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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
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...
- 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Legendre - Indian based site/podcast that is out to bring lost and
forgotten films out of the dark. Can't argue with that message.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
get the full details.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
HERE to send in
your answers. Good luck.
9-19-10 KRYPTIC ARMY MISSION - HALF WAY
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.
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
Then a week after we get back from the madness that is
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
KRYPTIC WORLD TOUR
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
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.
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.
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
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
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....
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
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
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
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
Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2010. For all
the information about Deathscribe 2010 and WildClaw Theatre, just click
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) - See just how good the original was before that remake
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
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
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
For all the information, just click
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
So lets go a little bit easier this week...a little.
Good luck. Just click
HERE to send us
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Of course, you can find out about WildClaw and all of their
upcoming events by checking out their website by clicking
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.
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."
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.
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
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
For info about the Music Box Theatre and the screening, just
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
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!
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
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
For all the details about the festival, head over to their
website by clicking
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.....
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,
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.
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:
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
contact WildClaw's resident Ambassador of Horror, Aaron "AC" Christensen at
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
TWO DVDS TO REMIND YOU WHY NOT TO GO INTO THE
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.
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
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....
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
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
TERROR IN THE
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
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
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
5-16-10 KRYPTIC ARMY MAY MISSION - HALFWAY
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
(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.
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
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
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!
- 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.
- 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
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.
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
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
5-9-10 KRYPTIC TOUR CONTINUES
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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
all the details and we hope to see you there!
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.
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.
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.
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
HERE to send in
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.
Next weekend, will be heading to Ohio for our bi-annual trip to the one and only
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
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
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.
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.
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
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....
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
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
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
3-21-10 HORRORHOUND NEXT
Since we will be in Indy next weekend for the
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We will also have our Paul Naschy T-shirts at the HorrorHound
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.
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
SCI-FI SPECTACULAR AT MUSIC
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
With WildClaw Theatres latest production opening tomorrow,
you can view the trailer for the play by clicking
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
For more information about the show, and about WildClaw
Theatre, just head over to their website by clicking
HERE. Hope to
see you there.
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!
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
HERE to send in
[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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
2-22-10 FINAL WEEK FOR
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
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.
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
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
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?
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
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
Pretty sure there will be a few more announcements about the
lineup, but not sure yet. When we find out, you'll find out!
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
is going to be one hell of a show, so hopefully you are planning to come out for
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
KRYPTIC ARMY CHALLENGE
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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.
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.
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’
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.