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New on Blu! Drive-In Monsterama 3 1/2 Hours of Trailers in HD
This one is gonna be big. High Definition re-masters of classic 1960s-1970s horror and science fiction trailers. In fact, well over three hours of trailers. Commentary by DVD Drive-In guru George Reis.
Three and a half hours of horror and science fiction trailers mastered in HD! Plus, drive-in extras. Many of these trailers here have never been seen before on home video. Relive those great days of 1960s-1970s drive-in monster movies. Drive-in nostalgia; a must have!
Trailers include: THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF, WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS, WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS, FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY TERROR, THE FOLKS AT RED WOLF INN, ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN, FRANKENSTEIN ISLAND, FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL, CAPTAIN KRONOS - VAMPIRE HUNTER, BARON BLOOD, DORIAN GRAY, HORROR CHAMBER OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS, THE MANSTER, THE BANANA MONSTER, EYE OF THE CAT, WILLARD, KISS OF THE TARANTULA, THE TERROR, TERROR IN THE WAX MUSEUM, THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED, HORROR HOUSE, BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB, THE VAMPIRE PEOPLE, CURSE OF THE VAMPIRES, THE MIND SNATCHERS, NIGHT OF THE EAGLE, LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, LAND OF THE MINOTAUR, ISLAND OF TERROR, THE PROJECTED MAN, THE GORGON, THE OLD DARK HOUSE, CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB...and that's not even half of them! Highly recommended.
New! People That Time Forgot on Blu
Now in shock stock from the quality producer Kino-Lorber, THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT (1977) for the first time on High Definition Blu-Ray.
THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT (1977)
Audio commentary with the director, on camera interviews with the stars and the trailer!
New DVD! Remembering Playland and Your Childhood Amusement Park
For me, it will always be Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania (near Meadville, PA). They had the Laughing Sal creepy, moving lady near the funhouse....and all those arcade lights and boardwalk. I can still feel the cool breeze calming the hot summer days with my family there. The arcade noises, the barkers, the screams, the clacking of the roller coaster in the distance....a dog off in the distance. The memories just well for me on this.
Here's a DVD commemorating exactly that:
REMEMBERING PLAYLAND (Documentary and features)
If you have childhood memories of a real arcade/amusement park - remember the magic with this DVD. The cool summer nights, the flashing lights, the fun house....Go back in time to see Laffing Sal, the Fun House, the Carousel, the Big Dipper, the Diving Bell, Dark Mystery and much more.
B-Movie Cast Mastermind Vince Rotolo Passes
I was stunned this morning as I received a text from Monster Bash staffer Barb Heiss saying that Vince Rotolo had passed away.
Vince ran the B-Movie Cast Blog site. Vince, and his wife Mary, had been coming to Monster Bash for years. Frequently his car would be dressed up with huge signs and paint saying "BASH OR BUST" and "B-MOVIE CAST."
He frequently contacted me to get Monster Bash guest star contact info and we had a great relationship. He was a great, great guy. He also was born in western, PA, but moved to South Carolina where he resided with his wife, Mary.
The Monster World and Monster Bash will long mourn his passing and will never forget the fun he brought us all with the B-Movie Cast.
I will truly miss seeing you Vince,
Ron Adams at Monster Bash/Creepy Classics
Services for Vince
I'd like to thank mutual friend Juan Ortiz for sending me this link for services, for Vince. Vince was originally from Charleroi, PA (not too far from me). I plan to attend the afternoon visitation on Tuesday, May 3rd. If you wish to support Vince's wife, Mary, family and friends, here's the service information:
Advertise Now In The NEXT Issue of MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE!
The next issue of MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE is scheduled for publication in June 2015....just in time for the July MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE. Distributed in magazine shops, comic shops, horror conventions across the nation, all around the United States and Europe.
Articles by Tom Weaver, Frank Dello Stritto, Debbie Painter, Ted Bohus, Ron Adams and more! Cover painting by Lorraine Bush.
Advertise in MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #27...get an ad in now, CLICK HERE! Or, call (724) 238-4317. Rates for double page spreads, full page ads, half page ads or quarter page ads.
Drive-In Super Rama This Weekend!
We were at the Drive-In Super Monster Rama in Vandergrift, PA THIS PAST WEEKEND at The Riverside Drive-In.
Photos from this year's show, coming soon.
Photos from past Drive-In shows:
Before the show.....Frankie is waiting.....for you!
Making Monsters for a Monster Bash!
The above photo of Monster Bash make-up master Ron Chamberlain. He's working on Wolf Man hands for our summer MONSTER BASH 2016!
Charlie Arrigo's sculpt for he Ursus, Planet of the Apes creation that will also appear at MONSTER BASH 2016!
From the make-up magic of Ron Chamberlain....it's Charlie Arrigo as the undead count! You can COUNT on seeing him at MONSTER BASH.....be there or be scared.
Wanted! More Frank's Reading Monster Bash
This great photo comes to us from our dear friend Ted Bohus! Writer, director, producer, and Hawaiian-shirted lunatic.
We love it!
Famous Monster on Jeopardy
Belated Birthday Thoughts For Rondo Hatton
This in from our monstrous friend and amazing actor, Zach Zito:
How fitting to celebrate Rondo Hatton’s birthday today (born April 22, 1894), by joining in on the celebrations of Monster Bash receiving a Rondo Award this year! Wishing you and all the wonderful Bash Family my Tell-Tale Heartfelt Kong-Draculations!!
Like Rondo himself, whose work lives on to bring joy the world over, the happiness that is Monster Bash creates a multitude of lifetimes’ worth of treasured memories to cherish always.
Thank you, dear friends!
The Creature from the “Zach” Lagoon
Photos From This Month's Chiller Expo
Creepy Classics/Monster Bash had a great time at Kevin Clement's Chiller Expo in Parsipany, NJ! The above two photos....left is Ted Lewczyck working the Creepy Classics tables, keeping monster fans from parts unknown happy with classic monster product. Above right, it's our friend Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster from THE MUNSTERS) doing some house shopping (photo by Ted Lewczyck).
Above is the Saturday night dinner at a close by Italian restaurant. Pictured from left to right: Scott (from Eclipse), Bob Pellegrino, Ted Lewczyck, Ron Adams and Steve Unger (Eclipse). Too much food was tackled....we think the food won.
A super thank you to the Creepy Team: Bob, Ted and Mike. -Ron
Man From Planet X Lands!
This just submitted by our foreign correspondent friend and artist Robert Townshend:
sending you an eerie, Man From Planet X landing his spaceship on the misty Scottish moors while managing to snare his first, hapless onlooker.
As with Invaders From Mars, always pondered at how the ship landing at night might have looked? The set pieces in The Man From Planet X have always impressed and inspired as too, the simple yet effect miniature work especially with the Planet X fly-by.
Small piece at only 6 x 6 inches painted in acrylics on art board. This film has always been a big favourite along with Invaders From Mars, Flight To Mars. Always warmed to the low-budget sci-fi films of the 1950's.
Trust this finds you well in the realms of Monster Bash!
New! Donovan's Brain on Blu-Brain Ray
Now in stock and ready to ship right to you, it's the 1953 DONOVAN'S BRAIN on Blu-Ray and HD DVD from Kino-Lorber.
Lew Ayers mind is taken control by a power mad dead man. Really great 1950's version of Curt Siodamak's novel. Nancy Davis-Reagan is the slightly concerned female lead. Extras: Original trailer, "Trailers From Hell" with Jow Dante and audio commentary. Widescreen, HD.
New! Haunted Honeymoon from 1940 on DVD
Now it's time to turn down the lights and get ready for a ghoulish murder mystery!
HAUNTED HONEYMOON (1940)
New! Another Weird "Kiddie Matinee" Film on DVD
SLEEPING BEAUTY (1965)
Appearing in-person, meet: Greg Moffett (ROBOT MONSTER), Sharyn Moffett (THE BODY SNATCHER), Conrad Brooks (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE), Richard Eyer (THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD), JO MORROW (13 GHOSTS), Claudia Barrett (ROBOT MONSTER), Jimmy Hunt (INVADERS FROM MARS), plus Jeremy Ambler (THE WALKING DEAD), Tom Savini (CREEPSHOW), Wes Shank (FORBIDDEN PLANET props), Cortlandt Hull (nephew of Henry Hull - WEREWOLF OF LONDON), Tom Sullivan (EVIL DEAD, ARMY OF DARKNESS) and many, many more. Plus 200 vendor tables of classic monster merchandise.
Join us for MONSTER BASH again in July 2016! Admission available right now at a $5 discount for a limited time: CLICK HERE.
Rooms at the host hotel are booking now, call right now: (724) 776-6900. Many other Hotels VERY Close, CLICK HERE.
A sneak peek at the upcoming MONSTER BASH JULY 2016:
New! Vintage Black & White Comic Magazines From Marvel and More
Here they come.....Marvel magazines from the 1970s! Chck out all the vintage magazines that are now stocked at Creepy Classics....we have thousands now. More added almost every day. Just go to our Creepy Magazine Newsstand here on-line and start perusing all the great titles we had as a kid....and new monster mags too!
From FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, CREEPY, EERIE, MONSTER WORLD, BLAZING COMBAT, PLANET OF THE APES, SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN to MONSTER BASH, SCARY MONSTERS, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT, MAD SCIENTIST, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS, UNDYING MONSTERS, SCARLET STREET and more.
CLICK HERE and see lots and lots of great magazines being offered!
Above: Shoppers at pop culture heaven....Amaziicon. Creepy Classics staffer Leonard Hayhurst behind the Creepy tables!
Photos From This Year's Amazicon
Here are a few more....
We'll be back next year at Mike & Connie's Amazicon too. A great time with good people. We were surrounded by super vendors...Heidi (who's coming to Monster Bash this summer) and veteren Monster Basher's Martin and Michelle Grams were right behind us.
Above: The Creepy Classics set-up before the show began.
Monstrous Sketches Shared
The above art pieces were shared by artist Alfredo Padilla. Hey, I grew up with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko comics....and, of course, monsters too. So Alfredo is plugged into the Monster Boom Generation with us! Here's what Alfredo had to say:
Hi Ron, just wanted to share some of my doodling from stills and recreation of an old Kirby cover. Can't stop reminiscing about my childhood growing up in the 60's and in NY with my mom who shared my passion for Chiller Theater and Fright Night on TV and all the other great stuff back then. Looking forward to sharing some pics of my collection keep up the good work. -Alfredo Padilla
By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter author of The Mexican Masked Wrestler & Monster Filmography
Hola amigos, and welcome to the April Mexican Monster Party! We'll get to the feature movie in a minute, but first I'd like to share that my book on Women Horror Movie Hosts is DONE and in the post! Not sure whether it'll be out in time for Monster Bash or not; we'll just have to wait and see what happens... (which I was saying a long time before Kurt Russell...)
Jorge Guzman, the real-life Son of Santo, who would of course be later known by that name professionally, is in the movie, only he's not Santo's son, he's the son of the expedition's Indian guide. And if you'd like to see what Jorge looks like without his mask (at least as a child), he's featured very prominently on one of the Azteca lobby cards for the film, his face contorted in a scream of horror, and it's no wonder - the Mummy's head is laying right in his lap!! As far as the "Santo in a Safari Outfit" subgenre goes, SANTO EN LA VENGANZA DE LA MOMIA is infinitely superior to SANTO VS. THE HEADHUNTERS.
And speaking of lobby cards, those who collect such things should try and score some from this movie, as the Azteca cards (the ones with the real photos attached) are among the most attractive of all the Santo movies.
New! Vintage PHOTON Magazine
One of the most literate and well-researched monster magazines ever! Edited by Mark Frank and Ron Borst. HORROR OF DRACULA in depth and more. Heavy gloss stock mag from 1977. Includes a glossy Dracula movie still that this magazine included in each issue. Only slight cover wear. Like new!
This (below) glossy 8X10 photo included with the PHOTON magazine. PHOTON always had a glossy photo for fans that was loose inside the center of the mag. What a cool bonus!
New! This Month's CREEPY CRATE: VAMPIRE Stuff!
This month's Creepy Crate is packed with merchandise involving VAMPIRE items. Get your crate of stuff now, a big box of mystery VAMPIRE items (t-shirt and more):
MONSTER BASH For Vendors
Table space at MONSTER BASH is selling briskly now....if you want to be a vendor at BASH, e-mail us right away: email@example.com and include your snail mail address. We'll send you a dealer packet right away. You can reserve your space with credit card right now too: CLICK HERE!
You can call too: (724) 238-4317.
This Year's MONSTER BASH is July 8-10, 2016
Tables are $250 each and include 2 VIP passes per table (so you can enjoy the whole show even when the vendor rooms aren't open). Plus, free electric, 6 foot table and two chairs per table complimentary, parking is free.
Dealer room hours:
Friday July 8: 3PM - 9PM / Saturday July 9: 10AM - 6PM / Sunday July 10: 10AM - 5PM
Know a vendor you'd like to see at MONSTER BASH? e-mail them the web site URL: http://www.monsterbash.us
Hurry though, the dealer room is almost sold out. We're down to less than 25 tables out of 200!
Monster Bash Is Coming Quick...
July 8-10, 2016....Mars, PA
The World's Greatest ALL CLASSIC Horror & Sci-Fi Fest - MONSTER BASH!
July will be here before you know it! Get your hotel room right now....these hotels all filling with MONSTER BASH attendees:
Doubletree (724) 776-6900
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
Above right: My cousin Doug and me on the right holding my beloved FAMOUS MONSTERS #56 in 1969. Dreaming of monster magazines and some place where I could meet other people that loved this stuff as much as I do.
Monster Bash Wins Rondo Award For Best Convention
I got a barrage of messages from friends over the weekend that we had won the best convention category in the Rondo Awards, starting with our dear friend Barb Heiss. I never try to win anything as I'm not in for competitions....I just try to always make MONSTER BASH super fun for classic monster fans like me. A celebration. I always design it to be the perfect show I'd like to attend. The irony is that I'm so busy running the show, I never get to sit long and enjoy it.
It's a celebration of the movies we love with a film fest, a giant vendor room with the stuff that we just love, celebrities from the golden age of horror and sci-fi films and wrapped in a family reunion styled get together with the neighborhood monster kids from across the globe.
A gracious and loving thank you to all that took the time and effort to vote for us.
A special smile to fellow Monster Bashers that appeared in the Rondo Awards too, like Malcolm Gittins and John Sargent!
Best Best Wishes Ever!,
Above: Ron, Forry and Kevin Slick at MONSTER BASH.
Next year will be 20 years and around 25 MONSTER BASHES! Monster Bash through the years, just a small, snipet of the fun-filled years:
Congratulations Ron this is really cool and so well deserved for you and Ursula (Paisley too!)
Thanks John....I grew up watching Chilly when I visited my grandparents in Grove City back in the 1960s-1980. Chilly's just great! -Ron
Congratulations for winning Rondo for best convention! Finally! The true greatest wins. I went to a recent winner out west once and it was a bore! Only about 5 hours of events a day, and low attendance at them. Impressive displays and dealers room, but cannot compare to the all day and night pleasures of the Bash!!! -Ken Blose
Hi Ken, thanks for the nice words. I think we won a handful a few years back, but not for a while. Nice that folks liked us! -Ron
Congratulations on winning for best convention.
Thank you, Bruce.....always a pleasure seeing you at the numerous shows over the year!
Congratulations Ron on the Rondo award. Much deserved. Can't wait to Bash again this summer!
Thanks Rich....the monsters are coming back to Mars, PA!
Above: Tom Jackson's wife Eileen gets to meet a mummy at Bash!
Congratulations, Ron, (We all knew it years ago)
Thanks Tom! You and Eileen are Monster Bash family....
Get Ready To BASH in July!
All the fun of the classic monster movie conference is gearing up to happen again in July 2016, it's MONSTER BASH! Entertainment, shopping, guest movie and TV stars...!
Get your membership admission - CLICK HERE.
Get your vendor table - CLICK HERE.
Note: The programming schedule is now posted! It's at: www.monsterbash.us.
A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:
Video shot by Kevin Slick from Louisville, Colorado on a visit.