12-19-11 HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM KITLEY'S KRYPT
While this year has been a very long and tough one to get
through, we're almost there and are very looking forward to start next year on
fresh ground and on the right foot. While we're still trying to get
started on our Year End recap, we just wanted to post a little remind to make
sure that you don't forget what really is important over the holidays. It
is not the gifts or the food or all the different reasons that we are suppose to
be celebrating this time of year. What is important is simply the people
around you, most especially your friends and family. They are the ones
that make all of this crazy ride all worth while. And it is so easy to
forget that throughout the year, with so much stupid and petty crap that gets in
the way. So make sure you let those special people in your life that count
know just that.
BOUCHET COMES TO WASTELAND
Italian actress Barbara Bouchet (pictured to the right) has
just been announced as a guest at next April's Cinema Wasteland show. She
made quite a few giallos in her day, especially one of our favorites, Lucio
Fulci's DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING. But she also appeared in films like
BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA (1971), AMUCK (1972), THE FRENCH SEX MURDERS
(1972), and THE LADY IN RED KILLS SEVEN TIMES (1972).
She is just another name that is a first time guest at
the next Wasteland. If you're a fan of Italian giallos, then you
definitely want to be there since they already have Sergio Martino, who made a
few of those in his day!
For all the information, just click
NEW REVIEW: HORROR EXPRESS
While on the subject of Alberto de Mendoza, how ironic that
we had been working on our review of Severin's new blu-ray release of HORROR
EXPRESS. But now, I guess in tribute to him, we have posted our review.
Just head over to our Reviews section to get all the
REST IN PEACE
Just like the saying goes, it seems to come in 3's. This week , we have lost
three names from the horror / sci-fi genre. While
they might not have been huge names, we felt that we needed to mention of them.
The first one was Susan Gordon, daughter of director Bert I. Gordon. Susan
appeared in some of her father's films, such as ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE
(1958), TORMENTED (1960), and PICTURE MOMMY DEAD (1966). She also appeared
in many TV shows, including a very memorable episode of The Twilight Zone
entitled The Fugitive. She passed away last Sunday at the age of
62, losing her battle with cancer. We had met her a few years ago at a
show that she was attending with her father, Mr. BIG. Such a friendly and
kind person that we had a great conversation with her, even though we had really
come there to see her dad.
The second one was an actor we had just recently watched in HORROR
EXPRESS. His name is Alberto de Mendoza and was a big star in the Spanish
film industry. He was 88 years old when he passed away this last Monday.
While he didn't make too many horror films, he did work in Italy for some time,
making two great genre films there with two of its top directors. They
were Lucio Fulci's A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN (1971) and then Sergio Martino's
THE STRANGE CASE OF MRS. WARDH (1971), starring the lovely Edwige Fenech.
While watching HORROR EXPRESS, we were always amazed at how much his character,
with the long hair and beard, that he looked like Paul Naschy.
And lastly, we just came across this earlier today, it seems
that Don Sharp, a director who worked for Hammer Films on a few films, passed
away earlier today. Sharp had directed WITCHCRAFT (1964), CURSE OF THE FLY
(1965), DARK PLACES (1973) and the cult favorite PSYCHOMANIA (1973). For
Hammer, he gave us more action/adventure and dramas than horror, but all
entertaining. Those titles are: THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE (1963), THE DEVIL
SHIP PIRATES (1964), THE FACE OF FU MANCHU (1965), and RASPUTIN: THE MAD MONK
Sure, these names and faces might not be the ones that
are known by everyone, but their input in the genre is what is important to us
fans. And for that, they will be remembered by us, and for the future fans
to come. Our thoughts go out to their friends and family.
Yes, our classroom is still open. Nothing of this
holiday break crap! So don't be late and get over to the
classroom to learn about an icon in the Spanish
As a reminder, the reason for this section of the site is to
help point out certain people that we feel need to be not only remembered, but
appreciated for their work in the genre. Some of these people, both alive
and dead, made some sort of significant contribution to the genre that we love
so much. And because we are all student of the genre, it is our duty to
remember these people and their work. We are the historians. We are
the ones that pass this knowledge on to the next generation of fans.
Because if we let the memory of these people go and the work they did, it was
all for nothing.
So please...spend a few minutes in our classroom and learn
who these people are and the work they gave us. You never know...you just
might stumble across your newest favorite movie in the process. Stranger
things have happened.
Our photo from last week was from HORROR EXPRESS, oddly enough the same movie
that we have just posted our review for. Coincident? Who knows what
inspires me to come up with a certain photo. Though, those that no me
usually can have a pretty good idea! But kudos goes out to the following
for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Steve
Sapsfor, David Schmidt, Mike Shields, and Wayne Teeter. Well done!
This week's photo might be a little tougher to crack.
I'm sure that if you've seen the movie, you just might remember it. At
least I hope so. If you haven't seen it, then you can always add another
title to your Need-to-Watch list. Just click
HERE to send in
12-12-11 THOSE RESPONSIBLE HAVE BEEN
The great thing running a website with several people helping
out is when there is a mistake made, you can always find someone to blame.
But when you're the only one running the joint...makes it kind of harder.
Anyway, we mentioned that we had posted our review of "Ti West's" movie STAKE
LAND. As we all know, the movie was directed by Jim Mickle, not Ti West.
So we apologize for that little bit of misinformation, and it has been
12-11-11 ANOTHER YEAR COMING TO A CLOSE
In another couple of weeks, 2011 will
be coming to a close. This has been an interesting one to say the least.
It definitely had its ups and downs, but I can honestly say that I'm glad it
almost over and looking forward to next year. We will be working on our
detailed Year In Review over the next couple of weeks, going through all the
movies we've watched, the conventions that we've attended, and all the other
stuff that made this year so interesting.
Down to our last few weeks until our 2nd Tour-of-Duty in the
Kryptic Army has been completely, with plenty of soldiers making it through some
tough battles, especially last month. Almost lost a few of you on that
one. So that means after the first of the year, we'll be drawing the
winners of this year's soldiers who have fought hard throughout the year.
And we've got some good ones too!
Hopefully everyone will be ready to sign up for another tour
next year as well. We've got plenty of more interesting themes and movies
to discover, so hopefully you'll be in the trenches with us again. And if
you know anyone who might be wiling to fight along side of you, make sure you
tell them about the Army and get them to join. We could always use more
Some of the conventions that we attend on a normal basis
every year have added a new guest or two that we wanted to mention. We
recommend all of these shows since we always have a good time there.
Cinema Wasteland - They have added cult actor Bo Svenson
to their April lineup. From playing the creature in Dan Curtis'
FRANKENSTEIN to the twisted
NIGHT WARNING, to Ovidio Assonitis'amazing AMOK TRAIN (aka BEYOND THE DOOR
3) to the tons of action films that he appeared. Looking forward to
seeing this guy. For all the info, click
HorrorHound Weekend - They are
continuing adding more and more guests to celebrate their Women in Horror
them by adding names like Julie Adams, Heather Langenkamp, and Marilyn
Burns. But they have recently announced the addition to Pam Grier!
Being a huge fan of Eddie Romero's TWILIGHT PEOPLE, this has made me very
excited. For all the information on this show, just click
Flashback Weekend - Chicago's
longest running horror convention has just started to announce their guests
for their show next summer. Looks like they are doing a Women of
FRIDAY THE 13th since announcing Adrienne King, Amy Steel, and Kimberly
Beck. Just click
HERE to get to
NEW REVIEW - STAKE LAND
We finally have gotten our review done and posted of
Jim Mickle's incredibly entertaining and well made vampire movie. Head over
to our Review section to read our full report.
On one hand, I'm very shocked and disappointed to find only a few people that
knew last week's photo. I'm hoping it was more that you just didn't
recognize it as opposed to never seeing it before. The film in question is
Robert Wise's THE HAUNTING. And no, not that piece of garbage remake that
was made in the '90s either. If you haven't seen this movie, then you
really must seek this out. It really is one of the best haunted house
movies ever made. And if you're participating in our Kryptic Army, then
this is a great title to add to your agenda. But we did get a few that
identify the movie correctly and they were: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen,
Dave Friedman, Steve Sapsford, and David Schmidt. Well done!
Now lets get to our latest pic. We figured since the
weather has been getting quite a bit colder, at least here in the Midwest, we
thought we'd dig this one out of the ice for you. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. As always, good luck.
KEN RUSSELL - REST IN PEACE
I'm sure this is old news by now, but cult filmmaker Ken
Russell passed away last Sunday (Nov. 27th) following a series of strokes,
according to his son. Russell was known for the strange and often
controversial films that he made such as THE DEVILS, starring Oliver Reed and
WOMEN IN LOVE, another Reed performance that had him wrestling in the nude with
Alan Bates. But he also did the musical TOMMY for The Who. In the
horror genre, besides THE DEVILS if you want to include it, he also directed
GOTHIC which was the tale of the famous weekend where Mary Shelly would write
her famous story about the mad doctor and the creature he creates. He also
did LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM, which stars a young Hugh Grant and is entertaining.
The real shame is that in his later years, it was nearly
impossible for Russell to get any projects funded. It is another one of
those sad cases where it takes a filmmaker to die before all these high praises
come out about his work. Where was all of this when he wanted to make
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
TURKEY DAY REPORT
We have posted our little report on the films that we endured
during last week's annual festivities. Hard to believe that next year will
be our 10th Anniversary marathon. Going to have to make it something even
more special. To read our report, along with our reports for the past 8
years, just click on the link to the left and enjoy.
For those that are looking for the perfect gift for the
horror fan out there, or if you want to get a great deal on for your own holiday
present, then now is your change. Tim Lucas, the author of the massive
tomb Mario Bava: All The Colors Of The Dark, is having a sale on this book.
Normally, this retails for $260 (not including shipping), but if you order this
before December 10th, they are taking $100 off the price plus FREE SHIPPING!
That means for only $160, you can have this incredible book delivered right to
your door, and have it in time for the holiday. Yea, I know what you're
thinking....$160 for a single book seems pretty steep. But trust me, once
you see how big this thing is, not to mention all the information and photos in
this thing, it really is worth every single penny. Not to mention that
this will only go up in value, so it makes a great investment.
So you only have 6 days left to take advantage of this deal.
HERE and order your copy today!
HORROR HAPPENINGS AT THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE
While the Halloween season is over, it doesn't mean that
there might not be some cool things happen at one of Chicagoland's favorite
theaters. There's a couple of titles that will be having midnight
screenings coming up that we thought worth mentioning. Ridley Scott's
ALIEN will be showing on Dec. 30th, while Lucio Fulci's HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY
will be screening on 20th and the 21st.
But also, director Ti West will be appearing in person to
screen his latest film THE INNKEEPERS, which looks to be a great new ghost
story. The film starts in normal release on Feb. 3rd, but West will be
there on that opening day for a Q&A, as well as a special screening of his last
film HOUSE OF THE DEVIL right afterwards. We have such high hopes for
INNKEEPER, and just loved HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, so we highly recomend any Chicago
horror fans to make sure you check out this event. For all the details,
head over to the Music Box's website by clicking
Well, it seems our last photo was bit more of a brain teaser than I thought it
would be. Maybe the character from this movie got to a few of you out
there. The movie is BRAIN DAMAGE, from cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter.
We did have a couple that were able to recognize the movie, so kudos goes out to
Steve Sapsford and Will Wilson. Nicely done!
This week's entry might be easy for some...and maybe not so
easy for others. But we hope that a lot of people get this and know what
movie it is from. I'm sure if you are able to name the movie, you'll be in
the winner's club....and you won't walk there alone. Just click
HERE to send us
your answer. Good Luck!
TURKEY DAY SURVIVOR!
For the 9th year in a row, I have survived an onslaught of
cinematic madness. Hard to believe we've been doing for this for this
long, but I know it has something to do with having moral support of fellow film
fans that want to put themselves through the test of turkeys as much as I do.
While we didn't set a new record for the number of films (though we did tie last
year's total of 7 films), we did set the record for number of attendees.
Joining returning from last year was Craig Clark, Joe Wallace and Jen, and the
ever present Aaron Christensen. My son Nick was there later on during the
marathon once he got home from work. And taking a break from the kitchen
every now and then was my wife Dawn, though with the amount of amazing food that
she made for everyone, it is amazing that she had any time, not to mention that
if the movies didn't kill us, the copious amount of food that we all ate would
have! But making his Turkey Day debut was fellow Chicago film fan Jason
Coffman. And I have a sneaking suspicion that he may be back next year!
So that gave the total count of 8 people this year. Like mold, it just
keeps getting growing and growing. Even better is when I hear that I have
inspired other film fans to start their own Turkey Day Marathons on Black Friday
as well. Maybe some day we can make this a official holiday!
We will have our official report posted soon, but here is the
official lineup from Turkey Day 2011: NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST (1958), CURSE OF
THE SWAMP CREATURE (1966), THE X FROM OUTER SPACE (1967), THE MONSTER THAT
CHALLENGED THE WORLD (1957), HORROR OF THE BLOOD MONSTERS (1970), THE KILLING OF
SATAN (1983), and lastly THE ASTRAL FIEND (1976).
This announcement got us very excited. The Chicago
Cinema Society will be hosting a special event at the Portage Theater where they
will be screening two films from two of most inventive filmmakers ever to pick
up a camera. On December 17th, at 7:30pm they will screen director's
Alejandro Jodorowsky's SANTA SANGRE from a rare 35mm print. Well known in
the cult film circuit, SANTA SANGRE is an amazing film filled with incredible
visuals that you will not forget.
At 9:45pm, they will be screening an animated short film by
Robert Morgan entitled BOBBY YEAH, which won Best British Film at the London
Animation Festival and Best Animated Short at teh Fantasia International Film
Festival. This will be the Midwest premiere.
But then at 10:10pm is another Midwest Premiere, of director
Alex de la Iglesia's THE LAST CIRCUS, again screened from a 35mm print.
Cult fans are well aware of de la Iglesia's films, like ACCION MUTANTE and DAY
OF THE BEAST. His latest film has nominated in over a dozen categories at
the Goya Awards (Spain's version of the Oscars), including Best Film. If
you are familiar with de la Iglesia's work, then you know you'll want to catch
this rare opportunity. And if you're not familiar with this work, this is
a great time to change that. Just click
see the trailer for THE LAST CIRCUS.
For more information, head over to their Facebook page
HERE or their event page
No matter what, make sure you check out this event. This is the first that
we've heard of the Chicago Cinema Society and so far, we love what they are
TERROR IN THE AISLES 10
And speaking of Chicago, get ready for Terror In the Aisles
10, with special guest Kane Hodder. Taking place next Saturday (Dec. 3rd),
once again at the Portage Theater, they will be screening 3 films that Hodder
stars in, plus one more special feature. The doors open at 5pm, with Adam
Green's HATCHET staring at 6pm. Up next is Hodder's first appearance as
Jason in FRIDAY THE 13th PART 7: THE NEW BLOOD which starts at 7:30pm.
After this film, Hodder will be doing a Q&A session. Then at 9:30pm, they
will screen the unrated version of HATCHET 2. Then lastly, to end your
night of horror, check into the MOTEL HELL, which will be starting at 11:30pm.
Hodder will be signing copies of his book Unmasked in the lobby.
As always, there will be vendor tables, prizes, live charity
auction for Vital Bridges, and more surprises. Tickets are $15 at the
door, or $13 presale prices, which you can get through
MASSACRE 7 REPORT
While we still have two convention reports that we need to
get written and posted, we have finished our write up / report of this years
Music Box Massacre 7 that took place last month. We didn't have our camera
this year so we don't have any many photos as we usually do, so we apologize up
front. Head over to our Convention Report section or just click
SAVE THE NOTLD CHAPEL
Back in September when we made our little Vacation of the Dead trip, one of the
places that we stopped was the Evans City Cemetery, where the original NIGHT OF
THE LIVING DEAD was filmed. Anybody who has seen the movie (which
should be everyone reading this) knows the little chapel or small building at is
in the beginning of the movie, where Johnny and Barbara park their car.
Over the years, this building has become in a state of disrepair and the
cemetery is thinking of tearing it down. Gary Streiner, brother of Russ
who played Johnny, who also worked on the original movie, has started a fund
raising project to Save The Chapel.
Now, up until our trip in September, I've never been one on
visiting movie location sites. But after being in that cemetery where one
of my favorite movies was filmed, the feeling was indescribable. Standing
there, in the same spot where they were standing some 40+ years ago, in front of
the same chapel and the same tombstones....let me say that it was pretty damn
cool. But even then, you could see how run down the little building is and
that it doesn't look like it will be here much longer. And if you had EVER
thought of visiting that cemetery, being able to see that chapel just adds to
the memories, mainly since it is so mem. So it must remain there!
So that is where all of you movie fans can come into play.
Gary Streiner is trying to raise enough money where they can fix this chapel so
it can remain there for years to come, so more and more fans can make the
pilgrimage to see where this iconic movie was filmed. All they need is a
little bit of cash. I know that the holidays are here and we all don't
have money falling out of our pockets. But if all the fans out there were
able to throw in a few dollars, it can all add up. I know that there are a
lot of other more worthy causes out there to support, but this one is for the
horror fans. So if you can send in something, even if it is just $5, every
little bit helps. They have an official site up called Fix the Chapel as
well as a
page. Check them out, read the details, and see if there is something
you can do to help out. As horror fans, I think this is one thing that we
need to keep going for future horror fans to be able to make that trip and
experience the same thing we did a couple of months ago.
DIGITMOVIES GIVES US A DOUBLE DOSE OF AUDIO
As much as it amazes me on some of the movie titles that get
released on DVD, it amazes even more so when certain titles have their
soundtrack released! So needless to say when I seen these two titles were
getting a release, it blew me away. BEYOND THE DOOR (aka CHE SEI?) is one
of my favorite movies that were 'inspired' by THE EXORCIST, if only because I
remember watching this as a kid and having it scare the crap out of me.
DigitMovies will be releasing a score that features 19 minutes of music that has
never been released of Franco Micalizzi's score.
And if that didn't just make your day, DigitMovies will also
be releasing another fan favorite of Assonitis' films, TENTACLES, by composer
Stelvio Cipriani. This CD will not only have 38
minutes of music that had been previous released, there is also a new 16 minutes
of material and alternate takes that will be coming out for the first time.
How could you go wrong about a movie about a giant octopus battling two killer
whales? So you know that score is going to redefine EPIC! Well...we
For more information about these scores, plus plenty more,
head over to
Screen Archives Entertainment for tons of great titles.
Okay kids, today's lesson is about a filmmaker from
Wisconsin. Yea, I know...who makes films in Wisconsin? But you'd be
surprised what talent might just come out of that state! Plus, since it is
just past Turkey Day, this would be a great time to put some attention to this
filmmaker. So head over to the classroom
and discover a B-movie filmmaker who is quite a character.
I thought our last photo would stump everyone, but am thrilled to see that a
people were still able to come through on this. Granted, I'm wondering if
anybody enjoyed the movie when they watched it as much as I did. The movie
is THE VELVET VAMPIRE, which has one hell of a cool looking poster.
Unfortunately, looking at the poster for 90 minutes is a lot more entertaining
than the actual movie! But none the less, kudos to the following for
sending in the correct answer: Chris Kinniery and Stephen Sapsford.
So let's get to this week's photo. Something a little
different and a little more messier. Take a peek at this scene and see if
anything comes to mind. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. As always...Good Luck!
A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS
Don't worry, we're not selling out,
filling our site with ad banners all over the place, blindly promoting whatever
is new. Our sponsor is us. So please take a second to read this and
take it to heart. Just a little advice from 'ol Man Kitley, as Putrid
likes to say.
Those of you that have seen us at one of the many conventions that we set up all
year round know that we mainly sell horror reference books. You've heard
(probably many times) before my old adage "you can never have too many reference
books". And that is something that I still believe in and practice.
With the way that books and magazines are going, with this new fangled internet
thing that seems to be sweeping the country, we always fear that the old fashion
"print" format will fade away like the 8-track, CDs and soon to be DVDs.
But we want to try to keep that alive as best we can. Not only to keep
books alive, but also to keep continuing our other adage, about Discover the
Horror, very much alive. With each reference book you buy and read, it
opens up a whole new world of knowledge and information to you. It might
help you seek out other films and filmmakers that you might not have known
before. It might help you understand just how a certain movie was made,
sometimes under unbelievable circumstances, which in turn might make you
appreciate the film more than you did.
So with the holidays coming up, this is the perfect
opportunity to help both of these causes out. If you have someone that is
also a horror fan, buy them a book for the holidays. There are still
plenty of great books, both old and new that are coming out that are well worth
your money. It is something that they can use to help them to educate
themselves about their favorite genre.
As far as where you can find them, we would advise staying
away from eBay, since for some reason, the prices on the books there these days
is unbelievable. Sure, you can find good deals every now and then, but you
have to look for them. Yes, I would love to be able to keep the mom & pop
shops open, but those seem to be fewer and far between just to find. If
you do find one, chances are they won't be carrying the kind of books that I'm
talking about. But if you have one of those old used book stores around
you, or even a Half-Price Bookstore, I would STRONGLY suggest checking out those
places first. You can find some great deals in places like that, sometimes
at some really great prices as well. But if those options don't work, then
our suggestion would be to head over to Amazon, where you can find tons of great
titles out there, for quite a bit cheaper than buying it retail.
From review books, biographies, to poster art books, there
are tons of books on horror movies still coming out. So lets do our part
and letting the publishers know that there is still a demand for this kind of
material. And in print form, not some downloadable format. If you're
looking for suggestions, feel free to drop me a line and I'm sure I could come
up with a recommendation or two.
Okay...back to our regularly scheduled update.
Okay...back from our last convention of the year and it was a
doozy. HorrorHound's shows are getting better and better (not to mention
bigger and bigger) each and every show. From seeing the tons of people
that showed up for the show, the great guests that we had the chance to chat
with, and seeing all of our old friends and making new friends, it was one hell
of a way to end the year out. I want to give a special shout-out to Doug
Jones for being such an amazing human being. He really made our weekend.
Such an amazingly talented man, re-defining the word friendly. I know
there wasn't a fan walking away from his table without a smile on their face.
Speaking of Mr. Jones, if you haven't seen him in the episode of the TV series
Fear Itself called Skin and Bones, directed by Larry Fessenden, then put that on
your To-Do List immediately. Wow. One hell of a episode!
Thanks to Nathan, Aaron, and Jeremy from HorrorHound (as well
as the staff) for making this show a great time, each and every time.
Can't wait for Columbus to do it all over again. At some point, we'll have
our full report on the show posted. Granted, we still have to do our write
up on the last Wasteland show, as well as the Music Box Massacre....but we're
And speaking of HorrorHound's Columbus show next March, here
is who they have lined up for their guest list so far: Natasha Henstridge,
Heather Langenkamp, Tyler Mane, Danielle Harris, Adrienne Barbeau, Lisa Wilcox,
Cerina Vincent, Christine Elise, Denise Crosby, Judith O'Dea, John Paul, Lori
Cardille, Taso Stavrakis, Mike Trcic, John Vulich, Mark Tierno, and Debra
Gordon. For all the information about the show, head over to the official
site by clicking
KRYPTIC ARMY WANTS YOU!
Okay Troops, we only have a little over a month to go to
finish out the year. We've made it through some tough battles, especially
the one you are dealing with right now. But I'm sure there is not one
soldier out there that regrets signing up for their tour of duty. Even for
those out there that are on their second tour. We said it wasn't going to
be easy, but you'd have a good time. Then again...really depends on what
movies you picked for this month's mission...But none the less, in another 6
weeks, we start a whole new tour of duty, filled with horrors beyond your
imagination. Are you up for it? Can you handle it?
But what better way to deal with the horrors that you will
witness, than having more troops along there with you. So in these last
few weeks of the year, start spreading the word of the Army and see if you can
get some more volunteers to join our crusade! Just reminder to remind them
that not only will they be getting the chance to experience so many new movies
that they have been missing, but also having the chance to win some pretty cool
prizes. Just tell them to head over to our Kryptic Army page (HERE)
and see if it is something might be up to. We've had our share of
casualties, of members that have joined up, made it through a month or two, and
have never been heard from again. We can only hope at some point we find
the bodies, or maybe in some bamboo cage submerged in water forced to watch Ed
Wood movies over and over again. Oohhh....I shudder at the horror.
SMITH RECEIVES HONORARY OSCAR
We mentioned this a little while ago about make up master
Dick Smith was going to receive an Honorary Oscar Award for his unbelievable
work in the film business. You can't be horror fan and not know Smith's
work. Not only from films like THE EXORCIST, but also to the countless
make up artists that he inspired, instructed, and guided over his massive
career. He was always trying to advance the make up field and helping
other artists to fine tune their own abilities as well as to take what he
started a little further. He is truly one of a kind, in a business that
can be so competitive and cut-throat.
This ceremony happened a short time ago, and thanks to the
wonderful world of the internet, you can see the clip of Rick Baker presenting
Smith with the award on YouTube. I strongly suggest that everyone take a
few minutes and check out this clip, as well as the one of J.J. Abrams'
introduction. You can see it by clicking
TURKEY DAY ALMOST HERE!
Next Friday will we be hosting our 9th Annual Turkey
Day Marathon. Once again, we will be having a good number of people coming
in to join us for our journey into the best of the worst. While we don't
have our menu finalized, here are some of the titles we've picked so far: NIGHT
OF THE BLOOD BEAST, NIGHT OF HORROR, Al Adamson's HORROR OF THE BLOOD MONSTERS,
and Larry Buchanan's CURSE OF THE SWAMP CREATURE. I'm sure we'll be adding
a couple more titles before we start.
So...is anybody else holding their own Turkey Day Marathons?
We'd love to hear what you will be watching!
Since we are always preaching our "Discover the Horror"
moniker, I think one of the best ways to do that is when you're watching a
documentary on either a type of film or even a particular person. They
might talk about a film that might have gone unnoticed by you over the years.
Trust me...no matter how big a fan you might be, there could always be something
hiding in the dark corner of the genre somewhere....just waiting for you to
We've come across two of them recently that we feel every
horror fan needs to see. The first one is MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED, which
deals with the exploitation films that were made in the Philippines in the '60s
through the '80s. Talk about tons of hours of entertainment coming from
that little island country! Sure, they might have been doing things the
safest done there, or even following the law, but they got their films made to
show at the countless drive-ins here in the states. In this documentary,
you will meet some of the people behind the films, like Eddie Romero, who was
responsible for giving us the BLOOD ISLAND movies. Plus, with all the
films that Corman was having produced over there, such as by director Jack Hill,
there is more than enough movies to add to your Netflix queue or even better, to
your collection. This documentary talks to a bunch of different people
involved in the business over there, from actors to directors to producers.
It really is a must see for fans of low budget exploitation films. For the
trailer, just click
The other one isn't quite out yet, but it definitely another
must see. And it is CORMAN'S WORLD, a documentary about the legendary
Roger Corman. Just check out the trailer
and see if it doesn't look like something that every cult movie fan needs to
see! Not sure when this is coming out, but keep your eyes peeled!
We've just posted our reviews of two newly released scores.
One from an old classic and one from a new film. The first one is the new score from Bear McCreary for the new anthology film CHILLERAMA. We haven't seen the movie
yet but was impressed with this score. The second one is from the cult
classic film DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW. Listen to this score and find
out one of the reasons that movie was so scary. Click
HERE to read more about them.
Class is now back in session. While at the recent
HorrorHound show, someone mentioned that this person needs to be added to the
Horror History page. And there was no way I could even argue that point.
So head over to the classroom and read on.
In all the years that we've been doing this Mystery Photo quiz, I don't think
I've ever received the amount of emails as this time. I said it was going
to be an easy one, but holy crap! I was getting responses literally
minutes after posting the photo. Of course, it is from the best killer
worm movie ever made, SQUIRM. How can one forget that wonderful image of
the worms crawling underneath the skin of this poor guy, only to be later
completely swallowed up by thousands of them. Oh...the things one does to
be an actor. But a big kudos out to all the ones that sent in the correct
answer. And they were: Hoby Abernathy, Todd Barwick, Aaron Christensen,
Craig Clark, Richard Garcia, Victor Ives, Chris Kinniery, Erik Martin, William
Michihara, Stephen Sapsford, David Schmidt, Jason Siegel, Mike Shields,
Lisa Stewart, Wayne Teeter, and Steve Weakley, Tom White. Great job,
people. You should be proud.
Okay....now that I had thrown you a little bone, you didn't
think I was going give you a second one that was going to be THAT easy, do you?
Of course not. So let's take a gander at this little photo and see if you
can get them back to back! Good Luck....you'll need it. Just click
HERE to send in
11-06-11 END OF THE SEASON? I THINK
Okay folks, just because the Halloween season is officially
over, that doesn't mean that we can't make every day Halloween. I
know I do. And I know that nothing we see in October can be as scary as
trying to do Christmas shopping on Black Friday. Funny how during the
season when everyone is suppose to be at their best, they act like they do.
But for horror fans like us, we treat each day like the same. We watch
horror movies all year round. So whether it be Halloween or the 4th of
July, this is who we are. And I'm so proud to know so many other people
out there that are exactly the same. We are the serious fans of the genre
and help keep it not only alive, but the most popular genre out there!
Last week, when we seen Vincent Price's daughter Victoria in
Chicago giving a presentation on her father, she told the crowd that even though
she herself wasn't a fan of horror movies, she thanked everyone there because we
were the ones that have kept her father's legacy alive all these years.
And that, my fellow fiends, is something that we are all proud to be part of.
RICHARD GORDON - REST IN PEACE
Richard Gordon, along with his brother Alex, were born in
London but moved to the states in the '40s to get involved in the film business.
While Alex went to the west coast, Richard went to New York and started his
career as a producer, importing titles from England to play here in the states,
as well as producing them. Through the late '50s through the '70s, Gordon
gave us some wonderful and entertaining films, such as THE HAUNTED STRANGLER
(1958), FIEND WITHOUT A FACE (1958), CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958), ISLAND OF TERROR
(1966), HORROR ON SNAPE ISLAND (1972), HORROR HOSPITAL (1973), HORROR PLANET
(1981), and plenty more.
He passed away on November 1st, at the age of 85. Being
one of the original "Monster Kids", someone who's passion for the genre turned
into a career, it gives hope and inspiration to other Monster Kids, both young
and old. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
NEW REVIEW - THE DEVIL RIDES OUT SOUNDTRACK
We have posted our review of a classic film score: Hammer's
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT from the amazing James Bernard. If you're not familiar
with his work, you need to be. Head over to our
Soundtrack section to read more.
COME SEE US AT HORRORHOUND IN CINCINNATI NEXT
We won't be having an update next weekend since we will be
attending our last convention of the year. This will be the third show the
HH crew has set up in Cincinnati and it gets better each and every year.
They've got a fantastic guest line up as usual. So if you're coming out
(which you should), make sure you stop by our table and say hello. We love
to meet our followers and Army members face to face. For all the details
about the show, just click
to see you there.
And while on the subject of HorrorHound, issue # 32 is now
shipping and should be available in stores shortly. But why wait to pick
it up at a store? Get a subscription and have them come right to your
front door! A subscription would make one hell of a Christmas gift too!
FACETS KARLOFF FILM SERIES
Chicago's own Facets Multi-Media is holding a film series on
the cinematic life of Boris Karloff and "from how he became a reigning icon for
3 decades to the fact that his onscreen villainous persona was a polar opposite
to his truly kind personality in real life." Bruce Scivally, who is
running the class, is a film historian, documentary filmmaker and writer.
They will be screening 6 different Karloff films with a discussion afterwards.
They start this Friday on Nov. 11th and run through Dec. 22nd. The cost is
a bit high, at $125 (only $80 for members), but you'll have the chance to learn
about this great man and horror icon. For all the information, click
HERE. Below are the movies they are screening:
FRANKENSTEIN (James, Whale, 1931)
THE MUMMY (Karl Freund, 1932)
THE BLACK CAT (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934)
THE BODY SNATCHER (Robert Wise, 1945)
THE RAVEN (Roger Corman, 1963)
TARGETS (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968)
It seems our last photo was a little tougher than we'd thought it would be.
Isn't that always the case? But for those of you who didn't know it, now
is the time to add the movie to your To-Watch list. And that title is
DEATHMASTER, starring the late great Robert Quarry. You might have
heard/seen of his other vampire movie COUNT YORGA, but this one is a little
different and very enjoyable, if only for Quarry's performance. If you
like American made movies from the early '70s, then you should enjoy this one.
The kudos goes out to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Todd Barwick, Stephen
Sapsford, and Mike Shields. The funny this is that I had a few emails
asking me if was from DJANGO, and why would I be putting a shot from an Italian
western in the Mystery Photo! But I can totally see where it might look
Okay, we're going to go a little easy for this one.
Since it is the month of the Turkey, we'd throw out one that definitely fits in.
I'm sure a lot will know this, but if you don't, then it will give you one more
title to add to your own Turkey Day viewing. Click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, Good Luck!
10-30-11 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
This month has been a very, very busy one for us here at the Krypt. From
the conventions to movie fests, it has been one crazy time. But of course,
we've enjoy every minute of it. And even though we may be tired as hell
when it's over, we immediately start to look forward to next year so we can do
it all over again.
But it's not over yet! Even though our big day is
tomorrow, we still have the HorrorHound Weekend in only two weeks. And
then two weeks after that is our annual Turkey Day Marathon. So we still
have plenty of things to keep up busy through most of next month. But we
are planning to get back on track.
We have just made it through the site's 13th year anniversary
and don't see us pulling the plug anytime soon. Being one of the oldest
horror websites out here in world wide web, we plan to keep doing what we're
doing, hoping to bring more and more people into our little world, in hopes of
spreading our little gospel (or infection) of Discovering the Horror. This
has been a pretty good year for us, and want to say thank you to all of you out
that support us, both at the shows and even by just sending in a little email
telling us that you enjoy what we do. It makes it all worth while.
Speaking of which, we have just returned from seeing Vincent
Price's daughter, Victoria, at the Portage Theater in Chicago for the
Vincentinnial Celebration. They screen HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, then
Victoria had an hour long presentation/slideshow about her father. She had
some great stories and plenty of great candid photos of her father. One of
the things that her father told her that she had learned from Helen Hayes, one
of Queens of American theater, was that as an actor, you are a public servant.
Meaning that without your fans, you are nothing. And that is something
that Price made sure that he never forgot and made sure to treat his fans with
respect. That is something that I think is sadly missed these days.
But there is also our above quote of the week from Vincent that I still try to
remind myself of. And that was "A man who limits his interests limits his
life." Words to live by...for real.
GRACIAS UPDATED AND REVISED!
Back in 2006, uber-collector and Paul Naschy fan Thorsten
Benzel published a book called Muchas Gracias Senior Lobo. This book was a
Naschy fan's dream come true since it is filled with poster art, lobby cards,
and tons of other memorabilia from Naschy's movies. Sure, the text wasn't
in English and most of the photos were in black and white. But it was
still a great book, giving fans the chance to see some rare pieces of movie
history that they might not have seen otherwise. Well, the book went out
of print pretty quickly and goes for a very high price on the online auction
market. But have no fear if you never had a chance to pick a copy up.
Because now Benzel is working on new edition that will be even better than the
original edition. Two the best things about this new edition will be the
text will be in German and in English, but even better that ALL of it will be in
color! So we will get the opportunity to see all of this glorious artwork
the way it should be seen. The book will contain more than 800 rare
posters, lobby cards and much more. Being the big Naschy fans that we are,
I was very excited to come across this news. For all the info about the
updated version, which is still in the beginning stages, just head over to the
official site by clicking
TURKEY DAY COMING...
With Halloween almost in the past, we have already started to
make plans for this year's Turkey Day Marathon. Last year, not only did we
have the most largest number of people joining us on our cinematic train wreck,
but we also got through 7 features, another record for the marathons. We
have a few titles already planned but would love to hear some suggestions from
our readers. If you want to see what we've put ourselves through in the
past, just click on the Turkey Day link to the left. If you can think of
an interesting title that you think we should add to our line up, drop us an
email (just click
and we'll put on our list of titles.
TRIGGER MAN SOUNDTRACK
After reviewing and loving the soundtrack for Jim Mickle's
STAKE LAND, we decided to look more into composer Jeff Grace's other works.
One of the earlier ones that he had did was for a couple of Ti West's earlier
films, TRIGGER MAN and THE ROOST. We able to pick up the soundtrack for a
great price at
Screen Archives Entertainment and suggest you do the same. But if
you'd like to read our review first, you can do that by heading over to our
Soundtrack Review section by clicking HERE.
FULCI'S THE BEYOND SOUNDTRACK RE-RELEASE
While on the subject of soundtracks, the long out-of-print soundtrack of Fabio
Frizzi's score for Lucio Fulci's THE BEYOND (aka E TU
VIVRAI NEL TERRORE... L'ALDILA') is finally getting a re-release, released by
Beat Records. This release will have a score that runs close to an hour,
filing the listener's ears with the wonderful and hypnotic sounds of Frizzi.
The CD will also come with an 8-page booklet with original artwork and liner
notes by Frizzi himself on the score, and De Gemini on Fulci.
You can pre-order the CD now for only $19.95. This is
one of Frizzi's best scores and is one that should be in all horror fan's
soundtrack collection. So head over to Screen Archives Entertainment and
pre-order this title. You won't regret it.
In a short two weeks, we will be heading to Cincinnati
for our last convention of the year. And I'm sure this is going to be one
hell of a blow out to end the year on too. There has been some changes in
the guest lineup, from some celebs having to cancel due to work schedules, but
they have also added names as well. So make sure you check out the site
for the latest updates. But none the less, we know it is going to be
another great show. We will be set up there of course, trying to push off
more horror reference books to the mass of horror fans out there, as well as
whatever goodies we can scrape up.
And you also might want to keep checking into their ever
growing guest line up for their first show next spring, this time in Columbus,
Ohio. They have already announced quite a few names, a few that are first
time convention guests. And lets just say that if you're a fan of zombies,
especially the Romero type, you might want to start making your plans now.
HERE to be taking to that page.
I expected that we'd have a few more people with the correct answers for our
last photo since we didn't have an update last week, but apparently now.
That poor bastard is one of the victims in Dario Argento's INFERNO. Sure,
this film is no SUSPIRIA, but there are parts in here that are brilliant.
Not to mention just the look of the film is amazing. If you haven't
seen it in a while, I would recommend checking it out again. But let's get
to the ones that did correctly identify this movie. That would be Agustin
Vero Lima, Lisa Stewart, and Tom White. Nicely done, people.
But let us get to our latest photo. This one might be a
little tougher, but we feel is a very memorable scene from the movie. So
take a look and see what you come up with. Click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, Good Luck!
10-17-11 MASSACRE SURVIVOR
For the first time since the very first Music Box Massacre,
back in 2005, we actually went there just to watch the movies. Every year
that we had set up as a vendor there, a small part of us really wished that we
could just go and watch the movies. So this year we decided to do just
that. And it was a blast. We made it until about 6am before we
decided to call it a night. We still had an hour long drive to make, so I
needed to make sure I was awake enough to get home! But we had the chance
to catch some great films on the big screen, and still had plenty of time to
chat with other horror fiends that had come out for the same reasons we did.
Since we were still in a fog yesterday with the lack of
sleep, we obviously didn't get an update done. So we wanted to throw a
little something together. Not as big as last week's update, but we're
still alive and kicking!
TERROR IN THE AISLES 9
Speaking of movie marathons, next Friday in Chicago at the
Portage Theater, we will be attending Terror in the Aisles 9! They had
recently announced that not only were they adding AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON to
the lineup, but also that David Naughton will also be attending! So below
is the movies & times details. We will be there, but again not as a vendor
but as a fellow fan. Hope to see a good crowd there!
7PM - TRAILER TRASH (Classic Horror/Sci-Fi/Weird Trailers
& Short Films)
7:30PM - SHAUN OF THE DEAD (The Modern Zombie Classic!)
9PM - AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (30th Anniversary
with star David Naughton in Person!)
11PM - DANCE OF THE DEAD (with director Gregg Bishop in
1AM - DEMONS (Lamberto Bava's 80's Craziness!)
They will also be screening several short
films, such as THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAMN, T IS FOR TOUCH, TREEVENGE (A must
see), BRUTAL RELAX, as well as the trailer for John Pata's upcoming feature film
Also, Scott Poole, author of Monsters in America will be
selling & autographing copies of his book in the lobby. For all the info,
ZOMBIE AT MIDNIGHT SCREENING AT MUSIC BOX
Just as a reminder, the newly restored print of Lucio
Fulci's ZOMBIE will be playing at the Music Box this Friday and Saturday night
at the midnight shows.
REVIEWS - THE THING SOUNDTRACK
We have posted our review of the recently released re-release
of Ennio Morricone & John Carpenter's score for THE THING. This thing has
been out-of-print for ages and has been going for big bucks on ebay. Now,
not only get you get it for a cheaper price, but you will also get plenty of
more score than compared to that original release. Head over to our
Soundtrack Review section to learn more.
Our last photo was something a little more contemporary, which seemed to hit
home with a lot of you out there. Nice to see some of these movies haven't
moved into obscurity just yet. Kudos goes out to the following for
identifying last week's photo from the film TRICK OR TREAT: Hoby
Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Dave Friedman, Chris Kinniery, David Schmidt,
Bryan Schuessler, Tom White, and William Wilson. Sorry...it's not the
Michael Doughtery film (that is TRICK 'r TREAT), but the one with the Satanic
rock and roller and starring Skippy (Marc Price) from Family Ties. Good
Our latest film is a popular one, but might be a little tough
to name. Just make sure you take a real close look at this one. Just
like the guy in the photo did! Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, Good Luck!
10-9-11 SO IT BEGINS...
We have survived our first two weekends of the month, but
have plenty more events going on in the next few weeks to keep us VERY busy.
But it is something that we look forward to each and every year. Not sure
how big of updates we'll have throughout the month, but we'll try our best to
keep you updated! In the meantime, this week we have one hell of an
update, filled with tons of great little tidbits. So take a few minutes
from your busy month of Halloween celebration and read on.
DOUG JONES COMES TO CHICAGO
Last night, we headed into Chicago for a special event being held at the
Friendly Towers Deep Hope screening room. Now, going to religious
community is not something that you would normally find me at, but a friend of
ours, David Canfield was running the event and we wanted to support him.
Not to mention it sounded like a lot of fun. And it was. A lot of
fun. So major kudos out to Mr. Canfield for putting this together!
Actor extraordinaire Doug Jones was going to be there for a
Q&A, as well as screening 3 short films and then a feature film, all of which he
worked on. We've been a big fan of Jones and his work and even had the
opportunity to interview him a few years ago at a HorrorHound convention (click
HERE to read that) and was an even bigger fan after
that. But now, after last night's events, I am an even BIGGER fan off this
man. He was truly one of the nicest and kindest human's you could meet.
He had such great stories, some very touching, others quite funny. One in
particular was about meeting a young girl in Amsterdam, who was a young artist
until her sister was brutality murdered. Then the creative part in her
died. But after she watched PAN'S LABYRINTH, seeing the young girl
overcoming such tragedy, it moved her enough to start painting again.
Pretty powerful stuff, folks. But I think that is the one thing people
tend to forget about how movies can really change a person and have a
life-altering affect on them.
They screened 3 short films that he was in, the first one was
called THE CANDY SHOP, but we'll get to that in a minute. The second one
was a musical comedy where "everyone dies in the end". While not horror by
any means, it was pretty entertaining. The third short film was called THE
BUTTERFLY CIRCUS, which starred the amazing Nick Vujicic. If you're not
familiar with Nick and need a little motivation, just look at any of his tons of
youtube videos. But the first short they screened, THE CANDY SHOP, was
incredible. It is a "fairy tale about the sexual exploitation of
children". Made by filmmakers that had become aware of how bad the child
sex trafficking epidemic had engulfed the city of Atlanta. So they did
something about it and created this incredible short film, sort of a darker
version of Willy Wonka, but with a powerful message. Doug Jones plays the
owner/operator of the candy shop and gives one hell of a performance. It
is still making the rounds of film fests, but you can check out the trailer
the official website HERE.
If you get the chance to see it, please do.
The after the Q&A, they screened the feature length film
ABSENTIA. With a very low budget, these filmmakers showed just how a movie
can be made that can still be very effective and scary, when you just have a
talented cast, an original story, and talented people working behind the scenes.
While the film does seem to be a little long, it does what a lot of big budgeted
films coming from Hollywood just can't seem to do....make a good and scary film.
So kudos to them for doing just that. You can check out the trailer and
more at the movie's official website by clicking
HESS - REST IN PEACE
News is still coming in so we don't any real details at this
point, other than that actor/musician David Hess passed away yesterday at the
age of 69. Best known for his role as the sadistic Krug in Wes Craven's
LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972). He would appear in a few other horror
films, such as Craven's SWAMP THING (1982) and the more recent SMASH CUT (2009),
as well as making a few Italian horror films like HITCHHIKE and HOUSE ON THE
EDGE OF THE PARK. No matter what role, Hess always made an impact.
We had met him a few times at different conventions over the years and developed
a real respect for him. He really enjoyed meeting his fans and actually
talking with them.
But what some might know about Hess is that he had a
successful music career in the '50s & '60s. He wrote songs from the likes
of Elvis to Pat Boone, and even working at Mercury Records.
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. He will
be missed, but never forgotten.
We made it through another weekend at Cinema Wasteland.
That would be #20. And I am lucky and proud to say that I've been to every
single one of those 20 shows. It is pretty amazing really, that Ken & Pam
have been able to put on a great show twice a year and never change what they
are doing. Which is why we are looking forward to next April to do it all
They have announced the guest line up for next April as well,
that includes a few names that has me pretty excited. The first one is
Italian director Sergio Martino. If you've seen just a handful of Italian
giallos, then you've probably seen one that he directed, since he made quite a
few. But he also directed one of our personal favorites, ISLAND OF THE
FISHMAN. But there is also MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD, TORSO, ALL THE
COLORS OF THE DARK, and many, many more. So meeting this man is going to
be quite the honor since he has made so many enjoyable films over his career.
The other guest announced that we are excited to meet is another director, David
Schmoeller. Not only did this guy gives us the uber creepy film TOURIST
TRAP (his first feature film no less) but also gave us CRAWLSPACE, starring the
insane Klaus Kinski. While we just love this film, Schmoeller didn't have
the most fun making it. Just check out this short film he made about his
experience on the film and working with this mad actor. Just click
The other guests announced are: Jim Kelly, Richard Kiel,
Kitten Natividad, John Saxon, Seka, P.J. Soles, Dey Young, Lana Wood, and 6
people that worked on the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. For all the
info, head over to the Wasteland site
We have 2 new reviews this week. Our first one is a
movie review of a low budget film called HACK JOB. Our good friend of the
Krypt and mastermind behind Liquid Cheese, Dave Kosanke, was nice enough to jump
on this grenade for us. Head over to our
Reviews section to see what Dave thought of it.
Then we also have my review for the latest from Nox Arcana,
The Dark Tower. You can check out that review by heading over to our
Soundtrack section HERE.
While on the subject of convention, our next one will be in a
few weeks when we head over to Cincinnati for our last convention of 2011.
In case you haven't checked out the guest list lately, they have got quite an
assortment of names appearing that weekend, not to mention a few different
reunions taking place, both big and small. The big ones are from PET
SEMETERY, WALKING DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13th Part 6, to the smaller ones of
GHOSTBUSTERS, BLACK CHRISTMAS and HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Plus
many other great names, like the recently added Phillipe Nahon from HIGH
TENSION. We will be there as usual, so hopefully we'll see a lot of you
out there as well. For more details and a complete guest list, click
But the HorrorHound gang has already started to announce some
guests for their Spring show. First of all, lets not forget that this
spring show will be in Columbus, Ohio instead of the usual Indianapolis
location. It will be taking place from March 23rd to the 25th, and will be
celebrating Women in Horror at this show. The guests that they have
announced so far are: Adrienne Barbeau, Denise Crosby, Judith O'Dea, and Lori
Cardille. Now, fans of the original DAWN OF THE DEAD will be excited to
hear that John Paul (the flannel shirt and poster zombie) will be making his
first convention appearance at this show. Also joining him will be Taso
Stavrakis, who appeared in both DAWN as well as getting his head ripped off in
DAY OF THE DEAD. With plenty of more guests to add, we're sure this going
to be a show that you won't want to miss. So start making your plans now!
For all the details about this show, just click
FULCI WEIRD WOBBLER
Cult Collectibles continues to delivering interesting
choices in their Weird Wobbler series. First they gave us the Black Devil
Doll figure, then the Demon Doll, then the little girl from THE BEYOND with half
her face missing. And now, to top it all off, they are giving us Lucio
Fulci from A CAT IN THE BRAIN. Dressed in his flannel coat and little red
hat, just like from the movie, this is the first time Fulci has ever been
immortalized this way. And for a mere $19.95, you can have one of the 1000
pieces made. I'm sure these will be going fast, so I wouldn't delay.
If you pre-order it now, you can save $3, and get it for $16.95. They will
be shipping early December.
For all the information, head over to Cult Collectibles by
DARK WATERS SCREENING IN NEW YORK
While we normally don't promote too much stuff that happens
in New York (only because we can't ever make it out there), we do want to make a
mention of this movie screening coming up at the end of the month. At the
Film Society Lincoln Center on October 28th at 6:30pm, they will be screening
the film DARK WATERS, with director Mariano Baino attending. There will be
a Q&A session with him after the screening. If you are in the area, please
go and check out this great little film.
UNIVERSAL HORRORS AT THE MUSIC BOX
For a little closer to home for us Chicago based fans, here
is the listing of the classic Universal films that will be showing at the Music
Box the last week of this month. This is your chance to see some of these
films on the big screen, giving you a whole different kind of experience than
seeing it on your TV. Seeing them the way they were meant to be seen!
And if you can only make it out one of these, then I would HIGHLY recommend
seeing CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 3-D. it really will be like
seeing the film for the first time.
They don't have the start times listed yet on their site, but
I'm sure will have them listed once it gets a little closer. You can get
to their site by clicking
IN THE RUE MORGUE - Oct. 22nd
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON - in 3-D - Oct. 22nd
IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE - Oct. 23rd
THE INVISIBLE MAN - Oct. 23rd
THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS - Oct. 23rd
THE WOLF MAN - Oct. 24th
CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN - Oct. 24th
DRACULA - Oct. 25th
THE MUMMY - Oct. 25th
FRANKENSTEIN - Oct. 26th
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN - Oct. 26h
THE BLACK CAT - Oct. 27th
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN - Oct. 27th
PORTAGE THEATER HORROR FILM
And while on the subject of Chicago theaters that are helping
horror fans celebrate October in style, the Portage Theater is having their own
week of horror films, starting on Monday the 24th and running through the 28th,
they are screening tons of great movies, both old and new. The cost is
only $8 on Monday through Thursday and $10 for Friday. That gets you 2
movies and 4 movies on Friday. Can't be those prices. Only downfall
is that I believe these are all DVD projection. Nothing against that, mind
you, but I'm a sucker for good old fashion film prints. Yea, I know...I'm
old. Anyway...here is what they are playing:
10/24 - "A Night with Al" Classic Hitchcock!
PSYCHO AT 7:15
FRENZY AT 9:00
Tuesday 10/25 - "Terror Tuesday!"
THE THING AT 7:15
EXORCIST III AT 9:00
Wednesday 10/26 - "Wicked Wednesday!"
ARMY OF DARKNESS AT 7:15
CHILD'S PLAY AT 9:00
Thursday 10/27 - "Thrilling Thursday!"
GREMLINS AT 7:15
THE SENTINEL AT 9:00
Friday 10/28 - "Fearless Friday!"
HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN AT 4:30
THE MONSTER SQUAD AT 6:00
*8:00PM Costume Contest with a $200 cash prize for winning, and $75 cash
prize for the Best Kids Costume.
THE HAUNTING AT 9:15
THE HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES AT 11:00
TO HIT THE BIG SCREEN....A FEW TIMES
Over the last year or so, there have been many different
projects being announced or mentioned in the news, all dealing with a new
adaptation of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. Or should I say, something that
might be 'based' on Shelly's novel. Here's a few of them that are floating
Shawn Levy has "an amazing script" that he will be directing
if he can find the right cast. He calls it a "radical retelling of the
legend", which I have to say does not get me too excited.
Another film has just annnounced that Aaron Eckhart has been
cast to play "Adam Frankenstein" in I, FRANKENSTEIN, written and directed by
Stuart Beattie, which is based on Kevin Grevioux's graphic novel. Once
again, this is something quite different from the original source (meaning
Shelly's novel). This story is a "modern-day epic" where the creature has
survived to the present day. But it seems the present day doesn't mean our
world, but a "dark, gothic metropolis".
I'm all up for a new monster movie, but this sounds like a
typical Hollywood tradition of taking an established character and throw them
into a different story. Didn't we learn anything from the HELLRAISER
sequels? But one that I know is in development hell right now, is the
version from Guillermo del Toro wants to do. If I would trust anybody with
this story, it would be del Toro. And since he said on a few occasions,
that Doug Jones would be playing the creature, I am even more excited about this
project. Jones has continued to bring characters to life, even underneath
layers and layers of makeup and rubber. I know he would be able to
do this role justice. I'm just afraid that with these new FRANKENSTEIN
projects already starting, if they fail to bring in any serious $$, it is going
to make the chance of del Toro's getting his off the ground even harder.
We can only hope that one of these will be a big hit, that will in turn make
Hollywood decide to give del Toro the go-ahead and the $$. One can hope,
THING SOUNDTRACK TO BE RE-RELEASED!
It is times like this that we can be
grateful for Hollywood remakes, sequels, or prequels. Because if it causes
something like this to happen, then I am behind them 110%! The soundtrack
for John Carpenter's THE THING, composed by Ennio Morricone. There's
reports that Morricone wrote the music without seeing any of the film, and
Carpenter used it where he thought it fit best, and then added a few musical
cues in where he thought needed something else. When it was originally
released on CD in 1982, with a running less than 50 minutes long, it actually
included music that wasn't used in the movie. This CD has been out of
print forever and has gone for some pretty hefty prices on ebay. But there
was also a import release that we recently discovered that is a limited release
on only 500 copies, but was a 2-disc release that featured both tracks used and
un-used in the film. That also goes for a few $$.
But now, we don't need to worry about spending on that money
is releasing a special limited edition release (only 1500 copies) of a newly
recorded score for this classic movie. According to BuySoundtrax, this new
release will has "the music has been produced and arranged by Alan Howarth and
Larry Hopkins, and will include newly recorded renderings of the Morricone music
(including recreations of the tracks not used in the film) and Howarth has also
provided new performances of the music he produced for the film with John
Carpenter." This is going to make the the soundtrack run just a bit over
60 minutes and presented in order that is more like it appears in the movie.
My only concern is that they are not going to be able to
recreate the same sound in these "renderings". I've heard plenty of
soundtracks that are "newly recorded" that are the same notes, but do not sound
like they do in the movie. But we have already pre-ordered this release,
so we will have a full report once we get our little claws on it. But none
the less, for only $15.95, and being one of my favorite movies and favorite
soundtracks, it is well worth taking that chance on.
CHICAGO CREEPSTER IS 5 YEARS OLD!
At one point in this site's history, since we are in the
Chicago area, we tried to have a page dedicated to all the horror related things
going on in the city. But to be honest, it was so much work just to keep
tabs on everything. Plus, we also realized that this was already being
done in the Yahoo Group Chicago Creepster, created and run by our good friend
Kristin (aka Kreepylady). It seems that this month, it has made it to its
5th Anniversary! She has done an amazing job keeping up with and posting
all the different horror related things that are going on in the Chicagoland
area. From haunted houses, to movie screenings, to horror themed events,
convention info, and everything else horror related. If you live in this
area and are not familiar with this group, you need to sign up now, because you
might be missing out on some great events. So head over to Chicago
Creepsters by clicking
and start to mark your calendar!
I was pleasantly surprised at how many correct guesses we got on our last
Mystery Photo. I was really thinking I was going to stump everyone.
But also because it showed that there are a few people out there that know the
work of Lucio Fulci, outside of his gore films that he is famous for. The
film in question is THE PSYCHIC, also known as MURDER TO THE TUNE OF SEVEN BLACK
NOTES. This was made a couple of years before his big success with ZOMBIE.
So three cheers out to the following for knowing this film: Hoby Abernathy,
Aaron Christensen, Dave Friedman, Ryan Olson, Bryan Schuessler, Lisa Stewart,
and Tom White.
So for this week, we're going to do something for the season,
if that gives anything away. We'll see.....Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, Good Luck!
9-25-11 IT'S ABOUT TO GET CRAZY...
We most likely won't have an update next week since we will
be making our bi-annual trip to Cleveland for the Cinema Wasteland show.
But not sure how many updates we're going to have this month, since every
weekend from now until about the middle of November is booked with some sort of
horror-based event. And we couldn't be happier about it. So we'll
try to get something updated when we can, but it may be a little sparse next
month. Hopefully everyone out there is marking their calendars with plenty
of stuff to keep them busy.
VINCENTENNIAL: A HALLOWEEN
TRIBUTE TO VINCENT PRICE
Just when we thought our October was full
enough, along comes this event which just made it even better! On Sunday,
October 30th, at the Portage Theater in Chicago, they will be having an
afternoon celebration honoring the late great Vincent Price. They will be
screening two of Price's films, along with an hour long presentation and Q&A
with Price's daughter, Victoria, who published a biography of her father back in
1999 entitled Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography. She will be
signing autographs and taking pictures for free, as well as selling Price
memorabilia in the theater lobby.
The doors open at 1:00pm, with HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL starting
at 2:00pm. At 3:30pm, Victoria Price will give her hour long presentation
about her father, as well as an audience Q&A. Then at 5:00pm, they will
screen THE LAST MAN ON EARTH.
Tickets are only $15 at the door, or you can order them now
through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking
VACATION OF THE DEAD REPORT
While this might not be one of our regular convention
reports, we have posted our little write up on our trip out to Pittsburgh to the
Riverside Drive-In. There are plenty of photos, including that of the
Monroeville Mall and the Evans City Cemetery, where NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was
filmed. And if you're a food person, there's a few yummy photos in there,
as well as the places where you can get that same food! Just click
HERE to get to our report.
THE KRYPT GOES 3-D!
If you read my report on this summer's Flashback Weekend,
then you heard me speak of AJ Wagar and
This guy's work just amazed me when we first walked over at his table at the
show. And after sending a bunch of people over to their table to check out
his work, which they in turn bought stuff, we became fast friends with AJ and
his wife Amy. So during the show, in a moment of sheer genius, I thought
"This guy's work is so cool...I wonder if he could create a 3-D image of my
logo?" So I quickly made my way back over to see what he thought.
And even better, a smaller one with the tentacles out where it could hold some
business cards. And lo and behold, a short time later, look what I got in
the mail?!?! As if I wasn't impressed with this guy's talent to begin
with, sitting here at my computer and having this 3-D image of my logo right in
front of me. All I can say is...WOW!
So I would highly recommend going over to AJ's site and
checking out his work. Don't be put off by the News page not being updated
in a while. You can still see pics of his work as well as the pieces that
are currently up for sale. These are all one of a kind pieces of art here,
people. So if you see something you like, don't put it off or someone else
may decide that they need it in their collection too!
With as cheap DVDs are these days, and with all the obscure
titles that keep coming out, it amazes me that Warner Bros. continues to do this
Warner Archive program where you pay $20 for a DVD-R. Now, I'm thrilled
that some of these lost films are finally coming to see the light of day.
But it is just a shame that they charge so much for just a burn. Granted,
the ones that I got from them last year look great. So the quality is
there. But it is really hard for me to pay $20 for a DVD movie, when
you're really just paying for a copy and not an actual DVD. Sure sounds
like a "professional bootleg" if you ask me. If you watch, especially the
day after Thanksgiving, they usually have a big sale, like 5 movies for $50.
That is the time to take advantage of it and place that order. I know I
They have recently announced a few titles that I will be
waiting for their next big sale to acquire. Titles like THE PHANTOM OF
HOLLYWOOD, THE PACK, and maybe THE BLACK ZOO. I'd love to have these in my
collection, but not at $20 a pop. I've waited this long, I can wait
another month or two.
LINEUP FOR MUSIC BOX MASSACRE 7
Here are the features and times for this year's 24 hour
marathon. As always, they have a great line up, with some real classics in
there. This year, we will not be set up in the lobby. We are
actually going to just be there to enjoy the movies this time. We'll still
be around, but are hoping to catch a lot of these great films. So
hopefully we'll still see you there. For more info about this show, just
Noon-WAXWORKS (Silent with live organ!)
1:30pm-BURN WITCH BURN
3:05pm-HOUR OF THE WOLF
4:45pm-THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES
6:30pm-WIZARD OF GORE (Herschell Gordon Lewis in Person!)
2:30 am-GATES OF HELL (aka CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD)
4:15 am-THE VAMPIRE LOVERS
6:00 am-CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS
9:20 am-FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
ON THE THING
As much as I don't care for remakes, re-imagining, sequels,
prequels and everything else that is afraid to use an original idea, I also try
to keep somewhat of an open mind. As horror fans, we all know though the
ratio is low, there are some films that fit that description that are worth
their merit. When this new THING project was mentioned, when we were sure
if it was a remake or whatever, I didn't pay too much attention to it.
I didn't want to be persuaded one direction or another. I had read
interviews with the director and makeup crew that they wanted the effects to be
practical effects when ever possible and use CG when needed. So that did
give me a little higher of hope. But after seeing the newest trailer out
there, I'm not seeing anything but what looks like CGI. Now, I hope that
even if it is, it is still a good movie. I'm not going to write it off
until I do see it. I mean, we're talking about a big monster movie here,
people. Sure, the odds are against it, but I'm going to hold out for a
little bit longer before I pass my judgment on this. I know...a first for
This week's lesson is about a Spanish filmmaker that created
a new monster by combining something from history, with some great atmosphere
and style. Head over to the classroom to
find out who we're talking about.
Our last photo was from a classic from my childhood. It would be years
before I knew what the film was, but I remember it as a kid and just loving it.
Had no idea at the time that the man glowing was the same one underneath the
makeup in FRANKENSTEIN. The film is THE INVISIBLE RAY and has Bela Lugosi
co-starring along side Boris Karloff. If you haven't seen it, I would
recommend you seeking it out. I mean...it does have Karloff in there.
So what are you waiting for? Kudos goes out to Hoby Abernathy, Aaron
Christensen, Damien Glonek, and Mike Shields for correctly identifying this
little classic gem.
So...this might be a tough one. But I know everyone out
there just loves a challenge. Not much to go on here in this pic....you'll
have to do some serious digging. But good luck. Just click
HERE to send in
9-18-11 BACK FROM THE ROAD
We did survive our Vacation of the Dead and had one hell of a
time. We are actually working on a full report of the weekend and hope to
have that posted by next week. Granted, it is not really a convention
report, but since it is horror related, we thought some might enjoy it.
But many thanks out to the Riverside Drive-in and George from
DVD Drive-In for making the weekend so much fun. Being able to see these
movies on the big screen and at a drive-in was a great time. But now, back
to reality and more importantly, getting ready for all the stuff that we have
planned for the next 6 weeks!
This was some awesome news when I read this on the official
Hammer site. It seems that an uncut version of HORROR OF DRACULA has been
found! Film collectors know that there are always those 'rumors' of uncut
versions or footage that was shot for a foreign market that never seems to
found. One Hammer movie title that happened to was FRANKENSTEIN AND THE
MONSTER FROM HELL. It came to the point that some shots in film books were
explained away that they weren't actually from the movie but still shots taken
on the set. But once the Japanese laserdisc version of the movie turned
up, all those scenes that were thought to be rumored where in there.
And now, again coming out of Japan, it seems that
Hammer superfan Simon Rowson has tracked down a print of HORROR OF DRACULA that
has extra footage that has been talked about for years. One sequence in
particular that was a bit longer was Dracula's disintegration scene.
Granted, we're only talking a few seconds, but serious film fans what much just
a second or two can mean. Nothing has been announced as far as when this
footage will be released, but I'm sure there will be a special edition DVD
coming out, probably some time next year. But I'm sure once they do
announce it, we will be posting it here.
CINEMA WASTELAND APPROACHES
Only 2 weeks away before we make our bi-annual trip to
the best show around, the Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo.
This year they are having a reunion of sorts. Cult director Frank
Hennelotter, who gave us the BASKET CASE movies, along with BRAIN DAMAGE,
FRANKENHOOKER, and BAD BIOLOGY, is making his first Wasteland appearance and is
bringing a bunch of people who have worked on his films in the past. From
actors to producers to makeup effects guys, this is going to be a wild and fun
show....as always. As usual, we will be set up there and will be having a
great time...as always. If you're coming out to join the party, please
stop by our table and introduce yourself!
Head over to the Wasteland's site for all the details by
Any followers of this site knows our fondness for
soundtracks. So when we came across this new small label that is putting
out some interesting scores out, we wanted to make sure everyone knew about them
as well. 2M1 Records is releasing the score from one of the best
made-for-TV movies ever made, DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW. The score is by
Glenn Paxton's score will now be able to be enjoyed by fans who remember seeing
this film on TV, as well as the new DVD release. They have also released
the scores for END OF THE LINE, Stuart Gordon's Masters of Horror episode THE
BLACK CAT, and Adam Green's FROZEN. For more information about them and
their site, just click HERE.
NOX ARCANA UNLEASHES THE DARK TOWER
While on the subject of soundtracks, Nox Arcana is about to
release their 16th CD, The Dark Tower. They are taking pre-orders now and
it will start shipping Sept. 26th. Their newest release is a musical
companion piece to Joseph Vargo's book series, Tales from the Dark Tower.
So you can listen to the music as you dive into his dark and menacing tales.
For all the info about Nox Arcana as well as Joseph Vargo,
just click HERE.
SPANISH HORROR CLASSIC AT THE GENE SISKEL FILM
For a special Halloween treat, and in part of their festival
of Spanish films, the Gene Siskel Film Center will be screening a rare 35mm
print of the 1976 dark film WHO COULD KILL A CHILD? from director Narciso Ibáñez
Serrador. While this theme has been redone and reused many times, more
recently with the British film THE CHILDREN, but this one still packs a punch
all these years later. They will be screening it on Oct. 28th at 8:15pm
and again on Halloween night, Oct. 31st at 8pm. If you haven't seen this
classic, I strongly suggest you do, It is a quite a dark film, but well
worth seeking out.
This week's lesson is about one of the most beautiful women
to come out of British horror films. Head over to the classroom to see
just who we are talking about.
Even with two weeks to work on this, it seems that only one person was
successful in identifying our last photo. That person would be Hoby
Abernathy, and the shot was from Amando de Ossorio's LORELY'S GRASP, also known
as NOW THE SCREAMING STOPS. I had seen this years ago at a midnight
screening, where they had actually passed out barf bags. And this shot in
particular always stuck in my head for some reason. Sure, not a great
movie, but we've always enjoyed it. Plus, it stars Helga Line, which is
enough to get me to watch ANY movie!
So let's check out our latest photo and see if it might be a
tad bit easier. Just click
HERE to send in
your guess and as always...good luck!
9-5-11 VACATION OF THE DEAD
We won't have an update next weekend since we are going to do
something that I have been wanting to do for the last several years, but just
never did it. For the 5th year now, DVD Drive-In has been hosting the
Drive-In Super Monster-Rama, which is a 2-night film festival held at the
Riverside Drive-in Theater in Vandergrift, PA. This is taking place next
Friday and Saturday. Every year, they have 4 movies playing each night,
all from 35mm prints and all classic monster fun. This year's line up
consists of the films listed in the ad to the right. If
you have any interests in this show, just head over to DVD
Drive-In for all the details. And even if you're not planning on
going, check out their site anyway. They always have some great reviews on
there, with plenty of information.
So this year, we are loading up the Krypt-Mobile and taking
our Vacation of the Dead Road Trip! Because while we are out there, we are planning
to visit the Monroeville Mall and the cemetery from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
My son is a huge fan of DAWN OF THE DEAD, so he's pretty excited to go to the
mall. Needless to say next weekend is going to be a fun filled, but very
busy weekend. And it is just the start of our season, with plenty of more
film fests, conventions, and get-togethers that we're looking forward to.
MUSIC BOX THEATRE BRINGS HOME THE CLASSIC MONSTERS
As if I didn't have enough stuff going on before Halloween
this year, Chicago's Music Box Theatre has done something to make me both happy
and mad at the same time. Starting on October 22nd and running through the
27th, they will be screening 13 of the Universal classics, such as DRACULA, THE
MUMMY, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE WOLF MAN, ABBOTT & COSTELLO
MEET FRANKENSTEIN, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, and THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK
LAGOON in 3D, plus 5 more titles. They haven't released the actual times
or dates that the individual titles are playing yet, but if you have the chance
to catch any of these classic movies on the big screen, it is a must.
Seeing these films on the big screen is a much more powerful experience then
watching them on your TV. Not sure how many we are going to make it out
to, but we're hoping for a few of them, especially CREATURE in 3-D.
They have also announced the Stan Winston's PUMPKINHEAD has
been added to this year's Music Box Massacre's line up.
Other films that we think are worth mentioning that have
recently been announced are below. For more information about the Music
Box, just click HERE.
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS - Sept. 23rd & 24th
HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 - Oct. 7th & 8th, and 14th & 15th
TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL - Runs Oct. 7th to the 13th
CARRIE - Oct. 9th, with live commentary
ZOMBIE (Newly restored print) - Oct. 21st & 22nd.
THE THING - Nov. 4th & 5th
JONES IN CHICAGO & OTHER EVENTS
Next month, on Oct. 8th, actor Doug Jones, who is more known
for the characters that he plays underneath make up and costumes, such as in
HELL BOY and PAN'S LABYRINTH, will be appearing in Chicago for the Midwest
premiere of one of his latest films, ABSENTIA. Presented by Horrorbles and
Deep Hope Productions, they will also be screening short films that feature Mr.
Jones, as well as a Q&A, and more importantly, he will be signing FREE
autographs. Tickets are only $10 and are very limited. So if you're
interested, you'd better buy them now. For more info, just click
HERE. Also, if you didn't know, we had the chance to interview Mr.
Jones at one of the HorrorHound shows. You can read our interview
While we're on the subject of Chicago area
film fests, here are a few more announcements. THE HOWLING has been added
to the Midway Drive-in's CHILLORAMA Road Show Tour, taking place on Sept. 17th.
Besides the Midwest premiere of CHILLERAMA, they will also be announcing 2 more
features, as well as classic horror trailers, vintage concession ads, and more.
We've been to the Midway several times and have a blast there. We are
planning to make it out to this event as well. For all the information,
just click HERE.
Terror in the Aisles has added DANCE OF
THE DEAD to their lineup, which already consisted of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and
DEMONS. But as a bonus, Gregg Bishop, director of DANCE will be there in
attendance. So make sure you mark your calendar and make those plans to
attend for 3 great movies. This event is taking place at Chicago's Portage
Theater on Oct. 21st. For more info, you can go to their Facebook page by
And while on the subject of the Portage
Theater, they have a few other films of interests that we want to mention.
On Oct. 8th, they will be screening the original 1932 version of THE MUMMY,
along with the 1999 remake. Then on Oct. 20th, the Silent Film Society of
Chicago presents THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, starring Lon Chaney. Having the
chance to see the original version, with the unbelievable talented Chaney is
something to behold. Head over to the Portage's website by clicking
We got a couple of new reviews this week. The first one
is for the score for the remake of DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. We also
have a review for a Japanese movie called COLD FISH. Head over to our
Review section to hear our thoughts on both of these
OF ILLUSIONS SOUNDTRACK
While on the subject of soundtracks, Perseverance Records are
taking pre-orders for their limited 2-disc edition of Simon Boswell's complete
score to the last film that Clive Barker directed, back in 1995. We are
big fans of Boswell's work, especially the work he did with Richard Stanley.
So we are pretty excited to get our hands on this one. Even if it might
not be one of my favorite films, still need to have this in my collection.
The price is $19.95 but remember, this is for a 2-disc set that has the complete
For more information, just head to Perseverance's site
The last time we heard news about this remake was when Larry
Fessenden was attached to it, which then fell through. I have to say, him
being attached was the only thing that had kept any of my interests in this
remake. Once again, I'm not against remakes. I'm against remakes
that don't need to be made. Just because this was in Spanish, American
studios think they need to remake it. Just sad. Go rent the
original. It is an incredible film.
But as it right now, Amy Adams is possibly up for the lead
role of the woman who goes back to the orphanage where she grew up to open it up
special children. So we'll see if anything happens with this. All we
have to say on this is just rent the original movie now and give it a watch.
Class is back in session after a little break. This
time out, we put an actor in the spotlight that is not really known for his
horror films, but we felt needs to be mentioned. Head over to the
classroom to find out who we are talking about.
I'm actually kind of surprised that we didn't have more correct answers on this
one. I guess some of you need to get a little more studying when it comes
to Hammer films. In our little tribute to Jimmy Sangster, we took that
last shot from his directorial debut LUST FOR A VAMPIRE. Sure, not one of
the greatest in the Hammer catalog, but still a fun watch. But here are
the ones that did send in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen,
Ryan Olson, and Mike Shields.
This week's photo is going to be a little tougher. But
don't think too long or your head might just look like this. Just
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, Good Luck!
8-28-11 BUSY, BUSY, BUSY
With the Halloween season steadily
approaching, and getting a smile on my face every time I walk into store now and
see their Halloween decorations up (at least until the Christmas stuff comes up,
which should be anytime now), it reminds me of how much we always look forward
to this season. But also how hectic and crazy it always is. From
conventions, movie film fests, Halloween parties, and whatever else we try to
cram in there, it is sheer madness. Even so, I know we wouldn't have it
any other way. This is our time of the year, so lets make sure we take
advantage of it.
We have been working on doing a little remodeling in our home
theater, plus working on a few writing projects, it seems that this month has
just flown by. Haven't watched more than a handful of flicks this month,
which is just killing my year-to-date goal. But in a couple of weeks, we
will be heading out to Pittsburgh for two nights of an all-night drive-in movie
festival. They have been holding this event for the last 5 years and we've
always wanted to make it but never could. But this time, we are going to
make it happen. For all the info about this event, just head over to
DVD Drive-In and see why we are pretty excited.
But this site is something that we always try to make time
for. Granted, our updates may not be packed, but we at least try to give
you a little something to keep you going, if only a mystery photo.
SANGSTER - REST IN PEACE
One of the men responsible for making Hammer Films what they
were was Jimmy Sangster. He was the one responsible for writing the
screenplay for Hammer's CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, that really started Hammer on
their horror trend, which continued into the '70s. Starting out with
Hammer at the in the bottom and worked his way up. From production manager
to 2nd Unit director and assistant director, and then as a writer, which pretty
much came by just being asked "why do you write it?" But Sangster's career
is one that any horror fan of British films will know his work. From the
gothic classic remakes that he penned, to the black and white thrillers that he
wrote in the '60s, he was one talented man. We feel that he was definitely
one of the key people that made Hammer Films what it was. In 1997, he
published his autobiography called Do You Want It Good or Tuesday?
I was lucky enough to meet him at a Fanex convention in the mid '90s. He
was still amazed that people actually knew who he was and that there was still a
following to these films. He was one of a kind.
Sangster passed away last Friday, August 19th. Our
thoughts go out to his friends and family. He is one name in horror
history that will live on forever.
HORRORHOUND GUESTS ADDED
Since the last time we mentioned their November show
in Cincinnati, HorrorHound has added quite a few names to their guest list.
The latest name would be Anthony Michael Hall. Yea, I originally thought
the same thing....why him? But believe it or not, Hall has had a few
credits in the horror genre, namely the series DEAD ZONE. But they have
also added Alex Winter, Ted Raimi, and Tom Towles (for a nice HENRY reunion).
For the complete guest list and information, just click
NEW MAGAZINES TO BUY
Yes, I realize this is a shameless plug, but this is my site,
so the hell with you! The newest issue of HorrorHound should be out in the
next week or two, which as you can see features THE THING on the cover, with a
retrospective about the original story and the two films. The retro was
written by me (hence the shameless plug), so hopefully the fans out there will
enjoy it. There is also an excellent article on the INVASION OF THE BODY
SNATCHERS movies as well.
But also, the new issue of Little Shoppe of Horrors coming
out in October. This new issues covers Roman Polanki's FEARLESS VAMPIRE
KILLERS, which even includes a new interview with Polanski himself! Like
every issue of this mag, it is packed full of great information about whatever
film that it is featuring. If you haven't ever checked out this magazine,
I highly recommend you give it a try, especially if you're a fan of British
horror. For all the info, head over to their site by clicking
LANDIS BOOK SIGNING
Director John Landis will be at the
Dark Delicacies in California on October 6th, signing his new book Monsters in
the Movies: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares. But even if you're not able
to get out to the show, you can still order your copy from them, and have them
ship it to you once it is signed. The price is $40, which is the normal
retail price. Not sure what the shipping would be, but you can find out by
simply emailing the store. You can always order this book from Amazon and
get it for much cheaper, like for only $26, but then it wouldn't be signed.
So it is up to you. I know I will be adding this to my library, in one
form or another. But if you're interested in the signed edition, just
STEPHEN THROWER TALKS HORROR MUSIC
One writer out there that we admire the hell out is Stephen
Thrower. We are still making our way through his massive tome NIGHTMARE
USA, and enjoying every part of it. But we came across this link of an
article he wrote for a British site called The Guardian. It is about music
in horror films. Not a huge one, but interesting enough that we thought
more people should read it, since film music is a very underrated art form and
it seems that horror fans are ones that appreciate it more than most. Just
HERE to get to the article.
KRYPTIC ARMY AUGUST MISSION...ALMOST OVER
Just a friendly reminder that you only have a few more days
to get into your mission report. Trust me, you are going to have your
hands full next month, so don't put it off too much longer!
Our last photo was from the epic film THE GREEN SLIME. For some reason,
after I posted this, I thought I had used this movie before, but couldn't find
where I did. But that is what happens when I try to come up with something
new each week. So if you do see a duplicate every now and then, it is just
me slipping. Happens when you get old. But we did have a few people
this time out that did get the correct answer. They were Hoby Abernathy,
Aaron Christensen, Craig J. Clark, Kevin J. Hart, Todd Kennedy, and Mike
Shields. Job well done, people.
So lets take a look at this week's photo. Sure, it
might be a little easy, and if it is, then you'll know why. But none the
less, take a peek and see what you can come up with. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, Good Luck!
OUR SEASON APPROACHES
With September just a couple of weeks
away, it means that stores have already started the Halloween shopping season.
On the one hand, it means plenty of great things for us horror fans to buy and
events keep busy with. On the other hand, it means there are great things
for us horror fans to buy and events to keep us busy! But this is the time
of year we all wait for. If you're in the Chicagoland area, there are
plenty of things coming up, including a bunch of fest films and special
screenings. So keep reading, mark your calendars, and hope to see you at
some of these events.
FLASHBACK WEEKEND SURVIVOR
Last weekend, Flashback Weekend returned to Chicago for
another fun time. There were worries that since it was the same weekend as
Wizard World that it would take some of the crowd away. Well, didn't seem
that way. If anything, there were a lot of people that were double-dipping
to both shows. So we had a good time, seeing old friends, meeting new
ones, and much more. We have posted our review of the show, with plenty of
pics. So head over to our Convention Reports
section and scroll down to the Flashback section. Or you could just click
And while on the subject of Flashback, they made a little
announcement at the show about an upcoming all night horror film fest at the
Midway Drive-in that will take place on September 17th. They haven't
announced any films or guests, but that there will be 4 films showing.
We've always had a blast when we went out to those and plan on doing it once
again. For more details, just click
MUSIC BOX MASSACRE NEWS
The first set of movie titles has been announced for this
year's Music Box Massacre. And let's just say that so far we are tickled
shitless with these titles!!! Below are the ones that they have announced
BURN WITCH BURN - Incredible witchcraft movie that more
people need to see
HOUR OF THE WOLF - Ingmar Bergman film....a little
culture for us dregs of society
THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES - Classic Vincent Price...a
personal favorite of mine
GATES OF HELL (aka CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) -
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS - One of my personal favorites from
Hammer. Ingrid Pitt...need I say more?
CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS - Bob Clark's
early film that I really need to see again
THE SENTINEL - Another underrated film with an all-star
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN - Yea....uh....see our Cinematic
Crossroads section for more about this one
WIZARD OF GORE - H.G. Lewis' '70s gore classic
But they have also announced the first gust for the Massacre, none other than
the Godfather of Gore himself, H.G. Lewis. This man is simply a
legend and we couldn't think of more of a perfect guest for the fans that comes
to this show each and every year. Can't wait.
And now for the business. Right now until Sept. 15th,
the ticket prices are only $29, but there are only 350 available at this price.
From Sept. 15th to Oct. 14th, the prices will be $34, and will only have 200
tickets available at that price. On the day of the show, the tickets will
be $38. You can order your tickets online, but there is a service fee.
If you go to the Music Box and buy the tickets there, you won't have to pay the
service fee. For all the information, head over to the Music Box Theatre's
website, by clicking
Then the following Friday, on the 21st,
they will be another Terror in the Aisles at the Portage Theater. No
details yet, as far as movies or any guests, but we will post it here when we
OSHKOSH HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
If you closer to the northern border of us, near Wisconsin,
then maybe you'll want to head over to Oshkosh for the 2nd Annual Oshkosh Horror
Film Festival, taking place on October 22nd, at the Time Community Theater in
Downtown Oshkosh. The 12 hour long event will feature horror films, both
shorts and feature length, that were filmed in Wisconsin. The event is to
give Wisconsin independent filmmakers a chance to show their work and to help
celebrate Wisconsin horror!
They are still taking submissions for the fest (which is free
to enter...no submission fee), so if you have a film you'd like to submit, then
contact them by emailing John (email@example.com)
for all the details. There were be various giveaways, raffles, and Q&A
with the filmmakers that are on hand. The event is only $5 to get in and
all the proceeds go to the help the non-profit Time Community Theater. For
all the details about the film fest, just click
DESIGNS FOR LIVING: THE
Back in Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center is having
another film lecture series staring in September, called Designs for Living: The
Apartment Genre. Sure, this isn't all about horror movies, but there are
several classic horror films being shown that are worth mentioning. The
lectures will be giving by Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Director of Gender Studies
at Notre Dame University and the author of The Apartment Plot: Urban Living
in American Film and Popular Culture, 1945 to 1975. The lectures will
take place on the Tuesday night screenings only. For all the info, just
HERE. Below are the films listed that we thought were worth
REAR WINDOW - Sept. 2nd & 6th at 6pm
WAIT UNTIL DARK - Oct. 14th & 18th
THE TENANT - Oct. 21st & 25th
ROSEMARY'S BABY - Nov. 11th & 15th
WOMAN IN BLACK
Being a fan of the original 1989 film, this is one remake
that I'm actually looking forward to. It has all the elements of a creepy
ghost story. Let's just hope they can follow through on this very
promising trailer. Just click
Our last photo was from the classic monster mash from Al Adamson, DRACULA VS
FRANKENSTEIN. That 'head' is that of J. Carrol Naish, who played Dr.
Frankenstein. Sure...it might not be a great movie, but with the right
crowd, it is a damn entertaining one. Kudos go out the following for
sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Dave Friedman, Erik Martin, Mark
McConnaughey, Mike Shields, and William Wilson. Job well done, folks.
Now onto our latest photo. Some might think it's pretty
easy. Some may not. But it is one film that if you haven't seen it,
I think you need to. So if you don't know it, you'll just have to wait
until next week to see what film to add to your "to watch" list. Good
luck. Just click
HERE to send in
8-07-11 FLASHBACK WEEKEND
We most likely won't have an update
next weekend since we will be at the Flashback Weekend. If you are coming
out to the show, please stop by our table to say hello. We're hoping for a
great time there and hope to see a big crowd.
CHICAGO MOVIE MADNESS IN OCTOBER
In the span of 24 hours, my October weekends has now been completely booked up.
But we'll get to that in a minute. Last night, we headed into the Chicago
for the Terror in the Aisles 8, and had a blast. They screened SLEEPAWAY
CAMP, TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL, and NIGHTMARE CITY (aka CITY OF THE WALKING
DEAD). First of all, these kind of film fests are a great chance for like
minded horror fans to be there in their element. Seeing fellow fans,
talking movies, and having a great time. Some of these movies, which we
can all admit, are the greatest movies ever made. But seeing them in a
crowded theater, with people that get it, it makes them even more entertaining.
SLEEPAWAY CAMP has never been one of my favorites. But I can't think of a
better way of watching it than that way. It was great. Brian Kirst
interviewed CAMP writer/director Robert Hiltzik after the film. I'm sure
it was a thrill for Hiltzik to see a theater full of crazy fans that had just
enjoyed a piece of work that he did 28 years ago. This shows just how
passionate horror fans can be about the genre.
Somewhat the same with NIGHTMARE CITY. Not the greatest
Italian zombie movie every made, but with the right audience, it is even better.
And we were pleasantly surprised at how entertaining TUCKER & DALE was.
Very funny, gory, and a pretty intelligent script. Well worth the watch
when you get the chance. So when you have the chance to come out and
support these types of film fests, please do. The more support these types
of events get, the more they will continue. It is all about having a good
time and showing the outside society that there is a pretty damn big fan base
for these movies. Bad or not, they are entertaining.
We knew that it was getting close to October, so we figured
that we would get the announcement of the date for this year's Music Box
Massacre, which we did. On October 15th, Music Box Massacre 7 will take
place. Since 2005, Movieside and the Music Box Theatre has been bringing a
24 hour horror movie marathon to Chicago. And each and every year, we are
there for it and have a blast. They always have a wide range of film
titles and guests that will put devilish smiles on any horror fan. They
haven't announced any titles yet, but we know that it will be another great
But then, much to our surprise, Movieside also announced that
the following Friday (the 21st) at the Portage Theater, they will be having
Terror in the Aisles 9! Once again, they haven't made any announcements of
what films will be playing, other than it will be another 3 title film fest.
So taking place right after our bi-annual trip to Ohio for the Cinema Wasteland
show, that puts down 2 film fests back to back for us. So as usual, that
is going to once again make our October very busy. And since we've already
seen some stores getting out their Halloween merch, it makes it even easy to
deal with this summer heat since we know that it is almost over and our favorite
season of the year is almost upon us!
SMITH TO RECEIVE HONORARY AWARD
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced
that legendary makeup artist Dick Smith will receive an Honorary Award.
This will be done at a separate ceremony with a highlight of the evening
presented at the actual Oscars, but at least this incredibly talented man, who
has not only given us horror fans an incredible body of work, but also has
helped bring the art of make up effects to incredible new levels. From
teaching and inspiring just about every make up artist in the industry, Smith's
work simply speaks for itself. He had won his first (and long time coming)
Oscar for his work on the 1984 film AMADEUS, and was nominated again for the
1989 film DAD.
All horror fans know Smith's work for films like THE
EXORCIST, THE HUNGER, and countless more, but his talent really is amazing.
Some times his work is so good that we don't even recognize that any work had
even been done. That is the sign of a true genius in his trade.
In honor of Dick Smith, we are going to honor one of his
fellow makeup men, that created a make up empire and dynasty with his family.
Head over to the classroom to discover more.
I am kind of surprised at the lack of correct guesses for last week's photo.
That makes me think that most might not have seen the movie before, since I've
always found it a pretty memorable (even though pretty hokey) moment in the
movie. The shot is from the movie RETURN OF THE FLY, when someone is
trying to get rid of an experiment gone wrong. Cheesy? Sure.
But as a kid seeing this on TV...it really freaked me out. The only one to
send in the correct answer was Hoby Abernathy. I would credit Aaron
Christensen, but we had just been discussing this film, which is where I came up
with the idea for the shot. Maybe I'll give him a 1/4 credit....heheheh.
So let's get to our new photo. This week, we're giving
a little nod to the gorehounds out there. This poor guy is the sad
recipient of an accident with a guillotine. Oops...hope I didn't give too
much away. Anyway, just click
HERE to send in
your answers and good luck!
7-31-11 KRYPTIC ARMY
Even though the year is a little more than half over, we
wanted to give a call out for new recruits for our Army. Even by joining
now, you will still have a chance to win some great prizes, not to mention
having the chance and challenge of seeing a couple of new movies each month.
We hear time and time again from our current members that they can't wait to see
what the new mission is, and that seeking out the titles is almost as much fun
as watching them.
Last year, we gave away quite a few great prizes, such as
autographed memorabilia like a replica of THE STUFF container signed by director
Larry Cohen, or a 8x10 from the original MY BLOODY VALENTINE signed by the
director and the actor. And this year, we have quite a few more things
lined up. So don't delay. You still have 5 months left to
participate. That means 5 chances to win! All you have to do is sign
up for our mailing list (see below) and wait for the mission that is sent out on
the first of every month and follow the directions. And most
Also, for those in the Army, please don't forget to check out
the Army Message Board, where we are posting all of your entries, as well as our
response. Please feel free to comment back on yours, as well as anybody
else's entry. The best thing about being a horror fan is being able to
talk about the movies with other like-minded people.
Any follower of this site probably knows that I am a huge fan
of Hammer Films. And I've been known to collect a thing or two here and
there. Well, a new item has been released that is going to make me look
for a part time job. I remember hearing/seeing the first couple of these
some time ago, but I guess I wasn't paying too close attention to them.
But Titan Merchandise is putting out three different 8-inch busts based on 3
different famous characters from Hammer Films. The first one was
Christopher Lee as Dracula. I do remember this one and thinking that it
was just an okay replica of him. And at a price of $75, it didn't make me
want to run out and order it. Then they announced the second bust
(ironically enough) was going to be the lovely Ingrid Pitt from title character
from COUNTESS DRACULA. This one did look a lot more like Pitt, but still
at that price...kind of a tough call.
But now I see they have announced their third and final one,
of Peter Cushing as Van Helsing. And for this one, they knocked it out of
the park. I think they have done a brilliant job here, with the likeness,
the pose, and everything. And here is my conundrum...I would really like
to add this one to my collection. But if you really can't just get the one
and not the rest, right? That is the discussion/argument that is going on
in my head right now. Luckily, these don't come out until November, so I
have plenty of time to figure out how I can pay for these!
Speaking of COUNTESS DRACULA, if you missed out on picking up
the MGM release of the film, fear no more. Synapse Films will be releasing
it on Blu-ray/DVD combo sometime next year. No word yet on any extras.
And if that wasn't enough, how did I miss the announcement of
another Hammer coffee table book coming out??? Hammer scholar Marcus
Hearn, who was the man already responsible for giving us the Art of Hammer
poster book, as well as The Hammer Story and Hammer Glamour, now brings us The
Hammer Vault, which is "A visual celebration of Hammer Films, featuring rare and
unseen treasures from the archives." So just what are these rare and
unseen treasures, you ask? How about starting with the incorporation
documents from 1934, letters to and from some of the company's stars, there are
pages from Peter Cushing's scrapbook, pages from Michael Carreras' scrapbook,
premiere tickets, production designs and pre-production artwork, a map of Bray
Studios, and tons more.
So obviously this will be another must have for any fan of
Hammer Films and reference book collectors in general. The book will be
release at the end of September with a retail price of $34.95. Although,
you can always pre-order it on Amazon for a mere $23.07. I know I'll be
doing just that.
And lastly, the other Hammer scholar Wayne Kinsey (Hammer
Films - the Bray and Elstree Years; Hammer
Films - a Life in Pictures and Hammer Films
- the Unsung Heroes) has another Hammer book coming out this fall, Hammer
Films: On Location. The book will detail the exact locations where some of
Hammer's most famous movies where filmed, such as the coach ride in the
beginning of HORROR OF DRACULA and where the scenes from DEVIL SHIP PIRATES
where film, where they launched and blew up the boat. Co-authored with
Gordon Thompson, who was a sound recordist and runner at Bray, this will be yet
another volume for Hammer fans to add to their collection. Between Kinsey
and Hearn, that gives a collector one massive section in their library.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: BEING HUMAN - SERIES 1 & 2
We have posted our review of the score for this great British
TV series. Just click HERE to get to our
Soundtrack Review section.
HORRORHOUND WEEKEND GUEST UPDATE
HorrorHound has announced several more guests for their
November show in Cincinnati. If you're a fan of THE WALKING DEAD series,
then they are going to make you very happy. They already had Michael
Rooker, but now have also announced Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal, Steven Yeun,
Emma Bell, Addy Miller, and Greg Nicotero as well. They are also having a
FRIDAY THE 13th Part 6: Jason Lives reunion, with actors Thom Matthews, C.J.
Graham, David Kagen, Nancy McLoughlin, and director Tom McLoughlin. There
are also some more GHOSTBUSTERS cast coming, including William Atherton (Walter
Peck) and Slavitza Jovan (Gozer), joining Ernie Hudson. I wonder how many
people are going to ask Atherton to sign his photo "Dickless"....I have to say
it will be cool to talk to an actor who usually plays such bastards and
unlikeable characters in the movies.
For all the details, head over to the official site by
CHICAGO HORROR FANS
Okay people...lets not forget that we have some great things
coming up here in the Windy City over the next two weekends. Next week,
there are plenty of great movies to be seen. On Friday night, at the Doc.
Films on the South side, they are screening Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE, showing at
7:00pm and again at 9:30pm. This is from a 35mm print as well. Also
coming up in August at the same place, they will be screening JAWS on the 12th,
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI on the 13th, and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD on the
On Saturday the 6th, at the Portage Theater, we will be
attending Terror in the Aisles 8. Where else are you going to be able to
catch Umberto Lenzi's NIGHTMARE CITY (aka CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD) on the big
screen from a 35mm print? Put that along with SLEEPAWAY CAMP (with
director Robert Hiltzik in person) and the Midwest premier of TUCKER & DALE VS
EVIL, you have one great night planned.
And then of course, the following weekend is the return of
FLASHBACK WEEKEND. With a big guest list, including just added Ashley
Laurence (and having Danielle Harris cancelled due to filming) we're hoping for
a great turnout and having a lot of fun there. For all the info about the
show, just click HERE.
Well, it has been a while that I have totally stumped everyone on our Mystery
Photo, but it looks like we did it with this one. That poor fellow is the
victim of the title character from Don Dohler's NIGHTBEAST (1982). If you
haven't seen this one and enjoy some low budget fun from Baltimore, then check
out this, as well as other Dohler films. I think you'll enjoy them.
For this week's photo, we're going with another victim as
such. Don't want to give too much away. So take a look and see if
you can put your mental fingers on the title of this one.
7-22-11 KRYPTIC ARMY - LAST WEEK FOR
Kind of a small update this week, but wanted to put out this
little friendly reminder to all the Army members out there, that you only have a
few days left to get those reports in before the new month and a new mission.
So don't delay and get those movies watched and the reports sent in. See
you on the front lines.
Our photo last month was from Abel Ferrara's THE BODY SNATCHERS. Yea, I
know it was kind of tough, but some of you were able to get the correct answer.
So job well done to you that did! Those people were Aaron Christensen,
Nancy Cremer, Kevin Matthews, and David Schmidt.
Our next photo here for this week might be even tougher.
In fact, this is what happens to you if you stare too hard at our Mystery Photo
for too long! So be warned. Just click
HERE to send in
your answers and as always, Good Luck!
REST IN PEACE - ROBERTS BLOSSOM
Roberts Blossom passed away at the age of 87, on Friday, July
8th, from natural causes. He was a 3-time Obie Awards winner for his
off-Broadway performances through the '50s, '60s, and '70s. While he gained his
most popularity from playing the supposed Shovel Killer in HOME ALONE, you would
think that he was one of those actors that appeared in hundreds of movies
because he was so recognizable. But in reality, Blossom only appeared in a
handful of movies over his 40 year movie career, films like CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF
THE THIRD KIND (1978) & CHRISTINE (1983). But it was the 1974 film
DERANGED that most horror fans will remember Blossom from, giving a chilling
performance as Ezra Cobb (based on real life psycho Ed Gein).
But what most fans might not know was that Blossom was also
an accomplished poet, with his works published in several books. He was
even the subject of a 2000 documentary called “Full Blossom: The Life of
Poet/Actor Roberts Blossom,” directed by James Brih Abee. You can view the
trailer for the documentary by clicking
Not sure if this was ever released, but now I need to find it.
He is one character actor that will never be forgotten.
His performances will always be remembered, from DERANGED, to even the
misunderstood old neighbor in HOME ALONE. Our thoughts go out to his
friends and family.
DEPP LOVES '70s TV HORROR
It is being reported and confirmed on his official website
that Christopher Lee has been added to Johnny Depp's and Tim Burton's DARK
SHADOWS movie, though no word on the particular role that he will be playing.
But it seems that Depp will take on another favorite TV personality from the
'70s in his next film. And that would be of everyone's favorite reporter
Carl Kolchak from the NIGHT STALKER movies & series. So word other than
that of what he might be doing with this film, but I have to say that we are
pretty excited by the news.
DVD NEWS & RANT
There are some great titles that have been announced to come out on DVD /
Blu-ray recently, one of them coming from the "IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME" file.
Of course, that would be the 1932 film ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, starring Charles
Laughton & Bela Lugosi. Criterion will be releasing this film on October
25th, in both DVD and Blu-ray versions (though we're not sure what differences
between them will be). This title is the one that tops the lists of movies
to be released on DVD each and every year. But now, we will be able to
enjoy this classic film about one the maddest and twisted mad scientists out
there, brought to life by the incredible performance by Charles Laughton.
The discs will feature a new high-def digital restoration of
what they are calling the "uncut theatrical version". Hope that means the
full version. Other extras will include an audio commentary by film
historian Gregory Mank, a video conversation with directo0r John Landis, makeup
artist Rick Baker, and genre expert Bob Burns, new interviews with author/film
historian David J. Skal, filmmaker Richard Stanley, Gerald Casale an Mark
Mothersbaugh (founding members of Devo, who apparently are big fans), trailers,
and a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood. This is one release that
horror fans have been waiting for.
Also coming from Criterion, will be two other classic black
and white films: Roman Polanski's CUL-DE-SAC and Kaneto Shindo's KURONEKI.
Polanski's film will have a new director approved restored high-def digital
transfer, a 2003 documentary about the making of the film called TWO GANGSTERS
AND AN ISLAND, which features interviews with Polanski, producer Gene Gutowski,
and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor. The last of the extras will be
trailers, a TV interview with Polanski from 1967, and a booklet with an essay by
film critic David Thompson.
On KURONEKI, the disc will also feature a new high-def
digital restoration, a video interview with director Shindo, interview with
critic Tadao Sato, trailers, and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic
Maitland McDonagh. This makes a great companion piece to Shindo's ONIBABA.
Another release just announced that has got me pretty excited is the release of
the uncut version of Guillermo del Toro's first Hollywood film, MIMIC.
Now, we've always liked this film, even with its flaws. But now, we will
be able to see the film the way the director always intended. The film
will have 7 minutes of footage back in the movie, restored in 1080p high-def
with upgraded sound. The disc will also feature audio commentary by del
Toro, as well as a video prologue with him. There will also be a several
featurettes: "Reclaiming MIMIC", A Leap in Evolution - The Creatures of MIMIC",
"Back into the Tunnels - Shooting MIMIC", more deleted scenes, storyboard
animatics, gag reel, and trailers. This will be released on September 27th
from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Also coming to Blu-ray will be some cult classics from famous
cult filmmakers. Frank Henenlotter's BASKET CASE will be hitting Blu-ray
with a new full-frame HD transfer, with a new introduction by the director.
There will also be audio commentary by Henenlotter, along with producer Edgar
Ievins, and actress Beverly Bonner; rare outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage
from Henenlotter's personal collection. Other extras include a 2001 video
short: In Search of the Hotel Broslin, theatrical trailers, radio spots, and
BASKET CASE exploitation art and behind-the-scenes photos. The other cult
director is H.G. Lewis and his gore trilogy, BLOOD FEAST, TWO THOUSAND MANIACS,
and COLOR ME BLOOD RED will also be making their blu-ray debut in September.
Extras have not been release yet.
And now for the little rant. I know people get excited
about films that get a release on blu-ray, all cleaned up and nice and shiny.
But I have to say, that there are some films, like BASKET CASE and H.G. Lewis'
movies, that I DON'T want them to look all nice and pretty. Those films
need to look grainy. They need to look like they've run through the
projector a few times. It gives those films a special feel and gives the
viewer a different sense of what these films are about. We don't want to
see these films when they look like they were filmed yesterday. All that
grain and scratching adds to the feel of these low budget films. It gives
them a feeling of realism and of a much older time and budget of independent
film production. So I just don't see myself running out and picking up
these new blu-ray editions of these films. Just seems like a waste of
TERROR IN THE AISLE UPDATE
Even though we mentioned this last week, there has been a new
update with the final film added, along with a special guest! SLEEPAWAY
CAMP has been added to the lineup for Terror In the Aisles 8, and will have
writer / director Robert Hiltzik there in person! The event will take
place at Chicago's Portage Theater on August 6th, starting at 7:30pm with a
collection of vintage horror trailers and short films. Then at 8pm,
SLEEPAWAY CAMP starts. After that will be TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL, followed
by Umberto Lenzi's CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD (aka NIGHTMARE CITY) at midnight.
Doors open at 7pm and will have dealers, prizes, charity
auction for Vital Bridges,
and more importantly, free guest autographs! Don't see that at too many
other events! For advance tickets, you can get them at Brown Paper Tickets
or get more info at their Facebook page
Hope to see you there!
With the trailer for the new
prequel/sequel/remake THE THING all over the place, and now with the
announcement of THE EVIL DEAD getting the same treatment (though I believe that
is a straight up remake, or whatever they call it these days), there is a lot of
talk in the horror community about this. And what do we here at the Krypt
think about all this? Who cares.
Once the film comes out and we get to see the final product,
then I will make my final judgment. Do I have high hopes for them?
Not really. Especially for THE EVIL DEAD remake. I wish them the
best, and just might be surprised at the end result. But I doubt it.
Why? Because if it is coming from Hollywood, they tend to lack the one
thing that can make a movie better than it really is....originality. So
the fact that they are doing a remake, or whatever they're calling it, is
showing that they are re-treading on old ground. With a new eye behind the
camera, we can hope that there is going to be something new and different to
give the audiences. But you know us horror fans...we can be pretty fickle.
Make it too much like the original and we'll complain that that its just like
the original. Make it different, then we'll complain about that.
The surprising thing about the EVIL DEAD remake is that in the press release by
Ghost House Pictures, they stated, "We can't wait to scare a new
generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to
us 30 years ago, as well as Fede [Alvarez] bringing a fresh eye to the film's
original elements." Okay, let's look at the comment "using filmmaking
techniques that were no available to us 30 years ago". Back then, they did
have Steadycams, but because the film was such a low budget, Raimi and company
couldn't afford that and had to come up with something different, like mounting
the camera on some 2x4's and running through the woods with it. This was
called "creative thinking", and gave the film such a unique and different look
and feel to the movie. But in Hollywood today, that "creative thinking" is
replaced by money.
We don't like to immediately dismiss remakes because there
have been too many that are actually quite good, even in this day and age.
The other benefit to them is that it does bring awareness to the originals
again. So no matter how good the new film is, it will cause people to go
out and rent the original. And that, my fellow film fans, is ALWAYS a good
For the new THING movie, since I still haven't heard for sure
if it is a prequel, a remake, or re-imagining, I honestly don't care. The
trailer doesn't look terrible. Sure, we know the creature effects will be
all CGI. But again, we're talking about a new monster film. So I
would be lying to say it doesn't have me the least bit excited. And no
matter what, or how good/bad the film is, it will never touch how good
Carpenter's version is. But it just might be entertaining. If not,
we forget about it and move on.
So the bottom line is maybe we should not be so negative
about these projects until they actually come out, and give them an honest
response of what we think. I know that's tough, because I'm just as guilty
as doing that as well. It might be due the fact that we've been down this
road so many times before and gotten bitch-slapped. But all we can do is
make sure that if the film is good or not, make sure we give our honest
responses as to why. Lack of originality? Too many cartoon effects?
By trying to get that message to Hollywood producers, maybe some day they might
start listening. Yea, I know....crazy thought.
REVIEW: WAKE WOOD
We have our review up of one of the new films to be release
under the Hammer banner, and must say that this one fits that more than the
other two by far. Check out our review HERE, but
please make sure you check out the movie!
This week's lesson is about a prolific British director, who
made quite a few memorable films in the early '70s for two very popular film
studios. Head over to the classroom to
find out who.
Last week's photo got a lot more responses than I expected. So job well
done, people. The shot of the unlucky bastard with the pipe sticking out
of him is from Charles Band's 3-D extravaganza PARASITE. Not sure if it
was my little 3-D hint that helped people or if you just knew it. But
either way, kudos out to Hoby Abernathy, Gregory Avery, Aaron Christensen,
Richard Dean, Dave Friedman, David Schmidt, Gert Verbeeck, and William Wilson.
This one might be a little tougher...maybe. Of course,
I always say that, don't I?
7-10-11 BACK UP TO SPEED.....HOPEFULLY
These last few months have been pretty crazy for us at the
Krypt. Nothing crazy, mind you, but just not spending as much time at the
Krypt HQ as we had been. Had a huge project to finish for our brothers in
Horror at HorrorHound, which is now finished. So that is going to free up
a bit of time...at least for the time being! Next month is Flashback
Weekend, so we are more than excited for our first convention of the summer, not
to mention the first one since March! So we are chomping at the bit for
this one to happen. If you're planning on attending the show, please stop
by our table! Always love to meet our readers.
We are also working on some other ideas that has been taking
up some time, but hopefully we can announce it very soon. In the meantime,
enjoy our little update this week and see you next week!
TERROR IN THE AISLES 8
Movieside is bringing Terror in the Aisles back from the
dead! And on August 6th, at the Portage Theater in Chicago, they will be
screening Umberto Lenzi's classic Italian Cheese-fest CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD
(aka NIGHTMARE CITY) as well as the Midwest premiere TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL.
There will be a 3rd feature added, but it has not been announced yet. Of
course, just like all the TITA events, there will be dealers, vintage trailers
and plenty of fun to be had. The doors open at 7pm. Come dressed as
a zombie and you get $2 discount at the door. We are not going to miss the
chance to see Lenzi's classic on the big screen, in glorious 35mm! So hope
to see you there.
We knew it was only a matter of time before Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE would be
hitting DVD. When there were a couple of ZOMBIE convention reunions some
time ago, we knew that someone would be taking advantage of that and getting
some interviews and material for the DVD extras. And since this title is a
huge one in the horror community, we new it was going to come out at some point.
And now, this October, we won't have to wait any longer.
Blue Underground is releasing Fulci's ZOMBIE in a 2-disc
editions on both DVD and Blu-ray on October 25th. The film will be
presented in a 2.35:1 transfer from the original uncut negative, which will also
be 1080p on the blu-ray, which will be supervised by the original
cinematographer Sergio Salvati. But let's get on to the special features,
which is the real reason people are going to be buying them.
First there is the audio commentary with star Ian McCulloch
and Jason J. Slater, which is probably transferred over from that first
laserdisc release. But there will also be an introduction by superfan
Guillermo del Toro as well as a brief segment where del Toro professes his love
of this film. Recorded at the Cinema Wasteland back in April of last year,
we have interviews with Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver, and
actor/stuntman/zombie cover boy Ottaviano Dell'Acqua. There will also be
interviews with co-producer Fabririzio De Angelis, co-writers Elisa Briganti &
Dardano Sacchetti, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, production/costume designer
Walter Patriarca, make up artists Giannetto De Rossi, Maurizio Trani, and Gino
De Rossi, composer Fabio Frizzi, and Fulci's daughter, Antonella. There
will also be the standard trailers, TV and radio spots, and poster and still
galleries as well. I just hope these are all new interviews and not taken
from previously released material.
The price for these 2-disc editions are $29.98 for the
regular DVD set and $39.98 for the blu-ray. Haven't heard if there is
anything different between the two versions as far as the extras are concerned.
So we'll probably have to add this version to our collection, but will have to
wait and see on which one we get.
Another disc that is hitting Blu-ray, which is a favorite of
ours, is Eugenio Martin's HORROR EXPRESS. This will be coming out on
Septemberr 27th, with a hi-def 1.66:1 transfer from the original negative.
With an all star cast of Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Telly Savalas, and
Helga Line, this is a fun and entertaining little horror film. The extras
on the disc will be new a new interview with director Martin, producer Bernard
Gordon discussing the McCarthy era, and an audio interview from 1973 with Peter
Cushing. There is also an interview with composer John Cacavas. An
introduction by Fango editor Chris Alexander, a theatrical trailer, and an
Easter egg fill out the extras.
REVIEW: BONNIE & CLYDE VS DRACULA
We have a new movie review, this time out by a guest
reviewer, Aaron Christensen, who takes on this little indie-horror/comedy.
Head over to our Reviews section to get the full
We have 3 new reviews in our Soundtrack section this time
out! That's right...3! Maybe that's why we having gotten to too many
movies recently because we're listening to soundtracks. Anyway, we have
one film score, THE MAN WHO COLLECTED FOOD, one compilation CD: The Hammer
Legacy - The Frankenstein Collection, and one EP from the HBO series TRUE BLOOD.
So head over to our Soundtrack Review section to
hear our thoughts on these new releases.
This week's lesson is another one in the music department.
So head over to the classroom and make sure you
So our last photo was one of those that if you had seen the movie, you would
remember that little part. Granted, you might not remember the movie, but
you'd remember the part. It was from HORROR HOSPITAL, starring the
immortal Michael Gough. Such a fun and cheesy movie, which Gough just
hamming it up and enjoying every second of it. If you haven't seen it, I
highly recommend you check it out. If you're a fan of '70s British horror,
then you'll like this one. But kudos to those who did remember the movie.
They are: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Erik Martin, Mike Shields, Wayne
Teeter, and William Wilson. Job well done, lads!
Okay...on to our latest photo. Some say this might be
way too hard since I'm not really showing you anything. But then again, if
you look hard enough, the answer just might be on the end of that pipe sticking
out of the screen. Just click
HERE to send in your answer, and as always, Good Luck!
6-26-11 A LITTLE PREOCCUPIED
Sorry for the lack of updates or the
small ones this last month or so. Things have been pretty busy/hectic here at
the Krypt. We're working on a big project for our brothers at HorrorHound,
so that is taking a lot of my time right now. But that should be done in
the next couple of weeks, so hopefully things can get back on track here.
Only a few more days left in this month's mission. So
those out there that still haven't gotten theirs sent in yet, now is the time.
I am also posting my thoughts on everyone's entry on the message board now. So
instead of emailing everyone back, I'm just putting it there. So please
feel free to reply back or even reply on someone else's comments. It's
good to get to know your fellow soldiers. You never know when you might
need them to pull you out of a foxhole.
IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE & HEARTLESS
We have posted two new Soundtrack reviews. The first
one is for David Julyan's score for HEARTLESSS and the other is the classic
score for the film that inspired ALIEN, IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE.
Just head over to our Soundtrack Review section to
LA-LA LAND RECORDS SALE!
And speaking of soundtracks, La-La Land Records has been releasing some soundtracks on CD
ever since they started their business. From cult classics to long
forgotten titles, they continue to release great products. And now, they
are having a huge clearance sale on quite a few of their old titles, including
plenty of horror ones in there. For only $4.98 each, you could pick up
CABIN FEVER, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (remake), SEED OF CHUCKY, UNDEAD, WRONG
TURN 2, BOOGEYMAN, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, BOOK OF BLOOD, MIRRORS 2 and TRICK 'R
TREAT. They also have some other great titles for only $9.98, like NIGHT
OF THE CREEPS and CHILD'S PLAY.
So head over to their website by clicking
HERE and pick up
some great CDs at a great deal. Tell them we sent you!
Since I had a dream about this guy last night, I thought it
was only appropriate that we made him this week's lesson. This guy was one
talented actor that worked in about every genre out there. Head over to
the classroom to find out who that is.
Granted, our last photo was kind of a trick one. Everyone seemed to know
that was the immortal Paul Naschy in the shot, but just couldn't place the
movie. It probably didn't help that he was only in the very opening scene
of the movie. The film is called STATE OF MIND and is available on DVD.
It also stars Jill Schoelen and Fred Williamson as well! Been a while
since I'd seen it, but I remember it being pretty good. Granted, I'd
recommend anything that has Naschy in it. But the only one to come through
with the correct answer is Hoby Abernathy. Figured he would be able to
pull this one out of the air. Great job, Hoby! Nice to see you back.
So lets take a gander at our latest and see if anybody can
come up with this one. Just click
HERE to send in
your guess and Good Luck!
6-19-11 SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY COMING UP
While most people celebrate milestones of nice even numbers
like 10 years or 15 years, we thought it would be appropriate for us to
celebrate our 13 Year Annniversary. That's right folks, this October, the
Krypt will be 13 years old. While our celebration is in the early planning
stages, we will be having a big contest that will include some great prizes.
So stay tuned and be watching here for more details. As always, it will be
fun, but you might have to do some homework!
AREA CULT FILM FANS - PAY ATTENTION!
Chicago continues to be a great place to be a die hard
fan of cult and horror films. From the midnight movie screenings, special
celebrity appearances, and tons of film fests, it is just a great place to be
able to check out some amazing films on the big screen (or sometimes a smaller
screen) with other like-minded fans. So here are a couple of up coming
things in Chicago that you might want to look into.
Facets Multi-Media has started their Night School program
again. Granted, there are only a few horror titles, it is still worth
checking out. Not only do you get to see a great movie, but also there is
a lecture afterwards. The horror titles they are screening are KILLER
KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (June 25th) and Roger Corman's MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
(July 9th), they are also screening BLACK DYNAMITE (June 18th) and more.
For more information, head over to Facets' site by clicking
HERE. Then look for
the Night School link on the left.
At the Gene Siskel Film Center, they will be having a
selection of films from Japanese director Kaneto Shindo, including his two
horror films ONIBABA (1964) and KURONEKO (1968). If you have not seen
ONIBABA, then you are missing out on some amazing Japanese cinema. So if
you live in the Chicagoland area, it would be the perfect time to fix that error
and go see this incredible film. The cinematography is stunning and is a
great example of some very atmospheric terror. They are screening ONIBABA
on July 2nd, the 3rd, and the 7thh. KURONEKO is playing on July 30th and
August 1st. For all the details, click
HERE to get
to the Gene Siskel Film Center website.
SEND JEWEL SHEPARD SOME LOVE
Any horror fan knows and most likely loves the movie RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.
So then everyone should be familiar with actress Jewel Shepard, who played
Casey ("Fuck off and die!"). Besides being an author, b-movie scream
queen, she is one of the nicest and funniest people that I've met. We have
only met her once, which was at a HorrorHound Weekend convention back in March
of '08. But even that one time, she really made an impression with me.
She was extremely nice and very friendly with her fans. She really made a
point to make every fan that came over to her table memorable. Following
her little comments on her Facebook page really showed the sense of humor she
had, giving her fans her wonderful and funny outlook on life.
So when I saw on her page that she had breast cancer
and was about to go in for surgery, I felt the need to let as many people know
as I could so
they could go to her Facebook page and send her some good cheer and well wishes.
To get to her Facebook page, just click
Just take a quick second and send her a little message of hope and love.
J.J. ABRAMS GIVES PROPS TO DOHLER
While everyone might not know who Don Dohler was, I'm sure
you know who J.J. Abrams is. With the success of LOST, the new STAR TREK,
and his latest film SUPER 8, he's a pretty big name in Hollywood, as we all
know. But what some might not know is that Abrams got his start with the
help of a guy in Baltimore, who was making his own little monster movies.
That was Don Dohler. Dohler name is one that more people should know.
Especially if you've dreamt of making your own movies, Dohler is one guy that
you could learn something from. Staying in his hometown of Baltimore,
Dohler made several sci-fi / horror films in the late '70s & early '80s.
These were not huge blockbusters, but simple low budget films. Not made
with a lot of money, but made with a lot of passion.
But before getting into movies, Dohler published a
magazine called Cinemagic, giving secrets on how special effects in the movies
were made. This magazine would go on to inspire young filmmakers,
including EVIL DEAD makeup man Tom Sullivan. But it also inspired a young
J.J. Abrams. By contacting Dohler, Abrams actually got involved with the
Dohler film NIGHTBEAST and did the music for it. It is something that to
this day, Abrams didn't forget. So when a big Hollywood guy takes a minute
to give some credit to someone that got him started, we think that is pretty
damn cool. And even more so when it is about a man that we think pretty
highly of too.
In a recent article Washing Post, Jen Cheney talked with
Abrams on how he got started in the business. Here is a brief quote of
what Abrams had to say about Mr. Dohler: “Don Dohler had also directed a number
of very low-budget independent horror films in the Baltimore area. He was sort
of the horror version of John Waters. He made these crazy movies that were made
with incredible passion and love of genre. Relatively speaking, you know,
shoestring budgets — they couldn’t really compare to the production values or
casts of mainstream films. But there was a real charm to them. They were kind of
like adult versions of the movies that we made when we were kids."
You can read the whole article by clicking
LEWIS DOCUMENTARY COMING THIS FALL
Fans of H.G. Lewis are going to want to put this title on
their Want Lists come this September. Cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter and
Jimmy Maslon have made the ultimate tribute to the man that invented the gore
film, Herschell Gordon Lewis. The DVD will be released through Something
Weird Video on September 27th, and will be a feature length documentary on the
man who started it all, back in 1963 with his film BLOOD FEAST. The disc
will also feature over an hour of deleted scenes, a trailer reel of Lewis'
movies, a gallery of exploitation art, as well as a rare short by Lewis called
Hot Night at the Go-Go Lounge. The retail price is only $14.98. So
mark that on your calendars.
REVIEW: CURSE OF THE VAMPIRE SOUNDTRACK
We have posted our review for this 1964 Italian gothic film,
starring Christopher Lee. Head over to our
Soundtrack Reviews to check it out.
Code Red will be releasing some new titles onto
DVD this year, some making it to that format for the first time. And the
best part is that all the films will be released uncut as well. The titles
are as follows: MARDI GRAS MASSACRE, HAUNTED, NIGHT OF THE DEMON, VAMPIRE
AT MIDNIGHT, CAGED MEN, and many more. These films will be hosted by Maria
Kanellis. All the movies will feature her introducing the films and at the
end of the movie, but not during. Which is always nice.
For more information, head over to Code Red's website by
Our last photo didn't get as many emails as I thought I would. And here I
thought we had more William Castle fans out there. For shame. The
shot is from Castle's 13 GHOSTS. Kudos out to Aaron Christensen and Mike
Shields for sending in the correct answers.
Well, this one probably isn't going to be much easier, but
hopefully you'll at least be able to recognize the guy in the pic. Maybe
that will help you narrow it down. Good luck. Just click
HERE to send in
TOONS CREATOR NEEDS OUR HELP!
If you've been to more than a couple of horror conventions,
then you've probably seen the artwork of Eric Pigors. Whether on T-shirts,
tattoos, or toys, his style is very recognizable and very cool. He has
always had a huge involvement in the horror community, always donating prints
and art for benefits for other great causes. When our good friend of the
Krypt, Kreeplady Kristin, was going through some medical issues herself, Eric
had no problem donating product to help out. Well, now it is everyone
else's turn to do the same for him.
Over Memorial Day Weekend, Eric suffered a major heart attack
and surgery. According to the doctors, he is very lucky to be alive.
It is times like this when the horror community needs to stick together and help
one another. He is having a big sale on his site, that has tons of cool
stuff for any and all horror fans. From T-shirts to magnets to greeting
cards, I'm sure you can find something. I'd recommend picking up one of
those cool Ouija boards he has. And everything is at very reasonable
prices. So take a second and head over to his site and buy something.
Every little bit helps. And even if you can't afford to buy something just
yet, just send him an email with some well wishes and support.
We have our latest entry in our Cinematic Crossroads project.
This time out, the gang tackles the Rodriguez/Tarantino film FROM DUSK TILL
DAWN. Our Special Guest Star for this outing is Adam Rockoff, who gave us
the low down on slasher movies in his book Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of
the Slasher Film, 1978-1986. Just click the link on the left, or you can
just click HERE. We'd love to hear some feedback
on this feature, so please let us know what you think.
Friday night, we headed into Chicago to the first double
feature screening from Shock Theater. Taking place at the Wicker Park Arts
Center (2215 West North Ave), each month on the first Friday, they will be
screening 2 classic films on 16mm. Last Friday, we got to watch William
Castle's HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and Alex Nichol's THE SCREAMING SKULL.
Though it was a little warm in there, it was a lot of fun. They even
attempted to do their own version of Castle's Emergo, but it didn't work.
But I give them tons of props for making the effort. There is nothing like
seeing these types of films with a good crowd of film lovers. Between the
laughing and cheering, it was a real good time. We are hoping to make it
many more of their future screenings. They have some great titles coming
For more information about Shock Theater and the upcoming
titles they will be screening, head over to their website by clicking
BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
In a time of remake after remake, this is one that I'm
anxiously awaiting to see. And the main reason is simply that Guillermo
del Toro is producing it. I love that guy, so anything he has his hands
in, I'm there. Not to mention that the original film is pretty damn
creepy, and from what we've seen in the trailer, this new version looks pretty
damn good as well. So this might be one of those rare cases where the
remake was made for good reason. We can only hope.
Here is the latest poster for the movie, which opens up this
August. If you haven't seen the trailer, just click
HERE to see it on Youtube. It looks to have that same creepy look and
feeling as the original. And with del Toro producing, I'm pretty confident
that it is going to be just as scary as well. Guess we'll see in a couple
FINALLY...THEY ARE STARTING TO GET IT
We have no problem with directors going back to their older
films and cleaning them up for a newer release. But what we always hated
was when they would modify the film itself for whatever reason. Maybe
something that was fine then might be now considered politically incorrect, so
it is changed. Or just changed for whatever reason. Probably one of
the biggest ones was when Stephen Spielberg changed a thing or two in his film
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, mainly replacing the guns in the hands of the
government with walkie-talkies. Really? And of course, one could go
on and on of what George Lucas did with his original STAR WARS trilogy.
Making a film print look better is one thing, but changing it around it
something else. For film fans, when we seen these films, it made huge
impressions on us. So when we go back and re-watch them, when we see them
different than before, for me personally, it takes away some of that effect.
The way these films look were due to the time they were made in. And the
audiences that watched them, the true film fans, remember how they looked and
felt. So when they are modified, us die-hard fans notice.
But now, it seems that at least Spielberg has learned not to
mess with these older films. When talking about the upcoming blu-ray
release of JAWS, he stated that "There’s going to be no more digital
enhancements or digital additions to anything based on any film I direct.
I’m not going to do any corrections digitally to even wires that show... At this
point right now I think letting movies exist in the era, with all the flaws and
all of the flourishes, is a wonderful way to mark time and mark history."
I couldn't agree more, Mr. Speilberg. Now could you try
to explain that to Mr. Lucas?
REVIEW: DAWNING SOUNDTRACK
We have posted our review of this independent feature
DAWNING. Haven't seen the movie yet, but we like the score! Read
more about it HERE.
This week's lesson is about one of our favorite actress's,
who has appeared in many genre films, her first at the age of 11 years old!
She also happens to be in my one of my favorite haunted house movies of all
time. Who are we talking about? Head over to the classroom for this
week's lesson in Horror History by clicking HERE.
Well folks, it seemed we fooled quite a bit of you on last week's photo. I
can't tell you how many emails we got where they thought the movie was Jess
Franco's OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES. Okay, that wasn't the correct film.
But I have to say that it brought a tear to my eye to see so many people that
KNEW of that Franco gem. Okay...maybe 'gem' is not the right word.
But it makes me smile knowing that there are plenty of fans out there that have
dug deep in the sands of bad movies to have experienced that particular Franco
film. Pat yourself on the back for that one. That is a medal of
honor to be worn proudly. But the shot was actually from DAWN OF THE
MUMMY, probably the only mummy movie that had flesh eating zombies in there.
Not the greatest movie in the world, but definitely worth checking out.
So the kudos go out to only two that got the right movie:
Damien Glonek and Erik Martin. Nice job, guys!
And now for our newest photo, something a little bit more in
the classic vein. Take a peek and see if you can identify where this
creepy guy is from. Good Luck. As always, just click
HERE to send in
5-29-11 SUMMER OF HORROR
Well, Summertime is pretty much here. So
what does this mean for us horror fans? That means that we have 4 months
to keep busy until October comes around. But there is still plenty of
stuff to keep us horror fans occupied. There are a few shows/conventions
in the next few months, such as Flashback Weekend and Fright Night Film Fest.
Next weekend, we are heading into Chicago for the Shock Theater Double Feature
screening of HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and THE SCREAMING SKULL, both being screening
from 16mm prints. Going to be a great time! For more info, you can
So I'm sure there is plenty enough to keep you busy. If
not, then you can just save up all that money for when the shows do start up,
then you'll be set. Or, you can get some friends together and make your
own Share-the-Scare movie marathon. It is even better when you pick a
theme and choose the movies around that. Lots of fun for everyone.
KRYPTIC ARMY - ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE WATER?
We are getting close to the halfway point for this
year's Kryptic Army. Last year, we gave away tons of great stuff,
including signed memorabilia like a Mexican RE-ANIMATOR lobby card signed by
director Stuart Gordon, or a replica of a container of THE STUFF signed by
director Larry Cohen. And we are planning to do it once again at the end
of this year. And it is not too late to join the Army and participate for
the rest of the year. Each month you complete your mission, that adds a
chance for you to win in the end of the year drawing. All you have to do
is sign up for our mailing list. Then on the first of each month, you will
receive your mission. For more details about the Army, just click on the
Kryptic Army link to the left. If you have any questions, feel free to
drop us a line. Our Army could always use more soldiers.
REVIEW: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF RETURN OF THE
We finished reading this amazing book and wanted to get our
review up. This is one of those books that you better have in your
collection. Head over to our Biographies Review
section to read our thoughts.
Yes, we finally have a new entry in our Horror History
section. Didn't think you'd be getting off for the summer, did you?
This kind education is all year round, my fellow horror fiends. This time
out, we take a look at a famous composer that created one of the most memorable
monster marches out there in film history. Head over to the classroom to
discover who we are talking about.
I guess since the remake of FRIGHT NIGHT is opening soon (which I have to say
just looks terrible), we figured it would be appropriate to have a shot from the
sequel to the original, FRIGHT NIGHT 2. We've always enjoyed it almost as
much as the first one. Can't go wrong with Roddy McDowell as Peter
Vincent. Anyway, kudos goes out to the following for guessing the movie
correctly: Damien Glonek, Erik Martin, Ryan Olson, and William Wilson.
Well done, lads!
So let's take a peek at our latest photo and see what you can
dig up. Good Luck. As always, just click
HERE to send in
5-22-11 SINCE WE'RE ALL STILL HERE...
What? No Rapture? Gee...the
religious idiots (yea, I know...redundant) were wrong again. Who would
have thought? Now the world can get back to our normal decadent lives.
Hard enough to take religion serious these days without some yahoos out there
claiming silly stuff like this. Give me a break. Here's a novel
idea...how about trying to help people instead of trying to control them?
Now that is a radical approach.
REVIEW: STAKE LAND SOUNDTRACK
Having been very impressed with Jim Mickle's post-apocalyptic
vampire movie STAKE LAND, we were excited to get to review the soundtrack for
it. This is being released by Screamworks Records, a new division of
Moviescore Media that is dedicated to releasing horror film music, something
that we are VERY excited to hear. It is their plan to bring more of these
talented works of music to the fans. According to MovieScore Media's
producer Mikael Carlsson, "In the world of film music, some of the most clever,
inventive and outright exciting scores are written for horror films.
Screamworks Records is our answer to that, an our aim is to reach both
soundtrack aficionados and horror movie buffs with our new brand." Being a
huge fan of soundtracks, we couldn't be happier with this news. A great
soundtrack can do wonders to a movie. And listening to the score years
later can bring that same feeling back that the movie gave you.
So head over to our Soundtrack Review section to see what we
thought of Jeff Grace's score for STAKE LAND by clicking
NEWS FROM THE DARK TOWER
Our friends at Monolith Graphics passed on some news
of some upcoming projects from our good friend Joseph Vargo. He is
currently working on the new anthology book called Beyond the Dark Tower,
which will contain 13 original gothic stories that continue the saga of the
vampire Lord Brom. This book is the sequel to Tales From the Dark Tower.
In the stories, long-buried secrets will be discovered about the Tower and the
Vargo is also in the studio working on the next Nox Arcana
album, The Dark Tower, which will be a musical interpretation of his gothic
world. Both the book and the new CD are scheduled to be out at the end of
this summer. Being a huge fan of Vargo's work and of Nox Arcana's, we can
hardly wait to hear the new CD. For all information about Vargo and his
work, head over to Monolith Graphics by clicking
CELEBRATE THE UNHOLY TRINITY!
Next week, on the 26th & 27th, horror fans need to make sure
they celebrate the birth of 3 important figures in the horror genre: Peter
Cushing, Vincent Price, and Christopher Lee. Price would have been
celebrating his 100th birthday, which that alone should mark a very special
event. Actually, it is. In his home town of St. Louis, they are
holding a week long celebration to Mr. Price, including a guest appearance by
But no matter what, these three actors have given us horror
fans plenty of hours of entertainment that we will be enjoying for years to
come. Each year, a new generation of horror fans get to discover these
incredibly talented actors who gave their all in these movies. Making them
movies, and themselves, immortal. So pick out a movie or two before the
end of the month, and sit back and watch some real masters of menace fill your
TV screen and enjoy!
WILLIAM CASTLE...ONE OF A KIND
A few years ago, Jeffrey Schwarz gave us an incredible
documentary on the one and only William Castle. It was released on DVD in
a special box set. But now, SPINE TINGLER! THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY is
coming out on DVD by itself in a very special edition, with tons of new extras.
On June 21st, Automat Pictures will be releasing the disc that will feature not
only the feature length documentary, but also over five hours of new material.
There will audio commentary by Schwarz, the editor Philip Harrison, composer
Michael Cudahy, and graphic designer Grant Nellessenn. There will be a
making of featurette about making this documentary. Also included will be
interview outtakes that didn't make it to the final cut, featuring Roger Corman,
Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, John Waters, John Landis, and others. And even
more exciting, they have a rare lecture footage of Castle at a USC film school
from the '70s! Rounding out the disc will be footage of Castle at film
premieres and festivals, as well as video of the premieres, promotional
interviews and more about the release of SPINE TINGLER.
With a retail price of only $19.95, this is a must have for
any horror fan. Castle is a one of a kind guy, and one that Hollywood is
sadly missing these days.
KRYPTIC ARMY - HUNGRY?
Getting close to the halfway point for this year's Kryptic
Army Challenge. I know our soldiers have had a lot of fun so far this
year, and I know it is only going to get better. So if you feel you are
missing out, all you need to do to participate is join our mailing list.
If you have already, then at the first of every month, you will receive your
Mission for that month. For more details, head over to our Kryptic Army
page, but clicking HERE. We'd always love to have
more numbers in our ranks, so step right up to sign up for service. You
won't regret it. In fact, you just might win some cool prizes at the end
of the year!
UPDATED LINKS SECTION
Yet another thing that we've been meaning to get to...and we
at least started. We have updated our links section, adding a section for
some of our favorite blogs. Check them out.
We apologize for the delay in getting a new photo up as well as revealing the
title of our last one. Nice to know that some of you out there are
anxiously awaiting to find it out if you didn't know. But the shot was
from Frank LaLoggia's FEAR NO EVIL, a much underrated film. We did have a
few people recognize it though. They were Craig Clark, Agustin Vero Lima,
Phil Meenan, Matt Moore, Wayne Teeter, and William Wilson. Job well done!
So let's get to our new one. Might be a little
easy....then again...maybe not. Good Luck. As always, just click
HERE to send in
5-15-11 BUSY MONTH
In case you didn't notice, but we didn't have an update last
week. The real world keeps breaking through into the Krypt and is keeping
us from here. Seriously though, this month seems to be busier for us than
October. From my son graduation from high school next week, to my
anniversary, and work being extra awful these days, I just don't seem
to have the time and energy to keep a regular update going. We're going to
try and have something up, but who knows. But I know we'll be back on our
regular schedule before too long. Can't keep me quiet for TOO long!
But in the meantime, no Mystery Photo or Horror History this week.
VICKERS - REST IN PEACE
Such a sad story to hear of Yvette Vicker's passing, but even
more of the circumstances around it. To horror fans, Vickers has appeared
in such cult movies as ATTACK OF THE 50-FOOT WOMAN (1958) and ATTACK OF THE
GIANT LEECHES (1959), as well as working with some of Hollywood's top actors,
like PAUL NEWMAN. She also did quite a bit of television work. Not
to mention being one of the early Playboy Playmate. But some of these
actors are just forgotten by Hollywood and the world around them.
Vicker's body was found in her California home when a
neighbor reported to the police after noticing there were old letters and
cobwebs in her mailbox, which made the neighbor thought something was wrong.
When the police arrived, they found the body of Vickers, which looked like she
had been dead for quite some time, some reports saying close to a year.
According to the coroner's report, it was heart disease that caused her death.
Okay folks, here's my thoughts on this. First of all,
it's a damn shame that a person could be dead for close to a year and nobody
notices. No family, friends, or even neighbors not noticing that you're
not around? Who's paying the utilities and stuff? Doesn't the
mailman notice that nobody is picking up the mail after a few months? it
is a damn shame, plain and simple. Cult movie fans always have a way of
keeping these types of people alive. From websites & blogs, we are keeping
their memories alive.
But also, on more of a personal note, I think the saddest
part of all of this is that Vickers could have been dead for that long and
nobody noticed. So make sure that you keep in contact with your friends
and relatives. Sometimes an email or phone call might be the thing to make
their day. Plus it shows that people care. As fans of these types of
movies, it is up to us to make sure their memories are keep alive and well,
passing them onto new fans each and every year.
FULLER - REST IN PEACE
We also lost another women known for cult films this month.
But not only her film roles, but it was who she worked with that she will
probably be known for...Mr. Edward D. Wood Jr. Fuller met him in the early
'50s at a casting call and started dating. She would be in several of
Wood's movies, such as BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (1955), JAIL BAIT (1954), and
especially in GLEN OR GLENDA, playing opposite Wood in a semi-bio pic of
himself, with Fuller playing his girlfriend dealing with him being a
transvestite. While she never really made it big as an actress, she did do
quite well in the song writing department, writing songs for several big names,
Fuller passed away last Monday from complications of a
stroke. She was 88 years old. Any cult movie fan can't see an angora
sweater and think of her and Ed Wood. So her memory will be kept alive for
years to come. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family.
Scorpion Releasing has several great titles coming out on DVD
that are going to make some horror fans happy. British horror fans will be
excited to hear that THE DEVIL WITHIN HER, Joan Collins film with an all star
cast, along with NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT (aka THE DEVIL'S UNDEAD) that stars Peter
Cushing and Christopher Lee will be finally released on DVD. Both were
directed by Pete Sasdy. Another British director, John Hough, who is
responsible for two of our favorite films THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE and TWINS OF
EVIL, also directed the very bizarre and strange film THE INCUBUS, staring John
Cassavettes. That will also be coming out on DVD.
They are also releasing other films like THE HOUSE ON
SORORITY ROW, FINAL EXAM, HUMONGOUS, THE CARPENTER, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, and MARK
No details yet as far as what extras will be on there, but
we're looking forward to a few of these titles. They will start to come
out in September of this year, and continue through the beginning of next year.
HORRORHOUND WEEKEND UPDATE
Besides the PET SEMETARY reunion they will be holding
at their Cincinnati show this November, there will also be a reunion of two
actors who played two of the most scariest serial killers out there: Michael
Rooker and Tom Towles from HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. They have
also added the unbelievably talented Doug Jones and Greg Nicotero to the line up
as well. For all the details, just head over to the website by clicking
BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL
Our good friend Gert Verbeeck, who runs the review site Cult
Reviews from across the pond, is always making us jealous by attending the
annual Brussels International Fantastic Film Fest. One of these days, we
just might have to jump on a plane and make it out there for one of them.
But none the less, he sent us a link to his site where he covers the films that
he had the chance to see during that festival. As usual, they seemed to
have one great lineup playing there. So click on this link
HERE and check out some of the foreign films that are making some noise in
the genre. And feel free to visit his site
Cult Reviews on a
regular basis for some great write ups.
THE ABCs OF DEATH
The one thing that makes an anthology even better is when you
have multiple directors behind the stories. And now it seems that we will
be getting something that is going to do just that, highlighting the talents of
some up-and-coming directors. With a combination of Drafthouse Films,
Timpson Films, and Magnet Releasing, they will be educating horror fans with The
ABCs of Death. With each director being assigned a letter of the alphabet,
they will have to come up with means to somebody's end using that letter.
The production will start in June and run through January of next year.
Timpson Films CEO Ant Timpson said the project started from a child, "This
project was inspired by my young sons being introduced to the world through
their ABCs books. The idea of subverting that format to reveal a study in all
the dastardly and humorous ways a person can leave this world appealed on
The list of names included in this project should give fans a
very wide variety of tastes and styles. Here are the ones they have
announced: Banjong Pisanthanakun,
Jason Eisener, Simon Rumley,
Srdjan Spasojevic, Ti West ,
Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Ernesto Diaz
Espinoza, Bruno Forzani & Helene
Cattet, Gadi Harel & Marcel Sarmiento,
Tak Sakaguchi & Yuji Shimomura,
Andrew Traucki, Nacho Vigalando,
Ben Wheatley and
Adam Wingard, plus one contest winner
chosen through a worldwide competition.
5-1-11 REVIEW: HARPOON: THE WHALE WATCHING MASSACRE
We have a new review up this week, a slasher movie that I
really enjoyed. Head over to our Reviews section
to check out the full review.
MOVIE POSTERS FROM GHANA ART EXHIBIT IN CHICAGO
We love movie posters. Especially the ones from
different countries. Because they were still more interested in getting
people to see the actual movie, not who was in film. So the artwork they
used were usually filled with great images from the movie (sometimes not even
the movie they were advertising, but that is beside the point). And it was
just that...ARTWORK! Not some of this photoshop crap that we've been
getting from Hollywood over the last couple of decades.
Anyway, enough of that rant. If you are in the
Chicagoland area, the Chicago Cultural Center is having an art exhibit of hand
painted movie posters from Ghana. These were usually painted on flour
sacks and taken to the different villages to try and get them to show the movies
they were distributing. Much like the way it was done in the '50s and '60s
at the drive-ins. The exhibit is taking place until September 4th, and
best of all....it has FREE ADMISSION! They will also be having some movie
screenings in August, such as 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD and BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA.
For all the details, just click
HERE, or look up the Chicago Cultural Center and look for their Movie Mojo
Each year, we post this information and each year try and
figure out a way to make it out to this. And each year, we never do.
But once again, this year we are going to see if we just can't make it happen
this time. None the less, this just sounds like so much fun and a great
time. To see these classic movies at the drive-in is a great way to
re-live the olden days. Once again, DVD Drive-In presents the Drive-In
Super Monster Rama at the Riverside Drive-In, located in Vandergrift, PA.
For their 5th year, they are holding a 2 day event with classic horror movies
screening all night Friday and Saturday night. On Friday, September 9th,
they are screening BLACK SABBATH, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, CASTLE OF BLOOD and
ISLAND OF THE DOOMED. Then on Saturday the 10th, they are screening THE
ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE and I,
MONSTER. What a great line up! To be able to see so many great and
classic horror films on the big screen is really something special.
For all the information you need, just head over to
DVD Drive-In or just by clicking
HERE. As we said, we are going to really try to make it out to one of
these shows.....one of these days.
And of course, if that wasn't enough, DVD Drive-in is also
sponsoring another 2-day all night movie marathon at Crazy Bob's Harvest Moon
Drive-In Theatre, taking place on Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st. On that Friday,
the theme is Savage Cinema of the '70s, and are screening STRAW DOGS, THE LAST
HOUSE ON THE LEFT, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE (DEATH WEEKEND)
and THE HILLS HAVE EYES. Then on Saturday the 1st, the theme is a night of
Italian zombies with Dead 'Til Dawn, screening ZOMBIE, CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD,
THE GATES OF HELL, NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES (HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD) and BURIAL
GROUND. Wow. For more information about this event, just click
If you are a fan off these types of movies, then make sure
you try and support these types of events here, or at any other drive-ins and
movie theaters. By supporting these types of events, it shows the owners
that there are a lot of fans out there that want to see this type of shows more
and more. So do what you can to help support them!
Just like movie posters, we are also a die-hard fan of movie soundtracks, when we come across
some older films getting a CD release of their score, we get excited. One
of the sights that we regularly visit, which we've mentioned before here, is
Entertainment. We check this site every so often to see what new
titles might have been announced or released. So imagine our surprise when
we found several new titles that are out or coming out soon. Granted, most
of these we don't remember the actual score, but have no problem adding them to
my ever-growing collection of soundtracks. Listening to movie scores can
bring back the images of the movie, as well as the emotional impact that they
give us. Kind of a like an audio flashcard. Most of the time when we
are working on this site, we have a soundtrack playing in the background.
It is a great way to get into the mood. Not that I'm not always there
anyway, but that is besides the point. Below are the latest titles that
have peaked my interests.
So when you get a chance, check out Screen Archives' site.
If you enjoy soundtracks, I'm sure you'll find something you might want to pick
For this week's lesson, we're doing something a little
different. Instead of someone who passed away or long since retired, we
want to put the spotlight on a man who is currently working, and doing a damn
fine job in all the hats that he's wearing. Head over to the
classroom to find out who we are talking about.
Last week's was a little tougher, but that didn't stop a few of you from knowing
that it was from the infamous movie SNUFF. One of those films who's
reputation is remembered more than the movie! But none the less, kudos to
Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Lance Ford, Mads Jensen, Chris Kinniery, and Erik Martin for
sending in the correct answer.
This week's photo isn't as difficult as some of the more
recent ones, but we'll see. Maybe a little help from above might give you
a little guidance. Click HERE
to send in your guess. And as always, good luck.
4-24-11 MICHAEL SARRAZIN - REST IN PEACE
While Sarrazin has played in many
different genres over his career, including several appearances in the horror
genre (including one of his last roles in William Malone's FEARDOTCOM), it is
the TV movie that he did in 1973 that I will always remember him from. In
was in November of that year that the broadcast premier of FRANKENSTEIN:
THE TRUE STORY was showing. I had no idea how close (or not so close
as the case may be) it was to the original novel, but I was in awe of this film.
And Sarrazin's portrayal of the creature was incredible. Starting off as
"beautiful", but slowing turning into something else, showing the pain and
anguish that he felt, and turning that into angry. Powerful stuff for an
8-year old kid, let me tell you.
Another powerful performance from Sarrazin was in THE
REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD (1975), which is well worth a look. So while
he never made it as a HUGE star, he did do what all actors want to do. And
that was create a role that will make him immortal. And how ironic that
for me, that role was of Frankenstein's poor creation.
Sarrazin passed away last Sunday after his battle with
cancer. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
And while not known for the horror genre, being a closet Dr.
Who fan, I feel the need to also mention the passing of Elisabeth Sladen, one of
the more popular companions of the good Doctor. She was always a joy to
watch her performance with the different doctors that she appeared with.
She passed away on Tuesday, also from cancer. She will definitely be
missed, but not forgotten.
SLASH AND DINE
Our good friend Nicole is part off the team behind Brutal as
Hell's Slash & Dine feature, which gives us movie themed recipes that are not
only pretty cool, but even if you're not a food person, they are always fun to read.
Their latest update, doing an Easter theme, has them paying tribute to one of
our favorite Turkey-Day movies, NIGHT OF THE LEPUS. Nothing says Easter
better than Giant Killer Rabbits! In the past, they have shown their
spotlight on movies like THEY LIVE, BUBBA HO-TEP, and one of our personal
favorites, TROLL 2. So just click
HERE to get to the site and enjoy. Who knows, maybe even you come away
with some fun recipes to try out for yourself.
When we first caught Jim Mickle's MULBERRY STREET (2006), we
were immediately impressed. He took a old theme, changed it into something
that sounded ridiculous, but gave us a very entertaining and well made movie.
So we've been keeping an eye on him. Anybody that is associated with Larry
Fessendan and Glass Eye Pix seem to be someone to watch. Now Mickle's
latest film, STAKE LAND, starts at selected theaters next weekend. Here in
the Chicago area, it will be playing at the Music Box Theatre, which we are
planning to make it out when it does. We are very interested to see how he
takes on another theme that has been beat to death, and we have high hopes for
And now, Mickle has announced what his next project already
is: adapting the Joe R. Lansdale novel Cold in July and bring it to the screen.
We read this book years ago and, like most of Lansdale's work, remember it being
pretty powerful. So we are pretty excited to see what Mickle and company
are going to do with it. Nick Damici, who stars in and co-wrote STAKE
LAND, co-wrote their latest project as well. While they say it might not
be a prefect adaptation of the book, but they are trying to keep the feel and
the tone of the book rather than doing scene by scene. While normally I
would call fowl on a comment like that, I have been impressed enough with these
two guys so far, that I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and see what they
can come up with. But none the less, make sure you support these little
guys and their projects. It is people like us that keeps these kind of
projects afloat and lets the real talented people get a chance to show what they
HorrorHound has officially started to announce their guest
lineup for their November show in Cincinnati. So far, they have their PET
SEMETERY reunion with Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes, Brad
Greenquist, and Andrew Hubatsek. They also have announced Brian O'Halloran
and Michael Rooker
as well, who seems to be making a comeback, most likely due to his appearance in
THE WALKING DEAD. But his role of Henry in HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL
KILLER is one that will never lose it's impact. Stay tuned for more
CHICAGO FEAR FEST
Our good friends at Horror Society are planning another film
festival for later this year. They are still working out the details as
far as where and when, but it sounds like it is going to be a fun time for
horror fans, with some movies (both independent and classic horror) as well as
vendors, guests, and much more. You can click on the banner below for more
info, but right now they are just taking submissions for films. Once they
have a firm date and venue, they will be posting it on their site, and we will
do the same here.
Fans of classic horror will have good and bad feelings about
the news that MGM will FINALLY be releasing BURN WITCH BURN on DVD. The
only problem is that it is part of their Limited Collection Series, which means
it is made-to-order DVD, just like the Warner Archives titles. Now, we've
gotten a few of the Warner titles, but only when they have their 5 movies for
$50 sale. Sorry guys...but very rarely these days will I be paying $20 for
a movie. Especially when I still have a DVD-R that I made from my
laserdisc years ago that still works just fine. The even bigger shame is
that this way of doing it, makes it very hard for fans that have not seen this
movie take a chance on it. It is hard to drop that $20 on a movie that you
like already, let alone on one that you've never seen before. So hopefully
some day these will get an actual release. But in the mean time, you can
always pre-order them from Screen Archives Entertainment, by clicking
HERE. The are also releasing Jack Hill's BLOOD BATH, which is going to
be the theatrical version called TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE.
Also coming out on a blu-ray double feature disc will be
Hammer's THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH (1959), starring Anton Diffring, Hazel
Court, and Christopher Lee, and Amicus' THE SKULL (1965), also starring Lee as
well as Peter Cushing. This will be released by Legend Films and should be
out next week.
This week's lesson is about one of the men responsible for
the look of the early films from Hammer Studios. Head over to the
classroom to find out just who we're talking
Here we thought we had another easy pic this last time but it
didn't seem to be the case. The shot is from Hammer's later film LEGEND OF
THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES. Sure, I know the show doesn't look like something
from a Hammer film, but that was the whole point. But at least we got a few correct answers sent in.
Congrats go out to Hoby Abernathy, Chris Kinniery, Kevin Mattews, and Mike Shields.
Okay, for our latest shot, this one might be a little
tougher. Might take a little "guts" to figure it out. So good luck.
Just click HERE
to send in your guess.
4-17-11 CINEMA WASTELAND REPORT
We have posted our review of the 19th Cinema Wasteland show.
Didn't get as many photos as we usually do, especially of the other guests.
But we did get quite a few of the Italian Invasion that they were hosting.
So head over to our Convention Reports and look up the April '11 show under the
Cinema Wasteland Banner. Or you could just click
And while on the subjects of convention, Flashback Weekend is
making their return, as well as back to their Summer date, which we are very
happy with. They have quite the guest list so far, a lot of them never
being to Chicago before, or at least not in quite some time. Robert
Englund and Lance Henriksen return this year. As much as I know these guys
will draw a crowd, especially Englund, just thought it was strange since these
two were the headliners at the last Flashback show. But none the less,
we're excited to pick up a copy of Henriksen's new autobiography that he will be
selling at the show.
Other guests include Malcolm McDowell, Michael Rooker, Sid
Haig, Doug Bradley, Steven Yeun, Andrew Rothenberg, Kane Hodder, Christina
Lindberg, Jill Schoelen, Scout Taylor-Compton, Danielle Harris, Catherine Mary
Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Linnea Quigley, Jason Paul Collum, John Laflamboy, Mike
Bradecich, Joe Knetter, Sarah French, and Chicago's own Svengoolie.
For all the details about the show and updates, head over to
their site by clicking
Class in back in session after several weeks off. So
get back to the learning, shall we? Head over to our classroom to learn
about one actor who was a main staple in the early Roger Corman movies. If
you've seen any of those early sci-fi / horror films, then you'll probably
recognize this guy. Take a look by clicking
I thought a few people might guess our last photo, but was pleasantly surprised
to see that many. Nice job, people. The shot was of course from the
Russell Mulcahy's 1984 killer boar movie, RAZORBACK. Have to say, this
would make a great double feature with PIG HUNT. Just a suggestion, if you
haven't seen both of them. Anyway, kudos going to to the following: Hoby
Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Craig J. Clark, Rick Hayden, Mads Jensen, Chris
Kinniery, Mike Shields, Wayne Teeter, Todd, Tom White, and William Wilson.
So this next one might be another easy one. Let's see
who's paying attention. But I feel a real tough one coming up soon....so
better start doing your homework now...heheheh....Take a peek at our latest and
just click HERE
to send us your answer. As always, Good Luck.
FARLEY GRANGER - REST IN PEACE
While some may not realize it, but Mr. Granger has made his
mark on the horror genre in a few great films. First and foremost, he
worked with Alfred Hitchcock in two classic films: ROPE (1948) and STRANGERS ON
A TRAIN (1951). Of course, he also was in Joe Zito's THE PROWLER (1981),
not to mention making a few films in Italy in the early '70s, such as SOMETHING
IN CRAWLING IN THE DARK (1971)SO SWEET, SO DEAD (1972, and AMUCK (1972).
But his performance in the two Hitchcock classics will also set him above the
rest of the work that he did. If you have not seen these two film, what
are you waiting for? Not only is Granger great in them, but it is
Hitchcock at his best.
Granger passed away on March 27th in his Manhattan home
from natural causes. He was 85 years old. Our thoughts go out to his
friends and family. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
HAMMER BOOK NEWS
For us fans of Hammer Films, author Wayne Kinsey has given us
quite a few amazing books on this studio that dripped blood over the years.
While we are anxiously awaiting his latest book,
Hammer Films: The Unsung Heroes
to arrive, he seems that Kinsey has been hard at work on yet another book
on Hammer Studios. Co-written by Gordon Thompson, Kinsey will be putting
out Hammer Films: On Locations. The book details the different locations
used in shooting some of Hammer's most famous films. They go over the
locations, using screen grabs from the films and comparing them to current shots
from today. For more information, head over to
CHARLES BAND ROAD SHOW & EVIL BONG 3D
Yesterday, we headed into Chicago for the latest Charles Band Road Show.
Normally we wouldn't be that excited about it, since as much as we like Band
himself, his movies over the last decade or so leave a lot to be desired.
But, since Stuart Gordon was going to be there, and they were going to screen
35mm prints of FROM BEYOND, RE-ANIMATOR and the first 35mm screening with an
audience of Gordon's highly underrated CASTLE FREAK, we wanted to make the trip
for that. Barbara Crampton was also going to be there too, as well as
Robin Sydney, one of the stars of EVIL BONG 3D, as well as Band himself.
We've been to the Portage Theater many times over the years,
and know that it has its own usual smell. But this time, something was
different. There was a new funk to it. And while we're not entirely
sure, we think it was actually due to the scratch and sniff cards they were
passing out for EVIL BONG 3D. It made the whole place smell like a 3-month
old sock, that had been soaked in a well used litter box. Not to mention
that while watching the movie, those scratch and sniff cards worked about as
well as a government employee on a shut-down day (or any other day for that
matter). The movie itself was just terrible. While we do give him
credit for doing the old school William Castle type promotion, which I think is
much needed with today's movies, I think Band should spend a little bit more
money and time and actually get some talented people to make these movies, both
in front of and behind the camera. Plus, the whole road show seemed to be
more about Band getting some girls to show their tits than anything else.
As lame as that sounds, from what I was told that he does that for every show.
Really makes a point for me to not go to the next one. We had actually
planned to go get some dinner during the whole road show and EVIL BONG
screening, but they were running so late that by the time we got back from
eating, the road show was still going on. RE-ANIMATOR, which was suppose
to start at 10:30pm, didn't start until close to midnight.
So yes, seeing the Gordon films on the big screen was very
cool, the way they should be seen. Of course, it would have also been nice
if there was a projectionist that knew how to run the thing. During FROM
BEYOND, it seemed to take forever to get the ratio right, with the opening
credits being cut off on one side. And throughout the night, the films
would start to roll up slightly. For a theater that has been around for
decades, you'd think they'd have someone there who knew how to run the
Overall, it was a mixed bag. As always, it is great to
see these classic movies on a big screen. They did have some replicas of
some of the characters from the PUPPET MASTER series, as well as the GingerDead
Man figure on display, which they were actually selling. Some of them
looked pretty damn good. If only I had a little more disposable
income....The Q&A's were good, hearing Gordon and Crampton give insight to the
making of the films, though I think the Q&A's could have been pre-prepped a
little bit more. But that's just me. Not a great day, but seeing
friends there, as well having some great Thai and Mexican food, made it worth
We have posted our report for our first convention, the
HorrorHound Weekend that was held in Indianapolis on March 25th-27th. We
have plenty of photos so you can either remember what was going on there, or see
what you missed. In either case, I'm hoping you make it a point to
join us at the next one. We are hoping to have our Cinema Wasteland report
done next week.
You can either click HERE to go straight to our report, or
just click on the Convention Reports link to the left and look for all our HorrorHound reports. Enjoy!
And while on the subject of conventions, both HorrorHound and
Cinema Wasteland have announced some of the guests that they have lined up for
their next shows. For their Cincinnati show in November (the 11th-,
HorrorHound has only mentioned a reunion for PET SEMETERY, including all of the
major cast. Looking forward to that, plus I'm sure they have plenty more
surprises in store for the fans.
As for Cinema Wasteland, they are going to have having a
special Frank Henenlotter show! Cult fans know this guy for the BASKET
CASE series, as well as BRAIN DAMAGE, FRANKENHOOKER, and his latest, BAD
BIOLOGY. He will be joined by a bunch of people that have worked with him
in the past. Gabe Bartalos, the make up artist who started working with
Henenlotter on BASKET CASE 2 and has worked on all of his films after that.
Other Henenlotter connected guests include Beverly Bonner, David Emge, James Lorinz, Anthony Sneed,
and of course Kevin
Van Hentenryck. Also appearing at the show will be Gunnar Hansen, George Kosana, John Russo, Kyra
Schon, Tom Sullivan, and adult film star Vanessa Del Rio. Stay tuned for
Well it looks like we've stumped everyone on our last photo. Sure, the
movie might be known to some, but we picked a shot that might make it a little
harder to nail it. The shot is that one of of the victims of Anthony
Perkins in his take on the Jekyll & Hyde them, in EDGE OF SANITY. Did get
a few good guesses, so keep trying. You just never know.
For this week's, we're thinking it might be a little easier.
Maybe. Take a good look at it and see what you can come up with.
Good luck! As always, just click
HERE to send in
4-5-11 WASTELAND SURVIVOR!
Just returning from Cinema Wasteland for their 19th show, and
being sick for over a month, it is time for some much needed rest. After
one film fest, two conventions, and another film fest coming up this weekend, it
is more than time for some much needed rest. But as they say, no rest for
the wicked. We are working on getting our report done for both HorrorHound
and Wasteland and hope to have them up in the next week or two. We'll see.
We also totally blew it and forgot to have our Kryptic Army
Mission ready to get sent out on the first. I guess since it was the first
time in 15 months of doing this, I could get a little slack. But it was
kind of nice to get all of these emails from the Army members asking where the
new mission was. Like that I have people waiting for it each month.
Tells me that people really are enjoying it and for the right reasons. So
thank you for that!
So hang in there....and we'll have our normal update this
weekend. And by the way, still haven't gotten any correct answers on the
last Mystery Photo.
3-28-11 HORRORHOUND SURVIVOR
Obviously not our regular update this week since we
were attending the HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis over the weekend.
And what a weekend it was. We are working on our official write up about
the show, with plenty of photos as well, and hope to have that posted before too
long. But in the meantime, I wanted to thank everyone that not only came
out to the show, but that also stopped by our table to say hello and chat.
It really was a blast. From the amazing guests that were attending, to the
thousands of fans that came out to have one hell of a horror party, it was a
great time. And of course, seeing our convention friends is just another
part that makes these weekends so great. Of course, we will be doing it
all over again this coming weekend as we head to Ohio for the Cinema Wasteland
show. So who knows when we'll have our next update done!
We are debuting a new project/section to the website with
this update: Cinematic Crossroads. This is a panel discussion of sorts,
where some die-hard horror fans go head to head on some movies that tend to
divide the fan base. Our object is to give these films a closer look to
see why some like them, and why some don't. Our first film to be tackled....THE
BLAIR WITCH PROJECT!
Just click on the link in our Navigational Bar on the left,
or you can just click HERE. Please check it out and
let us know what you think.
STUART GORDON TO JOIN BAND ROADSHOW
Director Stuart Gordon will be joining Barbara Crampton at
the Charles Band Road Show at the Portage Theater in Chicago on April 9th.
They will be screening Gordon's FROM BEYOND, CASTLE FREAK, and RE-ANIMATOR,
along with Band's latest EVIL BONG 3D. For more details, head over to
Flashback Weekend's site by clicking
don't have anything up there yet about Gordon, but they had announced it on
their Facebook page.
KRYPTIC ARMY - MARCH MISSION
Okay Troops....only got a few more days left to get
those reports in before the month is gone. So if you haven't done it yet,
what are you waiting for? In a few short days, a brand new mission will be
sent out. So let's get moving!
We at least wanted to update this one, since we got quite the response this time
out. For some reason, I thought this might be a little more obscure for
most folks. But apparently I was wrong. Way wrong, since I think
this is the most responses I've ever gotten for a photo. So great to see
people are paying attention. The shot is that of Sam Raimi resting on a
meathook from Scott Spiegel's 1989 INTRUDER. We almost used the famous
band saw kill shot, but thought that was too easy. Maybe next time!
So here is all the lucky ones that sent in the correct answers: Hoby
Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, DCHorror, Mike Dudley, James Dunn, Richard H.
Garcia, Jay Hawkinson, Victor Ives, Mads Jensen, Kristy Jett, Chris Kinniery,
Erik Martin, Anna McKibben, John Pata, David Schmidt, Gavin Schmitt, Mike
Shields, Wayne Teeter, and William Wilson.
So let us take a peek at our new photo and see if you can
tell where this victim is from. Don't think we're going to go too easy on
you this time, do you? Good luck! Just click
HERE to send in
3-20-11 SCI-FI SPECTACULAR 5
While I'd still call most of the films
playing yesterday at the Sci-Fi Spectacular 5 were really more horror, we were
there and still had a great time. We weren't set up at this one, but just
came to watch the movies. I have to say we were a little disappointed when
we heard that NOT OF THIS EARTH was going to screen due to a bad print.
But it was nice seeing another early Corman film, THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED on the
big screen and with a full audience. Not the best movie in the world, but
fun. It was also great seeing Mick Garris' CRITTERS 2 with a full house,
because everyone really seem to enjoy that one. It is a fun movie that
still holds up after all these years. Same goes with Chuck Russell's 1988
remake of THE BLOB. I've always been a fan of that movie and it never gets
old. Such a well made film, with plenty of gore and great characters.
But the other film that was playing that I was interested in
seeing was the one about the killer tire, simply called RUBBER. It didn't
take long to realize the kind of film that they making and the point they were
trying to get across. I loved the idea and how they did it. But the
problem was that I think that would have made one hell of short film, maybe 30
minutes long. But to drag it out to feature length, I was more than ready
for the movie to be over. So kudos for the effort at least.
Both Mick Garris and Chuck Russell were there for the
screenings of their movies, as well as for Q&A's and signings. The Q&A's
were great and fun and fact filled info. I think both of them loved being
able to see a theater full of enthusiastic fans watching one of their earlier
movies and really enjoy it. So thanks for them coming out for this, and of
course, mucho thanks to Rusty Nails for continuing to put on these great film
fests for the Chicago fans. They are always a good time.
A SLIGHT INTERRUPTION...
Since next weekend we will be at the
in Indy, we won't be having our regular update next Sunday. We might get
something posted on that Monday, but not sure. All depends on how worn out
we are from it! Not only is it the first real convention of the year, it's
a big one, with a amazing guest lineup that we are looking forward to seeing.
So it is going to be a great time. If you are making it out to the show,
please swing by our table to say hello.
Of course, the following weekend might just be a repeat,
since we are heading to Ohio for the
show. So not sure just when we'll have our next update done! But
when we do, I know we'll have plenty of photos and stories from both shows.
GOUGH - REST IN PEACE
Michael Gough was one of those actors that no matter
if he was in the lead role or just a supporting one, he was always fun to watch.
It really a shame that most fans know him as Alfred in the BATMAN movies, but
his career is so much broader than that. From working with Hammer and
Amicus films in supporting roles like in HORROR OF DRACULA (1958), THE PHANTOM
OF THE OPERA (1962), DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965), and THE SKULL (1965),
to those films where he was the lead, such as HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM
(1959), KONGA (1961), BLACK ZOO (1963), and a few more. His performances
in such films like HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM are so over-the-top they are so
entertaining to watch, since you know that he had to have been having such fun
with those roles. It was great seeing him pop up in even newer films like
Tim Burton's SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999).
But even outside the horror genre, Gough was always working
in little roles here and there. In one of the online obits, they had a
quote from him that I think really showed how he felt about his career. He
said, “It’s the best way to be. You don’t have the responsibility of a
star, you’re not as expensive as a star, and you get lovely parts. And you don’t
have to worry about status or pecking order.”
Gough had been battling ill health for some time now and
passed away last Thursday. He was 94 years old. He is one character
actor that definitely will never be forgotten since his work will live on and
on, with new movie fans each and every years discovering this man's great body
of work. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
SHOPPE OF HORRORS #26
Hammer fans? Get ready for another incredible issue of
Little Shoppe of Horrors, the best magazine out there dealing with all things
Hammer! Their latest issue, # 26, will featuring HANDS OF THE RIPPER as
their main feature. There will be their usual in-depth article on the
Making of HANDS OF THE RIPPER by Bruce G. Hallenbeck. Plus they have
interviews with the director and some of the actors from the film as well.
And of course, there is always the usual items that fill the magazine with such
interesting and informative reading. There really is no other magazine out
there like Little Shoppe of Horrors. If you love Hammer and British horror
films, then this magazine is definitely for you.
For ordering info and / or more about this magazine, just
FRIDAY FRIGHT NIGHT - OSHKOSH HORROR
The folks up in Oshkosk really know how to help celebrate
their horror community. Just like did last year, this spring they will be
starting their 2nd year of Friday Night Frights at the Time Community Theater.
Every other Friday, they will be screening a classic horror / sci-fi film at the
theater. And the best part, besides getting to see some great and fun
movies, is that it is FREE! How can you beat that?
This program was started to not only get to show case
some fun movies, but also to give people a place and chance to hang out and
watch some flicks. And even better, it is helping to raise money for the
theater. Last year, they raised over $3000! Not bad, if you ask me.
Below is the list of movies they are playing and the dates. If you are in
the area and are free on that evening, we highly recommend you go out and
support this theater and the great people behind all of this!
For more information about Oshkosh Horror and their events,
just click HERE.
THE TERROR (1963) - April 1st
BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS (1961) - April 15th
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1958) - April 29th
I BURY THE LIVING (1959) - May 13th
THE TINGLER (1959) -
TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE (1959) - June 10th
KILLER SHREWS (1959) - June 24th
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959) - July 8th
MANSTER (1960) - July 22nd
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960) - August 5th
KILLERS FROM SPACE (1954) - August 19th
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) - August 26th
THE BAT (1959) - September 16th
HORROR EXPRESS (1973) - September 30th
I guess since the last few photos I had been posting were a
little tougher, that when I posted our last photo, the shot of the beautiful
Lina Romay from Jess Franco's FEMALE VAMPIRE (known for several other titles as
well), people seemed to have just jumped on it. But it brought a smile to
my face that this Franco film is that well known, as it damn well should be.
This was the film that hooked me on Franco, realizing that there really is a
madness behind those eyes of his. So kudos go out to all the following to
sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Nancy
Cremer, Christopher Curry, Jerry Downing, Jennifer Francis, Brian Fukala,
Michael Jarema, Mads Jensen, David Schmidt, Mike Shields, and Wayne Teeter.
Job well done, folks.
But in case I hadn't mentioned this recently, there are
methods to my madness when it comes to picking these photos. If you don't
recognize the photo, but pay attention next week to see what it is from, that
title is going to bury itself in your psyche somewhere...almost like a sleeper
cell. Then at some point, while your browsing through titles, you're going
to come across that movie and the image is going to pop right back up in your
mind. And maybe it will then make you want to watch it. Hopefully at
that point, the film in question is a good one...
But enough explaining....let's get to this week's photo.
Is it a tough one? It is another easy one? Guess you'll have to take
a peek and see for yourself! Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. Good luck!
3-13-11 KRYPTIC ARMY - HALFWAY BEFORE
INSECTS TAKE OVER
Okay Troops, we're almost at the
halfway point for this month's mission. So far we've been getting some
interesting titles sent in. Some that we're surprised that have never been
seen before, but I guess that is one of the reasons I started the whole Army
thing in the first place. Thrills me to no end that it is getting people
to watch some more great movies.
Of course, if you're new to the site and not really sure what
I'm talking about, just head over to our Army page (by clicking
HERE) and read what it is all about. We are always
looking for more soldiers in this never ending quest to Discover the Horror!
BEYOND WEIRD WOBBLER
The same folks that brought you the Weird Wobbler from
DEMONS, Cult Collectibles, are all set to bring another great image from one of
our favorite films. Anybody who has seen Fulci's THE BEYOND remembers the
little red-headed girl getting her face blown off. Well now, thanks to
Cult Collectibles, you can have that little girl with half her face blown off
sitting on your very own desk! We never thought we'd be interested in this
new bobble-head phase, but thanks to people like Mark Murray at Cult
Collectibles, he is making ones that are unique enough to make us want to add
them to our collection.
They are taking pre-orders for THE BEYOND bobblehead, which
you an order through their website by clicking
REVIEW: BLACK SUNDAY
In honor of Barbara Steele appearing at the upcoming
HorrorHound convention, we thought it was time for us to re-visit this classic
film. And since we did, we figured we might as well add a review of it.
Head over to our Review section to check it out.
And if don't have plans, why don't you come out to the HorrorHound Weekend in a
couple of weeks and have the chance to meet this true icon of the genre?
Click HERE for
all the info.
DEL TORO'S LOVECRAFT PROJECT DEAD...?
Okay, I'm sure we've all heard that Guillermo del Toro's $150
million dream project of Lovecraft's At The Mountain of Madness has been passed
by Universal. Trust me...I'm not too happy about this either.
Basically since it all came down to del Toro wanting to keep the R rating
because he wanted to make this movie "intense". I have heard/read people
complaining about del Toro and all these announced projects that he's working on
that never seem to happen, and really getting sick of it. In my eyes, del
Toro can do no wrong. The fact that he is sticking to his guns and letting
this project possibly not happen right now because he wants to keep it with an R
rating shows this guy has something that most people working in Hollywood don't
have. The balls and guts to walk away from something unless he is
completely happy with it. Have we forgotten that this is the same guy who
fought the studio, delaying the first HELLBOY movie for some time, all because
he was determined to have Ron Pearlman play the lead? Had he been like
most other Hollywood soulsuckers, he would have jumped at the very first offer
he had to make the movie with Jean Claude Van Damn was the star!
This guy has done for the horror genre more than any other
director in a very, very long time. He is a die hard fan, but also one
that doesn't just want to crank out low quality films. So no matter how
many projects he has in the fire, or get delayed, or pushed back, or cancelled,
the fact that he has that drive to keep working on so many things keeps me
happy. Or he could be like these other types that make one movie every 5
years and is still regarded as a icon. Give me a break. So, del
Toro, you keep doing what you're doing. I know that when the time is
right, we will get to see your versions of FRANKENSTEIN and the MADNESS hit the
big screen at some point. And they will be more than worth waiting for.
FULCI - 15 YEARS LATER
It was 15 years ago today that we lost the Italian Godfather
of Gore, Lucio Fulci. This was only months after he made his first and
only American convention appearance at the Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors show in
New York, January of 1996. We were one of the lucky ones to attend that
show, even though it meant getting stuck in Pennsylvania for two days because of
a massive snow storm, it was more than worth it just to meet this great man.
I can remember getting to the hotel the Friday night before the show, wondering
if Fulci was actually going to be there. After checking in at the front
desk, turning around to go to my room and seeing an old man standing there by
himself, wearing the red and black hat that he wore in CAT IN THE BRAIN, and
realizing that one of my favorite directors was standing only a few feet away
from me. Before I could say anything, he was joined by some other people
and walked away. But at least I knew that he was here. And now
matter what or how bad the rest of the show was going to be, it didn't matter.
Lucio Fulci was there. For photos from that show, head over to our
convention page for our little write up on his appearance, by clicking
While a lot of people think that most of Fulci's movies were
schlocky, it really was because of his budgets. Had he been given the
budget, he could have continued the great run of classic films that he did in
the period between 1979 and 1982. He was making film after film, back to
back. He was working on HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY even before THE BEYOND hit
the theaters. But once producers saw how much money his films were making,
they thought he could keep repeating that, but with a much lower budget.
And the fact that horror films were the only thing that he was getting offered,
it was hard for a man who had worked in every genre of films out there, to keep
wanting to do the same thing over and over again, but with a lot less money.
But when he was on his game, he gave us amazing films, ones
that are still talked about, written about, and watched by a new generation of
fans each and every year. THAT...is the sign of a true master filmmaker.
And that is what he will always be remembered for. So...on this
anniversary, what a better time to break out one of his films and have your own
tribute/memorial of the late, great Lucio Fulci.
OF THE VAMPIRE SOUNDTRACK
I guess we're kind of on an Italian kick this week. But
when we came across this little news bite, we figured we'd have to pass it along
to our fellow fans of Italian movie soundtracks. Now we haven't heard any
of this yet, so this isn't a review as much of just to let you know that it is
available for pre-order, which I know we will be doing. But the complete
score for LA CRIPTA E L'INCUBO (aka CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD), starring
Christopher Lee, will be released in its complete form for the first time.
The music by Carlo Savina provides the listener with "the classic sounds of the
British Hammer films witha range of gloomy and tensive themes alternated
with a recurring and sad love theme." That sounds like a real winner to
It's great that companies like Cinevox Records that take the
time and effort to bring these lost scores back to life, for new generations of
fans to listen to and enjoy. I know that title will be joining my
collection very soon. You can pre-order the CD for only $19.95 by clicking
This week's lesson is about a small time filmmaker from
Louisville Kentucky that almost made it to the big time, had it not been for a
tragic accident that took his life. Head over to our
classroom to find out who we are talking about.
Okay folks, while we did stump most of you out there, I have to say that I was
surprised to see a couple of correct answers come in for last week's photo.
The film is the 1983 Filipino-made film THE KILLING OF SATAN. This film
really needs to be seen to believe. It is outrageous, crazy, funny (though
not intentional) and down right entertaining. I'm sure this one will be
screening at this year's Turkey Day Marathon. It is out on DVD and is
definitely worth your time, especially when watching in a group of like-minded
film fans. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. So kudos out to Mads Jensen and
William Wilson for knowing this cult films. Job well done!
And now on to this week's photo. We figured we might
take it a LITTLE easier this week, since we' have had a few tough ones lately.
But don't think we're getting soft or anything....Also, for those at work,
there's a bit of nudity in this one, so be careful. So here it is....take
a look, and click
HERE to send in your answer. As always, good luck.
3-6-11 KRYPTIC WORLD TOUR STARTS THIS MONTH
After a long, cold and snowy winter, the start off the 2011
Kryptic World Tour is almost at hand. In a couple of weeks, we will be
having 4 weekends of events that we are planning on being at. Almost
reminds me of October! But we are really looking forward to seeing a bunch
of our convention friends and family, and being able to escape from reality for
a little while. Here is what we have planned so far:
Sci-Fi Spectacular on March 19th at the Music Box Theatre
- We won't be setting up at this show, but will be there to take in the
great movies they are screening. From the original Corman classic NOT
OF THIS EARTH, to CRITTERS 2 (with director Mick Garris appearing), the new
bizarre movie RUBBER (about a killer tire) to Chuck Russell's incredibly fun
remake of THE BLOB (Russell will be appearing as well), to plenty of other
great movies in this 14-hour marathon. For all the details, just click
HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis on March 25th to 27th
- With an incredible guest lineup for this show, it has all the makings for
another great show. From many different reunions from HOUSE BY THE
CEMETERY to KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, to a collection of guests from
'80s slasher movies, to other cult icons like Barbara Steele and many, many
more. We are very excited about this show and am looking forward to
having a incredible time, hanging out with tons of friends, and making
plenty more. For all the info about this show, just click
Cinema Wasteland in Strongsville Ohio on April 1st to 3rd
- The very next weekend, we head to Ohio for the best show around.
There is nothing like Wasteland. This time out, they are celebrating
Italian director Ruggero Deodato and his
films, with stars from many of his films attending. For all the
details, just click
Full Moon Film Fest,
featuring the world premier of EVIL BONG 3D on April 9th at the Portage
Theater in Chicago - Charles Band presents his Full Moon Horror Road show,
with screenings of RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, CASTE FREAK, and his latest
feature EVIL BONG 3D. Barbara Crampton and Robin Sydney will be
appearing as well. For more details, just click
THE NESTING DVD
We were amazed and thrilled to read the news that Blue
Underground would be releasing this long lost movie from 1981. Coming to
DVD for the first time, THE NESTING tells the story of a mystery writer, who
suffers from agoraphobia, moves into an old house to help her with her writer's
block. But once at this old house, strange things start to happen and
people start dying. As she uncovers the history of the old house, she
starts to uncover more and more of this great early '80s mystery. John
Carradine and cult star Gloria Grahame co-star.
Blue Underground will be releasing this on both regular DVD
and Blu-Ray in a director's cut version for the first time, in a 1.85:1
widescreen. They will also include trailers, TV spots, and poster still
galleries. I know we are really looking forward to adding this title to
our collection when it comes out on June 28th.
SHIRT AT FRIGHT RAGS
Our good friend and amazing artist Putrid has made his Fright
Rags debut with a collaboration with Jeff Zornow with a excellent design for
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD. You can check it out by clicking
HERE. Also check out Fright Rags new CRITTERS shirt.
HORROR LECTURE IN CHICAGO
For Chicago area horror fans, this Tuesday at the Hungry
Brain at 9:00pm, there will be a Horror 101 lecture by Adam Hart Megan Milks.
Hart's lecture/discussion will be on "What's the Point of a Monster?: Freddy,
Jason and the Villains of Horror" that will focus on the slasher films of the
'70s and '80s. Milks will discuss Women in Horror, "specifically the
notion of the Monstrous Feminine and how it's exploited in the genre."
Both Hart and Milks teach classes in various horror subjects.
We would love to come out to this, but just not sure if we
could make it during the week. But if you are in the city, we would highly
recommend checking it out. And best of all, it is free. Free horror
lectures...pretty damn inviting if you ask me. The Hungry Brain is located
at 2319 W. Belmont (708-608-6054).
From Midnight Marquee, who gave us the Fanex Files DVD, comes
another documentary DVD called Midnight Madness. This 2-disc set features
a history of the horror & sci-fi genres in 4 different sections. The
sections covered are: The Golden Age of the Horror Film, The Atomic-Crazed
Fifties, Teens Invade the Drive-Ins / The Studio That Dripped Blood, and lastly
The Swinging Sixties to the Awesome Eighties. There are interviews with
countless names from then genres, like Forry Ackerman, Samuel Z. Arkoff,
Veronica Carlson, Roger Corman, Freddie Francis, Christopher Lee, Ingrid Pitt,
Robert Quarry, Robert Wise, and many more.
We were honored to be a part of this little project, working
with Gary and Sue from Midnight Marquee, and looking forward to seeing it for
ourselves. For ordering information and to view some clips from the DVDs,
Yes, we know classes have been out for a little while.
But hopefully we can get them back on a regular basis. This week, we cover
a great British actor who you might know for his work with Hammer Films.
Head over to the classroom HERE to find out who
It seems that our last photo was even tougher than our previous week, since we
didn't receive any correct answers, or even guesses for that matter. Looks
like I've stumped even the mighty Hoby Abernathy on this one. Well, the
shot was from the god-awful film BLACK ROSES, one of those heavy metal horror
movies that came out in the late '80s. I remember seeing the poster art
for this film and being very excited about seeing it. But I think there
was much more talent and work that went into that poster than the movie.
So while we're on a roll with really tough ones, let's throw
this one out there. Watching this movie the other day just blew me away.
And seeing this shot, I immediately knew I needed to use it for a Mystery Photo.
And so here we are. Take a look, get that brain working, and take your
best shot. Good luck! Just click
HERE to send us
2-27-11 BLOB DIRECTOR ADDED TO SCI-FI SPECTACULAR
Chuck Russell, director of the amazingly entertaining remake
of THE BLOB, not to mention NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 and THE MASK, will be
attending the Sci-Fi Spectacular next month at the Music Box Theatre. He
will be joining Mick Garris, and a ton of other sci-fi and horror fans as they
come out to enjoy several great films. For all the details about the show,
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: THE RITE
We have posted our review for Alex Heffes' score for THE
RITE. Head over to our Soundtrack section to check it out.
BOOK REVIEW: BELA LUGOSI - DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES
We have posted our review of Gary D. Rhodes Lugois bio book,
Bela Lugosi: Dreams and Nightmares. For any serious fans of this horror
icon, it is a must read. You can read our review in our Library section.
Just click HERE.
Once again, I am amazed at how Mr. Hoby Abernathy seems to pull these answers
out of his hat. Okay, so maybe living way out in the middle of South
Dakota, you don't have a lot of things to do, but still. We knew this
close up shot was going to be a tough one. So with a bow of honor to him
for being the only one to come up with the correct answer for our photo last
week, we here at the Krypt salute you. Well done, sir. The shot was
the poor Dagmar Lassendar on the end of a poker stick in Lucio Fulci's HOUSE BY
So this time out, we are going to go with something possibly
a little easier, but definitely more cheesier. So good luck!
Just click HERE
to send in your answer.
DAVE FRIEDMAN - REST IN PEACE
"The Sultan of Sleaze" was a title that Friedman wore with
pride. One of the original "Forty Thieves", who were like the traveling
carnies, but dealt in exploitation films, such as nudie cuties,
supposed 'sex-education' films, and all sorts of other sorted goodies.
Friedman learned his philosophy from the carnies....""Sell the sizzle, not the
steak". But years later, when the nudie cutie fad was starting to become
old news, he and his partner H.G. Lewis created a brand new film genre, the
likes that nobody had ever seen before....the gore film. That film was
BLOOD FEAST, and the rest is history.
Friedman's legacy is one that will be talked about for years
to come. Film scholars will be studying and teaching about this lost art
of what Friedman and his buddies where doing.
KRYPTIC ARMY - ONE MORE WEEK
Just a friendly reminder to you soldiers out there that
haven't reported in yet. You only have a week left. Don't let your
fellow soldiers down. And of course, if you're not a member of our Kryptic
Army, just head over to our Army page for all the
NEW MOVIE MONSTER BOOK
Director John Landis has recently been
working on a book on movie monsters, called Monsters in the Movies, which
according to Landis is "an overall compendium". With "thousands of
photos", the book will covers from all the genres, not just horror. Also
included in the book are "conversations" that Landis had with talents like Rick
Baker, Christopher Lee, Ray Harryhausen, David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro,
and many more. Being somewhat of a book collector, I have to say that I'm
pretty excited about this.
Unfortunately, it is only available for pre-order from
Amazon.uk right now, but hopefully it will show up on these shores before too
SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP BOOK
One of the things that we are always asked at conventions is
if we have any books on how to do special makeup effects, specifically gore
effects. Over the years we've seen a few different makeup books, but most
of them dealt with stage and theater makeup. And other than Tom Savini's
book, we didn't know of too much else. But yesterday while at our good
friend's John Pata, he showed me a book that I was amazed that I had never seen
before. It was called Special Effects Makeup by Janus Vinther. Just
browsing through the book, I couldn't believe all the different things the book
was covering, from simple gunshot or cut wounds to full body gore.
So if any makeup fans out there that are looking for a good
how-to book that won't cost you a fortune, just click on this
Amazon link. You might even want to do your own search to see if you
could find it even cheaper. But we figured we'd at least get you in the
started in the right direction. Good Luck!
A TRIP TO OSHKOSH
Yesterday, we made a trip up north for a double feature that
was playing at the House of Horrors. Don't know what that is? How
about Oshkosh Horror? No? Well then, just click
HERE to find out more of all this crazy horror stuff
that happens up north in the land of cheese.
HORRORHOUND GUEST UPDATE
Yes, Dario Argento has cancelled from the HorrorHound Indy
show, which is a major bummer. BUT...they have added a name that I think
is one hell of a replacement. And that would be the iconic Barbara Steele.
From her start in the horror genre with Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY (1960) to the
countless Italian movies that she made, like CASTLE OF BLOOD, NIGHTMARE CASTE,
SHE-BEAST, LONG HAIR OF DEATH, to the tons of films she's made outside of Italy,
like SHIVERS and PIRANHA, she has made a big impact on the genre. So I
know that I for one, am very excited to meet this legend.
And to make this show even better, they have also added a
couple of more names to their HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY reunion. So joining
the already scheduled Catriona MacColl, Giovanni Frezza, and Silvia Collatina,
will be Carlo De Mejo and Dagmar Lassander. De Mejo also was in Fulci's
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (1980) and MANHATTAN BABY (1982), as well as Luigi
Cozzi's CONTAMINATION (1980) and Bruno Mattei's THE OTHER HELL (1981).
Lassander was in Fulci's THE BLACK CAT (1981), Mario Bava's HATCHET FOR THE
HONEYMOON (1970), and Lamberto Bava's DEVIL FISH (1984) and the cult classic
WEREWOLF WOMAN (1976).
They have also recently added Kristannna Loken from
TERMINATOR 3, Kyle Gass from IDLE HANDS and JACOB'S LADDER, and Tiffany Shepis.
For all the details, head over to the convention's website
is going to be another epic show, so hopefully we'll see you there. If
you're coming out, please make sure you stop by our table and chat! We
love to meet other die-hard fans!
It seems that our last photo was a bit easier, since we got quite a few correct
answers sent it. Though....not as many as I would have hoped. Looks
like some people need to start getting more in those Hammer films.
The shot is that of Ralph Bates from Hammer's LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (1971).
Congrats goes out to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Gregory Avery, Aaron
Christensen, Chris Kinniery, Kevin Matthews, Ryan Olson, David Schmidt, Mike
Shields, and Wayne Teeter.
So of course, that means that this week's is going to be even
tougher. Granted, the movie is not that obscure, but maybe this shot might
be a little harder to nail down. So...why not give a look at take a stab
at it! Just click
HERE to send in
your answer, and as always, good luck!
2-13-11 CHRISTOPHER LEE RECEIVES ACADEMY
One of the last of the great horror stars, the 88 year old
Christopher Lee is in the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the most
film acting roles. And today, he receives the Academy Fellowship at
the Orange British Academy Film Awards. Now I won't lie. I've have
my issues with Lee over the years, mainly due to his occasional negative remarks
about being known for his horror roles. You know the roles, the ones that
made him famous. But with all that aside, that has never stopped me from
enjoying his performances, or taken away the fact that he is a very talented
actor. So anytime that an actor who has played in so many horror films, is
now being given the highest honor an individual could receive in recognition to
their contribution to film, is a great thing, no matter what. What is even
funnier is how that some of these films were actually considered trash back then, but have
now become respectable and even classics after all these years. Makes you
wonder, doesn't it?
CHARLES BAND ROAD SHOW - MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
Admittedly, we usually aren't too excited about the latest
film from Full Moon Entertainment. Nothing against them mind you, I just
usually don't care for them. Even to the point that when I heard about a
World Premiere of Band's latest movie, EVIL BONG 3-D: THE WRATH OF BONG, I
didn't even bother mentioning it. But, once my fellow Chicago horror buddy
Bryan from Shu-izms told that this little
event is much more than just that feature, I quickly marked it on my calendar
and plan to be there.
On Saturday, April 9th, at Chicago's Portage Theater, and
being sponsored by Flashback Weekend, they will be screening the world premiere
of EVIL BONG 3-D: THE WRATH OF BONG from a 35mm print, complete with 3-D effects
as well as Sniff-O-Rama. No matter what one might think of the film, you
have to give Band credit for putting on this road show and this type of
presentation. Something that is sorely missed today. According to
Band, the movie will feature “the record amount of naked alien beauties,
boobies, and reefer hits to ever be presented in 3-D”.
But not only will you see this feature, but they will also be
having a Barbara Crampton triple feature: RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, and CASTLE
FREAK, all from 35mm prints! And even better, Barbara Crampton herself
will be there in person. Other guests include Band himself, as well as
Robin Sydney, star of all three EVIL BONG movies.
DEL TORO'S NEW CAR
This is yet another reason why I love Guillermo del Toro so
much. We've always know that he is a fellow horror fan, just like the rest
of us. He geeks out on collectibles and memorabilia, just like most horror
fans. Only difference is that he has a little bit more money than we do.
But on the new CRONOS DVD, we get a little tour of his Bleak House, where he
keeps his collection, and it was freaking incredible. This is a person
that wants to surround himself with things from the genre that he loves.
But it doesn't stop there. He mentioned some time ago
that his brother was building him a real life replica of the title character
from the 1977 movie THE CAR. And now, as you can see from the photo, is it
done. How freaking cool is that??? This is the sign of a film geek
that has made it.
VHS COLLECTORS? CHECK THESE OUT
We were sent a link to this blog that has been posting some
pics of some amazing looking video box art, from all around the country.
Some of them really bring back memories of watching through video stores, when
they use to be huge and filled with all sorts of great looking covers.
Just lick HERE
to check them out.
KINDERTRAUMA - CHECK THEM OUT
Here is another site that we've recently come across that we
are really enjoying. They have some great stuff in here, including some
Mystery Photos that will really get your brain working. Just click on the
banner below to get there. I think you will enjoy what you find there.
We have posted our thoughts on the newly release MONSTERS,
with mixed thoughts on it. Head over to our Reviews
section or just click on the banner below, to get more details on what we thought about it.
SCI-FI SPECTACULAR UPDATE
I know we posted an update last week about this, but
the final lineup has been announced, which is listed below. But they have
also announced that director/writer/creator of Masters of Horrors, Mick Garris
will be attending this time out. His film CRITTERS 2 will be screening,
which is a pretty fun and entertaining sequel. All the fun starts at
11:30am on March 19th.
Here is the lineup:
Noon - NOT OF THIS EARTH (1957)
1:45pm - KRULL (1983)
4:00pm - CRITTERS 2 (1988)
6:15pm - NAKED LUNCH (1991)
8:30pm - RUBBER (2010) - Midwest Theatrical Premiere
10:00pm - THE BLOB (1988)
12:00am - EVENT HORIZON (1997)
DEMONS REUNION AT CHILLER
Fans of Lamberto Bava's DEMONS should start making their
plans now for the April Chiller Theatre show. For their Italian Invasion
4, they will be having director Bava there, as well as actors Bobby Rhodes and
Geretta-Gerretta, makeup man Sergio Stivaletti, and composer (and ex-Goblin
member) Claudio Simonetti. This is all taking place on April 29th through
Okay folks, today's lesson is about a man who won Oscars for
his work in the industry as a cameraman, even help develop a way of filming
sitcoms that is still being used today. But horror fans should know him
for not only the horror films that he filmed, but also the 2 films that he
directed, since those are still being considered classics today. Which
they rightly so should be. So head over the classroom to learn a little
more about this man.
I have to say that I am pretty surprised and impressed with all the correct
answers for last week's photo. I figured that was a little cult film that
hasn't been seen by too many people. So it brought a smile to my face each
time I got another correct answer. Shows that people are still watching
the older films. Job well done. But the ones that knew the shot was
from the 1977 film DEMON SEED, were as follows: Hoby Abernathy, Gregory
Avery, Wendy Bodine, Aaron Christensen, Craig J. Clark, Dave Friedman, Rick
Hayden, Mads Jensen, Agustin Ignacio, and David Schmidt. Great job,
Of course, after so many got our last one, I almost feel bad
putting this one up, since I think its going to be an easy one. But I
guess we'll just wait and see. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer, and as always, good luck!
TURA SATANA - REST IN PEACE
The Horror & Exploitation fandom lost another great figure
last Friday. Tura Satana, star of Russ Meyer's FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL!
KILL! and Ted V. Mikels' ASTRO ZOMBIES passed away on Feb. 4th due to reportedly
heart failure. Satana made a name for herself from an early age, of
growing up in hard times, working as an exotic dancer and nude model, before
making her mark in the Meyer film. Always playing the strong domineering
female character, Satana showed audiences that "women could be gorgeous and sexy
and still kick ass."
Our thoughts go out to her friends and family. She will
be missed, but she will never be forgotten.
TOM CRUISE AND LOVECRAFT???
There have been some reports floating around that Tom Cruise
just might be starring in del Toro's AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. Now, as
much as we really don't care for Cruise, we must try to look at this
objectively. Years ago, when he was cast as Lestat in INTERVIEW WITH THE
VAMPIRE, we were not happy. But as it turned out, Cruise did an
exceptional job in that role. Now, since this film still hasn't been
officially gotten the greenlight (though with James Cameron producing, how is it
NOT going to???), Cruise's name added to the marquee would do a lot of
things. Give this film a bigger audience than it might have otherwise.
It would bring more money to the production. Could mean more
merchandising. But even with all of that, I really hope they go with
someone else. I want the movie to be about the story, not about the star
of the film.
WOMEN IN HORROR PANEL
Chicago area fans that are looking for
something to do tomorrow night, head over to the Claudia Cassidy Theater for a Q&A and
discussion of Women in Horror. Best selling author L.A. Banks (The Vampire
Legend series), Ken Hite (H.P. Lovecraft expert), Aly Renee Amidei (WildClaw's
Carmilla playwright), Sourcebooks iDrakula editor Marie Macaisa, and Carmilla
herself, actress Michaela Petro. The event will be hosted by Brian Kirst.
And more importantly, this is a FREE EVENT! So what a better way to spend
a Monday night then to learn something about the horror genre that you might not
For more info about the event, just click
SCI-FI SPECTACULAR UPDATE
EVENT HORIZON has been added to the lineup for this year's
Sci-Fi Spectucular. Also playing will be Quentin Dupieux's film RUBBER.
If you have not seen the trailer for this, go online and look it up. It is
about a killer tire. Yes, that's right...a killer tire. As silly as
that sounds...I have to give them credit for making the trailer look pretty damn
Also with that, they will also be playing the short films
BLOOD KIN by Del Harvey and Greg Nicotero's UNITED MONSTER TALENT AGENCY.
And of course, vintage trailers and more. For all the details, check out
their facebook page by clicking
Our last photo was from a movie that features some old fashion stop animation.
Something that you don't see too often anymore, due to the technical advances of
computer animation. But it is something that always brings a smile to my
face. Sure it is dated, but fun. This shot came from the 1977 film
CRATE LAKE MONSTER. Not a great movie by any means, but is definitely
worth watching because of the title creature. Kudos goes out to Hoby
Abernathy, Craig J. Clark, David Schmidt, and Mike Shields for naming the
Our next one comes from somewhat around that time, but deals
with a completely different kind of monster. Take a peek at the photo and
see what your little mind can conceive. Good luck! Just click
HERE to send in
WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE HORROR FAN
I would like to take a second to point
out something that I think, as horror fans, sometimes we forget. And that
is that this is a great time to be a horror fan. First of all, the
availability of films today is staggering. From Netflix, to streaming
video, online retailers both inside and outside the country, you can find just
about any title you might be looking for. And even the "impossible" titles
get fewer and fewer each and every day. Those old enough, especially the
ones growing up in England in the late '70s & early '80s, might remember the
Video Nasties scandal over in the UK, where one could actually go to jail for
simply owning a copy of a movie. Times have dramatically changed since
then. And for that, we should be very grateful.
The internet has opened up a massive doorway and meeting
place for fellow fans. Long gone are the times when a fan didn't have the
chance to be able to find like-minded fans to talk about movies with. With
a huge place to network, chat, discuss and dissect films and filmmakers (both
for better and for worse), it not only gives fans an outlet, but also
justification of what they are doing is not just a waste of time.
As horror fans, we know that it is one of the oldest genres
out there. We know that it is one of the most profitable genres. And
we know it will always be considered the black sheep of the family, and never
given the credit it rightly deserves. We know that there are still certain
groups that would love to throw us horror fans in the same league as Devil
worshippers, serial killers, and the rest of the deviant brand of society.
But then again, nobody is perfect. All we can do is continue to educate
ourselves, that way, if need be, we can prove to them that we are not the
disheveled and un-washed masses (not counting those ones at movie
conventions...you know who you are) that they claim we are, but intelligent,
respectful, and highly talented group of people that just happened to like
watching such things as zombies tearing out someone's brain to snack on.
Nothing wrong with that, is there???
On a small side note on that, if you can the chance, we
highly recommend you view the new documentary Video Nasties:
Moral Panic, Censorship &
Videotape. Directed by Jake West, this shows what England through at that
time, when there certain people that were trying to save their children from the
corruption that watching horror movies could cause. Scary times, my
friends. Especially when you realize that they had no evidence other than
strictly opinions. It is things like this
that we have to remember, or as they say in the documentary, so when it happens
again, we will be ready.
Friday night we headed into Chicago for a night of horror
filled fun and friends. Our 2nd stop was to to see the 1980 slasher film
MANIAC on the big screen at the Music Box Theater. Been years since we'd
seen it so it was great to be able to see it on the big screen. Many kudos
to the Music Box to continually have such screenings.
But before we did that, we took in the cultured route and
went to see a stage play. But this was no ordinary stage play. This
was Carmilla, the latest presentation from Chicago's WildClaw Theatre.
Being a lifelong fan of horror movies, it is such a pleasure to be able to see
the same things I love in the movies, but have them played out in the flesh,
right in front of me, a mere few feet away. Never being a 'theater'
person, seeing it only as a novelty, WildClaw has done great strides in changing
that for me. This is the 3rd production of theirs that I have seen, and
each time, I feel drawn more and more into this world. Granted, I'm sure
horror element has a great deal to do with it. But none the less, I found
myself being highly entertained by their latest presentation, that of J.
Sheridan LeFanu's Carmilla.
What looked to be their biggest or grandest production yet,
WildClaw gave me a night of lesbian vampires, blood, gothic landscapes,
Victorian accents, and a lot of fun. Adapted for the stage by Aly Renee
Amidei, and performed by some wonderful and talented players, it was like
watching an old Hammer film live in person. Okay, maybe not as much sex
and nudity as in a Hammer Film, but still highly entertaining.
I do want to mention that while everyone in the play did a
great job, I would like to point out Scott T. Barsotti was really exceptional as
the gypsy hunchback. Barsotti is the WildClaw member who wrote THE
REVENANTS, which was the last WildClaw production that we had seen. I've
meet Scott a couple of times at some WildClaw events, but didn't recognize him
until about 1/2 through the performance. His portrayal of the character of
the gypsy Martin, would have fit perfectly in quite a few Hammer films.
Steve Herson, playing the doctor, also reminded me one of the many 'medical
characters' from Hammer's gothic pictures. And of course, Michaela Petro
fit the part of Carmilla, with her blazing wide and entrancing eyes.
If you have never checked out any of WildClaw's previous
productions, head over to the Chicago DCA Theater and put that streak to an end.
For more information about WildClaw and all that they have going on, just click
HERE. You can
HERE to see what the Chicago Tribune thought about Wildclaw's latest.
SISKEL PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR FILM SERIES
Any Chicago area fans that want to see a series of great
horror films AND get an after film lecture? The Gene Siskel Film Center is
holding another film lecture series, called The Mask of Sanity: Psychological
Horror Films, which starts next Tuesday at 6:00pm. Each Tuesday, they will
screen a movie which will then be followed by a lecture by Jim Trainor, as
Associate Professor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. The film
and lecture is every Tuesday, with the film only screening the following Friday
or Saturday. According to Trainor, the lector series will "will focus on
close analysis of individual films, the director's history and creative vision,
specific techniques and their origins, and the relationship of films to
contemporary events or anxieties."
Below is a list of the films in the series, along with the
dates. Several years ago, we attended a film lecture series there and not
only had a great time, but also was able to see some classic films on the big
screen. For more info, just
REPULSION (1965)- Feb 1st
EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1959) - Feb. 5th & 8th
PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971) - Feb. 11th & 15th
CACHÉ (2005) - Feb. 18th & 22nd
PSYCHO (1960) - Feb. 25th & Mar. 1st
THE STEPFATHER (1987) - Mar. 8th
SAFE (1995) - Mar. 15th
BADLANDS (1973) - Mar. 22nd
DIABOLIQUE (1955) - Mar. 29th
OPEN WATER (2003) - Apr. 1st & 5th
THE BIRDS (1963) - Apr. 8th & 12th
VIRGIN SPRING (1960) - Apr. 15th & 19th
DELIVERANCE (1972) - Apr. 22nd & 26th
TBA - May 6th & 10th
OTHER CHICAGO MOVIE SCREENINGS
On March 19th, Movieside Film Fest will be holding their
Sci-Fi Spectacular 5 at the Music Box Theater. So far, the movies they
have announced are KRULL (1983), NAKEN LUNCH (1991), and THE BLOB (1988).
When we get more details, we'll post them here.
Also, Facets Cinematheque's Night School program will be
starting in February again. On the 19th at midnight, they will be
screening THE BONEYARD (1991), presented by Facets Lew Ojeda. They haven't
listed the rest of the film in the program yet, but when they do, we will list
them here. Or you can check their site for updates as well, by clicking
While at the Music Box Friday night for the screening of
MANIAC, director Bill Lustig mentioned a couple of titles that his company Blue
Underground will be put re-issuing on Blu-ray later this year: Lucio Fulci's
HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY and ZOMBIE. He mentioned that both are being
transferred from the camera negative and that both will have new features,
especially for ZOMBIE.
In other DVD news, DVD Drive-In posted on their site that
some rare horror titles that will be coming out on DVD this year. The
first one is the 1956 film THE BLACK SLEEP that has an all-start horror cast.
This is one film that I had always read terrible reviews for, but once I
actually sat down and watched it, was surprised at how much I liked it, but also
how good it really was. You can read our review of it
HERE. Another classic, which was one that I wasn't overly impressed
with, was QUEEN OF BLOOD (1966). Not a bad film mind you, but one that I
guess I just expected more from. But in either case, is one that everyone
should check out and get your own opinion. And lastly is the 1972 film
DAUGHTERS OF SATAN, starring Tom Selleck.
ALIEN TERRAIN REVIEW
We have posted our review of the latest release from Phantom
Soundtracks. Real soundtracks from fake movies. Great concept and
great music. Check out our review HERE.
Recently posted on Fangoria's site, in an upcoming
interivew with Luigi Cozzi, he mentioned that Michele Soavi would be finally
making his return to the horror genre. That right there, is incredible
news. But they mention that he is working on a sequel to his last horror
film, DELLAMORETE DELLAMORE. Now, I'm tickled to see him coming back to
the genre, and that DELLAMORTE is one of my favorite films. But a sequel?
I am very hopeful for this, but really am curious as to where he is going to
take this one. Hopefully Soavi can put some life back into the Italian
horror film industry.
This week's lesson is on a character actor who has worked
with many different directors and appeared in countless horror movies in his
career. His face and voice are two things about him that makes him easy to
remember. Head over to the classroom to
learn more about him.
Seems our last photo "stumped" quite a few people. That poor fellow was a
very young Bruce Dern, who not only lost his hand, but is about to lose his head
as well. The shot is from HUSH...HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964), starring
the incomparable Bette Davis. Kudos to Hoby Abernathy, Dave Friedman, and
Mike Shields for knowing the movie.
But let's get on to this week's latest ocular
testing....Feast your eyes, as they say, and see what you can come up with.
This one is little bit more fun than the last few. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer, and as always, Good Luck.
1-23-11 KRYPTIC ARMY
Okay troops...in case you were paying attention, you only
have a week left to get in those mission reports. A week from Tuesday is a
new month and a new mission. Don't want to be late on the first month of
the new year, do you? So let's pick up the pace and get to work!
SCREENING IN CHICAGO
Chicago area fans have the chance to see one of the best
examples of '80s gore/slasher films of that time. Really before the MPAA
started to get all righteous and stuff. MANIAC, starring the incredible
Joe Spinell, will be screening at two midnight shows at the Music Box Theater
next Friday and Saturday night (27th & 28th). Featuring a brand new print
of the film, director Bill Lustig will be there for a Q&A as well. If you
haven't seen this film, it really is a must see. And even if you have,
seeing it on the big screen is even better. Spinell gives one hell of a
performance here. Plus, the film is filled with effects by Tom Savini.
I'm know we will be out there one of the two nights. Hope to see a big
crowd out there.
We have posted our review of Dario Argento's TENEBRE.
Although, the first part of the review is almost a confession of sorts.
Head over to our Review section to find out why.
In this week's little lecture, we talk about a director that
is probably more famous for a film did DIDN'T direct, then the ones he did.
Head over to the classroom to find out who we
are talking about.
Well, we figured we were going to...STUMP a few people with last week's photo.
It is a rare flick, even though it did get a release or two on video back in the
'80s. While not a fast past movie, J.S. Cardone's 1982 film THE
SLAYER is still a fun watch. The death scenes, as you can see in last
week's photo, are pretty interesting and well done. Kudos go to Hoby
Abernathy & Kristin Wicks. For some reason I think there was one other
person that sent in the correct answer, but can't find the email. And I
have a feeling it was one of the ones in our Share-the-Scare a couple of weeks
ago when we screened this. So if I did miss you, let me know, and
apologize in advance!
But let's get to our latest film. We seem to be on a
amputation theme going on. If you need help on this one, maybe someone
could give you...a hand??? Yea, I know....that was pretty bad. Can't
help myself. Anyway, good luck and just click
HERE to send us
ANNE FRANCIS - REST IN PEACE
Somehow we forgot to mention the passing of another famous
name from the horror/sci-fi genre, that of Anne Francis, who along with Leslie
Nielsen, battled the terrors on THE FORBIDDEN PLANET. She had appeared on
countless TV shows throughout her long career. She passed away on January
2nd, from complications from a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, according
to her official website.
Our thoughts go out to her friends and family.
KRYPTIC WORLD TOUR 2011
Now that the holidays are thankfully over, we can concentrate
our kicking off our 2011 World Tour, which we will be doing officially in March
at the HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis. It has been 2 months
since our last convention, the last HorrorHound one, and we are chomping at the
bit for the next one to start. Seems like forever! So below are the
shows that we currently have lined up or are planning to be at. Hopefully
there are a few more added in there, as well as maybe film festivals and what
Weekend Indianapolis - March 25th-27th - Guests include: Dario Argento,
Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, Sean Patrick Flanery, Tom Atkins, Stacey
Nelkin, Dick Warlock, Barbara Magnolfi, Stefania Casini, Catriona MacColl,
Lisa Marie, Suzanne Snyder, Harrod Blank, Bill Moseley, Grant Cramer, Mike
Martinez, Wayne Doba, Bob Elmore, Peter Giuliano, Ted White, Derek
Mackinnon, Diane Franklin, Ken Foree, Steve Johnson, Rhonda Shear, Greydon
Clark, Don Post, Giovanni Frezza, Silvia Collatina.
Wasteland - April 1st-3rd - Guests include: Ruggero Deodato, Michael
Berryman, Francesca Ciardi, David Hess, Robert Kerman, Carl Gabriel Yorke,
Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandweiss, Theresa Tilly, Tom Atkins, John Carol Buechler,
William Forsythe, Michael Gornick, Lynn Lowry, Radley Metzger, Judith
Ridley, Russ Streiner
- Aug. 12-14th - Flashback returns to the summer! Guests include:
Robert Englund, Christina Lindberg, Kelli Maroney, John Laflamboy, Mike
Bradecich, and Chicago's own Svengoolie.
Yesterday we received a nice little package in the mail.
It was the new Weird Wobbler Demon Doll bobblehead from Cult Collectibles.
This is the same company that gave us the Weird Wobbler from BLACK DEVIL DOLL
FROM HELL. But now, you can have your own little Geretta Geretta Demon
Doll from Lamberto Bava's DEMONS in your home. I have to say that when all
these monster bobbleheads started coming out, didn't think they would be
something I would even care about. But as I've picked up a few in the last
year, I have to say they make a nice little addition to the collection.
For more information about this, as well as info about their
future products, such as character from Fulci's THE BEYOND and CAT IN THE BRAIN,
head over to their website by clicking
DEEP RED BLU-RAY
Blue Underground has announced that it will be releasing
Dario Argento's DEEP RED on Blu-ray, as well as a standard DVD edition this
April. The regular DVD will feature the uncensored English language
version of the film, while the Blu-ray version will also have the full length
Italian director's cut of the film. Both versions have been newly
transferred in high def from the original camera negative in 2.35:1 widescreen.
There will be interviews with Argento, co-scripter Bernardino Zapponi, and the
band Goblin: Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli and Agostino
Marangolo. Along with the US and Italian trailers, there will be a couple
of music videos on the disc.
Not only do we hope that the quality is going to be out of
this world, but also hope that a Blu-ray release of SUSPIRIA is on the way as
WILDCLAW WANTS TO SCARE
JESSICA TO DEATH
Just as a reminder for Chicago horror fans, WildClaw Theatre
will be hosting a free screening of John D. Hancock's highly underrated LET'S
SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH this coming Wednesday at the DCA Theater. But there
are two things even better about this screening. First of all, it is FREE!
And secondly, director John D. Hancock will be there to introduce the film and
then a Q&A after the film. If you have not had a chance to check out this
film, now is your chance to see a very creepy and surreal film from the early
'70s. They just don't make them like this anymore.
For more information about this screening, just click
HERE. For more info about WildClaw Theatre and their new play
Carmilla, click HERE.
This week's entry in our Horror History lesson is one of our
favorite character actors. This guy worked in tons of films, in many
different genres, and is always a blast to watch perform. Head over to the
classroom for this week's lesson.
Really surprised at the few correct answers on last week's photo. I
thought it would have been a lot easier, but apparently I was wrong. The
shot is from Dario Argento's TENEBRE....not INFERNO, which a lot of people
seemed to guess. But we did get a few that had the correct answer.
Those were Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Agustin Ignacio, and Mike Shields.
Job well done, folks.
But let us get on with this week's photo. This one is
going to be a tough one, I think. So look hard and think harder and see if
you can name this film. Good luck, and as always, just click
HERE to send in
1-9-11 OVERLOOKED & OBSCURE CONTEST
Not sure if anybody caught this little contest we through out
there last week, or maybe nobody has been able to guess all the correct shots.
But we figured we'd announce it again. By clicking on the link to the left
(or HERE), you are taken to our page for our 100
Overlooked and Obscure Movie list. But the banner consists of 18 films
from that list. Be the first one to send me all of the 18 shots
correctly identified and you will win something from our Kryptic Prize Coffin.
So take a good look at the photos, then just click
HERE and send
me your answers. Good luck.
THEY SAY IT COMES IN 3's.....
We lost two actors at the very beginning of the year that we
wanted to mention. The first one is Pete Posteltwaite, a British born
actor who was one of those faces that as soon as we seen him on the screen, we
knew he was going to give one hell of performance. While he didn't have a
lot of roles in the horror genre, he did make a few appearances, such as in
SPLIT SECOND (1992), ALIEN 3 (1992), LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997), DARK
WATER (2005), THE OMEN (2006, and Lamberto Bava's GHOST SON (2007). Even
in mainstream movies, such as the more recent INCEPTION (2010), he was always
easy to remember since his performances were always on the money. He had
even been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the
1993 film IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER.
Postelthwaite passed away last Monday at the age of 64, from
Jill Haworth was another young Brit, who had a very promising
career after getting high praise for your role on the stage in the original
Cabaret, but for some reason was passed up for the movie version. She was
also in Otto Preminger's EXODUS (1967). But for us horror fans, we will
always remember her from the genre pics that she appeared in, such as IT!
(1967), co-starring Roddy McDowell, TOWER OF EVIL (1974), co-starring with
She also passed away last Monday, due to natural causes.
She was only 65 years old.
And then lastly, which we just seen the news coming through
yesterday, Spanish director Juan Piquer Simon (aka JP Simon) passed away at the
age of 74, after a long fight with lung cancer. Simon is probably best
known by horror fans for his epic slasher movie PIECES, which is one of the best
cheesy slasher movies out there. With the acting and the gore both trying
to out do the other, it is one hell of a fun movie. Plenty of gore, plenty
of W-T-F moments, and a great genre cast! But besides PIECES, Simon also
gave us SLUGS, which UNis also a lot of fun, as well as the very underrated
For movie fans, we are the ones that keep these great names
and faces alive. By watching their movies over and over, we will keep
their memory and their work alive. Our thoughts go out to their friends
Okay, this little bit of info was recently brought to my
attention that has put me on a new quest. John Hough's 1973 film THE
LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE is one of my all time favorite films. This movie was
the first VHS I ever rented when I bought my first VCR. I've read the
original Matheson novel a couple of times, and have seen this movie more times
than I can remember. So imagine my surprise when someone points out that
there was a review of this film on Netflix, stating the film was cut.
According to this reviewer, the VHS, the laserdisc, and even the DVD are all the
cut print. He gives 3 different detailed descriptions of the sequences
that were cut. I never remember seeing any of those. Apparently,
when the film was screened on a Cinemax or some other cable channel in the full
So since this is one of my favorites, I am DYING to find out
more information about this and hopefully obtain a copy of this version.
If there is ANYBODY out there that has ANY information, please drop me an
and let me know.
LADY IN BLACK REMAKE
The original film, which came out back in 1989, and is based
on the book by Susan Hill, was one that somehow managed to sneak my attention
for many years. Once I finally did stumble upon it and snagged a copy, I
was amazed at how creepy the film was. Well, now with Hammer back in full
swing, a remake of this film is on their plate now. With Daniel Radcliffe
in the lead role, which I have to say looks like good casting, and with James
Watkins (EDEN LAKE) directing, I am very hopeful that they do the original film
justice. If all else fails, at least it will get some attention to the
original, which is much needed. If you haven't seen the original one, do
yourself a favor and find a copy. If you like gothic ghost stories, you'll
enjoy this one.
This week's lesson is about a great British character actor.
Though he was mainly known for comedic roles, he appeared in many gothic horror
pictures for Hammer Films. Head over to the
classroom to find out who we are talking about.
Well, as I figured, not that many people were able to correctly identify our
last photo. But trust me, it was a tough one. The shot is from the
Spanish film GRAVEYARD OF THE DEAD (aka NECROPHAGUS). It was released on
DVD, but is probably not the easiest to find. It is a great movie?
Well.....not sure if I would say that. But it is fun and entertaining.
But lets get to those scholars who were able to name that cult film. Kudos
out to Hoby Abernathy, Mads Jensen, Chris Kinniery, Bruce Kowalski, and Mike
Shields. Nice to know that I can throw a tough one out there and someone
will get it.
So since last week's was a so tough for most of you, we're
going with one that is a little easier. At least we think so. Take a
look and see what titles pops up in your head. Good luck. As always,
just click HERE
to send us an email with your guess.
1-2-11 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Welcome to a new year at the Krypt! Glad you are here,
and hope to see you stopping by again and again over. As we start this new
year, we look forward to another one full of new and exciting adventures.
2011 will be our 13th year of running Kitley's Krypt, which just might make us
one of the longest running horror websites. Not bad coming from just one
yahoo Guess I'll have to have some sort of special contest or event
to celebrate that milestone this October. And for each and every year that
we have been hard at work here, trying to bring you an entertaining and
informative view to the horror genre and all that it entails, we have been
blessed by readers who get it, support us, and who keep coming back. We do
work hard to make this different than the countless other sites and blogs out
there, giving it our own personal feel to it. I'm glad people are enjoying
it, since it is the only way I know how. So thank you, to reader out there
who comes back time and time again to see what we're up to now. You are
the reason we do it....that reason, and that we'd probably go crazy without some
sort of outlet....
KRYPTIC ARMY WINNERS
FALL IN SOLDIERS! We have made it through our first year in the Army.
Damn proud of you. Especially the ones that were there fighting from the
beginning, through each and every month last year. I know we had some new
recruits that started later, and even seemed to have a few causalities with some
starting out but went MIA. But I know we have gotten some new blood in the
ranks and am sure we will be bigger and even stronger this year. We want
to thank everyone who has participated this last year, even if you only made it
in for one month. We hope everyone had fun with our missions and hope to
see everyone back for another year of fun.
But now it is time for the accolades for those who have been
working so diligently getting those mission reports in every month.
Everybody's name when into a drawing, once for every month that you successfully
completed. Then we pulled one name for each of the 12 months. And
here are the lucky winners and what they have won:
Anna McKibben - Mexican Lobby Card of RE-ANIMATOR, signed
by director Stuart Gordon
C.J. Horne - 8x10 color still from MY BLOODY VALENTINE
still, signed by director George Mihalka and actor/stuntman Peter Cowper
Craig J. Clark - Mini poster reprint of BASKET CASE,
signed by actor Kevin VanHentenryck
Erik Martin - Container of THE STUFF, signed by director
Hoby Abernathy - CD soundtrack from CREEPSHOW & DARK
WATERS book mark, signed by director Mariano Baino
John Pata - H.G. Lewis collage still, signed by Lewis.
Lance Ford - Mini poster from DARKNESS, signed by
director Leif Jonker & actor Gary Miller
Lee Marohn - Collage still of KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER
SPACE, signed by Stephen & Charlie Chiodo
Michelle Hudecek - Mexican lobby card from TALES FROM THE
DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE, signed by director John Harrison
Nancy Cremer - Mini poster of TRICK 'r TREAT, signed by
director Michael Dougherty
Stephen Weakley - Mini poster reprint of BLOOD FEAST,
signed by director H.G. Lewis
Wayne Teeter - Lobby card from STANLEY, signed by
director William Grefe
We have finally gotten around to getting our Convention
Report done and posted from our last convention of the year, the HorrorHound
Weekend show in Cincinnati last November. Head over to our Convention
Reports to check it out.
Also, look for HorrorHound Issue #27 on sale now!
OVERLOOKED & OBSCURE MOVIE CHALLENGE FOR 2011
Are you ready? Are you always looking for a good movie
to watch that you haven't seen before, possibly one that you might not even
heard of? Or maybe one you rememer hearing about, but has slipped your
mind. Well, we have finished collecting and compiling a list of 100
Overlooked and Obscure Movies that we feel that everyone should see. Are
these are great films? Some of them...Yes. Others...maybe not.
But we feel that they ALL are worth seeing. For the complete list and more
details, just click
HERE. Thanks to everyone who sent in their
suggestions. Couldn't have done it without you.
And to start off the year with a little contest, here's what
we're going to do. There are shots from 18 different films in the banner
below. The first one to send us an email naming all 18 movies will win a
prize from our Prize Coffin. You can see a bigger version of the graphic
by clicking on it, which will take you the page that lists all 100 titles.
So really, at least you'll have the movies listed there. You just need to
figure out which 18 out of the 100 listed are represented in our banner.
Good Luck, and most of, have fun with it.
Chicago based readers will want to make
sure that they check out the latest WildClaw Theatre's play, a new adaptation of
J. Sherridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, a vampire tale that was original published in
1872, which predates Stoker's Dracula by 25 years. This has been adapted
many times for the movies, including Hammer's VAMPIRE LOVERS, staring the late
This new version, written by Aly Renee Amidei, opens on
January 14th, at the Chicago DCA Storefront Theater, and will run through Feb.
20th. The play stars Michaela Petro as Carmilla and Brittany Burch as
Laura. If this is as good as what Wildclaw has been delivering on a
regular basis over the last few years, then this will be well worth your time.
But wait Chicago horror fans...there's more. WildClaw
has several other events planned over the next couple of months. There is
a Carmilla post-show discussion, where you can talk to the director, cast
members, designers about the show. There is also a screening on John
Hancock's highly underrated film, LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, with the
director there in person for an introduction and Q&A. And more! For
all the details, head over to the official website by clicking
This week's little history lesson is about a star that you
might already know. Or at least one of his movies. But none the
less, we want to make sure everyone knows who this underrated and very talent
actor was. Head over to the classroom to
Our photo from last week was from William Castle's first real horror movie,
MACABRE, which is a damn shame that it did not get a wide release on video or
DVD. But it is really worth trying to get a hold of. I'm assuming
since it is sort of rare that we didn't get that many correct answers. But
that didn't stop Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Dave Friedman, and Mike
Shields from getting it correct. Nice job guys.
So let's take a peek our first photo of the new year and if
anybody can get this one. We felt like starting the year off with a real
tough one. So good luck as always on this one, because you're going to
need it. And as always, just click
HERE to send us
YEAR IN REVIEW
Another year gone and another one right behind the corner.
Once again, the year was filled with great movies, plenty of convention and film
fests, and plenty of time spent with great horror friends, which is really what
it is all about. You people out there have made this year a great one, and
am really looking forward to this new year, for many different reason. So
let's take a look at back at this last year and what some of our highpoints
Last January, we started a new little project called
our Kryptic Army. Our goal was to come up with a concept that would give
people a new challenge each month to seek out two horror movies that they hadn’t
seen before, following a certain theme. We weren’t sure how big of a
success it was going to be. While we were hoping for more people
participating, those that have been seemed to be having a great time with it.
After all, that is what matters. But no worries, because our numbers seem
to be growing each month.
It has been a lot of fun for me to try and come up with
something different each month. Originally, I had only planned to do this
for 2010. But the response has been big enough, with plenty of soldiers
wanting to continue this project, everyone wanted to know if I was going to
start over next year. How could I say no? So I want to send a huge thanks
out to all our Kryptic Army members for their continued support in this project.
We have a lot of more things planned for next year, so hopefully you will stay
in the trenches for another year full of fun and frightful flicks! See you
on the front lines!
Out of all the conventions that we go to each year, we
see plenty of celebrities. Some of them we’ve seen before, sometimes
several times. And being a 20 year veteran of conventions, very seldom is
there a guest or guests that has us really excited or drooling to meet.
Sure, there might be an occasional “Holy crap…can’t wait to meet him” sort of
moments. But very few names out there that get us THAT excited. But
at the Cinema Wasteland show in April of this year, they had a ZOMBIE reunion,
which included the legendary Richard Johnson. First of all, ZOMBIE is
probably my favorite of Fulci’s movies, so a reunion for that is a pretty big
deal for me. And secondly, the fact that Richard Johnson was going to be
part of that reunion put it to a whole new level of awesomeness. I have
been a fan of Johnson’s work ever since he joined Robert Wise’s THE HAUNTING and
proceeded to scare the crap out of me. So two of my favorite movies,
Richard Johnson stars! So needless to say, I was extremely excited to be
able to meet this man. Joining him from ZOMBIE was Ian McCulloch, Al
Cliver, and Ottaviano Dell’Acqua. So this was a very special reunion for
me, making me feel like I was at my very convention again. Shame too,
because that is a great feeling to have, and I just don’t have it as often
enough as I’d like to these days. So a special thanks goes out to Ken and
the Wasteland for putting on this show, and to Mike Baronas for making it happen
in the first place!
Turkey Day Marathon
When I started this tradition many years ago, I had no
idea that it would still be going this strong, as well as more people wanting to
join me on this festive day. This last marathon, we had the most people in
our little Turkey Party and it was a lot of fun. But that is really what
it comes down to….being a movie fan, a true movie fan, there is nothing better
than getting together with other like minded movie fans and watching movies.
There is so much to get out of it, since after the movie is over, or something
even during, there is always something you want to share or discuss or even
complain about. Being on your own and trying to do this is not unhealthy,
it could worry any relatives that just might happen to be around. So like
they say, it works better in numbers. So in 2011, make it a point to have
your old little Share-the-Scare movie parties, for whatever reason or holiday.
Make it a theme night, or any excuse to have some friends get together and watch
some movies. And then do it on a regular basis. It is easy to make
it happen when you set your mind to it. Because after all, spending time
with friends is what life is all about.
In 2009, we lost one an icon of the genre, and also
one of my personal heroes, Paul Naschy. At the end of this last November,
during the 1 year anniversary of his passing, the guys over at Mad Mad Mad Mad
Movies planned a week long Naschy blogathon to celebrate and to remember this
great man and his work. I knew right away that I was going to have to
participate in one form or another, which we did just that, posting a review and
more each day. But what really made me happy was the amount of postings
that people were sending in, showing just how much love there is for Mr. Naschy,
and that his fans are never going to let this man’s legacy ever die. So
major kudos out to the Vicar of VHS & the Duke of DVD for coming up with this
great idea, and also to everyone who participated as well as the ones who came
back each day to see the new postings, reviews, reports, and the rest.
Has Risen From the Grave
2010 was also the year that we finally seen a new
Hammer Film playing in the theaters, with the release of LET ME IN. I will
say that it was pretty cool seeing the Hammer banner up there on the big screen.
After so many years of hearing that Hammer is coming back from the dead, it
finally happened. Granted, we all know that this new Hammer will never be
like the old Hammer. But as long as they are making good genre pics, we’re
okay with that.
But in reality, for us horror fans, Hammer never died.
We have always kept that studio and its films alive and well. This last
year, we seen the release of another great book by Hammer scholar Marcus Hearn,
The Art of Hammer, a coffee table size book that is filled with the beautiful
artwork from Hammer’s movie posters. It is one of those books that you can
get lost in, just browsing through it over and over again. But we also
have another book that has been released from another Hammer scholar, Wayne
Kinsey. He has already written a few books on the history of this great
studio. But now his latest book, Hammer Films – The Unsung Heroes: The
Team Behind the Legend, is paying tribute to all those people that were
responsible for making the films look like they did. Sure, the actors and
the directors have a lot to do with it, everyone knows that there are plenty
more people behind the scenes that are working just as hard. So we are
looking forward to adding this new book to our collection.
For 2009, our goal was to break 200 horror movies and
we got to 218. So we set the stakes a little higher for 2010 and set a
goal of 250. By the time we got to September, I didn’t I figured I would
have been lucky just to break 200 again. But the months of October and
November really came together and ended up watching a lot of titles during those
two months. Granted December started off a little slow, but it also helped
being without a computer for a week and a half. Got a few movies watched
during that down time that was for sure. So our final number for 2010 is
277. Way more than I thought I was going to hit. I really don’t see
the point of setting a goal any higher than 250 or 275 for next year, but we’ll
just see what happens.
Remember Those We've Lost
Once again, let’s take a look back at some of the greats that
we lost this year, who all had a contribution to the horror genre in one way or
another. They will be missed, but never forgotten because film fans like
us will keep their memories alive by watching their movies.
Baker, Chas. Balun, Lisa Blount, Dino De Laurentiis, David Durston, Frank
Frazetta, Dennis Hopper
Don Leifert, Kevin McCarthy, Leslie Nielsen, Michael Pataki, Ingrid Pitt, Jean
Rollin, Zelda Rubinstein
Blu-rays, DVDs and More
This year we made the big jump to blu-ray. We
fought it long and hard too, since we really didn’t want to start with a new
format, still not really sure this is the future of movies, and since at the
time they were a lot more expensive than regular DVDs. But since a lot of
the newer movies only have the extras on the blu-ray version, they were forcing
my hand. Didn’t like it, but no way around it. But also, the blu-ray
player we got has a wireless internet, letting us stream movies from Netflix
(which is one of the greatest inventions known to man). Plus, more and
more titles are being dropped to $10 not too long after they come out. You
just have to make sure the quality of the blu-ray disc is worth the upgrade,
since there are a few blu-rays that just transfer over the print from the
regular DVD, not giving you any better quality. Your best bet is to check
out the reviews first (I always hit blu-ray.com before buying anything).
What have we
picked up on blu-ray that just blew us away? The first set of movies that
we got when we got the player was some of my favorites. The first one,
being one of my all time favorite films, is John Carpenter’s THE THING.
This is one movie that I could watch over and over and over. It never gets
old and never gets boring. The blu-ray is pretty amazing and very clear.
There are things that you will see that you haven’t before. Does this
change the movie? Not at all. But for videophiles, it is pretty damn
cool. Another one that we got had just come out on blu-ray: Lucio Fulci’s
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD. Again, looked pretty damn amazing. Though,
we were really more excited about the extras on the disc. Great title for
the collection. Then we also picked up Michael Dougherty’s TRICK ‘r TREAT,
which the blu-ray edition is the only way to get the extras. Just love
this movie. Other titles that we have picked up since then that we feel
are well worth the $10 we paid for them are: PLANET TERROR, HIGH TENSION,
THE MIST, HELLBOY and a few others. And we just got in our first blu-ray
Hammer film, VAMPIRE CIRCUS. Can’t wait to throw that in to see how it
regular DVDs that came out this year, horror fans had another great year.
DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW finally made its way onto DVD and it looks
fantastic. THE GREEN SLIME, a personal favorite of mine, was released by
Warner Archives in a re-mastered widescreen edition, which just blows away all
off those full frame video tape transfers. Plus, more Hammer films came
out in an impressive box set called Icons of Suspense, which features a much
underrated film NEVER TAKE CANDY FROM A STRANGER. So while the year in the
theaters hasn’t been that great, there still have been plenty of older movies
coming out to keep everyone happy. And while on the subject of movies,
let’s get to our Best of 2010 list.
Okay folks, here is our list of films that we seen in
2010 for the first time. Doesn’t mean they came out last year, but were
new to us. I do have to first say that this year did seem to have a lot
less stellar films than normally. There were some good ones, but very few
that just completely knocked our socks off. But let’s take a look at what
we came up with, listed here in alphabetical order:
RILLINGTON PLACE (1971) – Wow. Can’t believe that I had never heard
of this film until late in 2009, and then was able to find a copy early last
year. Based on a true story that changed the way Britain looked at the
death penalty. Richard Attenborough plays real life serial killer John
Christie with an incredible creepy performance. This is one film that will
knock your socks off.
MOVIE (2009) – Great documentary made to show off the cult following of
the infamous TROLL 2. The little kid from the movie grew up and decided to
make a film about how this terrible little film has developed such a strong
following. With participation of most of the original cast, it was
incredibly entertaining. Shows that even the worst of the films out there
can still be remembered and appreciated.
(2009) - Based on the Clive Barker short story, we felt this film really packed
the same punch that the original story did. It will make you feel just
what the title says.
aka HAUSU (1977) – This Japanese movie hit the art
house theaters briefly then hit DVD. And it is an amazing film to watch.
Very surreal, and very strange, but the visuals alone are worth your time.
Sometimes it is a little hard to follow, but just sit, and watch, and enjoy.
HORSEMAN (2008) – Again, not really a horror movie as much as a revenge
flick, which we normally are not that big of fans of. But this one is an
exception, mainly due to the performance of Peter Marshall and the realism of
the whole film. This is not a big flashy and glamorous Hollywood film, but
made in Australia. Not a happy movie, but one that will keep your
attention and really packs a punch.
(2001) – What? Did I make a huge mistake? How could I put one of
those Jason sequels on my Best of List? Well, first of all, admittedly, I
had never seen this film until this year. Is it one of the best movies
ever made? Not by a long shot. But here’s the deal: for what it is,
it is one entertaining movie. It has everything that a FRIDAY the 13th
movie should have. And it should be fun. This one delivers all of
that and more. Maybe it was because I had re-watched a few of the other
FRIDAY sequels to see if they had gotten better over the years…mainly no.
But this one, really caught me off-guard and I really enjoyed it. So
(2010) – A remake of one of my favorite films is not an easy on to go into.
Didn’t matter that it was being remade by the newly reborn Hammer Films.
But have to say, that even though it is a pretty much straight up remake, they
did change a few things that I really didn’t mind. The only thing I could
have done without was the CGI added for the girl’s attacks. But all in
all, a very strong cast (especially in the supporting cast) and nicely done.
(2009) – We almost didn’t add this title here because technically, I don’t think
I would consider it a horror film. But it is such a well made film, with a
great story and a strong performance by Sam Rockwell, that it needs to be on the
list and needs to be seen.
EXPORTS (2010) - While some don't consider this a horror film, I do think
that it has enough dark elements and terror that I will consider it one.
In any case, it simply is a great little movie, showing a very twisted take on
old St. Nick. A must see, and one that should have repeated viewings every
WOLFMAN (2010) – Sure, I really wanted it to be better than it was.
But all the little nit-picks aside, I think it was a pretty strong film.
There was more gore on screen than I would have expected. The CGI effects
were a little over the top, but the fact that they were also used in combination
of real make up effects, I looked pasted a lot of it. But most of all, it
was like seeing a Hammer film on the big screen, some 30-40 years ago. Not
since SLEEPY HOLLOW have I seen a period piece that just looked beautiful.
So since being a big Hammer enthusiast, it hit home more with me than most
BEASTS (1984) - Not a great movie by any means, but will just blow you
away with what the filmmakers were able to get away with on this film.
Animals at a zoo get a taste of PCP in their water supply and go on a rampage.
From elephants at an airport, to rat attacks on the street, to even a cheetah
chasing a girl in a convertible down the street, this movie is over the top.
Granted, for animal lovers out there, there are a few mondo-type scenes that
were even a little too much for me. But overall, this is a movie like
you’ve never seen before, or ever will again. It was released on VHS here,
but never on DVD in the states.