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Wednesday April Fool's Day - Thursday April 2, 2015

TODAY'S PHAN FOTO: Quasimodo, "The King of Fools" celebrates April Fool's Day in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939) portrayed by the great Charles Laughton. Get it and all your favorite classic horror, mystery and sci-fi movies in the Complete DVD Catalog Department or in our Creepy Blu-Ray Department, here at Creepy Classics!

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New! Monster Bash Octoberfest Site Up

The beginnings of our October MONSTER BASH has been bubbling under and growing steadily. Yes, she's back on the list and says her schedule is clear! Barbara Steele will be at MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015. It's a celebration of growing up and watching great horror and science fiction on TV. Those late night movies featured Barbara Steele movies....Rod Serling's THE TWILIGHT ZONE is arguable the greatest TV show of all time and his daughter, Anne Serling will be at BASH to give a super special presentation on her dad. THE MUNSTERS was a part of our lives, our monster family and the wonderful Pat Priest (Marilyn on THE MUNSTERS) will be at BASH. Felix Silla who was Cousin It on THE ADDAMS FAMILY and appeared in BUCK ROGERS, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and so much, much more will be BASHIN'. Pittsburgh's TV Horror Host icon and actor in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Bill Cardille (Chilly Billy Cardille) will be with us. Ohio's TV Horror Host icon - SON OF GHOUL is in! Remember THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO TV SHOW? Well, the greatest impersonators on the planet THE ULTIMATE ABBOTT & COSTELLO TRIBUTE SHOW (Joe Ziegler and Bill Riley) will also appear and perform.

This is just the beginning of the autumn MONSTER BASH celebration....stay tuned.

The site is up (and still under creepy construction), membership admission is available now for a $10 discount. The hotel is almost sold out...get your room now! Ask for the MONSTER BASH discount group rate.

Dealer tables are selling too!

Get connected with the MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST...the details are here - CREEPY CLICK!

 

 

Above: Just a few faces of a thousand. Happy birthday Lon Chaney....born April 1, 1883.

Don't Step On It, It Might Be Lon Chaney's Birthday Cake

This in from Creepy Classics/Monster Bash Birthday Reporter, Scott Goettel:

Hi Ron,

Though April 1st is April Fool's Day, this is for real. Born April 1st,
1883...Leonidas Frank Chaney, better known as LON CHANEY SR.

A big Monster Bash Happy Birthday to Lon!!!

Scott

 

 

MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY APRIL 2015

By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter
 
Hola, amigos, and step right on up to the latest Mexican Monster Party! This month, the spotlight falls on yet another new addition to the Creepy Classics lineup of vintage Mexican horrors, El Santo in ATACAN LAS BRUJAS ("The Witches Attack")! The film was the first of four features that El Santo made for producer Luis Enrique Vergara, who was also responsible for a thrilling quartet of Blue Demon screamers. It was also the second, and final, time that El Santo would do a block of four films for one producer; after these films, it was no more than two in a row for anyone, although there would be return customers, along with El Santo co-producing from time to time. The Vergara films were brought in on a lower budget than El Santo's previous films, but what they lack in funds are made up for by a wealth of bizarre characters and situations.



ATACAN LAS BRUJAS is the first unofficial remake of an earlier El Santo effort... in fact, it's more or less a carbon copy of SANTO CONTRA LAS MUJERES VAMPIRO; but since screenwriter Rafael Garcia Travesi worked on both, this hardly comes as a surprise. 

WITCHES, however, seems to lack the verisimilitude of the earlier film. Lorene Velazquez stars as another Evil Queen (of the witches instead of the Vampire Women), and she manages to invest the role with her natural beauty and delight-in-evil. On the whole, a splendid time is guaranteed for all. A note on the poster art: I've previously mentioned how Mexican genre films loved to utilize existing ideas or images; for ATACAN LAS BRUJAS, they appropriate the central design from the Barbara Stanwyck thriller THE NIGHT WALKER, which actually has nothing to do with witches, or attacking, but is a great image nonetheless - a demon looming over a woman in a skimpy nightgown. 

Okay, amigos, that's it for this month; as always, please go to the Animal Rescue Site and click to provide free food and care to shelter animals. Better yet, adopt one!

Adios and Vaya con Dios, Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky, and Cher.

Roberto "Bob" Cotter isthe author of THE MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER AND MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY published by McFarland Books.

Get SANTO IN THE WITCH'S ATTACK (1968) on DVD here at Creepy Classics in our Mexican Monsters on DVD Department!

 

 

New! BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN Half Sheet Reproduction

This beautiful poster reproduction is about 24 inches by 30 inches. It comes folded and was reproduced by Cinema Icons in 2001 as part of a catalog. It's on good stock, gloss paper. Vivid color. The original movie poster went for $85,000...this is a super nice reproduction.

Find it in our Posters & Lobby Card Reproduction Department here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

Mutant Artist Connection

Hi Ron,

Great behind the scenes shot of the Metaluna Mutant (above on this page)! Artwork done by my friend's father, Edd Cartier, was the inspiration for the design of the creature. Shortly before he passed away he signed my Belgian poster for the film. Edd was a renowned pulp fiction artist who drew "The Shadow" and illustrated many of L. Ron Hubbard's sci-fi stories.

All the best!
Kevin Mulligan

Thanks for shaing Kevin!

 

 

New! Collectibles Just Added Here at Creepy Classics

Now in stock, you'll find THE FILMS OF PETER LORRE book from Citadel Press here at Creepy Classics. A great bio and detailed chronological listing and analisis of his films. Each film has technical credits, plot, review and vintage reviews from each film's release. Also from Citadel Press, THE FILMS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES is now stocked in two varient covers. This one is a history of all the Holmes films in one place from the silents through the 1960s. Find them in our Creepy Bookstore here in the Creepy Classics store.

And....added today in the Used VHS Department, a like new CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON video. This was the Universal issue with the poster art cover. We also have in stock the pre-Universal release collectible of it on the Goodtimes label, when Universal licensed it to that company in the early days of home video.

Many more items are dropping into the crypt here daily.....collectibles, new DVDs, new Blu-Rays. Bookmark this "News Page" for all the latest info from the classic horror and science fiction world!

 

 

Line Up, Line Up....the June MONSTER BASH SCHEDULE is Here

Planning on attending MONSTER BASH JUNE 2015? Get ready for a great line-up of talks, events and films....you can get a sneak peek right now. Just go to www.monsterbash.us and click on the "Schedule" link. All three days are now listed.

 

 

Plan 9....Down To Plan 1

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE actor Gregory Walcott has passed away. He was one of the surviving cast members from the Ed Wood iconic opus. If I'm not mistaken, this now makes Conrad Brooks the only surviving cast member.

Here's the obit (thanks to Eileen Wolfberg):

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/arts/television/gregory-walcott-actor-known-for-plan-9-from-outer-space-dies-at-87.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

 

 

New! Books and Collectible Program Guides

Here's what's new at Creepy Classics...a score of books and collectible program guides. Now in stock the vintage paperbacks that got many of us into these great classics: HORROR IN THE CINEMA and SCIENCE FICTION IN THE CINEMA. We also just added a great book that I hadn't ever heard of...A HERTIAGE OF HORROR (English Gothic Cinema) from the 1970s. That one is loaded with info and photos on not only the Hammer films, but other rare British horrors. Convetion program guides for the last CINEFEST convention and last year's CINEVENT shows are here. A hardback first edition of MOE HOWARD AND THE THREE STOOGES in now on the shelves, a first edition hardback by Moe himself. We just acquired another hardback with dust jacket of the oversize THE FILMS OF BORIS KARLOFF book from Citadel Press. A gem. And look - a like-new ardback first edition of the big hardback encyclopedia-like WHO'S WHO OF THE HORRORS AND FANTASY FILMS.

Check out all te great books on the film we love in our Creepy Bookstore at Creepy Classics.

 

 

New! More Selections in Our Used Video Graveyard

A lot of new titles have just been dug up and added in our Used Video Graveyard....just some of the new selections include the early VHS Video Classics' version of THE APE MAN (1943) with Bela Lugosi, G-MEN (1935) starring James Cagney and Robert Armstrong, GRAMPA'S MONSTER MOVIES trailer collection hosted by Al Lewis, THE CAT GIRL (1957), STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (1940) with Peter Lorre, WORLD WITHOUT END (1955), JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963) featuring animation by Ray Harryhausen, KING KONG (1933) - the cool Nostalgia Merchant issue, THE WILD WORLD OF BAT WOMAN (1966) and more!

Find them in our Used VHS Graveyard here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

It's Coming Fast! MONSTER BASH JUNE 2015:

Don't miss the classic monster movie fest for fans and professionals that makes monsters fun again - MONSTER BASH. Our next show is June 19-21, 2015 at the Doubletree Pittsburgh North in Mars, PA. (formally the Four Points). The mummies are coming, the blob's coming and so is The Ultimate Abbott & Costello Tribute Team!

Don't you dare miss out!

Quick, run to www.monsterbash.us and get your membership!

 

 

Down to Exactly 23 Vendor Tables Left

There are now only 23 tables left for the June MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE.....the classic monster expo. If you are a vendor, hurry. If know a favorite vendor that should be at MONSTER BASH, let them know! You can get tables on-line by CLICKING HERE, or calling (724) 238-4317.

Find out all about this June's show, by going to the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE HOME PAGE.

 

 

New! Rare and Popular All Region DVD-Rs

More All Region DVD-Rs are here from Collector Classics, some of the rarest and all-time favorites. The best prints of these old chestnuts with no annoying logos on the bottom corner of your screen. Pus, they play in all DVD regions. Here are the latest adds:

THE INTRUDER (1933)
The ship called the "Intruder" sinks in the ocean, stranding a group of people (including character actor Mischa Auer) on a remote jungle island. There's a crazed hermit who lives there, gorillas and a cave of skeletons.

DICK TRACY MEETS GRUESOME (1947)
Has Dick Tracy met his match? Weird gas bombs and mad criminal Karloff as Gruesome. Ralph Byrd is Tracy and a great cast that includes Anne Gwynne, Skelton Knaggs and Robert Clarke. Loads of Saturday matinee fun!

ONE BODY TOO MANY (1944)
Bela Lugosi as an ominous butler (similar to NIGHT MONSTER) in an old mansion. Jack Haley (WIZARD OF OZ )is a insurance salesman turned detective in this mystery-comedy-thriller. Plenty of dark passages, secret doors and spooky scenes in this feature!

BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (1955)
Lugosi in his last speaking role is terrific in this Ed Wood opus (!). This is the one with the rubber octopus and Tor Johnson getting whipped by Lugosi! If you haven't seen an Ed Wood movie, this might be the one to get started on.

SHADOWS (1922)
Lon Chaney plays an oriental with only the best intentions. He also plays a gangster in this dual role movie for Chaney.

THE INVISIBLE AVENGER (1958)
Stars Richard Derr and Mark Daniels. Little know sci-fi mystery utilizing the famous "Shadow" character, who can turn invisible and track down the killer! Set in steamy New Orleans as Lamont Cranston sleuths the jazz clubs and finds danger and murder.

Find all of the above and many more in our Rare Movies on DVD-R Department, here at Creepy Classics.


New! Famous Monsters #279 In Shock Stock

Now in stock here at Creepy Classics, the hot-of-the-presses issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS. It's #279 and comes in two different covers. One cover (above left) features PENNY DREADFUL and the other (on the right) features TREMORS. We have both versions in stock. Pick the one you want, or collect them both.

This issue features: Goodbye Mr, Spock, The Best Monster Show, horror comic, TREMORS and PENNY DREADFUL.

Head over to our Creepy Magazine Newsstand for this issue and all your favorite monster magazines.

 

 

New! Vintage Famous Monster Magazines

Shock! Shock! Shock! Now in STOCK! It's early issues of the premiere monster magazine FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND from Forrest J Ackerman and James Warren. These early issues are here and there's only one of each in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand here at Creepy Classics. Looking to fill in some of those early issues...now's the time. These rare issues from 50 years ago are here right now.

 

 

Monster Bash Membership Passes For June 2015

3-Day Memberships for MONSTER BASH Summer 2015 (June 19-21, 2015) are now discounted for a limited time. Make your plans for the best classic monster retro fest in the world. Get membership passes on-line at www.creepyclassics.com.

 

 

New! The Shipment of TALES OF TERROR Blu-Ray is Here

Just arrived in the creepy crypt at Creepy Classics - TALES OF TERROR (1962) starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone on Blu-Ray!

TALES OF TERROR (1962)
Three stories of Poe brought to the screen by Vincent Price, Peter Lorre & Basil Rathbone. Price is in all three episodes. The last one with Basil Rathbone is the best (CASE OF M. VALDIMIR); watch Vincent Price melt like the Wicked Witch of the West!

The Blu-Ray features an on camera interview with Roger Corman, plus a host of Corman trailers.

The blu-ray is here early and in shock stock at Creepy Classics.

 

 

Above left: Dee Ankers-Denning, Paisley Adams, Tod Spidle as the Monster and William Smith. Above right: Steve McQueen from THE BLOB (1958).

Bashin' Birthdays

This in from our Birthday Reportor, Scott Goettel:

One of the guests at Monster Bash 2004 was actor (and super nice guy)
WILLIAM SMITH, and March 24th, 1933 marks his 82nd birthday, and he's
still making movies!

This next star's only 'foray' into
monster movies was THE BLOB. Actor STEVE McQUEEN was totally convinced
that the movie would never be successful, and chose to take a one time
fee of $3000 for his work on the film (rather than take a smaller salary
and a nice percentage of the profits). He of course found out that the
movie grossed a LOT of money and he missed out on some serious cash. Oh
well, he still didn't do bad at all with all the rest of his hugely
successful movies in his career! Steve McQueen, born March 24th, 1930,
died at the young age of only 50 in 1980. Just think...he would have
been 85 now!

Happy Birthday from the Monster Bashers!

-Scott

 

 

M. Oleman is back and he's remembering the fighting we all did as kids....Danger Will Robinson, Danger!

We got hurt a lot as kids. It was part of the job which we understood when we signed on. And when we weren't hurt accidentally we were trying our best to clobber each other on purpose. The idea seemed to be that you didn't want to harm or disfigure someone so that they'd end up haunting an Opera House, but just to the point of making them dance around in pain or shed a tear or two.

Anything and everything that we could pick up and throw was picked up and thrown. We’d chuck the biggest rocks we could find at each other trying to get as close as possible without actually landing one on target. A really near miss would elicit a, “Whoa! You almost tore my head off!” which was just a challenge to try and get one closer. Dirt clods also made good ammunition because they exploded like a grenade showering the intended target with shrapnel, and we were fortunate enough to live in a part of the country where Buckeye trees were everywhere. Starting in late summer we'd gather the green, spiky shells and add them to our armory. As Summer turned into Fall, they'd turn brown and get even spikier. There was a trick to throwing them because they couldn’t be gripped too tightly, but once mastered you practically had a super power. In fact I’m surprised Marvel Comics never thought of it. And then of course the shells would pop open (or be pried open) yielding the round Buckeyes inside which, since they couldn’t be eaten, seemed to have no other purpose than to be thrown. We gathered buckets full of them, much to our parent’s chagrin, so we always had some on hand. We said we were saving them to make some kind of crafts, or for a school project, but really we were just never sure when we'd need to lay a barrage on a target of opportunity, which was just about any time from early fall until winter when we’d switch to snowballs. Somewhere in my parents old house there is probably still a stash of Buckeyes hidden because you just never knew when a Buckeye battle would break out.

Burrs were also great to throw, though their light weight made them more of a close-in weapon. The best tactic was to gather a good handful, hide them in your pocket, then toss them in someone's hair just as the bell rang and you were going into the classroom. Few things were funnier than seeing someone angrily struggle to pull them out of their hair while the teacher looked on scowling. But retribution was swift and assured. The safest defense was to keep a hat on as often as possible.
 
We crashed on our bikes so much my dad suggested we just run away and become daredevils in the circus. I think he was serious. In fact I think he said one time, “I’m serious. Go get a job in the circus. And send money home.” And playing Knights of the Round Table was another game that usually produced a few casualties. We’d charge at each other with sticks and broom handles slashing and smashing and making a terrible racket trying our best to score a hit on an exposed arm or leg just like the real Knights did as we saw on IVANHOE which the local TV station seemed to show every Thanksgiving. It wasn’t our fault. Whoever invented steel garbage can lids with the handle in the middle making them perfect to use as a shield had to know what would happen. It was entrapment.

One kid who lived down at the end of the street seemed to be especially prone to getting himself banged up. He went out long to catch a Hail Mary pass during one of our football games in the little park near my house, and ended up crashing head first into a telephone pole. And some time later that summer we were playing “golf” in the little course he made on the hill in back of his house and when Steve reared back to putt, hit him in the head again. Then there was the incident where Steve’s brother Mark crashed into him with his Radio Flyer and nailed him right in the shins. The thing about this kid is I don’t ever remember him shedding a tear. He’d just bite his lip and walk it off. It didn’t affect him though. Now he’s the president of a Fortune 500 company. Not really. Last I saw him he delivered newspapers for a living. But he seemed happy. Actually truth be told I’d much rather spend my days delivering the paper than being locked up in an office building. I guess you can play elevator races but what else fun is there to do there?

Then there was the occasional bloody accident such as the time me and my best friend Steve and all of our little brothers and sisters were sled riding in a neighbor's yard. For some reason Steve started swing his sled around in a crazy, erratic manner. This sled was one of those sheer pieces of plastic with a length of rope at the end that cost about two dollars and was probably just a way for some plastic manufacturer to get rid of the excess in some process. The sled sliced me over the eye and blood spurted everywhere. All the kids were shrieking and screaming and the owner of the house was beside herself with worry that I was mortally wounded, and even though I could barely see with the blood flowing down my face my main thought was, "Must make up a lie to protect Steve." Which I did pretty quickly as I was used to covering for him. I think I said something about him being distracted because he thought he saw a Flying Saucer which made him slip sending his sled up into the air and even though he desperately tried to regain control of it he couldn’t because he was wearing his older brother’s hand me down galoshes which were too big for him. Imagining it in slow motion helps. So I ended up in the emergency room and he went home to watch cartoons, safe and warm and comfortable knowing that I would not tell what really happened and break the kid code against squealing.

I'm not sure exactly what he was trying to do, but since we were always convinced we could fly maybe he thought if he swung the sled around over his head in a circular motion fast enough he would develop sufficient vertical lift to take off. But the following summer the universe was rebalanced when we were playing one of our famous games of three on three baseball and I cracked a line drive into Steve's left eye. This caused him to throw his glove in the air and start running around in circles in a Daffy Duck-like manner yelling his head off, which as we all knew, helped to ease the pain. Frankly I’m surprised they don’t teach this in medical school. Anyway, it was important that the injuries evened out and a kid that didn’t get hurt every now and then was viewed very suspiciously. For all we knew he could be one of those Pod people. They were everywhere, as we learned on Chiller Theater.



However, through it all none of us ever really got injured too badly. We all made it in one piece to boring, responsibility-laden adulthood, and I have only one emotional scar from the whole thing that manifests itself from time to time in the Fall of the year: I can’t pass a Buckeye tree without looking over my shoulder and ducking down a little. I have GOT to restock my ammo bucket.

END

 

 

Creepy Classics Invaded Upstate New York

Above: Just a slice of the Creepy Classics set-up with Cinfest with attendee Tim Nett (who was celebrating his 60th Monster Kid birthday!).

Back From Cinefest!

Well, it was the very last CINEFEST CONVENTION in Syracuse, New York. So sad to see a long running show go away. There weren't many tears, people held up and still had a great time, one more time! It was nice seeing our froend there, Ria, Steve & Steve Sally (Happy birthday Steve, Jr.!), both Tim's!, Geoffrey, Gary (both Gary's!), Joe, Lou, Louis, David and everyone else. Thank you Gerry Orlando and Lois (and the Cinefest team) for managing it one more time.

 

 

MONSTER BASH JUNE 2015.....Get Ready!

We're getting real excited about MONSTER BASH in June...lots of surprises are being planned and we'll be opening up the Mummy's tomb to BASH like never before!

It's the meeting place for classic monster movie fans and professionals.

Check out the new MONSTER BASH trailer for June produced by Charles Henson...click the above image/link! It's pretty darn cool.

 

A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:

Video shot by Kevin Slick from Louisville, Colorado on a visit.

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