Thursday, September 30, 2010

House of 1,000 Muppets

This funny parody is really old, but still makes me laugh.

I posted it on Facebook the other night, and thought I'd share here too.


Like the rest of us Halloween and haunting nuts, looks like this building is getting a jump on the decorations. They look like little ghosties or aliens.

Pretty cool!

Tony Curtis (1925–2010) R.I.P.

Actor Tony Curtis has passed away at the age of 85.

Known to film fans for his long and varied film career, he is the former husband of Janet Leigh and the father of Jamie Lee Curtis. His genre work includes the voice in Rosemary’s Baby (1968), and roles in The Boston Strangler (1968), The Manitou (1978), Lobster Man From Mars (1989), and The Mummy Lives (1993).

Rest in peace.

The Munsters revival/update pilot ordered by NBC

I'm a huge fan of the original series The Munsters. There was a certain magic in the show (and of course The Adams Family) that I don't think has really ever been recaptured by any subsequent interpretations. So, I can' say I'm really thrilled about this news.

NBC has announced it has ordered a pilot of a remake of the show. Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) is writing the script, and the vibe has been described as "Modern Family meets True Blood." Also, the story claims "rumors suggest" Guillermo del Toro is also "interested."

Again, who knows whether this will even get picked up as a series, so I may be jumping the gun. I'm also curious about casting of the characters. And finally - uhm, doesn't del Toro have about 235 other projects announced?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Teenage Wasteland: Slasher Movie Uncut by J.A. Kerswell

208 pages
New Holland Publishers

Here's a new book available over in the U.K. - From the official site:

"Death has come to your little town", Dr Loomis to the cops in John Carpenter's Halloween, the movie that kick-started the Golden Age of Slashers.

Teenage Wasteland: The Slasher Movie Uncut lifts the lid on the glory days of the slasher perhaps the most reviled but also commercially successful of all horror's subgenres. Taking its cue from the Parisian theatre of the Grand Guignol, German krimis, Alfred Hitchcock, grindhouse movies, and the gory Italian giallo thrillers of the 1970s, among others, slashers brought a new high in cinematic violence and suspense to mainstream cinema.

Following the development of the slasher, from its beginnings through the "Golden Age" (1978-1984), and the recent resurgence of the slasher as seen in such movies as Wes Craven's 1996 success Scream, Teenage Wasteland also looks at the political, cultural and social influences on the slasher, and its own effect on other film genres and culture generally.

Packed with in-depth reviews of the best (and worst) slashers, and illustrated by the distinctive and often graphic colour poster artwork from around the world, this book is unlike any other published on this subject.

A must for all film buffs and students of film history and popular culture.

Thanks to STYD for the head's up on this cool new book.

King Kong (1933) Blu-Ray release September 29th

For any fans of King Kong that have made the jump to Blu-Ray, the original classic film will be released tomorrow.

Special Features include the following:

- Blu-ray book with production photos, notes, and a background of director Merian C. Cooper
- Commentary by Ray Harryhausen, Ken Rolston, Fay Wray, and Merian C. Cooper
- Two documentaries: "I'm King Kong: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper" and "RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World"
- Original creation test footage with Ray Harryhausen commentary
- The Lost Spider Pit sequence in its entirety

It lists for $34.99 but can be found cheaper.

Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Madness in 3-D/The Way Out Club - October 8th

Scream out again to tomsmonstertoys for the 411 on this event.

“SUPER-8 VINCENT PRICE MOVIE MADNESS in 3-D” at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday October 5th from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length) and will be projected on a large screen at the Way Out Club. Admission is a measly THREE BUCKS!!!! (this is unrelated to Vincentennial)

October 5th will be our one-year anniversary show and we have a special event honoring St. Louis’ greatest movie star. Condensed versions of the following Vincent Price films will be screened: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP, THE RAVEN, MASTER OF THE WORLD, ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, THE CONQUEROR WORM, a 7-film VINCENT PRICE TRAILER REEL, and THE MAD MAGICIAN which is in 3-D !!!. I’m also going to set up a video projector at one point in the evening and show an episode of the 1960’s TVshow ‘BATMAN’ where Vincent Price guest-villained as ‘The Egghead’!

Since we’re bringing our big box of 3-D glasses (plenty for everyone), there will be 3-D screenings of THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, and The Three Stooges in PARDON MY BACKFIRE. That’s a pretty full show but we should be able to squeeze in two more films: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and the 1953 Sci-Fi fave INVADERS FROM MARS…This will be our BEST…SHOW….EVER !!!!

The Way Out Club is located at 2525 Jefferson Avenue in South St. Louis (corner of Jefferson and Sydney). There are yummy Way-Out pizzas available for only $8.00. Spread the word to all local movie lovers and fans of Vincent Price.

Check out The Way Out Club's My Space page for more info.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Gloria Stuart (1910-2010) R.I.P.

Very sad news -

Gloria Stuart, known to genre fans for her performances in the classic films The Old Dark House and The Invisible Man has passed away at the age of 100.

Rest in peace.

Creepy old photos

Here's an interesting collection of strange old photos found at garage sales. A lot of these images could be straight out of a horror flick or haunt, and could possibly inspire you as well.

Thanks to my sister for the head's up on this one.

TCM October schedule

Just a head's up to all genre fans that TCM has their October 2010 schedule up, and there are tons of great horror flicks playing over the course of the month.

Be sure to check out the schedule and watch some great movies! They kick it all off this Friday night with the Hammer Dracula flicks.

Cutting Edge Haunted House...One Hour of Pure Terror

Hello all -- Being from Oklahoma we are limited to the amount of truly great horror attractions we are exposed to, unlike my posting brethren from back east...still jealous JT. Because of this I decided to take the family down south of the Red River, to Fort Worth, TX and visit the Guinness Book of World Record's holder for the Largest Haunted House....Cutting Edge Haunted House.

Cutting Edge Haunted House (CEHH) is a massive 253,000 Square Foot behemoth, which is a complete barrage of sensory overload. From the moment you walk in be prepared to not know which way is up and which way to go....but just knowing there is so much more to go thru is mind boggling. It took us about one hour to walk thru this multi-level house of horror.

CEHH has the main haunt, which took about 40-45 min's, then you go into The Pitt, a large, completely dark maze...after being given instructions by a couple of large screen versions of the Puppet from SAW you are given glow sticks to find you way around and the object is to find the door the says I Want To Live before the lights come on. You are given about 15-20 minutes to find the the way we did not find the door, my wife and I made it out...but, our daughter had to stay behind as an offering to the Halloween spirits. After this you enter the final stage...a massive and long bubble tube, which is completely filled with bubbles. You basically have to dig your way out thru the it was a refreshingly awesome way to end the experience.

CEHHs attention to detail, from the smallest scare to their largest prop is what truly sets it apart from its competitor's. My personal favorite was the meat locker scene...going in you are greeted with a complete wall of fog, blinded by a massive slow blink strobe, an in every other second you believe you are seeing swinging body you are trying to watch them, you run into even more hanging bags on the side. It is hard to put into words what you are seeing, feeling...experiencing, but let me put it to you this way....IT WAS FRIGGIN AWESOME!!!

CEHH staff was the funnest haunt crew I have encountered, Todd James (pictured), a fantastic guy who was more than willing to show us around. A wonderful lady, forgive me but I forgot to write her name down, who lets everyone one in the haunt was a complete joy to talk to and she gave me some great insight on CEHHs mindset towards costumers. NOTE TO ALL HAUNTS...this is a lesson for you all, I know most do this, but some do not. CEHH last year stayed open every night until the last person in line went thru, which meant a few nights they stayed open until 8am....that's right 8am. Think about that for a minute...people love this place so much they are willing to stand in line for 8 hours past closing (midnight) and that CEHHs reward for them was to stay open until every one of them got to experience this menagerie of mayhem.

My only shirts to buy...and after living thru this hour of horror we wanted a souvenier badly. But, I just don't think they had them ready this early in the haunt season.

I could go into so much more detail, but the best thing I could tell you is to just go and check this place out for yourselves. You will not be disappointed.

And a shout out to Willie Harrell and Josh Mowatt, I met them in line..a couple of homies from Oklahoma.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride - Opens Friday!

Given Friday night's opening of the 2010 season at Arasapha Farms Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride - which is their 20th anniversary as well - I thought I would post and share some cool video and interviews.

I am so looking forward to working there this year and can't wait to get started. Check 'em out!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hauntcast 23: Hell Week

Gather 'round creeps, gather 'round ghouls......Hauntcast 23: Hell Week is here! Join da G/Host Chris Baker and The Scream Team for the usual haunted nonsense and hijinx, including Chris' interview with Johnny Love of Love Manor.

Be there or be square!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011) Teaser Trailer

Why stop at three victims? Yes, well, you thought it and Tom Six heard you!I really dug the insanely bizarre first flick, so I'm looking forward to the sequel. Now being filmed, Tom Six has this to say about the second one:

"When I was writing [First Sequence]," Six told me, "I had so many ideas that I couldn't fit them all in the movie. And I wanted the audience to get used to this crazy centipede. Now, in 'Part 2,' I can use all my ideas. So everything is in it this time. I don't hold back anything. It's pretty nasty."

Sounds like a nighmarish fun time for the whole family! For more of IFC's interview with Six, and the teaser trailer, head over here and check it out.

When garden gnomes attack......

Knowledge is power, gang.

Emily The Strange (201?)

Looks like the Emily The Strange flick has been ressurected. Universal is moving forward, and Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) has been signed to star. will play the titular, morose character. Dark Horse's Mike Richardson will produce.

Any Emily fans here? Is this a cool project that you're excited to see?

Cutting Edge - The Worlds Largest Haunted House

Hey guys and gals, I am going to be heading down to Fort Worth, TX this weekend to check out the Guiness World Record Holder for the Largest Walk-Thru Haunted House...The Cutting Edge Haunted House.

Cutting Edge is located in a 235,000 square foot warehouse built in the late 1920's, which used to be an old meat packing plant (located in Downtown Fort Worth, Texas at the intersection of I-30, I-35 and Hwy 287). It is supposed to take over an hour to walk-thru.

Here is a link to their site...

Check back on Monday to check out my review/interview and pictures.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Elvira's Movie Macabre Full Channel Listing & Times

Yes, cool ghouls, we are mere days away from the return of the Mistress of the Dark's return to the scarewaves. Now, courtesty of STYD, we have the full city, channel and time listings for Elvira's new show. Here they are:

Albany-Schenectady WNYA SAT 12:30 AM
Albuquerque KWBQ/KASY SAT 12:30 AM
Anchorage KYES SAT 10:00 PM
Atlanta WATL SAT 12:00 AM
Austin KNVA SAT 12:00 AM
Austin KCWX.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Bakersfield KUVI SAT 12:00 AM
Baltimore WBFF.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Baton Rouge WVLA.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Birmingham WVUA FRI 1:00 AM
Boston WHDH FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Burlington-Plattsburgh WPTZ.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Cedar Rapids KWKB TBA TBA
Champaign WBVI.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Charleston - Huntington WSAZ.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Charlotte WMYT SAT 12:30 AM
Chattanooga WTVC.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Chicago WCIU SAT 3:00 AM
Cincinnati WKRC SAT 3:00 AM
Cleveland WUAB.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Colorado Springs KKTV/KKTV-DT2 SUN 1:00 PM
Columbia, SC WZRB SAT 12:00 AM
Columbus, OH WWHO FRI 3:00 AM
Corpus Christi KTOV SAT 9:00 PM
Dallas WFFA.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Davenport WBQD SAT 10:00 PM
Dayton WRGT.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Des Moines KDMI.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Detroit WDIV FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Dothan WDFX SAT 2:00 AM
El Paso KDBC.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Elmira WETM/EETM SAT 10:00 PM
Eugene KEVU SUN 8:00 PM
Evansville WAZE SAT 12:00 AM
Flint WNEM-DT2 SAT 12:00 AM
Fresno KMPH.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Ft. Myers - Naples WFTX SAT 12:30 AM
Ft. Smith KFDF.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Green Bay WIWB SAT 3:00 AM
Greensboro - H. Point WGHP SAT 3:00 AM
Greenville - N. Bern WCTI.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
GSA WNEG.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Harlingen - Weslaco XHRIO/KSFE SUN 2:00 AM
Harrisburg-Lancaster WGAL.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Hartford & New Haven WTIC.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Honolulu NHON SUN 2:00 AM
Houston KIAH SAT 2:00 AM
Huntsville - Decatur WTZT SAT 9:00 PM
Indianapolis WTTV/WXIN.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Jackson, MS WRBJ SAT 10:00 PM
Jacksonville WCWJ WED 2:00 AM SAT 2:00 AM (OPT)
Kansas City WDAF SAT 2:00 AM
Knoxville WVLT/WVLT-DT2
Lansing WSYM SAT 2:00 AM
Las Vegas KVVU SAT 2:30 AM
Lexington WTVQ-DT2 SAT 11:00 PM
Little Rock KARZ SAT 12:00 AM
Los Angeles KDOC SAT 12:00 AM
Louisville WYCS SAT 1:00 AM
Macon WPGA SAT 5:00 PM
Madison ETVW SUN 1:00 AM
Memphis WMC.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Milwaukee WMLW SAT 12:00 AM
Minneapolis KSTC.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Mobile WFNA SAT 12:00 AM
Montgomery WCOV.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Myrtle Beach-Florence WMBF.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Nashville WTVF.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
New Orleans WUPL SAT 12:00 AM
New York WPIX.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Norfolk - Portsmouth WSKY SUN 2:00 AM
Omaha KXVO SAT 7:00 PM
Orlando - Daytona WKCF/WESH SAT 12:00 AM
Panama City WJHG TBA TBA
Parkersburg WTAP TBA TBA
Peoria WAOE SAT 1:00 AM
Philadelphia WPHL.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Phoenix KAZT SAT 3:00 AM
Pittsburgh WTAE.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Providence WPRI/WNAC/WNAC.2 SAT OR SUN 2:00 PM
Raleigh-Durham WRAC.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Reno KRNV.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Richmond-Petersburg WUPV SUN 1:00 AM
Rochester NY WHAM/EHAM SAT 10:00 PM
Rochester- Mason-Austin KIMT-DT2 SAT 11:00 PM
Sacramento KQCA SAT 2:00 AM
Salt Lake City KCSG SAT 12:00 AM
San Antonio KCWX SAT 1:00 AM
San Diego XETV SAT 11:00 PM
San Francisco KFTY SUN 2:00 PM
San Francisco KOFY SAT 1:00 AM
Savannah WGSA SAT 11:00 PM
Seattle KVOS SAT 10:00 PM
Shreveport KSLA.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Sioux Falls KCPO TBA TBA
South Bend WCWW SAT 12:00 AM
Spokane KAYU.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Springfield, MO KRBK
St. Louis WRBU SAT 12:00 AM
Syracuse WSYR SAT 12:00 AM
Tampa WTTA SAT 9:00 PM
Toledo WMNT SAT 10:00 PM SUN 12:00 AM
Tucson KTTU SAT 12:00 AM
Tulsa KOTV.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Twin Falls KSAW FRI 3:00 AM
Tyler-Longview KYTX-DT2 SAT 11:00 PM
Waco-Temple KWTX/KBTX FRI 3:00 AM
Washington, DC WDCW.2 FRI 2:00 AM SUN 1:00 AM
Wilmington WMYW SAT 12:00 AM

Reminder, her first flick is Romero's Night of the Living Dead! Welcome back!!

The Day of the Triffids 3D (201?)

Variety is reporting that Transformers producer Don Murphy is joining with with Michael Preger on a new version of "The Day of the Triffids."

Why a new version, Mr. Murphy?

"This original classic has still to be successfully envisioned on the screen," said Murphy. "It is a story that strikes at the heart of what it means to be human -- and does so in an intensely cinematic way."

And, in 3D. Why 3D (besides the obvious money grab?)?

"We are confident that with the new technological advances in 3D production, we have the tools with which to create Wyndham's iconic vision of Armageddon," Preger said.

More details as they come. Anyone a fan of the novel or flicks excited for this?

Happy birthday El Santo

Happy birthday to "El Santo" - a.k.a. Roberto Guzman Huerta (1917-1984)Mexican masked wrestling and horror film star!

Dario Argento's Giallo coming Oct. 19, 2010

The longer everyone get's to know me, they will learn to understand my long standing love affair with all things Argento and Lucio Fulci (I love me some Italian blood, horror and suspense). Argento's latest work Giallo (Yellow) is set to finally hit the screens on Oct. 19, 2010. Filming was completed in 2009. This thriller has the likes of Adrian Brody and Elsa Pataky (the hottie from Snakes on a Plane).

Here's a quick synop...

YELLOW chooses his victims based on their beauty, because he himself is not beautiful. Scorned and rejected in the orphanage where he was raised as a child, he now hunts beautiful women to torture and to kill. He keeps them alive, mentally and physically abusing them, until he grows bored. Then, he kills them and discards their body. He’s efficient, and always has his next victim ready to torture. And he’s clever, only going after tourists, women who won’t find an advocate in the police department.

I can not wait for this one.

Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem (201?)

After a few weeks of teases, Rob Zombie has announced that the next flick he will write and direct will be The Lords of Salem. Haunted Films is producing - the companyrun by Jason Blum, Steven Schneider and Oren Peli(the Paranormal Activity crew).

The plot is said to revolve around modern day Salem, Massachusetts where "300-year-old witches haunt the town."

Zombie went on to say: "I wanted to break away from anything related to preexisting material. The remake train is getting pretty tired now and when I made Halloween, everybody complained, either that it was too much like the original or too different. I like that people either love or hate what I do because it's better than being in the middle, which means forgettable. But when you do an original premise, they take it on face value and after three years of not being able to win on Halloween, I just couldn't go through that again."

At the least, he's moved out of the white trash serial killer thing into a different type of horror. While I thought House of 1,000 Corpses was rather uneven and not great, and Halloween II was a disaster, I still think The Devil's Rejects is a solid flick. Hopefully he's learned his lesson and will improve with this project. However, I wish he would consider bringing in a co-writer or give up the actual writing duties to someone else.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Green Slime (1968) DVD Release

Calling all B-movie fans!

DC has news up that one of the greats, The Green Slime, is getting a new restored DVD release. For anyone who has never caught this gem, here's the official summary:

After a perilous mission to a huge asteroid, a crew returns to its space station, unaware a bit of ooze from the asteroid clings to a crewman’s uniform. The green goop grows – into murderous, tentacled monsters. And as station members fight to live, gunk from the monsters’ wounds turns into more monsters! That’s the story. Now enjoy as our heroes fight to preserve Earth and, unintentionally, our own senses of humor with a movie that Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called “one of the funniest made-in-Japan sci-fi monster movies ever.” Kinji Fukasaku, whose later work was championed by Quentin Tarantino, directs. The world would be a far more bleak and joyless place without marvels like The Green Slime.

If you want to get your scaly claws on your very own copy, check out Warner Archives right now and pre-order. Disc retails for $24.95 and will drop on October 24th.

Happy One Year Anniversary, MSF!

Well, boils and ghouls, it was actually yesterday but I forgot! D'oh!

Thanks again to everyone who has taken the time over the past year to check out this joint, read the posts, follow and especially comment. I really appreciate it, gang!

As we go into our second year, I hope to find time to do more reviews and articles about monster flicks and other stuff of interest. That, plus the addition of Gary B., should make the second year even better.

Thanks again, and stay scary!


Here's a couple of pics I snapped the other night when I stopped at one of our favorite local fresh produce spots. We grabbed a few pumpkins and Indian corn over the weekend to start decorating outside the house, and they look great with the winter pansies and mums.

Autumn is here!

Voltaire has another macabre movie in the works

For those of you who are not quite sure who Voltaire is he is an artist, film maker and musician who specializes in stop-motion animation and his horror shorts are freakishly odd and cool at the same time.

The people over at FearNet posted this about his upcoming project...

Macabre artist-musician-filmmaker Voltaire is always busy, especially when Halloween draws near... but this year, Gotham's mad jack-of-all-trades has even more on his plate than usual. Among his many projects, one of the most interesting is a series of amazing stop-motion horror shorts, which have been a hit on the indie film festival circuit for a couple of years now. One of his new animations – an opening sequence for Larry Fessenden's highly anticipated horror radio series Tales From Beyond the Pale – is already being expanded into a much larger film.

Fessenden and his production company Glass Eye Pix (whose projects include House of the Devil and Stake Land), approached Voltaire to create the animated opening for their cool retro-horror radio show, inspired by the classic radio dramas of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. They were first intrigued by his “Chimerascope” stop-motion film series – which have been screened at dozens of cons and festivals including Fantasia, Toronto After Dark, DragonCon and Screamfest LA. When Voltaire asked Fessenden if he could turn the intro piece into an “official” Chimerascope entry, the producer was 100% down with it.

The artist hinted on his most recent blog post that the new film is more or less about “a haunted room belonging to an archivist of audio and film” in which a “skunk/rat/monkey skeleton comes to life and beats the crap out of a typewriter... but I'm sure it will make more sense when I'm done.” If you're already friends with Voltaire on Facebook, you can follow his making-of journal here, but he's currently maxed out his friend limit.

***** A side bar here - Elfman is one of my favorite movie scorer's(?) I have had a band crush on him since he was with Oingo Boingo.....It's a deadman's party, who could ask for more...(I promise I have had nothing to drink today...yet.

Be sure to check out the entire playlist on Voltaire's YouTube channel.

Click here to check out a cool example of one of his earlier films – Rakthavira, a tale of Hindu hell narrated by Blondie's Debbie Harry:

“Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men -- The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda” by Peter H. Brothers

Wow, more Godzilla news! Here’s a cool press release we received regarding a kick-ass looking book.

For the first time in America, a book has been published on Japan's foremost director of Fantasy Films: MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN – The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda.

Known primarily for directing such classic Japanese monster movies as Rodan, Mothra, Attack of the Mushroom People and the original Godzilla, Honda has been a much-overlooked figure in mainstream international cinema.

MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN is the first book to cover in English print Honda’s life as well comprehensively evaluates all 25 of his fantasy films. It is also gives objective and critical analysis of Honda's filmmaking methods, themes and relationships with actors and technicians.

Making use of extensive interviews from Honda’s colleagues, as well as a wealth of original source material never before gathered into one volume (including previously-unpublished essays), MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN is an affectionate tribute to the most-prolific and influential director in the history of fantasy films.

MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN (ISBN No.: 978-1-4490-2771-1) is available at:, online and as an “E-Book.”

Check it out!

Hello All - Let's get things started with MONSTERS

Let's kick off my beginnings here at JT's House of Ill repute, oh wait...Midnight Spook Frolic, the aforementioned is his money maker. Only joking buddy.

Is anybody out there as hyped about the upcoming release "Monsters" as I am? If you have not heard about this little gem written and directed by Gareth Edwards (his first full-lnegth feature), or haven't read anything in a while here is a little synposis...

"The breakout hit of this year’s SXSW, Gareth Edwards’ groundbreaking new film (also a selection at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival) is as much a poignant contemporary romance as it is an epic science fiction adventure. Shot with just a five person crew and a cast of two, Gareth Edwards’ team traveled through Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, finding and utilizing their locations and supporting actors as they went. The result is a film as cutting edge as it is classically composed, as emotionally satisfying as it is visually stunning, and the bold announcement of a major new talent.Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures... Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his bosses daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border."

This little ball of sci-fi, horror goodness arrives on VOD, iTunes, Playstations, and Xboxes on September 24, and theaters on October 29.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Godzilla update

STYD has an update on the return of The King of All Monsters.

Universal Studios held a "3D Summit" recently and producer Brian Rogers spoke with He says the flick will be a reboot, but "stay true to his roots." Also, word is there will be at least one other, if not two, giant monsters in the film!

The Walking Dead - new poster

Here's a look at the AMC's new official one-sheet that will be used to promote the debut of The Walking Dead.

The show starts on Halloween night. Be there or be square, boils and ghouls!

Sid Haig to receive Eyegore's Lifetime Achievement Award

During the 2010 Universal Eyegore Awards, Sid Haig will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented Mr. and Mrs. Zombie. The ceremony is this Friday, September 24th at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

"After almost 50 years in this business, it is an amazing feeling to be honored at such a prestigious genre event as the Eyegore Awards. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible." says Haig.

Check out the links for more details on his career and the Awards. Congrats, Mr. Haig!

Frankenweenie (2012)

Here's an update on Burton's full length Frankenweenie coming our way in a few years.

Voice actors have been cast, and it's the usual Burton crew with perhaps one notable exception.......Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine O'Hara are all signed.

Hmmmm, no Mr. Depp?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Exhumed Films' 24 Hour Horror-Thon Part IV/Philadelphia, PA/October 30th to October 31st

AHHHHHH!!!! I am soooooooooooo bummed that this event is sold out! I waited around too long to get a ticket, and now it's sold out! D'OH! Anyway, I thought I would still post and give this local event some love. Check out the official site for all the shocking details of this kick-ass fright flick fest!

Doors open at 11am on Saturday, show starts at 12pm. Tickets: $25 ($26 in advance)- SOLD OUT

To celebrate the joyous Halloween season, Exhumed Films proudly presents the fourth annual 24 Hour Horror-thon: a full 24 hour marathon of nonstop horror mayhem! We'll start at noon on Saturday and go straight through until noon on Sunday. As always, the lineup of films is being kept secret--people who come to the show will only find out what the features are as they unspool onto the screen. The show will be a combination of some of the biggest horror titles of the last 30 years or so mixed with some really rare gems. Plus we'll run tons of classic trailers, shorts, and other oddities. Can you stay awake for the entire 24 hours? Who will survive, and what will be left of them? Be here on October 30th to find out!

PLUS!!!! VIDEO VIOLENCE: A study of cult film on the now defunct Video Home System. Artists from across the country will cut, paint, print and deface VHS copies of their favorite films from the past. Join us as we celebrate the long lost experience of late night trips to the local video store, renting your favorite tape and wearing it out play after play before returning it (without rewinding).

Ah, well - next year for sure!! If anyone has tickets and attends, give me an update.

Goosebumps The Movie

Like a lot of people, I always enjoy watching the television version of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps. Now it looks like the series is getting the big screen treatment.

I know there was a previous effort to get a film made, but that project fizzled out. Writer Carl Ellsworth is behind this new interpretation. It is not yet known whether the script will be based on one of the Goosebumps titles, or something new in the spirit of and inspired by the books. A director has yet to be signed.

What do you think? Would you want an existing book made into a full length film, and if so, which one? Or would you rather see an all-new script keeping in the spirit and flavor of Stine's series?

King Kong to storm Broadway

OK, and here I thought the Spider Man show was the weirdest thing I've heard about on Broadway......but now a certain giant ape looks poised to be center stage.

Here's an official blurb from the site:

Global Creatures has announced that production work has begun and a creative team has been assembled for KING KONG – Live on Stage, authorised by the Merian C. Cooper Estate.

Directed by Daniel Kramer , and written by Tony nominee Craig Lucas, KING KONG will have music by BAFTA winner and Grammy nominee Marius de Vries, with several other musical collaborators to be announced .The creative team also includes Helpmann Award-winner Peter England (Production designer), Sonny Tilders (Creature designer), John O’Connell (Choreographer), Tony Award-winner Roger Kirk (Costume designer), Olivier Award-winner Peter Mumford (Lighting designer), Gavin Robins (Aerial/Circus director) and Frieder Weiss (projection).

One of the greatest love stories of all time, KING KONG – Live on Stage will feature a cast of more than 40 onstage actors, singers, dancers and puppeteers. The adventure begins in 1933 in New York City at the height of the Depression. The music in KING KONG will feature several new songs by Marius de Vries who is also writing the incidental musical score, as well as arranging the classic period songs that will be featured in the production.

Check the site out as well as this one for all the details. Personally, I'm waiting for the King Kong vs. Godzilla musical........

Del Toro Talks "'Mountains Of Madness" & "Haunted Mansion"

Thanks to Latino Review with an update from del Toro about two of his projects.

Where is he on The Haunted Mansion?

He said it will be PG-13 and it will be a "dark ride". Says they turned in the storyline last week to Disney along with the first few key concept drawings. Matthew Robbins is writing and he'll start in about a month. Hopes to know if Disney will move forward on it in January. At that time he'll figure out if he will direct it or if it will be someone else.

I'm guessing he is not going to have the time to direct that one given he has another flick in the works. Which one that be? Oh yeah, At The Mountains of Madness, which del Toro has described as his ultimate dream project. So how's that going?

Del Toro gave me a scoop when he reveled Dennis Muren is designing the monsters! Muren told him "you've never seen monsters like this." He went on to say the film isn't greenlit yet, he'll be talking to some Lovecraft scholars to get their input on the script, hopes to make the movie without interference, explained how he's got James Cameron involved, and says the film suffers from two big issues: it's a hard core R rated movie and it's a horror tentpole with a big budget.

Well, if anyone can move forward and get this thing made, it's definitely del Toro and Cameron.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Welcome Gary B!

Good evening, boils and ghouls! It is I, Johnny Thunder, welcoming you to.....Geez, who am I kidding. I've had more than several Oktoberfests during this Eagles game, and I can't pull off the late night horror host thing right now LOL.

Please join me, all you monster kids, in welcoming my fiend and monster in arms Gary B to The Midnite Spook Frolic as a contributor and author!

Gary is a way cool ghoul and has been a comrade in arms for a while now. He expressed interest in starting a blog, and I suggested he share his horror and haunt-related thoughts on this joint. The rest, as they say, is history! Thanks for signing up, bro!

Gary will be posting here as the haunted spirit moves him, and look for him to share this thoughts, reviews and interests.

Shock on, G, and stay scary!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Trailer Time: Sugar Hill (1974)

"Blood is red. Voodoo is blue. Sugar is sweet. Revenge is sweeter"

Another 70's favorite that I reviewed back here, mix up a Zombie or two, and enjoy the trailer for Sugar Hill.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy birthday Elvira!

Happy birthday to Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (a/k/a Cassandra Peterson), born this day in...........well, that wouldn't be polite would it?

Here's to your return to the scarewaves next Saturday night! Cheers!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Aurora Monsters (2010)

Featuring Zacherley The Cool Ghoul (Primary Contributor), Daniel Roebuck (Actor), Cortlandt Hull Bill Diamond & Dennis Vincent (Director) | Format: DVD
Run Time: 120 minutes

This is a great new DVD release that should be of interest to all the cool monster kids out there. Check out The Aurora Monsters DVD gang!

A tribute to "The Aurora Monster Kits", and the talented people responsible for bringing them to life during the "Monster Craze" of the 1960's, starting with the 1957 release of the classic horror films to TV, called "Shock Theatre". Join legendary horror host, "ZACHERLEY, The Cool Ghoul" and sidekick. "GORGO", as they discover the fun and excitement of model building. Finding inspiration along the way, through interviews with Aurora's cover artist: JAMES BAMA, sculptor: RAY MEYERS, and project developer: ANDREW YANCHUS. Including actors DANIEL ROEBUCK and JEFF YAGHER, as well as other artists & illustrators sharing their thoughts and memories of those endearing models that have left an indelible impression, earning a special place in Americana. This two hour DVD features in-depth interviews, a wax sculpture demonstration, rare photos, sketches & promotional material related to Aurora, never seen by the public. - 1hour 45 minutes, plus a "Zacherley, behind-the-scenes" bonus feature. First volume in the series - "LEGENDS OF FILM & FANTASY" presented by "THE WITCH'S DUNGEON" (See our other documentary, "THE WITCH'S DUNGEON 40 YEARS OF CHILLS")

I see it's available on Amazon, and also through Scary Monsters Magazine. I plan on ordering my copy right now!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Boo-ography at

Thanks to my friend, co-Scream Team member and coolest chica on the haunted block Shelley for the head's up on this cool little find.

The folks over at have come up with some spooky Halloween fun for us freaks. Called Boo-ography, the link has all kinds of cool stuff, including Skooky-ographies, Video, Zombie Mail, Quizzes, and other creepy fun.

Monster A-Go Go (1965) - DVD release October 19th

What up, boils and ghouls! Check out this cool news from DC regarding the DVD release of the fangtasic B-flick Monster A-Go Go!

From the Press Release:

In celebration of the film’s 45th anniversary, a special DVD collector’s edition of the iconic cult favorite Monster A-Go Go is being released just in time for Halloween, Oct. 19, from Synergy Entertainment.

Originally released in 1965, it was billed as “The picture that could set our space program back at least 50 years.” Voted “The Worst Movie Ever” by Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and just about everyone else), it’s so bad it’s good!
Directed by Bill Rebane (who also brought you 1975’s The Giant Spider Invasion) and Herschell Gordon Lewis (known for his exploitation films and often referred to as the “Godfather of Gore”), Monster A-Go Go was initially released in 1965.

Originally titled Terror at Halfway, the film stars June Travis (the final appearance of the ’30s siren film star, who worked with such stars as Bette Davis, Natalie Wood, Ronald Reagan, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Lucille Ball and James Cagney), Peter Thompson (who worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Tony Curtis, Dean Martin, Janet Leigh, Van Johnson, James Mason, Ray Milland, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and other iconic screen stars, before becoming a recognized character actor in ’50s TV westerns) and Phil Morton (one of just two acting jobs before embarking on a production career that included several years at Saturday Night Live).

Ronald Regan – whom Rebane recalls had a crush on Travis – was on board to co-star, but was dropped from the film because the investors considered him a “has been.” Why was the movie so bad? Union woes of the ’60s, says the director (who shot the film on location in Chicago), causing the production to shut down and not resume until four years later … with a different director at the helm (Lewis) and some of the original cast unavailable. But despite all obstacles and in grand Hollywood tradition, the show did go on.

In Monster A-Go Go, an astronaut about to be launched into space is being prepped for his galactic voyage with doses of “radiation repellent.” But, unknown to anyone else, the doctor begins utilizing a version of the formula previously tested only on animals. As the mission ends and the space capsule parachutes back to earth, it crash-lands in a nearby field and the astronaut aboard disappears. Is there a connection between the missing man and a monster wreaking havoc in the area?

SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentary by director Bill Rebane; two short films not seen since their original theatrical release, Twist Craze (produced as a short subject/added attraction for the 1961 premiere of Frank Capra’s Pocket Full of Miracles at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre and ran a record 11 weeks, before going on to worldwide release) and Dance Craze (1962, released internationally); original theatrical trailer; and a 24-page booklet with a reprint of a 1965 Scary Monsters magazine article about the making of the film (inside the DVD case).

Monster A-Go Go: Special Collector’s Edition is presented in original, full-screen aspect ratio (4 x 3) and original sound (mono).


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kingdom of the Spiders 3D (201?)

The next 3D redo willy coming our way is Kingdom of the Spiders, a remake of the classic Shatner 70s flick.

Sigh. Well, maybe if they take the Piranha tact, it could be fun......

Scary Monsters Magazine #76

Ah - the air has a chill to it, Halloween loot is on the shelves, roadside stands are starting to carry mums and scarecrows, The Bates Motel opens in 2 weeks......what could be more perfect as Autumn is (pretty much) upon us?

That's right, boils and ghouls - the latest and greatest issue of a "Real Monster Magazine" arrived at stately Thunder Manor. "The Seventy-Sixth Scary Laboratory Issue" of Scary Monsters Magazine is here!! I didn't get a chance to dive in last night, but plan on doing so right after work today.

And, if that wasn't cool enough, check out a certain reader's name in print.

Yup, that be me! I was one of several people who correctly guessed last month's Scary Secret Photo. My name, in print in Scary Monsters Mag! Too cool.

Now I just need to stop being lazy and finally write an article for submission. Now that would be the coolest.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Kevin McCarthy (2/15/14 – 9/11/10) R.I.P.

Oscar-nominated actor Kevin McCarthy, best known for his starring role in the classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)", has passed away at the age of 96.

Best known for the classic sci-fi flick, he also appeared in genre films in including the Body Snatchers remake, Piranha (1978), The Howling (1978), and Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). He had been nomiated for an Oscar for his turn in Death of a Salesman (1951).

Rest in peace.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Haunted House from Atari updated

Back in the day, one of my favorite games to play as a kid was Haunted House on my super-cool Atari game system. Actually, I still dig out my old system once in a while and am always amazed it still works and seems just as cool as it did back then.

Thanks to DC for the heads' up that the game has been updated and revamped for 2010!

From the press release:

Enter the Haunted House, if you dare. Atari’s classic groundbreaking game has returned with more chills, cool new unlockables and plenty of spooky new enemies. The terrifying fun that lies within Graves Mansion is back as Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, scares up its legendary classic, Haunted House -- re-imagined for a new generation of gamers in celebration of the title’s 30th anniversary. Haunted House will take control of Wii®, Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC Download this fall, with suspense filled challenges, new chilling environments and more frightful enemies than ever before.

Haunted House pays homage to the classic favorite as players fight for their lives in Graves Mansion as the grandchildren of the original character that disappeared without a trace in the evil mansion over 30 years ago. Chased by pesky poltergeists, haunted by scary skeletons and exhausted from battles with creepy creatures, players are in a goosebump-educing fight to explore the dark and creepy depths of Graves Mansion in search of the four lost pieces of the magical urn. The player’s goal is to reassemble the urn and defend their family’s legacy with the aid of mystical tomes, powerful light sources and multiple keys.

“The glowing eyes and mysterious urn of Haunted House still resonate with gamers who made the original franchise a blockbuster hit,” says Jim Wilson, President of Atari. “Atari looks forward to introducing a new generation of gamers to the fun and suspense of Graves Mansion and bringing families together with the magic that is Haunted House.”

The pick up-and-play arcade-style adventure allows players to jump right in and begin battling for their family’s legacy and explore the dark and mysterious levels. An eerie, 3D rich environment of towers, basements and catacombs draws players into the haunted world and cursed story. Find hidden treasures, solve puzzles, fight bosses, and navigate through the spooky mansion and multiple levels on the way to a showdown with Zachary Graves.

Sweet! Check out the official site for more info.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Zombie 101 at Baltimore University

Why didn't my college have cool courses?

Halloween:The Inside Story airs October 28th at 9 p.m. EST

First announced back in April, our friends at DC have announced this documentary will air on A&E's Biography Channel on October 28th at 9:00 p.m. EST.

I am really looking forward to this documentary given Halloween is one of my favorite films, and given the line-up who speak about the film.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Renfield: The Undead (2010)

Bob Willems' Renfield: The Undead will debut at the Bram Stoker Film Festival in Whitby, England, from October 14-17. Dread Central has up a bunch of the flick's images and information. The official webiste and trailer are coming later this week.

The film's plot has been summarized as follows:

R. N. Renfield (Nichols), once the slave of Dracula, is now an insane vampire stalking a modern metropolis (Bayou City). Known as "The Bayou City Butcher", he is pursued by Detective Paul Cranston, a driven homicide investigator who always gets his man. Renfield is also sought by Mina Harker (newcomer Roxy Cook), now also a vampire, and her hybrid-vampire son, Quincy (Tackett). The dark pair are seeking a relic in Renfield's possession: the skull Of Dracula. It is their intent to use the skull to resurrect Dracula and restore the house of Dracula. It is a game of cat and mouse in which the mad vampire Renfield reveals his ancient past with the Vampire Lord Dracula and battles the forces of darkness and the mortals of Bayou City.

Dracula is being portrayed by John W. Stevens, and the case also includes Phil Nichols, as Renfield, Julin, Cory Hart, Shelley Boozer, Mel House, Paul Damon, Joe Grisaffi, Tyler Tackett, and Keli Wolfe.

More info as it comes.

Happy birthday Dario Argento

Happy birthday to Italian director/producer/writer Dario Argento born this date in 1940.

He is best known for numberous horror films including Deep Red (1975), Suspiria (1977), and Zombi (1978).