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Creepy Classics' Double Feature Road Show!
This weekend Creepy Classics will be at two different monster shows in two different states. We've enlisted top mad scientists to make this happen. A tele-transporter from THE FLY movies along with special cloning equipment and one of those whirling, sparking thingies from Henry Frankenstein's lab. If it all works, and we have the utmost confidence in Dr. Bohmer and his staff, we will be set-up at both!
Two great shows shows, one creepy cool weekend. Creepy Classics will have HUGE displays at both shows. Thousands of classic monster products at both locations. All the new classic monster Blu-Rays, DVDs, Monster T-Shirts, Monster Magazines, Posters and much more.
Click the links below to check out more on these great shows:
See you there....or there!
New! Kino DVDs and Kino Sale
New DVDs from Kino and classic Kino stock is on sale! What is "Kino." It's the premium DVD/Blu-Ray company that produces high, high quality discs. They're known for their beautiful restorations of classic film and high end quality. New to Creepy Classics is Orson Welles THE STRANGER (1946) newly restored in HD from Kino on both DVD and Blu-Ray. Plus, HOUDINI - MOVIE STAR, a box set of DVDs. It features master escape artist Harry Houdini's rare early silent films. Four features and one only existing fragment film. The set does include THE MASTER MYSTERY (A robot in 1919!) and THE MAN FROM BEYOND (1922), an eerie otherworldly feature film.
Plus, the below films all restocked and some discounted as much as 30%!
Kino shock stocked: NOSFERATU, DIE NIBLUNGEN, LES VAMPIRES, THE ASPHYX, THE HAUNTED CASTLE, FANTOMAS, DR. MABUSE - THE GAMBLER, FAUST, THE MAGIC OF MELIES, BLACK SUNDAY, SHE (1935), METROPOLIS (THE COMPLETE RESTORED VERSION), THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932), HOUDINI - MOVIE STAR Box Set and more!
Shop them in our Complete DVD Catalog here at Creepy Classics!
The "Big" Boys Are Back In Town
Back in stock...all of your favorite Godzilla and Japanese giant monster movies on DVD and Blu-Ray.
We have cases full of your favorite Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan, Ghidora movies. Even some of the out-of-print rare ones like DOGORA and MATANGO (ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE). Plus, favorites like RODAN double featured with WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS, THE LEGEND OF DINOSAURS and KING KONG ESCAPES.
All factory sealed, new DVDs and Blu-Rays. The easiest place to shop these Saturday Afternoon Smash-Ups is in our "Godzilla and Japanese Monsters Department," here at Creepy Classics. The link will be in the left side bat after you CLICK HERE.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?...No, Who Framed Monster Bash!
This in from super fan, artist and photographer, Malcolm Gittins:
New! Get Your "Horror Witch" Shirt
It's spring and time be the fashionable monster lover you are!
It's horrible, it's nasty, it's freaky....everyone wants one! The "Horror Witch" T-Shirt. This hideous, drooling face in lovely greens on a black t-shirt. 100% pre-shrunk cotton quality shirt with quality screen art face. Our on-line shopping cart has options for sizes SMALL through XXL. They're in shock stock and you can order one for shipping right now. We do have size 3X too, but the shopping cart doesn't allow for that size for some reason....so you can call with credit card to order a size 3X: call (724) 238-4317.
Glimpse of Bela Candid in 1951
I just received an e-mail from MONSTER BASH attendee Phil Smoot. Phil had been passed along this seldom viewed link to a Pathe short film called SEEING STARS. It was shot in 1951 and features a brief close-up and mention of Bela Lugosi. It happens at about the :45 second mark into the short film. A nice little peek at Bela Lugosi at that time...he looked happy and enjoying himself. Click the link above to view it. Thanks to Phil for passing this along!
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!
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.
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!
… and - the greatest make-up departments for classic monsters at any convention:
John Taterelli and Ron Chamberlain returns to create monsters to roam the halls of Bash!
Plus, many more stars to come!
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 $20 discount:
More Details? CLICK HERE for the MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST site which is growing like a radioactive Creepy Crawler …
Mr. Wilson & Classic Monsters
This newspaper comic clipping was given to me by Jon Doerr. How appropriate for all of us classic monster fans and the fact that Jay North (TV's Dennis the Menace) is coming to this June's MONSTER BASH! By the way, Jay grew up loving those monster movies that we love too! He's TV monster kid! See at Bash this June: www.monsterbash.us.
What Have You Been Watching?
Let us know some of the great "Creepy Classics: that you've been viewing lately....
This week I viewed a classic Boris Karloff, "The Man Who Lived Again' a/k/a 'The Man Who Changed His Mind' (1936)
Boris doesn't need any makeup, just those dark circles under his eyes, his menacing hand gestures, and he conveys his sinister intentions, oh so easily. Any film with this great classic horror legend, never disappoints. Definitely worth viewing.
Regards, J50smonstakid(:, Arizona
"The Man Who Laughs", from 1928, is a terrific film, probably one of the best silent movies. While not a horror film per say, the film features one of Jack Pierce's first great makeups for a Universal film. Conrad Veidt plays Gwynplaine, a man disfigured by a ghoulish doctor. Veidt could not move his lips so all his emotion is conveyed, excellently, through his eyes and movements. Mary Philbin, who plays the blind Dea, also does a magnificent job.
It's an exciting and touching film that only gets better.
With the weather getting nicer everyday, been enjoying outdoor activities as well as Spring cleaning. While going through the "organized clutter" of my office/library, found my paperback copy of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD by John Russo a couple of weeks ago which I promptly re-read and relived all the memories that this one film, my all time favorite of any film, has meant to me.
First saw NIGHT on CREATURE FEATURES (Bob Wilkins hosting out of Oakland CA), I believe in mid 1972 (???) and found it certainly creepy, but bad weather knocked out our power and I missed most of it, so while thought it was good, not much impact.
A couple of years later, we had been living in the Panama Canal Zone and found a copy of THE FILM JOURNAL (Spring 1974) that had a very good detailed article on NIGHT and several other films. A few months later FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND # 109 had a decent "Film Book" and an ad for the Russo book, but for some reason I never got around to it...probably because I needed all my money for the endless magazines/comics/movies that my allowance supported.
August of 1975, NIGHT was finally going to be on the "Creature Features" that normally showed awful films like DECOY FOR TERROR, VAMPIRE MEN OF THE LOST PLANET and Mexican/Phillipines offerings (although, to be fair, a lot of the Mexi-Movies are quite a lot of fun). My buddies and huddled around the TV and were jolted out of our complacency by how GRIM the film was and also it was shown uncut, so all the gruesome activity was shoved right at us (A few months later, I think one of the BRIDES OF BLOOD was shown and some nudity was shown which certainly was a big deal). Over the next few years, NEVER missed it on TV, staying up late or setting my alarm to wake me depending on what ungodly hour it was being shown.
Cut to May 1981, was working at my People's Drug Store and one of my regular's came up with a copy of the Russo book (!!!!!!!!!!!!). I calmly asked him if there were anymore (planning to bribe or tackle him if there were not). I got my answer, purchased a couple of copies on my break and when I should have been reading "Death of a Salesman" for class that evening, read this instead. Think it's well written, quite creepy and even more downbeat than the film, if that's at all possible.
Over the next few years, still caught it on TV and lucky enough to see it at many Midnight movies that were playing in the Baltimore/Washington DC area and it was the first VHS I bought when I knew I would be getting a VCR for Xmas 1985 (that same Christmas, went to my parent's and my brother Scott was playing the gruesome DAWN OF THE DEAD...not the kind of movie you would expect for the holidays, but what the heck!).
I'm sure most people who would visit a site like CREEPY CLASSICS are familiar with the film and it's history. I think, for the money and resources they did not have, the cast and crew did a superb job and find it sad how they got such a raw deal on the distribution and not seeing hardly any money because it's in public domain. Have been fortunate enough to meet a lot of the surviving cast/crew at various conventions and found them all incredibly nice.
I watched NIGHT again this past weekend( for probably the 55th time since I first saw it ) and still find it as compelling, eerie and just plain good as the first time, so it should be no surprise I give this *****.
Everyone have a good week.
What have YOU been watching? Let us know with an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
New! Colorful Sci-Fi from the 1960s
Now on Blu-Ray, two colorful science fiction adventures from the 1960s. FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966) and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1964) are now in stock on Blu-Ray at Creepy Classics. You'll find these two eye-popping explorations in our Creepy Blu-Ray Department, here at Creepy Classics. They're also available in our Complete DVD Catalog for the DVD collector.
New! Giant-Sized Blu-Rays
Now in stock and ready to ship to your door....king-size monsters! Something about the holidays brings out those towering beasts that like to step on cities. Newly released and shock stocked at Creepy Classics, it's KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962) and KING KONG ESCAPES (1967). Both are in English and both are widescreen (to fit these big guys in).
Above: The trailer for the SON OF GHOSTMAN.
"Son of Ghostman" Comes To MONSTER BASH!
As you know MONSTER BASH is a retro conference that brings people who loved old horror movies, monster magazines and TV horror hosts together from all over the country, and world. Almost everything we do at MONSTER BASH is retro. It's our thing, our monster movie thing. But every once in a while something comes along that is our thing AND is grounded in our world of today. Something that ties around the genre and flings it right here next to us in 2014. SON OF GHOSTMAN is exactly that.
SON OF GHOSTMAN is a movie about today, about coming of age, about growing up with monster movies and our local TV horror host. But mostly, it's about us. Monster Kids of all ages finding our way in this world.
I can't say enough good things about this movie, that out of the blue, I was treated to by the director/writer, Kurt Edward Larson. The acting, the story, the direction, the likable (and not likable) characters all strike the perfect chimes at midnight.
This will screen at MONSTER BASH June 2014. There's a chance that Kurt might be able to make it there too. Regardless, this is something that every person who grew up liking horror hosts and monster movies needs....NEEDS to see. Endearing and....well, us.
The Feel-Ghoul Movie of the Year!
SON OF GHOSTMAN
Can't wait till BASH? CLICK HERE and see it in it's entirity now. I highly, highly recommend it.
-Ron Adams, Monster Bash
Mexican Monster Party - April 2014
By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter (author of The Mexican Masked Wrestler and Monster Filmography)
Bobb Cotter is the author of THE MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER AND MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY published by McFarland Books. Get it from our Creepy Bookstore here at Creepy Classics.
Get SANTO VS. THE RIDERS OF TERROR on DVD, factory sealed, in our Mexican Monsters Department here at Creepy Classics.
This Car is....Creature Cool!
An e-mail from Dean Vanderkolk:
My name is Dean Vanderkolk and I am a longtime Bash attendee. The Monster Bash was the first convention I ever attended, and each year when I return, it feels like a visit with cherished family and firends.
Thanks for writing Dean (and the photo of Kirk's great gilled car!). I bet Ricou and Julie will be delighted to autograph Kirk's car. -Ron
New! Complete Original Zones on Blu-Ray
I have vague meomoies of seeing some of THE TWILGHT ZONE series on it's original run. We lived in a brown house on College Avenue in Grove City, PA and I was bn 3-5 years old. One, in particular, I remember from the time period of 1963-64 was "The Dummy." About a ventriloquist dummy that had a life of its own.
Most of my memory of TWILIGHT ZONE comes from when I was first working in radio in the late 1970s and very early 1980s. It was run nightly at 11:30PM on channel 11 coming in from New York City on cable. Sometimes I'd have to wait till the end of a baseball game on a hot summer night....but, I would wait. I worked nights and it was a great way to end a work day after getting back to my apartment. The ZONEs are simply great.
The entire run of Rod Serling's original TWILIGHT ZONE shows, both half hour and hour episodes. 24 Blu-Ray discs! Spooky, wondrous, ironic...some of the best written television ever. Every actor you can think of probably appeared on this show. Re-mastered and beautiful quality. Loads of extras.
Get the Blu-Ray complete TWILIGHT ZONE set in our Creey Blu-Ray Department at Creepy Classics right now for $50 of the list price.
Do you have any favorites episodes and memorie from watching them?
Actor Peter Mark Richman Birthday
This submitted for your approval from Birthday (Monster) Bash reporter Scott Goettel:
New! It's Back From the Black Lagoon
Back in stock: the novelization of the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON from 1954. The original book sells for between $1000 - $6000. This great new edition is from Dreamhaven Books. Plus, lots of production, behind-the-scenes photos have been added, many never seen anywhere in print before! Samples:
Just a few copies in stock of this great-gilled book....get yours right now in the Creepy Books Department, here at Creepy Classics!
New MONSTER BASH Video
Check out the new MONSTER BASH promo spot, voiced by Monster Basher Scott Goettell of WQXE and THE VALLEY Radio Station that streams on-line here (Classic Oldies we grew up with while reading FAMOUS MONSTERS). The video is produced by Charles Henson (MONSTER BASH Videographer). Like it on You Tube and get ready to MONSTER BASH in June!
CLICK ABOVE IMAGE or HERE for the video!
New! More Used VHS Titles
Above: THE BLACK SCORPION (1957) grabs a monster movie fan who had never seen the film...now he's sorry! Get THE BLACK SCORPION on used VHS along with lots of other, like new, used VHS tapes here at Creepy Classics. Here's just some of the new titles in our Used Video Graveyard:
Now in our Used Video Graveyard Department: THE BLACK SCORPION (1957), EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956 - Ray Harryhausen animation), DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968 - Christopher Lee), THE WOLF MAN (1941 - The Chaney classic!), THE OKLAHOMA KID (1939 - James Cagney with Humphrey Bogart), HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958 - The William Castle Saturday night shocker!) and many more.
You'll find the Used Video Graveyard link near the bottom of the links in the left column at www.creepyclassics.com. See you there!
MONSTER BASH JUNE 2014!
Memberships - Current Discount, $10 Off, Until June 1, 2014 … don't miss out!
The festival dates are June 20-22, 2014. The conference for classic monster fans & profssionals from around the world.
Reservations are being accepted right now. (724) 776-6900.
Address: 910 Sheraton Drive Mars, PA 16046
Back Up Hotels That Are JUST a Walk Across the Parking Lot! They will sell out, so get your room now:
Comfort Inn (just a short walk across the parking lot of the Monster Bash hotel) Phone: (724) 772-2700
Super 8 (just a short walk across the parking lot of the Monster Bash hotel) Phone: (724) 776-9700
YOU CAN GET A ROOM FOR MONSTER BASH:
More Very Close Hotels (About 1 mile or less!) -- Filling Up With MONSTER BASHERS:
Fairfield Inn (724) 772-0600
Red Roof Inn (724) 776-5670
Hampton Inn (724) 776-1000
Motel 6 (724) 776-4333
Holiday Inn Express (724) 772-1000
Residence Inn (724) 779-1000
Marriott (724) 772-3700 (*Expensive, but nice)
Hyatt (724) 779-7900 (*Expensive, but nice)
Hilton Garden (724) 779-9999
Here are some pictures of the new location for Monster Bash (Four Point, Mars, PA) for 2013:
Happy Birthday Remembered, Valerie Hobson
This in from our Birthday reporter, Scott Goettel:
Born on April 14th 1917...the lovely Valerie Hobson, of "The Bride of Frankenstein". Although I liked Mae Clarke as Elizabeth in "Frankenstein", Valerie Hobson was clearly my favorite in her portrayal of the character. Such a classy beautiful woman. Wow.
Above photo of (clockwise from bottom left): Dan Weber, Joel Hodgson, Ron Adams and Leonard Hayhurst. The Bash staff gets together with Joel Hodgson of MST3K for dinner to talk Bash. There is a lot of fun coming down for MONSTER BASH June 2014! Joel will be joined on stage by EEGAH's own Arch Hall, Jr. Don't miss meeting MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER's creator and star, Joel Hodgson, at MONSTER BASH this June!
A Creature Will Walk Among Us!
Check out the work being done by sculptor/make-up artist John Taterelli, Jr. for MONSTER BASH in June.....a creature, will indeed, walk among us at MONSTER BASH. John is a super talented young sculptor and artist. Make sure to stop by his table and see the works in progress during this June's MONSTER BASH.
Upcoming Blu-Ray and DVD Releases!
COMING VERY, VERY SOON! -- We will have in stock before most other outlets:
DAN CURTIS' DRACULA (Jack Palance) - Blu-Ray May 27
THE TIME MACHINE (1960) - Blu-Ray July 8
MOVIES 4 YOU: THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (Hammer Horror), THE BAT PEOPLE, THE VAMPIRE (1957/John Beal), THE SCREAMING SKULL (MGM) - DVD
KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962/USA Version) - Blu-Ray April 1st
KING KONG ESCAPES (USA Version) - Blu-Ray April 1st
COUNTESS DRACULA (1971) - DVD/Blu-Ray Combo May 6th
NOSFERATU - THE VAMPYRE (1979) - Blu-Ray May 20
GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER) - DVD & Blu-Ray
EBIRAH, HORROR OF THE DEEP (GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER) - DVD & Blu-Ray
GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND) - DVD & Blu-Ray
THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (1974) - Blu-Ray
FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1967) - Blu-Ray In Stock at www.creepyclassics.com!
… and more … just keep watching right here and we'll have them, in stock, before most other retailer! Plus, we ship FAST Priority US Mail.
-Ron at Creepy Classics
Stop-Motion Animated Version From 1949
Now available on DVD --
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1949)
See it in our Complete DVD Catalog on-line at http://www.creepyclassics.com.
Above top: Dan Weber and Ted Lewczyk after set-up at the Steel City Con in Monroeville, PA. Above lower: Dan Weber and the crowd.
Creepy Classics Back From Steel City
The STEEL CITY show in Monroville, PA was a rocking good time and it was great seeing a lot of new faces along with old friends like Malcolm Gittins, Richard Sands, Erin, George "The Animal" Steele.
A super-duper thank you to the greatest folks around, the Creepy Crew. This time around, thank you to Dan Weber, Bob Pellegrino, Leonard Hayhurst, Jon Doerr, Ursula and Paisley Adams, Ted Schmedley....or is it Lewczyk, Ed and Lexi Watson as well as M. Oleman (although he always kept a box over his head....paranoia issues).
Next up on the roadshows.....Chiller in Parsipany, NJ and the April Ghoul's Monster-Rama in Vandergrift, PA. Both are the weekend od April 25-27 and Creepy Classics will have a split crew with full set-ups at both!
Don Reese - It! Came From Iowa is Back at BASH!
In the above photo, comedian Don Reese terrorizes Monster Bash attendee Steve Wrzesien with laughter! Don Reese, the amazing colossal monster comic will perform at MONSTER BASH this June! Don is a favorite of ours and perfectly wraps his stand-up comedy around the brains of baby boomers who grew up in the Monster Generation.
See a preview of Don here:
and get ready to laugh.....you can't help it!
A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:
Video shot by Kevin Slick from Louisville, Colorado on a visit.