Back once again for another pictorial puzzle on this fine Monday. Are we ready? Before we begin, let us back up a week and go over our last photo. It was from the Spanish film The Graveyard of Horrors (1971), which is also known under the titles The Butcher of Binbrook and Necrophagus. Not one of the best examples of Spanish horror, but a fun watch if you can find a copy. Kudos to Todd Barwick and Michael Shields for sending in the correct answer.
Now let’s get to this week’s photo. Don’t think too hard, or you just might get a splitting headache! Yeah, I know… but just couldn’t pass it up. As always, please remember not to post your answers here so that others can have a chance. Just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck!
Once again, Severin comes through in delivering the goods! After wetting fan’s appetite with the Blood Island box set, now you can experience more that Hemisphere Pictures released back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, all collected together in great little box set. Here are the films you get:
The Blood Drinkers (1964)
Curse of the Vampires (1966)
Brain of Blood (1971)
The Black Cat (1966)
The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)
While the first 3 titles will be available separately, the last two are only available in the box set, which will retails at $59.99. Not a bad deal when you consider you’re getting 5 features, all been given 2K and 4K scans from vault film elements. These are probably going to look the best they ever have!
I remember back in the early days of me collecting films, trying to find some of these films were tricky because they sometimes would go under several different names. The distributors would change the names and release them over and over again, hoping the public wouldn’t notice that they might have seen this picture already! That is why Curse of the Vampires is also known as both Creatures of Evil and Blood of the Vampires.
Since we’ve been talking about new books coming out all this week, I figured it was about time to make my big announcement.
After 50+ years in the making (with about 5 of that doing the actual writing), I am proud to announce my first book, coming out this August. Discover the Horror: One Man’s 50-Year Quest for Monsters, Maniacs, and the Meaning of it All is part autobiography and part of my preaching, ranting and rambling, but all me. It is the story of how I became who and what I am today… A die hard horror movie fan and damn proud of it.
Within these pages, you’ll read about the days of my youth, devouring horror television programs, my kinship to Frankenstein’s creature, to my early days in the film business (aka movie theater usher), to starting my website which has become one of the longest running sites out there. You’ll also read plenty of my thoughts on the different aspects of the genre and the many different sub-genres out there. Plus, there is plenty of tales from the convention road that I have traveled over the last 30 years, meeting such luminaries as Lucio Fulci, Paul Naschy, Ingrid Pitt, and many more.
While the cover is still being tweaked, the book will be available this summer. Stay tuned here for more details and updates.
In another installment of our Book News Week, it looks like those fans of Rick Baker are going to have to save some of their pennies for this bad boy. Coming from Cameron Books this October, is Metamorphosis, a 2-volume set that goes over Rick Baker’s work, starting in the very beginning in 1950 all the way through 2019. With 720 pages between the two volumes, you’ll get to see over 1000 color images and original sketches from this man’s 40+ years in the business. The price? $250.
Volume 1 will cover 1950 to 1989 and Volume 2 will cover from 1990 to 1919. We’ll get to see coverage from his work from Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Harry and the Hendersons, Men in Black, and obviously An American Werewolf in London, which brought him his first of seven Oscars. Personally, I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing coverage of his earlier work, like on Octaman (1971) and It’s Alive (1974)! But we’ll have to wait and see. I’m still on the fence about this one because of the price. It’s a bit hefty, but I’m sure the pages and pages of photos would be amazing.
If you’re a fan of those bloodsuckers of cinema, then you may want to add this upcoming book to your list of titles to buy. With Strange Blood, editor Vanessa Morgan has collected another amazing array of authors (yours truly included!) covering “offbeat and underrated” fang flicks, which are discussed in 70 different essays.
Morgan’s previous book, When Animals Attack, covered a different breed of beasties. Now we get to take a look at the more human type of animal, the vampire. This book should be out in April, but we will definitely pass that information on when it becomes available. In the meantime, check out the amazing cover by Gilles Vranckx.
We recently came across the Paul Naschy Official Shop, and were just blown away at the artwork on there. So much so that we immediately ordered a T-shirt and a poster print, which was then immediately framed and hung once the poster arrived. They have a wide variety of different images that you can get on a shirt, poster, or many different options. Head over to their website HERE and see all the different items they have, from werewolves, devils, vampires, and so much more.
The artist is Gerardo Moreno and he continues to do an excellent job keeping Naschy’s memory alive and well.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) remains as one of the great monsters from the Universal studios, still holding up today, 65 years later. But there are quite a few out there that still don’t realize that the design of the creature was actually done by a woman, Milicent Patrick, who never received credit for it in the final film. But now, thanks to author Mallory O’Meara, you can learn all about this unsung hero in her new book, The Lady from the Black Lagoon, which will be released on March 5th, from Hanover Square Press.
For all of us that are interested in our Horror History and its heritage, Milicent Patrick is a person that we should get to know and definitely remember, because without her contributions, our favorite Gill-man could have looked quite different. And this book looks to be a great place to start! I’ve already got mine on pre-order, so why don’t you.
You can pre-order your hardcover edition from Amazon now for only $17.70! How could you pass up that price? Just click HERE.