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"Evil triumphing over good is my comment on life
today. People do get away with murder.
In some ways, I pioneered the down beat ending trend. I wanted audiences to
leave the theater thinking, yet frustrated."
- Director Peter Walker
JOHN FASANO - REST IN PEACE
While most people might know the name of John Fasano, if you
were a fan of heavy metal movies in the late '80s, then you knew his movies.
Fasano directed ROCK 'n' ROLL NIGHTMARE and BLACK ROSES, as well as THE JITTERS
and a few more titles. But he also worked as a writer and producer as well.
Fasano was one of these guys has made a couple of movies that Hollywood would
have just forgotten about if it wasn't for fans of those kind of movies that
really enjoyed them in our youth and are fun to revisit. Sure, they might not be
masterpieces, but they are entertaining. A lot more than what usually comes out
of Hollywood these days.
So it is with a sad heart that we learned that Fasano passed
away yesterday. The man was only 53 years old. Way too soon. He was going to be
a guest at the Sept. HorrorHound show too. Damn shame. So in honor of Fasano,
let's make it a point to bust out ROCK 'n' NIGHTMARE or BLACK ROSES, enjoying
the film, and keeping Fasano's memory alive. Our thoughts go out to your friends
SUPER MONSTER MOVIE FEST
Two years ago, we made a trip to Shelbyville, IN, which is
just south of Indianapolis, to the Skyline Drive-in. They were having two nights
of 4 vintage horror movies. They had a similar event last year, but we just
couldn't make it. But next month, they are holding a Super Monster Movie Fest
which is going to last THREE DAYS, starting on Friday, Aug. 22nd and going to
the 24th. Now they haven't listed any of the titles yet, but we can assume they
will be showing at least 3, if not 4 features each night. We are planning to
make the trip down there for at least the Friday and Saturday night features.
Tickets are only $10 per person and they even have free camping!
You can check out the website
HERE, but as of now they don't have a lot up there other than a basic ad for
the event. But once they do post some titles, we'll update it here.
DISCOVERING THE HORROR VIDEO BLOG....VERY SOON
Well folks, after years of procrastinating...I mean planning,
I will be starting a video blog segment called Discovering the Horror. Not sure
where or what this might evolve into, but the beginning will be about one of my
passions....horror reference books. My plan is to go over some different books
that have helped us being the horror fan that we are today. I hope to have the
first one done and posted in the next few weeks. But in the meantime, you can
check out the intro we made a couple days ago. Major kudos to my son Nick for
filming and editing this together for me. Just click
HERE to check it out.
Feedback is always appreciated.
After a bunch of you forked over your hard earned cash for
one those NIGHTBREED blu-rays from Shout Factory, you know the ones that were
only going to be a 5000 copies, it seems now they've updated the "limited" run
just a tad higher....to 10,000! So thanks to the 5000 of you that forked out the
$400,000, they're going to double the limited edition quanities, which means it
will drive the price down because not every one is going to spend that kind of
money. In fact, I've seen them on Amazon for around $40. Sure, there were a few
on ebay charging $250+, but if you were dumb enough to spend that kind of money
on a DVD...well....
MORE BAVA BLU-RAY
While on the subject of blu-rays, Mario Bava's PLANET
OF THE VAMPIRES is tenatively set to be released on Blu-ray by Scorpion
Releasing this October. The colors in this film are just amazing, so seeing them
getting the blu-ray treatment can only be a good thing. No word on extras other
than Tim Lucas is involved.
FINALLY HITS THE STREETS
After years in the making, the Organ fanzine is finally
hitting the streets. This is a fanzine like no other, with each and every of the
120 pages are all hand drawn by the insane illustrator Putrid, written by
himself, Bob Richards, and many more crazy fans of horror and heavy metal.
Features interviews with bands like Impetigo, Asphyx, Undergang, Cianide, and
many more. Also features an interview with Mike Minnet from Peter Jackson's BAD
TASTE, movie reviews, and features on the likes of Coffin Joe and Tim Ritter.
You can order your copy now from Hell's Headbangers right
NEW SOUNDTRACK REVIEWS
We have 2 new reviews with this update. The first one is for
Les Baxter's score for Roger Corman's HOUSE OF USHER. Really can't go wrong
there, can you? The second one is for an obscure little flick called DIE SISTER,
DIE! You might remember this title from those days of perusing the racks at the
video store, but it's not an easy movie to find. But believe it or not the
soundtrack has been released! So head over to our
Soundtrack Reviews for all the details.
TERROR IN THE AISLES AT THE McHENRY DRIVE-IN
At the end of August, the McHenry Drive-in will be hosting
another Terror in the Aisles event. So far, they have announced that they will
be screening the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Plus, Linnea Quigley will be in attendance! It takes place on both Aug. 29th and
30th. I'm sure they will be announcing one or two more titles, but nothing as of
We're back with another lesson from the chapter on the
Spanish sub-genre. This actress worked with some handicapped monsters a couple
of times, besides appearing in a few other fun titles. Head over to the
Classroom to learn more.
I was so tickled to see so many people sending in the correct answer for our
last photo. It shows this film is a little more well known than I thought, which
is great to hear since it is one that must be seen by all horror fans. The name
of the movie is VIY, and is a Russian film about a young priest that must spend
three nights reading prayers over a young dead girl, who just happens to be a
witch. The visuals in this movie are just stunning, and even more so since the
film was made in 1967. Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer:
Hoby Abernathy, Jason Buchanan, Craig Clark, Jennifer Francis, Jason Kretten,
Ryan Lieske, Leon Marcelo, David Schmidt, Gavin Schmitt, Wayne Teeter, and
William Wilson. Well done. And if you haven't seen this one yet, do yourself a
favor and seek it out.
On to this week's photo. Not the greatest quality but I think
it might give you enough to go on. Just click
HERE to send in
Those of you in the Army have noticed that this year, I
haven't been too timely on getting your reports posted on the message board
and/or even replying to them. As I've said before, with my new job and longer
hours, writing for a 2nd magazine, as well as all the other wonderful things
that life tends to throw at you, that seems to have been my excuse. But I
recently got an email from of the soldiers stating something pretty obvious that
I had lost sight of. And that was the reason why I started this whole thing in
the first place. Sure, it was to get people to watch more movies, which is still
the main reason, but also to form that little community of horror fans, seeing
and talking about what they have watched for that month's mission. Watching them
is part of the fun, but seeing what the other soldiers chose for that month's
mission and even responding to them, that is where the real fun can be. But
while only a few people were posting, it didn't help matters when I, the leader
of this whole thing, stopped doing it as well.
So with that little verbal kick-in-the-pants that I needed,
the missions will be posted on a timely basis and I will be back to replying to
them. All of June's missions have been posted, as well as my replies. As well as
participating in the missions as well. The only thing I can add is that if you
feel so inclined to post your own comments to other soldiers missions, that is
And if you wondering just what the Army is and what it might
be able to do for you, it is basically a monthly challenge to get you to watch a
couple of new movies each month under a specific theme. "New" meaning you
haven't seen them. For all the details, just head over to our
Army page. If you have any questions, just drop us a line.
Okay...see you back on the front lines!
TRAVELING DAYS FOR A
Last Saturday, we did make our trip out to the Days of the
Dead show and did make it to the NIGHTBREED panel, which was the main reason for
our trip (especially since Argento had cancelled). The panel consisted of Doug
Bradley, Simon Bamford, Christine McCorkindale, Hugh Ross, Anne Bobby, and Craig
Sheffer. Sheffer was late coming to the panel and honestly wouldn't have
mattered much if he had showed up at all. He only answered a couple of questions
which were very short. Everyone else had some great stories, insights to their
characters, what they had to go through during filming, their thoughts
on Barker and seemed very happy to be there talking about their experiences.
But since that was the only panel we stayed for, the rest of
the time we spent walking around talking with our vendor friends and having a
pretty good time. But I do have to mention a comment said to me by a friend there
(which will remain nameless for his/her protection) that did sit in for the Cory
Feldman panel. They said when it was over and the lights came on, it kind of
felt like a porno theater since the audience consisted of a bunch of guys that
were trying to leave without making eye contact with anybody. Too funny.
I will say that other talking to friends, there wasn't much
that makes me want to come back to the show. Since we're not really there for
the guests, or at least not buying an autograph, it doesn't really leave much to
do for the day. Other than picking up a copy of Derek Botelho's book The Argento
Syndrome, there wasn't that much in the dealer room that was tempting money from
our pocket. But none the less, we did have fun chatting with friends for most of
the day, and then going out to eat at a Turkish place nearby. Great food, but
took forever to get it. So thanks again to all our friends that we saw there and chatted
with. That is always a good time.
ANNE BOBBY - CRAIG SHEFFER -
CHRISTINE McCORKINDALE - HUGH ROSS - SIMON BAMFORD
- DOUG BRADLEY
THE COST OF GOING TO MIDIAN
While on the subject of NIGHTBREED, Scream Factory as
announced the details for their upcoming release of NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR'S
As much as I love this film, even with all its flaws, I have a lot of mixed
feelings about this new release. Last year, I got to see the Cabal Cut of the
film and while it was cool to see some of the new scenes there was a lot of
stuff that still needed to be left on the cutting room floor. This new 3-disc
version has what they are calling the Director's Cut, so I guess we can assume
that this is a version that has some of the recently found footage but not all
of it, edited down to make the film flow better? I would really hope so. This
set also includes the original theatrical version on blu-ray, and then a 3rd
disc of so far unannounced extras. All for a price tag of $80. Wow. And I thought the
DEMONS and DEMONS 2 discs were pretty pricy at $40 each, but this is kind of
silly. This reminds me back of the laserdisc days. They haven't even really
announced what the extras are either, probably because they are still putting
them together. At the Days of the Dead NIGHTBREED panel, they mentioned that
they were going to be interviewed later that day for this release. Sure, you get
a collector's book, but is that really worth the extra $55 difference from the
normal release? There will be a regular edition that just consists of the
Director's cut on both Blu-ray and regular DVD, which has a retail price of
Apparently the fans don't care and are throwing their money
in since Scream Factory's initial 1000 copies have already been pre-sold. Since
their are only 5000 of these being produced, I guess that is the reason why they
are charging that much. Again, as much as I'd like to see the extras on that 3rd
disc, it isn't worth that much money to me. I know I'll get to see it at some
We have 3 new soundtrack reviews this update: BIG BAD WOLVES,
CRAWLSPACE, and GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS. Head over to our
Soundtrack Review section for all the goods!
FOR A GIALLO TO WATCH?
Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted
World of Mario Bava, has a new book that is due out around the end of the year.
Volume 2 should be out about 6 months later. With so many giallos out there,
this is exactly what fans of the Italian thrillers needed. I can't wait to add a
copy of this to my library and start making a list of movies that I still need
to see. I'll post more information about the book when I get it.
But you can order your copy of Howarth's recent revised and
expanded edition of his Bava book from Midnight Marquee, which should still be
having a sale the title. Head over to their website
HERE and make sure you tell them I sent you!
"Print is dead"....Ha!
Anybody that has followed this site over the years knows of
my passion for Spanish horror films. There is a new website that has started up
that focuses on this great and immense sub-genre of films, both old and new. The
site is called simply enough, Spanish Fear, which you can get to by clicking
HERE. While they are still
in the beginning stages, you will still be able to find some great information
here. Want to see the trailer for the new movie SHREW'S NEST, which is presented
by Alex de la Iglesia? Or some news about the directorial debut of Alberto
Marini films SUMMER CAP? Marini wrote the script for Jaume Balaguero's SLEEP
TIGHT. You can find it all over at Spanish Horror. So head on over there,
save the page, and make sure you keep going back for their updates. And if you
like what you see, make sure you send them a note and tell them that
DEL TORO BRINGING ON THE MADNESS...AT PG-13?
It seems that Guillermo del Toro might be making his
Lovecraft epic AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS after all, but changing the rating to
PG-13, which is what made him walk away from his previous deal because the
studio demanded a lower rating. Honestly...not sure how I feel about this. Sure,
I think that del Toro could still make it scary with a PG-13 rating, but the
whole point of his original decision was to keep it REALLY scary. And yes, there
would always be the possibility of an un-rated DVD release. But again, when you
start making that compromises, then when some other studio head wants a fluffy
dog in there for marketing reasons, who's to say that it won't happen. Okay,
that might be taking to the extreme, but you just never know in Hollywood these
I'm trying not to get excited one way or another about this,
especially since it really is still in the talking stages, but I guess I just
hope that what he actually does make is still entertaining and faithful to
Lovecraft and his story.
HUDSON HORROR SHOW IX
They are at it again, back with their 9th film festival of
madness! Taking place on Aug. 9th, they will be screening MANIAC, the uncut
version of THE BURNING, MAD MAX, LADY TERMINATOR (which is a must see for any
fans of horror & exploitation), as well as two other mystery titles. Advance
tickets are $26 and then $30 at the day of the show. So if you in the
Poughkeepsie NY area next month, you should make it a point to check out this
fantastic festival. One of these days, we hope to make the trip out for it.
Our photo from our last update was from the film FLESH FEAST, starring Veronica
Lake. This 1970's film was not only produced by Lake, but also was her last film
appearance. Unfortunately, the only time its worth screening is for a Turkey Day
marathon. Kudos out to the following that correctly identified the movie: Chris
Kinniery, Gavin Schmitt, and Mike Shields.
The photo for this week is a film that I think needs to get a
lot more attention. It blew me away years ago when I first had the chance to see
it and it has never lost its appeal or ability to just amaze me. So take a look
and see if you recognize where it is from. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. And as always, good luck.
THE EVIL RETURNS
Next month, Evilspeak magazine returns with issue # 2. Featuring the same
passion-filled, gore-riffic tributes to the movies we love. There's pieces on
LADY FRANKENSTEIN, TWINS OF EVIL, Jean Rollin, movies dealing with facial
surgeries(!), THE BEAST WITHIN, BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW, and much, more more. Of
course, I'll have another piece on Paul Naschy, this time covering my favorite
of his Waldemar Daninsky films, NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF.
And once again, NO ADS! All killer...no Filler! Just keep
checking on their Facebook page
when it becomes available and then you can order your copy
KEEPING THEIR MEMORIES ALIVE!
We really hate it when we lose anybody known for their
connection with the horror genre, but when they start going in multiples, then
it is even worse. So it is up to us fans to make sure that these people are
kept alive, by watching their movies, talking about them with other film fans,
and even introducing them and their work to younger or newer fans to the genre
that might not know about them yet. That is all of our jobs as students of the
genre: To keep
helping others out there to Discover the Horror. Yes, we really do believe in
CARLA LAEMMLE - REST IN PEACE
The last real connection of the old days of Universal
Studios, Carla Laemmle has passed away at the age of 104. Her uncle Carl
Laemmle, founded Universal Studios, which was later run by his son, Carl Jr.,
who was the one that started the horror pictures that would really make them
While not really an actress, she grew up in the Universal
city, and did have small parts in a few movies, such as a ballet dancer in THE
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925), which starred Lon Chaney. But she is probably best
known as the character that speaks the first lines in the 1931 version of
DRACULA, starring Bela Lugosi. She is the young girl in the stagecoach reading
about "the rugged peaks that frown down upon the Borgo Pass...". She still loved
to talk about those days and was a favorite at conventions.
FRANCIS MATTHEWS - REST IN PEACE
Fans of Hammer Studios have lost another one of the many
talents that made the studio what they were and the films they created. Actor
Francis Matthews, who battled against Christopher Lee twice, the first as
Dracula in DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS and then as Rasputin in RASPUTIN: THE MAD
MONK, as well as helping Peter Cushing build a creature in THE REVENGE OF
FRANKENSTEIN. He worked with another horror icon, Boris Karloff in CORRIDORS OF
BLOOD, which co-starred Lee as well. While he might not have worked a ton in the
horror genre, he appeared in a few of the classics and was one of the reasons
they were so enjoyable. He recently passed away at the age of 86.
So even though he really was known for doing to voice of
Captain Scarlet for the puppet show CAPTAIN SCARLET, the horror fans will help
keep his memory alive due to his brief but stellar work in the genre we love.
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
DIRECTORS ON THE MEND
Apparently it does go in 2's this week.
We just learned that Dario Argento was involved in an accident involving him
falling down some stairs in his home. While he was hurt pretty bad, he is okay
and resting. Of course, this means that he won't be making it to the Days of the
Dead show next weekend. Major bummer there. But we do wish for a speedy
But in earlier in the week, we also learned that
director/actor/writer José Mojica Marins aka Coffin Joe, was recently in the
hospital as well. His daughter had posted a message to his fans but it was in
Portuguese. While we did use Google to translate it, I believe some of it got
lost/confused in the translation. But it sounds like he was in need of some
heart surgery but really didn't want to go. When he was finally convinced to go
in for the procedure, he ended up having a heart attack while there. He was
released after the operation where he had 3 stints put in, but then developed
other issues, mainly dehydration, and ended up back in the hospital. He is still
recovering from everything but things look good.
Now granted, this is being taken from what I can get from the
translation. It was originally reported by Marins' daughter, Liz, who posted
this picture on her Facebook page. All we can do is hope that he gets better.
DAYS OF THE DEAD
Next weekend, my good friend Bryan Martinez of
Deviant and I are making the trip to the Days of the Dead show in Indy. Been
a while since I've spent more than an hour at a convention I wasn't setting up at,
but since Bryan really wanted to go to meet Dario Argento, I figured I'd tag
alone. Unfortunately, Argento had to cancel
his appearance from the show due to the accident mentioned above, so that was a
major bummer. But we're hoping to get there in time for the NIGHTBREED panel
Saturday afternoon. It will be interesting to hear some of the stories they
might have. Also, its a good way to get photos of them without having to pay a
stupid amount of money. I had thought about bringing my British Quad poster of
NIGHTBREED to get signed, but just can't see forking out another $20-$25 a pop
for a signature, especially when I didn't pay for the 5 that I've gotten already
on there. Granted, this is really is the only draw for me to this show. I mean,
other than Stephen Percy of Ratt...I mean, wow that just screams horror, doesn't it?
But it will be nice to see some of our convention
friends that will be set up there, like Don England, Billy and Vanessa of
Razorback Records. So if you're going to be there on Saturday, you'll probably
find us wandering around. And if you are an Argento fan that were planning on
going to the show, take that money you were going to spend on an autograph and
go pick up a copy of The Argento Syndrome by author Derek Botelho who will have
a table there. I know we will be picking up a copy ourselves. Always a good
thing to support these authors and their work.
Speaking of The Argento Syndrome, it was published by the
fine folks at
BearManor Media. In case you ever think that print is dead, just head over
to BearManor Media's website and see all the amazing titles that they have been
putting out. Every time I go to their site, I see another one (or two) that I
want to add to my collection. They are doing a great job in helping keep some of
these people involved in the movie/TV world alive and remembered by the fans.
And if you think that spending $20-$25 for a 200 page book is expensive, check
out what you paid for that last magazine you picked up. Most of them are close
to $10 for a 70+ pages, half of which are ads. So when you do the math, a book
is a much better investment!
Anyway, here's a couple of new titles that BearManor has out
that had sparked my interest. Being a huge fan of William Castle, this one will
definitely have to be added to the collection. Head over to their website from
the link above and see if you don't see something that you'd like to pick up.
And even if not for yourself, I can't think of a better Christmas gift than a
gift of knowledge...aka a book!
SHORT FILMS - CHANGING MY FEELINGS ON INDY FILMS
It's been well documented here on my lack of love for
independent films. Bottom line is because they usually are terrible. But last
weekend, we went to the DEMONS screening event that Film Deviant was hosting at
Reel Art in Berwyn. Not only was I able to pick up a copy of the Killdozer comic
book for only $2 (Thanks Dan!), as well as getting to watch Lamberto Bava's
DEMONS, but they also screened several short films before the main feature. I
was pretty impressed with quite few of them, which I want to mention, as well as
another short that I got to see recently. Not only because I enjoyed them, but
because these people can always use the support and even just encouragement and
compliments on what they've done. Some of these are avail to see online, others
you will have to wait for a release or the chance to see them at a film fest or
The first one is called CALL GIRL and was directed by Jill
Gevargizian and stars Laurence R. Harvey and Tristan Risk. Very entertaining.
You can find out more information on this one at the official Facebook page
If you're going to the Days of the Dead show next weekend, director Gevargizian
and star Harvey will be there.
The second one is called simply SERVICE and was directed by
Jerry Pyle and is disturbing and well acted. The Facebook page for this one is
The next one is called PITY and was directed by our friend
John Pata, co-director of DEAD WEIGHT. Sure we might be a little bias on this
one, but it is still worth your time. You can check out their Facebook page
And the last one is called SCUM and was directed by Zach
Shildwachter. You can actually view this one online
HERE. Again, very
original idea and well developed.
But the main thing is if you do get to see these, make sure
you pass on your thoughts to the filmmakers, good or bad. They need to hear your
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: DEEP RISING
We reviewed the recent release of Jerry Goldsmith's score for
DEEP RISING, a great underwater giant monster movie that you should check out.
But head over to our Soundtrack Reviews to read
our thoughts on the score.
This week's lesson is an actor that you've might have seen
before but probably had no idea it was him. Head over to the
classroom to learn more about this week's
interesting and unforgettable character.
Our photo from our last update was from the film MOUNTAINTOP MOTEL MASSACRE,
which came out in 1986 is one of those titles that were sprawled across the
video aisles. Sure, not a great movie, but at least it is entertaining for what
it is and not the same old retread we get these days. Kudos goes out to the
following people for sending in the correct answer: Cate Cameron, Aaron
Christensen, Nicholas Johns, Billy Nocera, Vanessa Nocera, Will Wilson, and Greg
Wojick. Well done, folks!
And now on to this week's photo. Not the greatest quality
photo, but hopefully it will do the trick. Just click
HERE to send in
your answer. Good luck as always.
6-8-14 WONDERFEST & RONDOS
Well, we survived our recent trip to Louisville for the
Wonderfest Hobby Expo last weekend and what a weekend it was. So great to be at
a convention where fans come to talk about movies, spend money (on something
other than autographs), and just have a good time. It was great again seeing so
many amazing model kits and paint jobs, as well as seeing old friends, making
new friends, and getting to talk about movies! We really had a blast hanging out
with our buddies Don England and Phil Meehan, having one of the most enjoyable
and hilarious dinners on Saturday night with these guys. How could that be a bad weekend?
Oh yeah...I also picked up my Rondo Award.
Because I'm terrible at getting up and talking in front of people, my
little acceptance speech was much shorter than I planned. So I wanted to say
here what I had I planned on saying there. First of all, just the fact that I
have a place where I can write about movies that I love is an amazing
accomplishment for me. But really when I get an email from someone, or they come
up to me at a convention, and say that they've sought out a movie because it was covered in my column, then that really is the biggest reward I could ever get. So
receiving this Rondo is just icing on the cake and I am very honored by this,
especially when I'm in the same ranks of these other talented writers that were
I do have to say thanks to HorrorHound for giving me this
platform for my ramblings. Thanks to Aaron Christensen, who has not only made me
a better writer in the almost ten years that I've known him, but also has made
me a better person.
And lastly, thank you to my wife Dawn. Who, after being
together for 31 years, has not only has never told me to stop watching a movie,
but has been my companion on many of these cinematic journeys, no matter how
bumpy or twisted the road might have been. I'm sure when the priest said "For
better or for worse" 26 years ago when we got married, I don't think he was thinking of having to
watch THE GIANT CLAW or Larry Buchanan's THE EYE CREATURES. So thank you Dawn
for being so supportive in what I do with my little "hobby" and sticking with me
through those "bumpy roads".
Sitting there through the awards ceremonies was pretty
amazing and even emotional. No matter what you might think of a lot of these
award things that go around, this one really goes out of their way to highlight
the work that people do in the industry, not just the professional ones, but to
all the Monster Kids out there. And honestly, I'm not just saying that because I
won either. Seeing some of the tributes given at this show, from Dick Klemensen
accepting the award for his fellow monster friend (for over 40 years) Gary Dorst
who passed away last year, to the Pure in Heart award given to
Magoo Gelehrter, who recently lost his battle
with cancer, which was accepted by Horror Host Dr. Gangrene (Larry Underwood),
as well as a few others,
it was extremely touching and very moving. It really shows the friendships that
being a fellow monster kid can bring. It doesn't matter how much you know, or
what you do, whether you're a writer, filmmaker, artists, or just like to watch
these movies, we are all part of this huge fandom family. Most of us do what we
do for the shear love of the horror/sci-fi/fantasy genre, so it is so great to
know that we are not alone in our passion, that we even can encourage each other
to feed that passion as well. So major kudos to David Colton and all those
involved with the Rondos, for doing their part to put the spotlight on so many
deserving people and projects.
RADU FLORESCU - REST IN PEACE
Some times we really hate to always mention the passing of
someone that has made a impact on our love of the horror genre since we really
don't want to bring anybody's mood down. But the way I always look at it is that
is a great way to remember these people and their contributions, and the reason
we need to keep their memory alive. Back on Sunday, May 18th, Radu Florescu
passed away. Now, that name might not be that familiar at first, but depending
on how big of a Dracula fan you are, you probable know his work to some degree.
Florescu was a historian, professor, and philanthropist, who along with Raymond
T. McNally, published several books on the Romania Prince, Vlad Tepes, or as
most know him as, Dracula. Their first book, In Search of Dracula, was one that
I remember finding and devouring each and every page, amazed not only at some of
the stories, but also that this really was a person in real life! Florescu spent
many years doing research on the original Prince and bring attention to this
once great leader, no matter what some of the darker stories are about him.
So while we may have lost a great scholar, we still have all
of his hard work and dedication that he did throughout his life, that will be
waiting for another eager young mind, just ready to absorb this information. So
thank you, Professor Florescu.
SCREAM FACTORY HELL HOUSE UPDATE
We were already excited about the release of one of our
favorite haunted house movies ever, John Hough's LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE on Blu-ray
from Scream Factory. But now we have heard what the extras will consists of and
it made us even more excited. While it doesn't have a ton of stuff, like a
trailer and a new interview with Hough, but it DOES have a new audio commentary
with actress Pamela Franklin. She has always been a favorite of mine, from her
many appearances in horror films over the years. So it is going to be exciting
to hear what she has to say about this film. This is due out on Aug. 26th.
In other Scream Factory news, they have also announced they
will be releasing a double feature disc of the two Amicus anthology films, TALES
FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR. Now, both of these were released on a double
feature DVD some time ago by MGM, and while it was great to see TALES, the print
used for VAULT was the edited version. But according to Scream Factory, the
print for their blu-ray will be the uncut version. Let's just hope the print of
TALES is the same uncut print that was on the DVD. Can't wait for this double
disc with two very important films in the genre.
HEAVY METAL HORROR
Next weekend looks to be a busy one for Chicago area horror
fans. At 7pm on Saturday the 14th, at Quimby's Books, they are having a book
event, celebrating the release of Mike McPadden's book Heavy Metal Movies. Now,
why are we talking about a book on music here? Well, maybe because a lot of the
movies covered in this book have strong ties in the genre. The book covers
"Exploding with way over 666 true headbanger classics—raging with disturbing
documentaries, bulging barbarians, Satanic shockers, spluttery slashers,
post-nuke dystopias, carnivorous chunk-blowers, undead gut-munchers, midnight
mind-benders, concert films, killer cameos—plus witches, werewolves, bikers,
aliens, lesbian vampires, and vengeful vikings galore...the heaviest sin-ematic
sensations of all time!". Sounds like we could find a movie or two in there that
might spark our interests.
But McPadden will be there promoting his book, which you
could purchase there (and get a free barf bag). So stop on by, hang out a bit
with other horror/music nerds, and check out the
book. Everyone could always use another book in their collection, right? I know
HERE to get to the Facebook events page.
FILM DEVIANT SCREENS DEMONS
I know we mentioned this in our last update, but the
following day, Sunday the 15th, Film Deviant will be hosting their screening of
Lamberto Bava's DEMONS at Reel Art in Berwyn, as well as a slew of independent
short films. Aaron Christensen and I will be on hand with copies of Hidden
Horror (possibly with some of the other contributors of the book too), as well
as some of the filmmakers responsible for the shorts you will be seeing. Not to
mention being able to browse through the amazing items you can find at Reel Art.
We've spent...I mean, INVESTED a lot of our money finding some incredible gems
in there. You never know what you might find.
Oh yeah...did I mention this event was FREE!
The event starts at 4pm. Head over to the official Facebook
events page by clicking
EVILSPEAK # 2 COMING VERY SOON
The second issue of Evilspeak should be out very soon,
hopefully still this month. The layout is being finished and it once again
promises to be one hell of a magazine. With over 100 pages of killer content and
again with NO ADVERTISEMENTS, we hope to really show horror fans a ride of their
life with some great coverage on some awesome movies. We'll be covering titles
like LADY FRANKENSTEIN, BEAST WITHIN, MAUSOLEUM, TWINS OF EVIL, and of course
some more Naschy worship by yours truly (shouldn't every magazine have that???),
along with some more killer artwork by Putrid and the rest of the talented crew
of artists contributing, such as this amazing wraparound cover by Don England.
Stay tuned here for details when it will be available or you can always check
out the Evilspeak Facebook page
HERE for the latest details. Meanwhile, we are
all hard at work on issue #3, which has all the makings of another great and grue-filled issue.
NEW SOUNDTRACK REVIEW
We have posted our review of the new flick THE SIGNAL from a
composer that actually made his own instruments to create the music. Pretty damn
cool, huh? Head over to our Soundtrack Reviews for
While I'm not the biggest horror host fan, I do appreciate
what they do and keeping it alive and thriving these days. What once was a dying
artform, Koz and hundreds of others have worked so hard in making sure that the
horror host did not become a thing of the past. I did grow up watching
Svengoolie myself, or at the time he was Son of Svengoolie, but Rich Koz has
worked very hard over the years keeping this loveable character alive for the
Chicago fans, and now an even bigger fan base thanks to ME TV.
But now it seems that even the government is getting behind
Svengoolie and has named this October 31st Svengoolie/Rich Koz Day in the state
of Illinois. Congrats to Koz and all the people that help him continue to do
what he does. Well done!
HAUNTED WORLD OF MARIO BAVA
While on the subject of books, if you're a fan of Mario Bava,
then now you have the chance to pick up a long out-of-print book on the master,
that is now being re-released in a newly expanded and revised edition from
Midnight Marquee. This new version of Troy Howarth's The Haunted World of Mario
Bava will be coming out this Tuesday, the 10th. The retail price is going to be
$45, but if you order now, you can save $10 off that price. For all the
information on this book, as well as some of the great titles they have
announced for this year, head over to their website
HERE. We have more than a
few Midnight Marquee titles in our collection, and plan on adding this one as
DIVIDE AND ARGUE
When the new American version of Godzilla hit the screens
last month, there were a lot of people anxiously (and some cautiously) awaiting
its arrival. Once it hit the screens, the lines were immediately drawn in the
sand and people were forced to take sides. There is the side that just loves the
film, being extremely happy with the results. But unfortunately if you were one
of those that didn't love it, or had questions about it, or just had some things
about it you didn't like, you were immediately cast to the "haters" side, with
really no choice in the matter.
Now as film fans, we know how passionate we can get about the
movies that we love. I'm right there with you. That is one thing I love about
these kind of films and the fans. But I think one of our major challenges that
we have is the fact that we tend not to respect other people's opinions.
Again, I'm guilty of this as well, especially years ago when my normal response
would be a simple "dumbass". If you love a movie, great. If you hate a movie,
great. But when discussing it with someone with an opposing view, let's at least
try to keep an open mind and try to see that other person's point of view.
Doesn't mean you have to agree with it, just listen and maybe understand what
they like or what they have a problem with it. Just because someone doesn't feel
as strong towards a movie as you do shouldn't put them in the "haters" side,
just as someone who loves a film unquestionably shouldn't put in the "kool-aid
drinkers" side. As the saying goes, we don't have to agree on the movies, as
long as we agree on the genre as a whole.
Otherwise, we'd be the same as a bunch of those sports fans
that get into fights with the people that like the opposing team. And I think
we're much better than that, don't you?
THE RETURN OF JACK TAYLOR
One of our favorite actors of the '70s Spanish horror films
was Jack Taylor. Maybe it was those glassy blue eyes, but we always found him
entertaining. So when we heard the news that he was going to be appearing in a
new horror film, we were pretty excited. The film is simply called WAX and was
directed by Victor Matellano, who's name might sound familiar to regular
visitors to this site. He is the director of the documentary CLAWING: A JOURNEY
THROUGH THE SPANISH HORROR! The basic story of WAX is one of a reporter to has
to spend the night in a Wax Museum that is suppose to be haunted. Taylor stars
as Dr. Knox, a "sadistic cannibal surgeon who loves dressing up as Vincent Price
in HOUSE OF WAX."
This will be an English speaking film that is trying to hit
different feelings from new and old, from the found footage aspect, to the
gothic feel of the Hammer films. Along with Taylor, the film has a few other
appearances of famous Spanish horror stars. One of them will be Lone Fleming,
who appeared in Amando de Ossiro's TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD, as well as a few
other horror titles. Also, there will be the appearance of a voice from the
grave, when a old theatrical recording of Paul Naschy will be used from an
animatronic wax figure.
You can check out their Facebook page
HERE or watch the teaser trailer by clicking
For you Army members out there, you might have noticed over
the last few months that I haven't been too timely on getting your missions
posted on the message board, or even replying to them. My time seems to be very
limited these days. No excuses here, just trying to explain that my time seems
to be divided up even more than it used to. I'm going to try and stay on top of
these a little more, but when it comes to the message board, please feel free to
post comments on other people's post if you want. I would want nothing more than
a nice place where we can talk about movies in an nice open forum without having
to worry about trolls and whatnot. So please...let's here what you have to say.
And while on the subject of the Army....still waiting on a
few photos from last year's winners.
I know it has been a while since we've had a new lesson in
our Horror History, but I think it is about time we get back to class, don't
you? This lesson will be an easy one, since it is probably someone that you've
seen on the screen before...probably more than once. So grab your books and get
to the classroom.
Yes, it has been a while since we've had a new Mystery Photo as well, mainly
because it's been 3 weeks since our last update. But we have a new photo now,
which might be a little tough, but we kind of like it that way!
Our last photo was from one of our favorite William Castle
movies, MR. SARDONICUS. I love the fact that someone came up with the idea of
having the skull in the background of the house with the lighted windows.
Brilliant! We have a few send in the correct answer too. And they were: Hoby
Abernathy, Chris Kinniery, Kevin Matthews, Richard Schellbach, Gavin Schmitt.
Well done, lads!
So on to this week's pic. As I said, might not be too easy,
but was inspired to pick this one because of our friend Vanessa Nocera. Can't go
into more details without giving it away. So take a peek and enjoy.
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