Tuesday, December 2, 2014
As winter closes in it's time to ease your chair up close to the fire and enjoy some macabre masterworks. I suggest starting with something chilling such as "Dracula's Guest" or "The Wendigo," both tales set frigid climes. Follow that up with a stack of old EC and Warren comics, and wash it all down with some OTR classics such as SUSPENSE or LIGHTS OUT.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Spider Baby 1964
How can you not like a film that features Lon Chaney Jr and Sid Haig? Lon even sings Ronald Stein's theme song, which is pretty cool in its own right. I discovered this one years ago on a cheapie VHS tape introduced by Grandpa Munster and watched it every year on Halloween. The film was shot in 1964, but wasn't released until 1968, and then only briefly.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
While most of William Castle's films are fun, I think 13 Ghosts best captures that Halloween vibe (though House on Haunted Hill is a close second). The gimmick this time around, a pair of glasses that allows the viewer to see the ghosts, was better than usual, and actually made the viewer feel he or she was a player in Castle's macabre world. I got to see this film on the big screen, but it wasn't until the DVD release years later that I was able to experience the GHOST VIEWER.
The 2001 remake is almost as fun, but may be a tad too gruesome for the younger trick or treaters.
Monday, September 22, 2014
While there had been two films based on the old EC comics produced by Amicus, this was the first film to really capture the spirit of those 1950s terror tales. While the stories were originals by Stephen King, and not based on particular stories from the comics, this film was almost a dry run for HBO's popular Tales From The Crypt. It was also a refreshing break from the slasher films that dominated the era.
We also got one of the coolest movie tie-ins ever, an EC style comic written by King, illustrated by the great Berni Wrightson, and with a cover by EC's Jack Kamen!
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Growing up with magazines like Famous Monster Of Filmland, I was exposed to many articles and fantastic photos of ghouls gone by, but I think it was the ads in this magazine and others that really provided my education. Thinking about it, it was via those ads that I was first introduced to names like H.P. Lovecraft and Ray Bradbury. I'm sure the first time I ever saw an EC Comics cover was in an ad for some posters.
While I seldom had the funds to purchase many of these wonders, I knew where to look for my shudders because of these ads.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Although this film took somewhat of a beating from the critics, I think The Wolf Man will be better reguarded in years to come. I thought the director's cut was a bit of an improvement over the theatrical version, giving Lawrence Talbot more to do before being cursed with the mark of the beast.
The score by Elfman, which was almost replaced before the film was released, was spot on, and Baker's make up managed to update the look of the titular character while staying true to it.