There is an old fashion movie memorbilia show that has been running since the late ’60s, called Cinevent. This is not like modern day conventions because there are no celebrities here. It is just about the memorbilia and keeping old movies alive and well. It is not a horror show, but of all genres. They screen old movies throughout the entire weekend, so it really is about the movies. The only money exchanging hands here besides paying to get in, is in the dealer room. So it will be a nice change of pace then some of the other shows that we do on a regular basis.
Directed by Ray Danton
Starring Robert Quarry, John Fiedler, Bob Pickett, William Jordan, Betty Anne Rees, Brenda Dickson-Weinberg LaSesne Hilton, John Lasell, Freda T. Vanterpool, Tari Tabakin
Yeah, I know…pretty bad joke. But I have to say that it amazes me more and more the soundtrack titles that are getting released these days. Some of the most obscure and cult titles are getting a grand treatment now, thanks to companies like Beat Records, who has chosen to release Carlo Maria Cordio’s score for Joe D’Amato’s Rosso Sangue, which is also known as Anthropophagus 2, Monster Hunter, Horrible, and about a dozen other titles.
But the real joy for these kind of releases is that it gets this music out to the fans. These composers were not just throwing notes together for a quick and cheap movie, but really trying to make good and effective soundtracks. And that should be celebrated and remembered. And thanks to Beat Records, we can.
But this is just the beginning! Beat Records, along with Nocturno Cinema, will be paying homage to Joe D’Amato and his films and this is just the first in a new series! One can only imagine (and hope) at some of the titles they could be releasing in the future. Definitely something to look forward to. This release has a 12-page booklet with liner notes by Manlio Gomarasca, and original artwork by Andrea Clanetti.
To order this, you can get it directly from Beat Records HERE, which is located in Italy, or you can order it here in the states from Screen Archives HERE.
Making a Monster: The Creation of Screen Characters by the Great Makeup Artists
By Al Taylor & Sue Roy
Published Crown Publishers, Inc., 1980. 278 pages.
This 2011 documentary calls Ray Harryhausen a special effects titan. Now one of the meanings of the word titan is “a person or thing of enormous size, strength, power, influence”. Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better word, especially the last two words in that description: power and influence.
Okay American Werewolf fans, listen up! I’m sure we all remember the great documentary called Beware the Moon (2009), that was written and directed by Paul Davis. Well now Davies has turned that documentary into book form, with a lot more added to it!
The Fly (1958)
Directed by Kurt Neuman
Starring Al Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall, Charles Herbert
In the world of fantastic cinema, the mad scientist theme is one of the oldest sub-genres. Right from the beginning, storytellers have been weaving cautionary tales of men meddling with things best left alone. For those who try to push or break through those boundaries, there is usually a hefty price to pay: their life, or at the very least, their sanity. Most of these stories present a man trying to take over the world through some devious plan or device that he has created, corrupted either by visions of power or the invention in question having scrambled his brain to where he is no longer thinking rationally. Within these films, the dramatic action revolves around stopping this demented genius before it is too late; the end-credits lesson for the audience being that man is better off leaving things as they are, lest this fate befall them as well.