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Monster Fest Mania THIS WEEKEND!
Creepy Classics and Monster Bash is back on the road.....you'll find us this weekend in Akron, Ohio at MONSTERFESTMANIA! It's a new horror and science fiction show in Ohio. We'll be set-up with thousands of DVDs, Blu-Rays, Monster T-Shirts, Monster Magazines, Monster Models and more for the classic monster kid in you!
Find out all about this show on the MONSTERFESTMANIA web site. See you this weekend....Ron, Leonard, Dan and Ted from Creepy Classics and Monster Bash.
More Photos From MONSTER BASH 2016!
Re-Mastered Universal Frankenstein and Wolf Man Series Coming To Blu-Ray!
Here they come for this autumn (when the moon is full and bright...), more re-mastered in HD classics from the Universal vaults. Sharp high definition clarity for some of our all-time favorite films:
The FRANKENSTEIN LEGACY ---
FRANKENSTEIN (1931), THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935), SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939), THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942), FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943), HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944), HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945) and ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948)! Plus more extras than you can shake a villagers torch at.
The WOLF MAN LEGACY ---
THE WOLF MAN (1941), FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943), HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944), HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945), ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948), plus WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935) and SHE-WOLF OF LONDON (1946). Plus more extras than leaves in a forest of wolfbane.
Special thank you to Jim Clatterbaugh (Monsters From the Vault) for the heads-up!
Coming this September to Creepy Classics! Stay tuned.
New! Monster Bash Program Guide For July 2016
The official program guide for the summer 2016 MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE. Only distributed at the conference itself. Only a few left. If you lost yours, get a new one here, or see what you missed if you didn't make it to the classic monster fest! Guests Jimmy Hunt, Audrey Dalton, Sharyn Moffett, Greg Moffett, Conrad Brooks, Jo Morrow and more! 8 Pages, 4.25 X 5.5 inches, color.
New! Super Summer T-Shirts
NOTE: There was an issue on the Internet coding on a few of these shirts and you couldn't select a size. That has been fixed! They're going FAST, get yours now.
Now we are shocked on some great new monster t-shirts! Officially licensed Universal tees and silent screamer shirts...It's the evil, dark king of the vampires NOSFERATU creeping up your stairs, the mad bell-ringer, Quasimodo - THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, the diabolical Ygor and the undying monster himself from SON OF FRANKENSTEIN.
Pittsburgh's Legendary TV Horror Host Passes
"Chilly Billy" - Bill Cardille
The closing of an era of innocence and fun. Not only was Bill a great broadcaster, but part of that greatness is that he made everything, everything fun. From decades of Chiller Theater, hosting classic horror films, hosting professional wrestling, TV morning weather anchoring to being the mid-day host for WJAS Radio...he made it fun.
He was old school and appreciated fans and would give every single person the time of day and make them feel special. His ratings with Chiller Theater were so good on Pittsburgh's Channel 11 that they bumped NBC's Saturday Night Live for a long time in favor of Bill.
From a national perspective he was to Pittsburgh, east Ohio and north West Virginia what Zacherley was to the New York City area. What Ghoulardi was to Ohio. What Bob Wilkins and Vampira was to California...he was an icon. Not a spooky, scary horror host....but a jovial master who ran his ship with fun, laughs and smiles. He made pizza parties with the whole family a requirement in Pittsburgh households on Saturday nights for generations.
My personal brandings by Bill. From about 1967 through the 1970s I had to catch Chiller Theatre every time I was visiting my grandparents in Grove City, PA (north of Pittsburgh). At my grand parents Adams house...there's one particular Saturday night that is etched in my brain. Everyone had gone to bed. I asked to sleep on the living room couch....why? Because I wanted to see Chiller Theater with Bill. He was screening ISLAND OF TERROR with Peter Cushing. The cheesy suit and the smiles....it was just Bill and me with that flickering TV and the lights off. The texture of the woven couch being pressed into the side of my face as I was glued to the TV.
Above: Bill plays himself in the film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968).
At my other grandparents house (my mom's), same thing. I was sleeping on the couch in the living room there....because everyone would be in bed....and where would I be? Right there watching Chiller Theater. The time that left a huge memory was when it was CALLING DR. DEATH with Lon Chaney, Jr. Chilly was just great with that super set on Channel 11.
Fast forward a decade or so. I'm working in radio doing a morning show on Z-107 in Greensburg, PA....an eastern suburb of Pittsburgh. I'm doing the show with my newscaster and future wife, Ursula. We always monitored various news services in case we missed something going on. At that time, there was Bill Cardille. Not hosting monster movies, but as the jovial morning weather man on TV. I recalled all the fun he provided for me growing up and called a few times while he was working that morning weather gig. He always would give me a shout out on the air, that fellow broadcaster Ron and Ursula were tuned in at Z-107 FM in Greensburg.
Zip ahead a few more years and I'm putting together the first MONSTER BASH conference. I was doing an east coast unveiling of the classic monster stamps that the post office was issuing in 1997. I called Bill. Of course he remembered me (he remembered everyone...amazing). He was more than happy to jump on board the first MONSTER BASH. I don't think he missed one....until this summer's when he was battling liver cancer.
I could go on and on...but Bill saw our daughter grow up from MONSTER BASH to MONSTER BASH and he always, always would remember us and was a true "people person." You hear that term a lot...but he REALLY was. I'll miss Bill and his asides, humor, his kindness to my grandfather when he got to meet him, his graciousness to my mom. I'll miss you, Bill. We had a long history and you started it when I was just a kid watching monster movies and you made it.....fun.
-Ron Adams, July 21, 2016 - Ligonier, PA
Above: Ron Adams, Bill Cardille, Ursula Adams....broadcasting friends, and Bill was our hero.
Thanks to first responders to me this morning: Brian Keegan, Barb Heiss, Bob Pellegrino, Phil Keeney, John Buriak and everyone I can't think of this second. The phone has been ringing and ringing.
Here Bruno Samartino talk about Bill here:
Fans Step Forward:
Chilly Billy (Bill Cardille) has died and another piece of my early years is gone. My mother loved old horror films and passed that love onto me. She watched Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater way before I did. She couldn't wait until I was old enough to stay up late and watch it with her in our darkened living room. According to her, I was old enough at around age 8. Yup, she started me loving the films and Chiller Theater young.
Above: Bill and Malcolm...ad a few years earlier....quite a few....below with the same smiles....
Dear Ron, I just learned of Bill's passing moments ago, and I am at a loss for words. I knew the end was coming but like we talked about, Chilly Billy was one of those figures you thought would always be there. It's ironic maybe, that he passed one day after the two year anniversary of me losing my son..I'm just devastated right now...
Here are a few of my Chilly Memories..and I was so pleased that so many Monster Bashers came to my table to talk about him and I was so happy to share my collection with them...
Chilly Billy Cardille passed away this morning. He was such a great guy.
-Scott Goettel, Louisville, KY
Above: Chilly Billy with Chiller's character Terminal Stare (Donna Rae).
Ron, my Pittsburgh buddy Becky promised to let Tom and me know when Chilly Billy passed away. It was this morning. Here’s a link to the Post-Gazette. There’s a wonderful interview with him from just last month with his daughter. It’s making me cry for sad and happy.
Tom doesn’t know yet. He’s out with his artist friend doing some landscape painting. I can’t tell him till he gets home…we expected it, of course, but he’s going to be so upset. I’m not from Pittsburgh, so I didn’t see him on TV, but he was a powerful force for Monster Boomer good, and I loved him. What a great loss.
Above: Nationally recognized UFO Researcher, Stan Gordon, with Bill Cardille at Monster Bash.
I just heard the sad news about Bill. He will be missed by so many.
A nice obit written by Leonard Hayhurst (Button image to the left created by George Chastain):
William “Chilly Billy” Cardille died July 21, 2016, at his home in McCandless, Pennsylvania, according to a Facebook post by his daughter, actress Lori Cardille. He was 87 and battling cancer.
The Pittsburgh broadcasting icon had a career that spanned nearly 60 years, mostly on Channel 11 in Pittsburgh which was WIIC at one time and is now WPXI. He hosted “Chiller Theater” for the channel from 1963 to 1983, hamming it up while showing monster movies. Pittsburgh native Joe Flaherty in several interviews said Cardille was the inspiration for his Count Floyd character on “SCTV.”
Cardille was also an announcer for “Studio Wrestling,” which had him calling the matches of wrestling legends like Bruno Sammartino and George “The Animal” Steele. The native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, was the local host for the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon for many years as well.
He played a newscaster in 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead” and also appeared in the 1990 remake along with a few other acting roles. Pittsburgh City Council and government officials from Sharon, Pennsylvania, and Mercer County declared Sept. 28, 2010, Bill Cardille Day in honor of his years of service to the local community.
There will never be anything as wonderful and satisfying as watching the
Our guide on those adventures knew the magic of those monsters, knew the
Many years ago while trying to explain Monster Bash a friend said to me
Thank You Bill Cardille for never giving up and taking us all along for
-Kevin Slick, Colorado
So sorry to hear of Bill Cardille's passing. I have youtube & DVD's to thank for discovering his terrific show. My lasting memory of meeting him at the Bash was his firm handshake, his friendly smile, and that he looked straight into my eyes as we talked.
You, too, grow up with "Chilly Billy"? Here are two MUST VISIT sites from John Buriak and George Chastain:
New! 11X14 inch Lobby Card Now Available
An 11X14 lobby card of the 2017 MONSTER BASH is now available for your wall, office space to get you psyched for the 20th year anniversary of the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE.
The 20th year anniversary lobby card for the classic monster festival, MONSTER BASH! Full color! It comes in a thick, clear acrylic, sturdy slip sleeve. Great for framing or collecting with other lobby cards. Depicts a mad monster bashing by artist George "E-Gor" Chastain.
Get your very own right now! Just CLICK HERE.
It's only available from Creepy Classics!
Spook Show Was A Hit At Monster Bash
A special "thank you" shout out to Leonard Hayhurst, Thom Shubilla, Monica Moehring and Joey Vento for putting on one fabulous late night Spook Show at MONSTER BASH. In the tradition of the classic shows in theaters back in the 1950s...this troupe really gave us a show. A barker/showman, a mad hypnotist/mind reader, a mystical woman and....well, an ape. What fun.
If you missed it, you missed a return to the super entertainment in theaters that is a lost art...but, not at MONSTER BASH. Photos to come later.
New! Monster Bash Tote Bags Are Here!
A tote bag with the Monster Bash graphic on the side of fighting, bashing monsters. Great for your monster shopping at conventions.
20 inch handles, 8 inch side expanding gusset with flattening bottom. Non-woven poly material. Holds DVDs, books, magazines, lobby cards. Shop monsters!
Get your Monster Bash Tote Bag in our Shirts, Bags & Creepy Gear Department. They're creepy cool.
Outer Space and Beneath the Sea...in Ohio!
Coming August 27th to The Canton Palace Theatre in Ohio, two great science fiction classics on the big screen! Here's more from the Jay at the theatre:
Hi, Just wanted to let you know... thought you might be interested. The Canton Palace Theatre in Canton Ohio is having a Sci-Fi Double feature night August 27, 2016. Forbidden Planet, and It Came from Beneath the Sea. I'm trying to let people know that would love these movies like I do. I'm the Theatre organist there, and arranged it.
Here's the theatre's web site: http://www.cantonpalacetheatre.org/
Miss THE FACE IS FAMILIAR at MONSTER BASH?
If you missed the latest installment on classic character actors, THE FACE IS FAMILIAR at MONSTER BASH, you can catch it streaming on line right now! Thanks to Charles Henson and his great series, we can find out so much about those faces we love to see appear on the silver screen.
Check out the latest edition that screened at MONSTER BASH this year, by CLICKING HERE!
Something Else You May Have Missed at MONSTER BASH
A Goodbye To Our Beloved Actors Passed in 2015-2016 - A Tribute
Here is the wonderful TRIBUTE produced by Charles Henson and screened at MONSTER BASH 2016. If you missed this, you need to take just a couple minutes and look at the lost talent from the past year....it will bring a tear to your eye. The finale really hit me hard. Another masterful production from Charles...
Click the embedded image link above, or click here.
Free Cake At Monster Bash
The line that kept going and going for free cake Saturday night at this year's MONSTER BASH! Giant monster sheet cakes were sliced and given ti hundreds and hundreds of fans. Photo by Debbie Sargent.
I'm just starting to load photos from BASH on the Bash Photo Scrapbook page. Get ready and keep checking back as more photos are added from over three days of classic monster fun.
Group of Characters at MONSTER BASH!
Here's a group of characters from Saturday at this past MONSTER BASH. Ghost Buster Mike Cregar, Jake Blues was Richard Sands, The Creepy Clown is Dan Zanol, Robot Monster is Jon Doerr and Mr. Hyde is Charlie Arrigo in make-up by Ron Chamberlain!
A motley crew of Monster Bashers!
Out of Orange!
Some of the key people behind MONSTER BASH celebrate right after the convention this year. You can just tell by the smiles that these are super great people that put on the friendliest monster movie fest on the planet. You probably see these people in orange staff shirts during the MONSTER BASH, but here they are after Bash.
Clock wise starting with bottom left: Ron Adams, Ursula Adams, Paisley Adams, Shawn Israel, Leonard Hayhurst, Ted Lewczyk, Dan Weber, Bob Pellegrino and Mike Adams.
New Blu - In Shock Now!
The ol' creep in the dungeon has worked some magic for you again! A slab stacked with new blu-ray discs! Horrors! Chills and thrills! Here are the new titles that are here right now...ready to ship:
13 GHOSTS/13 FRIGHTENED GIRLS (William Castle Dbl.) - Blu-Ray
HOMICIDAL/MR. SARDONICUS (William Castle Dbl. Feature) - Blu-Ray
THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T (1952) - Blu-Ray
GAMERA - VOLUME 2 - Blu-Ray
GAMERA DOUBLE FEATURE (GUARDIAN & ATTACK) - Blu-Ray
Get them in our New DVD and Blu-Ray Department right now for immediate shipping!
New DVDs In Shock Stock!
Here they come, great collection DVD sets....in now at Creepy Classics and ready to ship right to your door on the backs of a horde of vampire bats! Here are the details on our new entries in the crypt at Creepy Classics:
MAD SCIENTIST THEATRE (50 Movie Box Set) - DVD
Movies include: THE APE, THE APE MAN, ATOM AGE VAMPIRE, THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, THE CORPSE VANISHES, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1920), THE DRUMS OF JEOPARDY, FROZEN ALIVE, THE HEAD, KING OF THE ZOMBIES, THE MAD MONSTER, MANEATER OF HYDRA, THE MANSTER, THE PHANTOM CREEPS, THE REVENGE OF DR. X, TORTURE SHIP and many more!
KILLER CREATURE FEATURES (50 Movie Box Set) - DVD
CRIME WAVE (50 Movie Box Set) - DVD
Titles include: THE BLACK RAVEN, BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT, THE CHASE, D.O.A., THE DARK HOUR, THE DEATH KISS, DETOUR, DICK TRACY MEETS GRUESOME, FEAR IN THE NIGHT, GUEST IN THE HOUSE, HOUSE OF MYSTERY, INNER SANCTUM, MURDER AT THE BASKERVILLES, MURDER IN THE MUSEUM, THE RED HOUSE, A SCREAM IN THE NIGHT, THE STRANGER, THE 13th GUEST, WHISTLE STOP, WOMAN ON THE RUN and many more!
ATTACK OF THE KILLER "B's" (10 Movie Set) - DVD
SAVAGE PREDATORS (20 Movie Collection) - DVD
DOUBLE CROSSED (10 Movie Set) - DVD
Ten film set: MR. MOTO'S LAST WARNING, BRITISH INTELLIGENCE, THE BLACK DRAGONS, SUBMARINE ALERT, THE SECRET WEAPON, THE ADVENTURES OF TARTU, BLOOD ON THE SUN, THE GREEN GLOVE, THE LIMPING MAN and ROUGE MALE.
Get them in our New DVD and Blu-Ray Department right now for immediate shipping!
Monster Bash Hotels Now Taking Reservations For the 20th year anniversary BASH in 2017...
June 23-25, 2017....Mars, PA
The World's Greatest ALL CLASSIC Horror & Sci-Fi Fest - MONSTER BASH!
Get your hotel room right now....these hotels all filling with MONSTER BASH attendees:
Double Tree (724) 776-6900
Or, at a special MONSTER BASH Reservation site:
Super 8 (724) 776-9700
Comfort Inn (724) 772-2700
Within A Mile:
Candlewood Suites (724) 591-8666
Red Roof Inn (724) 776-5670
Hampton Inn (724) 776-1000
Fairfield Inn (724) 772-0600
Marriott (724) 772-3700
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By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter author of The Mexican Masked Wrestler & Monster Filmography
MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY JULY 2016
Enrique Rambal plays an unsuccessful concert pianist who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for money, fame, and a complete collection of Famous Monsters (okay, just kidding on that last one). But you know how these diabolic deals usually work out, and so it goes with Our Hero; he gets what he wants, but he also gets a bit more than he bargained for - every time he plays his masterpiece, he turns into a werewolf! But not just any werewolf, mind you; the makeup is actually not bad at all, one of the more convincing Mexi-Makeups - if, of course, you can get past the huge, bulbous nose. It's as if W.C. Fields was infected by lycanthropy, and this image alone is enough to ensure the film a place in psychotronic heaven.
For good measure, he keeps the dead body of a female rival in his closet. And taking a cue from Return of the Ape Man, just because he turns into a monster doesn't mean that he can't tickle the ivories with the best of 'em ("Moonlight Sonata" anyone?) The film also stars our old pal Abel (The Brainiac) Salazar. Enrique Rambal gives a great performance; retaining sympathy despite his horrible misdeeds.
Rafael Baledon was an innovator and a stylist, having helmed the pioneering La Sombra Vengadora series and Swamp of the Lost Monster (where the monster looks like a cross between Gorgo and the Creature from the Black Lagoon), one of the first Mexican monster movies in color, as well as the unforgettable La Loba with Kitty De Hoyos.
That's it for this month, amigos; please don't forget to click for free at the Animal Rescue Site to help provide food and care for shelter animals. Adios and Vaya con Dios, Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky and Cher
Get all your favorite Mexican horror films on DVD here at Creepy Classics!
MAN AND THE MONSTER is available by click HERE!
Happy Birthday Charles Laughton
FLASH - Another Birthday report in from Monster Bashin' Birthday reporter, Scott Goettel:
July 1st is the birth date of actor Charles Laughton (who was also married to Elsa Lanchester - The Bride of Frankenstein!).
Charles Laughton was born 7/01/1899 in Victoria Hotel, Scarborough Yorkshire England UK, and passed away at age 63 on December 15th, 1962 in Hollywood California.
His movie credits are many, and include THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939), ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932), MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, TALES OF MANHATTAN, THE CANTERVILLE GHOST, CAPTAIN KIDD, ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET CAPTAIN KIDD, THE STRANGE DOOR (with Boris Karloff), THE BRIBE (with Vincent Price), and SPARTACUS, just to name a few. Plus, Charles Laughton directed the thriller NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (starring Robert Mitchum, who also co-directed uncredited).
Happy Monster Bashin' Birthday!
What a party, yikes. Everyone wants a piece of cake:
50 Years In the Dark Shadows!
This weeks marks the 50th Anniversary of when Dark Shadows debuted on ABC TV as the Gothic Soap "we all ran home from school for..." (I rode my bike.) I thought you might like a few pictures of the actors as they appeared at last weekend's Dark Shadows Festival.
(Above): Here's David Selby (Quentin), Lara Parker (Angelique), John Karlen (Willie Loomis), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie/Josette), Roger Davis (Jeff Clark), and Chris Pennock (Cyrus/Yeager). Also in attendance were Jerry Lacey (Trask), Nancy Barrett (Carolyn), James Storm (Gerard), Donna Wandrey (Roxanne), and Sharon Lentz (Sarah). David Selby took the time to sing "Shadows of the Night" and a duet with Nancy Barrett, "I Wanna Dance with You." There were tributes to the late Jonathan Frid, Barnabas, and some new short films by Ansel Faraj with original cast members that were genuinely spooky and captured the spirit of the classic series.
Can't wait until Bash.
Keith & Ramona Hurd Visit Metropolis, Indiana
Pictured above is Keith Hurd (Monster Bash Vendor) pictured in Metropolis, Indiana. The mural is wonderful and ties in with the founding editor of FAMOUS MONSTERS' (Forrest J Ackerman) love of the film METROPOLIS (1927).
Thanks to Ramona Hurd for sending this. You can visit with the Hurd's at MONSTER BASH, they are the premiere autograph vendor at Bash!
A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:
Video shot by Kevin Slick from Louisville, Colorado on a visit.