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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.
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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 it is 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 FANS
    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 HERE.

     

BOOK REVIEWS
    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.

RUNNING SCARED
    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 clicking HERE.

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 difference.

HORROR HISTORY
    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.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    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!

11-23-14  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 ever.

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 devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, emotional energy, etc., as for a purpose or to achieve 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 Power!"

THE BEYOND BLU-RAY
    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 laserdisc release).
    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.

SOUNDTRACK REVIEWS
    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.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    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 REMAIN
    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 thought.

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 original film.

KUDOS 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.

X-CERT 2
    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.
    Hemlock 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 reasoning.
    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 HERE.
    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.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    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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