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interests me is the fear experienced by a person alone in their room. It is
then that everything around him starts to move menacingly,
and we realize that the only true ‘monsters’ are the ones we carry in ourselves.
- Mario Bava
12-8-13 MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!!
It's official...and we have a date! December 30th is
the day that Hidden Horror will be available to purchase through Amazon.
Thanks to everyone for being so patient with us while we make sure this at
quality we wanted. But that is the official date....so mark your calendar!
While the 30th is the date you can start ordering, if you're in the Chicago
areawe will be having an Official Launch Party somewhere around the 2nd or 3rd
week of January. Once we have that date set with the location, we will
post that as well. It will give us a chance to get together to celebrate
this fine achievement, not to mention maybe sell a few copies in the process.
It has been such a honor to be associated with so many
talented people who have worked hard on this book all with the purpose of
bringing some much needed love and attention to so many great films. This
really will be a great checklist of "To-See" movies for 2014. And since
this is our first book to be published under the Kitley's Krypt banner, I
couldn't be more proud and excited about it.
SCREENING OF TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE
If you are one of those crazy die-hard VHS collectors (and
use the word crazy because I used to be one myself), then you know one of the
rarest of tapes is TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE. Of course, now thanks to
Massacre Video, you can
now acquire this film at a much cheaper price than what the original tape goes
for. Plus, if you're in the Chicago area, there will be special screening
of TALES with a Q&A afterwards with director Chester Turner. This will
take place at Lincoln Hall on January 11th at 6pm. Tickets are only $10
and can be purchased HERE.
This 1987 anthology was Turner's follow up to his first
feature, BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL, that features "shotgun wielding rednecks, a
killer ghost-clown, and a bloodbath involving kitchen utensils".
Co-presented by BleedingSkull.com will also be there, promoting their recent
book as well. If you're a fan of ultra-low budget SOV films, and want to
see a rare screening along with a Q&A with the director, then now is your
SHOUT FACTORY ANNOUNCEMENTS
I can't tell you how awesome it is to see so many classic
horror films getting a release these days, and Shout Factory seems to be leading
the way. Some of the titles that they are putting out are older films that
are in desperate need of attention, but also are probably ones that newer fans
have either never heard of or never had a chance in finding them on DVD.
Next March, they continue their onslaught of releases with another 4 title
release that features HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (1969), which is a classic Spanish
horror film with a definite Italian flair to it; THE BAT PEOPLE (1974) is a fun
and cheesy little film that features makeup by a young Stan Winston; THE
SCREAMING SKULL (1958) is one film that the title is better than the movie but
still a classic B&W film that is a lot of fun; THE VAMPIRE (1958) is another B&W
film where the title character is created from drugs instead of the traditional
Granted, being a diehard fan that I am, I would say that each
and every one of those titles needs to be in your collection. But HOUSE is
hitting DVD for the first time over here with this release and SCREAMING SKULL
has been released but it very poor quality releases. So it is going to be
awesome to see the usual jobs that Scream Factory has been putting out.
Really looking forward to this one.
RELEASES A CURSE
It seems they are continuing their famous figures from Hammer
films, which is just killing me since I still haven't gotten around to picking
up any of the original 3 figures they released. But since their last one
was that of Baron Frankenstein, it is only fitting that their latest would be
Christopher Lee's creature from the original THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. I
have to say this is a much better likeness than their Cushing as the Baron one.
This 8" figure will be released in June of 2014.
MOVIE FANS HAVE IT SO EASY THESE DAYS
I know I posted something a few weeks ago on how lucky that
movie fans are these days, with tons of movies literally at their fingertips.
Or even if they wanted to actually purchase the DVD, they are pretty easy to
find, sometimes paying ridiculously low prices. I'm not talking about
these incredibly high (and stupid) prices on these "rare" VHS tapes, but just a
simple DVD. Back in the day, if you were lucky to find a VHS movie at a
sell-through price, you'd still be paying around $10-$15 for it. If you
were one of those crazy enough to get into laserdiscs (like myself), you'd be
paying $40 for just a single title...for the most basic release. A special
edition one would set you back for over $100! Again, for a single title!
Years later when the technology advanced enough, $20 to $30 was the normal going
rate for a DVD when they first came out. So right there, you can see the
path it was starting to take.
At the local Wal-mart today, I picked up a DVD set that had
13 movies in it...for $5. That's less than $0.40 a movie! Now
granted, most of the films I already had. So for the 3 titles that I
didn't have, it would then work out to $1.66 per title. One of the movies
was the Full Moon movie MERIDIAN. Not a great movie by any means, but
worth having. Just out of curiosity, I checked on ebay and found a VHS
tape listed on their for buy-it-now for $39.99!?!?
So not to sound like a grumpy old man again, but movie fans
really do have it so easy these days and have no clue how difficult it was 30
years ago to even finding a copy of a movie that you were looking for.
Searching through the newest TV Guide (who actually remembers those?) and hoping
to be able to catch one a rare showing of a movie you've been wanting to see,
and having to stay away until then (or set your alarm) because we didn't have
DVR it or unless you trusted your 50 lb. VCR to remember to start recording it
when it came on. So just consider yourself very, very lucky to be a movie
fan these days.
Okay...rant is over. Now get off my lawn.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: RAZORBACK
We have posted our review for this rare and highly effective
soundtrack for a film that definitely needs more attention. Head over to
our Soundtrack Reviews to read more.
This week's lesson is about someone behind the scenes of the
movie making process, but is one of the most important ones. Head over to
class to find out more.
Any time we post a photo that is from a Hammer film and we get a lot of correct
responses, it does my heart wonders. Always great to see that so many fans
out there are still enjoying the movies this studio made all those years ago.
Of course, it might have something to do with the fact that they turned out some
high quality entertainment. Of course, last week's photo was from
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, starring Andrew Keir and Barbara Shelley. Major
kudos out to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy,
Aaron Christensen, Craig Clark, William Harrison, Ken Johnson, Kevin Matthews,
Raymond Rich, Mike Shields, and William Wilson.
Now on to this week's photo. Might be a little tougher,
but see what you can come up with. Just click
HERE to send us
your answer. And as always, good luck.
SURVIVING TURKEY DAY
Once again, 7 movies and 12 pizzas later, we came out
victorious from our 11th Annual Turkey Day Marathon. For something that I
started all those years ago, just trying to push myself through some rough
films, but now has grow into something so much bigger and so much more, it just
amazes me. And even more so that these fellow movie-fiends join me every
year to sit and wallow in these films, usually with smiles on their faces
(well...some of the time), as well as the comments we get, just shows me that as
a crazy cinephile, we are definitely not alone.
So we have posted our write up our this epic event in the
usual place, our Turkey Day Marathon Report.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
KRYPTIC ARMY - YEAR 4 ALMOST OVER
With our last Army Mission of the year being sent out in the
wee hours of this morning, we come to the last of them for the year 2013.
We have had some tough battles this year, especially last month. But most
of you have fought onward and upward and have come through with very few battle
scars (though after last month, we might have some cases of shell shock), but
have put a lot of movies under your belt. That has always been our goal
here. Just simply to help people watch more movies. And I think
we've done that.
But as we get ready for our last mission of this year, we
will be asking two things of our enlisted grunts in the upcoming year.
First of all, with 2014 being our 5th year in the Army, with the missions
possibly getting harder and more difficult, our plan is to increase our numbers
here, getting more recruits to join our crusade. The more soldiers, the
movies being chosen each month, the more options and ideas for everyone else.
So what we are asking is for you to do your part and help spread the word of our
cause. Tell a friend about the Army, and how they can win prizes just by
watching a couple of horror movies, something they probably are already doing.
Secondly, while I post all of your missions on our message
board, I would love to see more responses and comments on our Message Board.
While I post my own responses, please feel free to add your own comments to
everyone's mission movies. I know that some of the movies that are posted
have inspired other members to check them out. If you are one of those,
once you do watch it, post your thoughts as well. While our mission is to
get you to watch these movies, we also want to get that dialogue going between
fellow movie fiends. Being a die-hard fan, there is nothing better than
being able to have a conversation (even though a message board) about a movie
that you are passionate about. So please, let us be a little more vocal.
You can get to the message board through Army's page, or just click
And lastly, while on the subject of the message board, we
will be posting your original mission reports on a separate page on this site,
as well as the message board. This will archive the different missions, as
well as the movies that were watched. Unfortunately, the message board
that we are using only holds so many responses, so everything before Feb. of
last year is gone. But we'll be keeping them from now on. Once that
page is up and running, we'll announce it here with the links.
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW - NOX ARCANA'S LEGION OF
After 10 years of creating some amazing tracks of atmospheric
music, the kind that is welcomed in any dungeon or crypt, Nox Arcana has
released their latest CD which is a tribute to their fans, entitled Legion of
Shadows. Head over to our Soundtrack Reviews
section to read more.
REMEMBERING PAUL NASCHY
It was 4 years ago yesterday that Paul Naschy passed away
from cancer. He was a writer, director, actor, and most of all, a fan of
the fantastic cinema. We are still a huge fan of him and his work before
and work even harder now trying to spread the word about him to newer fans that
haven't experienced his passion. That is still one of our main goals of
this site, trying to help other fans discover new movies and to learn about the
people that made them. And Naschy is right up there at the top. It
is great to know that there is enough of us now that his work and his memory
will be kept alive for the next generation of movie fans to come and that his
work will never be forgotten.
But even with that said, there are still a lot of people not
familiar with the name Paul Naschy, so our work is far from over, which is the
same for all Naschy fans out there. Make
sure that we continue to spread the word and love for his films. Buy a
t-shirt, post reviews of his movies, post photos of a Naschy poster you might
have recently picked up, anything to keep his name and his work out there.
And even better, when you come across another horror fan that hasn't heard or
seen Naschy's work, make sure you fix that and hopefully create yet another
Continue to rest in peace,
Naschy. You will not be forgotten.
Our entry for this week's lesson is an actor that hasn't been
in a lot of horror films, but you might still recognize him. Lets get to
the classroom to find out more.
It seems our photo from last week stump a few of you. It was a tough one,
I'll give you that, but was just such a cool shot that I knew I wanted to use it
for a Mystery Photo at some point. The film is WHITE ZOMBIE and what is in
that shot is actually the title character of the film, Madge Bellamy. But
we did have a few people send in the correct answer. They were: Hoby
Abernathy, William Harrison, and Gavin Schmitt. Job well done, guys.
Always glad when someone gets it when it is an older movie like this one.
This week's photo shouldn't be that hard. Shouldn't be.
Take a peek and see what comes to mind. Hopefully you're not getting any
outside influences at the time. Just click
HERE to send us
11-24-13 TURKEY DAY APPROACHES
With only a few days away, our 11th Annual Turkey Day
Marathon will commence. If you're somewhat new to this site then you might
be asking yourself just what is a Turkey Day Marathon. Well, for a lot
more gory details, you can click HERE for a run down
of what we've been doing on Black Friday for the last 10 years. But is its
simplest of terms, it is a day that we celebrate movies that most might consider
"bad". But as we all know only a boring movie is a bad one. Some of
those movies out there really transcend your normal ratings guide, maybe because
the acting isn't top notch, or that dialogue isn't the greatest, or even if you
can totally see the zipper running up the monster's back. But if you are
entertained by the movie, then it definitely is not a bad movie, not to mention
that they can be a lot of fun.
Each Black Friday for the last 10 years, I've gathered
together some friends to celebrate these cinematic follies and have a great time
doing it. I've always encouraged others to do the same. There really
are some fun and entertaining movies out there that get passed over, shoved
aside, or even worse, close to be completely forgotten. We refuse to let
that happen. So this Friday, we will be doing it once again, with some
great titles on the lineup, such as Larry Buchanan's THE LOCH NESS HORROR, THE
ATOMIC BRAIN, and Jess Franco's DRACULA: PRISONER OF FRANKENSTEIN, just to name
a few. So if all goes well and we survive, we'll be back here next week
for our regular update!
But please, take this time of the year to find some almost
forgotten film that is in dire need of a viewer, remembering that most of these
filmmakers were really trying to make the next CITIZEN KANE. Check out the
works of Larry Buchanan, Bill Rebane, Ray Dennis Steckler, or any of the other
countless movies out there. And most importantly, enjoy them!
REVIEW: GUILLERMO DEL TORO: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
We are a huge fan of del Toro's work and have loved most
everything he's done. Whether you have liked or enjoyed any, all, or just
some of his movies, one thing can not be denied is his passion and
talent, not to mention that he is a huge fan of the fantastic cinema genre.
And this new book shows just that. Head over to our
Book Review section to read our full review.
KEEPING BOOKS ALIVE
It seems I have another little book rant this update.
Okay, not really a rant per say, but a call to action, so to speak. We all know
that the normal retail book stores are dropping quicker than half naked women in
an '80s slasher movie. With Amazon and the likes cutting their prices and
having a huge inventory, it really is hard for places like Borders and Barns &
Noble to stay in business. I myself would rather buy something from an
actual store than order it online, but when you consider it is 30-40% cheaper online, it makes that
decision tough. And I completely understand that.
But that being said, the 2nd-Hand or used book stores out
there will always get my business and support. Whether they are one of the
many Half Price Bookstore chains, or just a small Mom & Pop book store, I will
always stop and look. And even if I don't find something that first time,
I will check back just to make sure. You can find such great treasures there, sometimes
even at some amazingly low prices. By supporting them, it is keeping them
open, but without breaking your budget. So everybody wins. They sell
some books. You find some great titles at good prices, and these books now
move on to a new home, opening up volumes of information waiting to be absorbed
by a new owner. Not to mention a great place to do some holiday shopping.
So when you see one of these places, always take
the time to go in and look around. You just never know what you might find
there. And that chance alone is worth the time to browse.
AIP - THE
While we are celebrating the Turkeys this month, not to
mention always trying to promote horror reference books, we recently found out
about this new title that we are definitely going to have to our collection.
One of the
studios in the '50s that was cranking out some great sci-fi/horrror films was
American International Pictures. Not only ones that produced themselves,
but ones that they purchased from overseas to screen here in the states, giving
the fans a chance to see something from across the pond.
The bottom line is that AIP was one of the great film coming that was playing to
the audience and giving them a lot of fun entertainment.
Now thanks to BearManor Media and Gary A. Smith, we can read
all about it in this new book. We can learn how two small time producers,
James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff shows the big studios that they could
complete with them, even with a much smaller budget.
Head over to BearManor's site by clicking
HERE and order your
copy today, not to mention browsing through their huge catelog of titles.
And if you're looking for something for a book lover on your holiday list, then
this is a great place to maybe find something for them.
HOW MANY HORROR T-SHIRTS DOES ONE REALLY NEED?
Well...as long as we keep finding some really cool ones, I
guess the answer is all of them! But I have to say, as much as I like some
of the full color shirts that come out these days, I still get a little
nostalgic and really enjoy seeing these old school shirts with just one or two
colors. Sure, the full color jobs are great, but sometimes they are just
too much. These simple ones remind me of old ad mat designs and are simple
enough but still cool looking to get the point across. Well, a good friend
of the Krypt, Billy from Razorback Records, knows our undying devotion to all
things Paul Naschy, forwarded a link to this t-shirt place that I had never
heard of, but they had a Naschy shirt that I think I must have now.
Pallbearer Press has an amazing collection of T-shirt
designs, with some great cult titles and images. Not only do they have one
for Naschy's CURSE OF THE DEVIL, they also have a Blind Dead design (can you
have too many Blind Dead t-shirts?), one for LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE, DEVIL'S
RAIN, and even one for ALUCARDA.
The shirts are very reasonably priced at $15 each, with
discounts if you buy a few of them. We haven't seen one of their shirts in
our hands yet, so can't comment on the quality of them, but we will be soon,
that is for sure. To check out their designs, head over to their website
Millennium Entertainment will be releasing Hammer's
FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN on blu-ray in January of next year. While it
was just released in a 3-title release with two other Hammer films, this will be
the first time in the US for a blu-ray release. Being one of the stranger
entries in their series, the film still packs a punch with the usual Hammer
style. Featuring Peter Cushing returning as the crazed Baron, along with
Thorley Walters as his assistant, and the beautiful Susan Denberg as this
picture's title creature. The disc will also have a brand new documentary
called Hammer Glamour, as well as an audio commentary featuring Derek Fowlds and
Robert Morris, being moderated by Hammer scholar Jonathon Rigby. The disc
will also feature two different episodes of the World of Hammer series, one on
the Frankenstein films and one on Peter Cushing. Sounds like some great
extras here. Of course, its a Hammer film, so it really is a must for any
SUSPIRIA UNCUT ON 35MM AFTER ALL?
This is one of those occasions where I am happy to be proved
wrong. A couple of weeks ago, I questioned whether or not Argento's film
SUSPIRIA was ever released on 35mm uncut. I know the US prints are all
cut, but it seems there is a UK print of the film that is uncut, which is
featured next month at New York's Museum of the Moving Image. Part of
their series on cinematographers, called See It Big! Great
Cinematographers, they are screening this Italian classic to highlight the
talent of DP Luciano Tovoli. So if you're in that area, the screening
takes place on Dec. 15th at 7pm. Click
HERE for more info.
This week's lesson is about an actor that worked quite a lot
in the Spanish horror film genre in the early '70s. Head to the
classroom to find out more.
Last week's photo was from the very end of FRANKENSTEIN 1970,
starring of course, Boris Karloff. Made in 1958, it might not be the best
film out there but I always found Karloff's performance to be pretty
entertaining. Yeah, that might be the only reason to watch it, but still
worth your 90 minutes, I'd say. Kudos to the ones that sent in the correct
answer, which would be: Hoby Abernathy, Gregory Avery, and Aaron Christensen.
Looks like some of you need to do watch some more of the classic stuff!
Let's get to this week's photo, another classic black and
white title that we thought had a pretty cool shot here. Know it?
HERE to send us
11-17-13 END OF AN ERA?
I've mentioned before on here about the problems that I've
had over the last 9 months or so with getting my subscription issues from
Fangoria in a timely manner, meaning 4-6 weeks after they hit the book stores.
I've emailed editor Chris Alexander and never got a response. I've emailed
Fango and always got a polite response, sometimes with an excuse why as to why this issue is
late, or usually just a note saying another copy will be mailed out. But
then nothing has changed and I'm still not getting them until
weeks later. I don't think I'm asking for much here, people. So I'm done with my subscription. After almost 30 years,
I will not be renewing it. I will still buy it at the stores, because I do
think that Alexander is doing one hell of a job there. But I'm not going
to wait for them to fix this problem. And honestly, I think there is more to
it than that. Here's why.
This last week, Fango posted on their site that you can now
get a subscription of Fango FOR LIFE! By just paying $399, you will have a
lifetime subscription to Fangoria magazine. Of course, as it points out at
the bottom of the offer "as long as The Brooklyn Company, Inc. continues to
print Fangoria Magazine". So first of all, that means you'd have to be a
subscriber for at least 7 years before you'd be getting free issues. Not a
bad deal really when you do the math. But what if Fango goes under?
What if the "Brooklyn Company" decides to sell the magazine? That means
the deal is off, my friends, and you are out of money.
I also like
the part at the bottom where they say "Shipping times may vary for
subscriptions". No shit. You're preaching to the choir here.
To me, this sounds like a desperate act to get some needed
funds right away to keep afloat. And with the way that print and magazines
are barely treading water these days, even if I was going to renew my subscription, that
just sounds like a deal waiting to go south. I hope I'm wrong, since I do
enjoy the magazine, but something just doesn't smell right there.
We've all complained before on the prices of books before,
myself included, many times. But let us take a little bit harder of a look at what
we're paying for, compared to what we pay for a magazine that we buy on a
regular basis. Now first of all, this is no way meant to be a slam towards
Fango, or any other magazines out there for that matter. Just a little bit
of math to show where our money is going and that spending a little extra on a
book up front is really a much more cost effective investment. Sound
smart, doesn't I?
Anyway, lets say your average magazine is 80 pages long.
If you were to go through and take out the ads for the magazine, and including
the actual cover which is when they start counting page count (is it just me or
is that just plain ridiculous?), you only have maybe 60 pages of actual content.
Most magazines out there run $10 an issue, so that works out to about $.16 per
page of content. Sound decent, right? Now let's take an average horror
reference book of say 350 pages that cost $30. That works out to about
$.09 a page. So in theory, it is cheaper per page to spend the money on a
book than a magazine! Now we know that the magazine size is much bigger
than your average book, but that really doesn't come into play when you compare
how much of the magazine page actually has content, compared to a regular book.
Plus, we're also not saying that every book out there is
worth the price tag. That is when you need to be a little more diligent
and do some research to make sure that it is a worthwhile investment. But
the next time you do come across a new book that is priced at $30 or $40, think
about it a little more. Remember that old saying, "Knowledge is power!"
ADVANCE PRESS FOR HIDDEN HORROR
While the days before HIDDEN HORROR will be available to the public are slowly
counting down, we thought we'd brag a bit about some of the praise it has been
getting from some of the press.
"This book is excellent. Thoughtful and engaging for the
hardcore horror fan and a terrific introduction to some awesome movies for the
casual movie lover. Definitely THE book to reach for when someone asks, "what
should I see that I haven't heard of?" - Shock Till You Drop.
"Pay no attention to that Dr. AC behind the curtain!
Actually, do pay attention, as he and his creepy cohorts pull back the curtain
to reveal gem after overlooked gem. I like this book at lot – this is definitely
a case where, once you read about it, you’ll be DYING to see it!" - Chicago's
own Horror Host, Svengoolie.
"A long overdue addition to the horror pantheon!" - Robert
We are very excited to have this project rolling out in the
next few weeks. As much as I love horror reference books at the Krypt, to
be involved with one is even better. So proud to be part of this.
For all the latest details and update, head over to the
Horror Facebook page.
TRAVELS TO INNSMOUTH
Chicago's own horror theater group, WildClaw will be
unleashing their latest play next month, H.P. Lovecraft's The Shadow Over
Innsmouth. It will be at the Athenaeum Theatre and will run from Dec. 13th
through Jan. 26th. Tickets are $25/Students $17. Adapted for the
stage by Scott T. Barsotti and directed by Shade Murray, we are excited about
this new one. We have seen several of WildClaw's plays over the years,
including their previous Lovecraft adaptation, Dreams of the Witch House, and
have never walked away without a deviant smile on my face. We look forward
to what they will do with this latest slippery and slimy tale from Lovecraft.
Also, on Dec. 2nd at the Mayne Stage in Chicago, WildClaw
will also be hosting their annual Deathscribe 2013, a collection of original
radio short plays that are performed live on stage with actors and sound effects
artists that really brings the stories to life. We have also been to one
of these and it is really cool to not only see it being performed live on stage,
but also they usually have some great stories that they have picked. This
year's selections are: Strange Weather by Travis Williams, We Apologize
for the Inconvenience by Chelsea Paice, The Monroe County Pumpkin Queen by
Joseph Zettelmaier, Record/Record by Mark Harrison, and Cheap Plastic Mask by
For all the information about WildClaw Theatre, head over to
their official website
HERE, or you can always check them out on
SCREAM FACTORY TO UNLEASH THE DOGS
Fans of movies about werewolves versus the military will be
excited to hear that Scream Factor has announced they will be releasing Neil
Marshall's DOG SOLDIERS. We are huge fans of this movie and since the
previous blu-ray release didn't have the best reviews, we never bothered to pick
it up. But since Scream Factory usually does such a stellar job with not
only their transfers, but also the extras as well, we can't wait to be able to
check out this film again.
They also announced they will be releasing the GINGER SNAPS
as well. No details on any of the features yet, but I'm sure they will be
For our Horror History lesson this week, we're going to do
something a little different. Usually we give you a little tease about our
subject and then have you head over to the classroom to find out more. But
this time, while we're not going to tell you who we're talking about, but we're
going to post some of his work below. His is about another talented
individual that gets very little credit amongst most of the movie fans out
there, mainly because they probably don't even know his name, but yet is
probably responsible for getting people to come see the movie he worked on more
than most. Head over to our classroom to
learn more. So before you head off to class, check out some of his man's
It was nice to see so many people recognize last week's
photo. While Fulci is always known for his gore films of the '80s, it does
my heart good for all of you that sent in DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING, which is
what that shot is from. That would be the lovely Florinda Bolkan in the
shot too, though she's not too lovely in that particular scene. While not
the most family fun movie, it is definitely a must see. Kudos out to the
following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Gregory
Avery, Aaron Christensen, Dustin Moravick, Raymond Rich, Gavin Schmitt, Wayne
Teeter, and William Wilson.
So let us get to this week's photo and see what we can come
up with. A classic? Or maybe one that shouldn't see the light of
day? You decide! Just click
HERE to send us
11-11-13 TED RUSOFF - REST IN PEACE
There are many professions in the film industry that just doesn't get enough
credit. One of them is the actor/artists that have to dub other actors for
film that were not filmed in the language where they are going to be released.
If you've ever watched a few movies that were made in Italian somewhere between
the '60s and '80s, then you've probably heard the voice of Ted Rusoff.
Rusofff started his career as a singer, but eventually moved into film
production over in Europe, since they were in need of people that would be able
to dub other actors into different languages, depending on where the film was
going to be played. Because Rusoff was already fluent in a few languages,
it was easy for him. Throughout this long career, he worked on over 1000
films as a voice dubber, as well as over 500 of them as a dubbing director.
That is pretty damn impressive. If you have watched your share of European
films, especially the Italian ones, you've probably noticed over the years
hearing the same voice in a couple of pictures even though it was from a
different actors. It is because of people like Rusoff. If you seen
the movie PIECES, it is Rusoff's voice coming out of Jack Taylor's mouth.
But Rusoff wasn't just a guy that worked behind the scenes.
He appeared in quite a few films, in many different genres and different
languages, sometimes working with pretty big stars. He was said to be a
very unique and interesting character too. Back in August, he was hit by a
car and had been in the hospital since then. He passed away on Sept. 28th.
SOMETIMES A KLINGER IS JUST A
Long time readers of the Krypt have heard me more than
once spout off about how "film historians" and "professors" tend to teach their
theories as fact, no matter how legit or crazy they might sound. Well, my friend Gavin Schmitt send me a link to a blog
from Ken Levine that just made my day. Levine was a television writer,
mainly doing sitcoms, one of which was the series M.A.S.H. Last Saturday
blog, he related a little tale that had me in stitches. While I would
of course advise you to head over to his post to read the whole thing, his main point was that over the
years he had read plenty of articles and papers where they reference episodes of M.A.S.H. that he wrote, with all the hidden messages and subtext carefully
interwoven in the show. From "comparing Klinger to Jane Austin" to stating
that the license plates on the jeeps have a special clue or meaning to them.
Of course, he calls all of it simply "bullshit!". That they were only
trying to write entertaining shows back then, not putting any secret meanings in
But he goes on to ponder the idea of school teachers who are
studying other forms of literature and have been testing their students on
"intent and correct meanings." The question that follows is even better,
asking the possibility if the teacher "has no fucking clue what she's talking
about? What if she has no idea what the author was trying to say? Or
worse yet, has grossly misinterpreted it?" As I've said before, I don't
have a problem with someone teaching their THEORY...but not as if it is fact,
unless they know 100% that is the case. As Mr. Levine puts it, "If my
personal experience has taught me anything it's that books and plays and scripts
and Billy Joel records may in fact be just what they seem." Damn skippy!
So the next time you're reading a book on film, television,
or whatever, and the author is trying to explain to you the real meaning behind
something, you can still listen to what they are trying to say, and to
understand their point, but you must remember to only take it at face value.
It doesn't mean it is a true fact.
ASS SPIDER COMES TO THE MUSIC BOX
Director Mike Mendez, who gave us THE CONVENT and
GRAVEDANCERS, now delivers his next film which is a throwback to the giant
monster movies of the '50s with BIG ASS SPIDER. The Music Box Theatre in
Chicago will be screening this next Friday and Saturday (15th & 16th) as part of
their midnight movie series. Starring Greg Grunberg and Ray Wise, the is a
throwback to those fun and cheesy sci-fi horror films that some of us grew up
on. The story is about a 50 ft. spider that escapes from a secret military
lab and attacks Los Angeles. Sounds like a lot of fun to me.
Hopefully we'll be able to make it out there for one of the screenings.
For more information, just click
TERROR IN THE AISLES - R RATED SUSPIRIA?
At the end of the month at the Patio Theater in Chicago, they
will be screening a triple feature of horror films. The first one is DEVIL
IN MY RIDE, a new horror/comedy about a bride getting possessed on her wedding
day. But the next two might brighten the eyes of Italian horror fans.
They are screening Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA and Lucio Fulci's THE BLACK
CAT. Both of these films are going to be screened from 35mm prints.
While it should be celebrated anytime you have the chance to see an Argento or
Fulci film on the big screen, I'm a little worried about the SUSPIRIA screening
since to my knowledge, the only 35mm prints out there are the R-rated version,
which has quite a bit of the gore cut out. I could be wrong...but don't
Plus, we've heard in the news lately that the Patio has been
dealing with a broken boiler, which means no heat. The last report we
heard was that it should be back up and running by next weekend. Hopefully
that will happen because it can get pretty cold here in the Windy City this time
The event takes place on November 30th and tickets are only
$10 in advance. For more information, just click
SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: SALEM'S LOT
Recently, Intrada Records has released a 2-disc set of Harry
Sukman's score for Tobe Hooper's made-for-TV movie SALEM'S LOT. Head over
to our Soundtrack Reviews to hear our thoughts.
BOOK REVIEW: HORROR FILMS FAQ
We have posted our review of one of the latest book by horror
scholar John Kenneth Muir, entitled Horror Films FAQ. Head over to
our Book Review section to read more.
This week's lesson is about a very important person when it
comes to a couple of our favorite classic monsters. Had it not been for
him, they just might not be as popular as they are now. It's possible.
But head over to the classroom to find out who
we're talking about.
Our last photo seemed to be a little easier for our readers.
It was from THE HITCHER, yes the original. We got quite a few correct
answers sent in on this one. They were Todd Barwick, Aaron Christensen,
Erik Martin, Jeff Owens, Mike Shields, Wayne Teeter, Mark Turner, Tom White, and William
Wilson. Well done. Though, got to say, it does make me want to break
out this movie and re-watch it.
But let's get to this week's photo. Such a nice fun,
family type of a movie this time out. The kind that makes you walk the
streets whistling Zip-a-Dee-Do-Da. Well, maybe not.
11-3-13 MONTH OF THE TURKEY
Yes, now that Halloween 2013 is all but just a memory, when it comes to November
it is all about the Turkey. No, we're not talking about the bird that will
be served for Thanksgiving dinner, but the films that are have been labeled
Turkeys. Now that is a very subjective term, since most people might
consider them to be "bad" movies. But as we all know, the only bad movie
is a boring one. So even if the production value, the acting, the dialog,
or whatever might be less than stellar, it doesn't mean that it still can't be
entertaining. And it might even take a while to develop this particular
taste, once you get it, it is never sated.
Of course, this month we will be holding our annual Turkey
Day Marathon, which will once again be screening several of these "turkeys", as
we have been doing for the last 11 years. So we challenge everyone out
there to do the same. Doesn't necessarily have to be on Black Friday,
which is when we hold ours, but any day during this month. I would highly
recommend not doing this alone, just for the sake of one's sanity. But
getting a few friends together to sit and enjoy some of the finer cinematic
shipwrecks out there is always a good time. And if you do hold your own
little marathon, we'd love to hear what you watched.
If you're one that hasn't joined the Kryptic Army yet, keep
in mind that even though there are only two months left in the year, there is
still a chance you can win something. And we do have some pretty good
items that will be given away after the year is over. A alien slug signed
by Fred Dekker. A mini-poster reprint of MANIAC signed by director Bill
Lustig. Or maybe something else from our prize coffin that has been
getting filled up throughout the year. All you need to do is join up and
watch some movies. Aren't you doing that already? Why not do that
and have a chance of winning something?
Now, granted if you were to join up for this month, you will
be having to test your cinematic poweress as you have to tackle two Turkeys for
the month. Do you have the guts to be a member of our Army? I think
you can do it. All you need to do is sign up. Just click HERE for
all the details. We'll see you on the front line.
THE REASON IS SIMPLE
Last night, we held our annual Halloween Party. It is a
lot of work and preparation, both for the food and the trivia games we have.
But because our fellow horror fiends and friends that come out (some even
driving several hours) to help celebrate all of our strangeness, it is all worth
it and more. Anytime that fans like us, ones have chosen this path in
life, the ones that really celebrates the strange, the weird, the scary, and
everything that goes bump in the night, can get together and revel in all things
scary, with trivia games, great little conversations, it not only is a really
epically good time, but shows that we are definitely not alone in our taste.
We had some great costumes last night, some interesting
illustrations with the Horror Pictionary, as well as getting to watch and listen
to fun movie clips, each testing the knowledge of our guests. So we can't
say thanks enough for the ones that were able to make it out and help us enjoy
and celebrate our favorite time of year. And we look forward to doing it
all again next year!
REVIEW: 100 BLOODY ACRES
We have posted our review of the
Australian film 100 BLOODY ACRES. Head over to our
Review section to see what we thought.
SYNAPSE TO RELEASE SUSPIRIA
We knew it was only a matter of time (and it's about time
too) but Synapse Films has announced that they will be releasing Dario Argento's
1977 uber-classic film SUSPIRIA on DVD and Blu-ray. They will be creating
an all new 2K scan from the original negative for a possible release either next
year or 2015. But no matter how long it takes them, we know and have every
ounce of faith in Synapse in doing another incredible job on their releases.
It is one of our favorite films and cannot wait to see this release.
Definitely one to look forward to.
TRICK 'r TREAT 2?
In recent years, I can't remember a movie that is more of a
perfect Halloween movie than Michael Dougherty's TRICK 'r TRICK. Making an
anthology is a tough one to begin with, but Dougherty came through in spades,
making one hell of an enjoyable film that will be always enjoyed during the
And a few nights ago at a screening of TRICK 'r TREAT in Los
Angeles, Dougherty announced that he is working on a sequel. He told the
crowd attending that "I'm a firm believer that October should be filled with
Halloween movies, or horror movies." So while no script has actually been
written yet but Legendary Pictures will be working with Dougherty to continue
the series, where according to the writer/director "There are a different
archetypes I'd like to explore, different types of monsters. We covered
werewolves, vampires, and zombies, but there's whole slew of different creatures
out there that we haven't tackled, and I think Sam would probably be pretty good
buddies with. So I think it's time to let them have their time in the
With the creation of the deviant little Sam, Dougherty has
come up with a great character that will be remembered each and every year,
especially around Halloween time. So we can't think of a better way to
keep that going then by continuing the story. We can just hope that
Dougherty and company can capture lightning in a bottle once again.
This week's lesson is about an actor who appeared in some
pretty popular films in the '40s, even though they were low budget B-movies, but
never really made it to the big time. But he made enough horror films for
us to think he's worth keeping his memory alive. Head over to the
classroom to find out more.
Last week's photo was a little more obscure, but still one that we really
enjoyed once we found it. It was from the 2009 film HARPOON: THE WHALE
WATCHING MASSACRE. Best slasher movie that takes place on a whaling ship
that you've ever seen! Only got a couple of correct answers sent in on
this one. And they were from Chris Kinniery and Dustin Moravick.
Well done, my friends.
This time out, we're going with something a little easier.
At least we think so. So take a good look and hopefully you'll be able to
recognize which movie this person just hanging around it from. Good luck!
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