Fairness in Hollywood?

Oscars1With all the recent talk about Hollywood and the Oscars not being fair to minorities, I’d like to get on my soapbox for a minute and point out another group of people that have been excluded for the most part since cinema began. And they are actors and actresses that have appeared in horror films. No matter how high of an achievement in acting they do, it is very rare that they are recognized or even noticed by the Academy. But these people have given some amazing and incredible performances over the years, but most of them are sweeped under the red carpet without even a first glance.

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Mystery Photo 1-25

Welcome to Monday! So that must me a new Mystery Photo, right? But before we get to the new one, let’s go over last week’s, where we traveled to Italy for a little giallo action. The shot was from the Luciano Ercoli’s 1971 film Death Walks on High Heels. A very entertaining little film if you haven’t seen it. Kudos goes out to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Scott Bradley, Kuba Haczek, and Bryan Martinez!

So on to the new one. This should be an easier one, but maybe it might take a little thinking to get it. Maybe. But take a peek and see what you can come up with. Good luck.

And as always, please don’t post your answer here, but send us an email at jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Let us give everyone a try, shall we?


Spanish Shocker Triple Feature!

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If the east coast survives this lastest snowageddon, in February, the fine folks at Exhumed Films are putting on an amazing triple feature that is putting the spotlight on some awesome Spanish Horror films. I’m sure my feelings might have something to do with the fact that two out of the three films are Paul Naschy films, but that is purely beside the point.

On Friday, Feb. 12th, starting at 7:30pm, they will be screening the following films, all from 35mm prints (which impresses me even more!):

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Saluting Spanish Horror Icons

spanish-horror-iconsI recently came across these wonderful busts of different Spanish Horror Icons and knew I had to show them here. Being a huge fan of Spanish Horror, especially of Paul Naschy, anytime I see something this, I need to help spread the word. Honestly, I just love the fact that there are other people out there spreading the love of this much underrated genre of fantastic cinema, as Naschy used to refer to it.

According to the website, these will be around 8″ tall, but no word on the pricing. I’ve reached out to them to hopefully get some more info, as well as when they are going to be released. But in the meantime, you can check out the ones they have photos of so far. For me, the Blind Dead really need to have their facial hair…just doesn’t look right otherwise. But the two Naschy figures, I would love to add to my collection. Hopefully they won’t be too pricey! Of course, if anybody would like to pick these up as a gift for me, I’d be enternally grateful. Just throwing it out there….

You can check out their website HERE, though warning, it is not in English. But with the help of Google translator, you should be able to manage your way around.

Paul Naschy’s Waldemar Daninsky
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Paul Naschy’s Amenhotep from La venganza de la momia (The Mummy’s Revenge)
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Pánico en el Transiberiano (Horror Express)
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Count Dracula from La saga de los Drácula (The Dracula Saga)
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The Blind Dead

Interivew: Andrew Prine


Andrew Prine has been a favorite of mine for a very long time. He is one of those actors that just seeing his name in the credits told me that I was going to enjoy this movie, even if was only the parts he appeared in! A regular in a lot of movies, both film and television, playing all sorts of characters, both good and bad. And no matter what, he was always holding our attention while on screen. He really is a genre icon.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Prine for a few minutes back in April of 2005, to get some of his thoughts on some of the movies that he worked on that we loved so much. Since we didn’t have a lot of time, I would just throw some titles out there and we’d go from there. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did talking to this legend.

Kitley’s Krypt: What can you tell us about Simon, King of the Witches?

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Katzman, Nicholson, & Corman…Need I Say More?

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The fine folks at BearManor Media have just put out a book that I think fans of the 50s and 60s drive-in pictures are going to have to add to the library. And if that wasn’t enough, it was written by Mark Thomas McGee, who has become one of my favorite writers, who always makes his work not only informative, but damn entertaining to read.

With his latest book, Katzman, Nicholson, Corman: Shaping Hollywood’s Future, he covers three very important figures in the world of low budget filmmaking during that era. Of course, we all know who Roger Corman is and the impact he made in the industry.

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