Friday, April 30, 2010

Hauntcast 18: April Fools

The new show is up, boils and ghouls!

G/host and creator Chris Baker is back along with the Scream Team, and Hauntcast 18 features features an interview with Bruce Stanton of Reign of Terror Haunted House.

Check it out!

National Haunters Convention - KOP This weekend

The National Haunters Convention is this weekend right here in my backyard in King of Prussia, PA.

Chris Baker and Hauncast will be there in full hauntastic effect with a booth and everything. Shelly is also making an appearance, as am I.

We are hoping to get together for dinner tonight, then out to catch A Nightmare on Elm Street, and then go back out for an adult beverage or 10. Hopefully we're all in good enough shape to hang out tomorrow on the convention floor at the booth!

More to come!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kaiju Shakedown: Godzillathon!, May 8 -13, San Francisco, CA

Here's some way cool giant monster news courtesy of our friends at Dread Central.

From the Press Release:
NEW PEOPLE and VIZ Cinema welcome the 3rd and latest installment of TokyoScope Talk – War of the Giant Monsters – on Friday, May 7th at 7:00pm. Join Otaku USA Editor-in-Chief Patrick Macias, Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters author August Ragone, and Japanese film critic Tomohiro Machiyama at the Bay Area’s hottest film venue for a fun and lively discussion on the “kaiju” (monster) movies featuring rare images and clips of Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera and other iconic creatures from classic Japanese sci-fi cinema. General admission tickets are $10.00.

VIZ Cinema invites Bay Area monster fans to a 5-day Kaiju Shakedown: Godzillathon!, running Saturday, May 8th thru Thursday, May 13th. Featured will be rare screenings of the Big G’s 4 most-loved films including Godzilla vs. Hedora (1971), Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974). Details and screening times at:

Don’t miss a rare chance to see the beauty and enormity of Godzilla in stunning 35mm prints with English subtitles and a premium THX®-certified sound system! These events may sell-out. Ticket prices: General Admission: $10.00; Senior & Child: $8.00. Advance tickets on sale here!

TokyoScope Talk – War of the Giant Monsters will feature a special raffle giveaway of premium monster collectables including the brand new DVD release from Shout! Factory of Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965). The revered classic features the original Japanese version of the film presented with fresh English subtitles and anamorphic widescreen produced from an all-new HD master created from original vault elements.

VIZ Cinema is the nation’s first movie theatre devoted exclusively to Japanese film and anime. The 143-seat subterranean theatre is located in the basement of the NEW PEOPLE building and features plush seating, digital as well as 35mm projection, and a THX®-certified sound system.

If you are in the Bay area, definitely check this out!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Halloween: The Inside Story – A&E Biography documentary

Thanks to our friends over at DC for the head’s up on this cool documentary called “Halloween: The Inside Story” coming our way this October!

A&E’s Biography Channel will air a two-hour look at John Carpenter’s Halloween from director Phil Nobile. It will feature exclusive interviews and more.

Defnitely looking forward to this one.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Movie Poster Fun: The Thing With Two Heads (1972)

"They transplanted a white bigot's head on a soul brother's body!"

More movie poster fun with another of the blaxploitation classics, The Thing With Two Heads (1972) starring Rosey Grier and Ray Milland.

It's a pretty inept flick but a whole lot o' fun. I will have to get around to doing a full blown review one of these days.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave Update

I had first posted about this cool new comic a while ago, and now we have more art and information about "Tales From The Grave."

Coming to a local comics shop near you this September, the comic is being published by Monsterverse and editor-creator Kerry Gammill.

Basil Gogos's amazing art will grace the premier issue's cover - what an image! STYD has reported that the Gogos art was originally commissioned by Rob Zombie for his private collection and has never been used for a cover before. Super cool for sure!

Also, be sure to check out this cool promotional poster they used at Monsterpalooza last weekend.

This looks like a fangtastic project and I am itching to get my paws on this comic just in time for Halloween!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Freddy vs. Jason - Part 2

I just saw this kick-ass cartoon and laughed - pretty clever!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Monsters Go Pop!

I stumbled across this image of these way cool paintings as I criss-crossed the interwebs earlier this morning. I really dig the juxtaposition of the black and white monster images with a pop art sensibility.

Very kick-ass! But where's Wolfie?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Jekyll finds its director

Universal just announced that Dennis Iliadis (who did The Last House on the Left redo) is going to helm its J & H flick.

Iliadis is going to be pretty busy - not only was it announced that he will head up this film, but also Pay the Ghost.

Reeves is still attached to star in a script by Justin Haythe.

As I posted earlier, I'm not too excited about Reeves or this director, but I love J & H, so I'm hoping for the best.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Door to Door Maniac (1961) - TCM 2:00 a.m.

"How could she extend the moments he had given her?"

Movie alert, cool ghouls! TCM is airing Door to Door Maniac (also known as Five Minutes to Live), starring none other than Johnny Cash, at 2:00 a.m.

I have never seen this flick, but it sounds like it will be shlocky "madman" fun.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Movie Poster Fun: Blackenstein (1973)

Let's all enjoy the movie poster from Blackenstein - here identified by its alternate title "Black Frankenstein - Blackenstein".

Yes, my Blackenstein obsession continues.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture" - University of Hertfordshire - 4/16-17

Here's news of a conference being held to by a British university in an effort to "counterbalance the 'Americanization' of the fictional genre."

Conference lectures will be delivered by academics, including English lecturer Sam George, who has just launched a Master of Arts degree in vampire fiction at Hertfordshire, and author Marcus Sedgwick.

Panel topics include "Dracula Lives," "Appetites of the Undead," "Undead Victorians," "Undead Teens," "Politics of the Undead," "Undead Romance," "The Gay Undead," "Undead TV," "Undead in the New Media," "Identity, Legality and the Undead" and "Gendering the Undead."

Sounds like a cool discussion and event. Little far for me to drive, but.....

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Movie Quote of the Day #9

Abby's Demon's voice: "Whaddya think of my powers now?"
Bishop Garnet Williams: "Not very much!"
Abby's Demon's voice: "Hello, motherf****r!"

- exchange between exorcist and possessed Abby in the blaxploitation classic Abby (1974)

Friday, April 2, 2010

"The Complete History of Return of the Living Dead" by Christian Sellers and Gary Smart

Thanks for the head's up from our friends at STYD for this news.

"The Complete History of Return of the Living Dead" by Christian Sellers and Gary Smart will be released by Plexus Publishing this fall. The book is 288 pages and is available for preorder on Amazon. Price is $24.95, but Amazon has it for $16.47.

The original horror/comedy, Return of the Living Dead,still holds up for the type of film it is. Don't expect anything too serious or deep, and you'll have a good time with it. The sequels aren't too great, but I am a sucker for Melinda Clarke in Part III - meow.

Look for this tome to hit store shelves - actual and virtual - on Octboer 1st.

Happy birthday Lon Chaney

Happy (belated) birthday to horror icon Lon Chaney (April 1, 1883 – August 26, 1930), "The Man of a Thousand Faces."

Thank you to Mr. Chaney for his incredible contribution to the genre, and to filmmaking.