Sunday, October 22, 2017

LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE VIEWED FROM 4 ROOMS

FROM CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN # 22.




Saturday, October 21, 2017

WANTED! MORE READERS LIKE . . .

THIS BLOG'S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN WOULD BE NOTHING WITH OUT OUR FAITHFUL FEARSOME READERS . . . 


GLOBULAR GUS, Port Grbbnk, Venus

ANGELA BLAKE, Camp Rolling Hills

COUNT CARRULA, London, England

CAFFEINATED JOE, Transylvania

CATTY McCATFACE, St. Purr, Meowissota

LAURA PALMER, Twin Peaks

BUCKY TWERKDUFFLE, Cincinnati, Ohio


SHREDDIE COCHRANE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


BLOBBY McBLOBBINGTON, Downingtown, PA

SYLVIA SINISTER, Out on the Moors

SIR ALFRED HITCHCOCK, Hollyweird, Karloffornia

LIZARD MANN, Somewhere at Sea

TORGO, The Master's Villa

BARNABAS COLLINS, Collinwood, New England


CHEEKS DABELLY, The Shade of the Maple


VOIDY McVOIDINGTON, Behind the Walls of Sleep


THE TRUE HORROR OF OCTOBER

STOP RUINING HALLOWEEN!!!   Because, apparently, lemmings (er . . . I mean, people) let the time of year dictate what they can and can't consume, Pumpkin Spice Madness is upon us!  Since by law we are only allowed to consume anything pumpkin spice-flavoured in the months of September thru November. we have been inundated with pumpkin spice Cheerios, pumpkin spice coffee creamer, pumpkin spice corn flakes . . . . . and now, the ultimate affront to our senses:  PUMPKIN SPICE PIZZA!!!!!!!

That's right, children.  Pizza topped with pumpkin pie filling and mozzarella is a thing, now!  Stop the insanity!!!!  Now, I like the flavour pumpkin spice, don't get me wrong.  But I like pumpkin spice just as much in May as I do in October . . . . but it's apparently against the law to consume pumpkin spice flavoured ANYTHING in May.  And since we all have very little ability to think for ourselves anymore, we gobble up pumpkin spice everything in the Fall but would never dream of having it in the spring.  Why?  Don't ask me . . . I don't speak lemming.  I can only wait a month for pumpkin spice EVERYTHING to disappear as suddenly as it came after Labor Day . . . and gear up for everything to be peppermint-flavoured in December.  Oh, the humanity . . . .

Friday, October 20, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELA!

A HAPPY ACCIDENT IS THE FACT THAT BELA LUGOSI'S BIRTHDAY OCCURS DURING THE COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN.  And, as I always mark the occasion somehow, I thought I'd post a few pages from that British monster magazine "WORLD OF HORROR" which I spotlighted earlier in the Countdown.  



And then there's the classic cover of the Castle Films DRACULA reel.

UMBERTO LENZI (1931 - 2017)

SADLY, ONCE AGAIN DURING THE HALLOWEEN SEASON WE'VE LOST SOMEONE WITH STRONG TIES TO THE HORROR GENRE:  DIRECTOR UMBERTO LENZI.  Maestro of any and all exploitation genres which happened to be selling at the moment, Umberto Lenzi helmed Italian films ranging from peplum to western, from giallo to cops 'n' robbers . . . and yes, some incredibly influential horror movies as well.  Probably best known for those infamous cannibal films which made it onto the Video Nasties list:  CANNIBAL FEROX, MAN FROM DEEP RIVER and EATEN ALIVE (a genre which, by the way, he hated), Lenzi also directed the bonkers zombie plague film NIGHTMARE CITY a.k.a. CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD which drew heavily on the zombie films of George A. Romero and Lucio Fulci.  The film starts out at lightning pace as a plane loaded with zombies touches down at the airport and scads of flesh-eating maniacs pour out of the plane and munch on the assembled crowd!  Another favourite is GHOSTHOUSE which is a combination "homage" to fellow Italian filmmaker Lucio Fulci's "Gates of Hell" trilogy as well and POLTERGEIST. 
Then there's Lenzi's wacky giallo EYEBALL and even an Edgar Wallace adaption SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS which finds the director venturing into the world of the krimi.  Two of my all-time favourite Italian crime films were also directed by Umberto Lenzi:  VIOLENT NAPLES and THE CYNIC, THE RAT AND THE FIST. 
The former film stars Franco Nero-"lookalike" Maurizio Merli involved in some of the most actually dangerous-looking, death-defying real world car & motorcycle chases ever put on film.  Merli also stars in the latter film but the real star is Tomas Milian as an hilariously-psychopathic killer.  (Sadly, Milian also died this year).  Lenzi's films were always a ton of fun and I'll plan on watching a couple of his films as my own little tribute.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

IF ONLY I'D KNOWN . . .

WORLD'S FIRST FAMOUS MONSTERS CONVENTION.  Being only around eight or nine years old, I had no idea this existed at the time and couldn't have gotten there even if I had!  However, just because I didn't make that legendary convention doesn't mean I can't peruse the original convention commemorative mag which apparently was available to convention-goers.  Filled with reprint articles from FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine as well as new material/special ads, here is a glimpse. . .