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Monstrous Post Cards

Posted in Media with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2019 by ranranami

Thanks to a fun template from craftideas4kids.com I was able to throw together a couple of fun poster postcards for today’s entry. It’s been a rough week, but there’s always time to play around with fun international and vintage posters anyway.

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Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Pg. 31 – 49)

Posted in MAgazines, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2019 by ranranami

Some like to say the printed word is dying (which I disagree with) and others say that magazines will be a thing of the past in the future. Honestly, that one’s harder to argue against. Just a couple of weeks ago I saw a three-pack at the store of Halloween-themed magazines I won’t name. I was so excited to get a bunch of fun recipes and pictures and craft ideas, but in actuality all I found were a bunch of ads for junk I’d never buy. That’s all magazines are now unless you’re paying premium prices. Look back to older publications like this, though, and the ads are few/far-between, and they certainly don’t dominate the whole thing. Ah well, rant over. Enjoy these awesome stills, pranks, and fun articles. Bonus points to the awesome ‘Mad Magician’ page about Vincent Price and his many colorful deaths.

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Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Pg. 14 – 30)

Posted in Comics, MAgazines, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2019 by ranranami

Continuing from where we left off with Famous Monsters, this section contains some stories and more cool film info. Later today I’ll be sharing our latest podcast episode too, hopefully. Provided I can finish the editing in time!

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A Tribute to Elsa Lanchester

Posted in Media, People, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2019 by ranranami

I have never seen a silver siren more enchanting than the young Elsa Lanchester. I have never seen a more amusing screen character as a wife or a nurse than Elsa. I have never seen any other actor who could compare to all of the wonderful facets of Ms. Lanchester’s personality.

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Though in an interview I’d like to share with you in this entry, it was clear she had no fondness for Isadora Duncan, I can forgive her this. Born into a moderately controversial family in 1902 (English socialists, radicals, anti-marriage, and at one point Elsa’s mother was committed to an asylum by her grandfather to prove a rather angry point). Elsa’s first dream in life was becoming a dancer, and she spent a couple of years at Isadora Duncan’s Bellevue School before her education there was cut short by the approaching dangers of WW1. So she attended another school, and at the age of 12 was teaching dance to other girls for room and board.

When she was 18, Elsa made her stage debut and also founded the Children’s Theater. Her early career was very colorful, as Elsa danced and sang onstage and in a night club she co-owned with Harold Scott. After a few small pictures with friends, she went on tour to Broadway and was eventually picked up by MGM in the golden age of studio contracts.

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Elsa did not pick one or the other, nor did she take breaks. Throughout her life she did constant theatrical work, laboring over music revues and night club acts, while making her occasional film appearance. The Bride will always follow modern audiences in memory, even for those who have ye to see the film, because she was just that wonderful.

Frankenstein Puzzle

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Movies and shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2018 by ranranami
I’m going to be at comic con in San Antonio today! As such, I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare a post, but in the mean-time while I take plenty of pictures to share tomorrow, here’s an awesome puzzle for a promotional poster – – the Bela Lugosi Frankenstein that never was…

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Monstrous Paper Dolls

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2018 by ranranami

I know what we’re all thinking. Monster High dolls are cute, but they’re not classic. Classic model dolls are awesome, but kids can’t play with them without breaking something! If only there was some way for a child to enjoy classic horror monsters in a creative way…

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Jill Bauman and Walter Velez have got you covered! The dolls below are only a few awesome highlights from the book, and there are many more (including, for some reason, the Easter bunny and Santa Clause to save them two more issues?) Now I would actually love to just share a scan of every page, but I highly encourage you to get the book if you have the chance. Below are just a few of the awesome selections just to get a bit of a taste…
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Horror Flick of the Week: Frankenhooker (1990)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2018 by ranranami

 

How can you not love every single Frank Henenlotter masterpiece? From the ridiculously demented Basket Case trilogy, to the almost ethereal head trips in Brain Damage woven with a shoestring budget? Not to mention Frankenhooker has one of the coolest vhs covers ever. The button on the front, when pressed, screams the iconic line ‘Wanna Date’ that will haunt you for the rest of your life–after you watch the movie, of course.

Seriously, though, I’m not gonna lie. This is Weird Science meets Jack the Ripper. It’s Frankenstein meets Valley Girl. It’s just fun. James Lorinz (the poor man’s Andrew McCarthy) isn’t the greatest actor ever, but I have yet to see a movie where he wasn’t absolutely charming with his silly characters and over the top screen roles. Patty Mullen is just as great (and I can’t recommend Doom Asylum enough if Frankenhooker grabs your attention). Start October off right with Frankenhooker, and maybe finish it off with Slime City if you’ve got a strong stomach, but do not pass this movie up!

A Tribute to Paul Naschy

Posted in Media, People, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2017 by ranranami

How best to describe Paul Naschy? Was he Lon Chaney with the face of John Saxon? Was he the Vincent Price of Spain? To tell you the truth, Paul Naschy was one of a kind. Actor, director, screenwriter, and even sometimes producer. He wore every mask at one point or another, and played ever role, from Wolfman to Frankenstein, to Dracula, and even Satan himself.

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Where Lon Chaney Jr played the American Wolfman, Naschy’s Casanova version of the role practically chewed the scenery. No matter the quality of a film, the poor dubbing, or awful edited versions that have been butchered a hundred times for American audiences, there’s no denying how compelling Naschy still is in those films. He was just that good. He was also known to be a fantastic, down-to-earth kind of person, too, which goes a long way in my book for any major star.

Shout Factory just released some epic collections of Naschy films I’d like to get my hands on, having settled for some of those more questionable releases I’ve mentioned, and it was about time too.

I couldn’t resist ending on this fantastic tribute video I found. I hope some day more of the world will really come to appreciate this brilliant man. Oh, and by the way, happy halloween!

Featured Kickstarter: Frank & Zed

Posted in Kickstarter Projects, Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2015 by ranranami

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I think it’s fair to say I am a HUGE puppet/muppet fan. I just love them. Some day when I find the time, buy the materials, and have enough friends interested in the project, I’d like to make a horror anthology series using only muppets…but until then, I’ll just keep watching awesome muppet-puppet films…and also suggesting you check out this INCREDIBLE kickstarter. This is seriously one of the BEST-LOOKING kickstarter projects I’ve ever seen, and my heart will ultimately be torn to pieces…in a bad way…if it doesn’t happen.

For more information about this epic movie…please check it out on kickstarter, and definitely consider helping them make it a reality.

Horror Flick of the Week: La Marca del Hombre-Lobo/Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror/The Werewolf’s Mark/Etc. (1968)

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

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It was about time I got around to featuring a Paul Naschy movie (I might even feature him in the near future), and what better movie to suggest than the first of his many…many…werewolf movies: La Marca del Hombre-lobo, aka (in the USA) Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror!

One of the many victims of really crappy dubbing and inappropriate cutting for American audiences, I’d suggest just getting a hold of the original Spanish language version and watching it with subtitles. There isn’t even a Frankenstein monster in the movie…until we got our hands on it. Then we threw this little bit in there…solely to attach this movie as a double feature to an actual Frankenstein movie.

Bitching about cinema massacres aside, ‘La Marca del Hombre-lobo’ is a pretty fun little ride. Dramatic shots with plenty of gaudy lighting. A fancy costume party. Make-up reminiscent of the Wolfman, perhaps if he let his mane grow out…clearly it would influence the designs for Game of Werewolves…I could go on for ages.

Honestly, until I watched this, I thought the twist in the Wolfman remake was a bit…odd. Particularly where the curse originated, but once I saw La Marca, I realized it was a reference to this movie, making Benicio’s film a combination of the original Wolfman and essentially the Spanish one.

Bottom line, Naschy is just a fantastic actor. Even if the movies he was in weren’t always as good as him, he was great onscreen. That’s why this week’s featured film is La Marca del Hombre-lobo/Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror/The Mark of the Wolfman/The Vampire of Dr. Dracula/The Werewolf’s Mark/Les vampires du Dr. Dracula/Hell’s Creatures/O horos ton vrykolakon/Le notti de Satana/Etc. Etc. There are so many titles for this movie, by the time you’re done reading the list, you forget the plot.