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"He was great, not only because of his God-given
talent, but because he used that talent to illuminate certain dark corners of
the human spirit.
He showed the world the souls of people born different from the rest, because he
himself was born of parents that were different."
- Irving Thalberg, on
Lon Chaney Sr.
12-7-14 TURKEY DAY RECAP
On Black Friday, while some people where out in the
stores killing each other to save a few dollars on stuff they probably didn't
need, I did what I have been doing for the last 11 years before....celebrating
movies that some would call Turkeys. But for me, and the 12 other people that
joined me this year, we called them damn entertaining. We set a new records with
the number of demented film fans that came out to enjoy this tradition and it
was a lot of fun. Click HERE to read all the details
of our latest escapade.
UNIVERSAL MONSTER RE-MAKES, RE-IMAGINING, RE...WHO CARES?
I actually meant to chime in on this in my last update, but
totally forgot about it. Guess that shows how important I think it is. I had a few people ask my opinion of the little news
bit a few weeks ago about Universal's announcement that their latest ideas about
bringing their famous monsters back from the grave. I've read they're going to
be more action/adventure films, I guess. I've heard they are going to be all intertwined
and in the same universe, like what Marvel has been doing with their super hero
movies. And the news/rumors go on and on.
So here's my thoughts. You might want to sit down and have a
minute or two to ponder this because it is not only quite deep but also very
reflective in terms of depth and possibilities. Ready? Here it is...I don't
care. This is one the of the greatest things about the horror genre. No matter what
crap is put out, no matter how many SHARKNADO movies get made, the genre is
still there and will always be there. The classic movies that we love, as well
as the tons of undiscovered titles we have to see as well, are all still there.
Stephen King had remarked (though not sure if he was quoting someone else) when
someone had asked him what he thought of one of the recent films adaptation on one of
his books (which wasn't too good), in regards to what it has done to the
original source. His reply was that it hasn't done anything to his book and that
still sitting there on the shelf. The exact same thing with the horror genre.
They can remake DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN as many times as they want, even making
them crime fighting duo (wait...haven't they done that already?) but it is never
going to affect the original classics.
So go ahead Hollywood...keep making those films that
lack any sort of intelligences or creativity. I surely won't run out and see
them, but might eventually get to them. I mean, I finally did get around to
watching I, FRANKENSTEIN, which is a perfect example of another piece of crap
that Hollywood churns out. But I've still got more than enough
films that have already been made that I still haven't gotten to. Not to mention
a few books I need to read. So carry on, Hollywood. I'll be here in the Krypt
enjoying some good movies.
MONSTER MADNESS - GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR MONSTER
Full Disclosure...Yes, I was interviewed to appear in these
documentaries, but that has nothing to do with what I'm promoting them. These
are well made and a lot of fun. They have interviews with the directors and
actors themselves, as well as film fans and historians, plus plenty of film
clips and great information. For a newer horror film enthusiast, these would be
a great place to learn about the different eras of the genre, with each one
covering a different era. These are great ways to really learn more about the
history of the genre. The first 2 volumes are out now, with the 3rd one coming
out next month, and a 4th volume sometime next year.
Now if you really want to save some money, these are normally
$20 each. Amazon has them listed for $15 each. But if you order them from
Midnight Marquee, they have them for only $10 for each title! Can't be that. For
ordering information, just click
We have a two new book reviews with this update. The first
one on the new book
Zombies on Film: The Definitive Story of the Undead, while the second one is
called Hollywood's Maddest Doctors by Gregory William Mank, about the lives of
Lionel Atwill, Colin Clive, and George Zucco. Click
HERE to hear what we thought.
We have also mentioned this upcoming book before too, but now
they have the final cover. Running Scared is written by Phil Campbell and Brian
Reynolds, who youngsters that started working Hammer Studios in the early '70s.
They got to work on films like THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, BLOOD
FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB, DEMONS OF THE MIND, and many more. Not to mention the
fact that they got to hang around people like Caroline Munro, Madeline Smith,
Veronica Carlson, Kate O'Mara, just to name a few.
They both have plenty of great stories to tell about those
days, like giving Ingrid Pitt a piggy back ride to the set of THE VAMPIRE LOVERS
or getting completely picked up off the ground when David Prowse puts you in a
headlock. Being a huge fan of Hammer, I can't wait to read about all of these
stories in this new book, which should be out soon.
For all the info, head over to the publisher's website by
CRIMSON CULT FINALLY UNLEASHED FROM ITS CURSE
THE CRIMSON CULT, also known as CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTER,
has never got a release over here in the states in its uncut format. But now,
thanks to Kino, we'll be getting a blu-ray release of this rare British film
next April. The film stars Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Barbara Steele, and
Michael Gough star in this tale of witchcraft. I've seen the cut version of the
film and didn't find it all that amazing, but still is a British film with a
great cast, and I'm looking forward to seeing if the uncut version will make any
Yes class, we are back with another entry in our little
Horror History lesson. Head over to the classroom
to learn about one of man responsible for making a few cult British films look
as good as they did.
Our last photo was from the film WAKE WOOD, which was released under the new
Hammer banner. If you haven't seen this one, I highly recommend you do since I
feel it is one of the best British horror films to come out in a long time, and
one that really feels like an old Hammer film. Hoby Abernathy, Kevin Matthews and Gavin Schmitt
were the only three to send in the correct answer. Well done, lads!
Okay, so this one is going to be another tough one. The movie
isn't that obscure, but maybe this shot isn't one that most think about when
thinking of this particular movie. Even more confused? Take a peek at the photo
and see what you think. Just don't stare too long or you might just look like
the person in the photo! Just click
HERE to send me
your answer. Good luck!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BORIS KARLOFF
The original FRANKENSTEIN still remains one of my favorite
films to this day. Being somewhat of an outsider when I was young, I felt a kindred
spirit within the character of the creature, as well as a lot of fans even still
today. In fact, my very first tattoo was some simple stitches around my wrist,
which was my little tribute to this character. It is a powerful figure in both
film and literature with much more of a deeper meaning than most people will
ever give it credit for.
Granted, there were many people responsible for making James
Whale's movie as good as it is, one of the main ones was that of actor Boris
Karloff. Playing the creature gave him a huge boost in his career which lasted
the rest of his life. Karloff is one of those actors that is entertaining in no
matter what film he is appearing in, how bad the film might be. It is still
worth seeing even if only because of him. He really was an incredible actor and
human being. So on his birthday, I just wanted to take a little moment to not
just remember this talented actor, but also to show that while he is still gone,
his work, his movies, and his legacy is still as powerful and remembered as
GIVE A GIFT...BUY A BOOK
With the holiday of gift-giving soon approaching, for any
horror fans on your list, a lot of times there are questions as to just what to
get them. I know one of the things that pop up quite a bit are movies. But the
problem with that is with some serious collectors is not knowing if they might
already have that certain movie you were thinking of picking up. Plus the fact
that even finding them at any retail outlet is getting harder and harder. So
here is my suggestion...buy them a book.
Even though the public keeps hearing that print is dead, I
can tell you just from my own personal book wish list, there are still more and
more titles that are coming out that I want to add to my library. So print is
definitely not dead. The creative minds are still out there and still churning
out some well worth volumes that are filled with knowledge to be absorbed. Plus,
by purchasing books, it also shows the publishers themselves that their hard
work is not in vain either, that what they are producing is still a valid
product that people want and are willing to invest their money into.
Yes, books are an investment. One of the definitions of the
word investment is "a
something." Devoting the time and
energy to read through a reference book will help you achieve more knowledge
about the movie or person, or whatever the subject may be. And isn't that what
all horror fans want? To learn more about the genre? Maybe I'm just hopeful, but
I know that is something that I strive for here with this site.
So please consider picking up a horror reference book for
someone this year. There are plenty out there if you do a few minutes of
searching on the web. Just look at some of the titles below for example.
I'm sure you could find something to put a big smile on the face of someone this
year. And like they said back in the Schoolhouse Rock days, "Knowledge is
We don't get too excited about movies making their debut on
Blu-ray that often, most times being very happy with the regular DVD release.
But the news of Grindhouse Releasing putting out Lucio Fulci's THE BEYOND in a
3-disc edition has done just that. Being one of my favorite Fulci's, this is one
upgrade I will be making without question. While ZOMBIE is still my personal
favorite, THE BEYOND is a very close second. Such a perfect example of Italian
horror from that era, it is one that I could watch over and over.
Due out in February of next year, this edition will contain 2
blu-ray discs that will feature a hi-definition digital transfer from the
original uncensored director's cut of the film, a 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio
surround sound remix by Academy Award winner Paul Ottoman, optional Italian
language soundtrack with original mono mix, and the commentary track with
Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck (which I believe is the one from the
But there are also new interviews with actors Catriona
MacColl, Cinzia Monreale, and Giovanni De Nava, U.S. Production manager Larry
Ray, makeup artists Ginannetto DeRossi and Maurizio Trani, cinematographer
Sergio Salvati, writer Dardano Sacchetti, producer Fabrizio De Angelis, composer
Fabio Frizzi, original U.S. distributor Terry Levene, and Fulci's daughter
Antonella. Plus there are rare archival interviews with Fulci and actor David
Warbeck, along with the full color German pre-credit sequence that was lost for
a long time, and a few more goodies.
Plus, the 3rd disc will be the original soundtrack album by
Frizzi, which has been newly re-mastered in 96khz sound from the original studio
master tapes. Being this is one of my favorite soundtracks and that I already
have a 2 different editions of this score but am still excited to see what this
is going to be.
Granted, I was never a big fan of this artwork that they used
when Grindhouse first re-released in theaters, but that seems to be my only
complaint about this. Really looking forward to this.
HELLRAISER DOCUMENTARY SOON TO BE UNLEASHED
With the recent release of Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED in the
special edition Blu-ray, with an impressive retrospective on this movie, which
happens to be a favorite of mine, fans got to learn more about this film and the
making of it. But there is another feature length documentary in the works on
Barker's first cinematic creatures that he gave us. Producer Gary Smart had
co-written the amazing book The Complete History of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD,
which he later turned into an incredibly entertaining documentary More Brains.
Now, with director Kevin McDonagh, they have set out to make the definitive
documentary on the first two HELLRAISER films, which is called LEVIATHAN. With
interviews from most of the major cast, as well as makeup artists and many more
(which continues to grow), they are setting out to give HELLRAISER fans an
inside look at one of the most original horror films every to be created.
No details on when it will be finished or released but we'll
post more when we hear more.
We have two new reviews posted with this update, reviews of
JESSEBELLE and WARNING SIGNS. Head over to our
Soundtrack Reviews page to hear our thoughts.
Okay so our last photo was a bit easy. It was of course from TREMORS. But we like to throw you a bone every now
and then just to keep you coming back. Here are the ones that sent in the
correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Dave Friedman, Erik Martin,
Dustin Moravick, Raymond Rich, Gavin Schmitt, Matt Wedge, Will Wilson, and Greg
Wojick. Well done, folks. Well done indeed.
Of course, that just means that our new photo is going to be
one that is a little trickier. If you've seen the movie, you'll probably
remember this little item. But if not...well...it just means that you'll be
adding a title to your To-Watch list once you find out what it is. Just click
HERE to send me
your answer. Good luck to you.
11-10-14 THE PARTY IS OVER...BUT FRIENDS
Sorry for the delayed update but I was still recovering
yesterday from our annual Halloween party on Saturday. It is a
pretty big event and one that takes several weeks of planning and preparations
for, but it is always well worth the work and effort that myself, my wife and
son put into it. To have a group of your friends and fellow horror fiends come
over to help celebrate not only the horror genre, but the fact that we are all
so connected because of this genre. Pretty much everyone that attended
yesterday, I had met because this genre that we love so much. Either meeting
them at conventions, through message boards, or this website, these are the
people with the same interests, love and passion for these movies. And because
of that, we have become an extended family, not just seeing each other at
conventions, but even getting to hang out at other times, and usually just
having a blast.
I guess my point of all of this is that when you have a
passion for something, it really can become a way to meet other like-minded
people that can share that same interests, which in turns can create not just a
friendship, but one that can last for decades. There is nothing better than
having someone else you can talk and discuss your passions with, even if it is
only through email. That connection is still there and is a wonderful thing. So
to all of my friends out there, from ones I've met at conventions over the last
25+ years, to the ones I've met through this website, or any other outlet or
medium, I just wanted to say thank you.
CLAWING: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SPANISH HORROR
We recently had the chance to see this new documentary on the
Spanish horror genre. Click HERE to hear what we
VAMPYRES REMAKE TRAILER
Yes, there is a remake to the cult film from the '70s,
strangely enough from the same director as the above documentary. You can check
it out HERE.
Definitely looks interesting. Caroline Munro is one of the stars of the film,
along with cameos from several actors from some classic Spanish horror films
like Lone Fleming (TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD), May Heatherly (PIECES), Antonio
Mayans (OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES), Conrado San Martín (THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF), and
even has Colin Arthur doing the makeup effects, which he also did on the
TO THE MORGUE
We recently picked up Horror Movie Heroes from Rue Morgue
magazine and wanted to take a second to highly commend them on this publication.
As you frequent followers of my site know, I really preach about learning the
history of the genre, since there is so many great things out there for us fans
to still discover, and strive to do that here. Once I started to page through
this new book (sort of like a small magazine, but much thicker), I was delighted
to see some names listed and getting attention that normally wouldn't be
mentioned. Sure, they are a lot of the usual suspects, like Romero, Carpenter,
Cronenberg, Hooper, but there are also a few in there that made me give them a
nice thumbs up from the Krypt. They have William Girdler in there, who gave us
GRIZZLY and DAY OF THE ANIMALS. They have Ray Kellogg in there, who gave us THE
GIANT GILA MONSTER and THE KILLER SHREWS. They even have a nice piece on the
Cardona family, who have given us three generations of filmmakers, who gave us
titles like NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES!
Sure, some of these only get a page or two, but the fact that
they are in there is a great way to open the eyes and ears of newer fans who
might not know these names and/or movies. And maybe, just maybe, it might drive
them to seek some of these out. And to me, that should be the ultimate goal for
any publication, both in print and online, to strive to get their audience to
experience more of the genre. So well done, RM.
In 2002, author John Hamilton put out a book entitled X-cert
- The British Independent Horror Film: 1951-1970. The covered some of the
smaller films that were not released by the likes of Hammer, Amicus, or others,
but titles like PEEPING TOM, or FLESH AND THE FIENDS, or DOCTOR BLOOD'S COFFIN.
Now Hamilton is back with a second edition to this series, called X-Cert 2 - The
British Independent Horror Film: 1971-1983. Published by Hemlock Books, this one
covers titles such as Pete Walker's FRIGHTMARE, TOWER OF EVIL, and Vincent
Price's THEATER OF BLOOD. Being a huge fan of the horror films made in Britain,
I know I will be adding this edition to our collection as well.
Books have always put out exceptional editions and have always impressed us.
While it is not available through them yet, it might be at some point in the
future in an American edition through Midnight Marquee Press. I know you can get
the first book through them. Just click HERE to find out more about this title,
along with quite a few other great ones.
BOOKS...A WORTHY INVESTMENT?
I've had discussions with some of my friends (much to some of
their bewilderment) about how I generally won't pay for than $50 for a movie
poster or some other sort of memorabilia, usually because I just don't have the
money but mainly because I don't like putting that much money into one item.
Simply put...it is just too expensive.
Now I know I have spoken about my love for horror reference
books and continue to add titles to my library. We all know that books can get
quite expensive as well, but have also mentioned that the cost for your average
book isn't that much when you compare the content to one of the many horror
magazines out there. But recently I have ordered a couple of books that went
beyond my comfort level when it came to the price. They were two that I thought
quite a bit about and at first decided against them because of the price. But
then went back and ordered them anyway. Here's the two titles and here's my
The first book is all about the 3 films that featured the
title star from THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, called The Creature
Chronicles, written by Tom Weaver, David Schecter and Steve Kronenberg, with the
introduction by Julie Adams. Now this is published by McFarland which right
there tells us the price tag is going to be high. Which it is at $75. You can order it
from Amazon for $60, but that is still a bit steep. Now, this is a 408 hardcover
edition with close to 300 photos, so we're not talking about some little trade
paperback. But the way I was looking at it, if there was ever a time I needed to
do some research about any of those movies, this would be the book to go to.
Plus, the Dark Delicacies book store in California was having a signing event recently where
you could get the book signed by author Schecter, as well as Julie Adams, Rex
Reason, and a few more. So I knew that this book would definitely not lose any
value while it sat in my collection, not to mention having all that information
at my fingertips.
The second book is one that I've mentioned here a few times:
Hammer's Film Legacy by Wayne Kinsey. I have several of Kinsey's other Hammer
books and not only are they just exceptional volumes of information, but most of
them are hard to find these days without paying 3-4 times the original price.
This new book is from the UK and is also a 400+ page hardcover which is a limited edition
of 500 copies, and covers Hammer's films from THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT to the
DEVIL'S DAUGHTER. The normal retail price for this is £45 (approx. $71) but are
having a sale price right now of £35 (approx. $55). The other problem is the shipping
cost. The cheapest way to get it here, by using Surface mail, is almost another
$30. So you'd basically be looking at around $85. Decisions, decisions. Being
the Hammer fan that I am, I knew if I didn't pick this one up, I would regret
it. So I ordered it. You can find out more about the book by clicking
Honestly, one of the things that pushed my decision in that
direction was I know these volumes will never go down in value, most likely
increasing by quite a bit. So while I am buying these for practical uses, they
really are an investment. But beyond that, I also wanted to make show support to
the book publishers. The Hammer book is from Peveril Publishing which is a small
press company in the UK. By showing them support and buying this book, it shows
that the hard work they are doing is not in vain and that the fans out there are
willing to spend the money for what they doing. So yeah, while I'm not thrilled
that I paid that kind of money for two books, I know once I have them in my
hands, all of that will be forgotten and know they would be very special
editions to my library.
NEW SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: HORNS
We have posted our review of the score for the new Daniel
Radcliff movie, HORNS. Just click here to get to
our Soundtrack Reviews.
The photo from our last update was one of the later Hammer films, CAPTAIN KRONOS:
VAMPIRE HUNTER. Nice to see a bunch of people sending in the correct answer for
this one. Damn shame the movie didn't do better and start another series of
films for Hammer. Could have been cool. Kudos to the following that sent in the
correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Cate Cameron, Craig Clark, Kevin Matthews,
Raymond Rich, Gavin Schmitt, Mike Shields, Mark Turner, Mike Tutino, Tom White,
and Will Wilson. Well done. Always great to see people still showing the love
for Hammer films!
Okay...take a look and see if you can't wrap your head around
our latest photo! As always, just click
HERE to send me
your answer. Good luck.
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