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"I always like less gore. I’ve always liked
the idea of implied gore. I think when you can put something in the mind, the
unconscious mind of the audience;
they can create in their own mind something far more frightening than anything
you can put on the screen."
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4-14-14 NEVER ENOUGH TIME
With all the events we have going on these last few weeks
(and weeks to come), it almost feels like October. And of course, with it
snowing now here in Chicago, it could be. We had ever intention of getting this
update done yesterday, but just didn't happen. But just a day late...so here it
Saturday was a bittersweet
day for us when we attended the Sci-Fi Spectacular at the Patio Theater in Chicago. We
had been to this place a few times in the past year or so, but this would
probably be the last since a couple of days ago, the news came out that it would
be closing near the end of the month. Really a damn shame because it is a great
looking theater and so sad to see these older ones fall by the way side.
So it while it was sad to know this might be the last event
there that we attend, it was great to see a nice crowd turn out for it, not to
mention just having a great time there. One of the main reasons I was excited
for this show was the chance to see GODZILLA VS KING KONG on the big screen.
There is something about seeing this kind of films in that format, screened from
a beautiful 35mm print, that just turns back time and makes you feel like a
10-year old kid again at the Saturday matinee. It was just incredible and so
much fun. Also, while we've seen it a few times, seeing the original NIGHT OF
THE LIVING DEAD on the big screen is just great. Yeah, the film print wasn't the
greatest, but seeing this classic on the way that it was meant to be screen
still shows how much of an impact the film has had on the genre.
Of course, getting the chance to see our buddy Doug Jones
once again is always a treat. And when I say, "our buddy" it is because Jones
treats every single person that comes up to him like a dear friend. Such a
special person and so much fun to see and talk to, even for only a few minutes.
We also had a great little conversation with Kyra Schon about JAWS, which
happens to be her favorite movie.
But honestly, the best part of these events is being able to
see our other friends in the local horror community that comes out to not only
support these events but just hang out, talk about movies, and have a good time.
Always a treat when we get to do that.
We hope that this won't be the last time we go to the Patio
and wish them all the best in continuing on.
Unfortunately we have two people that we have lost in the
recent weeks that have made some special contributions to the horror genre, both
through the written word. The first one was Everett De Roche, who passed away on
April 2nd, after battling cancer for the last few years. De Roche was
screenwriter who was one of the key people in bringing Ozploitation (Australian
films) to be known what it is today. Writing such films as LONG WEEKEND,
PATRICK, ROADGAMES, RAZORBACK, plus many more, he helped bring the country's
movie industry to a higher level. According to producer Anthony I. Ginnane, he
called De Roche's films "ground-breaking Australian genre titles that have never
been equaled in my view." But like a lot of screenwriters, their credit doesn't
seem to be as apparent as it should.
Another death was that of Phil Hardy, who passed away on the
8th. Now Hardy wasn't a filmmaker but a journalist. In fact, he was mainly known
for writing about the music industry than movies. But in he edited a film book,
one of a series, that covered more horror movies than any other book at the
time. It was originally titled The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror, published in
1984, was later published in the US under the title Encyclopedia of Horror
movies, and later the updated version in 1993, under the title The Overlook Film
Encyclopedia: Horror. As a growing horror film fan in the early '80s, this book
was an amazing gateway to new movies and filmmakers that I had never heard
about. This book seemed to cover it all, with films from all over the country
and throughout time, starting at the late 1800's going through each decade to
the present. At that time, this was my main go-to film guides when trying to
find out more about a film. So many of the photos in this book were burned into
my psyche from paging through it so many times. So because of Hardy's work on
this book, I have him to thank for helping me discover so many wonderful movies
over the years, a debt that could never be paid back properly, other than trying
to continue that process by helping other fans do the same.
We did make it through the Wasteland, for the 25th time.
Still amazes me that this show has been around that long, but also (and more
importantly) that it still hasn't changed and continues to be one of our
favorite shows. With one of the best dealer rooms around, as well as so many
great friends (both old and new) to hang out with and talk about the genre that
we love so much, this show is always a good time. We had plenty of them at this
show. We had a few of the Hidden Horror contributors there, as well as a good chunk of the people
responsible for unleashing Evilspeak magazine unto the world (see photo below).
And we're only just getting started!
If you still haven't made it out to one of the Wasteland
shows, you really need to come out and see what it is all about. And this
October is a perfect time for it. With some of the lovely ladies from Hammer, to
a demon woman and zombie girl, and much, much more, it will be another great
time as usual. Hope to see you there in the fall.
MOTOR CITY NIGHTMARES
The next show in our Kryptic World Tour will be Motor City
Nightmares, which takes place April 25th-27th. Last year was our first time
there and we had such a blast that we are going to do it all over again. They
have quite a big guest lineup this year, so we're looking forward to the big
crowds that we witnessed last year.
We will, of course, have copies of both Hidden Horror as well
as a few copies of Evilspeak at our table. So if you haven't picked up both of
them yet and will be at the show, make sure you stop by our table. We will also
have our usual supply of horror reference books to keep your mind occupied while
giving you new movie titles to seek out!
For all the information about the show, just click
OF THE LIVING DEAD SOUNDTRACK
Fans of Fulci and composer Fabio Frizzi will be thrilled to
hear of this new release of Frizzi's score of CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD. This
latest release from Beat Records has quite a few bonus tracks and was mastered
by Enrico De Gemini and supervised by Frizzi himself. It also contains a 16-page
booklet with liner notes from Frizzi, Stephen Thrower, Fabio Babini and artist
Graham Humpreys. You can pre-order the disc now for $19.95 from Screen Archives
Entertainment by clicking
I have posted our reviews for two new soundtracks that have
just come out. The first one is for OCULUS from the Newton Brothers, and the
second one is for SOMETHING WICKED by Kyle Newmaster. Head over to our
Soundtrack Review section to read more.
CHICAGO CINEMA SOCIETY GOES ACROSS THE RIVER
The fine folks at the Chicago Cinema Society are hosting the
Chicago premiere of this new Italian horror film entitled ACROSS THE RIVER, that
was directed, edited and co-written by Lorenzo Bianchini. Click
HERE to check out the trailer for what looks like to be a very creepy film.
The screening takes place on Saturday, June 7th at 8pm at the
Chicago Filmmakers, located at 5243 N. Clark St., Chicago. Tickets will be $7 at
the door. Click
HERE to get the Facebook Event Page. You need to come out to this for two
reasons. First of all, and the most obvious one, so you can check out this new
Italian horror film. But the second one, which really is more important, is
because is shows support of people like the Chicago Cinema Society and others
like it, that strive and work very hard to bring these opportunities to fellow
film fans. So it is important that we come out and show our support.
TICKETS TO HAMMER'S THE QUIET ONES
Okay Chicago...who likes Hammer? Who would like two free
passes to an advance screening on the 24th of this month? Just click
HERE and fill out the required info to get your two passes. Keep in mind
though, seating is first come first serve and the passes do not guarantee you a
seat, so you'll need to make sure you get there early. The screening will be at
the Showplace ICON Theatre on April 24th, at 7pm.
Hammer Films is back with their latest chiller, THE QUIET
ONES, which is about a professor who uses a young girl for some strange
experiments. The girl has a dark secret that just might be revealed during the
process. Inspired by a true story, the film is directed by John Poque, and stars
Jared Harris, who is always entertaining in his roles (and usually creepy).
We normally don't promote too many newer horror films, but
since this is coming from Hammer Films, we want to make sure they know they
still have a following. We've enjoyed what they've put out so far, so we are
excited to see them continuing their long tradition of creating films for horror
You can visit the official site of the movie by
clicking HERE, or
the Facebook page by clicking
or their Twitter page
HAMMER'S MONSTER FROM HELL
The last great Frankenstein movie from Hammer was Terence
Fisher's FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL, starring Peter Cushing, Shane
Briant, Madeline Smith, and David Prowse as the creature. This is getting a new
Blu-ray release in the UK later this month. Other than the Japanese laserdisc
back in the day, I'm not sure if there is a release out on DVD that is the same
complete version the LD is. I have been searching the web looking for reviews of
this new disc and only can find comments like "the longest version available".
That doesn't tell me its uncut but just longer than that previous release. I
really hope it is uncut since it is a favorite of mine (granted...most the
Hammer Frankensteins with Cushing are favorites of mine). But once we get some
more definite details, we'll post them here.
Of course, if it is uncut...that just means I need to start
looking for an import Blu-ray player!
BALTIMORE IMMORTALIZES POE
I came across this news piece about a new statue that is
being built for Baltimore to honor Edgar Allan Poe. Artist Stefanie Rocknak's
design was the one that was picked out of 265 that were submitted from around
the world. Not only is the design just incredible, especially with the heart and
papers flying out from his case behind him, it is just a treat to see that
someone of the likes of Poe is getting the treatment he richly deserves. In a
society that doesn't usually highlight figures that weave tales of terror, it is
nice to see that someone as great as Poe is able to achieve that ranking.
The statue will be unveiled this October, on the 5th at 2pm,
at the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street South in Boston, which
happens to also be named Edgar Allan Poe Square. I know the next time I travel
to Boston, that is one spot I will have to make sure to visit.
Last week's photo was that of the title character from William Grefe's classic
Florida-made monster flick THE DEATH CURSE OF TARTU, being the one and only Doug
Hobart underneath the makeup. Hobart also played the Jellyfish creature in
Grefe's STING OF DEATH the year before. And it saddens me to announce that we
had only received one correct answer for this one, though we did get a few
emails wanting to know the answer so they can find the movie! So I guess our
little plan works after all! Anyway, the congratulations goes to Will Wilson for
correctly naming the movie. Well done!
Okay...we're going to throw another obscure one out there,
for a reason that we'll explain with our next update. So for now, all you can do
is take a look at this interesting little screen grab and see what you can come
up with. Good luck...you're going to need it. Gaze into the abyss, then click
HERE to send in
ONE MUTHER OF AN UPDATE
Not sure why, but since we've gone to updates
every other week, it seems that we've got a ton of stuff that we want to
mention. Maybe there was just a lull in the news then, but we've got plenty of
stuff this week that we felt the need to mention. So take your time and make
sure you go through the whole update. Plenty of items there that might have you
going off in another direction, which is fine, just make sure you don't miss
Last week was our first show of the 2014 Kryptic World Tour
and what a way to start it off. Compared to last year's show, this one was way
more organized, fan friendly, and just a great time. Sure, there were still a
ton of people paying ridiculous amounts of money for autographs, but what are
you going to do. But that aside, 110% improvement over last year. So well done,
This was the convention debut
of Hidden Horror, where we have a nice chunk of the contributors there
throughout the weekend, hanging out at the table, signing copies of the book for
the ones that purchased it. Such a incredible group of (very talented) people,
that I am more than proud to be part of this illustrious mob. But I have to say, while it was just amazing all the
people that came up to buy a copy, what I was most impressed with the excitement
in their eyes, really looking forward to not only reading the book but then also
seeking out the movies cover within. Everybody who reads this site on a regular
basis knows my feelings towards reference books, but it just thrills me to no
end when I see that in other people. So that really was one of the highlights of
the weekend. Of course, having a nice conversation with composer Christopher
Young, who even came over to our table to purchase a one of the many other
reference books we were selling, is pretty high on the list too. We hope to be
doing an interview with him at some point in the future.
So it was a great way to start the year off, and hope the
rest of the Kryptic World Tour is as much fun as this one was. Below is one of
the many shots we got of some of the contributors that were there. I've listed
not only their names, but the film they covered in Hidden Horror. Special shout out
and huge thanks to Dan Kiggins and Anna McKibbin for working the Hidden Horror
table most of the weekend. You guys rock!
(Left to Right) Myself (ISOLATION), John Pata (PIECES), Kristy Jett (MAY), Aaron
Christensen (HABIT), Anna McKibben (THE PHANTOM OF PARADISE),
Dan Kiggins (OLD DARK HOUSE), Denise LoRusso (VIOLENT MIDNIGHT) and Shelly
Jarenski (CARNIVAL OF SOULS)
THE WASTELAND BECKONS...
After barely resting up after HorrorHound last weekend, we
will be making our bi-annual trip to Strongsville Ohio for Cinema Wasteland,
this being our 25th time doing so. So we plan to do what we've been doing for
the last 24 shows, and that is have one hell of a good time, hanging out with
tons of like minded horror fiends and friends. Of course, we will not only have
copies of Hidden Horror, but at least three other of the contributors will be
there at the show: Dave Kosanke, BJ Colangelo, and Kristy Jett. So if you haven't ordered your
copy of Hidden Horror yet, then make sure you stop by our table and fix that!
And just like we did at HH, any contributor that is there will have a Hidden
Horror badge on, so if you do buy the book, you can always pester them to sign
it for you.
Also, will have copies of Evilspeak there as well. Damn proud
to be part of this magazine so check it out. Billy and Vanessa Nocera, the
brains and publisher behind this epic piece of nostalgia, will be there as well.
Not set up, but wandering our the show having a great time, as well as many of
the contributors of the first issue as well. So if you're heading out there next
week, make sure stop by our table to chat! For all the latest details about the
show, just click
DOUG JONES AT SCI-FI SPECTACULAR
Do you know Doug Jones? This incredible and amazingly
talented man has been added to the Sci-Fi Spectacular that is taking place on
April 12th, starting at noon and running to 2am or so. They have an incredible
line up, including PAN'S LABYRINTH where you can see Jones creating two beautiful and terrifying
characters in one movie. A must see if you haven't already. For all the details,
head over to their Facebook page
They have some amazing titles lined up and we are pretty excited about it.
While we won't have a table there, we may just have a few
copies of both Hidden Horror and Evilspeak with us. So if you see us walking
around there, feel free to stop us if you're interested in picking up either
one. Though, the copies of Evilspeak are going to be very limited. So if you are
interested, drop me a line ahead of time so I know can kind of judge how many I
HIDDEN HORROR COMES TO BUCKET O' BLOOD FOR AUTHOR
To make sure you're weekend is full of excitement, the Sunday
right after the Sci-Fi Spectacular will be a Hidden Horror author event at the
Bucket O' Blood Books and Records in Chicago, from 4pm to 6pm. A few of the
contributors will be there hanging out and talking about horror movies. How
could it be a bad time, right? So once you stagger out of the Sci-Fi show, go
home and grab a few hours of sleep, then head to Bucket O' Blood to continue the
fun! Bucket O' Blood is located at 2307 N. Milwaukee. Check out the Facebook
for all the details.
O'MARA - REST IN PEACE
The World of Hammer have lost another great and talented
beauty. Kate O'Mara, who appeared in Hammer's THE VAMPIRE LOVERS and THE HORROR
OF FRANKENSTEIN, as well as the Peter Cushing film CORRUPTION, has passed away
at the age of 74 in a nursing home in England after a short illness. While the
lovely Ingrid Pitt always had my attention in THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, O'Mara was a
close second. Just a beauty, with some amazing eyes. She later would become
known for appearing on the TV show Dynasty here in the states, but even
had made a couple of appearances in DR. WHO, battling two different Doctors, as
well as continuing to work in the theater.
But for us fans of Hammer Horror, she will always be
remembered and never forgotten for the wonderful work she did in those two
films. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family.
GOBLIN TO SCORE SUSPIRIA LIVE
For those of you that were lucky enough to catch Goblin last
year when they were touring, you know just how incredible that was. Of course,
right in the middle of that tour, Claudio Simonetti left that line up and formed
what he is calling Simonetti's Goblin. According to Simonetti on his website,
"We don’t want to ignore any band that is currently active with a similar name,
we simply want to continue spreading the great legacy of Goblin’s music in our
own way, music that has inspired so many bands and so many generations of
musicians over the years." Have to admit, that is pretty classy that he just
wants to spread the legacy of the band's music that he's been a part of for many
But none the less, this May, he will be in Chicago with his
new lineup and will be scoring a viewing of SUSPIRIA live. Can only imagine how
freaking cool this is going to be to watch and hear. It will happen on
Saturday May 3rd, at the Metro. Advance tickets are $27, or $30 at the door.
Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. Click
HERE for the
GODZILLA COMING TO THE BIG SCREEN
There are certain classic monster movies that just need to be
seen on the big screen. The problem is that for a most of us, those films were
played years ago, sometimes way before we were born. But that just means that
when we have the opportunity to view one of these epics in a real movie theater,
then we need to make it happen and go. Not only are you supporting the theater
that has decided to play it, but also giving yourself the wonderful experience
of seeing these films the way they were meant to be seen. One of these titles is
the original GOJIRA (better know as GODZILLA). With it's 60th Anniversary, as
well as the new American remake coming this summer, they are releasing the
original GOJIRA to selected theaters for a very short time. By clicking
you can find a list of the the theaters in your area that will be hosting a
screening. If you have any chance of making of of them, I urge you to do so. It
really is an amazing movie and well worth seeing it like it should be.....BIG!
AND GODZILLA: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION
Continuing our Big G theme, one can not really imagine a
scene from a Godzilla movie and not have the famous music going through your
head. Composer Ikira Ifukube created one of the most memorable film scores
in history when he created this one, one that is still as strong and as powerful
as when it made its debut 60 years ago. Like all great scores, it weaves itself
into the film itself attaching to the action that we see on screen.
While I'm not a big fan of Kickstarter, since everyone seems
to have one, this one seems like a great cause to support. Godzilla fans John
DeSentis and Chris Oglio are trying to raise $25000 to be able to bring a live
concert at this year's
G-Fest that will pay tribute to Ifukube and his amazing Kaiu music. They are
very close to reaching their goal, but only have less than a week left. By
donating as little $25, you will receive a CD recording of this historical
performance. So head over to their Kickstarter page
HERE, read through it for all the details, then please show support anyway
you can. Even if you can't donate a lot, every dollar would help. As well as
passing the information along to others that might be able to help as well.
Let's make this happen. You can get more information through the Facebook page
And for news straight out of nowhere, it seems that a fifth
installment in the PHANTASM series is not only going to happen but apparently
has already been made, or at least started filming. Hitting the net earlier this
week was a trailer and poster art for PHANTASM V: RAVAGER, which seems to bring
back just about everyone from the original. It seems that Coscarelli is not the
director, but producing the film that he co-wrote with David Hartman, who is the
guy that is sitting in the director's chair. Hartman worked with Coscarelli on
BUBBA HO-TEP as well as JOHN DIES AT THE END, but seems he has directed a lot of
animated projects. Does this mean a lot of CGI going on? Now I love the first
two films, and am moderately entertained by the 3rd one. But that 4th
one....ugh. So I am very hopeful that this new one will end on a much higher
note. We will just have to wait and see.
But I do have to give Coscarelli and company credit for
keeping this news pretty much hush hush for the last few years, since they have
obviously been working on it for a little while.
NEW CREEPSHOW CD
One of my all-time favorite soundtracks just happens to be
from one of my all-time favorite movies: George Romero's CREEPSHOW. The music
just fits perfectly with the movie, comic book feel and all. My very first
horror convention that I went to, I picked up the soundtrack on LP and it
immediately become one of my favorites. John Harrison really created something
special here, surrounding the images on the screen with the perfect blend of
musical notes and cues. Many years later, when La-La Land Records released it on
CD, I was ecstatic and immediately ordered my copy. Well, now they have a newer
expanded version of the score being released on CD, featuring many quite a bit
of additional music, sound cues and more. According to La-La Land, the score
comes from "an all-new limited edition supervised by the composer, re-sequenced
in film order, and remixed from original 24 track elements." The extra tracks
features "never-before-released and long-sought-after library cues" that were in
the movie but never on the soundtrack. It even includes the song "Don't Let Go"
that is in the Father's Day segment, meaning you can learn to dance as well as
Ed Harris now! This is a limited edition CD of only 3000 units, so if you're
even the slightest interested, click
to get over to La-La Land Records and pick up your copy before they are gone.
So the first quart of 2014 comes to an end. And for some
reason, there are still quite a few photos of last year's winners that we still
haven't received yet. Strange. Must have gotten lost in the email. But one would
think that with all the technology out there now, with camera phones and
whatnot, that getting a quick pic would be pretty easy. Yeah...one would think.
Really hate to send out the troops to get those turned in. You wouldn't want
that, would you?
LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
I may say this with each issue, but if there ever was a
magazine that I say is a must buy each and every time, it is Little Shoppe of
Horrors. Each issues is just filled with some much information and is always a
treat to read. With their new issue hitting the streets this spring, they cover
one of Hammer's lesser known titles, THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES.
Sure, it might not compare to their classics of the earlier years, but it is
still a fun movie to watch. And especially after you get done reading the
retrospective in here, I'm sure you're going to want to watch it again.
For information about the new issue, you can check out their
HERE, or their Facebook page
Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, as well as any issues that you don't
have. Tons of great info within these pages.
DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA
April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama is a few weeks away, DVD Drive-In have
announced the dates and the films for their September Monster-Rama. And as
usual, they have a great lineup of fun and entertaining films. Taking place on
Sept. 12th and 13th, they will be screening 8 different features. On Friday,
they will having a Mario Bava night, screening PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, DR.
GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS, KILL BABY KILL, and HOUSE OF EXORCISM (the
'modified' version of LISA AND THE DEVIL). Then on Saturday, the titles are
TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA, DRACULA A.D. 1972, TROG, and THE HOUSE THAT
SCREAMED. These are all from 35mm prints. Details and ads won't start
until after their April show, but keep checking
DVD Drive-In for the
FELLOW HORROR FIENDS
At the HorrorHound show last weekend, we got to meet and hang
out with Kevin...oops, Bryan Martinez from
Film Deviant, who is
another Chicago area horror journalist, and his buddy Craig Medeiros, and Robert
Poole from IndieHorror.TV.
One of the best things about these events is getting to hang out with like
minded horror fiends and just talking about the genre we love. We were up to the
wee hours of the morning talking shop and just loving it. These guys are fellow
fans that want nothing more than to help promote the genre and it's movies and
really appreciate it for what it is. We really need more people like you guys.
FACTORY GIVES US BLU-RAYS WITHOUT WARNING
This 1980 film by Greydon Clark is one of those films that
some fans have been dying to see get a DVD release for a long time. And why did
I say "some fans"? Because I don't believe it was even released on VHS let alone
DVD before, so there are a lot of people that have never even heard of it. But
now, thanks to Shout Factory, that will be changing. With an all-star cast that
features the likes of Martin Landau, Jack Palance, Cameron Mitchell, and a very
young David Caruso (in some very scary yellow shorts), the movie features a very
tall alien (with some killer frisbees) played by Kevin Peter Hall, who happened
to be the same actor inside the suit in the first PREDATOR movie. This one is
definitely getting purchased when it comes out.
HAVE YOU VOTED IN THE RONDOS YET???
I know we mentioned it last, but wanted to send out that
reminder that if you haven't voted yet, now would be the good time. There are a
lot of different categories, but you don't have to vote in all of them, just
which ever ones you want to. But there's a lot of hard working people out there
nominated so give it a good look over and cast your vote.
Of course, we have to make mention that our book Hidden
Horror is nominated for Best Book of 2013 (#11) and myself was nominated for
Best Column (#16) for my column in HorrorHound. For all the info, just click
With this update, since we've mentioned more than a few
things about composers, I thought it would be good to continue this trend and
highlight one of our favorite composers this week. If you're a fan of Italian
zombies movies, then you know this man's incredible work. So let's get to the
classroom to learn more.
Now this is a funny story. After we posted our last pick, I
got a few emails from people stating the shot was from 1962 movie THE BRAIN THAT
WOULDN'T DIE. Of course, they were wrong because it was from the 1956 movie THE
BLACK SLEEP, which featured an all-star cast of Basil Rathbone, Lon Chaney Jr.,
Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson and even John Carradine. But then, one of our Mystery
Photo regulars, Hoby Abernathy, wasn't satisfied when I told him BRAIN was the
wrong answer and sends me a clip from the movie. And low and behold, the exact
shot that I grabbed from BLACK SLEEP is cut into the BRAIN film. Pretty bizarre that
it would be that exact shot that I decided to do a frame grab from.
So kudos to Mr. Abernathy for pointing this out. And to those
that sent in your guess of BRAIN, I have to give you credit as well. I might
have deleted some of the emails, so if I don't mention you, I apologize. But to
Dahlia Daniels and Mike Shields, as well as Mr. Abernathy, congrats for
correctly guessing ONE of the titles this shot was from. Funny thing is...didn't
get any guesses of THE BLACK SLEEP. If you haven't seen this little gem, I
highly recommend it. Lots of fun, great cast, and some pretty intense surgery
footage for the mid '50s.
But let us get to this week's photo. Hopefully it is only
from ONE movie this time! Take a peek, think real hard, then click
HERE to send in
EVILSPEAK HAS BEEN UNLEASHED!
The debut issue of Evilspeak is now out and available for
order. We are so proud to be part of this killer old school style magazine,
featuring articles on many different aspects of the horror genre from yesterday,
to also highlighting people and films that need more attention. There's
something on Chas Balun, a huge 9-page retrospect on Gore Shriek comics, some
heavy metal horror, interviews with cult director Ulli Lommel and ELM STREET
stars Heather Langenkamp & Amanda Wyss, Donald Farmer's Drive-In Fever, as well
as covering movies like HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, TOURIST TRAP, WITHOUT WARNING,
HUMONGOUS, THE DEMON LOVER and much more. Of course, when I was asked to be a
part of it, writing something on Paul Naschy was a must, so there is a
retrospective of my personal favorite Naschy flick, HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB
in there from me, as well as taking a look back at the Blood Island films from
the Philippines. Throw all of that in, filled out with killer art by Don
England, Putrid, Splatterbeast, Slasher Dave, and more, and it really a must buy
for die-hard horror fans.
One of the special things about this magazine is that it is
80-pages of killer content, with NO ADVERTISEMENTS! Most magazines this days are
1/3 of ads that you're paying for. But not Evilspeak. Like they point out in
their ad "All Killer, NO Filler!" So head over to their Facebook page to order
your copy today. If you order fast and are one of the first 250 people, you will
get a free limited edition "Beast of Blood" retro monster mask. So don't delay
HERE for more info. You can also order it
HERE. If you're coming out to
HorrorHound Weekend next week, then make sure stop by the Razorback Records
booth to pick up your copy!
RONDO AWARDS NOMINATIONS
They just announced the nominations for
the Rondo Awards and it seems our column for HorrorHound was nominated for the
2nd year in a row. Maybe this year we can beat out that Bowen guy! Just kidding,
John. Kind of.
Also, Hidden Horror was also nominated for Best Book as well.
Going to be some tough competition for this one since are some great titles
listed in there.
Right now, they only have them posted on the Classic Horror
Film Board but I'm sure will have them posted up on the actual Rondo site soon.
But just click
HERE to check them out now. Then make sure you cast your votes for your
favorites in each of the categories. You don't have to vote in each, but we
recommend voting for the ones you know. And as much as we'd like to tell you to
do it the Chicago way and vote early and vote often, we do want to be fair about
it. There's a lot of talented people in there who's hard work all deserve a
PRAISE KEEPS COMING FOR HIDDEN HORROR
Speaking of Hidden Horror, we've updated the Hidden Horror page with a few more recent
reviews that have been popping up. It seems that people are quite taken with
this book. Just click on the book to the left to be taken to the Hidden Horror
page (or here) that has all the reviews and info on how to order your own copy.
HORRORHOUND NEXT WEEKEND
Of course next weekend we will be heading out to Cincinnati
for our first official stop in the 2014 Kryptic World Tour. Been a long, cold
winter, and we are in much need of some convention fun. And this one should do the
trick. With pretty much all the cast from the first two EVIL DEAD movies, as
well as cult ICON (yes...I used the word icon) Clint Howard there, a great list
of composers (that I think need much more credit than they get), not to mention
a few other names there, it is going to be a great show. Not to mention getting
to see and hang out with a bunch of our convention friends again. For all the latest
details about the show, just click
Of course, this will also be the first show that Hidden
Horror makes its debut at. They will be available at the Hidden Horror table,
which will be located right next to our table, so it will be pretty easy to
find. Quite a few of the contributors to the book will be at the show
wandering around throughout the weekend. So make sure you stop by our table and
add this highly praised and reviewed edition to
Movieside Film Festival presents this year's Sci-Fi
Spectacular which will take place on April 12th at 12pm at the Patio Theater.
Once again, it will feature 14 hours of some great and classic movie titles on
the big screen. I can't tell you how excited I am to get to see GODZILLA VS KING
KONG in the theater. This was such a childhood favorite of mine that it will be
so cool to see it on the big screen. And of course, they also will be screening
the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. I know we've all seen this movie many,
many times. But how many times have you seen it in a theater? Really makes a
difference. Plus, Kyra Schon, the original little zombie girl, will be
attending. They will also be screening
the Georges Méliès silent classic A TRIP TO THE MOON (with live
organ music), which is something that EVERY film fan should see. Also on
schedule is John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, BUCKAROO BANZAI, Ridley
Scott's LEGEND, Dario Argento's PHENOMENA, and a rare screening of David
Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 pre-sale, so get them now.
There will be the usual fun stuff there, with dealers, auctions, movie trailers,
and much more. For all the current info about the event, head over to the
Facebook event page
LIX OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
If you've gone to a convention or two in the last 15 years,
you've probably seen Jill from Lix, selling her incredible selection of shirts,
hoodies, and all sorts of cool apparel for you and your home. Out of all the
years that I've been going, I have never met someone as friendly and gracious as
Jill. And now with her husband Gregg, they just make another reason why we love
going to the shows. And she always makes killer cookies!
Well, now they have officially opened up their new store in
Champaign, IL, located at 22 E Springfield Ave. The grand opening was this
weekend and if it wasn't for us having to get ready for our first convention next weekend, we would have
been down there to show our support. But you can still stop by there and browse
their goods and wares! You can check out their website
Always good to support the local business like this one. Not to mention that
Jill and Gregg are just great people.
DR. AC TALKS INDEPENDENT HORROR WITH THAT FESSENDEN GUY
Our good buddy Dr. AC (aka Aaron Christensen) recently
chatted with independent movie mogul Larry Fessenden recently about his latest
film, BENEATH, which is just coming out on Blu-Ray from Shout Factory. He has
posted the interview on his blog, which we enjoyed so much that we want to make
sure you go over to his blog and read it. Fessenden is a very important driving
force behind the independent film scene and has not only directed some damn
entertaining movies, but also has produced a few good ones as well. Head
over to AC's blog by clicking
Of course, we love every time we hear news of a new book
coming out that we immediately want to add to our ever-growing collection of
horror reference books. And now it looks like another title will be added
shortly. Dustin McNeil, who wrote the PHANTASM retrospective for
HorrorHound back in issue #17, now has a book coming out detailing the making of
this strange and entertaining series, called Phantasm Exhumed. With over 60
interviews and plenty of never-before-published photos, anybody that is a fan of
this series (and how could you NOT be) is going to want to pick this up.
Now HorrorHound states it will be shipping this month, but
there hasn't been an update on the
official blog since
January. And we can't find any other info on the book, so we're waiting to hear
back from McNeil himself to give us an update on when it will be available. When
we find out, we'll pass it on here.
NEW AMICUS BOOK COMING
While on the subjects of books, there's news that Hammer
scholar/writer Bruce Hallenbeck will be having a new book coming out in May of
this year from Hemlock Books. While they are a UK based publisher, they always
put out some quality products. But this time, instead of Hammer, it will be on
their rivals, Amicus Pictures. The book is entitled The Amicus Anthology. That
is really only the info we have, coming from Bruce himself. Anybody that has
read any of his Hammer books, as well as the countless articles he's penned for
Little Shoppe of Horrors of the years know he is not only a talented writer but
always has so much great information. Really looking forward to this book. Once
we get more info, such as the cover and where you can get it, we'll be posting
it here. So stay tuned.
HAMMER HORROR BLU-RAY PETITION
Of course, since we mentioned Hammer films, we need to
mention this other little news bit to get some help with. There is an online
petition to get the Hammer titles that Warner Bros. owns to get them released on
Blu-ray. They need 10,000 signatures and at the time of this writing, they have
a little over 2800. Doesn't take but a minute or two, so please click
HERE, fill out the info, and then once they get released, we'll all sit down
to have one big Hammer viewing party at my house! Sound good? Then get to it.
COUNTESS DRACULA FROM SYNAPSE
And....since we're talking about Hammer Horror on Blu-Ray, it
would be the perfect time to mention that Synapse Films will be releasing
COUNTESS DRACULA on Blu-Ray/DVD this May. The film will be presented in 1080p HD
in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio, with extras such as actress Ingrid Pitt, director
Peter Sasdy, screenwriter Jeremy Paul, and author Jonathon Sothcott (which I'm
assuming is the same one from the original MGM release),, as well as a
featurette entitled Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life of Ingrid Pitt. There
will also be an archival audio interview with Ingrid Pitt, still gallery,
theatrical trailer, and reversible cover artwork.
So far Synapse has knocked their previous Hammer titles right
out of the park, so we are very excited to add this one to the collection.
This entry in our little Horror History lesson has the honor
of being the very first cinematic vampire to actually have fangs. Head over to
our classroom to learn more.
Our last photo is from a movie that features the monster that I will always
remember as the "Burnt Casserole Man", because of the comment made by Gilda
Radner in IT CAME FROM HOLLYWOOD. The film is actually a pretty entertaining
sci-fi flick from the late '50s called FIRST MAN INTO SPACE that has an
astronaut coming back from a test flight in not-so-good shape. Kudos to Craig
Clark and Mike Shields for sending in the correct answer. Well done.
So here is our latest photo...a nice head shot, don't you
think? Well, don't think too hard or you might have to have this little
procedure on you. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer and as always, good luck.
3-2-14 END OF AN ERA?
As you might have noticed, I didn’t get an update posted last week. There were a
few reasons for it, such as car shopping/buying with my son. But mainly I was
just too busy to get to it, which seems to be the case more and more lately. I
know these last few months I have been putting in some long hours at my new job,
and while that’s not helping, honestly I don’t think it’s the problem. Years ago
when I started this site, it was pretty much my one and only outlet for my
ramblings. But these days I seem to have more than a few places to let my
rantings run wild, such as in the pages HorrorHound and the newly spawned
Evilspeak, not to mention other avenues that I haven’t had time to explore, such
as the video blog idea that I’ve been wanting to start up for a few years now.
And of course, there is my own book project that I haven’t spent much time that
is sitting there waiting for some attention.
Over these last few years, I was
always aware the site’s days were numbered, which had nothing to do with my
passion for it but the technology of it all. I started this site back in 1998, using Microsoft’s Front Page
program, buying the upgrade each time they came out, the last one was in 2003.
So I’m using a program that is over 10 years old. In fact, it’s not easy finding
a web host that even offers Front Page extensions. My last provider told me they
were no longer offering them…starting the previous day. I happened to find this
out when I noticed my site was down and heard the news when I called tech
support. Nothing like advance notice! But I know that at some point, this
program isn’t going to work anymore or be compatible with the next version of
Windows, or it will be too difficult to find a host that still offers FP
extensions. Upgrading to a new program would just mean more money and more time
to learn how to use it, as well as trying to transfer over everything. More time
is what I'm trying to free up.
Plus, these days, nobody has
“websites” anyway. They’re blogs! Even the biggest websites out there are just
blogs with a little more flash to them. What I’ve been creating over the last 15
years…honestly…is a dinosaur.
Now a few weeks ago, I was ready
to throw in the towel completely, or at least put it on hiatus for an indefinite period.
I figured freeing up the time I spend working on the site every week would give
me more time to work on those other projects that I keep putting off, not to
mention maybe watching a few more movies and read some of the ever-growing
collection of books here. The last thing I wanted was this site to be is work,
and something that I didn't look forward to working on every week. And there are
times where the “work” outweighs the “fun”, more and more it seems. But do I
need to stop it completely? Since the weekly update was a schedule that I set
for myself, it doesn’t mean I couldn’t change that and go with bi-monthly
updates, or something similar. I know that if I did stop the site, I wouldn’t be
complete off the web, and would probably start a regular blog to post my
thoughts, reviews, comments or even just a little rant every now and then. Who
But as of now, I still need to
put more thought into it before I make any official decisions or change over
anything. I just wanted to let everyone know that I might not be having my
regular updates like usual. Going to ease off those for a bit and see how things
play out. I would like to say thanks to everyone out there that has given me
support over the years and that keep coming back to the site. You are the reason
I’ve been doing this for as long as I have been. Can’t thank you enough.
Okay…enough whining…let’s get to
LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE
One of my favorite films of all time, THE LEGEND OF HELL
HOUSE, is going to be getting a Blu-Ray release from Shout Factory this summer.
This title was the first title I rented when I got my first VCR. Though I had
seen it before, I knew that was the one that was going to christen my new VCR.
Yes, that was a few years ago. But I feel that even today the film holds up
quite well, from a stellar cast, a well written script by Richard Matheson, who
adapted it from his own novel, and a wonderful and creepy direction from John
Hough. Very excited to hear it getting a release on blu-ray, but really hoping
for some nice extras. Commentary by Hough, by chance? Interview with Pamela
Franklin? Come on...lets really make this an amazing release.
Shout Factory has also announced plenty of other titles that
they plan to release this summer, some that I'm particular excited about is
EVILSPEAK and DOG SOLDIERS, the later of which really needed a nice crisp and
clean Blu-ray edition since the last one wasn't up to standards. Plus, seeing
EVILSPEAK get a grand treatment would also make me a happy camper. The old
Anchor Bay version had a very entertaining and informative audio commentary led
by Clint Howard himself. FINAL TERROR also has been announced which is one of
those films that needs to be seen by more people. Great little flick.
SCORPION RELEASING SCREAMERS
Little confused on this bit of news. But this May Scorpion Releasing is set to
put out SCREAMERS on Blu-Ray and DVD. This isn't the Peter Weller Sci-Fi flick,
but the slighted edited American version of the 1979 Sergio Martino's ISLAND OF
THE FISHMEN, which was released already on DVD by Mya back in 2009. As the story
goes, SCREAMERS was the American title that was given once New World Pictures
picked it up for distribution here in the States in 1981. Somebody came up with
the disclaimer on the poster "Be Warned: You will actually see a man turned
inside-out." Both Joe Dante and Jim Wynorski claim it they were the one that
came up with it too. The other story is that when they first released it to the
drive-ins, because there are no "men turned inside out", it was causing a lot of
trouble because people wanted their money back. So Corman had a film crew and a
few actors (Cameron Mitchell, Mel Ferrer, and a few others, as well as a
creature created by Chris Walas, and tacked that on the beginning of the movie.
There is one other shot in the movie, near the end of the film where the camera
starts to pan across one of the fish creatures that is in mid-transformation.
That shot was replaced with another very similar shot but of a different
creature, one that looks more like the fish man from THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK
So...I'm just confused at why Scorpion would go through the
trouble and do a brand new transfer of a film that technically has been released
in its original form, just to have some new footage in there? Don't get me
wrong, I'm all for having this version released, but it seems strange that to do
a whole new release of it. Plus, the extras are suppose to include interviews
with Dante & Wynorski, so maybe we'll get to hear both of them take the credit
for it! But there is also interviews with Roger Corman and Clark Henderson, with
trailers for both SCREAMERS and the other re-titled version called SOMETHING
WAITS IN THE DARK, along with some behind the scenes stills from Miller Drake's
personal collection. Again, I can only assume these stills would be from the new
footage that was filmed.
Just too bad they couldn't have put these out as a single
release with both versions of the film. But alas, since I am a big fan of this
movie, I will be picking it up when it comes out. But maybe now we'll have the
definitive story on all this bally-hoo!
VINCENT PRICE OFFICIAL SITE
Thanks to Vincent's daughter Victoria, we have an official
website dedicated to this wonderful and talented man. While it might not
encompass all the news about Price, since it is coming from his daughter, you'll
likely get some inside scoop on some things sooner. I have to say that while
Victoria is not a fan of horror movies herself, she gives credit to the horror
fans out there that have kept (and keep) her father's memory alive. Nice to see
when the horror fans get recognized for all that we do.
HERE to get the site.
But one of the other cool things about this site is that
there is a section about Price and his cooking talents. Now, anybody that has
been to one of the events at the Kitley household knows of my wife's (and now
son's) passion for cooking. So that gives us that second connection with Vincent
Price. I remember being excited to find an old beat up copy of his first
cookbook, A Treasury of Great Recipes that Price wrote with his wife, and was
published back in 1965. Well, next year, they will be releasing a 50 year
anniversary edition of the book. Wait...I was born in 1965. That means next
Anyway, Victoria Price is taking a road trip, visiting the
different restaurants that her parents ate and and gathered some of these
recipes and blogging about them on the Food section of this website. So if you
happen to be not only a horror fan, but a foodie like are, this would also be
interesting to follow.
DVD ART ANYONE?
Okay, how come I missed this? Not sure how long these have
been available, but I'm pretty bummed that I hadn't heard about it. Of course, I
would have been bummed even more if they were sold out. But thankfully they are
still available. What am I talking about? Well, while doing a little research on
one of my favorite Naschy films, NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF, I came across the
artwork that was used for the 2007 DVD release. Clicking on the site where the
image came from, I found that it from a site called Savage-Eye and it has
several prints from different DVD releases that you can purchase, including the
one from the NIGHT DVD release. They also had prints from LEMORA which is also
very cool. Strange that it doesn't list the artist at all, although when you
purchase it, the payment is made to Wes Benscoter, so one can only assume. But
none the less, I have a print of this amazing piece of art coming to me soon,
and will make a nice addition to the Naschy collection.
For more information or to pick up your own print, head over
to the site by clicking HERE.
SPEAKING OF NASCHY...
Earlier today, I was honored to be a guest on the Spanish
podcast Horror Rises From Spain, hosted by fellow Hidden Horror author Elena
Anele (she covered HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE). We got to talk about different
Spanish horror films and some of the people involved, and of course Paul Naschy.
You can hear the podcast for free by heading over to the blog by clicking
Our last photo was from the 1946 film THE BEAST WITH 5 FINGERS, starring the
always amazing Peter Lorre. I was so happy to see so many people sending in the
correct answer, because that means pretty much that they had seen the movie
before. I really is a fun little flick that actually does have some creepy
moments, not to mention it is just fun watching Lorre on screen. So a huge kudos
to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Cate Cameron, Aaron Christensen, Craig J.
Clark, Dave Friedman, Chris Kinniery, Doug Lamoreux, Gavin Schmitt, Mike
Shields, Wayne Teeter, and Tom White. Nice job, people.
So this week's photo might be a little dark, but hopefully
you can make out enough to recognize the picture. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. Good luck!
2-16-14 DR. AC ON THE RADIO
Our fearless editor of Hidden Horror was on WGN radio last
week, on the Nick Digilio show. You can hear them talk about the book as well as
plenty of other horror films out there by clicking
Speaking of radio, for those interested in keeping up with
what's new with HorrorHound magazine, you can check out them out on HorrorHound
radio. Once or twice a month, some of the HorrorHound staff gets together with
Freddy Morris from Night of the Living Podcast to talk about the new issue of
magazine, as well as what else might be going on in the world of horror. Just
click HERE to find
out more info.
HIDDEN HORROR CONTEST FROM TERROR FROM BEYOND THE
The two horror fiends behind this Rondo Award winning blog
are having a Hidden Horror contest, where you can win a copy of the book Hidden
Horror, along with some other great prizes. Head over to their blog
HERE for all the info.
SCI-FI SPECTACULAR SETS DATE
Movieside Film Festival has announced the date for this
year's Sci-Fi Spectacular, which will be on Saturday April 12th, starting at
noon and running until about 2am Sunday morning. So far the only titles that
they have announced so far is the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and Dario
Argento's PHENOMENA. Not two titles that me think Sci-Fi, but ones that I would
love to see on the big screen again none the less. They'll be adding
plenty of more titles, as well as short films and other fun stuff they usually
This will be taking place at the Patio Theater in Chicago,
located at 6008 Irving Park Rd and tickets are only $20. For all the
updated info, check out the
Facebook page for all the updates.
This week's lesson in about a Spanish actress that might look
familiar to you, especially if you've watched more than a few Paul Naschy
movies. Head over to the classroom to
Our photo from last week featured a bunch of beach girls and a monster and was
called...THE BEACH GIRLS AND THE MONSTER. It is another one of these cheap beach
movies where they throw in a monster for good measure. Lots of dated dance
numbers that will have you wondering how we made it pass that time era, not to
mention a very creative looking monster. Well, not really, but fun to
watch. We got quite a few correct answers sent in which makes me either
proud that you guys know your movies or that you have a lot of free time on your
hands! None the less, kudos goes out to Hoby Abernathy, Chris Kinniery,
Ray Kukurka, Doug Lamoreux, Gavin Schmitt, Mike Shields, Wayne Teeter, and Greg Wojick.
Now lets get to this week's photo. Another black and white
one, but maybe a little bit more of a classic than our last one. So let
your fingers click on the photo to the right to get a better view. Just because
not to let them wander off on their own....
HERE to send in
your answer. Good luck.
2-9-14 ADVERTS, ADVERTS, EVERYWHERE, NO
PLACE WHERE I CAN THINK
Okay, so I've taken a few liberties with a line from Coleridge's Ancient Mariner tale, but I had to mention this email that I recently received. Actually it was the second time I got this particular email that was from a
person at a marketing agency. The first email was deleted right I realized
they wanted to put an ad up on my site. Then a couple of weeks later, I
get another one, even telling me that they've tried to contact me before but
never heard back. They're consistent...I'll give them that. They
wanted to make sure I understood that they would pay me "$190 annually for a
professionally written guest editorial". I have to admit I was pretty damn
curious what this editorial would be about, not to mention what would qualify
them as a "professional". I mean, obviously it would be them trying to
sell something to promote something, but would it really fit into the Krypt's
theme? When I replied to their second email, telling them that I am not
interested in having ads or sales pitches on my site, even for some money, they
didn't seem to understand how I could turn down this easy profit. They
didn't seem to understand that I have never have ads, banners, or whatever up on
my site, unless it is something that I myself have chosen to promote, not
because I'm getting paid for it. That
you will never see the usual random ad banners pop up and flood all sides of the
content of my site, like these other larger sites out there. Never have,
never will. I hope that is one thing that set me apart from most of the other
sites out there.
Which brings me to another point. I want to give some major
kudos out there to all the other people that run sites and blogs that are doing
it for the passion of the genre, not just in hopes of getting a writing gig out
of it. Not saying there is anything wrong with that, just as long as it doesn't
make one lose their integrity. But the sites out there that have that need/desire to help promote different aspects of the
genre, to give their opinion on a movie or something else going on, or even as
simple as wanting to let people know what they thought of a particular movie.
For example, one of these sites that we've been following for a little while,
that we recently just met 1/2 of the creative minds behind it, is
Terror From Beyond the Daves.
This Rondo Award winning blog is run by Dave Fuentes or David Albaugh and show
their passion with each and every post. We met Dave Fuentes a couple of weeks
ago at the Hidden Horror book launch, in which Dave is actually one of the
writers in the book, taking on the film DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW. Now we're
not mentioning Dave and his site because of this, or the fact that the other
Dave just reviewed Hidden Horror. The reason is because it doesn't take but a
few minutes of reading their posts to see their passion for the horror and
monster films, and the people that are involved it in. What they speak about
comes from the heart and that is what is most important. Not to mention the fact
that they run a pretty damn entertaining blog that is fun to read. So check it
out when you get a chance.
HIDDEN HORROR SIGNING AT DARK DELICACIES
While we've never actually been to Dark Delicacies, we've
gotten a few things from them over the years. If they weren't located out in
California, we might make it there more often! But on March 8th, they will
be having a signing featuring Hidden Horror and 4 of the contributors: Nate Yapp
(ALUCARDA), Lawrence P. Raffel (FASCINATION), Paul Hough (THE BEAST MUST DIE)
and Michael Klug (SHOCK WAVES) will be there to discuss the book as well as
signing it for you. So if you're in the area, head on over there and check
it out. For more info, head over to their site
SPANISH HORROR DOCUMENTARY
I think we might have posted about this before, but even if
we did, nothing like keeping the word out there. Director Víctor Matellano
presents a documentary on the Spanish horror films of the '60s, '70s, and '80s,
entitled ZARPAZOS!. Un viaje por el Spanish Horror, translated in
English....CLAWING! A Journey Through the Spanish Horror. This documentary
features interviews with the likes of Joe Dante, Jack Taylor, Caroline Munro, Paco Plaza, Jorge Grau, Engenio Martín, José R. Larraz, and many more.
Spanish horror films are a great sub-genre, featuring some
amazing gothic pictures, beautiful and atmospheric landscapes, a wonderful array
of talented actors, and some amazing monsters! The look and feel of them really
set them apart, not to mention the passion that they were made with. So we are
excited to see this new documentary and hope that it can bring more of these
films and the people that made them into the spotlight and help people discover
more of these great films. Just click
HERE to see the
trailer for it.
RONDO AWARD NOMINATIONS EXTENDED
The nominations for the 2013 Rondos were suppose to be
announced today, but they have extended the nomination process one more week,
meaning they will be unleashed on Sunday, Feb. 16th. Then you'll have 6 weeks to
place your vote for all the different categories. But in the meantime, you still
have a week to send in your nominations. Such as...oh, I don't know...the
best book like Hidden Horror? Or maybe even best website, magazine column,
or anything else that you might be thinking about?
In all seriousness, please head over there and let them know
some of your favorites from last year, from magazine article, best DVD, book,
and plenty of other great categories. The reason is simply because there are a
lot of hard working people out there that do this for the love of the genre. And
we always want to applaud that. So head over to the Rondo Awards page by
clicking HERE, or go to
the official message board
HERE to cast your idea in for a nomination.
While this book doesn't cover just horror films, I'm sure
there are quite a few titles in there that most horror fans are going to be
familiar with. But this just sounds like a fun book to read through no matter
what. With 666 movie reviews, filling out close to 600 pages, author Mike "McBeardo"
McPadden gives us another great looking book for movie-fans collections.
Covering movies like BLACK ROSES, EVILSPEAK, HARD ROCK ZOMBIES, as well as a
slew of other titles that most metal fans would enjoy, like CONAN THE BARBARIAN,
ROBOCOP, MAD MAX, and plenty more.
You can pre-order this volume now at a special deal through
the publisher's website (click
HERE) and not only save yourself $10, but also score a full color cover art
patch as well as a barf bag! How can you lose?
EVEN MORE TITLES FOR THE LIBRARY
Midnight Marquee has got a few new book titles coming out
this year that I know I'll be adding a couple of them to my collection. I don't
have any real info on these books, other than that they were announced on their
website, so I don't have dates or prices. But I wanted to help get the word out
because they sound pretty cool. First off, it seems they will be putting out an
edition of Troy Howarth's Bava book, The Haunted World of Mario Bava.
Originally published by FAB Press in 2002, this book was pretty damn impressive,
until of course Tim Lucas put out his tome, All the Colors of the Dark.
But none the less, the FAB Press edition is hard to find and is damn pricey. So
it will be great to see it become available and more costly than that through
But they also have announced two books that are on two actors
that I think are highly underrated. The first book is called Ralph Bates: An
Actor's Life, by Christopher Gullo. Bates was mainly known for his work in
the later Hammer films, though did make a few non-Hammer horror films. But I've
always found him a talented actor and fun to watch. The second title is called
Lionel Atwill: The Exquisite Villain. Ever since seeing THE GHOST
OF FRANKENSTEIN, I have always loved seeing Atwill on the screen. Whether he was
in a minor bit part, or the lead, he was always a joy to watch, where he could
chew the scenery better than most.
So we are very excited to add these two volumes to our
library, not to mention digging into them to learn more about these two talent
men. For more info and details when they become available, head over to Midnight
Marquee's website HERE.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: CRIMSON WINTER
We have posted our review of the score for a new movie called
CRIMSON WINTER, with the score being from William Piotrowski. Head over to
our Soundtrack Review section to read our
LOOKING FOR A GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S
What better way than taking your special someone to a
midnight screening of the original 1981 Canadian slasher film, MY BLOODY
VALENTINE. Screening at the Music Box Theatre on Friday the 14th and
Saturday the 15th, this apparently will be a "vintage 35mm print featuring extra
gore never shown theatrically". Little confused on that one since the
theatrical prints of this film was cut. But even seeing this film in the
original version on the big screen would be a special night for that special
someone in your life. Sure, in a twisted horror fan nut sort of way, but still
For more info, head over to the Music Box's website
WANT TO SEE AN ASPHYX?
Do you even know what an Asphyx is? If you do, then you must
be familiar with the 1973 British film starring Robert Powell about a scientist
who discovers the secret of immortality, just by capturing a little thing called
an asphyx. But thanks to Roving Revivals, you could have the chance to see
it. They need 75 advanced purchased tickets to make this happen, which is set to
take place on Thursday, March 6th, at 7:30pm, at the Muvico Rosemont 18 Theater
in Rosemont, IL. Tickets are $11, which might seem a bit high, but you
also have to understand this is a rare chance to see this film on the big
For all the information, head over to the website
This week's lesson is about a director in the '40s that
didn't make too many films, but the ones that he did, he did really well. Head
over to the classroom to find out more.
I have to say I was pretty impressed with the two who guessed our last photo
correctly. I thought I was going to stump everyone on this one. This little gem
is called TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST, released in 1976, but had one great looking
VHS case, which is probably why most of us rented in back in the '80s. Great
movie? Not really. But fun? Oh yeah. Kudos to the following that did send in the
correct answer: Craig Clark and Don England. For some reason, I thought
there were a couple more, so if you did send in the correct answer and I missed
it, I apologize. Feel free to email me and use all CAPS!
But let's get to this week's photo. It's an old black and
white classic. Just click
HERE to send us
your answer. As always, good luck.
NEW MONTH, NEW MISSION, NEW MEMBERS???
With just a couple of days into
February, all of you soldiers out there should have received your new mission
for this month. So let's not dilly-dally too long and get started on it.
If you're not joining in all the army fun, then why not? Where you can you
be rewarded just for watching a couple of movies a month? Need more info,
then just click HERE.
For those of you that were one of our lucky winners from last
year, I still need your photo! I've gotten a couple, but am still looking
for more. Just need a little snapshot of you holding the prize, so we can
post it on our Army page, letting everyone else be envious of you and your
prize. Plus, it shows all the potential soldiers just all the cool stuff
they could be winning.
And lastly...if you're in the Army, let's try to increase our
numbers here. So put on your recruitment hats and convince your friends to
enlist. Here's the deal...if you get a friend to enlist and participate,
make sure they drop me an email and let me know you are the one that got
them to enlist. Then you will be a bonus of having your name being put
into the pot an extra time at the end of the year. For example, if you
complete all 12 missions throughout the year, your name will be in there 12
times. But if you do that, AND get 2 people to enlist and participate,
then you would be in there 14 times. So how that all works? Any
questions, just let me know. See you on the front lines.
REST IN PEACE
I really don't like having all of these updates with
announcements of people that we have lost. But I guess it is the best way
to make sure that we remember these people and the work they have given us, that
never goes away and continues to bringing entertainment to fans from around the
The first one is Gordon Hessler, who passed away on the 19th at the age of 83.
He was a producer and director that started his career working with Universal
Studios on the TV shows Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,
staring as a story reader and making his way up from associate producer to
producer, even directing. He worked with AIP continuing the Edgar Allan
Poe series that Roger Corman started, with films like THE OBLONG BOX (1969), CRY
OF THE BANSHEE (1970), MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1971), as well as SCREAM AND
SCREAM AGAIN (1970). He also directed THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1974).
And of course, he was also the man behind the camera for the cult classic KISS
MEETS THE PHANTOM (1978). While his films might not hold us as great
classics, they do represent a special time in horror movies that they generally
were entertaining in the least. Something that some movies these days have
Our second name was someone that had a huge impact on
children growing up in the '60s and '70s. And that would be Arthur Rankin
Jr., one half of Rankin/Bass Productions. Rankin Jr. passed away a couple
of days ago, on the 30th, at the age of 89. Not only has he been involed
with so many children's programming over the years, but him and his partner
Jules Bass gave us holiday classics like RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964),
THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY (1968), FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (1969), SANTA CLAUS IS COMING
TO TOWN (1970), and many more. He also was a producer for the American
version of the Turkey-Day favorite KING KONG ESCAPES (1967). Of course, as
much as I enjoyed those holiday shows, there was one of them he made that had a
huge impact on me as a kid. And that was the MAD MONSTER PARTY? (1967).
Even using the voice of Boris Karloff as Dr. Frankenstein, and having all the
classic monsters coming together in this children's program, as a young monster
kid in the making, this was one program that I watched every time it was on.
It was one that you'd search through the TV guides each week to see if it was
going to play and then make sure you were glued in front of the TV when it did.
Such fond memories of that show, as the others he worked on, are ones that I
cherish even to this day. He definitely made an impact on my childhood,
and know I am not alone. So again, while he will be missed, his work will
live on for many future generations to come.
Although, I was amazed to find out that Rankin's wife was
none other than Olga Karlatos. Fulci fans remember her as the poor woman
that meets the nasty end of a huge splinter in his film ZOMBIE. Wow...had
HIDDEN HORROR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE KRYPT
If you'd rather not go through Amazon, you can order your own
copy of Hidden Horror right from us. Just click
HERE for all the info.
DEADLY EYES ARE COMING
Scream Factory has announced their plans to release the 1982
killer rat movie THE DEADLY EYES on DVD and Blu-ray sometime this year.
This one brings back fond memories for me since we had this at the theater I
worked at. Directed by Robert Clouse, who made a few martial arts
pictures, including ENTER THE DRAGON. Most might not know, but Clouse was
completely deaf, which might explain why his films tended to be more visual than
most. In any case, this one might be a bit cheesy with little dachshund
dressed up like rats, but we were impressed with the gore, and just a lot of
fun. No real details on the release, but this will make the first time it
hits the digital age, so we're pretty excited about it.
KRYPITC WORLD TOUR 2014
In a little over a month, we will be starting this year's
round of conventions, and boy are we ready for them. Seems like forever
since our last one and are chomping at the bit for them to start up again.
We've got 7 shows planned so far this year, and may throw one or two more in
there, even if we're not vending. With some great guests scheduled, we are
so looking forward to getting back to being able to hang out with our extended
convention family, as well as getting the chance to talk horror movies with so
many like minded people.
So here's what we have scheduled so far. Hope to see
HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati, OH, Mar. 21st-23rd - With an EVIL
DEAD and EVIL DEAD 2 reunion, several composers for a Composing Horrors
event,this looks to like a great show. Of course, the fact that they
have Clint Howard there is just makes it even more awesome. Plus, this
show will be the debut show for Hidden Horrors, so we're excited for that.
Of course, we'll have them at all the shows this year, so no worries.
Cinema Wasteland in Strongsville, OH on Apr. 4th-6th - A couple of weeks
later, we make our bi-annual trip to Strongsville Ohio for our favorite
show. Always have a great time here and know this one will be no
different. And with guests like Larry Cohen, we know it's going to be
a good one.
Nightmares in Novi, MI on Apr. 25th-27th - Last year was our first trip
to this show and we just had a blast. So much so that we've made it a
regular stop on our yearly World Tour. They have a bunch of icon
guests lined up, so it should be another fun event.
Wonderfest in Louisville, KY on May 31st-Apr. 1st - This will be our 3rd
time going to this show and once again looking forward to it. This one
will be there 25th Anniversary show with Chris Walas returning as a guest,
among other talented people in the industry. Just love seeing all the
great model kits on display and for sale there. Some really talented
Flashback Weekend in Rosemont, IL on Aug. 8th-10th - Chicago's longest
running horror con and one that we enjoy every year. With the recent
announcement of the PHANTASM reunion, we're pretty excited to get to see our
favorite dwarf-kicking, guitar-playing, ice cream man around, Reggie
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: I,
We have posted our review of the soundtrack of this recent
release. Head over to our Soundtrack Reviews
to check it out.
Last week's photo was from Larry Fessenden's brilliant film HABIT, which just so
happens to be covered in Hidden Horror. Coincidence? Could be.
No matter what, it is a great movie that should be seen by all. A modern
day vampire movie that is extremely well done. We only received one
correct answer this week and that was from Gavin Schmitt. Congrats to you,
But if you're hoping that this week's photo was going to be
an easy one, you are sadly mistaken. This one is going to be tough as a
thick skinned lizard, one could say. The weird color thing going on in the
photo is just like it is in the movie, so its not your computer. Take a
good look and see what you can come up with. Just click
HERE to send us
your answer. Good luck.
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