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TODAY'S PHAN FOTO: Now there's an item I wish they sold at Wal-Mart. A full-size robot controller demonstrated by Billy in TOBOR THE GREAT (1954)! Get it (the movie) on DVD here at Creepy Classics. It's in our Complete DVD Catalog. Get 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! Official Sharp Fox DVDs

Hand Of Death & Day Mars Invaded Earth Finally On DVD!

Get these two new officoal releases from FOX at Creepy Classics right now!

HAND OF DEATH (1962)
Stars John Agar and Paula Raymond. Low budget and fun....not boring. Boring for me is the nail in the coffin, not a low budget. It's a rocking hoot. Very much along the look and lines of THE HIDEOUS SUN DEMON or TORMENTED....low budget fun!

Agar is a scientist infected by a gas (he's also burned by the liquid chemical itself) and his touch is death for those around him. He feels he wasn't killed because he had been working with the chemical so long in the lab, he had a small immunity. His mind has snapped and he doesn't want to seek the authorities or a hospital for help. Similar to Claude Rains character in THE INVISIBLE MAN. But, even his immunity doesn't stop him from turning into a massive bloated dark monster.

A side note...it is interesting that Marvel Comics "Fantastic Four" series started right around the time this was in production. The monster looks incredibly close to Ben Grimm (The Thing) in the Fantastic Four. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby even had The Thing in a disguise of hat and overcoat often, just like in HAND OF DEATH. Another note, to my surprise as the opening credits rolled....there was Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) and Joe Besser (one of the Stooges and Stinky on the Abbott & Costello TV show!). Butch is a little boy on the beach and Joe Besser is a service station attendant! Moving at a fast pace, this little gem is welcomed back to horror fans living rooms. You'll get a real kick out of the soundtrack music. Which the Tim Burton film ED WOOD might owe something to. It's breezy bongo jivin' jazz with organ and thereman! Summery: John Agar + bongo soundtrack + crazy looking monster = fun!

THE DAY MARS INVADED EARTH (1963)
Stars Kent Taylor (PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES, GANGBUSTERS, DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY), Marie Windsor, William Mims, Betty Beall and Lowell Brown. A very unsettling movie with sold "Val Lewton-esque" photography and direction. A sciencists failed Mars probe actually failed because Martians used it to invade earth. In the mode of INVASION OFT HE BODY SNATCHERS, people seem to have duplicates of themselves walking around.

A very dark, moody Martian invasion movie that feels like a classic Rod Serling Twilight Zone. A real diamond in the rough. Don't expect bug-eyed monsters, just a growing eerie feeling that we're being....taken. Don't miss this one.

Get these DVDs in the Complete DVD Catalog or New DVD Department here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

This Weekend! Creepy Classics is Back on the Road

If you are in striking distance of eastern, Pennsylvania....join us! Here comes Creepy Classics to AMAZICON in Essington, PA, just south of Philadelphia.

For details on AMAZICON, check out there website: http://www.amazicon.net/

 

 

New! Original Movie Poster

Just added to our original movie posters for sale....there were not many of these produced back in 1958 and most were tossed out and thrown away. This is a survivor!

It's what is referred to as a "Half Sheet." It's much larger than a lobby card and is 22 X 28 inches. It would look great on your movie room wall! A piece of horror film history.

Folded with fold creases. Some tape residue on the bottom in the border. Still has nice strong color. Comes folded in cardboard protection.

Get it in our Original Movie Posters Department, here at Creepy Classics!

 

 

Monster Bash Octoberfest 2015 Guest - Lisa Marie

Just added to the MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST Line-Up - Lisa Marie. The actress who portayed Vampira in the film ED WOOD, the creepy Martian in MARS ATTACKS, in SLEEPY HOLLOW, PLANET OF THE APES and more.

Don't miss all the fun and meeting Lisa Marie at MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015!

Special thanks to Dan Weber.

 

 

New! FILMFAX #140

In this issue: Leonard Nimoy - Remembering Spock, Terry Moore: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and Howard Hughes, Robots of the 1950s Cinema, THE 5,0000 FINGERS OF DR. T, POPEYE'S pal Bluto, Barbara Payton, The 12 Biggest Myths of Classic Horror Films, SPACE PATROL, one packed issue!!!

Get this latest info-packed issue right now, it's in shock stock at Creepy Classics....we'll send it "bagged and boarded" for protection right to your magazine collection. It's in our Creepy Newsstand, here at (where else?) - Creepy Classics!

 

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

 

New! Rare DRACULA Lobby Card Reproductions

Now in shock stock, the 1938 re-release of DRACULA (1931) lobby cards. These beautiful two-tone, moody lobby cards are struck direct from originals and have crisp detail. They each are printed on heavy card stock paper and come inserted in clear, sturdy acrylic slip sleeves. Get them today in our Posters and Lobby Card Reproduction Department here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

Down to Exactly 21 Vendor Tables Left

There are now only 21 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.

 

 

Back From Cinema Wasteland!

We just returned from CINEMA WASTELAND in Strongsville, Ohio. A huge thanks to the great Creepy Crew: Joe Hagan, Ted Lewczyk, Bob Kennedy, Dan Weber, Jon and Debbie Doerr. Plus, our good friends who were with us Joe Cole, Joe Cole Jr., Keven Scarpino, Dan Brennies, Jim Nestor, Michael S, Scott Sheaffer, and everyone else who stopped by to say "Hello." A great cast is worth repeating.

Above: A break for dinner at Cinema Wasteland with the crew. Counter clockwise from the bottom left: Ted Lewczyk, Bob Kennedy, Keven Scarpino (Son of Ghoul), Ron Adams, Dan Brenneis, Joe Hagan and Jon Doerr. Photo by Debbie Doerr.

We hope to see you on the road at a convention near you!

 

 

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.

 

 

Above: Janet Leigh with John Gavin in PSYCHO (1960) and a publicity photo of Gavin in color.

Bashin' Birthday Wishes - John Gavin

And from our Creepy Star Birthday reporter, Scott Goettel:

Hi Ron,

One of Alfred Hitchcock's most famous movies is PSYCHO, a 1960 classic.
The lead male star was John Gavin (real name John Anthony Golenor), born
April 8th, 1931. John is now 84! He also appeared on The Alfred
Hitchcock Hour, and Kraft Suspense Theater.

By the way...John Gavin's character name was 'Sam Loomis', which was the
same name director John Carpenter later gave Donald Pleasence in the
original 1978 "Halloween".

A Happy Monster Bash Birthday to John Gavin!

-Scott

 

 

New! SCARY MONSTERS #97

Above is the wrap-around cover for the new issue of SCARY MONSTERS. It's #97 and is in shock stock at Creepy Classics right now. Grab yours before the last one is gone.

In this weird, atomic issue: THE HIDEOUS SUN DEMON, Why I Love THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH, Svengoolie, GODZILLA, THE GIANT BEHEMOTH, horror comics, BATMAN and much more packed in this huge tome of monster goodness.

You'll find it in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand, here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

New! FACE OF FIRE Finally on DVD

This is one of those films that had fallen through the cracks...no official release on VHS or DVD....and finally we can thank Warner Archive for dusting off a nice 35mm print and bringing it to us!

FACE OF FIRE (1959)
Stars Cameron Mitchell, James Whitmore, Bettye Ackerman and Royal Dano. A heart-breaking story of a man who saves the life of a young girl in a fire. He's horribly disfigured and the townspeople see him as "The Monster" of the village. A poetic, terrible story of how cruel people can be and how ugly can translate in people's minds to evil. An obscure, well-made tale of horror in a farmland community. Based on Stephen Crane's short story, "The Monster."

Get it in our New DVD Department of Complete DVD Catalog on-line here at Creepy Classics.

Have you ever seen this rare, heart-wrenching film? Send us your review to: creepyclassics@creepyclassics.com.

 

 

New! All Region DVD-Rs

More titles have been added to our "Rare Films on DVD-R" Department! These are all logo free and will play in any region DVD player, from the USA to European countries....all regions.

Here are the titles just added:

BLUEBEARD (1944)
John Carradine is great as the murdering artist/puppet-maker. He's cultured, suave and a tormented killer of women. A cat and mouse game with beautiful photography. One of the best films ever to come out of PRC Studios. Director Edgar Ulmer adds some of his finest touches since THE BLACK CAT with shadows of crosses, angled perspectives and a moody gothic feel.

THE ENCHANTED FOREST (1945)

A whimsical fantasy with touches of magic. A baby survives and train wreck and is found by a kind old hermit who appears to be able to work magic. He talk to animals and seems to have telepathy with nature. He raises the boy in a different world, outside of society. Meanwhile, back in the real world, his mother survived the train crash and is going bananas (naturally). If you saw this movie as a kid, you'll know it's magic.

ONE EXCITING NIGHT (1922)
Stars Carol Dempster, Henry Hull, Porter Strong and Frank Sheridan. A film by D.W. Griffith. One of the earliest old dark house comedy-mystery-thrillers! A group of people at a house party in a great mansion encounter murder! Who in the house did it? The romantic couple? Spooky passageways and hidden panels deck the thriller with the young woman being the number one suspect. Special effects and creepy trappings for this old dark house movie.

FEAR (1917)
Stars Bruno DeCarli, Bernard Goetzke, Mechthildis and Conrad Veidt. A wealthy world traveler returns to his estate and orders in shut up with no one coming in...and no one leaving! He stuns his housekeepers with this sudden wish to become a recluse. In fact, he has secretly stolen a mystical artifact. The distant worshippers of the idol reach out with a curse and a stranger (Veidt) who appears and disappears with ominous omens.

BLACK DRAGONS (1942)
Lugosi is a plastic surgeon changing Japanese spies into U.S. diplomats. A very odd war film with Lugosi delivering juicy lines.

THE BAT (1926)
The Mary Roberts Rinehart old dark house mystery. The bat-killer's costume is gruesome and neat! A great silent terror flick.

BLACK SUNDAY (1960)
Stars Barbara Steele, John Richardson and Ivo Garrani. A witch/vampire has an iron mask pounded on her face, then is burned at the stake. She was having a REALLY bad day. Years later her remains are found by travelers in the ruins of an old crypt on the countryside. A bad set of circumstances has the witch and her cohort vampire returning from the dead. Terror strikes the lives of people in a castle as the witch tries to take over a young girl's soul. Really atmospheric photography from Mario Bava. Steele shines.

THE BLACK RAVEN (1943)
A really cool little film of a small roadside hotel as the scene of violence. Glenn Strange is the Lenny-like assistant to hotel owner George Zucco. Zucco's black eyes gleam as he delivers heavy handed lines. A storm whips up and a torrential downpour ensues with howling wind and thunder through the events.

THE BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965)
Stars Mickey Hargitay, Walter Brandt and Luisa Baratto. A strange old castle becomes the backdrop for a photo spread by models. They're to pose for a horror book cover. One-by-one the entourage disappears and they're subjected to ancient torture devices by a madman called The Crimson Executioner! The executioner is the owner of the castle who's read too much about the original Crimson Executioner....who was a mad torturer a century before. Wild opening credits feature an animated bloody pen writing some of the names. A night in the castle is always the wrong idea. Italian, dubbed in English.

Find these and more now in SHOCK STOCK here at Creepy Classics in our Rare Films on DVD-R Department.

 

 

R.I.P. James Best

An actor who has graced the screen of many a monster kid, James Best, has passed away. Besides THE KILLER SHREWS, he's in a real favorite TWILIGHT ZONE episode, THE LAST RITES OF JEFF MYRTLEBANK. He appeared in scores and scores of movies and television shows. A super likeable personality. I miss never having got him to a MONSTER BASH to give him all the accolades from our retro crowd.

Thanks to Leonard Hayhurst for passing along this good obit on James:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/tv/media-scene-blog/article17597600.html

 

Hi Ron,

We'll always remember him in THE KILLER SHREWS...a fun horror
movie.

I'll have to watch The Killer Shrews tonight!

Scott G., KY

 

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt!

We'd like to thank Michael Aguilar for sharing his holiday photo (above) of his Easter Egg hunt! Ha! Here's this note from Michael, who is a stop-motion animator:

 I hope everybody had a good Easter this Sunday and everybody had a good Easter Egg Hunt. I never went on Easter egg Hunts as they were kind of dangerous for me. - Michael Aguilar

 

 

Happy Birthday Roy Thinnes

Birthday reporter Scott Goettel logs in:

Hey Ron!

Always an enjoyable TV series to watch (while growing up in the 1960's) was THE INVADERS starring ROY THINNES as David Vincent, a character he played again when the new series of The Invaders started around 1995.  Roy also appeared on THE X-FILES series, and POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY series.

Roy Thinnes was also in a made-for-TV movie called THE NORLISS TAPES (1973), where he plays an investigative reporter who stumbles onto a group of modern day vampires.  Sounds very similar to the KOLCHAK/NIGHT STALKER movie doesn't it!  Roy was also in HORROR AT 37,000 FEET (1973) which also starred Buddy Ebsen, Willam Shatner, and Chuck Connors, and let's not forget Roy's JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN!

Roy Thinnes, born April 6th, 1938, is 77 now.  Here's to a Monster Bashin' Happy Birthday!

-Scott

 

 

New! Dracula's Daughter Lobby Card Set

Creepy cool! It's the complete eight card set for DRACULA'S DAUGHTER (1936) in beautiful lobby card reproductions that come in crystal clear sturdy acrylic slip sleeves. Get all eight at a discount right now. Or, pick just the ones you want!

These would look great on your personal movie room wall or collect 'em like big trading cards!

Find the set or the individual cards in our Posters and Lobby Card Reproduction Department right now....here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:

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

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