Phantasm Phans Unite!

reggieSome troubling news in the world of Phantasm, with everyone’s favorite dwarf-ass-kicking ice cream man, Reggie Bannister. This news was posted on Reggie’s and his wife Gigi’s Facebook page some time ago, but I think we need to gather the troups and send Reggie our support. Not a lot of details are being given on what exactly happend for their privacy, which is totally understandable, other than this, which comes from Gigi herself:

“Reggie and I were coming down the stairs in our mountain cabin in the early hours of June 5th when he fell and we – literally – went over the side of the rail – or lack of rail landing 6 feet below.”

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Horror History – Geoffrey Bayldon

bayldonGeoffrey Bayldon
Born Jan. 7th, 1924

While he might be known for his extensive work on television and in the theater, for us horror fans, Bayldon was known for the little roles that he appeared in a handful of horror films, most notably in the 1972 films Asylum for Amicus Films, which he is pictured here.  He was trained to become an actor in the Old Vic Theatre School from 1947 to 1949, making his first stage appearance in 1949.  According to Bayldon, he was also offered the role of Doctor Who in the first incarnation of him, as well as the second.  But for some reason, he turned them down.

For horror fans, you will see Bayldon pop up in films like Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The House That Dripped Blood (1972), and even The Horror of Dracula (1958).  Like his role in ASYLUM, his performance in The House That Dripped Blood, as the person who sells John Pertwee a Dracula cloak, is so fun and so memorible.  Bayldon is another one of those many character actors that filled out the British film industry, making the films so much more entertaining.

Movie Review: Beast of Blood

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Beast of Blood (1970)
Directed by Eddie Romero
Starring John Ashley, Celeste Yarnall, Eddie Garcia, Lisa Belmonte, Bruno Punzalan, Beverly Miller

This is the last of the famous Blood Island trilogy and is a direct sequel to Mad Doctor of Blood Island, starting right where the last one left off. While on the boat leaving the island, it seems that our favorite chlorophyll-blooded monster had stowed away. It comes out and starts attacking the crew members, causing a fire to start. The boat blows up, with star John Ashley being thrown overboard. After recovering in the hospital, Ashley decides to return to Blood Island to once again, find out what’s going on there. Joining him on this trip is a reporter, played by Celeste Yarnall, who is in search of a story about the infamous Blood Island after the events from the last film. She knows she’ll get it too, especially once they arrive back on the island and find out “the green men have returned.”

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Mystery Photo 6-20

It seems our last photo was a bit of a tough one. But that didn’t stop a couple of you out there from recognizing this little bit of Euro-Trash (and I mean that in the best possible way)! Kudos to Kuba Haczek & Michael Shields for sending the in the correct answer, which was Antonio Margherit’s 1963 film The Virgin of Nuremberg, aka Horror Castle, a great little film that needs some attention!

Okay…on to this week’s photo. Going to be another tough one, and I will tell you it is probably not the one that is immediately coming to your mind. At least, I bet it probably isn’t. Take a good look, and good luck.

As always, please remember not to post your answers here, but send them in an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com.

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Philip J. Riley – Rest in Peace

Philip J Riley - RIPIf you’re a collector of film reference books, you just might recognize the name Philip J. Riley. He was a man that was determined to help keep the facts and memories of old classic monster films alive and well by releasing some amazing books over the last few decades. Starting in the late ’80s, he started to release the Universal Filmscripts Series Classic Horror Films, which he edited. Along with the help of such scholars as Gregory William Mank and Forrest J. Ackerman, fans got to not only read the original shooting script, but see original newspaper clippings, different news stories, and a ton of other info about the making of the film. He went through most all the Universal Classics and then started a different sereies on films that never came to be, based on original scripts that were found, such as Robert Florey’s version of Frankenstein.

For his constant dedication to preserving the information about these great films, I have always held him in high regard. He knew and understood the importance of what he was doing, not just for his own sake, but for all the fans out there. I take my hat off to you, Sir.

I have several of Riley’s editions in my library, which I turn to anytime I doing research on any of the Universal Monsters. And I know I will be adding more of them in the years go come. Because of the amazing amount of work you left us fans with, you will surely be missed, but never forgotten. Thank you.

Horror History: George Barrows

georgebarrowsGeorge Barrows
Born Feb. 7th, 1914 – Died Oct. 17th, 1994

George Barrows is most known for the roles he played where you didn’t even see his face. He was one of those ‘guys in a gorilla suit’. But not just that, he was one of the BEST in that league, appearing in tons of movies and TV shows as a gorilla. Barrows actually had made his own suit, and spent quite a bit of time studying real gorillas to get their movements down. Of course, one of his most famous roles was that in the the 1953 film Robot Monster.

George-Barrows-Addams-Family-1He also appeared in plenty of shows and movies in small bit parts, as well as working as a stuntman. He is one of those “men in suit” guys that never received proper screen credit for the hard work that they did over the years, only because they were hidden underneath their costume. This is something that needs to be changed.