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"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.

- Peter Cushing -

9-14-14  OUR SEASON IS HERE...
    After that heated summer, I'm thrilled for this time of year. The temps drop, we get to break out our favorite horror hoodies, the stores have already been busting out the Halloween goodies, and its the perfect time to sit down and watch some of our favorite fright flicks. Sure, this time of year gets pretty busy for us here at the Krypt, but we wouldn't want it any other way. This is the time of year where we almost seem normal amongst the rest of the population, which I'm sure feel the same way. Damn shame it couldn't be like this every day.
    So make sure you enjoy this time of year when you can. I know we tend to have so many things going on that we are just to busy, but that is exactly when you need to make sure you take the time to stop and enjoy it. Take a break and watch a movie. Read some of your favorite book. Go for a walk and enjoy the cool brisk fall air. No matter how....ENJOY IT.

    Although admittedly not the biggest James Bond fan, but my first Bond was THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, which featured the villain I've always remembered the most, the gigantic hulk of a man, Jaws, played by Richard Kiel.  While he only made a few appearances in horror films, any time he did, they were memorable. Of course, one of the most famous appearances was back in 1962 on an episode of Twilight Zone, entitled To Serve Man. But he also appeared in EEGAH (1962) HOUSE OF THE DAMNED (1963), THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS (1965), as well as countless other TV appearances. One of my favorites, even though he was completely covered in a costume, was in an episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker called The Spanish Moss Murders.
    Kiel was a staple on the convention circuit, appearing any many shows around the country. I had seen him countless times and never heard a bad word about him. He really seemed to enjoy meeting his fans there, and putting those giant hands around the heads of his fans for photos. So we were sadden to hear of his recent passing. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

    We made it through our trip to Indy for the HorrorHound weekend where we had a blast. We were able to put a copy of Hidden Horror in the hands of quite a few people over the weekend, which is always a great thing. We also had several great conversations with different fans throughout the weekend, both new friends as well as our old ones, so thrilled to hear from other passionate fans out there. That really is the highlight of these shows. Honestly, there could have been no guests at this show and it wouldn't have changed my enjoyment from the weekend. More and more for me, shows in general are less and less about the guests and more about the fellow fans. Though, I do have to admit having huge smile on my face when John Jarrett walked by me Saturday morning before show opened, and replied to my "Good Morning" with the stereotypical "G'Day, Mate!"
    Didn't spend a lot of money there, even though there were several dealers tempting me with their merch. But I did pick up another print from the amazingly talented Daniel Horne. A few years ago, I got the print of Dr. Phibes print from him, which has been hanging in my movie room since then. So this year I went over to see what other ones he had. But the minute I got there, I knew what I was going to get, even before looking through his other prints. Laid out on his table was that of the creature and the Bride from THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Such a heart-wrenching and memorable scene from this movie, I knew I had to have it. Can't wait to get that one framed.
    So we did have a great weekend, getting to hang out with a ton of our friends, chatting with our dealer neighbors Billy and Vanessa from Razorback and Evilspeak, continuing our plans for world domination! Of course, what would be a trip to Indy without making our annual pilgrimage to Jockamos Pizza. And as always, it was epic. See you there next year.

    While we were at the HH Show, we had the opportunity to be part of the Night of the Living Podcast and HorrorHound Radio show. It is now posted HERE where you can not only hear me ramble on a bit, but also interviews with John Jarrat, Mads Mikkelsen, William Butler, Todd Wieneke from Dark Sky Films, and more. Just click HERE to get to their page where you can download it.

    In less than 3 weeks, we will be making our bi-annual trip out to Ohio for the Cinema Wasteland show for their 26th show! This is the 15th year they've been holding this shows and it still remains my favorite one out of all the ones that we attend each year. It really is like no other show and one that we look forward to twice a year. This will be our last convention in the 2014 Kryptic World Tour, even though we will be set up at the Music Box of Horrors later on in October.
    But the Wasteland folks have yet another great show in store for us, with 3 lovely ladies who were part of the reason the term Hammer Glamour was created: Veronica Carlson, Caroline Munro, and Martine Beswick. For me, they would be reason enough to come out to the show. Actually, this is the show that could have no guests at all and I'd still come out for it, so this is just a bonus! But they also have a few other lovely ladies that made impact in the horror genre, such as Geretta Geretta who didn't fare two well in Lamberto Bava's DEMONS or Bruno Mattei's RATS NIGHT OF TERROR for that matter either, along with Patty Mullen from FRANKENHOOKER, Kyra Schon from the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and Mink Stole from a slew of John Waters films. And let's not forget about Greydon Clark who's name is attached to many cult films, both as an actor, director, and more. Thankfully his cult film WITHOUT WARNING has recently been released for the first time so now fans can see how fun this movie is.
    So make your plans to head out to Strongsville on the first weekend of October and come out to join the party of a bunch of crazy film nuts that love to talk about movie titles that most people never heard of! If you are coming out, please make sure you stop by our table and say hello.

    Big News for those of you that are coming out to the Midway Drive-In next weekend. Not only will we be setting up a vendor table there, but we will also be giving away some free stuff! Well...not exactly free. We're going to have some trivial questions to test your knowledge on the horror genre. But if you're on your A-game, you might just be going home with one of the blu-rays we have (donated by the lovely people at Dark Sky and Severin Films) as well as some posters or whatever else we might have lying around the Krypt. We will have some books out for sale but probably not for long, since once the sun goes down and the moisture in the air picks up, it doesn't do well for printed material. But we will have some pillows and tote bags, and maybe some more goodies.
    The main reason we're doing this is because we want to make sure you enjoy your time at the Midway and the whole drive-in experience. Mike and Mia Kerz work very hard and keeping this place alive and running and we personally can't thank them enough for this, for giving many more people the chance to enjoy something that many of us thought was once lost.
    And just in case you didn't know what was going on next Saturday at the Midway, they are having their annual From Dusk to Dawn show, screening 4 classic movies. First they are screening Don Coscarelli's PHANTASM. Honestly...very excited to see this one. Next up will be Romero's classsic DAWN OF THE DEAD. Then will be TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. Again, what better place to see films like these then at a drive-in? Finally, the night ends with CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. Make sure you get all your food and snacks consumed before that last one starts! For all the details, head over to the Midway's page HERE.
    Hopefully we will see a nice big crowd out there supporting this great American tradition and come out to have a lot of fun. See you there!

    There's been a few titles and news since our last update about the 2 different 24 hour marathons going on in Chicago next month. For the Music Box of Horrors, taking place on Oct. 11th, they posted an announcement on their facebook page recently since they've been having issues with their website. But they stated that they will be screening a new 35mm print of the Swedish silent film THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE, DEAD SNOW 2, Takashi Miike's AUDITION, NIGHTMARE aka NIGHTMARE IN A DAMAGED BRAIN, and Hammer's CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF. They also mentioned John McNaughton as well, so not sure if they will be screening one of his movies, probably not HENRY since the director typically refuses to talk about that film. There is also now no mention of Jim Wynorski, so not sure if he is still a guest or not. Tickets are only $25 through the end of this month, then they go up to $30 until the day of the show, which then will be $35. I believe those prices are a bit cheaper than last year.
    For the Terror in the Aisles, they have added director Doug McKeown and his film DEADLY SPAWN to the lineup. McKeown made his first appearance at I believe the first first Terror in the Aisle show. Anytime fans get a chance to see this great movie on the big screen is definitely a must see. They have also added George Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD and John Carpenter's THE FOG. Tickets for this show are only $20 until today, then $24 until the day of the show, and then they will be $28 at the door. Although, last year, I know they extended the cheaper price, so you never know.
    Either way, no matter which one you go to, or both (like I am) it is great to have these opportunities to see some of these classic films on the big screen like they were meant to be seen. Whether it is Lon Chaney's THE UNKNOWN to Takashi Miike's AUDITION, as a horror fan, you owe it to your self to go.

    We take a look at Abel Korzeniowski's score for the Showtime series PENNY DREADFUL. Head over to our Soundtrack Reviews for the details.

    Are you a fan of Larry Buchanan's work? Ever hear of him? How about THE EYE CREATURES? Or ZONTAR THE THING FROM VENUS? Whether you have or not, Mr. Buchanan is the man responsible for these fine piece of cinema. And author Rob Craig has written a book on him and his films. Head over to our Book Review section to read more about it.

    This lesson we take a look at an actress that might have only made a few genre films, but they are ones we still remembered. Head over to the classroom to find out more.

    I figured that I wouldn't get too many correct answers for our last photo, if we got any at all. And as it turns out, we just got one. The shot is from the film THE NAKED WITCH, the first real genre picture by Larry Buchanan. And the person that got it correct was Alan Tromp, which is pretty funny since the topic of Larry Buchanan is how I first met Mr. Tromp at a Flashback show years ago. For those of you who don't know the works of Buchanan, or more importantly, haven't 'experienced' his work yet, seek them out. But it might be better in numbers and not by yourself.
    Let's get to our currect photo. I'm sure it will be a little easier than that last one. At least, I hope so. Just click HERE to send in your answer. Good luck.

    As much as we tried to get our update done yesterday, it just didn't happen. Honestly, wasn't even sure if we were going to be able unload this update. Spent more than a few hours on the phone with Comcast about our internet service not working properly. But it is working enough to get by...barely.
    It also has been a busy 3-day weekend, from spending Saturday evening at the McHenry Drive-in watching some great flicks while eating (expensive) chocolate covered bacon, to trying to finish up some writing projects that are looming over me. But I wouldn't want it any other way. The Halloween season has already started, with some stores already having their displays out last month. Granted, they'll be removed before the end of this month so they can make way for Christmas stuff....ugh. Anyway, here's to the next two months of fright-filled fun and horror!

    If you're coming to the HorrorHound show next weekend in Indianapolis, make sure you stop by our table, where you find our usually display of horror film reference books that you should be adding to your collection. Or if you just want to stop by and say hello or talk about movies then that is okay too! The show has a wide range of names for this event so hopefully we will see a good turn out. Looking forward to seeing our friends from that area and enjoying those late night/early morning movie discussions! Going to be a great time!

    Followers of this site know my distain for the way that conventions have been changing over the last couple of decades, where they really have become about celebrities making money off the same fans that have supported their careers, as opposed to celebrating this wonderful genre and the people that have contributed to it. And this is no way towards the conventions themselves or the people that bust their ass to make them happen. I can only imagine having to deal with some of these elitist celebs that want to be treated like the gods they think they are. I'm sure their managers and handlers are even worse. And I know they do their best to make it a good time for the fans. So I'm not bitching about them. It starts with the guests. I've complained before about certain names that are considered "guests" as a show, when their only real contribution to the genre was being a zombie on screen for 15 seconds, which apparently then makes it okay for them to charge $20 for an autograph. But then again, the second problem are the fans. If the fans line up and hand over their money. So who is really at fault here?
    Recently, I read a great piece on this by John Squires called Horror Convention Culture: It Ain't What It Used To Be (click HERE to read the full article) and he brings up so many valid points, especially the one that we quoted at the top of this page. But he mentioned something that made a little part of me die inside, something that I really do think that this is the final straw for conventions. We all know what the popularity of that zombie series on AMC has done to conventions, even starting up a con to pretty much celebrate the show itself, Walker Stalker, where anybody and everyone related to that show now can be a guest and demand $20+ for an autograph. But for their show in Atlanta, the show has announced that Anniston and Tinsley Price, who play the baby Judith Grimes on the show, will now be guests at the show. These are 2-year old children, people! But I'm sure there will be fans lined up to give their parents money to have their photo taken with them or whatever else their going to do to exploit it.
    Younger generation of fans think us older ones are just bitter about the way the shows are run these days. And they're right. Because they don't remember when the shows were not about the celebrities making money off the fans. It really did use to be about fans getting together to celebrate these wonderful movies and the only "paying" that was being done was in tribute by the fans to the people that were responsible for it. Now since anybody can be a guest and ask their fans to pay for it, and the cattle just line up to do it, this really is the turning point for these shows. And that, my friends, is very depressing.

    The final lineup has been announced for the From Dusk To Dawn show at the Midway Drive-in on Sept. 20th. It will be PHANTASM, (1979), DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978), THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) and CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980). There will also be classic horror trailers, vintage concession ads (one of my favorite parts of these shows), and much more. Tickets are only $12 for adults. Not a bad price for getting to see 4 classic horror films on the big screen, especially at a drive-in. For all the info, check out their Facebook page HERE or the Midway's site HERE.
    And if you're saying to yourself, "But I've seen these movies before...why do I need to drive all the way out to Dixon to see them again?"  Easy. Because seeing some of these classic movies outside on a huge drive-in screen, while eating popcorn, or maybe a cheeseburger, or even a corndog or two, being around a ton of other like minded movie fans, it really just reason enough. Thanks to people like Mike and Mia who have been working hard to keep one of these dying institutions open for people to still enjoy and remember what it was like when we were kids. I have been to the Midway several times since they took it over and have always had a blast. From the vintage trailer and ads, the community of film lovers, it is just a fun and simple time. So make sure make plans to make it out there for this event. It will be worth it.

    Since 2005, Chicago has had a 24-hour movie marathon at the Music Box Theatre, and we've been to everyone one of them. Then in 2012, some of the creative minds behind the marathons separated and now Chicago got TWO 24-hour marathons. One is still held at the Music Box, now called The Music Box of Horrors, and the other is just called The Massacre and has been at a couple of different theaters. This year, it is going to be held at the newly re-opened Portage Theater. First reports I read about the Portage was that it still needed a LOT of work, so hopefully they will have all of that done by the time the marathon takes place.
    I will say that I've been to all of these 24-hour marathons over the last 10 years and they really are an endurance test. But they are a lot of fun, giving the fans a chance to see some great movies on the big screen, not to mentioning opening their eyes to some great cinema that they might not have sought out before.
    The Music Box of Horrors will take place on October 11th, going from noon on Saturday to noon the following day. The only thing they've really announced so far is that director Jim Wynorski is scheduled to be a guest, but one could assume they will be screening one of his movies. They don't have any details up yet on their website, but once they do, it will be listed HERE somewhere.
    Then the following weekend at the Portage will be the Massacre, starting from noon on Saturday the 18th to noon on the 19th, taking place at the Portage Theater that we mentioned earlier. But they have listed a few of the titles they will be screening that are listed below. Have also announced their first guest, strangely enough is Jim Wynorski! I guess he's in Chicago for a whole week. They do have some great titles announced, but honestly I am very excited to see Lon Chaney Sr.'s THE UNKNOWN on the big screen. Such an incredible picture. Check out their Facebook Events page HERE for all the details.

  • THE UNKNOWN - An incredible moving performance by Lon Chaney Sr.

  • BLACK CHRISTMAS - Early Bob Clark stalker film

  • TARGETS - One of Karloff's last roles and one of his best

  • CHOPPING MALL - With director Jim Wynorsky in Person!


  • TENEBRAE - One of Argento's best giallos

  • EATEN ALIVE - Early Tobe Hooper

    If you're in the Columbus area and can't make it to Chicago for their marathons, then make your plans to hit the Drexel Theater on the 18th for their annual 24-hour marathon. For their films, they have INVISIBLE MAN, WICKER MAN, THE SHINING, THE MANITOU, YOU'RE NEXT, TEXAS CHAIN SAW and more. For all of their details, just click HERE.

    Okay fellow book collectors, listen up. Remember the last time you tried to pick up a copy of Stephen Thrower's Nightmare USA or even worse, his Fulci book Beyond Terror, and almost fainted at what the prices are these days? Well, Mr. Thrower has a new book coming out in a couple of months on the amazing career (yes, I said amazing) of Jess Franco, entitled Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco - Vol. 1: 1959 - 1974. Strange Attraction Press is releasing it in November, in a hardcover edition that is 336 pages, with a retail price now of about $30.00.
    Now...not the biggest fan of Franco? At least not now. But some day you may realize the fascinated career this man has had and want to know more. And if this follows most of Thrower's other books, it is going to be a hard one to come by without paying a hefty price. So you should solve that problem now and just pre-order it. Just click HERE to get to Amazon and place your order now. You might have to add something else to make sure get the free shipping, but I'm sure you could find something to add to your cart.

    We picked up this new book on Argento by Derek Botelho. We'd been chatting few a while about this upcoming book and new when it came out it was going to have to be in my collection. So head over to our Book Review section to read our thoughts.

    We have a bunch of reviews we still need to get through, but we do have a couple for now. Head over to our Soundtrack Review section to hear what we think of Frederik Weidmann's score for the new movie THE DAMNED. We also take a listen to the first two volumes Brian Reitzell's score for Season 1 of the TV show HANNIBAL.

    One of the great things about being a movie fan in this day and age is that so many movies are accessible to the fans, sometimes by just a few keystrokes. Movies that we used to have to search years and years for, now can get quickly found and watched, appeasing that cinephile's need. But the problem that I've found is that because there are SO many titles out there coming at the horror fan, from every direction, some times movies can get lost and/or buried. So here's what I'd like you to do the next time you have a free minute. Think of a movie that you had seen, doesn't have to be recently either. Maybe an old black and white movie from the '40s, a Hammer film from the '60s, it really doesn't matter. But what I'd like you to do is do a little research on that particular movie, more so who was involved in it. Then check out some of the other films that say the director did, maybe even doing through his filmography and making a checklist. I'm sure that person might have had a few good movies under their belt.
    Since there are so many titles floating around out there, a good student of the genre should never be looking for something to watch. Granted, decided on WHAT to watch...that can be a whole different discussion!   

    Our last photo was from Bert I. Gordon's later films, NECROMANCY, also known as THE WITCHING. Starring Orson Wells, as well as one of my favorite actresses of that era, Pamela Franklin. Sure, this might not be one of Gordon's or Franklin's best movies, but it is an interesting one at least. Kudos out to the following for sending in the correct answer: Mike Shields, Lisa Steward, and Tom White.
    So let's get to this week's photo and see what you can come up with. Really might need to get on your thinking caps for this one. Or maybe, just maybe it's not as hard as you think. Or is it?  Just click HERE to send in your answer. Good luck.

    Yesterday I had my annual birthday party, which consisted of a bunch of my friends coming out for a special double feature on our backyard movie screen. This year, we screened two films from Spanish director Juan Piquer Simón, PIECES and SLUGS, which are two of my favorites, especially PIECES. Such wacky but entertaining film. With some amazing gore, incredibly funny dialog, and a great cast, it simply is one hell of a good time. And watching it with a bunch of like-minded crazy horror fans, is even better. There is nothing better than getting a bunch of fellow horror-fiends together to not only watch the films, but also just sit and chat with for a few minutes here and there. Always a good time.
    Of course, my birthday bashes wouldn't be the same without the amazing work that my wife Dawn puts into not only getting everything ready, (with the help of our son Nick) but creating another amazing cake. I'm not sure, but I think this just might be the first PIECES/SLUGS cake ever made. And it was another incredible piece of artwork that she created. Can't thank her enough.
    But we did something a little different this year. In the past, I've always told my friends not to bring gifts. But this year I changed that. I always drive by the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry on my way home from work, so I thought that it would be a great idea to show that us horror fans are not all crazy psycho serial killers....well, not all of us anyway. So I asked everyone coming to the party to bring something that we can donate to the Food Panty. And I was amazed at the amount of stuff that my friends brought. It was just awesome and does show that we are not the bag of nutters that some might thing. I would also encourage others to do something of the same. Doesn't have to be to this food pantry, or any food pantry, but could be something as simple as giving a little help to those how really need it. Sometimes that is all that it takes.
    So thank you to everyone one that came out. I can't tell you enough how important you are to me and how proud I am to call you friends and family. No matter how big of a horror fan you are, or how big your collection might be, having the friends and family to share and celebrate it with makes it even more special, especially to me. So thank you again!

    This last couple of weeks has been rough on horror fans since we have lost a few people that have made a strong impact in the movies that we love. So much so that I almost thought not mentioning it because it was so many and I really didn't want this update to be just a posting about all of these deaths. But then one realizes that is just how we need to remember them and to make sure that they are remembered and their memories are kept alive by their movies and their fans. So that is exactly what we're going to do.
    On Aug. 5th, we lost Marilyn Burns, star of Tobe Hooper's TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. She was 65 years old. While a lot of women are given the label of Scream Queen, Burns is one that definitely earned it, especially in the last 30 minutes of CHAINSAW, which gives of hell of a performance. Which is even more impressive when you understand the circumstances that the cast and crew were going through to get those sequences filmed. She also had appeared in Hooper's EATEN ALIVE (1977), as well as KISS DADDY GOODBYE (1981), FUTUREKILL (1985), as well as appearing in the made-for-TV movie HELTER SKELTER, as one of Manson's followers. Burns appeared at many conventions of the last several years, meeting her fans, and was always such a sweet lady to talk to. But like a lot of actors, had no clue that the popularity of this movie would last so long. In an recent interview, she stated "Never in my wildest dreams, did I think that almost 40 years later I would be talking about it." Now with this year being the 40th Anniversary, it is the perfect time to re-watch classic and just sit in awe of the amazing performance that Burns, as well as the rest of the cast, give in this film.
    A few days later, on Aug. 9th, we lost actor Ed Nelson, at the age of 85. Now this name might not immediately come to mind, but if you're a fan of early Roger Corman pictures, then you'll remember him. Of course, it also might be from the ton of work Nelson did on television from the late '50s well into the '80s. Nelson was working as an assistant director for WDSU-TV in New Orleans when Roger Corman came there to film SWAMP WOMEN in 1956. He would follow Corman back to the west coast, working with him on several pictures over the next few years, such as INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN (1957), THE BRAIN EATERS (1958), NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST (1958), and A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959). One of my personal favorites is ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, where not only did Nelson have a part in beginning of the film, but also inside the giant crabs sometimes making them move. According to Nelson, “I was also one of two people inside the fiberglass crab, operating the legs and claws. The other fellow inside the crab with me was Jack Nicholson."
    Later on, Nelson would make a few appearances at film conventions getting to meet and chat with his fans about his work. He had said "It's nice to know people remember the films I did. The fans know more of the movies and television shows I forgot I did!" This is a perfect example with a celebrity realizes the passion and love the fans have for these kind of actors and their work.
    One passing that we learned of this week is one that didn't seemed to get that much press, even though he is responsible for a ton of movies that we've enjoyed over the years. Producer Menahem Golan passed away on Aug. 8th in the city of Jaffa while taking a walk with some of his family. With his cousin Yoram Globus, they bought Cannon Films and turned into a huge studio, cranking out a ton of films, sometimes 12 a year at their peak. They produced a ton of action films, starring the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, and Charles Bronson. But they also produced some memorable horror films l ike SCHIZOID (1980), NEW YEAR'S EVIL (1980), HOSPITAL HORROR (1982), LIFEFORCE (1985), and even TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2! Being a huge fan of cinema, he might not have been one of the leaders in the industry, he definitely made their mark, not to mention making quite a few entertaining films.
    Lastly, this one hurts more because not only did she appear in one of my favorite Hammer films, but I never got around to being able to meet her, or her sister for that matter. Madeleine Collinson, along with her twin sister Mary, appeared in Hammer's TWINS OF EVIL. Not a lot of details just yet of her death, other than she passed away on Aug. 14th at the age of 62. While her and her sister didn't make that many films, TWINS was one of the last great Hammer films and they were part of that reason. Along with sister, they had appeared in Playboy in the '70s, as their first twin pictorial, which helped get them noticed by Hammer, which then would lead to their appearance in TWINS.
    I know that while we have lost these people from this world, all of them still exist in the world of cinema, where they not only will remain alive, but also captured in time to continue to give us hours and hours of entertainment, for not only our generations, but for future ones as well.
    Rest in peace, my friends. But we'll see you on the TV screen very soon.


    As we mentioned before, last weekend was the Flashback Weekend convention in Rosemont. We've been doing their shows right from the very first one, back in 2005. And out of all those shows, this was our best show ever. And not just because we sold a lot of books (though that helped) but because there were so many great things about the weekend. Getting to meet a bunch of other horror fans and being able to talk about movies all weekend...well, that is as good as it can get. But Mike Kerz, the man in charge of the show, was gracious enough to allow me and Aaron Christensen to have a little panel first thing Saturday morning on Hidden Horror. We got to talk about how the book came about, let some of the other contributors that were there mention what they had written about, and even gave away 5 copies to some trivia question winners. Plus, it is also so much fun because we get to see and hang out with our extended convention family. That is always a major plus.
    Seeing the crowds lining up for the show all three days, not only makes the dealers in the vendor room happy, but also made me happy because it shows that the fans are still coming out to support this show. There were a ton of Q&A panels going on throughout the weekend, which we tried to go to when we could. Seeing the PHANTASM reunion was really special. For a movie that is 35 years old, it is so cool to see that there are more than one generation of fans of this series. And it is all because of the people that were on the stage during that panel. It had seemed like years since we had seen our friend Reggie Bannister, so it was great to have a few minutes with him, as well as my wife getting to finally meet him.
    But I have to say one of the most interesting panels that I sat in for was one that I had no real intention of staying for after getting a few photos. And that was with Robert Kerman, star or CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and Bob Murawski, the man behind Grindhouse Releasing. Kerman had some incredible stories about working on this notorious film, as well as his work in the adult film industry. Fascinating stuff, folks. It goes to show that you just never know what you can learn by sitting in these panels.
    So congrats to Mike and Mia and the whole Flashback crew for putting on a Phantastic show. Looking forward to the next one.

    While on the subject of Flashback, while we were there, they announced the date for their From Dusk To Dawn show at the Midway Drive-in. It will take place on Saturday Sept. 20th. The features that they have announced so far are the one and only, original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. What a great way to pay tribute to Marilyn Burns! But they are also playing CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and PHANTASM. They also might be adding a 4th feature, but not positive on that. No matter what, I really hope they play HOLOCAUST last because as much as I appreciate what the film is, I really don't want to see it again. But no matter what, we will be there celebrating the drive-in experience and hope that if you can, you come out and do it with us! Tickets are only $10 for adults. Can pass that price up for 3 features, especially since they are classics! These are the kind of movies that we love to see at the drive-in. Takes you back to a different era and film experience. And Mike and Mia at the Midway work very at giving you the opportunity to continue to experience that. So make sure you come out and show your support. And if you do, take a minute to tell them how much fun you are having and how much you appreciate what they are doing. When people are doing something because of their passion for it, it always helps and shows they've made the right choice when they hear that people are enjoying what they are doing.
    For more information about the Midway, head over to their website HERE. Or you can check back with the Flashback Facebook page for updates about this event.

    Next month is Paul Naschy's birthday. And to celebrate that, the fine folks over at Spanish Horror are holding a contest to help pay tribute to this incredible figure in the Spanish horror genre. What do you have to do? It is pretty easy really. According to the website, all you need to do it "Send us whatever you want to pay tribute to Paul Naschy. It could be a paragraph, an article, an mp3, a video, a picture…. talking about him, his movies, his characters….. whatever  Naschy related. The only requirement is to be written, spoken… in English, as this is the language of our site and podcast."
    And just what can you win for being part of this world wide tribute? Just one of the most incredible and amazing books ever to be published about our favorite Spanish werewolf. Thanks to the fine folks at Creepy Images, they have donated a copy of MUCHAS GRACIAS SEÑOR LOBO by Thorston Benzel. I have my own copy of this book and it is a must for any and all Paul Naschy fans. So participating in this contest is not only easy, but you get to help get the word out about this talented actor/writer/director/werewolf.
    For more information about the contest, head over to the Spanish Horror site HERE.

    We have posted our review of the soundtrack for the film JACOB, by Iain Kelso. Head over to our Soundtrack Reviews for all the details.

    Normally when news of a new film gets the news sites, I usually don't get excited. Reason being is that sometimes the films never really happen, or it is just another title in the constant flood of un-originality coming from Hollywood. Bitter? No, not really. More just tired. But recently we read some news that did grab our attention for a couple of reasons. The first one was that director Neil Marshall is producing a new horror films which is called DARK SIGNAL. But making the news even juicier is that Italian actress Cinzia Monreale will be starring in the film. Fulci fans remember Monreale from his classic film THE BEYOND, not to mention a few other choice titles she appeared in.

    While this new book isn't due out until next spring, there's no better time to add it to your watch list, or even put in your pre-order for it. Writer Adam Rockoff, the man who gave us the book Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, has a new book coming out, entitled The Horror of it All. According the info on Amazon, "Pop culture history meets blood-soaked memoir as a horror film aficionado and screenwriter recalls a life spent watching blockbuster slasher films, cult classics, and everything in between. Author Adam Rockoff traces the highs and lows of the horror genre through the lens of his own obsessive fandom, born in the aisles of his local video store and nurtured with a steady diet of cable trash. From Siskel and Ebert’s crusade against slasher films to horror’s Renaissance in the wake of Scream, Rockoff mines the rich history of the genre, braiding critical analysis with his own firsthand experiences."
    Since we really enjoyed Rockoff's first book, I know I will be adding this to my collection once it comes out. Even though it won't be published until next May, no reason not to put it on your wish list now. Just click HERE to get to the Amazon link.

    While we're only 2/3 the way through the year, you still have plenty of chances to still participate and win in the Kryptic Army. We've posted some new photos recently of some of last year's Army winners and their prizes. So you can see, these prizes are not just some promo poster that we've picked up free at a con....Okay some of them might be but at least we've gotten them signed by someone from that movie. But the bottom line, and really the whole point of the Army, is to get you to watch more movies that you haven't seen before. The genre is huge with plenty of movies out there, both old and new, for any horror fan to pick from. But that can almost be a problem these days because there there are SO MANY that some of the good ones get lost in the shuffle. So the Army gives you a little theme to work with each month to help you pick out two films. Plus, you can go to our Message Board, read what other solders have watched and if they liked it or not.
    So why not join? All it takes it to sign up for our mailing list and then wait for your monthly mission. Simple as that. And just to clarify, we do not give/sell/trade the names and emails from our mailing list to ad places. Your information is safe.
    Need any more info? Got questions? Check out our Army page HERE or feel free to drop me an email. Hope to see you on the front line.

    Our last photo was of course from THE BURNING. I thought I might trick a few of you out there since you really couldn't see what was going on. But it was apparently enough for a few of you to know which movie this was from. Kudos to the following: Chris Alo, Dahlia Daniels, Jerry Downing, Richard Garcia, Jason Kretten, Erik Martin, Dustin Moravick, Ryan Olson, Tom White, and William Wilson. Well done, people.
    So let's get to this week's photo. This might be another easy one, if you can recognize the woman. Just click HERE to send in your answer. Good luck.

    A few days ago, the movie world lost one of the true greats of the industry, makeup legend Dick Smith. To say what this man did for the industry would take volumes. Not only was he just an incredibly talented artist, and that he advanced the art form itself, but he also was forever passing that knowledge along to anybody that wanted to learn. There was no such thing as trade secrets to Dick Smith. To see at some of the incredible work that he's done in his career in movies and television, some of which viewers never even knew it was his work because we thought what we were seeing was real, it just jaw-dropping astounding. From the GODFATHER to TAXI DRIVER TO AMADEUS to of course THE EXORCIST, his work still looks as good now as it did then. When he won his first Oscar for his work on AMADEUS in 1984, he thanked actor F.  Murray Abraham for bringing his work to life on the screen, knowing that their makeup creation must still be able to let the actor do their job and bring this character to life without being restricted in what they can do. That again shows the talent this man had.
    Smith passed away a few days ago on July 30th at the age of 92. In 2012, he was awarded an Honorary Oscar for his work throughout his career. I'm sure even then there were quite a few people that still don't realize his contributions to the art, the artists, and the screen. You can see this amazing and heartfelt tribute to this incredible talent on Youtube, where protégé Rick Baker presents Smith his Honorary Oscar HERE.
    We usually make the comment on someone's passing that they will be remembered because of their work in films will never die, but I can guarantee that Dick Smith's memory never will because every single horror fan out there will know or learn to know his name because of the films that he's worked on, the amazing creatures and characters he's created, and the hours of entertainment he has helped bring to the screen. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. Rest in Peace, Mr. Smith.

    Next weekend, we will once again be heading into Rosemont for our annual trip to Flashback Weekend. Seems like forever ago since our last convention, so we are more than a little anxious and dying for another one. Especially when its in our own home state! We always have a great time at Flashback and are looking forward to having another great weekend this time as well. Plus, its always nice to see the local Chicago horror crowd come out and show support to the longest running area horror convention. The show has a fun guest lineup this year, as always, with plenty of Q&A panels to keep you entertained when you're not browsing the dealer room.
    And speaking of the Q&A's, yours truly, along with editor extraordinaire Aaron Christensen, are part of that schedule, talking about the book Hidden Horror. Our panel is the first one on Saturday, taking place at 11am. We will be giving away a few copies of Hidden Horror, though you might have to answer some trivia questions to get it! Just a fair warning, so bring your A-game.
    For all the information about the show, the guests, the schedule, times and everything else, head over to the website HERE. Looking forward to seeing and hanging out with all our horror-fiends once again.

    Well, the Skyline Drive-in in Shelbyville posted their lineup for their Super Monster Movie Fest and they have some gems in there. For all the latest details, head over to their website HERE. But here's what they've announced:

Friday Aug. 22nd:

  • GODZILLA (1954)


  • THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1921) with Buster Keaton

  • TELL TALE HEART (1953) Animated


  • DEMENTIA (1955)


Saturday Aug. 23rd:

  • THE MUMMY (1959)

  • LAST MAN ON EARTH (1959)

  • ASYLUM OF THE INSANE in 3D (1973)

  • LES DEMONS (1973)


Sunday Aug. 24th:

  • GODZILLA (1954)


  • THE MUMMY (1959)

    And while we're on the subject of Drive-in shows, Terror in the Aisles have announced that have added CREEPSHOW as their 3rd feature for their show on Aug. 29th and 30th. Add that with the newly re-mastered print of TEXAS CHAINSAW and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD...that is a fun night. We are planning to making it out for this fun event!
    But the McHenry also has a slew of other fun weekend features planned over the next few months, including a triple feature of the first 3 JAWS movies, or if you can stand the October weather, on the 24th and 25th, they will be screening the original Universal classics of DRACULA, THE WOLF MAN, and THE MUMMY. For all the information, head over to their website HERE.

    Chicago area fans of the silent horror will have the chance to see some classics on the big screen at the Portage Theatre. On Oct. 12th, they will be screening Lon Chaney's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Then on the 13th, they will be screening THE HANDS OF ORLAC. Then lastly, on the 14th, they will screen THE MONSTER. For more info, head over to the Portage's website HERE.

    Sometimes it really kills me all the great books that come out in the UK, which then cost a small fortune to get them mailed over here. Last year, Peveril Publishing released The Peter Cushing Scrapbook, which is just filled with amazing stuff from and about the amazing Mr. Cushing. Now they have a couple more books coming out that really is going to be a must for Hammer fans.
    The first title is called Running Scared by Phil Campbell and Brian Reynolds. These two guys had gotten jobs as youngsters with Hammer, first as office boys moving up to being runners on the sets during films like THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB, and more. These two recount their days working at the studio, meeting some of the incredible people there and having a blast at the same time. According to the website, it is "a light, witty, inside account of Hammer during the Hammer glamour period with lots of rare photographs and other images of memorabilia from the films."
    The next title is from one of the best Hammer scholars out there, Wayne Kinsey. He already has a few books under his belt about this famous studio, including the long out-of-print editions of The Bray Studio Years and Elstree Studio Years. But now, Kinsey's idea was "was for a book detailing the making of Hammer's films from THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT to TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER, the essential era in Hammer's history. It combines information I've gathered in my first five Hammer books and 25 issues of The House that Hammer Built magazine." And now this will become Hammer's Heritage of Horror: From QUATERMASS to the DEVIL'S DAUGHTER.
    In other words, there are going to be more books that will be in my library at some point in the future. For all the details and information about Peveril Publishing, head over to their website HERE.

    We've posted our review of this new book on zombies in the world. If you love conspiracy theories and stuff like the National Enquirer, then you'll probably enjoy this book. Click HERE to get to our Book Review section.

    This time out, class, we're going to learn about a low budget actor who not only appeared in a slew of films made in Texas, but even made a few appearances in some big name productions. Head over to the classroom to get more info.

    The photo from our last update was from the classic piece of cinema, HEADLESS EYES. This was definitely one of those titles that you grabbed from the video store shelves back in the day because the box art looked so damn cool. Damn shame the movie wasn't as entertaining as the box art was! Now I thought I had a few more correct guesses come in, but only found these two. So if you did and I somehow lost it, I apologize. But I did have the ones from Erik Martin and Will Wilson, so congrats to you two for knowing this movie.
    Now on to this week's photo. Going to go with something a little easier. Or is it? Take a peek and see what you think. Just click HERE to send in your answer. As always, good luck.

    While most people might know the name of John Fasano, if you were a fan of heavy metal movies in the late '80s, then you knew his movies. Fasano directed ROCK 'n' ROLL NIGHTMARE and BLACK ROSES, as well as THE JITTERS and a few more titles. But he also worked as a writer and producer as well. Fasano was one of these guys has made a couple of movies that Hollywood would have just forgotten about if it wasn't for fans of those kind of movies that really enjoyed them in our youth and are fun to revisit. Sure, they might not be masterpieces, but they are entertaining. A lot more than what usually comes out of Hollywood these days.
    So it is with a sad heart that we learned that Fasano passed away yesterday. The man was only 53 years old. Way too soon. He was going to be a guest at the Sept. HorrorHound show too. Damn shame. So in honor of Fasano, let's make it a point to bust out ROCK 'n' NIGHTMARE or BLACK ROSES, enjoying the film, and keeping Fasano's memory alive. Our thoughts go out to your friends and family.

    Two years ago, we made a trip to Shelbyville, IN, which is just south of Indianapolis, to the Skyline Drive-in. They were having two nights of 4 vintage horror movies. They had a similar event last year, but we just couldn't make it. But next month, they are holding a Super Monster Movie Fest which is going to last THREE DAYS, starting on Friday, Aug. 22nd and going to the 24th. Now they haven't listed any of the titles yet, but we can assume they will be showing at least 3, if not 4 features each night. We are planning to make the trip down there for at least the Friday and Saturday night features. Tickets are only $10 per person and they even have free camping!
    You can check out the website HERE, but as of now they don't have a lot up there other than a basic ad for the event. But once they do post some titles, we'll update it here.

    Well folks, after years of procrastinating...I mean planning, I will be starting a video blog segment called Discovering the Horror. Not sure where or what this might evolve into, but the beginning will be about one of my passions....horror reference books. My plan is to go over some different books that have helped us being the horror fan that we are today. I hope to have the first one done and posted in the next few weeks. But in the meantime, you can check out the intro we made a couple days ago. Major kudos to my son Nick for filming and editing this together for me. Just click HERE to check it out. Feedback is always appreciated.

    After a bunch of you forked over your hard earned cash for one those NIGHTBREED blu-rays from Shout Factory, you know the ones that were only going to be a 5000 copies, it seems now they've updated the "limited" run just a tad 10,000! So thanks to the 5000 of you that forked out the $400,000, they're going to double the limited edition quanities, which means it will drive the price down because not every one is going to spend that kind of money. In fact, I've seen them on Amazon for around $40. Sure, there were a few on ebay charging $250+, but if you were dumb enough to spend that kind of money on a DVD...well....

    While on the subject of blu-rays, Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES is tenatively set to be released on Blu-ray by Scorpion Releasing this October. The colors in this film are just amazing, so seeing them getting the blu-ray treatment can only be a good thing. No word on extras other than Tim Lucas is involved.

    After years in the making, the Organ fanzine is finally hitting the streets. This is a fanzine like no other, with each and every of the 120 pages are all hand drawn by the insane illustrator Putrid, written by himself, Bob Richards, and many more crazy fans of horror and heavy metal. Features interviews with bands like Impetigo, Asphyx, Undergang, Cianide, and many more. Also features an interview with Mike Minnet from Peter Jackson's BAD TASTE, movie reviews, and features on the likes of Coffin Joe and Tim Ritter. You can order your copy now from Hell's Headbangers right HERE.

    We have 2 new reviews with this update. The first one is for Les Baxter's score for Roger Corman's HOUSE OF USHER. Really can't go wrong there, can you? The second one is for an obscure little flick called DIE SISTER, DIE! You might remember this title from those days of perusing the racks at the video store, but it's not an easy movie to find. But believe it or not the soundtrack has been released! So head over to our Soundtrack Reviews for all the details.

    At the end of August, the McHenry Drive-in will be hosting another Terror in the Aisles event. So far, they have announced that they will be screening the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. Plus, Linnea Quigley will be in attendance! It takes place on both Aug. 29th and 30th. I'm sure they will be announcing one or two more titles, but nothing as of yet.

    We're back with another lesson from the chapter on the Spanish sub-genre. This actress worked with some handicapped monsters a couple of times, besides appearing in a few other fun titles. Head over to the Classroom to learn more.

    I was so tickled to see so many people sending in the correct answer for our last photo. It shows this film is a little more well known than I thought, which is great to hear since it is one that must be seen by all horror fans. The name of the movie is VIY, and is a Russian film about a young priest that must spend three nights reading prayers over a young dead girl, who just happens to be a witch. The visuals in this movie are just stunning, and even more so since the film was made in 1967. Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Jason Buchanan, Craig Clark, Jennifer Francis, Jason Kretten, Ryan Lieske, Leon Marcelo, David Schmidt, Gavin Schmitt, Wayne Teeter, and William Wilson. Well done. And if you haven't seen this one yet, do yourself a favor and seek it out.
    On to this week's photo. Not the greatest quality but I think it might give you enough to go on. Just click HERE to send in your answer.

    Those of you in the Army have noticed that this year, I haven't been too timely on getting your reports posted on the message board and/or even replying to them. As I've said before, with my new job and longer hours, writing for a 2nd magazine, as well as all the other wonderful things that life tends to throw at you, that seems to have been my excuse. But I recently got an email from of the soldiers stating something pretty obvious that I had lost sight of. And that was the reason why I started this whole thing in the first place. Sure, it was to get people to watch more movies, which is still the main reason, but also to form that little community of horror fans, seeing and talking about what they have watched for that month's mission. Watching them is part of the fun, but seeing what the other soldiers chose for that month's mission and even responding to them, that is where the real fun can be. But while only a few people were posting, it didn't help matters when I, the leader of this whole thing, stopped doing it as well.
    So with that little verbal kick-in-the-pants that I needed, the missions will be posted on a timely basis and I will be back to replying to them. All of June's missions have been posted, as well as my replies. As well as participating in the missions as well. The only thing I can add is that if you feel so inclined to post your own comments to other soldiers missions, that is always welcome.
    And if you wondering just what the Army is and what it might be able to do for you, it is basically a monthly challenge to get you to watch a couple of new movies each month under a specific theme. "New" meaning you haven't seen them. For all the details, just head over to our Army page. If you have any questions, just drop us a line.
    Okay...see you back on the front lines!

    Last Saturday, we did make our trip out to the Days of the Dead show and did make it to the NIGHTBREED panel, which was the main reason for our trip (especially since Argento had cancelled). The panel consisted of Doug Bradley, Simon Bamford, Christine McCorkindale, Hugh Ross, Anne Bobby, and Craig Sheffer. Sheffer was late coming to the panel and honestly wouldn't have mattered much if he had showed up at all. He only answered a couple of questions which were very short. Everyone else had some great stories, insights to their characters, what they had to go through during filming, their thoughts on Barker and seemed very happy to be there talking about their experiences.
    But since that was the only panel we stayed for, the rest of the time we spent walking around talking with our vendor friends and having a pretty good time. But I do have to mention a comment said to me by a friend there (which will remain nameless for his/her protection) that did sit in for the Cory Feldman panel. They said when it was over and the lights came on, it kind of felt like a porno theater since the audience consisted of a bunch of guys that were trying to leave without making eye contact with anybody. Too funny.
    I will say that other talking to friends, there wasn't much that makes me want to come back to the show. Since we're not really there for the guests, or at least not buying an autograph, it doesn't really leave much to do for the day. Other than picking up a copy of Derek Botelho's book The Argento Syndrome, there wasn't that much in the dealer room that was tempting money from our pocket. But none the less, we did have fun chatting with friends for most of the day, and then going out to eat at a Turkish place nearby. Great food, but took forever to get it. So thanks again to all our friends that we saw there and chatted with. That is always a good time.


    While on the subject of NIGHTBREED, Scream Factory as announced the details for their upcoming release of NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT. As much as I love this film, even with all its flaws, I have a lot of mixed feelings about this new release. Last year, I got to see the Cabal Cut of the film and while it was cool to see some of the new scenes there was a lot of stuff that still needed to be left on the cutting room floor. This new 3-disc version has what they are calling the Director's Cut, so I guess we can assume that this is a version that has some of the recently found footage but not all of it, edited down to make the film flow better? I would really hope so. This set also includes the original theatrical version on blu-ray, and then a 3rd disc of so far unannounced extras. All for a price tag of $80. Wow.  And I thought the DEMONS and DEMONS 2 discs were pretty pricy at $40 each, but this is kind of silly. This reminds me back of the laserdisc days. They haven't even really announced what the extras are either, probably because they are still putting them together. At the Days of the Dead NIGHTBREED panel, they mentioned that they were going to be interviewed later that day for this release. Sure, you get a collector's book, but is that really worth the extra $55 difference from the normal release? There will be a regular edition that just consists of the Director's cut on both Blu-ray and regular DVD, which has a retail price of around $24.
    Apparently the fans don't care and are throwing their money in since Scream Factory's initial 1000 copies have already been pre-sold. Since their are only 5000 of these being produced, I guess that is the reason why they are charging that much. Again, as much as I'd like to see the extras on that 3rd disc, it isn't worth that much money to me. I know I'll get to see it at some point.

    We have 3 new soundtrack reviews this update: BIG BAD WOLVES, CRAWLSPACE, and GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS. Head over to our Soundtrack Review section for all the goods!

    Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava, has a new book that is due out around the end of the year. Volume 2 should be out about 6 months later. With so many giallos out there, this is exactly what fans of the Italian thrillers needed. I can't wait to add a copy of this to my library and start making a list of movies that I still need to see. I'll post more information about the book when I get it.
    But you can order your copy of Howarth's recent revised and expanded edition of his Bava book from Midnight Marquee, which should still be having a sale the title. Head over to their website HERE and make sure you tell them I sent you!
    "Print is dead"....Ha!

    Anybody that has followed this site over the years knows of my passion for Spanish horror films. There is a new website that has started up that focuses on this great and immense sub-genre of films, both old and new. The site is called simply enough, Spanish Fear, which you can get to by clicking HERE. While they are still in the beginning stages, you will still be able to find some great information here. Want to see the trailer for the new movie SHREW'S NEST, which is presented by Alex de la Iglesia? Or some news about the directorial debut of Alberto Marini films SUMMER CAP? Marini wrote the script for Jaume Balaguero's SLEEP TIGHT. You can find it all over at Spanish Horror.  So head on over there, save the page, and make sure you keep going back for their updates. And if you like what you see, make sure you send them a note and tell them that

    It seems that Guillermo del Toro might be making his Lovecraft epic AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS after all, but changing the rating to PG-13, which is what made him walk away from his previous deal because the studio demanded a lower rating. Honestly...not sure how I feel about this. Sure, I think that del Toro could still make it scary with a PG-13 rating, but the whole point of his original decision was to keep it REALLY scary. And yes, there would always be the possibility of an un-rated DVD release. But again, when you start making that compromises, then when some other studio head wants a fluffy dog in there for marketing reasons, who's to say that it won't happen. Okay, that might be taking to the extreme, but you just never know in Hollywood these days.
    I'm trying not to get excited one way or another about this, especially since it really is still in the talking stages, but I guess I just hope that what he actually does make is still entertaining and faithful to Lovecraft and his story.

    They are at it again, back with their 9th film festival of madness! Taking place on Aug. 9th, they will be screening MANIAC, the uncut version of THE BURNING, MAD MAX, LADY TERMINATOR (which is a must see for any fans of horror & exploitation), as well as two other mystery titles. Advance tickets are $26 and then $30 at the day of the show. So if you in the Poughkeepsie NY area next month, you should make it a point to check out this fantastic festival. One of these days, we hope to make the trip out for it.

    Our photo from our last update was from the film FLESH FEAST, starring Veronica Lake. This 1970's film was not only produced by Lake, but also was her last film appearance. Unfortunately, the only time its worth screening is for a Turkey Day marathon. Kudos out to the following that correctly identified the movie: Chris Kinniery, Gavin Schmitt, and Mike Shields.
    The photo for this week is a film that I think needs to get a lot more attention. It blew me away years ago when I first had the chance to see it and it has never lost its appeal or ability to just amaze me. So take a look and see if you recognize where it is from. Just click HERE to send in your answer. And as always, good luck.

    Next month, Evilspeak magazine returns with issue # 2. Featuring the same passion-filled, gore-riffic tributes to the movies we love. There's pieces on LADY FRANKENSTEIN, TWINS OF EVIL, Jean Rollin, movies dealing with facial surgeries(!), THE BEAST WITHIN, BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW, and much, more more. Of course, I'll have another piece on Paul Naschy, this time covering my favorite of his Waldemar Daninsky films, NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF.
    And once again, NO ADS! All Filler! Just keep checking on their Facebook page HERE when it becomes available and then you can order your copy HERE.

    We really hate it when we lose anybody known for their connection with the horror genre, but when they start going in multiples, then it is even worse. So it is up to us fans to make sure that these people are kept alive, by watching their movies, talking about them with other film fans, and even introducing them and their work to younger or newer fans to the genre that might not know about them yet. That is all of our jobs as students of the genre: To keep helping others out there to Discover the Horror. Yes, we really do believe in our motto!

    The last real connection of the old days of Universal Studios, Carla Laemmle has passed away at the age of 104. Her uncle Carl Laemmle, founded Universal Studios, which was later run by his son, Carl Jr., who was the one that started the horror pictures that would really make them famous.
    While not really an actress, she grew up in the Universal city, and did have small parts in a few movies, such as a ballet dancer in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925), which starred Lon Chaney. But she is probably best known as the character that speaks the first lines in the 1931 version of DRACULA, starring Bela Lugosi. She is the young girl in the stagecoach reading about "the rugged peaks that frown down upon the Borgo Pass...". She still loved to talk about those days and was a favorite at conventions.

    Fans of Hammer Studios have lost another one of the many talents that made the studio what they were and the films they created. Actor Francis  Matthews, who battled against Christopher Lee twice, the first as Dracula in DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS and then as Rasputin in RASPUTIN: THE MAD MONK, as well as helping Peter Cushing build a creature in THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN. He worked with another horror icon, Boris Karloff in CORRIDORS OF BLOOD, which co-starred Lee as well. While he might not have worked a ton in the horror genre, he appeared in a few of the classics and was one of the reasons they were so enjoyable. He recently passed away at the age of 86.
    So even though he really was known for doing to voice of Captain Scarlet for the puppet show CAPTAIN SCARLET, the horror fans will help keep his memory alive due to his brief but stellar work in the genre we love. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.


    Apparently it does go in 2's this week. We just learned that Dario Argento was involved in an accident involving him falling down some stairs in his home. While he was hurt pretty bad, he is okay and resting. Of course, this means that he won't be making it to the Days of the Dead show next weekend. Major bummer there. But we do wish for a speedy recovery.
    But in earlier in the week, we also learned that director/actor/writer José Mojica Marins aka Coffin Joe, was recently in the hospital as well. His daughter had posted a message to his fans but it was in Portuguese. While we did use Google to translate it, I believe some of it got lost/confused in the translation. But it sounds like he was in need of some heart surgery but really didn't want to go. When he was finally convinced to go in for the procedure, he ended up having a heart attack while there. He was released after the operation where he had 3 stints put in, but then developed other issues, mainly dehydration, and ended up back in the hospital. He is still recovering from everything but things look good.
    Now granted, this is being taken from what I can get from the translation. It was originally reported by Marins' daughter, Liz, who posted this picture on her Facebook page. All we can do is hope that he gets better.

     Next weekend, my good friend Bryan Martinez of Film Deviant and I are making the trip to the Days of the Dead show in Indy. Been a while since I've spent more than an hour at a convention I wasn't setting up at, but since Bryan really wanted to go to meet Dario Argento, I figured I'd tag alone. Unfortunately, Argento had to cancel his appearance from the show due to the accident mentioned above, so that was a major bummer. But we're hoping to get there in time for the NIGHTBREED panel Saturday afternoon. It will be interesting to hear some of the stories they might have. Also, its a good way to get photos of them without having to pay a stupid amount of money. I had thought about bringing my British Quad poster of NIGHTBREED to get signed, but just can't see forking out another $20-$25 a pop for a signature, especially when I didn't pay for the 5 that I've gotten already on there. Granted, this is really is the only draw for me to this show. I mean, other than Stephen Percy of Ratt...I mean, wow that just screams horror, doesn't it?
    But it will be  nice to see some of our convention friends that will be set up there, like Don England, Billy and Vanessa of Razorback Records. So if you're going to be there on Saturday, you'll probably find us wandering around. And if you are an Argento fan that were planning on going to the show, take that money you were going to spend on an autograph and go pick up a copy of The Argento Syndrome by author Derek Botelho who will have a table there. I know we will be picking up a copy ourselves. Always a good thing to support these authors and their work.

    Speaking of The Argento Syndrome, it was published by the fine folks at BearManor Media. In case you ever think that print is dead, just head over to BearManor Media's website and see all the amazing titles that they have been putting out. Every time I go to their site, I see another one (or two) that I want to add to my collection. They are doing a great job in helping keep some of these people involved in the movie/TV world alive and remembered by the fans. And if you think that spending $20-$25 for a 200 page book is expensive, check out what you paid for that last magazine you picked up. Most of them are close to $10 for a 70+ pages, half of which are ads. So when you do the math, a book is a much better investment!
    Anyway, here's a couple of new titles that BearManor has out that had sparked my interest. Being a huge fan of William Castle, this one will definitely have to be added to the collection. Head over to their website from the link above and see if you don't see something that you'd like to pick up. And even if not for yourself, I can't think of a better Christmas gift than a gift of knowledge...aka a book!


    It's been well documented here on my lack of love for independent films. Bottom line is because they usually are terrible. But last weekend, we went to the DEMONS screening event that Film Deviant was hosting at Reel Art in Berwyn. Not only was I able to pick up a copy of the Killdozer comic book for only $2 (Thanks Dan!), as well as getting to watch Lamberto Bava's DEMONS, but they also screened several short films before the main feature. I was pretty impressed with quite few of them, which I want to mention, as well as another short that I got to see recently. Not only because I enjoyed them, but because these people can always use the support and even just encouragement and compliments on what they've done. Some of these are avail to see online, others you will have to wait for a release or the chance to see them at a film fest or convention.
    The first one is called CALL GIRL and was directed by Jill Sixx Gevargizian and stars Laurence R. Harvey and Tristan Risk. Very entertaining. You can find out more information on this one at the official Facebook page HERE. If you're going to the Days of the Dead show next weekend, director Gevargizian and star Harvey will be there.
    The second one is called simply SERVICE and was directed by Jerry Pyle and is disturbing and well acted. The Facebook page for this one is right HERE.
    The next one is called PITY and was directed by our friend John Pata, co-director of DEAD WEIGHT. Sure we might be a little bias on this one, but it is still worth your time. You can check out their Facebook page HERE.
    And the last one is called SCUM and was directed by Zach Shildwachter. You can actually view this one online HERE. Again, very original idea and well developed.
    But the main thing is if you do get to see these, make sure you pass on your thoughts to the filmmakers, good or bad. They need to hear your opinion.


    We reviewed the recent release of Jerry Goldsmith's score for DEEP RISING, a great underwater giant monster movie that you should check out. But head over to our Soundtrack Reviews to read our thoughts on the score.

    This week's lesson is an actor that you've might have seen before but probably had no idea it was him. Head over to the classroom to learn more about this week's interesting and unforgettable character.

    Our photo from our last update was from the film MOUNTAINTOP MOTEL MASSACRE, which came out in 1986 is one of those titles that were sprawled across the video aisles. Sure, not a great movie, but at least it is entertaining for what it is and not the same old retread we get these days. Kudos goes out to the following people for sending in the correct answer: Cate Cameron, Aaron Christensen, Nicholas Johns, Billy Nocera, Vanessa Nocera, Will Wilson, and Greg Wojick. Well done, folks!
    And now on to this week's photo. Not the greatest quality photo, but hopefully it will do the trick. Just click HERE to send in your answer. Good luck as always.

    Well, we survived our recent trip to Louisville for the Wonderfest Hobby Expo last weekend and what a weekend it was. So great to be at a convention where fans come to talk about movies, spend money (on something other than autographs), and just have a good time. It was great again seeing so many amazing model kits and paint jobs, as well as seeing old friends, making new friends, and getting to talk about movies! We really had a blast hanging out with our buddies Don England and Phil Meehan, having one of the most enjoyable and hilarious dinners on Saturday night with these guys. How could that be a bad weekend? Oh yeah...I also picked up my Rondo Award.
    Because I'm terrible at getting up and talking in front of people, my little acceptance speech was much shorter than I planned. So I wanted to say here what I had I planned on saying there. First of all, just the fact that I have a place where I can write about movies that I love is an amazing accomplishment for me. But really when I get an email from someone, or they come up to me at a convention, and say that they've sought out a movie because it was covered in my column, then that really is the biggest reward I could ever get. So receiving this Rondo is just icing on the cake and I am very honored by this, especially when I'm in the same ranks of these other talented writers that were nominated.
    I do have to say thanks to HorrorHound for giving me this platform for my ramblings. Thanks to Aaron Christensen, who has not only made me a better writer in the almost ten years that I've known him, but also has made me a better person.
    And lastly, thank you to my wife Dawn. Who, after being together for 31 years, has not only has never told me to stop watching a movie, but has been my companion on many of these cinematic journeys, no matter how bumpy or twisted the road might have been. I'm sure when the priest said "For better or for worse" 26 years ago when we got married, I don't think he was thinking of having to watch THE GIANT CLAW or Larry Buchanan's THE EYE CREATURES. So thank you Dawn for being so supportive in what I do with my little "hobby" and sticking with me through those "bumpy roads".
    Sitting there through the awards ceremonies was pretty amazing and even emotional. No matter what you might think of a lot of these award things that go around, this one really goes out of their way to highlight the work that people do in the industry, not just the professional ones, but to all the Monster Kids out there. And honestly, I'm not just saying that because I won either. Seeing some of the tributes given at this show, from Dick Klemensen accepting the award for his fellow monster friend (for over 40 years) Gary Dorst who passed away last year, to the Pure in Heart award given to Magoo Gelehrter, who recently lost his battle with cancer, which was accepted by Horror Host Dr. Gangrene (Larry Underwood), as well as a few others, it was extremely touching and very moving. It really shows the friendships that being a fellow monster kid can bring. It doesn't matter how much you know, or what you do, whether you're a writer, filmmaker, artists, or just like to watch these movies, we are all part of this huge fandom family. Most of us do what we do for the shear love of the horror/sci-fi/fantasy genre, so it is so great to know that we are not alone in our passion, that we even can encourage each other to feed that passion as well. So major kudos to David Colton and all those involved with the Rondos, for doing their part to put the spotlight on so many deserving people and projects.

    Some times we really hate to always mention the passing of someone that has made a impact on our love of the horror genre since we really don't want to bring anybody's mood down. But the way I always look at it is that is a great way to remember these people and their contributions, and the reason we need to keep their memory alive. Back on Sunday, May 18th, Radu Florescu passed away. Now, that name might not be that familiar at first, but depending on how big of a Dracula fan you are, you probable know his work to some degree. Florescu was a historian, professor, and philanthropist, who along with Raymond T. McNally, published several books on the Romania Prince, Vlad Tepes, or as most know him as, Dracula. Their first book, In Search of Dracula, was one that I remember finding and devouring each and every page, amazed not only at some of the stories, but also that this really was a person in real life! Florescu spent many years doing research on the original Prince and bring attention to this once great leader, no matter what some of the darker stories are about him.
    So while we may have lost a great scholar, we still have all of his hard work and dedication that he did throughout his life, that will be waiting for another eager young mind, just ready to absorb this information. So thank you, Professor Florescu.

    We were already excited about the release of one of our favorite haunted house movies ever, John Hough's LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE on Blu-ray from Scream Factory. But now we have heard what the extras will consists of and it made us even more excited. While it doesn't have a ton of stuff, like a trailer and a new interview with Hough, but it DOES have a new audio commentary with actress Pamela Franklin. She has always been a favorite of mine, from her many appearances in horror films over the years. So it is going to be exciting to hear what she has to say about this film. This is due out on Aug. 26th.
    In other Scream Factory news, they have also announced they will be releasing a double feature disc of the two Amicus anthology films, TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR. Now, both of these were released on a double feature DVD some time ago by MGM, and while it was great to see TALES, the print used for VAULT was the edited version. But according to Scream Factory, the print for their blu-ray will be the uncut version. Let's just hope the print of TALES is the same uncut print that was on the DVD. Can't wait for this double disc with two very important films in the genre.

    Next weekend looks to be a busy one for Chicago area horror fans. At 7pm on Saturday the 14th, at Quimby's Books, they are having a book event, celebrating the release of Mike McPadden's book Heavy Metal Movies. Now, why are we talking about a book on music here? Well, maybe because a lot of the movies covered in this book have strong ties in the genre. The book covers "Exploding with way over 666 true headbanger classics—raging with disturbing documentaries, bulging barbarians, Satanic shockers, spluttery slashers, post-nuke dystopias, carnivorous chunk-blowers, undead gut-munchers, midnight mind-benders, concert films, killer cameos—plus witches, werewolves, bikers, aliens, lesbian vampires, and vengeful vikings galore...the heaviest sin-ematic sensations of all time!". Sounds like we could find a movie or two in there that might spark our interests.
    But McPadden will be there promoting his book, which you could purchase there (and get a free barf bag). So stop on by, hang out a bit with other horror/music nerds, and check out the book. Everyone could always use another book in their collection, right? I know I do.
    Click HERE to get to the Facebook events page.

    I know we mentioned this in our last update, but the following day, Sunday the 15th, Film Deviant will be hosting their screening of Lamberto Bava's DEMONS at Reel Art in Berwyn, as well as a slew of independent short films. Aaron Christensen and I will be on hand with copies of Hidden Horror (possibly with some of the other contributors of the book too), as well as some of the filmmakers responsible for the shorts you will be seeing. Not to mention being able to browse through the amazing items you can find at Reel Art. We've spent...I mean, INVESTED a lot of our money finding some incredible gems in there. You never know what you might find.
    Oh yeah...did I mention this event was FREE!
    The event starts at 4pm. Head over to the official Facebook events page by clicking HERE.

    The second issue of Evilspeak should be out very soon, hopefully still this month. The layout is being finished and it once again promises to be one hell of a magazine. With over 100 pages of killer content and again with NO ADVERTISEMENTS, we hope to really show horror fans a ride of their life with some great coverage on some awesome movies. We'll be covering titles like LADY FRANKENSTEIN, BEAST WITHIN, MAUSOLEUM, TWINS OF EVIL, and of course some more Naschy worship by yours truly (shouldn't every magazine have that???), along with some more killer artwork by Putrid and the rest of the talented crew of artists contributing, such as this amazing wraparound cover by Don England. Stay tuned here for details when it will be available or you can always check out the Evilspeak Facebook page HERE for the latest details. Meanwhile, we are all hard at work on issue #3, which has all the makings of another great and grue-filled issue.

    We have posted our review of the new flick THE SIGNAL from a composer that actually made his own instruments to create the music. Pretty damn cool, huh? Head over to our Soundtrack Reviews for more info.

    While I'm not the biggest horror host fan, I do appreciate what they do and keeping it alive and thriving these days. What once was a dying artform, Koz and hundreds of others have worked so hard in making sure that the horror host did not become a thing of the past. I did grow up watching Svengoolie myself, or at the time he was Son of Svengoolie, but Rich Koz has worked very hard over the years keeping this loveable character alive for the Chicago fans, and now an even bigger fan base thanks to ME TV.
    But now it seems that even the government is getting behind Svengoolie and has named this October 31st Svengoolie/Rich Koz Day in the state of Illinois. Congrats to Koz and all the people that help him continue to do what he does. Well done!

    While on the subject of books, if you're a fan of Mario Bava, then now you have the chance to pick up a long out-of-print book on the master, that is now being re-released in a newly expanded and revised edition from Midnight Marquee. This new version of Troy Howarth's The Haunted World of Mario Bava will be coming out this Tuesday, the 10th. The retail price is going to be $45, but if you order now, you can save $10 off that price. For all the information on this book, as well as some of the great titles they have announced for this year, head over to their website HERE. We have more than a few Midnight Marquee titles in our collection, and plan on adding this one as well.

    When the new American version of Godzilla hit the screens last month, there were a lot of people anxiously (and some cautiously) awaiting its arrival. Once it hit the screens, the lines were immediately drawn in the sand and people were forced to take sides. There is the side that just loves the film, being extremely happy with the results. But unfortunately if you were one of those that didn't love it, or had questions about it, or just had some things about it you didn't like, you were immediately cast to the "haters" side, with really no choice in the matter.
    Now as film fans, we know how passionate we can get about the movies that we love. I'm right there with you. That is one thing I love about these kind of films and the fans. But I think one of our major challenges that we have is the fact that we tend not to respect other people's opinions. Again, I'm guilty of this as well, especially years ago when my normal response would be a simple "dumbass". If you love a movie, great. If you hate a movie, great. But when discussing it with someone with an opposing view, let's at least try to keep an open mind and try to see that other person's point of view. Doesn't mean you have to agree with it, just listen and maybe understand what they like or what they have a problem with it. Just because someone doesn't feel as strong towards a movie as you do shouldn't put them in the "haters" side, just as someone who loves a film unquestionably shouldn't put in the "kool-aid drinkers" side. As the saying goes, we don't have to agree on the movies, as long as we agree on the genre as a whole.
    Otherwise, we'd be the same as a bunch of those sports fans that get into fights with the people that like the opposing team. And I think we're much better than that, don't you?

    One of our favorite actors of the '70s Spanish horror films was Jack Taylor. Maybe it was those glassy blue eyes, but we always found him entertaining. So when we heard the news that he was going to be appearing in a new horror film, we were pretty excited. The film is simply called WAX and was directed by Victor Matellano, who's name might sound familiar to regular visitors to this site. He is the director of the documentary CLAWING: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SPANISH HORROR! The basic story of WAX is one of a reporter to has to spend the night in a Wax Museum that is suppose to be haunted. Taylor stars as Dr. Knox, a "sadistic cannibal surgeon who loves dressing up as Vincent Price in HOUSE OF WAX."
    This will be an English speaking film that is trying to hit different feelings from new and old, from the found footage aspect, to the gothic feel of the Hammer films. Along with Taylor, the film has a few other appearances of famous Spanish horror stars. One of them will be Lone Fleming, who appeared in Amando de Ossiro's TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD, as well as a few other horror titles. Also, there will be the appearance of a voice from the grave, when a old theatrical recording of Paul Naschy will be used from an animatronic wax figure.
    You can check out their Facebook page HERE or watch the teaser trailer by clicking HERE.

    For you Army members out there, you might have noticed over the last few months that I haven't been too timely on getting your missions posted on the message board, or even replying to them. My time seems to be very limited these days. No excuses here, just trying to explain that my time seems to be divided up even more than it used to. I'm going to try and stay on top of these a little more, but when it comes to the message board, please feel free to post comments on other people's post if you want. I would want nothing more than a nice place where we can talk about movies in an nice open forum without having to worry about trolls and whatnot. So please...let's here what you have to say.
    And while on the subject of the Army....still waiting on a few photos from last year's winners.

    I know it has been a while since we've had a new lesson in our Horror History, but I think it is about time we get back to class, don't you? This lesson will be an easy one, since it is probably someone that you've seen on the screen before...probably more than once. So grab your books and get to the classroom.

    Yes, it has been a while since we've had a new Mystery Photo as well, mainly because it's been 3 weeks since our last update. But we have a new photo now, which might be a little tough, but we kind of like it that way!
    Our last photo was from one of our favorite William Castle movies, MR. SARDONICUS. I love the fact that someone came up with the idea of having the skull in the background of the house with the lighted windows. Brilliant! We have a few send in the correct answer too. And they were: Hoby Abernathy, Chris Kinniery, Kevin Matthews, Richard Schellbach, Gavin Schmitt. Well done, lads!
    So on to this week's pic. As I said, might not be too easy, but was inspired to pick this one because of our friend Vanessa Nocera. Can't go into more details without giving it away. So take a peek and enjoy.


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