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All the Noose That's Fit To Post
We're in layouts for MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #23.....heading for the printer in just a few days. Expect it to be out by the second or thrird week in September. A howling autumn issue with Tom Weaver on the WEREWOLF OF LONDON, Ron Chaney interviewed about his great-grandfather's movies, a Gruesome Gallery spotlighting the re-creation of ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN and much more.
Stay tuned to this same (vampire) bat station for the latest news!
MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY
By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter
Adios and Vaya con Dios, Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky, and Cher.
Get the factory DVD in our Complete DVD Catalog here at Creepy Classics!
New! Robby The Robot Model - Movie Poster Edition
From FORBIDDEN PLANET it's Robby the Robot! This is the "Movie Poster Edition" which features Robby carrying the heroine, Altaira, from the movie. Includes a full color backdrop. Over 8" tall. Plastic assembly kit. Glue and paint not included.
It's in stock now and ready to ship to you! Just go to Creepy Classics and click on "Models & Action Figures!"
Get your own personal robot.
New! Creature Sighting On Mexican Lobby Card
Attention CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON fans! This is a Mexican lobby card for THE SLIME PEOPLE. But, they used an image of the Creature on it. This is an original lobby card from the early 1960s. Some slight water damage a little dog-ear. Natural age tanning. Creature collectible!
It's available in our Original Posters Department here at Creepy Classics.
Birthdays All Around
This next birthday (8/18/1916) is one for a really good actor who is still with us...at age 98! It's Don Keefer, who played Mike the janitor in one of my favorite movies...1982's "Creepshow" in the segment titled 'The Crate'. He also appeared in "The Andy Griffith Show", "Mayberry RFD", "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid", "The Munsters", "The Twilight Zone", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "One Step Beyond", "Rawhide", "Wagon Train", "Kung Fu", "The Incredible Hulk", and so many other films and TV shows, dating back to 1947. The most recent film he appeared in was Jim Carrey's 1997 movie "Liar Liar".
August 19th, 1933 marks the 81st birthday of Debra Paget, who appeared in so many great films, including a couple of Vincent Price movies: "The Haunted Palace" & "Tales of Terror". She also appeared in the classic "The Ten Commandments", and with Elvis Presley in "Love Me Tender", and in the 1958 film "From The Earth To The Moon" with Joseph Cotten, George Sanders, Patric Knowles, and Henry Danielle.
-Scott Goettel, KY
This in from Steven Schimming:
BLACULA (1972). Yet another AIPer that is actually a lot better than it sounds. William Marshall (who was so good in "The Ultimate Computer" episode in Season Two of STAR TREK) shines as the African Prince travelling through Europe in the 1700's with a petition to end slavery and sadly winds up in Dracula's castle . The film descends into DARK SHADOWS territory as he is cursed, placed in a coffin, released in modern times and finds a woman who looks exactly like his loved one. Despite this and some "humor" that just doesn't make it, BLACULA has some pretty scary moments (the slo-mo scene in the morgue is still rockin') and you end up feeling empathy for ol' Blac. Worth checking out. ***
THE SPIDER (1958). A pale imitation of TARANTULA with real low budget hampering the special effects. SPIDER is still a fun little romp if you just appreciate it as a no frills meat and potatoes bug flick. The resurrection of the spider by an Eddie Cochran-esque band rave up (with the oldest looking teenagers you will ever see) in the school gym (????) is a hoot, especially the bass player who is so into his plunking, he doesn't notice the pandemonium. For me, the most frightening moment is the cavalier way the young guy treats an issue of FAMOUS MONSTER OF FILMLAND #1! With proper storage, he could have sold it and retired early! **1/2
These DVDs and Blu-Rays will be in stock, discounted on, or before the release date....here at Creepy Classics!
UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: THE COMPLETE 30 FILM COLLECTION - DVD 9/2/2014
THE INNOCENTS (1961 with MONSTER BASH guest Martin Stephens) - Blu-Ray 9/23/14
BLACK SABBATH/BLACK SUNDAY (U.S. Versions) - Blu-Ray and DVD 10/7/2014
CAULDRON OF BLOOD (also known as: BLIND MAN'S BLUFF) Stars Boris Karloff. - DVD & Blu-Ray 10/14/2014
THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION 2: HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, THE RETURN OF THE FLY, THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, THE RAVEN (1963), THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE TOMB OF LIGEIA, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN - Blu-Ray 10/21/14
PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (1964) - Blu-Ray and DVD 10/28/2014
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919) - Blu-Ray & DVD November 2014
SHOCK WAVES (with Peter Cushing and John Carradine) - Blu-Ray 11/25/14
TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972)/THE VAULT OF HORROR (1973) - Blu-Ray 12/2/14
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Monster Bash Membership Passes For June 2015
Membership for MONSTER BASH Summer 2015 (June 19-21, 2015) are now available for $30 each (That's $20 off!) 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.
I would like to thank Ted McKosky for sending in this Monster Bash Bash Munster Mash-Up! Herman is having good time with soon to be out of stock MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #1.
And, this week I'm finishing up MONSTER BASH #23! If you wanted to get an ad in this new issue, please e-mail it to me ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can ask about rates and pay by PayPal, or credit card to make it fast and easy. If you know of a vendor that you think should be in MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE, please forward this along.
Above left: Ron Adams at Monster-Mania in Cherry Hill, NJ. Photo by Jim Chesko. Above Left: Ron Adams and Thom Subilla having a laugh over movies that have "narration" to explain what is going on with some low budget plot!
Above: Ted Lewczyk and Thom Shubilla (as the Mole Man) at MONSTER MANIA.
Creepy Classics/Monster Bash at Monster-Mania
We had a great time at this past weekend's MONSTER-MANIA in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Special thanks going out to Bash staffers Dan Weber, Ted Lewczyk and Thom Shubilla. More photos on the way. It was great seeing Bash make-up guys Ron Chamberlain and John Tattarelli, Jr. In fact, MONSTER BASH's Mole Man was roaming the halls at one point (designed by John Tattarelli, Jr.).
Great seeing all of the customers and old time friends and fellow vendors too!
New! More Rare Back Issues of Video Watchdog
Just arriving, rare and out-of-print issues of the elite cult movie magazine, VIDEO WATCHDOG! Essays, interviews, and rare photos in this digest glossy. These are all in great shape, they look unread and have been stored in boarded plastic. These are pretty hard-to-find originals...get them before they are gone for good.
Julie Adams, the LA Dodgers & Monster Bash
Recently, one of our favorite guests that has been at MONSTER BASH three time, Julie Adams got to throw the first pitchg at Dodgers game when they faced the Padres. In addition, on Julie's Facebook page, her son has posted the retrospective video Julie's careen produced by Charles Henson. Check out her Facebook page:
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Happy Birthday, Pat Priest
A super big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our dear Bash alumni, Pat Priest (Marilyn from THE MUNSTERS).
MONSTER BASH Birthday Reporter, Scott Goettel, reminded me:
Happy 78th Birthday to Monster Bash guest Pat Priest, born August 15th, 1936!
Second MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE This Year!
MONSTER BASH: A HAMMER HALLOWEEN!
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!
Vendor tables available now! CLICK HERE.
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:
Caroline Munro from DRACULA A.D. 1972, CAPTAIN KRONOS - VAMPIRE HUNTER, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, AT THE EARTH'S CORE, THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN and more.
Suzanna Leigh from Hammer's THE LOST CONTINENT, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, SON OF DRACULA (1974, with Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr and directed by Hammer's Freddie Francis), THE DEADLY BEES, TV's JOURNEY TO THE UNKNOWN, George Pal's TOM THUMB, PARADISE HAWAIIAN STYLE (with Elvis Presley) and more!
Veronica Carlson from FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, THE GHOUL, THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN and more!
Yvonne Monlaur from THE BRIDES OF DRACULA, CIRCUS OF HORRORS, THE TERROR OF THE TONGS. EDGAR WALLACE MYSTERY THEATE and more!
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!
Martin Stephens with credits including Hammer's THE WITCHES (with Joan Fontaine) and his iconic genre films: VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. THE INNOCENTS and THE HELLFIRE CLUB. Martin's appearance is co-sponsored by Mark & Theron Statler and Creepy Classics.
Bill Diamond producer of MONSTER TV and he'll be talking about his new project with Ron Chaney - the remake of LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT!
… and - the greatest make-up departments for classic monsters at any convention:
John Taterelli, Jr.and Ron Chamberlain returns to create monsters to roam the halls of Bash!
Plus, many more!
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 $10 discount:
UPDATED! MONSTER BASH Trailer for Octoberfest!
More Details? CLICK HERE for the MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST site which is growing like a radioactive Creepy Crawler …
Witch's Dungeon Expands This Season!
This EXCITING news just in from Cortladt Hull on The Witch's Dungeon:
The new location for "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" has an eerie atmosphere in the
A Hammer Halloween Is Coming!
It's MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST October 10-12, 2014
There will be a slight chill in the air, the leaves will be burning with color everywhere in the hills of western, PA and the Four Points Pittsburgh North will open it's doors and let the Halloween Season begin! Hammer and classic monsters will be roaming the halls....vendors with classic monster merchandise will descend from every corner of the netherworld and some of the most beloved Hammer Horror stars will shine and sign (autographs) at MONSTER BASH's HAMMER HALLOWEEN.
Don't miss out on that Halloween feeling all wrapped up in a giant MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE.
CLICK HERE NOW for discount membership admission and all the details.
Monster Bash Alumni Ed Nelson Passes
I stopped and paused this morning as I got the news from MONSTER BASH attendees Eileen Wolfberg & Tom Jackson:
Ron, just saw this in The New York Times:
And just this morning we were talking about Ed Nelson and how much fun it was to hang with him and his wife Patsy at the Bash. We all gotta go some time, but this is especially painful. If you have any access to Patsy, wife of 63 years as the article mentions, send her our deepest condolescences. We’ve loved his work throughout our lives and then came to love them in person. Can’t thank you enough for getting them to come to the Bash.
-Eileen and Tom
I was sad to read about Ed Nelson’s passing last night. I first met him at a New York City convention that was poorly attended. He walked by my table, saw a poster from one of his movies and stayed for three days! During that time, Ed told me stories of his Corman days, Payton Place and just about every other TV show and film he was in.
Patsy, his wife, was his biggest fan, nodding and laughing as he spoke. Ed even gave me a prescription from his Dr. Rossi (his role on Payton Place). It said, “Dr. Rossi prescribes that you be happy”.
I next met Ed and Patsy at the Monster Bash. My wife and I were sitting in the restaurant when we spotted Patsy waving her arms up and down. We weren’t exactly sure who she was until Ed sat down. She pointed at us told him that it was Sharon and Bruce. Ed immediately waved us over and we have a highly enjoyable dinner with them.
Ed always added something to every film and TV show he appeared in. He was a genuinely warm and friendly person who loved talking to all he met.
He will be missed.
In the span of less than one week, we've lost Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, and now Ed Nelson.
New! Lugosi in Broad Minded on DVD
Now on factory sealed DVD! A rare Lugosi role in a comedy....
BROAD MINDED (1931)
Get it on DVD, it's in stock right now here at Creepy Classics...ready to ship to you.
Above: Kevin Slick on the right.
Happy Birthday Kevin Slick
Happy Birthday to MONSTER BASH staffer Kevin Slick....long, long, long time friend, artist, teacher, musician Kevin Slick celebrates his birthday today. Our best Bash wishes go out to him.
e-mail him wishes directly to: email@example.com
What Have You Been Watching Lately?
Here's from this past Sunday:
FROGS (1972)-For most AIP films, the poster is usually better than the actual product and the Ken Kelly artwork is really great (and was the cover for FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #91!). But while the film on a whole is schlocky-Nature striking back at polluting humans, mostly with reptiles,amphibians and arachnids doing the dastardly deeds- it actually is pretty fun and if nothing else, the sentiment is right on. Ray Milland's charecter is so rude and abrasive, you hope he will get his and soon! My wife enjoys this very much and while I thought it was because a young handsome buffed Sam Elliot is in it (with his shirt off too!), she swore she enjoyed the acting, script, direction etc. and that thought had never entered her mind! ***
PSYCHO (1960)-This has lost quite a bit of luster due to familiarity, rip offs and the frankly dull Vera Miles/John Gavin combo. However, you still have excellent performances by Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Martin Balsam, great camera work, that awesome Bernard Herrmann score and of course, three of the most frightening scenes ever in a movie.
First saw this a few weeks after age 11 and after spending time at The Bates Motel, the Universal monsters seemed almost friendly in comparison. To be sure, it scared me out of my wits-my Parents were having a party and when my Dad came to use the bathroom, I all but begged him to stay with me when Vera descends into the basement, until the scene was over.
Also, sure it changed many Monster Kids cleaning rituals...for many months, would lock the door and peek behind the shower curtain...just in case. *****
Really liked Raymond Burr as the hot headed Barney Chavez (I've always thought he had one of the most classic voices) and "almost" found myself pulling for him to get it together. But alas, the old native curse proved to be too much, and everything slowly unravels. Barney and the beautiful Dina Van Gelder (Payton) pretty much get what they deserved in the end. Also enjoyed the Lonster and Tom Conway in their supportive roles. A highlight for me was when Barney would change to the gorilla, it was more of an "in his mind" transformation, more so than the physical that you would typically see in a Wolfman movie.
With a limited budget, and lack of today's spectacular CG FX; I thought it was well done and effective. Too bad the movie has been lampooned over the years, I really enjoyed it. I also was inspired to do an illustration of the movie poster. I wanted all of the main players featured and the gorilla to be a tad more subliminal, (as compared to the original posters). Also wanted to hit the jungle graphic hard, much like how the Drew Struzan / Indianna Jones posters would always set scene of the movie.
Enjoy!-John Sargent, PIttsburgh, PA
Above: Various monsters that appeared on THE OUTER LIMITS TV shows!
Hi, Ron! I just sent you my new article in today's paper. Here's "What I'm watching on TV" this week! at 12 am Midnight Sunday.
I saw the last episode of the 1963-'65 series, "The Outer Limits", The PROBE on "This" Tv Network! 2 glorious episodes of The "Outer Limits"(1963-65) airs Sun. nites from 11 pm to 1 am cst/ 12 am-2 am et on "This"! I'll watch the 1st episode, "Galaxy Being" starring Cliff Robertson in his "Grr"-eatest role ever, this Sun. night at 11 pm cst/ 12 midnight on "This"!
This week I also watched my vhs video of "Monster of Piedras Blancas"(1959) starring Don Sullivan & late Jeanne Carmen (I met both), then my vhs of "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" in one of my many VCRs! Wed. Aug. 16th I watched the classic 1960's "The Avengers" tv-show on classic "Cozi"-tv & Christopher LEE was in it as a Professor "Frank N. STONE"(sounds like Frankenstein), who makes duplicates; his 1st one looks like him & runs amok like Frankenstein! The same night on "Me-Tv" at 1 am on "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" was my fave episode, also starring Christopher Lee as an actor in "Sign of Satan".
After that, "Thriller" came on at 2 am, hosted by none-other than our fave actor, BORIS Karloff but I get tired & usually "zonk"-out around 2 am. I watch my favorite show, "SvenGoolie"(Rich Koz) every Sat. night at 9 pm cst/ 10 pm et on "Me-Tv"(the home of Classic Tv)! Last Sat. "SvenGoolie" showed "Curse of The Undead"(1959) & this Sat. Aug. 16th he shows one of my top-10 fave movies, "Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman"!
Until next time, your "Fiend", ROCK a.k.a. "Rock 'Monsta'(Monster)"! David Rock Nelson, B-"Monster" Moviemaker, ex-Marine(1976-'80), Most "Notorious" guest of honor at "Monster Bash Con" & Most "Notorious" Halloween guest on "Wgn Morning News", every Halloween! I'll be on "Wgn-Tv"(Home of "BOZO" The Clown & the 1960's-'70 "Creature Features"!) on Fri. OCT. 31st/"Halloween" on "WGN Morning News"
Recently enjoyed watching a sci/fi classic, from l956, with fave B man, John Agar, along with other familiar faces from our sci/fi/horror flicks, Hugh Beaumont and Nestor Paiva. Its a tale about an 'Ancient' civilization that lives beneath the Earth, Agar,Beaumont and Paiva,find there way down there and encounter,strange white/faced, sun deprived people, who are, of course, hostile and afraid of them.
What have YOU been watching lately?
Happy Belated Birthday To MONSTER BASHER Mark Wilhelm
We want to wish the best year for Mark Wilhelm who celebrated a birthday recently. Above he's pictured getting the evil eye from Ron Chaney in make-up (by Jesse Melchoir and John Tattarelli, Jr.) as his grandfather's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at MONSTER BASH.
Happy Birthday, Mark!
New! 1935 British Mystery Chiller
Now available at Creepy Classics...THE SILENT PASSENGER (1935).
Stars John Loder, Donald Wolfit (BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE), Peter Haddon, Lilian Oldland and Leslie Perrins. A woman is blackmailed into having an affair and the result is murder and mystery aboard a night train. Famed British detective Lord Peter Wimsey is on the case in this foggy thriller.
Get it in our New DVD & Blu-Ray Department here at Creepy Classics!
Home Movies of Bela Lugosi!
I was just sent this link to home movies of Bela Lugosi from Dave MacDonald. Wow. An inside peek at Bela, family and lots of friends. You'll see Lillian Lugosi and Bela, Jr. quite a bit. Click the link below:
Holy Vampire– These home movies are wonderful. I assume they are from the early 40s since Bela Jr was born in 1938. This is wonderful footage, especially since only one Bela Lugosi movie was shot in color so the chance to see our hero in full color is so rare.
This footage really made my day.
Above: Some of the crew from the show...left to right: Joe Hagan and Theron Statler. And in the right photo: Joe Hagan, Ted Lewczyk and Ursula Adams.
Above: Saturday afternoon at the Steel City Convention.
Creepy Classics/Monster Bash at the Steel City Con LAST WEEKEND!
A thank you to everyone that stopped by the Creepy Classics/Monster Bash tables this past weekend at the STEEL CITY CON in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Another great crowd and a fun show. It was nice seeing all the familiar MONSTER BASH faces. Our good friend Malcolmn Gittins unearthed one of the best deals of the show, a copy of the record album FAMOUS MONSTERS SPEAK in super condition.
A big thank you to our great MONSTER BASH staffers in orange shirts over the weekend (in order of appearance!): Tom Adams, Theron Statler, Joe Hagan, Ursula Adams, Paisley Adams, Ted Lewczyk, Bob Pellegrino, Jon Doerr, Ed Watson, Lexi Watson and Wolf "Man" Watson.
Missed that show? Well, maybe we'll see you THIS weekend at the MONSTER MANIA CONVENTION in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. It's August 15-17. For detail, go to the MONSTER MANIA web site: http://www.monstermania.net/.
A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:
Video shot by Kevin Slick from Louisville, Colorado on a visit.