Book Review: The Nosferatu Story

The Nosferatu Story: The Seminal Horror Film, Its Predecessors and Its Enduring Legacy
Published by McFarland, 2019. 225 pages
By Rolf Giesen

As a horror fan, I am forever grateful to all the authors out there that decided that they were going to do all this research and study on a particular film, or a sub-genre as a whole, and then put all of that work into a book so that other film fans can learn so much more about them. Whether it is on a specific sub-genre or a certain film in particular, I know that after reading it, I will have a little bit better understanding of the subject matter upon visiting it once again. Giesen’s book on Nosferatu, as well as early German horror cinema, is just that book. You’ll read about a lot of important names that would have a huge impact on the horror genre.

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Frightfest Guide – Vampire Movies!

FAB Press has announced their latest edition to their Frightfest Guide, this time tackling one of the oldest monsters around: Vampires! Written by Nathaniel Thompson, this will follow the same style as their previous titles in the Frightfest series, which I have to say are all amazing. Beautifully laid out, with plenty of photos and information about each of the particular sub-genre they cover. I know, because I have all the previous editions!

They are taking pre-orders for the limited hardcover edition, that you can even get with a signed bookplate. The price works out to about $35 but it will cost you a bit more with the postage. Damn airmail freight! They do become available over here in paperback editions so you could always wait. But no matter which edition you get, I would highly recommend checking it, and the rest in the series out. They’ve covered ghosts, monsters, werewolves, exploitation, and grindhouse, which you can get most of them on Amazon for under $20. Such a deal. If you want to pre-order the hardcover edition, head over to FAB Press’ website HERE.

Soundtrack Review: She Will

She Will (2022)
Released by Mercury KK
11 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 44:55 min.
Music by Clint Mansell

I remember seeing the trailer for this and seeing that Alice Krige was in it, I knew I was going to see it. But then forgot about it until it popped up on Prime. I’ve been a fan of Krige since Ghost Story (1981) so I figured it would be another great performance, no matter of the quality of the final product. What I didn’t expect was the captivating soundtrack that seemed to surround the story itself.

I also knew of Mansell’s work that he has done with Darren Aronofsky, but never had any of them really grab hold of me like this score did. Maybe because it was a combination of the beautiful cinematography here, where it felt like the music was interwoven into the images onscreen.

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David Warner – Rest in Peace

Wow. What an icon to not only the horror genre, but to movies in general. There wasn’t a sub-genre that he couldn’t or hadn’t worked it and always nailed it. Yes, Mr. Warner has passed away at the age of 80 years old, and I was still hoping to meet him one day at a convention. He had been in so many of my favorites. Then again, when you have 228 acting credits, you’ve obviously made a lasting impression in the industry. His look. That voice. Damn.

One of my earliest memories of Warner was that in Time After Time (1979), playing Jack the Ripper who gets arrives at modern times, thanks to the time machine invented by H.G. Wells, played by Malcolm McDowell. Then of course, playing Evil in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits (1981), followed the next year playing Stark in Tron (1982), really made me take notice of him. Of course, one of his earliest appearances in the horror genre was Amicus’ From Beyond the Grave (1974) in the segment about the haunted mirror. Followed by The Omen, where he has one of the most memorable deaths in cinematic history! He even played Frankenstein’s creature in a 1984 version, alongside Robert Powell and Carrie Fisher.

So yeah, the movie industry has lost a true talent, and I know I am so sad to hear this news. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.

Mystery Photo 7-25

Here we are, our last Mystery Photo for July. That means the summer is more than half over and Halloween season is just around the corner. Granted, for most of us, Halloween is all year round. Just need to get those temps down outside! Our last photo was from the little anthology film Nightmares (1983), in the segment “The Benediction” with Lance Henriksen battling a truck from hell. Always one of my favorites from that period. Kudos to the following that sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Lee Nattrass, and Will Wilson. Great job!

For those that thought that last photo was tough, this one might be a little harder, unless you’re a fan of those pesky old black and white films. Just remember to send me your answer in an email, to Good Luck!

Michael J. Murphy Box Set Announced!

Don’t feel bad in you don’t know that name. Up until about six months ago, I didn’t know who he was either. And that’s coming from someone who’s been a diehard horror fan all his life! Which also goes to the fact why I still love the genre because you never stop discovering these entertaining filmmakers that has been working for over five decades!

Earlier in the year, a friend sent me a copy of the film Bloodstream (1985), which I had never seen before, or even heard of. After watching it, I knew I would be screening it on our next Turkey Day Marathon, which it was a lot of fun, even though very, very, very low budget. But the more I looked up the creator of this film, I was amazed to see his filmography and the fact that this was all new to me. I always love finding a new rabbit hole to dive into, and I found it with Murphy and his films. But luckily, I don’t need to do any hard work in searching out his films since thanks to Powerhouse Films / Indicator, they are releasing a HUGE box set of Murphy’s work, in Magic, Myth & Mutilation: The Micro-Budget Cinema of Michael J. Murphy, 1967-2015!

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Bill Rebane Exhibit

There’s a lot of independent filmmakers out there, even ones that worked for decades, continuingly cranking out feature after feature. But there’s a selected few that went past that and actually created their own functioning movie studio way outside of Hollywood. There were people like Larry Buchanan in Texas or Earl Owensby in North Carolina. Then was Bill Rebane, who created the Shooting Ranch in Gleason, Wisconsin, which was a complete movie studio, from a post-production, recording studios, to even having lodging for the actors to stay, not to mention its own restaurant. This was Rebane’s way of keeping production costs down for his movies, if he could keep all the expenses low by providing them all within the studio. Smart man.

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Mystery Photo 7-18

Sure, sure, a little late in the day but still got time until the stroke of midnight, right? So let’s not waste any more time. Our photo from last week was that of the fine actor Alberto Dalbés from his role as Dr. Seward in Jess Franco’s epic The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1973). You want to see a bat-shit crazy movie, that includes a silver Frankenstein’s monster and some sort of bird/lady creature than look no further! Kudos to the following that sent in the correct answer: Aaron AuBuchon, Dave Fronto, and Troy Howarth.

On to this week’s photo! Sure, might look like an ad to get you to buy a new vehicle, but not quite. Take a peek and see if you can recognize which film this appeared in. And no, it’s not just some random shot of a truck. Give me a little more credit than that! Don’t forget though, send your answer to me in an email (so I won’t lose it) to Good Luck!

Naschy Blu-Ray Sets On-Sale!

For those out there that either haven’t delved into the world of Paul Naschy, or even those that might have dipped their toes into the water but still haven’t dived in, now is your chance. Shout Factory is having a sale on their Box Sets, at 40% off retail price until this Tuesday the 19th, and both the Naschy Collections are included in there. Both are priced at $35.99, which includes 5 movies in each set. That’s like $7 a title!!!

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Discover the Horror Podcast Episode 21 – Paul Naschy as Waldemar Daninsky

Night of the Howling Beast (1975), Night of the Werewolf (1981), and The Beast and the Magic Sword (1983). In the annals of the Spanish horror genre, you can’t go far without running into the name Paul Naschy, especially the werewolf films that he made, numbering over a dozen! In his 40+ year career, Naschy made over 100 films, many in the horror genre, even directing almost two dozen of them, and writing over fifty of them!

In this episode, we cover 3 of Naschy’s werewolf film, where he always re-invented the character of Waldemar Daninsky character, who always seems to be cursed to turn into a snarling beast. Tune in and take notes!

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