On Wednesday, July 13th, head over to the Music Box Theatre in Chicago for a rare treat, being able to witness two Bigfoot movies, two very different kind of Bigfoot movies, on the big screen. The fact that there is a whole sub-genre of Bigfoot movies is amazing enough, but getting to see these two rare films, both that are about as far apart as you can get, will be screening in one evening.
Presented by Shudder and starting at 7pm, you’ll first get to experience a comprehensive and exhaustive Sasquatch mixtape, featuring Bigfoot’s appearances in film and TV shows, ranging from documentaries, children’s films, to horror and X-rated titles. How’s that for just getting started?
The first feature will be Cry Wilderness (1987), which is basically a children’s Bigfoot story but unlike anything you can imagine. The second feature is Night of the Demon (1980), which definitely isn’t a kid’s movie, featuring the famous scene where a biker learns what happens when you piss on Bigfoot. This is from a recent 2K scan from a recently discovered 35mm answer print. Both films are screened from DCP and look amazing.
Also, to entice you even more, both Severin Films and Vinegar Syndrome will have Pop-Up Shops set up in the Music Box Lounge starting at 4:30pm and there until after the screenings.
Last year, I had the chance to join in on the fun at the online version of the Chattanooga Film Festival. Due to the pandemic still raging on, the fine folks wanted to continue to bring cinema to the masses and did it online instead of just cancelling the festival outright. Which was great, because I had the chance to see a variety of different titles over the course of the week. Well, due to the pandemic still threatening to raise up once again, they have decided to do this year’s festival online once again. But if the programming is as good as it was last year, we are all in for a treat.
This weekend we are making our return to Columbus for the Columbus Moving Pictures Show, formally known as Cinevent. We haven’t been there since before the pandemic, so we are not only very excited to make our return, but excited to be part of a new beginning of the show under new management. For those that don’t know, the Cinevent Classic Film Convention ran for over 50 years! One of the co-founders, Steven Haynes, had passed away in 2015, and his son Michael took over for a few years. But they sold it to new owners and have changed the name to The Columbus Moving Picture Show, promising to keep the spirit of Cinevent alive and living. This is a good old fashioned movie memorabilia show, where you can find posters, stills, lobby cards, and just about any other kind of stuff related to movies. Granted, they tend to be on the classic side, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have “younger” movie related items. I’ve always found a few gems each time I’ve gone.
Never Take Candy from a Stranger (1960), The Damned (1963), Plague of the Zombies (1966). These are the three titles covered in this episode, as well as a little discussing on what can be considered “horror” when talking about the famous Studio that Dripped Blood. While some of these titles don’t immediately come to mind when you think of Hammer Horror, digging a little deeper, you might discover it to be there after all. After all, isn’t the whole point of being a horror fan is to go beyond the borders? You never know what you might find and even might be surprised.
These are the titles mentioned in the episode:
Cross of the Devil (1975), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Damned (1963), The Ghost Breakers (1940), Horror of Dracula (1958), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), Never Take Candy from a Stranger (1960), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Plague of the Zombies (1966), Paranoiac (1963), The People Who Own the Dark (1976), The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), To the Devil a Daughter (1976), White Zombie (1932)
Another late posting, but still got it up, so that counts! Always try to get these ready to go over the weekend but seemed to have kept myself busy with some other things. But here we are! Our last photo was from the classic Mexican horror film El Vampiro from 1957, starring Abel Salazar and Germán Robles. If you haven’t seen this one, I can’t express how important of a title it is, not only because it’s a great film, but it shows what the Mexican studious were cranking out in the late ’50s. Congrats to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Todd Barwick, Dave Fronto, Bob Hartman, Kevin Hart, Gary McGuire, Bryan Senn, and Alan Tromp. Well done!
On to this week’s photo. Not as much as an older classic like our last photo, but still a great little film. Check it out and see if you recognize where it is from. Just remember to email me your answer (to email@example.com). Good Luck!
The Music Box Theatre in Chicago has announced the date for this year’s 24-hour horror movie marathon of madness! It will take place from noon on Saturday, Oct. 22nd to noon on Sunday the 23rd. They have only 2 films announced so far, Idle Hands (1999) and Bill Hinzman’s Flesh Eater (1988), but there will be much more to come!
Tickets are $30 until Oct. 21st, then they are $35. If you’re a Music Box Member, then you can take of $5 of those prices.
Unfortunately, we will not be vending there once again this year. Usually, we have been at the Monster Bash convention in PA on the weekends of the marathon. But this year, there is another event, that honestly is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime event that I don’t want to miss. There is always a chance that falls through, so if it does, we’ll at least be at the marathon if not vending. Only time will tell.
But for all the info and updates, head over to their website HERE.
There are those actors that may not be your biggest heroes on screen, but know when you see their names in the credits, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, you know the film just got a little better because you know they are going to help entertain you. Fred Ward was one of those actors.
The first film that I remember seeing him in, or at least that made an impact, was Uncommon Valor (1983), which I had only seen because it was playing at the theater I worked at. But with a great cast like Gene Hackman, Tim Thomerson, Reb Brown, and a young Patrick Swayze, it was a lot of fun. But two years later, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985) came out and I just loved that one. I knew of the Destroyer book series but had never read them. But I just enjoyed the hell out of Remo and thought that Ward did a great job in the role. A few more years later, and Ward appeared in one of the best monster films of the ’90s, Tremors (1990). Once again, Ward was able to make audiences relate to an everyday person, even though they lived out in the middle of nowhere.
So, hearing of his passing a few days ago really bummed me out. Such a top-notch actor who always gave a believable performance, no matter what kind of character he played. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.
I meant to get this posted a few days ago when I heard about this but as we all know, life gets in the way. For Americans, James Olson’s name might not be too familiar, but his face was since he appeared in so many different TV shows in the ’70s. But the one thing that him and actor Waterman have in common is that they both appeared in a couple of Hammer Films, as well as a one or two other genre pictures.
James Olson passed away last April 17th, at the age of 91. For Hammer, he appeared in their space western Moon Zero Two (1969) and then one of their later day thrillers, Crescendo (1970), alongside Stefanie Powers. He would also appear in the made-for-TV movie The Spell (1977), The Mafu Cage (1978), and Amityville II: The Possession (1982).
Dennis Waterman was also known for a lot of TV work, but all in the UK. For Hammer fans though, he appeared in Scars of Dracula (1970), doing battle against Christopher Lee! Previously, he appeared in Hammer’s The Pirates of Blood River (1962). He also was in the very underrated film Fright (1970), along with Susan George and Honor Blackman.
As time goes on, and the older we become as lifelong movie fans, this is inevitable and sad. But I’ve always considered that people working in the arts that leave something behind that they can always be remembered by, whether it be acting, directing, or even painting or some other art form, leaving behind that work does make them immortal. And that is how we should remember them, by the entertainment that they have given us to continue to enjoy.
Our thoughts go out to their friends and family. Rest in Peace Mr. Olson and Mr. Waterman.
A little late in the day for this update but it still counts. Actually, the fact that I’m still alive after getting our lawn, or whatever that wild growth of green and weeds was that I just ran over with my lawnmower, I guess that should be a positive for today, right? And it’s only going to get warmer out, which means it’s almost time for the A/C and avoiding the sunlight even more!
Okay, enough babbling. Last week’s photo was from the Val Lewton classic I Walked with a Zombie (1943), which I had to put up there since we just passed his birthday. Kudos to the following who sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Dada Debaser, Dave Fronto, Kevin Hart, Bob Hartman, Troy Howarth, Gary McGuire, Bryan Senn, and Kristin Wicks. Always nice to see fans of the Lewton films out there.
Now on to this week’s photo. Give a little peek and see what you think! Just remember to send your guess to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck!
When most horror fans they first get into the genre, they tend to look for the juicy, red, and meaty stuff . . . the gore. Okay maybe not all horror fans, but a lot of us. Always looking for the next over-the-top or extreme, or just being dazzled by the top-notch gory makeup effects that were bursting out from the screen, we ate that shit up! In this episode, we highlight some of our favorite moments of gore. Joining us on our journey through the gore-soaked trenches is the incredible artist Putrid!
Putrid has been consistently killing it when it comes to his incredible gore-filled artwork. Highly influenced by Bernie Wrightson, Putrid’s style continues to astound, disturb, and downright gross-out his fans. Enjoy!
These are the films mentioned and/or discussed in this episode: