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TODAY'S MONSTER BASH PHAN FOTO: An intense portrait of Bela Lugosi at the height of his career! Get Bela Lugosi official Blu-Rays and DVDs right here at Creepy Classics.
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All the Noose That's Fit To Post
New! Re-Issued & New T-Shirts from Universal
Here they are, in stock in all sizes from Men's SMALL to XXL. Three popular styles were revived: FRANKENSTEIN CHAIR (Karloff from THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN), UNIVERSAL MONSTERS (Collage of all the classic ghoulies), CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (emerging from the water) and the brand new design for Lon Chaney Jr. as THE WOLF MAN!
You find them all in our Shirts & Creepy Gear Department right now...grab your size...SMALL-XXL in stock in all these designs now. Officially licensed Universal monster shirts! Here at Creepy Classics.
New! In Stock NOW - Hammer Double Features on Blu-Ray
Yep, they're here and ready to ship to you! Two Hammer double features from Columbia/Mill Creek. Crystal clear, beautiful transfers direct from the vaults of Columbia Studios. They're on sale for under $10 each....WOW! Find them right now in our New Blu-Ray Department, here at Creepy Classics! Snag one (or both!) for immediate shipping!
Here are some details:
REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN/CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB - Blu-Ray
Two classic Hammer Horror Films:
THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958) Hammer movie with Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) back to his old tricks. Thoughtful and intense Victorian horror.
THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1964)Stars Terrence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark and Jeanne Roland. A wealthy mummy's tomb is discovered and an American Barnum-and-Bailey type wants to exploit the treasure and the mummy. The mummy's doesn't take kindly to the desecration and puts the hurt and everyone he encounters. A fun, mummy film, with comedic moments. Hammer's version on THE MUMMY'S HAND.
TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL/THE GORGON (Dbl. Feature) - Blu-Ray
Two classic Hammer Films from the 1960s:
THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL (1960) Also known as: HOUSE OF FRIGHT. Stars Christopher Lee, Paul Massie and Dawn Addams. Hammer films first outing with a version of the classic Jekyll-Hyde saga. The science driven doctor experiments on himself to reveal his theories of alternate souls. What results is a handsome devil who has the heart of a monster. Proving his theory and also the fact that he should have stuck to ice tea.
THE GORGON (1964) Wonderful mix of Hammer horror and mythology. Peter Cushing stars. Don't look at The Gorgon, whatever you do!!! Don't look!
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
Need Membership Passes For MONSTER BASH 2017? Click Here!
Creepy Classics/Monster Bash Heading To Canton
THE CANTON PALACE THEATRE: SCI-FI DOUBLE FEATURE - The Canton Palace Theatre, Canton, OH. Saturday, August 27, 2016.
Two of the greatest science fiction films of the 1950s are coming to The Canton Palace Theatre and so is Creepy Classics/Monster Bash! A historic, beautiful, giant palace theatre....a grand place to see some of our favorite movies on the big, big screen. It's FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956) and IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955) and classic sci-fi monsters in the lobby! Here's the web site: http://cantonpalacetheatre.org/
Admission ONLY $8 per person! Creepy Classics/Monster Bash in the lobby, BIG SCREEN classic sci-fi features and live organ intermission! The theatre seats 1500!
Make your plans to head for Canton, Ohio this August 27, 2016! We are!
Order advance tickets on-line, CLICK HERE!
Lodging: (We'll be staying at the Grand McKinley Historic Hotel, walking distance to the theatre, CLICK HERE!
New! For the VHS Collector...A Treasure of Used Titles
Now pouring into the Used Video Graveyard, a treasure of titles, all in like new condition. VHS is the new vinyl. Collectors are picking up VHS for the great box art and they are holding up much, much longer than we were led to believe. Only one of many of the new used titles coming in. Hurry and get the ones you want for your shelves.
There are many more just coming in than the ones pictured above. You can take a peak in the "New Today" Department to see the ones that just arrived. Or, go right to the Used Video Graveyard for all the titles that are here now at Creepy Classics.
Bradbury Birthday Remembered
....It's been a busy week for our birthday historian here at Creepy Classics/Monster Bash, Scott Goettel. Here's the latest on one of the greatest writers in our genre:
This birthday remembrance goes out to RAY BRADBURY, born August 22nd, 1920, and passed away at age 91 on June 5th, 2012.
Ray Bradbury's stories captured the imagination of us Monster Bash Kids for sure. His stories include ZERO HOUR (a TV episode of "Lights Out"), SUMMER NIGHT (a TV episode of "Suspense"), a TV movie titled THE ROCKET, HOMECOMING (a "Tales of Tomorrow" TV episode), IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, several episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC (Twilight Zone episode), FAHRENHEIT 451, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, THE HALLOWEEN TREE, and THE SCREAMING WOMAN (which was made into a 1972 made for TV movie...just ask Brian Nichols about this one!).
Those titles just scratch the surface of Ray Bradbury's credits. It was so cool to meet him at the 1993 Famous Monsters Convention too!
A Happy Monster Bashin' Birthday to Ray Bradbury!
Above: Wallace Ford, Peggy Moran and Cecil Kellaway in THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940).
The Mummy's Hand Reaches Out For Another Birthday!
This in from Monster Bash Birthday Reporter, Scott Goettel:
It's time for another Monster Bash Birthday salute, and this time it's for one of the stars of THE MUMMY'S HAND...Cecil Kellaway.
Bashin' Birthday Wishes to Debra Paget
The Creepy tele-type is clicking away in the background and this coming in from Monster Bash Birthday reporter, Scott Goettel:
Born on August 19th, 1933 in Denver Colorado, is the the breathtakingly beautiful Debra Paget (birth name Debralee Griffin).
Her film roles covered such a wide variety, and she was excellent in whatever genre she appeared in, but we Monster Bashers love her roles co-starring with Vincent Price in THE HAUNTED PALACE, and TALES OF TERROR.
She co-starred with Elvis Presley in his first film LOVE ME TENDER, plus she was in Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 classic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (which also featured Vincent Price).
Other roles for Debra include FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, BROKEN ARROW (with James Stewart), JOURNEY TO THE LOST CITY (directed by Fritz Lang), and the TV series JOHNNY RINGO (which also starred a future 'Lost in Space' cast member Mark Goddard).
We all wish Debra Paget a very Blessed and very Happy 83rd Bashin' Birthday!
P.S. If you'd like to see a more recent and great interview with her, click this link http://www.famousfix.com/videos?v=EBZ5LPeRNJA
You're My First, My Last My Martine Beswicke
Hammer Girls in New Music Video
Check out the latest satire video from filmmaker (and Monster Bash attendee) Joshua Kennedy! Josh is one of the most talented AND FUNNY guys I've met at Bash. He loves his Hammer films and does some fun videos as well as his own films.
This video features Caroline Munro, her step daughter Tami and Martine Beswicke.
Click the above image-link or go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmZ4z_zmjFg
Also, check out the CD of songs sung by Mark Statler and Martine Beswicke, Caroline Munro, Veronica Carlson, Suzanna Leigh and Yvonne Monlaur. Click for THE HAMMER GIRLS.
Warehouse Magazine Re-Shocked!
We just added a warehouse load of great magazine back issues...all new, not used! See the re-stocked magazines SCARLET - THE FILM MAGAZINE, MONSTERSCENE, MAD SCIENTIST and MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT! Great back issues, just like their right off the newsstand fresh! Fearful fun-packed pages of classic horror and science fiction. Grab yours while they last at Creepy Classics.
Rush over to our Creepy Magazine Newsstand right now.
Above left: James Shorts and his brother, Claude. Claude went on to me a life long movie projectionist in Florida. Above right: Jim Shorts at a Christmas dinner in 1966, that elbow and hand in the bottom left....is me.
James Shorts Remembered 1911-2008
Who's James Shorts? Was he in a James Whale movie? Co-star with Vincent Price? An extra in Lon Chaney's final film THE UNHOLY THREE in 1930? Nope.
He was the guy who told me about Lon Chaney even before Forrest J Ackerman did. He took out books on early film from the Grove City College library on early films and paged through them with me. He arranged for a meeting with Vincent Price and me (when I was twelve). He was my grandfather. His birthday is today....August 18. He was born in 1911. He lived until he was 97. A huge influence on my love of movies along with my dad and mom. Jim Shorts told me about actors and theaters and film. My dad showed me what fun it was to see atomic age giant monsters (and sat on the floor with me to play with army men and plastic monsters, helped me build Aurora models) and my mom who bought me FAMOUS MONSTERS magazines.
Today, I remember one of my best friends I ever had, my grandfather, Jim Shorts from Grove City, PA.
-Ron Adams, Ligonier, PA 2016
New! Forrest J Ackerman Estate Checks
A few more (three) checks from the Forrest J Ackerman estate have made it to the Creepy Classics vaunts here. You can own a real Forrest J Ackerman hand-written autograph on a bank check.
In fact one of them (pictured above) is actually two notable autographs. That check is written to well-known science fiction author A.E. Van Vogt. It appears to have been a deal Forry arrangement for a publication of Van Vogt's story "The First Martian" to be re-printed in a book or magazine in Holland. Forry acted as a sci-fi author/agent for years. Van Vogt's hand-written signature is on the back of the check.Two other checks are available right now too! See them in our Creepy Autograph Department here at Creepy Classics.
Tickets On-Sale NOW!
Creepy Classics and Monster Bash will bring the classic monsters to the SCI-FI SHOW at THE CANTON PALACE THEATRE in Canton, Ohio.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Tickets for the show are only $8!!!! On the big, big screen, it's FORBIDDEN PLANET and IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA. In the lobby it's a giant-monster sized set-up from Creepy Classics and Monster Bash.
We'll have thousands of Blu-Rays, DVDs, Monster Models, Monster T-Shirts, Posters and Monster Magazines....all the monsters you can shake a take of torch at!
This is the event of the season on Saturday, August 27th!
CLICK HERE to get your admission! Tickets will also be available at the door.
Lodging for this incredible event in one of the most beautiful theatres in the country...the historic Canton Palace Theatre:
McKinley Grand Hotel (Walking distance to the theatre, you can see the theatre from this hotel):
McKinley Grand Hotel, 320 Market Ave S, Canton, OH 44702 (555) 555-5555
CLICK HERE for loads of other options in the Canton area.
See you there! Questions, call me here at Creepy Classics/Monster Bash - (724) 238-4317.
While visting The Canton Palace Theatre, Jay Spencer of the theatre told us about Ikon Images Gallery next door to the theatre....weird pop culture art....a great place to visit while in Canton:
Gearing Up For A Squealing Halloween?
Now that's creepy. It's Monster Bash regular Charles Henson in his Monster Bash 2009 shirt, mask (we hope!) and wig. He's normal....really, really....
You getting ready for Halloween? How about posting a picture of you in a favorite mask?
Happy Birthday Remembered - Evelyn Ankers
Thanks to Monster Bashin' Birthday reporter, Scott Goettel, for this:
One of our favorite ladies who was a staple of Universal's horror films, Evelyn Ankers, was born on August 17th, 1918, in Valparaiso Chile, and passed away on August 29th, 1995, at only 67 years of age.
This beautiful actress had a career that spanned all the way back to 1936, with an uncredited role in FORBIDDEN MUSIC. But, as her film roles moved along, she appeared in some of the very best movies that we Monster Bash Kids love. She was in Abbott & Costello's HOLD THAT GHOST, THE WOLF MAN, THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR, CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN, SON OF DRACULA, THE MAD GHOUL, WEIRD WOMAN, JUNGLE WOMAN, THE INVISIBLE MAN'S REVENGE, THE PEARL OF DEATH, and THE FROZEN GHOST.
She appeared in many many more films and TV roles in the years that followed, and her last film role was in 1960 in a movie titled NO GREATER LOVE (also starring Richard Denning, Robert Cornthwaite, Ross Elliott, and Art Linkletter).
A Heartfelt Happy Monster Bashin' Birthday to the eternally lovely Evelyn Ankers!
"No, child. I do not see a pentagram....but, a birthday!"
Artwork From The Watchtower
The above painting is by Zach Sierocki and was sent in this morning to share with fellow fans. Very nice - excellent, Zach!
New! More Back Issues of CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN Magazine
Now in electrifying SHOCK STOCK....it's more vintage back issues of CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN magazine here at Creepy Classics. These are the original magazine from the 1960s and 1970s. Relive the excitement of finding these sought after mags on your local newsstand....spending your hard-earned allowance from taking out the trash, cleaning your room and mowing the neighbors lawn. It was worth it.
Creepy Classics Will Be at Jersey Model Fest!
It's going to be a busy August through October with expos, trade shows and theatre shows. On the weekend of August 27, we'll be at two shows. Monster movie fans in the mid-west can find us at The Canton Palace Theatre for the classic SCI-FI SHOW in Ohio. On the east coast the Creepy Crew will be at Jersey Fest! Here are the details on that show:
JERSEY FEST MODEL EXPO - Marriott Hanover Hotel, Whippany, NJ. August 26-28, 2016.
New! Superbeast on DVD
I have been asked about this movie at about every convention I do. I had never seen it, but apparently it has a huge cult reputation. One of those films that aired on TV back in the 1970s and 1980s....connoisseurs of bad films seem to really single it out as being exceptional. Whew. Well, MGM has saw fit to do a limited release on this beast!
Back From The Vault - Re-Stocked on MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT Back Issues!
Now back in stock, many back issues of the great MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT magazine. Now's your chance to fill in the gaps in your collection before they're all sold out for good. It's the glossy mag that is always jammed with rare stills and great insights by popular authors on the films we love.
Universal monsters, AIP monsters, Hammer Horrors and so much more lurk in the pages of MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT. Get these super scary mags for your collection in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand here on-line at Creepy Classics.
You happy now? We are!
60 Years Ago...
This is the latest in from Scott Goettel, our Monster Bash reporter pounding the pavement across the monster nation:
60 years ago on August 16th, 1956, Bela Lugosi passed away. His legacy of films will continue to thrill audiences for generations to come.
Bashin' Birthday Remembered -- Glenn Strange
Once again, thanks to our Monster Bash reporter, Scott Goettel, for this incoming:
August 16th, 1899, is the birth date of one of our favorite actors - Glenn Strange.
He was in countless westerns, and he played Sam the bartender on the TV series GUNSMOKE, but we especially love his portrayal of the Frankenstein monster in HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HOUSE OF DRACULA, and ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. He was Petro in THE MAD MONSTER, he had an uncredited role (as 'farmer holding horse') in THE MUMMY'S TOMB, he appeared in a 'scary' western - HAUNTED RANCH, he was in the George Zucco film THE BLACK RAVEN, and with J. Carroll Naish in THE MONSTER MAKER. Plus he even had an uncredited part in Elvis Presley's JAILHOUSE ROCK (as a convict named Matt).
Glenn also showed up on the small screen in various TV series, such as SPACE PATROL, THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO SHOW, BORIS KARLOFF'S THRILLER (as an Indian, but his scenes were deleted), and THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR (as the Frankenstein monster).
A Monstrously Bashin' Happy 117th Birthday to Glenn Strange!
By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter author of The Mexican Masked Wrestler & Monster Filmography
Hola, amigos. It is truly with a heavy heart that I write this month's column. As you all know by now, Bill Cardille, "Chilly Billy," has passed away, leaving a huge hole in our hearts and our childhood memories. He was perhaps my biggest influence and inspiration. I remember on Saturday afternoons, when I'd watch Studio Wrestling, which he of course hosted. I was into the wrestling, but I watched it just as much to find out what was on Chiller Theater that night; he always showed clips of the features that were to be shown. Then, years later, I became an author, and so it just kind of seemed natural that my first book should be about wrestlers and monsters. I remember the interview that he did with Paul Riggie and me during Monster Bash 2001, which was later published in my fanzine SantoScene. Chilly was very friendly and approachable, and he took a genuine interest in both the interview and us as people, which he did with everybody. I remember the year he forgot his Chiller Theater theme music, which we just happened to have at the table, and so we gave him ours. So many memories, but to recount many more of them would only start the tears flowing again. He always remembered us by name, and we, in turn, will never forget him. R.I.P. Chilly.
So until next month, adios, amigos, and please don't forget to click at the Animal Rescue Site to provide free food and care to shelter animals. Better yet, adopt one! Vaya con Dios, Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky and Cher.
Get all your favorite Mexican horror films on DVD here at Creepy Classics!
THE NEW INCVISIBLE MAN, dubbed in English, and optional original Spanish is available by clicking HERE!
New! Collectible Books Rolling In
Check out all the collectible books now dropping into the crypt here at Creepy Classics:
SCREAM QUEENS (Castle of Frankenstein) - Large Softcover Book
GHOULARDI (TV Horror Host) - Book
ZACHERLEY'S MIDNIGHT SNACKS - Collectble Book
MEET THE VAMPIRE (Eerie Series Library Book) - Used Hardback
Outer Space and Beneath the Sea...in Ohio!
Creepy Classics - Monster Bash Will Be There In the Lobby!
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/
On their site, look under "Movies." You can pre-order your tickets now! It's Saturday, August 27th....and get ready for big screen thrills! And free givewaways from Creepy Classics at Intermission time with live organ music filling the 1500 seat grand theatre!
Above: Hotel in easy walking distance to the Canton Palace Theatre, The historic McKinley Grand Hotel: (330) 454-5000.
A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:
Video shot by Kevin Slick from Louisville, Colorado on a visit.