12-30-12 GOODBYE 2012
Another year gone. It seems that we all survived the
apocalypse that was suppose to happen. Now we can get back to what is
important...watching horror movies!
New Year's used to be just another day.
But these last couple of years, I personally have been learning more and more
how to enjoy the every day stuff that for a very long time I took for granted.
That is something that is so easy to do to these days too. With so much
stuff always going on in our life's, there's never time for this or that, and life just moves
on. That is when we need to make time for this and that. Those
memories will then always be with you, and if you're sharing that with someone
special, it makes it even more important. Whatever you do to celebrate the
new year coming in, if you make one resolution that you are going to keep, make
it to enjoy life and don't sweat the simple and small stuff. There is so
much great stuff around...all you need to do is look. Sometimes right in
front on you.
Okay...enough fortune cookie speeches....
OF THE VAMPIRE COMES TO DVD
Thanks to the wonderful people at Retro Media (namely Fred
Olen Ray), for giving this great film the proper release that it deserves.
Made in 1972, starring cult icons William Smith and Michael Pataki as father and
son vampires. Using the awesome poster art for the DVD cover, this will
finally get a decent DVD release. It will be a wide screen anamorphic
edition from a 35mm High Definition transfer, so like quite a few of Retro
Media's releases, it should be a really good quality DVD. Unfortunately,
it looks like the only extras are the original theatrical trailer. Shame
they couldn't get an audio commentary by Smith. None the less, we will be
adding this title to our collection.
Just in case you didn't notice and were interested, we have
been archiving our updates since 2000 and can be accessed at the bottom of this
page. Some of those early years I'm not too proud of, but that is where we
started. But it is interesting to look back every now and then and see
what I was doing, thinking and ranting about back then. Funny how some of
it is still the same stuff! So feel free to
look around there if you have some free time. I'm sure you might find
something interesting for a bit.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: FEAR NO EVIL
We have posted our review for the soundtrack for Frank
LaLoggia's directorial debut, FEAR NO EVIL, which he also did the score for as
well. Head over to our Soundtrack Reviews to
read our full report.
MAMA SHORT FILM
I'm sure we've all seen the trailers for the new film MAMA
coming out next month. Being that Guillermo del Toro is Executive
Producer, and I usually enjoy whatever he has in hands in, I know I am pretty
excited to see this one. But the short film that this movie was based on,
also directed by Andres Muschietti, is now available on YouTube. For a
short around 2 minutes, it is pretty creepy, which makes me want to see the
feature even more. Here is the trailer:
This week's lesson is about an author, one who wrote on the
earliest, if not the first book on the history of the horror film. This is
a good lesson for those who like to collect horror reference books. So
before all the end of the year partying starts, let's get over to the
classroom for our last lesson of 2012.
Our last photo was from the highly underrated 1982 film THE SENDER, starring a
young Zeljko Ivanek. You might not know this guy's name, but I'm sure
you've seen his face, since is always popping up in everything from TV and cable
series to small parts in movies. But THE SENDER was one of his first roles
and is just a great movie. Check it out. We only got two people with
the right answers, which if anybody should have got it, it would have been these
two. And they would be Aaron Christensen and Will Wilson.
For our last photo of the year, in keeping with the theme of
women with blood on them, we went with something that
we just recently seen and had forgotten just how much fun the movie is. So
we thought we'd highlight it in our Mystery Photo. So take a look and see
what you can come up with. Just send in your guess by clicking
as always, good luck.
2012 - YEAR IN REVIEW
Another year of great times spent
with my family and the multitude of people that we call our friends, giving way
to another full year of fantastic memories. As we look back at 2012, the year
when it was all suppose to end, we’re all still here and no worse for wear.
As we looked back over 2012, looking for the high points of the year, a lot of
them are the same as the years before. But even if the events are the
same, it really comes down to spending time
with our friends and family during all of these great events. Since I've
been going to these usually by myself or with other friends, having my family
with me now, making it almost like a family business so to speak, it has been making it even more special
and enjoyable then before. Can't tell you how proud I am of both my wife
Dawn and son Nick, when watching them work the Krypt table at a convention.
As Dawn has told me many times before, this is who we are. This is what
defines us. And for that, I really am the luckiest person alive. I
mean seriously...how many wives and kids would be happy to spend the weekend at
an out-of-state drive-in theater? So thank you to all of our friends out there for
making them so much damn fun! And especially to Dawn and Nick for truly
making this obsession of mine a real family adventure.
Now let's get to the Year in Review!
WE MUST NOT FORGET
Each year, we lose more and more people that have contributed
so much to the horror genre. The longer you are a horror fan, the more of
these great talents we see part this world. But as students of the genre,
it is our duty to make sure that their memory lives on and that their work in
the genre is not forgotten. I know we just lost Charles Durning a few days
ago, who gave us one scary performance in DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW, but he
had been in so many other great movies and was a very talented actor. But
he, along with the ones listed below, will always be kept alive by movie fans
like us, so continue to watch their old movies and remember them as such
talented people, whether they were in front of or behind the camera. So we
take a minute to remember those who we lost this last year.
Abercrombie, R.G. Armstrong, Ernest Borgnine, Ray Bradbury, Frank Brana, Robert
Easton, William Finley,
Jonathan Frid, Robert Fuest, Bill Hinzman, James Isaac, Herbert Lom, Richard
Lynch, Carlo Rambaldi, Angharad Rees, Lina Romay,
Kaneto Shindo, Danny Steinmann, Simon Ward, David Whitaker, Nicol Williamson
THE KRYPT & THE ARMY
2013 will be the 15th
year I will be running this website. Granted, this has always been my outlet to
the world, letting me have my own soapbox to praise and bitch about whatever I
want. But if it wasn’t for my readers out there (all 4 of you), I wouldn’t have
kept this going this long. But getting the emails, comments at conventions, and
all of that from you really puts fuel on the fire. Can’t tell you how much
those mean to me. It really does make all of this work worth while. I am just so glad that I have a receptive audience that puts
up with my ranting, but also hopefully takes away a little of the message that
I’m trying to put out there with each update. As the saying goes, Discover the
Horror really is something I try to live by, and hopefully I have been passing
that passion onto you. But I'm pretty sure that I have helped a few of you
out there in doing just that, exploring films or filmmakers that you might not
have heard of otherwise. So when I hear that, it means that I'm doing my
Since this site is not sponsored by some corporate backer,
you will NEVER see ad banners plastered all over this place. Sure, I might
be able to make a little bit of $$ by doing that, but that is not why I am here
or this site. I want people to be able to come to this place and know that
I am not trying to sell you something. I have been asked at conventions
why the stuff I sell at the shows is not listed on the site. It is because
of that reason. I want the Krypt to be a friendly and inviting place to
escape to and learn about the genre, not a commercial for whatever Hollywood is
shoving down our throats.
As for the Kryptic Army, for something that was only going to
be a 1 year deal, 2013 will mark our fourth year of service, with quite a few of
you being there from the beginning. While yes, there are prizes for all of
your hard work, I’m pretty sure that everyone involved love participating just
for the fun of it. Well...maybe except during Turkey Month. But with
each mission report I get, hearing someone else’s opinion on a particular movie
is what most movie fans live for: to be able to talk about a movie they’ve seen,
for better or for worse, to someone else that is going to be interested in what
they are talking about. And you will get plenty of that here while in the
Army. With the mission reports posted on the Message board, which I always
comment on, we encourage you to post your own comments on other soldiers
choices. We want to keep that discussion going. If you liked or
didn't like a particular movie that was posted, let us know YOUR thoughts on
why. We'd loved to hear them. We’ve seen a lot of new names the
later part of this year so hopefully you will all be back next year, to continue
fighting the good fight, striving to learn and see more of this wondrous genre
of horror! And please spread the word so we can get more soldiers fighting
alongside of you. Again, thank you for the constant support.
GHOST STORY / CIRCLE OF FEAR....FINALLY!
a nostalgic point of view, the biggest highlights of
the year for me was the DVD release of an old TV series from the early ‘70s. It
was called Ghost Story the first year and then changed to Circle of
Fear for the 2nd and final year. Produced by William Castle,
each week we got a new frightening tale that dealt with ghosts, haunted houses,
revenge, and all sorts of scary things. There were tons of people in this show,
from Martin Sheen, to Janet Leigh, to even a young Jodie Foster. What makes
this show so special to me was that not only were most of them pretty creepy
(for a 7-year old at least) and had a great cast, but this is the series that I
can actually remember watching each week when it first came on. But even
watching them now, I still have that same feeling I did when I was first
watching them. And some of them, actually still hold up, 40 years later. I had
copies of most of the episodes that I had picked up over the years from
different collectors and gray market places, but the quality was always a bit
rough. But now, thanks to Warner Archives, they have released the complete
series in one DVD set, and they look amazing. This brought back a lot of old
memories and is one of those viewings that can really take you back to another
And lastly, one of the more
recent highlights of this year happened just a few days ago. That was when I
had the wonderful opportunity to interview writer/director Billy O’Brien, who
gave us the amazing horror film ISOLATION. That interview will be up on our
site in the next few weeks. It was one of those times when things just fell
together the right way and we had a great conversation about a movie that I feel
really strongly about and hope that more people will seek it out because of the
It was quite a few years ago
when I first met John Pata. It was at movie convention where he was promoting
his short zombie film called BETTER OFF UNDEAD. We became good friends from
then on (really only because I thought his film showed promise), which one
wouldn’t think that if you’ve ever heard a conversation between me and Pata.
But none the less, I have always admired John’s passion for not only the genre,
but for working so hard in getting other people involved and bringing fellow
fans together. From doing the House of Horrors shows, to their Friday Night
Frights, and other film fests, John is one person that I am glad is fighting on
So when I heard that he was
working on his first feature film, DEAD WEIGHT, with his buddy Adam Bartlett, I
was anxious to see what they were going to make. When we finally got to see it,
I was not only so impressed with it, but also just so proud to know quite a few
of the talented people involved. Not being a filmmaker myself, it was so
thrilling to see some good friends of mine be able to create such a
thought-provoking and emotional film, that was entertaining but still packed a
solid punch, and one you’d be thinking about days after. With all the low
budget crap out there, seeing DEAD WEIGHT once again gave me hope for that
independent market that I usually tend to stay away from.
FILM FEST, DRIVE-INS, & ASSORTED SCREENINGS
Anybody who follows this site
knows that we go to a lot of events throughout the year, like conventions and
film fests. Being close to Chicago, we are able to attend quite a few of the
things that go on during the year, especially around in October. From the
midnight shows, to the 24-hour movie marathons, and other special screenings,
there is always something cool showing. This year we had two different 24-hour
marathons, which we attended both and had a blast at each one, getting to see
some great classic films on the big screen.
One of the theaters that we go
to for these events is the Portage Theater. It has been a shaky year for them,
first with a threat of being bought by a church and closed down as a theater,
and now with some other financial issues, that possibly could close down the
theater for good. I think we sometimes take for granted these special kinds of
places that doesn’t want to turn into the same old multiplex theater, showing
the latest blockbuster that Hollywood is churning out. There are a lot of people
working very hard out there to try and keep the theater up and running and every
little bit helps. So from donating to the theater, showing up at one of their
fund-raisers, or whatever you can do, it all helps keep a theater like this open
and allows these film fests that we love so much to continue.
One event that was held at the
Portage in 2012 was a special showing of NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT. Every fan
of this movie knows that there were rumors going about since the film came out
about all this uncut footage that was lost. Even with the theatrical version,
which does has its issues, but it still remains one of my favorite films. Any
die-hard horror fan can relate to that. But thanks to the hard work of people
like Russell Cherrington, we were able to get a peek
at a rough work print of the film with the “lost” footage spliced back into the
film. Sure, there is still a lot of work to do and honestly I think it still
needs to be cut down a bit more, but just being able to see this on the big
screen, seeing sequences that we had only read or heard about before, it was a
great time. And once again, this was screen at the Portage Theater, so kudos
again for them being around for something like this to even take place. This last October, in
celebrating 100 years of Warner Bros., they were screening a bunch of classic
movies in theaters. One of these events was a double feature of the original
FRANKENSTEIN and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Now I have seen both of these in the
theater before. But any time I get the chance to see these two films in that
presentation, I jump at the chance. Since the original FRANKENSTEIN is one of
my favorite films of all time, seeing this on the big screen, the way it was all
those years ago is a powerful time for me. The original film is one that I
don’t think has lost any of its impact in the story or the performances.
Karloff’s portrayal can still bring up the pathos for the character. There
is a reason why people are still talking about this movie 80+ years later. And while
BRIDE does have a little too much of the silly humor, Whale and Karloff still
make quite an impact with this tragic tale. It was so cool seeing the
theater pretty full when Dawn and I went to see these two films. It put a
little smile on my face to see that many people coming out to see these
Another revisit was getting to
see JAWS on the big screen, which was the first time in a theater since seeing
it originally back in the ‘70s. This was the only film I have ever seen that
had given me nightmares non-stop for 2 weeks. To this day, I have not set foot
in a body of water that wasn’t a bathtub or swimming pool. This film is one of
the few that can still make me feel uneasy during certain scenes. So having the
chance to experience on the big screen again was just thrilling.
I can not stress enough that anytime you have the chance to
catch a classic movie on the big screen, you need to jump at the chance.
Not only do you get to see the film the way it originally was designed to be
seen, but by going you are also showing the theaters that these kind of events
will draw people in and then they will continue to do them. So please show
This year we made another little
mini-vacation to just south of Indianapolis to the Skyline Drive-in Theatre.
They were having two nights of horror movies playing all night, with 4 features
each night. These weren’t your normal classics either, but some pretty obscure
titles. So leaving on Friday morning, and making our way south, we stopped at a
few great places to eat and a few book stores throughout the weekend.
Skyline Drive-in is located right off of I-74, just south of Indianapolis
and is a great little theater. I mean how could it be bad when on the
snack bar menu, you can have bacon added to anything for only $.50!!! The
folks there were super friendly and had plenty of great food there to keep us
busy the whole weekend. It really was a
blast and is something that I would encourage more people to do. Even though
this vacation was only for 3 days, it was a lot of fun to get out of the house
spending time to enjoy life. Once again, it really is the little things in life
that make it worthwhile. Don’t let those times escape you.
And even if you
can’t make it out to one of these for a weekend trip, in the Chicagoland area,
we have the Midway Drive-in, which usually holds a couple of these all night
horror film fests during the year. We usually hit those as well and they are a
blast. So mark those links and come next spring, plan those little outings
and make it happen.
Of course, going to conventions
throughout the year is another thing that is always a highlight for us. We
usually hit around 5 shows a year, but in 2012 we did 7 shows. That was because
of an extra HorrorHound show, as well as finally making it to a show that I’ve
wanted to go for year, the Wonderfest Hobby Expo in Louisville Kentucky. This
is basically a show for model kits from the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres.
And it’s big. If you’re not into models, it might not be the best show for
you. But I have to say, even for someone like me, who has retired from that
aspect of my fandom, it was great seeing all of these amazing pieces of work
these sculptures and artists have created. Just walking around the dealer room,
seeing so many kits from obscure movies, was a lot of entertainment alone. But
the other great thing was this was so different from the normal conventions that
we go to. This wasn’t about celebrities and buying autographs. This was what a
convention use to be like 15 or so years ago. Where if there was a guest, they
were just happy to see you and not worried if you were going to spend money at
their table. So it was a nice change of pace to be at a show were the people
coming through the door were looking to spend their money on the dealers…not
autographs. Oh, how I miss those days.
At the other shows we attended,
we were able to see a few guests that have eluded us over the years that we
finally had the chance to meet. Of course, the biggest of the lot was John
Carpenter. Sure, I haven’t cared much for his later work, but you can’t deny
his work in the first part of his career, making several classic movies during
that period, with his version of THE THING still being one of my favorite movies
of all time. Since he has started doing more appearances, I knew it was only a
matter of time before our paths would meet. And thanks to Flashback Weekend
this last summer, it happened. Didn’t need to get an autograph, but just wanted
to meet him, shake his hand, and give him a copy of the retrospective I wrote
for HorrorHound, which he didn’t have. So it was well worth the 30 minutes in line
(went on Sunday…much smaller line).
Another icon I had the chance to meet was
Pam Grier, who was super friendly. Being in so many cult films in her career,
she is one talent that really deserves the attention she gets. Another one was
David Schmoeller, who we actually got to interview while at the Cinema Wasteland
show, and heard some great stories. As a horror fan that has been going to
conventions for over 25 years, it is getting harder and harder for me to get
excited about a guest these days. So it was nice that in 2012 I was able to
find a few that I still was happy to take time to meet and talk with at a
Out of all the shows these last few years that my wife and
son have been going to, there are not too many celebrities that they get that
excited about. At one of the HorrorHound shows, Nick was pretty stoked to
meet Timothy Balme, from Peter Jackson's BRAINDEAD. But at the October
Cinema Wasteland show, Nick was able to meet someone that he's been wanting to
meet ever since he was announced as a guest. And that would be Reb Brown.
Nick is a huge fan of those cheesy movies that Brown made in the '80s and '90s
over in Italy, like ROBOWAR and of course YOR: HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE. So
getting to see how excited Nick was to meet Mr. Brown, it reminded me of all
those years ago when I use to get that same feeling and excitement. So
yes, we do re-live something through our children.
But the biggest surprise of all, for me at least, was at the
HorrorHound Weekend in November. While everyone was there to meet Jamie
Lee Curtis, we got the opportunity to meet her sister, Kelly, who happened to
work with one of our favorite directors, Michele Soavi, in THE SECT (aka THE
DEVIL'S DAUGHTER). She wasn't even a guest, but there making a documentary
on her sister's appearance. So I think she was as surprised as I was when
some horror nerd came up to her and asked her about this movie. But it is
times like this that just make the weekend a great one. Special thanks out
to our good friend Buzz for pointing her out to me.
But I have to say, the biggest highlight of 2012 was my
birthday this year. Not because I was turning another year old (at this
point in the game, those can stop!), but because of what my son did for me. Nick had
bought me a DVD projector and all off the supplies to build our own little movie screen,
so we could turn our backyard into our own little drive-in theater. Minus
the cars, of course.
While we had ‘tested’ the set up a time or two before my actual
birthday, we decided to have a bunch of friends over to really break it in with
a great little double feature of THE GREEN SLIME and the original THE BLOB. My wife Dawn had made this amazing drive-in
birthday cake as well as a movie sign that would light up pointing to the
festivities. From seeing my good friends that came out for the occasion to the
home made corndogs, it was a blast. Can’t thank Nick and Dawn for making it
happen. I’m sure that this birthday party event is going to become a
now. Once again it shows that friends and family, especially when they are
getting together to enjoy some horror movies, are really the most important
thing one can have in their life. And for that, I am eternally grateful and a
very lucky man.
BEST AND WORSE OF 2012
Now let us get to my top movies
of the year. Once again, remember that these are my Best Of that I watched
in 2012, not that came out that year. Since most of the films I watch are older
or came out in the last year or so, it is hard for me to come up with a Best Of
from the current year alone. So here we go, in alphabetic order:
BEAST WISHES (2012) – This
was the documentary on Bob & Kathy Burns that we got to see at Wonderfest.
It was such a heartfelt tribute to one of the biggest fans of horror, sci-fi
and fantasy films. Not to mention getting any fan to drool over their
collection of props.
CHAINED (2012) - This one literally just got added to our lists
yesterday. This was the latest film by Jennifer Lynch and stars
Vincent D'Onofrio as a serial killer who keeps a young boy captive to teach
him "the ways". A very dark and disturbing tale, but D'Onofrio's
performance is stunning, as always. Not one for Sunday Afternoon with
the family, but well worth the watch.
CORMAN’S WORLD (2012) –
Another documentary on the legendary Roger Corman. Finally getting an Oscar
for his work, this documentary talks to a lot of the people who came up
through the Corman school of filmmaking, a lot of who has gone on to do much
bigger things. It is a great inside look to this talented filmmaker.
EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING
CANNIBAL (2012) – We caught this at the Music Box of Horrors this year and
knew nothing about it before watching it. Very strange, gory, and quite
funny. Something completely different than what we’d normally see coming
out of Hollywood. Which is a great change of pace.
THE HOLE (2009) – Joe
Dante’s film that has been sitting around for a few years, finally gets a
DVD release. Why they didn’t decide to release this to the theaters was a
big loss of $$ since I think it would done quite well. For a PG movie, it
was pretty scary. Very well made and a lot of fun.
THE LAND UNKNOWN (1957) –
This is the oldest film in our list this year, but is a fun little movie.
It is a great film that will change your life? Well, maybe if you were an
8-year old kid that didn’t grow up watching JURASSIC PARK. But I just love
this film due to the effects that they were able to create, including some
fun dinosaurs like a T-Rex (with working mouths) and some sort of water
monster, it was damn entertaining. Sure the effects are very dated, but for
those that are fans of classic black and white movies, I think you’ll be
THE PERFECT HOST (2010) – We
had been meaning to catch this when we first heard about it but just didn’t
get around to it until this year. We’ve always been a fan of David Hyde
Pierce, so that might be one of the reasons that we enjoyed this film. But
it was also a great storyline that had plenty of twists and turns in it that
kept the plot and the movie going. Such an strange film, mainly due to
Pierce’s performance, but we just loved it.
THE SKIN I LIVE IN (2011) –
Now this might not be a film that I would probably watch again, it was one
that I thought was very well done, and had one hell of a punch to it. It
really is like no other film you’ve ever seen before. Great performances,
very complex story, and one hell of a rollercoaster ride.
THINGS (1989) – Another one
from our Turkey Day event, this Canadian film is like no other film you’ve
ever seen before. Words cannot express or explain this film. Such a low
budget oddity that really has to be seen to be believed. But please….watch
it with some other like minded film fans. It will increase the enjoyment of
the film even more.
WOMAN IN BLACK (2012) –
While I did think they used too much CGI in the film, I still think they
made an effective horror film. And it was great to see Hammer going back to
their roots, with a great little gothic horror piece. Radcliffe did a great
job, breaking out of his Potter reputation, portraying a highly depressed
man who had recently lost his wife. Well worth the watch.
As for this
year’s Worst Of, I really only came up with 4 titles. And while some of these I
don’t think are terrible films, which I’ll explain, they are more here because
of the disappointment than anything.
CABIN IN THE WOODS (2011) –
After hearing so much about this film, we finally got to see it when it hit
DVD. This is one of those cases where even though it was so popular amongst
horror fans, I just don’t get it. Not the movie…I get it. Didn’t think it
was entertaining or good, but I get it. What I don’t get it the love for
this movie. Sorry…didn’t think it was funny, didn’t think it was a great
story, and just didn’t find it entertaining.
PROMETHIUS (2012) – We went
to the theater to see in this 3D and have to say that this was the most
amazing looking, beautiful, wondrous, technically thrilling piece of crap
that I have ever seen. Talk about ‘eye candy’? That was all this film had
going. Lame story, worse characters, and some of the dumbest things I’ve
seen characters do before. I’ve seen smarter characters in a Friday the 13th
rip-off than in this film. So once again, the old adage that you can polish
a turd as much as you want…it is still a turd.
THEATRE BIZARRE (2011) – I
had such high hopes for this movie since all the different people involved,
I figured how could this be anything but amazing? But sadly, I thought it
was just a mess. At best, a story or two was just okay, but the rest were
just bad. So disappointed in the talent behind the camera and what we got
to see on screen.
THE THING (2011) – If there
ever was an example of why a movie should just not be made, this prequel to
Carpenters’ epic film is the prime one. While they tried to be
different in some ways, they also mimicked certain scenes from the original
film. It seemed that their main point of the movie is to make sure they hit
all the key things that are left over in the original film, like the ax in
the door. They spent more time on that aspect on the film than
say...or a cohesive story that made sense? Didn’t matter if it made no sense whatsoever. Plot holes big
enough to drive a snowplow through. Do I need to go on? While Carpenter’s
original is still be rightly paraded as a classic 30 years later, I
seriously doubt people will be talking about this film much longer. In
fact, if it hits any end of the year lists now, that will probably be the
last of it.
A VERY SCARY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
Since we somehow averted the impending doom that the Mayans
had predicted, I guess we can carry on with the festive holidays in the next
couple of days. Now is the time to break out the holiday classics like Bob
Clark's BLACK CHRISTMAS, SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, CHRISTMAS EVIL, RARE
EXPORTS, or Dick Maas' SAINT. These can always get us in the right mood
for the season.
And it is usually this time of year that people put on the
smiles and cheer that they might not normally have. Shame we can't do that
every day of the year, huh? Nonetheless, we just wanted to wish everyone
out there a very Horror Holidays...I mean Happy Holidays. And we hope that
whatever you are celebrating, that good old Satan Claws brings you something
nice for all what you do throughout the year.
SCI-FI SPECTACULAR 7 WITH FRANK HENENLOTTER
Movieside has already announced their next show, the Sci-Fi
Spectacular 7, which is going to take place at the Portage Theater on March 9th,
2013. They have also just announced the cult director Frank Henenlotter
will be appearing there. They haven't announced which of his movies will
be playing during the fest just yet. The current film line up thus far is:
MATINEE - Joe Dante's tribute to William
THE DARK CRYSTAL - One of Jim Henson's best
SILENT RUNNING - Bruce Dern in a sci-fi classic
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS - The '78 remake with an all-star cast
IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS - Carpenter's tribute to H .P. Lovecraft
Just like all of the
Movieside events, there will be vendors, trailers, prizes, and more. For
all the info, go to their Facebook page
Pre-sale tickets are only $20 and at the door they will be $25. So get
STEINMANN - REST IN PEACE
While he doesn't have a huge list of work, only making 4
films, with one of them being a porno, Danny Steinmann's name will always be
remembered for making the only FRIDAY THE 13th film that doesn't have Jason in
it. For better or for worse, depending on your feelings towards it, it is
still a popular movie amongst fans. But he also had directed a great
little horror film called THE UNSEEN, which I've always been impressed with.
And then there is the little exploitation film SAVAGE STREETS with Linda Blair
and Linnea Quigley that is also very popular with the fans. So while he
only made 3 films in the cult film genres, they are popular ones. So
Steinmann will definitely be remembered for his work. This is a great
example where it is not the amount of work you do, but the quality.
Steinmann passed away back on the 18th of this month at the
age of 70 years old. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
One thing that happens a lot, to me at least and I'm sure I'm
not alone, but those of us that have an extensive movie collection, sometimes
trying to figure out what to watch next becomes a quest. Some times the
sheer act of trying to decide that can take as long as watching the movie!
So what is the solution to this? I know some of you out there keep your
new DVDs separate that way you can work your way through them. Which is a
good idea if you're only wanting to watch movies that you haven't seen.
But what about those that you've already seen, but feel the need to re-watch
them. Simple. Make a list.
Before, I've never been one to do one of these, just figuring
I'll get to the movie eventually. But there are too many times when I just
plainly forget about them. So by making a list of movies that you want to
watch in the next coming year, new titles or otherwise, then you have given
yourself a challenge. And when the time comes to watch something, it is
very easy then to go to the list and pick. So this year, I am going to be
doing just that.
Another great idea, especially for those newer students, is
find one of those "1000 Movies You Have To See Before You Die" type of books and
work your way through it. Rue Morgue just put out a little booklet called
200 Alternate Horror Films You Need To See that has some fantastic titles
in there. Even if you've seen most of them, check off the rest. So
pick out a 100 or so titles, write them down and keep them near. So the
next time you want to watch something, you don't have to do any thinking...just
grab the list and pick a title.
POSTER GALLERY UPDATED
Last week in our Horror History lesson, we talked about
Spanish artist Macario
Gomez Quibus and the amazing artwork that he has done in his career. Below
are just a few examples of his incredible talent. Just look at these
amazing pieces of art and then try to think the last time you were at the movies
and see some poster art that was as creative and beautiful as these? Makes
you wonder why we can't go back to this style of poster art. I guess that
would mean we'd need to find some talented people and give them some creative
freedom. Yeah...I know...like THAT is going to happen any time soon.
But that is why we need to keep these pieces of art alive, as
well as the people that created them. By collecting these posters, and
getting them into the public eye, even if it just means posting on your blog or
website, then at least people will get to see them. Who knows...some day
maybe we will go back to this glorious artwork. We can hope, right?
In the meantime, we have updated our Poster Gallery, adding
quite a few new exhibits, quite a few of them from Macario Gomez Quibus.
So head over to our Gallery and spend a few
minutes (or hours) gazing at some of the amazing pieces of poster art from
throughout the years.
MYSTERY PHOTO Our last photo was a little more popular, which was a nice
surprise. The movie is THE WOMAN IN BLACK, but not the recent Hammer
remake, but the original BBC film that came out in 1989. As much as I did
enjoy the remake, this original version is still my favorite and can still pack
one hell of a punch without all the fancy CGI ghosts. If you haven't seen
this version yet and can find a copy of it, I highly recommend it.
Kudos out to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby
Abernathy, Todd Barwick,
Aaron Christensen, Jerry Downing, Dick Klemensen, Wayne Teeter, Kristin Wicks, and Will Wilson.
Now on to this week's photo. While we thought about
trying to come up with something especially for the holiday, but then decided
that might be too easy. So we didn't. Or did we...? In either
case, the photo has plenty of the holiday color of red. So take a
look and then send in your guess by clicking
12-16-12 KRYPTIC ARMY - YEAR 4!
That's right, soldiers! 2013 will be our 4th year of
trudging through the murk and mud, battling through some tough adversaries, but
always coming through the battle a wiser and more experienced soldier. Sure, some
of us have a few battle scars, especially after that epic Turkey battle last
month that some of you fought in. I know a few of you should have been
awarded a purple heart or two for some of those grenades you selfishly jumped on. But I'm sure everyone that did survive
feel that it was a fight that needed to be won. For those that have made
it through each of the 12 missions, that means that you got through 24 new
movies that you might not have watched otherwise....for better or for worse.
But either way...Bravo!
And while we're proud of everyone that participates each
month, there are quite a few of the members that have been enlisted since the
very beginning. We can't thank you enough for your support and your
continued friendship. And to all the new soldiers that have joined along
the way, we are proud to call you our fellow fiends, with your never ending
desire to continue your horror education. Thank you.
With only 2 more weeks to go before 2012 will be over, we
will be starting a whole new year. That means new missions, new
challenges, and more new movies. Sure, the topics are becoming more and
more challenging for me, but I never back down from one of those. Just
like a lot of you don't back down from the new missions I hand out each month.
Now if you're one of those on the sidelines, just reading about what we're
doing, then now is the time to fall in, stand proudly next to your fellow
horror movie fan, and march forward into the front line where you will find new
horrors waiting for you each and every month. Do you have the guts to make
it? Then all you need to do is sign up for our mailing list and you can
have that chance to show your worth. Oh...did I mention that you can win
prizes? Just head over to our Army page HERE and get all the info on what
this is all about. You can also see what the past winners have gotten for
all of their hard work.
None the less, we hope to see you out on the front lines come
January 1st. We can always use more soldiers out there. And you
won't be alone...trust me.
BLIND DEAD SOUNDTRACK!?!?!?
Okay, being a huge fan of horror movie soundtracks as well as
Spanish horror films, where are all these great soundtracks from them??? I
know there are a few here and there, but when compared to all of these obscure
Italian ones that are coming out (not that we're complaining, mind you...we're
loving every one of those), it doesn't seem like there are that many.
Maybe it is something as simple as they never kept those recordings, because
they never seen the need for it back then. It is sad and depressing, but
Of course, one title that I would love to see get a release
is Antón García Abril's score for
Amando de Ossorio's TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD. Just click on this Youtube
clip below to hear what I'm talking about.
Now who wouldn't want to have their very own CD of that
score? So here's a little shout out to all those independent soundtrack
companies....PLEASE seek out some of this film's score, along with all those
other great horror film scores out there. Like maybe some Paul Naschy ones
too? I mean, it is almost Christmas, right?
NEW REVIEW: INNKEEPERS SOUNDTRACK
We have posted our review of Jeff Grace's score for Ti West's
creepy haunted hotel movie. Head over to our
Soundtrack Review section to read more.
IN VIVID RED: THE HORROR ART OF CHRIS KUCHTA
It was back in 2008 at a Chicago Fangoria show when we first
came across Chris and his work. His style was very different than what
we'd seen before, and once you seen it, it was easy to spot. We became
friends with Chris and his wife Lori at that show and started to see them at
other conventions as well. Each new event, he had a new print or something to add
to this table. When he started moving into colors, his art became even
more amazing. We have picked up several of his prints over the years, and
even have a couple hanging up in our Kryptic Office as I write this.
But now you have the opportunity to pick up a book that has
all of Chris' artwork up to now, all in one place. IN VIVID READ: THE
HORROR ART OF CHRIS KUCHTA is a hardcover book that features his artwork of the
Blind Dead, Christopher Lee as Frankenstein, Paul Naschy's werewolf, and many
more. With an introduction by EVIL DEAD creator Tom Sullivan and the
forward written by musician/author Count Lyle Blackburn, this is a book that is
well worth the price of $40. Sure, that might seem a big steep, but when
you look at how much artwork you're getting for that, it is well worth the
For all the ordering information about Chris and his book,
head over to his site by clicking
NEW ARGENTO BOOK COMING SOON
And while on the subjects of books, soon fans of Dario
Argento will have another book to add to their horror reference book collection.
Derek Botelho has written The Argento Syndrome, which will feature essays on
each of Argento's films, along with different 13 interviews, as well as a few
chapters of personal memoirs with Dario and his daughter Asia from the author
himself. It will have 20 original illustrations and about a 100
photographs. The limited edition hardcover will even come with a print of
the artwork signed by Asia Argento.
You can follow the Facebook page for the book by clicking
HERE. We will be sure to post news about it here when we find out
more. I know it will be one that we will be adding to our collection when
it comes out.
AYLMER CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
Nothing says the holiday more than your very own Aylmer Christmas ornament.
What better way to celebrate the birth of Christ than to decorate your tree with
a little Aylmer, with a nice little Santa cap on top of his huge bulging blue
brain? Sure puts me in the holiday spirit. Of course we all know
Aylmer from Frank Henlotter's film BRAIN DAMAGE, the story about a misunderstood
parasite that just wants to have a friend. Nothing wrong with that, right?
This little guy is from the creative genius at Meat Spider
Studios and can purchased on Etsy by simply following this
link. I'm sure you'll be the only one in your neighborhood with one of
these adorable little brain eating parasites hanging from your tree.
Boy...won't Santa be impressed? Order
now so you can have it time for the holiday!
We're back with another lesson, a very important lesson.
One of the first things used to get people to want to see a movie is the
poster art. Even in the very beginning of cinema, that was what was used
to draw in the audience, to make them have to see what this movie is about.
The people that created these works of art, sometimes cranking them out, one
after another, don't see to get the credit that they deserve. So this
week's lesson is on of these talented artists. And if you're poster
collector, I'm sure you've seen some of his artwork over the years. So get
ready to have your eyes amazed and get over to the
It seems that last week's photo was another tough one. Seems this movie
needs to have a little more light shined on it, huh? The film in question
is CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN. It is a great movie? Not really.
But if you love those black and white horror films of the '50s, it is a lot of
fun. Kudos goes out to Hoby Abernathy, Bill Harrison and Mike Shields for correctly
identifying our photo. Well done.
Now on to this week's photo. Might just be a little
easier than you think. Or maybe not. In any case, take a peek and
send us your guess by clicking
12-10-12 WHY WE COLLECT MOVIES?
Seems like a silly question, doesn't it? I mean, most
of the people reading this most likely has a substantial collection of horror
movies, probably well into the 1000's. But why do we do this? Several
months ago, I wrote something about being Cinematic Archeologist, about
that it was our job and passion to uncover some of these lost bits of gold that
most might not know about. But why do we feel the need to collect so many
Well, this thought all came about over this past weekend
while I was going through my movie collection (instead of working on updating
this site). Over the years, I had gotten some movies that turned out I
already had. Or that one copy was have a DVD-R from a video release that
was never pulled when the actual legit DVD came out. I knew that the
collection needed to be weeded through, but when you have over 3700 titles, it
takes a while. Which brings us back to our original question. Why do
we need this many movies?
For me, it all comes down to being a bit obsessive about the
whole thing. There are titles in my collection that I might not be a big
fan of. Might not think that I'll ever watch again. But that is how
I feel right now. What about in a few years, when maybe that same director
has gone on to do some pretty great movies and I want to go back to see how he
started. Instead of having to now trying to seek out that title, it is
right at my fingertips. Or there might be that opportunity to interview
one of these filmmakers or actors in this film, and now I want to go back to
review their older work. Once again...at the fingertips. Sure,
Netflix has movies streaming, YouTube has tons of movies available at a few
keystrokes. But you just never know when those might disappear. Call
me crazy, but I like knowing that I have my own copies of these movies, just
waiting to be broken out and be enjoyed once again.
And like I mentioned before, as horror fans, it is our JOB to
keep these films alive and in minds and hearts of other movie fans.
Spreading the disease, as they say. We keep these movies alive. We
keep their memories alive, waiting to introduce them to a new and uncorrupted
mind. And for that....I can only say....THANK YOU!
DEAN CUNDEY COME TO HORRORHOUND WEEKEND
If you're any kind of of horror fan, you better know the name
of Dean Cundey. He was one the men responsible for how many of our
cherished horror films look, especially a lot of John Carpenter's early work,
like HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, and even our personal favorite, THE THING. Cundey
was the Director of Photography on those films, plus many more. He is the
reason the films look like they do.
HorrorHound has announced that he will be a guest at their
Cincinnati show next March, and we are pretty excited about that. It is
people like Cundey that these films turn out as good as they do, but they
usually don't get the recognition that the directors and actors do. So
let's change that and make sure Cundey gets a strong welcome next March.
THE ABC's OF DEATH COMES TO CHICAGO
The Chicago Cinema Society and The Logan Theatre will be
screening THE ABC's OF DEATH next March (8th & 9th and 15th-16th). You
will now have the chance to see this long talked about film, that features 26
different directors that were given a single letter of the alphabet and then got
to come up with a word to make a story around that word involving death. A
few of the directors who worked on this are Ti West, Angela Bettis, Hélène
Cattet, Jason Eisener, Xavier Gens, and many more. This could be very
interesting to say the least. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.
For more information, head over to the Chicago Cinema Society
by clicking HERE.
Love this poster art, by the way.
HAMMER TAKES THE STAGE
Hammer will no longer just be a name for film production, but
has decided to test the waters on the stage. Hammer Theatre of Horror are
co-producing a new stage production of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, that
will start its run in January at London's Almeida Theater, and will run through
March. Hammer CEO Simon Oakes said, "For us it's about understanding the
dynamics. The long-term idea is to create shows that can then become
content for our film business as well." It is kind of like how Hammer in
the '50s looked at what was on the TV to be inspired to make film versions of
them. Now it looks like they might trying to not only create a new and
different type of horror performance, but if it works well on the stage, then
adapt it for the screen. Could be very interesting.
SAVE THE PORTAGE...AGAIN
Attention Chicago movie fans! It seems our beloved
Portage Theater is in need of help once again. We're not entirely sure
this time what is the issue, but from what I read, it is about helping the
current management raise money to offset their legal fees of trying to keep this
historic theater still in business. No matter what, this theater needs to
stay doing what it has been doing for many years. And that is giving a
place for film fans to come see their favorites on the big screen, the way they
were meant to be seen.
This event is taking place on December 17th at 7:30pm.
There will be a historical slide show, a documentary on the theater itself,
speakers, raffle prizes, and a live Jazz band. The admission is FREE, but
they are gladly taking any donations! So please come out and show your
support and keep this place alive and kicking for many years to come. For
more information, head to their page by clicking
Last week's photo did seem to get quite a bit bigger response than our last one,
with probably one of the largest responses we got on a Mystery Photo. The
shot was from Dario Argento's very first feature film, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL
PLUMAGE, which had just screened a week or so ago at the Portage Theater.
Sure, the print was a wee bit red, but it was still great to see a classic film
like this on the big screen. But here is the list of people that sent in
the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Craig J. Clark,
Jerry Downing, Antonio Echeverria, Brian Fukula, Richard H. Garcia, Dustin
Moravick, Mike Shields, Lisa Stewart, and Tom White.
But let's get to our latest photo and see if we can't get the
same amount of correct answers. Shall we? Take a look, think about
it, and then send in your answers by clicking
always, Good Luck!
On Friday we headed into Chicago for the Terror in the Aisle
Film Fest, which had screenings of Brian Yuzna's SOCIETY (who was in attendance
there), Dario Argento's BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE and Coscarelli's PHANTASM.
There were also some short films and trailers and other fun stuff going on.
Tickets were only $12, a great price for the chance to see 3 classic moves on
the big screen in 35mm. We got to see and hang out with a bunch of our
Chicago horror friends that all come out to support and celebrate these kind of
events. Not to mention being able to meet director/producer Brian Yuzna
and get some free autographs. Gotta love that, right? Mucho thanks
out to Movieside for continuing to do these great events.
While on the subject, these are the kind of events that you
really want to try and support. It is a lot of work for these to come
about, taking a lot of time and effort for very little money on their part.
And the only way to insure these kind of horror happenings continue are to show
up and show our support. So make sure when something like this happens,
even if you can't make it out, past the info on, help spread the word, so we can
keep having our little horror-get-togethers every couple of months.
TURKEY DAY MARATHON REPORT
We have gotten our write up of our latest marathon of
cinematic train wrecks posted. Head over to our Turkey Day page by clicking
HERE to read all the gory details!
We also have our report from the last HorrorHound Weekend posted,
took place a few weeks ago in Indianapolis. You know, the one that Jamie
Lee Curtis was at. We have plenty of photos with this report to, so head
over to our Convention Reports to get the full
NOX ARCANA CELEBRATES WINTER
It has been a while since we've heard from Nox Arcana, but
now just in time for the winter season, they have released their 3rd holiday
album, entitled Winter's Majesty. This new CD features 21 tracks (68
minutes) of music to 'celebrate the magic and glory of Winter". Sure, this
might not be the scary music that we're usually listening to, but Nox Arcana
always delivers a great gothic and enchanting sounds for any occasion. And
this one for the winter season is just perfect, no matter what you're
Head over to their
website to hear some
sample tracks from this album. And while you're there, you might as well
check out the rest of their albums. Great stuff there.
With the new month of December just starting, it means that
the end of another year of the Kryptic Army will be coming to a close.
We've been getting a lot more new recruits in these last few months, which is
already great to see. Remember, you don't have to wait until the beginning
of the year to join in. Even completing this last month's mission does get
your name in the drawing for some cool prizes. Just check out
Army page to see the winners and their prizes from the
last 2 years.
And a big shout out to all of you out there that have been
participating in the Army. I'm hoping you've been having a good time with
it, getting the chance to check out some new movies, both good and bad, all in
the name of cinema!
THE BAY: SOUNDTRACK REVIEW
We have also posted our review for the soundtrack for the new
movie THE BAY. Head over to our Soundtrack
Reviews to hear what we thought.
Our last photo was a tough pic, one that I'm sure had you burning with anger
when you couldn't figure it out! Well, it seems that two of our regulars
were able to come up with the correct film. And they were Hoby Abernathy &
Mike Shields. The movie in question is THE CREMATORS. Now before you
beat yourself up too much, if you haven't seen the film, don't feel bad.
It would be a perfect title for anybody's Turkey Day marathon. Not the
most fast paced or action filled movie. It is one of those where the movie
poster is much more entertaining to look at than the movie! If you are one
of those that picked up that new 40th Anniversary edition of OCTAMAN, then you
actually have a copy of THE CREMATORS since that comes as one of the bonus
Anyway, let's get to our next photo, which might be a little
easier this time. Especially for a few of you Chicago regulars for some
reason. So...gaze into the photo and see what you can come up with. Just click
HERE to send in
your guess. And always always, Good Luck!
11-25-12 WE'RE BACK!
After dealing with some technical issues with ours sever and the HorrorHound
convention last weekend, it seems to have been a while since our last update.
Even our last one was a few days late, waiting for our tech support to fix their
issues. Sure I'm using a program that hasn't been updated in 6 years, but
it still works and does what I want it to. Microsoft FrontPage may be a
simple web design program, not having all the flash and sparkle that those other
sites have. But honestly, I'd rather have the content stand for itself,
than a site that looks cool. Granted, now sure how you can tell with all
those ad banners all over the place! But anyway...I digress.
We did survive the HorrorHound show which was a lot of damn
fun. Yes, most of the people were there to get autographs, which left
little money left over for the dealers. But we kind of expect that.
But it didn't stop up from having a great time. It really is all about
friends and fun these days. We meet tons of other horror fans and make
even more friends. How could that not be a good time?
But since this was our last show of the year, we are already
counting the days until our first show next year. We will be primed and
ready for it.
TURKEY DAY - 10 YEARS OF TURKEYS
On Friday, while some of the world was out fight each other
to save a few $$, we spent the day as always with some good friends celebrating our 10th
Anniversary Turkey Day marathon. That's right, we've been doing this for
10 years now, spending the day celebrating in films that most serious critics
wouldn't even waste their time with. But for us diehard fans, we can not
only watch them, but enjoy the hell out of them for what they are.
Sometimes it is just due to the time and era when they were made other times its
because of the sheer audacity to do what they did, or at least tried to do, like throwing and dumping
tons of rats on their actors. But it is people like us, and the other
countless out there like us, that strive to keep these movies alive, giving more
and more people a chance to enjoy them as much as we are.
We had 10 people, who went through 7 movies and 11 pizzas
(that's right, 11 pizzas...you do that math). It was our biggest turnout
yet, which was a bit crowded at times, but still an amazing time watching some
amazing films. Well...sort of. You really have to be a die-hard
cinephile to be able to watch and enjoy of these types of movies. But
don't worry...we're professionals. Then again, watching a movie like
THINGS is beyond explanation, even for the most experienced movie fan.
We'll have our official report up soon, but here are the
titles that we got through: MISSILE TO THE MOON, FACE OF THE SCREAMING
WEREWOLF, THINGS, RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR, THANKSKILLING, BRAIN OF BLOOD, and
lastly THE VIDEO DEAD.
Also a big thanks out to everyone who came out to participate
in my yearly endeavor. Trust me, you don't want to try this kind of thing
alone. As well as an even bigger thanks to my wife Dawn for keeping our
bellys full from the amazing variety of pizzas that she kept churning out.
From your regular types to the experimental Crab Rangoon (which was devoured so
quickly that even AC didn't get a piece) and the Nutella pizza, I really don't
think anyone went home hungry.
IN THE AISLES 13
Since we haven't been able to update lately, we haven't been
able to pimp this great triple feature happening next Friday at the Portage
Theater. They will be screening Brian Yuzna's SOCIETY, Argento's THE BIRD
WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, and the cult classic PHANTASM. Getting to see
any classic Argento on the big screen is a treat.
BUT...director Brian Yuzna will be attending the show,
signing autographs and taking photos for FREE with the fans. Yuzna has
directed some fun movies in his career, such as RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3, but
also produced some great ones like RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, and DAGON.
The doors open at 7pm (or sometime around there) with the
movies starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are only $12 for all 3 features.
There will be dealers, auctions, prizes, and plenty more fun. For all the
HERE. Below are
the scheduled times:
AIR CONDITIONS (Short film by Ryan Oliver, see the trailer
10pm - THE
BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE
Now I am the last guy to be running out and double-dipping
when a movie gets a blu-ray release. For me to buy a blu-ray, it has to be
cheap and the quality has to blow away the standard DVD release. I don't
mean just better, but WAY better. Or...it has some new extras. I am
a sucker for extras. And Shout Factory seems to have gone completely over
the top with all the amazing titles that they have been releasing on DVD &
blu-ray, with a whole slew of more titles that they have recently announced!
Earlier this year, they put out HALLOWEEN 2 & 3 with tons of great extras, as
well as TERROR TRAIN and Tobe Hooper's THE FUNHOUSE. We have a few of
these coming in the mail as we speak, so we'll have to report later on how we
But in the meantime, they had recently announced some older
classic titles from AIP that are going to be getting a blu-ray release.
Titles such as THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, and two films
from Charles B. Pierce, THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN and THE EVICTORS.
They had also announced the release of Renny Harlin's PRISON and a double
feature disc of TERRORVISION and THE VIDEO DEAD. Yeap...you heard that
right. THE VIDEO DEAD on blu-ray. Who would have thought?
The PRISON disc will have audio commentary from Harlin, as
well as an all new retrospective that will feature Harlin, producer Irwin
Yablans, screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner, actor Tom Everett, Kane Hodder (who
was not only the stunt coordinator but also played the ghost that comes back to
life), as well as special makeup artist John Carl Buechler, producer Charles
Band, composer Richard Band, production designer Philip Duffin and production
assistant Patrick Denver. So as you can tell, they will all out on this.
Hopefully it is more than 10 minutes.
The TERRORVISION disc will have audio commentary with Ted
Nicolaou, who wrote and directed the film, along with actors Diane Franklin and
Jon Gries. It will also have an all new retrospective that will have the
previously mentioned three, along with other stars Chad Allen, Ian Patrick
Williams, but also with special makeup artists John Carl Buechler & Cleve Hall,
and producer Charles Band and composer Richard Band.
In that same release will also be THE VIDEO DEAD, which will
have two different commentaries. The first one is with Robert Scott, who
was the writer, producer, and director. Joining him will be the editor Bob
Sarles, and special makeup effects creature Dale Hall Jr. The second
commentary is with the actors Roxanna Augesen and Roddy Duvall, as well as
production manager Jacques Thelemaque and makeup assistant artist Patrick
Denver. There will also be new interviews with makeup artist Denver and
Dale Hall Jr.
At the recent HorrorHound Weekend, they announced a whole
slew of new titles that will be coming out next year. We already knew
about the upcoming release of Stuart Gordon's FROM BEYOND, which is due out in
March, along with PHANTASM II, but here are the other titles that will be
hitting blu-ray next year: X-RAY (aka HOSPITAL MASSACRE), SCHIZOID, THE
GODSEND, SCANNERS 2 & 3, THE HORROR SHOW, THE VAGRANT, John Carpenter's THE FOG,
THE HOWLING, LIFEFORCE, NIGHT OF THE COMET, THE BURNING, and George Romero's DAY
OF THE DEAD.
This week's lesson is about a relatively unknown composer
that we are going to try and change that. Get ready for some note taking.
You're going to want to remember who this guy is. Trust me. Now lets
get to the classroom.
Our last photo was from the one of the best 'animals-run-amok' movies
ever....NIGHT OF THE LEPUS. What could be better than an bunch of giant
killer rabbits? Well, that shot was one of the poor victims from these
terrifying creatures. Although, if you're an animal lover, not sure if
you're going to want to see this. Especially some of the footage they used
about trying to control the rabbit population at one point. Unfortunately,
we didn't get any correct answers this time out. Maybe this one will be a
little easier. Maybe.
So here it is, our last 'turkey' mystery photo for the year.
Don't look too close or you might burn your eyes. Just click
HERE to send in
your guess. And always always, Good Luck!
11-11-12 HORRORHOUND NEXT WEEKEND
Next weekend we won't be having an update since we will be
heading out to Indianapolis for the HorrorHound Weekend, our last stop on the
Kryptic World Tour 2012. I'm guessing if you're a fan of the HALLOWEEN and
HALLOWEEN 2, then you'll most likely be coming out as well. We'll be there
as usual, hanging out and having a good time. Hope to see a lot of our
regulars there so make sure you stop by our table so we can talk movies!
CINEMA WASTELAND GUESTS
While on the subject of shows, Cinema Wasteland will be
holding two first time reunions at their April show next year. The first
one is for Jeff Lieberman's JUST BEFORE DAWN. Joining director Lieberman
at the show will be actor Chris Lemmon, and actresses Deborah Benson and Jamie
Rose. The other reunion is for the cult film SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE with
stars Debra DeLiso, Joe Johnson and the driller killer himself, Michael
Villella. Besides Lieberman, all the rest of these guests will be making
their first appearance at a convention!
Another guest making his first appearance is director Jeffrey
Bloom. Sure that name might not be that familiar but I'm everyone knows of
the movie BLOOD BEACH, right? Bloom directed that one, along with FLOWERS
IN THE ATTIC and one of the segments in NIGHTMARES. Director Jack
Shoulder, who gave us some great films like ALONE IN THE DARK and THE HIDDEN is
also on the guest list. And of course, one director who's name should be
familiar to horror fans is Sergio Martino. We were thrilled to hear they
got him back after he had to cancel from the last spring show.
So with a ton of first time guests, we are pretty damn
excited about this upcoming show. We hope to see you there.
For all the information about the show, just head to their
website by clicking
MASSACRE REPORT POSTED
We have finally posted our report on the Massacre that took
place at the Portage Theater in Chicago a few weeks ago. You can read all
the details by clicking HERE.
MALENKA SOUNDTRACK REVIEW
We have posted our review of the soundtrack release of
MALENKA / FEAST OF SATAN by Quartet Records. Head over to our
Soundtrack Review section to read more.
Every place in the states seem to have their own horror host
that they grew up with. Here in Chicago, the one for most in this area is
Son of Svengoolie.
Yes, he is still around and still active. But last weekend, Svengoolie
(aka Rich Koz) experienced a "cardiac event" and is currently in the hospital.
He is doing well and is in good spirits. If you are a fan of Svengoolie, you can send your well wishes to him at the
WCIU, The U
26 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60661
You can also post your thoughts on his website
HERE or on his
APRIL GHOULS MONSTER-RAMA
It looks like the Riverside Drive-in in Vandergrift PA is making their 2-night
Monster-Rama shows twice a year now! On Friday April 6th and Saturday
April 7th, they are showing 4 features each night of some classic horror.
Friday is '80s night and Saturday is '70s night. We went out there last
September for it and had a blast. Unfortunately, just like their September
event this year, this one takes place on the same weekend as a convention
we have planned. Damn shame too. While the Friday night lineup is
pretty good, the one for Saturday looks just awesome. So if you didn't
have any other plans, I would strongly suggest you checking this event out.
Sure, it might be a bit of a drive for a lot of you, but like us, we made an
entire vacation out of it, hitting the Monroeville Mall and the Evans City
Cemetery while we were out there. Great times. You can read our
report of our little Vacation of the Dead by clicking
HERE. George Reis from
DVD Drive-In and the
Riverside Drive-in put on an amazing show. These are all from 35mm prints
too. The prints they had when we went looked incredible.
Friday Night lineup:
FRIDAY THE 13TH
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
DAY OF THE DEAD
Saturday Night lineup:
SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM
BLOOD AND LACE
THE THING WITH TWO HEADS
Okay people, let's make our way to the classroom for this
week's little bit of Horror History. This week, we're going to learn about
another low budget director that was cranking out an average of 4 films a year
during his career as a director, which spanned over 3 decades. Get those
pencils ready...this will be on the test.
MYSTERY PHOTO Last week's photo was from probably the best film anyone
could ever define as a Turkey Day movie...on more than one level! It is
from the film BLOOD FREAK, about a guy who after eating a special enhanced
turkey, turns into a blood drinking turkey monster, with the body of a human but
a the head of a turkey. And believe it or not, this film was funded by a
religious group to try and preach the dangers of sex and drugs! It has to
be seen to believe. Congrats out the following for sending in the correct
answer: Hoby Abernathy, Todd Barwick, Craig J. Clark, Jason Kretten,
Denise LoRusso, Whitey Mack, Steve Sapsford, and Will Wilson. Well done.
For this week's photo, while we're still in the Turkey Day
mood, we're going to pull another one out from the 'so bad its good' file and
see what you can come up with. Take a peek, feast your eyes, glut your
soul, and send in your guess! Just click
HERE to send in
your guess. And always always, Good Luck!
11-04-12 TURKEY DAY APPROACHES
Now that October is over with, most people get back to their normal lives,
waiting for one of the scariest times of the year....the Christmas season.
But before that madness begins, there is one other holiday that comes before all
that craziness that is a very important one for us...Turkey Day! No, I'm
not talking about Thanksgiving, but the day after that is our celebration of the
best of the bad! Regular followers of this site know that each year on
what is typically called Black Friday, but instead of fighting the horrors of
Christmas shopping, we spend the day in front of the TV watching some of the
best in cinematic train wrecks. We started this little adventure back in
2003, which makes this our 10th anniversary of holding this festival of bad
movies. But remember, "the only bad movie is a boring one." We have
experienced some great times, with some great friends, over the years. You
can even read about our past Turkey Day Marathon by clicking
HERE. And this Nov. 23rd will be no different.
This is the time to celebrate these movies that were made with just as much (if
not more) passion and desire as the great movies of our time. But for some
reason, either lack of budget, talent, or time, they just didn't make that big
hit they were all hoping for. But as we've said, just because it might be
poorly made, doesn't mean it can't be entertaining. Not to mention that
what doesn't kill you will make you stronger. Or at least that is what
So we put that challenge to everyone out there reading this.
Hold your own Turkey Day marathon. If not on the 23rd, then at some point
during the month. And if you do, we'd love to hear what you watch and how
the marathon went. If you're in the Kryptic Army, then you are already
full aware of what you're in for. And if you're not in the Army...why not?
PUT THE HAMMER DOWN
With all these classic movies now being released on blu-ray
for the first time, some of them getting the 're-mastered' treatment, I came
across a blog where someone was complaining about when these 'restorations' go a
little too far. I'm all for making a film look clean and crisp, to a
degree. I loved the fact that on the blu-ray version of ALIEN you can
pretty much see even the smallest of detail. But watching an old Universal classic like FRANKENSTEIN, I don't want
it to look like it was filmed yesterday. Watching an ultra-clean print is
not going to give me any more enjoyment from the film than watching the first
DVD release. DERANGED and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE are two more examples.
They need to have that grainy feel and look to them. I know and understand that
the restoration process is a lot of hard work and
takes plenty of time to go through each single frame to clean it up. But
there is some that are going a little too far. And that is when they start
to 'enhance' then original.
Taking a cue from Mr. Lucus and how he likes to tamper with
the original versions of his movies, the recent UK blu-ray
release from Studiocanal of the 1967 Hammer film THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, they have
added or enhanced some special effects to make them bigger and better....at
least that is what I am supposing the reasoning being is. In any case, to
there is a big difference between cleaning up the film and adding more digital
effects. Yes, I understand that maybe back in the day the filmmakers
wanted to do more but just couldn't because of budget and/or technology at the
time. But that doesn't mean we need to go back and add those effects in.
Let the movies stand on what they looked like then they were released. By
modifying them now, it really is changing the movie to look better with modern
technology is just a bad idea. Plain and simple. Honestly, it is
like going back and changing history. If you want to see the photos, just
HERE to get to the website where I first learned of this. See for
NEW REVIEW: SILENT HILL REVELATION SOUNDTRACK
We have posted our review of the soundtrack for the new SILENT HILL movie.
Just head over to our Soundtrack review section to
While on the subject of them, it just amazes me at some of the soundtracks that are getting
a release these days. Some of the most obscure titles seem to be popping
up. Why? I would make a guess that there are die hard fans of these
movies and their scores that work very hard at finding these scores and getting
them re-mastered These are not titles that these creators are going to
rich from. They are doing it because of their passion of the musical score
and the movies they are from. One of these places is Monstrous Movie
Music, who has just announced 4 new soundtracks coming out, two of which are
favorites of ours. Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter, who gave
us the wonderful score for IT! TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE, but also gave us the
music for THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, which will now see a CD release. It will
have 54 minutes of music, including some alternate cues that were not used in
the film. There is also a 20-page booklet about the movie and the music.
Another one of the scores they are releasing is the sci-fi
horror film THE BRAIN FROM THE PLANET AROUS. This release contains 43
minutes of music from this film, as well as 33 minutes of music from the film
TEENAGE MONSTER as a bonus. Walter Greene composed the scores for both of
these movies, which these releases will make the first time his work has been
released in this form. The other titles they are putting out are MISSILE
TO THE MOON and DESTINATION MOON. For more information about these and
other releases from Monstrous Movie Music, just click
HERE. We have
several of their releases and have been impressed with each and every one.
Another title that is coming out is one that just blew me
away that it would ever get a release. It is the score for Paul Naschy's
SEVEN MURDERS FOR SCOTLAND YARD, by Piero Piccioni. Some of this score had
been previously released by Beat Records but this release has 30 more minutes of
unreleased music. While most might not be familiar with this score, let
alone the movie, but any soundtrack of Naschy film that comes out, it definitely
has to be added to our collection.
And lastly, Christopher Young's way out of print score for
HELLRAISER is getting a new re-release, but this time it will also be with
Young's score for it's sequel HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER 2 in this 2 disc release.
If you don't have these scores in your collection, now is the time you can fix
that. You can order all of these releases, plus plenty more great titles,
Screen Archive Entertainment.
Back from our little break, we ready to get back to the
classroom. You've had a big enough break with the Halloween season, but
now it's time to get back to work. So lets get over to the
classroom and get our education back on track.
I have to admit that I was kind of surprised at the lack of correct answers for
our last photo. I thought for sure it was going to be an easy one.
But apparently not. The little fun grave digging scene was from the best
Ed Gein movie every made....DERANGED, starring the incredibly talented Roberts
Blossom. That shot is where he is digging up his mother to bring her back
home. Great stuff, horror fans. If by chance you haven't seen this
movie, then you should put that at the top of your "to watch" list.
Classic stuff there. We did have one person send in the correct answer and
that would be Hoby Abernathy. Well done, Mr. Abernathy!
Our latest photo is a real juicy one. Shows you the
not-so-proper way to use a band saw. Give it a look and see if you can
name the movie. Just click
HERE to send in
your guess. And always always, Good Luck!
HORROR IS WHERE THY HOME IS
We don't have much of an update this week since we are
recovering from our annual Halloween party last night. But since the
Halloween season is coming to a close, we just wanted to take a second to get
all emotional and sentimental and shit with you. This month, the Krypt
celebrates it 14th year on the web. While this has always been our little
soapbox where we can come to when we want to speak our mind about the genre, we
wouldn't still be here if it wasn't for everyone out there that has supported us
over the years. Each year, we meet more people and make more friends,
making our Kryptic community even bigger. Being fellow horror fans, we all
know that there is nothing better than being able to talk about your favorite
movies with someone else that 'gets it'. By running this site we hope to
keep pushing that desire for horror fans to learn more and more about this genre
that we love so much. When we came up with the line "Discover the Horror",
we really made that our mission statement, which is one that we deeply believe
in and try to follow every day. And each time we meet a new fan who is as
passionate about the genre as we are, we know that we are not alone.
And one of the best ways to experience that is having a
get-together with your other horror-minded friends, which we've been doing every
year for quite some time. From getting to see all the great costumes (for
those who bother to come in one...you know you are) to the fun party trivia
games, to just hanging out and talking about movies, it is always a great time.
Not to mention the extra pounds we put on from all the food there my incredible
wife makes (the rumors still spread that the food is the ONLY reason people
come...not sure I'd argue that either). So the gist of all of this is to
say thank you to all my friends and followers of this site. Thank you for
making our Halloween season, as well as the rest of the year, so much damn fun.
TO LEARN ABOUT DARIO ARGENTO?
Of course, any regular fans to this site knows of our passion
for horror reference books. And when one gets released by U.K. publisher
FAB Press, we are always drooling over it until we somehow acquire it for our
collected. We had received a newsletter from them announcing the release
on an updated version of Alan Jones book Profondo Argento: The Man, The Myths
and the Magic. Now it was going to be released in a new edition, under
the title Dario Argento: The Man, the Myths and the Magic, that will
feature new material, new interviews, as well as new photos. While we
already have the original version of the book, we're a sucker for new revised
editions. But acquiring books from the U.K. is not cheap. Sometimes
the postage can cost you more than the product itself. So we weren't sure
if we were going to be able to get this edition, at least right now.
But thanks to that wonderful world of the internet and
Amazon.com, we discovered that they were taking pre-orders for the book, and
even better because the price listed was only $44.07! They have the normal
retail price at $69.95, so you're saving $25! So why are you not jumping
over to Amazon right now and ordering this book? If you are a fan of
Argento and his work, then you really need to have this in your collection.
Sure, it is close to $50, but it this is one volume that a serious horror fan
needs in their library. Trust me on this one. Besides, you could
always consider them as investments since most all of FAB Press' titles have
sold out and are very impossible (without paying an arm and a leg) to get.
This means that it will never lose its value and will only go up in price over
the years. So head over to Amazon.com right now and pre-order this book.
You will not regret it.
HORRORHOUND CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN
Our last show of this year will be the HorrorHound show in
November in Indianapolis. This is the one where Jamie Lee Curtis will be
appearing, amongst all the internet controversy, with the autograph ticket
prices and all that fun stuff. While we don't really care about that, we
will be there to show our support of the show and to hopefully have something to
offer the fans coming through the door besides a $25 autograph. But if you
are a fan of the the first two HALLOWEEN movies, or Carpenter's THE FOG, then
you probably already have made your arrangements to make it to this show since
this is going to give you the chance to meet a lot of the people that appeared
in those movies. I believe this is going to be a much smaller show than
they normally put on, but I'm sure it will be packed full of Q&A's and other fun
things to do. For more information, head over to the website
Our last photo was from the 1988 film WAXWORKS. I always remember that
scene with the missing leg had me wanting to see this movie right away.
Such a simple effect but very effective. Kudos out the following for
sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Crowell, Richard H.
Garcia, Erik Martin, Raymond Rich, Gavin Schmittand Will Wilson. Nice job,
So how about our latest photo? Take a look, gaze into
the abyss as they say, and see what movie title pops in your head. Is it
the right one? Are you sure? Either way, send it in. There are
no penalties for wrong answers. Good luck. Just click
HERE to send in
10-21-12 MASSACRE SURVIVOR
Yes, we've made it through another 24-hour marathon.
Okay, we technically only stayed through about 20 hours of it, but none the
less. This was the Massacre that we all know and love, run by Movieside.
Incredible how differently the event felt compared to last week's marathon.
Why? Plain and simple: the people. The people running it, the people
coming through the door to enjoy it. It really does make a difference.
In any case, we got to see some great films on the big screen, hang out with
some great friends, picked up a few more things for our collection, and just had
a great time. Looking forward to doing it all again next year.
But while we're waiting on next year's 24-hour marathon, they
have already announced their next Terror in the Aisles film fest, which will
take place on November 30th, at the Portage Theater. So far they have
announced PHANTASM and SOCIETY, which still another film to be announced.
Stay tuned for more details. But you can go
to order tickets now.
MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS REPORT POSTED
While we just made it through our 2nd 24-hour marathon, here
is our reports of our first one! Click HERE to
read our thoughts on this new version of the Music Box's marathon.
CINEMA WASTELAND REPORT POSTED
We have posted our review/photos of the last Cinema Wasteland
show. Plenty of photos, and a little bit of ranting. But then again,
that's what you'd expect, right? Head over to our Convention Report page
and look for the Cinema Wasteland reports, or you can just click
One of the things that breaks my heart, especially in
Hollywood, is that there are some truly talented people out there with a great
idea, some directing or any other kind of talent, but for some reason just are
not given the chance to show what they can do. This even applies to people
that have already made a impact in the industry with the work they've done
already. But because it might not be what someone might think is 'popular'
at the moment, they don't want to invest. Or even worse, they do invest,
but then make all these demands from the talented people that came up with the
idea, slowing changing it from it was originally intended. So when we hear
of some of these talented individuals that are trying to do a project on their
own, we want to do what we can to help them reach that goal. And now,
hopefully you can help as well.
Director Mariano Baino, known for his incredible film DARK
WATERS (not that Japanese ghost movie) is finally coming back to the director's
chair with the film ASTRID'S SAINTS, which is a "powerful and emotionally
driven, suspenseful psychological thriller. It is the haunting tale of ASTRID, a
grieving woman who discovers a dark wonderland in a mystical Brooklyn covered in
snow." The title character will be played by actress Coralina
Cataldi-Tassoni, who you might know from her work with Dario Argento and
Lamberto Bava. She co-wrote the film with Baino. If you've seen
Coralina's and Baino's work, you know there is some serious talent in them.
And we want to do what we can to make sure this new project happens.
They have started a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the
funds needed to make this project happen. While the total amount they are
looking for may seem big, every little bit helps to reach that goal. So
even if you can pledge $10 or $20, it will all add up and make this dream a
reality. They have plenty of different pledge levels with tons of
interesting and unique items you can receive for your donation. So please
take a second and read through the information and donate what you can. We
need to show the people in Hollywood that you don't have to always invest in a
project that is a remake or a sequel, but that you can take that chance on
something that is being created by some very talented people.
You can go to the official website by clicking
HERE and then go to
the Kickstarter page by clicking
LES BAXTER SOUNDTRACKS RELEASED
Who's Les Baxter? Well, if you've watched any
number of films from American International Pictures (AIP as we know them as),
then you've heard Baxter's work. Over his career, he has scored dozens of
horror pictures. Plus, when AIP was picking up foreign pictures, such as
Mario Bava's BLACK SABBATH, Baxter was hired to rescore the movie or add/change
some of the existing music. Now his complete score that he did for Bava's
BLACK SABBATH release is being released on CD. For only $19.95, Intrada is
releasing this disc, with almost a full hour of music.
Plus, they are also releasing for the first time Baxter's
score for the Jacques Tourneur film COMEDY OF TERRORS! Running a little
over 40 minutes, this release even has the song "He Is Not Dead", which is just
a riot in the film. This release is also priced at $19.95. You can
order both of these soundtracks, not to mention a ton of other great
We figured we might stump a few of you out there with our last photo. It
is from an obscure movie, but at least now you'll remember the title. At
least we hope so. The film is THE TOMB OF TORTURE. Probably best
known with the double feature poster art when it was paired up with CAVE OF THE
LIVING DEAD. Ahh...the good old days. Anyway, kudos out to Hoby
Abernathy & Todd Barwick for sending in the correct answer.
So let's get to this week's photo. Take a peek and seek
if you know this one. Maybe if you answer right away, you can get a leg up
on your fellow horror fans. Good luck. Just click
HERE to send in
10-14-12 MUSIC BOX SURVIVOR
We made it through another 24 hour marathon at
the Music Box Theatre, our first of two 24 hour marathons this month.
Things have changed with this marathon, which we will go into more details on
our full report coming soon. I will say that one of the great things about
the previous shows was that no matter who the special guests were, any
autographs you got were free. Since there has been a change with the
marathon, I had emailed the Music Box to see if the free autographs were still
the same. I was told that while guest Sybil Danning would be charging
(though this would be going to Vital Bridges charity), but director Jeff
Lieberman would not be charging. But once we got there, at the table
Lieberman would be sitting at, there was a sign saying that autographs would be
$20. How could they not know this?
But none the less, it was great seeing so many Chicago horror
fans turn out for this event. Even in the wee hours of the morning, there
were still plenty of people there. Granted, they were in various forms of
unconsciousness, but still there.
HILL AT THE MASSACRE
The Massacre, the 24-hour movie marathon taking place at the
Portage Theater in Chicago on the 20th, has recently added the film SPIDER BABY
to their lineup, along with a special appearance by director Jack Hill.
Exploitation fans know Hill's work, not only on SPIDER BABY, but a ton of other
films in his filmography, such as BIG DOLL HOUSE, COFFEE and many more.
Did we mention there will be free autographs from the guests
there? Where else do you see that these days? For all the
information about the event, head over to their Facebook page by clicking
THE WASTELAND CONTINUES
We have survived our 22nd trip to the Wasteland in Ohio.
We got plenty of photos and a few stories from the show, which we soon to have
our report up soon. So stay tuned.
But you also might want to mark your calendar for next April,
because they have started to announce some of their guest lineup, with quite a
few making their very first convention appearance. They are starting off
with a JUST BEFORE DAWN reunion, with director Jeff Lieberman and actors Chris
Lemon, Deborah Benson, and Jamie Rose. Then they also have Jeffrey Bloom,
who directed the classic BLOOD BEACH and NIGHTMARES, and director Jack Shoulder
who gave us ALONE IN THE DARK and THE HIDDEN, as well as NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
2. And of course, after having to cancel from last April's show, they have
invited Italian director Sergio Martino back and I couldn't be more thrilled.
This man has made some amazing films in his career, such as MOUNTAIN OF THE
CANNIBAL GOD, ISLAND OF THE FISHMAN, THE STRANGE CASE OF MRS. WARDH, and of
course TORSO, not to mention countless more. So start making those plans
and we'll see you there.
And for those that thing that the Wasteland might be a thing
of the past, I wouldn't count on it. They have just announced their dates
for the next 4 years. And we'll be there with them, each and every show.
At the Spring Cinema Wasteland show, we had a chance to sit
down with director David Schmoeller to talk a bit about a few of his movies.
We have finally gotten around to getting it up on the site. So just
head over to our Interview section to read all
HORROR AT THE CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST
This year's Chicago International Film Fest has an After Dark
series that features 8 different films from around the world. Some of
these titles are coming from some big names in the genre, such as JOHN DIES AT
THE END, directed by Don Coscarelli and SLEEP TIGHT, directed by
Jaume Balagueró (co-director of the [REC]
films). Below are the films that are playing. For more details and
the times, just click
HERE to get to their website.
THE ABCs OF DEATH (Various)
DON'T CLICK (South Korea)
IN THEIR SKIN (Canada)
JOHN DIES AT THE END (USA)
MANIAC (remake with Elijah Wood) (France/USA)
SLEEP TIGHT (Spain)
What better way to in the mood of the Halloween season than
to listen to the soundtrack of one of the scariest films of all time?
Perseverance Records is re-releasing the soundtrack for THE EXORCIST. This
release has been re-mastered by Warner Bros Records for this particular release.
This is the version that has the Tubular Bells theme on there and runs about 45
minutes long. It is only priced at $12.98, which is a great price,
especially for a soundtrack like this. There are only 3000 copies made, so
if you are even remotely interested, don't wait and order now. You can get
them from Perseverance directly at their website
PANZRAM ON DVD
John Borowski's latest film, PANZRAM: THE SPIRIT OF HATRED
AND VENGEANCE is now out on DVD, only available through the official website,
www.panzram.com. Following up on his
previous films about H.H. Holmes and Albert Fish, he continues to delve into the
dark regions of the human mind with one of the most notorious humans in history.
While Carl Panzram was a spending the rest of his life in prison for various
crimes like murder, rape, and torture, he befriended a young guard named Henry
Lesser. Lesser convinced Panzram to document his life by supplying him
paper and pencils. And what he delivered, was over 40,000 words of terror.
This documentary includes footage of Panzram's original
handwritten papers, location footage from the prisons he was locked up at, and
an exclusive interview with Henry Lesser himself. If you are interested in
going down that dark hallway, then you have no better guide then John Borowski
and his films.
PRINT IS DEAD? REALLY?
With the invention of Kindle, and all those other
downloadable reading devices, one would think that printed books really are on
their way out. But if that is the case, then why do I find more and more
new books on the horror genre coming out. Below are a few titles that we
have either recently acquired in the Kryptic book collection or are in transit
as you're reading this. We are planning on having reviews of all of them
in our Reference Book Review section a short time after we do get them.
But the first one listed below, Muchas Gracias Senior Lobo, is a new updated
version of the 2006 book of the same name by massive Naschy collector Thorsten
Benzel. I know we've mentioned this book a few times before, but we now
have received our new copy and it is just freaking amazing. Seeing all of
this different memorabilia of Naschy's work is incredible. From all of the
different artwork from all these different countries that his work played in, it
again amazes me why he is not more of an iconic figure in the genre. None
the less, if you are a fan of his work or horror movie memorabilia, then you
need to get this book. It is pricey, mainly due to the overseas shipping
rates since it is coming from Germany, but it is worth the money.
As far as the other titles, we'll keep you updated once they
arrive in the Krypt. But with Christmas right around the corner, these
would make great gifts for any horror fan you know.
Our last photo is from a movie that is just plain fun to watch. Just when
you think you've seen it all, something happens to change all that. The
movie is THE LOST CONTINENT (1968) from Hammer Films. Great cast and a
boatload of monsters. If you haven't seen this one, add it to your list of
"to-watch" movies. I think you'll enjoy it. Kudos out to the
following that recognized the shot: Hoby Abernathy, Gregory Avery, Aaron
Christensen, Eric Engelmann, Bill Harrison, Mike Shields, and Wayne Teeter.
Job will done.
So let's get on to this week's photo. Going back to a
black and white film that might be kind of tough. But we always like to
try and keep that brain working. Take a look and see what you can come up
with. Remember, there is no penalty for the wrong guess. If you
think you know, send it in. If you're wrong, I'll let you know. Good
luck. Just click
HERE to send in
10-1-12 'TIS THE SEASON
While we had planned to get this update done yesterday like we normally do,
obviously that didn't happen. But what better way to start the October
month off with an update, right? So let's get started.
This is the month that pretty much every horror fan waits
for. There are more horror films shown on TV during this month.
Years ago, I can remember diving into the monthly cable guide looking for those
rare films that might be screening during the month. But there are usually
more horror films playing at the theater, both new ones and old classics that
are being shown in film festivals and revival houses, all giving the fans a
chance to watch movies the way they were meant to me...on the big screen with an
audience full of fans. Like every October, this month will be packed full
of horror for us. Between Cinema Wasteland next weekend, then two
different 24-hour movie marathons back to back, seeing the original FRANKENSTEIN
and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN on the big screen, it is going to be a
fun-and-film-filled month. But while we're all enjoying the season,
remember to do just that. I know I have a tendency to be so busy with all
the events and stuff going on, that we don't take the time to actually enjoy it.
And even more importantly, enjoy it with friends and family. Hopefully you
have others that are as big of a horror fan as you are that you can sit and
watch a movie or two with, and share the scare!
While on the subject of Wasteland, we obviously won't be
having an update next weekend because we will be in Ohio having one hell of a
time at the best show around. There really is no other show like Cinema
Wasteland. And this being their 22nd show (!!!!!), and with a great
lineup, it is going to be another uber-epic good time. I mean...a show
that is going to have Bert I. Gordon, Reb Brown, Jeff Burr, and Isla herself,
Dyanne Thorne, plus many more great guests, is going to be a good time.
Then throw in the amazing dealer room, all the incredible movie titles that will
be screening throughout the whole weekend, this is the show to be at. Of
course, we will be set up there, as we have been since their very first show.
So if you're coming out to it, make sure you stop by our table to chat for a
LOM - REST IN PEACE
Horror fans lost a great one this last week when
Herbert Lom passed away this week at the age of 95. With a very
recognizable voice and distinct look, Lom was made for playing villains.
And in the horror genre, that is what he usually played. Though it is
interesting that his first horror film was in Hammer's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
(1962), where his portrayal was more of a kinder madman then is previous
versions. His next role was in the notorious MARK OF THE DEVIL (1970)
where he played Lord Cumberland, who was not a nice man. Even in his later
years, he could still play an evil character, as he did in Michelle Soavi's THE
SECT (1991) But he didn't just play villains in this genre, as he proved by
playing Prof. Van Helsing in Jess Franco's COUNT DRACULA (1970), or as a helpful
doctor in David Cronenberg's THE DEAD ZONE.
Of course, outside of the horror genre, he was probably more
recognized from his work as the crazy Inspector Dreyfus in the PINK PANTHER
movies. In fact, that is the very first film I remember him from was THE
PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN.
The horror genre has lost a great talent here. So
during your October celebration, grab one of Lom's movies and remember this
great talent. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. He will
be missed, but never forgotten.
NEW FILM IN THE WORKS FOR ALEX DE LA IGLESIA
Ever since we seen his first twisted film, ACCION MUTATE,
we've loved this guy's work. His follow up film, THE DAY OF THE BEAST, was
just as entertaining. But even when he moves out of the horror genre, his
sense of dark humor and style are always entertaining. His 2010 film, THE
LAST CIRCUS, was just as twisted and just as fun. So we were very excited
to hear that he will be working on his next film, which will be a return of
sorts to his horror roots. The film is called LAS BRUJAS DE ZUGARRAMURDI
(aka WITCHING AND BITCHING). According to De la Iglesia, "It is an
outrageous comedy, in the line of IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, but a horror
comedy." The story is about a band of thieves who are trying to leave
France after a job but end up running up against a band of witches in a old
Not sure when it will be coming out, but I know I'll be in
line to see it when it does.
LANDS IN CHICAGO
Because we didn't have enough cool stuff happening this
month, the fine folks over at Chicago Cinema Society have decided to give us a
couple of features to feast our eyes on! The first one is a extremely rare
screening on 35mm of the 1983 film XTRO. Back in the day when I worked at
a theater, we had this film upon its initial release. And all I could say
then was WOW. Coming out on the heels of Spielberg's other alien visitor,
this movie made the point that all E.T.s are all friendly. This film has
some incredible imagery, including some things you've probably never seen
before. Well worth coming out for. And to make the pot even sweeter,
they will also be screening the 1986 heavy metal horror film TRICK OR TREAT,
starring Marc Price with appearances by Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne.
And even better, the price for this double feature is only
$5. That's right...only $5. This is taking place at the Portage
Theater on Thursday, October 25th. We'll be there...so hopefully we'll see
you there! For updated details, head over to their Facebook page
CHICAGO'S 24-HOUR MARATHONS!
At first, the idea of a 24-hour horror movie marathon sounds
like an awesome idea. But by the time you sit in the theater for that
first 12 hours, you're wondering just what the hell you are doing. Then
you realize....you're there to WATCH HORROR MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN!
That's why! We've been going to the Music Box for their 24-hour marathons
since they started in 2005 and we have had a blast each and every year. In
the beginning, we use to set up there. But after a few years of doing
that, we realized that we were really missing out on the fun of being able to
just sit and watch and enjoy the movies. So the last year we made the
decision to do just that...sit and watch. And we had a blast. Which
is what we are planning to again this year. Twice, in fact.
Music Box of Horrors (the new name for the marathon at the Music Box), which
is taking place on October 13th, has listed what looks to be their final
line up. They have made some changes since they first announced some of
the titles. But here is what they have:
THE GOLEM (1920)
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935)
THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933)
DR. TERRORS HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965)
SQUIRM (1976) - With director Jeff Lieberman in
SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER (2004)
HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF (1985) - With Sybil
Danning in attendance
THE BEYOND (1981)
EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL (2012)
THE DEADLY SPAWN (1983)
BLOOD DINER (1987)
THE BURNING (1981)
EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN (1987)
Then the following week on October 20th,
our 2nd 24-hour will be the
Massacre, this time at the Portage Theater. Not sure if this is the
final lineup or not, or if they are in order or not, but here is what they have
posted on the Facebook events page:
BLACK CAT (194)
WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968)
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
(1985) - With Linnea Quigley in Person!
DEAD SNOW (2009)
HALLOWEEN II (1981)
PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987)
PHANTASM II (1988)
CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961)
HAUSU aka HOUSE (1977)
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
PART 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987)
Plus, they will have a rare
screening of David Cronenberg's short film FROM THE DRAIN, along with the new
short film THE CAPTURED BIRD.
Our last photo did get a few people with the correct answer, which I have to say
I was very impressed with. The film is THE PREY (1984) and is hard to
forget. And that isn't necessarily a good thing either! But kudos to
the following that got it: Aaron Christensen, Erik Martin, and Mike
Shields. Well done!
So while we starting the month of monsters, why not start
with a real good one, right? Take a gander at this poor soul who obviously
regrets going to Red Lobster all those times! Just click
HERE to send in
your guess. As always...good luck.
ANOTHER DAY AT THE DRIVE-IN
Last night we spend our second weekend in a row at a drive-in
theater. Why, you might ask? Because they are still around and we
want to support them! Not to mention the fact that they were screening 4
horror/cult films there that we wanted to see on the big screen, especially DR.
It was also my son's 20th birthday and really what a better
way to celebrate that then to spend time with the family at the drive-in!
It was back in 2005 that I took Nick to another drive-in event that Mike & Mia
Kerz were putting on, before they bought the Midway. It was at the
Highlight 30 Drive-in theater which was here in Aurora. Granted, that has
long since been torn down, but those memories still live on. Namely seeing
my son's face light up when Tom Sullivan handed him the actual decapitated head
from the original EVIL DEAD. While we didn't have any of those moments
last night, we did have a great time watching some fun movies and eating
(probably way) too much food.
But the important part of this little message, one that we've
mentioned here a few times before and hate to sound like a broken record, but
the theater we were at last night, the Midway Drive-in, might have to close down
due to the cost of having to upgrade to the digital projector the movie studios
are forcing them to convert to. They started a Kickerstarter page to try
and raise 1/3 of that cost, but it hasn't been going as successful as we'd all
hoped. There is only a short time left to help them reach their
goal. If you haven't done this, please head over there (by clicking
HERE) and donate what you can, even if it is only $10. As they say,
every little bit helps. And then you can be one of the ones responsible
for helping to keep one of these great American past times alive.
NEW REVIEW: FOUND
This is the movie that won Best Feature Film in the recent
Elvira Horror Hunt Film Festival, sponsored by HorrorHound magazine. Check
out our review HERE.
NEW SOUNDTRACK REVIEWS
We also have two new soundtrack reviews this week. The
first is for the recently 2-disc re-release of John Carpenter's score for one of
my favorites of his films, THE FOG. The second one is from one of our
favorite Italian composers, Ennio Morricone, for one of our favorite gothic
Italian films, NIGHTMARE CASTLE. Head over to our
Soundtrack Review section to hear our thoughts on
HORRORHOUND WEEKEND REPORT
We have posted our report on the recent HorrorHound Weekend,
and have a lot of photos this time around. Either click on our
Convention Reports on the left and scroll down to
the HorrorHound reports, or you can just click
JUDITH O'DEA INTERVIEW
We have also posted an interview with actress Judith O'Dea,
best known from the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. This interview was
done back in 2007 by Will Wilson, a good friend of mine, but was never
published. So we thought it would be great for it to be able to be
resurrected from the dead stories file and be seen. So head over to our
Interview section for it.
It looks like we stumped everyone with our last photo, though we did have a few
close ones. The shot is from the Paul Naschy film HUMAN BEASTS.
Don't want to mess with pigs, especially when they're hungry. I'm not sure
we're going to have much better responses with this week's photo either.
It isn't as obscure as the Naschy film, but we'll see if those that use to rent
movies back in the '80s might recognize this one. See that...gave you a
little hint right there.
HERE to send in
your guess. As always...good luck.
9-16-12 ROAD TRIP OF THE DEAD!
We figured since we missed out on last week's update, we'd
try to get a little something for this week. But we weren't sure if we'd
make it back in time, since we have just spent the last couple of days in the
Indianapolis area for a second week in a row. But instead of spending most
of the day at a convention, we have spent it hitting a few different food places
and book stores during the day, and then spending the evenings at the Skyline
Drive-in watching some fun and obscure horror films all night long. This
is the 2nd time that we've taken one of these little mini-vacations/pilgrimages
to a drive-in theater and it has been a blast. Highly recommend it to
anyone and everyone. It is a nice break from reality not to mention a
whole lot of fun.
The Skyline Drive-in is located right off of I-74 just
southeast of Indianapolis and is a great little place. Sure, it might be a
little too close to the interstate, but it didn't affect us that much from
enjoying the movies. Both nights, we only managed to make it through 3 of
the 4 films being played. Once you get warm and comfy...sitting in our
lawn chairs and wrapped up in blankets, its pretty tough not to dose off.
But we did our best. Lucky for us, the weather wasn't too bad so it didn't
get that cold during the movies. Friday was a little cooler, but still not
bad. Over all, a great experience and a fantastic weekend.
Of course, next weekend, we are planning to head out to the
Midway Drive-in in Dixon for a full night of great movies. This is only a
one-night event, but they have a great lineup planned so far: THE LOST BOYS,
NEAR DARK, DR. BUTCHER M.D. (aka ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST) and then a fourth feature to
be announced. We've been to the Midway a bunch of times and always have a
great time. If you are coming out to the show, do me a favor and bring an
extra $10 or $20 to donate to the cause of saving this drive-in by helping them
afford to upgrade their projector to a digital one. For more details, head
over to their Kickstarter page
But none the less, we hope to see a bunch of you out there
for this great time.
SHOPPE OF HORRORS #29
For fans of Vincent Price's THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, you
are going to want to pick this magazine up. In fact, do yourself a favor
and just order a copy of it now (by clicking HERE). Any time Dick
Klemensen and company cover a movie in this amazing magazine, you will find some
in there that you've never heard (or read as the case may be) before. The
detail they go into is just amazing. Top notch writers, illustrators, and
just filled with tons of information. And it looks like this one is going
to be no different. With a 40 page article on the making of DR. PHIBES, it
is surely going to be a very informative and interesting read. Not to
mention the incredible cover artwork by Jeff Preston.
So head over to their website and place an order for this
issue. And if you're not familiar with this magazine, but enjoy British
horror movies, then feel free to order more. This really is one of the
best magazines out there that covers the British horror films, especially
SIGNED SHELLY NOVEL FOUND
Being a slight fan of all things Frankenstein, one of our
favorite blogs that we check out regularly is
Frankensteinia, which is a massive tomb of anything and everything to do
with Frankenstein, the creature, the legend and everything else. They
recently posted a news bit that I thought was worth repeating here. A copy
of Mary Shelly's novel Frankenstein was recently discovered, which
happens to not only be signed, but signed to Lord Byron. As we all know,
it was Byron who gave the challenge to Shelly, her husband Percy, and Byron's
doctor John Polidori, to all write a scary story. What Mary Shelly came up
with that fateful weekend would be the genesis of her greatest creation,
Frankenstein. So finding a copy of this novel, signed by the author to
Byron is a pretty rare find. It was found in the possession of Baron Jay
(1907-1996) who was a British politician, and was discovered by his grandson.
It is being displayed for a week at the Peter Harrington's of Chelsea, London,
who happens to be one of the world's leading book dealers. They are
estimating that the book is worth over $600,000. That's right, folks.
A copy of Frankenstein, a book that has inspired countless nightmares,
movies, novels, and fandom, but that still is regarded just like the character
from the book, an outcast from normal society. But yet, this holy grail is
worth well over a half a million dollars. Makes me think that this stuff
we're into is a little more important than some others think.
Some time ago, we had gotten a gift of some hot sauce from a
good friend. It was from a place called Haunted Hot Sauce and game in a
especially made wooden coffin. Being a hot sauce aficionado, not only was
it pretty damn cool looking, but it also tasted pretty damn good.
But like a lot of us who do this little hobby/job on the side, it does have a
tendency to turn into more work than fun, which is a damn shame and then the
passion for it is harder and harder to keep. Earlier this year, Victor the
Undertaker discontinued his Haunted Hot Sauce business because it was simply
taking too much of his time. And rather than let his customers suffer with
poor service, he decided to shut down the business. Damn shame, but I
That was early this year. But now it seems that Victor
has risen from that grave to bring us some new hot sauce, this time called
Halloween Hot Sauce. And what better time to pick up a little gift for
yourself, or a fellow demented deviant. I mean, that other holiday is
coming up too....you know that one that is all about treating people with
kindness and cheer. Just show up at a Toys R Us or Wal-Mart on the day
after Thanksgiving to feel the warmth. Sorry...got a little sidetracked
there. My point was that these make great gifts all year round. Just
click HERE to be taken to their new website where you can buy these different
flavors separately, or you can get all three and save. Either way, tell
Victor that we sent you to him.
"STUNTMAN HAL NEEDHAM TO GET OSCAR FOR BADASSERY"
One of the most famous Hollywood
stuntman/turned director will receive an honorary Oscar for his work. The
"Badassery" was the actual title in the news bit when it came out. If
you're not familiar with Needham's name, if you've watched any action movies
from the '70s, then you've probably seen his work. From breaking over 50
bones in his body, breaking his back twice, punctured his lung, to god knows
what other injuries he has suffered in his long career, Needham gave it his all
for the movies. Eventually he moved behind the camera to direct films like
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT, HOOPER, and CANNONBALL RUN, just to name a few.
But what does this have to do with horror movies???
Well, over the years of going to conventions, you learn that a lot of people
that play the different monsters that we see in our favorite films, are actually
being played by stuntmen. Sure, there might be a actor in some of the
"face" scenes, but a lot of the stuff we see happening, the guy behind the mask
is usually a stuntman. These are the guys that not only are making some of
the effects look even better and more realistic, but they are also the ones that
are making sure that nobody gets hurt. So I think that a stuntman category
should be created for the Oscars, so that more people can be aware of the
amazing, not to mention damn dangerous work, these people do on a daily basis.
But I'm sure that is not going to happen. But what we can do is the next
a convention, and there is a guest that might be known for playing some masked
psycho, but is really a stuntman, take a few minutes to ask him about his stunt
work and thank him for all his hard work. It is one of those things that
make the movies as enjoyable as they are.
FRIDAY THE 13TH SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE
La-La Land Records are releasing the original motion picture
score to the film that started it all and made campers every where scared to be
out in the woods. Of course, we mean FRIDAY THE 13th. Harry
Manfredini created one of the most memorable pieces of music, especially the
"kill, kill, kill" overlaid into the score. Genius.
This is the version that was already released in the FRIDAY
box set, which is already sold-out. But now is your chance to own the
score to the first one. La-La Land is saying that this is going to be the
only film score in that box set that is going to get a separate release.
The total running time for this CD is 43:54 minutes and has a retail price of
$15.98. A great deal for any and all FRIDAY fans. If you act now and
order your copy, you still might have a chance to get one of them autographed by
composer Manfredini. Just head over to La-La Land's website by clicking
Okay so our last photo was easy enough to get quite a few correct answers sent
in. So at least I know you're paying attention! The shot was of
course from HAUTE TENSION (aka HIGH TENSION). Here's the ones that sent in
the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Dave Canfield, Aaron Christensen,
Wendy Bodine, Jerry Downing, Richard Garcia, Gary Kent, Denise LoRusso, Erik
Martin, Kevin Matthews, Ryan Olson, Nicholas Orlok, Jeff Owens, John Pata, Wayne
Teeter, and Will Wilson. Well done, people.
Now on to this this week's photo. You didn't think I
was going to throw you another easy one, did you? Maybe. Take a look
at this photo and see if there is something you can sink those mental teeth into
and come up with a title. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, good luck.
9-3-12 LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
We're a day late on this update due to a trip to the land of
Michigan yesterday. After spending around 10 hours in the car in one day,
couldn't do much more than crash once we got home last night. But having
today off was truly a blessing since we can use it to relax and get ready for
the madness that is about to begin. What madness do we speak of?
Well, it is the reason that we won't be having an update next weekend, possibly
the next two weekends. Of course next week will be heading to Indianapolis
for the HorrorHound Weekend, which we are very excited for. We just found
out that our table neighbors were going to be John Pata and Adam Bartlett,
creators of the film DEAD WEIGHT (see our review HERE).
I've known John for a few years now and am always amazed at how much he works on
promoting the horror genre. From his work at his local theater, hosting
weekly classic horror screenings, to running the Oshkosh Film Festival, he's a
non-stop whirlwind of passion and push for the genre. And we love him for
that. Not to mention that he and Adam created a pretty damn entertaining
and thought provoking film. So if you're coming out to the show next week,
please make sure you stop by our table and say hello. We always enjoy
meeting followers of this site and putting some faces to the names.
The following week, we're head back to the Indy area for a
two nights of horror movies at the Skyline Drive-in. They are playing some
obscure titles over the Friday & Saturday night screenings, including THE FACE
OF THE SCREAMING WEREWOLF, starring Lon Chaney Jr.! How freaking cool is
that??? Plus a couple of Barbara Steele movies, and some other great
drive-in fun. For more info, just click
So don't get worried if you don't see any updates for a
while. This is our time of the year after all, and we've got something
going on every weekend from now until the end of October. So the next two
months are going to be fright filled with some awesome horror happenings!
Stay tuned for all the details!
DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER RAMA
If you are not able to make it out to the HorrorHound show
next weekend, and are in the Pittsburgh area, then I strongly suggest you check
out the 2 nights of all night monster fun at the Riverside Drive-In Theater.
We were there last year for the event and had a blast there. Couldn't
recommend this enough. If it wasn't for the HorrorHound show, we might
have been making it out there once again. Here is what they are screening:
On Friday: THEATRE OF BLOOD, HORROR HOUSE, EQUINOX, and SON OF BLOB. Then
on Saturday, they are showing: TWINS OF EVIL, COUNTESS DRACULA, RAW MEAT, and
then PSYCHOMANIA. All from 35mm prints.
For all the details, head over to DVD Drive-in's site by
RARE TITLES TO HIT DVD
After years of having to deal with a video print so dark that you could hardly
seen ANYTHING, I was shocked to see one day that OCTAMAN was on Netflix Instant
Play in a print that looked great. You could actually see what was going
on! So that made me thinking that if somebody cleaned it up, it had to be
coming to DVD at some point. And now, thanks to the wonderful people at
RetroMedia and Bayview Entertainment, the 1972 cult film is finally going to get
that well deserved release. And just look at that incredible box art!!!
If that alone wouldn't get any monster fan to rent/buy it, then you must be
Harry Essex, who was the screenwriter who gave us some
classic sci-fi/monster movies like MAN MADE MONSTER (1941), IT CAME FROM OUTER
SPACE (1953), and of course, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954), directed
a couple of films in the early '70s that have become cult classics, OCTAMAN
being one of them. Hard to go wrong with a half man/half octopus creature
running around killing people. Especially when the monster suit was
designed by a 20 year old Rick Baker. The film stars Kerwin Matthews and
Jeff Morrow (both stars of other cut films) as they battle this ecological
nightmare. The disc has been re-mastered from a 35mm print (which is
hopefully what the Netflix print was) and will have some trailers, interviews,
as well as a bonus second feature! It will have the other '70s cult film
from Essex, THE CREAMTORS. I remember seeing this screened on 16mm at one
of the Cinema Wasteland conventions. How can you go wrong with a alien big
ball of fire that burns the shit out of people! Fun stuff! This DVD
is set to be released at the end of October. So add that to your Halloween
Here's a really rare title that I never thought would see the
light of a DVD release. Giorgio Ferroni's NIGHT OF THE DEVILS (1972) will
be hitting DVD & Blu-ray from RaroVideo on September 25th. The release is
going to feature a new HD transfer of the film, along with new & improved
English subtitles, an illustrated booklet about the making of the movie, and a
video interview with Fangoria editor Chris Alexander about the film. There
is also a video interview with composer Giorgio Gaslini. We are big fans
of Gaslini's score here, which works so well in the film. So we're tickled
to see that they were able to get this interview to learn more about this man
and his work. The Blu-ray will be $29.98 & the regular DVD will be $19.98.
The film is about a man found wondering in the woods, who's
mind has seem to have snapped. Once under psychiatric care, he starts to
remember what had happened to him. This is based on the same story from
Leo Tolstoy, The Wurdalak that Mario Bava used for one of his stories in
BLACK SABBATH. Not one you want to miss.
BOOK REVIEW: THE FRANKENSTEIN LEGEND
We've posted our review of this great little book by Donald
F. Glut. Just click HERE to get to our
Book review section. Enjoy.
THEATRE PRESENTS BARKER'S LIFE OF DEATH
Chicago's own horror theater company is ready to unleash
their latest stage play. This time, it is an adaptation of Clive Barker's
THE LIFE OF DEATH by Charlie Sherman, at the Chicago Department of Cultural
Affairs & Special Events Storefront Theater. The play opens on October 5th
at 7:30pm, and will run through November 4th. Please make it a point to
join WildClaw on their latest endeavor, which they are calling a "terrifying
journey of life, death and transformation."
For more info about the show and WildClaw, head over to their
CHICAGO HORROR SCREENINGS
Even though we have plenty of events and movie screenings to
keep up busy these next few months, NorthWest Chicago Film Society is sponsoring
a series of classic movies even Wednesday, starting this Wednesday. The
one that I'm most interested in is the double feature screening of DRACULA'S
DAUGHTER (1936) and WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935) on September 12th at 7:30pm.
While they might be the huge classics as some of the other Universal horrors,
they are still an important part of the history.
Other films being screened are NIGHT TIDE (1961) starring
Dennis Hopper, on Oct. 24th at 7:30pm, and the film that starred the ultimate
psychopath, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955), starring Robert Mitchum. This
will be screen at 7:30pm on December 19th. All films will be screen from
For more information the screenings or the NorthWest Chicago
Film Society, head over to their website
SHU-IZMZ RADIO INTERVIEW
Last week, we were interviewed by our good friend Bryan from
Shu-izmz.com for his
internet radio show. We met Bryan a few years ago at one of the many
Chicago horror happenings and were immediately impressed with not only his
knowledge about the genre, but even more importantly, his constant desire to
learn more. For us, that is the best thing a horror fan can have, that
never ending hungry to consume as much about the genre as you can. So he
came out to the Krypt to ask us a few things about us and our site and why we do
what we do. You can download the interview by clicking
FLASHBACK REPORT POSTED
We have our report posted from last month's Flashback
Weekend. Not a lot of photos this time for various reasons.
Hopefully we'll have the chance to get a few more at the upcoming HorrorHound
show next weekend. But thanks again to Mike & Mia and the rest of the
Flashback gang for making this a great show. It is well run and always
draws a big crowd of horror fans. Keep up the great work.
Our last photo was from the Roger Corman classic IT CONQUERED THE WORLD, with
one of the best looking monsters ever made. Seriously. Just love
that one. A big kudos goes out to the following that were correct in
identifying where this shot came from: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Craig
J. Clark, Mike Shields, David Schmidt, Tom White, and William Wilson.
Now on to one that is a little more contemporary. I'm
sure a lot of people are going to recognize this famous shot pretty quick.
But let us just see if it really is THAT easy. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, good luck.
THE SEASON APPROACHES
That's right fellow ghouls, our time of the year is quickly
approaching. Not only will we be rid of this ungodly heat outside, but now
we can start to decorate (even more so for some) our houses for the Halloween
season. As usual, there are plenty of things going on in the next couple
of months to help us celebrate the genre that we love so much. Just make
sure you take the time to enjoy it, especially with your friends and family.
In a couple of weeks, we start off the next two months of
horror happenings by heading to Indianapolis for the HorrorHound Weekend.
This is going to be another huge show and the Kryptic family is really looking
forward to it. Then there will be drive-in events, 24-hour marathons,
Cinema Wasteland, and plenty of other stuff to keep up more than busy. So
get those calendars in order, enjoy the season, enjoy the friends and family,
and especially enjoy those movies! Hope to see you at one of the many
up-coming events we're planning on attending.
HUDSON HORROR SHOW 666
One of these days, once I win the lotto, I will be doing
nothing but working on this site, reading horror reference books, watching
movies, and traveling the country (and possibly the world depending on just how
MUCH I win) to all of these great movie marathons and film festivals that
happen. I swear if New Jersey was just a little bit closer, I would be
making the trip out for it. Every year they have a great line up and this
year is no different. They will be screening RE-ANIMATOR, the one and only
original CONAN THE BARBARIAN, THE DEVIL'S RAIN, PHANTASM 2, Jack Hill's
SWITCHBLADE SISTERS, and one more feature that is so far is a secret. So
you'll have 6 features for only $30 ($26 if you buy them in advance).
There will be vendors, trailers, prizes & giveaways, plenty of horror fun.
If you're on the east coast, you don't want to miss this one.
For more info on the show, just head to the Hudson Horror Show website by
COMES TO THE MASSACRE
How do you make an already awesome line up even better?
Add some Hammer to it. And that is just what they have done for these
year's Massacre, by adding THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961). It really is
hard to go wrong with a Hammer film and this is one of their best. Last
year's Massacre, they screen VAMPIRE LOVERS, which is one of my all time
favorite Hammer titles. CURSE has an incredible make up job by Roy Ashton.
Out of all the different werewolf make up designs, this is probably my favorite
(Sorry Naschy...you're is a close second!) Of course, we also have just a
great performance by Oliver Reed, with director Terence Fisher once again
showing just how to make a gothic horror film. If
you needed another reason to come to this amazing event, now you have it.
For more info on the event, just head over to their Facebook page HERE.
While on the subject of Hammer Films, they have started their
own YouTube channel (which you can get to by clicking
You can see trailers from their classic movies, as well as see some
introductions from Hammer scholars like Marcus Hearn. You can also see
some behind the scenes stuff on their latest film, THE QUIET ONES. While
you're spending on that time surfing the web anyway, take a few minutes to learn
some more about Hammer Films. It's worth your time...trust me.
FRANKENSTEIN & HIS BRIDE COMES TO THEATERS
Out of all the classic monsters, Frankenstein's Monster has always been my
favorite, for many different reasons. I know just about every single
horror fan out there as seen the 1931 classic as well as the sequel, BRIDE OF
FRANKENSTEIN. But how many of you have actually had the chance to see
these immortals on the big screen? Well this October, you will have your
chance. In celebrating Universal's 100th Anniversary, along with NCM
Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies, they are re-releasing some classic
movies to the theater, some for a one night only screening. And on October
24th, they will be screening a double feature of FRANKENSTEIN and THE BRIDE OF
FRANKENSTEIN. This will be happening in theaters across the states,
which you can see that complete list
HERE. For all the details about the event, head over to NCM's website
Once again, if you haven't seen these on the big screen, you
can't miss this opportunity. And even if you have seen them before, then
you know how cool it is and will probably want to do it again. I know I
am. What a great way to celebrate the Halloween season.
SAVE THE MIDWAY DRIVE-IN
I know we had already posted this in one of our older
updates, but we still have 36 days to go and quite a bit more money to raise to
make their goal of $40,000. This is needed to keep the Midway open,
letting them upgrade to the expensive digital projector equipment that they will
need to continue to show newer movies. I know that seems like a lot, but
just think about what it cost you for some popcorn at the movies. So
instead, use that $10 and put it towards a place that is trying to keep the
drive-in experience alive for fans like us. Every little bit helps.
I've been to this drive-in on several occasions and intend to be going there in
a few weeks for another all-night horror marathon. And I want to keep
those types of events continuing on. So PLEASE take the time to give what
you can. You can get to the Kickerstarter page for this by clicking
THE FOG SOUNDTRACK RE-ISSUE X 2
While most fans go crazy over Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, my personal favorite of his
has always been THE FOG. Being a sucker for a good old fashion ghost
story, I think Carpenter nailed it square on the head with this film.
Great story, incredible cast, and a soundtrack that, like the title character,
just seeps out of the speakers with atmosphere. It seem to take forever
for this soundtrack to get a release here in the states. And when it
finally did, it went out-of-print pretty damn fast. But now, Silva Screen
in not only bringing it back, but giving us fans something even more.
This October, they will be releasing a 2-disc edition of the
score. The original release consisted of 8 tracks with a running time a
little over 30 minutes. But now the first disc will feature 13 tracks
(plus an audio interview with Jamie Lee Curtis) as well as a second disc that of
20 tracks that will have the entire score. These are coming from the
original tapes that have been re-mastered by Alan Howarth. You can
pre-order this now from
Screen Archives, which has a retail price at only $20.95. For a 2-disc
set of an amazing score, it is well worth the money.
NEW BOOK REVIEW: GRAPHIC HORROR MOVIE MONSTER
We have posted our review of this new movie poster book by
John Edgar Browning. If you love horror movie posters, you are going to
need this for your collection. Head over to our
Reference Book section for our review, or you
can just click
to jump right there.
This week's lesson is about a scream queen that unfortunately
only made a couple of films, both for Hammer Studios. Head over to the
classroom to learn more.
Our last photo was from the underrated slasher film from 1982, simply called
MADMAN. For some reason, this one doesn't seem to get the same amount of
attention as some of the other slasher films of that era. Think we need to
change that. If you haven't seen it, find it and watch it. I think
you'll enjoy it. And if for any reason, you'll be able to see star Gaylen
Ross in her first film after Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD. Well, only had a
few people that sent in the correct answer to this week's photo. And they
were: Craig J. Clark, Erik Martin, and William Wilson. Nicely
So let's get to our new photo. We're going old school
on this one. Hopefully it might be a little easier than our last. At
least, I'm hoping most of you out there will recognize which classic this shot
is from. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, good luck.
ANOTHER YEAR OLDER
Back with somewhat of an update this time. We had a
blast at last weekend's Flashback Weekend. We will have our official
report at some point in the new future (though it may be a while with all the
upcoming events that we have). We did get the chance to finally meet Mr.
Carpenter and shake his hand, narrowing down the few remaining icons of horror
that I haven't met yet (Mr. Cronenberg...you're next!) But we just wanted
to say how much fun we had, hanging out with our friends and family, some of
which we only get to see at these shows. It is now the main reason we go
these days. To be a part of a huge community where you can have a serious
discussion about horror films and not be looked at strangely, is simply a
wonderful thing. Thanks to Mike and Mia and the rest of the Flashback team
for putting on a great show and giving us fans a place to hang out for the
The other thing that I wanted to mention, without trying to
get all sensitive and shit...but now that I've I just turned 47, and have been
going to conventions for close to 25 years, the one thing about these things
that has remained the same is the friends that you make at them. I
couldn't even attempt to count the number of people I have met over the years at
shows that I would consider close friends. And that number just keeps
growing. And now that my wife and son are coming to the shows with me on a
regular basis, making it truly a family event, it makes it even better since
they are becoming more and more part of my life outside of our home, something
that was really vacant for many years. Something that only now I have
started to realize. Bottom line that celebrities come and go.
Autograph prices get higher and higher. But friends and family are
something that you can never set a price on and one that will last a lifetime.
Last night, to celebrate my birthday, we had a screening in
our outdoor theater that my son had bought and built for me for my birthday.
This wasn't the first time we've used it, but the first time for more than just
us. So it was a combination of celebrating my birthday, as well as
celebrating movies outside in a fashion much like the drive-in theaters.
We had invited about 30 people to come out and help celebrate this event, while
screening THE GREEN SLIME and the original THE BLOB. I had made up little
cards with the lyrics to the theme songs of both movies so everyone could sing
along. My wife, being the super-creative type, made an amazing birthday
cake, looking like a drive-in theater. Simply amazing. She also made
a movie sign for the front of our house which lit. Again....how lucky am
I? Add to the fact that we had fresh popped popcorn, homemade corndogs,
nachos, and plenty of other snacks, it made for one hell of a night.
So thank you to my wife Dawn, my son Nick, and all of my
friends for making my birthday party last night, and all of these conventions so
much fun for me over the years, and the many shows in the future still to come.
RAMBALDI - REST IN PEACE
The world of special effects has lost another great pioneer
in the field. Italian special effect artist Rambaldi, who specialized in
mechanical, not to mention helping to create to of the most memorable movie
characters, the title characters from Ridley Scott ALIEN and Stephen Spielberg's
E.T., passed away on August 10th, at the age of 86. He had won two Academy
Awards for his work creating those two famous alien creatures, and another
special achievement award for his work on the 1976 remake of KING KONG. He
was truly not only a very creative talent, but he helped the industry evolve
using mechanical efffects to create a new type of creature that the movies might
have seen before, but had trouble believing it was a real character.
Rambaldi worked very hard to change all of that. And he did.
But even before those days, Rambaldi worked on quite a few
horror movies, with some of the most talented directors working in that field.
He was a model maker on Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (1965) and also
worked on TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE (1971) as well. He saved director
Lucio Fulci from going to jail after they thought that Fulci had actually
vivisected real dogs in his film A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN (1971), by bringing
in the mechanical dogs to show the courts. He also did the special effects
for films like NIGHT OF THE DEVILS (1972), FRANKENSTEIN '80 (1972), FLESH FOR
FRANKENSTEIN (1973), BLOOD FOR DRACULA (1974), Dario Argento's DEEP RED (1975),
POSSESSION (1981), and even bringing Stephen King's werewolf creature to life in
SILVER BULLET (1985). His last film was PRIMAL RAGE (1988), which was
directed by his son, Vittorio.
Our thoughts out out to his friends and family.
MIDWAY FROM DUSK TO DAWN HORROR MARATHON
Okay folks...get those calendars out and start filling in
those dates. Because the next couple of months are going to be very crazy
and very busy. We already mentioned the two nights of horror at the
Skyline Drive-in in Indiana next month, but the week after that, there is
another event that you might not have to drive as far if you're in the Chicago
area. The Midway Drive-in in Dixon, IL is going to be hosting another from
Dusk to Dawn Horror Movie night on September 22nd. So far, they have
announced 3 titles: LOST BOYS, NEAR DARK, and the infamous DR. BUTCHER M.D. (aka
ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST). There are probably going to be one or more features
announced, but we'll have to wait on those for now. This is your chance to
see some classic '80s horror, not to mention a rare Italian gut-muncher like DR.
BUTCHER, on a huge screen 90 feet across! Not to mention all the great
snacks you can get at the concessions throughout the night. It is all part
of what makes these events so much fun.
If you haven't made it out to one of these events, there is
no time like now. I know we mentioned it in our last update, but the
Midway Drive-in needs your help and coming out and supporting these kind of
events is one sure way you can help out. Your money will go them be able
to afford that massively expensive upgrade to a digital projector so they can
continue to show first run films throughout the year. Just head over to
their Kickstarter page (by clicking
HERE) and please give a little...whatever you can will help out. This
has been going on since the beginning of August and they have only raised a
little over a $1000. Only about 40 days left to go. So
again...PLEASE do what you can.
MASSACRE TIME...AT THE PORTAGE
It looks like Chicago horror fans are going to be up to their
eyes with horror movie marathons in October. What Chicago fans have been
calling the Massacre for the last 7 years is now moving to the Portage Theater,
with the same amazing array of movie titles that they normally come up with.
This year's Massacre will be taking place on October 20th, starting at noon, and
proceeding through Sunday until noon. That's right...24 hours of horror
and madness! And that isn't even including the movies! So far,
Linnea Quigley, star of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and countless other cult
films, will be appearing at the show....and most importantly...with free
autographs and photo taking! Here is the current lineup they have
announced so far:
THE BLACK CAT (1934) - First movie with Karloff and
Lugosi appearing together!
WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968) - One of the intense of all of
Vincent Price's films. A classic from Michael Reeves
FRENZY (1972) - Hitchcock...need we say more?
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985) - One film that never
gets old...no matter how many times you see it
DEAD SNOW (2009) - One of the best modern moves...zombie
Nazis...what more could you ask for?
HALLOWEEN II (1981) - A very under appreciated sequel
NIGHTMARES (1983) - Great '80s anthology fun
PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987) - Carpenter's dark Quatermass
PHANTASM II (1988) - What's more fun than watching Reggie
Bannister take care of business?
Now here's the great thing about this marathon: Advance
tickets are only $15 through now until August 24th at midnight. After
that, they go up to $20 until Sept. 24th. Then they go up to $24 until the
day before the show, and are $25 at the door. Such a great bargain price!
There will be the usual vendors, vintage trailers, short horror film contest,
costume contests, zombie makeup station, prizes, surprises, and as always, a
live charity auction for Vital Bridges, which is an amazing place that helps
people living with AIDS. It is so great when horror fans can come together
and show their support for places like this.
MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS
And speaking of movie marathons, the Music Box Theatre will
still be having their own 24-hour marathon, now being called the Music Box of
Horrors. It will start at noon on Saturday the 13th and run until Sunday
at noon. Yes, it is a very long night of horror. But here are some
of the movies they have announced so far:
THE GOLEM - One of the original classic silent films from
THE BURNING - With an all star cast and some incredible
effects by Tom Savini, this is a great '80s classic slasher
CHILD'S PLAY - The film that started the series of the
PHANTASM - One of those films that right deserves being
called a classic
THE DEADLY SPAWN - Probably one of the best low budget
monster movies ever made.....Seriously
BLOOD DINER - A wacky, gore comedy inspired by the works
of H.G. Lewis
HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF - Starring the
incredible Sybil Danning, who will be attending the screening
SQUIRM - Simply the best killer worm movie ever made.
Director Jeff Lieberman will also be attending the screening
The tickets will start out at $30 and will
go up in price the closer to the show date. From 8/15 to 9/15, the price
is $30, with only 350 tickets available at this price. From 9/16 to 10/12,
the price will be $35, with only 220 tickets at this price. At the day of
the show, the price will be $40. When more titles or other information is
announced we will be passing the info along here. Or you could always
check out the Music Box's page
Since we missed our update last week because of Flaskback, we thought we'd start
back up with a little easier photo. Or is it???
Although, I thought last week's was too easy, but apparently
not enough people either recognized Elke Sommer or haven't watched enough Mario
Bava! The shot was from Bava's BARON BLOOD, which is a fine piece of
Italian entertainment. Highly suggest you check it out. Along with
any Bava you haven't seen yet. But we did get few people send in the right
answers. So a big kudos out to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Todd
Barwick, Bill Harrison, Mike Shields, Wayne Teeter, and Will Wilson. Well
So take a look at our latest photo and see if you can't nail
this one. Maybe you might recognize who this person is, since she starred
in another big horror film a few years prior to this movie. Boy...the
hints just keep coming....Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always...Good Luck!
SAVE THE MIDWAY DRIVE-IN
I know everyone seems to have a cause these days that they
are looking money for, or trying to get you to support, but this is one that I
think is very important, especially to movie fans like us. For people my
age, who grew up in the time where drive-in theaters were still around and
functioning, watching a double feature at one of these places as a youngster was
always a great time. But for the next generation, they are missing out on
these great memories. But people like Mike and Mia Kerz have been trying
to keep the drive-in experience alive and well at the Midway Drive-in theater in
Sterling, IL. We've been to this place a few times over the years and have
always had a great time. A couple of times a year, they have an all night
horror movie marathon which always draws us out there. Sure, it might be a
bit of a drive, the but experience and the great time we have there is well
worth it, each and every time.
But now they need your help. With the movie studios
forcing all movie theaters to switch over to digital projections, if the theater
doesn't make the change, they won't be able to show any new movies. But
this is not a cheap transition, costing well over $100,000. So the Midway
Drive-in has started a Kickstarter drive to help them raise part of the money
needed to make these changes, allowing them to stay open. Every single
dollar will help. So please take a second, head over to their Kickstarter
page by clicking
HERE, and help keep the drive-in experience alive for future generations of
SKYLINE DRIVE-IN'S SUPER MONSTER MOVIE FEST
Speaking of drive-ins, we were alerted to the news that next month, a drive-in
theater in Shelbyville, Indiana, which is just southeast of Indianapolis, is
having a Super Monster Movie Fest, featuring 2 nights of horror movies playing
all night long. It is taking place on September 14th & 15th at the
Skyline Drive-in. Here is what is scheduled to be screen:
CHAMBER OF HORRORS (1966) - Obscure film featuring a
VAULT OF HORROR (1973) - Another great anthology film
CASTLE OF BLOOD (1973) - Directed by Antonio Margheriti
and starring Barbara Steele
SCREAM BLOODY MURDER (1973) - A rare '70s treat with
another one-handed killer, featuring a young Angus Scrimm in a bit part
TELL TALE HEART (1960)
THE GHOST (1963) - Another Barbara Steele film, this time
directed by Riccardo Freda
FACE OF THE SCREAMING WEREWOLF (1964) - Starring Lon
Chaney Jr. as the "mummified werewolf"!!!
KISS OF THE TARANTULA (1976) - Great cult film about a
girl and her pet spiders
CHAMBER OF HORRORS (1966) - Not sure why this is
screening twice...just going by what is listed
Also on Saturday the 15th at the
Theatre in Shelbyville, they will be screening a science fiction double
feature of DESTINATION MOON (1950) and EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956).
Just in case you needed something to pass your time while you're waiting for it
to get dark before getting back to the drive in.
NEW REVIEW: THE PACK
We have a new review posted of an older movie, one that you
might not have heard of. Or if you have, you've probably passed it by.
But I'm telling you that you just might want to check it out. Head over to
our Reviews section to read more about it.
RISES ONCE AGAIN
Years ago, I was pretty up-to-date on the foreign DVD
releases and was picking up quite a few of them, if only for the extras.
But since that time, I just haven't bothered to keep up with them, especially
not wanting to spend all that money. I have seen some of the releases that
Arrow Video has been putting out over the years, but really haven't paid that
much attention to them, since the only reason I would be buying them would be
for the extras. I admire the wonderful packaging job they do with their
releases, with some great artwork and tons of extras. But now, I came
across their plans of releasing ZOMBIE on blu-ray later this fall. Being
this is one of my favorite films and with all the extras that they have on
there, I might have to break down and pick this one up.
Being released on November 26th, according to Arrow Video's
site, this is what the 2-disc Blu-Ray Steelbook will have:
Brand new high definition restoration of the original
Optional English SDH subtitles on the feature
Audio commentary with screenwriter Elisa Briganti
moderated by Calum Waddell
Audio commentary with Fulci biographer Stephen Thrower
and horror expert Alan Jones
UK exclusive introduction to the film from Ian McCulloch
ALIENS, CANNIBALS AND ZOMBIES: A TRILOGY OF ITALIAN
TERROR: Actor Ian McCulloch remembers his three classics of Latin horror
lunacy – ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS, CONTAMINATION and ZOMBI HOLOCAUST
FROM ROMERO TO ROME: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ITALIAN
ZOMBIE FILM: Veteran Fulci screenwriters Dardano Sacchetti (THE BEYOND) and
Antonio Tentori (CAT IN THE BRAIN), celebrated UK critic Kim Newman and
filmmakers Luigi Cozzi (CONTAMINATION), Ruggero Deodato (CANNIBAL
HOLOCAUST), Russ Streiner (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) plus many more share
memories of the genesis of corpse-crunching cinema – from Romero’s early
templates to the gory glory days of Fulci and his many successors
THE MEAT MUNCHING MOVIES OF GINO ROSSI: The special
effects magician behind many Italian splatter classics talks about his most
famous gore-drenched greats – and shows props from many plasma-packed
masterworks – including ZOMBIE FLESH-EATERS, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE
HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, CANNIBAL FEROX, BURIAL GROUND and PIRANHA II.
ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS – FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN: Dardano
Sacchetti shows key pages from his original ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD
Trailer and radio spots
Collector’s booklet featuring contributions from Calum
Waddell, Stephen Thrower, Craig Lapper and Jay Slater.
Limited Edition Exclusive artworks by Graham Humphreys
More to be announced closer to the time!
IN THE AISLES
On September 14th, Terror in the Aisles will be presenting 3
very unusual films, one of them being the Midwest premier. Starting at
7:30pm with the usual fun Trailer Trash with vintage trailers and short films,
then you will get to see IRON SKY, a film about Nazis who have been living on
the opposite side of the moon and are now ready to invade the Earth. Just
check out the trailer to see how cool this looks. After that, at approx.
10pm, they will be screening THE STUFF, with director Larry Cohen in person.
Then lastly, the midnight screening of Frank Henenlotter's FRANKENHOOKER.
Patty Mullen, star of the film, will be there in person as well.
Both Cohen and Mullen will be signing autographs and taking
photos for FREE! For more information, head over to their Facebook page by
JOE DANTE AT THE MUSIC BOX
For those of you who are not coming out to the Flashback
Weekend next Friday, you might want to head up to the Music Box Theatre for a
special screening of Joe Dante's unreleased 2009 film THE HOLE and GREMLINS 2.
Dante himself will be there to introduce the films and have a Q&A between the
two films. For more information about the special screening, just click
This week's lesson is about an actress that only appeared in
a few horror films, but always made an impact. Head over to the
classroom to learn more. Don't be late.
There will be a test on this!
Okay folks, another update with means another Mystery Photo. Our last shot
was from the uber-cheese-but-fun THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN. This was one
film that I desperately tried to see in the theater when it first came out, but
my parents refused to take me to a rated R movie. Tragic moment in my
childhood! But kudos to the following who sent in the correct answer:
Hoby Abernathy, Nick Jones, Jason Kretten, Steve Sapsford, Mike Shields, and
Now on to our latest photo. Take a look...see if you
might be able to recognize the woman there...might help you out a bit. Or
not. But good luck anyway. Just click
HERE to send in
R.G. ARMSTRONG - REST IN PEACE
We always hate starting our updates with an announcement of
the loss of a great talent. But again, one of our main goals it to help
keep the genre and those that work in it, alive and remembered, even long after
their gone from this world. Today we heard news of the passing of R.G.
Armstrong, who is one of those actors that you always remembered their face,
even if you didn't know who they were. Armstrong was well known for
usually playing the heavy, which he did exceptionally well.
He started his film career back in 1954 in the film GARDEN OF
EDEN, but had been working for some time on the stage. Over the years, he
appeared in countless TV series (a lot of westerns in there) and plenty of
little character roles in movies (again...a lot of westerns). But it was
quite some time before he started to appear in the horror genre. His first
real appearance was on a TV series in 1961 called Great Ghost Stories, in which
he appeared in a telling of the W.W. Jacobs tale The Monkey's Paw. But
once the '70s rolled around, Armstrong started to appear in a few more horror
titles. Such as RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975), THE CAR (1977), THE PACK
(1977), DEVIL DOG: THE HOUND OF HELL (1978), THE BEAST WITHIN (1982), CHILDREN
OF THE CORN (1984), and even PREDATOR (1987). Of course, one of our
personal favorites was as Sarge in the 1981 film EVILSPEAK, where he tells Clint
Howard he's going to show him how to turn a little boy into a little girl.
While he hasn't acted in quite some time, the performances that he did give us
will keep his memory alive for future film fans to come.
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
KRYPTIC ARMY UPDATE
Just in case we might have some new followers to this site,
we wanted to remind everyone about our little project called The Kryptic Army.
This is our 3rd year that we've been assigning monthly missions to our soldiers
to find and watch a couple of horror movies each month that they have not seen
before, with a particular theme each month. At the end of the year, you
have the chance to win a great prize, like some cool autograph
merchandise. And to make it even better, the more you participate, the
better the chance you have to win!
For all the information about the Army, plus seeing some of
our past winners and their prizes, head over to our Army page
HERE to get all the fun details. We have a new month and mission
starting in a couple of days. So if you're interested, sign up now.
You won't regret it.
FLASHBACK WEEKEND JUST AROUND THE CORNER
Since summer time is here, then that must mean that Flashback Weekend is coming!
And in just a couple of weeks, we will be there to celebrate the 10th
Anniversary show of Chicago's longest running horror convention. Hard to
believe that it has been that long since Mike and Mia had held their first
convention, back in August of 2002. We were set up at that show, and have
been at everyone one of their shows after that. We always have a great
time there and am sure the one in two weeks will be just the same.
As long as I've been going to conventions, there are a still
a few horror icons that I haven't had the chance to meet before. One of
them is John Carpenter. So once they announced that he was going to be the
special guest for this year's Flashback Weekend, I was very excited.
Another name that has just recently been added is Kim Darby. For you
younger fans out there, Darby starred in the original DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE
DARK, as well as appeared in Dark Vengeance, one of my favorite episodes of a TV
series in the early '70s called Ghost Story. But they also have a huge
list of other guests, including a bunch from the Friday the 13th series, plus
plenty more. Head over to their website
HERE to get
all the updated details.
KRYPTIC WORLD TOUR CONTINUES
After Flashback Weekend, it won't be long before we are
heading to Indianapolis for the
taking place September 7th-9th. If you're fans of THE MONSTER SQUAD,
TERMINATOR or ALIENS, then you won't want to miss this show. But they also
have Timothy Balme, star of Peter Jackson's BRAIN DEAD, making his first
convention appearance in the states. But they have plenty of other guests
listed as well, including Don Keith Opper from the CRITTERS films, but for some
reason he is not listed on the convention page as of yet. Keep in mind,
this takes place the same time as Mask-Fest, which even if you're not a
collector of masks, it is an amazing time just to walk through and see all the
incredible displays there. Some truly amazing talent here, people.
So make sure you check it out...and bring your cameras.
A few weeks after HorrorHound, then we head to Cleveland for
another enjoyable time at
Wasteland for their October show. This shows guest lineup should be an
interesting time since they have tons of cult names here, such as the legendary
MR. BIG, Bert I. Gordon, Reb Brown (that my son is super excited to meet since
he is a huge fan of YOR and ROBO-WARS), Fred Olen Ray, and many others. I
have a feeling I will be spending a lot of time in the Q&A sessions since I'm
sure there are going to be some great stories being told.
GUY DICK MILLER NEEDS YOUR HELP
Actually, it is not the actual Dick Miller that needs your
help, but documentary filmmaker Elijah Drenner that needs it. Drenner is
the man responsible for giving us that amazingly entertaining documentary
AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE, not to mention tons of other work he has done working on
extras for DVDs. But now he has a new project that he needs help on
getting it finished and released. And that is the documentary THAT GUY
Anybody who is a fan of horror, sci-fi, and cult movies will
definitely know Dick Miller, even if they don't know his name. The man has
been in tons of movies, from low budget quickies to big Hollywood blockbusters.
He was worked with directors like Roger Corman, Joe Dante, and James Cameron,
and has worked along side of everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jack
Nicholson to Boris Karloff. And now, Drenner wants to tell Miller's story
with this new film and I really can't think of another subject that is more
worthy of telling. Being a fan of the horror genre from all the decades,
it is so great to see Miller in those early Corman classics like IT CONQUERED
THE WORLD as well as in the more modern day films like THE HOWLING or
TERMINATOR. He is always one of those character actors that always brings
a smile on my face when I see him on the screen.
But now Drenner needs our help in getting this project
completed and released so fans like us can enjoy it. All you have to do is
HERE and donate a little amount of money to help support this cause.
They are looking for any amount of money, even if it is only $5. Every
little bit helps and adds up to what they need. So please take a second
and head over there, watch the little ad for the documentary that is on the page
and pledge what you can. There is only 24 more days to go, so please do
what you can.
Yes class, we are back after a little break. Hopefully
you have been doing your homework while we've been away. Always plenty of
homework to be doing, so lets not get lazy just because we might not have a new
lesson. Got it? Okay then. Let's get to the classroom so you
can learn a little bit about an actress who is known for working with a very
cheap and frugal
Last week's photo was from another great and underrated classic from the '80s,
THE CHILDREN. This title is definitely one for the collection.
Congrats out to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby
Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Todd Barwick, Dave Friedman, Damien Glonek, and
William Wilson. Well done, lads!
Now on to this week's pic. It is probably a film that
most are familiar with, but maybe not from this exact shot. So we'll see
how well you pay attention through the whole movie! Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. As always, good luck!
7-22-12 NEW DEFINITION OF IRONY
Apparently they do things a little differently down south then here in
Chicagoland. It seems that when you going to a theater to see an obscure
exploitation flick you are not suppose to talk, cheer, laugh, or make any other
noises that might interfere with the enjoyment of the rest of the audience.
At least, that is the impression I got from the two guys from the Alamo
Drafthouse Cinema that were running the
CINEMAPOCALYPSE series at the Music Box Theatre Friday and Saturday night.
We went there Friday night to see midnight screening of LADY TERMINATOR, which
is just a riot to watch, especially when other like minded-film fans. But
it seems at the screening of VICE SQUAD right before, some Chicago fans who are
always out supporting these kind of events, were getting yelled at by these
promoters because one of their group yelled out "Wooo" when Wings Hauser came on
the screen. Seriously? This isn't CITIZEN KANE they were screening
here but a E-X-P-L-O-I-T-A-T-I-O-N movie! They are meant to get reactions
from the audience. What filmmaker wants to see no reactions or no
responses from the audience when they are watching their movie?
Now I know that it is rude to be on your cell phone, or
having a conversation with a buddy while a movie is playing. Trust me, I'm
the first one to start bitching. But what they were saying is to be quiet
no matter what, so you're not bothering other people. It is like going to
a comedy and telling the audience don't laugh because you might disturb someone.
I have been at the Music Box countless times seeing some amazing films with a
audience full of people that feel the same way about these movies as I do.
I'm not talking about some idiot who is either just being obnoxious or trying to
do his own little MST audition, but when there is some hooting 'n' hollering at
the screen during certain scenes, not only can it be expected, but can also make
the experience even more entertaining. One of the best experiences I had
there was watching FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER, with a sold-out crowd,
that were screaming and laughing the whole way through. It was awesome.
So yes, I understand that people need to be able to see and
hear the movie. But there is much more of the
movie-theater-going-experience than just the movie. Otherwise, we could
just stay at home.
SAD DAY FOR HAMMER
In the last couple of days, Hammer fans have lost two faces
that we are familiar with: Simon Ward and Angharad. While they might not
be as well known as Cushing and Lee, but they were a part of that rich Hammer
Horror Heritage that the fans have always remembered and kept alive.
Angharad Rees only really only appeared in one Hammer film,
THE HANDS OF THE RIPPER (1971) as the daughter of Jack the Ripper. But she
went on to become a busy star, working on the stage, screen and radio. She
passed away at the age of 63 from pancreatic cancer.
Simon Ward also only worked with Hammer once, which was his
first role in a horror movie, as the doctor being blackmailed by Peter Cushing
in FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (1969). But he would go on to
appear in several other horror titles, such as in Dan Curtis' BRAM STOKER'S
DRACULA (1974), HOLOCAUST 2000 (1977), DOMINQUIE (1979) and the ill-fated THE
MONSTER CLUB (1981).
Though while they might not have had an illustrious career,
to us horror fans, who keep watching these movies and keeping them alive, we
will also keep the actors that worked on them alive as well. Our thoughts
go out to their friends and family.
THEATER SAYS THANKS...AND SO DO I
It seems that the movie going crowd as won this
battle. The Chicago Tabernacle has withdrawn its application to the Zoning
Board to acquire the Portage Theater. That means we have won. It
means that all off the hard work that everyone did, by showing their support, by
showing up at the meetings, even just posting support online, it showed the
right people that the Portage Theater needs to continue what it has been doing
for many, many years. And now we can all enjoy future events there because
of all this hard work that was done.
We have been to the Portage many times over the years and
have always had a blast. And now, we can plan on doing that for more years
to come. But I think the best thing that this shows is that if people
stand up and be counted for what they believe in, occasionally it can work out
in their favor. If no one would have showed the support they did, I'm sure
we would have lost the theater. So a very big and heartfelt thank you to
all of you out there that did show this support. It is because of you that
we will be able to continuing seeing some great films, both old and new, at this
great landmark theater. THANK YOU!
While on the subject of the Portage Theater, next month they
will be having the world premiere screening of the newest film from award
winning filmmaker John Borowski, CARL PANZRAM: THE SPIRIT OF HATRED AND
VENGEANCE, on August 12th, at 4:00pm. Panzram was a lifetime criminal back
in the '20s and '30s that really hated humanity. He had confessed to 22
murders, but was also a rapist, arsonist, and burglar. He confessed all of
his crimes to a prison guard who befriended him while he was in prison.
This guy was so mean that he reported said he was kill anybody that tried to get
his death penalty overturned. His last words were telling the executioner
that was hanging him to "hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could kill
ten men while you're fooling around!"
Borowski and the cast of the film will be there for a Q&A and
autographing the DVDs after the screening. There will also be props and
costumes from the film as well as a raffle with some strange prizes. There
will be vendors set up in the lobby too. Borowski's other films have been
on other serial killers, such as H.H. Holmes and Albert Fish. These docu-dramas
are a very dark look into the mind of these deranged individuals. Very
informative, but a very disturbing viewing. For more information about
this film and about Borowski, head over to his site
NEW REVIEW: THE MUSE
We have posted our review of the new independent movie THE
MUSE. If you're looking for a balls-to-the-wall horror movie, this isn't
the one. But if you want a good character study on someone possibly going
crazy, then this is for you. Just click HERE to
get to our Review section.
NEW REVIEW: NORTH POINT SOUNDTRACK
This is the latest from Phantom Soundtracks. These guys
are making soundtracks for movies that don't exist. Pretty cool concept,
don't you think? Well, head over to our
Soundtrack Review section to learn more.
NASCHY BOOK TAKING PRE-ORDERS
Creepy-Images website is now taking pre-orders for the
revised and updated edition of Thorsten Benzel's book on Paul Naschy movie
memorabilia, Muchas Gracias Senior Lobo. It is not cheap, especially with
the postage coming from Europe. But this is probably the cheapest you're
going to find it since the first edition's price went way up right after that
was released. So if you have even the slightest interests, you better put
that order in now. And if you are a Naschy fan, then it really is a
no-brainer. You can place your pre-order here at
Creepy-Images.com. Don't delay, since this is a limited edition book.
And you don't want to be the only Paul Naschy fan without it, do you?
Our last photo was from the Italian film CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER.
The credited director for this Italian blob movie was Ricdardo Freda, though the
rumors are that the cinematographer took over and really directed the film.
His name was Mario Bava. Heard of him? Anyway, well done to the
following that new was this little pic was from: Hoby Abernathy, Dave
Friedman, Bill Harrison, and Mike Shields. If you haven't seen this movie,
as always, I would suggest you try and find it. It is actually pretty
good, with some gore in there that you wouldn't expect from a 1959 movie.
Now on to this week's photo. Little bit more
current...well, sort of. Take peek and see if you can recognize where this
fun little clip is from. Just click
HERE to send in
your guess. And as always, good luck. Looking forward to hearing
YOU LOVE MOVIES?
We all obviously have a passion for movies, namely horror movies, right?
Otherwise you wouldn't be here reading this and I wouldn't have written it.
But there is something about films that you either get or you don't. If
you do, then you are what I call a 'movie person'. This means that movies
effect you more than most people. There are some films that have changed
your life. Others that have deeply effected you. And each time you
revisit that certain title, it brings back the same feelings you had when you
first watched it. Seeing a film from your childhood when you are an adult
and still getting the goose bumps or those same emotions coming to the surface
shows just how important these films are to us.
I have had that feeling happen to me three times this
weekend. The first time was from seeing NIGHTBREED on the big screen.
I've been a big fan of this movie since it came out, where the monsters, freaks,
misfits, or whatever are the real heroes of the movie. Watching it on the
big screen, the first time since its initial release, gave me those same
feelings as my first screening. Then yesterday, we watched NIGHT OF THE
LIVING DEAD. Granted, the special part of this was that we were watching
it in our backyard in our homemade drive-in screen that my son built after
buying me a video projector for my birthday. So sitting there outside,
watching this classic on a 9 foot screen, once again brought back some great
memories of seeing this film. Even today, some 40+ years later, the film
is still effective, not to mention damn enjoyable. And then today, we went
to see the re-release of JAWS, which was suppose to be the re-mastered print
with a re-mastered sound. Even though I had seen this countless other
times, this was the first time on the big screen since I seen it when I was 11
or 12 years old. This movie had a major impact on my life. Not only
did it give me nightmares for weeks, but it has made me stay out of the water
since that first screening. And watching it again on a huge screen, when
certain parts of the movie came on, I got the same goose bumps and knot in my
stomach that I did over 35 years ago. Such an amazing movie, with perfect
cast playing great characters, with some amazing dialog. It really doesn't
get much better than this.
Which is my point of all this. These movies are
important to us. They mean something, deep within us. Whether we are
revisiting our childhoods when we watch them, or giving us a safe escape from
our regular life, these movies have made us who we are. Which is why it is
important for us to not only keep these films alive, but to also make sure we
celebrate the magic that they possess and to try pass that passion on to other
people, as many as we can.
Friday night we ventured into Chicago for a special screening
of Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED. This is the famous CABAL CUT of the film,
which features quite a bit of footage that was cut from the original release.
This footage make the film much closer to the original story, including changing
the ending around a bit. Some of the footage was a bit rough (taking me
back to the bootleg days) but at least gave you an idea of what we are missing.
Keep in mind that this is all being done from a video tape, just to show the
fans what they could get if they get enough support to show the studios that
still have the original negative that could be used to really clean it up.
So it is up to us fans to keep showing our support to make this happen.
Actress Anne Bobby was there last night to drive that point home. Also
appearing was Russell Cherrington, who is the man to thank for working
an amazing amount of hours already on this project. This is the guy that
has been slaving away at searching for footage, painstakingly splicing them
together, comparing them to the original script, to try and restore the film
that Barker and his crew tried to make the first time.
So if you are a fan of this movie, and even if you're not but
understand the importance of this kind of restoration, please head over to
Occupy Midian and
sign the petition, show your support, and let's make this thing happen.
And a special thanks out to Rusty Nails and Movieside for
continuing to present these types of events for Chicago area horror fans.
Please try to show support to these types of events when you can. We need
to make sure that they understand that we more than appreciate all the hard work
they go through to make these things happen.
After a long sabbatical, Cinematic Crossroads returns to the
Krypt. This time out, our gang of rabid cinephiles takes on Eli Roth's
debut film of CABIN FEVER. Our guest for this round about is Wisconsin
filmmaker, and all around horror promoter John Pata, co-director of the recent
DEAD WEIGHT. While we are not as divided on
this film as our previous entries, we have plenty of...discussions to get
through. So just click HERE to sit back and read
through a conversation about CABIN FEVER by some very passionate people.
We already have more of these in the planning stages so it
definitely won't be taking as long for our next entry. Promise!
WICKER TREE SOUNDTRACK
We have posted our review for this 2-disc soundtrack for the
sequel of one of the greatest horror films made. Head over to our
Soundtrack review section to read more.
SHADOWS COME TO
Warner Bros has announced that they will in fact be releasing
the two film versions of the popular gothic soap opera TV series, HOUSE OF DARK
SHADOWS and NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS onto DVD this October, I'm sure to tie in with
the recent Burton film version of the series. While it will be great to
finally see HOUSE on DVD, it looks like we will still be waiting for that uncut
version of NIGHT since what they are releasing seems to be the regular cut
version. Major screw up on that one, fellas
Last week's Mystery Photo was from NIGHT OF THE HOWLING BEAST, starring the
immortal Paul Naschy. Damn shame this movie still hasn't been released on
DVD in a nice re-mastered print. Damn shame, indeed. But kudos out
to Hoby Abernathy and Aaron Christensen for recognizing the shot. This
just means there are some people out there in need of some Naschy homework!
But if you thought that one was tough, this one is going to
make you squirm because it is going to be even harder. Why do I pull out
photos from title that are so tough? Simply because once you find out what
it is, I want you to want to seek it out. Most of the movies we use shots
from...I did say MOST...are ones that we enjoy and want to pass that onto our
readers. So take a look at this black and white classic and see what you
can come up with. As always, just click
HERE to send in
your guess. Good luck.
ERNEST BORGNINE - REST IN PEACE
Very sad to hear the passing of Ernest Borgnine today.
Yea, he might have only had a few roles in the horror genre, but when he did,
they were awesome. In fact, any movie that he appeared in was
automatically better because of him. He appeared in plenty of westerns,
including the classic Peckinpah violent THE WILD BUNCH (1969). But for us
horror fans, we remember him from his appearance in films like WILLARD (1971)
and Wes Craven's DEADLY BLESSING (1981), and especially from John Carpenter's
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981). But for me, besides doing the voice for
Mermaid Man in SpongeBob Squarepants, I will always remember him from his role
in THE DEVIL'S RAIN (1975). Such a great and creepy performance he gave us
in that film. Nobody was laughing at him there, that was for sure.
Borgnine passed away today at the age of 95 from kidney
failure, according to sources. It seemed he never stopped working, from
doing plenty of voice work to even appearing in small roles in films. The
film industry lost a great talent today.
TWINS OF EVIL DVD
This Tuesday will see the release of one of my favorite
Hammer films on DVD, for the first time here in the states. With a great
cast, lead by an incredible performance by Peter Cushing, this is one of those
films that can be brought up when someone says that Hammer didn't put out
anything good in the '70s. Hitting both regular DVD and Blu-Ray by Synapse
Films, we are anxiously waiting to be able to check out not only the movie but
the feature length documentary that is on the disc as well by the talented
Daniel Griffith. Anytime we have the chance to revel and celebrate all
things Hammer, we are there. I know we will be sitting down to revisit
this great movie at some point this week....as soon as we get that DVD in our
grubby little hands. If you are one of those by chance that are not that
familiar with Hammer Films, then this is a perfect time to start out.
We also wanted to give a little shout out to our good friend
and fellow cinephile Jason Coffman and his short film TAPE. Have to
give him props for coming up with an interesting story that is definitely going
to make you scratch your head. It will be one of the short films that will
be screened at
in the Aisles next weekend at the Portage Theater in Chicago. Well
done, my friend!
"Since I was a boy I've always been fascinated by those great
colorful posters that were used to promote movies I could only dream of. I
can still remember me standing in front of our local small town cinema, staring
at those great horror movie posters of the late '70s and early '80s."
That above quote was taken from Thorsten Benzel's 2006 book,
Muchas Gracias Senior Lobo. It was a 300 page book filled with posters,
lobby cards, and stills from the films of Paul Naschy. It shows Benzel's
passion now only Naschy's films but this lost art form of movie posters and
promotional material that we just don't see anymore. Any collector of film
memorabilia out there knows exactly what this is like.
The book was published in German and most of the art
represented in it was in black and white, with few color photos. But even
if you couldn't read German, the book was about the artwork in there. It
showed us collectors out there that massive array of wonderful artwork that had
been created over the years to promote Naschy's work. It was an import
book, which are normally tough to get to begin with, but this one was even
pretty tough to get a hold of shortly after it came out.
But now, 6 years later, Benzel will be re-issuing the book,
but in a much better edition. This one will have text in both English and
German, but will also contain more than 1200 high quality reproductions of
Naschy posters, lobby cards, pressbooks, stills, and more. And this time,
they will all be in COLOR! It will also be a larger size hardcover book as
well, running about 370 pages. If you are a fan of Naschy's work, or even
just a collector of movie memorabilia, then this is a must for your collection.
Even if you're not one to collect such items, just being able to see all of this
wonderful artwork from a time gone by, when real talent went into producing
these works of art, is more than enough reason to buy the book.
It will be sold through
Creepy-Images.com and pre-orders should start sometime this month, with a
release date of September.
This week's lesson is about a man that help make someone's
career, by basically making sure that nobody saw him. Pretty tough, huh?
Well head over to the classroom to find out
Our latest photo comes from a film that we watched today in a little film fest
sponsored by our good friend Joe Wallace. Nothing better than getting some
friends together to take in a bunch of fun movies. And this one happened
to be one of them. Which one is it? Well...you'll just have to take
a look at the photo and see if you recognize it.
As for our last photo, it was from the made-for-TV movie
SNOWBEAST, starring Bo Svenson and Clint Walker. Nothing better than a
bigfoot movie. Seriously. Even better if you like to watch people
skiing. Wow. And I was sure I was going to stump everyone on this
one, but we did get a few that sent in the correct answer. So a major
kudos to you since this was not an easy one. These scholars are: Hoby
Abernathy, Craig J. Clark, James Gibbs, Ken Johnson, and Mike Shields.
Well done, people.
As always, just click
HERE to send in
your guess. Good luck.
7-1-12 CINEMATIC ARCHEOLOGISTS
The dictionary defines archeology as
excavated." As movie fans, specifically horror movie fans, isn't that what
we do on a regular basis? As serious horror fans, aren't we always seeking
out older movies that are considered classics? Or even doing some research
and digging around to find some hidden treasure that might have thought been
lost, only so you can spread the word about this amazing movie that you had
discovered? But we don't stop at just watching the movies, do we? We
want to know more about the movie and the people that made it. If that
wasn't the case, there wouldn't be such a thing as audio commentaries, or even
documentaries on these films that we love.
This is what sets us fans apart from normal society. We
see the importance of these films and the effect they have on us, as well as
other people, as well as their need to be remembered. No matter how long
of a fan you are, I guarantee there are tons of lost treasures out there waiting
for you to discover them. Some of them might only have a slight shine to
them, while others will amaze your senses and wonder why you've never seen
something like that before. So never stop digging, seeking, or searching
for these lost treasures. And when you do discover something amazing, make
sure you share it with the rest of the world. Or at least your fellow
movie buddies. Which leads us to our note directly below....
ARMY - RECRUITMENT DRIVE
Okay Soldiers, we have officially made it through your first
6 months of service in the Kryptic Army. Some of you have been in the
service longer than that. We admire your dedication to the cause.
But as they say, there is safety in numbers. And I think we need to
increase those numbers. So here's what we are now offering: If you
can recruit a new member to the Army who participates, you're name will be
thrown in the drawing 1 extra time at the end of the year for every member you
get to join. In other words, if you had completed all 12 missions, your
name would be in the drawing 12 times. If you got 3 people to join and
participate, then your name would be in there an additional 3 more times,
increasing your chances of winning.
So here is what you do: When you find a recruit, once
they sign up for the mailing list, they will need to email me with the name of
the person that got them to join...meaning you. So not only do you
increase your chances of winning in our end of the year drawing, but you have
also help the cause of getting like minded fans the chance to discover new
movies that they might not have otherwise. And that, after all, is our
main goal with the Army. Any questions? Just drop me a line.
2nd NIGHTBREED SCREENING ADDED
Due to the responses, if you weren't able to make it out to
Terror in the Aisles on Friday the 13th for the screening of NIGHTBREED: CABAL
CUT, now you have a second chance. They will be having a second screening
on that Saturday the 14th at midnight. The tickets are $10 in advance or
$12 at the door. Russell Cherrington, the restoration director, will be
attending this screening as well to discuss the preservation of the film.
Star Anne Bobby will only be at the Friday event though. So if you want to
meet her, you have to come out for the Terror in the Aisles event.
They had also added a third feature to the lineup, with
CANDYMAN starting at midnight. This is one event you do not want to miss.
Whether you can make it out for the Barker triple feature or just on Saturday,
if you are a fan of Barker's work and of the film NIGHTBREED, you need to be
there. For all the latest info, check out their Facebook page
IN BLACK UNCUT?
I'm hearing reports that there might be an uncut version of
the recent THE WOMAN IN BLACK that might come out on DVD later this year.
Not sure why they wouldn't do that on the original release (other than to get
fans to double dip...but that would just be plain down right deceitful).
And what has been cut out? Is there something significant that needs to be
added back into the film, or are we just talking some extra footage that the
editor took out for a reason in the first place? Once we hear some more
info, we'll keep you posted.
Also, on a similar note, where is the new DVD release of the
original 1989 version starring Adrian Rawlins and Pauline Moran? That
version was scripted by the uber-talented Nigel Kneale and is a great version of
the film that is still pretty effective. If you haven't seen this version,
you need to seek it out.
JAWS COMES BACK TO THE BIG SCREENS
This was the very first movie that I can remember that truly
terrified me. I had nightmares for weeks after seeing this in the theater.
Not even seeing THE EXORCIST had the same effect as JAWS. This film cause
a fear of the water (actually not the water...but what lurks below) to develop
in me that has stayed pretty strong ever since. And now we have heard that
the film that started the summer blockbuster, in a new print, both re-mastered
both in look and sound, is coming back to the theaters this summer.
UNIVERSAL HORRORS COMES TO BLU-RAY
We knew it was only a matter of time before the classic
monsters made their way to Blu-ray. Even if they were all going to be
re-mastered again, I honestly don't see myself buying them again. I
understand they want to correct and fix the inperfections, the scratches, clean
the noise up. But I want these films to look like I remember seeing them.
I don't want them to look like they were just filmed. It really gives a
nostalgic feeling when you watch these older films. I'm all for the
preservation of these classic films, but I think there comes a point when we
stop cleaning and fixing them and just watch and enjoy them.
They state it comes with 8 movies (DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN,
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY, THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK
LAGOON, THE WOLF MAN and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), but it also comes with the
Spanish version of DRACULA, which I've always felt was better than Browning's.
But that is just me.
Maybe if I didn't have all of these films already from the
last box set collections they put out, I'd think about it. But there is
really no new stuff on these releases that we don't have on the last ones.
Well...almost. They are including the 3-D version of THE CREATURE FROM THE
BLACK LAGOON. Okay...if there was one thing that could get me to buy
it...that would be it. That is one of the best 3-D movies I have seen.
Maybe when the price drops down considerably....I might THINK about it.
The retail is $158.98, though you can get it on Amazon for only $111.99.
I know it has been a couple of weeks since our last class,
but we're back with another important entry in our history lesson. This
writer / director didn't make that many movies in the genre, but the ones he did
are very memorable and very, very powerful. So let's get to the classroom
so you can learn a little more about this man and his work.
Our last photo did stump quite a few of you, I was surprised that a few did come
up with the correct answer. The shot is from the movie SPOOKIES. If
you haven't seen this movie, I would recommend it only to those that really want
to see some great '80s style rubber monsters. The plot and the acting is
just terrible. But you do get to see an Asian chick turn into a giant
spider and suck the liquid out of one of the characters, which is what our photo
is of. But kudos out to Hoby Abernathy, Chris Huziak and Will Wilson.
Now our latest pic is from another monster movie. But I
think this just might be another tough one. This isn't suppose to be easy,
remember? If you know the photo, consider yourself on your way to being a
real student of the genre. If you don't know it and find out that you've
never seen it after you learn the title, then you have another movie to add to
your To-Watch list. See? It's a win-win situation.
So...take a look, click
HERE to send us
an email with your guess, and the rest is history. Oh yea....Good Luck!
RICHARD LYNCH - REST IN PEACE
If there was ever an actor that was known for his villainous
roles, Richard Lynch has to rate up near the top. From his roles in GOD
TOLD ME TO (1976), VAMPIRE (1979), CUT AND RUN (1985), INVASION U.S.A. (1985),
BAD DREAMS (1988), PUPPET MASTER 3: TOULON'S REVENGE (1991), to the countless
appearances he made on television, Lynch was an actor who you always remembered.
Over the many years of going to conventions, there are not too many names left
that get me excited to see at one of these. But back in 2010, HorrorHound
Weekend had added Lynch to the guest lineup, which thrilled the shit out of me.
I had never had the chance to meet Lynch, so I would finally have my chance.
Such a great guy. We talked about one of my favorite performances of his,
which also happened to be his too, was his title role in TV pilot VAMPIRE, that
was unfortunately never picked up.
So it was a sad day when I heard that he had passed away last
Tuesday, at the age of 76. He had recently finished filming on Rob
Zombie's latest film, LORDS OF SALEM. Lynch was a one-of-a-kind performer
and always left a memory with the viewer. He will be missed. But he
will live on through his performances over the years. And fans like us
will help keep them alive. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
ELGIN'S MONSTER MASH-UP
We had a great time over the weekend at Elgin's Monster
Mash-Up. Sure, it was a bit warm, but we made the best of it and had a fun
time. Made a few new friends and had several great conversations there as
well. Always a great time when fellow horror fans come out to celebrate
our passions and our way of life. And even better when you can meet up
with other die-hard fans to talk about these great movies that we love and the
people that were being them.
So thanks to Mitch from Horror Society for letting us be a
part of his little party. They are planning another big event at the end
of October, so stay tuned for more information as that time approaches.
NEW REVIEW: EXIT HUMANITY
We have posted our review of this new zombie movie that takes
place back in the days of the Civil War. Head over to our
Reviews section to read all the details.
Last week's photo was from the cult film THE KILLER SHREWS.
That animal laying there in the photo is one of the worse makeup jobs on a dog,
up until the little Dachshunds that were made up as giant rats in DEADLY EYES.
But we still enjoy the hell out of them anyway! Kudos out to the following
for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Craig J. Clark, and
But don't get too excited for this new one. I think
this is going to be one of those stumps most of you out there, if not ALL of
you. Yes, that is a challenge. It is an obscure one, so good luck.
You'll need it. As always, just click
HERE to send in
6-17-12 V.O.D., FRIENDS, & THE MEANING OF
Back in 1995, in the early days of internet, when magazines
and fanzines were the main way to go for fans of movies (or just about any other
type of fandom), a bunch of friends and me started our own sort of publication,
which we called Visions of Darkness. This wasn't your typical kind either.
Put together on Microsoft Publisher, cutting and pasting, and plenty of
Xeroxing, it was more really just for the people involved as opposed to one that
would be distributed to the outside world. Not that I didn't try,
mind you. But V.O.D. was more of a small group of friends that would send
in their own little newsletter to me, and then I would compile them together
into one package and mail them back out to everyone. It was a chance for
us die hard fans to really talk about the genre and things in general that
really mattered to us at that time. Every page was created with such a
passion and out of pure enjoyment. We were doing this for ourselves.
In the 3 years that we worked on this, we created 13 issues. It started
with 5 of us: myself, Jon Stone, Max Meehan, Jeff Kurta, and Mark McConnaughey.
Over the years it was alive, some people joined the group, others left.
But the one thing that remained the same over the 3 years was the passion that
we were putting in it. It was giving everyone a chance to speak their
opinion on whatever they wanted to, whether it was a recent movie they watched,
a new book, or the last pilgrimage to a out-of-state convention. You
have to remember that back in the late '90s, we didn't have a convention
happening every month like there is now. Or you didn't have the same kind
of immediate reach of thousands of other fans that we have now with the
internet. This was a stage for us to speak our own gospel...the world of
horror according to us.
Some of the members in V.O.D. were good friends of mine, that
are still friends to this day. Unfortunately, even in the day of instant
emails, texting and cell phones, it seems that we don't stay in touch as much as
we use to. Which is a damn shame. So I wanted to give a special
shout out to a few of those people involved. Max Meehan was a young kid in
California that I use to correspond with around that time. Even at a young
age, Max showed the passion and sense of humor that a lot of older fans never
did. We lost touch with him even before V.O.D. ended. I have heard
from him once or twice over the years, but miss having that connection with him.
"Monster" Mark McConnaughey is the mad genius from Baltimore that got us hooked
on Mexican horror films of the '50s. While he's an admitted sci-fi geek
more than a horror fan, he can still hold his own in any conversation on the
subject. Mark is like no one else I've ever met, who's passion for the
fantastic cinema and comic books has made him the youngest old man I've ever
met. This is the guy that gave me, that's right...GAVE ME his issue of
Fango # 9 because he knew it was the only one that I didn't have and he knew it
meant more to me than to him. Not too many people out there in the world
And then there is "Cool" Jon Stone. Anybody that use to
be a regular at Cinema Wasteland would always remember the skinny long haired
guy set up next me, selling movies that most of the people there never heard of.
I had become great friends with Jon after trading movies with him for years.
It is because of this guy that I learned who Paul Naschy was, along with
countless other obscure movies out there. His passion for the obscure was
amazing. Not to mention him being just one of the nicest guys one could
meet. Jon has stopped doing shows a couple of years ago, and they are just
not the same not having him around.
But like all good things, Visions just didn't last. As
much as everyone wanted to be involved, it just started to get harder and harder
to have everyone get their submissions in on time, which in turn made each issue
come out later and later. So after the 3 years and the 13 issues, I
decided to pull the plug on the project.
It was during this time that I started to fool around with my
own website. Granted, I can't even imagine what those first ones looked
like, but I know that it, along with V.O.D., were the genesis of what you are
looking at now. This site was official born in October of 1998.
Granted, the look of it then was much different than what it looks like now.
You can even go back to see our Archive section from the first year we started
saving the updates and see just how we've progressed over these 14 years.
That's right folks....14 years. I know it is not the oldest horror website
out there, though might be the oldest in the USA (If you know of an older one,
that is still going now, we'd like to know about it). But I think I could
say that we are the oldest website out there that always has original material
posted and not just news bits that have been cut and pasted from other sites.
What I try to give you here is my own spin, in my own words, of the things that
are going on in the world of horror that I want to talk about. It is too
easy to just cut and past a news story from the countless other sites out there.
Just takes the passion right out of it, if you ask me, or doesn't really need
any to do that.
So what does this have to do with anything? And where
is the explanation of the meaning of life? Well...I have no idea on both
of those. I just wanted to take a few minutes to explain that it is very
easy to forget what is important in our lives with all the other crazy stuff
that goes on every day. But having a passion for something in life, really
is what makes it so special. And having good friends and family to share
that passion with makes even more incredible. So thank you to those out
there that I count as friends. You mean the world to me. Thank you
for letting me share my life and my passions with you.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: THE PACT
We have a new review posted in our Soundtrack section.
This time out it is for the film THE PACT, with the music compose by Ronen Landa.
Head over to our Soundtrack Review section to see what we think of it.
Our photo from last week was from Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED. This has been
one of my favorites from the very first time I saw the movie in the theater.
Just love it. And so excited about getting to see the uncut version next
month at the Terror in the Aisles. Hopefully a lot of you out there can
make their way to Chicago for this amazing event. Anyway...back to the
task at hand. Kudos out to the following who correctly identified the
photo: Todd Barwick, Lyndell Clark, Chris Kinniery, Steve Sapsford, and
Will Wilson. Well done!
Now on to this week's photo. Might be a little
easy...might not be. Give it a peak and see what title comes to mind.
Just click HERE
to send in your answer. And as always, good luck.
RAY BRADBURY - REST IN PEACE
The genre of the fantastic lost one of their true leaders
last week. Ray Bradbury, who inspired multiple generations to never stop
thinking and dreaming and using your imagination, passed away on June 5th after
a long illness. He was 91 years old. He is one of the forefathers of
the the fantastic genre, whether we're talking sci-fi, horror, or fantasy, his
writing and creativity constantly told us to never stop looking beyond.
With over 500 published works, from short stories, novels, movie and television
screenplays, he continued to use his imagination and gladly took us along each
and every time. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
This quote below is from his autobiography really stresses
his outlook on life, one that I think we all should learn to follow. If
everyone could, then I think the world would be in a much better place.
"In my later years I have looked in the mirror each day and
found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy.
The answer is that every day of my life I've worked only for myself and for the
joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not
optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior."
MONSTER MASH UP
Next weekend, the Kryptic Krew will be heading up to Elgin
for their Monster Mash Up event. They had decided that Halloween was too
far away, so they wanted to plan sort of a Halfway to Halloween event, which
they have done just that. There will be vendors selling art, oddities,
books, and other interesting items, B-movies screening in a huge film room both
days, independent films with guests/filmmakers present, costume contests, zombie
pageant, and more. Of course, we will be set up there with our usually
selection of horror reference books, posters, t-shirts, and whatever else we
decide to bring along.
It starts at 5pm on Friday, June 22nd, from 5pm to 11pm and
then on Saturday the 23rd, from 11am to 11pm. Admission prices is only $2
for Friday and $5 for Saturday, and children under 12 are free. How can
you beat those prices! It is located at the Haight Building in Elgin, 166
Symphony Way, on the corner of Douglas and Kimball.
Come on out and bring the family for a great and monstrous
time! For more information, head over to their Facebook page
or just click on the banner below.
REAL CREEP BEHIND THE CREEPING TERROR
In the annals of bad films, one that is at the forefront is
the 1964 film THE CREEPING TERROR. Basically a large carpet monster from
outer space that roams around this town devouring everyone it comes across, in a
film that has very little dialog due to sound issues so is narrated throughout
most of it. It is one that you will never forget after seeing it, as much
as you might want to. But it seems there is even a better story about the
actual making of the film and the guy behind it, Art Nelson. And thanks to
filmmaker Pete Schuermann, he decided that the real story behind this film and
the man who made it needed to be told. And so was born CREEP! This
is a docu-drama that shows what really happened behind the scenes, with
re-enactments of the movie, but also with interviews with the people that were
involved in the picture. Again, if you haven't seen the original film, it
really is unbelievable how terrible, but entertaining, this movie is.
For more information about this new documentary, head over to
the official website HERE.
Not sure when this is going to get a release, but we'll be keeping an eye out
for it and post it here when we do find out.
TERROR IN THE AISLES UPDATE - NEW GUEST ADDED
Anne Bobby, one of the stars of Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED
will be appearing at the Terror in Aisles event taking place on Friday the 13th,
next month. If you already didn't need an excuse to come out to this
event, to get to see the uncut version of NIGHTBREED, on the big screen, with a
theater full of like minded film fans, not to mention getting to also see the
original HELLRAISER, then now you have one.
There is no way that we will be missing this opportunity to
see one of our favorite films in the version that the director had planned from
the beginning. We can't wait. For more information about the show,
head over to their Facebook page
LADY TERMINATOR COMES TO THE MUSIC BOX
If you are a fan of cult and obscure cinema, then you need to
make it out to the Music Box Theatre on July 20th for a screening of LADY
TERMINATOR. This is a film from Indonesia that was made in 1989 that is
beyond explanation. Taking more than a few cues from TERMINATOR, but also
throwing so much absurdity in there that it just makes it for one hell of a
enjoyable ride. It is like no other film you've seen. And now you
will have your chance to see it on the big screen.
And also that same night, they will be screening David
Schmoeller's TOURIST TRAP, another great film that is very underrated. I
know we will be heading into the city for both of these films, so hopefully we
will see you there. Mark those calendars!
For more info about the Music Box, head to their official
For this week's lesson, we are going to learn about a
director that made some of the best in sci-fi horror, as well as some are more
MST3K fodder. But that is not to say all of them are not entertaining.
So let us get to classroom and find out more,
Our photo from last week was from SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. Never
thought you'd see a severed head from a Disney movie, did you? Amazing
that Disney actually cranked out a few movies that were actually pretty creepy
and scary back in their day. A round of applause to the only one that sent
in the correct answer for our photo....Mr. Dave Canfield. Well done, sir!
So we thought we'd stay on the theme of severed heads for
another week. I mean...why not? Maybe a few more people will be able
to remember this one from one of our personal favorite movies. Good luck.
Just click HERE
to send in your guess.
6-3-12 RETURN TO THE KRYPT
After last weekend's trip to Louisville for the Wonderfest
Hobby Expo, we are back to our regularly scheduled updates! And it's one
hell of an update at that! A new month, a new mission for the Army (if you
haven't joined yet...what are you waiting for???) and the summer blockbusters
are well underway...for better or for worse.
But we did have an amazing time last weekend at the
Wonderfest show and have definitely made plans to add that show to our yearly
Kryptic World Domination Tour. For all those that stopped by our table
over the weekend, whether you were buying books or just stopping by to chat, one
of the many great dealers that we met there, you are one of the reasons we had
such a great time. We do have our full report done and posted. So
just head over to our
Convention Reports section, or you can just click
SHINDO - REST IN PEACE
Shindo might not be a name that is that comes to mind when
thinking of horror films, or just in general. But in his very long career,
making close to 50 films, Shindo made two horror films that are very memorable,
becoming classics that every horror fan needs to see. Making his first
horror film as well as his first period piece in 1964 with ONIBABA, Shindo
created a truly haunting film about two women struggling for survival in Japan
in the 14th century. The film is just stunning to watch and is one of our
favorites. In 1968, he followed it with KURONEKO, a tale about a couple of
vengeful spirits attacking wandering Samurais.
Shindo passed away last Tuesday at the age of 100, being the
oldest active filmmaker in Japan, and the second oldest in the world! Our
thoughts go out to his friends and family. A great way to remember this
talented filmmaker is to make sure his films stay alive. So if you haven't
seen ONIBABA or KURONEKO recently, or at all, then please take the time to
HELLRAISER AT TERROR IN THE AISLES 10
Clive Barker's directorial debut has been added as the second
feature in next month's Terror in the Aisles, taking place at the Portage
Theater on Friday, July 13th. Not only will you be able to see the Cabal
Cut of his film NIGHTBREED (being screened for the first time in the Midwest!)
but will also have the chance to see HELLRAISER, the first and best in the long
running film series. Just like all the Terror events, there will be
classic trailers, vendors in the lobby, and charity auctions for Vital Bridges,
which is a great way to help people in need.
For more information about this event, head over to the
official Facebook page
In the last couple of months, we have discovered a new
magazine that somehow we have been missing. It is simply called Diabolique
and is published in the U.K., which might be why we haven't come across it
before. But we've recently picked up a couple of their recent issues and
have thoroughly enjoyed them. The magazine is edited by Robert J.E.
Simpson, who's name I remember from many different Hammer websites. This
man is one of us who is a die hard fan that is dedicating his life for the genre
and working hard to get more and more information about it out there to the
public. In the recent issues of Diabolique that I have picked up they have
had great articles on Bram Stoker, Christopher Lee, Montague Summers, and many
other interesting titles. This is stuff that you might not catch in other
publications and are well written and informative. The magazine is well
laid out and just looks beautiful.
Getting the issues might be a little tougher for us here in
the states, but I do think it is one that is well worth seeking out. For
their official website, just click
NEW REVIEW: BEAST WISHES
While at the Wonderfest show last weekend, we had the chance
to see a new documentary on Bob & Kathy Burns called BEAST WISHES. We
loved it so much that we bought a copy and watched it again with my wife and son
and wanted to get a review posted so more people can know about this great film.
So head over to our Reviews section and check out our
full review. And then go out and order your own copy of this great
PIRANHA 3DD SOUNDTRACK REVIEW
We have posted our review of the latest score from Elia
Cmiral, PIRANHA 3DD. Not interested in seeing the movie, but the score is
another thing. Head over to our Soundtrack
Reviews for our full report.
NEW REVIEWS IN OUR REFERENCE LIBRARY
Slow but sure, we are adding more and more reviews of some of
the reference books in our library, giving you an insight on the books we think
you need to add to your collection, or avoid like the plague. This time
out we've added a few new titles in our Film Guides section. So head over
to our Reference Book Review section which is just a click away....Right
FESTS ACROSS THE POND
One of the things that we plan on doing once we win the lotto
(oh yes...it will happen...as soon as I start buying them) will be to hit all of
these great film fests that take place around the world. Recently we
came across two of them that are happening in the UK that we would just love to
The first one is the 11th Fantastic Film Weekend, and have a
incredible lineup for their 3-day event. They will be screening a wide
variety of film titles, like CAPTAIN CLEGG, CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH, FOUR FLIES
ON GREY VELVET, FRIGHT NIGHT, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, PIECES, THE MONSTER SQUAD, THE
QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT, THE SHADOW OF THE CAT. Great stuff in there, folks.
This event takes place from June 15th through the 17th. Better get those
tickets now! For all the details, you can get to their website by going
Another one that we would really like to go to is the Hammer
Has Risen From The Grave film fest, taking place at the Phoenix Square Theatre
on July 13th and 14th. They will be screening such classic Hammer titles
and have a few guest stars such as Martine Beswick, Caroline Munro, Jacqueline
Pearce, Vera Day, Madeline Smith, John Hough, Renee Glynne, and Carol Cleveland.
They haven't announced the film titles, but I have a feeling there might be one
of those newly re-mastered prints that have been in the news lately. None
the less, I would love to be there. Just click
to get to the official site for this event.
While on the subject of film fests, our good friend Aaron
Christensen traveled to Brussels last month to attend the 30th Brussels
International Fantastic Film Festival, being able to crash with our other good
friend Gert Verbeeck who lives over there. Gert runs a great review
website called Cult Reviews, which we have mentioned here before on this site.
He has posted his review of the festival, as well as reviews for a bunch of the
films that played there. There's plenty of interesting titles out there
that quite haven't made it to the states yet. But I'm sure they will at
some point. Just click
HERE to get to Cult
to go directly to his festival report.
Welcome back to class! This week's lesson is about an
actor that usually is recognizable when you see him, but may not remember from
where. We're going to try and change that. So head over to the
classroom and don't be late!
Once again, we think we pull out a tough photo thinking nobody would get it and
you come through and show me I'm wrong. Can't tell you how much I love the
fact that people know these movies that well. Well done! Here's the
ones that correctly identified our last photo: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron
Christensen, Christopher Huziak, George Reis, Mike Shields, and Wayne Teeter.
The photo was from THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE. Although, unless you've seen the
uncut version of it, you might have missed that shot.
So let's move on to this week's photo and see if this one is
just as easy, easier, or maybe even just a little harder. Take a peek and
see what you can come up with. Good luck! Just click
HERE to send in
5-20-12 ALMOST TIME FOR WONDERFEST
Since we will be heading off to Wonderfest next weekend, now
sure if we'll have an update or not. We do have the following Monday off
for the holiday, so maybe we'll get something...but no guarantees! But if
you're coming out to the Wonderfest show, please stop by our table and say
hello. My buddy Joe Wallace from
Turntabling.net is coming
out with us to help us out so we are both looking forward to a different type of show and looking to have a
good time. For more information about the show, just click
SUPER MONSTER RAMA
After years of threatening to go, last year we finally made
the trip to the Drive-In Super Monster Rama at the Riverside Drive-In
Pennsylvania (see our vacation report HERE).
And we just had a blast. Now they have just announced this year's lineup
and they have another incredible list of movies. What sucks is that it is
the same weekend of the HorrorHound Weekend in Indy, so there is no way we could
even think about going. But I would highly recommend this event to anyone
that can make it. Such a good time.
The event takes place on Sept. 7th & 8th. Here is what
will be showing. On Friday: THEATER OF BLOOD, HORROR HOUSE, EQUINOX, and
SON OF THE BLOB. Then on Saturday, get ready for your shot of Hammer
Horror when they screen TWINS OF EVIL, COUNTESS DRACULA, RAW MEAT, and
For all the information, head over to
DVD Drive-In for all
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE POSTER GALLERY
We've added a ton of new posters to our Poster Gallery.
If you haven't checked out that part of our site, I strongly suggest you take a
few minutes and browse through some of the incredible artwork we have on
display. Because that really is what these posters are...artwork.
And not only that, but it seems a truly lost art form, or at least one that
isn't practiced nowhere near as much as it should be.
We have a bunch of new ones in our Misc. section, but also
some new ones in the Naschy exhibit and the Hammer one as well. Just click
HERE to get there.
Welcome back folks! Pretty impressed with the all the correct answers on
last week's photo. I thought I had come up with another one to stump
everyone. The shot was from the highly underrated film CURSE OF THE LIVING
CORPSE. It is on a double feature DVD with HORROR OF PARTY BEACH, which I
highly recommend you pick up if you don't have it in your collection. Here
are the ones that did send in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Gregory
Avery, Aaron Christensen, Christopher Huziak, Michael Shield, and Alan Tromp.
Well done, lads!
But don't get too comfortable...because we're going to go
even deeper into the vaults for this one. Good Luck! Just click
HERE to send in
JIM ISAAC - REST IN PEACE
Yes, it seems we start off yet another update with the
announcement of another passing. Starting to really be a drag.
Director Jim Isaac passed away on March 6th due to some sort of blood cancer.
He was barely in his '50s. While he started in the business in special
effects, working on some pretty big name movies, like RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983),
GREMLINS (1984), and THE FLY (1985), it wasn't until he got behind the camera
and directed that the horror genre became aware of this young director.
His first feature, HORROR SHOW, was pretty much a fitting name due to the
battles the film had with the MPAA. What was released was butchered far
more than anyone in the film. Even in his next film, he would have to
fight to get what he wanted on screen. And that film was JASON X (2001).
Now I avoided this film for a long time because...well to be quite honest the
whole "Jason in space" idea just lost me at the very start. But once I got
off my butt and actually watched it, I found it to be one of the most
entertaining entries in the FRIDAY series. His next film was SKINWALKERS
(2006), a werewolf movie that I still haven't seen. But his last film, PIG
HUNT (2008) is just a hoot! Just a fun movie, not to be taken seriously,
but a great and crazy story, filled with even crazier characters. And
music by Les Claypool of Primus. How could you go wrong?
So I guess this is the one comfort that we, as horror fans,
can take from this. Because of Isaac's work in the horror genre, we will
always have his movies. So no matter how long he has been gone, whether it
is a week or years, we can still pop in our copy of JASON X and think
"Damn...this guy actually made a movie pretty damn entertaining movie!"
Even more so since it was the 9th sequel to made for a series that should have
been dead years ago. So our thoughts go out to his friends and family
during this dark time. As we always say, you will be missed, but never
CINEMA WASTELAND REPORT
We have finally finished our Wasteland write up and have it
posted with plenty of photos. Just head over to our Convention Reports and
look for the latest one in the Cinema Wasteland reports. Or you could just
STORY / CIRCLE OF FEAR FINALLY COMES TO DVD!!!
Words can not describe how excited I am about
this news. It has been quite some time since was this excited for
something to get a DVD release. Could it be that this was the series that
I remember watching each and every week when I was only 7 years old? That
some of those images and stories had stayed imprinted on my psyche right from
that very first viewing. Sure, TWILIGHT ZONE and NIGHT GALLERY were great,
but neither of them made the impact on me like the series GHOST STORY, which
later became CIRCLE OF FEAR.
William Castle, always seemingly trying to follow in the
footsteps of Hitchcock, developed a TV series that would have a different story
each week. Hosted by Sebastian Cabot, each week he would introduce a
spooky story. The pilot episode was originally aired in March of 1972.
I don't recall seeing that one, but do remember being their for the series,
which made it debut on September 15th, 1972 with an episode entitled The Dead We
Leave Behind, starring Jason Robards. There were images in this one that
stayed with me for years. There was another episode starring a very young
Jodie Foster and some little voodoo dolls made out of cookies, which was written
by famous author Robert Block.
After 13 episodes, the title was changed to CIRCLE OF FEAR
and they dropped the host set up. It only went for another 9 episodes, but
contained some more great stories, such as Dark Vengeance which is about a curse
wooden toy horse and stars Martin Sheen, or Death's Head starring Janet Leigh
about a woman who is haunted by her dead husband.
The number of stars that they had appearing in these shows
was just staggering. Granted, these were stars from that time period and
may be lost on today's younger fans. But back then, these were big names.
People like Helen Hayes, Melvyn Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Angie Dickinson, Stella
Stevens, Karen Black, Carolyn Jones, Meg Foster, Mariette Hartley, and many
others. Plus, the stories were written/adapted by some pretty top genre
writers like Richard Matheson and even Hammer's own Jimmy Sangster.
Okay, so while these are only the made-to-order DVD-Rs from
Warner Archives, it is still the complete series, featuring all 23 episodes
(including the original pilot) and is only $44.95. With close to 20 hours
of '70s spooky entertainment, that is well worth the money. I know we will
be adding this to our collection very soon. For more information on this
set, just click
THE CHICAGO CREEPOUT
Our good friend and fellow horror deviant Kristin
Wicks (aka Kreeplady Kristin) is now writing an online column for Chicago Now
The Chicago Creepout. Here she fills us in with all the cool horror
related stuff and events that are happening in the Chicagoland area, or just
speaking what is on her mind. If you're in the area, then make sure you
bookmark this page and check on it often.
NEW SOUNDTRACK REVIEWS
It seems we are on a trend with soundtrack reviews for
remakes lately. This time out, we have reviews of Ennio Morricone's score
for Argento's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1999) as well as Bobby Johnston's score for
Darren Lynn Bousman's remake of MOTHER'S DAY. Head over to our Soundtrack
Review section in our Reviews section, or by clicking
IN THE AISLES 10 - NIGHTBREED UNCUT!
Making its Midwest premiere on July 13th at Terror in
the Aisles 10 will be Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT. This is
the uncut version that has all the footage that was cut out that is being
restored back into the film, thanks to the hard and dedication to Serpahim
Films' Mark Miller. What is being called the THE CABAL CUT is 2 hours and
35 minutes long and was recently screened at the Mad Monster Party convention on
the East Coast. There was a version screen at a HorrorHound show back in
2010, but that was a rough cut that had reshoots in there, showing some
sequences twice that were filmed slightly different. But this version is
the one that is being re-mastered and re-edited to get as close to the original
version that Clive Barker first envisioned. And now Chicago fans will have
their chance to see it on the big screen.
The doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 8pm. There
will be an additional feature screening afterwards, but it has not been
announced yet. Mark Miller and Russell Cherrington will be guests there
who will discuss the preservation of this classic movie, which is definitely one
of my favorites.
Like all TITA events, there will be vintage trailers, vendor
tables, and a live charity auction for
Stay tuned for more details.
POSSESSION AT GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER
Looking for one of the strangest films out there? Then
make plans to head over to the Gene Siskel Film Center to take in a screening of
Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 film POSSESSION, starring Sam Neill and Isabella Adjani.
According to the director and how he pitched the film to Paramount, it is “A
film about a woman who fucks an octopus”. But it really is so much more
than that. Granted, understanding just what "that" is, is a whole other
story. It is like no film you've seen before, or probably will ever again.
But it is one that you will never forget. The performances are incredible,
especially that of Adjani.
It will be playing on Sunday the 20th, at 5pm, on Monday the
21st at 7:45pm, and on Wednesday the 23rd at 8pm. If you have the chance,
I highly recommend you checking it out. Your life will never be the
same! For more info on the screenings and the Film Center, just click
This week, we're going to cover a name that was one of many
that help make the Universal Classics that we know today. So get your
notepad and pencils (this will be on the test) and head over to the
I knew our last one was going to be tough, only because there are so many killer
gator movies out there, so picking the right one is a lot tougher than you'd
think. But in fact, the pic was from the Italian film KILLER CROCODILE.
And if you've seen this one, you know there is a lot of cheese here. In
fact, there is so much cheese in that movie that there was enough left over to
make a sequel! But thanks to all those that send in their guesses anyway.
Just never know unless you try. Here are the ones that did send in the
correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Christopher Huziak, Chris Kinniery, and
Raymond Rich. Well done!
Let's get to this week's photo. Going black and white
on this one. So take a good look and see if you can figure which movie
this little head shot came from! Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. Good Luck!
5-6-12 THE KRYPT IS GOING TO WONDERFEST
Every Memorial Day Weekend for over 20 years, Wonderfest
Hobby Expo has been talking place in Louisville Kentucky. And for probably
the last 10 of those years, we've been toying with the idea of heading down
there to set up. But for some reason, we never make it. But this
year, we have decided to take the plunge and have gotten a table for this year's
show, which takes place in a few weeks. One of the reasons that we decided
this at the last minute is that we have been getting more and more tired of the
typical conventions these days. They all seemed to have turned more and
more into autograph shows, with the prices of those getting ridiculously higher
and higher. So while we were debating doing another show, and talking it
over with a good friend (thank you Don!), we decided on Wonderfest. Yes,
they do have a few celebrities there, and don't really know if they charge for
signatures or not. But this show is really about the dealers room, which
is predominantly filled with model dealers. Being semi-retired armature
model painter, I know it is going to be tough for me not to be tempted by the
other dealers. So we are really looking forward to see a different crowd
than we've normally been seeing over the years. If it turns out to be
worth while, then I think we'll be adding this show to the normal part of our
Kryptic World Tour schedule.
For any and all information about the show, just head over to
the official site by clicking the banner below.
TWINS OF EVIL DVD
This is something that Hammer fans have been waiting for a
very, very long time. I can remember the VHS for this title going for a
hefty price back in the day. It has been released outside of the US a
couple of different times, but for some reason it has never gotten a DVD release
here in the states, until now. After the spectacular job they did with
their VAMPIRE CIRCUS release, Synapse Films will be releasing TWINS OF EVIL on
July 10th. They have restored the uncut film in an all new 1080p
high-definition transfer in anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen transfer. It will
be so great to see this film in all its glorious color and it will be packed
full of extras, including a feature length documentary on the making of the
film, called "The Flesh and the Fury: X-posing TWINS OF EVIL". This is an
84 minute long documentary that covers Hammer's Karnstein trilogy, which
features interviews with director John Hough and star Damien Thomas, as well as
other names like director Joe Dante, Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas, and more.
Really hope they were able to get the Collinson twins in there somewhere!
None the less, we are very excited about this film (and the documentary) since
it is one of our favorites from Hammer.
The retail price on this will be $29.95.
ZOMBIE NIGHT AT THE DRIVE-IN
Honestly, I didn't even know this drive-in theater was still
running, but apparently it is! So what better way to show this theater
isn't dead, than to show a couple of zombie movie classics! On Thursday
May 17th, the Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago will be screening Edgar Wright's
SHAUN OF THE DEAD and George Romero's original DAWN OF THE DEAD. Presented
by WBEZ 91.5FM, the show starts at 8pm and is only $15 a car. For more
information, just click
NEW REVIEW: UNMASKED BY KANE HODDER
We have posted our review of Kane Hodder's autobiography,
UNMASKED. We also have changed our Reference Book Review section around a
bit, making all of the reviews on one page. So no need to be jumping
between different pages. So to get there, just head to our Reference Book
Review section by clicking HERE.
NEW REVIEW: CREATURE
We had hope to have this posted last week, but just didn't
get it finished in time. But now you can read our thoughts on this movie
that undeservedly set a record for the worst box office opening. Just head
over to our Review Section to read our thoughts on
this swampy monster movie.
KILLER DOUBLE FEATURE COMING TO PORTAGE THEATER
Chicago filmmaker John Borowski will be screening two of his
serial killer documentaries at the Portage Theater on May 31st, starting at 8pm.
The first film is HH HOLMES: AMERICAN'S FIRST SERIAL KILLER deals with the man
who created his own 'death house' in Chicago, killing numerous people during the
The second feature, ALBERT FISH, starts at 9:30pm and is
about the shocking serial killer that was a sadomasochistic cannibal who did
things truly beyond belief. There are parts of this film that
disturbed me more than anything I'd ever seen or heard before.
Borowski is currently finishing up his latest film on
"historical horror", with his latest subject being Carl Panzram, which will be
screening at the Portage on August 12th. Borowski will be there for a Q&A
and autographing DVDs after the shows. Tickets for both features is only
$10. For more information, head over to Borowski's own home page
HERE or the Portage Theater's page
BABY SOUNDTRACK COMING
In honor of the upcoming Mother's Day
holiday, La-La Land Records has announced that they will be releasing this
Tuesday a limited edition CD of one of the classics in the horror film genre,
ROSEMARY'S BABY. Scored by Polish jazz musician Christopher Komeda,
including the main theme which features Farrow singing, this is one memorable
score. This release from La-La Land, with only 3000 made, will feature the
complete score that was originally released on LP, but will also have the
complete score tracks, source music and bonus tracks. The liner notes were
written by John Takis who discusses the score. There is also an essay by
on the film's production and
a small history of the composer Komeda, who passed away back in 1969. The
limited edition CD will be $19.98. For some reason, there is no
information about this release on their website, but it is listed on their
This week we take a look at one of Italian's masters
of cheesy exploitation films. From horror to action to nunsploitation, he
did them all, with little or no money. So head over to the
classroom to learn a little more.
It seems our last photo was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. The
man standing with his back to us is none other than Captain James T. Kirk
himself, William Shatner. And the film is the 1975 movie THE DEVIL'S RAIN.
Making his return to the Mystery Photo challenge after a couple of weeks was
Hoby Abernathy, as well as Christopher Huziak for sending in the correct answer. Welcome
Our newest photo might be a little cheesy, but it is
definitely fun. Take a peek at it and see what you come up with.
Keep in mind, there are a few of these types of movies out there lurking in the
depths. So good luck. Just click
HERE to send in
4-29-12 THEY GO IN 3's
A few of week's ago, we lost director Robert Fuest, and
now we have lost two more, both with last names starting with F. How
strange is that? Actor William Finley passed away on Saturday the 14th, at
the age of 69. Fans of the horror films of Tobe Hooper and Brian DePalma
are going to know this strange and bizarre actor for the performances he gave in
their movies. Most notably is his role as the title character in THE
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, in DePalma's strange musical take on THE PHANTOM OF THE
OPERA. He also appeared in DePalma's SISTERS (1973) where he was extremely
creeping in, and THE FURY (1980) and Tobe Hooper's EATEN ALIVE (1977) and THE
FUNHOUSE (1981). In EATEN ALIVE, his performance will make you scratch
your head more than once. But always entertaining.
On Friday the 13th, we lost one of the most iconic vampires
of our time, Jonathan Frid, who gave life to Barnabas Collins in the TV soap
opera (and later movie) DARK SHADOWS. Frid joined the soap opera after it
had already been on the air, breaking new life into the series, making it a huge
hit after that. The series ran from 1966 to 1971, bringing gothic horror
to the TV for a ton of young fans. Frid appeared in the movie version of
the series, HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS, which was just a retelling of the series, as
well as appearing in the TV movie THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER and Oliver Stone's
directorial debut, SEIZURE (1974). With Tim Burton's version of DARK
SHADOWS about to hit the screens, the original series will get the much needed
exposure to the newer fans today that missed out on it when it was original on.
That is the one good thing about remakes...at least it brings attention to the
So our thoughts go out to the friends and family of both
William Finley and Jonathan Frid. Like we always say, because of their
performances, they will never be forgotten.
DEAD WEIGHT & TERROR OF DRACULA
Since we missed our update last week, not only are we back,
but we have 2 new movie reviews, and 2 soundtrack reviews! Can't say we
haven't been busy!
First up, I know we've been going on and on about DEAD
WEIGHT, mainly since it was made by some good friends of mine. But we have
posted our official review of the film so you can read a little more in depth
look at this great little movie.
We also have a review for an old new movie. Make sense?
Well, it is for a new movie that is made to look like it was made in the early
'80s, like something you'd see on the BBC. We first came across this film
in a recent Fangoria and the incredible poster art (feature to the right)
immediately grabbed my attention. And now, a short time later, we have our
review of the film posted. So please just head over to our Reviews
section to read our reviews of these two films.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEWS: DARK SHADOWS...BOTH OLD AND
We also have two new Soundtrack Reviews, both dealing
with the same film. Sort of. First, we have a review of Danny Elfman's score for Tim Burton's latest remake, DARK SHADOWS. Granted, not
sure if there was anything out there that would get me to want to see that movie
after seeing the trailer, but Elfman's score certainly didn't change that.
But to cleanse our pallet with something more like it, we have also posted our
review of the score from the previous DARK SHADOWS movies, HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS
and NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS by Robert Cobert, both released on a single disc by
Rhino Records back in the '90s.
Head over to our Soundtrack Review
section to hear more of our thoughts on these releases.
We have our little report of our recent trip to the Chicago
Comic & Entertainment Expo. Granted, it is not as expansive as our normal
show reports, but there's a couple of good photos at least...and some bitching.
But then again, what do you expect?
Welcome back class...after our little break. This
week's lesson is about someone that you've probably heard their work instead of
seeing. Especially if you grew up in the late '60s / early'70s and watched
a lot of TV. So head over to the classroom
and lets get started, shall we?
Since we didn't have an update last week, you had an extra week to figure out
our last Mystery Photo. I will say that was surprised to see as many
people get this as they did. I was thinking it was a little more obscure
for most fans. So good job! The ones that sent in the correct
answers were: Aaron Christensen, Ken Johnson, Ryan Lieske, Mike Shields,
Steve Sapsford, Wayne Teeter, and Joe Wawrzyniak. Well done, folks!
The film in question was DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, from 1971.
Now our latest photos might be an easy one, but we grabbed a
shot that might make it a little tougher. We'll see. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. As always...Good Luck!
4-15-12 DEAD WEIGHT
"I hate low budget films."
That is the response that I was told I gave John Pata years ago when he was
telling me about his short zombie film BETTER OFF UNDEAD. Which really is
a true statement, only because a majority of the ones that I had seen were just
terrible. But John wanted me to take a look at his film and give him some
feedback, both good or bad...even after my warning. Turns out, I actually
liked the film and thought for what it was, it was a pretty fun short film, even
if it is a zombie story filled with dick jokes. But none the less, it
showed that this guy was a lot more talented than one would think.
Years later, we learned that John was going to be making a
feature film, but something totally different than BOU. Needless to say,
since getting to John even more, we were curious to see what he was going to
come up with. Over the next year or so, we would hear more and more about
DEAD WEIGHT. A bunch of our friends had worked on the film in some
capacity, so it was really becoming this big project that we were really looking
forward to seeing. After missing out on the advance screenings (which we
are still bummed about), it finally came out on DVD and we got a copy in the
So after hearing about this film for well over a year, was it
really worth it? Damn straight! Pata and co-writer/co-director Adam
Bartlett has created an incredible moving and realistic tale of what people go
through when a catastrophe happens. As the saying goes that humans "are at
their best when things are at their worst", that isn't the case for everyone.
And as sad as that is in reality, DEAD WEIGHT shows a powerful example of that.
Is it a horror movie? Well, going by my standard question "what is the
filmmaker trying to make you feel?", then yes...it is a horror movie.
Because when you take a look inside the human mind and the demons that may lay
within, it can be very frightening.
This movie is now available on DVD, which can be ordered at
their official website
TRIPLE FEATURE HORROR SCREENINGS AT MIDWAY
Next weekend, at the Midway Drive-in in Dixon, Illinois, they
will be having a horror triple feature. We've been out to the Midway a few
times and it really is a great place. Great movies, with a killer
concession counter, you will have your eye full of horror and your stomach full
of great drive-in food.
And just what are they showing? How about starting with
the Hitchcock classic PSYCHO, followed by Kevin Tenney's NIGHT OF THE DEMONS,
and then Stuart Gordon's RE-ANIMATOR to end the night. And just when you
think it couldn't get any better, it is only $10 per person (children are only
$4). $10 for 3 classic movies on a huge 90 foot screen...how could you go
wrong? We are planning on packing up the Kryptic van and bringing the
family out for a night of great movies & great food. Hope to see you
For all the information, just click
HORRORHOUND CONVENTION REPORT
We've got our report posted from our first convention of the
year, the HorrorHound Weekend in Columbus that happened at the end of March.
Pretty impressed with how quickly we got this done, since our reports from last
year's shows seemed to take forever! But this one is a pretty good size
report, with plenty of photos. Head over to our
Convention Reports section and look for the latest HorrorHound one.
Or...you could just click HERE.
NEW YORK ARGENTO FILM FEST
For New York residents, this is just a reminder about a Dario
Argento film festival taking place in New York. We've mentioned it before,
but here's a little more news about one of the screenings. On Friday,
April 27th, actress Coralina Cataldi Tassoni will be doing a Q&A at the
screening of OPERA. Not sure if the Q&A is first or the movie, but it all
starts at 7pm and is at the Museum of Arts & Design. They are also showing
MOTHER OF TEARS (another film that Coralina appeared in) on Saturday, April 21st
at 3pm. If we were anywhere close to NY, we would be all over this.
If anybody is able to make it out for, if you get a chance to see Coralina, tell
her we said HI and that Chicago misses her!
For more information about the event, just click
Hello Class. Hopefullly everyone rested up since last
week? Good. Let us get to the classroom so we can learn about a man
whose hard work can be seen in the movies, if only for a second, but gave a huge
impact on the look of them. Just click HERE
to find out who we are talking about.
Our last photo seemed to stump a lot of our regulars this time out. The
shot was from David Schmoeller's CRAWLSPACE. If you haven't seen this
movie, then I suggest you seek it out. It stars Klaus Kinksi and is worth
watching even just for him. Not to say the movie isn't good, because it
is. Kinski just puts it into another level. Well done to Steve
Sapsford and William Wilson for sending in the correct answer.
But unfortunately, I think this week's photo just might be
even tougher! So you are really going to need to pay attention to the
photo and see if you can recognize where this shot is from. Just click HERE
to send in your guess. And as always, Good Luck!
Yes folks, we are still alive. Though, with the lack of
sleep we got at the shows, it is amazing that we did make it. Needless to
say, we had an unbelievable time at both HorrorHound Weekend and the Cinema
Wasteland shows for many different reasons. We will have detailed reports
on both shows, with plenty of photos. We came back with some great
memories, plenty of photos, a new interview, and a few little items for our collection. So stay tuned for
those in the near future.
ROBERT FUEST - REST IN PEACE
Fuest is one of those directors that didn't turn out that
many films, but the ones that he did were quality work. Starting out
working as a production designer and working on several episodes of the British
TV series The Avengers, he eventually made way behind the camera directing
several episodes of the famous show. He then moved into movies, where his
first film was AND SOON THE DARKNESS (1970), a horror/thriller staring Pamela
Franklin. While he didn't direct too many movies, the other three horror
films that he did are the ones that he is most famous for: THE ABOMINABLE DR.
PHIBES (1971) and DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN (1972), both starring Vincent Price,
and THE DEVIL'S RAIN (1975), starring Ernest Borgnine and William Shatner.
All three of those films deserve their 'classic' status.
Fuest passed away on March 21st, but his films will still be
watched by older and newer fans each and every year.
KRYPTIC ARMY UPDATES
I believe we've picked up a few more recruits over the last
two weeks from our convention tour, so hopefully we'll see some more names
popping up. We're already a little more than a week into this month's
mission, so hopefully everyone is having a good time.
We have added another photo of one of last year's Army
Winners in our Army page. So if you are new to the Army, you can see what
kind of prizes that you have the chance to win by joining in each month.
Of course, we are STILL waiting for the photos for the rest of last year's
winners. That means you, Anna, Damien, Erik, Scott, Patrick and whoever
else I might have missed. All we're asking for is a photo. Step up,
CHICAGO FILM FESTIVALS
We have a couple of film festivals coming up soon here in the
Chicago area that hopefully everyone knows about. The first one is the
Chicago Fear Fest,
which is taking place next weekend at the Muvico Theaters in Rosemont, Illinois.
They are showing films all weekend long, starting on Friday the 13th. Some
of the titles they are screening are REC 3, JUAN OF THE DEAD, Wisconsin's own
DEAD WEIGHT, and plenty more titles.
Then on April 28th at the Portage Theater in Chicago, there
is the Sci-Fi Spectacular 6. Not only are there great films playing there,
but it is also the chance for you to come out and show support of the Portage
Theater. Now is the time to do that since the fight to keep the doors open
is not over yet. So come out, find out what you can do and let's keep it
running so more shows like this can keep happening.
The doors open at 11am and the fun starts at 11:30 with
trailers and such. Then below is the list of films playing:
Noon - Little Shop of Horrors (Original
1:30 - The Last Starfighter (80's
3:15pm - Brazil (The Ultimate Dystopian
6pm - Night of the Comet (star Kelli
Maroney in Person!)
8:15pm - 12 Monkeys (Gilliam's Modern
10:30pm - Attack the Block (Monster
Midnight - The Theatre Bizarre (Midwest
THE COST OF LEARNING
Being a collector of horror reference books, and one that is
always perusing places like eBay for some titles to add to our collection, it
just amazes me sometimes at the prices that are being asked for some of the
books out there. I completely understand that there are some books that
are rare and finding a copy is pretty tough, so therefore the prices are going
to be a little higher. Try finding a copy of Paul R. GagneI's The
Zombies That Ate Pittsburgh. Usually those go for way over $100.
But it all comes down what it is worth the buyer, and why. If you are a
collector that just has to have that in your collection, then more power to you.
But what amazes me are some of the prices that people are listing the books for.
Recently on eBay, I seen a listing for Barry Keith Grant's The Dread of
Difference: Gender and the Horror Film that was listed at $473.73!!!
Granted, it was for a hardcover edition, but seriously? Almost $500?
Sorry folks, no matter how much of a die-hard collector I am, there is no way
I'm putting that much money into a single book.
For those out there that are looking for another horror
reference book for their collection, follow three simple rules: Research,
Search, and Wait. Research the title you're looking at. What are the
prices normally going for. This gives you an idea of what you might be
paying. Then search the web. Look on ebay, on Amazon, discount book
sellers, where ever you can find. And then save those places so you can
always check back with them. You'd be amazed at some of the low prices you
can find on books that are going for high prices else where. And lastly,
you wait. If you can't find a certain title without paying an arm and a
leg, simply wait. With all of your searching, you never know when you
might stumble on that title at a very low or at least reasonable price.
Can't tell you many times I've paid under $10 for a book that normally goes for
3 to 5 times that amount. For the Grant book we mentioned earlier, by
doing a quick search on Amazon, we found another listing for hardcover edition
for only $100. Granted, that is still way too high for us, but we just
wanted to show that by doing a little research, you can save a lot of money.
Also, you can get a paperback version of that same book for around $10 too.
So take this little bit of advice, whatever it is worth, from
someone who has been collecting horror reference books for over 20 years.
Our goal is the same as it always has been: to help other
horror fans learn more about the history of this great film genre. And
reading horror reference books is a great way to do that.
NEW REVIEW: HOSTEL 3 SOUNDTRACK
We've posted our review of Frederik Wiedmann's score for
HOSTEL 3. Even though we're not a big fan of the movies doesn't mean we
can't enjoy the soundtrack. Head over to our
Soundtrack Reviews for more details.
Welcome back to class after a two week break. Hopefully
everyone has come back to class prepared for this week's lesson? So let us
start by traveling to Spain, back in the '70s, to a man responsible for cranking
out several great Spanish horrors.
Our last photo was from the classic sci-fi horror film FIEND WITHOUT A FACE,
that had one of the most original monster in film history. Just a damn
shame that we don't see them until the very end of the movie. But none the
less, one that is well worth watching. Kudos out to the following scholars
who sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Dan Brenneis,
Craig J. Clark,Don Crabtree, Dave Friedman, Chris Kinniery, and Mike Shields.
Well done, people.
So let us get to this week's photo. Might be easy to
spot right away...or maybe not. Take a peek and see what you think.
Just click HERE
to send in your guess. And as always, Good Luck!
There most likely won't be any updates in the next couple of
weeks. Unless we get really inspired and have the time, or maybe just a
quick one to let you know that we have survived the shows. But next
weekend is the HorrorHound Weekend, making their debut in Columbus Ohio.
The following weekend, we head to Cleveland for the Cinema Wasteland show.
Both shows have great lineups and we are really looking forward to having a
incredible time. The whole Kitley crew is coming to both shows so we look
forward to seeing our convention friends and family. That is really what
is important, right? After working week in and week out all year, us
horror fanatics damn well deserve a weekend that we can just get our geek on and
talk horror shop with other like minded movie fiends. Can I get an Amen!
Alright, so those of those of you that are able to make it out to one or both of
these shows, please be sure to stop by our table for a bit to chat! And
most of all, make sure you enjoy yourself!
THE FIGHT CONTINUES...
The fight to save the Portage Theater
continues. Fans of this theater need to make sure that we are doing
everything possible we can to show our support, and to let the right people know
how important it is to keep this theater alive and running. There is going
to be a public meeting on Monday the 26th at the
Portage Theater to
find out what everyone can do to help save this historic theater and let it
continue to bring great and entertaining events to the Chicagoland area. I
have been there countless times over the years and really would hate to see this
venue destroyed, killing off another great old theater. Every single
person can do their part to help save this place. Please, even if it is
only writing an email/letter to the 45 Ward alderman (firstname.lastname@example.org),
it will help show the support we need. So please take a few minutes and do
what you can.
DARK SHADOWS TRAILER
Okay...soapbox time. While I am in that age bracket, I
was not one of these that grew up watching the original Dark Shadows TV series.
I do remember watching a few of the episodes when they first started coming out
on video. Being a huge fan of Dan Curtis, I was loving pretty much
anything that man had his hands in. But maybe it was just at the wrong
time, but I never got into the series. I had seen the movie, HOUSE OF DARK
SHADOWS, based on the series, which I did enjoy quite a bit. So when news
of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp were going to do their version of the old series,
I was pretty excited. Sure, I haven't much cared for quite a few of the
last Burton films, but I had high hopes. Until I seen the newly released
trailer online a few days ago. The first 45 seconds was exactly what I was
expecting and it looked amazing. After that, words can not express my
disappointment. But I'll try.
Not sure where to start other than why not make it like the
original gothic period piece, with drama and horror? Why must we make it
look like something like a cross between one of the ADDAMS FAMILY movies or one
of the SCARY MOVIES franchise? Sorry folks, but it just looked plain
awful. If you haven't seen the trailer, just click
From the lame jokes and cheesy dialog, it just made me cringe. Reports are
that Depp is suppose to be doing his version of KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER next.
Can't imagine how that is going to turn out.
While we here in the Chicago area have our fair share of
movie marathons and film fests, every year when I see the ad for the Hudson
Horror Show in Pennsylvania, it always makes me want to make the trip out there
for it. This is their 5th year holding their 12-hour movie marathon and it
seems to just be getting better and better each and every year. All the
films are being screened from 35mm prints. Maybe some day we'll get to
make it out to one of them.
But here is their lineup for this years show: DAY OF
THE DEAD, PHANTASM, FRIDAY THE 13th, THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES.
Plus, there will be a 5th feature which is a secret title that won't be
announced until at the show. For more information, just click
FRIDAY FRIGHT NIGHTS
And speaking of film fests, once again we wish were were a
lot closer to Oshkosh, Wisconsin (That's right, Pata...I said it). The
Time Community Theater has announced their lineup for this year's Friday Fright
Nights, starting on April 6th. They have some incredible titles playing
this year, quite a few that we'd love to make that trip up there, especially
ones like BRAINIAC and ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS. Below is a list of the
movies playing and the dates. Just like last year, the doors open at
7:30pm and the movies start at 8pm. And of course, the screening are all
free! For more information, head over to
April 6 - The Amazing Transparent Man
April 20 - Attack of the Crab Monsters
May 4 - Plan 9 From Outer Space
May 18 - Beach Girls vs. The
June 1 - The Wasp Woman
June 15 - House on Haunted Hill
June 29 - Teenagers Battle The
July 13 - House of Ghosts
July 27 - Invaders from Space
August 10 - Werewolf in a Girl's
August 24 - Robot vs. the Aztec
September 7 - The Snow Creature
September 21 - The Brainiac
October 5 - Night of the Living
NEW BOOK REVIEW
We had just finished reading Lance Henriksen's
semi-autobiography and immediately wrote up our review of this compelling book.
Head over to our Biography section in our
Reference Library to read more about it.
Definitely worth checking out. The book, that is. And the review
too, I mean.
Okay soldiers, this month is more than half over. Still
plenty of time to get those movies watched and report back to camp with the
horrors that you've witnessed. We've already gotten quite a few reports
sent in for this month's mission, which you can read all about over on the
Kryptic Army Message Board. While we'd love to have everyone joining
in the Army fun, feel free to make comments on the board if you want, even if
you're not participating in the Monthly challenges. Maybe we can convince
you at some point to sign up! Trust me, I think it will be a fun time and
well worth your while.
Okay class...the subject of today's lesson is that of an
actor that might not have ever been the top star, he still appeared is some
great work, including a couple of favorites of most "teenagers". Head over
to the classroom to learn more about this talented actor.
Our photo from last week's update was from COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE. A
very memorable moment, though cat lovers didn't seem to care too much for it,
but a powerful one. Kudos to the following for sending in the correct
answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Steve Sapsford, and Mike
Shields. Well done, people.
For this week's photo, we're going back to the olden days of
black and white for a classic monster movie. Hopefully this one will be
pretty apparent which movie this is. Just click
HERE to send in
your guess. And as always....good luck!
SAVE THE PORTAGE THEATER
As reported right here on this website many,
many times over the years, we have been going into Chicago to the Portage
Theater for countless film festivals and events. We have had the
opportunity to meet some great people, making tons of new friends, see some
great films on the big screen there, like RE-ANIMATOR, THE DEADLY SPAWN, THE
TINGLER, and many more, all thanks to this theater and those that make those
screenings possible. There really is nothing like being able to see a film
on the big screen, with an theater filled audience of like minded film fans.
It makes the experience even better than you can imagine.
But now we are in danger of losing this historic theater to a
church. The Chicago Tabernacle is trying to purchase the building the
theater is located in to turn it into a church, after having it re-zoned.
Not only would this mean we would lose this great piece of history, but that a
lot of the local businesses and people living there will have to move as well.
I'm sure there are plenty of other options for this religious group to
find an outlet for their beliefs, and could leave this theater alone.
The theater needs your help. If you have ever come out
to the theater for a movie, film fest, or whatever, please take a few minutes to
send an email to the Zoning Board of Appeals and ask them to save the Portage
Theater from being destroyed, keeping this great theater alive for not only our
generation, but for the next as well, so they too can enjoy seeing films in a
classic and historic theater, the way movies were meant to be seen.
Please send a email to email@example.com and help
save the Portage Theater. Every single email helps. So please take
those few minutes and help this great and important cause.
FOR THE PASSION OF IT ALL
In the world of horror fandom, there are many levels. At the beginner
level, we have the ones that just love horror movies and spend a lot of their
time watching their favorite genre films, many of them over and over. As
we progress up, we see fans starting to delve deeper into the history of the
genre, seeking out older and more obscure films than the ones that Hollywood is
dishing out. They might attend horror conventions to see their favorite
stars or just to meet other like-minded fans. And then there are the
collectors. Whether it is just DVDs or movies, or posters, toys, or
whatever it may be, we are the ones that love to surround ourselves with images
and memories from our favorite movies. But best part is that it doesn't
matter which kind of fan that you are, since there isn't one better than the
other, only because we all love the horror genre and do what we can to keep it
alive. Years ago, long before this fancy internet thing, some of us horror
fans felt like we were the only ones out there. But that has all changed
and now we have the chance now to discover a whole new world out there, with
plenty of other people that have the same interests.
But there is another level out there of the fandom that is
not satisfied with just being a fan. We are the ones that have this urge
to try and spread the gospel, as it may be. We want to find other people
with the same interests so we can talk about these great movies. So we
create websites, review blogs, and fanzines. I'm not talking about the
ones that do this for a living since even though I might be jealous as hell of
those people, they are still getting paid for it. But for most of the
people creating these things, present company included, do this strictly for the
fun and the passion of it. And that is all the payment we need. Or
at least until someone decides to bankroll us. Then we'd gladly move up to
the next level.
The reason for this little dialog was to bring your attention
to one of these guys that has been fighting the good fight with his fanzine
Liquid Cheese for longer than I've known him, which has to be going on well over
10 years. That man is Dave Kosanke. Not even sure when exactly or
how we met, probably trading video tapes through the mail or at some convention
or memorabilia show, but we became good friends after that. Dave's
knowledge of not only the horror genre, but cult films in general is simply
amazing. The stuff that he not only remembers but pulls out of his cranium
at a moments notice is astounding. His printed fanzine brings back
memories with each new issue. Going back years before websites, blogs, and
such, there was the fanzine that people were churning out. Some were more
professional than others, but the passion was there, which really is what
counts. With each issue of Liquid Cheese, with #32 just coming out, Dave
gives us countless reviews, convention coverage, and some really interesting and
unique articles that could only come from Dave's brain.
So if you have never heard of Liquid Cheese, now is the time
to change that. If you are on Facebook, you can check out their page by
HERE. There really is something to be said about holding a fanzine in
your hands and reading through it. So much different than looking at a
computer monitor. In fact, maybe one of these days, we'll tell our little
story of little fanzine we did back in the day, called Visions of Darkness.
But that story is for another day. If you're not on Facebook, send email
and tell him you're interested in acquiring a copy of his mag. Or if
you're going to be at the up coming HorrorHound Weekend, you might be able to
find a copy there either on the swag table or at our table. If you're
coming to Cinema Wasteland instead, then you might be able to get one from Dave
himself, since he will be once again joining us for our bi-annual trip.
No matter what, keep your passion alive for the genre anyway
you can. Whether it is doing your own thing, or just supporting someone
else, we will keep pushing on.
This week's lesson is about a guy who is credited with over
150 films (and probably plenty more that he is not credited in) including a
couple of sci-fi/horror films, but for some reason his name is just not that
well known. So we're going to try and change that with this week's lesson.
So get to the classroom before the bell rings
and make sure you're paying attention!
This last one seemed to have stumped a few of you. The shot was from the
1988 film SCARECROWS. If you haven't seen it, now you have another good
little film to add to your "to-watch" list. Kudos out to the following
that sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Erik Martin,
and Will Wilson. Nicely done, guys!
So let us take a gander at this week's photo. Ring a
bell? Just click
HERE to send in
your guess. And as always....good luck!
3-4-12 CONVENTION SEASON STARTS
Going to be a busy month for us since we have two
shows back to back at the end of the month. The first one is the
making their first appearance in Columbus, Ohio, on the 23rd to the 25th.
The following week, we head to Cleveland for the
Wasteland show, which will be their 21st show! Both shows have a great
lineups and we are looking forward to seeing all of our convention friends
again. It's been a long winter since our last show in November, so we are
chomping at the bit for this year's shows to start up. Hopefully we'll see
some of you there. If you're going to one or both of these shows, please
make sure you stop by our table to say hello.
SCREENING OF THE BIRDS
Chicago's Music Box Theatre will be having a free screening
of Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS on March 27th, with special guest appearance by
star Tippi Hedren. The screening is part of Turner Classic Movies' Road to
Hollywood tour. Log on to tcm.com/roadtohollywood to get your free
tickets, which will start to be available on March 13th. I'm sure this
might go pretty fast, so mark your calendar and get those free tickets!
ARMY COMES TO FACEBOOK
In an attempt to get more discussions going on in our Monthly
Missions, we've started a Facebook page for the Kryptic Army. If you're a
member and are on Facebook, please join the page and feel free to discuss the
films from the current month's mission. From your thoughts on your films,
someone else's, to even just suggestions, let's get those discussions going.
You can get to the Army Facebook page by clicking
Don't forget that not only is the point of this monthly challenge is to get you
to watch a couple of films that you haven't seen yet, but it will also give you
the chance to talk about these films with other like-minded film fans.
HORROR HISTORY CONTEST
Congrats to Wayne Teeter for being the winner in our Horror
History Trivia contest. He is now the proud owner of MARTHA MARCY MAY
MARLENE on DVD. The answer was in fact cinematographer/director Karl
Freund. Thanks to everyone who sent in their answers, even if you were
wrong, at least you're trying. That is the important part.
HAMMER CALL FOR HELP IN RESTORATION PROJECT
As a huge fan of Hammer films, we are very excited that they are moving forward
with the restoration of their classic film catalog. While I'm not to
typically re-buy films when they are re-released on Blu-ray, but might be doing
that with these Hammer titles. Being able to see these films in the
glorious color that they are known for, in high definition, will be something
sort of a religious experience. It doesn't sound like they are just
transferring the older DVD prints to Blu-ray, but taking the time to make them
look like they did in the first place. Plus, whenever possible, they are
trying to restore the films back to their original version, trying to find lost
footage or scenes, and they could use everyone's help. Below is a list of
the next batch of films that they are going to be working on:
THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL
CAPTAIN KRONOS VAMPIRE HUNTER (no missing footage known)
RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (no missing footage known)
THE MUMMY’S SHROUD (no missing footage known)
THE VIKING QUEEN
THE VENGEANCE OF SHE (no missing footage known)
SLAVE GIRLS (no missing footage known)
THE WITCHES (no missing footage known)
I know for a fact that there is some footage from FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER
FROM HELL that has never been in any DVD release. I know the Japanese
laserdisc was the most complete version I've ever seen, featuring a lot of gore
that is gone from most prints. Hopefully they can locate that footage.
If you know of any source for footage for these releases, please contact them.
You can get all the information at their
This week's lesson is about a guy who started his
career as an actor for a famous British studio, but then eventually moved into
the literary world. Head over to the Horror History classroom to find out
Last week's photo was from Stuart Gordon's DAGON. I've always enjoyed that
movie, thinking that Gordon did a pretty good job capturing the feel of
Lovecraft. Kudos the the following that correctly identified the movie:
Aaron Christensen, Craig J. Clark, Al Gerber, Martin Merriman, and Steve
So let's take a peek at our latest photo and see if you can
name where this pic is from. Hopefully if you ever have to have some
surgery, you have someone a little better at sewing than this guy did.
HERE to send in
your guess. And as always....good luck!
Okay folks, I think our update this week more than makes up
for the small one last week. We've got plenty in there, from new reviews
(both soundtracks and books), a new convention report, and even a trivia contest
for a new DVD. Along with the regular news bits, mystery photo and a bit
of ranting, there's plenty here to keep you busy for a few minutes. So let
us get to it!
LINA ROMAY - REST IN PEACE
This is getting crazy. It is beginning to seem that
almost every update, we are start off with the death of someone. This
needs to stop. Please.
It didn't take long
for the news to spread once it was announced, but a few days ago it was
announced that Lina Romay passed away from cancer. Any fans of cult movies
knew Romay as the ever dedicated companion to director Jess Franco. She
appeared in a countless number of films in her career, usually for Franco.
And when she did, she was always memorable, one way or another. She first
appeared in film in Franco's 1972 film LA MALDICION DE FRANKENSTEIN (aka THE
EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN) and that just started their 40+ history together.
She appeared well over 100 films, most of them for Franco, in staring roles like
in THE FEMALE VAMPIRE or BARBED WIRE DOLLS or just bit parts here and there, she
was always in there somewhere. And if she wasn't acting, they she might
have been working as a second unit or assistant director, or as a writer,
editor, and even directing several features.
I had the pleasure of meeting both Franco and Romay back in
September of 2000 at a Chicago movie memorabilia show. Not sure why there
were there since they really seemed out of place. But there were enough
fans coming up to them that I think they had a sense that they had quite a few
Romay passed away at the way too young age of 57. The
cult cinema genre has truly lost an icon with her passing. But as I
mention with every passing of one of our favorite cinema people, because of
their films, and because of fans like us, her memory and talent will never be
forgotten. For years to come, new fans will be discovering the delights of
a Jess Franco film and be allured into by the beautiful Lina Romay. She
truly was one of a kind and will be missed greatly.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to her friends and family and
especially to her husband.
CARPENTER COMES TO FLASHBACK
I've been going to horror conventions for almost 25 years and
over those years, I've seen most of the living horror icons out there.
Most of. One of them that I haven't met yet is John Carpenter. The
man behind one of my favorite movies of all time, THE THING. But thanks to
Flashback Weekend, come August that is all going to change. They have
recently announced that Carpenter will be attending this year's Flashback
Weekend, taking place on August 10th-12th. This will be Flashback's 10th
Anniversary show and we're proud to say that we've been to every single one of
them. Being from the Chicagoland area, its great to see a horror
convention can keep coming back and consistently put on a great show for the
fans. Also, Carpenter will be introducing a screening of THE THING, for
the 30th Anniversary at the Muvico Theaters in Rosemont, which is right next to
the Crown Plaza where the convention is taking place.
So start making your plans to attend this show this year.
They have plenty of other guests already announced, such as several from the
FRIDAY THE 13th series. For all the info, head over to their website by
Hope to see you there!
HORROR HISTORY DVD PRIZE GIVEAWAY
Okay folks, we have a brand new DVD of MARTHA MARCY MAY
MARLENE to give away. This is a film that we just recently reviewed (click
HERE) that stars Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes.
It is a dark tale of a young women trying to escape and forget her past, finding
it very hard to do both.
So...how can you win this DVD? Well, as the regular
followers of this site know, with each update we try and post a new entry into
our Horror History, to try and help put the spotlight on some of the many people
that have made the horror genre what it is today. You can find all of the
past entries in the Horror History link on the left side navigational bar, or
just click HERE. Now to make sure that you
have been keeping up with your studies, we have described one of the entries
below. All you need to do is figure out who I'm talking about, and send me
an email by clicking
All the ones with the correct answer will have their name thrown into a drawing.
Before our update the following weekend, we will draw a name from there and
announce the winner in the update. Ready? Then read below and send
me that email!
This person was a mad cameraman who had a love of
filmmaking. He worked some famous German directors in his early years, moved to
Universal to help with some classics,
even directing a couple. He won an Oscar for his work in the '30s and was
given another one for Technical Achievement department in the '50s. Who Is
Fans of Hammer Horror might want to check out some of these
new shirts from a place called Disturbia. They have 4 new designs based on
films from Hammer studios. One of them, with art from FRANKENSTEIN AND THE
MONSTER FROM HELL, is pretty damn cool. This looks like the only one that
really has something to do from the movie. The other three, The Mummy,
Blood of the Full Moon, and Countess Dracula, are all just variations from those
themes. But the Frankenstein one, as you can see from the photo to the
right, the artist captured the creature from the actual movie.
Of course, the other issue, at least for us stateside folks,
this company is in the U.K. So with the most recent conversion, it is
going to cost you about $50 for just one of these shirts. So as cool as
they are, I am going to have to pass on these. Unless until I see one at a
convention. But even still, I would only be buying the FRANKENSTEIN one.
Not that the others are bad, mind you. Just not what is in the movie.
You can see the different designs by click
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING HORROR...OR HAMMER AS THE
CASE MY BE
It's funny how things change over the years. Back in
the '30s, when Universal was unleashing their line of monsters, even though
people were lining up to see them, they were never considered nothing more than
cheap horror films. Same goes for the ones that Hammer was putting out
from their own critics. From calling for a new rating for "Sadist Only" to
apologizing to American audiences for something coming out of their country,
these films were never considered high art. But the funny thing is that
people were still going to see them in droves. That is the one thing that
never changed over the years. Even if horror films are the red-headed
step-child, it is a very popular one.
When George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD came out in
1968, the critics like Variety called it an "unrelieved
sadism" and questioned "integrity and social
responsibility of its Pittsburgh-based makers". Other remarks, like the
ones from Vincent Canby, critic for the New York Times, said it was a
"junk movie" and "spare, uncluttered, but really silly". Strange then that
in 1999, the Library of Congress added to the National Film Registry with other
films that were considered "culturally, historically or aesthetically
Now that I'm done preaching to the choir, let us get to the
reason for this little rant. It had been recently announced that the
Cinema And Television History (CATH) Research Centre at Leicester De Montfort
University will be the official keeper of original scripts from Hammer studios.
With the revival of the Hammer Horror name and reputation, and with a lot of
their classic films being re-mastered and restored, it finally seems that Hammer
truly has risen from the grave. And now it seems that these scripts will
be cataloged and kept, but also making them available in a digital form to
I guess my whole point for this little rant is that for us horror fans,
most of us already know the importance of these kind of movies, no matter what
decade they came out of. We know their significance and lasting impact on
society as a whole, even if most don't want to recognize it. And we know
that at some point these movies that are being trashed by critics now might some
day be considered classics and inducted into some Hall of Fame or Film Registry.
So we don't care what 'normal' people think or say about our genre. We
So the bottom line is that if you happen to be a younger horror fan
(or even an order one) that seems to be alone
in their fondness of these kind of movies, maybe even hearing from your parents,
friends, or co-workers how bad they are, just remember that these films are just
as much a part of art and history as GONE WITH THE WIND and countless other
'real' films. Don't let anybody ever tell you different.
We have a few different reviews in this week's update.
First up in our review of the soundtrack for THE WOMAN IN BLACK, by Marco
Beltrami. We also have posted our review of an autobiography of B-Movie
actor Robert Clarke, probably best known from THE HIDEOUS SUN DEMON. You
can find both of these reviews in our REVIEW section, one in the
Reviews, and the other in our Biography Review section in our
Horror Reference Library.
ARMY WINNER PHOTOS
We've started to post the photos from our Kryptic Army
winners for last year. Now you'll be able to see some of the brave men
and women who are fighting the good fight, each and every month. Facing
new challenges, making their way through their mission with determination and
bravery. And getting to watch a couple of horror movies while they're at
it. Just head over to the Army page and scroll down to the 2011 winners to
see our Motley Krew of Kryptic Army members. Pretty awesome people, if you
We also want to throw a shout out to
Severin Films for
donating the two DVDs that were given away for prizes this time around.
And if you are one of last year's winners and don't see your
ugly mug up there....that means you haven't sent in your photo. Don't make
me trigger that self-destruct mode on your prize. Just take a photo and
send it to me. Otherwise, things could get ugly.
Sounds like a lot of fun, huh? It is never too late to
join the army and join in the battle. Just join our mailing list and wait
for that mission. If you want more info, just go to our Army page for all
the info. Got any more questions? Then drop me a line.
CHICAGO's SCI-FI SPECTACULAR
Chicago's annual Sci-Fi Spectacular film festival is set to
take place on April 28th. But this time it is being held at the Portage
Theater, NOT the Music Box Theatre, where it has been held since they started.
The pre-sale price for the tickets is only $20 ($24 at the door), and the show
starts at noon. Here are the films they have listed so far:
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - The original Corman classic
THE LAST STARFIGHTER
THE THEATRE BIZARRE - New Anthology film making its
ATTACK THE BLOCK
SAVE THE NOTLD CHAPEL
We posted something about this last November, but figured it
was about time we posted it again since the fight is still going on to save and
fix the chapel from the Evans City Cemetery Chapel. They have an official
website up now where you can donate money for the cause, or even buy a piece of
the chapel. That's right, folks, for only $10 you can own a piece of the
famous chapel seen in the opening of George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
HERE to head
over to the website for all the info. Come on people...every dollar
counts. So even if you don't want to buy anything, just send over $5 or
so. It really does add up.
After 3 months, we finally got our convention report done and posted
from last November's HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati. While
there were a ton of guests that we didn't get photos of, we still managed to get
a few taken during the Q&A's. So head over to our
Convention Report to read our full coverage or you
can just click HERE to go straight to the HH
For this week's history lesson, we take a look at someone
that never made a single film or worked on one. But because of him and his
hard work, more people seen and experienced films that they might not have
otherwise. So head over to the classroom
for this week's lesson in Horror History.
Well, we really thought we were going to stump everyone with last week's photo.
But you die-hard movie nerds came through and knew it was from the classic '80s
fun film C.H.U.D. Just love that movie. So a big kudos goes out to
the following: Michael Felsher, Richard R. Garcia, Steve Sapsford, Mike Shields,
and Will Wilson. Nicely done! Really shows you guys know your
movies. Or have no life and just watch movies all day. Which
ain't a bad thing, if you ask me!
So on to our latest photo. Might be a little
easier...might not. At least there might be something in there you
can...grab on to! As always, good luck. Just click
HERE to send in
HOUSE OF HORRORS
We don't have much of an update this week, mainly because we
had been gone most of this weekend. My wife Dawn and I had headed up north
to Oshkosh to join in the festivities at the House of Horrors monthly film
series. Each month, the House of Heroes comic book store is transformed
into a place where horror fans come to watch a couple of great movies.
This is our 3rd time up there and have had a blast each and every time.
Joining us on our trip was our good buddy Aaron Christensen and his wife
Michelle. Run by John Pata, Oshkosh's Pied Piper of Horror, each month he
picks a couple of movies that are similar for a crowd to watch with other like
minded horror fans. And did I mention this is for free? Yesterday,
they screened SLUGS and TICKS, which is about the best double feature one could
come up with. Both are gory, funny (some of it not intentional) and just a
blast to watch, especially with a bunch of other horror fans. It is times
like this that we really wish that Oshkosh wasn't so damn far away from us, or
we would be heading up there each and every month. It is just a great time
to watch a couple of flicks, and spend some time chatting with other like-minded
The other reason that we really wish we could make it up
there more is all of our Wisconsin friends that we have met over the years.
While we have met fellow Kryptic Army members Lance Ford and Erich Polnow (and
his wife Ashley) before, but we got to meet another Army member, the ever
elusive Lee Marohn. It was also great seeing all of our friends like
Ashley L., Adam, Gavin, and everyone else there that I am forgetting. We
always have a great time there, and you guys are one of the reasons.
Hanging out and talking about movies is one thing that I NEVER get tired of, and
it was really a blast this weekend.
Of course, seeing Ben and Jessica Larson again is always a
good time. Except this time, they were gracious enough to let us crash at
their house for the night, after getting to see their incredible house and
amazing horror collection. As a fellow collector, it is always great to
see what other collectors have. Sure, might make you a bit jealous, but
still very cool. Thanks again for the hospitality...you guys are the best.
For all the info on upcoming events happening in
Oshkosh, just head over to
This year's nominees have been announced for the 2011 Rondo
Awards. Our good friend Aaron Christensen has been nominated for his
article on the INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS films in HorrorHound, as well as
HorrorHound being nominated for Best Magazine and Best convention. So if
you have a second, please head over there and place your vote. Just click
Last week's photo seemed to stump a few people, who are probably going to be
pissed at themselves for not getting it. But that is what it is all
about....testing that grey matter up there between your ears. The guy in
our last photo was none other than Robert Englund, when he portrayed Eric in the
1989 version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. But Hoby Abernathy, Ryan Olson,
Steve Sapsford, and Will Wilson were able to correctly name the movie.
Well done, lads!
So I thought we'd stick with the same theme, with another
shot of another bloody face. Why not, right? But I think if you had
trouble on last week's, this one is really going to be a tough one. So
cast your eyes on this one and see what you can dig up from your memory banks.
Good luck. As always, just click
HERE to send in
2-12-12 BILL HINZMAN - REST IN PEACE
I seriously doubt there is any horror fan out there that has
not seen the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and can remember when they first
seen the staggering figure coming down the cemetery path. That first
famous zombie was played by Bill Hinzman, who was just an assistant cameraman
that got drafted into being a zombie. I've been going to horror
conventions for almost 25 years and have met tons of different celebrities.
Bill Hinzman was one of those I met several times over the years. And each
and every time I did see him, he was always one of the nicest guys out there.
When the dealer room closed for the day and most celebs would disappear back to
their hotel rooms, Mr. Hinzman would be down in the bar chatting with the
different horror fans until the wee hours of the morning. He was just that
kind of guy. But it was just playing this zombie he was known for, but
also as a director of a couple of low budget horror films, THE MAJORETTES (1987)
and FLESHEATER (1988).
So we were very sadden to hear of his recent passing, losing
his battle with cancer. They say he was 75 years old, and for known for
being a living dead, I've never known someone to be so much alive. He is
being cremated per his wishes. According to his daughter, “He always joked
with me that if he got buried he would come back." While we won't get to
see him at the conventions any more, we know that we can always pop in that copy
of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and he will be right back with us once again.
And because of that movie and the never ending following it receives each and
every year, he will never be forgotten. Our thoughts go out to his friends
BOOK REVIEW - A
HISTORY OF HORROR
We have posted a new review of a newer book that we just
finished reading, Wheeler Winston Dixon's A History of Horror. Normally we
are all for books that can teach and show others this great history the horror
genre has. But when there are numerous errors and just tainted opinions,
like this one does, the only thing we could recommend about it would be to stay
away from it. Head over to our
Reference Book Review section to go to our
General Reference section to read all the details.
FILM FEST IN NY
New York area fans of Dario Argento are going to be in for a
big treat starting next month. The Museum of Arts and Design will be
celebrating four decades of the Argento family and their work with Argento:
Cinema Nel Sangue (Argento: Cinema in the Blood), a two-month retrospective
of screenings, running from March 23 to May 25, 2012.
They are showing pretty much most of Dario's work and a few
of Asia's. You will be able to see the the Animal Trilogy: THE BIRD WITH
THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, THE CAT o' NINE TAILS, & FOUR FLIES ON GRAY VELVET, and the
Three Mothers Trilogy: SUSPIRIA, INFERNO, & MOTHER OF TEARS. Along with DEEP
RED, OPERA, and TENEBRE, and others.
For all the information, just click
HERE. If this was playing in Chicago, we'd be all over this.
Seeing Argento's work on the big screen is truly an experience you don't want to
miss. So if you can, take advantage of this. You want to be the one
who can brag that they've seen SUSPIRIA and DEEP RED on the big screen.
Several years ago I met John Pata at one of the many horror
conventions I go to. He was there pimping his short zombie film BETTER OFF
UNDEAD and wanted me to take a copy to review. After giving him my usual
"I hate low budget films" spiel, he wanted to me to watch it anyway. And
low and behold, not only did I actually like it, but it was well done for a
short zombie movie with a lot of dick jokes. Over the years, we've become
good friends, and have seen Pata's true passion for not only horror movies but
genre in general, working very hard at promoting it. He is always fun to be around....unless you
might pass out in the lounge area in a hotel.
None the less, it didn't seem that long ago that he announced
that him and his friend Adam Bartlett would be making a feature length film,
which has become the film DEAD WEIGHT. Quite a big jump from his first
film, John and Adam set out to make a serious film, about people and their
interactions with others, when times are at their worse. Here's the plot
synopsis: The story of Charlie Russell as he passes through the wilderness
in the wake of an apocalyptic viral outbreak to reunite with his girlfriend,
Samantha. As Charlie's journey brings him closer to his destination of Wausau,
WI, he must face physical exhaustion, malicious survivors, and perhaps most
menacing, his own emotional burdens. With his newfound traveling companions
Charlie must attempt to break his obsessions with the past. He must learn to let
And now, they have announced the dates for the first public
screening for their new film. It will be held at the Time Community
Theater (445 N. Main St., Oshkosh, WI) on March 30th and 31st. Doors open
at 7pm and the screening starts at 8pm. You can already buy advance
tickets online by clicking
Tickets are only $5.
Unfortunately, that just happens to be the same weekend as
the Cinema Wasteland show so we are not going be able to make it. And we
are very bummed about that fact too. But that doesn't mean that everyone
else out there can't make plans to head to Oshkosh and support John & Adam and
all the DEAD WEIGHT folks. So start making those plans. NOW!
This week, we're taking a look at another name that has some
ties to Hammer Films. A screen writer that was trying to help breath new
life into the studio, but doing something new and daring for that time.
Head over to the classroom to learn more.
Don't be late. And in case you notice, we have changed the page around a
bit, putting all the past entries into alphabetical order, to make it easier if
you're looking for someone in particular.
Last week's decapitated head came from the 1981 film WOLFEN. Remember that
one? That was when werewolves were really big, with that film, along with
THE HOWLING and AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Except of course...WOLFEN
wasn't really about werewolves. But still a decent movie to see if you
haven't. But let us get to the ones that sent in the correct answer.
And they would be Dave Friedman, Mike Shields, and Will Wilson. Job well
So let's take a look at this week's photo and see if you can
recognize this one. You know the actor, even if you might not
recognize him, but can you name the movie? Just click
HERE to send in
your answer and as always, Good Luck!
2-5-12 BACK ON TRACK
Not sure what happened last week, but it was gone before we
knew it and didn't get our update done. But we are back on track this
week, with a pretty hefty update, if I say so myself. Granted, there seems
to be a lot of Hammer related news for some reason, but then again, I don't see
that as a bad thing. Do you?
A new month means a new mission for our Kryptic Army.
Hopefully everyone has enlisted for this year's challenges. We shall soon
be posting the photos of last year's Army winners with their prizes. And
even if you don't win anything, at least you've had the opportunity to find and
watch 2 different horror movies that you have seen each and every month.
How could that NOT be a good time?
The convention season for us is getting closer and closer,
with our first show about 6 weeks away. And that show would be HorrorHound
Weekend, making their first appearance in Columbus, Ohio. That have one
hell of a guest lineup this time around, with even a few guests making their
first convention appearance. Not to mention some cult favorites there,
like Pam Grier! For all the details, just head over to their site by
Of course, we will be there in the dealer room as usual, selling our wares and
standing on our soapbox spewing forth with our rants. If you are planning
to come out to the show, please stop by.
Then the following weekend, we head back to Ohio for the
Cinema Wasteland show, which will be there 21st show!!!! And with special
guests like Italian director Sergio Martino, we are VERY excited about that
show. For all their details, just click
All the prizes for last year's Kryptic Army winners are in
the mail, if you haven't received them already. The last of them were
mailed out yesterday. So if you haven't gotten it, you should be getting
it in the next few days. If you don't receive it by the end of the week,
please let me know. And don't forget, if you can, please send me a photo
of you holding the prize so I can post that in our Army section.
We've got a bunch of different tidbits that deal with Hammer
films, so we'd thought we'd lump them all together. Never can have too
much Hammer news, right? Didn't think so. First up, in a recent
comment posted on
ShockTillYouDrop website, Hammer CEO Simon Oakes mentioned some news on
their upcoming projects, some including some classic monsters, as well as
classic Hammer characters. Here's what Oakes had to say:
“We have a very active slate… What we did with Kronos is
we developed a new novella as part of our publishing thing. We are rebooting
We are developing a really cool poltergeist story – I can’t give you a title yet
because it’s still under wraps.
And, we’re looking at, without giving too much away, a couple of the iconic
characters like Frankenstein and Dracula and looking at a [new] Hammer approach
In other Hammer news, they have
started a new blog which deals with their progress of restoration of their
upcoming blu-ray releases of their classic films, including the version of
HORROR OF DRACULA with the recently found footage being put back into the film.
They have plenty of title that they are working on that should be coming out
soon. Just click
HERE to get to the blog and make sure you keep checking since it seems to be
updated on a regular basis. With a lot of their films known for their
glorious color, seeing them re-mastered makes me a very happy man.
And lastly, if you're lucky enough to live in London,
starting next week there is a Hammer festival going on at something called The
Vault, presented by the Flicker Club, along with Hammer. The Flicker Club
screens movies adapted from short stories or novels to "celebrate the power of
the written word and the silver screen", which I happen to think is a splendid
idea. They have special guests to read some of the source material before
screening the film. Starting next week, they are screening several Hammer
titles, both old and new, along with special guests doing some reading before
hand. Some of the films being shown are TWINS OF EVIL, HANDS OF THE
RIPPER, THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, THE REPTILE, PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, FRANKENSTEIN
CREATED WOMAN, and many more. Some of the guests that will be attending
are authors Kim Newman, Stephen Jones, Marcus Hearn, actor Damien Thomas,
actress Madeline Smith, and more. For more information about this, just
And on a final note, we did see THE WOMAN IN BLACK today and
did enjoy it. But I think is suffers from too many jump scares instead of
other tactics (which granted are a lot harder to do) which most mainstream films
tend to do these days. Still worth seeing though.
REST IN PEACE: IAN ABERCROMBIE & NICOL WILLIAMSON
British actor from the stage and screen, Abercrombie passed
away on Jan. 26th at the age of 77. While he only appeared in a few genre
pictures, he always was memorable. Most fans will remember him as the wise
old man helping Bruce Campbell in ARMY OF DARKNESS. But he also played a
Nazi doctor in PUPPET MASTER 3: TOULON'S REVENGE (which just happens to be the
best in the series...just saying). Abercrombie had a face and voice that
always seemed familiar. Such a talented performer, one that will be
Williamson, who was probably best known for his performance
of Merlin in the 1981 film EXCALIBUR, was another actor known for his
performances on the stage...as well as off the stage too. He had a
reputation on speaking his mind about things, sometimes even during a
performance. There are stories of even physical confrontations with other
actors and directors as well. But that never dimensioned his talents.
And like Abercrombie, Williamson only appeared in a handful of horror films,
most notably in William Peter Blatty's EXORCIST III: LEGION. He also
appeared in VENOM, a police thriller with a deadly snake loose in an apartment,
which co-starred Oliver Reed and Klaus Kinski. That must have been a fun
Williamson had been battling cancer for the last couple of
years and kept his life private for the most part. In fact, he actually
had passed away back on Dec. 16th, but his passing was just recently released to
Our thoughts go out to their friends and family.
We have a few new reviews this week. For the
first one, is about Jose Larraz, a Spanish director that made his mark
quite a few years ago, but never seemed to get the notoriety that he richly
deserves. But thanks to people filmmaker Celia Novis who are trying to
change that. She recently made a documentary about Larraz entitled ON
VAMPYRES AND OTHER SYMPTOMS and we have recently had the chance to see it.
Our second review is of the new movie MARTHA MARCY MAY
MARLENE. I seem to be the odd man out on my opinion on this one, but you
can read those thoughts by reading our review. If you have seen it, we'd
love to hear your thoughts. Just head over to our
Review section to get to those reviews.
And lastly, we have posted our review for Paul Haslinger's
new soundtrack for the latest UNDERWORLD movie, AWAKENING. To hear what we
thought on this release, head over to our Soundtrack Review section by clicking
This week's entry in our History Lesson is about a British
actor who had the tough part of taking over a well known character from a series
of films and making it his own. Not to mention a few other roles that we
will always remember him from. So let's head over to the
classroom to find out more, shall we?
Our last photo was from the Peter Cushing film BLOOD BEAST TERROR. Not the
greatest film in the British horror film genre, but well worth watching, if only
because of Cushing's presence. Kudos goes out to the following few who
were able to identify the correct movie: Hoby Abernathy, Steve Sapsford,
Mike Shields, and Will Wilson. Job well done!
Now on to this week's photo. For some reason, I'm
in the mood for another decapitated head. Amazing how many of these turn
up over the years in movies. So let's see how well you can do to naming
the film where this one comes from. Good Luck. Just click
HERE to send in
NEW LSoH COMING
The best magazine out there on the British Horror genre,
Little Shoppe of Horrors, will be unleashing their newest issue next month,
which will be on the latest release from the new Hammer film, WOMAN IN BLACK.
This issue with not only feature articles and interviews (including one with
star Daniel Radcliffe) on the new films, but also with Susan Hill (author of the
original novel), and the original 1989 version, including an interview with
Adrian Rawlins who starred in that version.
LSoH is truly always a great read, filling your head with
tons of information about the British film industry and the people involved with
it. You will get information here that you won't find anywhere else.
We can't recommend this magazine enough. For information about it as well
as how you can order it, just click
make sure you tell them we sent you!
HAMMER HORROR RESTORED?
While on the subject of Hammer Horror, there is a lot of buzz
over the net about some of the classic Hammer horror films getting 'restored'
for Blu-ray releases. While we are just as excited about this as everyone
else is, we just wanted to point out something that I think some people are
getting confused over this. These films are being restored, as in
re-mastered. Unless I'm missing something, this does not mean there all of
these films are going to have extra footage in there. The only title where
they have announced lost footage that was recently discovered was for HORROR OF
DRACULA, where some footage was discovered in Japan. That title will have
this new footage incorporated back in the film.
Now don't get me wrong, since I'm thrilled at the idea of
being able to see these classic Hammer films in all their glorious colors and
high definition. It just seems that people are thinking that they are
going to seeing uncut versions of these films, when I don't think that is the
case. They have announced 30+ titles that are in process of being
'restored'. We've seen reports that DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS will be
the first title, but have also seen ones that say that QUATERMASS AND THE PIT,
which is already available is the first one. But according to Hammer,
PRINCE OF DARKNESS is being restored from a "two-perf original cut negative" and
will have the original title card. But other than that, it is the same
version. It will feature a new documentary produced by Hammer historian
Marcus Hearn that will feature stars Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews and
others. The next two films on their list will be the "Cornwall Horrors",
PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES and THE REPTILE. You can keep updated on the status
of these restorations over here at this
If there was one Hammer title that I wish would finally get a
uncut release, it would be Terence Fisher's last film, FRANKENSTEIN AND THE
MONSTER FROM HELL. The only version I've ever seen of this film that is
completely uncut was the Japanese version, which featured plenty more gore than
the others. The DVD release of this here in the states was the edited
version. I know there was an import release that did feature some of the
extra footage, but not all of it. So it would be great to finally see a
nice re-mastered print, in all its bloody glory, of their last Frankenstein
WANTS TO KILL ME
Chicago's own WildClaw Theatre has a new play opening up next
month. Starting on the 13th and running through March 18th will be Scott
T. Barsotti's Kill Me. Barsotti gave us the 2009 play The Revenants which
we really enjoyed. We also just loved WildClaws adaptation of Carmilla
last year. So we are looking forward to once again delve into the world of
horror theater that WildClaw has done so well so far.
In his latest play, Barsotti gives us a tale of a woman who
has recently awakened from a post-traumatic coma who comes to think that she can
not die. So as her mind starts to crumble, she attempts to kill herself,
over and over and over again.
For all the details about this show, just head over to
WildClaw's website by clicking
SAVING THE 35mm FILM MEDIUM?
Another thing that we've seen going around on the internet
are these petitions to save the 35mm format. Original, I would have joined
that cause in a heartbeat. When going to film fest, there is something
charming about seeing a film screen from a 35mm print, as opposed to a DVD
projection. In the last few years, things have happened to change my mind.
It really has nothing to do with the medium as much as the people running the
projectors at the theaters. Too many times I have been at film fests where
the person up there with the projector just can not keep the film in frame, or
the right aspect ratio, or something screwing it up. Here's the
deal...back in the day, we use to have people that were actually trained how to
use these machines. There was a union and everything. They knew
these machines inside and out and took their job very seriously. But
today, that is much different. I recently came across this rant by
director Stuart Gordon saying the same thing, except giving examples on what
this can do to the filmmaker, let alone the audience. Just click
HERE to read it.
But lets also look at the difference between 35mm and what
the studios are moving towards with a digital format. When screening the
films, you won't have any of those above issues. You won't have films
stopping and burning through. You won't have deterioration of the movie or
of the quality of the print. It really is the same argument that we've
been having when CDs came out and started to replace vinyl. And we all
seen how that worked out. Besides the fact that the studios would be
saving SO much money going the digital route and all of that savings would go
right into their pockets. And THAT is the main reason it is going to
In class this week, we're going to discuss someone's who job
started sometimes even before the word of the script was written. And that
because some people would come to the theater on their work alone. Head
over to the classroom to find out who were
Our last photo was the poor Florinda Bolkan from Lucio Fulci's DON'T TORTURE A
DUCKLING. Everyone knows Fulci for his gore, but this is one of his truly
great films that shows that he was again a great filmmaker. Sure this film
does have a moment or two of gore, but that really is a small part of the film.
If you haven't seen it yet, please seek it out. Kudos to the following for
naming the correct film: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Steve Sapsford,
Mike Shields, and Will Wilson.
Now on to this week's photo. See if you can't name that
where that little creature to the right is from. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, good luck!
ZAAT RISES TO DVD
A few issues back in my column in HorrorHound, I covered two
fish-monster movies, one of them being ZAAT (aka THE BLOOD WATERS OF DR. Z
aka HYDRA aka ATTACK OF THE SWAMP CREATURE). This Florida made
cheese-fest was made back in 1971 about a mad scientist who turns himself into a
half man/half catfish monster. Tons of fun to be had there. There
were rumors a few years ago that a special edition DVD was going to be coming
out but it never seemed to happen. But now, it seems that ZAAT may just
rise to the surface for real this time. HD Cinema Classics is releasing
this film in a DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack next month on the 21st, for only $20.
The film has been digitally restored from the original 35mm elements and will
include extras such as audio commentary by the cast and crew, out takes,
trailers, radio interviews, and an original movie art postcard! How cool
The fact that there are people out there that are taking the
time to restore films is great. But when it comes to films like ZAAT,
which would never be considered a classic of any sorts, it makes me even more
proud that some would take the time to do that to these types of films. It
shows that films don't have to be Oscar winning films to be entertaining.
And it is important for these films, no matter how cheesy they are, that they
are preserved for monster movie fans now and for future generations.
UNIVERSAL RESTORES CLASSIC HORROR FILMS
In a very similar story, Universal Pictures is celebrating
their 100th anniversary this year. And one of the things that they are
doing to mark this epic occasion is to re-release some of the films that they
have been working very hard to restore. Granted a lot of these are
mainstream films, but there are a few horror titles in there that will make our
readers a little happy. Now let me say that I hate having to re-buy titles
every time a new release comes out. And usually....I don't. There
has to be a very good reason for it. But I think for some of these titles,
there is enough reason here. They are going through these films and taking
out every scratch or imperfection on the film, as well as cleaning up the sound
as well. One case in point is the hissing sound on some of these older
movies, such as DRACULA (1931). Since there are many scenes with little
dialog and no music, there are times when we are hearing nothing but a hissing
sound. This has all been corrected and taken out, letting you hear what
really is going on in the film. Sure, there are those out there that say
that want to remember the films the way they remember them when they first seen
them, with all the imperfections in there. And I am one of them for the
most part. But if a film can be cleaned up, not altered since that is
something completely different, but made to look like the filmmakers would have
done had the technology been there at the time, then I don't have a problem as
I do admire the fact that there are people out there in the
industry that have made it their career to make sure that these films are not
forgotten and that they will be here for many generations to enjoy, just as we
have. They see the importance of these films, something that only real
movie fans can see. So I really do appreciate all of their hard work.
The horror films that they will be re-releasing in restored
prints are FRANKENSTEIN (1931), BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935), both versions of
DRACULA (1931), the one with Lugosi and the Spanish version, Hitchcock's THE
BIRDS (1963), and Spielberg's JAWS (1975).
We'll have more details on release dates when they become
IN BLACK POSTER ART
Being a collector of movie posters, I've come to realize that
for the time being at least, it really is a lost art form. Today's movie
posters are generally filled with the faces of the stars or just completely lack
any sense of style or art. Just a bunch of photo shop work. I miss
the days of the painted posters, with images from the movie. Hell, I
wouldn't even care if those images were not in the picture! Back in the
day, before all the instant media access, the only way to let people know about
a new movie was the poster. That was the really the main element to make
people want to come to see the movie. It had to have an impact. But
because of internet how everything happens at such a fast pace, the movie poster
has almost become a forgotten piece of promotional material.
So when we came across the new British quad artwork for THE
WOMAN IN BLACK, it brought a tear to my ear. Maybe because it is a film
from the newly restarted Hammer Films, but it seems they went back to their
roots when it came to this poster. As you can see on the right, it is
amazing. And I know this is one that we will definitely be adding to our
collection. So kudos to whoever was behind this concept and hopefully it
might just start to catch on. One can hope, right?
BOOK REVIEW - HAMMER FILMS: THE UNSUNG HEROES
We've posted our review of this incredible book on the people
that made Hammer Films what they were and what they looked like. Head over
to our Hammer Section in our
Book Review Page for more details.
WHITAKER - REST IN PEACE
I know that most everyone out there doesn't recognize this
name. In fact, when I first read this news, I didn't know who it was
either. But after reading that he was a composer that had worked on a
couple of Hammer films, I felt that I needed to pass this info along.
Mainly since this is what we should be doing, as horror fans: Keeping the
names of people who worked in this genre and the films they created that we have
been enjoying for years.
Whitaker was a composer that didn't score countless films
like some other famous ones. But he did work for Hammer films on some of
their later films, as well as a few other genre titles. He did the scores
for SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN (1970), DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE (1971), VAMPIRE
CIRCUS (1972), OLD DRACULA (1975), DOMINIQUE (1989), and the gory sword and
sandal flick THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER (1982).
He passed away last Tuesday. Our thoughts go out to his
friends and family.
This week you will learn about one of the founding fathers of
stop motion animation. You might have heard his name mentioned a time or
two, but he is responsible for one of the greatest monster movies of all time.
The bell has rung....so let's get to the classroom.
I have to admit I thought our last photo was pretty tough. There must be a
few of you out there that really remembers decapitated heads. So kudos out
to Hoby Abernathy, Steve Sapsford, and Will Wilson for identifying our last
photo from being from the 1981 film HELL NIGHT. Nicely done.
Well our photo this month is another close up of a head, but
one that is still attached. So take a peek and see if this person and this
film doesn't ring a bell with you. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, good luck!
KRYPTIC ARMY WINNERS
Fall in Soldiers. It is time to award those who have
participated in this year's Army Challenge. Before we get to those
selected few, I wanted to thank everyone who has joined the army and has joined
in on any of the missions. Even if you are not one of the winners, I hope
that you had fun and that you continue to keep up with the challenges. It
is getting to be a challenge for me to come up with new themes for the missions
each month, but it is a lot of fun seeing what everyone comes up with. I
hope everyone is having as much fun as I am.
Also, if you haven't already and are in the army, hopefully
you've been to the Army Message board. Every time you send in your
mission, I post it here, as well as posting my thoughts on your choices.
You are more than welcome, and even encouraged to reply on the other member's
movie choices as well. As fans of these movies, we all know that most of
the time it isn't the easiest to find someone that you can talk to about these
kind of movies. So here is your chance. You can get to the Message
Board by clicking
Also, if you are in the Army and have not done this, please
go to the Role Call post and put your little two cents in. We always like
to know a little more about who is in the trenches with us.
Once again, I have pulled out 12 names out of the pile of
each and everyone one of you who participated. And remember, the more
missions you complete, the more times your name goes in the hopper! Below
are the selected Army members, along with what they have won. The prizes
will be mailed out at some point during the month. The winners need to
send me their mailing address.
BUT...we do have a new request this year. When you
receive your prize, I ask that you take a photo of yourself holding said prize
and emailing it to me. I plan on posting them on the Army page, that way
the other members (and non-members that hopefully will sign up shortly after)
can see not only their fellow soldiers but also what you can win by fighting the
good fight each and every month. So...here they are, the 2011 Kryptic Army
Winners and what they've won:
Anna McKibben - PAN'S LABYRINTH mini-poster signed by
actor Doug Jones
Craig J. Clark - Post Mortem mini poster signed by Mick
Scott Finnegan - NIGHT OF THE CREEPS 8x10 still signed by
director Fred Dekker
Lance Ford - HARDWARE DVD
Damien Glonek - NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS
Mexican Lobby Card signed by director Chuck Russell
Erik Martin - TWO THOUSAND MANIACS mini-poster signed by
Lee Marohn - BOOK OF BLOOD mini poster signed by director
Patrick McCarter - HATCHET mini-poster signed by director
Adam Green and star Joleigh Fioreavanti
John Pata - BRAIN DAMAGE 8x10 still signed by director
Erich C. Polnow - RE-ANIMATOR Mexican Lobby Card signed
by director Stuart Gordon
Kristin Wicks - HORROR EXPRESS DVD
Stephen Weakley - SLEEPAWAY CAMP mini-poster signed by
director Robert Hiltzik
This week's lesson is about a person who's job is to make
what we see on the screen look as good as they can. Some may think the
director is in charge of that, but without this person, they might have a lot
harder of a time. So we look at one of these guys who made the famous
Hammer Films look as good as they did. Head over to the
classroom to Discover more.
Fans of Italian horror should have recognized our last photo. It was from
Michele Soavi's directorial debut, STAGEFRIGHT. You could tell right away
that his man knew how to set up a camera shot. And his films just got
better. Hopefully one day we'll see him back in the genre again.
Kudos to the following that were able to identify this shot: Hoby Abernathy,
Aaron Christensen, Dave Friedman, Chris Kinniery, Erik Martin, Lisa Stewart,
Wayne Teeter, Tom White and Will Wilson. Job well done.
So let's take a peek at this week's photo and see if this one
brings any title to mind. Good luck. Just click
HERE to send in
1-1-12 WELCOME TO 2012!
I know it has been a couple of weeks since our last update,
but with the holidays, we were taking a much needed break. But as you can
see, we haven't been relaxing too much and have one hell of an update for you
this time out. What a great way to start the new year, huh? Well,
let us not waste any more time since you have a lot of reading to do!
EASTON - REST IN PEACE
Easton started his career as an actor, playing bit parts in
tons of TV shows and quite a few movies. For the horror fans, you've seen
him in A TOUCH OF SATAN, PET SEMETARY II, NEEDFUL THINGS and even in an episode
of THE NIGHT STALKER. But for me, he will always be remembered for his
role in Bill Rebane's THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION. Playing the not-so-nice
Kester, who meets a grisly end, he seemed and especially sounded like he was
born for that role.
So how surprised was I to find out that though he did still
act, he really came to be known as the "Henry Higgins of Hollywood", teaching
actors all sorts of different dialects and accents. He was worked with
huge names like Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, Charlton Heston, John Travolta,
and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. Growing up with a stutter, he learned to
control it by training himself to talk slower. This started his passion
and love for the language. And when he was fearful being typecast as a
hillbilly, he used this passion to be able to pick up accents and dialects so he
could sound like anybody the casting agent was looking for. But then he
discovered that he could also teach other people this as well, which lead to a
very successful career.
Plus, to make this guy even cooler, he collected books.
Granted they were on language and cultures from around the world, but had an
estimated 1/2 million books! In doing a little research on Easton, I came
across this great quote from him that I just loved and really shows how cool
this guy was. "I'm a great believer in the principle that there's no
wastage in the universe. So when I work with somebody who is foreign who's
trying to lose their accent, I can always give their old dialect to somebody
Easton passed away from natural causes at his home last
Friday. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
José Ramón Larraz is a Spanish filmmaker that not too many
people know who he is. If anything, they remember his 1974 film VAMPYRES,
and maybe even his film BLACK CANDLES. But sadly, that is about it.
But thanks to filmmaker Celia Novis maybe more people can discover more about
this talented man. She has made a documentary on Larraz called ON VAMPYRES
AND OTHER SYMPTONS. It has only been screened mainly at film festivals in
Spain, but hopefully it will be available on DVD or at least make its way over
here in the States at some point. The documentary is narrated by the
Vampyres themselves, Marianne Morrie and Anukla. You can get to the
where you can see the trailer for the documentary.
But until we have the opportunity to see this documentary,
you can see do your homework and look into the films of Larraz. I think
you might some thing good out there.
We've got FOUR (!!!) brand new reviews posted for this
update. Told you we've been busy. First up is APOLLO 18 which shows
us why we've never been back to the moon. The second one is a Hong Kong
film entitled DREAM HOME, which we think is a must see. Next is a low
budget film called RAGE, which is kind of a modern take off of DUEL. And
lastly D4, a film that is giving me hope for low budget filmmakers. Head
over to our
Reviews Section to check them out.
CHICAGO FEAR FEST
Chicagoland has always had a strong horror community and over
the last 5 to 10 years, it has been growing immensely, and each year seems to be
getting better and better. And now, next April, we will have another huge
event to put on our calendar.
Chicago Fear Fest will be a 2-day independent horror film
festival that will take place at the Muvico Theaters in Rosemont, Illinois.
The 2-day fest will feature short films, feature films, celebrity guests, panel
discussions, and Q&A's. They are taking submissions for films now so head
over to the official site for all the details and information. This will
be taking place on April 13th and 14th, so mark you calendars. You can
check out the official website
HERE. So great to see Chicago making its name with all the horror
events we have going on.
ARMY - SEND MORE SOLDIERS!
Well Troops, here we are starting our Tour of Duty for the
3rd year now. Hopefully you have signed up for another year and are ready
to take the challenges that lie ahead of you. I know 2011 threw you some
tough battles, but you should be happy and proud that you were able to survive
them. You should have already gotten your mission for this month, so
hopefully you're already starting to think of some movies.
We are working on compiling the list of all the soldiers and
the missions that they completed and will be drawing our winners and what they
have won very soon.
And don't forget, we can always use more numbers in our
ranks. I'm sure you know someone out there that might be interested in
joining our little cause. So send them over to the recruitment center so
they can start to join in all the fun. If you're reading this and want
more information, just click on the Army link on the left (or just click
HERE). You can always check out our Army
"Debriefing" Message board to see what everyone has been watching and their
thoughts. You can get there by clicking
HERE. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about it.
SPADES & DR. SPINE CHICAGO SCREENING
While on the subject of Chicago film events, you don't have
to wait until next April for double feature of films from Boomstick Films.
On January 14th, at the Portage Theater in Chicago, they will be having a
holiday party and screening 2 of their films: SPADES and DOCTOR SPINE. In
attendance for this party will be the following special guests: Reggie Bannister
(of PHANTASM fame), Larry Thomas, Alex Skuby, Mo Collins, Joe Estevez, Judy
Tenuta, Tiffany Shepis, Juan Riedinger, Agam Darshi, Kathy Garver, Robert Z'Dar,
Lisa Loring, Xango Henry, Gigi Bannister, Michael Wexler, James Vallo, and Bill
Tickets are $18 but that does include the party and both
featuures. The party starts at 4pm and the films begin at 7pm. For
more info, head over to Boomstick Films by clicking
MOON DVD RELEASE
Back in the early days of VHS, when I was doing a lot of tape
trading with quite a few different people around the states, there was one title
that when it hit the underground market, everyone was looking to get a copy of
it. And if you had it, you made sure all your other gorehound friends knew
about it. It was German film called BURNING MOON, by director Olaf
Ittenbach, that was filled with so much over the top gore that even the most
seasoned veteran of gore films would sit up and take notice. Hell, I don't
even think I ever had a copy that wasn't in German with no subtitles. But
because of the carnage that was on screen, words would mean very little at that
Well now, thanks to Intervision Picture Corp, this flashback
to the late '90s will be coming out on DVD. Not only will this film be
hitting DVD for the first time, but it will also come with a 'rare, recently
unearthed' 45 minute making-of documentary. Sure, the effects might seem a
little cheesy these days, in a age of CGI, but this was the good old fashion
days when beginner make up artists were trying anything and everything to make
their gore effects shine. So what be lacking in quality, you'll be amazed
in the amount and creativity Ittenbach showed.
CINEMA WASTELAND REPORT - FINALLY!
Yes, it has only been 3 months, but we finally got our review
posted for last October's Cinema Wasteland. Head over to our Convention
Reports to get the full detail.
Brand new year and a brand new entry in our History lesson.
This time, if you're into Italian films then you've heard this man's work, even
if you don't know his name. But hopefully after this week's lesson, we'll
change that. Head over to the classroom to find out who we are talking
Our last photo was another tough one. But that didn't stop a few of the
die hard Hammer fans out there to recognize that famous shot. That scene
is from opening sequence of Don Sharp's KISS OF THE VAMPIRE (1963). A
shovel is shoved through top of a coffin, killing vampire beneath, as blood
pools out of the hole. Effective stuff, folks. But I'm sure a lot of
you out there remembered that scene, but just couldn't place it. Now
worries...all those hours of scratching your head is now over. Until you
look at our latest photo! But first, let's give some credit to those that
did remember where that shot is from. And they are: Hoby Abernathy, Todd
Barwick, and Steve Sapsford and Mike Shields.
So let's get to our first photo of 2012. We were
thinking...should we go with a real hard one? An easy one? Take a
look and decide for yourself! Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. Good luck!
Where to start? This has
been one challenging year for us here at the Krypt, both on a professional
level, as well on a personal one. So many times it is so easy to forget
and/or look past all the great things we have in our lives, sometimes right in
front of us. If you only make one New Year's resolution, make it to
appreciate what you have and the people around you, and make sure you let them
know just that. But we have made it through and are looking forward to
2012 and to more than make up for this last year. We are not hoping for
great things to happen, but are going to make them happen. One of the
reasons that we survived this year was due to the strong support of my close
friends and especially my wife of 23 years, Dawn. I wouldn’t have made it
though it had it not been for them. So thank you for being there.
One of the most important things
we do in our Year End Review is mention all the great talent that we lost over
the year. As horror fans, it is our job and our duty to make sure that
these people and their work are never forgotten. It is our job to try and
enlighten a new fan of their work that they might not have known about.
Thus, not only continuing that person's horror education, but it also keeps the
memory of these people alive, so them and their work will always be remembered.
Here are the great ones that we lost in 2011. They will be missed, but
Roberts Blossom, Robert Easton, Annne Francis, David Friedman, Dolores Fuller,
Richard Gordon, Susan Gordon, Michael Gough, Farley Granger, Jill Haworth,
David Hess, Alberto de Mendoza, Pete Postlethwaite, Ken Russell, Jimmy Sangster,
Michael Sarrazin, Tura Satana, Don Sharp, Juan Piquer Simon, Yvette Vickers
2011 was our 13th
year running Kitley’s Krypt. Which I believe makes it one of the oldest
running horror websites out there. Not to mention one that isn’t littered
with ads everywhere. When I started the site all those years ago, my main
goal was to connect with other horror fans and help them learn more about the
genre, to seek out new doorways and paths in this huge and never ending genre.
I think in the last 5 years or so, I’ve really strived to push that goal.
Really hard to think that I have been doing this for this long, but if it wasn’t
for my love of the genre and connecting with all of you out there, I would have
quit years ago. The positive responses that I get from you, through emails
or at the conventions we are at, you make all this work well worth the effort.
So thank you for your support. You have no idea how much it means to me.
Here's to another 13 years!
While on the subject of the
Krypt, 2011 was our 2nd year for the Kryptic Army. I have to
say that coming up with new theme ideas each month is getting a little tougher,
but it is making me be a little more creative. And I have to say I am
enjoying it when I do stumble upon a unique idea, just wishing I could see the
army's faces when they read what their new mission is. We seemed to have
lost a few faces over the course of the year, but have plenty of new faces
in the ranks as well. Hopefully we will all see you re-enlisting for 2012.
Maybe we’ll even be able to increase our numbers to better help fighting the
cause. If you are in the army and know someone who might be willing to put
themselves through the month challenges, then please send them to the
recruitment center (uh…here.) If you’re NOT in the army, then what are you
waiting for? Not sure what it is, then just click HERE
to read more about it.
movie count for this year wasn’t nearly as impressive (for us at least) as last
year. Last year, we hit 277 titles. We were hoping to get at least
250 in this year, but didn’t come close. Our final total was a mere 209.
While I would love to spend more time in front of the TV watching more movies,
this year had too much other stuff going on that was more important. But
maybe in 2012 we can work on getting a few more movies in.
2011 also was the year that the
Kitley family did something for really the first time in over a decade.
And that was to take a family vacation. Of course, being my family, this
wasn’t one that most families would call a normal vacation. We headed into
Pennsylvania for a 2-night drive-in event, stopping by the Monroeville mall from
DAWN OF THE DEAD and the original cemetery from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
During the trip, stopping at some amazing restaurants, book stores, and just
having an amazing time. We’re hoping to do plan something very similar
again this year as well. You can still read our full vacation report by
One of the biggest highlights of
this last year happened at the Flashback Weekend in August. Meeting AJ &
Amy Wagar from Meatspider
Studios lead to him creating a 3-D sculpture of my logo, which to this day
just amazes me every single time I look at it. Plus, since we bring this
to the conventions we attend, its great seeing the faces of our followers when
they see it as well. Its one thing to see a photo of it here on the site,
but seeing it in actual 3-D is pretty damn cool. So thank you once again
AJ for bringing this logo to life. Can’t thank you enough.
Seeing makeup maestro Dick Smith
receive an honorary Oscar for his work in the film industry was simply
awe-inspiring. For a man who cared more about advancing the industry and
other artists than he did about his own career and trade secrets that he
discovered, he truly is an icon. While he only made a few horror films,
the ones that he did were exceptional. But even the films that weren’t
necessarily horror, his creations were impeccable. So while it would have
been nice to see him get this award at the actual Oscars, I guess we should be
happy that he did get one. He is one makeup artist that anybody interested
in the horror genre, or in just that field, you better know who this guy is.
You can see his acceptance speech on youtube (just click
which almost brought me to tears. Such a great man.
And speaking of conventions,
this was another year of great shows, getting to meet some icons of the genre as
well as other celebrities that we’ve admired over the years. Last March at
the Indianapolis HorrorHound Weekend, we got to meet one of the few remaining
true icons of the genre: Barbara Steele. There really isn’t too many of
this stature left, which is so unfortunate. But Barbara Steele appeared in
so many classic films of the genre, especially all the incredible films she made
in Italy in the ‘60s. So being able to meet her was one of those that last
few living icons that I could check off my list.
great thrill for me was at that same convention, where they were hosting 30th
Anniversary reunion of Lucio Fulci’s HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY. This has been
one of my favorites of Fulci’s, since it really is a great example of Italian
horror: Lots of gore and lots of things that make no sense! Plus,
for HorrorHound’s special convention issue, I had written the retrospective for
HOUSE. So going up the meet the cast and hearing the praise from them
about my article, just made my weekend. Once again, it is so strange
getting to meet the stars from a movie made 30 years ago, that I grew up
watching, that are now standing in front of me at a convention. Great
But out of all the conventions
and events that we attended in 2011, there was one celebrity that stands above
all the rest. Literally. And that would be actor extraordinaire Doug
Jones. Back in October, we had the chance to see Mr. Jones in Chicago at a
screening of some short films that he did, along with a feature length one.
There was a great Q&A afterwards where he also signed some stuff. In all
my years of meeting celebrities, I have never met someone quite like Mr. Jones.
He redefines the word friendly.
He had plenty of great stories
and was just so personable. My wife and son where there as well, so they
also had the chance to meet him. Well, a few weeks later, he was appearing
at the HorrorHound Weekend in Columbus. When we go up to his table, he
recognizes my wife but can’t place from where. When we told him about
Chicago, he then remembered and gave us both a big hug. Later on, Dawn and
Nick went over to get another autograph from him and to get their picture taken
with him. And once again, he goes out of his way to make sure his fans
know how much he appreciate that we love and support his work.
Before we get to our movie
highlights for the year, I wanted to do something a little new and mention some
of the soundtracks that have come out this year. Being a huge fan of movie
soundtracks, I think this is just as important as the movies. This year
has given us some great scores that finally got a release. Most of these
are from older movies, but the fact that these are getting actual releases shows
that I am definitely not the only crazy soundtrack enthusiast out there.
So here we go:
OF THE LIVING DEAD (IL CASTELLO DEI MORTI VIVI) - Composer
Angelo F. Lavagnino created great score for this lesser known horror movie
starring Christopher Lee. Mainly quiet background sounds, the
soundtrack does have a few of melodies and themes that are very memorable.
CHILLERAMA – Here’s something different…praise
for a film score for a film that I really hated. I had heard the score
before seeing the movie and just loved it. But unfortunately, I can’t
say the same about the film. But the score is a lot of fun, taking
cues from many different film styles. Besides, just love the work of
composer Bear McCreary.
CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE (LA
CRIPTA E L'INCUBO) – Another great gothic score by Carlo Savina for
another Christopher Lee movie. Some wonderful organ here, again
creating that great European sound and style.
DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW – The score for
this eerie made-for-TV score may be very simple, but it is very effective in
creating an eeriness around you when listening to it. Composer did a
great job of enhancing what was going on the screen with his music.
And after seeing the movie so many times, just hearing this music brings
back those goosebumps.
IT! TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE – A famous early
sci-fi monster movie that set the standards for movies to come. Paul
Sawtell and Bert Shefter came up with a complete monster score here, giving
us tension, action, and just out-worldly eeriness. They also came up
with piece of music using only an electronic violin that will sound so
familiar to you, mainly because it has been used over and over again over
MALENKA / FEAST OF SATAN - Okay, I’m really a
sucker for those European scores from the ‘60s and ‘70s. A lot of
these I buy without even remembering or knowing the music. And most of
the time I am not disappointed. Such as this one. Using plenty
of organ music to create a beautifully haunting soundtrack, composer Carlo
Savina once again gives us something well worth listening to over and over
MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD – Getting back to the 50’s monster
move music, this year also seen the release of Heinz Roemheld’s score for
one of my favorite of those types of movies. Just like the European
style of film music, American monster movies from this era also have a very
unique style to them that just brings back that feeling of being a kid and
catching these movies on TV. Just love them.
STAKE LAND – One of the most recent film
scores, Jeff Grace is one composer that really came to my attention his year
and that was mainly due to this soundtrack. I remember first seeing
this film in the theater and being impressed with the music. It has
been one score that I’ve listened to over and over again this year.
THE STRANGE CASE OF MRS. WARDH (LO STRANO VIZIO
DELLA SIGNORA WARDH) – Part of the melody of this score actually was written
for an earlier Richardo Freda film. So composer
Nora Orlandi used it here (and Taratino later used it in KILL BILL) and does
a wonderful job combining several musical styles here for an incredible film
THE THING – Granted this score was released on
CD years ago and has become long out of print, but now it has been reissued
but with much more meat in there. The original score actually had
music that was never used in the film. Plus, there were music cues and
whatnot that Carpenter added in when he didn’t have enough of a score from
Morricone. This new release has the tracks in order they appear in the
film, as well as other pieces that were never used in the film.
Now on to our Highlights and
Lowlights of the movies that we seen over this last year. Remember, these
are movies that we had seen for the first time this year, so these are not
necessarily movies that came out in 2011. But I will say that most of
these films listed are relatively new, coming out in the last year or so.
So let’s get to them:
SWAN (2010) – Almost didn’t put this on my list, since it was
probably on most of people’s list last year. And while it is
borderline horror, I think it is a great tale of showing the inner workings
of someone who is losing their grasp of their sanity and reality.
Portman’s performance surely deserved the Oscar.
THE DEAD (2010) – The buzz has been going
around for some time on this new zombie film shot in Africa. And I
have to say, and pardon the pun, but for someone to take a sub-genre as dead
as zombie films have gotten, they really delivered a high quality film.
Very simple story, but with believable characters, and some high quality
moments of gore, not to mention being downright scary in several sequences,
this is one not to miss.
DREAM HOME (2010) – You can read our full
review in our Reviews section about this Hong Kong
gorefest, but the bottom line is that this film pulls no punches and
delivers some of the most original quality kills that I’ve seen in quite
some time. Again, a very simple story, but made with some very
HARPOON: WHALE WATCHING MASSACRE (2009) – This
one really threw us for a loop since the very premise is so strange.
But it worked. Never falling into the same old worn out Hollywood
footsteps that so many films try to do, but giving us a simple slasher
film….except set on a whaling ship off the coast of Iceland! Click
to read our full review.
MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED (2010) – Now this is
a slight change since this is a documentary, not a feature. But it is
so damn entertaining and highlights so many great horror and exploitation
films that it is one that needs to be seen, with a notepad to write down all
the movies you are going to want to see out. Plus, you will be amazed
at how these films got made and that the actors survived!
RAZORBACK (1984) – Our oldest movie on our list
is one from Australia about a giant killer boar. Once again we have a
very simple story, but one that is well shot with a great cast.
Basically a JAWS on land….in the outback.
SKIN AND BONES (2008) – Here is another one
that isn’t a feature length movie, but an hour long episode from the failed
TV series FEAR ITSELF. But this particular episode, directed by one of
our favorite directors, Larry Fessenden, and starring one of our favorite
actors, Doug Jones, is one not to be missed. Jones is so damn scary
here that it is hard to realize that this is the same uber-friendly person
you’ll meet at a convention.
LAND (2011) – Speaking of Mr. Fessenden, he continues to produce not
only amazing films, but helps get other great filmmakers their work out
there. And STAKE LAND shows just that, between the co-writer/director
Jim Mickle and co-writer/actor Nick Damici, they created a dark and gloomy
future world where vampires having spread across the country like a plague
and humanity fights to stay alive. Click HERE to
read our full review.
TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL (2010) – I remember
hearing the basic plot of this movie and just shrugged it off as another one
of those attempts at a silly horror film. But once we were sitting
down watching it, all of that fell away and I was laughing my butt off.
This script is so smart that by taking a plot that would see so easy to
screw up, they are able to make it funny as well as actually telling a good
story without just trying to be a funny movie. Plus, the acting is
top-notch, especially the two title characters, played by Tyler Labine and
WAKE WOOD (2011) – And lastly, we finish our
Top Ten list with the return of Hammer Films. Sure, we had a couple of
films come out under the new banner (THE RESIDENT and LET ME IN), WAKE WOOD
really gives us the feeling of a true Hammer horror film of yesteryear.
This film could have been made back in the ‘70s and we’d never know.
This is the kind of film that epitomizes that old school British horror
style that is sadly missed. If you’re expecting a straight out horror
movie, then you might be disappointed. But if you’re looking for a
great and dale morality play, then take the journey to WAKE WOOD.
HERE to read our full review.
Now, we only came up with 5
titles (well actually 6 but we’ll explain) of films that we just thought were
terrible or just a huge disappointment. We try to avoid being completely
negative on movies because we know that any movie being made is made with a lot
of passion by a lot of people. But…there are some that we just feel the
need to express our opinion on these to hopefully warn others of wasting their
time and money. So here we go.
BLOOD NIGHT: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET (2009)
– This was one movie that was tough to get a hold of at first. With
the only way to get it was buying it directly from the makers, it made it
hard to take that chance. Though with all the praise I was hearing, I
almost took the plunge. Lucky for me I didn’t. Terrible acting,
even worse story, and just a waste of time. Might have been due to my
expectations being so high, but what a let down.
CHILLERAMA (2011) – This one really divided the
fans it seems. At first, I heard nothing but terrible things about
this anthology film. But then after a few good comments, I figured I’d
give it a try. Well, maybe if I was back in the 8th grade I
might have found the crude toilet humor funny. But in reality, I just
found it stupid, silly, and nowhere near funny. Love the soundtrack
HATCHET 2 (2010) – While I wasn’t a huge fan of
the first film, I did enjoy it for what it was. Green didn’t make any
excuses for what he was trying to make there, and I think he did an
admirable job. But this sequel was just god-awful. The acting
was terrible. It wasn’t funny, but just damn stupid. The gore
was so over-the-top that it because ridiculous and no effect other than
wondering when the director was going to call “cut”. Total waste of
VELVET VAMPIRE (1971) – Seeing this cult film
for the first time was inspired by two things. The first was that it
finally got a DVD release, so that made it much easier. But also I had
just acquired a theatrical poster for this movie, which is a great piece of
cinematic artwork. Unfortunately, looking at the poster is much more
entertaining than this movie. Sure, there is some nudity in there.
But there is also some of the worse acting I’ve seen, some that makes a H.G.
Lewis casting look like Oscar winners. And did I mention that nothing
VANISHING ON 7th STREET (2010) and
TRANSSIBERIAN (2008) – Now the reason I have
two films here are because they are both made by Brad Anderson. After
seeing his two films, SESSION 9 (2001) and THE MACHINEST (2004), I would
have followed this man into any theater to see what he wanted to show me.
But these last two films of his were such a disappointment.
TRANSSIBERIAN was okay, but just expected more after his first two films.
As for VANISHING, have no idea what the point of that movie was. Great
concept, but again, completely lost on me. So while these films
weren’t terrible or no where near close in the same caliper as the previous
4 titles, I just expected so much more from Anderson. Sorry guy, but
when you make a couple of masterpieces like you did, you automatically raise