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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."

- Roger Corman -


    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 here it is.
    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.

    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 HERE.

    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 HERE.

    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.

    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.

    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 fans.
    You can visit the official site of the movie  by clicking HERE, or the Facebook page by clicking HERE, or their Twitter page HERE.

    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!

    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're going to need it. Gaze into the abyss, then click HERE to send in your answer.

    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 anything here.

    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, people!
    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)

    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 HERE.

    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 HERE. 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 might need.

    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 events page HERE for all the details.

    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.

    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 years.
    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 info.

    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 HERE, 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!

    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 HERE.

    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.

    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 HERE 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. would think. Really hate to send out the troops to get those turned in. You wouldn't want that, would you?

    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 official page HERE, or their Facebook page HERE. 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.

    While their 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 info.

    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.

    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.

    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 HERE.

    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 your answer.

    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 and click 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!

    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 look.

    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.

    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 HERE.
    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 your collection.

    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 Cronenberg's STEREO.
    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 HERE.

    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 HERE. Always good to support the local business like this one. Not to mention that Jill and Gregg are just great people.

    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 HERE.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 knows?

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 the update.

    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.

    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 LAGOON.
    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!

    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.
    Just click 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 year....
    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.

    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.

    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 HERE.

    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 HERE.

    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.

    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.

    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 have.
    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 learn more.

    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.  Well done!
    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....
    Just click HERE to send in your answer.  Good luck.

    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.

    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 HERE.

    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.

    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?

    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 Midnight Marquee.
    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.

    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 thoughts.

    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 special.
    For more info, head over to the Music Box's website HERE.

    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 screen.
    For all the information, head over to the website HERE.

    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.

    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.

    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 world.
    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 forgotten.
    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 no idea.


    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.

    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.

    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 you there.

  • 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.

  • Motor City 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 people there.

  • 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 Bannister.

    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, my friend!
    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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