Horror History: John P. Fulton

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Born Nov. 4th, 1902 – Died July 5th, 1966

Fulton got into the film industry, even with strong disapproval from his father.  Starting out as an assistant cameraman, which basically meant carrying around the camera and equipment, it wasn’t too long before he moved up to cameraman.  But it wasn’t long before he worked more on the special effects and trick photography than actual cinematography.  He worked on many of the Universal classic monster films, such as both Dracula and Frankenstein and a lot of their sequels/spinoffs.  But one of his best known works was making Claude Rains invisible in the James Whale’s The Invisible Man (1933), which he continued on  many of the films in this series, which would get him 3 different Oscar nominations.  He would eventually take home 2 Oscars for Wonder Man (1945) and The Ten Commandments (1956).

The film industry wouldn’t be where it is at now  had it not been for some of the techniques that Fulton developed back in the early ’30s.  He was definitely an innovator and changed movie history.

Hammer’s One Million Years B.C. Uncut!

While this might technically not be a horror movie, even though you do have dinosaurs running (and flying) around trying to eat people, since it is a Hammer Film, I figured it needs mentioning. Next year, on Feb. 14th, Kino Lorber will be releasing a movie that stop-animation fans have been waiting for…in the version they wanted!

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When One Million Years B.C. (1966) was released on DVD several years ago, it made a lot of fans very upset, since it was the American version, which as serious fans know, was cut. Even more surprising since it the laserdisc version released was the international cut, which is longer. If you’re a die-hard Ray Harryhausen fan, that was a big deal. But now, thanks to Kino Lorber, they will be releasing it on Blu-ray that has both the International Cut along with the U.S. Cut, both having a 4K restoration, so you’ll be able to see all amazing Harryhausen work, as well as Raquel Welch and Mattine Beswick in all their glory!

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New Horrors from McFarland

McFarland is a leading publisher that seems to be intent on making me go broke. While their editions tend to be on the pricy side, they still crank out some great volumes on a plethora of subjects within the horror film genre. We recently came across three upcoming titles that have sparked my interests and I know will be soon added to our library. Yeah, I know…horror reference book…duh? Anyway, read on to see if you might be needing to add these to your own library in the near future.

twisted-visionsThe first book is called Twisted Visions and is a collection of interviews.But not with just anybody in the film business. These directors are from around the world and have left us with films that made a niche in the horror and exploitation genre, that still makes an impact on viewers today.

Author Matthew Edwards has found and interviewed twenty-three directors that fit that bill. Some of the names are a little familiar, such as Jack Sholder (Alone in the Dark, The Hidden), Jörg Buttgereit (creator of the Nekromatik films), and Alfred Sole (Alice, Sweet, Alice), to a few names that don’t seem to be mentioned that often, such as David Paulsen (Savage Weekend, Schizoid), Romano Scavolini (Nightmares in a Damaged Brain), as well as a personal favorite of mine, Mariano Baino and his highly underrated film Dark Waters, plus many more.

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Movie Review: Found

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Found (2012)
Directed by Scott Schrimer
Starring Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro, Louie Lawless, Alex Kogin, Andy Alphonse, Adrian Cox-Thurmond

This movie recently won Best Feature Film in the Elivra’s Horror Hunt Film Festival 2012, sponsored by HorrorHound magazine. The director and some of the cast were at the recent HorrorHound Weekend and were right across the aisle from us where we were set up. So we got to watch the trailer throughout the whole weekend. It looked pretty interesting but had heard that it was pretty dark. Even though I am not the biggest fan of low budget filmmaking, after hearing so much praise for it, I figured I would give it a watch.

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Horror History: Arthur Grant

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Born 1915 – Died 1972

One of the things that Hammer Films are most known for is their look. And one of the reasons for that is due to the cinematographer. Working with the director, they are the ones that created the way a scene looks when all is said and done. And one of the most prolific ones for Hammer was Arthur Grant. He started in the film business at the age of 14 and working his way up to director of photography, or DP as they were called. His first Hammer film was The Abominable Snowman (1957) and worked on many of their most popular films of the ’60s and into the ’70s, such as Curse of the Werewolf (1961), Paranoiac (1963), Plague of the Zombies (1966) and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969). His last film was Demons of the Mind (1972).

The cameraman is one person that very seldom gets the credit they deserve. Sometimes what we seen on the screen might be more due to them than the director. Whether it be one of their black and white classics to their colorful Frankenstein pictures, Grant could make them look even better. And when you have films like the ones that Hammer was making, the look of the film is extremely important. And he never seemed to let Hammer, or their fans down.

Book Review: Graphic Horror Movie Monster Memories

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Graphic Horror Movie Monster Memories
By John Edgar Browning
Published by Schiffer Publishing, 2012. 192 pages.

I love movie posters. I believe these really are works of art and don’t get the appreciation they deserve, especially the ones from the horror genre. Strange though that when it comes to movie poster auctions, horror titles have always been the ones that draw the most money. But as we move more and more into the digital age, poster art is becoming more of a lost art form, or at least a completely different medium. Nowadays, these things are seemingly cranked out with very little time or effort, mainly using computer graphics/artwork to churn these out. Back in the heyday, these pieces of advertisements had a big job to do. They have to make people want to go see this movie just by looking at this poster. So it had to be catchy…and it had to be good.

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Varèse Sarabande Soundtrack Box Set

2hjb_littleboxofhorrors-1Looking for the ultimate gift for a friend that is a horror soundtrack nut? Then look no further. This Friday, Varèse Sarabande will be releasing a special 12-CD limited edition box set featuring some titles that are rare, out-of-print, or never released on CD before, all inside a special black retro-styled carrying case. There will only be 1500 of these made, so if you’re interested, read on to get more information.

Here’s a listing of what titles are inside this:

Deadly Friend by Charles Bernstein
Dracula 2000 by Marco Beltrami
The Fly by Howard Shore
The Hidden by Michael Convertino
Maniac by Jay Chattaway
The Mephisto Waltz / The Other by Jerry Goldsmith
Mimic: Deluxe Edition by Marco Beltrami
A Nightmare on Elm Street by Charles Bernstein
Pumpkinhead by Richard Stone
Scream: Deluxe Edition by Marco Beltrami
The Serpent And The Rainbow by Brad Fiedel
The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde by Bob Cobert

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Movie Review: The Pack

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The Pack (1977)
Directed by Robert Clouse
Written by Clouse, based on the novel of the same name by David Fisher (1976)
Starring Joe Don Baker, Hope Alexander-Willis, Richard B. Shull, R.G. Armstrong, Ned Wertimer, Bibi Besch, Delos V. Smith Jr., Richard O’Brien, Sherry Miles, Paul Willson

Seal Island is just off the coast of Maine and seems to be a tiny place where some people vacation for the summer.  It seems these vacationers have a tendency to bring dogs to the island only to leave them there. And because of this, we eventually have a pack of wild dogs that start to take over the island, threatening the few locals that live there all year round. Joe Don Baker stars as a marine biologist that works on the island and takes charge to try and get rid of this deadly threat.

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Mystery Photo 11-14

Greetings! Are we all ready for another Mystery Photo Monday? Let’s get down to it then. Our pic from last week was from the drive-in classic Grave of the Vampire (1972). Long before Blade hit the big screen, Grave had vampires battling vampires! And when they are William Smith and Michael Pataki, it can’t be all bad! Congrats out to the following that sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Ken Johnson, and Doug Lamoreux. Well done!

Now on to this week’s photo. Could be another tough one, or an easy one. You won’t know until you gaze into the picture below and see what that grey matter gives you. Good luck.

Of course, please remember not to post your answers here so others can have a chance. Just send us an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com.

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