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7-20-14 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 and family.

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.

NIGHTBREED NOT-SO-LIMITED-BLU-RAY
    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.

ORGAN 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 HERE.

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 yet.

HIDDEN HORROR
    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.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    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 your answer.

7-6-14  KRYPTIC ARMY
    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 always welcome.
    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 NIGHTBREED PANEL
    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 CUT. 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 around $24.
    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 point.

SOUNDTRACK REVIEWS
    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!

LOOKING 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!

SPANISH FEAR
    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 days.
    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.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    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.

6-22-14  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 HERE when it becomes available and then you can order your copy HERE.

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 our motto!

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 famous.
    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.

    

TWO 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 recovery.
    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 Film 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.

BEARMANOR MEDIA
    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 convention.
    The first one is called CALL GIRL and was directed by Jill Sixx 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 HERE. 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 right HERE.
    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 HERE.
    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 opinion.

         

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.

HORROR HISTORY
    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.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    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 nominated.
    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 BOOK EVENT
    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 I do.
    Click 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 HERE.

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 more info.

SVENGOOLIE DAY!
    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 well.

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?

WAX MOVIE: 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 HERE.

KRYPTIC ARMY
    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.

HORROR HISTORY
    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.

MYSTERY PHOTO
    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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