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All the Noose That's Fit To Post
Enjoy a Slideshow By Phil Smoot on the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE, JUNE 2015:
Photos from MONSTER BASH Coming In...
Check out our photo scrapbook page of pictures submitted to us by fans from this summer's MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE.
Check them, out (afrer clicking, scroll down for the new ones!):
....and don;t miss the fun in October:
Above: The Witch's Dungeon display at MONSTER BASH with Victoria Price.
This in from Cortladt Hull of The Witch's Dungeon:
During "MONSTER BASH", VICTORIA PRICE visited our "Witch's Dungeon" display with
Catching Up From Being MONSTER BASHED!
Please note that we are working as fast as possible to catch up on all the e-mails that have come in while we were away at MONSTER BASH.
Thank you so much to all who attended this June's MUMMY MONSTER BASH! -Ron Adams
New Blog On MONSTER BASH June 2015
Check out the re-cap blog on MONSTER BASH June 2015! Sent in by Dan Day. Thank you, Dan!
Here's the link:
This e-mail from Gary Wilson:
A PONDERMENT: Was one of the attached brides of Lugosi's Dracula the mother of Dracula's daughter? Hmmmmmm.
- Gary Wilson, Lancaster Oh.
MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY JULY 2015
By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter
-Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky, and Cher.
Roberto "Bob" Cotter is the author of THE MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER AND MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY published by McFarland Books.
Valley of Gwangi On Big Screen
If you live in upstate New York, you're in for a treat! You can see THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (A Ray Harryhausen triumph!) on the big screen at THE HAUNTED BARN on Saturday, August 1st.
THE HAUNED BARN is located at:
8 Old Dominion Road
New! Creepy Book In Shock Stock
Here they are, the greatest new books on the classic horror genre! Two brand new and THE PHANTOM is a new re-issue....all jam-packed with great information, research and amazing photos:
THE BLACK CAT - Production Book! By Greg Mank. In 1934, Universal Pictures released The Black Cat - the first teaming of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, and the darkest, most sinister horror classic in the studio's legendary canon. MagicImage Filmbooks takes you on a time travel trip back into the shadowy soundstage of this macabre milestone - the facts, the figures, the studio politics, the sinister inspirations, the demonic virtuosity of director Edgar G. Ulmer, the censorship troubles, the personal memories of the leading ladies, a sexual harassment saga almost as perverse as the film itself... and the complex, moving, ultimately tragic relationship of the film's two horror superstars. Included are the pressbook, and many rare and striking photos. Plus: "The BLACK CAT: Universal's Symphony of Horrors, The Film's Music" by Randall D. Larson
BELA LUGOSI IN PERSON! The latest in a series of books by researchers extraordinaire Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger, Bela Lugosi in Person brims with new facts, figures, and never-seen photos documenting the actor’s scores of live public performances from 1931 to 1945, the era of his greatest fame. Three-act plays, vaudeville sketches, variety shows, and personal appearances are all chronicled at length, bringing new perspective to Lugosi’s life and career. "Gary Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger have once again delivered the goods with their latest work Bela Lugosi in Person. They have combined their gift for scholarly research with an entertaining style to unveil fascinating aspects of Lugosi’s stage career and the personal dramas that took place behind stage. Chockfull of surprises and new revelations that will delight every reader, but particularly aficionados who know Lugosi, but not 'Lugosi in Person.' Simply superb." – Robert Cremer, author of Lugosi: The Man Behind the Cape "I’ve been a fan of Bela Lugosi for some six decades. Ironically I’d never heard of the actor until the day in 1956 that he died, when my Mother informed me of his passing. Now I’m also a fan of Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger, a team who, it seems, know – and care – more about the man best known for his role of Count Dracula, and getting the facts about that man accurately recorded, than anyone else on the planet. Rhodes’ previous book, Tod Browning’s Dracula, and Rhodes and Kaffenberger’s No Traveler Returns, are incredibly well-researched and entertaining studies of the actor’s career that I could not put down once I began reading them … and this new tome, written with the same scholarship and style, completes a literary trilogy every Bela Lugosi enthusiast should own and read. Highly recommended!" – Donald F. Glut, author of The Dracula Book and The Empire Strikes Back novelization. "I witnessed the intensity of my father, Bela Lugosi, firsthand. But I did not at the time realize how unique the experience was. His personal magnetism has survived in people’s memories and in our culture. This is evidenced by the desire of so many people wanting to connect to Dad by connecting to me – at conventions, on the street and anywhere they hear the name “Bela Lugosi.” It was Dad’s elegance and captivating personality that made Count Dracula such an alluring yet horrific figure, so I can imagine the draw my father must have created when he was to appear in person – and the effect he must have had on a live audience. I am grateful that Gary Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger’s new book shines a light on Dad’s personal appearances, a previously uncovered facet of his career and legacy." – Bela G. Lugosi. 419 pages. Scores of photos and ad reproductions.
Re-Released THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Magic Image Filmbook! The silent movie version of The Phantom of the Opera that we are familiar today is not the original 1925 release but a silent version of the 1929 sound remake. Directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney, Sr. in the title role as a deformed musician haunting the Paris Opera House, committing murder, and terrorizing the owners and producers in a pathetic and terrible attempt to earn the love of a famous opera singer. Stars included Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland, John St. Polis, and Snitz Edwards. The last surviving cast member was Carla Laemmle, who was the niece of Universal Studios’ producer Carl Laemmle. In this new illustrated book, follow the history of the 1925 original release from Gaston Leroux's original conception to the 1929 sound remake. What actual events inspired the story? What inspired Chaney's makeup? What was in the hour of footage cut from the film’s release that was considered too horrible for audiences in 1925? Contributions by Mary Philbin (Christine), Ray Bradbury, Ron Chaney, Carl Laemmle Junior, Charles Van Enger (cinematographer), Rupert Julian, Virgil Miller (cinematographer), Ben Carré (Art Director), and Patric Leroux. Includes a short biography and bibliography of Gaston Leroux by Francis Lacassin, and a facsimile of the original May 1931 Liberty magazine five-part article, "Lon Chaney, A Portrait of the Man Behind the Thousand Faces," by Adela Rogers St. Johns. "Each page is filled with documented information that will change a few history books. You almost get the feeling that you are part of the Golden' years of Hollywood." –Ray Bradbury "It looks as if this volume of The Phantom of the Opera will be the only record for the rest of time if the original release of 1925." –Ron Chaney
Classic Monsters Still Alive In Comics
Thanks to "Count Gregula" for e-mailing the above comic strip to me. It's nice to see the classics still alive in current pop culture!
Monster Bash Octoberfest Site Up
The beginnings of our October MONSTER BASH has been bubbling under and growing steadily. Yes, she's back on the list and says her schedule is clear! Barbara Steele will be at MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015. It's a celebration of growing up and watching great horror and science fiction on TV. Those late night movies featured Barbara Steele movies....Rod Serling's THE TWILIGHT ZONE is arguable the greatest TV show of all time and his daughter, Anne Serling will be at BASH to give a super special presentation on her dad. THE MUNSTERS was a part of our lives, our monster family and the wonderful Pat Priest (Marilyn on THE MUNSTERS) will be at BASH. Lisa Marie who starred as Vampira in the movie ED WOOD and wasa the creepy alien in MARS ATTACKS. Felix Silla who was Cousin It on THE ADDAMS FAMILY and appeared in BUCK ROGERS, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and so much, much more will be BASHIN'. Pittsburgh's TV Horror Host icon and actor in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Bill Cardille (Chilly Billy Cardille) will be with us. Ohio's TV Horror Host icon - SON OF GHOUL is in! Remember THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO TV SHOW? Well, the greatest impersonators on the planet THE ULTIMATE ABBOTT & COSTELLO TRIBUTE SHOW (Joe Ziegler and Bill Riley) will also appear and perform.
This is just the beginning of the autumn MONSTER BASH celebration....stay tuned.
The site is up (and still under creepy construction), membership admission is available now for a $10 discount. The hotel is almost sold out...get your room now! Ask for the MONSTER BASH discount group rate.
Call for a reservation now: Call (724) 776-6900
Dealer tables are selling too!
A sneak peek at the beginnings of MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015:
New on Blu!
The above Blu-Rays are in stock now at Creepy Classics! Grab them for you home chiller theater...
BLACK SABBATH (1964)
THE CRIMSON CULT (1968)
Victoria Price -- Greetings from Pittsburgh!
This from Victoria Price (Vincent's daughter):
What better way for this Daddy's Girl to celebrate Father's Day than to spend it chatting with people here in Pittsburgh at Monster Bash about how much we all loved my dad!
Last night I gave my new talk, Vincent Price: Master of Menace, Lover of Life, to an overflow audience. The response was so positive and joyful. I felt so grateful to be sharing my dad with all of his wonderful fans.
Each week I have been writing about how I am living my father's legacy in my new blog. For those of you who wish to subscribe to the blog, it will go out weekly via email. Please sign up to receive a weekly notice of the latest blog post at www.dailypracticeofjoy.com.
MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST On-Site Rooms Selling Fast!
Just got out of my final meeting at the MONSTER BASH hotel yesterday afternoon. All is now set for the October BASH and reservations are being taken for MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015 (THE MONSTER BASH ZONE!) - October 16, 17, 18. Rooms are already selling briskly and Friday and Saturday are almost sold out.
So get your passes right now if you want to be on site for the October BASH. There are a lot of alternative hotels close, but if you want to be on-site, better call now: (724) 776-6900 or direct to reservations at (888) 627-8175 For your on-site room. Make sure to say you want the "Monster Bash" rate.
October BASH: http://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash-October.html
Mummy Gets His Cookie at MONSTER BASH June 2015
The above video shot by Ted Lewczyk features Ron Adams leading Kharis up to the front desk of the MONSTER BASH hotel at about 1:00AM on Saturday morning. The Doubletree gives a complimentary cookie to all guests that stay there. Since Kharis' tomb was moved to the BASH hotel for the weekend, he was eligiable for a free cookie. MUMMY sculpted mask and costume by John Tatterelli, Jr. Kharis is also known by mortals as Thom Shubilla.
Christopher Lee Passes
I'm working away this Thursday morning and text comes in: Christopher Lee, dies at 93 from MONSTER BASH staffer Leonard Hayhurst.
Christopher was truly the last of the golden age of horror actors....the big ones: Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Peter Cushing, Vincent Price....and now Christopher Lee. He will ever flicker across my viewing screens and memories in HORROR OF DRACULA, HORROR HOTEL, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, CASTLE OF THE WALKING DEAD, CORRIDORS OF BLOOD, CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY...well, you know...the list goes on and on. Tall, dark and gruesome as his autobiography self-desribed...he will be missed and the legacy of actors that he represented will forever be on the mantle of our minds. -Ron Adams, Monster Bash/Creepy Classics.
Obit from The London Telegraph - reactions and coverage:
We are adding a special tribute at the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE next week.
Please e-mail your thoughts and memories.
Its too bad that gothic horror movies are almost a dying art and the movies of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Karloff and the rest will continue to live on and haunt all our monster kid memories...
-Malcolm Gittins, Pittsburgh, PA
I have very mixed emotions about Christopher Lee's passing. Of course sadness comes first. I am sorry about losing him, but I am more sorry for those who were close to him, namely his wife of 54 years. That is an amazing amount of time for an actor to be with his one and only spouse. It is a testament to him and the way he lived. The feeling of gratitude comes next. I am grateful that he had this wonderful resurgence in his career these past years. It was wonderful to sit in a darkened theater and watch him on the big screen with my son sitting next to me. He added so much to the Lord of the Rings movies. He brought in some old school class and truly stepped up to the plate as Saruman the White.
I always enjoyed him as a villain, but I enjoyed him more as a hero. I always loved how he showed those Satanic clowns who was boss in The Devil Rides Out. His cocky and arrogant Duc de Richlaeu may be just that...cocky and arrogant, but he cares about his friends and throws his concerns for his own life to the side in order to save them from Death itself. He has no fear facing down the enemy. The same can be said for his Prof. Alexander Saxton, in Horror Express(my favorite of his films). He uses wits and courage to defeat an unstopable enemy.
Once again I feel gratitude for getting the opportunity to cheer him on one last time. In the last of the Hobbit movies. In "The Battle of the Five Armies", he comes to the rescue of his friends Gandalf and Lady Galadriel and throws himself into a real knock down brawl against " The 9." Although it's a (not so obvious) stunt double that does the fighting, it's Lee's Saruman that we cheer for. When the battle ended I leaned over and said to my son " it was nice to see Chris as a hero one more time." Well Chris, I guess your heroic movie days are over, but I will never stop cheering for you. You'll always be a hero to me.... even when you're a villain.
Thank you Sir. Rest in peace.
-Mike Adams, Cartaret, NJ
I just saw on the Internet the passing of Christopher Lee. I'm very sad to hear this news. He was the LAST of the great horror actors, a fine actor,
From Lon Chaney Sr. to Christopher Lee, it is the end of an era of the Horror Actor. We will never see this type of actor again.
God bless him and his Family !
I WAS SO SAD TO HEAR THAT CHRIS LEE HAD PASSED AWAY. I LOVED ALL THE HAMMER MOVIES THE BEST AND TO ME HE WAS THE BEST DRACULA. THAT ROLE WAS MADE FOR HIM. I DID HAVE THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HIM AND GETTING HIS AUTOGRAPH WHICH I WILL TREASURE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER. HE WILL BE MISSED.
-JANIE JURICA, NY
I was saddened to hear of the passing of this wonderfully talented man, like most monstakids, I grew up watching his movies, ever since Horror of Dracula back in l958, even as a young kid, Iwas totally fascinated by his commanding presence. His talent went from decade to decade, even most recently his work on the remake of 'Dark Shadows' and the 'Lord Of The Ring' trilogy. Classic horror has lost the last remaining star of the genre. His role as Count Dracula, we know, made him an International star. RIP Sir Lee and thanks for the memories..
I loved "Dracula Prince of Darkness", The Devil Rides Out" and "Horror Express" to name just a few. In fact, one of the first movies I took my wife to see when we were dating was "Scars of Dracula".
When I finally met Lee at the Monster Rally convention, I mentioned that I took my wife to see that film and "Dracula AD 1972".
He asked me in that big booming voice "Are you still married?". When I said yes he smiled and said "Good".
His films have given me many hours of thrills and enjoyment. They will continue to entertain audiences for years to come.
Christopher Lee was the last great horror actor. There will never be anyone like him.
Sir Christopher Lee leaves us with so many great memories! I'm sure that so many of us stayed up late as children to catch him as Dracula, Frankenstein,The Mummy (or other assorted colorful characters!) on the late show! I remember my Dad using a Dracula photo of Lee as a guideline for applying my makeup for one of my many times as Dracula on Halloween night. I was often Lugosi's Dracula on Halloween, but my Dad always insisted that Lee's was "scarier" so sometimes I wore the fangs with the fake blood dripping as seen in the Hammer films!
I interviewed Christopher Lee back in the 90's on my radio program to debut his (then new) Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues, And Other Villains CD! He was a great gentleman and he did a nice job with the showtunes on his CD (His version of Sondheim's Requeim from Sweeney Todd was a powerful standout!) We talked about music that he liked including tenors like Mario Lanza and Luciano Pavarotti. We also talked about Frank Sinatra, and I remember asking him if he had a favorite Sinatra album. Without hesitating, he answered immediately in his booming voice: Moonlight Sinatra! We'll always watch his movies! We'll never forget him!
- Ron Cannatella
I had the honor of meeting the late Christopher Lee at a book signing. (And I have photographic proof). He was at the 1999 Monster Rally in Arlington, Virginia, to promote his autobiography. I pre-ordered a copy (which of course I still have) and, while waiting outside the ballroom for his appearance, a convention staffer came out to ask us to keep the line moving. “Don’t try to converse with Mr. Lee,” he said, “and don’t reach out and try to shake hands with him. He’s a personable guy and he won’t mind, but we need to keep the line moving.” (I’m paraphrasing). But apparently Mr. Lee didn’t get the memo. Without prompting, he himself extended his hand to each one of us in line as he signed our books, shook our hands and thanked us. I can testify that he had a very firm handshake, especially for a 77-year old. (And no one complained that the line was moving too slow). Obviously, he was a class act.
Above: A tribute art piece by the fabulous David Hardy.
....and this from our dear friend Ted Bohus:
Special Tribute at MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE
Now added to the MONSTER BASH schedule for the big conference next week:
12:00 Midnight on Saturday - MONSTER BASH SPECIAL TRIBUTE: CHRISTOPHER LEE: At 93 years old and more movies than his age, Christopher Lee passed away on June 7, 2015. This special reflection and video produced by Charles Henson. Introduced by Ron Adams.
We'll come together at MONSTER BASH June 19-21, 2015.
JUNE 19-21, 2015
PASSES AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR:
$20 per day (any length of stay)
$50 For all three days
Coming in a Few Weeks
The All Christopher Lee Issue!
A MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE SPECIAL with a Monster Bash interview with Christopher Lee. Memories from you, the fans...plus behind-the-scream photos...
The all Christopher Lee MONSTER BASH special with cover painting by Lorraine Bush.
Stay tuned for details here!
Models Pranking Models
The above two models are hand-painted by Mike Adams and will be on-sale from The Distaer Area, the dealer in the Creepy Classics room at MONSTER BASH.
New! Back in Shock Stock
This amazing, amazing DVD - ADVENTURES IN SPACE is back in stock!
ADVENTURES IN SPACE (Compilation 1950s-1960s)
New! SCARY GIANT-SIZE #4
A special big perfect bound SCARY magazine in a book-like form. Loads of great articles on THE GIANT GILA MONSTER, THE CRAWLING EYE, Monster Memories of the 1950s, Monsters From Outer Space, EQUINOX, Sam Scare's Ghoulish Giggles and more!
A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:
Video shot by Kevin Slick from Louisville, Colorado on a visit.