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A trio of horrifying tales told in wrap-arounds by Karloff. The first story - "A Drip of Water," never fails to raise the hair on the back of my neck. Try watching it alone very late at night. The second story features a phantom who continues to phone a woman late at night. The final story features Karloff in a Mario Bava mini-classic of vampirism. . THIS IS THE A.I.P. American version of the film in English. Widescreen, trailer.

Stars Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Barbara Steele and Michael Gough. An ancient curse is somehow tied to a wealthy man's estate. After the disappearance of a young woman, a man traces it to the estate. Barbara Steele does her witch bit in green make-up, Chris Lee is great and Karloff is terrific as one grumpy old man. Mystery on top of mystery with an undercurrent of the supernatural ever present. Karloff's last good supernatural film! Commentary from Barbara Steele, conversation with Christopher Lee.

Swedish monster movie with a puppet-dragon as a prehistoric beast that has regenerated itself. Can even the military stop its rampage? The thing is a prehistoric nightmare on Jolt Cola! Have you ever seen the kid's show Kukla, Fran and Ollie?...well, ol' Reptilicus seems like a close relative of Ollie. One of the cheesiest, but one of the most fun. I first saw this creature on the TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies. Jethro was watching it on TV -- that says it all.

A small seaside town is terrorized by a monstrous octopus! Stars John Houston and Shelley Winters.

Vincent Price is basically playing himself - a classic horror actor. His claim to fame is a character named Dr. Death (a skull faced Phantom-like cloaked murderer). Vincent is diagnosed with mental problems and is Dr. Death becoming...real? Peter Cushing co-stars. Featurette and trailers.

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Victoria Price -- Greetings from Pittsburgh!

This from Victoria Price (Vincent's daughter):

What better way for this Daddy's Girl to celebrate Father's Day than to spend it chatting with people here in Pittsburgh at Monster Bash about how much we all loved my dad!

Last night I gave my new talk, Vincent Price: Master of Menace, Lover of Life, to an overflow audience. The response was so positive and joyful. I felt so grateful to be sharing my dad with all of his wonderful fans.

Each week I have been writing about how I am living my father's legacy in my new blog. For those of you who wish to subscribe to the blog, it will go out weekly via email. Please sign up to receive a weekly notice of the latest blog post at

Catching Up From Being MONSTER BASHED!

Please note that we are working as fast as possible to catch up on all the orders that have come in while we were away at MONSTER BASH. After we ge orders all boxed and shipped, we will then begin returning phone messages, e-mails and letter inquiries.

Thank you so much to all who attende this June's MUMMY MONSTER BASH! -Ron Adams



Just got out of my final meeting at the MONSTER BASH hotel yesterday afternoon. All is now set for the October BASH and reservations are being taken for MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015 (THE MONSTER BASH ZONE!) - October 16, 17, 18. Rooms are already selling briskly and Friday and Saturday are almost sold out.

So get your passes right now if you want to be on site for the October BASH. There are a lot of alternative hotels close, but if you want to be on-site, better call now: (724) 776-6900 or direct to reservations at (888) 627-8175 For your on-site room. Make sure to say you want the "Monster Bash" rate.

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Mummy Gets His Cookie at MONSTER BASH June 2015

The above video shot by Ted Lewczyk features Ron Adams leading Kharis up to the front desk of the MONSTER BASH hotel at about 1:00AM on Saturday morning. The Doubletree gives a complimentary cookie to all guests that stay there. Since Kharis' tomb was moved to the BASH hotel for the weekend, he was eligiable for a free cookie. MUMMY sculpted mask and costume by John Tatterelli, Jr. Kharis is also known by mortals as Thom Shubilla.



Christopher Lee Passes

I'm working away this Thursday morning and text comes in: Christopher Lee, dies at 93 from MONSTER BASH staffer Leonard Hayhurst.

Christopher was truly the last of the golden age of horror actors....the big ones: Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Peter Cushing, Vincent Price....and now Christopher Lee. He will ever flicker across my viewing screens and memories in HORROR OF DRACULA, HORROR HOTEL, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, CASTLE OF THE WALKING DEAD, CORRIDORS OF BLOOD, CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY...well, you know...the list goes on and on. Tall, dark and gruesome as his autobiography self-desribed...he will be missed and the legacy of actors that he represented will forever be on the mantle of our minds. -Ron Adams, Monster Bash/Creepy Classics.

Obit from The London Telegraph - reactions and coverage:

We are adding a special tribute at the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE next week.

Please e-mail your thoughts and memories.

Dear Ron,
Reading about the passing of Christopher Lee this morning has been a very sad thing. He was truly the last of the classic horror legends and an era has come to a sad end. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave was the very first Hammer Film I ever saw, at age ten. I loved every minute of it. I remember walking into my already darkened local movie theater, trying to get my eyes used to the dark, and as I stood there, my eyes were fixed on the screen as the young boy follows the blood stained bell rope to the top and the dead girls falls out of the bell..I was hooked on Hammer Horror! Christopher Lee is great in the movie and I loved his almost silent and fierce Dracula. And of course who can forget the beautiful Veronica Carlson..and I'm so happy that I've gotten to meet her and talk to her at the Monster Bash..

Its too bad that gothic horror movies are almost a dying art and the movies of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Karloff and the rest will continue to live on and haunt all our monster kid memories...

-Malcolm Gittins, Pittsburgh, PA

I have very mixed emotions about Christopher Lee's passing. Of course sadness comes first. I am sorry about losing him, but I am more sorry for those who were close to him, namely his wife of 54 years. That is an amazing amount of time for an actor to be with his one and only spouse. It is a testament to him and the way he lived.  The feeling of gratitude comes next. I am grateful that he had this wonderful resurgence in his career these past years. It was wonderful to sit in a darkened theater and watch him on the big screen with my son sitting next to me. He added so much to the Lord of the Rings movies. He brought in some old school class and truly stepped up to the plate as Saruman the White.

I always enjoyed him as a villain, but I enjoyed him more as a hero. I always loved how he showed those Satanic clowns who was boss in The Devil Rides Out. His cocky and arrogant Duc de Richlaeu may be just that...cocky and arrogant, but he cares about his friends and throws his concerns for his own life to the side in order to save them from Death itself. He has no fear facing down the enemy. The same can be said for his Prof. Alexander Saxton, in Horror Express(my favorite of his films). He uses wits and courage to defeat an unstopable enemy.

Once again I feel gratitude for getting the opportunity to cheer him on one last time. In the last of the Hobbit movies. In "The Battle of the Five Armies", he comes to the rescue of his friends Gandalf and Lady Galadriel and throws himself into a real knock down brawl against " The 9."  Although it's a (not so obvious) stunt double that does the fighting, it's Lee's Saruman that we cheer for. When the battle ended I leaned over and said to my son " it was nice to see Chris as a hero one more time." Well Chris, I guess your heroic movie days are over, but I will never stop cheering for you. You'll always be a hero to me.... even when you're a villain.

Thank you Sir. Rest in peace.

-Mike Adams, Cartaret, NJ

Hi Ron,

I just saw on the Internet the passing of Christopher Lee. I'm very sad to hear this news. He was the LAST of the great horror actors, a fine actor,
and an extremely intelligent man. I had the honor of meeting him once in 1984 at the first San Jose Film Festival with author Harlan Ellison.
Both Harlan and Christopher share the same birthday and discovered that fact on the day the appeared at the festival.

From Lon Chaney Sr. to Christopher Lee, it is the end of an era of the Horror Actor. We will never see this type of actor again.

God bless him and his Family !

Lou Messina
Sunnyvale, CA




Hello Ron

I was saddened to hear of the passing of this wonderfully talented man, like most monstakids, I grew up watching his movies, ever since Horror of Dracula back in l958, even as a young kid, Iwas totally fascinated by his commanding presence. His talent went from decade to decade, even most recently his work on the remake of 'Dark Shadows' and the 'Lord Of The Ring' trilogy. Classic horror has lost the last remaining star of the genre. His role as Count Dracula, we know, made him an International star. RIP Sir Lee and thanks for the memories..


Hi Ron:
The first Christopher Lee film that I saw in the movies was surprisingly not a Hammer film and not very good.
It was the 1960 remake of "The Hands of Orlac." I had wanted to see the film because it was mentioned in Famous Monsters accompanied by a terrific photo. I thought Lee was magnificently evil in this film. I became an instant Christopher Lee fan. I tried to see all of his films in the theatre and on TV, staying up often late on a school night.

I loved "Dracula Prince of Darkness", The Devil Rides Out" and "Horror Express" to name just a few. In fact, one of the first movies I took my wife to see when we were dating was "Scars of Dracula".

When I finally met Lee at the Monster Rally convention, I mentioned that I took my wife to see that film and "Dracula AD 1972". He asked me in that big booming voice "Are you still married?". When  I said yes he smiled and said "Good". His films have given me many hours of thrills and enjoyment. They will continue to entertain audiences for years to come. Christopher Lee was the last great horror actor. There will never be anyone like him.
Bruce Tinkel
Edison, NJ

Hi Ron,

Sir Christopher Lee leaves us with so many great memories! I'm sure that so many of us stayed up late as children to catch him as Dracula, Frankenstein,The Mummy (or other assorted colorful characters!) on the late show! I remember my Dad using a Dracula photo of Lee as a guideline for applying my makeup for one of my many times as Dracula on Halloween night. I was often Lugosi's Dracula on Halloween, but my Dad always insisted that Lee's was "scarier" so sometimes I wore the fangs with the fake blood dripping as seen in the Hammer films!

I interviewed Christopher Lee back in the 90's on my radio program to debut his (then new) Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues, And Other Villains CD! He was a great gentleman and he did a nice job with the showtunes on his CD (His version of Sondheim's Requeim from Sweeney Todd was a powerful standout!) We talked about music that he liked including tenors like Mario Lanza and Luciano Pavarotti. We also talked about Frank Sinatra, and I remember asking him if he had a favorite Sinatra album. Without hesitating, he answered immediately in his booming voice: Moonlight Sinatra! We'll always watch his movies! We'll never forget him!

- Ron Cannatella

I had the honor of meeting the late Christopher Lee at a book signing. (And I have photographic proof). He was at the 1999 Monster Rally in Arlington, Virginia, to promote his autobiography. I pre-ordered a copy (which of course I still have) and, while waiting outside the ballroom for his appearance, a convention staffer came out to ask us to keep the line moving. “Don’t try to converse with Mr. Lee,” he said, “and don’t reach out and try to shake hands with him. He’s a personable guy and he won’t mind, but we need to keep the line moving.” (I’m paraphrasing). But apparently Mr. Lee didn’t get the memo. Without prompting, he himself extended his hand to each one of us in line as he signed our books, shook our hands and thanked us. I can testify that he had a very firm handshake, especially for a 77-year old. (And no one complained that the line was moving too slow). Obviously, he was a class act.

(I also had my picture taken with Hammer regular Michael Ripper at the same venue. He passed away a year later.)

I'd say that his best Hammer Horror films were Horror of Dracula, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Mummy, The Gorgon, and the Devil Rides Out.
His worst (no fault of his own) were The 2 Faces of Dr. Jekyll, To the Devil-A Daughter, and The Resident.

-Mark Ditoro
Moon Township, PA




Now added to the MONSTER BASH schedule for the big conference next week:

12:00 Midnight on Saturday - MONSTER BASH SPECIAL TRIBUTE: CHRISTOPHER LEE: At 93 years old and more movies than his age, Christopher Lee passed away on June 7, 2015. This special reflection and video produced by Charles Henson. Introduced by Ron Adams.

We'll come together at MONSTER BASH June 19-21, 2015.

JUNE 19-21, 2015


$20 per day (any length of stay)

$50 For all three days



Coming in a Few Weeks

The All Christopher Lee Issue!

A MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE SPECIAL with a Monster Bash interview with Christopher Lee. Memories from you, the behind-the-scream photos...

The all Christopher Lee MONSTER BASH special with cover painting by Lorraine Bush.

Stay tuned for details here!



"I think I'll prank ol' Ro-Man."
"No my refrigerator is not running. It stands in one place. Who is this?"

Models Pranking Models

The above two models are hand-painted by Mike Adams and will be on-sale from The Distaer Area, the dealer in the Creepy Classics room at MONSTER BASH.



New! Back in Shock Stock

This amazing, amazing DVD - ADVENTURES IN SPACE is back in stock!

ADVENTURES IN SPACE (Compilation 1950s-1960s)
A collection of rare outer space short films, trailers, atomic age cartoons and space toy TV commercials. An amazing collection of clips, and featurettes that kids of the 1960s space age grew up with. Crazy sci-fi and real life projected science. Everything a kid in the 1960s or 70s wanted to see. Aliens, monsters, intergalactic space villains and rocket ships. Compiled in a fun, nutty style that in simply perfect. Loads of fun!

Get it right now in our New DVD & Blu-Ray Department at Creepy Classics.




A special big perfect bound SCARY magazine in a book-like form. Loads of great articles on THE GIANT GILA MONSTER, THE CRAWLING EYE, Monster Memories of the 1950s, Monsters From Outer Space, EQUINOX, Sam Scare's Ghoulish Giggles and more!

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



New! Colonel March, Karloff TV Series on DVD

Now in stock at Creepy Classics, two volumes of the 1956-57 detective TV show COLONEL MARCH OF SCOTLAND YARD starring Boris Karloff!


Boris Karloff stars as Colonel March, an English detective that specialized in the most bizarre and unusual crimes. The series ran from 1956-1957. Episodes on this collection: DEATH AND THE OTHER MONKEY, DEATH IN THE DRESSING ROOM, THE NEW INVISIBLE MAN and THE SILVER CURTAIN.


Boris Karloff stars as Colonel March, an English detective that specialized in the most bizarre and unusual crimes. The series ran from 1956-1957. Episodes on this collection: THE MISSING LINK, THE SILENT VOW, HOT MONEY and ERROR AT DAYBREAK.

Get these DVDs in our New DVD & Blue-Ray Departmemt here at Creepy Classics!



MONSTER BASH in just DAYS! -- JUNE 19-21, 2015:

Things are heating up here in the crypt. We're gathering props, getting the guests all ready and we'll be ready to rock the Doubletree Pittsburgh North in Mars, PA. Join the fun for classic monster fans from across the nation and around the world.

Don't miss the classic monster movie fest for fans and professionals that makes monsters fun again - MONSTER BASH. Our 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!

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JUNE 19-21, 2015


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$50 For all three days



NEW IN STOCK! Monster Bash # 25!

Here it stock!


In this issue: Scary amusement park rides remembered, a kaleidoscope of Carradine....John Carradine film favorites, I MARRIED A ZOMBIE FROM POVERTY ROW, the missing scenes from THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN???, John Carradine's TEN movies of horror for the love of Shakespeare, kids and those crazy fireworks in the 1960s. It's the retro monster magazine blast from the past. Writers include Tom Weaver, Greg Mank, Frank Dello Stritto, Leonard Kohl, Ron Adams, Deborah Painter, M. Oleman and many more! Cover painting by Lorraine Bush!

Get it for your monster magazine collection today from Creepy Classics in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand.



New! On Blu

It's the double feature of EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (giant ants!) and JAWS OF SATANS (snakes!, lots of snakes!).

EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977) Movie-maker Bert I. Gordon brings giant ants back to the big screen in this film loosely based on a story by H.G. Wells.

JAWS OF SATAN (1981) Fritz Weaver stars in this story of a town with snakes possessed by the devil. Snakes, snakes, snakes!

Get it in our New DVD & Blue-Ray Department here at Creepy Classics.



Getting Ready For MONSTER BASH....Seriously....

I'd like to thank all the BASH staffers that were helping this past Saturday in preparations for MONSTER BASH JUNE 2015. A huge thank you to Barb Heiss, Bob Pellegrino (pictured above), Dan Weber, Leonard Hayhurst, Ted Lewczyk, Ursula Adams, Paisley Adams and Sophie O'Sulivan.

We're now in full BASH mode and will be working hard to bring you another fabulous BASH at the Double Tree (formally the Four Points) in Mars, PA.

JUNE 19-21, 2015


$20 per day (any length of stay)

$50 For all three days



Monster Bashin' Art

The above art from art teacher John Sargent! It's the creature (Boris Karloff) with litte Maria (Marilyn Harris) from FRANKENSTEIN (1931). Thanks for sharing, John!



New -- It's Here! SCARY MONSTERS #98

Above is the wrap-around cover for the 98th issue of SCARY MONSTERS Magazine!

In this issue: Boris Karloff's THE WALKING DEAD and FRANKENSTEIN. the SPIRIT OF FRANKENSTEIN comic strip, TV Horror Hosts delight at MONSTER FEST, Jonathan Frid and DARK SHADOWS memories, DRACULA becomes Bela Lugosi, FRANKENSTEIN becomes Boris Karloff, THE MUNSTERS, GAMERA and more!

We have it in shock stock now at Creepy Classics in our Creepy Magazine Department.



Scary Monsters #100....the last? Maybe....

Dennis has just provided the nice retrospective video. Dennis has been publishing SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE since the 1980s. Check it out!



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!

A sneak peek at the beginnings of MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015:

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




By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter
Hola, amigos, and welcome to the pre-Bash installment of the Mexican Monster Party. In the 'pre-Bash' columns, I always offer a preview of the feature for Mexican Movie Night; and in keeping with the "Bash from the Mummy's Tomb" theme, this year's feature is the classic LA MOMIA AZTECA CONTRA EL ROBOT HUMANO, better known as THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY!
THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY, the third film in the original Aztec Mummy trilogy, is most like the Universal movies in a couple of ways: like THE MUMMY'S CURSE or THE MUMMY'S GHOST, a goodly portion of the first half hour, give or take, is comprised of clips from the previous films. When the action proper gets rolling, we find out that our old fiend Doctor Krupp has returned, still fixated on the treasure that the Aztec Mummy guards, and to combat our old pal Popoca, he has constructed a robot with a human brain, not unlike the concept of the Cybermen from DOCTOR WHO.

However, unlike the Cybermen, inside the helmet of its wonderful retro design, you can see the actor's face, and it is (unintentionally, one presumes) rather chuckle-inducing, as the man has the horrified look of needing to find a bathroom soon! To be fair, though, it probably IS what somebody's face would look like after discovering one has returned to life as a robot. THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY's climax can best be described as the FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN of Mexican genre cinema - only better. Because as a fight to the finish between the two titans of terror, it's much more satisfying; the monsters get to fight for more than five seconds without some idiot angry villagers bringing the castle down around their ears. But, the Aztec Mummy emerges victorious, of course, defeating the Robot and Doctor Krupp, and shambles into the sunset. And that's it for this month, amigos; see yinz at the Bash, and please remember, as always, to click for free 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 THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY on DVD here at Creepy Classics in our Mexican Monsters on DVD Department!


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