That’s right folks, that is my excuse for the lack of updates lately. Last week, my wife tested positive, and two days later, I did as well. Luckily, we were both vaccinated and boosted, so our symptoms were pretty mild. She just basically had a runny nose, while I had a pretty bad cough and slight fever, but that was about it. I know it could have been a lot worse. I’m very grateful we did have our shots because I don’t want to imagine how bad it could have been otherwise, especially for me since I am diabetic. This just shows that this plague is still out there roaming around, so please, PLEASE, stay safe and treat each other with respect. It’s the only way we get to the other side of this.
So, while I’m still quarantined and working from home, I feel better enough to try and tackle the crapload of stuff on my plate here! Obviously, I missed a few things this week, such as a new Mystery Photo, but we’ll be back to that next week. I also missed posting about Paul Naschy’s birthday on the 6th, which really bummed me out, but was just in no condition then to get something out.
So, if you were wondering, that is why it’s been kind of radio silence here for a while. We are doing much better and are on the upswing, so no worries. Hopefully things will get back to whatever “normal” is for me and the Krypt. On a positive note, I did use that time wisely and watched a ton of movies while I was down and out, so not all bad news! So even when you’re sick, you can still Discover the Horror!
(Art used by permission from Don England!)
For those who might now know the name Albert Glasser, he was a composter that mainly worked on B-movie titles, especially with director Bert I. Gordon. But it wasn’t just those films, but also worked in just about every other genre out there, composing scores for 135 films (some that he never even received credit for), from westerns to juvenile delinquent titles, as well as 300 television shows and 450 radio programs. So yeah, he was busy.
But thanks to the fine folks at Dragon’s Domain Records, Volume 4 of their series is all about Science Fiction Atomic Mutations! This release has the scores for Bert I. Gordon’s The Cyclops and The Beginning of the End, both released in 1957. The total running time for the CD is just under 80 minutes, so priced at $17.95 is a great deal. You can order your copy at Screen Archives Entertainment, by clicking HERE.
The Skyline Drive-in in Shelbyville, IN has announced their lineup for this year’s Super Monster Movie Fest and it’s a dozy! They had announced a teaser early with the tag line that “Size Doesn’t Matter”, which had me thinking it was going to be all about giant monsters but turns out I was only half right!
This is a local show for us that I’ve been wanting just to go and check it out for a few years now but finally just decided to get a table and check it out that way. Of course, then the pandemic hit and that put more than a few things on hold. But this weekend, the show is back, and we will be set up there for the first time. This show has been going on for over 2 decades and while it’s not strictly a horror themed show, it does have its fingers in the genre. Not sure what to expect but since it is local, I figured at least we’d have some fun.
So, if you’re in the area, and are interested in things like Pulps, paperbacks, original art, movie memorabilia, and a whole lot more, head on out and check out the show. It is taking place at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, in Lombard, IL. You can check out all the info from the website HERE.
Directed by Sui-Tung Ching
Starring Leslie CHeung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Wai Lam, Sui-Ming Lau, Zhilun Xue
In the early ‘90s, I was really getting into the Hong Kong action flicks that were just starting to break out here in the underground market, especially the works of John Woo. Around that time, there was a British TV show called Incredibly Strange Film Show (1989-1989), hosted by Jonathan Ross who would interview strange directors and characters from cult and exploitation films, such as Doris Wishman, Russ Myer, Ray Dennis Steckler, and Ted V. Mikels. On one of these episodes, he talked to Tsui Hark, producer of a lot of the early John Woo films, showing clips from the different titles he’s produced or directed. During this montage, they showed some scenes that just blew me away. It had flying heads, a guy with a HUGE tongue, beautiful ghosts, and things I had never seen before. These were from A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), and I knew I had to find to see if it was as amazing as the short clips I saw.
Occasionally the infamous and best magazine devoted to Hammer here in the States will go outside the famous studio to focus on another title or two. They did it previously on the Frank Langella version of Dracula (1979) or Frankenstein: The True Story (1973), and with each of those issues put in as much love and research as any of their Hammer features. So, while I love their work they do on Hammer, I also love when they venture outside there because I know they are going to do it so well!
The new issue, #48, has one of my favorite movies on the cover, The Trollenberg Terror (1958), or as it was known here in the states, The Crawling Eye! Featuring another one of kind cover by artist Mark Maddox, I think it will enjoy looking at you as much as you will looking through its pages!
This is what else if featured in this issue:
Fans of the weird and strange exploitation films might have heard of René Cardona’s 1969 film Night of the Bloody Apes, which I have to say is one hell of a title. Honestly, if the trailer alone doesn’t get you to watch the movie, nothing else will. But it was a remake of Cardona’s own film Doctor of Doom (1963) but in color with some nudity, blood & guts, including some stock footage of some real surgery! It is a great little flick for those akin to this kind of twisted cinema.
At the last convention I was at, I picked up the new Blu-ray of this film that was released by VCI Entertainment. I had the old Something Weird DVD but figured it was “now restored in 4K from original 35mm negative” I could always use an upgrade. Plus, this new release also had a bonus feature of the previous mention Doctor of Doom. But as I watched it the other night, something was amiss. Now there were some scenes that either didn’t go through the 4k scan because the quality noticeably dropped, but during some of the gore scenes, the quality of the print changed, almost like someone had messed with the contrast or something. Now this is coming from someone who knowns NOTHING about what goes into restoring movies. But when the quality of the print dramatically changes, and not like it went back to a grainy print, but where the colors looked oversaturated or something, something obviously noticeable, something wrong.
While a lot of people will be posting little April Fools jokes throughout the day, I thought I’d rather spend the time talking about one of the greatest actors that has ever graced the silver screen, who just happened to be born on this day, 139 years ago. His name is Lon Chaney. And I say is because thanks to those wonderful people that have worked on keeping films restored and alive over the years, we can still watch and enjoy, and be amazed at the performances that Chaney gave in his films, meaning he is still with us!
In just a few days, we’ll be heading to Cincinnati for our first convention of the year and looking forward so much to getting back into the swing of things. It’s been five months since our last show and we’re chomping at the bit to see all our horror family this weekend! We’ll be set up there with our usual array of horror reference books which is a great place to continue your journey to Discover the Horror! And because this is our first show of the year, we’re going to have several great titles on sale! So, make sure you stop by our table to see what we have in store for you!
Plus, we’ll have some other goodies like some soundtracks, DVDs and Blu-rays, and maybe even some magazines we’re getting rid of from our own collection.
In case anybody out there is wondering what to get me for my birthday, look no further! While I just might have a few books around the old Kryptic Office so bookends are always something in need. But just look at these bad boys! Brought to us by Dark Horse Director, these two book ends feature three of the main hosts from those E.C. Comics that gave us images of terror and horror, wrapped inside a gruesome tale! One of them features the Crypt Keeper, which is 8 1/2″ tall by 6 3/8″ side, while the other one features the Old Witch and the Vault Keeper, which is 9″ tall and 6 1/4″ wide, both highly detailed and painted. These were sculpted by Chris Dahlberg.