well.
    Then on Saturday, we headed off again into the city for Horror Society's latest film fest.  The crowd started out slow, but as the evening wore on, more and more came in.  Always a fun time hanging out with the Chicago horror fans who come out to support these events.  Mitch, Jessica, and the rest of the Horror Society gang all do a great job making this a fun show and a fun place just to be hanging out and be a part of.
    But the great thing about the evening was the raffle/benefit that they were holding to help raise money for our good friend Kreepylady Kristin.  Between the raffles and the silent auction, they were able to raise close to $1000.  Granted, it's a small dent for the huge medical bills that she has gotten over the last year, but at least it shows that the horror community can come together to help their own when they need it.  Thanks to everyone who came out to support the show and the community.
    And if whoever "borrowed" my driver side mirror while my van was parked outside the Portage Theater that night, please return it when you're finished with it.  Thanks.

KRYPTIC ARMY CONFESSIONS
    Just wanted to send a message out to all our Army members, thanking them for their confessions.  I know it wasn't easy, but we got a lot of great stories from you sending in your movie choices.  It amazed me at some of the titles that had not been seen.  And I'm glad that I could be sort of a catalyst to make that happen.  It's been my demented plan all along!  But I'm sure you will have just much fun with this months challenge, though you won't get the same bewildered looks.
    And if you're not a member of the Kryptic Army, there is still plenty of time to join.  Just click HERE to get more info.

MICHAEL PATAKI - REST IN PEACE
    Last week we heard some news that was very disappointing on a couple of different levels.  The first and obviously one was when we heard about the death of veteran actor Michael Pataki, who lost his battle with cancer.  But was also disappointing was the fact that he had died almost 2 weeks before I had seen any notice on the web.  Very little seem to take notice of the lost of this talented actor.
    Pataki had played in so many films and TV shows, that there is no doubt that everyone had seen him in action at some point in their life.  His genre credits included THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA (1971), GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE (1974), THE BAT PEOPLE (1974), DRACULA's DOG (1978), GRADUATION DAY (1981), DEAD & BURIED (1981), and HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS (1988).  But he also had roles in other films like THE ONION FIELD (1979) and AIRPORT '77, ROCKY IV (1985), REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS (1985), numerous TV appearances, and even directed the horror film MANSION OF THE DOOMED (1976), which starred a very young Lance Henriksen in one of his earlier roles.
    He was a familiar face that when we noticed him on screen, we knew he always brought his A-game to the table, even if the budget of the film was at the lowest, making him memorable in any movie.  He will be missed, and it's a damn shame that more people we not reporting this.
    Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

DARK NIGHT COMING AT YOU!
    One of the scariest made-for-TV movies made was DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW.  And finally, the DVD will be coming out this September.  Starring Charles Durning, Lane Smith, and Larry Drake, this is one dark tale and is one that you won't forget.  The film has been re-mastered and is going to look beautiful.  Not positive about the extras, but I believe there is going to be a commentary by writer J.D. Feigelson.  We'll most those details when we get them.  But no matter what the extras are, make sure you mark that on your calendar and add it to your To-Watch list.  You won't regret it.

TERROR IN THE AISLES 4 DIGS UP BILL HINZMAN
    Bill Hinzman, the cemetery zombie from the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD will be appearing at the Terror in the Aisles film festival this month at the Portage Theater.  For more of the details, scroll down to our last update.

FRANK HENELOTTER FANS REJOICE!
    There is a new website dedicated to the work of this twisted filmmaker, Frank Henelotter.  They are still filling out some of the pages, but if you are a fan of his work, this is a great place to see some interesting behind the scenes photos and information.  Just click HERE to be taken to the Hotel Broslin.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Okay, since we used a shot that is from a classic (meaning if you haven't seen this, now is the time to add it to your To-Watch list), we got a lot of responses.  It was from Mario Bava's BLACK SABBATH.  So kudos go out to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Jason Coffman, Eric Engelmann, Dave Friedman, Erik Martin, David Schmidt, Mike Shields, Wayne Teeter, and Gert Verbeeck.  Job well done, people.
    Now lets take a gander on this one and see if you think it's as easy!  As always, click HERE to send in your answer.  Good luck!

4-25-10  LAST WEEK FOR CONFESSIONS
    Just a little reminder that this is the last week to send in this month's mission for the Kryptic Armyi.  You have until midnight on Friday the 30th.  Let' get to work on this, people.

EVIL DEAD AT THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE
    This weekend, while we will be at the Women in Horror 2 Film Fest on Saturday, we are planning on making it out this Friday to see the new Grindhouse print of EVIL DEAD, showing at Chicago's Music Box Theatre.  If you're in the Chicago area, and have never had the chance to see EVIL DEAD on the big screen, we highly recommend it.  Hope to see you there.  For more info, head over to their website by clicking HERE.

TERROR IN THE AISLES 4: UNDEAD BY DAWN
    Mark your calendars, zombie fans, for May 21st at the Portage Theater in Chicago will be hosting a zombie triple feature.  The doors open at 7pm, with the show starting at 7:30pm with a half hour of vintage horror trailers.  Then at 8pm, they will be showing the original film that started it all, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.  then at 10pm, the Midwest premiere of Jaume Balagueró's [REC] 2.  Then rounding out the night at midnight with a screening of Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE.  Three great films from across the world!
    Pre-sale tickets are only $10 through Brown Paper Tickets, or you can get them at the door for $12.  But if you come dressed as a zombie, it's only $8.  There is also going to be a Zombie costume contest with three different categories: Goriest zombie, Funniest zombie, and Sexiest zombie (male or female).
    And if that wasn't all, there will also be a Zombie Short Film Contest that the winner will receive $200 in prizes (this is not a cash prize).  Here's the details on how to enter.  Filmmakers should post their zombie film/horror short film entry on YouTube, which should be between 30 seconds and 3 minutes.  The top five short films will be screened at Terror in the Aisles 4.  For all the details, head over to their the Horror Society's page by clicking HERE.

ONE B.I.G. BOOK
    The man they called Mr. BIG got that name for a reason.  Writer, director, producer, and visual effects artists, Bert I. Gordon gave us such classic films as KING DINOSAUR (1955), BEGINNING OF THE END (1957), THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN (1958), THE FOOD OF THE GODS (1976) and EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977), just to name a few.  He was known for having either gigantic monster, over or undersized creatures, all running amok.  They may not have been the greatest made films out there, but they were always entertaining and always made money.
    When we talked to him a couple of years ago while he was in Chicago at a movie memorabilia show, he mentioned that he was writing his autobiography, which made us very excited, since we figured he had to have plenty of great stories to tell.  He originally told us that McFarland was going to be putting it out.  But it seems Mr. BIG went the self-publishing route and released The Amazing Colossal Worlds Of Mr. B.I.G.: An Autobiographical Journey.  The retail price for the book is $25 for the 272 page paperback book.  If you get it through Amazon.com, it's only $18.  Or you can order it through Gordon's own website (just click HERE) and get it personally autographed for $45.
    We've already ordered our copy and plan on diving in as soon as we get it.  And I'm sure we'll be posting our review of it shortly there after.  As we said, good or bad, Bert I. Gordon played a very important part in the horror/sci-fi genre and is one person not to be forgotten.

HORRORHOUND CINCINNATI
    HorrorHound has already started to announce their guests for their show on November 12th-14th, in Cincinnati.  So far they have: Malcolm McDowell, Julian Sands, Danielle Harris, Jonathan Breck.  After there last show, we know there's plenty more guests that will be announced before the show.  Make your plans now so you don't miss out.  For all the details about the show, just click HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Little surprised at this week's outcome.  Really expected more people to recognize this Spanish film since if you were of the male persuasion and watched this film, you would never forget it.  Especially if you were a young male at that.  The shot is from José Ramón Larraz's 1974 film VAMPYRES, starring Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska as the title creatures.  Larraz took on the vampire legend and put a very different twist on it.  These creatures were vicious, terrifying, and damn sexy too!  If you haven't seen this film, I do highly recommend checking it out.  It has been released on DVD (twice) and is coming out on Blu-ray soon.
    The ones that did recognize the photo was Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, and Mike Shields.  Job well done.
    And now let's take a look at our latest photo and see if this gorgeous face brings back any memories?  As always, click HERE to send in your answer.  Good luck!

4-18-10  CINEMA WASTELAND REPORT
    Believe it or not, not only did we survive one of the best Cinema Wasteland shows, but we've actually got our show report done and posted.  Wonders never cease.  Just like the Wasteland show itself.  As always, we had a great time there, geeking out at the cast of ZOMBIE being there.  Also a big thanks to everyone who stopped by our table and said they're enjoying the site and our work in HorrorHound.  Can't tell you much I appreciate that.  Makes all the work we do with it.  So head over to our Convention Reports in our Features section to see and read about our latest trip to Ohio.

WOMEN OF HORROR 2
    With Wasteland already a week in the past, we're are looking forward to our next excursion: Horror Society's Women of Horror 2 Film Festival, taking place on May 1st at the Portage Theater in Chicago.  They have announced their lineup, which includes a 35mm screening of NEAR DARK.  There is also the benefit raffle that they are holding for our good friend Kreepylady Kristin and have compiled an impressive pile of goodies.  Head over to the site by clicking HERE for all the details and we hope to see you there!

AFTER.LIFE REVIEW
    We've posted our review of the new film AFTER.LIFE, starring Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci.  Very strange and one that will leave you thinking.  Head over to our Reviews section to read more about it.

THE WOLFMAN SOUNDTRACK REVIEW
    We have also posted our review for Danny Elfman's score for the new WOLFMAN movie.  One of the best things that we've heard Elfman do in a long time.  To read more, just click HERE.

KRYPTIC ARMY
    For your recruits out there, you only have 2 more weeks to get in your confessions for this month's mission.  So far we've had a few heartfelt entries, which I'm sure gave them some sort of inner peace.  If you haven't joined the Kryptic Army yet, there's still time.  Just sign up for our mailing list (the link is below) and head over to Kryptic Army page for all the details.

DVD NEWS
    While at the Wasteland show last week, we heard from Jerry from Synapse Films that had recently acquired some films that American Hammer fans have been waiting a very long time for.  Later this fall, they will be releasing VAMPIRE CIRCUS, TWINS OF EVIL, and HANDS OF THE RIPPER on DVD and possibly Blu-ray.  They will all have new high-definition transfers and the extras are being worked on now.  They have already interviews with Joe Dante and Ted Newsom, amongst other things in the works.  They will also be putting out the 13-episode TV series HAMMER HOUSE OF HORRORS, that was originally released by A&E.
    All I can say is that it's about time that these classic films got a domestic release.  We can't wait.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Okay folks, it's been two weeks since our last update and Mystery Photo.  And it seems that this might have been a little easier than our normal ones, since we got quite a few responses this time out.  But don't give up if you don't know these.  Just remember those titles when you do find out what it is and add them to your "need-to-watch" list.  Our last photo was from THE BURNING, with those pretty iconic shears.  Kudos out to Hoby Abernathy, Craig J. Clark, Mike Dudley, Dave Friedman, Andrew Heath, Erik Martin, Douglas Rowe, Mike Shields, and Kristin Wicks.  Nice job, people.  Seems slasher films are pretty popular out there.
    But let's just see how easy this one is.  It's not the greatest pic, but I think you can make out what's going on to this poor fellow and it's not a good thing.  At least not for him.  Good luck, and as always, click HERE to send in your answer.

4-4-10  KRYPTIC ARMY
    Thanks to all those who have been participating in our year long Kryptic Army contest.  It has been a lot of fun so far reading all the different titles you have been coming up with over these first 3 months.  But with a new month comes a new mission.  Those of you on our mailing list know what lies ahead for this month.  If you're not a member of the Kryptic Army, all you need to do to participate is to sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of this page.  You can get all the details about the Army, the monthly missions and everything else by clicking HERE.  Even though the year has already started, you can still join in and have a very good chance to win one of the many prizes we will have at the end of the year.

HORRORHOUND SURVIVOR AND REPORT
    We barely survived last week's HorrorHound Weekend.  We were amazed at the amount of people that were coming through the door the entire weekend.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table, both buying stuff and just hanging out and talking about movies.  It was a blast seeing old friends and meeting plenty of new ones.  We've got our review posted with the few photos that we took at the show.  I guess that's the bad part about working behind a table at the show.  But head over to our Convention Reports for all the details.  Or you could save your time and just click HERE.

UPCOMING SHOWS
    Next weekend, will be heading to Ohio for our bi-annual trip to the one and only Cinema Wasteland show.  Now granted, we are always excited about going to Cinema Wasteland, but this time out it's even something more special....a ZOMBIE reunion!  It's going to be yet another amazing time, as well as having the chance to meet acting icon Richard Johnson.  Not to mention the other great guests they have lined up, including 3 more cast members from Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE.  Plus there are several other guests from other zombie movies.  It's not too late to make your plans to head out and join us for the fun.  For all the details such as the guest line up and film screenings, just click HERE.
    If you're not able to make it to the Wasteland show, we would highly recommend heading out to Chicago's Music Box Theatre for their Sci-Fi Spectacular that is taking place from noon on Saturday the 10th until the wee hours of the morning.  They have one hell of a line up, one that I really wished I could make it.  The films scheduled to play are: THEM, PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, DARK STAR, FLASH GORDON, Q: THE WINGED SERPENT, LIFEFORCE, and THEY LIVE.  And if that line up wasn't good enough, how about having writer/director Larry Cohen making a guest appearance?  Like I said, I really wish this was taking place on another weekend.
    But then after Wasteland, our next show will be Horror Society's Women of Horror 2, taking place on May 1st, at the Portage Theater in Chicago.  This film fest will feature TRIPPIN (special guest director Devi Snively), ALICE JACOBS IS DEAD (featuring Adrienne Barbeau), HEADING HOME, I SPIT ON ELI ROTH, MONSTER INSURANCE, as well as a 35mm screening of another film to be announced.  These shows are always a lot of fun.  Plus, during the show, there is a Horror raffle to benefit a good friend of the Krypt, as well as the Chicago Horror Community, Kreepylady Kristin.  She has always been a devote supporter of the horror community, especially in the Chicago area, and is always there lending support.  So now it's our turn to show her the same dedication.  From losing her job, to having to go through two major back surgeries (all without insurance), Kristin went through hell last year.  So there will be plenty of items in the raffle, as well as a place for cash donations.  All will be helpful of getting her back on her feet.  For more information about the show, just click the link above.  Hopefully we'll see you there!
    Another show that we just heard about that is another local one for us, is the Cyphan convention.  It will be held on June 25th-27th, at the Westin Chicago North Shore, in Wheeling, IL.  The guest line up includes Nicki Clyne, Jewel Staite, Julie Caitlin Brown, Stephen Geoffreys, and a 30 Year reunion of FRIDAY THE 13th with stars Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, and Ari Lehman.  For more information about the show, head over to their website by clicking HERE.

ROTLD HISTORY BOOK
    Of course, being huge fan of reference books as well as Dan O'Bannon's RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, we were thrilled to hear that there is going to be a book on the history of this film series.  Written by Christian Sellers and Gary Smart, THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD will be published this October by Plexus Publishing.  The 288-page book will feature forward by actor Brian Peck and an introduction by Brian Yuzna, who produced & directed ROTLD 3.  The retail for this book is going to be $24.95, but you can pre-order it through Amazon for much less.

SLASHER IMPROV
    For Chicagoland horror fans, the Gorilla Tango Theatre will be having a fully-improvised long-form show in the style of slasher films, all based on audience suggestions.  I know this has got me pretty curious.  The shows take place every Friday night at 11:30pm, starting on May 7th, and running for the whole month of May.  Tickets are $12.
    For more information on the Gorilla Tango Theatre, click HERE to get to their website.

RED DEATH STUDIOS
    One of the great things about going to all of these conventions over the years, is meeting new people.  At this last HorrorHound show, we met the guys from Red Death Studios which make some amazing t-shirts and work shirts.  We picked up an awesome SHOCK WAVES work shirt that has the poster art on the back, along with the title on the front pocket.  They had a great variety of movie titles on their shirts, all of them looking great.  I know we'll be picking up some more of their stuff the next time we see them.  Of course, you can also order their stuff through their website (just click HERE), or at least can check out the great designs they use.  Of course, telling them that we sent you there would be nice too....

DVD NEWS
    Once again, somebody from the makers of Blu-Ray must be paying somebody off at the studios.  With the release of THE WOLFMAN remake coming out on June 1st, it looks like if you don't have a Blu-Ray player, the only extras you're going to be getting are the deleted and extended scenes.  It's reported that all the other extras are for the Blu-Ray only.  And for that, I could only say....Damn you to HELL!  It does seem that both versions with that the theatrical cut and the director's cut.  But as for the Blu-Ray extras, it consists of tons of featurettes: Return of the Wolfman, The Beast Maker, Transformation Secrets, The Wolfman Unleashed, and Werewolf Legacy: Lore and Legend.  There will also be two alternate endings that is only available on the Blu-Ray.  Once again....Bastards!
    Also making it's first appearance on Blu-Ray will be Roger Corman's DEATH RACE 2000 from Shout! Factory.  Even though it was already released twice before on DVD, this one is going to be one hell of a special edition.  There's no details if all these extras are going to be on both versions or just the Blu-Ray, and it looks to just run over the last special edition DVD release.  It will have a new anamorphic widescreen transfer in hi-def from the inter-positive film element.  It has the audio commentary of Corman and star Mary Woronov, but also a new commentary with assistant director Lewis Teague and editor Tina Hirsch.  Then there are tons of featurettes on different aspects of the film, from one on the costume designer Jane Ruhm and her work on this and other Corman films, to art direction and design of the cars with B.B. Neel, James Powers, and Dean Jefferies, interview with the composer Paul Chihara, and much more.  When we get more details as to what is going to be on what edition, we'll be sure to post it here.
    Then Shout! will also be releasing new editions of PIRANHA (rumored to a 2-disc edition), GALAXY OF TERROR, ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, NOT OF THIS EARTH, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, STARCRASH, and BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS.  Can't wait.
    Dark Sky Films will be re-releasing one of my favorite cult films, HORROR HOSPITAL.  It was released quite some time ago by Elite Entertainment and not sure of what process they did for their release.  But the Dark Sky one is going to have a new HD transfer from the original 35mm camera negative.  It will also feature audio commentary by producer Richard Gordon and author Tom Weaver.  If you haven't seen this movie, it's a blast.  Cheesy, but entertaining.

STAG NIGHT REVIEW
    We have posted our review of the film STAG NIGHT, located in our Reviews section...where else.  This is a cross between HILLS HAVE EYES and DEATH LINE, but with the cinematographer looking like he's got a bad case of Parkinson's.

NEW NOX ARCANA COMING
    Nox Arcana is back with new album coming out this summer, entitled Theater of Illusion.  According to their website, the release will let us "Enter the mysterious world of dark magic and diabolical illusions as you explore the shadows of an old abandoned theater that harbors restless spirits from the past."  Like all of their work, we know we are in for a fun and dark ride into a magical musical soundscape.  Can't wait.  For more information about Nox Arcana, head over to their website by clicking HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    I think we fooled a lot of people with our last photo since it sure did look like something from Hammer.  It was British, but didn't come from the studio that dripped blood.  Instead, it was a shot from the BBC's 1977 version of COUNT DRACULA, staring Frank Finlay, Susan Penhaligon, and Louis Jourdan as the Count.  Kudos out to Hoby Abernathy and Dave Friedman for identifying the correct movie.  Nice job guys.  That was a tricky one.
    Which brings us to our latest photo.  Take a look at it and see if you can guess this one.  Good luck, and as always, click HERE to send in your answer.

3-21-10  HORRORHOUND NEXT WEEKEND
    Since we will be in Indy next weekend for the HorrorHound convention, we probably won't have an update next weekend.  But we will try to post something on the following Monday.  This will be the first real convention of the year and we are chomping at the bit for it to get there.  We are looking forward to a weekend of hanging out with other horror-minded fiends.  It's always a good time, and I think this one is going to be even better.  From just the huge guest list they have, as well as all our usual friends that will be coming to the show.  It's going to be a non-stop juggernaut of a good time.  Can't wait!  If you're coming, don't forget to stop by our table!

KRYPTIC ARMY
    And speaking of which, just as a reminder, there's only a little over a week left folks for this month's mission.  So don't wait too long before sending in those reports.  We have been getting quite a few titles sent in that even I needed to add to my list of "to-watch" films.

BATTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD DVDs!
    A few updates back, we posted some news about the upcoming special edition DVD release from Blue Underground of Lucio Fulci's CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (aka GATES OF HELL) on May 25th.  BU is releasing a regular DVD edition, as well as a Blu-Ray edition, which has more features.  Both releases feature the following:

  • The Making of CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD - Interviews with Star Catriona MacColl, Co-Star Michele Soavi, Production Designer Massimo Antonello Geleng, Assistant Makeup Effects Artist Rosario Prestopino, Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi, Cinematographer Sergio Salvati, and Camera Operator Roberto Forges Davanzati

  • English Trailer, Italian Trailer, and Radio Spots/Still Gallery

    The Blu-Ray version will feature:

  • Poster and Still Gallery, called Marketing of the Living Dead,

  • Interview with Catriona MacColl

  • Interview with Giovanni Lombardo Radice

  • Cast and crew talk about working with Fulci.

    There's no running times listed for these interview featurettes, so we're hoping they are more than 10 minutes.  I would hope so, since they are calling them featurettes, and you that have to pay an extra $15 for the Blu-Ray edition.

    But in the UK, Arrow Video is putting out a version on DVD and Blu Ray on May 24th that just looks amazing.  We're not positive if all of these features are on both releases or just the Blu-Ray, but we'll keep you posted.  But none the less, these extras are pretty damn impressive.  Take a look:

  • Comes with four different artwork sleeves that you can pick your favorite.

  • A double-sided poster

  • Six postcards featuring different poster art from different countries

  •  A new booklet by Calum Waddell called Fulci of the Living Dead, which features exclusive interviews with long time effects artists Sergio Stivaletti, actors Carlo De Mejo & Ian McCulloch, Fulci's daughter Antonella, and others, giving a inside look at Lucio Fulci.

  • Audio commentary by actor Giovannie Lombardo Radice (aka John Morghen)

  • Audio commentary by Catriona MacColl

  • The Many Lives and Deaths of Giovanni Lombardo Radice - A 50 minute documentary giving a an extensive biography on the actor, where he gives his fans an overview of his most famous films.

  • Introduction by actor Carlo De Mejo

  • Carlo of the Living Dead - 17-minute featurette where De Mejo talks about his work on this film and working with Fulci.

  • Penning Some Paura - Dardano Sacchetti talks about his work on writing this film.

  • Dame of the Dead - Catriona MacColl talks about her role in the film.

  • Q&A Session at the Glasgow Film Theatre featuring Catriona MacColl and Giovanni Lombardo Radice after a recent screening.

    I know a lot of horror fans out there already have region free players (and I believe that Blu-Ray doesn't have region coding, but may be wrong), but in either case, it's going to be a tough decision to figure out which release to pick up.  Of course, if you were to ask me, I would just get both.  Too many goodies in there to pass up either.  Besides, what else were you going to spend that money on?  Food?  Bills?

DARK NIGHT DVD
    In other DVD news, JD Feigelson notified HorrorHound that VCI Entertainment will be the one releasing his 1981 TV movie DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW on DVD this fall.  The DVD will be fully restored and re-mastered.  No more of those shabby looking tape transfers.  This is one title that we are very anxious to see all cleaned up.  And just in time for Halloween too!

HAMMER NEWS
    Years ago, Wayne Kinsey started a magazine called The House That Hammer Built.  If you were a fan of the famous British studio, then these magazines were filled with tons of great info.  Unfortunately, since they were a British publication, they weren't the easiest to get a hold of at a decent price.  But since then, Kinsey has been working hard on giving Hammer fans this same dedication and information in book form.  His first two books gave us detailed information about two different periods for Hammer Films:  The Bray Studio Years and Elstree Studio years.  Both books are filled to the brim with tons of information about the studio, the films, and the people who made them.  Last year, he published Hammer Films: A Life in Pictures - The Visual Story of Hammer Films, which was a coffee table size book that was filled with behind the scenes shots of the studio, many of them never before published.
    Well, now Kinsey is working on yet another book on Hammer, doing something that we here at the Krypt have been working on doing for the last 10+ years.  Giving credit to those men and women behind these great films.  His latest book is called Hammer Films - The Unsung Heroes: The Team Behind the Legend.  Being published by Tomahawk Press, the book give "An oral history detailing the fascinating biographies of Hammer’s key players, many telling their stories for the first time in all new interviews specially commissioned for this book".  Obviously, we can't wait.

WRONG SIDE OF ART
    If you're looking to see some incredible poster art, then head over to this website: The Wrong Side of Art.  But be prepared to lose some time there, since you will find yourself browsing the many different images from tons of different movies.  They have posters from all over the world, showing some incredible artwork, as well some really bizarre ones as well.  You want to see what real poster art looks like?  Before Hollywood sucked all the life and creativity out of them?  Just click HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Our last photo was one of those fun giant bug movies from the '50s, though it is a little harder to come by these days.  It was from the 1958 film MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL.  It had gotten a DVD release from Image back in 2001, but is a little tougher to come by these days.  It's one of those movies that we always seen stills from, but never had the chance to see it.  Well, if you have seen it, then you know that the giant wasps in there are pretty amazing, but that is only a very small part of the movie.  The rest of it is like watching paint dry.  Not to say that it's not a fun nostalgic movie, but you're going to be way more entertained by something from Bert I. Gordon.
    Anyway, congrats go out to Hoby Abernathy, Mads Jensen, and Mike Shields for correctly identifying the movie.  Now lets take a look at our new photo and what we can come up with.  Click HERE to send in your answer.  And as always, good luck.

3-18-10  A LITTLE RANT FOR A THURSDAY
    Okay, we try not to point fingers at other websites or get into the whole mud-slinging thing, because mainly what’s the point?  But over the years, as I’ve been running my own site, I always found it humorous when some sites get an “exclusive” interviews, or that some important person in the industry contacted them, but then they seem to have the same quotes or news that every other site out there has as well.  Could it be that they just got the same press release that thousands other did?  But I digress.
    We try to scan many different websites out there looking for news that we feel that it’s important enough for us to post on our site.  That’s why you’re not going to see stuff on TWILIGHT and a post every day on the new NIGHTMARE remake.  We’ll leave all that puff-piece journalism to the bigger sites.
    Which brings me to why I’m writing this.  Today I come across a news post about the newly revamped Hammer Films and some possible titles from their past that they might be remaking or re-imagining.  The site mentioned Bloody Disgusting had more details on their site, so I went there for more info.  The article was written by Mr. Disgusting, which I believe is the head honcho at the site.  Now granted, all of the same information from the press release had already been posted on FearNet.com’s site by Joseph McCabe back on March 5th, but there was some new information that Mr. Disgusting gave us.
    One of the titles mentioned by Simon Oakes, CEO of Hammer Films, in the B-D article that Hammer might revisit was the character of Kronos, from the 1974 film CAPTAIN KRONOS VAMPIRE HUNTER.  The B-D article then goes into a full paragraph explaining the details of the 1957 science fiction film KRONOS, which is about an alien robot.  They even have the poster of the movie in the article!
    So obviously he got the wrong movie.  What’s the big deal, right?  Everyone makes mistakes.  Sorry Mr. Disgusting, but I have to call you out on this one.  For someone running the site that is your “#1 Source for Horror”, you’d think they might know what they were talking about.  And we’re not talking about some obscure movie here either.  Sure, this might be a little anal of me and a little of the “grumpy old man” syndrome that I’m developing, but it’s because of things like this is what caused me to contract it in the first place!
    It all comes down to what you know.  We fans of the genre are always learning, and should never stop.  But when you put yourself in a place of authority - and claiming that you are the #1 source for horror is doing just that - then you better know your shit.  So here’s a little advice, Mr. Disgusting:  Instead of worrying about posting little news bits every 10 minutes about the new TWILIGHT trailer hitting the web, or posting the latest pics of Freddy from the new NIGHTMARE, why don’t you take a little time and actually learn more about the genre you’re supposed to be promoting.
    The posting on the site has already been updated with the mistakes taken out.   Hopefully he's at least he’s learned one thing today.  Of course, I had copied the page and saved it.  So if anybody would like to see the original post, just let me know.  I'd more than happy to send it to you.

3-14-10  KRYPTIC WORLD TOUR 2010 APPROACHES!
    In a short two weeks, we'll be heading off to Indianapolis for the HorrorHound Weekend, which will officially start our 2010 World Domination Tour!  They have one incredible guest lineup, with icons like George Romero and Clive Barker, as well as names like Sid Haig, David Hess, Doug Bradley, John Harrison, William Malone, and many others.  Of course, let's not forget to mention the chance to see the uncut version of Barker's NIGHTBREED, as well as a small reunion of the films stars and director.  For all the details about the show, like the complete guest lineup, and show details, just click HERE.
    Then two weeks after that show, we will be heading to Ohio for another Cinema Wasteland extravaganza!  And while any Wasteland show is always worth heading to, this one is even more special for me (and a lot of fans) since they are having a ZOMBIE reunion, with 4 actors from Fulci's classic: Ian McColluch, Al Cliver, Richard Johnson, and the iconic zombie from the poster, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua.  Granted, these guys were in tons of other great films as well, making them even a bigger draw.
    Of course, the Wasteland land crew didn't just stop there, but also invited quite a few other undead guests, like Bill Hinzman, Sharon Ceccatti-Hill, Jim Krut, Beatrice Ring, Kyra Schon, Tom Savini, and Howard Sherman.
    There is no show out there like Cinema Wasteland.  If you have never attended on and were just waiting for an excuse to give the show a try, this would be the one.  For all the details about this show, just click HERE.
    If you are planning on coming out to either of these shows, make sure you stop by our table and see us.  We love meeting our readers.

NASCHY T-SHIRT DEBUTS AT HORRORHOUND INDIANAPOLIS
    We will also have our Paul Naschy T-shirts at the HorrorHound Indianapolis show, featuring the amazing artwork from the uber-talented Putrid, that we mentioned in a previous posting.  They will be priced at only $15, so you can proudly show your worship for one of the most iconic figures in the horror genre, Paul Naschy.  So if you're interested, make sure you pick them up right away since we only have a limited supply of them.

CON-TAMINATION TO INFECT ST. LOUIS
    It seems that the midwest will be having another convention, this time hitting St. Louis.  On April 30th through May 2nd, there will be St. Louis' first Horror, Sci-Fi, & Pop Culture Convention.  Their guest lineup includes a DAY OF THE DEAD 25th anniversary union, a NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD reunion, Belinda Blaski, William Forsythe, adult film star Seka, Brinke Stevens, Harry Manfredini, Victor Miller, Ari Lehman, and more.  For all the info about the show, head over to their website by clicking HERE.

SCI-FI SPECTACULAR AT MUSIC BOX THEATRE
    Even though we are going to be at the Cinema Wasteland show, if you're in Chicago area and can't make it Ohio, then head over to the Music Box Theatre for a 14+ hour movie marathon, featuring some great movies.  They will also have special guest writer/director Larry Cohen appearing!
    For more details, just click HERE.

LEGION TRAILER
    With WildClaw Theatres latest production opening tomorrow, you can view the trailer for the play by clicking HERE.  For more details, click HERE to get to WildClaw's website.

EVIL DEAD COMES BACK TO THE THEATERS
    Thanks to the wonderful guys at Grindhouse Releasing, you will be able to see the original EVIL DEAD in the theaters!  I don't have any details yet, but if Grindhouse Releasing is putting it out, one can only assumed that they have cleaned up the movie, which means its going to look incredible and better than you've ever probably seen before.  For Chicago fans, it will be playing at the Music Box Theatre on April 30th & May 1st.  For everyone else, head over to Grindhouse's website, by clicking HERE, and click on the EVIL DEAD link.  There will be a complete listing of dates and theaters.
    Also for Chicago area fans, the film is also scheduled to play at the Midway Drive-in Theater in Dixon Illinois on September 10th & 11th.  What a great way to experience EVIL DEAD then at a Drive-in Theater.

AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE
    And while on the subject of Grindhouse, there is a new feature length documentary coming out called American Grindhouse, which "explores the hidden history of the American exploitation film".  Just from seeing the trailer, this looks to be an amazing time.  Head over to the website by clicking HERE, where you can not only see the trailer for the documentary, but also trailers for the types of films they are talking about.  Right now, it seems to be making a few stops at some film festivals, but nothing has been announced as far as a DVD release.  Hopefully the film will have a bigger run at other film fests.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Our last photo was a little bit more obscure title, but those who grew up in the '80s video boom, this was one title that hit the shelves and was always a fun time.  And all these years later, it's still a good time.  The shot is from the 1988 film THE NEST, featuring flesh eating cockroaches, and even mutated cockroach monsters.  Can't go wrong there!  Well done to Hoby Abernathy, Mike Shields, Gert Verbeeck, and Will Wilson for sending it the correct answer.
    This week, we're going old school, to those old black and white classics.  Though this one isn't as well known as some of the other classics.  So we're going to try and change that.  So take a good look and see if you can recognize the....creature featured in this week's photo.  Good luck, and as always, click HERE to send in your answer.

3-07-10  WILDCLAW's LEGION COMES TO THE STAGE
    Next weekend, Chicago's own horror theater group, WildClaw Theater opens their world premiere adaptation of William Peter Blatty's LEGION, which is the sequel to the THE EXORCIST.  Playing at the Viaduct Theatre , it opens on March 15th and runs through April 18th.  Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm, and on Sundays at 3:00pm.  Directed by Anne Adams, the story from THE EXORCIST continues.  Imagine a crime procedural....with demons.
    For more information about the show, and about WildClaw Theatre, just head over to their website by clicking HERE.  Hope to see you there.

KRYPTIC ARMY - NEVER TO LATE TO JOIN IN THE FUN
    As we start our third month of movie missions for the Kryptic Army, if you haven't joined it, you are missing the fun!  But it's not too late.  All you have to do to join in is sign up for our mailing list (at the bottom of this page) and you will be included on the Monthly Mission Challenges.  There will be prizes at the end of the year for many of the people who participate.  The longer you do, the more chances you have of winning.  For all the details, head over to our Kryptic Army page, by clicking HERE.  Hope to see you on the front lines!

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Kudos out to Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, David Schmidt, and Mike Shields for recognizing our last photo from the 1987 film ANGUISH.  Yes, as some pointed out, it was my little tribute to star Zelda Rubinstein, who had recently passed away.  If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it.  Just don't read anything about it before seeing it, just watch it
    Our photo this week is going to be another tough one, but if you're a fan of bizarre mutated monsters, even when they can be a real pest, then you might get this one....even with those hints.  Good luck, and as always, click HERE to send in your answer.

[REC] 2 REVIEW
    We have posted our review of Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza's follow up to their very successful movie.  If you liked the first one, you're in for more of the same....but different.  Head over to our review section for the full spoiler free details.  And if you're one of those who has only seen the American version, QUARANTINE, then you need to check out the original.

HAMMER GLAMOUR BOOK REVIEW
    Fan of Hammer Films?  Then you know that one of the things that Hammer was known for was the beautiful women in their movies.  Hammer Glamour celebrates these women.  Head over to our Reference Book Review section, located in our regular Review section, to find our review under the Hammer Section.  While you're there, feel free to check into the other books that we have reviewed over the years.

HORROR HISTORY
    This week's lesson deals with someone who might be behind the camera, but has a huge impact of what we see on the screen.  Head over to our Horror History for this week's lesson.

2-28-10  KRYPTIC ARMY - ANOTHER MISSION COMPLETED
    With tomorrow being March 1st, I want to again thanks everyone who has participated in our Kryptic Army.  We seem to be getting a good response and everyone seems to be having fun picking out the movies they're going to watch.  That was one of our main goals from the beginning, to give people a reason to watch something that they might have have seen yet.  So keep up the hard work and dedication.
    Next month's mission will be sent out tomorrow, and I think it will be one that everyone will enjoy.

PUTRID's NASCHY TRIBUTE
    While this is something that we've been wanting to do for quite some time, once Paul Naschy passed away, I figured it was even more a better time for it.  We've been wondering for years why we hadn't seen a Paul Naschy T-shirt before, so decided to get one done ourselves.  Of course, Fright Rags also came out with one that we reported on earlier, which I know we'll be adding to our collection as well.  But even if we didn't get there first, we did commissioned a piece from our amazing artist friend Putrid to create a design for a T-shirt featuring our favorite Hombre Lobo, which you can see below.  As you can see, Putrid has once again shown his amazing talent and we're pretty excited about it.
    We are planning to have these shirts available in time for the HorrorHound Indianapolis show near the end of March.  These will be sold exclusively through us, so if you are interested, please send us an email for more details.  Otherwise, you'll be able to see the shirt for your self at one of the upcoming conventions that we will be at.

UPDATED ARGENTO BOOK
    One of the critical studies on Dario Argento was the book Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, written by Maitland McDonagh, back in 1990.  But now, she has expanded the book, including coverage on Argento's new movies up to and including his most recent GIALLO.  McDonagh told Fangoria, "“The expanded version contains significant revisions.  The chapter on SUSPIRIA and INFERNO, for example, now incorporates the long-delayed completion of the Three Mothers trilogy with 2007’s MOTHER OF TEARS/LA TERZA MADRE.  A detailed new essay picks up where the 1995 edition left off, examining Argento’s films from THE STENDHAL SYNDROME through last year’s GIALLO, and addressing his volatile creative relationship with his daughter Asia. The credits section is also updated to include Argento’s work since 1995."
    The retail price is $22.95, and you could pre-order the book from the University of Minnesota Press website, but would be much better off pre-ordering it from Amazon, where you could save about 30% on the price.
    Being a collector of reference books, we can't tell you how essential this book is for any fan of Argento's work.  So make sure you put that on your want list.

THE HILLS RUN RED REVIEW
    We have a new review posted with this week's update.  It's for Dave Parker's THE HILLS RUN RED.  We've been trying forever to get a hold of this movie from Netflix, but finally it showed up.  So was it worth the long wait?  Click over to our Reviews section to find out.

HORROR HISTORY
    We have added another name in this week's Horror History Lesson.  This writer was responsible (for better or for worse) for some of the early films to come from Roger Corman.  Of course, we've always enjoyed those early movies, so we really think this guy was a class act, especially for being able to turn out these scripts on a very short time frame.  Head over to our Horror History page to see just who we're talking about.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    I knew our last photo was going to throw people, but wanted to make sure everyone was paying attention.  Although we did get a lot of Richard Lynch films sent in, so at least he was pretty recognizable.  But it is from a older made-for-TV movie called GOOD AGAINST EVIL.  It was actually a pilot that was never picked up.  Lynch seemed to do a few of them back in the '70s.  But just when I thought I would have stumped everyone, I get an email from scholar Hoby Abernathy who knew the movie it was frmo.  So major kudos to him for pulling that one off, since it was a real tough one.  But thank you to everyone who did send in their answers.  Shows me you're still trying.
    So with this one, we're going to go with a little easier.....well, maybe.  Good luck, and as always, click HERE to send in your answer.

2-22-10  FINAL WEEK FOR WEREWOLVES
    Just a friendly reminder for those enlisted in the Kryptic Army, that this is the last week for our February Mission.  If you're not enlisted and would like more information, just click HERE.  For those who are participating, feel free to head over to the message board to see what everyone else has been watching, and don't be afraid to make your own comments.  Nothing better than a good discussion going on horror movies!  To get to the Message Board, just click HERE.

WOLFMAN THOUGHTS
    And since I've gotten quite a few emails asking me if I'd seen THE WOLFMAN yet, I figured now that I have seen it, I can post a few thoughts here.  Being that it is a big Hollywood remake, I'd say that they did a pretty good job.  It may not have been the best movie ever, but I did enjoy it.  The look of the film was incredible.  I did think some of the CGI moments were a little bit too cartoonish at times, but nothing so bad that it spoiled the moment....just made me aware of it.
    So the bottom line is that I do think it's well worth watching and was entertaining, I'll be sure to pick it up when it hits DVD so I can actually see the whole movie.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Since a lot of people got our photo from THE PROWLER, I thought I would go with something more obscure, but was pleasantly surprised to see so many people sending in the correct answer again.  The shot is from Amando de Ossorio's 3rd entry in his Blind Dead series, EL BUQUE MALDITO (1974).  Of course, it's also known as HORROR OF THE ZOMBIES, THE GHOST GALLEON, GHOST SHIPS OF THE BLIND DEAD, and many others.  The folks with the correct answers were Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Eric Engelmann, Shawn Jacobs, David Schmidt, Mike Sheilds, Lisa Stewart, Wayne Teeter, and Tom White.  Well done, folks.  Always nice to see people out there that know their Spanish horror.
    So let's get to our latest photo.  We're going to go with something a little tougher this time, even thought the face should be pretty familiar.  Give it some thought and let's see what you come up with.  Good luck, and as always, click HERE to send in your answer.

HORSEMAN HITTING DVD
    We reviewed this movie a little while ago, which you can still read in our Review section, or by clicking HERE.  But it is finally getting a DVD release, though not sure if it's in the UK or here in the States as well.  But none the less, if you do get the chance to see it, we recommend it.  It's a tough film, but well made.
    For more information about the movie, you can also check out the official site by clicking HERE.

2-14-10  FEBRUARY MISSION HALFWAY POINT
    Just a friendly reminder to the members of our Kryptic Army and this months mission.  We've already gotten a few entries in, which have been posted on the Kryptic Army Message Board, which you can get to by clicking HERE.  Feel free to post your comments on the other entries.

BLUE UNDERGROUND ANSWER & MORE
    As we mentioned in our last update, we had sent in a question to Blue Underground about their upcoming Blu-Ray release of José Ramón Larraz's VAMPYRES, and their comments about gore that has been missing from previous releases.  Here's their response:

Thanks for your email. There was footage cut from all previous versions of VAMPYRES, but was restored for Blue Underground's DVD release. This missing footage has also been newly transferred in HD and restored to the Blu-ray release. The short answer is that the running times of our DVD and Blu-ray are identical, and they both contain the same amount of missing footage.

    So in other words, it is the same version as the previous DVD release, but has been newly transferred in HD.  So my short answer is that while it's not really false advertising, it could be very misleading to those newer fans that might not know any better.
    But just when I get ready to move on, I read a press release of BU's new Blu-Ray edition of Joseph Zito's THE PROWLER.  The news bit (that originally came from Bloody-Disgusting.com) says the Blu-Ray will have a new hi-def transfer and it will be presented completely uncut and uncensored!  Okay guys...one more time.  Blue Underground's first DVD release of the film was also advertised as "uncut and uncensored".  So once again, they are not being dishonest, but is just a little misleading to customers who might not know, making it sound like this has something different than previously.  To me, that shows that they are not really about the fans as much as they are trying to make a quick buck.  How about a little integrity, huh?

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Of course, while on the subject of THE PROWLER, that was were our last photo was from, which features some amazing kills (many thanks to Tom Savini).  We do think it's one of the best '80s slasher films out there.  If you haven't seen this film, find it now.
    But out of all the years I've been doing these Mystery Photos, I don't think I've gotten as many responses as I did with this last one.  Some times it makes me wonder if people just aren't bothering to respond, or that they don't know the photo.  But it was pretty obvious with this one, that a lot of you knew the photo and sent in their answer.  Here's all the names for this week's photo: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Nancy Cremer, Mike Dudley, Dave Friedman, Victor Ives, Lee Marohn, John Pata, David Schmidt, Wayne Teeter, and Will Wilson.  Great job to you all, and thanks again for taking the few seconds to send it your guess.  It is much appreciated.
    So let us take a gander at our latest photo and see if we can top last week's number of correct answers.  This one isn't going to be as easy I'm afraid.  But good luck, and as always click HERE to send in your answer.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAYLOR!
    Wanted to take a brief minute to wish my nephew Taylor a big Happy Birthday.  Taylor is only 8 years old, but seems to be a huge horror fan in the making.  Makes me wonder if this is just a passing phase, but knowing that I was already hooked at that age as well, you just never know.  Must run in the family.
    So hopefully you had a monstrously good birthday, Taylor, and I'll see you soon!

SCI-FI SPECTACULAR 4
    This year's Sci-Fi Spectacular 4, being held at the historic Music Box Theatre, is a good news/bad news item for me.  The bad news is that this is taking place on April 10th, which is the same weekend as Cinema Wasteland.  And as much as I'd like to stay for this show, the Wasteland is the best movie show and convention out there.  I've been there since the first one, and haven't missed one yet, and don't plan on starting.  But that doesn't mean we won't support Movieside for putting this show together.  Because they have one hell of a lineup planned for this year, along with an extremely talented guest.  That would be director Larry Cohen, who gave us great films like IT'S ALIVE, THE STUFF, GOD TOLD ME TO, and Q: THE WINGED SERPENT, not to mention having his hand in quite a few other films projects.  At the Spectacular, they will be screening Q: THE WINGED SERPENT.
    Other titles that have been announced are as followes:  THEM! (1954), Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (1965), John Carpenter's DARK STAR (1974) and THEY LIVE (1988), FLASH GORDON (1980), and Cohen's Q: THE WINGED SERPENT (1982).
    Pretty sure there will be a few more announcements about the lineup, but not sure yet.  When we find out, you'll find out!

2-7-10  NIGHTBREED UNCUT AT HORRORHOUND WEEKEND
    Since they had already been working on a NIGHTBREED reunion with writer/director Clive Barker and actors Oliver Reed, Hugh Ross, and recently added Doug Bradley, now they have going to premiere something that fans have been wanting to see for decades.  And that is the screening for the first time will be an uncut print of NIGHTBREED.  Tickets will be given away at the HorrorHound booth on the morning of Saturday the 27th.  Gold Pass members will be given tickets to the screening when they check in on Friday.  There is limited seating for this event, so make sure you get the info at the show of what you need to do not to miss this once in a lifetime chance.  The screening will take place at 5pm on Saturday following a rare NIGHTBREED cast panel and presentation.
    Another guests that has been announced is the immortal Sid Haig, director William Malone, Louise Robey (from the FRIGHT THE 13th TV series), and Charles Craig (newscaster from the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD).  For all the details and complete guest lineup, head over to the HorrorHound Weekend site by clicking HERE.  This is going to be one hell of a show, so hopefully you are planning to come out for the fun.

HORROR HISTORY
    This week's lesson shows us one of the men behind the great studio that dripped blood, and definitely had a hand in why the studio became as successful as it did.  Head over to our Horror History page to discover who we're talking about and more, just by clicking HERE.

HAMMER FILMS TO REMAKE THE WOMAN IN BLACK
    Susan Hill's 1983 novel The Woman in Black was first adapted into a very successful and long running stage play in 1987.  In 1989, it was made into a made-for-TV movie which was scripted by famous horror/sci-fi writer Nigel Kneale.  The film deals with a young lawyer going to settle the estate of a dead client.  But once he gets there, he keeps catching glimpses of the title character.  It is incredible creepy and comes highly recommended.  But now it seems the new Hammer Films has picked it up to film a newer version of it, with James Watkins to direct, who had recently directed EDEN LAKE.  According to Hammer President and CEO Simon Oakes, “THE WOMAN IN BLACK is an iconic British horror story, and so makes a perfect match for Hammer.  Jane Goldman has written a terrific screenplay and with James Watkins at the helm, we feel that this feature adaptation of Susan Hill’s classic novel will be both dynamic and terrifying.”
    While we haven't seen anything from this newer version of Hammer Films, we hope for the best.  And if anything else could come out of this, maybe the 1989 version will get a DVD release over here in the states so more people can see it.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    It was nice to see many more emails this last week to recognized our Mystery Photo from last week.  Sure, it might have been due to some of them watching the movie for their January Mission for the Kryptic Army, but none the less, great job to those who knew it.  It was of course the great Lionel Barrymore in drag in the 1936 film DEVIL DOLL.  Kudos go out to Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Nancy Cremer, Dave Friedman, David Schmidt, and Mike Shields.  Job well done.
    Now lets take a look at this one and see how you do.  Good luck, and as always click HERE to send in your answer.

FINALLY A NASCHY T-SHIRT!!!
    One of our favorite T-Shirt places is Fright Rags.  They have consistently came up with some great designs, especially thanks to artist Jeff Zornow.  For years, I have been asking different T-Shirt dealers "How come no Paul Naschy T-shirts?".  Well finally my wish has come true.  Fright Rags have several new designs, including the one to the right, LA NOCHE DE WALPURGIS.  Other new designs include art from THE HOWLING, MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, THE SHINING, CREEPSHOW 2, ZOMBIE and CHRISTINE.  Their shirts always look great.
    For more information, head over to their website HERE to see the rest of the new images.

THE WOLFMAN AND THE CURSE OF HOLLYWOOD
    We recently read something on the Shock Till You Drop website that pisses me off, but on the same note doesn't surprise me.  Director Joe Johnson spoke about his new film THE WOLFMAN which opens next Friday.  He mentions that there will be a 17 minute longer cut of the film when it hits DVD.  Apparently the studio wanted the the time to the first transformation to be quicker.
    Okay, first of all, telling me the the film has been cut down 17 minutes to get to first transformation is basically telling me why waste your money at the theater to see a cut version of the film, when in 4-5 months, I can purchase the uncut version on DVD.  It's also telling me, which we all have known for a long time, that the the people running the studios shouldn't be making those kind of decisions for those particular reasons.  In reality, I guess whatever story or plot in those 17 minutes doesn't really matter, as long as we get to see the transformation first.  So why don't they just put the first transformation in even before the opening credits?  Or better yet, why even have a story?  Just have the wolfman running around for 90 minutes, changing back and forth, and ripping people up, with of course some nudity, because....well, we like nudity.  Otherwise, you never know, people just might be too stupid and bored to wait and not bother to watch the movie and pay any attention to the story in the first place.  GRrrrrrr...

BLU-RAY BATTLE RAGES ON
    I am one of those that still has fought the urge to jump to the new DVD format.  Mainly because I think in the very near future, there won't be a physical medium, but will all be digital downloads or streaming video.  And that would mean that your shiny little store-bought DVD that you're holding in your hand will go by the wayside, much like 8-tracks and LPs.  Sure, the quality is suppose to be amazing.  I'm not doubting that, though I have yet to personally experience it.  I keep hearing on how clear things are and how much more you can see.  Once again, not having been there, can't really say just yet.
    But the one thing that keeps me thinking about it are the extras.  To force movie fans like myself to switch to this new medium, a lot of the DVD companies are still putting more extras on the Blu-Ray edition and little or no extras on the standard DVD edition.  And that really irks the hell out of me.
    One of these films that is coming out on May 25th, is Lucio Fulci's CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (aka GATES OF HELL).  Both versions will have the new featurette: The Making of CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, which will feature interviews with actress Catriona MacColl, actor Michele Soavi, production designer Massimo Antonello Geleng, special makeup artist Gino De Rossi, assistant makeup effects artist Rosario Prestopino, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, and camera operator Roberto Forges Davanzati.  Both versions will also have the English and Italian trailers, and radio spots and still gallery.
    But the Blu-Ray edition will have the following featurettes that are not on the regular edition: Acting Among the Living Dead - Interview with Catriona MacColl, Entering the Gates of Hell - Interview with actor Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Memories of the Maestro - The cast and crew reminisce about working with director Fulci, and lastly Marketing of the Living Dead - Poster and Still Gallery.  This is one of those movies that just might get me to make the jump, which I will do kicking and screaming.  Now granted, I may change my tune when I do, but until then, you'll just have to keep hearing me complain.

BLUE UNDERGROUND QUESTION
    I do want to mention something about Blue Underground, who is releasing the CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD disc.  According to their website, this new DVD will contain a "freshly transferred in brain-ripping High Definition from its original uncensored negative".  So this won't be one of those transfers from the original DVD to Blu-Ray, but a completely brand new transfer, right?  We'll see when the reviews come out, but I for one wouldn't be surprised if it's a transfer from the original.
    And why you ask?  Because I don't trust Blue Underground.  Here's an example.  On their site advertising the new Blu-Ray DVD of José Ramón Larraz's VAMPYRES, it states "Blue Underground is proud to present VAMPYRES in a stunning new High Definition transfer that restores all of the controversial gore footage missing from other versions!"  Since this had already been released on DVD from Blue Underground, does this mean that there's more footage that wasn't on their first release?  But wait, looking at that original release, here's what it says on the back of the sleeve: "featuring a stunning new transfer that restores all of the controversial gore footage missing from previous version."  Now I may be just being really anal and picky, but when you announce a new DVD version, and state that it's has gore footage missing from the other versions, you are implying that there is just that: more footage.  It's just strange that it is the exact same statement made on their first DVD release.  We have sent out an email to Blue Underground asking them for clarification and will post any response we get from them.  But I know this is one DVD that I won't be buying.

1-31-10  KRYPTIC ARMY
    First off, I just to thank everyone who joined our little Army and that participated in our January Mission.  It was great to see these emails coming in with different titles that were being discovered for the first time.  That's one of the great things about being a horror fan is that there are always tons of great movies out there waiting to be discovered for the first time.  Doesn't matter if the new films coming out are crap.  Just venture a few years in the past and you'll find some amazing cinema there waiting for you.
    At the time of this update, there's only a few hours left for this month's challenge.  So I'm hoping that if you did get to your movies, that you sent in your "debriefing", or you have until midnight tonight.  You will receive your instructions for the February Mission tomorrow.  Of course, if you're on our mailing list.  If you're not, just click HERE to sign up.

ZELDA RUBINSTEIN - REST IN PEACE
    She might not have been a huge star in the horror genre, but because of her role in POLTERGEIST, all horror fans know who Zelda Rubenstein was.  We had heard a few months ago that she was being taken off life support, so we figured it was only a matter of time.  She had suffered a mild heart attack and just never recovered from it.  She passed away last Wednesday.  But while she is most known for her role in the Steven Spielberg's....oops, sorry....Tober Hooper's 1982 film, as well as the rest of the series, she also had a very memorable role in another horror film, one that is highly underrated.  That is the the 1987 film ANGUISH.  If you haven't seen it, don't read anything about it, just see it.
    Our thoughts and wishes go out to her friends and family.  Her memory will live on in the lives of many horror fans because of her work in the genre.

NEW REVIEW
    We have posted a review of one of the best werewolf movies out there.  Or at least, that's what we think!  It's for Paul Naschy's NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF (1981).  Yea, I know what you're thinking, that I liked it just because it's a Paul Naschy movie.  Maybe.  But check out my review to see just why I like it.  And why you should see it if you haven't already.  You can get to our Review section by going to our Features page, or just click HERE.

HORROR HISTORY
    For those that accepted our January Mission, many of you discovered for the first time this guy who was known for his horror roles in the '30s, but for some reason isn't that remembered too often.  So we're going to try and change that with this week's Horror History lesson.  Head over there to see who we're talking about.  Just click HERE.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Only got 2 correct answers for last week's photo.  I figured it would be a tough one, but thought at least a few more would have gotten it.  But that just means that there's more people that need to experience some of the great horror films from the Philippines.  That is none other than John Ashley under all that make up, and is from the film BEAST OF THE YELLOW NIGHT (1971).  If you haven't seen it, check it out.  Kudos go out to Hoby Abernathy and Mike Shields for identifying the correct movie.  Nice job, guys.
    For our next one, we're going back a few more years.  Those of you who participated in the January Mission of the Kryptic Army might have gotten to this film.  I may have given too much away already, so I'll keep quiet and let you take a look.  Good luck, and as always click HERE to send in your answer.

1-24-10  KRYPTIC ARMY - LAST WEEK FOR JANUARY MISSION
    Just the last reminder that you only have 1 more week to get in your mission reports.  We will be accepting them until midnight next Sunday.  So don't delay and miss out on the fun and excitement.

WOLFMAN POSTER
    Sorry folks, but we're going to have to go on a slight rant here.  In case you weren't aware of it, I'm pretty big nerd when it comes to movie posters.  And it's probably no surprise to long time visitors of this site to know my feelings on the typical poster art that is used in Hollywood, especially for horror movies.  Since the new remake of THE WOLFMAN has been in promotion mode since sometime last year when it was first to come out, there has been an insane number of poster art that has been released by the studios.  That's the great thing about the internet these days, you can have these images released instantaneously all over the world, without even printing a single poster.  And for us geeks that love collecting movie posters, we're always hoping that they come up with something good.  Being an American film, trust me, we didn't have our hopes too high though.  But I must say that I was pretty surprised at what they had been putting out, especially when they've released so many.    Take a look:

     

     

    These are the kind of posters that are going to get fans to see the movie.  Some show some style, some even show the creature himself.  Had Hollywood actually learned a lesson when it comes to movie poster art and horror films?  That we care more about the artwork and images more than who's in the film?  Right.....like that was ever going to happen.  As they say, the proof is in the pudding.  Below is the image of supposedly the official final poster for the theatrical release.

    You've got to be kidding me, right?  Oh sure, we do get a little pic of the creature, but the whole "who's in the movie" headshot thing is just pathetic.  Do I need to break out the poster shots from SCREAM, THE FACULTY, or H20 to see that they are doing the same thing all over again?  This was even after the infamous Basil Gogos did a poster art for the film as well.  But we get this headshot poster instead.  Oh I know what they're thinking.  It's not that tough to figure out.  They knew that horror fans were already going to be seeing this film regardless,  so they didn't need to go after them.  This poster is marketed directly at the non-horror fans, who might go see it just because of who's in it.  Yes, we know Hollywood is nothing more than a business and it seems to make sense on the bottom line.  But it doesn't mean that I have to be happy about and sit here and keep quiet.

PELOQUIN JOINS HORRORHOUND WEEKEND
    Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED has always been one of our favorite films.  He showed us a world where the real monsters are not the ones with fangs and horns, but usually the ones hiding in human skin.  And one of the most memorable characters from the film was Peloquin, who made a strong presence whenever he was on screen.  This great creature was played by British actor Oliver Parker.  Many fans might not have known that Parker was also in both the first two HELLRAISER movies.  He also has gotten behind the camera, and had directed the recent DORIAN GRAY, amongst other films.
    So we were extremely excited to hear that Parker has been added as a guest to the HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis next March.  I don't believe that he has ever even done a convention before, so it will be great to see him, along with Hugh Ross and Clive Barker for a NIGHTBREED reunion.  They will be doing a NIGHTBREED Q&A at the show, and I believe there will be a screening of the movie as well.  It will be great to get some insight from these two actors on the making of this fan favorite.
    The guest list gets bigger and better, making this one show that you will not want to miss.  For all the info, head over to the official website by clicking HERE.

MORE CONVENTION NEWS
    While we are very excited about the March HorrorHound Weekend coming up, there's another show shortly after that one that is also going to be an amazing time.  That is the iconic Cinema Wasteland show, taking place on April 9th-11th, where they will be hosting a huge zombie event that nobody does better.  And topping off this undead party is the 30-Year Anniversary of Lucio Fulci's ZOMBE (Okay, technically 31 years, but who's counting)!  They have announced Richard Johnson, Ian McCulloch, Al Cliver, and Ottaviano Dell’Acqua (the poster zombie).  Of course, most of these guys are veterans to the horror genre, with many, many films to their credit.  Just check them out on IMDB to see their massive film list.  But it just doesn't stop there.  They are also have many other zombie film stars.  They have recently announced Beatrice Ring (pictured to the right), who starred in Fulci's (or whoever directed it) ZOMBI 3 (1988), as well as Lamberto Bava's GRAVEYARD DISTURBANCE (1987).  The rest of the guest lineup consists of Bill Hinzman and Kyra Schon from the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), Sharon Ceccatti-Hill, Jim Krut, and Tom Savini from DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978), and Howard Sherman from DAY OF THE DEAD (1985).  So make sure you are making your plans now to attend the show that is truly is a religious experience!  For all the details, head over to their website by clicking HERE.
    And if you're in the Chicago area, the Hollywood Celebrity & Memorabilia Show has quite a few genre guests on their current line up.  Here's just a few of the names they have listed: Tracie Lords, Linda Blair, Gerrit Graham, Olivia Hussey, Richard Kiel, Carol Lynley, Louise Robey, and Leonard Whiting.  The show is taking place on March 13th & 14th at the Rosemont Hotel @ O'Hare (formerly the Sofitel Hotel O'Hare).  For more info about the show and the complete guest list, just click HERE.

"MY NAME IS LEGION, FOR WE ARE MANY."
    Chicago's WildClaw Theatre will be presenting their adaptation of William Peter Blatty's LEGION, opening at the Viaduct Theater on March 15th, and running until April 18th.  Writer of the original novel THE EXORCIST, Blatty wrote a sequel to the novel in 1983, entitled LEGION.  This was later made into a film version, directed by Blatty, under the title EXORCIST 3.  The story takes place more than 10 years after the events of the first book/movie, with Lieutenant Kinderman investigating a series of murders that look very simliar to that of a serial killer, who just happens to be dead.
    Being adapted for the stage by WildClaw Artistic Director Charley Sherman, and being directed by Anne Adams (who had directed WildClaw's THE REVENANTS), as well as all the usual excellent input from WildClaw's incredible ensemble, such as Allison Greaves, Paul Foster, Brian Amidei & Scott T. Barsotti, this is something that we are very much looking forward to seeing.  Being a fan of the novel and the movie, we can not wait to see how they have adapted this for a stage version.
    For more information about WildClaw, head over to their website by clicking HERE.

HAUSU PLAYING AT SISKEL FILM CENTER IN FEB.
    This rare Japaense 1977 haunted house movie, also known as simple HOUSE, has been drawing a lot of attention over the last year and will be playing next month at the Gene Siskel Film Center.  Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, this give shows us some truly bizarre and strange images that are still impressive today.  Head over to the Film Center's website by clicking HERE and check out the trailer they have posted.  See if that doesn't give you the itch to explore something different and very strange.
    The film starts on February 26th and runs until March 4th.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Yes, our photo from last week is of Roman Polanski in drag from his 1976 film THE TENANT.  If you haven't seen this one, you need to check it out.  But make sure you are not preoccupied with anything else and will have time to ponder this film, since it will stick with you for days afterwards.  Kudos go out to Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Eric Engelmann, Dave Friedman, and Krista Soli.  Nice job, people!
    So let's take a gander at our latest photo and see what you can come up with.  As always, good luck and click HERE to send in your answer. 

HORROR HISTORY
    We have added a BIG name for this week's entry into our Horror History lesson.  I'm pretty sure his films are familiar, but let's just see if you know the man they called Mr. BIG.  Head over to our Horror History page for this week's lesson.

1-17-10  KRYPTIC ARMY - JANUARY MISSION HALFWAY POINT
    Okay troops, we are just past the halfway point of the month.  We've had a few "debriefings" trickle in so far, but just wanted to put out a little reminder that I wouldn't wait too long before you start your mission.  If you're still not sure which movies to watch and need some help, I would suggest hitting either IMDB or even Wikipedia.  And if you still need some help, feel free to contact us, and we'll do our best to help out the best we can.

HORROR HISTORY
    For this week's lesson, we head over the island of the Philippines, to where back in the '60s & '70s, they were making some pretty entertaining exploitation films.  And our latest entry in our Horror History lesson had a part in many of those films.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    We have to admit that our last photo was a little tough.  It is from the 1982 film SUPERSTITION, which for some reason is pretty obscure.  It is available on DVD, so if you haven't seen it, I would recommend you checking it out.  If you a fan of '80s films with some over the top gore (which you could see from that photo) and some outrageous stuff going on, I think you'll enjoy it.  But a "Job Well Done" out to the few, the proud, the geeks, that were able to recognize the movie.  They were Hoby Abernathy, Rick Hayden, Eric Engelmann, and William Wilson.
    We've posted our latest photo, so take a look and put those thinking caps on.  To be honest, we may have use a shot from this movie before, but not sure.  But if I did, I don't think I used this particular shot.  So good luck, and as always click HERE to send in your answer. 

HOUSE OF THE DEVIL PROMO...GENIUS!
    We've always been a big fan of Dark Sky Films and the great job they do putting out some great titles on DVD.  But when we heard what they were doing with the release of Ti West's HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, it just blew me away.  I haven't seen this type of promotion in quite some time, and it makes me sad that more companies are not doing stuff like Dark Sky is.  First off, in case you haven't seen this on many other sites, they are releasing an actual VHS version of the film as part of the special edition DVD set that you can purchase.  It's an actual VHS tape that comes in the clamshell box, just like the good old days.  Since the movie has the feel of the '70s & '80s, this fits in perfect.
    But it doesn't stop there.  They also released this little photo of an add for a babysitter.  Now if you've seen the movie, you understand what this is.  Just give the number listed there a call for a little added surprise.  Its pretty cool.  But the fact that they did this sort of thing to help promote the movie again shows me that they get it.  They understand what good promotion means.  We can wait for more from them.

    

 

HAMMER'S ICONS OF SUSPENSE
    While we are still anxiously waiting for Columbia Pictures to release their latest box set, Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films, they are holding a poll for the fans to select the cover.  Below are the 3 different covers, so all you have to do is click HERE to be taken to Columbia Classics website and cast your vote.  The movies included in this set are : NEVER TAKE CANDY FROM A STRANGER (1960), THE SNORKEL (1958), MANIAC (1963), CASH ON DEMAND (1961), STOP ME BEFORE I KILL! (1960), and THESE ARE THE DAMNED (1963).  All of these are classic black and white films, some of which have never been officially released over here in the states.  And some, like CASH ON DEMAND, will be release uncut for the first time.  We have seen most of these films and highly recommend putting them on your "to-watch" list when they are released these April.

 

1-10-10  B-MOVIE MADNESS NEXT WEEKEND
    For those Chicago area horror fans that can't wait for the horror events to start back up again, make sure you head out to the Portage Theater next weekend for Horror Society's B-Movie Madness 2.  They will be screening Kevin Tenney's NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (from a 35mm print) and BRAIN DEAD, with Tenney in attendance.  They will also be screening INCEST DEATH SQUAD, with director Cory Udler attending as well.  The other feature film to be screened is HYPOCHONDRIAC, with writer / star Marv Blauvelt there too.
    As usual, there will be dealers (including us) there to tempt your money away, as well as a lot of other Chicago horror minded fans.  So help fight those winter blues away and come on out for a good time.
    For more information, just head over to the Horror Society.
    And while on the subject of the Horror Society, next month they will be making their journey to the internet airwaves with Horror Society Live.  This will be on BlogTalk Radio and will start on Feb. 3rd.  When we have more details as far as the time and stuff, we'll post it here.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    Maybe I had you people thinking a little too hard on this last one, since we didn't get that many responses.  The pic was from the 1982 movie VISITING HOURS, starring the ever so menacing Michael Ironside.  Even though he's been in hundreds of movies, he will always been known to horror fans as the psychotic Darryl Revok from David Cronenberg's SCANNERS (1981).  VISITING HOURS was one of the first movies he did after SCANNERS, casting him as another villain, since he did it so well previously.  Kudos goes out Hoby Abernathy, Mike Dudley, and Mike Shields for sending in the correct answer.
    Let's move on to our latest photo.  Hopefully this one won't be too difficult...Good luck, and as always, just click HERE to send us your answer.

NEW REVIEWS: BOOKS, MOVIES, & MUSIC
    We have posted a couple new reviews with this update.  The first one is a British film called THE SPELL.  Unfortunately, it's terrible.  But you can read our review if you want.  But you will want to check out our review for one of the best nature-gone-amuck movies ever made.  Head over to our Reviews section to find out more.
    We have also posted a new review for an old soundtrack.  It's a compilation of Les Baxter's music for CRY OF THE BANSHEE and AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE and John Cacavas' HORROR EXPRESS.  It might be tough to get a hold of, but it's well worth it.  You can read our review by going to our Soundtrack Review section, located on our Features page.
    And lastly, we have posted our review of a book that is great for horror fiends, especially when they having a horror themed party.  It's The Horror Film Quiz Book, that has 1000 questions on tons of different horror movies.  There's nothing too obscure here, but there will be a few questions that will get you.  Trust me.

RETURN OF HORROR HISTORY
    It's been quite some time since we've added a new face to our Horror History page, but we're trying to get back on track with this.  We have added a new name and face to the page, that of one of the most prolific composers of the '50s and '60s.  Head over to our Horror History page to check it out and see if you might know who this guy is.

1-03-10  WELCOME TO 2010
    We have made it through another long year of ups and downs, just like everyone else out there.  We have our Year-End-Review posted at the bottom of this update, mainly since it's so long we wanted to get the rest of our update out of the way first.  So let's get this new year started!

CHAS. BALUN - REST IN PEACE
    Chas Balun was one of the most outspoken horror fans out there, usually campaigning for the little guy, as well as shouting praises for some of the most notorious gore films out there.  He was also an extremely talented artist.  While we were never huge fans of his writings, mainly due to just a difference of opinions, I give him a lot of credit for fighting the cause, defending and promoting the horror genre for what it is.  So when we heard of his passing, after a long battle with cancer, we were still sadden quite a bit.  As I've said before, we don't need to agree on all the movies, but as long as we agree on the genre as a whole.  And now we have lost one of the loudest speakers out there.  Our thoughts and wishes go out to his friends and family.  Rest in Peace.

RICHARD LYNCH COMING TO INDY HORRORHOUND
    HorrorHound has added another genre icon to their guest lineup for their Indy show this March.  None other than Richard Lynch, who has probably played more bad gusy, and done them so well, in so many movies, that it's really hard to count.  He gave us memorable characters in VAMPIRE, BAD DREAMS, CUT AND RUN, NECRONOMICON, nad countless more.  And not just in the horror genre either, but in EVERY genre out there, from action films like INVASION USA, or fantasy films like SWORD AND THE SORCERER, he is always giving us a character we love to hate.  In our 20+ years of going to conventions, Lynch is one of our favorites that we've never had the chance to see before.  So we are very excited to see him join the ever growing list for the March HorrorHound show in Indianapolis.  For all the details about the show, just head over to their websites:  HorrorHound Magazine or HorrorHound Weekend.

KRYPTIC ARMY CHALLENGE BEGINS!
    We have sent out our first mission for our troops.  If you haven't joined our Army (and our mailing list) then you can not participate.  All you have to do is join our mailing list, which you can do this at the bottom of this page.  Or if you want to read about all the details of the Challenge, then head over to the Kryptic Army page, by clicking HERE.  You can enlist in the Army at any point during the month.  If you join after the month has started, you will still receive your mission for that month in an email within 24 hours, but you won't have as much time to complete the mission as everyone else.  So don't delay.  The Kryptic Army Needs You!

MYSTERY PHOTO
    We were kind of surprised at the few responses we got from last week's Mystery Photo.  We figured by going with a classic film that a lot of people would have gotten it.  Granted, I did make it a little trickier, since while it might be obvious who the character is, there's a few of those movies out there.  Well, the shot is that of Lon Chaney Jr., making his first appearance as Frankenstein's creature, in the 1942 film THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN.  That is Bela Lugosi bending over in the photo cleaning the chunks of dried sulfur off of him.  That's right folks, sulfur.  Not snow.  I think that was the tricky part.  But kudos goes out to Vic, Hoby Abernathy and Dave Friedman for getting the right movie.
    For our next photo, we're kind of doing the same thing.  You might recognize this actor right away, but think a little before sending in your answer.  As always, click HERE to send in your answer.  Good luck!

NEW REVIEWS
    We have finally posted our review for ABOMINABLE, which have been working on and off for about a month now.  For some reason, we just couldn't get it finished and ready to post.  But now it is done and has been posted in our Review section.  Just click HERE to be take there.
    We have also posted our review for Shadows & Light: Journeys with Outlaws in Revolutionary Hollywood, the autobiography of Gary Kent.  Kent worked on some iconic cult films, like SATAN'S SADIST, and has worked with tons of people in Hollywood from the likes of Jack Nicholson to Monte Hellman, to Don Coscarelli.  Head over to our Book Review Section to red more details on what we thought of the book.

BLOOD SPATTERED BOOK
    We're always on the look out for new and interesting books coming out to support.  In a time of internet blogs and whatnot, we're rejoice when we hear of a new horror reference book being published.  This one is from Chris Alexander, formerly of Rue Morgue, now residing at Fangoria, and is called Blood-Spattered Book.  It's a collection of old and new essays on different movies such as Joe D'Amato's ANTHROPOPHAGUS, Lucio Fulci's CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, Paul Naschy's COUNT DRACULA's GREAT LOVE, THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE, PSYCHOMANIA, and many others.  There are also interviews with different people in the film business, film like director Tobe Hooper, producer/directors Roger Corman & Mark Damnon, writer Richard Matheson, and composer Fabio Frizzi, and more.
    The book is being published by our friends at Midnight Marquee some time early this month.  When we get more details, such as the price, we'll keep you posted.  But I would add this onto your "to-get" list now.

WOLFMAN SITE OPENS
    It has been quite a long time since there a movie that I am more excited to see, as well as so nervous that it is not going to be as great as I'm hoping, than the new remake of The Wolfman.  With all the release date changes, and all the other production problems, that does not bode well for anymore.  Especially one that is as big as this one is.  So next month, I will be seeing this on the big screen, and can only hope that it's good.
    But in the meantime, they have launched the official website for the movie.  It does have some cool wallpapers, as well as giving you some history lessons on lycanthropes.  Just click HERE to check it out.

SIR PETER JACKSON?
    Now who would have ever thought that the demented mind that gave us films like BAD TASTE, MEET THE FEEBLES, and BRAID DEAD would ever get a Knighthood?  Apparently due to the money he has brought into the country, from the tourism coming in from the LORD OF THE RINGS movies to the huge boost to the film industry that he helped developed, the Queen is pretty happy about all of that.  Now that is something to make you scratch your head...

OUR KRYPTIC YEAR-END-REVIEW
    Okay folks, here's what you've all been waiting for.  This turned out a quite a bit longer than I originally imagined, but I guess that just means the year was jammed packed.  Let's take a look back.....shall we?

ALWAYS REMEMBER…
   
There were several high points last year, as well as a few low ones as well.  One of the lower one that hit me the most was the death of Paul Naschy at the end of November.  The horror genre really lost one of the last remaining icons that day.  But even with his passing, it is making me strive even more to get his work out there to people that are not aware of his massive filmography, let alone talent.  So while we are still sadden by this lost, we do know that we will also keep his memory alive and can even bring him back to life, each time we pop in one of his movies.  And this is something that we will continue to do so, on a regular basis.

    Another passing that really hit home was that of Clayton Hill.  Clayton was most known as the “sweater zombie” in Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD, among other job titles.  If you ever had the chance to meet Clayton at a convention, you’d remember him.  Between him and his wife Sharon, they were a lot of fun and just great people.

    Here is a list of other great talent from the genre that we lost last year:

Chas. Balun, Jack Cardiff, David Carradine, Don Edmonds, Clayton Hill, Tony Kendall, Paul Naschy, Lou Perryman,
Dan O’Bannon, Edmund Purdom, Robert Quarry, Ray Dennis Steckler, and Harry Alan Towers.

    We didn’t want to end last year on a sad note and dwell on the passing of these people, but to use it as a reminder to make sure that these people, and their work, remains alive and well in our hearts and minds.  We are the ones that can truly make them and their work immortal.  So make sure you’re doing your part!

HIGHLIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
    But let’s get to the higher points from 2009.  Where to start?  It was great to see two filmmakers finally get noticed and awarded for their work in the film industry.  Jess Franco received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Goya Awards (Spain’s version of Oscars), which still boggles my mind.  Not that he was giving this award, because he surely deserves it.  But I just never thought I would see a montage of his films being screened at a big event like the Goya’s, showing some of the cheesiest films, tons of nudity, and the rest of insanity that is Jess Franco.  So for him to be recognized and given this award shows the talent in this man.

    The other filmmaker was Roger Corman who received an “honorary” Oscar for all of his work.  I was thrilled to see him finally get the official recognition that they have deserved years ago.  The man not only cranked out tons of movies, which were always successful, but he also tutored hundreds, if not thousands of people in the filmmaking business.  Granted, it would have been even better to see him receive this award during Oscar night, but when you think about it, Corman has never been about the big Hollywood thing, and really wouldn’t have fit there anyway.  But we are thrilled for both him and Franco.

    Another highlight of this year was that after searching for this film for over 30 years, I was finally able to get a copy of The World Beyond, a TV-movie that I had only seen once before, back in January of 1978, but it had stuck in my mind since then.  Was it as good as I remembered?  If you’re seeing it again through the eyes of a 12 year old, then yes, it was great.  It’s so great when those childhood memories are not spoiled so many years later.  Even if we might be viewing them from a slightly skewed point of view.  Its also great when you can find something that had such a powerful impact on you as a child, that might be a little piece of the puzzle as to  who we are today.

    But I have to say that the biggest highlight for me personally this year was joining the writing staff at HorrorHound magazine.  I was honored to be asked to join and have been having a lot of fun.  The staff at HorrorHound are not only a bunch of great people, but are dedicated to putting out a great magazine for horror fans.  If you would have told me back in my high school days that I would actually be writing for a nationally syndicated magazine, I would have thought you were on crack.  Wait…we didn’t have crack back then…..It just shows that you never know what you’re going to use later on in life.  So pay attention out there, kiddies!  Just a little word of advice from your ol’ Uncle Jon…

    It was also a real thrill to see that the Horror 101 book received a Rondo Award nomination.  Sure it didn’t win, but the fact that it was even nominated shows that people not only understood what we were doing, but enjoyed it as well.  Still proud to be involved in such a project, and still get a kick when people mention how much they've enjoyed the book.  It shows that people still are reading!

    I also had another first for me and that was being involved with Fanex Files: Hammer Films DVD that came out this year from Midnight Marquee.  Aaron Christensen and I had the chance to participate in this back in while in Baltimore back in 2007.  The final product turned out pretty good.  For someone who was at those Fanex shows conventions originally, it was really great to be able to see some of those Q&A’s again.  Fans of Hammer Films, whether new or old, should get a kick out of this DVD.

KRYPTIC WORLD TOUR 2009 CLOSES
    We had a pretty good tour this year, even though we really didn’t make it out of the Midwest.  But we hit plenty of shows and always had a good time.  From the Wasteland and HorrorHound shows, to the smaller film fests here in Chicago from the likes of Movieside and Horror Society, we want to thank you guys for all the hard work that you put into making sure all of these fans have a great time at your events.  These shows really are the highlights of our year.  As we’ve said many times before, these are like mini-family reunions, and it’s always a blast to see all of our friends.  And we plan to do it all over again in 2010, especially with some of the shows that we are already planning on attending.  See you there!

BEST OF WHAT WE WATCHED IN 2009 LIST!
    This isn’t going to be like most people’s list, since I don’t confine my list to just movies that came out in one particular year.  Mainly since we don’t see every movie that comes out each year.  Then there are some foreign movies that don’t see an official release here in the states until well after it came out outside the US.  So this is our list of “Best of what we’d seen in 2009”.  Read and enjoy.  And of course, we always like to hear feedback.

BEST OF 2009

    In 2008, we had finally started keeping a record of what horror movies we watch during the year .  That year we only got to about 175 movies.  So our goal for 2009 was to at least break 200, though we would have liked to hit 225.  Well, the finally count is 218.  I can’t tell you how much easier it is to go back what you’ve watched over the year, especially if you’re reviewing it for some sort of “best of list”….but who’s dumb enough to do something like that…..

    Strangely enough, as I was going through my list of what I watched in 2009, writing titles that I thought impressed me the most, it seemed a lot of them came from outside the US.  Wonder why that could be?  We did revisit a lot of great classics in 2009, like the BLOOD ISLAND trilogy from the Philippines, and a nice chunk of Jess Franco films (highly recommending his 1966 film THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z to anyone who hasn't seen it yet.) throughout the year.  But let's take a look at some newer films first.

    But actually there were two films from the US that did make my list.  The first one was MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D.  Yea, I know.  I can’t believe it as much as the rest of you, that an American remake of a favorite ‘80s slasher film would have been that entertaining.  I enjoyed it so much that I actually caught this in the theater twice when it came out.  I thought the 3-D effects were great and very effective.  They used it throughout the movie, not just for the typical 3-D gimmicks.  It had plenty of blood and guts.  Now, I haven’t seen it on video since it came out, so I’m not sure how it might hold up in a regular 2-D format, but I just know that I was pretty impressed in the theater.

    The other American film that I would consider one of the top of my favorites list was a film that was actually made 2 years before it finally came out.  And that is Michael Dougherty’s TRICK ‘r TREAT.  Usually when a film builds up this reputation of how great it is, with internet rumors and reviews squeaking out from special screenings and what not, it is really tough to have the movie pay off when it has been built up so much.  But this film does just that.  A great homage to the good old fashion anthology films, but also done a little differently.  It was funny, scary, gory, creepy, and everything else one could want in a movie.  This film brought back the fun and tradition of the Halloween holiday.  I know that this film will be pulled out at least once every Halloween from now, making it a holiday requisite.

    Our next two films were both made in countries known for cold and wintery settings.  The first one was PONTYPOOL, a Canadian film that was one of the most original horror films that I had seen in a very long time.  It is also a film that creeped me out more than a film has done in a very, very long time.  And the best part it was all done with style.  The use of close-ups and audio really set the chills loose for me.  Plus the fact that they took a very old and tired sub-genre and really gave it a nice fresh twist.

    The other film came from way over in Norway.  When we first heard about a Norwegian horror film that deals with Nazi zombies, we were pretty excited.  Tommy Wirkola’s DEAD SNOW proved to be one of the most entertaining and fun movies that I’ve had in a long time.  From the over-the-top use of gore, but also using some great camera style and atmosphere, it proved to be one of my top films this year.  Seemingly very influenced by the early work of Peter Jackson, this is the type of film that could be watching countless times and still be enjoyed.

    Another film was one that fans had been waiting for over 40 years for this film to be made.  It was for the return of Zé do Caixão, better known as Coffin Joe, in his film EMBODIMENT OF EVIL.  This film finally completes the trilogy that Brazilian filmmaker José Mojica Marins started back in 1964 with AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL, and followed with THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE three years later.  But after many false starts over the years, Marins was finally able to get this third film made.  And it was amazing that even though it was made 40 years later, it still had the same feeling and atmosphere as the first two.  There were plenty of scenes in this movie that just blew me away.

    Some other films that we want to highlight from last year are not necessarily new films, but ones that we had seen for the first time that we think are worth mentioning.  THE CHILDREN was a British film that technically came out in December  of '08, but most didn't see it until 2009.  I'm not a big fan of killer child movies, mainly because they can be pretty disturbing.  And this one really is.  It's a great movie, but one that I probably won't find myself watching again.

    I've always said that no matter how long of a horror fan that you've been, there are always some undiscovered gems out there waiting for you.  And last year proved it time and time again.  THE WITCHES' HAMMER was a Czechoslovakian film made in 1970, based on the actual transcripts of witch trials that happened in the late 1600's.  While not as graphic as Michael Reeves WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968), the film still packs one hell of a punch and leaves the viewer in a grim mood.  The fact that it's based on actual events is even more frightening.

    And lastly, we want to mention to Spanish films that we got to last year.  The first one was Alejandro Amenábar's first feature lenght film, TESIS (1996).  Not sure why it took me so long to get to it, but it was well worth the wait.  Great thriller about a film student that while doing research on violence in the media, stumbles across what looks to be a real snuff film.  The other film is called TIMECRIMES and came out in 2007.  The movie does deal with time travel, but that really is not the main part of the movie.  Highly entertaining and immediately keeps the viewer guessing, but is not one of those where you need a M.I.T. graduate to explain it to you.   

    So that’s our list, and our Year-End-Review, for what it’s worth.  As always, we’d love to hear your opinions and thoughts.  And here’s to hoping that 2010 is going to be an even bigger and better year.  I know I am looking forward already to some of the conventions that we have scheduled for the early part of the year.  We hope to see our old friends there, as well as make plenty of new ones.