CREEPY CLASSICS - MONSTER BASH

Today's Creepy Classics - Monster Bash News

Go Back to Shopping

 

The Creepy Classics &

Monster Bash News

It's our latest offerings, and a look ahead at cool classic monster, horror, & science fiction releases. Celebrate the classic horror and science fiction films from the silent era through the 1960s, retro TV horror from the 1950s-1970s. Can't remember the title of a movie? Here's the place to ask. Want to reminisce about chilhood monster movie memories? Ask questions about the annual Monster Bash Classic Movie Conference. Just e-mail your message to: creepyclassics@creepyclassics.com.

THE CREEPY CLASSICS &
MONSTER BASH NEWS

In business since 1993 - On the web since 1996

22 Creepy Years

Did you grow up in the 1950s-1980s listening to pop radio? Well, it's back, small town classic radio. CLICK AND LISTEN WHILE YOU READ!

Friday May 1 - Monday May 4, 2015

TODAY'S PHAN FOTO: Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff (as the impressive "Mord") in TOWER OF LONDON (1939) from Universal. Get it on DVD here at Creepy Classics. It's in our Complete DVD Catalog. Get all your favorite classic horror, mystery and sci-fi movies in the Complete DVD Catalog Department or in our Creepy Blu-Ray Department, here at Creepy Classics!

Click HERE and start browsing the greatest store for classic horror and classic science fiction.

Creepy Connections:

Convention Listing
Monster Bash Conference Facebook
Creepy Classics
Monster Bash Magazine
Creepy Cool Links
Monster Bash Video
FJA Tribute
Movie Night
Gruesome Galleries
Monster Fan Origins
Monster Bash Store Sinclair Dinosaurs
Monster Bash Octoberfest Tales From the Moleman
Monster Bash Conference Trick-Or-Treat

All the Noose That's Fit To Post

New! Universal T-Shirts For Springtime

Now it Shock Stock here at Creepy Classics....new Universal licensed t-shirts! "The Moods of Frankenstein" t-shirt sports Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein Monster in varius moods from happy, sad, heart-broken, serious, pensive and more....you get the idea! A real cool shirt. The other shirt is a stunning one for color, a deep strong purple enhances Claude Rains as The Invisible Man.

They are 100% pre-shrunk cotton with qualirty screened images.

Get both of these shirts ans many other officially licensed Universal Studios monster shirts in our Shirts & Creepy Gear Department here at Creepy Classics!

 

 

Kudos To Monster Artist Malcolm Gittins!

This in from Malcolm:

Dear Ron, I just wanted to let you and everyone know that the winners in this years Rondo Awards have been announced, and I'm very happy to say that I was among the runners up for Fan Artist of the Year! This is the 4th year in a row that I had that honor. So, I wanted to thank you for all your support and for every Monster Basher who may have voted for me! You can be sure that I will have plenty of my new classic monster art at my table at MONSTER BASH in June!

Everyone is welcome to see my art at www.facebook.com/monsterparade11
and see all the Rondo Award winners at www.rondoaward.com
And the Monster Bash was a runner up for Best Convention (but we all know it is the BEST convention!!)

Beast Witches,
Malcolm

 

 

Custom Dracula Coffin!

This cool Monster Kid Tale from super fan and Monster Bash Staffer, Phil Holthaus:

Dear Ron,

As promised, here are the pics (above!) of the coffin my Grandfather made for me as a Birthday present.

Also here's a little background about it. My interest in Classic Monsters started at 8 years old on a Saturday Night. My parents were going out to dinner for the evening, and my brother and I were staying overnight at our maternal Sicilian grandparents' house. They let us watch "The Raven" 1935 hosted by Count Gore Devol on his Creature Feature program. Anyway, that's how it all began. After that, I was told about Lugosi's Dracula film, and my parents, who always supported both my brother and I's interests, started getting us books on horror films. Every Saturday night was spent watching a classic horror film. Then... finally, Creature Feature played the 1931 Dracula. I loved it!

As a kid, I had the Mego monster figures, and the Mego Monster castle. I was close to my 9th Birthday, and had made some coffins out of cardboard for my Dracula figure. It was my older brother Marty who came up with the idea of asking our Grandfather to make a "Lugosi like" coffin for my Dracula figure. My brother took some Monster books with pictures from the film down to my Grandfather (who was a master builder) and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today that coffin resides in my memorabilia room, and visitors to my house have often asked me "where did you buy that at?", to which I always reply, "This was made by my grandfather and given to me on my 9th Birthday."

Enjoy Ron!

Looking forward to the Monster Bash!

-Phil

And, as a bonus, because Creepy Classics and Monster Bash readers always deserve a bonus....a peek at Phil's collection:

 

 

New! SCREEM Magazine

I scream, you scream for SCREEM magazine. It's here, the latest issue, hot off the cold slab.

This issue is full of interesting articles on artist Drew Friedman, THE CREEPING TERROR and the weirdest behind one of the notorious "bad movies of all time," FREAKS, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and more, more, more!

Get it in our Creepy Classics Magazine Newsstand here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY MAY 2015

By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter
 
Hola amigos, and welcome to the "Month before the Bash" edition of the Mexican Monster Party. It's actually two parts, since the edition that Creepy Classics offers is a double feature, but it's also a cliffhanger, since next month, as always, I review the film that will be shown on Mexican Movie Night at the Bash. This month, it's the first film of that double feature, SANTO Y BLUE DEMON CONTRA LOS MONSTRUOS, a title which should be pretty easy to translate ("Santo and Blue Demon against the Monsters").

Although it's one of the more famous Santo and Blue Demon films, mostly because of its all-star 'Monster Rally' lineup, that turns out to be both the film's blessing and its curse. Santo and Blue Demon against the Monsters features four of the 'classic' monsters (Frankenstein, vampire, werewolf, mummy), the Cyclops from "Ship of Monsters", assorted Vampire Women, sinister midgets (naturally), and even Blue Demon's evil twin; but the monsters makeups are so bizarre, one wishes that for such an all-star card, a little more thought would've been put into the faces of the fiends. Sometimes this enhances the surreal mood, such as the unforgettable scene where the Frankenstein Monster drives a sports car, but the extended fight scenes leave a bit to be desired. Incidentally, Frankenstein is played by Manuel Leal, who would later find fame in films and in the ring as masked wrestling star Tinieblas.



Scenes like the previously described one keep Santo and Blue Demon against the Monsters moving at a brisk pace, and there's at least one truly terrifying moment where the werewolf murders an entire family in bloody style. If the makeup was even as good as Steven Ritch in "The Werewolf," it could have been a standout scene in the annals of silver screen horror; instead, one simply recalls the lycanthrope as vaguely resembling Gabby Hayes (and, by extension, The Mad Monster). The other makeups are just as odd or generic; Dracula is a smoothie in a top-hat, and the Mummy is a spindly chap whose bandages are much too white to be 3,000 years old. Good ol' Gerardo Zepeda as the Cyclops comes off the best, both performance- and makeup-wise.

And that's it for this month, amigos; as always, please remember to click at the Animal Rescue Site to help provide food and care for shelter animals, or better yet, adopt one! Adios and Vaya con Dios; Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky, and Cher.

Roberto "Bob" Cotter isthe author of THE MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER AND MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY published by McFarland Books.

Get SANTO AND BLUE DEMON IN ATLANTIS doubled with SANTO AND BLUE DEMON VS. THE MONSTERS on DVD here at Creepy Classics in our Mexican Monsters on DVD Department!

 

 

It's Coming Fast! MONSTER BASH JUNE 2015:

Don't miss the classic monster movie fest for fans and professionals that makes monsters fun again - MONSTER BASH. Our next show is June 19-21, 2015 at the Doubletree Pittsburgh North in Mars, PA. (formally the Four Points). The mummies are coming,The Blob's coming and so is The Ultimate Abbott & Costello Tribute Team!

Don't you dare miss out!

Quick, run to www.monsterbash.us and get your membership!

 

 

Birthday Salutes To Carolyn Jones and Robert Cornthwaite

....and now, let us not forget! Birthday notations from Creepy Classics' Birthday Reporter, Scott Goettel:

Hi Ron,

A couple of birthdays to mention...

April 28th, 1930 is the birth date of CAROLYN JONES, best known as the
lovely Morticia on the TV series The Addams Family. She appeared in a
wide range of roles in her career, including some of our favorites like
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, HOUSE OF WAX, CIRCLE OF FEAR, ALFRED
HITCHCOCK, WAR OF THE WORLDS (uncredited), KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER,
BATMAN (she played Marsha Queen of Diamonds), and she starred with Elvis
Presley in one of his best dramatic roles - KING CREOLE.

This next birthday is that of an actor whose roles also covered such a
wide range. Born April 28th, 1917, It's ROBERT CORNTHWAITE, a familiar
face and terrific actor. The first movie that comes to mind is THE
THING (1951). Other roles include WAR OF THE WORLDS, WHATEVER HAPPENED
TO BABY JANE, DESTINATION SPACE, THE GHOST & MR. CHICKEN, COLOSSUS: THE
FORBIN PROJECT, REPTILICUS (voice - uncredited) and MATINEE (1993). His
TV appearances are too numerous to list, but here are a few: BATMAN,
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, THE MUNSTERS, ALFRED HITCHCOCK,
THRILLER, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MEN INTO SPACE, LAND OF THE GIANTS,
KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, and THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW.

His final film was THE NAKED MONSTER (2005), a movie packed many other
favorites, such as John Agar, Kenneth Tobey, Forry Ackerman, Bob Burns,
Robert Clarke, Paul Marco, Jeanne Carmen, Lori Nelson, Ann Robinson, and
Les Tremayne.

A great BIG Bashin' Happy Birthday to Carolyn Jones and Robert Cornthwaite!

-Scott

Above: Julie Adam with Richard Carlson in CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954).

....and Richard Carlson Too!

Hi Ron,

Born April 29, 1912...actor RICHARD CARLSON.  He's certainly familiar and a favorite to us Monster Kids, with CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, THE GHOST BREAKERS, THE AMAZING MR. X, THE MAGNETIC MONSTER, THE MAZE, THE POWER, BEYOND TOMORROW, RIDERS TO THE STARS, TORMENTED, HOLD THAT GHOST, THE VALLEY OF GWANGI, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, LIGHTS OUT, and THRILLER.

He would have been 103 now!

A big Monster Bashin' Birthday to Richard Carlson!

Scott

 

 

New! Blu

Now in shock stock here at Creepy Classics on Blu-Ray...."X" - THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES (1963) and THE PREMATURE BURIAL (1960)....both starring Ray Milland.

X - THE MAN WITH X RAY EYES (1963)
Stars Ray Milland, Dick Miller and Don Rickles(!). A scientist discovers a way to see through things....but sometimes cool discoveries go very, very wrong. A Roger Corman production. Special features: Terror Vision - Joe Dante on X, audio commentary by producer/director Roger Corman, Trailers from Hell and more!

THE PREMATURE BURIAL (1962)
Stars Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney and Heather Angel. The classic Poe tale of a man obsessed with being buried alive. He dreads it, fears it and will do ANYTHING to keep from being buried alive by accident. The twists and turns in this Roger Corman cult classic make this a really neat film. Special features: Buried Alive - Joe Dante on the film, On camera interview with producer/director Roger Corman, Trailer From Hell and more!

Get them in our Creepy Blu-Ray Department at Creepy Classics and they'll be shipped right to you!

 

 

Down to Exactly 11 Vendor Tables Left

There are now only 11 tables left for the June MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE.....the classic monster expo. If you are a vendor, hurry. If know a favorite vendor that should be at MONSTER BASH, let them know! You can get tables on-line by CLICKING HERE, or calling (724) 238-4317.

Do you know a vendor that you'd like to see at MONSTER BASH...have them go to the BASH web site and sign-up at www.monsterbash.us.

Find out all about this June's show, by going to the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE HOME PAGE.

 

 

The Mummies Are Coming This June

Look for mummies everywhere at MONSTER BASH in June. The above mask has been sculpted by the great John Tatarelli, Jr. It will be part of a full costume and will be shambling about the BASH all weekend long.....looking for his princess, or any hapless victim that gets in his way.

John will have tables at BASH displaying many of his great sculpts and masks...you can see and buy many of his great pieces of work.

 

 

MONSTER BASH Scrapbook

Every MONSTER BASH, Bash staffer Barb Heiss makes a big scrapbook of the previous BASH. Here's a peek at the one that will be on display at this June's MONSTER BASH. These pages feature the SON OF GHOSTMAN movie project that screened last year with director Kurt and his dad in attedance.

Make sure not to miss this scrapbook (maybe you're in it!) at BASH. You'll find it either at the registration table or in the Creepy Classic room.

Top marks to Barb Heiss for her archiving and excellent craftwork!

 

 

William Castle - Born 101 Years Ago

This is from Creepy Classics birthday beat reporter, Scott Goettel:

Hi Ron,

April 24th, 1914, marks what would have been the 101st birthday of one
of our all time favorite horror movie directors - WILLIAM CASTLE (real
name Willam Schloss).

Mr. Castle made so many great movies for us to enjoy time and again,
like HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, THE TINGLER, 13 GHOSTS, HOMICIDAL, MR.
SARONICUS, 13 FRIGHTENED GIRLS, THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1963), STRAIT
JACKET, THE NIGHT WALKER, I SAW WHAT YOU DID, and so many others.

And of course there was a movie which was kind of a tribute to William
Castle, titled MATINEE, starring John Goodman as a William Castle type
of promoter and film-maker. Nicely done.

A big BASH Happy Birthday to William Castle!

-Scott

 

 

New! Factory Sealed New Video Tapes

The wave of VHS collecting is growing and we just added these classic VHS tapes....some still factory sealed (in our New VHS Department) and some that are in great shape in our Used VHS Graveyard. A huge selection of new entries has just been added!

Titles just added include INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN (1956 Lon Chaney classic Special Edition), DRACULA IN THE MOVIES (Goodtimes Documentary), THE CRAWLING EYE (1958 Allied Artists), I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957), HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958), WHEN WORLD COLLIDE, RETURN OF THE FLY, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL, THE SKULL (1965/Peter Cushing) and many, many more.

See them in our New VHS Department (still factory sealed) or in our Used VHS Graveyard....collecting classic horror and sci-fi VHS? We've got them here at Creepy Classics!

 

 

Creepy Classics Road Show - Double Feature!

THIS PAST WEEKEND

Here are pics from these two great shows:

Above: Outside the concession stand at the DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA!

Above: Attedees shopping Creepy Classics in the concession stand hours before the movies got under way at the DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA!
Above: Joe Hagan and Dan Weber, two of the crazy Creepy crew at the DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA!
Above: Before the films started, the attendees were checking out the DVD selection at Creepy Classics!
Above: The crowd browses before the sun sets and the scare fest beins at the DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA!

 

Above: Shoppers at the Creepy Classics' tables at the CHILLER THEATRE EXPO.

 

 

Monster Bash Membership Passes For June 2015

3-Day Memberships for MONSTER BASH Summer 2015 (June 19-21, 2015) are now discounted for a limited time. Make your plans for the best classic monster retro fest in the world. Get membership passes on-line at www.creepyclassics.com.

 

 

New! Stretchable Universal Monsters

Now in stock, new stretchable, Universal Studios, monsters! They each are approximately seven inches tall and are of a rubber stretchy material. Each one comes attached on a backing board and can be collected like that, or removed to play out in the yard near an old oak tree or in your own homemade dynorama in your room! Lots of Monster Kid fun!

You'll find them in our Models, Toys and Action Figures Department here at Creepy Classics. I like 'em.

 

 

MONSTER BASH JUNE 2015.....Get Ready!

We're getting real excited about MONSTER BASH in June...lots of surprises are being planned and we'll be opening up the Mummy's tomb to BASH like never before!

It's the meeting place for classic monster movie fans and professionals.

Check out the new MONSTER BASH trailer for June produced by Charles Henson...click the above image/link! It's pretty darn cool.

 

 

New! Monster Bash Octoberfest Site Up

The beginnings of our October MONSTER BASH has been bubbling under and growing steadily. Yes, she's back on the list and says her schedule is clear! Barbara Steele will be at MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015. It's a celebration of growing up and watching great horror and science fiction on TV. Those late night movies featured Barbara Steele movies....Rod Serling's THE TWILIGHT ZONE is arguable the greatest TV show of all time and his daughter, Anne Serling will be at BASH to give a super special presentation on her dad. THE MUNSTERS was a part of our lives, our monster family and the wonderful Pat Priest (Marilyn on THE MUNSTERS) will be at BASH. Lisa Marie who starred as Vampira in the movie ED WOOD and wasa the creepy alien in MARS ATTACKS. Felix Silla who was Cousin It on THE ADDAMS FAMILY and appeared in BUCK ROGERS, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and so much, much more will be BASHIN'. Pittsburgh's TV Horror Host icon and actor in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Bill Cardille (Chilly Billy Cardille) will be with us. Ohio's TV Horror Host icon - SON OF GHOUL is in! Remember THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO TV SHOW? Well, the greatest impersonators on the planet THE ULTIMATE ABBOTT & COSTELLO TRIBUTE SHOW (Joe Ziegler and Bill Riley) will also appear and perform.

This is just the beginning of the autumn MONSTER BASH celebration....stay tuned.

The site is up (and still under creepy construction), membership admission is available now for a $10 discount. The hotel is almost sold out...get your room now! Ask for the MONSTER BASH discount group rate.

Call for a reservation now: Call (724) 776-6900

Dealer tables are selling too!

Get connected with the MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST...the details are here - CREEPY CLICK!

 

A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:

Video shot by Kevin Slick from Louisville, Colorado on a visit.

Creepy Classics Video

Get all your favorite creeps on DVD for viewing at Creepy Classics!
P.O. Box 23, Ligonier, PA 15658
Call (724) 238-4317

Questions? e-mail: creepyclassics@creepyclassics.com

Get all your favorite creeps on DVD for viewing at Creepy Classics!