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Enjoy a Slideshow By Phil Smoot on the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE, JUNE 2015:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/68744397@N02/sets/72157654992585931/show

 

 

Photos from MONSTER BASH Coming In...

Check out our photo scrapbook page of pictures submitted to us by fans from this summer's MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE.

Check them, out (afrer clicking, scroll down for the new ones!):

http://www.monsterbashnews.com/scrapbookNEW.html

....and don;t miss the fun in October:

http://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash-October.html

 

 

Above: The Witch's Dungeon display at MONSTER BASH with Victoria Price.

Witch's Dungeon....Bashed!

This in from Cortladt Hull of The Witch's Dungeon:

During "MONSTER BASH", VICTORIA PRICE visited our "Witch's Dungeon" display with
figures of her dad from "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" and House Of Wax", in the background
Henry Hull as "The Werewolf Of London" gives a menacing grin, as he celebrates the 80th
anniversary of his film! Victoria will be greeting fans to "The Witch's Dungeon" for it's 50th
year in October of 2016, she will also give a presentation on her famous dad.

 

 

Catching Up From Being MONSTER BASHED!

Please note that we are working as fast as possible to catch up on all the e-mails that have come in while we were away at MONSTER BASH.

Thank you so much to all who attended this June's MUMMY MONSTER BASH! -Ron Adams

 

 

New Blog On MONSTER BASH June 2015

Check out the re-cap blog on MONSTER BASH June 2015! Sent in by Dan Day. Thank you, Dan!

Here's the link:

http://dandayjr35.blogspot.com/2015/06/monster-bash-june-2015.html

 

 

Pondering.....

This e-mail from Gary Wilson:

A PONDERMENT: Was one of the attached brides of Lugosi's Dracula the mother of Dracula's daughter? Hmmmmmm.
AND----shortly after the demise of the artist model-to-be in DRACULA's DAUGHTER, there is a close-up of three doctors discussing the case. The doctors to the left and right speak, but the one in the middle wearing a surgeon's mask says not a word. Some, including myself, believe it is Lugosi making an unbilled cameo as an in-joke. He reportedly visited the set of DRACULA'S DAUGHTER a few times. Study the eyes of the middle doctor. To me they are clearly Lugosi's.

- Gary Wilson, Lancaster Oh.

 

 

MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY JULY 2015

By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter
   
Hola, amigos, and welcome to this month's thrilling column; it's double feature time at the ol' hacienda! We've got a couple of Santo classics for you this month (mainly because the DVD features them that way): SANTO VERSUS LAS LOBAS ("Santo vs. the She-Wolves") and EL ESPECTRO DEL STRANGULADOR ("The Ghost of the Strangler"). So buckle up for plenty of turnbuckle action!

SANTO VS. LAS LOBAS is one of the brightest spots of the mid-70's period of El Santo films; in fact, it would work quite well as a straight horror film even without the Silver-Masked Man, and so his role is rather like a bonus. The film looks eerily like a mid-70's TV film, complete with grainy film stock, and it indeed belongs to a small group of his and Blue Demon's films that were originally intended for the small screen, but instead were blown up to 35mm and shown theatrically. It deserved it; SANTO VS. LAS LOBAS (not connected or related to the 1964 Kitty De Hoyos classic LA LOBA, by the way) generates a genuinely scary atmosphere and some gripping shock scenes. The movie's only real fault is the makeup; don't get me wrong, it's really good, but it only covers the werewolves' face, feet, and hands... which is the case in a lot of old werewolf movies, except that, in a lot of old werewolf movies, the rest of the body is covered by clothes in order to mask the deception. Here, we can plainly see where the makeup begins and ends because the rest of their bodies are clearly human, with some strategically-placed loincloths and bikinis.



SANTO VS. THE STRANGLER and its sequel, GHOST OF THE STRANGLER, were produced by the man responsible for the previous two El Santo films, Alberto Lopez, but for GHOST, the directorial reigns were turned over to the 'father' of the Wrestling Women, Rene Cardona. As usual, there is plenty of everything: sexy women, music, wrestling, and horror. There's even a very serial-like scene where El Santo is caught in a giant drill-press! Whether or not the movies were shot back-to-back or concurrently remains open to conjecture, but one thing's for sure: about the only people that didn't work on the sequel were those who got killed in the original! SANTO VS. THE STRANGLER was a sort of "Phantom of the Nightclub", with the scarred Strangler (ever-reliable Roberto Canedo) stalking and murdering sexy women. He's back up to his old tricks in GHOST, except it isn't his ghost, it's the Strangler in the flesh (or more accurately, his VICTIM'S flesh! Ew!) and he wants revenge. Assisting him in his gruesome shenanigans is the Mexican all-purpose monster man, Gerardo Zepeda, who earns points simply for being named "Tor."



And that's it for this month, amigos; as always, please remember to click for free at the Animal Rescue Site to help provide food and care for shelter animals (or better yet, adopt one!) Until next month, Adios and Vaya con Dios, or "Goodbye, Good Luck, and may the Good Lord take a likin' to ya!"

-Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky, and Cher.

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

Get SANTO VS. THE SHE-WOLVES & SANTO VS. THE GHOST OF THE STRANGLER on DVD here at Creepy Classics in our Mexican Monsters on DVD Department!

 

 

Valley of Gwangi On Big Screen

If you live in upstate New York, you're in for a treat! You can see THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (A Ray Harryhausen triumph!) on the big screen at THE HAUNTED BARN on Saturday, August 1st.

THE HAUNED BARN is located at:

8 Old Dominion Road
Blooming Grove, NY
MONSTERHOTLINE...845 825-3867

 

 

New! Creepy Book In Shock Stock

Here they are, the greatest new books on the classic horror genre! Two brand new and THE PHANTOM is a new re-issue....all jam-packed with great information, research and amazing photos:

THE BLACK CAT - Production Book! By Greg Mank. In 1934, Universal Pictures released The Black Cat - the first teaming of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, and the darkest, most sinister horror classic in the studio's legendary canon. MagicImage Filmbooks takes you on a time travel trip back into the shadowy soundstage of this macabre milestone - the facts, the figures, the studio politics, the sinister inspirations, the demonic virtuosity of director Edgar G. Ulmer, the censorship troubles, the personal memories of the leading ladies, a sexual harassment saga almost as perverse as the film itself... and the complex, moving, ultimately tragic relationship of the film's two horror superstars. Included are the pressbook, and many rare and striking photos. Plus: "The BLACK CAT: Universal's Symphony of Horrors, The Film's Music" by Randall D. Larson

BELA LUGOSI IN PERSON! The latest in a series of books by researchers extraordinaire Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger, Bela Lugosi in Person brims with new facts, figures, and never-seen photos documenting the actor’s scores of live public performances from 1931 to 1945, the era of his greatest fame. Three-act plays, vaudeville sketches, variety shows, and personal appearances are all chronicled at length, bringing new perspective to Lugosi’s life and career. "Gary Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger have once again delivered the goods with their latest work Bela Lugosi in Person. They have combined their gift for scholarly research with an entertaining style to unveil fascinating aspects of Lugosi’s stage career and the personal dramas that took place behind stage. Chockfull of surprises and new revelations that will delight every reader, but particularly aficionados who know Lugosi, but not 'Lugosi in Person.' Simply superb." – Robert Cremer, author of Lugosi: The Man Behind the Cape "I’ve been a fan of Bela Lugosi for some six decades. Ironically I’d never heard of the actor until the day in 1956 that he died, when my Mother informed me of his passing. Now I’m also a fan of Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger, a team who, it seems, know – and care – more about the man best known for his role of Count Dracula, and getting the facts about that man accurately recorded, than anyone else on the planet. Rhodes’ previous book, Tod Browning’s Dracula, and Rhodes and Kaffenberger’s No Traveler Returns, are incredibly well-researched and entertaining studies of the actor’s career that I could not put down once I began reading them … and this new tome, written with the same scholarship and style, completes a literary trilogy every Bela Lugosi enthusiast should own and read. Highly recommended!" – Donald F. Glut, author of The Dracula Book and The Empire Strikes Back novelization. "I witnessed the intensity of my father, Bela Lugosi, firsthand. But I did not at the time realize how unique the experience was. His personal magnetism has survived in people’s memories and in our culture. This is evidenced by the desire of so many people wanting to connect to Dad by connecting to me – at conventions, on the street and anywhere they hear the name “Bela Lugosi.” It was Dad’s elegance and captivating personality that made Count Dracula such an alluring yet horrific figure, so I can imagine the draw my father must have created when he was to appear in person – and the effect he must have had on a live audience. I am grateful that Gary Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger’s new book shines a light on Dad’s personal appearances, a previously uncovered facet of his career and legacy." – Bela G. Lugosi. 419 pages. Scores of photos and ad reproductions.

Re-Released THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Magic Image Filmbook! The silent movie version of The Phantom of the Opera that we are familiar today is not the original 1925 release but a silent version of the 1929 sound remake. Directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney, Sr. in the title role as a deformed musician haunting the Paris Opera House, committing murder, and terrorizing the owners and producers in a pathetic and terrible attempt to earn the love of a famous opera singer. Stars included Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland, John St. Polis, and Snitz Edwards. The last surviving cast member was Carla Laemmle, who was the niece of Universal Studios’ producer Carl Laemmle. In this new illustrated book, follow the history of the 1925 original release from Gaston Leroux's original conception to the 1929 sound remake. What actual events inspired the story? What inspired Chaney's makeup? What was in the hour of footage cut from the film’s release that was considered too horrible for audiences in 1925? Contributions by Mary Philbin (Christine), Ray Bradbury, Ron Chaney, Carl Laemmle Junior, Charles Van Enger (cinematographer), Rupert Julian, Virgil Miller (cinematographer), Ben Carré (Art Director), and Patric Leroux. Includes a short biography and bibliography of Gaston Leroux by Francis Lacassin, and a facsimile of the original May 1931 Liberty magazine five-part article, "Lon Chaney, A Portrait of the Man Behind the Thousand Faces," by Adela Rogers St. Johns. "Each page is filled with documented information that will change a few history books. You almost get the feeling that you are part of the Golden' years of Hollywood." –Ray Bradbury "It looks as if this volume of The Phantom of the Opera will be the only record for the rest of time if the original release of 1925." –Ron Chaney

Get these books for your reading and bookshelf right now from Creepy Classics! They're in our Creepy Bookstore.

 

 

Classic Monsters Still Alive In Comics

Thanks to "Count Gregula" for e-mailing the above comic strip to me. It's nice to see the classics still alive in current pop culture!

 

 

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. Lisa Marie who starred as Vampira in the movie ED WOOD and wasa the creepy alien in MARS ATTACKS. 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.

Call for a reservation now: Call (724) 776-6900

Dealer tables are selling too!

A sneak peek at the beginnings of MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015:

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

 

 

New on Blu!

The above Blu-Rays are in stock now at Creepy Classics! Grab them for you home chiller theater...

BLACK SABBATH (1964)
A trio of horrifying tales told in wrap-arounds by Karloff. The first story - "A Drip of Water," never fails to raise the hair on the back of my neck. Try watching it alone very late at night. The second story features a phantom who continues to phone a woman late at night. The final story features Karloff in a Mario Bava mini-classic of vampirism. . THIS IS THE A.I.P. American version of the film in English. Widescreen, trailer.

THE CRIMSON CULT (1968)
Stars Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Barbara Steele and Michael Gough. An ancient curse is somehow tied to a wealthy man's estate. After the disappearance of a young woman, a man traces it to the estate. Barbara Steele does her witch bit in green make-up, Chris Lee is great and Karloff is terrific as one grumpy old man. Mystery on top of mystery with an undercurrent of the supernatural ever present. Karloff's last good supernatural film! Commentary from Barbara Steele, conversation with Christopher Lee.

REPTILICUS (1962)
Swedish monster movie with a puppet-dragon as a prehistoric beast that has regenerated itself. Can even the military stop its rampage? The thing is a prehistoric nightmare on Jolt Cola! Have you ever seen the kid's show Kukla, Fran and Ollie?...well, ol' Reptilicus seems like a close relative of Ollie. One of the cheesiest, but one of the most fun. I first saw this creature on the TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies. Jethro was watching it on TV -- that says it all.

TENTACLES (1976)
A small seaside town is terrorized by a monstrous octopus! Stars John Houston and Shelley Winters.

MADHOUSE (1974)
Vincent Price is basically playing himself - a classic horror actor. His claim to fame is a character named Dr. Death (a skull faced Phantom-like cloaked murderer). Vincent is diagnosed with mental problems and is Dr. Death becoming...real? Peter Cushing co-stars. Featurette and trailers.

Get them in our Creepy Blu-Ray Department here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

Victoria Price -- Greetings from Pittsburgh!

This from Victoria Price (Vincent's daughter):

What better way for this Daddy's Girl to celebrate Father's Day than to spend it chatting with people here in Pittsburgh at Monster Bash about how much we all loved my dad!

Last night I gave my new talk, Vincent Price: Master of Menace, Lover of Life, to an overflow audience. The response was so positive and joyful. I felt so grateful to be sharing my dad with all of his wonderful fans.

Each week I have been writing about how I am living my father's legacy in my new blog. For those of you who wish to subscribe to the blog, it will go out weekly via email. Please sign up to receive a weekly notice of the latest blog post at www.dailypracticeofjoy.com.

 

 

MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST On-Site Rooms Selling Fast!

Just got out of my final meeting at the MONSTER BASH hotel yesterday afternoon. All is now set for the October BASH and reservations are being taken for MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015 (THE MONSTER BASH ZONE!) - October 16, 17, 18. Rooms are already selling briskly and Friday and Saturday are almost sold out.

So get your passes right now if you want to be on site for the October BASH. There are a lot of alternative hotels close, but if you want to be on-site, better call now: (724) 776-6900 or direct to reservations at (888) 627-8175 For your on-site room. Make sure to say you want the "Monster Bash" rate.

October BASH: http://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash-October.html

 

 

Mummy Gets His Cookie at MONSTER BASH June 2015

The above video shot by Ted Lewczyk features Ron Adams leading Kharis up to the front desk of the MONSTER BASH hotel at about 1:00AM on Saturday morning. The Doubletree gives a complimentary cookie to all guests that stay there. Since Kharis' tomb was moved to the BASH hotel for the weekend, he was eligiable for a free cookie. MUMMY sculpted mask and costume by John Tatterelli, Jr. Kharis is also known by mortals as Thom Shubilla.

 

 

Christopher Lee Passes

I'm working away this Thursday morning and text comes in: Christopher Lee, dies at 93 from MONSTER BASH staffer Leonard Hayhurst.

Christopher was truly the last of the golden age of horror actors....the big ones: Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Peter Cushing, Vincent Price....and now Christopher Lee. He will ever flicker across my viewing screens and memories in HORROR OF DRACULA, HORROR HOTEL, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, CASTLE OF THE WALKING DEAD, CORRIDORS OF BLOOD, CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY...well, you know...the list goes on and on. Tall, dark and gruesome as his autobiography self-desribed...he will be missed and the legacy of actors that he represented will forever be on the mantle of our minds. -Ron Adams, Monster Bash/Creepy Classics.

Obit from The London Telegraph - reactions and coverage:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/11666316/christopher-lee-dies-live.html

We are adding a special tribute at the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE next week.

Please e-mail your thoughts and memories.

Dear Ron,
Reading about the passing of Christopher Lee this morning has been a very sad thing. He was truly the last of the classic horror legends and an era has come to a sad end. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave was the very first Hammer Film I ever saw, at age ten. I loved every minute of it. I remember walking into my already darkened local movie theater, trying to get my eyes used to the dark, and as I stood there, my eyes were fixed on the screen as the young boy follows the blood stained bell rope to the top and the dead girls falls out of the bell..I was hooked on Hammer Horror! Christopher Lee is great in the movie and I loved his almost silent and fierce Dracula. And of course who can forget the beautiful Veronica Carlson..and I'm so happy that I've gotten to meet her and talk to her at the Monster Bash..

Its too bad that gothic horror movies are almost a dying art and the movies of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Karloff and the rest will continue to live on and haunt all our monster kid memories...

-Malcolm Gittins, Pittsburgh, PA

I have very mixed emotions about Christopher Lee's passing. Of course sadness comes first. I am sorry about losing him, but I am more sorry for those who were close to him, namely his wife of 54 years. That is an amazing amount of time for an actor to be with his one and only spouse. It is a testament to him and the way he lived.  The feeling of gratitude comes next. I am grateful that he had this wonderful resurgence in his career these past years. It was wonderful to sit in a darkened theater and watch him on the big screen with my son sitting next to me. He added so much to the Lord of the Rings movies. He brought in some old school class and truly stepped up to the plate as Saruman the White.

I always enjoyed him as a villain, but I enjoyed him more as a hero. I always loved how he showed those Satanic clowns who was boss in The Devil Rides Out. His cocky and arrogant Duc de Richlaeu may be just that...cocky and arrogant, but he cares about his friends and throws his concerns for his own life to the side in order to save them from Death itself. He has no fear facing down the enemy. The same can be said for his Prof. Alexander Saxton, in Horror Express(my favorite of his films). He uses wits and courage to defeat an unstopable enemy.

Once again I feel gratitude for getting the opportunity to cheer him on one last time. In the last of the Hobbit movies. In "The Battle of the Five Armies", he comes to the rescue of his friends Gandalf and Lady Galadriel and throws himself into a real knock down brawl against " The 9."  Although it's a (not so obvious) stunt double that does the fighting, it's Lee's Saruman that we cheer for. When the battle ended I leaned over and said to my son " it was nice to see Chris as a hero one more time." Well Chris, I guess your heroic movie days are over, but I will never stop cheering for you. You'll always be a hero to me.... even when you're a villain.

Thank you Sir. Rest in peace.

-Mike Adams, Cartaret, NJ

Hi Ron,

I just saw on the Internet the passing of Christopher Lee. I'm very sad to hear this news. He was the LAST of the great horror actors, a fine actor,
and an extremely intelligent man. I had the honor of meeting him once in 1984 at the first San Jose Film Festival with author Harlan Ellison.
Both Harlan and Christopher share the same birthday and discovered that fact on the day the appeared at the festival.

From Lon Chaney Sr. to Christopher Lee, it is the end of an era of the Horror Actor. We will never see this type of actor again.

God bless him and his Family !

Lou Messina
Sunnyvale, CA

DEAR RON:

I WAS SO SAD TO HEAR THAT CHRIS LEE HAD PASSED AWAY. I LOVED ALL THE HAMMER MOVIES THE BEST AND TO ME HE WAS THE BEST DRACULA. THAT ROLE WAS MADE FOR HIM. I DID HAVE THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HIM AND GETTING HIS AUTOGRAPH WHICH I WILL TREASURE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER. HE WILL BE MISSED.

-JANIE JURICA, NY

Hello Ron

I was saddened to hear of the passing of this wonderfully talented man, like most monstakids, I grew up watching his movies, ever since Horror of Dracula back in l958, even as a young kid, Iwas totally fascinated by his commanding presence. His talent went from decade to decade, even most recently his work on the remake of 'Dark Shadows' and the 'Lord Of The Ring' trilogy. Classic horror has lost the last remaining star of the genre. His role as Count Dracula, we know, made him an International star. RIP Sir Lee and thanks for the memories..

J50stmonstakid):

Hi Ron:
 
The first Christopher Lee film that I saw in the movies was surprisingly not a Hammer film and not very good.
It was the 1960 remake of "The Hands of Orlac." I had wanted to see the film because it was mentioned in Famous Monsters accompanied by a terrific photo. I thought Lee was magnificently evil in this film. I became an instant Christopher Lee fan. I tried to see all of his films in the theatre and on TV, staying up often late on a school night.

I loved "Dracula Prince of Darkness", The Devil Rides Out" and "Horror Express" to name just a few. In fact, one of the first movies I took my wife to see when we were dating was "Scars of Dracula".

When I finally met Lee at the Monster Rally convention, I mentioned that I took my wife to see that film and "Dracula AD 1972". He asked me in that big booming voice "Are you still married?". When  I said yes he smiled and said "Good". His films have given me many hours of thrills and enjoyment. They will continue to entertain audiences for years to come. Christopher Lee was the last great horror actor. There will never be anyone like him.
 
Bruce Tinkel
Edison, NJ


Hi Ron,

Sir Christopher Lee leaves us with so many great memories! I'm sure that so many of us stayed up late as children to catch him as Dracula, Frankenstein,The Mummy (or other assorted colorful characters!) on the late show! I remember my Dad using a Dracula photo of Lee as a guideline for applying my makeup for one of my many times as Dracula on Halloween night. I was often Lugosi's Dracula on Halloween, but my Dad always insisted that Lee's was "scarier" so sometimes I wore the fangs with the fake blood dripping as seen in the Hammer films!

I interviewed Christopher Lee back in the 90's on my radio program to debut his (then new) Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues, And Other Villains CD! He was a great gentleman and he did a nice job with the showtunes on his CD (His version of Sondheim's Requeim from Sweeney Todd was a powerful standout!) We talked about music that he liked including tenors like Mario Lanza and Luciano Pavarotti. We also talked about Frank Sinatra, and I remember asking him if he had a favorite Sinatra album. Without hesitating, he answered immediately in his booming voice: Moonlight Sinatra! We'll always watch his movies! We'll never forget him!

- Ron Cannatella

I had the honor of meeting the late Christopher Lee at a book signing. (And I have photographic proof). He was at the 1999 Monster Rally in Arlington, Virginia, to promote his autobiography. I pre-ordered a copy (which of course I still have) and, while waiting outside the ballroom for his appearance, a convention staffer came out to ask us to keep the line moving. “Don’t try to converse with Mr. Lee,” he said, “and don’t reach out and try to shake hands with him. He’s a personable guy and he won’t mind, but we need to keep the line moving.” (I’m paraphrasing). But apparently Mr. Lee didn’t get the memo. Without prompting, he himself extended his hand to each one of us in line as he signed our books, shook our hands and thanked us. I can testify that he had a very firm handshake, especially for a 77-year old. (And no one complained that the line was moving too slow). Obviously, he was a class act.

(I also had my picture taken with Hammer regular Michael Ripper at the same venue. He passed away a year later.)

I'd say that his best Hammer Horror films were Horror of Dracula, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Mummy, The Gorgon, and the Devil Rides Out.
His worst (no fault of his own) were The 2 Faces of Dr. Jekyll, To the Devil-A Daughter, and The Resident.

-Mark Ditoro
Moon Township, PA

Above: A tribute art piece by the fabulous David Hardy.

 

Hi Ron,

I knew that the day was inevitably approaching, but when it finally arrived, a deep sense of sadness and loss still hit hard. The feeling was reminiscent of the day two years ago when I learned that Ray Harryhausen left for a land beyond beyond; Ray and Sir Christopher were both true gentlemen of the arts.

I suppose that Christopher will always be Dracula for me. I echo fellow Monster Kid and director Tim Burton's words regarding Christopher Lee's small role in "Sleepy Hollow": "When I first met him we were sitting there for two hours, and it's like you're looking at Dracula, even now…If I was an actor, that's the kind of actor I'd want to be." I actually never saw any of the Dracula films until years after their release, but I remember being fascinated by the photos Uncle Forry would regularly run in FM of Christopher with his bloody fangs, wondering how come Lugosi never had a pair like that! For my 25 year old son though, Christopher Lee will always be the wizard Saruman, although Michael reminds me that he knew Christopher at a very early age from his voice work as King Haggard in the animated version of Peter S. Beagle's "The Last Unicorn."

And speaking of voices, for those like me who will miss future displays of Christopher Lee's resonating baritone, never quite hearing him enough when he wore the vampire's cape, may I recommend two audiobooks, unfortunately only available on cassette, but well worth tracking down. On "Christopher Lee Reads Tales of Mystery and Horror by Edgar Allan Poe," he performs "Hop-Frog," "The Raven," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "Murders in the Rue Morgue. On the companion, "Tales of Horror," he does "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Black Cat," "The Pit and the Pendulum," and "The Cask of Amontillado." So pull those blankets up tightly around your neck, dim the lights, and Sir Christopher will read you a bedtime thriller whenever you'd like. And, my old friend, as Montressor declares at the end of "Amontillado": In pace requiescat!

Most sincerely,
Mike Zielski

....and this from our dear friend Ted Bohus:

 

 

Special Tribute at MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE

Now added to the MONSTER BASH schedule for the big conference next week:

12:00 Midnight on Saturday - MONSTER BASH SPECIAL TRIBUTE: CHRISTOPHER LEE: At 93 years old and more movies than his age, Christopher Lee passed away on June 7, 2015. This special reflection and video produced by Charles Henson. Introduced by Ron Adams.

We'll come together at MONSTER BASH June 19-21, 2015.

JUNE 19-21, 2015

PASSES AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR:

$20 per day (any length of stay)

$50 For all three days

 

 

Coming in a Few Weeks

The All Christopher Lee Issue!

A MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE SPECIAL with a Monster Bash interview with Christopher Lee. Memories from you, the fans...plus behind-the-scream photos...

The all Christopher Lee MONSTER BASH special with cover painting by Lorraine Bush.

Stay tuned for details here!

 

 

"I think I'll prank ol' Ro-Man."
"No my refrigerator is not running. It stands in one place. Who is this?"

Models Pranking Models

The above two models are hand-painted by Mike Adams and will be on-sale from The Distaer Area, the dealer in the Creepy Classics room at MONSTER BASH.

 

 

New! Back in Shock Stock

This amazing, amazing DVD - ADVENTURES IN SPACE is back in stock!

ADVENTURES IN SPACE (Compilation 1950s-1960s)
A collection of rare outer space short films, trailers, atomic age cartoons and space toy TV commercials. An amazing collection of clips, and featurettes that kids of the 1960s space age grew up with. Crazy sci-fi and real life projected science. Everything a kid in the 1960s or 70s wanted to see. Aliens, monsters, intergalactic space villains and rocket ships. Compiled in a fun, nutty style that in simply perfect. Loads of fun!

Get it right now in our New DVD & Blu-Ray Department at Creepy Classics.

 

 

New! SCARY GIANT-SIZE #4

A special big perfect bound SCARY magazine in a book-like form. Loads of great articles on THE GIANT GILA MONSTER, THE CRAWLING EYE, Monster Memories of the 1950s, Monsters From Outer Space, EQUINOX, Sam Scare's Ghoulish Giggles and more!

Get it in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand here at Creepy Classics!

 

A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:

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

Creepy Classics Video

Get all your favorite creeps on DVD for viewing at Creepy Classics!
P.O. Box 23, Ligonier, PA 15658
Call (724) 238-4317

Questions? e-mail: creepyclassics@creepyclassics.com

Get all your favorite creeps on DVD for viewing at Creepy Classics!