Texas Frightmare Part 2: Everything is Bigger in Texas!

crowdsBeing 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.

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Cinevent This Weekend!

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.

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Mystery Photo 5-22

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 jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good Luck!

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Soundtrack Review: Stonehearst Asylum

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Stonehearst Asylum
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.

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Book Review: The Werewolf Filmography

werewolf filmographyThe 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!

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Mystery Photo 5-15

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 jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Please remember not to post your answers here in the comment section because we want to give everyone a shot. Good luck!

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Texas Frightmare Weekend – Part 1: A Trip to Meet the Maestro

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.

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