Celebrate the Titans of Terror

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I know a lot of people spend this upcoming 3-day weekend grilling or spending time outside. But if you’re trying to think of some alternative way to spend your Memorial Day, might I offer up a suggestion? There are three very important figures in the horror genre celebrating birthdays this Thursday and Friday. And even though they have left us, it is just as important now to celebrate their work and remember them as when they were still with us. Of course, I’m talking about Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Vincent Price.

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Mystery Photo 5-23

Happy Monday, folks! What a better way to start the week than to get your brain working trying to figure what movie this little photo came from, right? I thought so. So let us get right to it, shall we? But first, let’s take care of the business from last week (so I don’t forget this time). The poor bastard was the victim of the creatures from the 1966 British film Island of Terror, directed by the legendary Terence Fisher, and co-stars Peter Cushing. Sure, the monsters might be a little cheesy, but the film is still damn entertaining, as far as I’m concerned. Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Troy Howarth, Doug Lamoreux, and Kristin Wicks.

On to this week’s photo puzzle! Take a look, think about it, and see if you can guess which movie it is from. Please remember not to post your answers here, but send it in an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good luck!

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Movie Review: Men in Suits

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Men in Suits
(2012)
Directed by Frank H. Woodward
Starring Doug Jones, Brian Steele, Tom Woodruff Jr., Douglas Tait, Haruo Nakajima, Bob Burns, Misty Rosas, Camden Toy, Bobby Clark, Van Snowden, Alec Gillis, Michelan Sisti, Arturo Gil

After years of going to conventions and hearing the stories from the stuntmen that appear there, as well as reading different biographies, I really learned quite a bit of what goes on behind the curtain on filmmaking and what some of these people go through with really no credit. Damn shame, really. But over the last few years, there is another group of  very talented and hard working people that have been coming to the forefront, trying to get the credit that they also so richly deserve. That group of people are the men (and women) in suits.

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Virgin of Nuremberg Soundtrack Released!

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Quartet Records once again just amazes me at the titles that they are releasing these days! Now only are they releasing Riz Ortolani’s score for Antonio Margheriti’s 1963 film La Vergine Di Norimberga (Virgin of Nuremberg), but released over here in the states as simply Horror Castle. But no matter what its called, its a title well worth checking out.

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Horror History: Sam Newfield

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Born Dec. 6th, 1899 – Died Nov. 10th, 1964

The big difference between the people making movies back in the early days of cinema and today’s standards is the output. Even in the ’70s and ’80s, it might be a year or two between a director’s films. Nowadays, it could be years before we see a new one. But back in the ’30s and such, there were guys cranking out film after film after film. And nobody was more proficient in this than Sam Newfield.

There were some years that he is reported to have directed 15 to 20 pictures! That is more than 1 a month! Sure, these were low budget films and time really was money back then, so they didn’t the luxury of multiple or even second takes, or reshoots if someone make a mistake. It was action…cut…print. And then on to the next one. There were some titles that were supposedly had a shoot scheduler of only 3 days!

Newfield started his career at the bottom of the business, first as a runner, then set assistant, actor, but always moving up the later until he got to direct. His first film was a silent film made in 1923, but would work in just about every genre, making a ton of westerns and comedies. But in that time, he also made a few horror titles. Such as The Mad Monster (1942), Dead Men Walk (1943), The Monster Maker (1944) and The Flying Serpent (1946).

So while the quality of Newfiled’s films may not be top notch, he was still making those movies quick and fast, never letting anything get in his way to get the film finished in time. And for that, if anything, we have to give him credit for.

Audrey Dalton Comes to Monster Bash

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One of the things that I really love about Monster Bash is the guests that they get are not the ones that you’re going to typically see at most shows. Sure, that may be because of the ones they do try and get are from the older and classic films. And by that I mean ones that came before the 80s! Not that there is anything wrong, but most of those names you will be able to see at a half a dozen different shows throughout the year. But like Cinema Wasteland, Ron Adams at Monster Bash tries to do it a little different.

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