Back in 2012, J.A. Kerswell published The Slasher Movie Book, which was a beautifully laid out volume covering the slasher film genre. With tons of color photos and poster art, it did a great job covering the popular sub-genre.
But now Kerswell has updated and revised this book, now releasing it under the title The Teenage Slasher Movie Book. I’m a little confused on the title, but it is 16 pages longer than the original volume. But unless you have a copy of the first edition already, this new one is the way to go, since the first release goes for $100 to $200!?!?! Yeah, not sure what that is about. But at least you won’t have to worry about that and you can order a copy of the updated version when it comes out this October.
Being that my “real” job has been more than a bit stressful these last few weeks, I’m even more thrilled to have this year’s Flashback Weekend coming up in just a few days. Nothing more enjoyable than escaping from the real world and getting to hang out with a bunch of like-minded horror fans. And Flashback Weekend is just the place to do it!
Another couple of days and we’ll be in the last stages of summer, and I personally can’t wait for it to be over. Sure, it might have something to do with our AC being on the fritz, but can’t wait for these summer temps to be done with, at least for a while. In the meantime, let’s get to last week’s photo. It was from the strange German film Die Nackte und der Satan (1959), or better known here in the states as simply The Head. This is a strange little film, with a lot of very suggestive scenes, not to mention one crazy-ass plot! But damn fun to watch! Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Troy Howarth, Charles Miller, Michael Shields, Alan Tromp, and Barry Watts. Well done!
Now on to this week’s photo. Maybe not as obscure as our last one, but we’ll see how easy it is to guess. Just remember…PLEASE do not post your answers here, so others can have a guess at it. Instead, just send your guess to us in an email, to email@example.com. Good Luck!
I believe it was back in back in 2015 at a Flashback Weekend, when during one of our usual late night gathering to discuss the fate of the free world…and horror movies, when this guy in a kilt comes over and asks if he could join us. As we horror fans all know, we’re all one big family, so he was more than invited. His name was Scott Bradley and it didn’t take us long to realize this guy knew his stuff. We convinced him that he needs to come out to more of these shows that we hit in the Midwest, like Cinema Wasteland, which he did, and has now become a regular at that show.
A short time later, Scott started his own podcast called Hellbent for Horror and is a brilliant and fascinating show, that delves a little deeper in the dark recesses of the horror genre and its effect on fans and society. Seriously, great stuff. I mean, when Guillermo del Toro comments on his page about it, I think that’s saying a little something.
Now Scott has transferred his thoughts on the genre to paper now and has a book coming out later this fall, gloriously entitled Screaming for Pleasure: How Horror Makes you Happy and Healthy. We don’t have much details about the book but know that it will be out in a few months, and I’m sure we’ll have the details on where and how to get it when it does become available, so stay tuned.
La-La Land Records have released the scores for Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter and Part V: A New Beginning on one double disc release, priced at only $19.95! The first disc for Friday IV, has 52 minutes of the score with 18 tracks. The second disc, for Friday V, has 24 tracks and runs 48 minutes. Both feature scores by the amazing Harry Manfredini, who continues the fun that he started with the very first film. Both of these versions are the same as the ones that were released in the now out-of-print Friday the 13th box set that included the first 6 films. So if you missed out on that, now is your chance to pick up these two!
And to make it even more of an interesting deal, La-La Land is having a 25% off your entire order sale up until July 22nd. So don’t wait too long! Head over to their website HERE.
Let the Right One In (2008)
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Starring Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergguist, Peter Carlberg, Ika Nord, Mikael Ralm, Karl-Robert Lindgren, Anders T. Peedu, Pale Olofsson, Patrik Rydmark
This film was making noise here in the states way before it finally reached our shores. It was getting praise from around the world, being a new take on a very old theme. So once I finally got the chance to see it, how could it live up to this tidal wave of a reputation? Like everyone else, I was consumed by this incredible tale of loneliness, revenge, and that hope of finding a true friend.
We had a few more correct guesses last week. It was from the first film in Amando de Ossorio’s famous Blind Dead series, Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972). Kudos out to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Ronnie Burton, Troy Howarth, and Martin Meeks.
So on to this week’s photo. This one might be a little tougher and require some more brain power. Maybe that’s what the guy in the photo is trying to do!
As always, please remember not to post your answers here in the comments section so others can have a guess. Just send your guess to us in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
Malenka / The Feast of Satan
Released by Quartet Records
30 Tracks with a total running time of 65:39 min.
Music composed by Carlo Savina
Savina’s score for Amando de Ossorio’s 1969 film Malenka (aka Fangs of the Living Dead) is a real treat and a great way to step back in time to one of those gothic vampire pictures that we grew up with on late night television. Using primarily an organ for this score, it creates a multi-layered effects that just seeps with atmosphere. He creates this ghostly or almost other-worldly feeling, if that makes any sense, developing different sounds and melodies to enhance the gothic feel of the movie. Even as a standalone piece of music, you can’t help but be transported back to the 40 years ago, to an old run down castle, with the fog slowly covering the grounds, where you are told not to venture out at night.
The German silent film Nosferatu (1922) remains one of the most famous of horror films. Yes, it was an illegal adaptation of Stoker’s novel, and was supposed to be destroyed by a court order, but lucky for us fans, prints remained and now we can still see and enjoy this amazing piece of early horror cinema today. But what is really known about this film and the people behind it? Now, thanks to author Rolf Giesen, we will be able to learn the history behind this infamous picture.
According to McFarland’s website, The Nosferatu Story: The Seminal Horror Film, Its Predecessors and Its Enduring Legacy gives us “the complete story drawing on rare sources. The trail leads to a group of occultists and their plan for establishing a leading film company that would produce a momentous series of horror movies. Along the way, the author touches upon other classic German fantasy silent, including The Golem, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Metropolis.
The book is set to be released by the fall of this year, and has a retail price of $45. For more information, head over to McFarland’s website HERE.
Die Sister, Die!
Released by Intrada
15 Tracks with a total running time of 50:44 min.
Music composed by Hugo Friedhofer
It never ceases to amaze me at some of the titles that not only get released on DVD these days, but even more so when the soundtrack for an obscure horror flick from the early ’70s gets a release! Intrada has done an amazing thing in acquiring and releasing this entertaining score from Oscar winning composer Friedhofer. Just try finding this title in a film guide! Friedhofer had been composing music for film since the ’20s, really only working in the horror genre a couple of times. He did score the 1944 version of The Lodger, as well as William Castle’s Homicidal (1961). But he had been nominated for an Oscar 8 times in his career, winning once for the 1946 film The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). He only worked on Die as a favor to the director.