Mystery Photo 9-20

Welcome to another Monday, and another day closer to Halloween. But then again, we all know that Halloween is something we celebrate all year round. Well, maybe except eating all the candy … Let’s get down to business, shall we? Our last photo was from the 1974 film The Freakmaker, also known as The Mutations, starring the wonderfully entertaining Donald Pleasance and the very hidden Tom Baker. Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Brian Doering, Kevin Hart, Troy Howarth, Erik Martin, Lee Nattrass, Todd Warren. Well done indeed!

So this week’s photo might be pretty easy right off the bat. Or ax, as the case may be. Or maybe you think its that easy? Nothing like planting that little seed of doubt, huh? Take a peek and see what you think. Just send us an email with your answer to Good Luck!

Book Review: When Dracula Met Frankenstein

When Dracula Met Frankenstein: My Years Making Drive-In Movies with Al Adamson
Published by Murania Press, 2021. 377 pages
By Sam Sherman

You can’t be a fan of exploitation cinema of the ‘60s and ‘70s and not know of Sam Sherman, either by name or the multitude of film titles that he had his fingers in. Sherman only has 28 credits as a producer, many of them for films directed by his good friend Al Adamson, but his mark on the film world is so much greater. He was an ad man who could come up with some of the best titles, promotional ideas, gimmicks, and all the other ballyhoo so memorable, sometimes more than the films themselves!

He is also the man that was responsible for introducing Paul Naschy to the states, when his company, Independent International, picked up Naschy’s Mark of the Wolfman when they were looking for a Frankenstein picture that they had already promised distributors. It featured two wolfmen and two vampires, but definitely no Frankenstein or his creature. But somehow, due to the creative genius of Sherman, Mark of the Wolfman now became Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror. If you don’t know the whole story already, then you’ll have to buy the book to find out!

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More Books for Your Library

Since I’m always on a quest to add more titles to my ever-growing library of non-fiction titles on the horror genre, I’ve recently come across a few more that I wanted to let everyone know about. Most of these haven’t been released yet, or even listed on the publisher’s website just yet. But I figure the quicker I put them on your radar, you’ll look for them.

The first one is entitled Dead or Alive: British Horror Films 1980-1989, edited by Darrell Buxton. This one has been published by Midnight Marquee and you can order it either through Amazon or their site, though they don’t it listed just yet.

The next one has only been announced by the author, Bryan Senn, and that it is coming from BearManor Media, called Here There Be Monsters, which is a collection of interviews and essays on “Classics (And Not So Classic) Horror Cinema”. Coming from Senn, I’m sure it will be well worth the read!

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Flashback Weekend’s Dusk to Dawn Horror Fest!

Want to head out to a good old-fashioned drive-in theater to see some horror classics, as well as a brand new title? Then start making your plans for this Saturday, Sept. 18th, to head out to the Midway Drive-In in Dixon, IL. Below is the schedule:

5:00PM – Horror vendors – socially distanced
7:30PM – Introduction – The Manson Brothers stars Mike Carey and Chris Margetis
8:00PM – The Manson Brothers Midnight Zombie Massacre (2021)
10:00PM – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
12:00AM – Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
2:00AM – Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)

If you have not had the chance to see TCM on the big screen (and the screen at the Midway is HUGE being 90 feet across!!!) then now is your chance to experience it in a completely new way. Doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen it on your TV, the big screen is completely different.

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Mystery Photo 9-13

Running late again today with our photo, folks. We were just at the HorrorHound Weekend so are running a little ragged right now. Had to go to work today after getting maybe 8 hours of sleep the entire weekend! But it was well worth it. Had a blast there, as always. But let’s get to business! Last week’s photo was of course from Paul Naschy’s Assignment Terror. Since last month was his birthday, I figured I had to put one of his films up there. Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Peggie Christie, Dave Fronto, Kevin Hart, Troy Howarth, Mike P, and Michael Shields. Well done!

So this week’s photo might be a pretty easy one, so consider it a bone, since I’m still running on empty! Take a look and see what you can come up with. Just remember to send us your guess in an email to Good Luck!

Movie Review: The Giant Claw

Directed by Fred F. Sears
Starring Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum, Louis Merrill, Robert Shayne, Edgar Barrier

When I worked at a movie theater, we played It Came from Hollywood (1982), which featured hundreds of movie clips with popular comedians making fun of them, cracking jokes, pointing out flaws, all in the name of entertainment. Mind you, this was years before Mystery Science Theater 3000 made a career out of it. It was during that initial screening that I caught my first glimpse of the epic The Giant Claw (1957). though it would be some time before I actually knew what movie it was. Sure, it was silly and laughable at that time, with the creature looking more like some sort of sickly marionette turkey, but in those scenes where it is swooping down and chomping on parachuting passengers from the plane it just attacked, kind of creeped me out.

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Happy Birthday Paul Naschy!!!

Today would have been Jacinto Molina’s 87th birthday. But even though we lost him over a decade ago, I still think he is more alive with us than ever. When you think how many of his movies have been released in amazing looking Blu-rays, some titles seeing releases in any format for the first time, and even a few that were thought lost, but now are available for everyone to see. To me, that shows that the last impact of his work still is as powerful, if not more, than before.

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Mystery Photo 9-6

Happy Labor Day to everyone! Hope you have the day off to enjoy some of the simpler things in life, like watching a movie or reading a book. Or maybe even going for a walk or bike ride. Just something to feed your passion and bring a little happiness to you. Sometimes, that is all it takes. But down to business. Our photo from last week was from a version of Dracula except done entirely with sign language, called Deafula! Made in 1975, written and directed by and starring in the lead role, is Peter Wolf. It was the first horror film ever to be filmed using the American Sign Language. While it may be considered for of an oddity, I love the fact that it actually exists. Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Bryan Martinez, and Gary McGuire. Well done!

For today’s photo, we’re going with something that might be remembered from another movie, but since that was in a black and white film, it can’t be that one. So you’ll have to think a little harder. Just remember to send your guess to us in an email (we have a better chance of not forgetting or losing it that way), to Good Luck!

Interview: Miguel Rodriguez, from the Horrible Imaginings Film Fest

Miguel Rodriguez, one of the co-founders of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, is just like us, a very passionate fan of horror cinema. In fact, so much so that he started this film fest to help highlight films that he felt needed more attention. And has been doing so since 2009. So we decided to take a few minutes before this year’s festival started and pick his brain about the genre and what makes it so special to him.

Kitley’s Krypt: Let’s start at the beginning. How long have you been a fan of the horror genre, and what does it mean to you being a serious follower?

Miguel Rodriguez: Horror grew up with me. Most people say they grew up with horror, but I feel like we grew up together. My grandmother used to tell me extremely terrifying stories growing up, as did others in my family. She loved scary movies, and we would often watch them together. We didn’t speak easily because of language barriers (I was not taught Spanish growing up), but horror movies were a way to relate. 

As far as what it means to me to be a serious follower, that can be a bit challenging. It is funny to try to answer this question now, because I was just having a discussion with some friends who were talking about relationships, and they were complaining about people who needed to have all the same pop culture loves as their partners. I found it interesting and nodded with a lot of their points about two people loving all the same things being boring, and people having their own personalities. The thing I had to realize for myself, though, was that an understanding and love for horror is so integral to my worldview that any partner of mine would HAVE to share it. 

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Kryptic Army Mission: Sept. 2021 – Integration!

Back on Sept. 2nd, 1963, George Wallace, the Governor of the state of Alabama, attempted to forcibly halt the integration of public schools by surrounding the building with state troopers. Thankfully it was only temporary and soon schools in Alabama were the first to be integrated with both colored and white students. Wallace stated that he wasn’t racist but claimed Blacks were inclined to “atrocious acts”. Hate to say this, but I think all races have participated in that. Just asked the “witches” that were burned at the stake, or innocent people tortured to death by the church because they didn’t follow their religion.

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