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Welcome to my Krypt. My name is Jon Kitley, and I am the owner, operator, webmaster, and head corpse at Kitley's Krypt. Before I talk about this site, let me give you a little background on myself.
I think it started back in 1971, when I used to watch Ghost Story on TV. Then the following year the program was called Circle of Fear. I didn't know if then, but I think the tumor of obsession started to develop, even at the young age of 6 years old. When I was 8, I distinctly remember watching the made-for-TV movie FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY over a period of two nights, and being completely enthralled by it. But while the tumor still grew, it didn't become malignant until the very early 80's. And by then there was no hope of a cure. I was too far gone.
Over the years, I've developed a love of many different sub-genres of the horror field, whether it be horrors from south of the borders, the low budget classics from Roger Corman and AIP, Hammer horror, the Universal classics, the films of Paul Naschy, and of course the Italian horror genre, with Bava, Fulci, and Argento leading the way. I try to be open to anything in the horror genre. If you limit your tastes, you will miss out some some incredible films that are out there, just waiting to be discovered by someone new. The immortal Vincent Price said it best, "A man who limits his interests limits his life." We couldn't agree more.
Back when I started to seriously get into the genre, in the mid-80's, video stores were everywhere. Being in a pretty big size city, usually if it was on video, I could find it in one of the local shops. But how did you know what to look for? Reference books. Every reference book I would come across, I would add it to the collection. And then I would go through the book and look for something that sounded interesting. When I found one, I would add it to the "to find" list. Or if I seen a movie that I enjoyed, then I would seek out maybe some of the other films that had that same director or actor. The two books I probably used the most were Michael Weldon's Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film and the Overlook Film Encyclopedia of Film by Phil Hardy. Not to say that I didn't consult other volumes, but those two were the staples.
It was during this time that I started getting into the dreaded obsession of collecting horror memorabilia. My friends, this is an evil thing. Once you get started, there's no turning back, and there's no stopping it. Many (and I do mean many) years ago, I used to be content with just collecting movies on video tape, dubbing them off on to VHS to save the money from buying them (I told you it was years ago). Then you start to think how cool the big clamshell boxes that some of the movies came in would look sitting on your bookshelves. Then you buy a movie poster. Just one or two for a little decoration. The next thing you know is that you have enough posters to wallpaper your entire house...twice. Then you move into stills, lobby cards, books, and it just goes on and on, sucking every last penny that have you have. Well, maybe not that bad. It just depends on how much self-control you have. So in other words, I collect. In the beginning, I would collect just about anything. But over the years, I've learn to curb my tastes and limit myself of what I'm looking for....unless it's cheap enough. But I still collect posters, reference books (You can never have too many reference books), model kits, movies, and pretty much whatever else I can find that I think might be a nice addition to my collection, within a reasonable price for me.
And now about the website. I started it back in October of 1998, which makes this one of the longest running horror websites on the net. Over the years, I have had a few remarks of why I had put my name in the site's title. That's pretty easy one to explain. I stand by the opinions on this site. Unlike some sites, I don't hide behind a fake name or persona. What you read is what you get. We make no apologies for our opinions here. It's just our opinions. If you don't agree with us, that's fine. We have no problem with that. We love nothing more than 'discussing' different opinions on movies. Like they say, we don't have to agree on every movie, as long as we agree on the genre as a whole.
The Krypt has changed over the years, but my main goal here hasn't changed, and that is to 'spread the disease' as they say, in promoting the horror genre. We want to help other fans to learn more and more about this amazing genre of films. Since I am slightly obsessive and a complete-ist (those can go hand in hand, by the way), I've always tried to continuingly expand my knowledge of the genre. And I wanted this site to do the same for others.
So here are our goals, or mission statement as they like to be called. With this site, I would like to Educate, Expand, and (hopefully) Entertain our readers and their knowledge of the horror genre, helping them to Discover the Horror.
EDUCATE - So many fans that I've run across over the years seemed to have a limited knowledge of the genre. This is not to be taken as an insult or trying to sound like we know everything. We are still learning ourselves. Yes, most horror fans know who Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, and Boris Karloff is. Those are the basics. But what about Bernard Robinson? Or how about Lionel Atwill? Or maybe even Ted V. Mikels? As you increase your knowledge of the genre, you will learn more and more about the people behind these movies. Whether they are actors, directors, makeup artists, production designers, or even cinematographers, there are some talented people out there that have given the films the look and feel that they have, and are still remembered today. Whether these movies and/or actors are 100 years old, or 2 years old, it's important to know your history. It helps you appreciate the past, as well as the present.
EXPAND - Fans know what they like and like what they know. But what about the movies they don't know about, or maybe never even heard about? Isn't there a chance that there could be more movies that they'd enjoy out there? Some fans want to complain about the lack of anything good in the horror genre coming out today, and some times I have to agree with them. But there is so much out there that they haven't discovered, myself included, that even if all the new stuff is crap, there is still plenty of good stuff out there to see. So with this site, we'd like to help those viewers find new favorites, and expand their tastes of the genre.
ENTERTAIN - And lastly, the part that we hope everyone does find, and that is some sort of entertainment here at the Krypt. We have our Mystery Photo and Trivia contests to throw some fun tests out at you, as well as our rantings, Psycho-Babble, and other opinions, misguided as they might be.
So here's kind of a breakdown on what our site features:
So....that's it in a nutshell. We hope that this gives you a better understanding of what we are about and why we do what we do. Questions? Comments? Complaints? We'd love to hear from you out there. Just drop us a line at the link below. Thanks for listening....or reading as the case may be.
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