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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.

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Tuesday September 16 - Monday September 22, 2014

TODAY'S PHAN FOTO: A place of danger and magic, Skull Island from SON OF KONG (1933). Here a sea creature snacks on a sailor! Get SON OF KONG availalble on factory sealed DVD right now at Creepy Classics. Click HERE and start browsing the greatest store for classic horror and science fiction. Thanks Paul Speidel!

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Veronica Carlson Is Looking Forward To Seeing YOU!

Veronica Carlson holds up a MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST card....she will appear at MONSTER BASH with other Hammer stars: Caroline Munro, Martine Beswick, Yvonne Monlaur, Susanna Leigh and Martin Stephens. Victoria Price will be there too!

Get your admission membership for MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST right now at www.monsterbash.us.

Photo by Bob Pellegrino.

 

 

New! Universal T-Shirts

Now in stock....just in time for the Halloween Season....new T-Shirts from Universal Studios. They are 100% pre-shrunk cotton. All are in men's sizes and are black shirts with color quality screen images. These ones are real stand-out beauties. The web images don't do them true justice...they really pop...great vivid colors. Get geared-up for this fall in your new Universal monster t-shirts. Get them all and have a different one for each weekday on Halloween week!

You'll find all these new shirts in our "Shirts and Creepy Gear Department," here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

NEWS FLASH! See THE HAMMER GIRLS Music Video First Right Here

Songwriter Theron Statler has submitted this video for your enjoyment. A look back at all our favorite "Hammer Girls." The women that starred in Hammer Studios classic horror and science fiction films. The song was recorded by Mark Statler and His Creepy Classic Chiller Band. See, in person, many of these favorite "Hammer Girls" at the MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST this October 10-12, 2014 in Mars, PA.

 

 

Join Us This Week In Baltimore!

Thursday September 18-Saturday September 20

Creepy Classics/Monster Bash is on the road for the MID-ATLANTIC NOSTALGIA CONVENTION. Martin Grams puts on an excellent show if you're a retro guy like me (or gal). Old time movies, TV and radio is celebrated. Lots of great guests, events and fun. Creepy Classics will have a huge display at the bottom of the escalator as you head for the vendor areas. Look for us...we'll be looking for you!

Creepy Classics will be displaying all the new cool t-shirts, DVDs, Blu-Rays, Magazines, Models and more!

Find out more about this show by clicking here: http://midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com/

 

 

Wham! Bam! New Scary Monsters!

The box 'o' Scary landed here yesterday afternoon...wow! What a cover. This issue celebrates the season:

In this jamming issue - The Don Post Monster masks! Plus: Arkham house, The Cosmic Drive-In, The Haunted Mansion, Godzilla Rules, Monster Bash Conference and much, much more Scary stuff from the master of the castle - Dennis Druktenis, publisher.

Ready to ship priority, right to your castle or tomb....get it in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand right now at Creepy Classics!

 

 

More New T-Shirts

Get the Stangenstein Monster or the Gorgo Destroys London t-shirts now in shock stock at Creepy Classics. You'll find them in the Shirts & Creepy Gear Department here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

LAST Weekend - Photos from the Drive-In!

Creepy Classics/Monster Bashwas at the SUPER MONSTER-RAMA this last weekend...a big screen horror show! George Reis from DVD-Drive In and The Riverside Drive-In put on this outdoor horror fest. Here are photos from the show thanks to Shawn Israel and Ron Adams (well, that's me!):

It's dusk and the movies are about to start!

Ron Adams and Dan Weber take a break.

Brenda, the ultra-cool drive-in staffer!

Beyond cool, it's Shawn Israel!

George Ries fromt and center....DVD Drive-In CEO!

Ron (always cold), Joe & Ted. Team Creepy.

Creepy Classics' Joe & Ted.

Stack-O-Film ready to go!

 

 

Home Made Shrunken Heads!

Hi Ron,

Me and the boys decided to make some shrunken heads, using your instructions (as seen at MONSTER BASH JUNE 2014 - thank you Rich Palmer). . As you can see, they turned out great!

We'll be seeing you at the October Bash. We've never been to the October Bash before. But we really want to meet Victoria Price. Who knows, maybe this will become a regular thing for us.

See you soon,

Karl & the gang

 

 

Happy Birthday To Kong's Girlfriend

Hi Ron,

September 15th, 1907 marks the birthday of Fay Wray. She passed away at the age of 96 on August 8th, 2004.

What a long movie career she had, and of course the films that stand out for us Monster Bashers are KING KONG, DOCTOR X, THE VAMPIRE BAT, THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM, and THE CLAIRVOYANT (also known as "The Evil Mind").

A warm Happy Birthday to such a classy lady - Fay Wray!

~Scott Goettel, KY

 

 

Check It Out!

A great photo taken by Ted Lewczyk.

It's "Bud & Lou" in the Chamber of Horrors from ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. Re-created at the June MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE.

Get ready for the next big BASH....next month!

Find out about MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST right now -- CLICK HERE and get your admission membership!

 

Watching TERROR IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE!

Hello Ron, greetings...

Relaxed this weekend,with another of our great classic b/w movies, this one was l958's 'Terror In The Haunted House a/k/a "My World Dies Screaming." Its about a young woman, (Kathy 0'Donnell) who is haunted by a horrible childhood memory buried deep in her subconscious mind. Although there are only four characters in the whole movie, it keeps you interested; it co-stars character actors, Gerald Mohr, William Ching, and
John Qualen and of course, a spooky old house, but they sure are in order for this time of year..as usual,
I think it well worth a watch... regards,

J50smonstakid(:
Kingman,AZ

Get TERROR IN A HAUNTED HOUSE on DVD here in the Complete DVD Catalog at Creepy Classics.

What have you been watching lately? Share your thoughts.

 

 

New! September Triple Play - Magazine Special

Get three mags for one low price....just 19.99 for the new MAD SCIENTIST #29 magazine, the latest MONSTER BASH #22, and FILMFAX #138! Get all three in this special bundle Triple Play right now. This offer won't last long. Find it in our Bashin' Bundle Packs Department at Creepy Classics!

 

 

Above: Four of the Hammer Horror movie stars (Caroline Munro, Suzanna Leigh, Veronica Carlson and Yvonne Monlaur) to be appearing at MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST....along with Vincent Price's daughter, Martine Beswick, Martin Stephens, Larry Storch and many more!

Getting Close To MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST

As we're getting close to MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST and the excitment is building....strange things re happening out there! Check out this letter from MONSTER BASH attendee Dan Wegrzynek:

Dear Ron - First of all, I am sitting here in " SHOCK AND AWE " & goosebumps, as I checked out the Octoberfest schedule of movies and events. I believe this will be a Monsterbash that will ' enshrine you among the immortals " ! At age 62, because of you, I am FINALLY seeing some gold in my ' golden years' ! I am now so full of anticipation, I may not be able to fall asleep ( I just now got home from working the all night shift in Pittsburgh.

Now - for the real reason I'm writing you today. As October, and Octoberfest nears, two strange, and almost unbelievable " strange but true " events have happened to me in the past week - I'm waiting for a possible 3rd !  #1 . . . At work, myself and my co worker Louie take our 45 minute lunch break in our locker room. Each day, we watch classic monster and horror movies on Louie's portable dvd player. Last Friday, we decided to order pizza, to go with our movie. As we ate our pizza, and watched our movie, both of which were very good, I began to clean up. I picked up the pizza box, and our order # , written on the box was 666. I thought - " wow what a coincidence ". 

#2 . . . Yesterday ( Friday ) , I was in my car, on my way to pick up my coworker ( Louie ) to take us back to Pittsburgh for another night's work. I stop my car at a red light - I'm in the right lane, as I'm going straight. A truck sits in the left lane, just slightly ahead of me, waiting for the light to turn to green, to make his left turn. The guy had his radio on, and, I swear it - the Monsterbash theme song was playing ! I couldn't believe what I was hearing ! What are the odds of me and this other guy stopping in traffic at the same time - and he has the Monsterbash theme song playing ! In the first place, why was it playing at all ?

It's not Halloween yet - the only thing I could reason was that I had Bill Cardille's radio show on, and he was plugging the Octoberfest bash, or maybe the riverside  drive in, coming up at the end of this week. Then I remembered Bill's show is now off the air, as the station changed it's format. Who else, and why would anybody be playing the Monsterbash theme song, while both of us were stopped at the same redlight at the same time !!!  This incident, combined with the 666 pizza box, and me being ballistic that a 2nd monsterbash is almost here is an unbelievable coincidence - or is it ?

Honest to God Ron, I'm not making this up - it's really ' strange but true " . The Monsterbash works in mysterious ways - it's wonders to perform !  I'll see you at Monsterbash Octoberfest. I'm REALLY excited that you're having Vincent Price's daughter, and you really have some top notch movies lined up for the bash.  If I could, I'd give you an award beyond "The Forry." Thank you again for all you do. To me - you've been enshrined among the immortals for quite some time !  - Dan Wegrzynek  ( aka Movie Man Dan 

For all the details on MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST and to sign-up at a discount, CLICK HERE.

 

 

Herbert Lom Birthday

A belated birthday scream-out to Herbert Lom....this in from our Bash Birthday Reporter, Scott Goettel:


September 11th, 1917 is the birthday of actor Herbert Lom, whose career spanned decades, and in so many different genres. He was a great actor, who passed away on 9/27/2012 at the age of 95.

We Monster Bashers will think of Herbert Lom in movies like the anthology classic ASYLUM, the 1962 version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, the 1989 version of MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, the 1970 version of DORIAN GRAY, the 1971 version of MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE, DARK PLACES (starring Christopher Lee and Joan Collins). Mr. Lom also played Van Helsing in the 1970 Christopher Lee movie COUNT DRACULA.

And of course we all remember his many performances in the various PINK PANTHER movies starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau who made Herbert Lom's character of Dreyfus so miserable!

A big Happy Birthday shout out!

~Scott

 

 

MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY

By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter

MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY SEPTEMBER 2014

Hola, amigos, and welcome to the back-to-school installment of the Mexican Monster Party, where we'll eyeball the fourth and final chapter of our epic coverage of LAS LAUCHADORAS CONTRA LA MOMIA, or, Wrestling Women versus the Aztec Mummy! Next month, it'll be another Bash and another Mexican Movie Night, so we'll have a preview of the feature for that night, one of German Robles' "Nostradamus" films. And also on that Mexican Movie Night, I might just have a preview of my long-awaited (especially by me!) return to writing, a project I'm working on with artist MIKE HOFFMAN - a Mexican Wrestler/Monster graphic novel; more details to come.

Chapter Four: "The Man Behind the Makeup" - At any rate, back to the Wrestling Women! Or rather, the Aztec Mummy... mention the Aztec Mummy to anyone, and chances are that this version, the made-up visage of Gerardo Zepeda, will spring immediately to mind. Zepeda was Mexico's all-purpose Monster Man, having portrayed many of the classic monsters, like Frankenstein's Monster, a Wolf Man, and many more that weren't so classic, but impossibly entertaining. Now, as noted before, this was a different Aztec Mummy that had been featured in the original classic trio of Aztec Mummy movies, but the reason that this one is the definitive Aztec Mummy for most is the makeup, the one department where the original trio is sadly lacking; the monster looks more like a bedraggled hippy than a centuries-old menace from beyond the grave. 

But in WRESTLING WOMEN VERSUS THE AZTEC MUMMY, he received a Mummy Makeover; brand-new rotting bandages to replace the raggedy poncho sported by his predecessor, and most importantly, a new face, straight out of a nightmare! Instead of a fright-wig on top of a mudpack face, Zepeda's visage was fashioned into a hideous, grinning, pop-eyed Death's Head; like the Martians of the classic "Mars Attacks" trading-card series, only without the oversized brains. Mexican monster makeups as a whole were never really one of the strong points of that genre, but the Aztec Mummy in Wrestling Women is one classic exception. Oh, and one more thing: the man behind the man with the makeup, as it turns out, was not a man at all, but makeup artist Felisa L. de Guevara.  

In 1989, Lorena Velazquez returned to the scene of her greatest triumph, courtesy of Jonathan Ross, Johnny Legend, and the SON OF INCREDIBLY STRANGE FILMS show, hosted of course, by Ross. Senora Velazquez, still radiant and all too happy to reminisce... and when taken to Churubusco-Azteca Studios, she got a little more than she bargained for: as she was speaking to the camera, sneaking up behind her, courtesy of Johnny Legend, was the Aztec Mummy! Not Zepeda, but a solid approximation. And the startled reaction she gives when she turns around was quite real, according to Johnny ("No, she had no idea", he told me in an interview). But it didn't take her long to adjust; she embraced the Aztec Mummy while repeating delightedly "Oh, my friend, my old friend..." It was quite touching, and pretty much sums up the way we feel about all our monsters, doesn't it? And that 'wraps up' our coverage of WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY; next month, Nostradamus!

Above: The cast of WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY sans the ol' mummy himself.

Please remember to click at the Animal Rescue Site to provide food and care for shelter animals; until then, adios and Vaya con Dios, Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky and Cher.

Get the factory DVD in our Complete DVD Catalog here at Creepy Classics!

 

 

New! Filmfax Magazine #138 - Mars Invades and More!

In this issue: Actress Barbara Payton (BRIDE OF THE GORILLA) and her Road To Ruin, Bela Lugosi on stage as DRACULA, The Great Martian Invasion, Robots in classic sci-fi films, Jim Henson's early years...lots of behind-the-scenes muppets, "Big Daddy" Roth and more. Packed with great stuff!

It's in stock and ready to be mailed to your door on the backs of trained vampire bats!

Order it right now at Creepy Classics in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand on-line.

 

 

Above: Richard Kiel as "Jaws" and at the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE with Kevin Slick.

Richard Kiel, Gone At 74

I was saddened by two texts this morning (9/11/14). Fellow MONSTER BASH friends Leonard Hayhurst and Brian Keegan both texted that Richard Kiel had passed away. Richard had appeared at MONSTER BASH as a guest multiple times and was a fan favorite. The world knew him as "Jaws" from the James Bond movies....but the MONSTER BASH crowd maybe knew him best from B-Movies like EEGAH! He was one of the great villains from the WILD, WILD WEST television show, and so very much more. He was a truly good guy. A big heart went with that big man. -Ron Adams, Monster Bash

Here's an official news story:

FRESNO, Calif. –  Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.

Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at St. Agnes Medical Center, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. She declined to provide further details.

The 7-foot-2-inch performer famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore's Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker." His massive height was attributed to a hormonal condition called acromegaly.

Kiel's other memorable film and TV appearances included roles as towering boss Mr. Larson in "Happy Gilmore," lethal assistant Voltaire in "The Wild, Wild West" and extraterrestrial Kanamit in "The Twilight Zone."

He published an autobiography in 2002 titled "Making It Big in the Movies."

NOOOOO WAY!!! YET ANOTHER!
THIS HAS BEEN A HEARTBREAKING YEAR FOR LOVERS OF FILM, FILM HISTORY, ...
AND OL' FASHION FILM FUN.
R.I.P RICHARD KIEL ...

-CJ

Thanks to me buddy Ron, I got to meet this world class man. He was a giant in more than one way. 

-Mike

Above: Richard Kiel with fan Tim Moehring.

Hi Ron,
Just saw this and quite sad to hear. My favorite Bond bad guy...so indestructible! Also in many others I enjoyed like SILVER STREAK (1976), a THRILLER episode (title escapes me--?) and of course, EEEGAH! Donna and I met him at MONSTER BASH 2006 and were lucky enough to escape his murderous clutches, although the photos don't say otherwise! Very nice man and funny as well.
This has been quite the year for celeb passings...Death..TAKE A HOLIDAY ALREADY!!!!!!

RIP, Richard.
Steve Schimming
Sanbornton, NH

Truly sincere, heart-felt condolences to you and your crew upon the passing of Richard Kiel, the gentle giant of monsterdom.
G. Wilson in Ohio--"scientist."

How very sad. I enjoyed meeting him, and am still reading "Cassius Clay". He was truly an artist and good person.
Please let his family know they are in my prayers.

Yours, Judi

 

 

Upcoming Releases!

These DVDs and Blu-Rays will be in stock, discounted on, or before the release date....here at Creepy Classics!

Coming soon:

THE INNOCENTS (1961 with MONSTER BASH guest Martin Stephens) - Blu-Ray 9/23/14

BLACK SABBATH/BLACK SUNDAY (U.S. Versions) - Blu-Ray and DVD 10/7/2014 IN STOCK NOW AT CREEPY CLASSICS!

ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) This blu-ray has a strange history. It was released about a year ago, was on the market for a few months, then pulled....no longer available. Now it's back with a re-release for the Halloween season - Blu-Ray 10/14/2014

CAULDRON OF BLOOD (also known as: BLIND MAN'S BLUFF) Stars Boris Karloff. - DVD & Blu-Ray 10/14/2014

THE DEATH KISS (1932) Stars Bela Lugosi. - DVD & Blu-Ray 10/14/2014

THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION 2: HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, THE RETURN OF THE FLY, THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, THE RAVEN (1963), THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE TOMB OF LIGEIA, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN - Blu-Ray 10/21/14

PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (1964) - Blu-Ray and DVD 10/28/2014

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919) - Blu-Ray & DVD November 2014

SHOCK WAVES (with Peter Cushing and John Carradine) - Blu-Ray 11/25/14

TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972)/THE VAULT OF HORROR (1973) - Blu-Ray 12/2/14

THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (Hammer!) - Blu-Ray 12/2/14

****Want to order yours for immediate shipping on/or before the release date? Call (724) 238-4317 and place a pre-order with Creepy Classics right now!

 

 

New! Archive Rare DVD Titles in Shock Stock

Some cool new titles in stock now....all factory sealed and ready to ship right to your front door! Now in here at Creepy Classics in our Complete DVD Catalog on-line:

EYE OF THE DEVIL (1966)
Stars Deborah Kerr, David Niven and Donald Pleasance. A man returns to his castle home and the surrounding vineyards. The crops are not doing well, so mysterious ancient rites are employed as the landowner seems to fall under a spell. The locals seem to all be part of a strange ancient cult....and that means things will get weird and bad.

LUCKY DEVILS (1933)
Stars William Boyd, Bruce Cabot, William Gargan and Lon Chaney, Jr. An interesting little film from RKO all about the lives of Hollywood movie stuntmen. It seems that the horrible luck follows any stuntman who seriously falls in love. Death and injury are the consequences. A great look behind-the-scenes of movies at the time. Chaney is still using his given name of Creighton here.

TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD (1966)
Tarzan in a James Bond setting with sci-fi gadgets! One of the most crazy Tarzan movies ever with Don Megowan (CREATURE WALKS AMONG US) as a giant thug that scraps with the ape man. A young boy is kidnapped and Tarzan will stop at nothing to save him. Exploding wrist watches and nutty gadgets!

THE MAN WITH A CLOAK (1951)
Stars Joseph Cotton and Barbara Stanwyck. A woman visits her fiances grandfather in an old mansion. It appears the the housekeepers are trying to kill him for an inheritance. They see the woman as a threat and the danger and mystery begin. A mysterious man in a cloak is around every corner adding to the mystery.

A RETURN TO SALEM'S LOT (1987)
A sequel to SALEM'S LOT that really has no continuity with the first film. An anthropologist travels to the town of Salem's Lot. He finds it inhabited by a pack of vampires. The capture the man and have him record their history and do his bidding.

TOM THUMB (1958)
Stars Russ Tamblyn, Alan Young, June Thorburn and Peter Sellers. The classic childhood story brought to life by producer George Pal. Toys are breathed life by stop-motion animation and the effects are still stunning. Humorous, adventurous and magical.

BEWITCHED (1945)
Stars Phyllis Thaxter, Edmund Gwenn and Henry H. Daniels, Jr. Written and directed by "Lights Out" radio man Arch Obler. This is an amazing split personality thriller. A young woman is both a sweet person and an evil, murderous nut case. Phyllis Thaxter is stunning as both in this Film Noir psycho film.

THE FUNKY PHANTOM (1971-73/Complete Series - 4 disc set)
A spin from the SCOOBY DOO Hanna Barbera show. This animated series features three teenagers and a Revolutionary War ghost (and his cat). The team travel across the country in a dune buggy running into mysteries and villains. Four DVDs and 17 episodes that comprise the complete run of the series. Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees) is one of the voices.

Get them now at Creepy Classics! They're in stock - factory sealed official DVDs!

 

 

Monster Bash Membership Passes For June 2015

Membership for MONSTER BASH Summer 2015 (June 19-21, 2015) are now available for $30 each (That's $20 off!) 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.

 

 

Keep Calm....It's Just A New....T-Shirt!

Get Your 100% Pre-Shrunk Cotton Shirt Now

We need to warn all others of the pending invasion from other galaxies. Get your "Keep Calm" t-shirt right now. The saucers are coming, be the first to get your first warning shirt. What will the aliens look like when they get here?

The new "Stay Calm....And Keep Watching The Skies" shirt is in stock in sizes SMALL - XXXL. The shirts are black, 100% pre-shrunk cotton. Beautiful color screen art.

Get yours in our Shirts & Creepy Gear Department right now at www.creepyclassics.com.

 

 

Coming Soon!

Autumn, the Halloween season, the Monster Bash Octoberfest and MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #23 are all just around our creepy corner! Very exciting stuff. I love this time of year. Thanks to Ted McKosky for doing the image above for us.

Stay tuned and browse Creepy Classics while you're waiting!

 

Sony Choice & Universal Vault Series Titles In Shock Stock!

We have all the hard-to-find titles you've been creeping around for! Factory sealed DVDs from Sony-Columbia and Universal Studios! Get 'em now...in stock and ready to chill you on an autumn night. In stock now: William Castle's HOMICIDAL (1961), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1962...the Hammer Horror version with Herbert Lom), THIRTEEN FRIGHTENED GIRLS (1963), THE WEREWOLF (1956) with Steven Rich, the Film Noir suspense classic THE BLUE DAHLIA (1944), COBRA WOMAN (1943) with Maria Montez and Lon Chaney Jr., FLESH AND FANTASY (1943) creepy anthology with Edward G. Robinson, the memorable documentary on horror films through the ages - TERROR IN THE AISLES hosted by Donald Pleasance....and more!

Find these, and many more great titles in our Complete DVD Catalog, on-line at Creepy Classics.

 

 

Labor Day...School's Back!

The latest surreal document filed by our feature writer....the one, and thankfully, only....M.Oleman:

It was Labor Day weekend. The sun beat down on stale, stagnant air that made me feel like a hamster trapped in one of those plastic exercise balls rolling around on blacktop. School started tomorrow for all those poor, wretched kids out there, one of whom I used to be, and that brought all the bad memories bubbling back to the surface like the sulphur pit behind Frankenstein's castle. I went to the best place I knew for comfort and solace and commiseration: Big Sid's Comic Shop. I dragged myself to the door and grabbed hold of the handle with a sweaty paw but found it to be locked. Impossible. Sid never took a day off
.
I put my ear against the glass and thought I could detect the rustle of paper and the sound of unhappy murmuring so I pulled the key out of the heel of my right shoe and let myself in. There were very few people in this world or the Bizarro World or the Negative Zone or any other place of existence that Sid trusted with a spare key. I was one of them.

The place was dark except for a small, dim light behind the counter where Big Sid sat surrounded by a pile of comic books
"Close the door quickly" he said wearily. "Don't let any 'Back to School' contaminated air in." I locked the door behind me and plopped myself down in an aluminum lawn chair that Sid had bought at a yard sale for fifty cents. "What a horrible holiday" Sid said as he unwrapped a Zagnut Bar. "Only a maniacal supervillain would have put a celebration at the very end of summer vacation. Celebrate what? Looking forward to being locked up in a big, brick building all day? Sitting still for hours on end? The Lord Of The Flies ritual that was gym class?" Sid picked up an issue of Adventure Comics that had Matter Eater Lad on the cover and paged through it. "Bad memories, bad memories" he said. "I'm so upset I can barely eat."

Then when we he noticed me glancing over his right shoulder at the row of crock pots emitting steam he added "I said barely. I refuse to leave the shop or order in on this most depressing of days. I am hunkered down with my own supplies for the duration. I'm sure Ben Grimm did this exact same thing in the Baxter Building on occasion"

"Shoe shopping" I said "Is what always did me in. When my mom took me to buy new shoes then I really knew vacation was over. To this day I can't even walk by a shoe store the last week of August without getting heart palpitations."

Sid sighed as he turned a page "Oh! that I could be as Superboy and fly into the future to battle evil with the Legion Of Superheroes only returning to my own time when this awful weekend was over" he said as he took a large bite of jelly donut.

We sat in stoney silence for a while, the only sounds being Sid turning pages and sighing and the hum of the old air conditioner struggling to cool the room. All was quiet for a while when suddenly our reverie was broken by the sound of someone furiously turning the door knob.

"They shall not pass!" Sid yelled as he grabbed a long stick of pepperoni and held it over his head with both hands.
I crept to the door and peeked through the blinds. "It's Shlobbotsky" I said as I turned the thumb latch and opened the door a few inches. Joe "Shlobbo" Shlobbotsky, normally the practical joker and cutup of our group stuck his strained, unhappy face in the opening and gasped "Sanctuary! I demand sanctuary!" I opened the door a little more and he burst through and flopped down on the floor spread eagle.

"Oh my Aunt Minerva, it's horrible out there!" he panted. "It seems like summer. It feels like summer. The grass still needs cutting and mosquitoes are still out in force, but summer is over! Pools are closing like dominoes falling and Back To School sales are everywhere! It's my childhood all over again! Happy and carefree and running wild one day then the axe falls and my mom says "School starts on Tuesday. We better get you some new shoes." He struggled to his feet and grabbed Big Sid by the collar of his Captain America T-shirt. "I can't go back out there! I won't! Don't send me back out there!" he pleaded.

"My dear Shlobbo" Sid said as he spewed bits of Limited Edition Roasted Corn On The Cob Potato Chips in Joe Shlobottsky's face, "Big Sid knows full well the horror of back to school memories. The thoughts of clothes shopping in the Husky section of Gimbel's Bargain Basement haunt me to this day. I grant you sanctuary. But please buy something." Shlobbo breathed a sigh of relief and lay back down on the floor and the three of us quietly looked out the storefront windows. "I heard Peeler Malloon's mom made him sign up for classes at Community College just so she could take him shopping for new clothes" I said breaking the silence. "Diabolical" Sid said shuddering a little as he chewed on a piece of garlic bread.

We were quiet for a while again till a small boy walked up to the display window and looked in forlornly. It seemed only yesterday that I had helped Sid build the diorama in the window. We filled a small tub with water and poured sand around it then added monsters and army men and a small town being destroyed. There was even a flying saucer dangling overhead from a string. There were a few cobwebs on it now, and Sid's cat, "Mr Sardonicus" had knocked some things over, but it was still quite an attraction to the neighborhood kids.

"Poor kid" I said. "It's back to school for him tomorrow."
"He's a goner" Shlobbo said."This time tomorrow he'll be conjugating things."
"The boy reminds me of me when I was that age" Sid reminisced. "If you add a few pounds.
"I wish we could do something" I said. "I feel so helpless."

Then suddenly there was a loud booming sound that I thought was a transformer exploding outside but was actually Sid jumping down from his chair. "It ends here!" he shouted as he rummaged around behind the counter and came out with a copy of Monster Bash magazine. Then, lumbering over to the door, he turned the latch, and motioned to the boy. "Come here, Lad" he said quietly. "You go back to school tomorrow, don't you?"

The boy nodded and Sid handed him the magazine. "Take this with you to school tomorrow" he said. "Read it, study it, absorb it. Hide it in your binder. When they try to make you sit still and learn, discretely pull this out instead. When they try to teach you to diagram a sentence, draw the monsters!" "And if they try to get you to memorize the capitol of Finland" Shlobbo shouted from behind the shadow of Big Sid, " just tell them "if I'm ever in Finland, I'll ask someone!" It's that simple!""And when the chalk is screeching on the blackboard and the spitballs are hitting the back of your head and all seems lost" Sid said "open this book and read about the greats! Chaney! Karloff! Lugosi! Price!"

"Agar!" I yelled out from behind Sid.

The boys eyes were as big as pie plates as he took all of this in and craned his neck to try to see around Sid.

"I'll tell you a secret, lad" Sid said as he leaned down close to the boy, "Big Sid was not a good student. I did not excel in academics, or sports, or after school activities.I was not popular and did not belong to any clubs, and the smell and mess emanating from my locker was a constant source of concern to the school authorities. But!..." he shouted as he drew himself up to his full height and spread his arms wide like an emperor lording over his empire, "Look at me now!"

The boy looked up at Sid wide eyed and cradled the magazine close. "Go now" Sid said, "And spread the word." The boy smiled and took off running and Sid stood there a while watching him till he turned the corner. He then closed the door and turned the latch. "I feel lighter" he said as he climbed back up on his high backed stool. "I feel as if I've made a difference. Maybe it won't be so bad for him."

"And maybe that magazine will be passed around. The word will spread" said Shlobbo. "And even if it's confiscated by a teacher" I said "Maybe that teacher will secretly take it out of their desk and take it home and read it later. Teacher's are human too. I guess." "You can't stop an idea!" Sid said. "Someday every level of the school may be infiltrated and compromised. The principal may come to school wearing a Mummy t-shirt and there will be mandatory classes on Lugosi's Monogram Nine and why the Swordsman was really a pretty good Avenger." "And it all started here."

"And now if you gentleman will excuse me" Big Sid said as he swiveled his chair to the right and leaned in close to his crock pots, "I want to be alone with my Pot Roast." Then Joe Shlobbotsky crawled over to the corner and made a pillow out of a pile of Kammandi comics, curling up next to Mr. Sardonicus, and I dragged my lawn chair between two comic book racks. I looked up at the comforting "Hey Kids! Comics!" and settled in with Marvel Team Up #36 that had the Frankenstein Monster battling SpiderMan. A good issue.

Outside the sky was getting dark and Labor Day was almost over. I had made it through another one.

 

 

Second MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE This Year!

MONSTER BASH: A HAMMER HALLOWEEN!

October 10-12, 2014

After many requests for more MONSTER BASH days in a year and speaking with many people that want to come, but can't make it in June … it's a second full-size giant MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE OCTOBERFEST at the Four Points Pittsburgh North this October 10-12!

Vendor tables available now! CLICK HERE.

We'll be commandeering the entire huge hotel! A huge event room theater for films and guest talks, an eye-popping massive ballroom of vendors from across the nation, and guest movie and TV stars.

Already joining us:

Caroline Munro from DRACULA A.D. 1972, CAPTAIN KRONOS - VAMPIRE HUNTER, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, AT THE EARTH'S CORE, THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN and more.

Suzanna Leigh from Hammer's THE LOST CONTINENT, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, SON OF DRACULA (1974, with Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr and directed by Hammer's Freddie Francis), THE DEADLY BEES, TV's JOURNEY TO THE UNKNOWN, George Pal's TOM THUMB, PARADISE HAWAIIAN STYLE (with Elvis Presley) and more!

Veronica Carlson from FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, THE GHOUL, THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN and more!

Martine Beswick from ONE MILLION YEARS B.C., DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE, the James Bond films DR. NO, THUNDERBALL and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. You've seen her in PREHISTORIC WOMEN, Rod Serling's NIGHT GALLERY and much more.

Victoria Price, Vincent Price's daughter! Above standing with a display from Cortlandt Hull's THE WITCH'S DUNGEON.

Elizabeth Shepherd, Vincent Price co-star from THE TOMB OF LIGEIA, DAMIEN: THE OMEN II. She's also appeared on TV in SUSPENSE, ARMCHAIR MYSTERY THEATER, SILVER SURFER, TALES FROM THE CRYPTKEEPER, LAW AND ORDER and many more. She was the original selected actress for the role of Emma Peel in THE AVENGERS TV.

Retro TV: Larry Storch of F-TROOP, THE GHOST BUSTERS and more!

Martin Stephens with credits including Hammer's THE WITCHES (with Joan Fontaine) and his iconic genre films: VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. THE INNOCENTS and THE HELLFIRE CLUB. Martin's appearance is co-sponsored by Mark & Theron Statler and Creepy Classics.

Bill Diamond producer of MONSTER TV and he'll be talking about his new project with Ron Chaney - the remake of LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT!

… and - the greatest make-up departments for classic monsters at any convention:

John Taterelli, Jr.and Ron Chamberlain returns to create monsters to roam the halls of Bash!

Plus, many more!

A Hammer Halloween Celebration!

Get 3-Day VIP memberships for MONSTER BASH OCTOBER 2014 at a $20 discount right now! CLICK HERE and get ready to BASH in the Halloween Season when the leaves are in in full color and the autumn moon is full and bright. (Wolfbane not included).

Don't miss out! Get your membership for a HAMMER HALLOWEEN - MONSTER BASH right now for a $10 discount:

CLICK HERE!

More Details? CLICK HERE for the MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST site which is growing like a radioactive Creepy Crawler …

 

 

Big Boy Blu-Rays In Stock!

Now in stock, on Blu-Ray from Tokyo Shock, licensed Godzilla classics! In stock now:

GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1976)
Godzilla fights for earth with the help of a robot. If only he had a giant size can of Raid for big bug Megalon!

DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968)
Stars Akira Kubo, Yukiko Kobayashi and Kyoko Ai. This movie also stars Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah and a handful of other story-high monsters. This is one I saw in the theater with the neighborhood buddies....heck, it was an event! All those monsters, destroying every major city of the world -- sounded like a show to me. New York, Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo, France...no place was safe that Saturday afternoon! Aliens take control of the earth's giant monsters....to cause heck. The monsters were minding their manners on Monster island, but some pesky aliens put a stop to that. Sit back and enjoy.

Get them both right now, they are here! In stock and shipping. Just go to Creepy Classics and look in the Creepy Blu-Ray Department.

 

 

A Hammer Halloween Is Coming!

It's MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST October 10-12, 2014

There will be a slight chill in the air, the leaves will be burning with color everywhere in the hills of western, PA and the Four Points Pittsburgh North will open it's doors and let the Halloween Season begin! Hammer and classic monsters will be roaming the halls....vendors with classic monster merchandise will descend from every corner of the netherworld and some of the most beloved Hammer Horror stars will shine and sign (autographs) at MONSTER BASH's HAMMER HALLOWEEN, PLUS VINCENT PRICE CELEBRATION, LARRY STORCH from the original GHOST BUSTERS & F-TROOP & ALL YOUR FAVORITE CLASSIC MONSTERS!

OVER 200 VENDOR TABLES!

Don't miss out on that Halloween feeling all wrapped up in a giant MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE.

CLICK HERE NOW for discount membership admission and all the details.

 

 

A Creature Walked Among Us

Check out some new photos taken at MONSTER BASH 2014. Relive this past summer's BASH as we get ready to kick off the Halloween Season with MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST. You can see a lot of the fun in photos on our MONSTER BASH SCRAPBOOK pages. The above photo here is Tim and Monica Moehring. Tim is in a mask designed by the great John Tattarelli, Jr.

 

A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:

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

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