12-29-13 HIDDEN HORROR IS NOW AVAILABLE!!!
Okay...while it still won't be officially available until
tomorrow, that doesn't mean you can't still go on Amazon and pre-order your copy
right now! Just click
HERE to get to the page. For those in the UK, you can click
HERE. You might notice that the price for this 318 page book is under
$20. We wanted to make sure that it was priced right so fans would make
sure they add it to their collection. None of these $40 paperback books
here at the Krypt! And while you're ordering a copy for yourself, you
could always pay it forward and order an extra copy for a friend. Consider
it a gift that gives something much more than just a book. It can pretty
much guarantee that they are going to seek out a lot of these movies that they
haven't seen which means even more hours of entertainment....just from your
little gift of a book. Just a
For those of you movie hounds out there that love having a
movie challenge, then how about this one: There are 101 films featured in
Hidden Horror. Some of you might have seen most of them, some only a few.
So why don't you make it your New Year's challenge to get through each and
every one of the titles throughout 2014. If the movie is one that you've
already seen, read the essay in the book then re-watch it again. Who
knows...you might look at it a little differently. If you haven't seen the
movie, then watch the movie first then go to the essay. Guaranteed to
be a lot of fun viewing in there, not to mention learning a little something
about the movies as well. Sure, this might be a ploy just to sell more
copies of the book. But honestly, the more fans we can get to discover
these movies for the first time, and even discovering new things about them on
their repeated viewings, then we have all done our jobs. This being the first official title to come from
Kitley's Krypt Press, we are very proud of it and more than honored to have been
part of it.
HIDDEN HORROR OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH
If you are in the Chicago area, we will be having the
official book launch for Hidden Horror on January 19th, at Spyner's Pub, which
is located at 4623 Western Ave, at the corner of Western and Eastwood, which is
right off the Western Brown line. It will take place from 3pm to 7pm.
There were be some food and drink (cash bar), and of course, books will be
available for purchase! So come on out to pick up a book, chat with some
other horror-minded folks, and help celebrate the birth of this book.
KILAR - REST IN PEACE
He might not be one of the most well known composers when it
comes to horror films, but he did work on a couple of them, one of which happens
to be one of my favorite scores. Kilar was born in Poland in 1932 and
graduated from the State Higher School of Music in Katowice, Poland. He
stayed there another 3 years working on his post-graduate studies. He
started scoring films in 1959, working on over 100 films in his home country.
His first English speaking film that he worked on was Francis Ford Coppola's
BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, where Coppola had given Kilar free reign on what to do
for the score. He also did the score for Polanski's THE NINTH GATE, which
is also another favorite of ours.
He received many awards during his career, including a
lifetime achievement award from the Polish State Cinema Committee in 1991.
He received a BAFTA nomination for his work on Polanski's THE PIANIST.
Kilar was quoted in saying that he would like to be remembered as a "good human
being, someone who brought a little happiness, hope and reflection into life and
into the world and perhaps a bit of faith."
In a few days, 2013 will come to an end, as well as another
year of service for the die-hard and dedicated members of the Kryptic Army.
That means that names will be compiled, with winners and prizes being drawn and
announced on this site at some point in early January. As we've been
saying, we've got some great prizes lined up for this years participates, such
as an 8x10 still from John Carprenter's VAMPIRES signed by Carpenter, a slug
reproduction from NIGHT OF THE CREEPS signed by Fred Dekker, and a few other
But it doesn't stop here, folks. We will be starting
2014 with another year of fun and challenging missions each and every month in
2014. All you have to do to participate is to make sure you are signed up
on our mailing lists, and then following the monthly missions when they are sent
out. Pretty easy. I mean, where else can you have the chance to win
a prize just by watching horror movies? So if you're not signed up
already, just head over to our Army page where you can sign up. Or you can
do it at the bottom of this page. But you must be signed up before the 1st
to receive the first mission of 2014. So don't wait. And we'll see
you on the front lines!
APRIL GHOULS DRIVE-IN MONSTER-RAMA ANNOUNCES
The Riverside Drive-in in Vandergrift PA has announced it's
lineup for their spring weekend of classic drive-in horror movie marathon!
On Friday, April 25th, they will be screening, THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN,
the original CARRIE, SUSPIRIA, and the original HILLS HAVE EYES. All
classic 70's goodness! Then on Saturday the 26th, they will be screening
the original HALLOWEEN, THE BEAST WITHIN, PHANTASM, and CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY
WITH DEAD THINGS. So once again they have an incredible selection of '70s
and '80s classics that will be screening, all from 35mm prints. How could
this not be a great time!
They don't have a link up with all the details, but you can
always check over at DVD
Drive-In for any updates.
Last week's photo should have been a real easy one, but I think a few of you out
there put too much thought into it and missed it. Shame. But shot is
of our beloved hero David Hedison from original THE FLY. That is what
happens when you put your head in a steel press. Not pretty. But
congrats to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby
Abernathy, Dave Friedman, Chris Kinniery, Erik Martin, and Gavin Schmitt.
Job well done!
So...since this is our last photo of the 2013....should we
make it a real tough one? Or maybe an easy one to end the year on a high
note. Guess you'll have to take a peek and see for yourself. Good
luck! Just click
HERE to send us
2013 YEAR IN REVIEW
For a year that according to the
Aztecs was never supposed to happen, it sure was quite a year for us here at the
Krypt. But before we get into all that, we want to take a second to remember
all of those that we lost over this last year that we feel had an impact in the
horror genre in one way or another. Whether a director, actor, stuntman,
writer, or producer, these people below gave us something that we can still
watch and appreciate even today. And because of these films, these people may
have left this world but their memories will be kept alive by fans like us that
refuse to let these movies pass on to obscurity. So please take a second to not
only just read over the list of names below, but remember something that they
worked on, something that you enjoyed watching, entranced, intrigued or simply
just entertained by their work. That is how we keep them alive and remembered,
and able to pass it on to the next generation of movie fans.
Karen Black, Richard Brooker, David Early, Roger Ebert, Jon Finch, Jess Franco,
Julie Harris, Ray Harryhausen,
Anthony Hinds, Jose Larraz, Wojciech Kilar, Richard Matheson, Eddie Romero, Ted
Rusoff, Patty Shepard
A few milestones and changes
were made these last 12 months for me, both on a personal and professional
level. On a personal one, I celebrated my 25th Anniversary with my
wife, Dawn. Putting up for me this long she surely deserves Sainthood. Or a trip
to the nut house, one of the two. These last couple of years she has been my
regular partner in crime at the shows, along with our son Nick as well, really
making it a family business. I can’t express enough how proud they make me feel
and how happy I am that it has really become a family outing for us. I have
also recently switched jobs. Yes, as much as I would love to have the Krypt as
my full-time job, I have to work in the real world to support this thing. It is
always a scary thing changing jobs, but I felt that it was the right time and
was just getting too frustrated with the way things were being run at the old
job. Nothing worse than having a high work ethic only to see your bosses not
caring enough to fix the problems around. I found myself getting lazy and just
not caring anymore, and that was just killing me. So when an opportunity came
up, I jumped at it. Only been at the new place for less than a month, but I
have high hopes.
I celebrated my 48th birthday this year. That in itself wasn’t that
big of a deal. Just another year. But at my party this year, something
incredibly amazing happened. For my birthday last year, my son had bought me a
projector and a movie screen for outside, so we have made it an annual event to
celebrate my birthday with a double feature movie screening with a bunch of
friends. Last year, my wife Dawn made a cake that looked like a drive-in
theater, which was pretty cool. But this year, she really outdid herself. The
double feature we were going to show was THE STING OF DEATH and ZAAT, two low
budgeted Florida based monster movies. Not great movies, but a lot of fun.
Well, Dawn made a cake that featured the two beasties from these movies, making
them out of rice crispy treats and fondant, slaving away for over a week forming
them and painting them. It really was breathtaking how incredible they turned
out. Knowing that I most likely had the first cake ever to feature these two
characters, it was unbelievable. But then posting a photo of the cake on
Facebook and getting responses on from the director of STING OF DEATH, William
Grefe, as well as cult director Frank Henenlotter once I posted it was also
pretty cool, but again it just showed Dawn’s talent. Once again, the amount of
work and trouble that Dawn goes through for me is just staggering and makes me
feel so unworthy to deserve such a person. So if there is anything that I am
thankful for, being lucky enough to have her in my life each and every day is
more than I could ask for.
This little website here also
celebrated an anniversary, Discovering the Horror for 15 years now
and still going strong. There have been times when I’ve considered shutting it
down, giving me more time to spend on other projects, or even just having time
to watch a few more movies, but it never happens and it keeps going. Who
knows…one of these days when I have to upgrade the web design programs that I’ve
been using since the beginning that it might be the day to make a change. But
we’ll cross that bridge when the time comes. For now, the support I receive
from you out there in the wacky World Wide Web really keeps me going, as well as
just knowing that I have this outlet for my passion. So I want to say thanks
for those that continue to come back here. No words can show my appreciation.
something that I’ve been involved with this year that I am most proud of is the
release of the book Hidden Horror. Not only am I privileged to be in the same
group of so many other talented writers, but the whole concept of this book is
so dear to my heart. Since I'm always waving the “Discover the Horror” banner,
this book really sums up that philosophy to a tee. So when Aaron Christensen
first told me about the concept for his 2nd book, I was very excited about it.
He then went through the hard work of recruiting 101 gifted writers from around
the world to focus on 101 movies that they felt needed more attention. Just
compiling the list of films alone was no small task. But the 101 movies
that they came up with up with is a dozy of a list, enough to keep even the
biggest diehard fan busy for some time. The amazing amount of work done by
Aaron, gathering this motley tribe together really shows in the finished
product. And of course, making all of us writers look even better is the
layout accomplished by John Pata, who slaved away for many months on this
project (after even contributing an essay himself!) to make it look as good as
it does. Many kudos to him. Though...just hope he remembered to
spell my name the CORRECT way! But this is something that I am very proud
of and deeply honored to be associated with such stellar group of writers and
movie fans. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.
Another incredible thing that
happened this last year was that my column in HorrorHound magazine was nominated
for a Rondo Award for Best Magazine Column. Sure, I was the runner up, losing
out to John Bowen from Rue Morgue, but honestly if I was going to lose to
someone, I’m glad it was Bowen since he also works hard in his column trying to
put a spotlight on films that need more attention. So kudos to him and hope he
continues to fight the good fight! But honestly, just being nominated was
a great thrill if only because it means the readers out there enjoy what I’m
doing. That makes it all worthwhile, as well as it meaning that maybe I’m
turning some people on to some films that are also off the beaten path.
We set up at 2 more conventions
this year than we normally do, making it a total of 8 for the year. Two of
which were first time shows for us, one of which will now be a regular stop in
our schedule. As always, attending these shows is a real thrill for us. We get
to meet some many new fans and dealers, making new friends at each and every
show. We also attended two 24-hour movie marathons in October, even setting up
again at one of them, not to mention the other special screenings and double &
triple features we hit throughout the year, including a few trips to the
drive-ins! Every time we go to one of these special kinds of events, and see
the horror fans come out to celebrate these movies, it shows me time and time
again how strong and faithful horror fans are. And I just love that.
one of the shows this last year, I stumbled upon a book that I had been just
wanting to add to my collection for a very long time, that is without paying an
arm and a leg for it. It was the book on George Romero, The Zombies
That Ate Pittsburgh. I'd seen them on ebay many times before, but I
wasn't going to drop $100 for a book. Sorry...not going to happen.
But at one of the shows, while wandering through the dealer room, I spotted a
copy on a table and quietly asked what the price on the Romero book was.
Once I heard "$20", I couldn't get my money out fast enough. Granted, this
guy was just dumping stuff from his collection and had no idea of the value, I
wasn't about to pass this chance up. But the real moral of this story is
that if you wait long and patiently enough, you will find what you are looking
for. Sure, it might take awhile but have patience. This was a book
that I'd been looking for for well over a decade, but I knew what I thought was
a fair price and was going to wait. So many things over the years that
I've seen with such a high price tag on it, I usually see it at some point later
at a much reduced price. Not always, but you just never know.
We have added quite a few titles
this year to our ever-growing horror reference book library, ending the year
with a total of 675 titles in the collection, the last one being the recent one
on Roger Corman, entitled Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe
Nurses - Roger Corman: King of the B Movie, which my son got me for
Christmas. Even with the cries that print is dead and bookstores are
dropping off the map like Blockbuster Videos, I still continue to see more and
more horror reference books being published that I add to my 'want list'.
While the whole e-book thing is the new rage, we're hearing reports that
percentage has dramatically dropped since last year. It is still up like
40%, but when they report it was over 100% the year before, that is a bit of
drop. So there is still hope for book lovers like myself.
has been years since I’ve gone to see a band play live. In my youth, it was
something that I did a lot of, but it has become more of a hassle and way too
expensive for me these days. It happens when you get old! But when the
news that the Italian band Goblin was going to be touring the US for the first
time, and would be playing in Chicago, I knew that I had to go. Every fan of
Italian horror movies know who Goblin is and their work, with their incredible
scores for Argento’s DEEP RED and SUSPIRIA, not to mention quite a few others.
So having the chance to see them playing live would be incredible. And it was.
Since I have passed on my love of their music to my son Nick, he was excited to
come along with me to this event. It was also so cool to see so many of
our Chicago friends at the show, not to mention a couple of our buddies, Ken and
Justin, that drove all the way from Indianapolis for the show. That is
hardcore! So with all that together, it just made one hell of a night.
Standing there and hearing these iconic sounds coming from the stage, ones that
we’ve heard for years coming through the movies we’ve watched over and over
again, was just incredible. And then getting to meet the band after the show
was even better. It really is one of those experiences that you can look back
on later in life and say, “yeah…I was there.” Great memories.
So now it comes to our “Best of”
list. As always, we do not limit those movies to the ones that came out this
last year, but the ones that we’ve seen for the first time this year. Although,
it is surprising to see all but two of these titles had come out either this
year or 2012. Usually don’t see that many new ones that impress me that much.
So let’s get to them. They are listed in listed in alphabetical order.
MARY (2013) - We had never gotten around to seeing DEAD HOOKER IN A
TRUCK, so this was our introduction to the Soska sisters. Have to say I was
pretty impressed. So great to see such an original story come out these days.
Then again, it obviously didn’t come from Hollywood. Hopefully their originally
continues in their career.
(2012) – While the vampire genre has been done to death time and time again,
leave it to Neil Jordon to come up with a refreshing take on it. Taking more
than a few things in the vampire mythos and turning them on end, Jordon creates
a different kind of vampire race. Saoirse Ronan is a young looking vampire but
with a deep conscious of what she has to do to live, always dreaming of being
able to tell the truth of what she is. Beautiful film.
CONJURING (2013) – We were big fans of Wan’s INSIDIOUS, as well as the
first SAW movie, so we were hoping he was going to be able to continue the
thrills he gave us in those. And he did. I think one of the things that really
set this movie to a high standard was the great cast. Very effective, creepy
and scary. Though I did have an issue or two with the story, especially since
it was supposedly based on a true story, but I still thought it was a very
effective horror movie.
(2013) – This was a film that was met with a lot of grief when it was finally
officially announced it was actually going to be remade. Honestly, I never paid
attention to any of that rhetoric when the first rumors started about it,
because I honestly didn’t care. Sure, I didn’t think it was going to be any
good because remakes generally aren’t. So I never paid attention to it. When
the trailer first started to appear, I will admit that the makeup and the
possessed looked pretty cool. Even with the slight controversy about the film
not having any digital effects, which was later, re-qualified, I wasn’t
completely sold yet. But I did have plans on going to see it, if only just so I
can give it an honest opinion. So we saw it opening weekend. And other than a
few minor issues here and there, I thought it was very well done. Creepy,
scary, and more gore on screen than I have seen in a very long time. Very
impressed. So whether you take it as a remake, or just as a standalone movie, I
think it does what it is suppose to in spades. This is one of the few remakes
that really are worth watching.
(2012) – I had heard about this one from a friend who’d seen it at a foreign
film festival and raved about it. It is a story about some sort of alien squid
being landing near Ireland but won’t attack and eat you…if you’re drunk! One of
the few movies that really can do a great job balancing horror and comedy and
they do it rather well here. Shame this movie hasn’t gotten more attention when
it finally hit DVD over here, but I would highly recommend seeking this one
out. Lot of fun.
ONES (2009) – This was one that I had heard about when it first came out,
but just never got around to it. Wow…what a kick in the teeth. While it does
go a little excessive when it comes to the pain inflicted here, it is still one
hell of a twisted movie and one that will have you clenching your fists on more
than one occasion. A dark and dirty film, but very well done with a great cast.
(2012) – Yet another remake that had fans crying foul, though not to the degree
of EVIL DEAD did. The real difference here is that while it is a remake of the
basic story as the original, it is quite different, especially in its delivery.
The whole idea of the movie literally being shown through the narrative
character is a very unique and chance-taking idea. But I think it worked. And
I think Elijah Wood does a very commendable job here. No, he’s not playing the
same character as Joe Spinell did in the original, but a different take on him.
And I think it works quite well.
(2012) – If had watched this movie just a few days sooner than when I did, it
would have made it on my Best of last year. But since that didn’t’ happen, it
is making this year’s list. So great to see something not only original, but
damn creepy as well. Once again showing that when you have talented people in
front of and behind the camera, magic really can be produced.
REVENANT (2009) – Our second and last movie in our list that wasn’t from
the last two years. Not sure how we stumbled upon this one but was not
expecting to find some a dark and entertaining tale of the undead, gunplay, and
vigilantes. A well written and funny script, good cast, and top notch special
effects really set this movie apart. I’m sure it doesn’t help when the
writer/director has worked in special effects for a few years, on films like THE
ABYSS, LOST BOYS or PHANTASM 2 & 3, just to mention a few. Definitely worth
(2012) – Not too many films from Hollywood that come out that I find actually
good, let alone pretty damn scary. This one really knocked me for a loop. It
is creepy and damn scary, but the beauty of it is how effective it is without
really showing you the nasty stuff that is going on. It shows you just enough
to let your imagination fill in the rest. There is even one scene that while
you’re watching it, you know damn well what is going to happen, but when it
does just what you’re expecting, it STILL makes you jump. Very impressed with
Some honorable mentions that all our still within the last
3 years: ATTACK OF THE WEREWOLVES (2011), THE AWAKENING (2011), JOHN DIES AT TH
END (2012), MAMA (2013), and RESOLUTION (2012).
We also want to mention some great documentaries that we
seen this year as well.
MAN WHO DREW BUG-EYED MONSTERS (1994) – I had no idea that this
documentary even existed until I stumbled across while doing some research for a
Horror History lesson for the website. It is a documentary on artist Reynold
Brown. This was the man responsible for creating so many great works of art
that just so happened to be used for movie posters! So many pieces of his work
will be recognized by horror fans when they see them. Such an amazing talent.
While this documentary seems to be more about the industry than Brown himself,
it would have been nice to stick with the main subject. But none the less, a
history lesson well worth taking. It is available on youtube.
WHO SAW FRANKENSTEIN CRY (2010) – While I’m not too big of fan of the
title, which is explained at the very end of the documentary, it is still a
great look at one my favorite actors, Paul Naschy. It has been way too long for
a documentary to come out showing the work of this talent actor, director,
writer, and all our amazing figure when it comes to the realms of the fantastic
cinema. And writer/director Ángel Agudo did a great job with this piece. Shame
it hasn’t had more access to the fans, but maybe that will change in 2014.
SUITS (2013) – This was brought to my attention from our buddy Aaron
Christensen who had caught a screening of this at one of the film fests that he
had gone to this year. Writer/director Frank Woodward has taken on a noble
cause with this great documentary, putting the spotlight on these actors, or
“suit performers” as they are more commonly known as, and showing that they are
so much more than just a person in a suit. Doug Jones is showcased here,
probably being one of the more well known of these actors, but they also show
quite a few and the tough and hard work they go through for their craft. And it
really is a craft. Making a creature come to life when you are completely
incased in foam rubber, makeup, and mechanical armatures, is no walk in the
park. Yet these people do it all the time, but rarely get the credit they
deserve. You can get a copy of this on Amazon. Well worth the $20.
Now that we’ve covered our
favorites from this last year, it is time to mention a few that were at the
other end of the spectrum.
(2013) – So disappointed with this one. Being a big fan of Fessenden and his
work, both as a director and producer, I couldn’t have been more disappointed
with his return to directing with this film. I do have to give him MAJOR kudos
for not going the CGI route with the killer fish but actually having a real
animatronic fish made. But as cool as that is, it doesn’t make up for the
incredible poor script and some of the dumbest characters I’ve seen. This
almost didn’t make my Worst of List because of the great fish….Almost.
BLACKENSTEIN (1973) – For some reason I had never gotten around to
watching this cult title, which is pretty surprising actually. As the saying
goes, the only bad movie is a boring one. And that is exactly what this one
is. Just a boring and terrible film. Not the blaxploition film that one would
expect. Just a poorly made film from beginning to end, from script to direction
to editing. Really a waste of time.
(2012) – This movie had all the makings of an instant cult classic, but they
just didn’t have a clever enough script to hold it together. Give high marks
for production designs, but it was just more silly than entertaining.
THE KILLER SHREWS (2013) – This title was something that we just watched
within this week, and will have a full blown review of it shortly. But for now,
let’s just say the original 1959 film has better acting, a better script, and
more importantly, better special effects than this new sequel does. I’ve seen
better CGI on the children’s TV show Blue’s Clues! After getting my hopes up
that low budget filmmaking can actually turn out a decent film these days, this
one just put that thought back about 20 years. Just don’t understand how
someone making this film can look at these terrible CGI creatures and the
attacks and say “Yeah…that looks great!” A $10 hand puppet from Spirits
Halloween store would have been more effective and entertaining.
THE END (2013) – The last one on our list was one of those that a lot of
people seemed to not only enjoy but thought was funny as hell. Uh…I just didn’t
get it. Maybe I’m too old, but just didn’t think this movie was funny in the
slightest. Well made? Sure. Great special effects? Top notch!
A VERY MERRY AXE-MASS
This month has definitely been a challenging one.
Obviously I was too busy with other things to even get an update done last week.
But can't let that go two weeks in a row! People might start to think I'm
dead or something! But the first of this month, I started my a new job so
the hours have been long and stressful, but am slowly getting the hang of it.
But still going to take a while to really get comfortable. But that is to
But we did want to make sure that we wished all of our
friends and followers out there a very Merry Axe-mass. Hopefully Satan
Claws will be good to you this year, bringing you some nice little goodies like
movies and books! No matter what your beliefs are, this is the time to
reflect on this last year, and really remember the good things and good friends
and family. Those are much more important than the trivial things we let
seem into our lives that try to damper them. Just keep looking forward
with a positive attitude and make those changes in your life to make it better.
It can happen.
KRYPTIC ARMY - YEAR 5
In less than two weeks, it will be not only the end of 2013,
but also the end of our 4th year service running the Kryptic Army. As we
mentioned in a previous update, one of our goals for 2014 is to build the number
of our troops, getting more people involved in our little monthly movie
adventures that we send out. If you know of any other horror movie fan,
tell them about the Army and how much fun you're having. Tell them about
the great prizes that you could possibly win! But more importantly, tell
them how many great movies that you have discovered due to your service in the
Kryptic Army. Because when it all comes down to it, that is the reason
behind this charge of mine....to see those undiscovered treasures out there,
where our duty lies in the fight to keep their memories alive and well, and to
make sure they are there for the next generation of movie fans.
HORRORS OF CHARLES BAND
Hemlock Books, a
publisher in the UK, will be unleashing their latest book next year, called
Empire of the B's: The Mad Movie World of Charles Band. With a forward
from Stuart Gordon and contributions from many different people that worked with
Band in the past. This 380 page book will also feature tons of rare stills
and posters from private collections. While we might not be a fan of
Band's recent movies, there is no denying his footprint in the land of horror,
sci-fi, and exploitation films. Back in the '80s, he was responsible for
some great films coming out. So this should be a very interesting read and
a nice trip back to those days.
We have several of Hemlock's books and they really put out
some nice quality product there. Granted, it is a bit pricey getting them
from the UK, but Midnight Marquee have been re-issuing them under their own
label as US editions. Much cheaper and easier to get.
Okay...so it has only taken a few months, but we have FINALLY
gotten our convention write ups done for our last two shows of the year, the
HorrorHound in Sept. and Cinema Wasteland in Oct. Hopefully they will be
worth the wait. So just head over to our
Convention reports to check them out.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW - FINAL EXAM
We have posted our review of Gary S. Scott's score for the
1981 slasher film FINAL EXAM. head over to our
Soundtrack Review section to read our thoughts. And while you're
there, feel free to check out some of our other reviews. We have over 120
scores reviewed and counting. Every movie fan knows how important a score
can be for a film. It really can add to the film and make the emotional
impact much greater when done correctly.
Our last photo was from the slasher film NIGHT SCHOOL, going way back to 1981.
Not one of the best of that era, but not a bad one. But it seems only one
of you sent in the correct answer. Honestly, I thought there was more than
just the one, but I can't seemed to find the email. So if you did, I
apologize. Not the first time I've done that. Anyway, Hoby Abernathy
was the one that I didn't lose. So congrats to him.
This week's photo shouldn't be as tough. At least I
don't think so. But give it a peak, scratch your head a bit, and see what
you can come up with. Just click
HERE to send us
your answer. Good luck!
12-8-13 MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!!
It's official...and we have a date! December 30th is
the day that Hidden Horror will be available to purchase through Amazon.
Thanks to everyone for being so patient with us while we make sure this at
quality we wanted. But that is the official date....so mark your calendar!
While the 30th is the date you can start ordering, if you're in the Chicago
areawe will be having an Official Launch Party somewhere around the 2nd or 3rd
week of January. Once we have that date set with the location, we will
post that as well. It will give us a chance to get together to celebrate
this fine achievement, not to mention maybe sell a few copies in the process.
It has been such a honor to be associated with so many
talented people who have worked hard on this book all with the purpose of
bringing some much needed love and attention to so many great films. This
really will be a great checklist of "To-See" movies for 2014. And since
this is our first book to be published under the Kitley's Krypt banner, I
couldn't be more proud and excited about it.
SCREENING OF TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE
If you are one of those crazy die-hard VHS collectors (and
use the word crazy because I used to be one myself), then you know one of the
rarest of tapes is TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE. Of course, now thanks to
Massacre Video, you can
now acquire this film at a much cheaper price than what the original tape goes
for. Plus, if you're in the Chicago area, there will be special screening
of TALES with a Q&A afterwards with director Chester Turner. This will
take place at Lincoln Hall on January 11th at 6pm. Tickets are only $10
and can be purchased HERE.
This 1987 anthology was Turner's follow up to his first
feature, BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL, that features "shotgun wielding rednecks, a
killer ghost-clown, and a bloodbath involving kitchen utensils".
Co-presented by BleedingSkull.com will also be there, promoting their recent
book as well. If you're a fan of ultra-low budget SOV films, and want to
see a rare screening along with a Q&A with the director, then now is your
SHOUT FACTORY ANNOUNCEMENTS
I can't tell you how awesome it is to see so many classic
horror films getting a release these days, and Shout Factory seems to be leading
the way. Some of the titles that they are putting out are older films that
are in desperate need of attention, but also are probably ones that newer fans
have either never heard of or never had a chance in finding them on DVD.
Next March, they continue their onslaught of releases with another 4 title
release that features HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (1969), which is a classic Spanish
horror film with a definite Italian flair to it; THE BAT PEOPLE (1974) is a fun
and cheesy little film that features makeup by a young Stan Winston; THE
SCREAMING SKULL (1958) is one film that the title is better than the movie but
still a classic B&W film that is a lot of fun; THE VAMPIRE (1958) is another B&W
film where the title character is created from drugs instead of the traditional
Granted, being a diehard fan that I am, I would say that each
and every one of those titles needs to be in your collection. But HOUSE is
hitting DVD for the first time over here with this release and SCREAMING SKULL
has been released but it very poor quality releases. So it is going to be
awesome to see the usual jobs that Scream Factory has been putting out.
Really looking forward to this one.
RELEASES A CURSE
It seems they are continuing their famous figures from Hammer
films, which is just killing me since I still haven't gotten around to picking
up any of the original 3 figures they released. But since their last one
was that of Baron Frankenstein, it is only fitting that their latest would be
Christopher Lee's creature from the original THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. I
have to say this is a much better likeness than their Cushing as the Baron one.
This 8" figure will be released in June of 2014.
MOVIE FANS HAVE IT SO EASY THESE DAYS
I know I posted something a few weeks ago on how lucky that
movie fans are these days, with tons of movies literally at their fingertips.
Or even if they wanted to actually purchase the DVD, they are pretty easy to
find, sometimes paying ridiculously low prices. I'm not talking about
these incredibly high (and stupid) prices on these "rare" VHS tapes, but just a
simple DVD. Back in the day, if you were lucky to find a VHS movie at a
sell-through price, you'd still be paying around $10-$15 for it. If you
were one of those crazy enough to get into laserdiscs (like myself), you'd be
paying $40 for just a single title...for the most basic release. A special
edition one would set you back for over $100! Again, for a single title!
Years later when the technology advanced enough, $20 to $30 was the normal going
rate for a DVD when they first came out. So right there, you can see the
path it was starting to take.
At the local Wal-mart today, I picked up a DVD set that had
13 movies in it...for $5. That's less than $0.40 a movie! Now
granted, most of the films I already had. So for the 3 titles that I
didn't have, it would then work out to $1.66 per title. One of the movies
was the Full Moon movie MERIDIAN. Not a great movie by any means, but
worth having. Just out of curiosity, I checked on ebay and found a VHS
tape listed on their for buy-it-now for $39.99!?!?
So not to sound like a grumpy old man again, but movie fans
really do have it so easy these days and have no clue how difficult it was 30
years ago to even finding a copy of a movie that you were looking for.
Searching through the newest TV Guide (who actually remembers those?) and hoping
to be able to catch one a rare showing of a movie you've been wanting to see,
and having to stay away until then (or set your alarm) because we didn't have
DVR it or unless you trusted your 50 lb. VCR to remember to start recording it
when it came on. So just consider yourself very, very lucky to be a movie
fan these days.
Okay...rant is over. Now get off my lawn.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: RAZORBACK
We have posted our review for this rare and highly effective
soundtrack for a film that definitely needs more attention. Head over to
our Soundtrack Reviews to read more.
This week's lesson is about someone behind the scenes of the
movie making process, but is one of the most important ones. Head over to
class to find out more.
Any time we post a photo that is from a Hammer film and we get a lot of correct
responses, it does my heart wonders. Always great to see that so many fans
out there are still enjoying the movies this studio made all those years ago.
Of course, it might have something to do with the fact that they turned out some
high quality entertainment. Of course, last week's photo was from
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, starring Andrew Keir and Barbara Shelley. Major
kudos out to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy,
Aaron Christensen, Craig Clark, William Harrison, Ken Johnson, Kevin Matthews,
Raymond Rich, Mike Shields, and William Wilson.
Now on to this week's photo. Might be a little tougher,
but see what you can come up with. Just click
HERE to send us
your answer. And as always, good luck.
SURVIVING TURKEY DAY
Once again, 7 movies and 12 pizzas later, we came out
victorious from our 11th Annual Turkey Day Marathon. For something that I
started all those years ago, just trying to push myself through some rough
films, but now has grow into something so much bigger and so much more, it just
amazes me. And even more so that these fellow movie-fiends join me every
year to sit and wallow in these films, usually with smiles on their faces
(well...some of the time), as well as the comments we get, just shows me that as
a crazy cinephile, we are definitely not alone.
So we have posted our write up our this epic event in the
usual place, our Turkey Day Marathon Report.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
KRYPTIC ARMY - YEAR 4 ALMOST OVER
With our last Army Mission of the year being sent out in the
wee hours of this morning, we come to the last of them for the year 2013.
We have had some tough battles this year, especially last month. But most
of you have fought onward and upward and have come through with very few battle
scars (though after last month, we might have some cases of shell shock), but
have put a lot of movies under your belt. That has always been our goal
here. Just simply to help people watch more movies. And I think
we've done that.
But as we get ready for our last mission of this year, we
will be asking two things of our enlisted grunts in the upcoming year.
First of all, with 2014 being our 5th year in the Army, with the missions
possibly getting harder and more difficult, our plan is to increase our numbers
here, getting more recruits to join our crusade. The more soldiers, the
movies being chosen each month, the more options and ideas for everyone else.
So what we are asking is for you to do your part and help spread the word of our
cause. Tell a friend about the Army, and how they can win prizes just by
watching a couple of horror movies, something they probably are already doing.
Secondly, while I post all of your missions on our message
board, I would love to see more responses and comments on our Message Board.
While I post my own responses, please feel free to add your own comments to
everyone's mission movies. I know that some of the movies that are posted
have inspired other members to check them out. If you are one of those,
once you do watch it, post your thoughts as well. While our mission is to
get you to watch these movies, we also want to get that dialogue going between
fellow movie fiends. Being a die-hard fan, there is nothing better than
being able to have a conversation (even though a message board) about a movie
that you are passionate about. So please, let us be a little more vocal.
You can get to the message board through Army's page, or just click
And lastly, while on the subject of the message board, we
will be posting your original mission reports on a separate page on this site,
as well as the message board. This will archive the different missions, as
well as the movies that were watched. Unfortunately, the message board
that we are using only holds so many responses, so everything before Feb. of
last year is gone. But we'll be keeping them from now on. Once that
page is up and running, we'll announce it here with the links.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW - NOX ARCANA'S LEGION OF
After 10 years of creating some amazing tracks of atmospheric
music, the kind that is welcomed in any dungeon or crypt, Nox Arcana has
released their latest CD which is a tribute to their fans, entitled Legion of
Shadows. Head over to our Soundtrack Reviews
section to read more.
REMEMBERING PAUL NASCHY
It was 4 years ago yesterday that Paul Naschy passed away
from cancer. He was a writer, director, actor, and most of all, a fan of
the fantastic cinema. We are still a huge fan of him and his work before
and work even harder now trying to spread the word about him to newer fans that
haven't experienced his passion. That is still one of our main goals of
this site, trying to help other fans discover new movies and to learn about the
people that made them. And Naschy is right up there at the top. It
is great to know that there is enough of us now that his work and his memory
will be kept alive for the next generation of movie fans to come and that his
work will never be forgotten.
But even with that said, there are still a lot of people not
familiar with the name Paul Naschy, so our work is far from over, which is the
same for all Naschy fans out there. Make
sure that we continue to spread the word and love for his films. Buy a
t-shirt, post reviews of his movies, post photos of a Naschy poster you might
have recently picked up, anything to keep his name and his work out there.
And even better, when you come across another horror fan that hasn't heard or
seen Naschy's work, make sure you fix that and hopefully create yet another
Continue to rest in peace,
Naschy. You will not be forgotten.
Our entry for this week's lesson is an actor that hasn't been
in a lot of horror films, but you might still recognize him. Lets get to
the classroom to find out more.
It seems our photo from last week stump a few of you. It was a tough one,
I'll give you that, but was just such a cool shot that I knew I wanted to use it
for a Mystery Photo at some point. The film is WHITE ZOMBIE and what is in
that shot is actually the title character of the film, Madge Bellamy. But
we did have a few people send in the correct answer. They were: Hoby
Abernathy, William Harrison, and Gavin Schmitt. Job well done, guys.
Always glad when someone gets it when it is an older movie like this one.
This week's photo shouldn't be that hard. Shouldn't be.
Take a peek and see what comes to mind. Hopefully you're not getting any
outside influences at the time. Just click
HERE to send us
11-24-13 TURKEY DAY APPROACHES
With only a few days away, our 11th Annual Turkey Day
Marathon will commence. If you're somewhat new to this site then you might
be asking yourself just what is a Turkey Day Marathon. Well, for a lot
more gory details, you can click HERE for a run down
of what we've been doing on Black Friday for the last 10 years. But is its
simplest of terms, it is a day that we celebrate movies that most might consider
"bad". But as we all know only a boring movie is a bad one. Some of
those movies out there really transcend your normal ratings guide, maybe because
the acting isn't top notch, or that dialogue isn't the greatest, or even if you
can totally see the zipper running up the monster's back. But if you are
entertained by the movie, then it definitely is not a bad movie, not to mention
that they can be a lot of fun.
Each Black Friday for the last 10 years, I've gathered
together some friends to celebrate these cinematic follies and have a great time
doing it. I've always encouraged others to do the same. There really
are some fun and entertaining movies out there that get passed over, shoved
aside, or even worse, close to be completely forgotten. We refuse to let
that happen. So this Friday, we will be doing it once again, with some
great titles on the lineup, such as Larry Buchanan's THE LOCH NESS HORROR, THE
ATOMIC BRAIN, and Jess Franco's DRACULA: PRISONER OF FRANKENSTEIN, just to name
a few. So if all goes well and we survive, we'll be back here next week
for our regular update!
But please, take this time of the year to find some almost
forgotten film that is in dire need of a viewer, remembering that most of these
filmmakers were really trying to make the next CITIZEN KANE. Check out the
works of Larry Buchanan, Bill Rebane, Ray Dennis Steckler, or any of the other
countless movies out there. And most importantly, enjoy them!
REVIEW: GUILLERMO DEL TORO: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
We are a huge fan of del Toro's work and have loved most
everything he's done. Whether you have liked or enjoyed any, all, or just
some of his movies, one thing can not be denied is his passion and
talent, not to mention that he is a huge fan of the fantastic cinema genre.
And this new book shows just that. Head over to our
Book Review section to read our full review.
KEEPING BOOKS ALIVE
It seems I have another little book rant this update.
Okay, not really a rant per say, but a call to action, so to speak. We all know
that the normal retail book stores are dropping quicker than half naked women in
an '80s slasher movie. With Amazon and the likes cutting their prices and
having a huge inventory, it really is hard for places like Borders and Barns &
Noble to stay in business. I myself would rather buy something from an
actual store than order it online, but when you consider it is 30-40% cheaper online, it makes that
decision tough. And I completely understand that.
But that being said, the 2nd-Hand or used book stores out
there will always get my business and support. Whether they are one of the
many Half Price Bookstore chains, or just a small Mom & Pop book store, I will
always stop and look. And even if I don't find something that first time,
I will check back just to make sure. You can find such great treasures there, sometimes
even at some amazingly low prices. By supporting them, it is keeping them
open, but without breaking your budget. So everybody wins. They sell
some books. You find some great titles at good prices, and these books now
move on to a new home, opening up volumes of information waiting to be absorbed
by a new owner. Not to mention a great place to do some holiday shopping.
So when you see one of these places, always take
the time to go in and look around. You just never know what you might find
there. And that chance alone is worth the time to browse.
AIP - THE
While we are celebrating the Turkeys this month, not to
mention always trying to promote horror reference books, we recently found out
about this new title that we are definitely going to have to our collection.
One of the
studios in the '50s that was cranking out some great sci-fi/horrror films was
American International Pictures. Not only ones that produced themselves,
but ones that they purchased from overseas to screen here in the states, giving
the fans a chance to see something from across the pond.
The bottom line is that AIP was one of the great film coming that was playing to
the audience and giving them a lot of fun entertainment.
Now thanks to BearManor Media and Gary A. Smith, we can read
all about it in this new book. We can learn how two small time producers,
James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff shows the big studios that they could
complete with them, even with a much smaller budget.
Head over to BearManor's site by clicking
HERE and order your
copy today, not to mention browsing through their huge catelog of titles.
And if you're looking for something for a book lover on your holiday list, then
this is a great place to maybe find something for them.
HOW MANY HORROR T-SHIRTS DOES ONE REALLY NEED?
Well...as long as we keep finding some really cool ones, I
guess the answer is all of them! But I have to say, as much as I like some
of the full color shirts that come out these days, I still get a little
nostalgic and really enjoy seeing these old school shirts with just one or two
colors. Sure, the full color jobs are great, but sometimes they are just
too much. These simple ones remind me of old ad mat designs and are simple
enough but still cool looking to get the point across. Well, a good friend
of the Krypt, Billy from Razorback Records, knows our undying devotion to all
things Paul Naschy, forwarded a link to this t-shirt place that I had never
heard of, but they had a Naschy shirt that I think I must have now.
Pallbearer Press has an amazing collection of T-shirt
designs, with some great cult titles and images. Not only do they have one
for Naschy's CURSE OF THE DEVIL, they also have a Blind Dead design (can you
have too many Blind Dead t-shirts?), one for LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE, DEVIL'S
RAIN, and even one for ALUCARDA.
The shirts are very reasonably priced at $15 each, with
discounts if you buy a few of them. We haven't seen one of their shirts in
our hands yet, so can't comment on the quality of them, but we will be soon,
that is for sure. To check out their designs, head over to their website
Millennium Entertainment will be releasing Hammer's
FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN on blu-ray in January of next year. While it
was just released in a 3-title release with two other Hammer films, this will be
the first time in the US for a blu-ray release. Being one of the stranger
entries in their series, the film still packs a punch with the usual Hammer
style. Featuring Peter Cushing returning as the crazed Baron, along with
Thorley Walters as his assistant, and the beautiful Susan Denberg as this
picture's title creature. The disc will also have a brand new documentary
called Hammer Glamour, as well as an audio commentary featuring Derek Fowlds and
Robert Morris, being moderated by Hammer scholar Jonathon Rigby. The disc
will also feature two different episodes of the World of Hammer series, one on
the Frankenstein films and one on Peter Cushing. Sounds like some great
extras here. Of course, its a Hammer film, so it really is a must for any
SUSPIRIA UNCUT ON 35MM AFTER ALL?
This is one of those occasions where I am happy to be proved
wrong. A couple of weeks ago, I questioned whether or not Argento's film
SUSPIRIA was ever released on 35mm uncut. I know the US prints are all
cut, but it seems there is a UK print of the film that is uncut, which is
featured next month at New York's Museum of the Moving Image. Part of
their series on cinematographers, called See It Big! Great
Cinematographers, they are screening this Italian classic to highlight the
talent of DP Luciano Tovoli. So if you're in that area, the screening
takes place on Dec. 15th at 7pm. Click
HERE for more info.
This week's lesson is about an actor that worked quite a lot
in the Spanish horror film genre in the early '70s. Head to the
classroom to find out more.
Last week's photo was from the very end of FRANKENSTEIN 1970,
starring of course, Boris Karloff. Made in 1958, it might not be the best
film out there but I always found Karloff's performance to be pretty
entertaining. Yeah, that might be the only reason to watch it, but still
worth your 90 minutes, I'd say. Kudos to the ones that sent in the correct
answer, which would be: Hoby Abernathy, Gregory Avery, and Aaron Christensen.
Looks like some of you need to do watch some more of the classic stuff!
Let's get to this week's photo, another classic black and
white title that we thought had a pretty cool shot here. Know it?
HERE to send us
11-17-13 END OF AN ERA?
I've mentioned before on here about the problems that I've
had over the last 9 months or so with getting my subscription issues from
Fangoria in a timely manner, meaning 4-6 weeks after they hit the book stores.
I've emailed editor Chris Alexander and never got a response. I've emailed
Fango and always got a polite response, sometimes with an excuse why as to why this issue is
late, or usually just a note saying another copy will be mailed out. But
then nothing has changed and I'm still not getting them until
weeks later. I don't think I'm asking for much here, people. So I'm done with my subscription. After almost 30 years,
I will not be renewing it. I will still buy it at the stores, because I do
think that Alexander is doing one hell of a job there. But I'm not going
to wait for them to fix this problem. And honestly, I think there is more to
it than that. Here's why.
This last week, Fango posted on their site that you can now
get a subscription of Fango FOR LIFE! By just paying $399, you will have a
lifetime subscription to Fangoria magazine. Of course, as it points out at
the bottom of the offer "as long as The Brooklyn Company, Inc. continues to
print Fangoria Magazine". So first of all, that means you'd have to be a
subscriber for at least 7 years before you'd be getting free issues. Not a
bad deal really when you do the math. But what if Fango goes under?
What if the "Brooklyn Company" decides to sell the magazine? That means
the deal is off, my friends, and you are out of money.
I also like
the part at the bottom where they say "Shipping times may vary for
subscriptions". No shit. You're preaching to the choir here.
To me, this sounds like a desperate act to get some needed
funds right away to keep afloat. And with the way that print and magazines
are barely treading water these days, even if I was going to renew my subscription, that
just sounds like a deal waiting to go south. I hope I'm wrong, since I do
enjoy the magazine, but something just doesn't smell right there.
We've all complained before on the prices of books before,
myself included, many times. But let us take a little bit harder of a look at what
we're paying for, compared to what we pay for a magazine that we buy on a
regular basis. Now first of all, this is no way meant to be a slam towards
Fango, or any other magazines out there for that matter. Just a little bit
of math to show where our money is going and that spending a little extra on a
book up front is really a much more cost effective investment. Sound
smart, doesn't I?
Anyway, lets say your average magazine is 80 pages long.
If you were to go through and take out the ads for the magazine, and including
the actual cover which is when they start counting page count (is it just me or
is that just plain ridiculous?), you only have maybe 60 pages of actual content.
Most magazines out there run $10 an issue, so that works out to about $.16 per
page of content. Sound decent, right? Now let's take an average horror
reference book of say 350 pages that cost $30. That works out to about
$.09 a page. So in theory, it is cheaper per page to spend the money on a
book than a magazine! Now we know that the magazine size is much bigger
than your average book, but that really doesn't come into play when you compare
how much of the magazine page actually has content, compared to a regular book.
Plus, we're also not saying that every book out there is
worth the price tag. That is when you need to be a little more diligent
and do some research to make sure that it is a worthwhile investment. But
the next time you do come across a new book that is priced at $30 or $40, think
about it a little more. Remember that old saying, "Knowledge is power!"
ADVANCE PRESS FOR HIDDEN HORROR
While the days before HIDDEN HORROR will be available to the public are slowly
counting down, we thought we'd brag a bit about some of the praise it has been
getting from some of the press.
"This book is excellent. Thoughtful and engaging for the
hardcore horror fan and a terrific introduction to some awesome movies for the
casual movie lover. Definitely THE book to reach for when someone asks, "what
should I see that I haven't heard of?" - Shock Till You Drop.
"Pay no attention to that Dr. AC behind the curtain!
Actually, do pay attention, as he and his creepy cohorts pull back the curtain
to reveal gem after overlooked gem. I like this book at lot – this is definitely
a case where, once you read about it, you’ll be DYING to see it!" - Chicago's
own Horror Host, Svengoolie.
"A long overdue addition to the horror pantheon!" - Robert
We are very excited to have this project rolling out in the
next few weeks. As much as I love horror reference books at the Krypt, to
be involved with one is even better. So proud to be part of this.
For all the latest details and update, head over to the
Horror Facebook page.
TRAVELS TO INNSMOUTH
Chicago's own horror theater group, WildClaw will be
unleashing their latest play next month, H.P. Lovecraft's The Shadow Over
Innsmouth. It will be at the Athenaeum Theatre and will run from Dec. 13th
through Jan. 26th. Tickets are $25/Students $17. Adapted for the
stage by Scott T. Barsotti and directed by Shade Murray, we are excited about
this new one. We have seen several of WildClaw's plays over the years,
including their previous Lovecraft adaptation, Dreams of the Witch House, and
have never walked away without a deviant smile on my face. We look forward
to what they will do with this latest slippery and slimy tale from Lovecraft.
Also, on Dec. 2nd at the Mayne Stage in Chicago, WildClaw
will also be hosting their annual Deathscribe 2013, a collection of original
radio short plays that are performed live on stage with actors and sound effects
artists that really brings the stories to life. We have also been to one
of these and it is really cool to not only see it being performed live on stage,
but also they usually have some great stories that they have picked. This
year's selections are: Strange Weather by Travis Williams, We Apologize
for the Inconvenience by Chelsea Paice, The Monroe County Pumpkin Queen by
Joseph Zettelmaier, Record/Record by Mark Harrison, and Cheap Plastic Mask by
For all the information about WildClaw Theatre, head over to
their official website
HERE, or you can always check them out on
SCREAM FACTORY TO UNLEASH THE DOGS
Fans of movies about werewolves versus the military will be
excited to hear that Scream Factor has announced they will be releasing Neil
Marshall's DOG SOLDIERS. We are huge fans of this movie and since the
previous blu-ray release didn't have the best reviews, we never bothered to pick
it up. But since Scream Factory usually does such a stellar job with not
only their transfers, but also the extras as well, we can't wait to be able to
check out this film again.
They also announced they will be releasing the GINGER SNAPS
as well. No details on any of the features yet, but I'm sure they will be
For our Horror History lesson this week, we're going to do
something a little different. Usually we give you a little tease about our
subject and then have you head over to the classroom to find out more. But
this time, while we're not going to tell you who we're talking about, but we're
going to post some of his work below. His is about another talented
individual that gets very little credit amongst most of the movie fans out
there, mainly because they probably don't even know his name, but yet is
probably responsible for getting people to come see the movie he worked on more
than most. Head over to our classroom to
learn more. So before you head off to class, check out some of his man's
It was nice to see so many people recognize last week's
photo. While Fulci is always known for his gore films of the '80s, it does
my heart good for all of you that sent in DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING, which is
what that shot is from. That would be the lovely Florinda Bolkan in the
shot too, though she's not too lovely in that particular scene. While not
the most family fun movie, it is definitely a must see. Kudos out to the
following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Gregory
Avery, Aaron Christensen, Dustin Moravick, Raymond Rich, Gavin Schmitt, Wayne
Teeter, and William Wilson.
So let us get to this week's photo and see what we can come
up with. A classic? Or maybe one that shouldn't see the light of
day? You decide! Just click
HERE to send us
11-11-13 TED RUSOFF - REST IN PEACE
There are many professions in the film industry that just doesn't get enough
credit. One of them is the actor/artists that have to dub other actors for
film that were not filmed in the language where they are going to be released.
If you've ever watched a few movies that were made in Italian somewhere between
the '60s and '80s, then you've probably heard the voice of Ted Rusoff.
Rusofff started his career as a singer, but eventually moved into film
production over in Europe, since they were in need of people that would be able
to dub other actors into different languages, depending on where the film was
going to be played. Because Rusoff was already fluent in a few languages,
it was easy for him. Throughout this long career, he worked on over 1000
films as a voice dubber, as well as over 500 of them as a dubbing director.
That is pretty damn impressive. If you have watched your share of European
films, especially the Italian ones, you've probably noticed over the years
hearing the same voice in a couple of pictures even though it was from a
different actors. It is because of people like Rusoff. If you seen
the movie PIECES, it is Rusoff's voice coming out of Jack Taylor's mouth.
But Rusoff wasn't just a guy that worked behind the scenes.
He appeared in quite a few films, in many different genres and different
languages, sometimes working with pretty big stars. He was said to be a
very unique and interesting character too. Back in August, he was hit by a
car and had been in the hospital since then. He passed away on Sept. 28th.
SOMETIMES A KLINGER IS JUST A
Long time readers of the Krypt have heard me more than
once spout off about how "film historians" and "professors" tend to teach their
theories as fact, no matter how legit or crazy they might sound. Well, my friend Gavin Schmitt send me a link to a blog
from Ken Levine that just made my day. Levine was a television writer,
mainly doing sitcoms, one of which was the series M.A.S.H. Last Saturday
blog, he related a little tale that had me in stitches. While I would
of course advise you to head over to his post to read the whole thing, his main point was that over the
years he had read plenty of articles and papers where they reference episodes of M.A.S.H. that he wrote, with all the hidden messages and subtext carefully
interwoven in the show. From "comparing Klinger to Jane Austin" to stating
that the license plates on the jeeps have a special clue or meaning to them.
Of course, he calls all of it simply "bullshit!". That they were only
trying to write entertaining shows back then, not putting any secret meanings in
But he goes on to ponder the idea of school teachers who are
studying other forms of literature and have been testing their students on
"intent and correct meanings." The question that follows is even better,
asking the possibility if the teacher "has no fucking clue what she's talking
about? What if she has no idea what the author was trying to say? Or
worse yet, has grossly misinterpreted it?" As I've said before, I don't
have a problem with someone teaching their THEORY...but not as if it is fact,
unless they know 100% that is the case. As Mr. Levine puts it, "If my
personal experience has taught me anything it's that books and plays and scripts
and Billy Joel records may in fact be just what they seem." Damn skippy!
So the next time you're reading a book on film, television,
or whatever, and the author is trying to explain to you the real meaning behind
something, you can still listen to what they are trying to say, and to
understand their point, but you must remember to only take it at face value.
It doesn't mean it is a true fact.
ASS SPIDER COMES TO THE MUSIC BOX
Director Mike Mendez, who gave us THE CONVENT and
GRAVEDANCERS, now delivers his next film which is a throwback to the giant
monster movies of the '50s with BIG ASS SPIDER. The Music Box Theatre in
Chicago will be screening this next Friday and Saturday (15th & 16th) as part of
their midnight movie series. Starring Greg Grunberg and Ray Wise, the is a
throwback to those fun and cheesy sci-fi horror films that some of us grew up
on. The story is about a 50 ft. spider that escapes from a secret military
lab and attacks Los Angeles. Sounds like a lot of fun to me.
Hopefully we'll be able to make it out there for one of the screenings.
For more information, just click
TERROR IN THE AISLES - R RATED SUSPIRIA?
At the end of the month at the Patio Theater in Chicago, they
will be screening a triple feature of horror films. The first one is DEVIL
IN MY RIDE, a new horror/comedy about a bride getting possessed on her wedding
day. But the next two might brighten the eyes of Italian horror fans.
They are screening Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA and Lucio Fulci's THE BLACK
CAT. Both of these films are going to be screened from 35mm prints.
While it should be celebrated anytime you have the chance to see an Argento or
Fulci film on the big screen, I'm a little worried about the SUSPIRIA screening
since to my knowledge, the only 35mm prints out there are the R-rated version,
which has quite a bit of the gore cut out. I could be wrong...but don't
Plus, we've heard in the news lately that the Patio has been
dealing with a broken boiler, which means no heat. The last report we
heard was that it should be back up and running by next weekend. Hopefully
that will happen because it can get pretty cold here in the Windy City this time
The event takes place on November 30th and tickets are only
$10 in advance. For more information, just click
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: SALEM'S LOT
Recently, Intrada Records has released a 2-disc set of Harry
Sukman's score for Tobe Hooper's made-for-TV movie SALEM'S LOT. Head over
to our Soundtrack Reviews to hear our thoughts.
BOOK REVIEW: HORROR FILMS FAQ
We have posted our review of one of the latest book by horror
scholar John Kenneth Muir, entitled Horror Films FAQ. Head over to
our Book Review section to read more.
This week's lesson is about a very important person when it
comes to a couple of our favorite classic monsters. Had it not been for
him, they just might not be as popular as they are now. It's possible.
But head over to the classroom to find out who
we're talking about.
Our last photo seemed to be a little easier for our readers.
It was from THE HITCHER, yes the original. We got quite a few correct
answers sent in on this one. They were Todd Barwick, Aaron Christensen,
Erik Martin, Jeff Owens, Mike Shields, Wayne Teeter, Mark Turner, Tom White, and William
Wilson. Well done. Though, got to say, it does make me want to break
out this movie and re-watch it.
But let's get to this week's photo. Such a nice fun,
family type of a movie this time out. The kind that makes you walk the
streets whistling Zip-a-Dee-Do-Da. Well, maybe not.
11-3-13 MONTH OF THE TURKEY
Yes, now that Halloween 2013 is all but just a memory, when it comes to November
it is all about the Turkey. No, we're not talking about the bird that will
be served for Thanksgiving dinner, but the films that are have been labeled
Turkeys. Now that is a very subjective term, since most people might
consider them to be "bad" movies. But as we all know, the only bad movie
is a boring one. So even if the production value, the acting, the dialog,
or whatever might be less than stellar, it doesn't mean that it still can't be
entertaining. And it might even take a while to develop this particular
taste, once you get it, it is never sated.
Of course, this month we will be holding our annual Turkey
Day Marathon, which will once again be screening several of these "turkeys", as
we have been doing for the last 11 years. So we challenge everyone out
there to do the same. Doesn't necessarily have to be on Black Friday,
which is when we hold ours, but any day during this month. I would highly
recommend not doing this alone, just for the sake of one's sanity. But
getting a few friends together to sit and enjoy some of the finer cinematic
shipwrecks out there is always a good time. And if you do hold your own
little marathon, we'd love to hear what you watched.
If you're one that hasn't joined the Kryptic Army yet, keep
in mind that even though there are only two months left in the year, there is
still a chance you can win something. And we do have some pretty good
items that will be given away after the year is over. A alien slug signed
by Fred Dekker. A mini-poster reprint of MANIAC signed by director Bill
Lustig. Or maybe something else from our prize coffin that has been
getting filled up throughout the year. All you need to do is join up and
watch some movies. Aren't you doing that already? Why not do that
and have a chance of winning something?
Now, granted if you were to join up for this month, you will
be having to test your cinematic poweress as you have to tackle two Turkeys for
the month. Do you have the guts to be a member of our Army? I think
you can do it. All you need to do is sign up. Just click HERE for
all the details. We'll see you on the front line.
THE REASON IS SIMPLE
Last night, we held our annual Halloween Party. It is a
lot of work and preparation, both for the food and the trivia games we have.
But because our fellow horror fiends and friends that come out (some even
driving several hours) to help celebrate all of our strangeness, it is all worth
it and more. Anytime that fans like us, ones have chosen this path in
life, the ones that really celebrates the strange, the weird, the scary, and
everything that goes bump in the night, can get together and revel in all things
scary, with trivia games, great little conversations, it not only is a really
epically good time, but shows that we are definitely not alone in our taste.
We had some great costumes last night, some interesting
illustrations with the Horror Pictionary, as well as getting to watch and listen
to fun movie clips, each testing the knowledge of our guests. So we can't
say thanks enough for the ones that were able to make it out and help us enjoy
and celebrate our favorite time of year. And we look forward to doing it
all again next year!
REVIEW: 100 BLOODY ACRES
We have posted our review of the
Australian film 100 BLOODY ACRES. Head over to our
Review section to see what we thought.
SYNAPSE TO RELEASE SUSPIRIA
We knew it was only a matter of time (and it's about time
too) but Synapse Films has announced that they will be releasing Dario Argento's
1977 uber-classic film SUSPIRIA on DVD and Blu-ray. They will be creating
an all new 2K scan from the original negative for a possible release either next
year or 2015. But no matter how long it takes them, we know and have every
ounce of faith in Synapse in doing another incredible job on their releases.
It is one of our favorite films and cannot wait to see this release.
Definitely one to look forward to.
TRICK 'r TREAT 2?
In recent years, I can't remember a movie that is more of a
perfect Halloween movie than Michael Dougherty's TRICK 'r TRICK. Making an
anthology is a tough one to begin with, but Dougherty came through in spades,
making one hell of an enjoyable film that will be always enjoyed during the
And a few nights ago at a screening of TRICK 'r TREAT in Los
Angeles, Dougherty announced that he is working on a sequel. He told the
crowd attending that "I'm a firm believer that October should be filled with
Halloween movies, or horror movies." So while no script has actually been
written yet but Legendary Pictures will be working with Dougherty to continue
the series, where according to the writer/director "There are a different
archetypes I'd like to explore, different types of monsters. We covered
werewolves, vampires, and zombies, but there's whole slew of different creatures
out there that we haven't tackled, and I think Sam would probably be pretty good
buddies with. So I think it's time to let them have their time in the
With the creation of the deviant little Sam, Dougherty has
come up with a great character that will be remembered each and every year,
especially around Halloween time. So we can't think of a better way to
keep that going then by continuing the story. We can just hope that
Dougherty and company can capture lightning in a bottle once again.
This week's lesson is about an actor who appeared in some
pretty popular films in the '40s, even though they were low budget B-movies, but
never really made it to the big time. But he made enough horror films for
us to think he's worth keeping his memory alive. Head over to the
classroom to find out more.
Last week's photo was a little more obscure, but still one that we really
enjoyed once we found it. It was from the 2009 film HARPOON: THE WHALE
WATCHING MASSACRE. Best slasher movie that takes place on a whaling ship
that you've ever seen! Only got a couple of correct answers sent in on
this one. And they were from Chris Kinniery and Dustin Moravick.
Well done, my friends.
This time out, we're going with something a little easier.
At least we think so. So take a good look and hopefully you'll be able to
recognize which movie this person just hanging around it from. Good luck!
HERE to send us
10-27-13 TIS THE SEASON...
We were hoping to have a bigger update this week, but just
didn't happen. We spent most of this week getting ready for our upcoming
Halloween party next weekend which took up most of our time. Between
working on our trivia games, getting the Krypt cleaned and presentable, the week
just flew by. But we do have a few tidbits of items that we felt we needed
to comment on. So enjoy!
MOVIES WILL NEVER GO AWAY
There was a recent article posted on Flavorwire.com entitled "Netflix
Streaming Is Killing Off Physical
Media — And Film Fans Should Be Worried" and I felt that I needed to give my
thoughts on this. Right away, the author makes the statement "before
Netflix's DVD-by-mail service put most of America's video stores clean out of
business". Well, I have news for you. It wasn't Netflix, it was
Blockbuster. They are the ones that came in and shut down all the mom &
pop shops because of deals they made with the studios, as well as the huge
inventory of new movies they would keep, the smaller shops just couldn't
compete. Once Blockbuster wiped out most of these places, then they
started to cut their inventories, only really carrying new titles or more
popular ones in the older releases. But even those were pretty selective.
If you were a great lover of cinema, chances are finding an obscure title at
your local Blockbuster was pretty slim. I really despised Blockbuster for
what they did to the video store industry.
So when Netflix came along and had a huge selection of titles
that you could choose from, many older and obscure titles, I was in heaven.
And when they, along with Redbox, really started to put the squeeze on
Blockbuster and Hollywood Video, I was thrilled to see it. It was great to
see someone do to Blockbuster what they did to tons of other stores.
Karma, my friends. This article also mentions that "like Blockbuster
before it, Netflix is more interested in what's new and hot than what's old and
good." Once again, I have to disagree. Netflix's catalog of older
movies is bigger now than Blockbuster's ever was, filled with tons of obscure,
cult, and classic titles. Not sure what movies this author was always
looking for, but their comment "there was a time I could just hop in my car, go
down to Blockbuster, and grab it there" is really only true if you're looking
for a new release. Trying to find a movie from 20+ years ago, especially
one that might not be a bigger hit in its day, you probably wouldn't find it at
Now this article also quoted Anne Helen Peterson from an LARB
article, stating that when it comes to young viewers, "if it's not on Netflix,
why bother?" While I do agree that younger fans these days don't have the
drive and passion to seek out films that are not readily available to them that
older fans do, but the fact that a ton of movie titles that 30 years ago we
never had a chance to see, are all available for instant viewing when they want
to, then I don't see that as a bad thing. Sure, they might not have
EVERYTHING, but still a lot more than we did all those years ago.
With this "possible threat" of Netflix just going streaming,
cancelling their mail delivery discs, if that was to happen, fans of horror
movies, or even movies in general will still be able to find what they want,
with a lot less struggle and worry that we did all those years ago. And
there will be ways around any system in put in place to keep fans from getting
what they want. I can still remember this same kind of rhetoric when DVD's
first hit the market. You can't make copies of these! No more duping
movies onto VHS like collectors had been doing for years. Now you'll have
to buy each and every movie. Yeah....right. Just like when studios
came up with a copy-guard system on video tapes to stop people from making their
own copies. Didn't take long for fans to find ways around that to still
get their own copy. And if everything goes streaming at some point in
time, which I do believe it will, then there will still be ways around that as
I know that horror fans are the ones that have kept the genre
alive and strong for all these years. And THAT will never go away.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM
We never watch any series while they are first being
broadcast. We always wait for them to hit DVD. So we just got around
to watching season 2 of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM. The wife and I
enjoyed the first season, so were looking forward to the new one. What we
didn't expect was it to far surpass the first season and really blow us away.
Just click HERE to read our
thoughts on it.
HELLRAISER REMAKE...FROM BARKER
The news of Clive Barker coming back to write the remake of
HELLRAISER has been all over the web today. My thoughts are this...I
really could care less on another remake. Not meaning that I'm totally
against it, since there have been a few remakes, even in the past decade, that I
enjoyed. But I'm not going to get excited over it until I actually sit
down and watch it. If it happens or not, it really isn't going to affect
me one way or another.
Now, that being said, if they are going to do a remake, which
is pretty likely, I am at least happy to hear that Clive Barker might be the one
writing it. No one knows that world better than the man that first created
it. And while it gives me hope that Barker would prefer "the power of
practical make-up effects" over a "film awash with CGI", if he is the one just
writing it, that doesn't mean that is what the studio is going to do. So
again, we'll just have to wait and see.
Our photo from last week was for my buddy Billy Nocera and his upcoming
Evilspeak magazine. It was from Eddie Romero's MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND,
which featured the beautiful Angelique Pettyjohn. Part of the legendary
Blood Island films, it is a lot of fun. Might be a little cheesy for
younger fans, but features a great (not to mention original) monster, with
plenty of blood, boobs, and beasts! We only got two correct answers this
week. They were from Hoby Abernathy and Mike Shields. Well done!
So let's see what we can come up with for this week's photo.
Something in honor of the upcoming holiday? So maybe something completely
off the subject? Guess you'll have to take a look and see for yourself.
HERE to send us
your answers. Good luck!
10-20-13 ARE WE ENJOYING THE SEASON?
A good friend of mine posted a comment the other day that got me thinking.
I know a lot of people doing a movie challenge during the October month, either
to see how many horror movies they can watch during the month of October, or
even simply to watch 31 films that they hadn't seen before. While I do
applaud anybody who is striving to watch horror films they haven't seen before,
I think we need to make sure we don't forget about a very simple task while
doing so. And that is to make sure you have fun. I really don't see
the reason to "force" yourself to watch these movies if you're not going to be
in the right frame of mind to enjoy not only in general, but also to really
watch the movie. There's a lot of movies that might not be considered
classics or even great films, but might have some elements that are worth noting
and even giving some admiration too. Now some of you out there may just
revel in these challenges and enjoy what you are watching. And for that, I
applaud you. But to those have seem to struggle with it and end up coming
out of it with a bitter taste, that is something you need to avoid. Take a
break...watch something fun, even if you've seen it already. Remember, the
whole point is to ENJOY the experience, even if the movies aren't that great.
You never know what you can find when you're really looking at the movie as
opposed to just trying to get through it to check it off your list.
MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS
We survived another 24-hour marathon, our 2nd one inside of a
week, while attending the Music Box of Horrors yesterday at the Music Box
Theatre. We are going on very little sleep today so we are taking no
responsibility with this update, for any errors, miss information, and anything
else for that matter!
We'll have our usual report up shortly, but from a great
lineup of films to all the people that stopped by our tables throughout the
marathon, we just had a blast.
For someone who has been listening to Goblin's music for 25+
years, in the movies and the soundtracks, words cannot express the incredible
experience we had last weekend, hearing that amazing music flow from the stage from some of the original
creators of it. It really was just amazing, plain and simple. If you
are a fan of their music, even if only from the movies and you have a chance to
see them, do it.
And even better, having my son Nick there with me, not only
to see him enjoying this for the same reasons I was, but also to help point out
some of the band members when they were standing a few feet away from me!
'50s SCI-FI HORROR DOUBLE FEATURE
Are you fans of those giant monster movies from the '50s?
Well director Christopher Mihn has been making his little tribute films of these
kind of movies for the last few years. And now on November 9th, if you're
in the Chicago area, you'll have a chance to not only see two of his films, but
also meet the director. On Nov. 9th, at 7pm, at the Fans For Living
Screening Room, located 920 W. Wilson Ave, Chicago IL 60640, will be screening
two of Mihn's films: THE GIANT SPIDER and TERROR FROM BENEATH THE EARTH.
His films are little tributes or homages to a different era of filmmaking, with
the inspirations of filmmakers like Roger Corman and William Castle. Mihn
is even bringing the Giant Spider head to the event so you can get your picture
taken with it. Fun stuff. So if you like those types of movies, then
you may want to head into Chicago for this event. It really looks like a
lot of fun. Especially when tickets are only $6.
For more information about this event, just click
Our photo from last week must have been a little tougher as well, since we only
got two correct answers sent in, from Chris Kinniery and Gavin Schmitt.
The shot was from the 2007 Danish film THE SUBSTITUTE from director Ole Bornedal.
Not a bad little movie and should be checked out at some point.
Our next photo features a very lovely lady in one of our
favorite films. So take a peek and see if you can come up with what film
this shot is from. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. And good luck!
10-13-13 RETURN FROM THE WASTELAND
We made it home safe and sound from another show, our
official last convention of the year. We only have one more small event
that we are setting up at (see below) before the 2013 Kryptic World Tour finally
comes to an end. And after 8 shows this year, with 4 of them in the last two months,
we are ready for a nice break from the madness. Granted, we'll be chomping
at the bit next spring to start all over again! But we just wanted to give
a shout out to Ken and Pam Kish for continuing to put on one of the best shows
out there. While it may be much smaller than the other ones we go to, it is still one
hell of a great time and one filled with tons of other like-minded die hard
horror fans. If there was ever a time where an older fan like myself can
be amongst his peers, then this show is it. And we revel in it every
second of the weekend. Stay tuned for a full report.
Over the weekend at the Wasteland show, there were more than a few serious
conversations, filled with deep thoughts and intriguing ponderings about life
and the existence of man. Okay,
maybe not to that extreme, but conversations none the less. One of the
topics that came up, that a few of my friends there have experienced at some
point, was how that being an older fan and one that...let's just say has been
around the block a few times when it comes to the horror genre, sometimes when
we criticize some of the younger fans for not knowing about certain films or the
people that made them, we are called elitists. Just bitter and grumpy old
men who like to say "back in my day", "get off my lawn", and similar sayings.
But the funny thing about this is that people like myself,
who has been running this website for 15 years, or another good friend that has
been running a fanzine for even longer, do what we do not only for the love of
it, but also to hopefully get other people to share in our passion and watch the
movies that we're talking about and to learn more about the genre. So if
we were these 'elitists' that we're being labeled, why would we be trying to
spread the gospel? Shouldn't we be huddled up in our basements, keeping
our movies to ourselves, afraid that someone might discover this lost classic
that we knew about? Why would I be trying
to bring some attention to films that I think are in need of being brought into
the light, not to mention trying to get the unwashed masses to learn more about
the people that made them, if not to get them to be more educated about the
But when we bitch that these zombie soap opera fanatics we
call Walkers claim to be huge zombie fans but don't know who Lucio Fulci is,
then we're called elitists. Go figure. But here's the thing.
Once that TV show is dead and buried, and these fans find some the newest thing
to shamble after, we'll still be here, holding the torch for true and dedicated
horror fans. And if that makes me an elitist, then so be it. I know
I'll be in good company. Okay...who's up for a screening of AFTER DEATH?
ANTHONY HINDS - REST IN PEACE
Shortly before we were going to leave for Cinema Wasteland,
we learned of the passing of Anthony Hinds. For those that might not know,
and this is my opinion, though I'm not alone in this, but Hinds was one of the
main guys responsible for making Hammer Films what they were. He was the
one that brought the attention to the BBC mini-serial Quatermass Experiment,
saying that he thought it would be a great idea for Hammer to do a movie
version. He was one of the major forces behind the scenes, acting as
producer and even writing the scripts for a lot of their popular titles.
Some say it was his leaving the company that started its slow downfall, or at
least was one of the contributing factors.
His father, William Hinds, had been a music hall comedian
that went under the name Will Hammer. He later co-founded a film
production company with Enrique Carreras in 1934, called Hammer Films.
After WWII, they gave control of the company to their sons, Anthony and James
Carreras. During his career with Hammer, Hinds would produce many of their
classic films, and even served as screenwriter on 14 of of them, under his
pseudonym John Elder.
He passed away on September 30th. He will always be
remembered for the fantastic films that he help bring to the screen. Our
thoughts go out to his friends and family.
DRACULA TO RECEIVE BFI FELLOWSHIP AWARD
Later this month, Sir Christopher Lee will be receiving the
BFI Fellowship award for his work in film for over 8 decades. I know BFI
has been celebrating gothic pictures recently, even showing Hammer's THE MUMMY
and HORROR OF DRACULA. I wonder if they'll get to mention those horror
films that he made without him getting embarrassed or upset, since he doesn't
like to talk about them. As much as I like and
respect Lee, I really wish he would get off his high horse and not talk speak
down on the genre films he made. He made some incredible horror films in his
career and he should be proud of them, not to mention the fact that people still
remember who is he because of those films. But some of the comments he
made over the years ago about Hammer and these movies really depresses me on how
he feels about them, refusing to talk about them. Come on,
Sir Christopher...take a note from your friend Peter Cushing, who loved the fact
that he was known for his horror roles and was honored by it.
GREYDON CLARK AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Who is Greydon Clark? Have you heard of the movie
SATAN'S CHEERLEADERS? Or maybe WITHOUT WARNING? Mr. Clark is the
director of those two fine classics, not to mention a handful of other
exploitation movies that he worked on in his career. But now you can read
all about it in Clark's new autobiography called On the Cheap: My Life in Low
Budget Filmmaking. We got the chance to meet Clark a few years ago at
one of the Cinema Wasteland shows and he had some amazing stories about his
career. So we are looking forward to diving into this book once it arrives
and hearing even more details about his work in the field of low budget
filmmakingg. This is a guy that has worked with the likes of Al Adamson,
Jack Palance, Martin Landau, worked in many different sub-genres of the horror
and exploitation field, worked as an actor, writer, producer, and quite a few
other hats in his career.
It only seems to be available through Clark's website (just
HERE) unless you want the Kindle version, then you can get it on Amazon.
The book is only $24.95 and lists it at almost 500 pages, so we're hoping its a
good one. But the shipping fees are a bit steep at $10. But for
right now it seems, you can get a free DVD from Clark that he will sign as well.
So that sort of makes up for the expensive postage.
We have two new book reviews with this update, both of them
coming from our new favorite publisher, BearManor Media. The books are
Michael G. McGlasson's The Unknown Peter Cushing and The Godfather of
Gore Speaks by H.G. Lewis and Andrew J. Rausch. Head over to our
Reference Book Review section to read more.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW - HALLOWEEN: THE SOUND OF EVIL - MUSIC FROM THE HALLOWEEN FILM
We even have a soundtrack review with this update. This
one is for the new collection of scores from the HALLOWEEN series, being
released by BuySoundtrax Records. Head over to our
Soundtrack Reviews to read more!
Yesterday, we attended the Movieside Massacre at the Patio
Theater, the first time this event was held at this new venue. I have to
say that it does my heart wonders to see an old theater like this one being kept
alive and well. This is only the 2nd time we've been there, but it is just
a beautiful theater. Yes, the seats are not the greatest, especially when
sitting through multiple movies, but that would be my only complaint about it.
It is one of those theaters that really shows younger movie fans what theaters
use to be like, and maybe again someday.
As usual, we had a great time attending the Massacre.
Though, I really wish they would open the doors on time. Not sure why it
consistently opens way later than they advertise. The doors were suppose
to open at 11am and it was about 11:45am when they finally let us in. If
if was because they dealers were still getting set up, then they should have let
them in earlier. Again, this is not the first time for this event so they
really should have learned something by now.
But they had some great titles playing throughout the
marathon, as usual. Plus, they had plenty of great vendors there, quite a
few of them being good friends of the Krypt. Plus, the usual Chicago
horror community came out to support, so that is always a great thing.
We'll have our usual report up before too long.
A RETURN TO THE MUSIC BOX
And while on the subject of 24-hour marathons, after taking a 2-year sabbatical so-to-speak, we will be
setting up once again this year at the Music Box's annual 24-hour marathon, the
Music Box of Horrors. We really debated about this but it really was just too good of an offer to
pass up. Besides, not only can we do our usual promoting the website and selling our wares, but
we can also get some more press
out about the upcoming
Hidden Horrors book. It works out even
better that the man who wrote the intro to the
book, Mr. Bill Lustig, will be attending the event as well. So if you're
coming out to the show, stop by our tables and chat for a bit. Not sure
which one of Kitley Klan will be watching the tables at any given time, but one
of us will be there. I know there are several of the films in the schedule
that I will be sneaking off to watch but I know I'll be out there in between the
flicks. For all the latest details about the
Music Box of Horrors, just click
HALLOWEEN SALE AT LA-LA LAND
Records has released a special edition of John Harrison's score for George
Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD that contains 2 discs and is limited to only 3000
units. The first disc contains the film version of the score, which runs
63:45 minutes, while the 2nd disc contains the re-mastered original soundtrack
cues, which run 39:41 minutes. This release also contains in-depth liner
notes from film music writer Jeff Bond, along with composer John Harrison and
director George Romero.
But if that wasn't good enough soundtrack news, then La-La
Land Records is also have a huge Halloween Sale, with some titles as low as
$3.00! Sure, you might think that these scores must suck to be so cheap.
Wrong again! Just check out our Soundtrack
Reviews to hear our thoughts on quite a few of these titles. There are
a few here that I would consider must haves, such as Bear McCreary's score for
WRONG TURN 2.
Anyway, the sale ends 11/5 and here's a break down on what
they have on sale and for what price:
$2.98 - CABIN FEVER, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, SEED OF
CHUCKY, UNDEAD, WRONG TURN 2, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, BOOK OF BLOOD, LEGION,
$4.98 - THE HOWLING, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, THE SENDER,
PREDATORS, THE BLOB ('88), SPELLBINDER, X-THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES
$9.98 - ALIEN RESURRECTION, FRIDAY THE 13th, EVIL DEAD
(2013), THE CONJURING, HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, THE HOLE, JOHN DIES
AT THE END, THE RELIC, WILLARD
WEDDING NIGHT SOUNDTRACK!!!
Once again, it just amazes me at some of the soundtracks that
come out these days. These are the ones that are put out by deviant
cinefiles that are dying to get these scores released, since there is obviously
no huge market for them. So they are done for the fans by the fans.
And I just have to salute that. Italian company Beat Records is releasing
a limited release of only 500 copies of IL PLENILUNIO DELLE VERGINI by composer
Vassil Kojucharov. The film is better known in the US as THE DEVIL'S
WEDDING NIGHT, starring the forever lovely Rosalba Neri, as well as Mark Damon.
Being a huge fan of European film scores, this one got me
pretty excited and know it will be one that I will be adding to the collection.
Makes me want to break out the movie now too! If you're interested, you
can order it from
Archives Entertainment, a great place to spend a lot of money on
HUDSON HORROR SHOW 8
The next Hudson Horror Show will be taking place on Nov. 16th
at the Silver Cinemas South Hills 8 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Here are the
films scheduled to play:
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, John Carpenter's
INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS, and great Spanish film
HORROR EXPRESS, and
plus one other feature that won't be announced until at the show. The
doors open at 12pm and movies start at 1pm. These guys put on a great show
each and every time so if you're in the area, head out and support these kind of
You can get all the info at their Facebook page
This week's lesson is about an actress who might not have
made too many horror films, but the ones that she did were always worth
watching. Granted, this just might be my opinion, but why don't you head
over to the classroom to find out who I'm
talking about and see if you agree with me or not.
Well, even after giving everyone 2 weeks to figure out what our last photo is,
it looks like I stumped you this time. Of course, I 'thought' that I had
stumped everyone. But one of those serious students of the genre up there
in Wisconsin didn't seem to have any trouble identifying the movie our last
photo was from. The movie was the 1945 version of THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE and
the man of the hour is Gavin Schmitt. Well done, Sir! You are
someone to look up to in the classroom! If you haven't seen this movie, I
would recommend it. While it is an old black and white one, it does have
some great moments and well worth the watch.
So let's get on to this week's photo. Maybe I'll go
with something a little easier....maybe. Take a gander, gaze into the
abyss and see what you can come up with. As always, just click
HERE to send in
your photo. And...good luck.
A TRIP TO THE WASTELAND
We won't be having an update next weekend since we will be making the trip out
to Ohio for the Cinema Wasteland show. This will be our last real show for
the year, which we greet each year with sadness and joy. It will be nice
to have some free weekends at some point, but I know by next spring, we'll be
chomping at the bit for our first show.
This year at Wasteland, they are having a HILLS HAVE EYES
reunion, with 6 people involved with the film attending, including Michael
Berryman, who is probably one of the nicest celebrities that I have ever met in
all my years of going to conventions. if you're going to this show, please
make sure you take time to stop by his table and just say hello.
But as cool as that is, along with all their other great
guests, the one that I'm really dying to meet is William Sachs, the writer /
director of THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN. Sure, this one might not a great
movie, but it is damn entertaining and a personal favorite of mine. So I
can't wait to meet him and sit in on the Q&A on Friday night.
As usual, this show is so much fun and always a good time.
Some of the best dealers and fans coming through the door at these shows.
We have plenty of fun, great conversations throughout the day and into the wee
hours of the morning, and love every minute of it. So, if you're heading
out there, please make sure stop by our table and say hello. And if you're
not coming out....WHY NOT?!?!?
You can get all the info and last minute updates from their
FILM HISTORIANS...GOTTA LOVE 'EM
We went into Chicago last night to see THE CREATURE FROM THE
BLACK LAGOON in 3D at the Patio Theater. I've seen it before in 3D, but
this would be the first time for my wife and son. It is not only one of my
favorites of the classic monsters, it is a great 3D film as well. The star
of the film, Julie Adams, was in attendance for the screening, along with her
son, co-author of her biography. We were there for the evening screening,
which after the film there was a Q&A with Adams being hosted by film historian
Foster Hirsch. Now, I have never heard of Hirsch before and knew nothing
of his credentials, which I discovered later was pretty extensive in film
educational field, writing 16 books on the subject. Pretty impressive,
right? Well, not for me. I have to say that the few real film
professors or historians that I've met or come across, they seem to like to
teach their theories and ideas as fact. And I have a problem with that.
Right in the beginning of the Adams Q&A, Hirsch mentions right away about the
element of sexuality in the film. When people kind of laughed it off, he
brought up again, asking Adams if she saw that in the film. He did this a
couple of different times during the part of the Q&A before we left.
Now here's where I have the issue. I have no problem
discussing films, talking about films, hearing someone's opinion, thoughts or
even theories on them. But when I hear someone say that their theory or
idea is fact, then I have an issue. Unless it is coming from the
filmmakers themselves, then it is just that...YOUR opinion. Doesn't mean
it's wrong, but it doesn't mean it is right either. And for you to tell
people, and even worse, teach film students that your ideas and theories are
fact, then I have a problem.
That being said, it was great to see that film once again in
3D on the big screen, in a beautiful theater like the Patio. That was our
first time there, but I know it won't be our last. Adams was very friendly
was great to meet.
BOOK REVIEW - GODS OF GRINDHOUSE
We have posted our review of a great little book from
BearManor Media, one that
every newer horror fan should read. Click
HERE to find out why.
MOVIE REVIEWS - THE FLY AND HANDS OF THE RIPPER
We also have posted our reviews of two recent blu-ray
releases, HANDS OF THE RIPPER from Synapse, and THE FLY ('58) from Fox.
Head over to our Review section to get all the details
about these two releases.
MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS - ADDED MOVIES
While it hasn't announced it's schedule yet, Chicago's other
24-hour horror movie marathon taking place on Oct. 19th at the Music Box, has
added the following new titles to their marathon lineup:
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1928)
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS
THE BLACK ROOM
THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS
I have to say that I'm pretty excited to see THE BLACK ROOM,
one of my favorite Karloff films, as well as seeing the silent version of THE
FALL FO THE HOUSE OF USHER. And how could seeing SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE on
the big screen with a theater full of other horror fans not be a fun time?
For all the latest details on this event, just click
SKYLINE DRIVE-IN CELEBRATES OCTOBER WITH A BUNCH
OF CLASSIC HORRORS
Last year, we made a trip out to the Skyline Drive-in, which
is just south of Indianapolis for 2-nights of classic drive-in movies. We
had planned to do it again this year, but the dates just didn't work out.
But now they have announced some of the titles that they are going to be
screening throughout the month of October, and some of them are just
jaw-dropping. If we didn't have something planned every weekend in
October, I would definitely be making the drive down for that. I
mean...Hammer at the Drive-In?!?!?!
Now I'm not sure if some of these titles are playing on
multiple nights or not since they have some titles listed with just one date and
others with two dates. But I'm sure if you contact them
you can get all the details. But here is what is listed on their website:
THE MONSTER SQUAD, GHOSTBUSTERS, and ALICE COOPER: WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE
FRIGHT NIGHT, ZOMBIELAND, and EATEN ALIVE
CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HORROR OF DRACULA, and LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE WOLF MAN, MAD MONSTER PARTY (25th only), and ABBOTT
AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN and NOT OF THIS EARTH (26th only).
VARESE SARABANDE RECORDS CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY
If you're in the San Pedro, CA area on October 19th, then you
are one lucky person. Because I would just LOVE to be able to attend this.
On the 19th, at the Warner Grand Theatre (478 W 6th Street), Varèse Sarabande
Records is hosting a Halloween Concert Gala to celebrate their 35th anniversary.
With composer Steven Allen Fox and performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra,
they will perform some classic horror themes that have been released by Varèse
Sarabande over the last 35 years, such as PSYCHO, HALLOWEEN, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM
STREET, DRACULA, ALIEN, THE OMEN, and many more. The concert will also
include performances by composers like Marco Beltrami, John Debney, Christopher
Young, Brian Tyler, and Nathan Barr, including several surprise guests.
For all the info, just click
Movie music is such an important part of the movie going
experience and is one that I personally don't think gets enough attention.
That is one of the reasons why we have a section on our site for
soundtrack reviews, to hopefully point out these
great works of music that really should be enjoyed and appreciated as much as
the effects and the acting.
This week's entry in our history lesson is someone that you
are probably very familiar with, especially if you like Italian zombie movies,
even though you might not even know his name or who he was. But we're
going to try and change that. So let's get over to the
And here I thought throwing this little gory bit from a slasher film would have
the whole lot of you confused as to which film this was actually from.
Well...once again you people surprised me with all the correct answers sent in.
And it makes my heart swell to know that this film is admired and loved as much
as it is...and rightly so! The film is exactly what you think it
is...PIECES! Here are the scholars that sent in the correct answer:
Hoby Abernathy, Todd Barwick, Cate Cameron, Jerry Downing, David Greenwood, Chris Kinniery, Anna McKibben,
Dustin Moravick, John Pata, Gavin Schmitt, and William Wilson. Nice job!
Of course, just because I thought I was going to stump more
of you on that last one, going to have to be a real bastard
(Bastard......BASTARD!!!) and go deep and pull out a real tough one. Or is
it....Might even get some hate mail on this one. So take a good hard look
and see what you can come up with. Like always, just click
to send me your guess. Good luck....you really might need it this time.
Back in 2005, a guy wearing a Godzilla T-shirt came up to my
table at the Flashback Weekend and we started to talk about reference books.
It seems this guy was in the beginning process of writing his own book on horror
movies. That man was Aaron Christensen and from that day forward, he would
become one of my best friends and fellow movie fiend. That book he was talking about then eventually
turned in to Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies,
which I was lucky enough to be part of. Jump ahead to 2013, a new book is now
on the horizon, one that will be available very soon to the unwashed
masses of horror fans out there. This new one is entitled Hidden Horrors:
A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks.
Compiling this list of 101 films and writers was no easy talk
for AC, but he has come up with an amazing array of talent here that highlight
some films that truly deserved to be seen by more people. As AC mentions
on the book's Facebook page, "101 horror films you
need to see, selected by 101 horror fans you need to read." That really
says it all.
We are hoping to
have this new title available sometime in November of this year. So if you
know any horror fans and need a great idea for a Christmas present...then look
no further. We will have details soon as to how and where you can get a hold of your
own little copy. So stay tuned. In the meantime, you can go over to
their Facebook page
MASSACRE LINEUP REVEALED
The official lineup for this year's Movieside Massacre has
been posted, which we have listed below. As always, they have a strong
line up of both old and new films in there, with some very cool guests as well.
Of course, this all takes place at the Patio Theater in Chicago on October 12th,
starting at noon. There will be vendors, prizes, charity auctions and
plenty of fun stuff to keep you entertained. As always, we are looking
forward to this event. For all the latest details, check their Facebook
Noon: Edison's FRANKENSTEIN (Silent with Live Organ)
12:30pm - FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN
1:45pm - THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO (Short)
2:00pm - THE TOMB OF LIGEIA
3:45pm - MARTIN
5:30pm - DEAD AND BURIED (Director Gary Sherman in
7:30pm - Roger Corman 50's Trailer Competition
8:15pm - APRIL FOOL'S DAY (Director Fred Walton in
10:15pm - NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE
(Star Mark Patton in person)
12:15am - THE GATE
1:45am - HELLRAISER 2
3:30am - DEEP RED
6:00am - WILD ZERO
7:45am - SLITHER
9:30am - FIST OF JESUS
9:45am - ARMY OF DARKNES
GOOD THING I DON'T PAINT MODELS ANYMORE....
We recently came across this photo of two model kits from
Quarantine Studios that really made me think about getting back into painting
model kits. Just take a look at the amazing work on these two. Just
incredible work here. You can check out their website
HERE or their
For some reason, the ZOMBIE kit and BLIND DEAD kit don't seem to be listed or
mentioned on their website. But none the less, the are some talented
people working on these, and major kudos for them putting out kits like these,
instead of jumping on the whole zombie craze and putting out some more Walking
FROM DUSK TO DAWN HORROR-FEST AT THE MIDWAY
Regular visitors to this site have seen time and time again
us posting about these all night horror marathons held at drive-in theaters,
especially the Midway
Drive-in out in Sterling. I know it might sound redundant, but there
really is something special about these kind of events. If you are older
movie fan like myself, then you might have those same great memories of going to
the drive-in in your youth to see those double, triple, and even quadruple
features there, and just having a lot of fun. Last night, we drove over an
hour out to Sterling to the Midway for their Horrorfest, where they screened
FRIGHT NIGHT, DEATH RACE 2000, FRIDAY THE 13th Part 7, and BARN OF THE NAKED
DEAD. Sure, we could have watched everyone one of those movies at home, in
great quality DVDs, in a nice comfortable chair, and not had to try to stay
awake on the drive home. But that isn't what it is about. It is
about a large group of movie fans coming out for these types of events, taking
about movies with each other, creating some great movie memories with friends
and family. And the Midway is one of those that really understands that and
strives to continue that. We really hope that they are one of the winners
in the Project Drive-in, which ended their 2nd round yesterday, and will be
announcing the top 4 who are going to win a new digital projector starting
Hopefully all of the fans of the Midway and Flashback Weekend voted over and
over again to make this happen. Because each time we've gone out to the
Midway, it has always been a great time and I would hate for that to end.
My whole point of this is encourage movie fans to take
the time to attend these types of events when you can. Sure, sometimes it
might going out of your way to see something you own yourself on DVD, but it is
not the same. Not only do you show the people putting them on that it is
worth all of their time and trouble, but it will also give you some great movie
memories, some that you can share with your friends and family, or maybe even
meet other like minded horror fans and just have a great time chatting in
between the movies. Trust me, driving home this morning at 5am after
staying awake all night watching movies wasn't the easiest thing to do.
But it was more than worth it. And would do it again in a heartbeat.
So thank you Mike and Mia and the rest of your crew that run
the Midway for giving me more than a few great movie memories over the years,
and really, really hope that you continue to do so many years to come.
ARGENTO'S DRACULA POSTER
Now we haven't seen Argento's latest film yet, even though
we've heard plenty of reviews of it, we still want to see it for ourselves.
But no matter how the quality of the film is, I am absolutely in love with this
poster art that was made for the film. It really brings back the memories
of the old school approach to poster art, when it was actually "art"! Even
if the movie is a total bust, I would love to have one of these in my poster
collection. So major kudos out to the one out there that gave the okay for
this thing to be made, and to the artist that created it. Well done!
NEW ISSUE OF LSoH COMING SOON
Are you familiar with the Hammer film DEMONS OF THE MIND?
Well, first of all, you should be. But if you're not, and would like to
find out more about this highly underrated film, then just wait until the issue
# 31 of Little Shoppe of Horrors comes out. Hammer scholar Bruce G.
Hallenback once again tackles the feature article, giving us all the information
about the making of the film we could want. This issue will include
interivews with the producer Frank Godwin, director Peter Sykes, actors Robert
Hardy, Shane Briant, and Virginia Wetherell, and much, much more.
Each issue of LSoH is like a mini book, packed filled with
information about these films that we must keep alive. Besides the DEMONS
coverage, there is also the making of TROG, one on the making of censorship of
William Castle's outing with Hammer, the remake of THE OLD DARK HOUSE, plus
much, much more.
For all the information, head over to their website
Or you can follow their progress on Facebook
WONDERFEST ANNOUNCES FIRST GUEST
Oscar winning makeup effects artist Chris Walas has been
announced as the first guest for next year's Wonderfest Hobby Expo. Walas
created the amazing and awarding effects for Cronenberg's THE FLY, as well as directing the sequel. Of course, that is only a small part of this man's
amazing career. He was at one of the Wonderfest shows years ago, so since
this will be their 25th Anniversary show, I'm thinking it is going to be a
special one. We are planning to be back there once again. For more
info, head over to their website
This week's lesson is about a character known for playing
different ethnicities, but also appeared along side some of the genre's
greatest. Head over to our classroom to find out more.
Okay folks, our photo from last week was from the movie EVENT HORIZON. I
guess more people recognized that twisted face of Sam Neil. Here are the
ones that sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Todd Barwick, Nick
Johns, Chris Kinniery, Jason Kretten, Kevin Matthews, Dustin Moravick, Gavin
Schmitt, and William Wilson. Well done, people.
Now on to this week's. We're going to go with one that
is quite a bit harder. Or is it? Might come to you right away, or
maybe it's not the one your thinking. But do your best.
9-15-13 RETURN FROM HORRORHOUND
We made our return from the recent HorrorHound show in Indianapolis. It is just
amazing how that show has grown over the years. Hard to believe it has been 6
years since they started these things and now they are just huge. Must be
doing something right. But we did get some photos taken while
there and will (hopefully) have our report up before too long. But I have to say
that what I enjoyed the most at this show was seeing and hanging out with our
friends at the show. Really great times. And a special shout out to
Jockomo's Pizza for
letting about 30 of us crazy horror fans crash their establishment on Saturday night.
Not only did they not throw us out, but worked really hard at accommodating us. This is an amazing place for pizza when you are in Indy.
Tell the manager there the crazy horror guys from Chicago sent you there!
But HorrorHound has already starting to announce some guests
for their Spring Show in Cincinnati, on March 21st-23rd. Looks like Norman
Reedus will be making his return to this show, making that 3 years in a row.
I wonder if his autograph price will go up another $10 like it has over the last
couple of years. Wonders never cease. But they have announced some
guests that I think is a brilliant idea, some very talented people that I don't
think get enough credit...the composers. Harry Manfredini, Alan Howarth,
and Richard Band will be at the show, and I've heard rumors it isn't stopping
there. So that is going to be one panel that I'm going to want to sit in
In a few short weeks, we will be making our trip out to
Strongsville Ohio for the 24th time. That's right...this will be the
Wasteland's 24th show. And we are pretty excited about this one. Not
only do we have a reunion of Wes Craven's THE HILLS HAVE EYES, but also the
director of the cult classic THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, writer & director
William Sachs will be there. Not to mention other guests, plenty of film
screenings, and tons of more stuff going on that make the Wasteland what it is.
Check out their website
all the details and we hope to see you there.
LARRAZ - REST IN PEACE
On September 3rd, Spanish director José Ramón Larraz passed away. While he
started his career as a comic book writer and illustrator, who moved from Spain
to France and Belgium, as well as the UK. He got into filmmaking after being
inspired by Josef von Sternberg. His first film was called WHIRLPOOL, made in
1970. But it was his film SYMPTOMS, starring Angela Pleasence, that really got
him noticed. The film even played at Cannes. The editor of that film, Brian
Smedley-Aston, would produce Larraz's next film, which would probably become his
most famous, the 1974 film VAMPYRES (see our review
HERE). While his later
films might not have made the impact or had the quality of SYMPTOMS or VAMPYRES,
it didn't take away from Larraz's talent.
In 2009 at the Sitges Film Festival, he was given a honorary
award for his work. He was 84 years old. Because of his work in
films, he definitely will not be forgotten. Our thoughts go out to his
friends and family.
SADER RIDGE = THE INVOKING
A little while ago, we posted our review of the indy film
SADER RIDGE, which you can see by clicking HERE. It seems that this entertaining film has been picked up for
distribution and has been re-titled to THE INVOKING. So make sure you are
on the look out for this under the new title. If you get the chance to see
it, I would highly recommend it.
MIDNIGHT MARQUEE & HEMLOCK BOOKS JOIN FORCES
Hemlock Books has published some very cool books on Hammer
films over the last few years. But if you are in the USA, getting them
from the UK can be a bit pricey, if only for the postage. But now,
Midnight Marquee are putting out their own editions of some of the Hemlock
books. These are the ones that were written by Hammer scholar Bruce G.
Hallenbeck. And best of all, they are doing these at some very reasonable
prices. Right now, you can get the below titles for either $15 each, or
all three of them for a mere $40! So you can get these 3 great books for
the same price of one typical paperback edition of a McFarland book! How
is that for a deal? Now I haven't read all three of these, but have read
the Vampire title (read our review
HERE) and highly recommend it. To order your own copy, head over to
Midnight Marquee's website HERE.
THE MIDWAY DRIVE-IN...THE FIGHT CONTINUES
Well, the first 5 drive-ins were picked in the Project
Drive-in and the Midway out in Sterling was not one of them. But
wait...Honda has announced they are giving away 4 more digital projectors.
So PLEASE...let's make this happen for the Midway. Please go to this
LINK and place
your vote for the Midway. Even if you're not in the area, or even the
country, consider it a personal favor to me to help save this great drive-in.
You can vote once a day and also you can vote once a day by texting "Vote80" to
444999. So you can actually vote TWICE a day. PLEASE help save this
And while on the subject of the Midway Drive-in, if you want
to know why I am so adamant about saving this particular one, come out there next Saturday
to find out why. Saturday the 21st, they will be having their From Dusk To
Dawn HorrorFest, featuring 4 classic titles. The gates open at 7pm and
admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for children. We've been out to
the Midway countless times for these kind of events and they are just a blast.
So please come out, show your support of this drive-in, these kind of events,
not to mention just having a great time. For all the details head over to
their website by clicking
Here are the titles they have lined up for us:
FRIGHT NIGHT - The original one starring the immortal
Roddy McDowell. Lots of fun with this one.
DEATH RACE 2000 - If you have never seen this movie, it
really is one of the best cult movies ever made. And having the chance
to see it at the drive-in makes it even better.
FRIDAY THE 13th 7: THE NEW BLOOD - Probably one of the
best looking make-ups for Jason in the series, and the first one for Kane
BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD - Wow...This is a great little
sleaze title starring Andrew Prine as a demented circus owner. Not the
greatest movie, but one that definitely was made for the drive-in.
BATTLING GIALLOS - CHICAGO MOVIE MARATHON UPDATES & GUESTS
There as been plenty of updates going on since our last
update on the two different 24-hour horror movie marathons taking place next
month in Chicago. The first one, The Movieside Massacre, which is taking
place on Oct. 12th at the Patio Theatre, has added Dario Argento's DEEP RED to
the lineup. Since Goblin will be playing in town that Sunday night, they
felt they needed to pay a little tribute to them. And what a great way to
do it! They have also added DEAD & BURIED to the film lineup, with
director Gary Sherman attending. And joining Sherman and previously
announced guest director Fred Walton will be actor Mark Patton, star of
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2. They also will be screening NIGHTMARE 2 during
the marathon as well. Click
for the latest info.
Then the following week at the Music Box of Horrors show,
taking place on the 19th at (of course) the Music Box Theatre, they have added
another very famous giallo from another famous Italian director, Mario Bava's TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE.
Having the chance to see a film like this on the big screen, from a new print
even, is an event you don't want to miss. This film inspired so many
slasher films of the '70s and '80s and is just an great film. They have
also added William Girdler's THE MANITOU as well. Nice to see Girdler
getting a little attention. For the latest details on this event, just
We are planning to be at both marathons, which is going to be
another test of endurance, but we are up for the challenge.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING PODCAST
If you are into podcasts, this please check out this one,
which is done by some friends of the Krypt. They are always set up at the
HorrorHound Weekend shows, recording interviews and whatnot throughout the
weekend. They were gracious enough to have me on there on Sunday, which
has now been posted on their site, which you can get to by clicking
HERE. But they are a
lot of fun and filled with great interviews and some interesting entertainment
news. Check them out.
This week's lesson might be a familiar face if you are a fan
of Spanish horror from the '70s. So head over the
classroom to learn more.
Last week's photo was of the lovely and sexy Brigitte Lahaie from Jean Rollin's
FASCINATION, a much underrated film. But we did get a few people that
recognized those eyes. They were Damien Glonek, David Greenwood, Kevin
Mattews, Billy Nocera, and William Wilson. Well done.
This week's photo isn't as nice to look at as the one from
last week. But maybe you'll recognize it anyway. Just click
to send in your answer. And as always, good luck.
9-1-13 WELCOME TO SEPTEMBER
Now the fun really starts. Granted, we had a pretty
busy August, with 2 conventions, a birthday party, tattoo party, and somehow
making it home this morning at 5am from an all-night drive-in marathon.
But it looks like September is going to be just as crazy, and just as fun.
As I've been posting here all month, we have a lot of events scheduled coming up, with another all-night horror movie marathon at
the Midway Drive-In, the special
3D screening of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, as well as HorrorHound Weekend,
which is NEXT weekend, it is going to be another horror-fun-filled month.
And then it really gets crazy in October!!!! Can't wait. So
hopefully you've already started making that calendar out with all the great
events going on in the next couple of months. We hope to see some of you
out there at them as well, supporting them. We are one big happy horror
family and we need to support each other and these events to make sure they
KRYPTIC ARMY - SLUGFEST
For those soldiers that have been fighting in the trenches
all year, or if anybody that is still on the fence of participating in our
little monthly challenges, one of you lucky ones out there are going to win a
slug. Pretty exciting, huh? But this isn't just any ordinary slug,
but a reproduction of an alien killer slug (thanks to
DWN Productions) from Fred Dekker's NIGHT OF THE
CREEPS, signed by Mr. Dekker himself. Yes, this could be yours, just by
watching a couple of horror movies a month. Sounds pretty easy, doesn't
it? Need more info? Just head over to our Kryptic
Army page for more details. You still have 4 months that you can join
in for. You can always
email me if you
have any questions that can't be answered there. I'm here to help.
CONVENTION REPORTS - YES...TWO OF THEM!
We have FINALLY gotten our report posted for the
show that took place way back in May. But it is now up and posted, with
plenty of photos of some awesome kits. But we ALSO have our report from
the more recent Flashback Weekend show posted as well, with plenty of photos
from that show as well. So head over to our Convention Report section and
check them out.
In our last update, we mentioned about all these new horror
reference books that are coming out, proving that if this is a dying medium, it
is not going away quietly. But while we doing some research on these
books, we noticed that there were quite a few that were coming from the same
publisher, one called BearManor Media. The more we looked into their site,
we released that we already had a few of their books in our own Kryptic Library.
Not only do they have a great selection of books on different movies and the
people that made them, but even better that they all seemed to be very
reasonably priced. Instead of the over top prices some publishers ask,
like $40 to $50 for a paperback edition from McFarland, but from the ones that I
looked at, most of the titles were around $20 to $25 each. So we wanted to
give them a special shout out for their hard work in getting books like this
published and out to the fans.
Plus, as you
can see from the titles below, they have a wide variety of subjects, from cult
directors and movies, to more mainstream ones, as well as some from the classic
era. They also have those wonderful script books from Philip J.
Riley. So when you get a second, head over to their website (HERE)
and check out some of the interesting titles they have. I'm sure no matter
what your interests are, you will probably be able to find a couple of titles to
add to your Want List.
NOX ARCANA CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF TERROR WITH NEW RELEASE
Hard to believe that Nox Arcana has been producing some great
atmospheric soundscapes for 10 years now. To help celebrate this
milestone, the band is releasing a new album entitled "Legion of Shadows", which
is dedicated to their fans. According to Vargo, because of the support of
the fans over the years, he wanted to "create an album that was entirely
dedicated to Nox Arcana's fans,, our very own Legions of Shadows." He goes
on to say that his goal for them "has always been to create music from the
shadows for creatures of the night, and I wanted this album to really reflect
all aspects of this mindset. There will be a variety of dark anthems with
a theme that centers around the mysteries of the night an d it's various haunted
denizens, with an underlying story about lost love, melancholy memories of
ghosts from the past, and forlorn souls who are empowered by embracing the
We've been a big fan of Vargo's and Nox Arcana's work over
the years (just check out soundtrack review section) and am excited to hear
their newest project. Even more so since Vargo stated that this new
release will feature his gothic version of Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue.
We are very intrigued. The CD will be released later on this year.
Stay tuned for details.
MUSIC BOX MOVIE EVENTS
We already know that the Music Box has announced this year's
24-hour marathon, Music Box of Horrors, will be taking place on October 19th,
starting at noon. They haven't announced any more movie titles since our
last update, but we'll keep watching. But their fall schedule has been
released which features some other interesting titles for some matinees,
midnight screenings and other show. Here are some of the ones that we
found interesting. You can see their whole schedule on their website
Sept. 13th & 14th - the original FRIDAY THE 13th will be
screening at midnight.
Oct. 11th - Jim Mickle's WE ARE WHAT WE ARE opens
Oct. 25th to the 31st - Roman Polanski's ROSEMARY'S BABY
will be playing from a newly digital restoration
Oct. 27th - They will be screening the original 1953 WAR
OF THE WORLDS, plus excepts of Orson Well's famous radio broadcast.
Nov. 1st & 2nd - THE VISITOR - This is one crazy film
with an all star cast.
Nov. 9th - Fans of stop motion animation are going to
want to check out the original LOST WORLD (1925) featuring the amazing work
of Willis O'Brien
HORROR HAPPENS RADIO SHOW
Earlier this month, we were invited to be on the Horror
Happens Radio show, hosted by Jay K. You can listen to the archived
interview by clicking
HERE, or any of his past shows. He constantly has tons of different
guests from the genre field. Check it out.
Well, now that September is here, I guess it is time to get back to
the classroom to learn more of your Horror History. So let's get to the
classroom and get started.
Last week's photo was taken from brilliantly visual piece of work of Mariano
Baino's 1993 film DARK WATERS. Truly an underrated film. Wish more
people showed the style shown in this movie. But kudos to the following
for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Todd Barwick, Chris
Kinniery, Gavin Schmitt, Gert Verbeeck, and Will Wilson. Well done.
But let us get to this week's photo. Just gaze into
those eyes and see if you can tell what movie they are from. Some it might
be pretty easy. Others...not so much. Just click
to send in your answer. Good luck.
JULIE HARRIS - REST IN PEACE
Most people don't think of the horror genre when they think
of Julie Harris. In fact, a lot of people have considered her one of the
first ladies of the American theater, from her career that has spanned over 50
years of both on stage and on screen. He had been nominated for 10 Tony
Awards, winning 5 of them, one of those was for the play "The Lark", in which
she co-starred with Boris Karloff. She was even nominated for an Oscar for
Best Actress for her role in the 1952 film THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING.
But to me, Harris will always been known for her role of the
quiet and nervous Eleanor Lance in Robert Wise's 1963 masterpiece, THE HAUNTING.
It is because of Harris' performance that the film is so terrifying.
Because of her, we feel the terror and the tension, never knowing what is really
going on. But because she plays her character so well, she sucks us into the
movie as if we were standing beside her. So it was sad news to hear that
she passed away yesterday. She really was a great talent that we lost.
We may not know where she has gone now, but I'm pretty sure she is definitely
not walking alone. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family.
She will be missed, but not forgotten.
THE UNINVITED APPEARS ON BLU-RAY!
Okay, maybe I wasn't paying attention when the news of this
first broke, but since I am just finding out about it, I'm going to post it here
since maybe there area few out there like me that missed it as well.
But it seems that Criterion will be releasing the much sought-after 1944 movie
THE UNINVITED on Blu-ray coming this October 22nd. This is a new 2K
digital restoration that I can only imagine how beautiful it is going to look.
The disc will also feature a visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda, two
radio adapatations, one from 1944 and the second from 1949, which both star Ray
Milland. There is also a trailer and a booklet with an essay by critic
Farran Smith Nehme, along with an interview with the director of the film, Lewis
Allen, that was done back in 1997. The SRP for this disc will be $29.95.
Next to THE HAUNTING, this one is right up there with the
best of them. Very creepy, well written and performed, and definitely a
must see for all horror fans. So make sure you put this one your list of
DVDs to buy. it will be worth it. Guaranteed.
Who would have ever thought that one might be able to pick up
the soundtrack for the 1989 Italian cheese-fest known as KILLER CROCODILE?
But now, thanks to the fine folks at Kronos Records, you will be finally be able
to have your very own copy of Riz Ortolani's score for this great little schlock
fest. That is the one thing I love about these small labels, like Kronos,
who are not afraid to take the time and money to release a soundtrack from a
little cult film like KILLER CROCODILE. I know we'll be adding it to our
collection in the very near future.
If you're interested, you better act fast since there are
only 500 copies being made. So head over to
Screen Archives Entertainment and place your order now!
BOOK REVIEW - HAMMER VAMPIRE
We have posted our review of The Hammer Vampire by Bruce G.
Hallenbeck. Head over to our Library Section
to read the review of this great book.
SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME...
Once again, I am amazed at the number of books that are
coming out that have to do with the horror, sci-fi, and or fantasy film genres.
It really is getting hard to even attempt to keep up with all of them. It
seems a lot of them are going the small press or self publishing route.
But if that is the way to get your book out there, then more power to you!
As we've said time and time again, there really is so much more you can learn
about the genre just by doing a little reading. It will open so many
gateways to so many great movies that are just out there waiting for you to
So here are a few titles that we've recently come across on
the web. We don't own any of these, so we don't know really anything about
them other than they look pretty interesting to me. Once we add them to
our collection, then we will be able to pass on some better and more detailed
info on them. So stay tuned.
Our photo from last week was from the classic film CARNIVAL OF SOULS. Such
a great and haunting piece of cinema. Got quite a few this week that sent
in the correct answer. They were: Hoby Abernathy, Cate Cameron,
Aaron Christensen, Craig Clark, Ken Johnson, Adam Knabe, Doug Lamoreux, John
Pata, Mike Shields, George Sourile, Wayne Teeter, and Will Wilson. Well
done, people, well done.
But let's get to this week's photo. Are were going to
go with something a little more obscure? Pretty obvious? Too easy,
too hard? I guess you'll have to take a look and see. Good luck.
to send in your answer.
ANOTHER YEAR...ANOTHER DRIVE-IN PARTY
For the second year now, I've had a little get-together to
celebrate my birthday, as well as the drive-in movie experience in our backyard.
Being die-hard movie fans, there is nothing better than getting together with friends and family
and just having a good time watching some fun movies. And last night was no different. A huge
thanks to my friends that came out to help me celebrate. I got to
expose them to a couple of movies that most of them had never seen before, ZAAT
and STING OF DEATH, two Florida made movies featuring some of the finest in low
budget horrors. Well, damn entertaining ones at least.
It is times like these that I once again realize just how special my
life is that I have so many incredible friends and family. Thank you for
making the trip out to the 'burbs for this. A special thanks to my son Nick who busted his ass not only helping
to get the house cleaned, but also working in the kitchen for the massive corn
dog frying that went on. But no words can describe my gratitude to my wife
Dawn for creating what has to be the world's first (and probably last) birthday
cake featuring the characters from both of these movies. The hours she put
into creating these guys out of rice crispy treats, covering them with fondant
and then painting them, all for a birthday cake, is just beyond words.
Yes, I know....I am one lucky SOB.
Last weekend was the Flashback Weekend and we had one hell of
a time. There was a great crowd all three days with plenty of fans roaming
around. We'll have our usual write up, with plenty of photos posted at
some point. I know we're still working on our Wonderfest report, which is
about 2 months past due(!) but we'll get caught up at some point. Just
PROJECT DRIVE-IN - SAVE THE MIDWAY!
While on the subject of Flashback and drive-ins, in case you didn't know,
Mike and Mia Kerz who run the show, also own and operate the Midway Drive-in out
in Sterling, IL. We've been out there countless times over the last few
years when they have their all night horror marathons. seeing some amazing stuff
like the original EVIL DEAD, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, NEAR DARK, MIDNIGHT MEAT
TRAIN, THE TOWN THE DREADED SUNDOWN, RE-ANIMATOR, Carpenter's THE THING, and
quite a few more. There really is
nothing like seeing some classic horror films at the drive-in. But after
this year, new movies will be only available in digital format, which means
the theaters that don't convert won't be able to show movies. And this
"new" system is not cheap, running around $100,000. But all hope is not
Honda is going to be giving away 5 digital systems to 5
different drive-in theaters, depending on who gets the most votes. So this
is where you come in. Just go to
and place your vote for the Midway Drive-in, located in Sterling, IL. You
can vote once per day, so make sure you go back after day until the contest
ends. This doesn't cost you a dime, but can help keep this American
institution open for years to come. So please take a couple of minutes of
each of your day to vote for the Midway. We use to go to the drive-in when
I was a kid, and have been lucky enough to take my son to them as well.
But we want to make sure they are still around for the next generation.
MIDWAY'S DUSK TO DAWN SHOW
Now if you needed a reason to be voting for the Midway, then
here it is. On Saturday, Sept. 21st, the Midway Drive-in will be hosting
another horror movie marathon. So far, they have only announced two
titles, H.G. Lewis' TWO THOUSAND MANIACS and FRIGHT NIGHT (yes, the original).
Now, I honestly couldn't think of a better movie to see at the drive-in than
Lewis' classic movie. And I'm sure whatever other title or titles they
list will be entertaining as well. So mark you calendar and make sure you
come out and not only support this drive-in, but also you will have a fantastic
time. We will see you there. For any updates about this show, head
over to their website
HERE. They don't have the event listed on their site yet, but I'm sure
will be up very soon.
KAREN BLACK - REST IN PEACE
We were very sad to hear the passing of Karen Black last
week. She was always such a joy to watch on screen, no matter what type of
movie she was in. While she might have considered some of the movies she
appeared in as horror films, we all knew what titles like BURNT OFFERINGS and
TRILOGY OF TERROR really were, and she was great in them none the less.
Black was one of those actresses that was immediately recognizable when she
appeared on screen. Starting her career on stage in 1965, she made the
move to movies a short time after. Even getting a nomination for her role
in FIVE EASY PIECES. My first memory of her, though I didn't remember it
at the time, was the episode in the TV series Ghost Story that she appeared in.
She was diagnosed with ampullary cancer near the end of 2010,
but thought she had gotten rid of it, even being declared cancer free the
following year. But as we all know, the big C is not that easy to get rid
of and likes to come back. According to the reports from her husband, she
outlasted longer than any of the doctors had told her she would, just going to
show just how strong of a person she was. But she lost that battle back on
Aug. 8th. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family. And as we
like to say, she may be gone, but because of the incredible work that she did,
she will definitely not be forgotten.
PET SEMATARY DOCUMENTARY NEWS
UNEARTHED & UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY, the new
documentary on one of the best King adaptations, has posted their official
trailer for it up on their Facebook page, which you can get to by clicking
If you want to see the trailer, just click
But from what we can see, this looks like it is going to be a very interesting
one, covering quite a bit about the film. We are really looking forward to
FROZEN DEAD COMES TO DVD
One movie memory from my childhood was watching THE FROZEN
DEAD on TV late one night. I couldn't remember the whole movie, but did
remember certain scenes, like the wall of arms, or the soldiers that could only
do one task, like comb their hair over and over again. But the disembodied
head stayed with me for a long time. Don't know what I'm talking about?
That is maybe because this movie never got an official DVD release (or even a
decent VHS release for that matter). Until now. Warner Archives has
announced that THE FROZEN DEAD is now available, in a newly re-mastered print.
It is a great movie? Not by any means. But with Dana Andrews as a
Nazi doctor hiding out after the war continuing his experiments with trying to
make the super soldier, and with body parts a plenty hanging around, it is a lot
of fun. You can get it from
Warner Archives for less than $20, or you can wait until they have big
sales, like on Black Friday, where they usually do 5 titles for $50. Keep
in mind, these are DVD-R's that are made to order. But I have gotten a few
them over the last few years and have never been disappointed with the quality.
CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES BONUS
Every FRIDAY THE 13th fan out there is probably anxiously
awaiting the release of the new documentary on the FRIDAY series called CRYSTAL
LAKE MEMORIES. But did you know that if you pre-order the disc from the
official site, you will get a bonus disc that contains around 4 hours of
extended interview material of the cast and crew from the whole movie and TV
series. You can only get this disc when you pre-order it. The
regular release is already over 6 hours long, so now you can get even more.
The pre-order price is only $29.95, and I have to say for that many hours of
information, somewhere over 10 hours worth, that is a pretty good deal. If
you're a fan of the series, it really is a no-brainer. For all the info,
head over to the official website by clicking
CHICAGO HORROR MOVIE EVENTS
This time of year, there are always a ton of great special
screenings going on in the Chicagoland area, which makes one of the few times
that I'm glad to be in this area. So once again, it comes down to marking
off the calendar with all the great stuff going on to make sure we make as many
as we can. So besides the Midway Dusk To Dawn show we mentioned above,
here are a few other events that will be happening in the next couple months.
DRIVE-IN MASSACRE - On Aug.
30th & 31st, Movieside will be hosting a 4-movie marathon at the McHenry
Drive-in. They will be screening MONSTER SQUAD (with director Fred
Dekker in person), Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE, SLEEPAWAY CAMP and finally HOUSE OF
EXORCISM. For all the info, click
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON 3-D SCREENING
- The Patio Theater
will be hosting 2 special 3D screenings of the last of the great Universal
classic monster films, featuring probably one of the best man-in-a-suit
monsters ever! The star of the film, Julie Adams, will be in
attendance. The screenings will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28th,
with the first screening at 2pm and 7pm, with the doors opening an hour
before each screening for a chance for autographs and picture taking.
Following each screening will be a Q&A with Adams. We checked with the
theater and the entrance fee includes an autograph signing with Adams.
Can't be that! If you haven't had the chance to see this film screened
in 3D you really don't want to miss this chance. It is incredible.
For more information about the event, click
MOVIESIDE MASSACRE - We had
mentioned this event before (click HERE) but they
have added a few more titles to the event. Come to this marathon,
taking place at the Patio Theater on Oct. 12th, and you will have the rare
chance to see Edison's 1910 silent film FRANKENSTEIN, with a live organ
accompaniment. Plus, they have also added the great little gem of a
movie, THE GATE, along with George Romero's MARTIN. Special guest Fred
Walton, director of APRIL FOOL'S DAY (which is also screening) and WHEN A
STRANGE CALLS, will be there. Pre-sale tickets are only $20, or $28 at
the day of the show. For all the info, head over to their Facebook
MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS - What
is better than a 24-hour horror movie marathon? TWO 24-hour horror
movie marathons! Taking place on Oct. 19th at the Music Box Theatre,
they have announced their 24-hour marathon with some of the movie titles and
their guests. Directors William Lustig and David Schmoeller will be
there each presenting one of their movies. For Lustig, it will be a
new restoration of MANIAC COP 2, and for Schmoeller, it will be his film
CRAWLSPACE, starring the notorious Klaus Kinski. Other films announced
so far are CHILD'S PLAY, NIGHT MONSTER (starring Bela Lugosi and Lionel
Atwill), POSSESSION (a must see film that will leave you speechless), and
TERRORVISION. Now last year, we were told that some of the guests
would not be charging for autographs which turned out to be false. So
we're not sure about this event. We'll be checking with the theatre,
but again, what they told us last year didn't happen. So we'll have to
see. Tickets for this event are $30 if you buy them before 9/15.
At the day of the show, they will be $40.
TIME COMMUNITY THEATER SCREENINGS IN OSHKOSK
While this isn't in the Chicago area, we will want to point
out some cool movies being screened up north in Oshkosh, WI at the Time
Community Theater. They have some great titles being screened starting in
Oct. and running through Dec. Titles such as NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD,
both FRANKENSTEIN & BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST, BEAST FROM
HAUNTED CAVE, and even SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS! For all the
details, head over to
Well, it has been a couple of weeks since our last photo. So you're all
probably wondering what crazy movie that shot was that has a T-Rex battling a
steam shovel. Well, it is from the film DINOSAURAS! You have to make
sure you add that little ! to the title. Not the most well known dinosaur
movie, but one that is a lot of fun, especially if you enjoy some good old
fashion stop-animation. A big kudos out to the following that sent in the
correct answer: Todd Barwick, Aaron Christensen, Bill Harrison, Chris
Kinniery, Doug Lamoreux, Erik Martin, Gavin Schmitt, and Mike Shields.
Now for these week's photo, going with something a little
more atmospheric. Take a peek and see if you can recognize where this
little shot is from. Good luck. Click
to send in your answer.
8-2-13 OKAY...SO I LIED
Yeah I know I said there wouldn't be an update for the next
two weeks, but there were a few things I wanted to point out that I didn't think
could wait, mainly because most of them take place this month. But before
that, in less than an hour, we'll be heading off to St. Louis for the Con-tamination
convention, making our first appearance there. We're looking forward to
seeing some old friends, making plenty of new ones, and just having a good time. They've got some great names in their guest list, including the
incredible and iconic Andrew Prine, who is a huge favorite of mine. We had the chance
to interview him a few years ago, who just had some great stories, so we're
looking to having another nice chat with him. If you're coming out to the
show, please make sure you stop by our table and say hello.
Okay...let's get on with the news that couldn't wait.
NEW SOUNDTRACK REVIEWS
We have posted our reviews of a couple of movies, one old and
one new. The newer one is for the recent THE CONJURING by Joseph Bishara.
The older one is for Charles Bernstein's score for CUJO. Head over to our
Soundtrack Reviews section to read more.
MOVIESIDE MASSACRE ADDS GUEST
Well, it didn't take long for the fine folks from Movieside
to announce its first guest for this year's marathon. They had already
scheduled the '80s slasher film APRIL FOOD'S DAY, so why not invite the director
Fred Walton to attend! Walton also directed the well known WHEN A STRANGER
CALLS, a film that terrified more than a few babysitters. For all the info
on this event, head over to their Facebook page by clicking
I'm sure all of you Chicago area people are already counting
the days down to The Drive-In Massacre taking place at the McHenry Drive-in on
August 30th & 31st. Right? Good. They have just added a fourth
feature, HOUSE OF EXORCISM, which is the re-edited version, along with some new
footage, of Mario Bava's LISA AND THE DEVIL. This feature, along with
ZOMBIE, SLEEPAWAY CAMP and MONSTER SQUAD, is going to be one hell of a night at
the drive-in. Plus, don't forget, MONSTER SQUAD director Fred Dekker will
also be joining the fun! For all the information, head over to their
Then while on the subject of drive-in theaters, the Skyline
Drive-In, located just south of Indianapolis, has announced their Super Monster
Movie Fest 2013. We went there last year for their Movie Fest and had a
blast. We were all set to go this year, but they moved their date a little
earlier than expected. So now we're not sure, but are still putting some
serious thought into make the trip. Here's what they have lined up for
their two night all-night marathons:
HORROR HOTEL - aka CITY OF THE DEAD
THE VAMPIRE- Mexican Vampires from the '50s...first to
THE DEVIL'S COMMANDMENT - Directed by Riccardo Freda
THE BLACK CAT - Lucio Fulci Fun!
NOCTURNA - Starring Yvonne DeCarlo & John Carradine as
Saturday, Aug. 24th
THE SHE-CREATURE (Roger Corman classic)
THE CREATURE WITH THE BLUE HAND - Starring Klaus Kinski
SCREAMS OF A WINTER NIGHT - Late 70's low budget
HOUSE OF EXORCISM - Re-edited version, with new footage,
version of Mario Bava's LISA AND THE DEVIL
DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS - Atmospheric and somber female
The admission for each night is only $10
per person, and all are being screened from 35mm prints. Take a second to
let this sink in for a minute....getting to see films like THE VAMPIRE or
Corman's THE SHE-CREATURE at a drive-in theater. And the best part
is now you can camp there over night for FREE! Last year we had gotten a
hotel room, but this is making it even more tempting for us to make the trip
again. And...if things haven't changed, to entice you even more, at their
snack bar, you can get bacon on pretty much anything you want!!!! Plus, it might be a little warmer than it was for us last year at
the end of September! For all the information, just click
7-28-13 IT'S SHOW TIME!
Well, almost. We have two conventions the next two
weekends, so we won't be having an update. Or if we do, it would be on the
following Monday, if we survive the weekends! Next week we are heading to
St. Louis for our first appearance at the
Contamination Def-Con 4
show. Looks to be a lot of fun and even better since we'll be able to hang
out with some of our regular convention friends as well as meet some new fans
and followers down there.
In fact, we don't even have that much of an update again this
week, mainly because we've been working on a special project for the
Contamination show. The promoters of the show has some how been
convinced to let me to a little presentation during the show, giving me the
chance to really get up on my soapbox! No, don't worry...no rants about
autograph prices and the like. Just some tips about Discovering the
Horror. So if you're coming out to the show, we would love to have you
stop in for it. Not sure when it will be, but we will have flyers for it
at our table. And there will be prizes! So looking forward to it
hope to see some followers of the site there at the show either way.
Then the following weekend we'll be back here in Chicago for
Flashback Weekend for another fun time. I have to say while I've seen
the cast of DAWN OF THE DEAD and Romero a few times over the years, I know my
son Nick is VERY excited to meet the cast, since DAWN is one of his favorite
movies. And I'm more than a little giddy to meet Judy Geeson. Plus,
any chance we get to hang out with our Chicago horror friends is always a fun
time. Hope you see some decent crowds at both of these shows.
MASSACRE SETS A DATE AND PLACE
Movieside has not only set a date for this year's Massacre
(now being called The Movieside Massacre), but they have also found a new home
for it after the strange demise of the Portage Theater. This time the
24-hour movie madness will be held at the Patio Theatre, located at 6008 W.
Irving Park Rd, in Chicago. The date for this onslaught of horror goodness
is from noon on October 12th until noon on the 13th. So far, here are some
of the films that they have announced:
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN - A Universal Classic
that every horror fan should see
THE TOMB OF LIGEIA - One of the later Roger Corman /
Vincent Price films...isn't that reason enough to see it?
APRIL FOOL'S DAY - Horror fun from the '80s.
HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER 2 - The last good HELLRAISER film.
WILD ZERO - Crazy Japanese zombie movie starring Guitar
SLITHER - A very HIGHLY underrated horror/comedy
ARMY OF DARKNESS - Do we even need to say anything?
While this does take place the same
weekend that Goblin is playing at the Metro that Sunday evening, I know us die
hard fans will be there to tackle both of them. But the strange thing is
that I had heard that the other theater known to also have a 24-hour horror
movie marathon had picked that same date for their show as well. We can only
hope that that changes since I would be more than happy to have two 24-hour
marathons two consecutive weekends or even in the same month. So we'll see
what happens. But I really hope they don't make us horror fans choose
between the two.
NEW MOVIE REVIEW: MEN IN SUITS
Anybody that loves monster movies, especially the ones that
aren't total CGI creations, whether they are old or new movies, definitely wants
to get a copy of this new documentary. Head over to our
Reviews page to learn more.
This week's lesson is about one of these 'men in suits', and
is one that everyone should know who they were. So head over to the
classroom to learn more about this actor and his
Our photo last week was another film from the same company that made our
previous Mystery Photo. Well, technically. Last week's photo was
from THE CITY OF THE DEAD (aka HORROR HOTEL), which was produced by Max
Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky, who would shortly form Amicus Productions.
But CITY is an amazingly atmospheric piece of film. One of those great
examples of when black and white films can work. Congrats out to the ones
that sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Humberto Amador, Dan
Brenneis, Aaron Christensen, Dave Friedman, William Harrison, Gavin Schmitt, and
Now let's get to this week's photo and see if it is as easy
as the last couple. This one might not be a tough one, but it is a fun
to send in your answer. Good Luck.
7-21-13 ALL BECAUSE OF THE PASSION
You know, the same time we were updating our site last week,
especially the SALUTE part, the news was breaking about Lianne 'Spiderbaby'
MacDougall who had been busted for stealing the work from many other writers,
and calling it her own. We're not going to get into that whole subject
because she's pretty much cut her own throat in the community. But
what puzzles me is how could you call yourself even a fan of the genre, not to
mention being a college educated writer, and yet couldn't write a simple review
without stealing from someone else? But it reminds me again of the people
out there in the horror community that do what we do on a regular basis.
Most of us here do what we do for simply the passion. It is not our
career, though I know most of us would jump at the change to be able to do that.
But we all know that our goal in all of this is to spread our love and passion
for the genre to other people. So for one of these to call themselves a
fan but yet can't do their job without stealing is just pathetic.
I do have to say though, that as much as I'd love to be doing
this for my full-time job, if that means I'd have to report on the same things
that all the other big sites are doing, making this pretty much look like
theirs, covering the latest box office results, the same coverage from
Comic-con, the same sequel announcements, only because you have to appease those
studios, I think I would get pretty bummed out about the whole thing and start
to not liking my job. Now, this is no way shape or form a criticism of
those other sites. That is what they do, and that's fine. But it is
not what I want to do here at the Krypt and I strive to do something different
each week here. Sure, there is going to be some of the same news items.
But I at least try to give them my spin or personal take or opinion on it.
Whether that works or is worth it, not sure. That is really up to the
people that come back here every week. And for those that do, I am very
And once again, for all of you out there that keep their
passion alive for the horror genre, we salute you!
NIGHTBREED: CABAL CUT COMES TO BLU-RAY
One of the big news bits that came out of Comic-Con was the
new titles announced by Scream Factory that they would be putting out on
Blu-Ray. John Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, SATURN 3, Sam Raimi's
DARKMAN, and Paul Schrader's underrated remake of CAT PEOPLE will all be hitting
Blu-Ray next year. But they also announced a couple of made-for-TV movies,
THE INITIATION OF SARAH and ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE?, both from 1978.
While HOUSE is more like one of those after-school specials from that era, that
deals with a teenage girl getting raped. Not that it isn't a well made and
scary, but more of a real-life type of horror film. But INITIATION is
pretty good, with a great cast.
But of course, the biggest news was that they will be
releasing the CABAL CUT of Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED. Now we are pretty
excited about this version of the film getting a release and especially since
that means it is going to be cleaned up compared to the version we got to see
last year at a screening here in Chicago. Not to mention that it is one of
my favorite films. But that being said, it will be interesting to see if
they edit this version down any or simply put every piece of found footage in
the movie. Here's my problem with it....I think this cut is TOO long,
mainly the attack by the police on Midian at the end of the film seemed to go on
forever before the Breed started fighting back. As we all know, there is a
reason that movies have an editor that complies the film from everything that
was shot. It needs to flow and it needs to make sense. The other
stuff that doesn't fit can be a nice extra in the bonus section. But that
is just my opinion. So we will be curious to what they do.
BUT...thank the gods that people like
Cherrington, who has been working hard
for years to make this finally become a reality.
DO YOU LIKE ARGENTO SOUNDTRACKS?
Fans of both Argento and composer Pino Donaggio will be
excited to hear that thanks to the fine folks at Quartet Records they will be
able to get the soundtrack for Argento's 2005 film DO YOU LIKE HITCHCOCK?
This is going to be a limited release of only 500 copies, so if you are even
remotely interested, I would get your pre-order in now, which you can do at
Entertainment. The price is only $19.95. The cd runs just over
an hour, with liner notes having comments from the composer about each of the
We had quite a few people this last week sending in the correct answer for last
week's Mystery Photo, probably the most ever for one of these. The photo
was a wonderful shot of Terry Thomas meeting the nasty end of a hammer in
Amicus' anthology film THE VAULT OF HORROR. Such a fun little movie with
an all-star cast. So major kudos to all those that sent in the correct
answer, which were: Hoby Abernathy, Humberto Amador, Todd Barwick, Cate Cameron,
Craig Clark, William Harrison, Bruce Hallenbeck, Brett Harrison, Chris Kinniery,
Doug Lamoreux, Kevin Matthews, Gavin Schmitt, Mike Shields, G Edwin Taylor,
Wayne Teeter, and Will Wilson. Well done, people.
So now that we've had an easy one, let's go with something
maybe a little tougher. Click
to send in your answer.
7-14-13 A SAD PASSING
When you've been doing conventions as long as I have, you tend to get to know a
lot of other dealers, some even becoming good friends. One of these
friends is Steve Bejma. If you've seen Steve at a show selling his
artwork, there is a good chance that his father Ron might have been with him.
We got to know Ron, as well as Steve's brother, also named Ron, pretty well from
the shows. So it was very sad to hear that Ron Sr. had passed away
over the weekend. Our thoughts go out to Steve, Ron Jr. and the whole
Bejma family in this sad time. Ron Sr. was quite a character.
It had always amazed me, and even made me jealous at times,
when I would see Steve there working his table with his father. I would
always try imagine my father coming to a convention with me. He wouldn't
have lasted an hour let alone a 3-day weekend. This is nothing against
him, but just that my father never would have "gotten it", or understood my
passion for what I do, let alone all these other people wandering around the
show. To him, it would have been a waste of time and money. So I was
always a little jealous that Steve had that relationship with his dad. But
I am thrilled beyond belief that I can share this passion at the shows with my
own son, as well as my wife. This is one of those things in life that you can't
put a price on. So while we mourn the passing of Ron Bejma Sr., I am so
thankful that we got to know him over the last several years. Rest in
peace, old man. You will be missed.
WE SALUTE YOU!
And who exactly are we saluting? Well, if you are
somebody who has a website or blog and reviews horror movies, or even just talk
about horror movies, then it would be you. Or if you write for a horror
magazine or publication, or even your little fanzine, then it would be you. Or if you write books about the
horror genre and/or about the people that make these movies, it would be you.
you organize, promote, or even go to horror film festivals, it you would be you.
Or even if you are just sitting at home watching these movies, reading these
books, then it definitely is you as well. Why? Because it is because
of the fans, that this genre is so big and strong. It is because of us
that we can still find a silent horror film that was make around 100 years ago
and be able to watch it. That we are still writing and reading new
articles and books on the people that made these movies, from way back to the silent
films like Murnau's, to the Universal classics, the films from Hammer Studios,
to even the newer titles, made in Hollywood or our own backyard, that is what has
been keeping this genre alive and so strong for all these years. It is comes
down to the fans. If our passion for this genre wasn't so big, so many of
these things would be lost in time.
So for all of those out there that contribute in any sort of
way, even if it just means simply being a fan, we salute you and thank you for
MAGAZINES: A DYING BREED?
We all know with the computer age the magazine industry, actually all paper
media types, like newspapers and such, have dropped dramatically. Sales
are way down, causing a lot of changes in that media. This is nothing we
didn't know. But what surprises me is the magazines don't seem to be going
out of their way to keep their loyal customers. Or maybe that is too broad
of a statement. Let me explain the reason for this rant.
I have been a subscriber of Fangoria magazine since issue
#52, which came out April of 1986. That's right folks, a subscriber for
almost 30 years. Once I started subscribing, I started to order the back
issues and am very proud to say that I have a complete collection of the
magazine. That is the only reason I kept up with my subscription during the
end of Timpone's reign since it had gone way done hill at that time. But
thanks to Chris Alexander, the magazine has turned around completely and is one
that I look forward to each and every issue. Which leads me to the reason for this
rant. Once my subscription runs out, I will not be renewing it. I
still will pick up the issues when I see them in the stores, even having to pay
more, but I won't be subscribing.
For the last 5 months, I haven't gotten my issue in the mail
until 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the issue has already hit stores. Not a week or
two later...but OVER A MONTH later. And for the last 5 months, I
have sent Fango an email asking what the problem is with me getting my issue so
late. Each time I get a very polite answer saying the stores are breaking
the rules by putting them on the stands too early and they will gladly send me
another issue. And then the next month, I go through the same process.
When I finally do get a issue, the next one is already on the newsstands.
One of the recent issues I got, there was an advertisement for some type of
convention...that took place two weeks BEFORE I got my issue! I've sent a
message off to Mr. Alexander but never got a reply. I know some people
were complaining in the Postal Zone, which Alexander replied that those problems
have been fixed. Got news for you...not even close.
Yeah, I know I write for HorrorHound magazine, one of Fango's
rivals. But this has nothing to do with it. First and foremost, I am
a horror fan. I see nothing wrong with supporting other magazines like
Fango or Rue Morgue or Diabolique for the reasons stated at the beginning of
this update. And I'm not saying these other magazines don't have issues
with their publications as well. We're all promoting the genre and that is
what is important. Just wanted to get that straight. But what I
don't understand that if these magazines really want to keep people buying their
magazines, keeping this type of media alive, and really would like those
subscribers, then they really need to make sure they are treated the right way.
And getting your issue of the magazine, 6 weeks after it hits the news stands
isn't the way to do it.
Now I know little of this movie than
from what I've read on their website and the trailer. Sure, it looks
cheesy and one of those Sci-Fi original movies. But I have to say that
anybody that creates a movie poster like this is going to get my attention.
All I can say is...WOW. Major kudos to whoever's idea this was, whoever
created this beautiful piece of art, and anybody having to deal with that film
that decided this poster was a good idea. I may just have to see this
movie...if only because of this artwork.
Could this kind of poster art make a comeback? Is it
possible that producers will realizes that this is a surefire way to get people
to come check out your movie? Doesn't matter if the movie actually
delivers what the poster says. Never did before, so why now? But it
is a great marketing tool that really can bring in the viewers. It has
worked for decades. So PLEASE...if you are involved in movie production of
any sorts and are making a sci-fi/horror movie, PLEASE spend the little extra
money and have a poster like this created for your movie. I guarantee it
will be worth it.
For more information about this movie, head over to their
official site HERE.
NEW MOVIE REVIEW: SADER RIDGE
We've been meaning to get this review posted weeks ago but
just finally got it done. Readers of this site and especially people who
know me, know my fondness of independent horror movies isn't the greatest.
So much so that we usually avoid any and all of these types because we've been
let down so many times before. So it is always refreshing when we come
across an indy movie that is worth seeing. SADER RIDGE is one of those.
Head over to our Reviews section for the full
details, but you might want to see this one out.
BFI CELEBRATES GOTHIC
Starting next month and running through January of next year,
the British Film Institute will be celebrating gothic horror with their program
Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film. This will be a "celebration of Gothic film
and TV across the UK with live events, special screenings and much more."
The event will cover four themes: Monstrous, The Dark Arts, Haunted, and Love is
a Devil. For all the info, head over to their site
I have to say that I'm thrilled to hear when the horror genre
is getting any time of special attention, but when the BFI decides to spend over
4 months to celebrate these incredible works of film, it just makes the little
horror fan inside me beam with pride. It shows us that these films that we
love to watch, are not just some penny dreadfuls that we are wasting our time
with and should put away such childish things, as they say. But that they
really are a true art form, and definitely one that is worth keeping alive.
Good on you, BFI. Just brilliant!
NEW BOOK ON TCM COMING...FROM LEATHERFACE
Fans of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE are going to be excited to hear that Gunnar
Hansen, Leatherface himself, has written a book about his experience with this
infamous movie, called Chain Saw Confidential, and it will be "an insider's view
like no other", according to Hansen. The book will be available in
September of this year and will be a hardcover edition, 240 pages with 16 full
color photo inserts.
This movie was made almost 40 years ago and still has the
reputation as one of the most famous horror films ever made. There is a
reason for that. And that is because it is a great film. Even though
normal every day critics will turn up their noses at a film like this, serious
film fans know how amazing this film is, and the painstaking toil it took on the
filmmakers, especially the actors who really gave their all in their work here.
We are really looking forward to adding this book to our collection when it
So...if you're interested in picking this up, and would like
to get an autographed copy, you can pre-order it from Dark Delicacies in
California. In September, they will be having Hansen there for a book
signing and you can order a copy from them to get signed and then sent to you.
Yes, you do have to pay postage, but at least it won't cost you extra for the
For more information about the signing, just click
HERE and go to their
Signings page. For any updated information about Hansen or his book, head
over to his website HERE.
Been a while since we've had a history lesson so we figured
we better get at it. Don't want you kids getting lazy! This week we
take a look at a man who was one of the key reasons some of our favorite Gothic
pictures from Hammer Studios look the way they do. Sure, we have some
great talent in front of the camera, but we all know that is only a small part
of what can make a movie be as good as it is. So head over to the
classroom to find out a little more.
Last week's photo was a little tougher than usual, mainly because this film has
never gotten a domestic release here in the States, having to rely on gray
market copies, or region free DVD players. But none the less, we did have
a few that correctly identified the movie, which was from THE BEAST AND THE
MAGIC SWORD, one of Paul Naschy's Japanese co-productions. Kudos out to
the following for sending in the correct answer: Aaron Christensen, Craig
J. Clark, Humberto Amador, & Gavin Schmitt. Well done people.
Now let's get to this week's little photo challenge.
Might be an easy one, but we just love this shot. Click
to send in your answer.
7-7-13 MOTOR CITY NIGHTMARES CONVENTION
Only took a little over 3 months to get this one written up
and posted, but it is now done and available! Only have the Wonderfest
show to do and we're all caught up. Of course, we've got two shows the
first part of next month, so I guess we better get to it quickly! You can
head over to our Convention Report section to read this newest report (and even
check out all the other show reports, with 75+ shows covered) or you can take
the easy way out and just click HERE.
Millennium Entertainment has announced they will be releasing Hammer's DRACULA:
PRINCE OF DARKNESS, the 1966 sequel to HORROR OF DRACULA, on September 3rd.
They are also planning to release quite a few of the Hammer titles on Blu-Ray,
THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, as well as QUATERMASS AND THE
PIT (FYI people...its QUATERMASS...not QUARTERMASS...No extra R, like everyone
is reporting, including Millennium themselves. Sure a little anal, but let
us at least get the title correct). But for Hammer's first Dracula
sequel, they did a great job, supplying a great cast here. Lots of fun.
We are really excited to see how this new transfer will look,
with hopefully some vibrant colors, that really show off one of the things that
Hammer was all about. This really is going to be the deciding factor on
whether I pick it up or not. Don't want to see the increased blue tinting
that they did on the HORROR OF DRACULA UK Blu-Ray. We'll just have to wait
But I'm am also interested about the extras on the disc.
The audio commentary looks to be the same one that originally was on the Elite
laserdisc release that was transferred over the Anchor Bay DVD release, as with
the Super 8mm behind the scenes footage that came from actor Francis Matthews.
There will be a restoration comparison could be interesting to see if there is
that big of a difference. But then besides a restored original trailer,
the World of Hammer episode of Hammer Star: Christopher Lee, which has been
released on previous editions, this one has a brand new exclusive still gallery,
some sort of printed memorabilia, which could be anything, and a brand new
documentary called "Back to Black" listed. It doesn't have a running time
or if it is a featurette or feature length, so we're not sure. But with
Lee pretty much refusing to talk about these Dracula films, I wonder who's input
they did get. Hopefully they have some good stuff to make up for that.
But it is really going to be the transfer and how it looks as to whether we will
be getting this.
But once again, and not to get on another rant, but why would
an actor who is still known for a roll that he did over 50 years ago, be so
bitter towards them. Sure, he made a lot of films in other genres, but he
is predominately known for the horror films he made, especially the Hammer
titles. That's not a bad thing, is it? So cut us fans some slack,
Mr. Lee. We still remember you and your work because you were so great in
them. So why bite the hand that feeds you? Okay...done now.
Another classic title that is getting a Blu-Ray release is
from Warner Home Video on October 1st, is Vincent Price's 1953 film HOUSE OF
WAX, released in a 3D Blu-Ray. Not sure if you're going to need a 3D TV or
not (hopefully not), but we are very curious. Not only will the release
have a new audio commentary, a new featurette, vintage newsreels and
trailers, but it will also have the original 1933 film THE MYSTERY OF THE WAX
MUSEUM, starring Lionel Atwill. Now that is a nice little extra.
Also on that same date is a Blu-Ray release of THE MONSTER CLUB, being released
by Scorpion Releasing. As much as I'm happy to see that film get a little
love, but it is one that I wouldn't have expected. Hopefully you can set
it up to watch it where it automatically skips over the musical numbers!
FILM FESTS AND OTHER EVENTS
I know the convention circuit can keep us busy from the spring to the fall, but
there are plenty of other events that go on that is well worth checking out.
Sure, sometimes it makes for a busy month with something on every weekend, but
there are just so many great things going on. Now with the summer half way
over now and the fall is creeping its way closer, even more events are popping
up. Usually they start a little closer to October, but it seems things are
starting way earlier this year. So let's take a look at a few of them.
First up, for Chicago fans, the new documentary ADJUST YOUR
TRACKING, will be playing at the Lincoln Hall in Chicago this Tuesday at 8pm.
Tickets are only $5 and the directors Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic will be there
at the screening. This is a documentary about how VHS tapes are becoming
more and more collectible, becoming highly sought after by some fans, some even
paying ridiculously amounts of money for some of the tapes. Take a
wonderful trip back to the '80s and '90s when videotapes were the best place
(and sometimes the ONLY place) to see some of the greatest movies ever made.
For more info on the screening, just click
Next up, DVD Drive-In has announced this year's fall
Super Monster-Rama, which is going to take place on Sept. 6th & 7th.
This time out, they are celebrating the 100th birthday of the great Peter
Cushing with two nights of Cushing's films. On Friday the 6th, they will
be screening BRIDES OF DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, FEAR IN THE
NIGHT and FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE. Then on Saturday the 7th, they will be
screening MADHOUSE, AT THE EARTH'S CORE, ASYLUM and SHOCK WAVES. All of
these features are being shown from 35mm prints. There are some amazing
titles in here folks. Unfortunately, since that is the same weekend as the
HorrorHound Weekend show that we are already committed to, we won't be making
the trip. We made the trip back in 2010 and had a blast (see our report
HERE) and would highly recommend it to everybody.
And not only are you going to have a great time, but you will be helping to
support one of the remaining drive-ins that are still operating, still showing
35mm prints, and still having these great little all night horror movie
While on the subject of 2-night all-night horror movie marathons at a drive-in,
we know that the Skyline Drive-In in Shelbyville is planning another event like
they did last year. We attended that one and again just had a blast there.
I don't have a confirmed date yet, but I believe it will be the later part of
next month. Once we have an official date and some titles they will be
playing, we will post it here. But if our schedules work out, we are
planning to go to it again. But our August is already full, so this might
be an issue. But either way, we'll make sure we help get the word out to
others that want to make it out for it. You can check out the Skyline's
website by clicking
And lastly, our good friends in Oshkosh Wisconsin have
announced the dates for this year's Oshkosh Horror Film Festival. The
dates are Oct. 5th & 6th. Once again, we are already committed to the
Cinema Wasteland show, otherwise I know we'd be making the trip up north for
this event. The Oshkosh Horror community is very strong and they really do
go out of their way to help promote independent horror films. For all the
information about this event, you can head to their website
HERE, or their
Facebook Event page
While we usually only report about movie fest in the Chicagoland area or close
by (only because those are the ones that we can make it to), we heard about the
American Cinematheque Theater in Hollywood that just made me drool. Over
this weekend, they had some some really fun triple features. On Friday,
they screened JAWS, TINTORERA: KILLER SHARK, and then a pre-JAWS documentary
BLUE WATER, WHITE DEATH. Then on Saturday the 6th, they screened PIRANHA,
GRIZZLY, and ALLIGATOR, with ALLIGATOR star Robert Forster in attendance!
Now that is one hell of a triple feature. I would have loved to been able
to attend that one, with three super fun movies. Then today they were
having a sneak peek of Larry Fessenden's latest film, BENEATH. Though,
having seen this one, I can't say I would recommend it.
Another great upcoming series they are having that I would
love to attend is a tribute to '40s actor Lionel Atwill. Starting on Thursday
the 11th, they will be screening SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE
WOLF MAN, and then MAN MADE MONSTER, all showing some great performances by
Atwill. Then on the 18th, they are screening MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM and
DOCTOR X. On the 25th, they are screening two non-horror titles that Atwill
appeared in, CAPTAIN BLOOD and SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM. You can get to
their website by clicking
Lionel Atwill was predominately known for his villainous
roles, or ones of authority, but he was one actor that I always found
entertaining, no matter the role or the size of the role. One of my first
memories of him was in GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, which is one of the reasons that
remains as one of my favorites in the series. While he worked quite a bit
during the '30s and '40s, his career dried up after he was sentenced to 5-years
probation for a perjury conviction after he admitted lying to a grand jury
during an investigation about a party at his house. While he was excused
of this charge and his record was cleared, his career was permanently affected
Once again, I can't stress enough for fans to make sure they
support these events and the theaters that hold them, whether they are art-house
theaters, drive-ins, or whatever. Keep supporting them, keep showing them
that film fans like us want to be able to see events like this continue.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: BYZANTIUM
We have posted our review of Javier Navarette's score for
Neil Jordon's newest film, BYZANTIUM. Head over to our
Soundtrack Reviews section for all the details.
NEW NotLD DOCUMENTARY
Glass Eye Pix is releasing a new documentary on George
Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, simple called THE BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD.
From the trailer that you can see on the movie's website (just click
HERE), it seems
the documentary really focuses on what was going on at the time the film was
made, between the war in Viet Nam, and the political and social issues that were
causing drastic changes in our world. Shot between 2006 and 2011, it was
directed by Rob Kuhns, a documentary editor since the late '80s. The idea
started him making a documentary about a "little-movie-that-could", this little
independently financed and made by people way outside the typical film business.
But it grew much more than that.
Last week's photo was from the Val Lewton classic I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, a film
that all horror fans need to see at some point. It does the brain good to
see what came before the flesh-eating zombies came to be. Kudos to the
following that sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Cate Cameron, Aaron
Christensen, Gary Kent, Chris Kinniery, Doug Lamoreux, Steve Sapsford, Gavin
Schmitt, and William Wilson. Well done, people.
But let us get to this week's photo. Tougher?
Easier? Take a look and see for yourself. Click
to send in your answer.
ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY COMING AND MORE
The year is just a few hours from being half over, and we're
still enjoying our little break from the convention scene, getting all ready for
the next one in August. But we know that once August hits, the time is
going to fly by, with the conventions, movie marathons, and much more that we
already have planned, it will be October before we know it. Another year
to really enjoy all that we love in the horror genre. But this October
will mark the 15th Anniversary of Kitley's Krypt. While we might not be
the oldest horror website out there, I'm pretty sure we're the oldest that has
original content each week, instead of just posting news bits that are found on
every other sites. But we really try to do something unique and something
you can't find anywhere else. Sometimes it boggles my mind that I've been
at this so long, but it really is my passion and a way of life. Can't see
not doing this. The horror genre is something I really believe in, drives
me to do what I do, and will continue to work on helping more and more people
Discover the Horror, even for another 15 years! I have met so many cool
and interesting people over the last 15 years because of this site and couldn't
ask for a better audience. Who knows...maybe we'll have a nice
little giveaway in October to celebrate and to show my appreciation for your
continued support. Thank you to all those who come back each and every
While on the subject of upcoming conventions, our first one
will be the first weekend in August, when we head down to St. Louis for the
4 show. This will be our first time down at this show so we are looking
forward to testing the waters of a new show, as well as meeting a brand new set
of horror fans. They have a great lineup so far, which a real mix of
talent, both classic and newer. Then the very next week, we'll be at the
Weekend in our own area. With reunions from DAWN OF THE DEAD, PET
SEMETARY, and LORDS OF SALEM, this is going to be yet another great time.
Then with a triple feature planned at a drive-in, to some other fun stuff
planned, once this ball gets rolling, there's no stopping us until Halloween!
RICHARD MATHESON - REST IN PEACE
Years ago, before my son was born, I use to read a lot of
horror fiction. A lot. And one author that I would follow was
Richard Matheson. As Stephen King as said, Matheson "was a seminal figure
in the horror and fantasy genres, as important in his way as Poe or Lovecraft.".
We couldn't agree more. Matheson's stories always seemed like they could
happen. Very simple but very effective stories. His haunted house
novel, Hell House, is still my all time favorite, as well as the film adaption
that he wrote, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE.
Matheson had his first genre story published in 1950, called
"Born of Man and Woman" and was about a couple who give birth to a monster,
which they keep in their cellar. He would later go on to write stories
like Duel, I Am Legend, Hell House, The Shrinking Man, Stir of Echoes, and
countless more. Not to mention the work he did for television, writing
over a dozen episodes of Twilight Zone, as well as episodes of The Alfred
Hitchcock Hour, Night Gallery, Amazing Stories, and many more. His story
Duel, was made into a movie by a young Steven Spielberg, making his feature
directorial debut. He put Matheson "in the same category as Bradbury and
Matheson passed away last Sunday in his home. His son
was asked if his father had any words that he lived by. He said that he
kept a sign above his desk that read "That which you think becomes your world."
I couldn't think of a better way to describe such a talent man. He will be
missed, but thankfully his work will live on to introduce the generations to
come to this incredible worlds that he created and to strive his readers to
think outside the norm.
GOBLIN TOURS THE US
For the first time ever, the band Goblin will be touring the
US. When we first heard news of this, we were pretty excited. But
then when we heard they would playing in Chicago, I knew I was not going to miss
this chance to see a band that brought certain films into a whole new element of
freaking awesomeness! I mean, can you imagine watching Argento's DEEP RED
or SUSPIRIA without that amazing score? This newer version of Goblin
features three of the original members, Claudio Simonetti, Maurizio Guarini, and
Massimo Morante and they will be playing the following dates/cities listed
below. I STRONGLY suggest that you make it to one of these shows.
This really might be the only time to see them here in the States. Not
only that, but we want to show them how much their music has meant to us fans.
And no better way to do that than to go to their shows to show our support!
– Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
10/03 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
10/04 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
10/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
10/09 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/10 – Montreal, QC @ Le National
10/11 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/12 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
10/13 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/15 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
10/18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
10/19 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
10/22 – Hollywood, CA @ Egyptian Theater
REEL ART = REAL DEALS
Since we've been doing conventions over the years, you see and meet a lot of the
same dealers and folks. One of these gentlemen is Cory Glaberson, who runs
the Reel Art store in Berwyn, IL. We've been in there a few times since
they opened and have always come away with some great deals. Cory has an
unbelievable mass of movie memorabilia, from posters, lobby cards, 1/2 sheets,
inserts, comic books, toys, and tons of other stuff that would make any movie
fan drool. A few times a year, they have their warehouse sale, which
usually makes most everything at half price. Being a collector of horror
posters and whatnot, I have yet to go there and find some incredible finds.
This last weekend was no different. I know that Cory does a lot of
conventions as well, and carries those great deals with him. But if you
ever get the chance to check out his store, especially during one of his
warehouse sales, you need to do it. You can get to his website by clicking
One of the things we love about this store is that they carry
a ton of classic stuff that we love, like items from movies of the '70s and
'80s. For some people, some of these items might not be worth collecting.
For example, during our recent trip to store, we picked up this one-sheet for
the 1987 film DEMON OF PARADISE, which is sort of a CREATURE FROM THE BLACK
LAGOON rip-off. Who cares if the movie might not be the greatest one ever
made, just look at this artwork! This is one of the reasons I collect
items like this. This poster was made at a time when the artwork had to
sell the movie. And I know if I seen this at a movie theater in the Coming
Soon section, I know I would be back to see it. As many times as I've said
this is a dying art form (if not dead already), I always try to stress that this
is the kind of movie poster that we need to keep alive. The collectors out
there, like me, are the ones that keep these images alive and won't let them be
forgotten. Just like the obscure movies that we pass on to our friends so
they can enjoy them, by buying and hanging these posters up for our friends to
see, it gives them a chance to admire it as well. Even if they are not
collectors themselves, they can and usually will be impressed with the poster
and maybe will even make them want to seek out the movie.
So what is the point of all this? Well...not sure.
But I know that if you can, make sure you check out Cory and Reel Art, either at
a convention near you, or make a journey out to his store. I think you
might come away a happier collector than when you went in. Maybe a little
poorer, but definitely happier.
4-PACKS OF FUN FROM SCREAM FACTORY
Coming out Aug. 20th is a great little 4-pack of titles from
Scream Factory calling it their All Night Horror Marathon, which 3 of them
haven't seen the light of DVD yet. They are Lucio Fulci's SCHIZOID (aka A
WOMAN IN A LIZARD SKIN, which had been released by I believe Shriek Show a few
years back), THE VAGRANT which stars Bill Paxton and was directed by makeup whiz
Chris Walas, THE GODSEND and THE OUTING. All for of these movies for only
$10. Seriously. Remember back in the day having to spend $20+ on a
VHS tape for one single movie? Scream Factory really seems to be burning
up the trail with all these horror titles coming out.
If these four weren't enough, this Oct. 29th, they are
releasing volume 2 in their All Night Horror Marathon. On this release,
they will have another set of movies that all have never hit DVD before.
The titles are an early film from Charles Band's Empire Pictures, THE
DUNGEONMASTER, David Schmoeller's CATACOMBS, John Carl Buechler's CELLAR
DWELLER, and lastly Joe D'Amato's CONTAMINATION 7 (aka CREEPERS). Once
again, all four movies for only $9.99. How can you pass these up?
Order them from Amazon and get them even cheaper!
Our photo from last week was from the film TERROR TRAIN.
Sure, it might have been a little too easy, but it was a nice re-visit, wasn't
it? Amazing how well that movie still holds up after all these years.
Congrats to the following for sending in the correct answer: Dan Brenneis,
Cate Cameron, Albert Gerber, Chris Kinniery, Ashley Lamers, Doug Lamoreux, Mike
Shields, Wayne Teeter, and Will Wilson.
I think this week might be a little bit tougher...maybe.
This might be one of those that you might remember the image, but just can't
place the film. I guess you'll just have to take a peek and see what you
come up with. Click HERE
to send in your answer. And as always, good luck.
6-23-13 NEW BOOK REVIEWS
We have no less than 3 book reviews this week. Can you
tell how important we think these are? Our first review is of Peter
Cushing: The Complete Memoirs, this wonderful new edition of Peter Cushing's
two autobiographies that have been combined in one book, plus a lot more.
Really a must have.
Next up, we have a review that I can't believe it has taken
me this long to write one up! It is for Thorsten Benzel's Muchas
Gracias Senor Lobo. Yeah...Naschy fans...you NEED this book.
And lastly, we have a review of Bryan Senn's entertaining
film guide A Year of Fear: A Day-By-Day Guide to 366 Horror Films. This is
a great book when you watch to watch a movie but just can't decide! Not to
mention it is really well written.
For all our reviews, head over to our
Reference Library section where you can find
these reviews, plus tons more. Always remember...reading makes you
June is almost over, soldiers. So for those of you that
are participating in this month's mission that hasn't sent in their mission
report, better jump to it. Only a week left. As much as we don't
like to leave any soldiers behind, you are completely on your own on these
missions. We gave you an easy month this time out, so be prepared for a
much harder one next month. It is going to require some research.
But I know you are up to it.
Not sure what the Kryptic Army is? Just head over to
our Army page for all the fun details. And if
you're still not sure, please feel free to drop my a line
TERROR IN THE AISLES PRESENTS DRIVE-IN MASSACRE
Terror in the Aisles has a couple of new announcements since
our last update. First of all, they have announced their 3rd and final
feature for their upcoming Drive-In Masscre at the McHenry Drive-In. It
will be Fred Dekker's MONSTER SQUAD. Adding that film with SLEEPAWAY CAMP
and Fulci's ZOMBIE, it is a triple feature of awesomeness. Plus, a even bigger
bonus is that director Fred Dekker will be there in person! So bring all
of your MONSTER SQUAD and NIGHT OF THE CREEPS items you want to get signed.
Also, they have announce the dates for when this is
happening. It will be on Friday, Aug. 30th and Saturday, Aug. 31st.
So Chicago area fans, you have two chances to make it out to this great and nostalgic event.
Make sure you come out and show your support. We want to show these places
like the McHenry Drive-In, as well as the
out in Dixon, that if they keep putting on events like this, the fans will show
up to make it worth it. Everybody wins! So please....come out and
show them how big of a horror community is out there.
For all the info about the event, check out there Facebook
HERE. Or you can head over to the McHenry Drive-In page
NEW EXORCIST BLU-RAY
Well, it didn't take long for them to try and jump on the
Anniversary bandwagon with another blu-ray release of THE EXORCIST. Even
though the first blu-ray edition came out only 3 years ago in October of 2010, I
guess since this is the 40th anniversary, they figured they had to put out a new
edition. Of course it has both the original version as well as the newer
one, which I like to call "The Version I'll Never Watch Again", and has what seems
to be most of the extras from the previous release. Of course, this does
have two new featurettes on there, which they had to do just to get the die hard
fans to drop another $50 for it.
The first one is called Beyond Comprehension: William Peter
Blatty's The Exorcist. It has Blatty returning to where "it all began".
We get to see the cabin where Blatty wrote the novel, as well as seeing him
visit Georgetown University where the film was shot as well as the famous set of
stairs. The second featurette is called Talk of the Devil, which is about
the priest, Father Eugene Gallagher, where Blatty first learned about the true
case that he would eventually base his novel on. At that time, Gallagher
talked quite a bit about the true story, about exorcism and about Blatty as
well. This is the first time this footage is available.
Now, I'm all up for extras. But depending on just how
long these "featurettes" are, am I really thinking about spending another $50
for two short documentaries? For all we know, these could be 10 or 20
minutes long. I'm sorry, but as much as I used to be about getting all the
extras, it has gotten to the point where they just aren't as appealing to me as
they used to. So I know when this new edition comes out, even at a half
price, I think I will pass on it. With the previous one only out 3 years
ago, I think it is a little too soon to be double-dipping. But that is
This week, we take a look at a film composer that
worked quite a bit with one of the biggest low budget producers in the '50s.
Head over to the Classroom to learn more.
Our photo from last week was that of the always memorable Andrew Prine from his
film SIMON: KING OF THE WITCHES. No matter what he is in, he is always a
joy to watch. Kudos out the following that sent in the correct answer:
Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Doug Lamoreux, Ken Johnson, Mike Shields, and Will Wilson.
So lets get with this week's photo. Hopefully after
this weekend, you didn't end up like this poor guy. But give it a look and
see what you can come up with. Click HERE
to send in your answer. And as always, good luck.
6-16-13 NEW BOOK REVIEWS
We have couple of new book reviews this time out, both of
them newer versions of an older book. Our first one is for Mike Mayo's
updated version of his Horror Show review book. The first edition, which
we still highly recommend, came out in 1998. So is this newer version
worth trading in that first one? Head over to our review to find out.
Just click HERE.
For our second book, we have gotten a copy of this latest
edition of Horror! This is actually the 3rd edition of this title,
with the last one only coming out a few years ago. Is this a expanded
edition of the previous one? Or just a repackaged with a new cover?
Head over to our review to find out. Just click
HERE. Or you could head over to
our Library Section and kill some time reading
our different reviews.
While on the subject of books, we wanted to mention a book
publisher in the UK that has been putting out some interesting horror reference
titles over the last few years. Anytime anybody puts out a book or two on
Hammer films, you already have my interests. Currently, we do not have any
of there books in our collection...at the moment. We do have a couple of
them on the way, so once we get the chance to take a look at them, we'll give a
better update on them. But there's a couple of reasons I would recommend
at least some of their titles without even seeing one. The first reason is
the author is Bruce G. Hallenbeck. If you're a fan of
Little Shoppe of
Horrors, the best magazine out there on British horror (especially Hammer) which has been running for over 40 years, then you've probably
read his work, since he has been writing for them for the last several decades.
In other words, he knows his stuff! He has 3 books published from Hemlock,
including the more recent one Hammer's Frankenstein Films. As we stated,
we haven't haven't gotten our copies yet, but the reviews we've read so far have
been very good. The other reason for our recommendation is even simpler:
It's because they are books on horror films!!! Do you need another reason?
Once again proving that print is definitely not dead.
The cost for the books are pretty reasonable priced, around £12.95
to £16.25 each (approx. $20 to $25). The only problem is that since these
are coming from the UK, the cost to get them isn't the cheapest due to the
overseas postage. But if you search the web a little, you can find some
places that might offer some more affordable means to getting them, such as
Amazon. I found two different places in the UK that shipped two of these
books out for $4 each. Granted, I don't have them in my hands yet, so
hopefully they will get here in one piece! But none the less, if you look
around, you might be able to find a good deal. You can check out Hemlock's
website by clicking
NEW SOUNDTRACK REVIEW
We have posted our review of another great release from Monstrous Movie Music.
This time out, we give a listen to the double feature of THE SHE DEMONS / THE
ASTOUNDING SHE-MONSTER. Head over to our
Soundtrack Reviews to hear the details.
CINEMA WASTELAND REPORT POSTED
Slowly but steady, we are getting caught up on our convention
reports. Last week we got our HorrorHound report done, and now we have our
report for the Spring Cinema Wasteland show posted, with plenty of photos.
Of course, after 23 shows, can't really say much different than what we have in
our last 22 reports! You can head over to our Convention Report page to
get there, or you can just click HERE.
We're back! Hope you haven't let that grey matter sit
idle while class has been out. Let's head over to the classroom now to
learn about an actor who is really known for his appearance in tons of Westerns,
but became known in the horror genre for taking over an iconic role.
Last week's photo was from the film STIGMATA, starring Patricia Arquette.
Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Cate Cameron,
Dahlia, and Kristin Wicks. Nicely done.
So let's get on with this week's photo and see if anybody can
recognize this familiar face and which movie it is from. Click HERE
to send in your answer. Good luck.
6-9-13 SOMETIMES LIFE GETS IN THE WAY
Not a big update this week. Spent most of the day
yesterday doing some yard work, which I'm paying for now. And if that
wasn't enough, my body decided to pick up a real nice sinus infection to suck
any and all motivation out of me today. Plus, it gets hard to type when
I'm blowing my nose every two minutes, not to mention trying to see what I'm
typing through watery eyes. Such is life. But hopefully we'll be
back on point next week with a full update.
Well, it only took us almost 3 months, but we finally got our
report posted of our first show of this year, the HorrorHound Weekend in
Cincinnati last March. Head over to our Convention reports to check it
out, or you could just click HERE.
For those of you who participated in last month's Kryptic Army might have watch
the film that last week's Mystery Photo was from....none other than Jess
Franco's COUNT DRACULA. That is our buddy Klaus Kinski up there in the
window. Congrats out to the following for sending in the correct answer:
Aaron Christensen, Doug Lamoreux, & Gavin Schmitt.
Now on to this week's photo. Take a good look and see
what you can come up with. Click HERE
to send in your answer. And Good Luck!
EDDIE ROMERO - REST IN PEACE
I was very sad to hear the passing of Filipino director Eddie Romero earlier
this week. It was reported that he was in and out of the hospital since
earlier this month, before passing away on Tuesday the 28th, at the age of 88.
Romero started writing and selling short stories when he was only 12 years old,
selling them to the Philippines Free Press. Director Gerardo de Leon read
some of his stories and got him in the film business by writing screenplays.
His first one was made when he was only 17 years old. It wasn't long after
that before he was directing, which was in 1947. His last film was in
2008. That is one hell of a career.
Getting hooked on the exploitation/horror films that he was
making in the late '60s / early '70s, usually with John Ashley, was a great time
in my young life of a movie fan. They were so outrageous and so different
than what I'd seen before. With such outlandish movie titles like THE MAD
DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND (1968) or BEAST OF THE YELLOW NIGHT (1971), you always
knew you were in for one hell of a fun ride with Romero at the helm. With
other great films in his pocket like BRIDES OF BLOOD (1968), BEAST OF BLOOD
(1971), TWILIGHT PEOPLE (1972) and even his women exploitation pictures like
BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA and THE WOMAN HUNT (both 1973), and SAVAGE SISTERS
(1974), his films were always filled with action, blood, nudity, and plenty of
But while us horror fans might know him from these movies, he
was also an accomplished filmmaker in the Philippines. He was given a
Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cinemanila International Film Festival in
2000. He also won a Hall of Fame FAMAS (The Filipino Academy of Movie Arts
and Sciences Awards) award in 1986, a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993, and
then a Presidential Award in 2000.
I know that as long as their are horror fans out there, then
people will also know about the infamous Blood Island movies, and all the other
great titles that Eddie Romero gave us. And because of those, he will
never be forgotten. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
After going to conventions for over 25 years, it is pretty tough to get me
excited about a guest, but HorrorHound Weekend in September has added one that
has done just that. And that would be David Warner. For someone that
has been in so many cult films, both big budget and low budget, but always
giving such a great performance and one that is always remembered. With
appearances in movies like Amicus' FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE, to getting decapitated
by a sheet of glass in THE OMEN, to other roles in NIGHTWING, TIME AFTER TIME
(as Jack the Ripper), TIME BANDITS (one of our personal favorites), WAXWORK,
NECRONOMICON, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, and many more, he really is an icon for
us cult genre fans. Looking forward to meeting him. For all the info
about this show, head to their website
It's official. We will be adding the Contamination
Def-Con 4 show to our Kryptic World Tour. It takes place this August on
the 2nd-4th in St. Louis. This is our first time at this show and at a
show in this area. So hopefully we'll see and make a lot of new friends
They have a decent guest line up so far, with guests like
David Naughton, the Ladies from EVIL DEAD, C.J. Graham and Kane Hodder for you
FRIDAY THE 13th fans, Kassie Depaiva and Danny Hicks from EVIL DEAD 2, and many
more. You can get a full guest line up by going to their website
But I have to say the one name on their guest list that I'm
really excited about, even though I have met him before, is Andrew Prine.
This man is an icon when it comes to movies from the '70s and '80s. Just
look at his filmography and see all the great movies (and not so great, but
entertaining) he was involved with. Titles like GRIZZLY, THE EVIL,
AMITYVILLE 2, CENTERFOLD GIRLS, V, and much, much more. He has got some
great stories about his career, so if you're heading out to the show, please
stop by and chat with him for a few minutes.
BOOK REVIEW: THE PRICE OF FEAR
Just when you think you didn't need to add any more books on
your To Buy list...WRONG! We've posted our review of Joel Eisner's new
book on Vincent Price, entitled The Price of Fear. Highly
recommended. Just click HERE to get to
our Book Reviews.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: SCARY MOVIE 5
We have posted our review for the soundtrack for SCARY MOVIE
5. Head over to our Soundtrack Review
CHICAGO'S PORTAGE THEATER CLOSED?
A Chicago theater that I have been to more times that I could
count, seeing some amazing films on the big screen there, is now apparently
closed until further notice. I honestly don't think it will be closed for
good, but to me it seems to be more of a pissing match between the current owner
and someone in the city counsel. I don't know or have all the details, but
don't really believe in much what I read from the online reports. All I
can say is that I hope that it gets straightened out and re-opens to let future
events be held there.
MIDNIGHTS AT THE MUSIC BOX
While the fate of the Portage is still unknown, we do know
that the Music Box Theatre in Chicago has got some interesting titles lined up
for their upcoming midnight shows. Here's a list of some of those titles.
You can get all the info at their website
KISS OF THE DAMNED (2013) - June 7th & 8th
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK - 14th & 15th
MANIAC (2013) - Friday June 28th
V/H/S/2 (2013) - July 19th & 20th
JURASSIC PARK (1993) - Aug. 2nd & 3rd
TERROR AT THE DRIVE-IN?
While we don't have exact date yet, other than at the end of
August, Terror in the Aisles is taking over the drive-in for their Drive-In
Massacre film fest. Although, I wish they would since our August weekends
are filling up pretty damn quick and we want to make sure we make this one.
It will take place at the McHenry Outdoor Theater (click
HERE for the website). So far, the only films they have announced is
SLEEPAWAY CAMP and Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE. We're not sure how many more
features are going to be announced or when the exact date is, but when we find
out, we'll post it here. You can also get the info from the
Terror in the Aisles Facebook Page.
DEADITES INVADE THE MIDWAY
While on the subject of drive-in theaters, our favorite one
is having a special one night only triple features next Saturday. On June
8th only at the Midway Drive-in, they will be having a triple DEAD feature
playing. First up will be the new remake of EVIL DEAD (not the original),
then the original EVIL DEAD 2 followed by ARMY OF DARKNESS. Gates open at
7:30pm and the features start at dusk, approx. 8:30pm. To see all three of
these movies, it will only cost you $8 for adults and $4 for children. Not
a bad way to spend a Saturday night, if you ask me. For all the details,
go to www.themidwaydrivein.net.
SHOUT FACTORY TO RELEASE MORE CULT CLASSICS
Continuing their domination of the blu-ray market with new
releases of some great classic titles, they have now announced they will be
releasing the 1982 film THE BEAST WITHIN, which features some awesome old
fashion rubber monster makeup, courtesy of Tom Burman. They will also be
releasing David Schmoeller's CRAWLSPACE, starring the one-of-a-kind Klaus Kinski.
Hopefully they will have a lot of input and extras with Schmoeller, like audio
commentary and even his little short film he made about working with Kinski.
Fingers are crossed.
Last week's photo was from the very first SUBSPECIES movie. I remember
that was one of the things that impressed me about the film was the
cinematography and style they had in such a low budget film. The ones that
sent in the correct title was Hoby Abernathy, Mike Cole, Silke Goudo, Chris Kinniery, Erik
Martin, Bob Richards, Mark Turner, and Will Wilson. Well done, people.
You do us proud!
Now on to this week's photo. Much like the person in
the photo, you don't have much to look at. Or do they? I'm sure some
of you might find this quite easy, while with others, it just might drive you
mad! But in either case, good luck. Click HERE
to send in your answer.
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY PETER CUSHING!
Today is a special day of remembrance for this amazing actor
and incredible human being. Up there in the ranks with Boris Karloff and
Vincent Price, Peter Cushing was another one of those Gentlemen of Horror.
He loved working in the genre because he knew that is what he's fans wanted.
As quoted from the book
Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films, "I
do the parts now that I think the audiences want to see me doing. Who
wants to see me do Hamlet? Very few. But millions want to see me as
Frankenstein, so that's the one I do." This shows that Cushing wasn't
afraid of being typecast. Like Vincent Price and Boris Karloff, they knew
that being remembered for a role, even if it was in a horror movie, is still
being remembered. Isn't that what any actor wants?
He never let us down then, and with his movies continually
being watched today, he still doesn't let us down. With his performance as
Baron Frankenstein, he re-defined the mad doctor, making his character the one
to be fearful of, not his creations. But that was just one small part of
his vast amount of films and performances. From Dr. Who, to Professor Van
Helsing, to Grand Moff Tarkin, to all the great characters he created over the
years, Peter Cushing is one of my favorite actors, and I know he will never be
forgotten as long as their are fans of the horror genre.
And with tomorrow being the birthdays of Christopher Lee and
Vincent Price, there is another reason to watch some more movies! Long
live these incredible icons of the horror genre. And also to the fans that
keep their memories and their movies alive.
GRINDHOUSE TO RELEASE CUSHING'S CORRUPTION
Grindhouse Releasing has recently announced that they will be releasing this
rare Cushing film from 1968, where he stars in a bit of a take off on the whole
Dr. Orloff and EYES WITHOUT A FACE theme. He had invented a laser, which
accidently burns his model wife's face, which he then stops at nothing to try to
repair. While I wouldn't call this one of Cushing's best films, it is
definitely a rare one, especially if it contains the footage of him wrestling
with a topless woman, which was usually cut from most prints.
It will come out on Blu-Ray and DVD on Septemeber 10th, and
apparently will also be hitting a few theater screenings as well at some point.
If we hear about them, we'll post them here.
In the last two months, we've done 4 conventions, amongst all
our other projects that keep us busy during the year, hence why you haven't seen
any of these convention reports yet. But we're working on them....slow but
sure. But it seems that time is just flying by and summer is upon us, with
all that dreaded heat that comes with it. But now that we have a slight
break in the convention madness, at least for another two months until it gets
crazy again, we're planning getting caught up on some of our projects that have
been waiting in the wings.
We had a great time at Wonderfest last weekend, chatting with
a bunch of big horror fans (including more than a few Naschy fans), picking up a
few items for the collection, and just having a blast there. We will be
back next year, that is for sure.
In case you're keeping track, our next show for sure will be
the Flashback show on August 9th-11th in Chicago. But while we're not 100
% sure just yet, but it looks like the week before that, we will be heading down
to St. Louis for the CON-tamination convention. This is their 4th show but
we've never been down there for one yet. We've got some good friends down
there so it is going to be fun just to hang out with them no matter what.
They've got a pretty good lineup so far, including Andrew Prine, who is a cult
icon when you think of all the movies that guy has been in. We interviewed
him a few years ago and he is a super nice guy. Looking forward to seeing
him again. For more information about the show, just click
ADDS MELTING MAN DIRECTOR
While on the subject of upcoming shows, the Cinema Wasteland
show already had a great lineup scheduled for their October show, with a HILLS
HAVE EYES reunion with 6 people from the cult classic. But now they have
added someone to make it even better. And that would be director William
Sachs, the man who help give us THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN! Being one of
those guilty pleasures, this was a movie that I begged and pleaded my parents to
let me go see when it played at the local theater when it came out, but since it
was rated R...it just didn't happen. Once I did finally get to see it, it
was just magic. Sure, not a great film, but with some great effects and
just a fun movie to watch, how could it not be a classic? So we are
thrilled that he has been added to the line up.
Now if we could only find actor Alex Rebar and get him to the
For more information about the show, head over to their
George Romero makes his return to the Flashback Weekend for
the DAWN OF THE DEAD reunion. It's been a few years since Romero has been
to Chicago so what better time than to help celebrate his classic film DAWN OF
THE DEAD with the major cast. Even if you're not a fan of his later works,
like myself, you can't take away what he has done for the genre. And since
he is now 73 years old, I don't think he's going to be doing too many more
conventions. So if you haven't met the man yet, then this would be a great
time to do it.
They also have reunions for PET SEMETERY, as well as several
guests from Rob Zombie's latest film THE LORDS OF SALEM, including Willard
himself, Bruce Davison. For all the details and updates, head over to
KRYPTIC ARMY SOUND OFF!
Well folks, the month of May is almost over. That means in less than a
week our Army Soldiers will be getting their new mission assignments, with two
more new movies to seek out and capture. What could be the topic?
Well, they will just have to wait and see.
It seems our numbers are growing each and every month and
people are having more and more fun with it. Still not a member of the
Army? All the info you need is on our Army Page.
Never too late to join. Here are just a few of the comments the soldiers
have made regarding the Army and why they are enjoying the fun:
- As a new "recruit" to the army, I'm enjoying the hell out of
being a member of the Kryptic Army. Lots of fun, what a treat for horror
fans. I've told friends about it, hope they join. Plus its a great
excuse to watch horror movies. I'm able to watch and discover movies I
have never heard of. - Tom Brennan
- I am enjoying the army, and your increasingly challenging
missions. I've always enjoyed watching horror films, but may not always
have the time. Joining the army has given me an excuse to make the time.
- Wayne Teeter
- I love the army life! Every month I usually end up watching
movies I had never even heard of. Sometimes I watch a few more just
'cause other people make them sound so good (or so bad). - Cate
- Because good or bad, it gives me an excuse to see something I may
have otherwise ignored. It's fun trying to track down something I
haven't seen before in each months category. - Jerry Downing
- I've been watching horror films for over thirty years, and I
still find there are some that I've either never gotten around to or
just plain overlooked. The Kryptic Army gives me the nudge to catch up,
or dig a little deeper, or even just think a little more about what I
watch. - Ray
DESPERATE DOLLS - NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Normally we don't like to pimp film projects here because we
don't want it to become a place where we are trying to sell you something.
But a good friend of the Krypt, Darren Callahan, is working on a few film
project called DESPERATE DOLLS and needs some extra support. According to
the Indiegogo site, here is what the film is about: "Set
in Hollywood in 1968, it is the story of three young actresses with hand-picked
nicknames who become entangled in a web of murder, hypnosis, and ghosts.
Considered a smart take on retro exploitation films, the film will have flashes
of sex and violence, but keeps focus on a strong, classic style with chilling
scares." So it sounds pretty interesting and Callahan is a talent man,
so if you're feeling supportive of independent filmmakers, head over to their
Indiegogo page by clicking
and donate what you can. And even if you can't just pass on the info to
help spread the word.
STARTING THEM YOUNG....EVEN TODAY
When I was a little tyke, there was a series of books on put
out by Crestwood Publishing that came out in the late '70s that featured
individual books on different movie monsters. There was one on
Frankenstein, Dracula, Godzilla, King Kong, Mad Scientists, the Wolf Man.
These first 6 titles were written by Ian Thorne (aka sci-fi writer Julian May
using a pseudonym). in 1981, they published 9 more titles to the series,
which included The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Mummy, The Invisible Man,
The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Murders in the Rue
Morgue, It Came From Outer Space, The Deadly Mantis and The Blob. Then in
1985, the produced a new series called Movie Monsters, featuring 12 titles such
as Dracula's Daughter, Bride of Frankenstein, Tarantula and a few more.
This series was more about the particular movie itself, like a chapter book,
where the original series were on the sub-genre of movies under that particular
title, such as the Frankenstein title covered a variety of Frankenstein movies.
Nowadays, getting a hold of any of these books are going to run you a few $$,
especially finding them in good condition. But as a young monster fan,
these books were awesome.
But we recently discovered that a new publisher, Rosen
Publishing, had released something very similar to these back in 2005 to I
believe 2007. We're still trying to get some more definite information,
but we found it pretty interesting that these seem very similar to these
original books. But these newer titles were pretty much written all by
individual authors. They are all about the same page count as the
originals, around 48 pages, and all are written for the same age group and
reading level. While we don't have any of these newer series in our
collection (yet...that is), we are very curious to see what they are like.
The retail prices on them are outrageous, listed at $26.50 per book, but were
primarily made for school libraries! Granted, with a little interest
searching, you can find them much, much cheaper.
I guess the cool thing is that no matter how much people
might complain about horror movies and the adverse effect it does on people,
especially children, it hasn't stopped them from continuing to publish these
types of books to start that young monster fan on his way. And for that,
we salute you! I mean...how cool is it that you can get a book in grade
school that has a shot from Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE on the cover!?!?!?
CUSHING BOOK REVIEW
While on the subject of books, and since it is pretty fitting
on Cushing's 100th Birthday, we have posted our review of the book Peter
Cushing: A Life in Film in our Reference Book
Review section. While it might be a new edition of David Miller's
Peter Cushing Companion, we're still going to give it a thumbs up.
We have posted new reviews for 3 soundtracks in this update.
The first one is for E.C. Woodley's score for Brandon Cronenberg's film
ANTIVIRAL. The other two are from the incredible label Monstrous Movie
Music, which continues to put out some amazing releases. The first one is
for Walter Greene's scores for THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS & TEENAGE
MONSTER. The second one is for Nicholas Carras' scores for MISSILE TO THE
MOON & FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER. Lots of fun here, people. Head over
to our Soundtrack Review section to get all the
Our last photo was from the Hammer film X - THE UNKNOWN, which is a great little
monster blob movie if you haven't seen it. Well worth checking out.
But the ones that have seen the movie and were able to send in the correct
answer was: Chris Kinniery, Mike Shields, and Will Wilson. Well done!
Now on to this week's photo. While I thought
momentarily about going with either a Franco film to tie with this month's Army
mission, or a Cushing photo to tie in with his 100th Birthday, we decided to
save those for another day. So this one might be easy, or might not.
You'll have to take a look and see if it comes to you. In either case,
good luck! Click
to send in your answer.
A SLIGHT BREAK FROM OUR NORMAL BROADCAST
While we try not to let 'real life'
venture into our Krypt, we felt that it was important to point this particular
event out because it has so very much to do with the Krypt. On Tuesday the
14th of this month, it will be my 25th wedding anniversary. In this day
and age, I know that is even more of a milestone. My wife Dawn and I spent
this last weekend in Galena, IL to celebrate this occasion, taking a break from
the internet, and the rest of the world. From doing some shopping at the
all the little shops they have there (including a few book stores...yes, can't
go by a book store without me stopping in!), eating some great foods, and just
relaxing, it was an amazing weekend.
What does this have to do with the Krypt, you might ask?
Simple...if it wasn't for Dawn, who has not only let me work on this site for
almost 15 years, but wants and encourages me to continue as well, there would be
no Krypt. I have known a few die-hard fans like me over the years that can
only be that fan when their wife is away or busy, sneaking off to the darkened
depths of their basement, before being called back into husband duty. My
situation couldn't be farther from the truth, and I owe all of that to my wife
Dawn. She is always willing to watch anything that I decide to put on the
television...most of which she actually enjoys. While not as fanatical
about the genre as I am, she is a fan. As she as put it several times,
this is what defines us...it is who we are. I know I wouldn't be the
person I am today if it wasn't for her. So a huge shout out and thank you
to my wife Dawn, who has stood by me for all of these years, even during those
times when she had every right to kick my ass but didn't. She is the
reason for me still being here, as well as really showing me why there is so
much to enjoy in life. Here's to another 25 years.
WONDERFEST NEXT WEEKEND
We've been looking forward to this show for quite some time
and next week it happens. But that means there will be no update next
week. But this is our last show for a couple of months, so hopefully we'll
have time to get all our past show reports done and posted. I mean...we'll
only have 4 to get done after next weekend!
One of the things that we are looking forward to at the show
is the special premier screening of the new documentary by Cortlandt Hull & Bill
Diamond called THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: UNMASKING THE MASTERPIECE. This
will take viewers through the different versions of the classic story by Gaston
Leroux, with the main focus on the original version starring Lon Chaney Sr., but
also the remakes with Claude Rains and Hammer's version with Herbert Lom.
There will be interviews with Ron Chaney, Carla Laemmle, Daniel Roebuck, Chaney
historian Michael Blake, Steve Haberman, and many more. Not sure when this
would actually getting a release somewhere, so if you want to see it, you better
head to Wonderfest this weekend! Hope to see some of you at at the show.
HARRYHAUSEN - REST IN PEACE
What can be said about this legend. That work, legend,
was used in just about every obit that I read on Harryhausen. I wonder
why. Could it be because he created such magical images on screen for
movie goers, at a time when we never thought we'd get to see such things, like
giant monsters coming from the sea, or flying saucers crashing in to the White
House, hordes of skeleton warriors in swordfights with our movie heroes, or
dinosaurs attacking and trying to get to Rachel Welch. But because of Ray
Harryhausen, we got to see those. And for a lot of people out there, it
changed their life.
A young Ray went to see the original KING KONG at the
Grauman's Chinese Theater on its initial run in Hollywood. He has been
quoted several times saying that after seeing that film, "I haven't been the
same since." He came away from the movie with the desire to create his own
stop-animation creatures. And that is exactly what he did. He
started to make his own dinosaurs and make his own little short animated films
in his family's garage. As luck would have it, he eventually got to meet
Willis O'Brien, the man behind creating King Kong. O'Brien gave him tips
and pointers on what he needed to work on to improve his talent. O'Brien
later hired Harryhausen to work on MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, which would be Ray's first
major picture. And there was no stopping him after that.
He gave us a giant rhedosaurus in THE BEAST FROM 20,000
FATHOMS (1953), he showed us a giant octopus attacking the Golden Gate Bridge in
IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955), in EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956), he
showed us giant space ships crashing into such famous buildings as the White
House! And the list goes on and on. In the '60s & '70S, he help give
birth to the wondrous fantasy creatures in the Sinbad movies, like THE 7TH
VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1960), THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1974), and SINBAD AND THE
EYE OF THE TIGER (1977). And of course, in 1966, he helped Hammer Films
create the dinosaurs in their prehistoric epic ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.
Needless to say, Harryhausen was an amazing talent.
From his work in stop animation, the incredible artwork that he produced, as
well as inspiring so many people to follow their own dreams, he really is one
that defines the word "legend". This legend passed away last Tuesday, May
7th, at the age of 92. Because of this incredible portfolio of work that
he has left us within these movies, he will never be forgotten. His legacy
will live on every time a youngster catches a rerun of one of those Sinbad
movies and gets blown away by what he sees. Gone, but never forgotten.
Last update I talked about the new version of David Miller's
2000 book The Peter Cushing Companion, now called Peter Cushing: A
Life in Art. We're going to have a normal review of it, but wanted to
give a little bit of an update. We got a copy of the new edition and did a
little comparing. It is in fact the Companion book, but it is not
exactly the same. Right off the bat, you can see that it has 16 full color
pages that has some great stills and posters that are not in the original
edition, as well as some new black and white photo throughout the book.
While it is laid out the same, with the same chapters and oddly enough even the
same page length for each chapter, but the text has been edited slightly.
While a lot of it is exactly the same, there are some slight revisions, as well
as completely new paragraphs. So it is not simply a reprint like we first
But what I don't understand is why not advertise it as such?
Why not say that is it a re-edited & updated version of the Companion
book, with now having 16 color pages, and even more information added? Who
But all that confusion aside, it is a nice hardcover edition
of this book, and is a lot more reasonably priced compared to what the original
paperback versions are going for. So if you don't have the original, this
updated version needs to be on your Want List. This is about Peter Cushing
after all. If you already have the original, it wouldn't be out of the
question to upgrade it. I know we did. But then again, that's just
CUSHING'S 100th BIRTHDAY
While on the subject of Peter Cushing, May 25th of this month
would have been Cushing's 100th birthday. I know there are many different
things being planned to celebrate that, especially over in the UK. I'm
sure there will be plenty of Hammer films being screen on TV, as well as some
specials or something to commemorate this event and this incredible actor and
amazing human being. One of the things that we know is going to happen is
a Peter Cushing Centennial Blogathon, starting on May 25th and going through the
31st, which is being hosted by the
If you want to be involved in the blogathon, contact them through their website.
But starting on May 25th, head over to
HERE to get all the
different low down on what's going on, as well as to see all the different blogs
and info about Cushing.
Even if you're not participating in anything like this, this
month would be the perfect time to break out some of those Cushing movies to
re-visit, or visit for the first time you just haven't gotten around to them.
Cushing really was a one of a kind actor, who was always (and still is) a thrill
to watch. From his incredible work he did with Hammer, as well as all the
other studios he worked with, such as Amicus or Tyburn, and the rest of them,
Cushing was always a joy to watch.
Welcome back to the Classroom
after a few weeks off. Hope you are well rested and are ready to pay
attention! So let's get to the classroom and learn about this director who
worked for a certain British film studio that was known to drip blood.
Our last photo was from the Amicus anthology film TORTURE GARDEN. Well
done to those that did get it since this wasn't the easier pic to figure out.
So kudos out to the following who did figure it out: Hoby Abernathy, Cate
Cameron, Craig Clark, Kevin Matthews, Jeff Owens, Mike Shields, and Will Wilson.
So now on to this week's photo. We're going back a few
years to when films were black and white. Remember those days? Hope
so. But we're not giving you much to go on with this shot, but if you've
seen the movie, you'll probably remember this sequence. So give it a peak
and get that brain matter working. Just click
to send in your answer.
5-5-13 MOTOR CITY MADNESS
Last weekend, we headed into Michigan for the 5th annual
Motor City Nightmares convention. We had a blast there the whole weekend and just had a
great time. For being able to hang out with our old convention
friends/family, to meeting and making a lot of few friends, it really was a
great time. We definitely plan to be there again next year. Stay
tuned for our complete report in the future.
NEXT STOP ON THE 2013 KRYPTIC WORLD TOUR...WONDERFEST
In two weeks, we will be heading down to Louisville Kentucky
for our 2nd time setting up at the Wonderfest Hobby Expo. We had such a
great time there last year and are hoping to do it all again. It is a
great chance of pace to the normal shows that we go to throughout the year.
While they do have some celebrity guest at the show, the main focus of it is the
dealer room and the model kits. If you're in to resin and vinyl kits, then
you probably already know about the show. But even if you're not, just
walking around the dealer room and seeing these amazing kits is a lot of fun.
So if you are coming out to the show, make sure you stop by our table and say
hello. We'll be there pushing our horror reference books as usual.
Hope to see you there.
BOOKS, BOOKS...OLD, NEW, AND NEW OLD TITLES
As a well known 'book guy', nothing thrills me more than when I hear there are
new titles coming out that I can add to my collection. But these days, even
with books, we really need to look a little past the cover. Originally we
were going to announce a bunch of new titles that were coming out, proving once
again that print certainly is not dead. Every year we see more and more
titles being published about the genre we love so much. Sure, it does get
expensive, but some of these are pretty reasonable in price. And as we've
said time and time again, the more you read about these movies and the people
that make them, the more you can enjoy the genre.
But apparently some of these "new" ones we
were going to mention aren't really new titles at all, but books that were
previously published that are just getting a new title and facelift. Not
saying that is entirely a bad thing, but hear me out.
The first one, which is at least being upfront about what it
is, is Peter Cushing: The Complete Memoirs. This is a new hardcover
edition that combines Cushing's two autobiographies,
An Autobiography (1986) and Past Forgetting (1988), into one book.
They had been previously published together in one book back in 1999 by Midnight
Marquee. This 424 page edition will be released next month with a price of
$24.99 (though Amazon has it listed for $17.08). If you are a fan of
Cushing, or Hammer films, or just of actors, then you really need to have this
book in your collection. So many great stories, as well as getting a good
look inside the head of this incredible man and actor.
Since this year would have been Cushing's 100th birthday, it
makes sense that publishers are trying to release something to tie in with that.
Which brings us to our second book, Peter Cushing: A Life in Film, by
David Miller. Now back in 2000, Miller published a book called
The Peter Cushing Companion, which was also reissued in 2002, under the same
title. Since Amazon listed this Life in Film book with same number of pages as the Companion,
and both had an introduction by Hammer starlet Veronica Carlson, it got me
wondering if this was actually a new book. So checked out a few recent
online interviews with the author about this "new" book. Nowhere did
anybody mention or ask if this had already been published before, in some cases
even calling it a "new" book. Guess some people don't do their homework these days before interviewing. So I went to
the publisher's website to read more info about the "new" book. They make
also no mention about the Companion book or if this is a reprint of it. But they did have an excerpt from the "new" book, which just happens
to match exactly a section in the Companion. So I sent them
an email asking them directly, but haven't heard back from them yet. While we don't have
any official confirmation, it really looks like it is the same book.
Why am I making a big deal about this? Simply because
it is getting fans to purchase book that they might already have because they
think it is something new. The previous edition is out-of-print, so who
cares if it is getting re-published, right? But why couldn't they just
state that from the beginning? None the less, the book is out with a
retail price of $24.95 (Amazon has it listed for $18.13). But...if you
don't already either of these books in any versions, then I highly suggest you
pick them up.
Which leads to another title coming out that seems to have
done another re-title and new cover of an older book, unleashing
it to the unsuspecting public. The book is called Horror! The
Definitive Companion to the Most Terrifying Movies Ever Made, by James
Marriott and Kim Newman. Which seemed to me to be pretty close to
Horror! 333 Films to Scare You to Death, which came out only in 2010.
Now, we have not seen this new book so we are not entirely sure what this volume
contains. But we did contact one of the authors to get their input.
Since Mr. Marriott had passed away last July of 2012, not sure what he might
have done with any revision. But Mr. Newman said not only did he not do
anything new for this edition, but he didn't even know it was coming out.
We also send a note out to the publishers to get some more info. So until we
hear from them or see a copy ourselves, we're just going to have to label this one a
tad bit suspicious. Again, if this was an older book that is impossible to
find, then kudos to them for re-releasing it. But this first edition is
STILL available! The "new" book is due out in August, with price of $24.95,
though Amazon has pre-orders for $16.47.
Now we do have a 3rd Cushing book, The Unknown Peter Cushing,
by Michael G. McGlasson, looks to be a brand new book. While only at a 132
pages and priced at $14.95, not sure what to expect with this one. But I
know we'll be adding to our collection no matter what. I mean...it is
about Peter Cushing after all and I am a sucker for reference books, especially
when they are one of my favorite actors.
And speaking of favorite actors, there is a new book coming
out on Vincent Price, called The Price of Fear, one that has been in the making
for 25 years. Author Joel Eisner had been working with Price before his
death to create his official and definitive biography and finally it is now
coming out. Having full cooperation with Price's estate, his daughter
Victoria, and hearing from so many people that Price had worked with over the
years, it will be one interesting and entertaining read, learning more about
this incredibly talented and great men of the genre. The book runs 244
pages and is priced at $19.95, though you can save a few dollars through Amazon.
But once again, it is one of these books that needs to be in any serious
collector of horror reference books. Like Cushing, Price is one of those
types of stars that we probability won't see ever again. So the more we
can learn about him and his work, the more we can make sure that neither of them
are ever forgotten.
HALLOWEEN HOT SAUCE
We are big fans of hot sauces. And what better way to
combine our passion for that than mixing it up with horror! And with
Halloween only 6 months away, what better way to celebrate than to order some
hot sauces from Halloween Hot Sauce! These make the perfect little gift
for your friends who love to spice up their food, not to mention that they look
great. They have three different flavors of varying degree of heat and you
can get them just in the bottles, or you can get them in a little hand made
cedar coffin! Or go for the big gift box and get all three in a larger
For more info, head over to Halloween Hot Sauce's website by
Tell Victor the Undertaker, who is the devil there behind these creations that
we sent you!
FAMOUS MONSTERS & INTRUDER AT THE PORTAGE
Chicago fans of Roger Corman might want to head to the
Portage Theater on August 14th to catch a rare screening of his 1962 film
INTRUDER, starring William Shatner. This was a very different type of film
for Corman, about a man traveling to a small southern town to try and stop the
racial integration. This is a scary film in only because it can show the
real darkness of humanity. No cheesy monsters running around in this
Corman film, but a one that makes you take a look at yourself and the society
This is being screen from a 35mm print, courtesy of the Joe
Dante and Jon Davison Collection, and will be screened at 7:30pm. There
will also be a episode of Twilight Zone (A Nice Place to Visit) screened from a
Also at the Portage this month, is a all-star monster lineup
on May 25th, where they will be screening the following films: ABBOTT &
COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (at 12pm), HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (at
1:40pm), HOUSE OF DRACULA (3:15pm) and then the '70s classic BLACULA (at
For all the information on the Portage Theater, head over to
their website by clicking
HANDS OF THE RIPPER BLU-RAY
Finally, after many years of waiting, one of Hammer's later
films gets a release on DVD & Blu-ray. Peter Sasdy's HANDS OF THE RIPPER
will be coming out on July 9th of this year and features an uncut print that has
been completely restored in high-definition. This special features include
a featurette called The Devil's Bloody Playthings: Possessed by HANDS OF THE
RIPPER, a Motion Still Gallery called Slaughter of Innocence: The Evloution of
Hammer Gore, trailers and more.
Plenty of red stuff flowing in this film and is a must for
Hammer fans, as well as horror fans. This film was made in the transition
period of Hammer as they were trying to hold onto their audiences who were
growing tired of the gothic pictures that Hammer had been making (and quite
successfully doing) for years. So in the '70s, they started to increase
the amount of skin and blood on the screen. So while a lot of people
criticize these later Hammer films for going "too far", I've always felt that
some of these later films are some of Hammer's best. So when this disc
comes out, run out and buy it, watch it, and then see what you think!
MORE PRICE HORROR COMING TO BLU-RAY
Shout Factory has announced a Vincent Price box set that will
be issued around Halloween time this year. Haven't seen/heard any details
other than it will be the following titles: FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER,
THE HAUNTED PALACE, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM,
WITCHFINDER GENERAL (and apparently the cut version of the film under the US
title CONQUEROR WORM) and finally THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES. Once we get
more information on them, we'll let you know.
LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS COMING SOON
And while on the subject of Hammer, the new issue of Little
Shoppe of Horrors will be out soon. They just released the new cover and
it looks pretty damn cool. As you can see by the cover, this issue will be
covering VAMPIRE CIRCUS. There is no other magazine out there that gives
you the kind of Hammer coverage than LSoH. If you want to increase your
knowledge of not only Hammer films but of British horror films in genre, start
picking up their back issues, since each one is a small book of insight and
information. Each one is always filled with tons of interviews and
in-depth researched articles. Well worth the cost of admission!
They don't have it listed on the site just yet, but I'm sure
it will be up there any day now. You can always drop them an email if you
want to order right away. Just click
HERE to get
over to their site.
EVIL DEAD (2013) SOUNDTRACK REVIEW
We have posted our review of Roque Baños' score for the
recent remake of EVIL DEAD. Head over to our
Soundtrack section to read our thoughts on this remake that has been
dividing the fans!
And while on the subjects of movie soundtracks, Monstrous
Movie Music is a small label that has put some some incredible movie soundtracks
over the years, which we have several of them. We have even reviewed one
of their releases, such as IT! TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE (click
for our review), but have several of them in our own collection. They
basically stick with classic 50's sci-fi & horror titles, but we've really
enjoyed what we've heard so far from them. I would highly recommend the
score for THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD as well. Other more recent
releases are of THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, MISSILE TO THE MOON, THE BRAIN FROM
PLANET AROUS, and many more. They are a lot of fun for fans of these
Well, now they have another double feature release from a
couple of the sci-fi horror films of the late '50s. It has Nicholas Carras'
score for SHE DEMONS and Guenther Kauer's score for THE ASTOUNDING SHE-MONSTER.
This release has close to an hour's worth of music, along with a 20 page
illustrated liner book that goes over the music, the compose and the movie.
So head on over to their website HERE and order a couple of them. I think
you'll be pleasantly impressed with their work here.
KRYPTIC ARMY REMEMBERING FRANCO
For our Army members, they will spend
the month of May remembering the late Jess Franco, spending time with at least
two of his movies. Depending on which ones they pick, they are going to
have a great time. Or...could be at least interesting. So let's hope
for the best!
Not a member of the Army? Just click
HERE to find out more and join the fun!
ENGLAND ART CONTEST
Thanks to everyone who sent in their answer for our England
Art Trivia contest. We had some great titles, some of which I didn't even
think of. Because we got such a good response, we decided to drawn two
names! And those lucky winners are Catherine Cameron, who chose THE
PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY & Lisa Stewart, who picked the episode of Night Gallery
series, The Cemetery. If the two winners can send me an email with your
mailing address, I'll get your print sent out to you. Thanks again to
everyone who participated, and an especially to
England who donated the prizes. Stay tuned for more trivia prizes and
some of England's artwork soon.
Our photo from last week was from the 1988 film CAMERON'S CLOSET. That
demon there was designed by Carlo Rambaldi, the very same man who created E.T.!
Congrats to the two people that were able to correctly identify that movie.
And they were Mark Turner and Will Wilson. Well done!
So let's get on with this week's photo. Take a
look....get the brain working...and see what you can come up with. Good
luck! Just click HERE
to send in your answer.
Last night, we traveled out to the
Drive-in, which is about a 70 miles away, to a triple feature. They
screened Carpenter's THE THING, ALIENS, and then THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN.
While we normally sit outside the van on lawn chairs, it was a little too chilly
last night, so we stayed in the van this time. But none the less, we
had a great time. It was pretty cool to see THE THING at the drive-in,
which is where I got to see it the very first time, at the Skylark Drive-in, one
of the 2 drive-in theaters Aurora use to have. Of course, both of them are
gone now, being replaced with condos and housing. Damn shame.
Maybe it is just me, since I grew up up at the end of the
drive-in era, but even though they were slowly closing down at the time, I still
had plenty of fond memories of going to these places for double and triple
features. Maybe that is why events like these are so much fun. Sure,
you might not have all the technical stereo sound and all the bells and whistles
of one of the newer theaters, but there is something about it, like a special
charm to it, like a little step back in time, that makes it more than worth it.
If you haven't made it out to one, then please make it a point to do it the next
time the opportunity is there. I'm sure you'll have a great time.
It was great to see there were more than a few people that
came out to brave the weather for the movies last night. It is events like
these that we continually need to support so they can keep going. Like all
of these types of events or special screenings, it is the fans that keep them
alive and breathing. So please make sure you give them the support to keep
them going. Special thanks to Mike and Mia Kerz who run the Midway and
giving fans like me, plus plenty more, the opportunity to continue to enjoy
these kind of events.
MOTOR CITY NIGHTMARES
Once again, we will be without an update next week since we
will be traveling to Michigan for our first time appearance at
Motor City Nightmares.
We've heard good things over the years so we figured we'd give it a try and see
if we can't spread a little of our 'Discover the Horror' gospel while we're
there. Looking forward to it. Of course, that will be the 3rd
convention report that we'll need to get done! Work, work, work. But
if you're coming out to the show, as usual, please stop by and say hello.
HAMMER BUSTS FROM TITAN
While we haven't even gotten around to acquiring the first
three busts that Titan has put out in their Hammer series, it looks like they
are going to continue this line with even more figures. The first three
concentrated on their vampires series, with Lee's Dracula, Cushing's Van Helsing,
and Ingrid Pitt's Countess Dracula. This time it seems they are going over
to their Frankenstein series, with Cushing's Baron. Does this mean we will
have one of Lee's creature soon? While I don't think they did as good as a
job with Cushing's face as they did on the Van Helsing one, it is still pretty
cool that they are going this route. Just too bad they are damn expensive,
running about $80-$100 each. These will be released in October of this
ENGLAND TRIVIA CONTEST
Not sure why, but for some reason I tend to have a lot of
friends that are artist, especially that I've met at conventions. I'm
talking illustrators here, that actually create amazing pieces of work with a
pen, pencil, paint and paper. With such talented people like Putrid, Steve Bejma, Chris Kuchta, you'd think some of that would rub off on me. Afraid
not. Only thing I can draw is flies. But another artist friend of
ours, one that I've known for somewhere close to 10 years, is Don England.
And since I've known him, his artwork has just gotten better and better each and
every year. Just take a look at some of the pieces that he's done below.
This isn't done on a computer, or enhanced by some program, but these are old
fashion hand drawn illustrations. And great ones at that. Head over
to his website to see some of his other amazing work by clicking
Don was gracious enough to donate some of his prints to our
Prize Coffin for our Krypt Army. In fact, he gave us quite a few prints,
suggesting to mayble use them for a trivia contest here on the site. What
a stellar idea, giving everyone a chance to get one of these great pieces of
So here is what we're going to do: We are going to have
a drawing for a drawing! All you need to get your name in the drawing is
send us one single title of a horror themed movie or TV episode that deals with
an artist or a piece of art. Something like where a painting comes to
life, captures their soul, anything like that. We want to help celebrate
this talented guy, as well as all the other people that sometimes can literally
put their heart and soul into their work. This artist doesn't have to be
the main focus of the movie or show, but it must have something to do with the
main plot. Easy enough? Just send your movie/show title to me at
email@example.com with your name.
It will go into a drawing with the rest of the names. After two weeks, we
will draw one of the names and find our winner. If you have any questions,
feel free to drop me a line and ask away. Then you can proudly display one
of these great pieces below in your collection. Good Luck!
Our lesson this week is about a man who worked his way up,
but had the great opportunity to work with a great producer, who took gave him
his break behind the camera. Head over to the
classroom to find out more.
Okay folks, as we warned you, our last photo was going to be a tough one.
Of course, that didn't stop some of you die-hards out there from sending sending
the correct guess. Well done! The little snapshot was from a 1941
film called HORROR ISLAND, directed by George Waggner, who also gave us MAN MADE
MONSTER right before giving us the Universal classic THE WOLF MAN. While
it might not be seeping with horror, it does have some pretty interesting spooky
moments, such as the great work with the shadows. But kudos going out to
the following for correctly identifying the movie: Hoby Abernathy, Gavin
Schmitt, and William Wilson.
So, let's get to this week's photo. Once again, since
we won't be having an update next week, you will have two weeks to figure this
one out. But don't put it off too long...those two weeks will be up before
you know it. So gaze at the photo, get that brain sparking, and click HERE
to send in your answer. Good luck!
4-14-13 WASTELAND SURVIVOR!
Not only did we make it through another Wasteland show, once
again we had a blast as well. I've said it before and I'll keep saying it,
but there is no other show out there like Wasteland. Sure, it might not
draw the huge crowds like other shows, but every single person coming through
the door are die hard horror fans. We had so many great conversations over
the weekend with different fans and dealers and just a fun time. We'll
have our full report at some point in the future. But we are already
looking forward to their October show, where they are planning to have a HILLS
HAVE EYES reunion, with 6 guests from the movie!
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE - BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
Since our last update, we have lost a few people that had
made an impact in the horror movie industry, to different degrees. So we
wanted to take some time to mention each of these here. The first one was
actor Richard Brooker, who was known to horror fans as the first Jason to ever
put on the famous hockey mask. As a stuntman as well, most people don't
realize just how hard of work that is, having to perform under a ton of makeup,
doing stunts, and still having to hit all your marks and not kill anyone in the
process. But Brooker didn't have an extensive film career as an actor, but
did do a lot of work in the stunt field, usually working with horses. He
would eventually work in the production end of television, such as production
manager, producer, and even director, helming over 40 episodes of Bill Nye the
Science Guy. But he was a regular at conventions, spending time meeting
all his FRIDAY fans. His presence will be missed.
One of the most well known film critics out there was
Chicago's own Roger Ebert. Professionally reviewing movies for close to 50
years, he was one of those that getting a thumbs up from him (or thumbs down)
could dramatically effect your box office results. Now being a horror fan,
there were plenty of times where he would dismiss or dislike, or right out trash
a movie that I happened to think was pretty damn good. Sometimes his
arguments didn't even make sense to me. But that is the beauty of film
criticism. Just because he didn't like it, doesn't mean I couldn't.
So even though we didn't agree on a lot of films, I have to give him respect for
the simple fact that anybody that has that big of passion of film, and works on
passing on that to others, needs to be given credit. And very few did it
as much as Ebert. The last years of his life were very troubled with bouts
with cancer, but it never stopped him from continuing his passion of writing
about film. So his voice will be one that is definitely missed.
And lastly, last week we lost one of the greats in cinema,
Jess Franco. Now I know some people might say that Franco films were
terrible, poorly made, or even god-awful. And yes, some of his films were
pretty bad. But here's my take on him and his films. Franco, who is
rumored of have made over 200 films in probably just about every major country
in the world, loved making films. No matter what kind of budget he had, he
wanted to make the movie. His later films suffered from these low, low
budgets. But that did not mean that Franco was a hack or couldn't make a
decent film. He made plenty of them in his career. Just look at THE
AWFUL DR. ORLOFF or THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z or even FACELESS.
It was so cool to see him be presented a honorary Goya award
back in 2009, with his faithful and lifelong companion Lina Romay pushing him
out in a wheelchair. Granted, we know we'd never see something like that
here in the states, it was great to see him get the respect in his home country.
When Romay passed away early in 2012, fans thought it would only be a matter of
time before Franco would join her. But now, both of them can rest in peace
and know that film fans around the world will keep their films and their
memories alive and well for generations to come. They will never be
Our thoughts go out to all of the friends and families to the
above ones who have left us.
Well, I didn't win in this year's Rondo Award for Best
Magazine Column, but did make the runner-up. Thank you to everyone who
cast their vote for me, but it just wasn't our time, losing out to
John Bowen from Rue Morgue magazine. I have to say that if I had to lose, I'm
glad it was to him since both of us use our columns to fight the never ending
battle of trying to bring some of these classic cult and forgotten films into
the limelight for newer fans. It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do
it. And even though we write for different magazines, our goals are the
same. So a special congrats to Mr. Bowen. Well done, Sir!
But also congrats to all the winners, especially our fellow
Christensen for winning Best Article with his piece on Christopher Lee and his
films in HorrorHound. Well done! But for us, maybe next year, as they say.
But we'll keep doing what we're doing and loving every minute of it.
If you want to see the complete list of winners, just click
May 26th of this year would have been Peter Cushing's 100th
birthday. To celebrate this occasion, Hammer scholars Wayne Kinsey, Tom
Johnson, and Cushing's secretary Joyce Broughton have been working hard to bring
forth the Peter Cushing Scrapbook, published by Peveril Publishing.
With approximately 300 pages, this softback book is filled with Cushing
memorabilia from both his professional and private life. It has rare
photographs, letters, watercolor paintings, pencil & ink drawings, his own
annotated script pages and costume designs, samples of his contracts, and so
Peveril Publishing is the company responsible for the book Hammer Films
On Location, as well as an upcoming 8-volume series called Fantastic
Films of the Decades. The release date for the Cushing book is Spring
of this year, but no set date has been announced. The only problem for us
fans in the states, it's going to be a bit pricing for to get our hands on a
copy. The price is going to be £35 (around $54) + postage. They are
only producing a very limited run of 2000 copies, and won't be available in
stores but only through the publisher. While the price might be a bit high
for us here in the states, it might be one to make that investment. I know
we would love to add it to our collection if only just to know more about one of
our favorite actors.
According to their
page, it was sent to their printers at the end of last month, so I would
think it wouldn't be too long before it is available. We'll give out more
details when we find them out.
HAMMER'S DRACULA BLU-RAY DEBATE
When the announcement came that not only would Hammer's
HORROR OF DRACULA be coming to Blu-ray, but that it would also have the recently
discovered footage (as short as it might be) that has been missing all of these
years, Hammer fans from around the world rejoiced. The one thing that
Hammer was known for was their color. When they started remaking the
horror classics in 1957 with CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, audiences were seeing these
old standards like never before. So when the news came out that a new
restoration was going to happen, with the newly found footage, it was great
news. And then the disc came out in the UK and reports started to appear
about the transfer. It seemed that the new restoration print has a blue
tint to it, which seems to mute out or tone down the rest of the colors.
Now, I am not the technical expert by no means, like the fine
folks at Mondo Digital, Video Watchdog, or any of the smarter and more savvy in
this department. I'm leaving all of that stuff up to them. But like
every fan out there, it matters how it looks to me. I remember a few years
ago when one of the later releases of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN came out on DVD
and it had a blue tone to it, which made it look quite different, and in my
opinion, no where near as good as the original. It seems this new release
of HORROR OF DRACULA has the same issues. These frame grabs were taken
from the Latarnia
Forums where someone had posted screen grabs from the new blu-ray and the
original DVD release. Take a look below and see what you think.
So it is obvious that the blu-ray version (on the left) is
much more clear and crisp. Just look at Dracula's eyes in the close up
shot. But it does seem like everything else it just too dark. Click
HERE to go to the forum to see many more grabs and comparisons, as well as
some great discussions on this transfer, with a lot more technical details.
Now, my point of all of this is not to wage a war on anybody
or criticize someone's work, since I can only imagine the time and effort that
goes into any restoration. But how and why would someone want to go with a
darker look to a film that was from a studio that was known for its color?
All I am trying to say is that if this transfer is as blue as what I'm seeing,
it is not going to make me run out and buy this new disc when it comes out over
here. Honestly, I will still get it at some point just because of the uncut
footage and the extras, but it won't be until it hits the discount sections.
And when it is time to break this movie out to watch, I'm going to be grabbing
the original DVD release that I have and enjoying the colors.
THE WITCHES COME TO
Flashback Weekend have announced a few more guests for their show coming
up in August, one of which makes me VERY happy. With the soon-to-be
released latest feature from Rob Zombie, THE LORDS OF SALEM, the 'witches' from
the film will be making their appearance at the Flashback show. They are
Meg Foster, Dee Wallace, Patricia Quinn, and Judy Geeson. Being a huge
Hammer fan, we are delighted that Geeson has been added to the list. Of
course, not only did she appear in Hammer's FEAR IN THE NIGHT (along side Ralph
Bates, Peter Cushing & Joan Collins), she also appeared in INSEMINOID (aka
HORROR PLANET), as well as a great Spanish film called IT HAPPENED AT NIGHTMARE
IN (aka CANDLE FOR THE DEVIL), as well as one of the best movies based on a true
life serial killer, 10 RILLINGTON PLACE.
For all the latest updates on the show, just head over to
their website HERE.
With the month about halfway through, the confessions are to
roll in. Want to have the chance to unburden your soul? It is easier
than you think, not to mention a lot of fun. All you have to do is join
our Army and let the excitement begin. Need more info? Just click
We have also added some more photos of last year's winners
and their prizes. Just think...next year YOU could be one of these lucky
ones! All you need to do is sign up for our mailing list and.....JOIN US!
FLASHBACK HORROR FEST
And while on the subject of Flashback, on April 20th at their
Midway Drive-in theater in Dixon, they will be holding their annual all night
horror movie marathon. We've been going to these since they started them a
few years ago and always have a great time. You have the chance to see
some great movies on the big screen, while sitting in your car (or lounge chair
outside) eating some great treats from their snackbar. So far, they have
announced the following movies: ALIENS, John Carpenter's THE THING, and
the 1977 drive-in classic THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN. Usually they show
4 features, so not sure if there is going to be a 4th one or not. But even
if there isn't, you've got plenty of fun listed right now. When THE THING
first came out, the only place it was playing was at one of our drive-ins here
in Aurora. It was a double feature screening with THE THING along with
ENTER THE NINJA! Great pairing, huh? So it will be cool to see THE
THING again like I did the very first time.
HUDSON HORROR SHOW
If you're in the area of Poughkeepsie NY (or don't mind the
drive), then make plans to attend the Hudson Horror Show 7 on June 8th, at the
Silver Cinemas. They will be screening 5 feature films, all from 35mm
prints, along with having a vendors room, prizes and give-aways, trailers and
more. Here are the four features they have announced: ARMY OF
DARKNESS, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, GONE WITH THE POPE, and INFRA-MAN.
There will be a 5th feature, but that one is a secret at the moment.
For all the information about the show, head over to their
FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS IN OSHKOSH
Oshkosh Horror and the Time Community Theater have started
their annual Friday Night Frights series, where they screen classic films on the
big screen for fans to gather for a great time. And to make this even
better, the admission is FREE! How can you beat that? If we were
only closer, we would be up there for every one of these shows. Their
first show was last weekend, but their next show is the 19th, with the 1964 film
ATOMIC BRAIN. Other titles they will be screening through October are
BLOODY BIT OF HORROR (1965), ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE (1963), the original
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), and William Castle's THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
(1959) which will be presented in EMERGO! Plus, they have many more great
titles. For the complete list of movies and dates, just click
For our History Lesson this week, we are going to point out
one of those British character actors that appear in some of our favorite films
that make them so much more entertaining. Head over to our
classroom to learn more.
Our last photo was the lovely Valerie Leon and Andrew Keir from Hammer's 1971
film BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB. Might not be one of Hammer's best, but
it is definitely worth watching. Congrats to the following who sent in the
correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Craig J. Clark, Bill
Harrison, Ken Johnson, Alan Rehbein, Mike Shields, and Wayne Teeter.
Always nice to see those Hammer fans out there.
Well, back to the tougher ones. This one is going to
really make you think long and hard. I just thought that is was just a
beautiful shot that it couldn't go unnoticed or appreciated. So take a
look, enjoy it, think about it, see if you can't come up with something.
Even if you're not sure, send it in. I'll tell you if you're wrong so you
can keep trying. Never know...your guess just might be correct. Just
to send in your answer. And as always, good luck. You'll need it
We got one hell of an update this week.
With not having one last week, and not having one NEXT weekend, we're trying to
get caught up with a bunch of stuff that we've been wanting to mention. So
let's get started, shall we?
We made it through our first convention of the year, the
HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati, where the masses collected to what had to
have been their biggest show to date. With the lines down the street from
the convention center, as you can see in the photo to the right. We got
this photo from John Buell and from following the yellow line we put in, you can
see just how crazy it was with that many people there. And who knows how
long the line went past the photo! I don't think anybody expected that
many people to show up. So yeah, there were issues, like most conventions
it seems that with all the chaos going on, most everyone still had a great time.
I know we did. Had quite a few lengthily and interesting conversations over the weekend with
some really great people, talking about movies, reference books and film
schools. How could that not be a good time? Of course, it was also
great seeing our horror family, the ones that we only get to see at the shows.
You guys make up one of the best reasons we come to these time and time again.
HorrorHound has already set the date for their next show, on
Sept. 6th-8th in Indianapolis. Plus, they have already announced some of
the guests for the show, including Steve Minor, director of FRIDAY THE 13th 2 &
3, HALLOWEEN H20, LAKE PLACID, and many more. Also scheduled for the show
are Danielle Harris, Michael Parks, Sheryl Lee, Dan Yeager, Monica Keena, and
Ken Kirzinger. For all the info, head over to their page
CINEMA WASTELAND NEXT WEEKEND
Of course the reason we won't have our usual update next week
because we will be in Ohio for the 23rd show for Cinema Wasteland. That's
right...show # 23. This has to be the longest running Horror show out
there, especially one that has stayed in the exact same hotel since the very
beginning. Sure, it might not be a huge show, but that just makes it
easier for those of us that do go. No huge lines to get in, celebrities
are easy to find and easy to talk to. Sure, these may be obscure guests to
the average fan, but that is just because they haven't dug deep enough into the
genre. So we hope to see a bunch of the you regular Wastelanders there and
will be ready to have a great time as usual. For all the details, head
over to their page
DAVID EARLY - REST IN PEACE
While most horror fans know Early from his roles in George
Romero films, like DAWN OF THE DEAD and CREEPSHOW, he was a staple in the acting
community in Pittsburg. He was an instructor in the theater arts, teaching at
the Pittsburgh Filmmakers for over 20 years, and even spent quite a few years
with the Pittsburgh Public Theater education outreach program. According to
those that knew him, he had a passion for the art of acting. It didn't matter if
he was on stage, in the movies, in a classroom teaching or even a recording
We had the chance to meet Early at the very first Cinema
Wasteland show, back in 2000. I can still remember his amazement that
people still remember who he was DAWN OF THE DEAD. He was so friendly and
just happy to be there with the other cast members and share his memories from
working with Romero.
He passed away last Saturday from cancer. He was 74
years old. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
MAX BROOKS GOES TO COLLEGE
Best selling author Max Brooks, the man responsible for the
books The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z: An Oral History of
the Zombie War, which
is now going to be a movie starring Brad Pitt, will be appearing one night at
the Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL on Saturday, April 20th at
7:00pm. The title of the presentation is 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie
Attack. It does sound like an interesting evening, though the tickets are
$39 each, which to me seems a bit pricey. But none the less, we may have
thought about going except we might be heading out to a drive-in for a night of
fun. More details on that later. But if you're interested in
learning more about zombies, you can get more information by clicking
LET'S PLAY HOUSE WITH SEVERIN FILMS
Severin films will be releasing a couple of HOUSE movies this
June, one of them has never been officially released here in the states in its
uncut form, on a Blu-ray / DVD combo. The first title is the 1976 film
HOUSE ON STRAW HILL (aka Trauma aka EXPOSE) will finally hit DVD & Blu-ray with
a transfer coming right from an original camera negative. It will also
have director commentary as well as cast and crew interviews. The film
stars Udo Keir, Linda Hayden, and Fiona Richmond in a twisted tale of revenge.
The film developed quite a bit of notoriety due to the steamy love scene between
Hayden and Richmon, one that Hayden always claimed they used a body double for
The second film is the 1974 film HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES,
starring John Carradine, John Ireland, and Faith Domergue. This disc will
feature an archive interview with Carradine and a new commentary by Associate
Producer Gary Kent and film historian Lars Nilsen. Each release will have
a regular DVD version as well as a Blu-ray disc and will retail for $29.95.
JESS FRANCO HOSPITALIZED
Our beloved Spanish director Jess Franco has been in the hospital since last
Wednesday after suffering a stroke. We don't have much information other
than he is in critical condition. For a man that has made an incredible
amount of films, in so many different genres, with a varying degree of quality,
you still have to give the guy credit for being passionate about films.
And he really has some great films in his filmography. So send some
positive thoughts to Senor Franco and hope that he can pull through this.
RONDO AWARDS - VOTING ENDS SOON
You only have a little over a week left to cast your votes
for the 2012 Rondo Hatton Awards. Voting ends on at midnight on April 7th.
There are a lot of talented people that have been nominated in these categories,
so please take a few minutes and let them know your opinions. And of
course, we'd love for you to vote for us in Category # 15 for Best Magazine
Column, if you're so inclined!
to get to the official Rondo Awards page and follow the directions. It is
pretty easy to vote. Do your part and show your support.
CHICAGO CINEMA SOCIETY PRESENTS
Our buddies at the CCS will be screening BIRDEMIC: THE
RESURRECTION for one night only on April 25th at the Patio Theater in Chicago.
The film starts at 9:00pm, with the director James Nguyen and producer Jefff
Gross in attendance. They will be doing a Q&A at some point during the
evening. For more information, head over to the Facebook event page by
EVIL DEAD SOUNDTRACK NEWS
Now we know that the horror fans are divided on this remake of EVIL DEAD.
Trust me, when it was first announced years ago, I never paid attention to it.
Once the trailers first started to appear, I again didn't bother with it.
But after awhile, I did watch the trailer and was pretty amazed at the amount of
gore shown. Then after reading a couple of reviews from some people that I
trust, they may have swayed my decision to see the latest remake coming out of
But nonetheless, we are very interested in seeing what
composer Roque Baños was going to do. Started working with Álex de la
Iglesia back in 1999 in MUERTOS DE RISA (aka DYING OF LAUGHTER), as well as on
LA CCOMUNIDAD (2000), his entry in the Spanish TV mini-series FILMS TO KEEP YOU
AWAKE, THE BABY'S ROOM, and many others of his films including his recent THE
LAST CIRCUS (2010). He also has worked with Jaume Balagueró on films like
FRAGILE (2005) and TO LET (2006). He also scored Brad Anderson's THE MACHINIST
(2004). So needless to say, we've been a fan of his work for quite some time.
The score is going to be available for digital download on
April 9th. But also, on that same date, you can get the deluxe CD edition
which features 25 more minutes of additional music that is not yet available for
download, from La-La Land Records. We've always been more than impressed
with the work that La-La Land Records have done with their releases, so we can
only expect another incredible CD from them. It won't be available on
Amazon or other online retailers until May 7th. For more information, head
over to La-La Land's website by clicking
don't have anything listed on their site just as of yet, but it should be up
KRYPTIC ARMY - THIS COULD BE YOURS!
No, not the curtains, but for those out there that are already participating in
our little monthly experiment, or those that are still thinking about it, check
out below for a couple of items sitting in our Prize Coffin. We picked up
both of these at the recent HorrorHound convention last week. The first
one is a 8x10 still from John Carpenter's VAMPIRES, signed by Carpenter.
The next one is a signed print from the amazing artist Gary Pullin, who did this
design specifically for the Christine theme at the show. That's right...by
joining the army and spending your time watching some movies, you could possibly
be the owner of one of those items, or one of the many other great pieces
sitting in our Prize Coffin. Wait...you don't think we actually HAVE a
Prize Coffin? Think again and look below.
You may wonder why we go through all this work and give these
prizes away for free. Simple. Our goal here at the Krypt has always
been to help fans discover new movies. By creating this Army idea, I think
that we have come up with a fun way to do just that. And from the
responses that we get from the soldiers each month, I think we have succeeded
quite well. So head over to our Army page and check
out what it is all about. You can also see what the past winners have
gotten for all of their hard work. Or you can also head over the our
Message Board and check out some of the different missions and the movies
that were watched for each month. And once you realize just how much fun
it is, then go ahead and sign up. If you like horror movies, then you'll
love being in our ranks of dedicated soldiers, always fighting to Discover the
Horror! If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line.
Our little history lesson this week is going to be a little
vague, only because there's not too much information to be found on this actor.
But if you're a fan of Pilipino horror and exploitation movies, then you've
probably seen his face. So let's get over to the
classroom and see who we're talking about.
I have to say that I was pretty impressed with the correct answers that we did
get in, as well as quite a few that were really, really trying hard to figure
this one out. And some of you were so close being on the right theme, but
just didn't get the correct title. The shot was from the 1971 film THE
BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN, starring Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones. Kudos going
out to Hoby Abernathy, Catherine Cameron, Aaron Christensen, Ken Johnson, Mike
Shields, Tom White, and Kristin Wicks for guessing the correct movie. Well
done, people. You should be proud.
Now onto our next photo. This one might not be as
obscure, and since we won't have an update next week, you have two full weeks to
work on it. But don't forget about it and miss out. But take a look
and see what you can come up with.
to send in your answer. Good luck.
3-17-13 BUSY, BUSY, BUSY
These last few weeks seemed to have been keeping us pretty
busy. With our first convention of the year happening next weekend, we
have been trying to get our last minute To-Do list checked off. Of course,
that is in between trying to work on the site, get some of our little writing
assignments caught up, and trying to constantly get our office organized and
sorted out, as well as still trying to finish changing a few posters and stuff
around. You wouldn't believe how much work this is! I mean, deciding
which poster to go where, do I go with a theme or just random titles....that can
put a lot of stress on a collector.
But with all this going on, since we will be heading to the
HorrorHound show next weekend in Cincinnati, we won't be having our usual update
next week. But we have a nice 3-day weekend lined up the following
weekend, so I would expect quite a bit update then. And speaking of the
HorrorHound show, we've been looking forward to the conventions starting
up again and this first one is going to be a big one. It is always a great
time to be able to see our extended convention family at these shows. You
know who you are! But we're always looking to make that family even
bigger. So if you're coming out to the show, please stop by our table and
say hello. We always love to be able to put the faces to the names and the
people that support us and the site. And we like nothing more than talking
shop with other like-minded horror fans. So please make it a point during
your stay at the show to come by our table. For all the information about
the show, just head over to HorrorHound Weekend's website by clicking
if you're not making it out this one, but are coming to the Cinema Wasteland
show the first weekend in April, then make sure you find us there. We
haven't missed one of Ken's shows in 13 years, and we don't plan to start now.
For info about the Wasteland show, just click
FLASHBACK GUESTS - SOMETIMES DEAD IS BETTER
While on the subject of conventions, our favorite local
convention, Flashback Weekend, has been announcing more guests for their 2013
show. They had previously announced a DAWN OF THE DEAD reunion with the
four main actors (Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, David Emge, and Gaylen Ross).
But now they have announced they will be hosting a PET SEMATARY reunion, with
director Mary Lambert and actors Dave Midkiff, Denise Crosby, and Miko Hughes.
Also announced was Nancy Loomis, star of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN and a few
other early Carpenter classics. For all their updates and info, head over
to their website HERE.
REVIEWS: A DOUBLE DOSE FROM LA-LA LAND RECORDS
We have two new soundtrack reviews posted, both releases from
La-La Land Records, one of the best independent soundtrack labels around, who
always put out amazing releases. This time out, we have reviews of their
amazing release of Polanski's ROSEMARY'S BABY, which is just amazing. But
we also have our review of one of their newer releases, the Brian Tyler score
for Don Coscarelli's bizarre film JOHN DIES AT THE END. So head over to
our Soundtrack Reviews to read all the details and
why you should pick up both of these titles!
KRYPTIC ARMY UPDATE
The month is half over already, so those soldiers that are
still working on those missions, you better get started on them. The rest
of the month will be over before you know it. And we did receive a nice
little photo from one of our 2012 Army winners, which we have posted on the Army
page. Of course, we still are waiting for a few more. Hint, hint.
Not sure what the Army is or what it is all about? Head
over to the Army page (just click HERE) to find out all
the details. Or if you still have a few questions, just drop us an email
and we'll do our best to answer them. But the bottom line is that it is a
little monthly challenge where you can watch a couple of movies a month that you
haven't seen before, as well as put in you in the chance to win some cool
prizes. Just look at what some of the last winners have gotten over the
last 3 years. Not bad for just watching some horror movies, huh?
This week's lesson is about one of the men responsible for
one of the most successful British studios in the history of film. You
might know what studio I'm talking about, but do you know who this man is?
Let's get to the classroom to find out who he is
and why he was so important.
Anybody that has been following our Facebook posts recently might have had some
help in figuring out our last photo. It was from VAMPIRES NIGHT ORGY,
which had just been released on DVD by Code Red, along with Paul Naschy's DR.
JEKYLL VS THE WOLFMAN. Besides, any chance we have to put up a pic of the
beautiful Helga Liné, we're going
to take it! Anybody that is a fan of Spanish horror should
definitely add this DVD to your collection. And if you're not a fan of
Spanish horror films, then this is a great disc to start out with.
We did get a few correct answers sent in for this photo.
And they were: Hoby Abernathy, Chris Kinniery, Billy Nocera, Mike Shields,
& Kristin Wicks. Nice job! So let's get on to this week's photo.
This one is going to be another tough one. Not that obscure of a title,
but this shot might not be too recognizable, but it is one of the disturbing
sequence of the movie. So take a good look and see what you can come up
with. Click HERE
to send in your answer. And good luck....you're going to need it.
WHY DO WE DO IT?
As I’m trying to finish up a little re-decorating here at the
Krypt, it made me wonder about the rest of the people out there that, like
myself, cover our walls/rooms with movie posters, lobby cards, model kits &
toys, 8x10’s, artwork, or whatever else we use. So my question is simply…Why?
Why do we do it? Is it to remind you of these great movies and/or memories? To
bask in the glorious spoils of what you have found over the years? Just curious
on your answers.
Here is a quote from Vincent Price, talking about his art
“There’s never a day
goes by in my life that I haven’t looked at the things I have. And that’s all
my life because I started collecting when I was twelve.
I don’t look at everything, of course. I don’t go around and count them.
But there are certain things that I have that bring back the whole minute when I
first saw them, the impression I had, the things that made me want them.”
While he’s talking about
actual art, I myself would include move posters and such in that same category.
Either way, I think the point he’s making still rings true, at least I know it
does for me. These mementos can bring back those memories of the movies
themselves; the memory of finding the poster after digging through a massive
pile at a convention; or even just that memory of being able to meet the
director or star of the movie to get this item signed. For me, these have
many meanings to me, like I ones I just mentioned. But they are also sort
of a fuel to my passion for the horror genre. I can't walk into my office
without being energized from all the stuff around me. And it also helps
define who I am.
Sure, some of us might go a bit overboard on how much we
display. But is this any different than what a museum might do? The late,
great Forest J. Ackerman reportedly told his wife, “What’s the good of having it
all if I can show it to people?”
We've only got two more weeks before we
head to Cincinnati for the HorrorHound Weekend, our first convention of the
year. It has only been four months, but it has seemed like forever.
We are so looking forward to get to another show and this one looks like it is
going to be a big one. Getting to see a bunch of our convention friends
and family, hanging out for the weekend talking about movies, what more could we
Then two weeks after that, we head back into Ohio for the
23rd Cinema Wasteland show! As usual, they have also have a great lineup
of guests and movies, and all the other great things that make this the best
convention around. And then three weeks after that, we head to Michigan to
make our debut appearance at the Motor City Nightmares convention.
So if you're planning on heading out to any or all of these
shows, please stop by our table to say hello. We've got a bunch of new
stuff for our table, so make sure you check in with us quickly. Never know
what you might miss otherwise!
We're always excited to hear that some Hammer films are going
to get the blu-ray treatment. From a studio that made their name for their
glorious use of colors (red being one of the main ones), if done right, these
films should just look amazing when they hit blu-ray. And thanks to
Millennium Entertainment, three of Hammer's titles will be released on April 2nd
in a "Hammer Horror 3 Feature Film Set". The films that will be included
are DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1966), FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1967), and
THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES (1974). Since the regular DVD
editions of these movies have been long out-of-print, it will give Hammer fans,
both old and new, the chance to see these films either for the first time, or
hopefully for the first time looking as good as they should.
While there are no mentions of what extras will be on this
release, just the fact that we might have the chance to see these films looking
their best, that alone is worth my attention.
Okay Soldiers, we're a little over the first week of March,
with a quite a few of you already turning in your missions already. Well
done! But I still have quite a few of the winners from last year that
haven't gotten that little photo sent in. Not asking for much here, just
to be able to show that anyone could be winning these prizes. So
PLEASE...send me your photos!
Last year, I mentioned this little fanzine thing that I use
to put out with some friends. As I mentioned then, back at that time,
these types of fanzines were put out by passionate fans that were putting a lot
of hard work into these things, with the cost coming out of their own pockets.
Once again, it was that undying passion that we have that causes us to create
something like a fanzine, website, or whatever, in hope of connecting with other
like-minded fans. Plus, the creators of these publications weren't tied
down by any studio or any connections, so they were free to speak their mind and
give their honest opinion, whether they liked a movie or not. They didn't
have to worry about pissing off a PR rep that might lose them a Set-Visit on the
next film. They were honest. Brutality honest at that. I have
to say that is something that is genuinely lacking in today's online journalism,
at least if you ask me. There were tons of these types of homemade publications
floating around at some points, with titles like Gore Gazette, Sleazoid Express,
Slimetime and many more. Some of them are still around.
Now thanks to the hard work of
John Szpunar, we're going to be able to learn quite a bit more
about them with his new book Xerox Ferox. For some of us, it is going to be a stroll down memory
lane. The book hasn't been published yet, due out in September of this
year, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon by clicking
HERE. The retail price is $29.95, but can save $10 by getting it
For anyone that is a serious fan of the genre will get some
entertainment out of this book. Plus, they will get a peek into the lives
of those who's passion drove them to do what they did, no matter the cost or the
time spent, they did it for the love of it. And for that, I can't help but
give them all the respect I can. And you should to, especially by ordering
this book and remembering these people and their passion.
Our photo from last week was from the Val Lewton classic THE LEOPARD MAN,
directed by the talented Jacques Tourneur. Can't recommend the Lewton
films enough. Classics, and rightly so. Congrats to the following
for correctly identifying the movie: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen,
Craig Clark, Dustin Moravick, Mike Shields, Matt Wedge. Well done, people!
This week's photo might be pretty easy...or not. But
those that get it will understand why it is this week's photo and the see
methods to my madness! Just click HERE
to send in your answer.
3-3-13 RONDO AWARDS 2012
The Eleventh Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards have
been announced and yours truly has been nominated for Best Magazine Column for
my They Came from the Krypt column in HorrorHound magazine. To say
that I am honored is an understatement. With the rest of the talent in
that category, I am in some damn fine company. Congrats to all the
nominees in the other categories as well. The HorrorHound family ended up
with a total of 9 nominations.
As we are all horror fans, with quite a few of us out there running our own
sites, blogs, message boards, or other groups, we all know that our passion for
this genre is the main reason we are doing what we do. "For the love of the
game", as they say. But it always great to be recognized for the hard work
that we all do. So please take a moment to head over to the Rondo
Awards page and place your votes for your favorites. You don't have to
vote in all the categories if you don't want, but I urge you to vote in many as
you can. Make sure you send in your name, along with your picks. You
can copy and past the ballet, or however you want to do it. Of course, we
are hoping that when it comes to Category #15, Best Magazine Column, that you
will throw your vote our way. All votes must be in by April 7th.
Just click on the banner below to get to the official ballot.
DEL TENNEY - REST IN PEACE
The world of cult movies has lost another one off their
talented people. Writer, director, producer, and sometimes actor, Del
Tenney past away on Feb. 21st at the age of 82. Tenney had been acting at
an early age, working on Broadway to extra work in films like STALAG 17 and THE
WILD ONES. But once he got behind the camera and started writing and
directing his own features, that is why we still remember him today.
In 1964, he wrote, produced, and directed a film called
ZOMBIE BLOODBATH. While that title might not register with you, it was
later re-titled to be the 2nd feature in one of the all time greatest double
features. The new title was I EAT YOUR SKIN and was paired up with I DRINK
YOUR BLOOD. But he would also go on to direct one of the best and most
entertaining party beach movies, THE HORROR AT PARTY BEACH (1964), featuring one
of the most memorable monsters in movie history. His next feature later
that same year was THE CURSE OF THE LIVING CORPSE, featuring the acting debut in
a feature film of Roy Scheider. This movie was released on a double disc
DVD with PARTY BEACH. I honestly had never heard of this movie before, so
was really blown away at actually how well made it is. Highly underrated.
So for fans of the lower budgeted films of the '60s, Del
Tenney may have only made a handful of films, the ones that he did are pretty
entertaining and ones that will be remembered by genre fans for a long time.
MOVIE HAPPENINGS IN CHICAGO
One of the things I love about being close to Chicago is all
the great movie events that take place throughout the year. From the great
festivals put on by Chicago Cinema Society, Movieside, as well as the great
stuff that shows at theaters like the Music Box, the Portage, and now it seems
the Logan Theater and thee Patio Theater will be doing these kind of events as
This weekend, there are a few choices for movie fans to
decide. At the Music Box Theatres midnight show, they are screening Dario
Argento's INFERNO on March 8th & 9th. Other midnight shows coming up at
the Music Box include THE SHINING (March 29th & 30th), and Ruggero Deodato's
infamous CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (May 24th & 25th). Of course, we would be
heading into the city to see INFERNO if we already didn't have plans to go to
the Sci-Fi Spectacular taking place at the Portage Theater from noon on Saturday
to noon on Sunday. That's right, 24 hours of movies and madness.
They have got some great titles playing, plus special guest Frank Henenlotter
will be there as well.
Also happening that same weekend is the Albert Pyun Triple
Threat event at the Patio Theater which is taking place Saturday the 9th.
Pyun will be there, along with writer/producer Cynthia Curnan, actress Dru-Anne
Perry, and film editor Rozannne Zingale. They will be screening ROAD TO
HELL, the director's cut of CYBORG, and NEMISIS.
And the same guy running the Triple Threat programs is also
setting up Night Scares, which will be midnight screenings at the Logan Theatre.
The first one they have is lined up is DEAR GOD NO! on April 27th. They
have also scheduled William Lustig's MANIAC on May 31st, and then Lucio Fulci's
ZOMBIE on June 22nd.
So lots of great opportunities to catch some classic movies
on the big screen. Make sure you come out and support these type of events
or they will disappear before you know it.
HORROR FANS REJOICE
Anytime a Spanish horror film gets a release on DVD, it is
cause for celebrating. But what is even better when they release TWO of
these films on one DVD! And to make that even better, the versions on
these discs have never seen the light of day here in the states since back in
the bootleg days. Code Red has released a Leon Klimovsky double feature
disc that has THE VAMPIRE'S NIGHT ORGY and Paul Naschy's DR. JEKYLL VS THE
Now, ORGY had been released before but it was in either an
edited version or one of the 'clothed' version. I don't believe JEKYLL was
released here in the states before, but Mondo Macabro did release in on an
Region 0 PAL DVD. But again, that was the 'clothed' version. Now for
those of you who are not sure what we mean by "clothed" version, let me explain.
Because the filmmakers knew that some of their markets wouldn't allow them to
have nudity in their films, while other countries wanted it, they would shoot
certain scenes twice, once where the actress was nude, and then again with the
actress having clothes on. Both of these versions are the uncut prints
that have the nude sequences.
ORGY is kind of like a Paul Naschy movie without Paul Naschy
in it. It has a lot of the same familiar faces that we see in his films,
including Jack Taylor and the beautiful Helga
Liné. Another example of great Spanish horror. And of
course, how could you not want a copy of Naschy's film where he not only plays
his famous werewolf, but also is injected with the famous Dr. Jekyll potion and
turns into one of the more sadistic Mr. Hydes you'll see. You can only
order it directly through Code Red's website (just click
HERE) though sometimes they say they are out of stock. If it does,
just check back in a day or two. For Naschy and Spanish horror fans, this
is a must for the collection.
For this week's Horror History lesson, we are going to learn
a little bit about an Oscar winning director who only made a few horror films,
but are well worth seeing. Now get to the
classroom before class starts!
As expected, our photo from last week was a pretty tough one. But that
didn't stop Gavin Schmitt from correctly identifying the movie. The shot
was from Jess Franco's REVENGE IN THE HOUSE OF USHER. Though I'm guessing
that more of you out there have seen this one, but have done well in trying to
forget it, since it really isn't the best that Franco has given us. But
kudos to Gavin for naming it.
Now onto this week's photo. We're going with a black
and white classic. Might not look like we're giving much to go by, but if
you've seen this movie, you'll remember it. Just click HERE
to send in your answer.
2-24-13 OSCAR NIGHT
Watching the Oscars was something that
my wife and I use to do on a yearly basis. Even if no horror films were up
for any big awards (yeah...right!), at least we were always curious at the
makeup and visual effects category. But now, even when there some big
effects-laden movies, they never get nominated. So over the last few
years, we usually missed them. We have decided to watch them tonight
though, but even before they have started, it once again makes me sad that more
attention is put on what dresses are being worn, then the real reason these
people should be there. And that is for making serious, action-packed,
thought-provoking, or simply just entertaining movies. More and more it
seems that technical and achievement awards are done somewhere else at another
time and just briefly mentioned, so they can focus more time on the stars and
what they are wearing. Oh bother...
HORROR SHOW 7
One of these days. One of these days, we are going to
make the trip out to the east coast to make one of these Hudson Horror Shows.
Each year, they always have a great line up of films, and this one is starting
to be no different. Starting at noon on June 8th, they have already added
ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE TEXAS
CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2, INFRA-MAN, with 2 more films to be announced.
Having the chance to see INFRA-MAN on the big screen would just be epic, since
that one was the first film that I had ever seen at a drive-in theater in my
youth. Such fond memories. All the films are shown in 35mm and they
will also have plenty of vintage grindhouse movie trailers throughout the event.
For more information, head to their Facebook page
SCI-FI SPECTACULAR - FINAL LINEUP
And while on the subject of movie marathons, after adding
some titles, moving them around, the Sci-Fi Spectacular has finally announced
the finalized line up to this year's event, the very first 24-hour one!
They have got a lot of great titles in store for us fans, with the usual
plentiful array of stuff to keep us occupied and entertained throughout the
marathon. In case you missed it, this event takes place on March 9th,
starting at noon. The doors open at 11:00am (though they never open on
time) and the features are suppose to start at noon. Cult director Frank
Henenlotter will be in attendance at the show and will most likely be doing a
Q&A after the screening of BRAIN DAMAGE. Also keep in mind that that night
is Daylight Savings time, so we technically lose an hour at 2am. For all
the details, go to their event page on Facebook
HERE. Below is the line up and the scheduled times:
12:00pm - ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES
1:15pm - MATINEE
3:00pm - THE HEART OF THE WORLD (Guy Maddin Short)
3:05pm - THE DARK CRYSTAL
5:00pm - SOYLENT GREEN
6:45pm - Roger Corman '50s Trailer Competition
7:15pm - DEAD-ISH (Short Film)
7:30pm - BRAIN DAMAGE
9:45pm - CAMERA (Rare Cronenberg Short)
10:00pm - INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978 version)
12:00am - IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS
1:45am - DARK CITY
4:50am - SHOCK WAVES
6:30am - THE LAST MAN ON EARTH
8:15am - SILENT RUNNING
10:00am - IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY
11:00am - BATTLE ROYALE
WIZARD VIDEO RE-RELEASES...PAY
Okay, years ago before the DVD market, I was a collector of
VHS tapes, especially the ones in the big boxes. With such glorious
artwork, they were just great to have in the collection, even if the movie
wasn't the greatest. It seems that Charles Band has found a stash of
original boxes from these Wizard Video releases and is planning on selling them
online. Now, before you video collectors get all excited, lets take a
little closer look at this offer.
He is charging $50 for the box. The video you get
inside is just a dupe of the original tape. So you are basically just
paying the $50 for the box art. Now I had gotten out of the VHS collecting
way before it has gotten crazy like it has over the last few years. But if
you are a die hard collector, then you want an ORIGINAL release, not an original
box with a duped tape inside. It's kind of like buying a classic '57
Chevy, that has a brand new engine in it (and not a good one either).
Sure, looks great on the outside, but it is not the same. (Geezz...can't
even believe I made a car reference...must be getting old)
So in other words, to all you die-hard collectors, you are
paying that $50 for just that box. And making it even worse, if you ask
me, Band is signing and numbering the side of the boxes. As a collector,
having Band's autograph on the side wouldn't really increase the value of it.
In fact, it probably decreases it. An original release, in the original
box art WITH the original VHS cassette is always going to be well more valuable
than these. We just wanted to make sure that everyone out there realizes
what they are actually buying from Band before they start sending him money.
This week's lesson is for a British character actor that
you've most likely seen a few times over the years. He's one of those
actors that we want to bring to the forefront, that way the fans can remember
this talented man, even if he is only playing a simple innkeeper. So let's
get to the classroom to learn more.
As we thought, we seemed to have stumped a few people with our last Photo.
Believe it or not, but it was from Dario Argento's SLEEPLESS. But we did
get a few correct answers sent in. And they were: Ulrika Loftager, Dustin
Moravick, and John Pata. So major kudos to you three for identifying the
movie correctly. But...the tough photos continues!
Take a peak at our latest photo, one that features probably
the worst eye makeup since THE BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE back in the late '50s.
In reality, it is probably one of the most entertaining elements from this
movie. Before we give you anymore hints, let us see what you can come up
with on your own. Good luck...you're REALLY need it on this one.
Just click HERE
to send in your answer.
MALONE'S CREATURE COMES TO DVD
After his low budget sci-fi monster film SCARED TO DEATH,
William Malone's first big studio film was CREATURE (1985). Originally
titled TITAN FIND, it starred the one-of-a-kind Klaus Kinski, which is enough to
cause anyone to reconsider a career in filmmaking. But none the
less, for a sci-fi / horror flick, it's pretty damn entertaining with a great
rubber monster running around chomping on people. Damn, do I miss those
But finally, fans of this film (as well as the new ones it
will get) will now get to see the film as it was originally intended! On
March 16th, it will be hitting DVD in a completely new high resolution transfer
from original camera answer print, in the widescreen scope (2:35.1) format,
which is the first time to see this film in this format on DVD. And if
that wasn't enough, it will also be the original longer cut of the film, under
the original TITAN FIND title with never before seen footage. Need more?
Then how about director's commentary, art gallery, pre-production art, and
interviews with the director and cast members. For right now, this is the
standard DVD release, with a blu-ray to follow but no date yet on that.
Can not express how excited we are to see this get a release.
If you have not seen this movie before, then put it on your 'need to see' list
once this new disc comes out. Speaking of which, Malone will be appearing
at Dark Delicacies on March 16th, where he will be signing this new DVD release.
Even if you're not able to make it out to California, you can order them through
the mail for only $14.99 (plus postage) and have them signed by Malone.
For more information, just click
HENENLOTTER TRIPLE FEATURE
For those that really don't need any sleep, or might be too
busy to attend the Sci-Fi Spectacular at the Portage Theater on March 9th, you
could always head there Friday night for a special Terror in the Aisles 14 for a
BASKET CASE triple feature, with director Frank Henenlotter appearing.
They will be screening all three of the BASKET CASE movies, starting at 7:00pm.
Tickets are only $12, unless you have an advance ticket for the Sci-Fi
Spectacular that is happening the very next day, then the ticket will only cost
you a whopping $5. For all the details, head over to their Facebook page
PET SEMATARY DOCUMENTARY
We are suckers when it comes to documentaries on the horror
genre. And when someone decides to make one dedicated to one of our
favorite films, it gets us even more excited. UNEARTH & UNTOLD: THE PATH
TO PET SEMATARY is a new documentary by John Campopiano & Justin White that is
going above and beyond when it comes to finding about this great movie.
They will be looking at not just the making of the film, but also the origins,
stories from the people who made and worked on the film, or even just had
connections to the production. There's interviews with tons of the cast
and crew, such as director Mary Lambert, composer Elliot Goldenthal,
cinematographer Peter Stein, actors Dale Midkiff (Louis Creed), Denise Crosby
(Rachel Creed), Miko Hughes (Gage Creed), Beau & Blaze Berdahl (Ellie Creed)Brad
Greenquist (Victor Pascow), Andrew Hubatsek (Zelda), and many, many more.
The documentary will also be giving us a tour of the filming locations,
never-before scene photographs, behind the scenes footage, original props from
the film, local news stories and tons more.
There's no date yet on when this will be finished and
available, but to keep tabs on it's progress, head over to their Facebook page
NAZI ZOMBIES TO RISE AGAIN
I've always said that it is hard to gone wrong with Nazi
Zombies (and yes, I am blatantly ignoring Franco's ZOMBIE LAKE). SHOCK WAVES did a great job with this
theme back in 1977, though they might not be considered 'zombies' in the
traditional sense. But then in 2009, Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola gave
us one of the best zombie movies of recent times, with a gore and fun filled
comedy horror that we found just damn entertaining and one of the best films to
come out that year.
Now after his success with his latest film, HANSEL AND
GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, he will now be returning to continue the story he started
with DEAD SNOW. The sequel will start off with the sole survivor of the
first film who now will battle an even bigger zombie army, but this time he will
have the help of an gang of American zombie killers. Wirkola said "We have
a script that I am super excited about, which is bigger, scarier, funnier, more
action-filled and gorier than the previous one, and I can't wait to unleash
another horde of undead Nazi zombies onto the world again."
If this movie is half as good as the first one, it will still
be a great movie. Really looking forward to this one.
SHOW ROUND 2?
We don't have all the details, but we stumbled across this
while on Amazon. It seems that Mike Mayo has a new book coming out called
The Horror Show Guide: The Ultimate Frightfest of Movies. Now
for those that don't know, back in 1998 Mayo wrote Videohound's Horror Show,
which is one of my favorite film guides. This new version has approx.
500-600 entries from the original edition, with another 400-500 titles added to
this newer addition. So that means you will still need to keep that
original edition, but now will have a newer one with even more titles in there.
The book should be out early this summer. The retail price is $19.95, but
Amazon has them listed for about $15. Such a deal.
NEW REVIEW: SLASHER BOOK
And while on the subject of film guides, we have posted our review of Peter Normanton's recent book
The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies in our Reference Library section. Just
click HERE to get there.
ARMY MISSION REMINDER
Just a little note to those soldiers out there that still are
working on this month's mission report. The month is more than half over
and don't forget Feb. is a short month. So lets not waste time and think
we have a lot more time to get those movies watched and those reports send in.
March will be here before you know it, so better be getting to them now.
Also, we have added another photo to our 2012
Army Winner section as well. Still waiting on those other photos,
soldiers...you know who you are. Let's get them sent in. Otherwise
next month's mission might be another Turkey month or something else cruel.
THE ART OF DON ENGLAND
I've known Don for quite a few years, first meeting him at
the Cinema Wasteland shows. Don yet another good friend of mine that is an
artist. Not one of these computer graphic guys, but one that actually hand
draws his work. I have to tell you, over the years that I've known him,
his work just keeps getting better and better. I was just about to publish
this update when he posted his latest piece of work, a little montage from David
Cronenberg's VIDEODROME and it is just awesome. I'm sure this will be
getting printed on a shirt in the very near future, as well as prints, but it is
just another example of how talented this guy is. He always comes up with
a creative layout for what he is drawing. Not just your typical portraits,
but a great blend of images and ideas. And his talent doesn't stop with
the drawing either. Head over to his website and check out the paint jobs
he does on model kits. In fact, right in front of me in my office desk
sits a large bust of Oliver Reed from CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF that I bought from
Don last year. Once again, stellar work.
So we just wanted to take second to give a big shout out to
Don and his incredible work. Don does quite a few conventions throughout
the year, many of the same ones we do, and he always has a huge selection of
t-shirts and prints for sale. Even got some great TCM and MOTEL HELL
aprons as well. So take a few minutes and head over to his website and
take a look at some of his work. And the next convention you're at, make
sure you look to see if Don is set up there. If he is, make sure you check
out his table. I have a feeling you might be walking away with a t-shift
You can get to his website by clicking
This week's history lesson is about one of the many
beauties that help make the Italian giallos what they are today. May have
trouble remembering how to pronounce her name, but you will never forget the
look of her. Head over to the classroom to
Well, I did mention last week that I was going to put up a photo that was going
to be a little tougher. But we still got 3 people that sent in the correct
name. The shot was from the 1992 film THE JOHNSONS, directed by Rudolf van
den Berg. If you haven't seen this one, I would definitely seek it out.
It's a great entertaining film with a pretty original story. It is
available on DVD, though I believe out-of-print. But if you come
across it, I think it will be worth your time. The three scholars that
correctly identified the movie was Aaron Christensen, John Pata, and Will
Our photo from this week might not be as obscure, but it just
might be another tough one. I have to say this seen in the movie was very
memorable to me since it made me cringe every time I watch that sequence.
In fact, it made me cringe just trying to get this frame grab! So let's
see if we can stump everyone this time out. Good luck....you might just
need it. As always, just click HERE
to send in your answer.
2-10-13 SCI-FI SPECTACULAR MINUS PYUN?
There hasn't been any official announcement but director
Albert Pyun is no longer listed as a guest for the Sci-Fi Spectacular next
month. Honestly, it wasn't like he was a big draw for me personally, since
I'm really more excited about the movies they have announced. But just
wanted to throw that out there in case anyone was looking forward to meeting
him. Though, have to say it would have been nice if they would have at
least made an announcement that he was no longer a guest. I know it says
things can change on their page, but a little 'heads up' would be nice to fans
that might be coming out specifically for that guest, or even maybe buying up
some memorabilia or DVDs just to get signed there. Not a big deal, but just a little
the fans that fans that come to these events.
None the less, we are pretty excited with the line up of
films they have, just announcing that they have added SOYLENT GREEN as well as
rare short films from David Cronenberg (CAMERA) and Guy Maddin (THE HEART OF THE
WORLD). Hope to see a lot of you out there for a fun 24-hours of movies
But Pyun will be appearing in Chicago that same night, just at
the Patio Theater in Chicago. They will be screening a Pyun triple
feature: NEMESIS, a director's cut of CYBORG, and ROAD TO HELL. For
more information, head over to their Facebook page
A PROFANE EXHIBIT AT HORRORHOUND IN CINCINNATI
The writers/producers of this film, David Bond and Manda
Manuel will be at next month's HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati, bringing an
early version of their new film, THE PROFANE EXHIBIT. It is anthology film
that has quite a few famous directors involved, such as Ruggero Deodato, Coffin
Joe, Richard Stanley, Uwe boll, Sergio Stivaletti, and many more. For more
information about the film, head over to their Facebook page
I know we are excited to see Coffin Joe involved, not to
mention Richard Stanley. Really looking forward to this.
GODFATHER OF GRINDHOUSE RETURNS TO DIRECTING
Have you heard of titles like THE DEATH CURSE OF TARTU, STING
OF DEATH, STANLEY, IMPULSE, or THE JAWS OF DEATH? All of these films came
from director William Grefe, who was a Florida based filmmaker that was cranking
out these films in the '60s & '70s, and always turning a profit on them.
Well now, Grefe is getting back behind the camera for a new feature film called
MAROONED. If you'd like to help out Grefe get this project off the ground,
they are taking donations through Indiegogo. Just click
to get more information on the project and what you can do to help.
ARMY WINNERS PRESENT & ACCOUNTED FOR
We have the first pics of our 2012 Army
winners posted on our Army page. Click over there
to see all those happy faces with their wonderful prizes in their hands.
Can't you just feel all the love? Thanks to you that have sent in your
photos so far and looking forward to getting the rest of them...meaning
hopefully the rest of you unruly lot gets them sent in pronto before we have to
send out our elite Kill Squad.
In all seriousness, I'm thrilled to see those involved are
having a good time. For something that I started over 3 years ago, just a
short term idea to give people a reason to watch a couple of movies a month that
they haven't gotten to yet, has turned into something much bigger. So
thank you for your continued support.
FLASHBACK ANNOUNCES DAWN REUNION
Flashback Weekend has made their first announcements for
there upcoming convention. It seems the dead will be rising when they have
their DAWN OF THE DEAD reunion with all four of the main stars: David Emge, Ken
Foree, Scott Reiniger, and Gaylen Ross. I'm sure they will have plenty of
more guests to announce before the show takes place on Aug. 9th - 11th.
For all the updates and information, head over to their website
This week's lesson is about an actor that was more known for
his voice than his looks. Special thanks to Alan Tromp for putting the
idea for this one in my head. Now head over to the
Classroom to learn who we are talking about.
Our photo from last week was from the Roger Corman classic
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, with those eyes being that of the lovely Barbara
Steele. Such an incredible ending to a film, never losing it's impact.
It was great to see so many people recognizing that shot and sending in their
answers. We got quite a few to commend this week, so let's get started.
They are Hoby Abernathy, Gregory Avery, Derek Botehlo, Aaron Christensen, Craig
Clark, Jerry Downing, Erik Martin, Dustin Moravick, Gavin Schmitt, and 0Gert
Verbeeck. Well done, people.
So it is obvious now that I have to try to come up with
something a little harder to make sure nobody out there gets too cocky. I
hope you understand. So gaze real hard into the abyss....and see what
comes out. Just click HERE
to let us know what you think. And of course, good luck.
2-3-13 YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY...BOOK
Since our reference library has been
slowly overflowing, it was time to get a bigger bookcase for our office, which
is looking less and less like an office and more and more like a library, not
saying that is a bad thing by any means. Though, I do hate the fact that I
have lost some poster space on my walls. Can't have everything, right?
I do have to say that I just love Craig's List though, since I found a 6-shelf
book case that is damn near 7 feet tall for only $25. Not a bad deal at
all. But I have spent most of the weekend getting the books organized and
re-organized, trying to get them in some sort of categorical order, which that
alone is quite a feat. Between biographies, film guides, books on specific
films, general reference, psycho-babble...it is quite the task.
Makes me smile to once again be reminded on how low the
horror genre is thought of in society, but yet each year there are quite a few
new books that are published on this red-headed stepchild. Granted, some
of them are those wonderful psycho-babble books where 'educated' people write
their thesis's trying to explain why people like horror movies, as well as why
characters act the way they do in these movies. For the longest time I
just figured the actors where just following a script. Had no idea they
were acting that way because of sociological and historical influences.
But there are quite a few other titles that are written from
passionate fans, just like us, that want to not only show us their love of this
genre, but to help spread the gospel. Whether it is film guides,
biographies, or film studies, they are all trying to do the same thing we do
here, trying to help people learn more about these great movies and the people
that make them. Film guides are a great way to show you some films that
you might have either missed, or maybe knew about but had forgotten about them.
Biographies are a great way to learn more about the people behind the films,
showing us a possible insight to why they made some of the movies they did and
what they put into them. The books on films might give us a look into
these pictures, making us possibly think of something that we might not have
before hand, or maybe we did and now realize that we're not the only ones that
caught that hidden subtext or wink at the audience. Or just learning the
bumps and bruises these filmmakers went through, sometimes it gives you a new
appreciation for the final product, making it even more enjoyable.
I guess my whole reason for this little message to to express
my hopes that all the other horror fans out there never stop their passion to
learn more about this wonderful genre. There is so much more to learn and
appreciate out there. And the more educated we are, it just proves even
more so that we are not the degenerated and diseased outcasts of society that
some think that we are, but passionate, smart and very knowledgeable about
something that we love so much. So let's keep the fire going.
CONVENTION SEASON UPON US
With February just a few days old, it means that March is
right around the corner. And that means our first convention of the year
is almost here. That would be the HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati on
March 22nd-24th. With a lot of big guests such as John Carpenter, WALKING
DEAD guests, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES reunion, and many more, it has all the
makings of another great convention. Then a couple weeks after that we'll
be heading back to Ohio again for the Cinema Wasteland show. And as usual,
they have one hell of a guest lineup this year as well. While they have
reunions for JUST BEFORE DAWN and SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, they also have Italian
legend Sergio Martino, director of such classics like THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS.
WARDH, ISLAND OF THE FISHMAN, MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD, and of
course....TORSO! So needless to say, we are pretty excited for this show.
After those two, our next show will be our return to
Wonderfest in Louisville. This will be our 2nd time at this show,
hopefully having as much fun as we did last year. Such a nice change of
pace to the rest of the kind of conventions that we usually go to.
With Flashback Weekend on the verge of making some guest
announcements for there show this year, as well as the film screenings and
marathons coming up in the next two months, we have plenty enough to keep up
busy. I know we all have our 'real lives' that keep us way too busy these
days. But make sure you take time to have a little fun here and there.
These breaks in reality are what keeps us going and helps us deal with those
harder days. Doing something you enjoy, spending time with friends and
family, going to the movies, or something as simple as just taking some time to
sit and read a book, really can make a difference in your everyday life.
It is something that we tend to forget or just don't have enough time for.
We need to change that.
KRYPTIC ARMY WINNERS - WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS!
Okay soldiers...everyone that won should have gotten their
prizes by now. If you haven't, please let me know. But if you have,
PLEASE remember to send me a photo of you holding on the your prize. I've
already gotten a couple sent in, but need the rest. Don't make me have to
get mean and make next month's mission watching the TWILIGHT movies or
Our new month is only a few days gone and we've already
gotten some reports which is very impressive. Not that it is a tough
mission this time out, but glad to see you soldiers moving quickly. And
don't forget that once you sent in your mission report, they will be posted on
our message board (though some of you are doing this yourself, which I do
appreciate). I always make a reply to your report, as well as some of the
other soldiers do as well. Please feel free to make your own comments on
the other posts as well. It is always fun to hear other's opinions on
these movies, even if we don't always agree, sometimes it makes you think a
little bit more about a particular movie, or even just making you want to go
back and re-visit a certain title. You can get to the Kryptic Army Message
Board by clicking
This week's lesson is about a director that made a lot of
films in his career, but only a handful of horror titles. But the ones
that he did, while only 1 might be considered a real classic, the others are all
still remembered and watched regularly by fans to this day. Head over to
the classroom to find out more.
Last week's photo was Bill Paxton's directorial debut, FRAILTY. I know
there were more than a few out there thinking this was one of those '80s slasher
films, but not quite. We did get a few correct answers though and they
were from: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, and Brian Fukala.
This week might be pretty easy, or might be one of those that
makes your brain going into overdrive because you know it but just can't place
it. But don't torture yourself too hard. It'll come to you at some
point...just hopefully before our next update. So take a peek, then send
us an email HERE
to let us know what you think. As always, good luck.
SPANISH DRACULA ON THE BIG SCREEN
Hard to figure that there is a horror fan out there
that hasn't seen the classic version of DRACULA starring Bela Lugosi. But
how many of you have seen the Spanish version that was filmed on the same sets
as the Lugosi version, but was filmed at night? There are some out there
(me included) that say it is actually better than the English language version.
But now you have the chance to see for yourself, because on Wednesday Feb. 13th,
the Portage Theater in Chicago will be screening a rare 35mm print of this
classic interpretation. Directed by George Melford, who didn't speak a
work of Spanish, using a translator directed the cast of Carlos Villarías,
Lupita Tovar, Eduardo Arozamena, and
Pablo Álvarez Rubio in a much more racier version than what most
This is a must for any fan of the genre. Even if you
have seen the film, I pretty much guarantee that you haven't seen presented in a
35mm screening. And if you haven't, then now is your chance to see this
great example of classic horror.
SCI-FI SPECTACULAR UPDATE
More announcements have been made about this 24 hour
marathon, though it seems to be leaning more towards horror than sci-fi, not
that we are complaining one bit. But they have officially added ATTACK OF
GIANT LEECHES, which is just going to be a hoot seeing that on the big screen,
LAST MAN ON EARTH, and BATTLE ROYALE. But they have also added another
guest, cult director Albert Pyun, so I'm sure they will be adding one of his
films to be played.
Once again, this takes place on March 9th through the 10th,
so make sure you plan to attend. Great movies, great friends, great times.
For all the info, just head to their Facebook page
HISTORY BOOK COMING SOON
If you are a fan of the HALLOWEEN franchise, then you might
want to keep an eye out this fall for a new book coming out called Halloween:
The Complete Authorized History, by Justin Beahm. Not a lot of details on
the book yet, but it will cover all the movies in the series, including the two
that Rob Zombie did, with dozens of interviews and tons of photos. While
the love on these films range all over the place, no one can say that they are
not an important series in the genre.
Once we get more details, we'll pass that information along
here. You can also follow the progress on their Facebook page
HERE or the
official page HERE.
Some of our Army winners should have already received their
prize in the mail. Those that haven't should have them early next week.
Once again, please remember to get a photo of yourself holding the prize and
send it to me, that way I can add it to the Army Winners from previous years.
Good way to show people who might be on the fence just what they might be able
to win if they sign up. Not some shabby promo prizes, but some pretty cool
items. For those who are still on the fence about joining, head over to
our Army page and see what all the fuss is about.
You'll have fun. I promise.
And while on the subject of prizes, while we have had some
DVD's donated to us in the past, most of the rest of the items from our Prize
Coffin comes either from our personal collection or items that we have picked up
at conventions over the year, that we get specifically to giveaway. We
have never asked for monetary donations to help run this site because in
reality, it doesn't cost us that much. And since we do this for the pure
love of the genre, a few $$ here and there is no big deal. But we could
always use some help with prizes that we can give away to our readers. So
if there are any people out there that work for a DVD company, or a celebrity
manager/handler, artist, or however you might be connected to the horror
business and would like to donate something to our Prize Coffin that we can use
for future Army prizes, or even trivia prizes throughout the year, we would love
to hear from you. Just a signed celebrity photo or two, a DVD or two, or
whatever you feel like you can donate to our cause, it would be greatly
appreciate it. Of course, if you do, it will be well advertised where the
product is coming from, with a link to a website or whatever you want.
Just throwing it out there. If you would like to donate, just send me an
HERE and we'll
INTERVIEW - PART 2
We have posted our 2nd half of our
interview with writer/director Billy O'Brien as he talks more about his film
ISOLATION and some upcoming projects. Just click HERE
to head over to there.
NEW REVIEW: THE AWAKENED
We have posted our review of this low budget film about
something from beyond that comes through to cause some terror at a hurricane
party. Head over to our Reviews section to read
our full review.
Class is now back in session. Sorry for the long break,
but we figured you might need a little rest. This week is another lesson
in art. Poster art, that is. This talented man's work is not only
probably familiar to you, but is just some amazing work. I wouldn't be
surprised if you don't own some of his artwork right now. So head over to
the classroom and see who we're talking about.
Last week's photo was a tough one. We knew it was going to have a lot of
you scratching your head. But that is the whole point on these. The
ones you don't get will be ones that you'll be looking for at some point.
But we did a few correct answers from some of our regulars. And they were:
Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Mike Shields, and William Wilson. And
of course, the move is called WICKED, WICKED. That split screen is how
most of the movie takes place, giving the viewer two different camera angles.
Very strange idea and takes a little while to get use to, but is still a pretty
twisted and creepy film. Maybe one day it will get a proper DVD release.
But let's get on to this week's photo. As always, just
click HERE to
send in your answer. Good luck.
1-20-13 IT'S ALL A MATTER OF OPINION
After our last update, with the talk of sequels and whatnot,
I was having a conversation with a friend, welcoming him to the "Grumpy Old Man"
club. And it got me thinking a little more about this whole situation.
I've mentioned before about being a "students of the genre" and by that I mean
anybody who is a serious fan, not just someone who "likes scary movies", but one
that lives for this and wants to learn more about it. So for us students
out there, we all know that there are going to be plenty of movies that we just
don't agree on. Ones that we can't understand why other people like them.
Makes you just scratch your head and wonder what you are not seeing. But
that is the beauty of the films. It is all a matter of opinion.
If we don't agree with someone's point of view, that's fine.
It's going to happen. But here is where we need step up our game.
Ask why this person likes or dislikes the movie in question. Make it an
intelligent discussion, as opposed to "Dude...you don't know what you're talking
about." Easier said than done, trust me I know. But if this person
has some valid points, you never know, you just might see or understand the
movie a little differently. Not to say that it is going to change your
opinion, but maybe at least you'll have a better understanding of their point of
view. But if you don't see their point, let's say because it is so
un-original, maybe you can point out to this person that if they liked that film
so much, maybe they should check out these other films that are very similar.
In other words, get them to maybe check out a movie or two that they might not
have heard of yet.
As die hard fans that we are, I do feel that it is our job to
try to help educate other fans to learn more about the genre. I keep
mentioning being a student, but we are also teachers as well. It should be
our job to help spread our passion to other like-minded fans in hopes of
expanding their passion as well. Remember, there is no wrong opinion, we
all like things for different reasons. But there could be an un-educated
EVIL DEAD REMAKE - NO CGI???
After last week's post about the new EVIL DEAD remake not
having any CGI elements in there, according to the director, Fede Alvarez, a
good friend of mine, John Pata (who is probably the biggest EVIL DEAD fan I
know) pointed out that in the Red Band trailer, at approximately 1:46 into the
trailer, there is a shot of a girl being set on fire. Yeah....so got to
give them credit for that because if that is not CGI, then I guess they either
really set that girl on fire, or that is one of the most realistic makeup jobs
I've ever seen.
Now, I don't care if there is CGI in there or not. But
if you're getting a big press buzz out there saying one thing, then you better
make damn sure you're going to back it up. Sure, to some this might not be
that big of a deal. But for me, a little honesty and integrity goes a long
way. Once again, maybe Alvarez had every intention to go CGI-less.
But that trailer had been out way before the quote about him not using any CGI.
So it is a puzzle to me. As I mentioned last month about the prequel to
THE THING, it sure sounds pretty similar. And I know I was not the biggest
fan of that movie, which had nothing to do with the fact that there WAS CGI in
there. I hope that this EVIL DEAD remake is good and does well. I
really do. But as I told Pata, after getting poked in the eye a few times,
it is going to be pretty hard for anybody to convince me that this time it won't
BILLY O'BRIEN INTERVIEW - PART 1
We have posted part 1 of our interview with writer/director
Billy O'Brien, who gave us the film ISOLATION. We've decided to break up
the interview into two parts because it was such a long piece. Part 2 will
be posted in a couple of weeks. Head over to our
Interview section to read some great low budget filmmaking stories about
method actors, fake cows, and slurry pits! Or you can just click the
FREE FLYING SAUCER EVENT AT PORTAGE THEATER
On January 26th at Chicago's Portage Theater, they are having
a triple feature film fest that is out of this world! They are screening 3
classic films for a whopping admission price of....FREE! That's right, you
get to see these 3 great films for free. All you have to do is show up.
For more information, head over to the Portage Theater's website
Here is what they are screening:
5:00pm - PLAN NIGHT FROM OUTER SPACE
6:30pm - QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE
8:00pm - WAR OF THE WORLDS (the original classic)
Last week's photo was from Jim Mickle's movie MULBERRY STREET, a movie about
mutated rat-people. As strange as it sounds, if you haven't seen it, I
would highly recommend checking it out. Mickle and his buddy Nick Damici
can make some damn good movies. The folks that sent in the correct answer
are as follows: Hoby Abernathy, Adam Cesare, David Friedman, and John Pata.
Well done, people. Shows you're paying attention!
Of course, we are going with something a little more tougher
and obscure this week. This photo has not been tampered with or doubled,
or anything. This is just like it is in the movie. Not the greatest
quality, but since this one is still waiting for that official DVD release,
we're going to go with what we got. So take a look and see if you can
figure out what movie this is from. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. Good Luck!
1-13-13 PATTY SHEPARD & JON FINCH - REST IN PEACE
We lost a couple faces from the horror genre recently.
These are not huge blockbuster stars, but for us fans of these movies, they are
faces that we remember from our favorite films. So to us, they are just as
important and should be remembered.
Jon Finch was a British actor that enjoyed the craft, but
would have rather avoided the stardom that most actors seek. He actually
turned the role of James Bond, which would be replacing Sean Connery. For
myself, I will always remember Finch from his first two film roles, which were
for Hammer Films. He had been working as an actor for quite some time in
his youth, before going off to the service. When he came back, he started
back up and appeared in quite a few television shows before Hammer came calling.
His first role was in THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, quickly followed by HORROR OF
FRANKENSTEIN, both in 1970. A couple of years later, he would work with
Alfred Hitchcock in FRENZY (1972). While playing in a lot of Shakespearian
roles, he did appear in a few more horror titles, like Full Moon's LURKING
TERROR. He was originally cast as Kane in Ridley Scott's ALIEN, but had to
drop out due to a sudden illness, both being reported as either bronchitis or
diabetes. He was even married to Catriona MacColl for a few years in the
early '80s. He was found dead on December 28th of last year. It has
not be released what the cause of his death was. Our thoughts go out to
his friends and family.
For the fans of Spanish horror films, it is sad news to hear
that actress Patty Shepard passed away earlier this month, on Jan. 3rd from the
result of a heart attack. Shepard moved to Spain in the early '60s to
study philosophy and ended up living there for the rest of her life. She
started to model and then worked on a few television before moving into films.
That is where us horror fans are going to remember her from. Her
first horror film was with Paul Naschy in the 1970 film ASSIGNMENT TERROR.
The following year, she would join Naschy again as the Countess Wandesa Dárvula
de Nadasdy in THE WEREWOLF VERSUS THE VAMPIRE WOMAN. She also appeared in
a couple Jose Larrez's last films, REST IN PIECES (1987) and EDGE OF THE AXE
(1988), as well as appearing in J.P. Simon's slimy film SLUGS. Shepard was
one of those actresses that you'd always think that she looked familiar but
couldn't place where from. But it is up to us horror fans to keep people
like Shepard and her work alive and remembered. Our thoughts go out to her
friends and family.
Because of their work in the horror genre, fans like us will
keep their memories alive. With each viewing of one of their films, they
will never be forgotten.
SPECTACULAR GOES 24 HOURS!
Just because 14 hours wasn't good enough, and because of the
outcry of the fans, the madmen at Movieside who are behind the Sci-Fi
Spectacular have decided to make this event into a 24-hour marathon! This
means more movies, more madness, and more importantly...more FUN!
They haven't officially announced any new titles, other than
maybe Vincent Price's LAST MAN ON EARTH, but on their Facebook page, they've
been throwing around titles like SHOCK WAVES and ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES.
Again, none of these have been confirmed as of yet. When they official
list the new titles, we will list them here. But no matter what, we will
be there for sure. They have already got a great line up of films and know
it will only get better.
O'BRIEN INTERVIEW COMING SOON
During the holidays, we had the great opportunity to
interview writer/director Billy O'Brien, who gave us the incredible dark film
ISOLATION. We are still working on getting it ready to publish here on the
site. Because of the size of the interview, it will probably be posted in
2 or 3 updates. I just hope that everyone takes the time to read through
it because there are some great stories and some cool insights to some of these
films that get made outside of Hollywood. So stay tuned.
NO CGI FOR EVIL DEAD REMAKE
You might have noticed that there hasn't been any mention of
this new remake of EVIL DEAD here on the site. Or at least until now.
We had seen the trailer when it first came out, but am waiting on actually
seeing the film before I am going to post any thoughts about it. But
because director Fede Alvarez has come out and announced that there is not a
single shot of CGI in his new version of this film, it gives me a little bit of
hope. I'm amazed that he was able to do this without the studio getting
involved and changing that. It even reminds me of when there was talk on
the prequel to THE THING, that they had all this live action animatronic
creatures in the film. But then when the final product came out, we seen
that most of that was left out and had tons of CGI effects instead. So I
am impressed with Alvarez decision to do that and now am very curious to see how
this film turns out. I just hope that the same thing doesn't happen and it
gets "fixed" by the studios.
REMAKES, SEQUELS, AND OPINIONS
While on this rant, let me go a little further. Most of
us hate remakes because it shows a lack of originality, other than how they are
going to try and do the same thing differently. Of course, doing it
differently doesn't mean doing it well. Actually, I think I would be safe
is saying the reason we don't like the remakes and sequels is because they are
just poorly made. The producer's goal is just to make money, not a well
made film. So any extra time and effort to try and do this is usually
whisked away and replaced with 'cheap and easy'. I know it is easy to get
on the "I Hate Remakes" bandwagon, which I have done several times myself.
Trust me, I know this as well as the next horror fan. Just reading the
synopsis for the new FRIGHT NIGHT sequel, it is basically another remake of the
original once again, except with the setting in Romania and the vampire a woman.
Same characters, same basic plot. It is enough to make any movie fan turn
away in shame. This is what Hollywood thinks that we want. The same
old rehash, time and time again. And when we go to the theaters to see it,
and give them our money, that proves they are correct.
Yes, I understand that not all remakes/sequels are bad.
And even if 90% of them are, it is because of that 10% that we have John
Carpenter's THE THING, which is one of my all-time favorite films. So we
can't blindly write them off, even though that most of know how bad they are
going to be.
So I guess my point to all of this is simple. Sure, you
can go out and see these new movies on opening weekend. But if you are
disappointed with the film, let people know. And don't just tell them it
sucks or was terrible. Show them how intelligent us horror fans are and
tell people why it was bad. Same goes on if you liked it. Explain
why. We all don't have to agree on the same movies. People that
don't like the same movies as me is fine. As long as you can explain why
you don't like it, I can't argue with that. Not that I won't try, mind
Last week's photo was from Michele Soavi's THE CHURCH, which happens to be one
of my favorite Italian horror films. Such great imagery and camera work in
there, not to mention a very cool story. Here are the ones that sent in
the correct answers: Hoby Abernathy, Ashley Crisman, Aaron Christensen,
Craig Clark, Dave Friedman, Wayne Teeter, Tom White, and Will Wilson. Well
So let's get to this week's photo and see if you can identify
this one. Might be a little harder for you. Of course...that's the
way we like it! Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. Good luck...you'll need it.
1-6-13 KRYPTIC ARMY 2012 WINNERS
We have gone through our list of active soldiers for the 2012 year of service
and have drawn the 12 names of the soldiers that will receive commendations (aka
a prize) for their hard work. Once again, I appreciate all of the
feedback, participation, and support that everyone has shown for this little
project over the years. As we go into our 4th year, I hope to see more
soldiers joining the ranks, getting out there on the front lines. Because
when it all comes down to it, watching more horror movies is what is all about.
Getting to discover some little gems that you might have missed otherwise, as
well as struggling through some titles that are better left unwatched, but
nonetheless, you're a stronger, more educated, and just a better horror fan for
doing it. So for that, I thank each and everyone of you who has joined in
our little movie watching project.
If your name is listed below, I ask two things of you.
First of all, please send me your address where we can mail off your prize too.
Email them to me
And secondly, and most importantly, I ask that once you receive your prize,
please send a photo of you holding the prize to me so I can add that to our Army
page. That way other people that might be debating on joining, can see
some of the prizes that could be waiting for them the following January if they
But let's get to this year's 2012 Kryptic Army winners!
Justin Allison - PAN'S LABYRINTH poster signed by Doug
Craig Clark - Mini-poster repro of SOCIETY signed by
director Brian Yuzna
Jerry Downing - Copy of Joe Kane's Night of the Living
Dead book signed by Judith O'Dea
Lance Ford - STANLEY lobby card signed by director
Damien Glonek - Reproduction of THE STUFF container
signed by director Larry Cohen
Stacey Hanlon - KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE 8x10 still
signed by creators Charles and Stephen Chiodo
Patrick McCarter - Min-poster for RETURN OF THE LIVING
DEAD signed by James Karen, Beverly Randolph and Brian Peck.
Ashley Polnow - Mini-poster for HOUSE OF THE DEVIL -
Signed by director Ti West
Jay di Santo - H.G. Lewis 8x10 signed by H.G. Lewis
Steve Sapsford - CD Soundtrack for THE WOMAN IN BLACK
Gavin Schmitt - 8x10 still from MY BLOODY VALENTINE
signed by director George Mihalka and actor Peter Cowper
Wayne Teeter - CD Soundtrack for CREEPSHOW
NEW HAMMER BOOK
Because we need another book on Hammer films (and I'm completely serious),
McFarland has another one coming out this June, entitled The Woman of Hammer
Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography, by Robert Michael and Bob
Cotter. One of the things that Hammer was known for was the beautiful
women that they cast in their movies. But not only the actresses, but also
the ones that worked behind the cameras as well. Now we have a guide book
to all those wonderful ladies. The book will have a Hammer filmography, a
biography if available, as well as other horror film credits.
I love these kind of books because it is about the people who
helped make these movies so memorable and they need to be remembered just as
much as the films themselves. Since it is a McFarland, I'm guessing this
hardcover edition is going to be in the $50 range, which does make it a tough
sell. But I know it will be on our wish-list as long as it takes to get my
hands on one for a good price.
Speaking of Hammer, this year will see the release of
Hammer's DRACULA in the most definitive version ever released. While most
of us fans in the states know this under the HORROR OF DRACULA title, this will
be released in the UK on Blu-ray on March 18th, in a 3-disc double play
(1-Blu-ray and 2 DVDS). This will be the very first time the film will
have the correct 1.66:1 aspect ratio since it played in the theaters.
There will be two different versions of the film here, the
2007 BFI restoration print, plus the 2012 Hammer restoration which as the
additional footage was that discovered in the long-thought-to-be-lost Japanese
prints. This lost footage was originally cut from the BBFC when the film
was first made, and shows Dracula's seduction of Mina, as well as Dracula's
disintegration at the end of the film. The set will also feature brand new
featurettes, a new commentary track, and more bonus extras that have not been
While there has been no word on when this will be getting a
release here in the states, I can only assume it won't take that long.
They know the market is big over here for these films, so it would only be a
matter of time.
And while on the subject of Hammer DVDs, it looks like Scream
Factory has announced the extras on their upcoming Blu-ray release of THE
VAMPIRE LOVERS. Brought over from the original DVD release is the
commentary by director Roy Ward Baker, writer Tudor Gates, and actress Ingrid
Pitt. There is also excerpts from the novella Carmilla that the film was
based on, read by Ingrid Pitt, as well as the original trailers and radio spots.
But new to the disc will be a new interview with actress Madeline Smith, as well
as new interviews with Hammer Films scholars.
TO SCI-FI SPECTACULAR AND GET BRAIN DAMAGE!
After announcing that cult director Frank Henenlotter would
be appearing at this year's Sci-Fi Spectacular, they have added his film BRAIN
DAMAGE to the already awesome line up. The other titles include MATINEE,
THE DARK CRYSTAL, SILENT RUNNING, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS ('78 version),
and IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS.
Also, there are rumors that they actually might make this
event a 24-hour marathon. If you'd like to see that, then make sure you
order your tickets now. If they get a big enough response, it just might
happen. That means more great movies and more fun! You can order
Lastly, they are having a Roger Corman trailer competition,
where filmmakers had a chance to make a 1 minute trailer for a movie in
tradition of Corman's earlier sci-fi monster pics. Here is what they so
far that will be screening for that competition:
The Day The Earth Spun - by Ryan Oliver
The Abominable, Maddening Tale of the Atomic
No-Goodniks -by Joey Gallimore
The Gamma Ray Man - by Jason Coffman
The Thing That Should Not Be - by Dustin
The Day The Earth Spun - by Ryan Oliver
The Monster Between Us- by Jen Lemasters & Dane Kissel
Screams on Planet Zero - by David Schmidt
Attack of the Cosmic Frank-Einstein from Haunted
Space and the Moon - by Lowcarbcomedy.com
The Bogman From Boise - by Henry Kurtzman
Attack of the Flesh Eating Toilet - by David Bradburn
Teenage Gargoyle From Alaska - by Frank Berman
this fun takes place on March 9th, at the Portage Theater. The doors open
at 11am (or some time after that) and there will be dealers, auctions, and much
more. These shows are always a fun time so make sure you mark your
calendar to make it out to this event. For all the latest info, head over
to their Facebook page
NEW REVIEW: TRIANGLE SOUNDTRACK
We have posted our review of the soundtrack for Christopher
Smith's film TRIANGLE. Head over to our
Soundtrack Reviews to get the full details.
GHOULS DRIVE-IN MONSTER-RAMA
The Riverside Drive-in Theatre and DVD Drive-In present their
next 2-night event of drive-in movies. While they normally have been doing
these in September, this year they are adding a second event and doing one in
the spring. Unfortunately for us, this takes place as the same weekend as
the Cinema Wasteland, so we are not going to be able to make it. But they
have one hell of a line up scheduled for this event. Taking place on April
5th and 6th, they are doing a classic '80s lineup on Friday and a '70s lineup
for Saturday. Each night, they have a great selection, all being screened
from 35mm prints. For all the details, just click
HERE. Here's what they have lined up:
SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM
BLOOD AND LACE
THE THING WITH TWO HEADS
CHICAGO MOVIE HAPPENINGS
If you're in the Chicago area, there are a few different
movie happenings going on this month that you might want to look into. The
Music Box Theatre has a couple of great midnight movie screenings this month
that are great opportunities to see some classic films on the big screen.
John Carpenter's THE THING is showing next weekend, January 11th and 12th, while
David Cronenberg's VIDEODROME is showing on January 25th. For more details
about these screenings, and more, head over to the Music Box Theatre by clicking
There is also the annual B-Fest, the 24 hour marathon of
B-movie madness. This is taking place on January 25th & 26th at the
Northwestern University's Norris University Center McCormick Auditorium in
Evanston, Illinois. For more information about this event, just click
Of course, for all the details about all the other great
Chicagoland stuff going on, keep following Chicago Creepout for all the details.
That is where we get a lot of our info. You can read the blog
the Facebook page
Follow both...can't hurt, right?
For our first Mystery Photo of 2013, we went with something a little more
current than we normally do. The shot was from John Gulager's FEAST, which
is still pretty damn entertaining. Can't say that about the sequel though.
Hated it so much that I refuse to watch the 3rd one. But that is just me.
Anyway....we did get a few emails with the correct answer. And those
people would be: Hoby Abernathy, Todd Barwick, Ashley Crisman, Jerry Downing,
Dustin Moravick, John Pata, Christopher Perrault, Kristin Wicks (didn't forget
this time!) and Will Wilson. Well done, people. Give yourself a good
pat on the back.
So let's get to this week's photo. Again, might be a
little easy, or maybe not as much. But hopefully if you don't know it,
when you do find out what it is that it sparks you to want to watch it. So
take a look, scratch that head a bit if you need to and then click
HERE to send in
your answer. As always, good luck.