Double Dose of Horror at the Midway Drive-In

I know everyone (or most everyone) reading this has seen the original Halloween (1978) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) before. Many times, before, I’m guessing. But have you seen it projected on a screen 90 feet across? Then now is your chance because next weekend, June 24th & 25th, they will be having a special double feature screening both of these classic horror films that were game changers for the genre.

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Discover the Horror: Episode 19 – Cronenberg

The Brood (1979), Videodrome (1983), The Fly (1986). These are the three favorites of one of the most unique directors working today. If he didn’t create the term “body horror”, he sure did redefine it. Especially in those earlier films in his career, there was always something dwelling deep within the flesh, working its way out, through the blood and plus. Tune in and hear our thoughts on our three Cronenberg favorites and such fun topics like fly politics, literal handguns, and redefining what a messy divorce looks like.

Films mention in this episode:

Atrium (2018), Black Christmas (1974), The Brood (1979), Cigarette Burns (2005), Curtains (1983), The Dead are Alive! (1972), The Dead Zone (1983), The Exterminator (1980), The Fly (1986), Ghostbusters (1984), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Nightbreed (1990), Rabid (1977), Scanners (1981), Shivers (1975), Stripes (1982), The Thing (1982), Videodrome (1983), The Void (2016)

Movie Review: Beast from Haunted Cave

(1959)
Directed by Monte Hellman
Starring Michael Forest, Sheila Carol, Frank Wolfe, Wally Campo, Chris Robinson

I’m a sucker for monster movies from the ‘50s, and even more so when the creature is like something we’ve never seen before. Nothing against all the vampires and werewolves out there, but it is always refreshing to see something new and unique show up on the screen, showing how creative the filmmakers could be, especially with little or no money. That alone would be enough of a reason to watch this film. The fact that is actually decent story, well-acted, and well shot, is just bonus points. It’s a real shame that while a ton of the ‘50s monster flicks get remembered and discussed over and over, this one seems to be forgotten or at least not mentioned too often. Which is a damn shame, and why I decided I needed get a review of it posted now!

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Mystery Photo 6-13

Sorry that I missed updating last week’s photo but was still dealing with the covid! But we’re back to whatever normalcy we were before all of that. It does look like I’ve stumped everyone with the last photo, even with having an extra week. It was from Santo en El tesoro de Drácula, or Santo in the Treasure of Dracula, from 1969. That was the color version that had all the naughty bits that was cut from the original black and white release. Maybe next time.

So, this week’s photo is from one of those . . . underrated classics. Or at least as far as I’m concerned. Take a look and see what you can come up with. Just remember to send your answer to me by email, at jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good Luck!

Monster Bash Celebrates Lugosi

If you are a fan of Bela Lugosi and anywhere near Canton, Ohio, then come August, you’ll have the chance to see 8 of Lugosi’s films on the big screen at The Palace Theatre. Taking place on August 12th & 13th, they will be screening 4 features each day, with a bonus feature Saturday night. There will be some dealers set up in the lobby as well, giving you time to wander around and do some monster shopping in between screenings! It’s not too often that you have the chance to see titles like this on a huge screen, like the original Dracula (1931) or Island of Lost Souls (1932), so if you are able to take advantage of it, I would highly recommend it. Such a better way to see and enjoy these films than on your TV.

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Turkey Day in May 2022

For the last two years, due to the pandemic, we’ve been holding our bi-annual Turkey Day Marathon online. It has sucked not being able to have that gathering of friends, but we all need to keep each other safe. This year however, not only did I decide to go back to holding an in-person event like we used to, but because of concerns of having too many people all crammed into my movie room, I decided to break it up over both Saturday and Sunday, with the same movies but with a different set of people each day. That’s right, that meant I was going to personally have to watch the same Turkeys two days in a row. Not an idea that I completely thought through. And . . . now that it is over, will be the last time!

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Authentic Drive-In Theatres Unite!

Any regular followers of the Krypt will know of my love of the drive-in theaters, which I’m always trying to promote them and preach the gospel of this great, nostalgic, and just a damn fun time. Plus, it is a way to keep the history (and the drive-in theaters) alive and well in a day and age where some would rather watch a movie on their phone. Blasphemy!!!

But now, the presented by The United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association (UDITOA), this new website, Authentic Drive-In Theatres (www.authenticdriveins.com) is here to help you find a drive-in theater, learn some history about drive-ins in general, as well as the latest news and updates.

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A Bigger House of Psychotic Women!

Back in 2012, Kier-La Janisse published her book House of Psychotic Women, that I guarantee was like no other book you’ve read before. Part autobiographical, while discussing in great details about different films that had an effect on Janisse throughout her life. Now, a decade later, she has expanded it with almost a 100 more pages and more than a 100 new film reviews, as well in a large format than the original.

According to publisher FAB Press, this book is “an autobiographical exploration of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films. Anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a reflective personal history and examination of female madness, both onscreen and off.” This will make sure you look at some films very differently than you do now, which is always the best that a book on film can do. You might not agree with the thoughts in here, but at least it will make you think.

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Covid in the Krypt!

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!)

Discover the Horror Episode 18: Horror Toys

Toys. Not for just kids anymore, are they? Especially when you’re talking about toys created from our nightmares and the countless horror films that we have devoured in our lifetime. It is amazing the amount of horror toys that are out now, as well as the wide variety of them too! From our favorite monster characters, to the classics, to the obscure, they are out there. Listen in to hear about the ones we “grew up with” as well as a little history lesson, especially about the Living Dead Dolls!

After you listen, head back here and let us know what some of your favorite horror toys are!

Movies mentioned in this episode:

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