Music Box of Horrors Announces First Titles and Guests!

MusicBoxofHorrorslogo 2018Even though it is still 3 months away, its never too early to start to get ready for this year’s Music Box of Horrors! And from the guests and titles they have announced today, it looks to be another killer time! Advance tickets are now on sale for ONLY $25! That’s a little more than a $1 an hour of some great horror entertainment! This price will last until Sept. 1st, then they go up to $30. Then the day of the event, they will be $35. So why wait and maybe chance the event selling out? Oh yeah…did I mention that these films listed below are all from 35mm prints. No DCP, DVD, or Blu-ray projection for these, but actual film prints. Need some more reasons to get your ticket now? Just keep reading.

To celebrate the 30 year anniversary, not only will they be screening the original Child’s Play (1988), but screenwriter Don Mancini will be attending! Mancini has not only been the writer on all the sequels, but has directed the last 3 entries in the series. With the original movie filmed in Chicago, what a way to celebrate this anniversary.

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Severin Has a Beach Party!

Horror-Of-Party-Beach_BluNot sure whoever the geniuses are at Severin, I would like to officially commend them! As a sucker for good old fashion promo items, I was thrilled when they announced they were releasing a little rubber ball promo item with their release of The Changeling. Really reminds me of the good old days of movie promotions. And now, not only are they releasing the hilariously fun The Horror of Party Beach (1964), but you can get your own Horror of Party Beach official Beach Ball!!!

This film is one that I saw as a youngster on TV the first time, on some Saturday afternoon screening, since you couldn’t pass up that title! You can never forget seeing that monster for the first time, as it crawls up the rocks towards that girl. Cheesy? Sure. Silly? Maybe. What do you expect from a movie that cost $50,000 and was shot in two weeks? But it sure is a lot of fun and I think is still a great way to spend 90 minutes.

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Frightfest Guide to Ghost Movies!

Frightfest Guide - ghost moviesFAB Press will be releasing another volume in the amazing Frightfest Guide series, this time covering one of my favorite sub-genre of films, Ghost Stories! Award winning filmmaker and author Axelle Carolyn will be delving into the history of this sub-genre, going over the last 120 years, and giving us reviews the 200 most memorable titles from around the world.

Like the first two volumes in this series, The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies and The FrightFest Guide to Monster Movies, this volume will be beautifully laid out and illustrated. FAB always produced amazing quality and fantastic looking books, so I know I will be adding this to the library as soon as it hits the states. It will be making its debut next weekend at the Frightfest convention in the UK. It won’t hit the states until Oct. 26th, priced at $24.95.

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It looks like we only got one correct answer in for last week’s photo, which was Troy Howarth. He was the only one to identify the photo from the 1977 Terror of Frankenstein, which is actually a decent adaptation of Shelley’s novel. Not one that gets talked about that often, but actually did get a DVD release years ago. Worth checking out.

Here is this week’s photo, so we’ll see if this is a little easier. Maybe it’s a little too easy. We’ll see.

As usual, please remember not to post your answers here so others can have a chance at it. Just send your guess to us in an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good luck!

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Book Review: Human Beasts: The Films of Paul Naschy

Human BeastsHuman Beasts: The Films of Paul Naschy
Published by CreateSpace, 2018. 344 pages
By Troy Howarth

Followers of the Krypt might know of my slight fondness for the work of Spanish writer/director/actor and all around horror fan, Jacinto Molina, better known as Paul Naschy. Besides his own autobiography, Memoirs of a Wolfman or Muchas Gracias Senor Lobo that showcases all these amazing posters, lobby cars, and other material from his movies, there hasn’t been a book out, at least that I know of here in the states, that covers the massive filmography of Naschy. Until now.

Let me say right from the start that Howarth is not only a good friend of mine, but that I also have a very small part in this book, in the Naschy legacy section in the back. Also, that I’m a die-hard Naschy fan that is just thrilled to death that there is finally a book about him and his films. But I would ask you to believe that if I had issues with Troy’s writing, or this book in general, that I would be up front and honest about them here. I don’t mix words when it comes to reviewing, especially books, even more so when they are about a subject that I am very passionate about.

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Soundtrack Review: Sensoria

Sensoria Soundtrack

Sensoria  (2015)
Released by Screamworks Records, 2016
15 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 39 min.
Music Composed by Frank Ilfman

I just love it when I stumbled across a soundtrack from a film that I’ve never heard before but just love it. I picked up a copy of Ilfman’s score for Sensoria because it was on sale at one of the online soundtrack places I frequent often. I’ve enjoyed Ilfman’s scores for Big Bad Wolves and Ghost Stories and this was cheap enough so I figured I’d take the chance.

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Movie Review: Killer Crocodile (1989)

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Killer Crocodile (1989)
Directed by Larry Ludman (Fabrizio De Angelis)
Starring Anthony Crenna, Ann Douglas, Van Johnson, Thomas Moore (Ennio Girolami), Sherrie Rose, Julian Hampton

If anybody watches Killer Crocodile and expects some high-tech, big budgeted film, then they are going to be very disappointed. Come on people, the title alone says it all…pure cheesy entertainment. But even better, this cheese comes from Italy.

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