As I mentioned in my earlier report, I had already met Argento years before and gotten a couple of items signed for free. So kept pondering why did I need to do it again, especially since I’d be paying $60g $60 this time? I had brought along my copy of Alan Jones’ book Dario Argento: The Man, The Myths, & the Magic to get signed if I decided to, but was really struggling with it. Lucky for me, that debate was easily decided when a dealer friend of ours graciously offered some extra dealer badges since we hadn’t purchased our tickets yet, which saved us exactly the same amount needed for the Argento signature. So…it was really hard to pass up then since we had just saved that much, right? Funny how fate works out that way.
Granted, the real reason we were here was for our buddy Bryan Martinez to meet the Maestro, since he is not only a fan of Argento’s work, but because this director was a huge influence on him, which would later come out creatively with Bryan’s show The Giallo Room. To say that he was a little excited is a slight understatement. We decided that getting in line right away Friday would be the best bet, since it was early, the line wasn’t that big with maybe a dozen people already in line. Plus, you want to get to Argento early before he gets worn out by all the people coming to see him. I mean, the guy is in his mid-70s after all. Once Argento came down and started, it went pretty quick. I went first and held out my book to him. He paged through it a bit, signed it, then looked up and said “Very good book!” I then sat down next to him for the photo. The guy handling the camera shots was very nice about the whole thing, taking several shots to make sure he got a good one in there. Very different than some of the cattle drives that I’ve seen/heard of before. Argento seemed to be full of spirits and really happy to be there.
I know this is about a week late but just in case either there were a few of you out there that didn’t know, or maybe just need a little reminder. FAB Press had announced last week that they were going to be setting up a Indiegogo page to help get their new edition of Stephen Thrower’s essential book Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci an update, filling it with so much more. The campaign started last Wednesday, with a goal of £7500. Now, less than a week later, they have hit close to £54,000!
Didn’t think I was going to skip today’s photo just because it’s a holiday, did you? Sure, a little later than usual, but here we are. The photo from last week was from a nasty little film called Dream Home (2010), which I would highly recommend if you like gore. Nothing like Brain Dead, mind you, but creative and plenty of things you haven’t seen countless times before. And no, not the Daniel Craig one…that’s Dream House (2011). The only one that sent in the correct answer was Gregg Olheiser! Well done!
Now onto this week’s photo. This one might not be the greatest quality, but hopefully you’ll be able to see and make out enough to tell which movie this shot is from. Good luck.
Please remember, as always, not to post your answers here, but send them to me in an email to email@example.com. Much easier for me not to forget it that way!
Being my first time at Texas Frightmare, I wasn’t sure what to expect. This was their 12th year, so they must be doing something right. There were a few things that I noticed over the two days we were there that could have been handled a little better, such as organizing the lines for the celebrities and for the Q&A’s a little better, but those were minor complaints. It really was run pretty smoothly, not to mention everyone being extremely friendly. And that, my convention friends, really is the key to a good show, having a well informed staff who is very friendly and are glad you came out to spend the weekend with them. This was also my first convention in a few years that I was attending as a fan, not as a dealer and it was a strange feeling. On one hand it was nice not to have to worry about what time it was, making sure the booth was set up, and being down in the dealer room before the show opened. But on the other…I have to say I was bored about halfway through Saturday. But let’s not jump ahead.
Things have been very busy around here at the Krypt over the last couple of weeks. This last weekend, we had our annual Turkey Day in May event, which was great fun, this time being a Best of Turkey Day! Such a great time getting a bunch of like minded film fiends together to devour a bunch of films that most people would turn their nose up at. We’ll have a full report coming at some point.
Speaking of reports, we’re still putting the finishing touches up on Texas Frightmare report as well, so stay tuned for more stories and photos from that event.
Greeting fellow film lovers! Yes, it is time for another Monday Mystery Photo. I know everyone just couldn’t wait for the weekend to be over so they can have a crack at a new photo quiz, right? Hello?
Of course, before we get to the new one, let us review last week’s photo. It was from Luigi Cozzi’s Alien “inspired” film Contamination (aka Alien Contamination), which I figured it was a nice tie-in with the new Ridley Scott film coming out this weekend. Congrats out the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Cate Cameron, Aaron Christensen, Troy Howarth, Billy Nocera, Gregg Olheiser, Tom White, William Wilson, and Greg Wojick. Job well done!
Okay…our next photo is from a nice little flick that really made the cutting edge of horror! Get it? Cutting? Okay, okay…little too early for that. Anyway, take a good look and see what you can come up with. Please remember not to post your answer here, but send it to us in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck!
Released by Lakeshore Records, 2014
31 Tracks with a total running time of 78 min.
Music by John Debney
This was a score that I received to review and never even heard of the title before hand, so you go into it completely blind…or deaf as the case may be. But it doesn’t take but a few seconds into the first track, Eliza’s Theme, for the composer to draw you in. By that time, he’s got you hooked. For being a horror film, this soundtrack contains so many beautiful pieces of music, but it still is able to give the listener’s the darker element needed for it.
The Werewolf Filmography
By Bryan Senn
Published by McFarland, 2017. 408 pages.
Why a book like this has never been written before is beyond me. Yeah, there was the The Illustrated Werewolf Movie Guide by Stephen Jones, but that just quickly goes through titles with very little written about them, as well as it covering movies having ANY connection to werewolves or changing into a creature listed. A nice book to chew on, so to speak, but not one to go to for any real meat. But it can also be said that maybe the reason a book like this hasn’t been written before was, as author Senn puts it in his introduction, since the werewolf sub-genre is so huge, there are many, many titles that are far from good. So since the bad definitely outweigh the good, it would be a very tough hill to climb to watch and write about all of them. But Senn has taken on that task, and has done an admirably job!
Monday once again, folks. Time to start the week all over. But hopefully everyone had a good weekend, especially celebrating Mother’s Day! But now that we’re back to the grind, let’s get to our Mystery Photo. Last week’s pic was from the 1996 werewolf flick Bad Moon, starring Michael Paré and Mariel Hemingway. Congrats out to the following for sending in the correct answer: Erik Martin, Gert Verbeeck, adn Greg Wojick. Well done guys!
Now onto this week’s photo. Might come to you pretty quickly…or is the one you’re thinking of the correct title? Don’t you just love how I thought that shadow of doubt in your brain? Anyway, see what you can come up with. Just send your answer to us in an email to email@example.com. Please remember not to post your answers here in the comment section because we want to give everyone a shot. Good luck!
Back in the mid to late ’90s, I did something almost on a yearly basis that was one of those stupid things you do when you’re younger…driving from Chicago to New York for a convention, usually in the wintery month of January. I mean, when you have the opportunity to meet genre icons like Lucio Fulci or Paul Naschy, sensibilities tend not to come to the forefront of your thought process. Why pay $200 to $400 for a single plane ticket when I could get a bunch of like-minded horror fans in the car and make the 800+ mile drive there, stay a couple of days, and then make that same trip back. Granted, I was never dumb enough to do it alone, but the first few times we did this, it was in one straight shot. On the way there, we were so pumped full of excitement that the trip didn’t seem that bad. But for some reason the trip back seems sooo much longer. Sure, those long hours in the van were long, tedious, and sometime downright nerve racking. But it was an adventure, to say the least. Now I look back on those days with such fondness. Sure, maybe because I’m not behind the wheel at that moment, but those are still great memories.