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TODAY'S PHAN FOTO: We here at Creepy Classics are trying to catch a chicken for our Memorial Day weekend grill out. For a chicken big enough, we had to travel to Ray Harryhausen's MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961).
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Creepy Classics and Monster Bash News
Tuesday May 21 - Memorial Day May 27, 2013
All the Noose That's Fit To Post
New! Memorial Day Triple Play!
Get three great monster magazines for only $9.99 this week only....from now through Memorial Day.
They come with backing boards and in protective bags. Get this special, for this very limited time. At this pricem even if you already have one of them, it's still a bargain, plus you'll have an extra to give a friend.
Have a wonderful and thoughtful Memorial Day from all your friends at Creepy Classics.
New! Creature From The Blu-Ray Lagoon
It's here at Creepy Classics, the CREATURE FROM THE LACK LAGOON on All Region Blu-Ray. It will play on both USA and UK Blu-Ray machines. It features both the crystal clear, high definition 2-D version and the high definition 3-D version on an addition disc. Plus, the discs are loaded with extras and documentary. Commentary by film historian and Monster Bash magazine writer, Tom Weaver.
This Year's Monster Bash Pre-Show Party!
THIS Memorial Day Weekend
Ramada Plaza Hotel, 4900 Sinclair Road, Columbus, Ohio
We're VERY excited....we'll see you at Cinevent this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Lots of fun, giveaways, free pizza in the Creepy Classics Room, 16mm classic horror film screenings -- we'll see you at the Monster Bash Pre-Show Party - at CINEVENT!
Once again this year we would like to thank the great Steve Haynes and the Cinevent Movie Show in Columbus, Ohio for letting Monster Bashers gear up for the Monster Bash in July. On Memorial Day weekend you can join all your Classic Monster fan friends at Cinevent.
If you love to go to Monster Bash...here's your chance to start celebrating a summer of monsters early!
Above: Monster Bash staff at last year's event....Leonard Hayhust, Barb Heiss and 16mm projectionist Geoffrey Curtis! Plus, the gang will also include Dan Weber, Ted Lewczyk, Bob Kennedy and Ron Adams.
2013 Special Guest: Ohio TV Horror Host "Son of Ghoul"
We will have a large room with about 20 tables of classic monster merchandise on-sale pre-Monster Bash! Plus, Monster Bash projectionist Geoffrey Curtis will be screening classic monster film on 16mm in a theater style room adjacent to the Monster Bash pre-show party room. Free pizza and giveaways will be provided through the weekend. Win DVDs, T-Shirts, Blu-Rays Movie Books and Magazines.
The Monster Bash pre-show party with Creepy Classics is all part of your admission price to Cinevent! Get your pass now for all the fun, go to the Cinevent web site: http://www.cinevent.com/
Or call: (866) 785-7687
KING KONG is 80!
Special Screening at Cinevent's Monster Bash Theater
In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of KING KONG (1933), there will be a special Saturday night screening of KING KONG in the Monster Bash Screening Room at the Cinevent Convention in Columbus, Ohio on Memorial Day Weekend! It will screen on 16mm film in the special screening theater on the 6th floor of the Cinevent Hotel.
Don't miss the KONG celebration as part of the MONSTER BASH programming that is part of the great, long-running classic film convention - CINEVENT!
Memorial Day Weekend!
Find out more about Cinevent here:
Or call: (866) 785-7687
MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY MAY 2013
By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter
See you next month, and see you at the Bash in July! Adios and Vaya con Dios, Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky and Cher.
Get ADVENTURES AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (1964) on DVD from Creepy Classics. It's in the Mexican Monster DVD Department there.
The Early Issues of Psychotronic Now Available
The magazine started by the author of THE PSYCHOTRONIC MOVIE GUIDE, Michael Weldon. An in depth look at cult movies from the 1930s through the 1980s. Horror, sci-fi, exploitation, or just plain weird movies. Photos, interviews and humorous spotlights on bad cinema.
Saturday May 18, 2013 - MOVIE - Thriller "GARGOYLES" (1972). Good old-fashioned horror story. Very much like an H.P. Lovecraft story. Scientist and his daughter happen onto evidence of an ancient race of creatures. They've been waiting for centuries for the right time to overthrow mankind. The gargoyles are holed up in desert canyons and caves. One scene of a gargoyle attacking the car driven by the scientist stuck with me since I was 13 years old! When branches drag against the roof of my car...is it just branches? Stars Cornel Wilde and Jennifer Salt. Description by Ron Adams. Suggested by Bob Fitzsimmons, Frankfort, Illinois.
Lots of cheese in this early 70's made for TV film, but really not bad at all. Cornel Wilde (looking still incredibly buff-a couple of years later, he was doing one armed push ups as well as directing SHARK'S TREASURE) leads a decent cast, including Jennifer Salt (MIDNIGHT COWBOY, SISTERS and mainly remembered as Eunice from the TV show SOAP), Grayson Hall (best known as Dr. Julia Hoffmann from DARK SHADOWS) , Bernie Casey as the head Gargoyle and a very young Scott Glenn.
For me, half the fun is picking out performers in early roles and other familiar names, like Stan Winston who helped design the gargoyle's makeup/costuming. Some people have complained it looks rubber costume/corny, but for the low budget they had to work with, it's sufficient. Of course, Stan went on to bigger and better things in the 80's.
Some creepy moments in here, especially the scene in the motel where the clawed hands are on the bed as well as when the flying gargoyle lands on the car. Parts of the film remind me of ALIENS, especially with the hatching eggs and the guards nearby.
So, a fun little film and while it's aged about as well as most of the films of that era (NIGHT STALKER, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and GHOST STORY-ie, scared us as kids and as sophisticated adults, the flaws are obvious), still fun to watch a film that had to be put together with pluck, work and not CGI! Only worry I have is if someone remakes it, it will be on HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP level...hopefully not. ***
I'm one of those kids who was glued to the TV in 1972 on GARGOYLES original debut. My parents, at that time, had a silver Didge station wagon, so the scene with a gargoyle clinging to the roof of the station wago got me.
After viewing this decades later now, as Steve in the previous review states, thre are a lot of flaws and it loses a lot of its atmosphere in places. I think thhey decided to shoot many ofthe gargoyles (especially when they're moviing/runnig) in slow motion to hide the look of they guys in suits. It probably helped a lot, but the effect does start to stick out like a sore thumb after a while.
The begiinig might have one of the most frightening sequences that holds up well with Ol' Williw showing Cornel Wilde (and us) his "secret" in the shed. A full-size gargoyle skeleton. Then, the shed is attacked by an unseen something, resulting in Ol' Willie's death. That still holds up quite strong.
Last year my family took a trip out west, and drove through a few remote desert areas....there really still are places like Ol' Willie's place. Roadside built-up shacks selling bizarre desert oddities. Darn, I ddnt come across any gargoyle skeletons though.
Very locked in the 70s, with arather abrupt ending, but a fun night's viewing as "J" Monsterkid points out.
-Ron Adams, Ligonier, PA
Hi "Rondo"-Ron, "Monster Bash" & my fellow "Monsta"(Monster) Movie-loving "Fiends"! Here's what I say of "Gargoyles", which I put into one of my 5 VHS VRS lastnite! Great movie, good to see it again! My last time viewing it was in 2003 at my "Fiend's" house in Wonder Lake, IL! Cornell WILDE, star of "The Naked Prey" in one of his "Grr"-eatest roles, ev-uh(ever)! SEE me here sticking it in my basement "Dungeon" VCR! Enjoy! -Your "Fiend", ROCK! David ROCK Nelson.
David's video tour of his collection as he gets ready to watch GARGOYLES:
I was 7 when GARGOYLES originally aired and I can still remember the terror I experienced! The two scenes that stick out are the attack on the hotel room and the attack on the car.
I hadn't seen the movie since I was a kid, but picked it up on DVD a few years back (I think at the Bash) and was able to enjoy all the great memories that came flooding back. It's not scary now (darn the ravages of becoming a jaded adult!) but it's still a lot of fun. Seeing it again over the weekend was like visiting an old friend.
-Brian Nichols, Texas
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New! Vintage Hardback Books
Now in at Creepy Classics, a handful of vintage books, some with movie tie-ins. Here are some of the spotlight selections (only one of each in stock):
BIG SWINGERS (EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS BIOGRAPHY) - Hardback Book
BLACK OXEN (Photoplay) - Hardback Book
THE CANARY MURDER CASE (1927 movie tie-in edition) - Hardback Book
CAPTAIN KIDD (1945 Movie Tie-In) - Hardback Book
THE CLIMAX (Movie Tie-In/Karloff) - Hardback Book
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1940 Edition) - Hardback Book
Do You Know This Actor?
This e-mail (with image) submitted by Jerry Armellino:
I tracked this actor down and can you guess who he is?
I didn't...and here was Jerry's reply:
I always wondered what the actor looked like who played the Frankenstein monster in Hammer’s “Evil of Frankenstein.” To the best of my knowledge, his face never appeared in Famous Monsters or any other monster magazine.
Here he is, the wrestler Ernie “Kiwi” Kingston from New Zealand. He came from a family of wrestlers, moved to England and the rest is monster history.
Jerry - Indiana
Thanks Jerry....I always wondered, as well, what he looked like! -Ron
More Monster Collections From Fans Just Like You
There are two recent collections now posted in our Gruesome Galleries/Monster Collections Page! One of the best part of have your monster collection is sharing it with people that will REALLY appreciate it! And, if you're reading this right now....I'm betting that YOU area classic monster fan and collector.
We've just added the collection of Al WhiteFeather Astrella and Joe Cole. Al just sent me a link to his photos which I created a page for here at Creepy Classics, and I got to actually visit Joe Cole's this past summer, and I've been slowly sending the pictures I took to myself, so I could post them for all to enjoy.
New! Beauty And The Beast (1946) on Blu-Ray
Above: The gorgeous photography in the fantasy world of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1946).
Above: The giant Japanese "golem" triple feature on Blu-Ray.
The Blu-Rays Are Here
Get these Blu-Rays, now in stock from Creepy Classics:
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1946) Magical eerie adventure, so thick with atmosphere that you'll need an axe to cut it! Beautiful French film with arms holding candles in the walls, statues with eyes that move and a terrific looking Beast (and beautiful Beauty)! Sub-titled. Wondrous and creepy, with incredible fantasy effects...very moody. Highly recommended! In French with English subtitles. An amazing amount of extras.
DAIMAJIN (1966) The trials of a downtrodden community are saved by a giant stone golem that is an ancient protector. A serious story and awe-inspiring monster monolith in this Japanese classic. Includes it's two excellent sequels. Japanese originals and English dubbed versions.
THE MUMMY (1932) Stars Broris Karloff. Edward Van Sloan is here to fight the evil, David Manners, the hero, is confounded. Next to Karloff the performance award goes to Bramwell Fletcher who has an electrifying mental breakdown upon seeing the mummy rise from his coffin and walk. Lots of extras!
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943) The classic Phantom story with Claude Rains in this colorful remake. Lavish sets, great actors and the unforgettable scene of Rains sawing the chain that holds the chandelier. And, the chandelier crashing down into the unsuspecting opera goers. Many extras. All region disc.
THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933) James Whale directs this fantasy-horror masterpiece with Claude Rains. A man discovers invisibility; the cost - his sanity. Dark humor and great pacing make this a timeless gem. All region disc. Lots of extras!
Kong Vacation In Branson, Missouri
The above photo was sent in by Charles Henson. It features a huge Kong replica climbing the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson, Missouri. Perhaps, a nice job after retirement fort he big ape. After all, he is 80 years old this year.
I saw the photo of Kong from Charles Henson posted on your site this morning. This past February, Debi and I were in Pigeon Forge TN, and we went to the Hollywood Museum there.
-Scott Goettel, KY
New! More DVDs In Stock
When you were a kid, the three diverse DVDs pictured above all seemed part of our entertainment: Action (giant monsters), Fun (cartoons) and Magic (movies of fantasy and imagination).
Just added in our Complete DVD Catalog:
GAMERA VS. GYAOS/GAMERA VS. VIRAS (Dbl. Feature) - DVD
POPEYE THE SAILOR: 1960s Classics Vol. 1 - DVD Set
THE SECRET GARDEN (1949) - DVD
New! Factory DVDs In From Cheezy Flicks and Legend Films
I had to get the coal shovel out late yesterday afternoon and start scooping up all the news DVDs that arrived at Creepy Classics. A lot of new titles, a lot of re-releases with better packaging, some colorized films and many at reduced pricings.
Some of the new titles I'm shelving today include: the classic chestnut HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958 with Vincent Price), THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES (starring Ray Milland), SHOCKORAMA (A drive-in double feature of BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA and JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER), the documentary we all remember - THE MYSTERIOUS MONSTERS, THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK (Fan Favorite), ISLE OF THE SNAKE PEOPLE, ROBOT MONSTER, MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET (Giant Japanese monsters rule), MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (the 1951, full serial), DOCTOR BLOOD'S COFFIN, BEYOND CHRISTMAS (A tale of three ghosts), HERCULES AND THE MASKED RIDER, HERCULES AND THE TYRANT OF BABYLON and many, many more.
DVDs To Stretch The Imagination
Just re-stocked AND added some NEW titles to our Compete DVD Catalog. A lot of hard-to-find classics of fantasy and fun: THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1963 William Castle film with Tom Poston), MADAM SATAN (A wild early talkie!), ZOTZ! (Another crazy William Castle and Tom Poston film), A STUDY IN TERROR (Sherlock Holmes mmets Jack The Ripper), THE STORY OF MANKIND (Vincent Price as The Devil), THE UNHOLY THREE with Lon Chaney Sr. - both version, the silent and Chaney's only sound film), THE NIGHT THE WORLD EXPLODED and more!
All of these are from Warner Brothers or Sony-Columbia. In stock and ready to ship to your doorstep!
Find them all in our Complete DVD Catalog here at Creepy Classics.
Reviews From This Recent Movie Night - Add Yours!
Saturday May 11, 2013 - MOVIE - Science Fiction "FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER" (1964). A robot-astronaut meets up with a hideous space creature. The space monster is the hench-monster for a group of pointed eared aliens looking to swipe a bunch of earth women (preferably in bikinis, it seems). The Frankenstein robot was a military project gone bad and he's on the rampage. Scooters, 60's surf guitar music and fun. Suggested by Timothy Bowen, Niles, Ohio.
Wow! What a movie....super low budget, goofy, non-sensical, yet somehow fun. One of those movoes that falls into bad, but not truly bad because it's far from boring. The closest it gets to boring is some extended NASA stock footage..but, even that is padded with hip guitar suf music.
An experimental robot astronaut (named "Frank") gets shot up in a rocket, the rocket fails, it blows up...Frank survives and is all mangled and burned, loses a lot of his mental capability and roams aimlessly. He gets a bit violent and them meets up with a Space Monster. What? Yep....it seems that the rocket was blown up by an alien spacecraft. The craft has landed on earth to kidnap women as their planet is in short supply.
The spacecraft which looks like a bunch of spray-painted cardboard and an aluminum ladder seems much bigger inside than outside. The main aliens are a nasty princess and her assistant Dr. Nadir, a Vulcan looking nightmare of bad make-up and played by an actor who lays it on thick (hysterically). This guy also shows up thirty years later on TV's SEINFLD show. (Thanks to Frank Nicoletti for pointing that out!).
The film at least delivers on crazy entertainment with two monsters, a lot of 1960s guitar music and the hero and heroine zipping around on a scooter.
-Ron Adams, Ligonier, PA
Above: "Frank" after getting messed-up in a rocket crash.
The below newspaper ad sent in by Doug:
It was with some trepidation that I sat down to re-watch FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACEMONSTER, not because it's a bad movie (it's actually pretty endearing...for a bad movie) but because I knew that that blasted song TO HAVE AND TO HOLD would get stuck in my head (again!) and stay there for the next week (again!).
We now learn that their civilization has been wiped out by nuclear war, and there are no women left, except for the Princess, who apparently doesn't count. They proceed to kidnap Earth women for "breeding stock." At the same time astro-robot Frank has gone berserk: naming your robot "Frank" is never a good idea. The inevitable Battle Royale between robot and space monster begins and ends much too abruptly, as does the movie.
Above: Doc Nadir and "The Princess."
Top-billed Marilyn Hanold (Princess Marcuzan) once menaced The Three Stooges as a Venusian vampire in SPACE SHIP SAPPY (1957). As the stalwart Earth scientist, James Karen (billed as Jim Karen) jump-started a career with enough sci-fi credits to merit honorable mention in the Monster Bash Hall of Fame. But, the standout character is the leering alien Dr. Nadir, played by Lou Cutell, a familiar face on television. He is in a special class of weirdness all by himself. Once seen, he is not forgotten.
And, now....prepare yourself! It's video comments on FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER by David Nelson of DesPlaines, Illinois. Here you, go, just click the link below (and hang on):
Add your comments or thoughts on FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER (1964). E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIMITED TIME! Discounted Memberships RIGHT NOW only until July 10, 2013!
MONSTER BASH 2013!
Membership VIP Admission is now $40 per person. Price goes up on July 10, 2013. Order before midnight, so you don't forget.
The Big BASH News is that MONSTER BASH will be moving closer to the Pittsburgh Airport in 2013, right at two major intersections....I-79 (North-South) and I-76 (PA Turnpike, East-West). It will be much easier to get to and from the Pittsburgh Airport. With A taxi service located in the lobby of the new hotel. The conference space will be bigger and better than ever as we take over the whole hotel. A bigger vendor ballroom, bigger movie room, larger halls...plus, it's still has that small town feel. Where? It's the FOUR POINTS PITTSBURGH NORTH, Cranberry Township in Mars, PA! That's right, in 2013 MONSTER BASH GOES TO MARS!
The guest list will include a Universal Studio players reunion, Actors from Outer Space movies, the Greatest Hits of all our past guests and newcomers!
The dates in 2013 will be July 19, 20, 21. Why July next year? We couldn't get our nomal third weekend in June due to other function conflicts at the hotel. However, we've already reserved the third weekend in June for 2014...to get back on track.
Reservations are being accepted right now. (724) 776-6900.
Address: 910 Sheraton Drive Mars, PA 16046
Back Up Hotels That Are JUST a Walk Across the Parking Lot! They will sell out, so get your room now:
Comfort Inn (just a short walk across the parking lot of the Monster Bash hotel) Phone: (724) 772-2700
Super 8 (just a short walk across the parking lot of the Monster Bash hotel) Phone: (724) 776-9700
More Very Close Hotels (About 1 mile or less!) -- Filling Up With MONSTER BASHERS - Click Here!
Make sure you say MONSTER BASH and 2013!
Here are some pictures of the new location (Four Point, Mars, PA) for 2013:
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Kevin Slick from Louisville, Colorado visited the Creepy Classics crypt, Ligonier, PA in 2012. Here's the video footage he shot: