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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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Friday August 29 - Monday September 1, 2014

TODAY'S PHAN FOTO: Another nightmarish vision from the movie THE SHIP OF MONSTERS (1960). This Mexican far-out horror, sci-fi is now available on factory DVD. A beautiful crystal clear print of this psychotronic masterpiece that features big-brained aliens, vampire women, talking skeletons, cyclops ogres and, yes, a singing cowboy. Get it in our Mexican Monstes Department right now, here at Creepy Classics. Click HERE and start browsing the greatest store for classic horror and science fiction.

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Stars Kent Taylor (PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES, GANGBUSTERS, DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY), Marie Windsor, William Mims, Betty Beall and Lowell Brown. A very unsettling movie with sold "Val Lewton-esque" photography and direction. A scientists failed Mars probe actually failed because Martians used it to invade earth. In the mode of INVASION OFT HE BODY SNATCHERS, people seem to have duplicates of themselves walking around. A very dark, moody Martian invasion movie that feels like a classic Rod Serling Twilight Zone. A real diamond in the rough. Don't expect bug-eyed monsters, just a growing eerie feeling that we're being....taken. Don't miss this one.

Get this DVD-R free with any purchase over $30 of product, or more, here at Creepy Classics - www.creepyclassics.com. No substitutions. To get it YOU MUST list the TITLE of this film in the "Comments/Instructions" field in your on-line shopping cart upon check-out. Or, you can call in an order at (724) 238-4317.

Note: Quality varies due to the rarity of the title. Comes in a snap case with color cover.

 

New! Rare Movie Titles on DVD

Now in full, explosive shock stock, the following on factory sealed DVD: HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD (1961 starring Christopher Lee as the Netherworld vampiric king), VARAN - THE UNBELIEVABLE (1962, the English language version!), A NIGHT OF TERROR (1937, Basil Rathbone as a maniac who goes more bats than Renfield), INNER SANCTUM (1948, chilling, suspense in a small town), MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (1931, really good early "old dark, spooky house" film), EVIL MIND (THE CLAIRVOYANT, 1933 with Claude Rains and Fay Wray), GHOST PARADE (1931, comedy, old dark house short), THE ISLAND MONSTER (1957, Boris Karloff crime movie)....

See them all in our New DVD Department right now at Creepy Classics.

 

 

MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST At PA Welcome Center

Thanks to Basher Brenda McNeal, the Pennsylvania Welcome Center has MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST proudly displayed!

Go, Brenda!

 

 

August 29 Marks A Birthday

Bashin's birthday reporter Scott Goettel filed this report:

The birthday for August 29th is for actor George Macready, born 8/29/1899. His first film role was as a school teacher in the 1942 film "Commandos Strike at Dawn". His roles spannned so many different genres, like the film noir classic "Gilda" starring Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth, "The Detective Story" and "Paths of Glory" both starring Kirk Douglas.

We Monster Bashers will think of George Macready in movies and TV shows like "Thriller", "The Twilight Zone", "The Alligator People", "The Monster and The Ape", "The Soul of a Monster", "Dead Ringer" starring Bette Davis, "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", "The Human Duplicators", "The Outer Limits", "Night Gallery", "The Return of Count Yorga", and voice narration for "Count Yorga Vampire".

Light the candles...and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

~Scott

 

 

Upcoming Releases!

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

Coming soon:

UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: THE COMPLETE 30 FILM COLLECTION - DVD 9/2/2014

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

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 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! Get Your Own Autograph from the Black Lagoon

Two photos have just been added to our Creepy Autpgraph Depatment. They feature the last living classic Universal Monster actor, Ricou Browning as the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Ricou signed these pictures at the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE in June of 2014. Ricou was the underwater Gill-Man in CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US. Get your very own autographed 8X10 photo right now in our Creepy Autograph Department at Creepy Classics.

 

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

Great DVD Box Sets!

In shock stock, we have these two sets with weeks worth of great viewing! The 15 HICHCOCK FILMS box set features the films he made in England with the great Hitchcock flare grounded in creepy English countryside tales and London based intrigue. The RAY BRADBURY THEATER box set sports five DVDs packed with 65 episodes from his TV show. Man of his wonderful and weird horror short stories were captured on film with an array of great actors. More:

15 HITCHCOCK FILMS (The British Films Collection) - Box DVD Set

A handsome package of the 15 early films of Alfred Hitchcock shot in England. Beautiful landscapes, atmosphere, acting and the already intact Hitchcock twists. Includes: LADY VANISHES, JAMAICA INN, 39 STEPS, MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, MURDER, BLACKMAIL, SECRET AGENT, SABOTAGE, NUMBER 17, YOUNG AND INNOCENT, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, THE SKIN GAME, RICH AND STRANGE, THE FARMER'S WIFE, THE MANXMAN. Top actors include: Charles Laughton, Peter Lorre, Michael Redgrave, Robert Donat, Madeline Carroll, Robert Young, Maureen O'Hara, John Gielgud and more!

RAY BRADBURY THEATER (1980s Complete Series) - 5 DVD Set

The complete RAY BRADBURY THEATER. 65 short stories over 5 DVDs. Creepy, weird, wonderful and always thoughtful, the great stories produced in the 1980s. Ray Bradbury hosts. Stars include: Drew Barrymore, William Shatner, Jeff Goldblum, Peter O'Toole, John Saxon and many, many more.

Find them in our Complete DVD Catalog on-line at Creepy Classics. Note that the new Alfred Hitchck set is filed under "F" for FIFTEEN HITCHCOCK FILMS.

 

Bowery Boys Final DVD Set Here In Days...

At Last, The Pinochle of Their Endeavors! Pardon the malaprop, but it’s time to celebrate in the style of Terence Aloysius "Slip" Mahoney (Leo Gorcey) because with this fourth and final volume the entire record-breaking run of The Bowery Boys films are available at last. To sweeten the pot, this 4-Disc, 12 movie collection offers a sweeping perspective on the series, running the gamut from Mr. Hex, a film that dates to the series’ inaugural year to In The Money, the very last. So come have an ice cream soda at Louie’s and revisit the whole gang, from start to finish. Hat’s off to Slip, Sach (Huntz Hall), Bobby (Bobby Jordan), Whitey (William Benedict), Chuck (David Gorcey), Gabe (Gabriel Dell), Butch (Bennie Bartlett, Buddy Gorman), Junior (Gil Stratton, Jr.), Duke (Stanley Clements) and Louie (Bernard Gorcey), too ‘natch! Special Bowery Bonus: Discs 1 and 2 contain trailer galleries (in the correct aspect ratios) - the lion's share unseen in decades! 24 smash trailers in all! 

These films have been remastered from the best available elements. Initial quantities of this release will be traditionally replicated (pressed) in anticipation of high consumer demand. 

Includes:
MR. HEX (1946), TROUBLE MAKERS (1948), TRIPLE TROUBLe(1950), BOWERY BATTALION (1951), HERE COME THE MARINES (1952), JUNGLE GENTS (1954), BOWERY TO BAGDAD (19550, SPY CHASERS (1955), JAIL BUSTERS (1955), FIGHTING TROUBLE (1956), HOLD THAT HYPNOTIST (1957), IN THE MONEY 1958

We will have this set available at Creepy Classics in just a few days. -Ron

 

 

The 1925 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Set......Set For Demoliion?

This just in from Richard Gifford:

Hey man---I know this is something you are gonna wanna sign. Maybe put the word out to folks who buy from the site and get them to sign as well.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/330/290/272/save-historic-phantom-of-the-opera-stage/?taf_id=12572469&cid=fb_na

Most sincerely-

Richard Gifford (Anton Phibes)

 

 

Birthday of Actor Jim Davis!

This in from Bash Birthday Reporter Scott Goettel....

Hi Ron,

August 26, 1909 marks the birthday of actor Jim Davis. Most people immediately think of his role as Jock Ewing on the long running hit TV series "Dallas", but his career goes all the way back to 1942.

All through the years his roles spanned so many areas....westerns, dramas, suspense, etc, but...for us Monster Bashers, let's think of some of Jim Davis' projects that hold a special interest, like DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (he played police Sgt. Martin in the 1971 film which had Forry Ackerman in a cameo role), JESSE JAMES JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER (he played Marshall MacPhee), NIGHT GALLERY, THE SIXTH SENSE tv series, THE TIME TUNNEL, PROJECT UFO, the 1979 film THE DAY TIME ENDED, and Boris Karloff's THRILLER, just to name a few.

Happy Birthday, from us...the Monster Bashers!

~Scott

 

 

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!

Yvonne Monlaur from THE BRIDES OF DRACULA, CIRCUS OF HORRORS, THE TERROR OF THE TONGS. EDGAR WALLACE MYSTERY THEATE and more!

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

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!

UPDATED! MONSTER BASH Trailer for Octoberfest!

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

 

 

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.

 

 

Make-Up To Break-Up in Monster Fashion

Here are some cool photos you may, or may not, have seen before. Boris Karloff with Jack Pierce and crew in make-up sessions at Universal. I want to thank Dave MacDonald for sharing these. Here are a few more:

 

 

New! John Russo Autographs

John was screenwriter and played the "Tire Iron Zombie" in the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. There are a few 8X10 autographed photos by John, here at Creepy Classics right now. These were signed at this past summer's MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE in Pittsburgh. If you can;t travel to MONSTER BASH, here's your chance to get an official autograph! Go to our Creepy Autographs Department right now.

 

 

New! MONSTER MADNESS on DVD

Documentary on the 1920s-1940s classic horror films with interviews and information on the studios that cracked out the greatest horror movies of all time. Produced by the Midnight Marquee group with interview from Forrest J Ackerman, Christopher Lee, historian Greg Mank and more.

Get it right now in our New DVD & Blu-Ray Department....here at Creepy Classics! It's in shock stock and ready to ship right to your door.

 

 

Aove: Cecil Kellaway on the right in THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940). Above: Cecil Kellaway (middle) in THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953).

Happy Birthday Cecil Kellaway

Hi Ron,

August 22nd, 1893 marks the birthday of actor Cecil Kellaway, who appeared in some our favorites: THE MUMMY'S HAND, THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE, THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, I MARRIED A WITCH, HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES (1940 version with Vincent Price), and UNCONQUERED (with Gary Cooper and Boris Karloff).

All together now - Happy Birthday!!!

~Scott Goettel, KY

...and Michael Rennie Too!

Hi Ron,

Here's another birthday...an actor born 8/25/1909, whose credits spanned so many films and TV shows - Michael Rennie...star of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE LOST WORLD (1960), THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATER, THE TIME TUNNEL, LOST IN SPACE, ASSIGNMENT TERROR (also known as Dracula vs. Frankenstein, but it's not the same film that Forry appeared in), and BATMAN (Rennie was the Sandman).

Michael Rennie was in other great movies, like the Biblical epic THE ROBE, and the terrific western RIDE BEYOND VENGEANCE, which also starred Chuck Connors and Claude Akins.

Alright Monster Bashers - all together - Happy Birthday!!!

~Scott Goettel, KY

 

 

Shout Out For Michael Landon

Hello Ron.. see you are busy w/Hammer Halloween.. thanks for printing the birthdays of the great classic actors...glad to see that Debra Paget, Pat Priest and Don Keefer are still with us; and may Joan Taylor, and Grant Williams RIP.

(And, thanks to our man on the birthday beat - Scott Goettel! - ed.)

Although us monstakids all have our faves, I guess one that I am particularly fond of us, Micheal Landon's "I Was A TeenAge Werewolf (1957). He really turns in a sensitive performance as a troubled young man who is 'exploited' by B Man Whit Bissell. The makeup and transformation scenes were pretty good for the time,and some genuinely scary moments. Besides Bissell, It also has our familiar faves, Malcolm Atterbury, Louise Lewis, Barney Phillips, and Monster Bash attendee Kenny Miller, singing 'Eenny Menny Minny Moe'. I always thought this movie would make a great double-feature paired with'The Blood of Dracula' with Sandra Harrison and Louise Lewis and of course Thomas B.Henry.

Great classics both...regards, J50smonstakid(: in the wilds of Arizona

 

 

New! Monster Masterpieces

Four new cars are available from the trading card series MONSTER MASTERPIECES by Scott Jackson. These include three set cards and a promo card. High gloss 4X6 cards with great info and pics on the back. See these and the first series in our Trading Cards Department here at Creepy Classics. Collect them all. The neighborhood kids don't know about these new ones yet!

 

 

BASH BEACH!

This great photo submitted by Ed Watson and family. The MONSTER BASH beach balls were given out free at this past June's MONSTER BASH (hundreds of them!).

Glad to see they're in use. Wonderful photo, Ed.

Get geared for this October's MONSTER BASH now!

....and this just in from Paul Speidel as the beach balls make an appearance in Winipeg, Canada too:

Hi Ron,

That picture of the Monster Bash beach ball reminded me-we did the same thing at the cabin! (attached)

Paul

 

 

New! Judith O'Dea Autographed Photos

Now in creepy shock stock! Actress Judith O'Dea photos from the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, autographed by Judith. Many of these are candid, behind-the-scenes photos and rarely seen publicity stills. Judith was a guest at the summer MONSTER BASH in June. These were signed for Creepy Classics/Monster Bash and are available now here at Creepy Classics!

If you missed the summer MONSTER BASH, now's a chance to still get an autographed photo from Judith O'Dea. And....don't dare miss the next MONSTER BASH coming this October....a Halloween Season MONSTER BASH gathering fans of classic horror and sci-fi movies from across the nation. Find out about the October BASH - CLICK HERE.

 

 

Caged Graves

While on the way home from Knoebels Grove Amusement Park in Elysburg PA (Which has an amazing Haunted House and Haunted Mine ride) I stopped at a small cemetery named Hooded Cemetery in Catawissa PA. The Hooded Cemetery happens to have the only two graves in the United States with cages over them!

According to the legend is that the two girls, who died in their early 20s around the same time in 1852, were thought to be vampires or werewolves. The cages would have been common place in Victorian England to keep out medical college grave robbers- but not in rural PA! However the more practical theories are that the modest family had a wealthy relative that funded the elaborate grave or there was an iron worker in the family or neighborhood that made the grave.

Personally, I like the vampire theory so we'll stick with that one! In my last picture it looks like someone has been trying to get out!

And, I forgot my wolfbane!

Enjoy!
Thom Shubilla

Above: Images from Knoebel's Haunted House ride.

Great photos, Thom and really interesting. Even if no wolvesbane, you hopefully had a cross and some holy water. Love old graveyards and some interesting ones here in New England, especially in the smaller towns. Interesting designs and some that are so old,the stones are all but clear of names.
Knoebels is a great place to spend the day...used to go there a lot when living below Baltimore MD. Had some relatives who lived between Harrisburg and Shanmokin along I-81 that introduced me to it. Everyone I took there loved it and my daughter thought it better than the more flashy "theme parks". As you mentioned, an awesome haunted house that scared her out of her wits. We took one of her little girlfriends there and Megan was smart enough to sit on the left side, so her friend got the full effect

Personally, I'll take the haunted house over the Phoenix or the other roller coasters!
Steve Schimming
Sanbornton NH

 

 

Fan Art!

A nice thank you card came in the mail here. It was a thank you for the fun time had at MONSTER BASH in June. The card came from a young girl named Sophie and it had this great drawing of The Grim Reaper on it. I guess she ran into the Pateient Creatures' "Grim" at MONSTER BASH! Anyway it was a very nice card and super hand-drawn picture. So, thank YOU, Sophie for attending MONSTER BASH.

Another BASH coming soon: www.monsterbash.us

 

 

MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY

By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter

MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY - AUGUST 2014

Hola, amigos, and welcome to the Mexican Monster Party's third thrilling chapter of our epic coverage of one of the true classics of Mexican Monster/Wrestler cinema, WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY. But before we get to that, we're pleased to announce that there WILL be a Mexican Movie Night at the October Bash, and the feature will be one of the Nostradamus movies starring German Robles, THE MONSTER DEMOLISHER (which will be covered in the October column). Also, I don't know when it's scheduled, but I will be given a slot of time to discuss how I write my books. And now, time for the show!

Chapter Three: "The K. Gordon Murray Effect" - One of the reasons that certain Mexican movies have achieved a cult following is due to their English language versions by the infamous K. Gordon Murray. Why "Infamous"? Well, because to the generally superficial and uninformed 'bad movie' yobs, he's simply the guy that dubbed all those wacky Mexican movies; but looking at it another way, he's the guy responsible for providing genre fans with the opportunity to see these films at all. Nobody knows why Murray chose the package of films that he did (they were probably dirt cheap), but he managed to bring some true genre gems (such as WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY) to an audience who might have otherwise never seen them.

For at that period in time (some younger readers may have a hard time believing this), there were no gazillion cable stations, no videos, no DVD or Blu-Ray, no home computers that you could stream movies; nothing. You actually had to go to the theater or stay up 'til some ungodly hour to watch them on TV. So Mexican movies in the US usually only played in Texan or Californian theaters, and only in their original language. And while it's true that the dubbed versions of these films can be hilarious, it's not so much the movie itself (which is generally bizarre from the get-go anyway), but in the way the lines are read. Add to this the very literal translation of the dialogue interpreted in pompous or off-handed ways, by the same actors for every film - in other words, the voice of El Santo in one film could be the voice of a Mad Scientist in another!

Murray also made the fortunate decision to release the films basically uncut; in most cases, they even feature the original title credits, albeit with some of the names Americanized (such as 'William' Calderon Stell), and the inevitable 'English version directed by Miguel San Fernando'. But all things considered, Murray offered much better representations of the films than, say, Rhino, with their abominable ROCK AND ROLL WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY. To put it another way, if K. Gordon Murray hadn't dubbed these films, they never would have been shown on Chiller Theater, I never would have seen them, and the MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER AND MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY wouldn't exist, thereby altering the whole time/space continuum, and you know what happens when you mess with that!



Next month, the fourth and final chapter: The Man Behind the Makeup! Until then, please remember to click at the Animal Rescue Site to provide free food for shelter animals; better yet, adopt one! You'll never be sorry.

Adios and Vaya con Dios, Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky, and Cher.

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

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