A Spicy Gift from Krampus!

Krampus Hot SauceJust in time for the upcoming holiday and for a friend that loves to heat things up. Halloween Hot Sauces has once again worked his magic and created an all new sauce for the holiday….the Krampus Hot Sauce! This new flavor is made with Cayenne Pepper and has a medium heat range. Nothing like spicing up the holiday food with a little kick in taste buds!

Or, if you want something a little harder, they also have Grinning Skull, which has habanero peppers, or Smoky Ghost, which has a combination of Chipotle and Ghost peppers. Looking for a milder one, you can always go with Spider Venom, which has Jalapenos. Plus, you can have them delivered in these little homemade coffins! Just a great little addition to an already great product.

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Turkey Day 2018

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When we get to November, here at the Krypt is all about Turkey Day. While most are planning ahead for Thanksgiving or even an early start on Christmas, we are planning Turkey Day. From picking the right titles for our bi-annual event, to my wife Dawn and son Nick coming up with some new ideas for pizzas, it really is a family event. And not just us, but our convention family that shows up to enjoy these movies and pizza with us! This is our 16th year holding our Turkey Day Marathon, and there is no stopping us now!

Turkey Day group 2018

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Mystery Photo 11-26

Since it was around that time of year, I couldn’t help but use one of the photos from our recent Turkey Day. The film is Attack of the Beast Creatures (1985) and I’m still waiting for someone to put out a nice little Blu-Ray special edition of this! While wishing, not only do I want a Blu-ray of this, how about a little 12″ action figure of one of the creatures?!?!? If you haven’t seen this little gem, imagine a whole island filled with the little Zuni Fetish dolls from Trilogy of Terror (1975). While there are more than a few sequences of a group of survivors from a sunken cruise ship, when the title happens on screen, it is nothing short of epic. Congrats to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, and Alan Tromp.

Now onto this week’s photo. Might be another entry for a Turkey Day marathon. Or maybe just a shot of the afterwards of a Turkey Day celebration. You decide. But as always, please do not post your answers here so that others can have a chance to guess. Instead, just send your answer to us in an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good Luck!

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula 3-CD Special Edition

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This really must be the year for special edition soundtracks for Dracula films. Recently Varèse Sarabande had released a 2-CD special edition set of John Williams’ score for the 1979 version of Dracula, which we promptly pre-ordered the minute we heard that news since that has always been a favorite score of mine. And now, thanks to the fine folks at La-La Land Records, they will be releasing a 3-CD set for Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), giving us fans almost 3 1/2 hours of this incredible music from Wojciech Kilar.

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Naschy’s Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror in 3D!!!

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Folks in the New York city area, tomorrow you have the chance to see a rare screening of Naschy’s debut of his Waldemar Daninsky character, in the 1968 film Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror (or at least the version that was later released here in the states) in 3D, thanks to the wonderful people at Garagehouse Pictures.

At the Quad Cinema tomorrow at 3:05pm, in part of their special 3-D festival, you’ll get to see this amazing film like very few people have had the opportunity. Sam Sherman, the man really responsible for bringing Naschy’s name to the states when he bought this film for distribution here, will be there for the screening.

Sure, this is a little short notice, but if you’re in that area, I wouldn’t pass up this chance. I mean, Naschy in 3-D??? I’m still hopeful that this print will make it’s way out to the Midwest at some point. But in the meantime, you East-coasters better take advantage of it!

For more information about the screening, just click HERE.

A Time of the Turkey and a Time of Thanks

 

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First and foremost, a Happy Turkey Day to all of our followers out there. While most consider this a time of a huge dinner and spending time with family, here at the Krypt, we celebrate the Turkey a little differently. While we will have a nice family dinner today, more time will be spent prepping for our annual Turkey Day Marathon that takes place tomorrow, where friends will gather here to watch what like we like to call some of the finest in cinematic shipwrecks. These are not bad movies, mind you, because remember, the only bad movies are boring ones, and what we watch definitely aren’t boring.

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Movie Review: Clark Ashton Smith – Emperor of Dreams

emperor of dreamsClark Ashton Smith: The Emperor of Dreams (2018)
Directed by Darin Coelho Spring
Featuring Donald Sidney-Fryer, Harlan Ellison, S.T. Joshi, Cody Goodfellow, Skinner

Clark Ashton Smith, one of the “Three Musketeers” of the legendary pulp magazine Weird Tales (with H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard) has sadly not received the popular attention that the creators of Cthulhu and Conan have benefited from. This new documentary hopefully will remedy that situation.

Smith lived from 1893 to 1961, primarily in the Gold Rush town of Auburn, CA. For about 50 years, he resided in a cabin there without electricity or running water. He never attended high school, but educated himself by devouring all of the books in the local library. He developed an incredible vocabulary and style that soon established him as a promising poet and the protégé of the “Keats of the West Coast,” George Sterling.

Lovecraft encountered Smith’s poetry and began a correspondence to state his admiration that blossomed into a lifelong friendship, all expressed through the mail, as the men unfortunately never met in person. The title of the documentary comes from the first line of Smith’s poem “The Hashish-Eater”, which Lovecraft praised in his Supernatural Horror in Literature. Continue reading

A Century of Horrors

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The fine folks behind the We Belong Dead publication have unleashed their latest book and it looks like a doozey! We have all of their previous books and they are all amazing titles. Yes, they are a bit pricey to get them over here in the states, but with the limited quantities they produce, their value will definitely go up. Plus the fact that they are beautifully laid out and some very talented writers within the pages.

This new volume, over 500 full color pages, goes through the history of horrors, if you will, starting with the silent films and moving through the decades to the 1990s, with each chapter covering a particular decade. With an amazing cover by Graham Humphreys, and a forward by Sara Karloff, this is one that horror bibliophiles are going to want in their library.

The cost is £40 + £20 (which is going to be about $80 for us here in the states. But you can order your copy through their website HERE.

Mystery Photo 11-19

Another late day, but still an updated photo. Wouldn’t want to disappoint anybody! Our last photo was from the entertaining British flick The Earth Dies Screaming (1964), directed by Terence Fisher. A short little film, but pretty damn fun. Check it out if you haven’t already. Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Dave Fronto, and Troy Howarth.

Now onto this week’s photo. This might be an obvious choice because of the time of year, but I figured I’d throw it out there anyway. If anything, maybe it will bring some much needed attention to this little gem! So take a peek and see what you come up with.

Please remember not to post your answers here, but send them to us in an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good Luck!

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Movie Review: Curse of the Crying Woman


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The Curse of the Crying Woman (1963)
Directed by Rafael Baledon
Starring Rosita Arenas, Abel Salazar, Rita Macedo, Carlos Lopez Moctezuma, Enrique Lucero, Mario Sevilla

Back in my early days of being a horror fan, I had a friend that asked me if I had seen any of the Mexican horror films from the late ’50s/early ’60s. At the time, not only had I not seen any of them, I wasn’t really even aware of them. When he offered to send me a couple of them, I told him not to, because I really didn’t want to get into yet another sub-genre of the horror genre! Silly me. Of course, this didn’t stop my friend and he sent me a couple of titles anyway. They were The Bloody Vampire aka El vampiro sangriento (1962), and The Curse of the Crying Woman aka La maldición de la Llorona (1963). After watching them, I was hooked. Growing up on the Universal classics, I had always loved the glorious black and white films, where the atmosphere is thick and heavy and I found that same style in these from South of the boarder! Continue reading