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Welcome to our last Mystery Photo of the month. Went by pretty quick, didn’t it? Next thing you know, convention season will be here, and then Halloween! Okay…maybe not that soon and let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but let’s get to the topic at hand. Our photo from last week was from the 1955 film Cult of the Cobra, with an all star cast such as Faith Domergue, Richard Long, Marshall Thompson, and even David Janssen. Sorry to those of you who thought it was from It Came from Outer Space, which I’m sure the little bubble effect fooled you! Congrats to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Bill Harrison, Troy Howarth, and Michael Shields.

Now onto this week’s photo. Going with another black and white classic. Yeah, I’m just a sucker for a good old fashion black and white film. Anyway, take a look and see if you can come up from where this is from. As always, please remember not to post your answer here so others can have a guess. Good Luck!


Book Review: The Unrepentant Cinephile

Unrepentant CinephileThe Unrepentant Cinephile
Independently Published in 2017. 556 pages
By Jason Coffman

So what really is the purpose of a movie guide? I mean, after all, it’s just a collection of reviews by either one or a number of people that watch the films and review them, right. While that is true in its basic element, for me it really comes down to opening doors. Not just showing me some titles that I’ve never heard about, but when done correctly, makes me want to seek them out after reading about them. The reviewer’s thoughts and how they are written are a very important key here, as well as the reviewer themselves. I’ve come across many reviewers that I’ve found simply not getting what they are reviewing, or a few that seem like they haven’t even watched the movie they’re writing about. But when you come across a reviewer/writer that not only knows what he’s talking about, but just has a sheer love of cinema, you tend to take his words to heart, even above and beyond the ‘likes and dislikes’ they may have for a particular title. Jason Coffman is one of those. And this book does exactly what a film guide should do and that is to open the doors and should make your To-Watch list grow. A lot.

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The Shape of Oscar

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So…I’m sure we’ve all heard the Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water got 13 Oscar nominations, in just about every category, except for a couple. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

First of all, I’m thrilled and so happy for del Toro and the rest of the creators of this film to see them get the recognition they so richly deserve. I mean, to have this film beat out Universal’s The Mummy in nominations is just incredible! Oh wait…I don’t remember seeing that title anywhere. Maybe I’m thinking the Razzies. I wonder if the heads of Universal are re-thinking their decisions. Maybe they’ll realize that they need to let creative filmmakers do what they do best and leave them alone to do it!

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Better late than never, right? It is Monday after all, so it sure has lived up to it’s name today! But let us get at it before the day is finally over!

Our photo last week was believe it or not, not from a Coffin Joe picture, which we had a few that sent in that. But I can totally see how it sure might look like him. But in fact, it was from Hammer’s Kiss of the Vampire (1963). Mr. Troy Howarth was the only one to send in the correct answer, so well done, Troy!

Now on to this week’s photo. I can tell you that it isn’t from a Coffin Joe flick this time out either! So give it a peek and see what you can come up with. As always, please remember not to post your answers here so others can have a chance. Just send me an email at Good Luck!


Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years

Frankenstein First Two Hundred YearsWith year being the 200 year anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s immortal tale, Frankenstein, I was hoping that there would be some sort of celebrating going on during the year. And it didn’t take long for author Christopher Fraying to appease that desire.

Published at the end of last year, this book “traces the journey of Shelley’s Frankenstein from limited-edition literature into the bloodstream of contemporary culture.” Since I’m not only a sucker for reference books, when they are one of my favorite subjects of the genre, then you got me right away. This volume is just over 200 pages, and a nice 9.5″ x 11″ sixe, so it will make a nice coffee table book. Plus, it looks to be filled with a wonderful array of images, photos, artwork, from the beginning to modern day adaptations. According to the description on the publisher’s website, the book also features “new research on the novel’s origins, and a facsimile reprint of the earliest-known manuscript version of the creation scene; visual material on adaptations for the stage, in magazines, on playbills, in prints and in book publications of the nineteenth century; series of visual essays on many of the film versions – and their inspirations in the history of art; and Frankenstein in popular culture – on posters, advertisements, packaging, in comics and graphic novels.”

How could any Frankenstein fan not want to immediately order their copy of this book? The retail price is $39.95, but you can get it on Amazon right now for considerably lower. In fact, the book has 4 reviews on Amazon already, and all of them give the book 5 stars. I know once we receive our copy, we’ll get our review posted as well.

Peter Wyngarde & Bradford Dillman – Rest in Peace

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It was only a matter of time since the new year started that we would lose some familiar faces from the movies and TV shows that we love. I almost hate reporting on stuff like this, but I still think it is important to remember these great talents and for the hours of entertainment that gave us, that continues to live on with each viewing.

Peter Wyngarde had a very interesting life, appearing as a fashionable spy in Department S, then in a spin-off series called Jason King. It was this character that helped inspire Mike Myers’ Austin Powers. He appeared in many stage plays, TV appearances and even his share of movies. But due to some run ins with the law, including an arrest and conviction of a “act of gross indecency” in 1975, that didn’t help much with his career.

But for horror fans, he might have only appeared in two films in the genre, but they are incredible. In Jack Clayton’s The Innocents (1961), he didn’t even have a speaking role as the ghostly Peter Quint, but made quite an impact. Then the following year, he had the lead role in Burn, Witch, Burn (1962), as a college professor whos wife just happens to be a witch! Originally called Night of the Eagle in England, this based on a story by Fritz Leiber, Jr. and really is a must see.

Wyngarde passed away on January 15th, at the reported age of 90 years old.

Bradford Dillman - RIP

Bradford Dillman was a very familiar face to someone growing up watching TV in the ’60s & ’70s. In fact, my first memory of him, even though I was too young to remember, was in an episode of Night Gallery, based on a H.P. Lovecraft story, Pickman’s Model. I always remember thinking how cool it would be to have that painting! Dillman would also appear in quite a few other genre TV shows, like The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972), Moon of the Wolf (1972), Demon, Demon (1975), and Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978).

But he also made his mark on quite a few feature films like The Mephisto Waltz (1971), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Chosen Survivors (1974), Bug (1975), The Swarm (1978), Piranha (1978). It was his starring roles in Bug and Piranha when I started to remember his face and name, discovering all the other great things that he appeared in over the years.

Dillman passed away on January 16th, due to complications from pneumonia.

Our thoughts go out to these talented actors and their friends and family. They will be missed, but never forgotten.

Cinepocalypse 2018

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musicboxsignLast November, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago held the first Cinepocalypse Film Fest and it was a smashing success. So much so, that they have already announced the dates for this year’s festival. And even better, we don’t have to wait until November!

Mark your calendars because this year’s festival will take place from June 21st through June 28th, bringing another round of amazing horror films from around the world. Last November, we were there catch a rare screening on an Italian 35mm print of Dario Argento’s Suspiria with star Jessica Harper in attendance! We also got to see Housewifem the newest film from director Can Evrenol, which just blew me away.

So start making your plans to attend this year’s Cinepocalypse for another week of international horror!

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After being sick pretty much all weekend, not sure if Monday is a good thing or not! But none the less, that didn’t stop me from coming up with a new Mystery Photo for you. Our photo from last week was from Mario Bava’s A Bay of Blood (1971), or Twitch of the Death Nerve, Carnage, or any of the other half dozen titles it’s known for. I gave credit to anybody that sent in the correct film, no matter the title. And those are the following: Martin Meeks, Dustin Moravich, James Schmeichel, and Troy Howarth. Well done!

Now on to this week’s photo. To some it might seem pretty easy, others might think they know right away, but you might want to re-think it. Confuse you enough? Good. Just remember not to post your answers here so others can have a chance. Good luck!


Soundtrack Review: The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water
Released by Decca Records, 2017
26 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 77 min.
Music Composed and Conducted by Alexandre Desplat, featuring Renée Fleming

Years ago, the only way a soundtrack could grab my attention, I mean really get a hold of it, was that it had to be creepy sounding. Something like Carpenter’s Halloween theme, or pretty much any of John Harrison’s Creepshow. Or maybe something a little more masculine like Basil Poledouris’ amazing score for Conan the Barbarian. But a score for a drama or even a love story? Seriously? Oh how things have changed. When you really love cinema, every part of it can entrance you, from the way the film looks to the sounds that emit from the speakers. And when you come across a film by a brilliant and master craftsman like Guillermo del Toro, you realize how perfect things can be.

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Greeting, fellow movie fanatics! Hopefully this Monday will be nice to you. We got a pretty good response from our last photo, which is always nice. Of course, the photo was from the 2001 masterpiece from the (now Golden Globe winning director) Guillermo del Toro, The Devil’s Backbone. Such a great piece of cinema. Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Scott Bradley, Cate Cameron, Craig J. Clark, Kuba Haczek, Jinx, Bryan Martinez, Dustin Moravich, Kristin Wicks, and William Wilson.

Now on to this week’s pictorial puzzle. Take a peek and see what you can come up with. As always, please do not post your answers here so others can have a guess. Good luck!