Movie Review: The Unnamable

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The Unnamable (1988)
Director Jean-Paul Ouellette
Starring Mark Kinsey Stephenson, Charles Klausmeyer, Alexandra Durrell, Laura Albert, Eben Ham, Blane Wheatley, Mark Parra, Delbert Spain, Katrin Alexandre

The first feature films to be based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft (at least officially credited to him) started in the ’60s with Roger Corman’s The Haunted Palace (1963), based on the story “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” (even though they billed it as a Edgar Allan Poe movie!). Then we had Die Monster Die! (1965), The Shuttered Room (1967), and The Dunwich Horror (1970). We did see some adaptations in different series like The Night Gallery, but for the most part, it never really brought a lot of attention to the author and his work. Then in the mid ’80s, there was a slight resurgence of his work, starting with Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator (1985), followed by From Beyond (1986), each based on stories of the same name. Granted, these versions were probably a little more intense than what the author intended, it still got the ball rolling and brought attention to Lovecraft’s name and his work. The following year we got David Keith’s The Curse, based on the story “The Colour Out of Space”, and soon more were to follow.

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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!

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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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