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Horror Flick of the Week: Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

Posted in Media, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2016 by ranranami

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The 70s. Glamour and glitz, a decade with perhaps the most experimentation in materials, colors, and style fashion has ever really seen. Drugs, discos, sequins, furs, scandals, decadence…yes, the 70s had it all in a way the burning-out 80s didn’t quite recapture in quite the same way. Perhaps that was why this movie worked so well.

It’s easy to overlook this movie with a glance, a quick perusal of the description, just a story about a glamorous photographer and a murderer who seems to be copying pose-for-pose every single element of her almost gruesome works. If I had to pick an American movie that really nailed the essence of giallo’s style, it would be this one. Please, do yourself a favor and watch this movie as soon as possible. It will stick with you forever. Plus, there’s a very young Brad Dourif making an appearance in it as well, and who doesn’t love Brad Dourif? Did I mention John Carpenter wrote the initial story-line and early script?

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Horror Flick of the Week: Nightmare Castle (1965)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2016 by ranranami

It is no secret that a disgustingly high number of classic films, and especially Italian ones, found themselves butchered terribly in their transitions to the American screen. I’ve heard Nightmare Castle is no exception, but if you’re looking for the full version, you can find it under the title of ‘The Faceless Monster’. The discrepancy is 11 minutes. Pacing and I believe a bit of violence being the key missing bits…

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However, I am not necesarilly a purist about these things. Because I can still enjoy it on its own if I haven’t seen the original first, and that’s why I’d recommend Nightmare Castle to any fan of B movies, Italian Gothic horror, Bava-esque settings, and of course…Barbara Steele. The one and only.

Throughout this film, I found myself mostly appreciating the set…the house…the costumes…and the fact that it really wasn’t as slow as some people would have you believe. Especially if you’re used to the sort of dragging elements Italian cinema is especially known for, the general classic philosophy of their filmmaking being that ‘cinema is about the art and the experience, not the plot or the philosophy of being concise.’ Taking that into consideration, there’s quite a bit of plot in this that you wouldn’t otherwise expect. A mad scientist tortures his adulterous wife to death, uses her blood to youthen their maid (who is obviously his dish on the side), then marries her step (or half) sister to get the family property and fortune…did I mention Barbara Steele is in dual roles? Barbara Steele is in dual roles.

A great film for the approaching holiday season. Check it out as soon as possible, and especially if it’s dark and stormy in your neck of the woods. You won’t regret it.

Vintage Comics – Midnight, Issue #1: ‘Speedy, The Sport’, ‘Lighthouse Keeper Wanted!’ (Pg. 15-end)

Posted in Comics, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 19, 2016 by ranranami

Back again for yet another little snippet of vintage comics, continuing where I left off with Midnight. So far, not really my favorite…the super hero/super villain elements in the first story leaned just a little too much away from the horror genre for me, but hey…the drawings are still cool to look at. Besides, as long as there’s a mildly…I guess gruesome…moral, I guess that’s good enough to qualify.

The second story gets a little bit closer, but stops just short of being anything but maybe a tiny mystery. I do appreciate the owner of the lighthouse having a peg leg, however.

 

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Spooky Radio: My Favorite Stories

Posted in Media, radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2015 by ranranami

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Often, I find myself listening to old-time radio in-between podcasts when I drive to/from work. Because if there’s a way to squeeze more horror into my day, I’ll figure it out. There’s plenty of them that were so unremarkable, that I’ll be halfway through listening to one and then remember I’d already heard it a year ago…but there are also some that have always stuck with me. The following is a short list of my favorite old-time radio episodes I suggest for any avid fan of spooky sounds. Most can be found searching on Itunes or even through my links.

 

Theater 5 – The Talkers

This series ran in the early 60s, and a vast majority of the episodes were science fiction-themed (which in my opinion, often borders the light between fantasy and horror.) This story in particular is a simple conversation between two men after a horrific event caused by humankind has led people to start…changing…into bug-like creatures. The more they breathe, the worse it gets.

 

Dimension X – Marrionettes Inc.

Hosted in 1950 by NBC, this show only lasted a year. Another Science Fiction show, with couple of quite gruesome episodes. This one intrigues me because it has an interesting twist on the idea of a human-like robot servant. A man learns he can use a robot to fool his wife so he can take a much-needed vacation…unfortunately, the robots in question don’t want to give up their places when their owners return.
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Lights Out – It Happened

 

This show was a little more prolific than the others, running well near 15 years. It hopped station to station, and even spawned an actual tv show. It’s also one of the earlier horror shows on the radio, so quite historically important in it’s own right. Sometimes, when I look back at this episode in my memory, I get a chill just imagining how awful it would be to go through what the young girl in this one had to…trying to run away for a bit of fun, being trapped in a sewer, and forced into servitude to make ‘jewelry’ for a maniac.

 

Mysterious Traveler – The Good Die Young

 

Mysterious Traveler had it’s life in both radio and print, and in various different genres. The Good Die Young is an excellent little morsel about an evil little girl. What’s more, I wouldn’t be surprised if The Bad Seed heavily borrowed from it, because that’s all I could think about when I first heard this show.

 

 

Lights Out – Cat Wife

 

Yet another episode from Lights Out. Cat Wife makes you wonder what is truly worse…marrying a beautiful but hateful woman, or loving a man-eating cat?
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The Price of Fear – Cat’s Cradle

 

I mentioned this one in an episode of my podcast, once upon a time. Suffice it to say, the whole series was voiced by…Vincent Price. So it’s incredible, of course. Cat’s Cradle in particular is interesting, because I’m always worried whether or not a spiteful cat has it out for me.

 

Nightfall – Guest of Honor

 

A bit newer than the others, this one was hosted by CBC in the early 80s. A dark story, but not quite as grim as most of the others I’ve recommended. It’s about a high-class woman who has simply seen too much in life, and has become so bored that she decides to invite death to a party…death accepts.

Vintage Comics – Black Magic, Issue #1: His Father’s Footsteps, Don’t Look Now (20-31)

Posted in Comics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2015 by ranranami

The apple doesn’t far from the tree, and the something gruesome doesn’t…I don’t know. I was trying to come up with an appropriate pun to describe the first story in this post, but I failed miserably. I don’t know how you let me rope you into it…yeah, that one was pretty bad. I guess you don’t hit them out of the park every time. I absolutely adore the first page of the second story, however, as the colors remind me of the best sort of Tales From the Crypt art. The story itself…hopefully won’t leave you watching over your shoulder every so often in fear.

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Drive-in Trailers: Road Tripping

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2015 by ranranami

It’s been ages since we’ve had a drive-in trailer entry, so here goes. Next week (Halloween),
I’ll be road-tripping with a couple of friends to a convention in Galveston. In honor of said trip,
let’s explore the horrific events that might occur, if we take a detour, pick up a hitch-hiker, or decide to make a pit stop…

Note: The Manos one is a fan-made trailer…but it’s so perfect…I had to include it.

Horror Flick of the Week: Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2015 by ranranami

Hey gang, looks like yet another year of Cryptkeeping madness for me. So I decided I’d start it off with tossing out a nice little classic slasher suggestion. If you haven’t seen it and don’t know how it ends, for the love of god DON’T look it up. You’ll ruin the fun. Even if you do know, though, give the movie a watch anyway.

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The acting is odd. It’s a combination between decent actors on one side and god-awful Troma-level actors on the other. Somehow it comes together well enough to be an entertaining little romp best coupled with Friday the 13th. Now don’t get me wrong…it’s nowhere near as good as F13, so you might want to watch it first. You might also want to avoid sending any kids you might have now or some day off to summer camp too…