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TODAY'S PHAN FOTO: Yikes! It's the SCREAM OF FEAR (1961) from Hammer Films. SCREAM OF FEAR stars Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd, and Christoopher Lee. A twisted chiller from Hammer. A wheel-chair bound women begins seeing her father's corpse popping up everywhere at an old English estate. Why and how is this happening...? A creeper from Hammer. Available on DVD at Creepy Classics - Click HERE and start browsing the greatest store for classic horror and science fiction.

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THE MYSTERIOUS DR. FU MANCHU (1929) During the Boxer rebellion, Fu Manchu's wife and child are killed. Fu Manchu (Warner Oland) becomes a master-mind, evil genius on the goal of total destruction of everyone associated with the death of his family. A wild, early talkie with Oland locking in as the evil Dr. Fu Manchu.

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New! Movie Tie-In Comic Books

Now dropping into our Collectible Department here at Creepy Classics, movie tie-in comic books. Check out titles like GORGO, X-THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES, TWO ON A GUILLOTINE and more. Plus, you'll find a lot of other weird, but cool, items in our Collectibles Department like "Blobscopes!"

See the Creepy Collectibles at Creepy Classics!

 

 

Monster Kid Search

Nick Adams Found

Okay, you're near Berwick, Pennylvania....what would you do? You've seen DIE MONSTER DIE, GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD, MISSION MARS.....all starring Nick Adams. You've heard Nick Adams was from Berwick, PA....you've got to find his grave. That's how a monster kid spends a nice afternoon and THAT's what MONSTER BASH's Thom Shubilla did.

 

 

Greetings At MONSTER BASH

Just another Monster Bash staffer taking care of security! It's Tod Spidle in make-up by John Tatterelli, Jr. and Jesse Melchior.

See more photos from Monster Bash: http://www.monsterbashnews.com/scrapbookNEW.html

 

 

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.

 

 

What Have You Been Watching?

Hi Ron- hope all is well with you...

This weeknd I watched and enjoyed (again) l958's 'Daughter Of Dr. Jekyll" with two of 50s
horror icons, Gloria Talbot and John Agar...featuring character actors, Arthur Shields and the menacing face of John Dierkes. Its a tale of a murderous 'werewolf' who tries to pin gory murders on an unsuspecting Gloria Talbot as the daughter in question, with John Agar coming to her rescue, its creepy, and the 'dreamlike' sequences are very eerie, a must see for Halloween coming up..regards,

- J50smonstakid*:), Arizona

Here's what I saw this past weekend.....two old chestnuts...the iconic DRACULA (1931) with Bela Lugosi, Edward Van Sloan, Helen CHandler, the great Dwight Frye, David Manners and the armadillos. Love this creaky, creepy classics.....love it.

Also, had time to watch HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945) with Dracula suddenly looking a lot like John Carradine (heh!). A tormented Lon Chaney. Jr gets cured from his werewolfism (at least for a while), and the Frankenstein Monster is resurrected. Dr. Edleman gets nutty and our dear MONSTER BASH alumni, Jane Adams, gets a lot of screen time.

I was lucky to see these with quite a few MONSTER BASH staffers who were visiting this time around.

Share with us, what you've recently been watching....

 

 

Actor Laird Cregar

Hi Ron,

I just saw a July birthday mention of Laird Cregar, born 7/28/1913, and passed away at the young age of 31 on 12/9/1944.

Some of his terrific performances include movies such as HANGOVER SQUARE, THE LODGER, and I WAKE UP SCREAMING.

One can't help wonder 'what might have been' had he lived to do so much more great film work.

~Scott Goettel, KY

He was a great actor...though so briefly.  A lot of similarity to Chaney, Jr. in my opinion....fierce, tormented and a gentle giant.

-Ron

 

 

New! More Mags In Shock Stock

More magazines are now available in our Creepy Classics Magazine Newstand. You'll find MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #19 back in stock....not many left on our planet...so get yours now! Some classic black amd white horror comic mags, some oddball ones like THRILLS & CHILLS from Scholastic and many others. Make sure to look in the "Micellanous" section in the magazine department too.

Check 'em out!

 

 

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.

… 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 …

 

 

New! Cinevent 46 Program Guide In Stock

A large magazine size program guide for the 46th annual Cinevent Convention. Cover movie is DOUBLE DOOR (1934). In depth movie reviews and reproductions of original ad material for the films. 62 pages, color cover...heavy quality paper. Lon Chaney's ROAD TO MANDALAY on the back cover.

It's in our Creepy Collectibles Department, here at Creepy Classics!

 

 

New! Collectible Lugosi Dracula Puzzle

Now in stock at Creepy Classics, the still sealed new DRACULA puzzles with Bela Lugosi as the count. These puzzles were manufactured by the Golden Books company and licensed by Universal back in 1991. Yep, still sealed. Get yours today for a rainy day in the castle.

You'll find the DRACULA PUZZLE in our Creepy Collectibles Department at Creepy Classics.

 

 

Updated Again With New Guest Addition!

The above link is for the updated MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST! Check out all the great guests and get ready for Halloween Season fun at BASH. Go to the web site for all the details and information.....get your BASH memeberships at $10 off for limited time.

Go to MONSTER BASH for details -- CLICK HERE!

 

 

Above Clockwise from top left: 1) The Creature (Make Adams is mask and hands designed by John Tatarelli, Jr.) and Julie Adams. 2) The monster (Todd Spidle) meets author Frank Dello Stritto in FRANK MEETS FRANK. 3) Attendee Felix Martella ends up in a scene from ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. 4) The Creature (Mike Adams) and (unmasked), it's Ricou Browning.

More Photos From MONSTER BASH June 2014

The above photos from attendee Felix Martella taken at MONSTER BASH June 2014. A lot more photos have been added too....

See the cool pictures from this June and past years at MONSTER BASH on our Photo Scrapbook Page!

....and don't miss all the memories to be made at the next MONSTER BASH this October 10-12 for Halloween Season fun.

 

 

New! FAMOUS MONSTERS #275 In Shock Stock

Now available for immediate shipping, FAMOUS MONSTERS #275....it comes in two different covers, PLANET OF THE APES and GHOSTBUSTERS. Grab the one you want, or if you're the super serious collector that needs both covers, go for it. We only have a few of the GHOSTBUSTERS cover.

In this issue: The Lost Interview with Roddy McDowall, Remembering Carla Laemmle, 30 Years of the GHOSTBUSTERS, PLANET OF THE APES....behind-the-scenes and more.

You'll find it in the Creepy Magazine Newsstand, here at Creepy Classics.

Also, available --- the Triple Play Magazine Bashin's bundle pack:

It's FAMOUS MONSTERS #275 (PLANET OF THE APES cover), MONSTER BASH #22 and SCARY MONSTERS #93...three great magazines at one low price. Find this bundle in the "Bashin' Bundles" Department at Creepy Classics.

 

 

Tribute Video From MONSTER BASH June 2014

A look back at the losses in the film and entertainment industry for the year. We look back and appreciate the work of these fine people that have made an impression. MONSTER BASH's Charles Henson does an outstanding job every year with producing the tribute. This year's was completed just before the passing of Carla Laemmle and Jane Adams (they will appear in next year's tribute).

Take a moment and sit back, reflect on the people that have come and gone....thanks to Charles Henson.

 

 

Godzilla Comic

This comic strip sent in from Bruce Tinkel, Edison, NJ. Nice to see some inside "Monster Gags" still make the comic strips!

 

 

Remember This Book?

This is one of those books that I really, really wanted when I was about ten years old...and never was able to get my hands on it for about 30 years. Now we have a copy of it here at Creepy Classics for sale too.

In 1971, CREEPY magazine publisher James Warren put together this "Best of" from the cool CREEPY magazines. It features great art and great, twisted stories from the early issues of the magazine. The copy we have for sale has some minor cover scuffs, but the inside looks inbroken, unread and like new other than age tanning. And, what a cool cover by Frank Frazetta of The Wolf Man and Dracula slugging and clawing it out.

If you want it, grab in now from our Creepy Bookstore link here at Creepy Classics....before Wolf Man and Dracula stop fighting and notice....YOU!

 

 

UPDATED! MONSTER BASH Trailer for Octoberfest!

Check out the new trailer promo created in the mad lab by Charles Henson! Get geared for the MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST!

****Note: The rooms are now available for the October MONSTER BASH and they're going quick, if you want to stay on-site for the October MONSTER BASH, you better call the Four Points Pittsburgh North right now. (724) 776-6900.

 

 

WHAT Is This From.....?

Welll, this cool Frankenstein Monster image is from a music video called "Frankenstein Can't Be Stopped." It features a mix of live action and lots of stop-motion photography of the monster. Really nice. I'd like to thank a friend of mine, Steve Bodner, who know this was down my dark alley. Check out the whole video below:

 

 

New! Added Guest to MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST - "A Hammer Halloween"

Martin Stephens!

Actor Martin Stephen joins MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2014 - "A Hammer Halloween!" Martin's credits include Hammer's THE WITCHES (with Joan Fontaine) and his iconic genre films: VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. THE INNOCENTS and THE HELLFIRE CLUB. Meet Martin this October at MONSTER BASH!

Martin's appearance is co-sponsored by Mark & Theron Statler and Creepy Classics.

Find out all about MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST and get your membership discounted right now --

CLICK HERE!

 

 

Monster Bash Lifetime Award Winners!

See this summer's lifetime MONSTER BASH AWARD winners....now posted along with past winners....

(Photos by Marian Owens-Clatterbaugh, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT magazine).

CLICK HERE NOW!

 

 

PA Welcome Center - Bash Friendly!

Thanks to Brenda McNeal (pictured top left) for keeping the Pennsylvania Welcome Center on the Interstate Highway ready to promote the BASH....

Thank you, Brenda!

 

 

M. Oleman's Review of MONSTER BASH June 2014

I arrived at the Monster Bash a little later than I had planned, mainly because I had to stop every few miles and scan the horizon for THE GIANT CLAW which I had been told was in the area. And even though this turned out to be a false alarm I suggest everyone get on the Giant Claw Alert List as soon as possible, just to be on the safe side. You get a pretty nice lapel pin, a certificate to hang on the wall, and peace of mind that is priceless.

But even though I was a little disappointed when I walked in the front door of the Bash Hotel (because of not being attacked by the Giant Claw and all) I was soon deliriously happy when the first person I saw looked exactly like Lumpy Rutherford from the old LEAVE IT TO BEAVER show. Unfortunately it wasn't him, just a lumpy hotel guest. But I was even happier when the next person I ran into looked exactly like Joel Hodgson from MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, and was telling this person how much he resembled Joel when he tried to tell me that's who he really was. I just walked away and laughed it off as he followed me insisting he give me his autograph. What would Joel Hodgson being doing in Mars, PA? I'm not crazy.

Next I ran into West Coast Horror Host Mr Lobo. For a West Coast Horror Host Mr Lobo sure spends a lot of time on the East Coast. I wish he would just pick a coast and stick with it. Maybe I'm just sour grapes because he beat me out of a really nice JAKE SPEED poster in Leonard's Lair of Loot in the Creepy Classics room, or maybe it's because he makes me uneasy selling all that kid's Play Slime. For all I know one day he will say the magic word or spin his hypno-device and all that slime will come to life and take over. Seeding the country with seemingly harmless Slime that becomes Blob-like on command is, well, to quote one of the lines from the runaway hit movie THE WRAITH, "It ain't cool." But I don't really think Mr Lobo wants to take over the world. He doesn't seem to have the drive or ambition of a Lex Luthor or a Doctor Doom or a Reverse Flash. Still, I think someone should keep an eye on him. I know I will.

I asked around a couple of times about Ron Adams, creator of the Monster Bash Convention, editor of Monster Bash magazine, and winner of the Betty Crocker Bakeoff of 1988 (they said), but whenever he was pointed out all I was left with was a blur of orange t-shirt and the lingering scent of Hai Karate aftershave in the area he recently vacated. I understand Hai Karate's his favorite and have already made inquiries about getting him a couple of gallons for an early birthday present. I think Ron avoids me because in the past I have repeatedly, through phone calls, registered letters, and singing telegrams asked him if I could live in his basement. But he needn't worry anymore because now I only strive to live in his garage. I really don't think that's asking too much.

Forry award winners were, as usual, a great bunch of people and if we ever start the town of New Vasaria I would like to live on their block. First there is Monster Bash comedian Don Reese who is a peach of a guy and the recipient of all my admiration because he apparently spends 362 days of the year preparing for the Bash disdaining all other work and endeavors. Just don't get in the cake line behind him or, if you have a solar array setup keep him away from it as he tends to blot out the sun quite a bit. I once saw Don flop down on a chair in the lobby of the Day's Inn. The fact that the chair did not break tells me it must have been one of those rare pieces of furniture that survived the destruction of the Planet Krypton and somehow ended up in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Then there is Brian Nichols who is also a filmmaker but not of the renegade type like David "the Rock" Nelson. I'm not sure what the difference is, but he doesn't have a pocket full of rubber monsters and people don't run when they see him. They actually seem to look forward to seeing his movies. In New Vasaria Brian would live next door to me and I would sometimes borrow his weedwacker and not return it for weeks at a time, and rather than ask for it back he would just go buy a new one. That's the kind of neighbor I want.

And what can one say about Lorraine Bush? No one is more deserving of a Forry.. She is a great artist and her work is much admired and appreciated.

The Abbot and Costello Tribute Show were as usual, wonderful. When Bill Riley and Joe Ziegler as Bud and Lou pushed the large prop crate from ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, through the dealer area bumping tables, knocking over merchandise and getting jammed into corners as they argued with each other, I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever seen. I wish someone had filmed it. I could watch a whole two hour movie of Bud and Lou pushing a huge crate around the Bash dealer area. Where's David "the Rock" Nelson when you need him?

Speaking of "the Rock", I really don't even try to resist him anymore. When I see him at the Bash and he smiles his disarming grin as he reaches into his old Marine Corps duffle bag I just handed him twenty dollars and take whatever movie he gives me. It's almost as if I'm in a hypnotic trance. It is only later after the Bash when I'm alone in my basement do I realize the full horror of what I've done. Yet still, I look forward to his FISHMAN movie. Is there something wrong with me? Do I need help? The answer on both counts of course is yes.

And speaking of the crate and all those other great props, the guillotine, the chair, and the stocks from ABBOT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, they were all made by Bash Staffer Dan Weber. You may have seen Dan wandering the halls of the Bash. He's strangely tall with long billowing hair and a great, bushy beard. He looks like the kind of guy who might get kicked out of a nice hotel like the Four Points Sheraton, so I went to management and put in a good word for him. It turns out Dan was OK but I was almost ejected. However, once again my John Agar Lifetime Fan Club membership card saved the day although I think I am on some kind of Double Secret Probation that may have something to do with my nonexistent credit rating.

I had a great time at the Monster Bash, as usual. I wandered the hallways for three days taking only short breaks in the parking lot to eat out of a vintage Thermaster cooler in the back of the Roadmaster. I hobnobbed, mingled and rubbed shoulders with old friends, new aquaintances, assorted basement dwellers, serious movie geeks, monster lovers and many most noble fellow drinkers. Everyone was kind, decent, charitable and good natured which made me proud to be a citizen of Earth and not someplace like Metaluna or Arous.

I'm told there is another Bash in October. Can it be so? A mere three months away? If I had a schedule I would clear it. If I had a job I would demand time off. Three months. Barely enough time to watch the latest interminably long movie I purchased from "the Rock", get my wingtips resoled and petition the Smithsonian for a John Agar Wing.

-M. Oleman, somewhere along the road in western Pennsylania

 

 

MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY JULY 2014

By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter

Hola, amigos, and welcome to the latest thrilling chapter of the Mexican Monster Party! And I do mean chapter; the second one in my coverage of a candidate for the best Mexican Wrestler/Monster ever, WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY. Last time, I gave you the lowdown on which versions were which and what not to buy, plus some background on the principal players. This time, I'll attempt to explain just what makes it such a classic.

While WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE KILLER DOCTOR (a.k.a. "Doctor of Doom") may already seem to have cornered the market on psychotronica, it really only just scratched the surface. Forget about your mundane mad doctors and their gangs of everyday thugs, intent on transplanting lady wrestlers' brains into monsters; in WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY, our tag-team temptresses take on the "Yellow Peril" in the form of Prince Fujiyata of the Black Dragons and his Karate Sisters! Er, and of course, the Aztec Mummy. It seems that a group of archaeologists have discovered a "Codex" (an unfortunate term when not pronounced distinctly), which, when deciphered, will lead them to a breastplate, which, in turn, will reveal the hiding place of a long-lost treasure. But, as so often happens, the breastplate rests on the chest of the Aztec Mummy, who also protects the treasure.



And so begins a multitude of pitched battles, between the Wrestling Women, the Karate Sisters, the police, the Prince and the Mummy. In the first instance of the psychotronic, the film opens with the murders of the archaeologists... and then immediately cuts to a wrestling match! In the quintessential scene (rivaling the one in "Vampire Women" where El Santo's opponent turns out to be a werewolf), the Wrestling Women are cornered in the Mummy's Tomb, when the Mummy decides that it would be a better offensive tactic if he turned into a bat! Now, the Santo Scene is zany, but logical in the sense that vampires can indeed assume the form of a wolf (although admittedly, not usually in a wrestling ring, under a mask), but to have a mummy that turns into a bat is just nuts! And then, in all obviousness, Armando Silvestre, exclaims "Look! He's a mummy again!" and ices the cake. And of course, Lorena V and Elizabeth C have to face off against the Karate Sisters, again echoing a Santo Scene from "Vampire Women", where Santo says "He's using karate, and could kill me with one blow!" Mexican wrestling/monster films seem to have a thing with pitting wrestling against karate (and winning), but the reasons escape me.

Next Chapter: "The K. Gordon Murray Effect". Adios y Vaya con Dios, mi amigos, 'til next month! Please remember to go to the Animal Rescue Site and click to provide food for shelter animals. Better yet, adopt one! Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky and Cher

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