Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spectremen


Spectremen, the kick-ass horror/punk/metal band, and their cool song “72 Inches Down”, are featured on Hauntcast 17.

Thanks again to cool ghoul Evil Jim and the guys for sharing their spooktacular music with us. I really dig their sound and the fact that they are huge monster and horror fans.

Be sure to check out their site for upcoming shows, music, videos and merchandise.

Stay scary, dudes!

Official site

Scary Monsters Magazine #74

I have posted and discussed this ghoul-tastic mag many times before, but do yourself a solid and pick up the latest masterpiece!

This issue includes:

Tom Triman's last article...THE DOCTOR IS IN! A Tribute to JOHN P. FULTON
Bob Statzer goes about Uncovering THE NAKED MONSTER
Mark C. Glassy Ph.D. showcases Bob Burns Submitted for you approval
Martin Powell goes In Search of The Return of the Vampire!
Kooky Kent asks Do you see Monsters at breakfast?... or is this cereal looking a bit SCARY?
Joseph Winters bubbles up a look at Witchcraft Through The Cinema
Kount Kurta reveals Eerie Publications' Rarities!!!
A HUGE 25 page feature with Interviews by Paula and Donna Parla and Written by Eric Huffstutler, Anthony DiSalvo and Paul Parla...
TERROR AT HALF DAY A Walk down Randolph Street...Bill Rebane and friends remember the making of MONSTER A GO-GO! and
the Ronald Reagan Connection...
Robert Freese's THE COSMIC DRIVE-IN
Lawrence Fultz Jr. provides A Interview with GREGG PALMER Gregg talks about his four cult classic horror and sci-fi films he was in-THE CREATURE
WALKS AMONG US, ZOMBIESOF MORA TAU, FROM HELL IT CAME and the MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE!
David Alex Nahmod's Scare-eviews
Ron Adams' SCARY DVD HEADLINE GRUES
and Much More!

Vote for Hauntcast


From the desk of Chris Baker:

Vote for Hauntcast for this years Rondo awards category #20 for Favorite Horror Podcast. You don't need to vote for any other categories, you can just write in Hauntcast. Put us on the map and vote today. All entries must be in by April 2nd.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Godzilla (2012)


The King of All Monsters is headed back to the big screen!

Yes, I know the last time Hollywood tried their interpretation of the big ole lizard it was completely craptacular, but I'm going to try to stay positive about this one.

Variety is reporting that a new Godzilla flick is coming from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.

Right now there is no director in place, but an announcement is forthcoming. Thankfully, per the story, the intent is to "pay respects to the original (1954) pic" and not the rather disappointing 1998 Sony effort.

Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO of Legendary said "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has."

I love the giant monsters and Godzilla has always been one of my favorites. This could prove to be a great flick! What say you?

Monday, March 29, 2010

"The Hammer Vampire" by Bruce G. Hallenbeck


Here's some cool news for all the Hammer fans out there. Coming out in May from Hemlock Books is a history of the Hammer vampire films by Bruce G. Hallenbeck.

It takes an in-depth look at all the films, both the behind-the-scenes and a more cerebral look at the subject matter. Loaded with many rare photos from all the films.

Available in the U.S. here (along with tons of other cool books), and in the U.K. here. Check it out!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Hauntcast 17: March Madness!


Hauntcast 17: March Madness has been unleashed!

Besides my Frick Flicks segment in which I review The Crazies, this month's hauntacular spooky goodness includes:

- Chris' interview with this month’s special guest haunter the wildly talented Tracy (aka Terra) of Castle of Terra, all-around haunting guru and blogger of The Seven Layers of Scare;
- Rev theorizes about certain aspects of haunting having a basis in hypnosis;
- Shellhawk, the Mistress of Mayhem, cultivates the fine art of pumpkin growing;
- Dr. Morbius, the resident proptologist, answers more of your burning prop-related questions;
- Plus Mad Props for Props, Hauntcast Top Ten, kick ass music, and more!!!

Check it out!!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Stoker’s relative seeks Dublin memorial


Dacre Stoker, the great-great nephew of Irish-born author Bram Stoker, has started fundraising to build a memorial to his ancestor.

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847 and lived there until age 31. He attended Trinity College before working as a civil servant in Dublin Castle and as a newspaper writer.

Dublin City Council has granted the go-ahead for the proposed Stoker memorial. Once the cash has been raised, an artist will be selected to bring the monument to life.

Very cool news!

Movie Quote of the Day #8



Billy the Kid: "I haven't met a man yet that a bullet couldn't stop."
Dr. Henrietta Hull: "But he isn't a man!"

- from the B-flick classic Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Random Cool Monster Kid Pic #7


This cool rendition of the Universal crew is courtesy of Kushervision. Love it!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Scream 4 (2011)


Variety is reporting that "Scream 4" is to start shooting this spring and Wes Craven is definitely back in the director's chair.

Stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette will reprise their roles along with a new group of younger characters in this fourth installment.

Look for the flick to hit theaters April 15, 2011.

Can't say that I'm too stoked about this, or the fact that I'll have to suffer through it just for the show........lol......Any fans out there looking forward to this?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy birthday William Shatner


Happy birthday to actor William Shatner, born this date in 1931.

Boldly going where no man has gone before in TV and film, Mr. Shatner's genre work includes the classic Twilight Zone episodes "Nick of Time" (1960) and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (1963)



The Devil's Rain (1975)


....and one of my all time favorites that I blogged about earlier, Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

Friday, March 19, 2010

J.D.’s Revenge (1976)


“He came back from the dead to possess a man's soul, make love to his woman, and get the Vengeance he craved!”
Starring Glynn Turman, Louis Gossett, Jr., Joan Pringle, Carl W. Crudup and James Watkins
Directed by Arthur Marks
Written by Jaison Starkes
Music by Prince (also provides vocal for “ Will Never Let You Go")
From MGM
Trailer

One of the more interesting and well done blaxploitation horror flicks of the 1970s, J.D.’s Revenge is a possession and revenge flick seen through the prism of 1970s New Orleans.

The plot revolves around Isaac a/k/a Ike (Glynn Turman who gives a rather nice performance), a law school student in New Orleans. He is convinced by girlfriend (Joan Pringle) to take a study break and head out for a night on the town. Well, of course things go terribly wrong. Otherwise, this would be a pretty boring horror flick, right?


At one stop of their night out, the couple heads into a nightclub where a hypnotist is performing. Wouldn’t you know that Isaac is one of the poor saps selected from the audience to come up on stage to be hypnotized into doing random embarrassing things, such as removing their clothes and whatnot. However, while many in the audience believe this all to be schtick and simply an act, something very real and very terrible happens. Cue the scary music, kids!


The wandering, vengeance-seeking spirit of J.D. Walker (James Watkins), a street hustler who was murdered in the 1940s, takes possession of Isaac. Back in the day, both J.D. and his sister Betty Jo were murdered in a really complicated back-story involving one Elijah Bliss (Lou Gossett Jr., here billed as “Louis”) in which J.D. was wrongly accused of killing his sister. Ever since their murders, J.D.’s restless spirit haunted the Big Easy, waiting for his chance to get revenge.

Slowly, J.D. takes control of his new host body, and it is apparent there is something wrong with Isaac. The formerly kind, mild-mannered student begins taking on new and strange characteristics, hairstyle and clothing choices. His behavior also becomes increasingly violent and cruel, as his girlfriend unfortunately discovers. J.D. is now large and in charge and will stop at nothing to satiate his vulgar appetites as he calculates his revenge on his killer.


Along the way there are typical 70s lingo, fashions, music and other fun, but be warned there is explicit violence and sex as well. Well, the good news is that everything works out just fine in the end. Finally, preacher Elijah confronts J.D. and finally manages to save Isaac while forcing J.D. back to the netherworld.


Overall, it is a solid little horror flick, moves at a fast clip, and full of solid performances. It’s well known I’m a complete blaxploitation sucker (sucka?), so I really dig this flick. I think you will also be pleasantly surprised by this not all that well known film. Definitely check it out sometime!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tim Burton's Addams Family 3D


Yup, that's right - Tim Burton's next 3D project will be a stop-motion animated film based on Charles Addams' The Addams Family. Burton will direct, although no writer is on board yet.

Burton, naturally is "expected to provide much of the visual look of the film himself." He intends to go back to Addams' original cartoons and illustrations for inspiration for the project.

IMHO, This has great potential. I'm curious about voice actors as well.

What say you?

Vampire for President!


OK here's a story about a Florida "vampire" who is going to make a run at the White House in 2012!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Peter Graves R.I.P.


Televison and film actor Peter Graves has passed away at the age of 83.

Mr. Graves appeared in many classic mainstream shows and films, and his genre work includes films such as Red Planet Mars (1952), It Conquered The World (1956) Beginning of the End (1957), and Parts: The Clonus Horror (1979).






Rest in peace.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Magician (1926) - TCM Tonight at Midnight


"She had given her heart to the man who had saved her. Then, into her life, stalked the evil, half-mad seeker of mysteries. Powerless under his spell, she forgot the man who loved her."
Directed by Rex Ingram
Written by W. Somerset Maugham (novel), Rex Ingram (adaptation)
Starring Alice Terry, Paul Wegener, and more
From MGM

Another head's up that TCM is showing the silent 1926 film The Magician tonight at midnight EST.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Edison's Frankenstein (1910)



Here's a nice article about a new book and DVD release of Thomas Edison's Frankenstein (1910).

Yup, March 18th is the 100th anniversary of the release of this flick and BearManor Media is releasing "Edison's Frankenstein" by Frederick C. Wiebel, Jr., along with a restored DVD.

It is really interesting how the one surviving copy was located a few years ago and is now again available. I have seen it for sale elsewhere, doubled up with Nosferatu, but more details are in the story.

By way of update, I just ordered the book and DVD from Amazon, and hope to have it in the next few days. I'm pretty stoked!

Friday, March 12, 2010

TCM Tonight!


If you get TCM and are a big fan of the '50s giant monster flicks, check out tonight's schedule:

8:00 p.m. The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
9:30 p.m. It Came From Beneath The Sea (1955)
11:00 p.m. The Monster That Challenged The World (1957)
12:30 a.m. Them! (1954)
2:30 a.m. Shanks (1974)
4:15 a.m. Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

Sweet!!

My mouth is big with embarassment.....


Little known fact, that's what I really look like. No fooling.

Anyways, as I spend some time this rainy afternoon prowling around the interwebs and checking out the way spooktacular and fangtastic blogs that I follow, I see so many kind words about this joint, and also see I have been the recipient of the Awards bestowed on so many well-done and cool blogs.

First off, for anyone who reads my stuff, please see your doctor or other mental health professional. LOL, no, really, I have to say thank you! I have not been doing this for very long, as I have always been more of a board and forum guy. So, to have been embraced here and on Hauntcast by so many great Halloween, haunt and horror people in the Blogosphere is just kick-ass.

Second, please know I appreciate all the support, scream outs and mentions, and I promise I will follow those kooky "Link back and ...." instructions very soon and pay my respects.

Thanks and stay scary!

Vintage Halloween Pic



I always loved this vintage Halloween shot.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

MonsterMania Con - Cherry Hill, NJ - Crown Plaza Hotel -March 12-14th


I am hoping to head over the bridge on Saturday to check out the 14th MonsterMania con at the Crown Plaza Hotel in beautiful downtown Cherry Hill, NJ.

Guests include Dario Argento, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Busey, Eric Roberts, Doug Bradley, Doug Bradley, Kane Hodder, Scout Taylor Compton, William Katt, Corbin Bernsen, a Night Of The Creeps reunion, a My Bloody Valentine reunion, and more, plus lots of vendors and whatnot.

It's always fun to check out the guest panels and bumping into the occasional celebs in the hallway or even the hotel bar. Even though the con is geared toward modern films and stars, I'm always on the prowl for cool and obscure DVDs and other merch.

If anyone else is going to be there, give me a shout, or say hi. Or better yet, buy my first beer lol...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Corey Haim R.I.P.


Corey Haim, one of “The Coreys”, best known for his roles in the 80s and for his performances in horror flicks including The Lost Boys and Silver Bullet, has died at 38.



R.I.P.

Universal Monsters Wall Clock


So yeah I want one, lol.

It looks like a DIY project from this link, this one and this one but I haven't found any information about where to purchase one. If I get the low down, I will update the post - or, even better, if any of you know more about this please share!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Wife!


Happy birthday to my wonderful, beautiful wife and bestest friend.

I hope you enjoy your day, our dinner later, and have the best birthday ever - and the best year ahead of us. Love you :0)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Down for the Count


One, two, three - AH-HA-HA-HA-HA!!

Take that, Twilight!!!

Courtesy of "poopbear" over at DeviantART - Mad scream out - you ROCK!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Edgar Allen Poe 2nd Annual Cask of Amontillado Wine Tasting Event - Baltimore, MD - March 27, 2010



Big scream out to my friend Tim for the head's up on this way cool event coming at the end of March in Baltimore.

All the details are in the link - I would really love to take a road trip and partake in the ghoulish fun and drink! There will be wine, art, many wonderful performances, palm reading - and who wouldn't want their picture taken with Poe's corpse? I mean, c'mon!

If you are in the area, this is definitely a fun and cool way to spend an afternoon.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Movie Quote of the Day #7


Danny: "Who are you?"
Cass: "I'm your brother."
Danny: "I don't have a, a brother."
Cass: "You do now. I don't like it any better. But until we can do something about it, I'm running this monster, understand?"
Danny: "Uh, my neck hurts."
Cass: "My neck hurts, stupid. Don't you see what these maniacs had done to us?"

- Heart-warming exchange between newly attached "brothers" in the classic B-flick The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (1971)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Shaun of the Dead: The TV Show


The Guardian is reporting that NBC Universal and its UK subsidiary Working Title have announced a bunch of tv adaptations they would like to green-light, including Shaun of the Dead.

These new tv shows would "initially be aimed at American audiences, but with the potential to be exported, or remade in a range of countries."

Anyone want to watch a (most likely completely craptacular) tv show based on the (very cool and classic) 2004 flick? It's not like Pegg and co. are going to do the show, and I am hard pressed to think of many good and/or successful shows based on movies...

Happy Birthday Lionel Atwill


Happy birthday to actor Lionel Atwill (1885-1946)!

Atwell appeared in genre classics including Doctor X (1932), The Vampire Bat (1933), Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), Murders in the Zoo (1933), Mark of the Vampire (1935), Son of Frankenstein (1939), The Gorilla (1939), Man Made Monster (1941), The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), and House of Dracula (1945).