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I must say, I was quite surprised at all the correct answers for our last photo. The shot was from the Italian film Night Train Murders, which is also known under a few other names. But we got a lot of correct answers, which really means that you people are a bunch of degenerates! And we welcome to the club with open arms!!! So a big kudos goes out to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Derek Botelho, Aaron Christensen, Jerry Downing, Doug Lamoreux, Kevin Matthews, Dustin Moravick, Vanessa Nocera, Gavin Schmitt, Wayne Teeter, Tom White, William Wilson, and Greg Wojick. Well done!

Now for this photo, it might be pretty easy, but as you can see, it is done in tribute for obvious reasons. But can you name the film? Just send us an email at jon@kitleyskrypt.com if you can name the correct title. Good luck.

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Z for Zachariah Soundtrack Review

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Released by Varèse Sarabande, 2015
26 Tracks with a total running time of 52 min.
Music by Heather McIntoch

This is another great example where we get a score to review, have no idea what the movie is about, but really enjoy the images it creates in our minds eye. Or really, the feelings that the music creates. For this one, it brings to mind a feeling of peacefulness and somber. Sure, for a horror site, one would think this wouldn’t be something we would like. Well, it might not be one we would always listen to, but any score that can create a mood or feeling, just by the music, means that the creator has done something magical.

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Book Review: John Carpenter: The Prince of Darkness

carpenterbookJohn Carpenter: The Prince of Darkness
By Gilles Boulenger
Published by Silman-James Press, 2003.  296 pages.

Author Boulenger has spent four years interviewing Carpenter about himself and his movies. This title reads like one long and intricate interview, covering all of Carpenter’s work up to Ghost of Mars. This is a very interesting read here folks, giving us a ton of insight to this man, as well as his filmography. From a director that has given us some incredible films in his career, many that still hold up today, you get to hear how some of them came about, and also about some of the problems that came with it.

I think my only complaint about this book is that there are several occasions when a project that Carpenter had worked on, either as scriptwriter or doctor, but it’s mentioned in passing and we don’t get to hear any detail about it. I was amazed to hear how many projects that Carpenter was connected to at one time or another. But this is a minor complaint.

But in any case, this book is well worth the price, and really can give young filmmakers some depressing stories of what they might have to deal with. There is a great story Carpenter tells about a director and producer stranded in the desert that is hilarious. Obviously if you are a Carpenter fan, then this title is a must for your collection. If not, it is still one great read.

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Quite the surprise to see so many correct answers for last week’s Mystery Photo. Sure, it wasn’t that obscure, but glad that quite a few of you were familiar with Christopher Smith’s debut film, Creep. I’ve really enjoyed everything he’s done so far and am always looking foward to his next project. So a big kudos out to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Jason Buchanan, David Greenwood, Kevin Matthews, Freddy Morris, Gregg Olheiser, Gavin Schmitt, Wayne Teeter, AJ Wagar, and William Wilson. Good on you!

Well, this week’s photo is going to be a bit more nasty and tasteless. This is from a very dark and would not be one that I would recommend for a Sunday afternoon family fun viewing either. But take a look and see if you can identify it. Good luck.

And please remember, do not post your answer in the response section below, but send me an email at jon@kitleyskrypt.com.

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Come and Celebrate the Drive-In!

midway-phantasmSure, this might not be the first time I’ve waved this flag, but there are a couple of events coming up that I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention. As I’ve posted before, next weekend the Kitley crew will be heading down just south of Indianapolis, to the Skyline Drive-in in Shelbyville. The are holding their annual 3-night all night monster movie marathon. We won’t be leaving until late on Friday but am still hoping to catch the last 3 titles scheduled. Then we will be staying over night and catching all 5 titles on Saturday night. Having the opportunity to see films like Tarantula, Horror Express, Island of Lost Souls, not to mention the original King Kong, really is like dream come true for a movie nut like me. But the drive-in is so much more than just the movies. Yes, it is a great time, but it is also that step back into time, when going to the drive-in really was an experience and one that is remembered for years to come. You can get all the information about this even HERE.

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Our last photo didn’t get the same response as the one before, which is a surprise really due to the director was John Carpenter. That’s right, the shot was taken from the film he did right before Halloween, a made-for-TV movie called Someone’s Watching Me! Congrats go out to Cate Cameron and William Wilson for sending in the correct answer. I know I’ve forgotten to name a few people that have sent in the correct answer, so I do apologize. But the best way for me not to forget your guess is to send it to me in an email. That gives saved, so there’s little chance of me losing it.

Anyway, let’s get to this week’s photo. Might be a little tougher, but those are good every now and then, right? So here you go…take a peek and let me know what you think. And if you think you know it, just send us an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good luck.

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New Hammer Book Series from Peveril Publishing

curse_of_werewolf_poster_07We had recently received our copy of the first volume of Peveril Publishing’s book series, The Fantastic Films of the Decades and was just blown away by it. The layout is fantastic and am amazed at how much stuff they covered for a decade of silent films. Of course, this is just the first of nine volumes, so there is much more greatness to come, not to mention the chuck out of my bank account this is going to take. But if the rest of the editions are as good as this first one, it will be a well worth investment.

But the fine folks at Peveril didn’t seem to be content with working on this book series, and figured they also need to create something similar for Hammer fans. They have just announced a new 8 volume book series called the Hammer Film Scrapbook Series. Each one of the volumes will cover a particular theme, such as one on their Dracaul films, one on their Frankenstein films, and so on. Below is the complete list:

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Extinction Soundtrack Review

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Released by Varèse Sarabande, 2015
25 Tracks, with a total running time 67 min.
Music Composed by Sergio Moure

This film is another zombie film, one that takes place in a snowbound town. But just from listening to the score, I would suspect there is much more suspense here than over the top terror. The score starts off with hauntingly slow burn of a track, with the sounds of a strings, seemingly straining to make some music. It is slow paced, with a very somber but eerie quality to it, one that can easily put images into your mind’s eye. It picks up a bit, but then slowly descends back down. This continues with the second track, Night Journey, with faint notes from the piano combined with some gentle strings, all that create a quite but unnerving feeling. But then halfway through this track, it explodes with some quick rhythm from possibly cellos, which picks up the pace for a short time, before going back down to the original mood. This fast paced music appears again, such as in the track Defending My Baby or near the end, with the track The Siege.

Overall the score is a somber and quite one, one that is almost peaceful, but there always seems to be that feeling of uneasiness that it creates. Like it is trying to be relaxing, but there is just something there that won’t let you.

Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World – Chicago Premiere

I think we could all agree that Ridley Scott’s film Alien would not have been the same, or even close to it, had it not been for the incredible original and stylistic artwork from H.R. Giger. Now, thanks to documentarian filmmaker Belinda Sallin, you can have a closer look at Giger and his last years of life in this new film called Dark Star: H.G. Giger’s World. You can see the Chicago premiere at Facets in the city, which start on Friday August 21st. For more information about this screening, as well as many other interesting titles, just click HERE.

Check out the trailer below.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers Soundtrack!

invasionofthebodysnatchersCDOne of the scariest movies to come out in the ’50s wasn’t about some giant monster that was stomping its way through the city, but was from a silent invader that took over our bodies when we were sleeping. It was, of course, Don Siegel’s 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Now for the first time, composer Carmen Dragon’s score for this amazing film is getting a release on CD!

Thanks to the fine folks at La-La Land Records, this rare score is being produced by Dragon’s son-in-law Richard Henn and Neil S. Bulk, and restored and mastered by Stephen March and Fernando Lee. This release will feature 17 tracks of Dragon’s score, plus 3 tracks of Source Music), which is just under an hour’s worth of music. This release will also feature in-depth liner notes by Jeff Bond. The disc is only $19.98, but don’t wait too long to place your order since it is a limited edition of only 2000 units. So order your copy now.

Just click HERE for all the details!