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TODAY'S MONSTER BASH PHAN FOTO: A lot of the Mexican movie monsters seemed patterned after classic Universal monsters....but not their Aztec Mummy! This walking ancient corpse of a creature was unique and scary. Get THE AZTEC MUMMY (1957), CURSE OF THE AZTEC MUMMY (1957) and THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY (1959) on DVD here at Creepy Classics.
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All the Noose That's Fit To Post
The great retro Mobious and Monarch models are re-shocked here at Creepy Classics. Both the standard and glow version of THE FORGOTTON PRISONER OF CASTEL-MARE kits, The great BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN kit (with the monster and his mate), the Bela Lugosi as DRACULA (with victim), BATMAN and CATWOMAN from the 1966 classic TV series. Plus, not pictured, we're re-stocled on GORGO, the sequel model to the FORGOTTEN PRISONER - THE GHOST OF CASTEL-MARE (a rotting creepy living corpse) and the MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES two cool kits: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and the KOGAR (Bob Burns) beastly ape!
Above is a very, very cool painting of the Hammer, Christopher Lee Mummy! It was painted by UK artist Robert Townshend.
This from Rob:
some paint pushed around to create a hopefully eerie portrait of Hammer Horror's 1959 telling of, The Mummy. An old favourite brimming with mood, atmosphere and tone, still creepy to watch even more so today as you really appreciate the work that went into all of the classic monster and science fiction films of that era.
I still shudder when watching any, "trapped in a burning room" fire scenes with the original, The Thing springing to mind.
All done for real and no green screen. Art is A4 size illustration board done in acrylics.
Always appreciate all the monster love from the great artists out there.
MONSTER BASH For Vendors
Table space at MONSTER BASH is selling briskly now....if you want to be a vendor at BASH, e-mail us right away: email@example.com and include your snail mail address. We'll send you a dealer packet right away. You can reserve your space with credit card right now too: CLICK HERE!
You can call too: (724) 238-4317.
This Year's MONSTER BASH is July 8-10, 2016
Tables are $250 each and include 2 VIP passes per table (so you can enjoy the whole show even when the vendor rooms aren't open). Plus, free electric, 6 foot table and two chairs per table complimentary, parking is free.
Dealer room hours:
Friday July 8: 3PM - 9PM / Saturday July 9: 10AM - 6PM / Sunday July 10: 10AM - 5PM
Know a vendor you'd like to see at MONSTER BASH? e-mail them the web site URL: http://www.monsterbash.us
Hurry though, the dealer room is almost sold out. We're down to less than 12 tables out of 200!
New! 11X14 inch Lobby Card Reproduction Additions
More 11X14 lobby card reproductions from our favorite films have now dropped into the Creepy Crypt here at Creepy Classics! These are full color reproductions on card stock paper and are in clear acrylic, sturdy slip sleeves. It's like collecting giant-size trading cards, or they make for a great looking wall in your own personal movie room. Now in stock, various cards from HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944), THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942), IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) and INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN (1957).
Actor Alan Young Passes Away at Age 96
Many of us, like yours truly, grew up knowing actor Alan Young as Wilbur on the MR. ED television show. The confidant of a talking horse! He also was in the classic George Pal science fiction classic THE TIME MACHINE (1960)....and for Disney was the voice of Scrooge McDuck!
He has passed away at 96 years old.
Thanks to Tony Russo for e-mailing me over the past weekend on the sad news.
Here's obit information:
New! This Month's CREEPY CRATE: GIANT MONSTER Stuff!
This month's Creepy Crate is packed with merchandise involving GIANT MONSTER items. Get your crate of stuff now, a big box of mystery GIANT MONSTER items (t-shirt and more):
Monster Bash Is Coming Quick...
July 8-10, 2016....Mars, PA
The World's Greatest ALL CLASSIC Horror & Sci-Fi Fest - MONSTER BASH!
July will be here before you know it! Get your hotel room right now....these hotels all filling with MONSTER BASH attendees:
Doubletree (724) 776-6900
Super 8 (724) 776-9700
Comfort Inn (724) 772-2700
Within A Mile:
Candlewood Suites (724) 591-8666
Red Roof Inn (724) 776-5670
Hampton Inn (724) 776-1000
Fairfield Inn (724) 772-0600
Marriott (724) 772-3700
New on Blu and DVD, All In-Stock & Ready To Ship...To YOU!
A couple of new Blu-Ray discs are in stock early here at Creepy Classics: GOLD (1934/Mad Science gone amok) and THE MAGNETIC MONSTER (1953/Starring Richard Carlson). And....the latest film from MONSTER BASH regular Joshua Kennedy - THE NIGHT OF MEDUSA (2016/A retro horror that is a salute to Hammer's THE GORGON). Details:
GOLD (1934/Rare Early Science Fiction) - Blu-Ray
THE MAGNETIC MONSTER (1953) - Blu-Ray
THE NIGHT OF MEDUSA (2016/Retro Horror) - DVD
This in from UK artist Robert Townshend (he painted the above):
Thank you and just happy to help share the memories of those great times, when as kids, movies and TV ruled!
The excitement of seeing an old horror or sci-fi film listed in the TV guide quickly checking to make sure it didn't clash with one of mum's favourite shows? If it did, the crawling stared (laffs!) Happy days!
It is a real testament to the power and quality of the original monsters and films of the past that we still love and watch them today and have lost count of the times Invaders From Mars has been spun or, Frankenstein, Flight To Mars (love that film so!). Any movies that had space flight and trips to outer planets and monsters and stuff was just the best back then and any model shots, rockets blast off's and the like....heaven!
The Creature...gave me nightmares and art is a reflection of that. As you rightly said, "what you don't see?!"
Still rummaging through old art and finishing up newer pieces which will send when found/done.
Best! - Rob
Above right: My cousin Doug and me on the right holding my beloved FAMOUS MONSTERS #56 in 1969. Dreaming of monster magazines and some place where I could meet other people that loved this stuff as much as I do.
Monster Bash Wins Rondo Award For Best Convention
Get signed-up for admission membership right now for the best classic monster convention in our Monster World - MONSTER BASH! A retro blast from our generation's past. Admissions discounted $5 right now:
It's a celebration of the movies we love with a film fest, a giant vendor room with the stuff that we just love, celebrities from the golden age of horror and sci-fi films and wrapped in a family reunion styled get together with the neighborhood monster kids from across the globe. All the details: www.monsterbash.us.
A gracious and loving thank you to all that took the time and effort to vote for us.
A special smile to fellow Monster Bashers that appeared in the Rondo Awards too, like Malcolm Gittins and John Sargent!
Best Best Wishes Ever!,
Above: Ron, Forry and Kevin Slick at MONSTER BASH.
Next year will be 20 years and around 25 MONSTER BASHES! Monster Bash through the years, just a small, snipet of the fun-filled years:
Congratulations Ron this is really cool and so well deserved for you and Ursula (Paisley too!)
Thanks John....I grew up watching Chilly when I visited my grandparents in Grove City back in the 1960s-1980. Chilly's just great! -Ron
Congratulations for winning Rondo for best convention! Finally! The true greatest wins. I went to a recent winner out west once and it was a bore! Only about 5 hours of events a day, and low attendance at them. Impressive displays and dealers room, but cannot compare to the all day and night pleasures of the Bash!!! -Ken Blose
Hi Ken, thanks for the nice words. I think we won a handful a few years back, but not for a while. Nice that folks liked us! -Ron
Congratulations on winning for best convention.
Thank you, Bruce.....always a pleasure seeing you at the numerous shows over the year!
Congratulations Ron on the Rondo award. Much deserved. Can't wait to Bash again this summer!
Thanks Rich....the monsters are coming back to Mars, PA!
Above: Tom Jackson's wife Eileen gets to meet a mummy at Bash!
Congratulations, Ron, (We all knew it years ago)
Thanks Tom! You and Eileen are Monster Bash family....
Forgive my lateness in passing on my Kongratulations on winning the Rondo for best classic monster convention! Brilliant!
As a decrepit, middle-aged and rambling monster kid still locked in the vice-like grip of retro-monster-goodness...is nice to know that the originals are still as popular as even and can't keep a classic monster down. No matter what whiz-bang visuals they do today nothing will ever come close to touching the magnificence to the original cast of classic monsters.
Men in monster suits! Models spaceships on wires...the stuff of dreams!
Best! -Rob Townshend
Thank you Rob!
Get Ready To MONSTER BASH in July!
All the fun of the classic monster movie conference is gearing up to happen again in July 8-10, 2016...it's MONSTER BASH! Entertainment, shopping, guest movie and TV stars!
Get your membership admission - CLICK HERE.
Get your vendor table - CLICK HERE.
Note: The programming schedule is now posted! It's at: www.monsterbash.us.
Here She Comes....to MONSTER BASH
Unfortunately, Richard Eyer's wife has had an injury and Rich won't be able to make this summer's MONSTER BASH....but, look who's coming! Audrey Dalton!
Audrey's list of credits include: THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (1957), William Castle's MR. SARDONICUS, Boris Karloff THRILLER (shows: THE PREDICTION, THE HOLLOW WATCHER & HAY-FORK AND BILL-HOOK), WILD WILD WEST: THE NIGHT OF THE COBRA, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, WAGON TRAIN, DEATH VALLEY DAYS, BONANZA, WALT DISNEY'S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR (THE GRISWOLD MURDER), THUNDERING JETS (with Rex Reason, Dick Foran, Robert Conrad & Bob Dix), HOLD BACK THE NIGHT (with Chuck Conners & Peter Graves), CASANOVA'S BIG NIGHT (with Bob Hope, Joan Fontaine, John Carradine, Basil Rathbone & Lon Chaney, Jr.)....and TITANIC (with Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner & Richard Basehart)....PLUS many, many more!
Get on board the MONSTER BASH express now!
Voted number one convention by the fans in the Rondo Awards this year!
Tales of the MoleMan by M. Oleman
John Agar's Jacket
Skulking around flea markets, garage sales and all other places where people set up tables to dispose of the accumulated miscellany of their lives is one of the greatest ways, that those of us fortunate enough to have not been born into an aristocratic lifestyle, can spend an afternoon. As I looked through the piles of old shoes and clothes, polaroid cameras, broken toys and mismatched sets of Elvis collectible TV trays which lay side-by-side with bowling trophies and fifty year old needlework of the Eiffel Tower, I thought of the poor slobs lounging around on yachts bored out of their skulls and pretending they were having a good time. As far as I was concerned, just about everything in the world worth having had been manufactured years ago and it was just of matter of looking in the right place to find it.
I was at a yard sale on the South Side rummaging through a box of old toys trying to beat the kid next to me to the good stuff. So far I had found several slightly chewed Mad Balls and what looked like part of the foot from the Aurora Creature From the Black Lagoon model. Meanwhile the kid dug up a very tattered and dog-eared copy of issue #7 of The Creeper with a great Ditko cover, which he wouldn't give up no matter how much I pleaded. The kid dug through boxes and every once in a while another kid, bigger and older, probably his brother, would come by and hit him and tell him to hurry up, which made me nostalgic for the days when I used to boss around my kid brother. I was having a good time and thankful for the great bounty of junk that abounded when I saw the jacket. THE jacket.
The clouds hung in the firmament by unseen strings as I looked around warily, not wanting anyone to notice the focus of my attention. There were few rules in the wild west of flea markets, but one rock solid fundamental was that who so ever putteth their hands on an item hath the right of first refusal. That is, to buy it or not. A motley rabble milled around, each one a potential rival. My knees were wobbly and it took me a week to walk the fifteen feet to the rack that the jacket was sharing with a hounds tooth sports coat and a very tattered Pitcairn softball jersey that had the name "Fuzzy" stenciled on the back. Casually and nonchalantly I walked up to the rack and bent in close. The jacket smelled vaguely of mothballs and mushrooms.This was truly and without a doubt the very same coat worn by John Agar in THE MOLE PEOPLE, a movie I had seen at least a hundred times. How it got here, two thousand miles from Hollywood was a mystery, but stranger things have happened in this plane of existence. Who among us could explain the popularity of Soupy Sales or The Gong Show, or why Chrysler LeBarons sold like hotcakes at one time. Mysteries all. But however it got here, I had no doubt that this was the genuine article. Taking it off it's hanger I examined it closely. The price tag affixed said three dollars. How could this be? It was worth a fortune. Cradling it gently, I took it up to a guy sitting behind a card table picking his teeth with a GI Joe bayonet.
"Ahhh, the jacket" he said as I put in on the table. He had a knowing look that said he knew exactly what he had, and made it seem that he knew that I knew. At this point I wasn't sure what his game was, but I was not about to quibble or chance losing out. I pulled five $20 bills out of my pocket and laid them in front of him.
"A hundred dollars?" he said incredulously, and seemed about to expound on this when I stopped him by holding up my hand. I then reached into the other pocket and pulled out another hundred. His eyes widened but he said nothing, just looked down at the cash. He was playing it right up to the brink. A shrewd bargainer. I studied him for a few seconds then stooped over and leaned in close. He had an aromatic breath. Shlitz, or maybe Iron City. With a hint of corned beef.
"Look" I said talking in a growled whisper, "we both know what's going on here, but I've only got so much cash on me. If you wanted the full value of the jacket you should have taken it to London and had Sotheby's or Christies auction it off. But I'm here right now in front of you with cash."
He was about to say something but I held up my hand cutting him off, then reached down to my right boot where I always kept a $50 bill folded up and tucked into the laces. This was my emergency money, in case I ran across an old forgotten stockpile of Banana Flips or a set of hubcaps for a 1965 Rambler Classic. I layed it on top of the pile of money and watched his eyes carefully. He made a grab for the cash but I stopped him by slamming my hand down on the stack of bills before he could touch it. He was holding something back. His eagerness to make a deal made me suspicious. We stared at each other for a year while birds chirped and an old lady came up and slapped down 50 cents for a VHS copy of KRULL. I cursed myself for missing that but tried to stay on track. Reaching into my pocket I pulled out a crumpled piece of paper which when unfolded turned out to be a page from a Mighty Mouse coloring book. How that got into my pocket I hadn't the faintest, but I turned it over to the blank side and wrote "I, the undersigned freely and without duress give up all rights forever in perpetuity to the John Agar jacket." Shoving the paper across the table I said simply "sign."
He shrugged his shoulders, muttered "whatever" and scribbled his signature. I then grabbed the paper away as he snatched up the money. Holding the jacket in the air over my head I gave a whoop of triumph that reverberated off the nearby houses and sent aflight the mourning doves resting on the wires above. I slipped the jacket on slowly and carefully. It fit like a glove. I was suddenly in the caves below Mount Kuitara. I could hear the shrieks of the Mole People and the pontificating of the High Priest. The former owner of the jacket just sat staring at me. I could only interpret his look as one of shock as the full realization of what he had done sunk in. After all, I now possessed the John Agar jacket and all he had was a wad of increasingly worthless Federal Reserve Notes. Nothing but paper. Lousy money.
Victory is a intoxicating thing and can go to a man's head, but I stepped back and paused. I wondered if General Jackson had felt a little sorry for Pakenham after beating him at New Orleans. And surely when Haystacks Calhoun stood over a defeated Happy Humphrey at Madison Square Garden he felt a little remorse and probably even helped his beaten 800 pound rival back into his modified '51 Pontiac at the end of the evening. This man, this benighted soul who sat behind the stained, green Samsonite card table had been outmaneuvered in fair combat, and deserved the respect of a fallen foe.
And so I saluted him, and gave my solemn promise that I would take good care of the jacket. It would be only hand washed, never in a machine, and I would never put it on a wire hanger. Only the finest teak wood hangers would do. And when that fateful day came, and I passed on to eternity, the jacket would be willed to someone who would cherish it as I did. As I walked away I felt something in the right jacket pocket. Reaching in, I pulled out a wadded up candy bar wrapper. Could this have been a candy bar eaten by the great John Agar? Carefully, so as not to damage it, I smoothed out the paper wrapping so I could read it. Zagnut. Reported to be John Agar's favorite. Irrefutable proof of the jacket's authenticity. And I will never believe otherwise.
Malcolm Gittins Work For Monster Bash
Dear Ron, I just wanted to say once again, 'Kongratulations' of the Monster Bash winning the Rondo Award for Best Classic Convention! But, everyone who attends already knew that! And Speaking of Rondos, how great is it that Chilly Billy was inducted into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame! So well deserved, and for me in this years awards, I finished second in a tight race for Fan Artist of Year, and named the only runner up!
And, it was nice to see fellow artist John Sargent being there as one of the 'honorable mentions'..Fan Artist is always one of the tightest contests..I also wanted to share two new paintings I'll have at my table at July's Monster Bash, Vincent Price and Rondo Hatton!!
And, something really special, T-Shirts for Chilly Billy and Uncle Forry! Both are my original photos, and I'm so happy that I was able to get them made. I'm greatly looking forward to July and all the Monster Bashers are invited to 'lurk' by my table!!
See Malcolm Gittins' table in the "Dealer Ballroom" at MONSTER BASH this July.
By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter author of The Mexican Masked Wrestler & Monster Filmography
Hola amigos. I really hate to start off the column this bad news, but that's the reason it's a (very) special edition. As you're probably aware by now, we lost a dear member of the Monster Bash Family, Vince Rotolo, on April 27th. I had just spoken to he, his wife Mary, and my brother Juan Ortiz on the Sunday just before that, as I was a guest on the B-MOVIE PODCAST. For that episode, the hosts decided to run LADRON DE CADAVERES, ("Body Snatchers"), and so this one's for you, Vince! And Mary, the whole Bash community is in mourning, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Get all your favorite Mexican horror films on DVD here at Creepy Classics!
New! The Latest Issue of FILMFAX Magazine
It's here, in stock now at Creepy Classics, the latest issue of the great FILMFAX magazine. Get it shipped to your door right now...
It's FILMFAX #144
In this great magazine: Actress Beverly Washburn remembers STAR TREK, child actors in early Hollywood, SEA HUNT, Jack Kirby and Marvel Monsters, Robots, GUESS WHAT HAPPENED TO COUNT DRACULA and more cult movie interviews and insight!
You'ff find it in our on-line Creepy Magazine Newsstand.
Back In SHOCK STOCK!
Monster Bash Embroidered Soft Ball Caps
Get your very own MONSTER BASH ball cap! The Monster Bash logo and the Frankenstein Monster face are embroidered on the soft, comfortable and adjustable hat.
Missing Back Issues of MONSTER BASH?
Are you missing back issues of MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE in your collection?...well, fill them in now! A handful of the back issues are getting close to being sold out. So don't miss out!
Load up your shopping coffin cart today.
NOW'S THE TIME! Advertise Now In The NEXT Issue of MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE!
The magazine is in the layout stages right now!
The next issue of MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE is scheduled for publication in June 2015....just in time for the July MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE. Distributed in magazine shops, comic shops, horror conventions across the nation, all around the United States and Europe.
Cover painting by Lorraine Bush.
Advertise in MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #27...get an ad in now, CLICK HERE! Or, call (724) 238-4317. Rates for double page spreads, full page ads, half page ads or quarter page ads.
New! Frankenstein Lobby Card Reproduction
Now in shock stock, FRANKENSTEIN lobby card reproductions. Just like the ones showcased in theaters back over a half a century ago! They are 11X14 inches in size and each come in a sturdy, protective clear acrylic slip sleeve. Due to the weight of these we don't normally ship them overseas. If you are outside the USA and are interested, you can e-mail for the shipping cost (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are in the USA, you can order yours on-linew right now for fast shipping. They will look great in your own personal movie room, in your office at work, above you computer...
New! Count Yorga Comes To Blu
Now in drive-in styled shock stock, the evil Count Yorga in THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA (1971).
RETURN OF COUNT YORGA (1971) - Blu-Ray
In stock now!
Fabulous Fan Art
The above moody piece by Robert Towshend in the UK. Here's what Robert said:
Frankensteinish castle ruins colour piece done many moons ago is more about atmosphere and mood as have always warmed to ageing stone structures slowly being taken back by nature, low mists make things creepy. Acrylics on canvas board 10 x 8 inches.
Hope this finds you well and more soon.
Thanks for sharing, Rob!
New! Collectible Film of Our Classic Movies!
Just landing in the vault, rare 8mm films of the classic horror films...in super great shape. A lot of times you find these with beat up boxes, broken spines, splice ridden film....well, these ones were taken care of! Some look like they're right out of the shrink wrap!
Castle Films, Ken Films, Universal 8, Columbia Films....see the selection in our Film Department. The new ones in this collection include: DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, THE WEREWOLF, THE WOLF MAN, THE MUMMY, ABBOTT & COSTELLO in HAVE BADGE WILL CHASE, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, THE DESERT FOX, TITANIC....
Get them before they're gone....only one each.
Appearing in-person, meet: Greg Moffett (ROBOT MONSTER), Sharyn Moffett (THE BODY SNATCHER), Conrad Brooks (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE), Richard Eyer (THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD), JO MORROW (13 GHOSTS), Claudia Barrett (ROBOT MONSTER), Jimmy Hunt (INVADERS FROM MARS), plus Jeremy Ambler (THE WALKING DEAD), Tom Savini (CREEPSHOW), Wes Shank (FORBIDDEN PLANET props), Cortlandt Hull (nephew of Henry Hull - WEREWOLF OF LONDON), Tom Sullivan (EVIL DEAD, ARMY OF DARKNESS) and many, many more. Plus 200 vendor tables of classic monster merchandise.
Join us for MONSTER BASH again in July 2016! Admission available right now at a $5 discount for a limited time: CLICK HERE.
Rooms at the host hotel are booking now, call right now: (724) 776-6900. Many other Hotels VERY Close, CLICK HERE.
A sneak peek at the upcoming MONSTER BASH JULY 2016:
A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:
Video shot by Kevin Slick from Louisville, Colorado on a visit.