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Good Friday April 18 and Easter Weekend, 2014

TODAY'S PHAN FOTO: A scene from the forgotten creepy classic BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN BUNNY. The endearing Easter holiday film for the whole fiendish family! Click HERE and start browsing the greatest store for classic horror and sciece fiction.

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New! Giant-Sized Blu-Rays

Now in stock and ready to ship to your door....king-size monsters! Something about the holidays brings out those towering beasts that like to step on cities. Newly released and shock stocked at Creepy Classics, it's KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962) and KING KONG ESCAPES (1967). Both are in English and both are widescreen (to fit these big guys in).

Grab one for your Easter basket from the New DVD & Blu-Ray Department here at Creepy Classics.



Above: The trailer for the SON OF GHOSTMAN.

"Son of Ghostman" Comes To MONSTER BASH!

As you know MONSTER BASH is a retro conference that brings people who loved old horror movies, monster magazines and TV horror hosts together from all over the country, and world. Almost everything we do at MONSTER BASH is retro. It's our thing, our monster movie thing. But every once in a while something comes along that is our thing AND is grounded in our world of today. Something that ties around the genre and flings it right here next to us in 2014. SON OF GHOSTMAN is exactly that.

SON OF GHOSTMAN is a movie about today, about coming of age, about growing up with monster movies and our local TV horror host. But mostly, it's about us. Monster Kids of all ages finding our way in this world.

I can't say enough good things about this movie, that out of the blue, I was treated to by the director/writer, Kurt Edward Larson. The acting, the story, the direction, the likable (and not likable) characters all strike the perfect chimes at midnight.

This will screen at MONSTER BASH June 2014. There's a chance that Kurt might be able to make it there too. Regardless, this is something that every person who grew up liking horror hosts and monster movies needs....NEEDS to see. Endearing and....well, us.

The Feel-Ghoul Movie of the Year!


Can't wait till BASH? CLICK HERE and see it in it's entirity now. I highly, highly recommend it.

-Ron Adams, Monster Bash



Mexican Monster Party - April 2014

By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter (author of The Mexican Masked Wrestler and Monster Filmography)  
Hola, amigos, and welcome to the latest thrilling chapter of the Mexican Monster Party - hard to believe we'll be Bashing soon! This month sees another addition to the Creepy Classics list of Mexican horrors, SANTO VS. THE RIDERS OF TERROR (a.k.a. Santo contra los Jinetes del Terror). This 1970 effort was directed by the 'father' of The Wrestling Women, Rene Cardona, with a script by Cardona and Jesus Velazquez Quintero... and here is as good a time as any to clarify, if need be, some information in my Mexican Masked Wrestler and Monster Filmography: Jesus Velazquez was more commonly known as Jesus "Murcielago" (Bat) Velazquez, and not only wrote the deliriously psychotronic Blue Demon film Shadow of the Bat and others, but acted in the Aztec Mummy films, and Cardona found a place for him in the Wrestling Women movies. Jose Velazquez Quintero was one of his many aliases. The film also features the dependable Armando Silvestre, and the ever popular Nathaniel 'Frankenstein' Leon, with Mary Montiel and Margarita Luna, among others, to provide the love interests and the hoochie-koochie. 

In SANTO VS. THE RIDERS OF TERROR, in a departure from the  norm, no monsters appear, unless one considers lepers to be monsters. And though depicted as such in the posters and advertising art for the film (and selected 'monstrous' camera angles), the lepers are, for all the terror they cause, ultimately depicted as sympathetic. It's, as the title suggests, basically a Western, with a masked wrestler and his manager sidekick instead of a masked cowboy and his Native American sidekick. Although that might sound like it has possibilities, it's just not as 'fun' as some other Santo movies, probably because lepers really exist, as did the appalling conditions to which they were subjected in this film (which is why they took to terrorizing). So El Santo's role could have (and probably should have) been played by that 'other' Santo(s), Gaston; like Santo vs. the Headhunters, he plays a straight action hero who just happens to be wearing a wrestling mask, and very little of his unique persona is transferred to the screen in this effort. However, taken AS an action movie, it's just fine, and definitely worth a look-see. A version of the film that WON'T be getting a look-see, however, is the lost "Sexo" cut, Los Leprosos y El Sexo - which might actually be a good thing! 

So saddle up with SANTO VS. THE RIDERS OF TERROR, it's well worth the ride! And as we slowly fade into the sunset, as always, we ask you to click at the Animal Rescue Site to provide food and care for shelter animals. See you next month; adios and Vaya con Dios, Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky and Cher.

Bobb Cotter is the author of THE MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER AND MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY published by McFarland Books. Get it from our Creepy Bookstore here at Creepy Classics.

Get SANTO VS. THE RIDERS OF TERROR on DVD, factory sealed, in our Mexican Monsters Department here at Creepy Classics.



This Car is....Creature Cool!

An e-mail from Dean Vanderkolk:

My name is Dean Vanderkolk and I am a longtime Bash attendee. The Monster Bash was the first convention I ever attended, and each year when I return, it feels like a visit with cherished family and firends.

This year, I have the great pleasure of bringing along a friend of mine named Kirk Gooddell. Kirk is one of the biggest fans of The Creature From The Black Lagoon that ever walked the earth, and he is delighted to finally meet Julia Adams and Ricou Browning.

Kirk has a specially customized car (see above photo) that he hopes to have Julia and Ricou sign at the event!

Thanks for writing Dean (and the photo of Kirk's great gilled car!). I bet Ricou and Julie will be delighted to autograph Kirk's car. -Ron



New! Complete Original Zones on Blu-Ray

I have vague meomoies of seeing some of THE TWILGHT ZONE series on it's original run. We lived in a brown house on College Avenue in Grove City, PA and I was bn 3-5 years old. One, in particular, I remember from the time period of 1963-64 was "The Dummy." About a ventriloquist dummy that had a life of its own.

Most of my memory of TWILIGHT ZONE comes from when I was first working in radio in the late 1970s and very early 1980s. It was run nightly at 11:30PM on channel 11 coming in from New York City on cable. Sometimes I'd have to wait till the end of a baseball game on a hot summer night....but, I would wait. I worked nights and it was a great way to end a work day after getting back to my apartment. The ZONEs are simply great.

The entire run of Rod Serling's original TWILIGHT ZONE shows, both half hour and hour episodes. 24 Blu-Ray discs! Spooky, wondrous, ironic...some of the best written television ever. Every actor you can think of probably appeared on this show. Re-mastered and beautiful quality. Loads of extras.

Get the Blu-Ray complete TWILIGHT ZONE set in our Creey Blu-Ray Department at Creepy Classics right now for $50 of the list price.

Do you have any favorites episodes and memorie from watching them?



Actor Peter Mark Richman Birthday

This submitted for your approval from Birthday (Monster) Bash reporter Scott Goettel:

Hi Ron,

It's for another round of Happy Birthday wishes! This time, it's for actor Peter Mark Richman, born April 16, 1927.

His acting credits are numerous to say the least. We Monster Bashers will certainly recall his role in an episode of The Twilight Zone titled "The Fear." Other credits include The Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Invaders, Land of the Giants, and The Incredible Hulk.

Another role of Mr. Richman was playing 'Duke Paige' in the James Franciscus TV series "Longstreet", in which martial arts icon and legend BRUCE LEE appeared as Longstreet's instructor in 4 episodes.

Happy Birthday Peter Mark Richman!



New! It's Back From the Black Lagoon

Back in stock: the novelization of the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON from 1954. The original book sells for between $1000 - $6000. This great new edition is from Dreamhaven Books. Plus, lots of production, behind-the-scenes photos have been added, many never seen anywhere in print before! Samples:

Just a few copies in stock of this great-gilled book....get yours right now in the Creepy Books Department, here at Creepy Classics!




Check out the new MONSTER BASH promo spot, voiced by Monster Basher Scott Goettell of WQXE and THE VALLEY Radio Station that streams on-line here (Classic Oldies we grew up with while reading FAMOUS MONSTERS). The video is produced by Charles Henson (MONSTER BASH Videographer). Like it on You Tube and get ready to MONSTER BASH in June!

CLICK ABOVE IMAGE or HERE for the video!




New! More Used VHS Titles

Above: THE BLACK SCORPION (1957) grabs a monster movie fan who had never seen the he's sorry! Get THE BLACK SCORPION on used VHS along with lots of other, like new, used VHS tapes here at Creepy Classics. Here's just some of the new titles in our Used Video Graveyard:

Now in our Used Video Graveyard Department: THE BLACK SCORPION (1957), EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956 - Ray Harryhausen animation), DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968 - Christopher Lee), THE WOLF MAN (1941 - The Chaney classic!), THE OKLAHOMA KID (1939 - James Cagney with Humphrey Bogart), HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958 - The William Castle Saturday night shocker!) and many more.

You'll find the Used Video Graveyard link near the bottom of the links in the left column at See you there!



Memberships - Current Discount, $10 Off, Until June 1, 2014 … don't miss out!

The festival dates are June 20-22, 2014. The conference for classic monster fans & profssionals from around the world.

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:

Fairfield Inn (724) 772-0600

Red Roof Inn (724) 776-5670

Hampton Inn (724) 776-1000

Motel 6 (724) 776-4333

Holiday Inn Express (724) 772-1000

Residence Inn (724) 779-1000

Marriott (724) 772-3700 (*Expensive, but nice)

Hyatt (724) 779-7900 (*Expensive, but nice)

Hilton Garden (724) 779-9999

Here are some pictures of the new location for Monster Bash (Four Point, Mars, PA) for 2013:



Happy Birthday Remembered, Valerie Hobson

This in from our Birthday reporter, Scott Goettel:

Born on April 14th 1917...the lovely Valerie Hobson, of "The Bride of Frankenstein". Although I liked Mae Clarke as Elizabeth in "Frankenstein", Valerie Hobson was clearly my favorite in her portrayal of the character. Such a classy beautiful woman. Wow.

Happy Birthday Valerie Hobson!



Riffing Dinner

Above photo of (clockwise from bottom left): Dan Weber, Joel Hodgson, Ron Adams and Leonard Hayhurst. The Bash staff gets together with Joel Hodgson of MST3K for dinner to talk Bash. There is a lot of fun coming down for MONSTER BASH June 2014! Joel will be joined on stage by EEGAH's own Arch Hall, Jr. Don't miss meeting MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER's creator and star, Joel Hodgson, at MONSTER BASH this June!



A Creature Will Walk Among Us!

Check out the work being done by sculptor/make-up artist John Taterelli, Jr. for MONSTER BASH in June.....a creature, will indeed, walk among us at MONSTER BASH. John is a super talented young sculptor and artist. Make sure to stop by his table and see the works in progress during this June's MONSTER BASH.



Upcoming Blu-Ray and DVD Releases!

COMING VERY, VERY SOON! -- We will have in stock before most other outlets:

DAN CURTIS' DRACULA (Jack Palance) - Blu-Ray May 27

THE TIME MACHINE (1960) - Blu-Ray July 8


KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962/USA Version) - Blu-Ray April 1st

KING KONG ESCAPES (USA Version) - Blu-Ray April 1st

COUNTESS DRACULA (1971) - DVD/Blu-Ray Combo May 6th

NOSFERATU - THE VAMPYRE (1979) - Blu-Ray May 20





FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1967) - Blu-Ray In Stock at!

… and more … just keep watching right here and we'll have them, in stock, before most other retailer! Plus, we ship FAST Priority US Mail.

-Ron at Creepy Classics



Stop-Motion Animated Version From 1949

Now available on DVD --

Stars Carol Marsh, Stephen Murray and Ernest Milton. A bizarre European version of the classic fantasy with creepy stop-motion puppets mixed with live action. It was filmed in 1949 and not released until 1951 in the US where it was squashed by the release of the Disney version. This is far from the Disney version with some very odd humor and unsettling scenes that might scare kids. A film oddity that has drifted into relative obscurity.

See it in our Complete DVD Catalog on-line at



Above top: Dan Weber and Ted Lewczyk after set-up at the Steel City Con in Monroeville, PA. Above lower: Dan Weber and the crowd.

Creepy Classics Back From Steel City

The STEEL CITY show in Monroville, PA was a rocking good time and it was great seeing a lot of new faces along with old friends like Malcolm Gittins, Richard Sands, Erin, George "The Animal" Steele.

A super-duper thank you to the greatest folks around, the Creepy Crew. This time around, thank you to Dan Weber, Bob Pellegrino, Leonard Hayhurst, Jon Doerr, Ursula and Paisley Adams, Ted Schmedley....or is it Lewczyk, Ed and Lexi Watson as well as M. Oleman (although he always kept a box over his head....paranoia issues).

Next up on the roadshows.....Chiller in Parsipany, NJ and the April Ghoul's Monster-Rama in Vandergrift, PA. Both are the weekend od April 25-27 and Creepy Classics will have a split crew with full set-ups at both!



Don Reese - It! Came From Iowa is Back at BASH!

In the above photo, comedian Don Reese terrorizes Monster Bash attendee Steve Wrzesien with laughter! Don Reese, the amazing colossal monster comic will perform at MONSTER BASH this June! Don is a favorite of ours and perfectly wraps his stand-up comedy around the brains of baby boomers who grew up in the Monster Generation.

See a preview of Don here:

and get ready to can't help it!



Monster Magazine May Triple Play!

A new bundle pack is here from Creepy Classics! It's baseball season and here at Creepy Classics, it's always monster season, so let's do a triple play of monster mags. Right now get the MAGAZINE MAY TRIPLE PLAY....three mags for the price of three. The latest issues from three titan titles in the monster biz. Get FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #273 (Drive-In Special), MONSTER BASH #21 (THE FLY & more), SCARY MONSTERS #92 (Hammer Horror and Dinosaurs) in this bundle pack.

You'll find it under "Bashin' Bundle Packs," here at Creepy Classics....CLICK and go-go-go!




More Readers Like....YGOR!

Make sure you have the latest two issues of MONSTER BASH in your magazine collection! MONSTER BASH #20 has GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN featured and #21 has an interview with THE FLY co-star Charles Herbert. Get your brand-spanking new issues (bagged and boarded for protection) from Creepy Classics in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand!



What Have You Been Watching?

Hi Ron,

Well, the snow is melting quickly (Happy Face!), but it also means New England's fifth season-Mud Season! Also a little water in the basement too, but making good progress and making sure to relax with a good old horror film or two!

I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN (1957). Have always enjoyed this and when I found my old VHS, just had to put in in. Whole story is silly, but Whit Bissel is awesome in here, getting off some great lines and dominating the proceedings. Pretty bloody in parts for the time and AIP, but maybe trying for a little competition with Hammer. I really hope this comes out soon on a twin DVD (along with I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF) with commentary and maybe Alice Cooper's "Teenage Frankenstein" (from 1986's CONSTRICTOR) in "Special Features"...the song sorta captures the essence of the monster pretty well. ***1/2

THE UNEARTLY (1957). Very similar to the previous years THE BLACK SLEEP, but I find this more fun. Without any other "Name" actors in here other than Tor Johnson, John Carradine throws himself into action with gusto and slices enough ham for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and maybe Easter. My brother Scott is also a fan of "The Thin Monster" and once remarked to me that "..old Carradine really gives his all every time!' He certainly did and even if the film was less than perfect, he always put in 100% and I don't ever recall him "Walking" through a picture. Great dialogue in here and I can't help laughing at the way JC turns such innocuous lines as "That, my Dear Fellow, is YOUR problem!", "You Told me a fabricated story that wouldn't fool a child!" or "Wipe my Brow!" into laugh fests. Some eye candy for us guys like PLAYBOY Playmate Sally Todd, former Miss America Marilyn Bufferd and the lovely tragic Alison Hayes. ***1/2

Everyone have a good week!
Steve Schimming
Sanbornton, NH



New! Famous Monsters and Scary Monsters Magazines

A couple of new magazines just hit the decks here at Creepy Classics. Get the latest issues of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND and SCARY MONSTERS right here. You'll find them in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand Department!





October 10-12, 2014

After many requests for more MONSTER BASH days in a year and speaking with many people that want to come, but can't make it in June … it's a second full-size giant MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE OCTOBERFEST at the Four Points Pittsburgh North this October 10-12!

We'll be commandeering the entire huge hotel! A huge event room theater for films and guest talks, an eye-popping massive ballroom of vendors from across the nation, and guest movie and TV stars.

Already joining us:




Victoria Price, Vincent Price's daughter! Above standing with a display from Cortlandt Hull's THE WITCH'S DUNGEON.

Retro TV: Larry Storch of F-TROOP, THE GHOST BUSTERS and more!

… and - the greatest make-up departments for classic monsters at any convention:

John Taterelli and Ron Chamberlain returns to create monsters to roam the halls of Bash!

Plus, many more stars to come!

A Hammer Halloween Celebration!

Get 3-Day VIP memberships for MONSTER BASH OCTOBER 2014 at a $20 discount right now! CLICK HERE and get ready to BASH in the Halloween Season when the leaves are in in full color and the autumn moon is full and bright. (Wolfbane not included).

Don;t miss out! Get your membership for a HAMMER HALLOWEEN - MONSTER BASH right now for a $20 discount:


More Details? CLICK HERE for the MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST site which is growing like a radioactive Creepy Crawler …



Above: Dan "The Man" Weber behind the Creepy Classics tables at Cinema Wasteland.

Back From the Wasteland!

We had a super great time at this spring's CINEMA WASTELAND convention in Strongsville, Ohio. It was great putting the faces with names on the Internet and seeing old friends and making some new ones.

My very sincere thanks to one great Creepy Crew that helped behind the tables all weekend: Barb Heiss, Dan "The Man" Weber, Ted Lewzyck, Bob Kennedy and satellite show Bashers Jon Doerr and Joe Hagan.

Now, I'm catching up on everything right here....lots of new stuff will be listed soon for classic monster fans!




Birthday Bash Shout Out

This in from Scott Goettel:

Born on April 2nd, 1917...great character actor DABBS GREER.

He appeared in just about every genre of film and TV, but we Monster Bashers remember his roles in "IT-The Terror From Beyond Space", "Invasion of the Body Snatcher" (briefly, but a good part), and so many more, plus one of his greatest performances in his later years in "The Green Mile".

Happy Birthday Dabbs Greer!

*Also in THE VAMPIRE (1957) with John Beal!

And I LOVE Dabbs Greer in House of Wax as well as his turns in Wild Wild West. 

-Ben Martin



Belated Birthday

On April Fool's Day, my daughter had all four of her wisdom teeth I missed getting various things done yesterday. But Paisley (my daughter) is doing fine and eating a lot of ice cream now. One of the things I missed was putting out Lon Chaney, Sr.'s birthday announcement. I need to thank both Darrell Pinckney and Scott Goettel for giving me a heads up that I didn't have time to act on.

But our salutes go to the great grand daddy of classic horror and great acting in various roles - Lon Chaney.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Chaney. May you love in our memories and in celluloid forever!

April 1, 1883 - August 26, 1930



New! Square Box Glow Models Are Here

These model kits sport the classic model box designs of the 1970s....square boxes, glow parts in the kits! Get the airplane glue out and those clacking little glass bottles of paint. It's time to build up some models during a spring shower over the weekends. Relive those great times with your kids.

See the new square box NOSFERATU - THE VAMPIRE and the re-stocked BIGFOOT glow kits in our Models and Action Figures Department here at Creepy Classics.


A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:

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

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