Soundtrack Review: Absurd

Rosso Sangue CDAbsurd aka Rosso Sangue (1981)
Released by Severin Films, 2018
Music by Carlo Maria Cordio
23 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 69 min.

The movie this score is from has been called more than a few names in its history, from Monster Hunte, Anthropophagus II, to Horrible, to the title it has been recently released here in the states under, simply Absurd. The original title of the film is Rosso Sangue and was directed by the one and only Joe D’Amato, with George Eastman in the lead role, as well as writing the film. Plenty of gore and a nonsensical plot, it is a fun ride for those fans of European cult cinema. But this soundtrack, by Carlo Maria Cordio is way better than it has any right to be, especially when it is for a film like Absurd! If fact, if you are a fan of Goblin then you will pretty much enjoy this score since Cordio follows the same musical path. Call it ripping off, homage, paying tribute, or whatever you want to, but it is still a great score. Continue reading

Dohler’s Nightbeast Hits Blu-Ray

Nightbeast blu-rayBack in the late ’70s to early ’80s, Baltimore’s own Don Dohler made a few low budget films that may not have been the best made, but they happened to be pretty entertaining for young horror fans that were eating up different titles at their local video store. And seeing his 1982 alien invasion flick Nightbeast on the shelf, I was more than pleased with it once I got home! Originally released on DVD from Troma back in 2004, now thanks to the fine folks at Vinegar Syndrome it comes to Blu-ray for the first time in a newly scanned and restored in 2K from its 16mm camera original. And I suggest you order your copy now, especially if you are one of those that enjoys those nice rubber-suited monster movies of that time, plenty of blood and a few boobs, and just a lot of fun.

While this release does have some of the extras from the DVD release, such as the audio commentary from Dohler (who passed away in 2006) and actor George Stover, and the outtakes and bloopers, it does have more than a few extras that are going to be interesting to see. Here is what the site has listed for the extras: Continue reading

Upcoming Shows

Now that Cinevent is in the books, lets look ahead to our next two shows coming up real soon.

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Next month we head to Mars, PA, once again for the Monster Bash. Damn, do I just love this show. They have a great guest lineup this year, including Ricou Browning, the last living classic Universal monster! Their other guests include: Beverly Washburn, Martine Beswicke, Veronica Carlson, Christopher Neame, Sharyn Moffett, Cortlandt Hull, Kris Yeaworth, Tom Savini, and John Russo. They also have a few notable authors there, another reason I love this show, such as Troy Howarth, Frank Dello Stritto, Tom Weaver, Gregory Mank, Deborah Painter, and Robert Michael Cotter. Continue reading

Mystery Photo 5-27

Wasn’t sure if I was going to make it today, but here it is. After spending the last 4 days in Columbus, eating way too much amazing food, wasn’t sure if I was even going to survive! But we did, and here is your latest Mystery Photo. But first, let us review last week’s photo. Not a familiar one to most it seems because we only got one correct answer sent in, which was from Greg Wojick. Well done, Greg. The movie is called Witching and Bitching (aka Las brujas de Zugarramurdi, 2013), from Spanish filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia. I’ve been a big fan of his work since first feature, Acción mutante (1993) and he never disappoints.

So let’s get to this week’s photo. As usual, PLEASE make sure you do not post your comments here, so that everyone can get a chance at guessing. Instead, just send your guess to us in an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good Luck!

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Mystery Photo 5-20

Before we get to this week’s photo, I have to point out that I made a slight error a couple of weeks ago on the photo. The shot was from The Black Zoo, but I had grabbed the image from Google search and it was in black and white. The film, however, is in color. I had a couple of people send in some other answers because of it being black and white, so I apologize for that. Lesson learned.

Our photo from last week was from a made-for-TV movie called Satan’s Triangle (1975) starring the always amazing Doug McClure and Kim Novak. Shame this hasn’t gotten a legit DVD release. Kudos to Bob Hartman and Michael Shields for sending in the correct answer.

So for this week’s answer, this will be me the next time I get the color wrong on a Mystery Photo! Please remember now to post your answers here in the comments so others can have a chance. Just send them to me in an email (jon@kitleyskrypt.com). Good Luck!

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Turkey Day in May 2019

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In May of 2015, we started our official Turkey Day in May proceedings and now 5 years later, on Saturday, May 11th, the fun continued! While we did have a few people that weren’t able to make it out for the T-Day celebrations, we did have more than enough to partake in the food and fun. The usual suspects were Aaron Christensen, Adam Rockoff, Neil Calderone, Brian Fukala, and Matt Harding, with Gregg Olheiser and Alan Tromp making this their second time out for the festivities. This time though, Gregg brought his lovely wife Jill along too for her first time! Our buddy Gavin Schmitt, traveling all the way from the land of cheese (aka Wisconsin), made it out for his first T-Day experience. As the famous TCM tag line says, “Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?”

T-Day in May 2019
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The Sentinel Soundtrack Released

Sentinel CDNever before available (officially, that is) in any format, Gil Mellé’s score for the 1977 Michael Winner film The Sentinel is finally getting a release, all thanks to La-La Land Records and Universal Studios, in their latest title in their Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection. This release will have the complete score, which is 56:27 minutes, with an additional 16:33 minutes of bonus and musical effects cues. Jeff Bond and James Phillips wrote the exclusive and in-depth liner notes.

Limited to only 3000 units, you may want to order yours now to make sure you get a copy. I know I just did. And while you’re at La-La Land Records site (by clicking HERE), check out their other discs, because I found quite a few great titles at some really good prices!