Horrors at the Music Box

Chicagoland horror fans have two new flicks coming to the Music Box Theatre in February, ones that have been making quite a rumble in the horror world!

The first one is The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which I seen on a lot of Best of 2016 lists. Directed by André Øvredal (Troll Hunter) and stars Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, and Ophelia Lovibond. The story is about a small town in Virginia where the local sheriff comes across a terrifying murder scene, with multiple bodies. During the search of the residence, they discover another body in the basement, which is an unidentified female corpse, which is named Jane Doe. Once the body gets to the family-owned morgue, things start to get even more weirder. The more the coroner and his son dig deeper into Jane Doe, unnatural forces take hold of the place. This film opens this Friday at the Music Box.


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Mystery Photo 1-30

As expected, the flood of correct answers that we’ve been getting in the last couple of weeks did not continue. In fact, we only received one correct answer, which was from Hoby Abernathy, who knew that it was from the 1988 film Vampire in Venice, starring the one and only Klaus Kinki. Well done, Mr. Abernathy!

So this week’s photo might be a little easier, depending on well you can recognize someone’s eyes. Maybe if you gaze into them long enough, the answer will come to you. Maybe. Either way…good luck.

Please remember not to post your answers here, but send them in an email to us at jon@kitleyskrypt.com.


John Hurt – Rest in Peace

john-hurt-ripThe world lost a true talent yesterday with the passing of actor John Hurt, who passed away at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer. While most horror fans know him for his role in Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979), where he literally gave birth to a new breed of monsters, he did appear in quite a few other horror films, such as the incredible chilling 10 Rillington Place (1971), The Ghoul (1974), Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990), and Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy (2004). Not to mention the countless other roles that he appeared in, even playing Doctor Who in a special episode, and doing it quite well.

Hurt was an actor that when he appeared on the screen, he got your attention. With his unique voice, it could sooth your thoughts as well as send chills up your spine. Such a talented craftsman. He will be missed, but always remembered for his stellar performances, and definitely never forgotten. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

Rue Morgue’s Phantasm Companion

phantasm-bowen-bookWe all know that most horror fans just love some flying drilling spheres, right? And even though we have the incredible book Phantasm Exhumed by Dustin McNeill, there’s never too many books on the movies we love, especially when their written by scholars like McNeill and Rue Morgue’s John Bowen.

Continuing their publications of books on a variety of subjects, such as the their 200 Alternative Horror Films You Need to See or Horror Movie Heroes, each packed full of useful information for those who wish to learn more about this great genre. They are now tackling the one and only Phantasm, Don Coscarelli’s 1979  classic film of a young boy coming of age and battling terrors from beyond.

With participation of Coscarelli, as well as exclusive interviews with the usual Phan-favorites Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, and many more, Mr. Bowen will take us on a journey through this strange world of the Tall Man and his minions, covering the whole series. It will also feature Roger Avary on his Phantasm epic that he wrote but was never able to get made. I’ve heard many of stories about this and can’t wait to hear more from the man who wrote it.

So if you are a Phan, then you damn well you’re going to be picking up a copy. So why wait and just pre-order it now, which you can do by clicking HERE. I know I’ll be adding it to our library, so why don’t you?

Mystery Photo 1-23

Happy Monday Folks! And such a glorious day, isn’t it? Yeah…okay…I’ll cut the crap. At least I hope it is a good day. In light of recent events, let us take a second to step away from reality and put your brain somewhere else…just for a few seconds…and see if you can’t identify our latest photo. But first, let’s back up a little and go over last week’s photo. It was from Eugenio Marin’s 1972 epic Horror Express, starring a wide array of stars such as Telly Savalas, Alberto de Mendoza, Victor Israel, Silvia Tortosa, and Helga Liné. Oh yeah and two British actors, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Heard of them?

Kudos to the following people for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Bill Harrison, Troy Howarth, Doug Lamoreux, Leon Marcelo, Michael Shields, David H. Smith, Jon Towlson, and Mike Tutino. Nice job, people!

Okay…it seems that I’ve been giving you pics that are a little easy. But not this week. This one is going to be tough. But I think some of you are up for the challenge, right? Then good luck to you….you’ll need it.

And as always, please remember not to post your answers here, so everyone has a chance at it. Thanks!


Soundtrack Review: Mary Reilly


Mary Reilly
Released by Sony Classical, 1996
13 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 45 min.
Music by George Fenton

I’ve been a fan of classic music for a very long time. The funny thing is that what drew me into that style of music was film scores. The more I listened to the classical genre, the more I discovered that there are pieces of music that can have the same emotional impact of a film score, without the visual imagery going along with it. Just the way the notes come together can still have that emotional trigger effect on the human mind. I love that about music in general. So when a piece of film soundtrack, no matter how good or bad the actual film might be, if the music can stand up on its own and still deliver a feeling of emotion, then it works. George Fenton’s score for Mary Reilly is a great example.

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Miguel Ferrer – Rest in Peace

miquel-ferrer-ripThere are some of those actors that play a character with such zest and passion, that as a young film watcher, they are forever cast in your head as that type of person. My introduction to Miguel Ferrer was, like many, in the 1987 film Robocop, where he played a young executive determined to make a difference. While he wasn’t really a bad guy in the film, he definitely showed his power in a tough role. But then a couple of years later, in DeepStar Six (1989), he really showed me how much of a jerk he could be! The real shame is that Ferrer was one of those actors that could play on both sides of the drama, and even be funny! But when he played a bad guy…man was he good.

So I was sadden to hear that he had passed away after battling throat cancer. He was one name that when you seen it pop up in the credits, you knew you were in for a great performance by him, even if he was in a minor role. While he did play in a few genre features, like The Stand (1994) and The Night Flier (1997), he also appeared in countless other TV shows and movies, really showing his range as an actor.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Hollywood’s Pre-Code Horrors!

hollywood-pre-code-horrorsWhile we are just finishing up Jon Towlson’s book The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films 1931 to 1936, it looks like we’ll be continuing our little history lesson with this new book by Raymond Valinoti Jr., entitled Hollywood’s Pre-Code Horrors 1931-1934, published by BearManor Media.

Valinoti Jr. has a Master’s in Library Science and is a freelance researcher, so I can only imagine this guy has done his homework on this subject, which is a damn fascinating one. With all the BS we hear about the goings-on with Hollywood and getting pictures released, it amazes me what they went through back in the ’30s, and was still able to get away with murder! Well, at least on the big screen!

Back before the MPAA, movie studios tended to get away with a lot more than they did have the late ’30s when they started to be held to a higher (and moral) standard. During the depression, the studios really pushed the limit, trying like hell to get people into the theaters with films like Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and The Black Cat (1934).

This title is available in both softcover ($19.95) and hardcover ($30) editions and can be ordered from either Amazon or directly from BearManor Media. It’s the same price, so do a favor for the small business guy and order from BearManor Media. Just click HERE. They put out some great books, many of which I have in my own library.

Soundtrack Review: The Bye Bye Man


The Bye Bye Man
Released by Sony Classical, 2016
34 Tracks, with a Total Running Time of 76 min.
Music by The Newton Brothers

This is one somber score. This is not one to put on when you want to get motivated, that is for sure. If you’re looking for one that will slowly take you down a dark and gloomy path, filling your ears with quiet and peaceful sounds…until you start to feel something sinister creeping into your thoughts, then here you go.

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Book Review: Feeding Hannibal


Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook
By Janice Poon

Published by Titan Books, 2016. 240 pages.

Okay…am I really reviewing a cookbook here on the Krypt? As a matter of fact, I am. But this isn’t just any cookbook, but one made for a cannibal. Okay, not a real cannibal, but one of the most famous ones on TV, Hannibal Lecter. Poon was the chef and food stylist on the show that had to create all the different foods that Hannibal creates for (and of) his guests. This is a real cookbook to make real food. And it is simply art to look through.

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