Mystery Photo 8-14

Last week’s photo seemed to be a big hit with everyone, getting a lot of correct answers sent in. Well done! The memorable shot was from one of my favorites, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, which you can see his face just behind the plastic he’s holding up. Kudos out to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Dave Fronto, Richard Garcia, Bill Harrison, Troy Howarth, Jim Towns, and Mark Turner.

Okay, this week’s photo is going to be a bit tougher. In fact, I’ll be shocked if anybody can come up with this one. Sounds like a challenge, doesn’t it? So let’s see who might recognize it. Good luck!

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Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorfest at Midway Drive-in

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Okay drive-in fans, here’s the date for the Midway Drive-In’s annual Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorfest: Sept. 23rd! So mark your calendar!

So far, they have only announced two of the four features they will be screening. The first one is the full uncut version of James Cameron’s Aliens. I think the last time I got to see this on the big screen when it was first released, but that was the shorter theatrical cut. So this will be a nice treat.

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The second feature announced is Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. I’m not a huge fan of the later films in this series, but this one is still a lot of fun. Great special effects on display here!

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We will be set up outside the concession area, as always. Along side Jill & Greg from Lix, you’ll be able to do a little shopping in between the films and picking up some snacks at the concession stands. Hope to see you there!

For more information, head over to the Midway’s website HERE.

Mystery Photo 8-7

Good Evening! Yes, a little later than our normal Mystery Photo update, but we were still recovering from the last three days at Flashback Weekend. But let’s get to what you’ve probably been sitting at your computer all day just waiting for this to be posted…right?

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Okay, okay…we did get quite a few people who recognized that little clip from Amicus’ 1970 bizarre little film Scream and Scream Again. I remember the very first time I watched this, I was so pissed off that while it gives Price, Lee, and Cushing top billing, they have very little scenes together, especially with Cushing getting killed off after one scene! But you have to give them kudos for releasing something so strange as this one. Kudos out to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Gregory Avery, Dave Fronto, Bill Harrison, Doug Lamoreux, Jeff Owens, Michael Shields, Mark Turner, Alan Tromp, and William Wilson.

Now on to this week’s photo. Might be easy. Might not be easy. But give it a good look and see if you can figure it out. Good luck. Please remember not to post your answer here, but send them to us in an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com

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The Year of Naschy Continues…

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Finally! We can happily announce the titles for the Paul Naschy Collection Vol. 2! Now, not to diminish how amazing it was to get the films in Vol. 1 released on Blu-ray, but to be fair, those titles all had been previously released on DVD. BUT…Volume 2 is going to give us some that were not only never released on DVD in the states before, but one of them is probably one of the most sought after titles amongst Naschy fans. That title would be the 1975 masterpiece, The Werewolf and the Yeti (aka Night of the Howling Beast). We’re used to seeing copies from either the Super Video VHS tape, or the Greek PAL VHS, both of which didn’t look that great. The Super Video print was so dark that during the night scenes it was hard to see anything! Well, knowing Shout Factory’s quality, all of that should be corrected now.

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Mystery Photo 7-31

That time again, folks. Time to start the new week once again. But before we get back into the grind, let’s take a peek at this week’s photo. But before we do that, let us review last week’s photo! It was from Lamberto Bava’s 1987 giallo Delirium. Great cast in that one! Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Troy Howarth, and Bryan Martinez.

Now to get to this week’s photo. I found this one just hanging around so I thought I’d use it! So take a good look and see if you can identify the film. Good luck!

As always please remember not to post your answers here, so others can have a chance at it. Just send them to us in an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com.

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Bava Comes to Chicago!

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Some time ago, we posted about a Mario Bava Film Festival that was being held in New York, and that since we’re in the Chicago area, it was just too far to even think of making it to it. But now Chicago fans don’t need to worry since those Bava titles are coming to the Gene Siskel Film Center, starting next weekend, on August 4th! If you have never had the chance to witness the wonder of Mario Bava on the big screen, I couldn’t recommend it enough, especially titles like Blood and Black Lace or Black Sabbath. The colors alone on these two will just blow your mind. But even the beautiful black and white cinematography in Bava’s directorial debut, Black Sunday, is just stunning to see. Seriously, if you are a fan of horror films, Italian horror, or cinema in general, do yourself a favor and make it out to some of these (if not all of them!).

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Book Review: Monster Movies of Universal Studios

Monster Movies of Universal StudiosThe Monster Movies of Universal Studios
By James L. Neibaur
Published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. 213 pages.

Anytime there is a book about the Universal monster movies, then count me in, since I’m always up for revisiting these classic films. Of course, the only problem is that since this subject has been written about just a few times before, it might be tough to come up with something new and different for readers to get information that have haven’t several times before. But overall, I think that Neibaur does a good job discussing these films.

After a very brief history of Universal Studios (which could be a book on it’s own), the it follows all the movies from there that feature their main set of monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. So any film that featured one of these monsters, or possibly their descendent, the title is covered. There is a total of 29 features covered here, starting with 1931’s Dracula and ending with The Creature Walks Among Us (1956), with each chapter covering each of the titles. The credits and cast are listed, before Neibaur gets into details of each film, such as the plot, information about the people involved, and some other trivia as well.

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