A Youth in Babylon
By David F. Friedman
Published by Prometheus Books, 1990. 355 pages.
In the world of exploitation movies, David F. Friedman is right up there at the top. When it comes to selling whatever to the market, Friedman was a god. He grew up in that carnie-like industry, learning from some of the best, like Kroger Babb, on how to market and sell movies, even if they were just terrible. The exploits of Friedman, and some of the other “Forty Thieves” are just priceless and are such a treat to be captured and put down in this book.
As if it wasn’t proven to me more than at the recent HorrorHound Weekend that print is definitely not dead, here are a few more titles that I’ve come across that are either out or coming out soon. I know I’ll be adding them to my library at some point in the near future.
The first one is comes from FAB Press, so right there we know the quality of it is going to be worthy of the cost. But then you throw in the fact that it was written by Michael Gingold, then that is just icing on the cake.
Growing up in the early ’70s, the small town I lived didn’t have it’s own movie theater, so I had to get my beginning monster education from the TV. From shows like Night Gallery, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, to plenty of made-for-TV movies around that time that were horror themed, it was everything a young horror fan could ask for. And I loved them all. But there was one show which was shown over two nights in 1973 that stuck in my mind for decades. It was Jack Smight’s 1973 film Frankenstein: The True Story, starring a wide array of actors such as James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Agnes Moorehead, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, and Tom Baker.
At the time, I had no idea just how far away the “true” part really was, but when I was a 8-year old boy, all I knew was that it was mind-blowing. I can vividly remember watching this with my slightly older brother, amazed at some of the gore on screen, and anxiously waiting for part 2 to take place the two nights later. Years later, after finally being able to track down the full unedited edition, I could re-visit this great tale, which I did multiple times. Even after being more educated about the “true story”, I still consider this a favorite. And now, thanks to Little Shoppe of Horrors, I will once again be able to dive into this wonderful production.
The Devil’s Candy
Released by Death Waltz Recording Co., 2017
18 Tracks with a total running time of 37 min.
Music by Michael Yezerski
Right from the very second this score starts, it grabs you by the core. At first, it might just seem like a loud guitar riff, but it is much more than that, having a strange and eerie quality to it. It definitely gets the listener’s attention.
Hey Kiddies…yeah, I missed it last week. That’s what happens after an amazing convention weekend where you get very little sleep, then get home about 4 hours before you’re supposed to get up to go to work. Some times are just not going to get done! But this is a new Monday, and things are somewhat back to normal. Or at least enough to have a new photo!
But first, let us go over the last one we did. It was from the 1981 British film about a plane crash called The Survivor. Not to be confused with Sole Survivor, which came out two years later. This one stars Robert Powell and Jenny Agutter and directed by David Hemmings. But even with having two weeks to ponder this one, it seems we only had one correct answer sent in, which was from Jaeson Finn. So kudos out to you, Jaeson!
So…here’s our latest photo. Sorry to say, but I think this one is going to be a tough one. Sorry for the lesser quality of it, but that is the best source I had. I will tell you right now, it is not from Psycho, so don’t even bother sending that one in. This is in color, not black and white. And don’t try to tell me there was some remake made in the ’90s…that’s just more of that alternate fact stuff.
As always, please remember not to post your answers here but send them in an email to me at email@example.com. Good Luck!
The Eyes of My Mother (2016)
Directed by Nicolas Pesce
Starring Kika Magalhães, Diana Agostini, Olivia Bond, Will Brill, Joey Curtis-Green, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak
This is one of those films that will definitely leave a mark on the viewer. Whether or not you like what unfolds in front of you, it will be very hard to forget. And isn’t that what we hope from all cinema? Something that has substance and is not easily forgotten a day later? Something that will make you think or get a reaction from you. That is what writer/director Pesce has done here with this film.
Years ago, if I had gotten sick, whether it was the flu, cold, sinus infection, I would struggle through it and still try and continue my normal rituals during the day, hoping the drugs I was given would fight off whatever bug I had contracted. I’d still be working on the computer, writing, or doing something other than what illnesses require the most…plain and simple rest.
And yet we have even ANOTHER Naschy title being announced for a Blu-ray release. In fact, I believe this title never even got a DVD release, at least not here in the states. Up until now, we’ve had to deal with dupes off the old VHS tape. But today, Mondo Macabro announced they would be releasing the 1976 film Inquisition, a nice little tale of love, Satanism, and those purveyors of evil…the church!
I apologize for not having a new Mystery Photo up yesterday but we got back home last night around 2am from the HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati and were just dead tired. From Friday to Sunday, I probably got about 15 hours of sleep. But it was well worth it. It was our first con of the year and it was a doozey! It definitely set the bar high for the rest of our 2017 Tour. Not only was it one of the best shows we’ve ever had, but it showed me something that I often doubt at the cons these days.
Jack H. Harris isn’t a name that immediately comes to mind, even for most horror fans, but it is because of this particular individual that we have one of the most original alien invaders in movie history, the 1958 film The Blob! Harris started in the business at the very young age of six, working as a performer on the stage. He later became an usher at a movie theater, eventually getting into publicity and distribution, finally becoming a producer. His first film was The Blob, but later gave us titles like 4D Man (1959), Dinosaurus! (1960), Equinox (1970), Beware! The Blob (1972), Schlock (1973) giving a young John Landis his start, Dark Star (1974), and Eyes of Laura Mars (1978). He also produced the 1988 remake of The Blob, though it seems he didn’t care for it too much.
Two years ago, he published his autobiography entitled Jack H. Harris: The Father of The Blob, which we reviewed here on the site. It is a great read with a ton of fascinating stories, and one that I would recommend.
But we are sad to say that Mr. Harris has passed away at the age of 98. With being responsible for so many entertaining films in his career, he might not be as well known as some of the bigger names in Hollywood, but his films have definitely made an impact on millions of movie-goers. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.