Saturday, July 31, 2010

Monsterous Ads

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

The New Wolf Man

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.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Some Outer Limits Cards

Produced by Topps,1964

Horror On a Budget

We've all heard how Ed Wood's infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space is the worst movie ever made, though I would say the charms of this morbid mess are rooted in a much deeper plot than mere camp. Certainly there is plenty to chuckle at, but cardboard tombstones and bad dialogue do not account for this film's appeal. Despite a legendary level of ineptitude, Wood somehow managed to craft something that captures the spirit of a nightmare.

It is a nightmare of Halloween, perfectly capturing, often through the cheapness that is it's chief claim to fame, the iconography of the holiday. Falling asleep after a night of trick or treat revelry, we find our dreams haunted by real ghouls and aliens wandering amongst the cardboard stones in a front yard cemetery that suddenly contains real corpses.


Greetings! Come on in and pull up a slab!We have a few minutes to spare before my latest experiment breaks through that door and devours us.
Interested in horror? You've come to the right place! Here you will find all of the creeps and fiends who have slithered across the screen, air waves, and printed page. You might even find a few slithering across you!