That’s right folks, it’s that time of year again, when we get to show support to those out there in the genre that are doing what they can do produce, create, write, paint, and all those other little outlets that we do to show our love and passion for the horror genre. Quite a few of these people nominated are doing it for the sheer pleasure of it. Yes, some of them are professionals, but there are more than a few that do what they do on their own time, all stemming from the fact that they love the genre. I know that is the case for myself.
Monday once again. Can you feel the excitement? I know I can. Or its just the medication. Either way….Our photo from last week was from film that I saw in my teenage years, I believe on HBO, and really enjoyed it. I’ve always been a sucker for a good monster flick and I felt this one delivered. Sure, the creatures are a little goofy when you finally do see them, but I didn’t mind. Oh yeah…the movie title! I’m talking about the 1981 film The Boogens. Congrats to the following for sending in the correct answers: Hoby Abernathy, Robert Freese, Dave Fronto, Charlie Miller, Michael Shields, and William Wilson.
On to this week’s little pictorial puzzle. Give is a good look and see what you can come up with. But once again, please, please, PLEASE do not post your answers here in the comment section so others can have a guess. Instead, just send it to us in an email, to email@example.com. Good Luck!
Published by McFarland, 2017. 316 pages
Written by Mike Bogue
Anybody who picks up this book thinking that it is just another book of reviews of our favorite giant and mutated monsters from the ’50 and ’60s will be sadly mistaken. Yes, there are plenty of reviews within these pages of movies like Tarantula, The Monster that Challenged the World, Them!, Godzilla, Mothra, and so many more. But there is so much more here, both at face value and much more at a deeper level to really make you think.
Bogue has done an incredible job here going over these movies that many of us love and hold dearly in our fandom. But he also shows how these movies came about, through the use of atomic and nuclear power and the effects that it has. Not just on the cinematic monsters, but what it had done to humanity, and more importantly, what it still does. Even the novice of fans knows about the connections between Godzilla and the bombs that were dropped on Japan in the ’40s. But Bogue goes deeper is how the cinematic influences were different between Japan and the US.
While we’ve been going to the Monster Bash Conference for the last few years (and loving every minute we’re there, I might add), they are now holding a 2-day movie marathon that is tempting me to make the drive out. Yeah, it might be a 8 hour drive just to see some movies, but it really is much more than that. Last year, they played the whole Universal Frankenstein series. But this year, they are going with something much BIGGER!
Released by void recordings, 2018
16 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 43 min.
Music by Joseph Bishara
This one is a very different kind of score. It doesn’t have the usual instrument sounds that you can pick out right away. Not sure if it is some strings or maybe just a keyboard using some electronic devices. But no matter what Bishara is using, he is still able to create some nice atmosphere here. He brings a sense of dread, not overpowering, but more a little subdued.
Next month, in their annual DePaul Pop Culture Conference, this year’s theme is A Celebration of Slashers, which will be taking place on April 28th, from 9am to 6pm, at the DePaul University Loop Campus, Daley Building (247 S. State Street, Chicago, IL). These events are to “host thoughtful discussions from fans, scholars, and media makers about popular culture and cult media. Each year’s event is themed for an important Pop Culture anniversary.”
The granddaddy of all monster movies, the one and only original King Kong (1933), celebrates its 85 year anniversary this year. To help commemorate this event, the Park Ridge Library and the Pickwick Theatre are doing something special. At the library, they have a huge display of different items from or pertaining to this classic movie. These items are from the estate of director Ernest Schoedsack and his screenwriter wife, Ruth Rose. This collection is on public display for the first time.
Then on Thursday, March 15th, the Pickwick Theatre will be screening the original 1933 feature, once at 2pm and then again at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $6 for the matinee screening to $10 for the evening one. Advance tickets can be purchased for a little bit less.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this film in a theater, on a huge screen like it was originally intended, I can’t say enough what you’ve been missing. It really is amazing to see it like this. So make plans to stop by the Park Ridge Library, see the exhibit, then head over to the Pickwick for the screening. You won’t regret it. For more information, just click HERE.
The movie marathons at the drive-in theaters are already starting to announce their lineups for the spring marathons! I just wish I was wealthy enough to travel around the country to enjoy all of these!
The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)
Directed Dario Argento
Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi, Horst Frank, Tino Carraro, Rada Rassimov, Aldo Reggiani, Carlo Alighiero
This has always been my favorite of Argento’s Animal Trilogy. Even though the reveal at the end of the film doesn’t have the big “It’s You!” payoff that a good thriller might have, this is a giallo after all so it comes down to many other things. But having a blind puzzle maker as one of the main protagonists is something that I’ve always thought was a cool idea, and Malden does an excellent job here.
Welcome to that wonderful time of the week again. Monday? No…I was referring to the Mystery Photo. Last week’s photo was from one from Hammer Studios, as they were desperately trying to stay afloat. The film was The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (also known as a few other titles as well). Sure, its not one of their better ones, but it still can be a little fun. Kudos to the following that sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Troy Howarth, & Bryan Ruff. Well done!
Now onto this week’s photo. See if you fair as well this time out. Maybe you’ll know this one. Maybe not. But give it a look and see what you can come up with. And as always, please remember not to post your answers here so others can have a chance at it. Good luck!