This might come as the good news/bad news little bit of information. If you’re a fan of Japanese composer Akira Ifukube and love Frankenstein Conquers the World and The War of the Gargantuas, then you will now have the chance to own both of the soundtracks for these. Each of them have been digitally re-mastered from the master tapes. For Frankenstein, you’ll get to hear the howling voice and the heartbeat, and with Gargantuas, it will contain previously unreleased music.
Over at the Midway’s website, they have the final lineup posted for this year’s Dusk-to-Dawn horrorfest and it is a beauty!
Originally announced at their show, one of the titles were going to be Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, but that is no longer showing on their lineup. But they still have some other great classics in there. They had already posted that they would be screening James Cameron’s Aliens (1986) and Romero’s Day of the Dead (1985), but now have announced what the other two features are going to be.
Halloween II (1981), the one that I would consider the best of all the Halloween sequels, and one that I still think holds up rather well these days, will be the second feature in the lineup, right after Aliens.
I must have missed when they mentioned this on their Facebook page, but Peveril Publishing is putting the finishing touches on their latest book, The Hammer Frankenstein Scrapbook. Just like their previous Dracula edition, it will cover all of the Frankenstein pictures that Hammer did from The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957 to Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell in 1974 and all the gooey bits in between!
Like all of the titles coming from Peveril, this book with be filled with wonderful images, both in color and black and white, and a ton of information about the films and the people behind him. These titles are a bit pricy, especially getting them shipped to here in the states, but they are more than worth every single penny. They are just beautiful editions and are a sound investment as well. They are hoping to have the book out by October or November of this year.
I’ve been kind of out of it this last week, so if anybody out there did send in their guess for last week’s Mystery Photo and I don’t have them listed here, I do apologize. But trust me, its not the first time I’ve done it, nor the last. It happens. But I do know that both Hoby Abernathy, Bryan Martinez, and Troy Howarth all sent in the correct answer, which was from Mario Bava’s Kill Baby Kill, which we just had the pleasure of seeing on the big screen last weekend in Chicago. Great time and great flick.
So this week’s photo might be a little tougher. Really depends on whether you recognize the woman in the photo. Either way, good luck!
As always, please remember not to post your answers here, so others can have a try. Just send them to us in an email to email@example.com.
There are certain names in the horror genre that are known as icons, or one of the Masters of Horrors. And yesterday, the genre and the fans lost another one of them, Tobe Hooper. Regardless of the ups and downs of his filmography, he will always be remembered for directing the infamous 1974 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which still is as gritty, scary, and damn entertaining as it was when it first assaulted movie audiences over forty years ago. His adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot (1979) still remains as one of the best made-for-TV movies of that decade, not to mention other entertaining titles in his filmography, such as The Funhouse (1981), Lifeforce (1985), and of course, the bat-shit-crazy sequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986).
Hooper passed away yesterday at the age of 74. For as long as there are horror movie fans, there will be screenings of TCM. And with each of those viewings, there will be some watching it for the first time that will be amazed and entranced at what they see on screen, possibly even inspiring them to try and do what Hooper and company did all those years ago in the dead heat of a Texas summer all those years ago.
You definitely will never be forgotten, Mr. Hooper. Thank you for the scares. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.
Women in Horror Films, 1930’s
By Gregory William Mank
Published by McFarland & Co, 415 pages.
Along with Tom Weaver, Greg Mank is one of the leading writers who I think is doing amazing work keeping the memory and stories of some of our favorite actors and actresses alive, through their hard work and research. We can learn so much about our favorite horror stars because of them. And this book is a prime example of that.
Each chapter of the book is dedicated to one of the stars from the ’30’s, including names like Elsa Lanchester, Gloria Stuart, Frances Drake, and many more. In fact, there are 21 different actresses cover in this book. With each name, we are given a lot of information about the them, their early life and career. There are a lot of interesting stories within these pages, most of them told directly to the author himself from the many interviews that he conducted over the years. So kudos to him for keeping these memories alive and remembered.
Okay, when I can stump even the great Hoby Abernathy, then I know I’ve picked a pretty tough mystery photo. That’s right, nobody sent in the correct answer on this one, though a few did have a good guess. And if you didn’t get it, I don’t think you should feel too bad about it, nor would I suggest you run out and find and watch this flick. It was from the 1978 film Doctor Dracula, which Al Adamson co-directed. Great movie? Uh…no. Worth watching…uh….that’s on you.
So this week’s photo might be a little easier, especially if you’ve been paying attention to my recent posts. There’s a hint if you ever needed one. That should make up for this last one! Good luck!
Trigger Man / The Roost
Released by Moviescore Media
21 Tracks with a total running time of 43 min.
Composed by Jeff Grace
Strange how a soundtrack could make you go back and revisit a film that you had turned off the first time you attempted to watch it because it was terrible. That is what happened with me and Ti West’s Trigger Man. I got through the first ten minutes and couldn’t go any further. Sometime later, I had picked up Grace’s score for Stakeland and was really impressed with it. So I started to look up some of this other scores and came across this CD that had both Trigger Man and The Roost on it for a pretty cheap price, so I figured what the hell.
Plague of the Zombies (1966)
Directed by John Gilling
Starring Andre Morell, John Carson, Diane Clare, Alex Davion, Jacqueline Pearce, Michael Ripper
In a small Cornish village, strange happenings are a foot! Some sort of deadly disease is creeping through the town and the local doctor is clueless as to what is the cause. He sends a letter of distress to Sir James, his former teacher, for assistance in this grave matter. Cutting short his vacation, Sir James travels to the village with his daughter to see if he can be of any assistance, but has no idea the evil deeds he is about to uncover there.
Released in 1984
13 Tracks with a total running time of 38 min.
Music Composed and Performed by Iva Davies
Sometimes it is these smaller movies that you don’t really think about that can really impress you when it comes to simple things like the soundtrack. We picked up a copy of this one at a convention, not remembering if it was any good or not, but since I’m a sucker for soundtracks and the price was right, I figured I’d give it a try. Composed and performed by Iva Davies, who is most well known for being in a band called Icehouse, being one of the biggest rock stars in Australia. This film was the first time he worked on a soundtrack, only doing a couple more throughout his long career in the music business. But that didn’t stop him from creating a wonderful score here.