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TODAY'S MONSTER BASH PHAN FOTO: Dracula's disintegration ring as displayed by Zandor Vorkov in DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (1971). Get this now on a special edition Blu-Ray here at Creepy Classics. Also, see Zandor Vorkov (Dracula from this film) in person, at MONSTER BASH in just days. Details HERE.

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Advance Discounted 3-Day Membership Admission Ends This Sunday!

Admission Will Still Be Available at the Door

I was just asked about single day passes vs. 3-Day VIP membership admission for MONSTER BASH this October. Here's the breakdown that should be helpful information.

In advance on-line (for a limited time) 3-DAY VIP admission is $40. (ENDS THIS SUNDAY!)

Single day passes are only available at the door.

At the door prices:

Single day (for any length of time) $25

*Be aware that many Guests of Honor leave early on Sundays to catch a flight.

3-Day VIP Pass at the door $60

For more information on the show, just CLICK HERE.

 

 

New! Vintage Paperback Re-Shocked at Creepy Classics

Check out these new collectible titles added to our growing catalog of vintage paperbacks:

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (Stan Lee Presents, 1978) - Paperback Book
Appears unread and new! Tight spine. Stan Lee and the Marvel comic team put together this color comic version of the television sensation BATTLESTAR GALACTICA in 1978. Super cool collectible in amazing condition.

BODY SNATCHERS (1961 Dell Edition) - Paperback Book
Appears unread! Tight spine, no markings. The classic Jack Finney science fiction about body duplicating aliens. The movie INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS was based on this story. This is the first edition paperback from Dell in 1961.

DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS (1962 1st Crest Edition/Movie Tie-In) - Book
Appears unread, tight spine, like new EXCEPT a name written on the inside front page. The 1962 movie tie-in first edition paperback. The novel by John Wyndham about a biological invasion....seed pods from outer space.

DAY THE EARTH FROZE (1963 Monarch) - Used Paperback
Used but no markings, typical age tanning. A 1963 first edition on Monarch Books. Novel by Gerald Hatch. Mankind is facing a terrible new ice age and no one knows how to stop this deadly event.

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971 edition) - Paperback Book
Appears unread, tight spine, like new! The Ian Fleming classic. 1971 edition paperback. James Bond 007 movie tie-in book.

DOCTOR NO (007, 1962 printing) - Paperback
Tight spine, appears unread. Crease on cover and name printed in inside front page. The Ian Fleming novel, 1962 paperback edition. James Bond 007 battles a power-mad maniac on a Caribbean island of death.

FOR BOND LOVES ONLY (1st Edition 1965) - Paperback
Excellent condition. Tight spine. Essays on James Bond by Ian Fleming, Sean Connery, Raymond Chandler and others. Center photo plates of Bond girls...including Martine Beswick. 1965 first edition paperback. No markings.

Get these and many, many more in our on-line Creepy Bookstore...just around the corner at the Creepy Classics monster mall!

 

 

New! Crimson Ghost-Misfits Action Figure

Now how cool would it be to have this guy standing on your tower computer at work? Mighty cool, I'd say...Get your very own now:

REACTION: CRIMSON GHOST (MISFITS) - Action Figure
Mini, articulated action figure of the serial skeleton villain "The Crimson Ghost," adopted by the rock band The Misfits as an icon! Get this cool figure in a blister pack. Luminescent!

You can find these in our Models, Toys & Action Figures Department right now at Creepy Classics. So creepy cool!

 

 

Coming June 2023

A real hard copy board game about the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE! Escape from the monsters in the movie room, the dealer ballroom, the guest of honor area, the registration center and more. This new board game is coming in June 2023...with just a roll of the dice!

More details to come.

 

 

Actor Robert Brown Passes Away

This in from MONSTER BASH magazine writer Leonard Hayhurst:

Actor Robert Brown died Sept. 19, 2022, of undisclosed causes, according to Collider. He was 95. Brown was born Nov. 17, 1928, in Trenton, New Jersey.

Brown was only credited in two feature films. He appeared as Sir Justin in 1962's TOWER OF LONDON with Vincent Price and Michael Pate and as Matt Hollister in 1958's THE FLAME BARRIER, a sci-fi jungle adventure.

Brown was best known for his work on television. He starred as the fast talking Jason Bolt on the western comedy HERE COME THE BRIDES on ABC for two seasons from 1968 to 1970 and as undersea adventurer Carter Primus on the syndicated series PRIMUS for one season from 1971 to 1972.

His most notable guest spot was as Lazarus on "The Alternative Factor" episode of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, a man with two versions crossing each other through different dimensions. He replaced John Drew Barrymore in the part, who failed to show for filming.

According to producer Perry Lafferty, Brown was also cast as Steve McGarrett on HAWAII FIVE-O, but was replaced at the last minute with Jack Lord by a producer who didn't think Brown was right for the part.

He also appeared on WAGON TRAIN, BONANAZA, PERRY MASON, BEWITCHED, MANNIX, COLUMBO, ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE, FANTASY ISLAND and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT.

 

 

Artist John Sargent Takes On the WEREWOLF OF LONDON

We think John Sargent's a winner here...his painting of a scene from WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935) is super cool. Thanks for sharing John! See John and his work at the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE October 14-16, 2022.

John is also the publisher of MONSTER-ART magazine!

 

 

Enter THE LAND OF THE LOST at MONSTER BASH!

Join the stars of the LAND OF THE LOST classic TV show and ride back in time on a raft with them, or wrangle and ride a dinosaur! Great photo ops with Wesley Eure (Will) and Kathy Coleman (Holly) at MONSTER BASH October 14-16, 2022!

In just days!

Join all the retro fun at the Marriott Pittsburgh North. Admission available at the door.

All the details, guest stars and collectible vendors, available by clicking HERE!

 

 

New! Two 1930s Classics on Blu-Ray In Stock NOW!

These two great Blu-Rays (both with extras) are in shock stock at Creepy Classics, get yours shipped right to your doorstep:

MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935) - Blu-Ray
The re-telling of LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT about a vampire and his daughter sucking a village dry. A murder mystery twist and lots of fun and great thirties atmosphere. Stars Bela Lugosi, Carol Borland, Lionel Atwill and Lionel Barrymore. A scene of the female vampire (Luna) flying within the high ceiling castle/mansion is brief, but haunting. Directed by Tod Browning. Extras.

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931) - Blu-Ray
It seems that most people do feel this is the definitive Jekyll/Hyde movie. There are so many versions....but the make-up, the acting and the quality of production in this 1931 hit from the Paramount scream factory really does the trick! The mild-mannered and easy going Dr. Jekyll (Frederic March) theorizes that we all have a true "evil" self within. Through chemicals he finds he can prove that theory by bringing true evil out -- in himself. He succeeds all too well. His diabolical alter ego, Mr. Hyde begins to take control, suppressing Jekyll and tormenting a beautiful young woman. A great movie.

You'll find these to order now in our New Blu-Ray Department here in the dungeon stronghold of Creepy Classics.

 

 

Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman and a Sleestak Come To the Rescue!

Back from the 1970s and 1980s TV to MONSTER BASH...it's stars Wesley Eure and Kathy Coleman from LAND OF THE LOST. They have graciously stepped in to the fill our void with the loss of Joe Flaherty.

Wesley and Kathy starred in Sid & Marty Kroft classic sci-fi adventure TV series. It ran Saturday mornings and in syndication for years. They're back together and still lost....at BASH! You can ride the raft with them, get your picture taken and get autographs. More Monster Bashin' fun for all.

All the details...CLICK HERE!

 

 

New! Cult Classic Blu-Rays In Shock Stock

The great folks at Severin films have released these two cult classics with full special edition Blu-Ray treatments! They're in stock now at Creepy Classics and ready to be delivered in the claws of a vampire bat to your door:

DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (1972) - Blu-Ray
Stars J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney, Zandor Vorkov, Russ Tamblin, Regina Carrol, Angela Rositto and Forrest J Ackerman. Dr. Frankenstein is holed up in a seaside amusement park, complete and Drac shows up with the monster! Bonus: BRAIN OF BLOOD (1971) movie, CD soundtrack, massive amount of extras!

MY GRANDPA IS A VAMPIRE (1991) - Blu-Ray
Al Lewis, beloved for his role as Grandpa in THE MUNSTERS television series – delivers creepy performance as Vernon Cooger, frail old man by day and fanged flyer of the undead at night. But his visiting grandson discovers Vernon’s dark secret! Audio commentary by the director and packed with extras!

Pick up these from our New Blu-Ray Department right next to Drac's coffin here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

New! Vampirella Glow Model Kit

In stock, the new "Frightening Lightning" glow-in-the-dark model kit of comic book character Vampirella:

VAMPIRELLA (X-Plus GLOW in the dark) - Model Kit
New long-box styled model kit (like the classic Auroras). It features the vintage Warren/Forrest J Ackerman character Vampirella. Dynamite kit produced by X-Plus. Frightening lightning glow kit. Assembly required. Glue and paint not included. 1/8 scale.

Get this model kit in our Models, Toys & Action Figures Department (where else???) right here at Creepy Classics, your one stop monster shop for 30 years!

 

 

The Official MONSTER BASH Board Game -- Coming To Monster Bash June 2023

The hard copy, hands-on creepiest, coolest board game is coming to MONSTER BASH in June 2023! Stay tuned for more image reveals and information on the game to own and play while you wait for the next MONSTER BASH to happen. It will be VERY cool. Produced by Hydra's Hollow.

 

 

Joe Flaherty has to cancel MONSTER BASH...

He has to have bypass surgery.

I am saddened to announce that Joe Flaherty has to cancel his appearance at Monster Bash. He will be signing about 100 autographs that will be available at Monster Bash this month. He will also be sending us video that will play on the big screen at Bash.

We wish him well with his health and surgery.

 

 

DieCast PodCast Interview MONSTER BASH Guest Johnny Whitaker

Here's the latest podcast from our friend Steven Turek! He interviews Johnny Whitaker from SIGMUND AND THE SEA MONSTERS, FAMILY AFFAIR and THE MYSTERY IN DRACULA'S CASTLE!

Click here and listen in!

 

 

Monster Bash Schedule of Events

In between things, I've been pounding away at the schedule of events for this October's MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE. The complete schedule is now on-line. Although, as always, it's subject to strange transformation as unforeseen events can happen.

Click Here, then click on "Schedule."

 

 

Zandor Coming To BASH!

Above, it's Zandor Vorkov, the star of DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (1971) and MONSTER BASH's Ron Adams. You too, can meet Zandor and get his autograph (if you dare!) at MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST, October 14-16, 2022.

Don't miss out on this opportunity!

 

 

New! More Great Used DVDs, Many Out-Of-Print Titles

Get the ones you want and need for your DVD collection right now, limited supply:

100 YEARS OF HORROR (5 Disc Documentary) - Used DVD Set
Like new! Five-DVD set chronicles the history of movie horror from the earliest experimental chillers through the unforgettable "golden age of movie monsters" and on through today's horror films in 26 horrific, half-hour shows. Hosted by Christopher Lee, the screen's legendary King of Horror.

BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (1973) - Used DVD
Stars Roddy McDowell, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Lew Ayres, Paul Williams and John Huston. The final entry in the original series of movies. Bringing things full circle. The apes are reclaiming earth for themselves. Civil war amongst themselves is breaking out.

BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (1958/Image) - Used DVD
John Agar stars as a man possessed by a giant floating brain from outer space! His eyes turn silver and he grits his teeth a lot. Great, great cult classic from Science Fiction's golden years.

CAPTAIN KRONOS, VAMPIRE HUNTER (1974) - Used DVD
Stars Horst Janson, John Carson, Shane Briant and Caroline Munro. This has to be one of the top Hammer's of all time. A terrific blend of vampires and swashbuckling fun. A quiet-thoughtful young man and his Dr. Van Helsing-type assistant travel the countryside trying to put an end to the outbreak of vampires in old Europe. The beautiful Caroline Munroe tags along, creating a dynamic trio up against the hordes of the netherworld. Really great.

CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1972) - Used DVD
Stars Roddy McDowell and Ricardo Montalban. The fourth in the classic series. This one features the beginning of the ape take-over led by McDowell as Caesar!

ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES (1971) - Used DVD
Like new! Remastered edition of the third movie on the series starring Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter. Includes trailers from the original series of films as a bonus too.

HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST VILLAINS (Documentary) - Used DVD
Over an hour and half journey through 100 years of film history...spotlighting the greatest movie villains of all time. From Lon Chaney, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi to John Carpenter and Alfred Hitchcock. Top flight documentary!

INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES (1940s Lon Chaney Series) - Used DVD Set
The great Inner Sanctum Series of Universal thrillers all starring Lon Chaney, Jr.: CALLING DR. DEATH, WEIRD WOMAN, DEAD MAN'S EYES, THE FROZEN GHOST, STRANGE CONFESSION and PILLOW OF DEATH.

INVISIBLE MAN LEGACY COLLECTION (5 Films) - Used DVD Set
All five of Universal Studios classic "invisible" films. THE INVISIBLE MAN with Claude Rains, THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS with Vincent Price, THE INVISIBLE MAN'S REVENGE with John Carradine, INVISIBLE AGENT with Peter Lorre and Jon Hall and THE INVISIBLE WOMAN with Virginia Bruce. Lots of extras.

IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955) - Used DVD
Restored black and white version. A giant octopus slithers out the sea to terrorize San Francisco! A great 50's giant-monster flick with top-flight animation from Ray Harryhausen.

KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (Complete TV Series) - Used DVD Set
The iconic TV series with newspaper investigator Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) stalking the paranormal: vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, lizard men....as outrageous as it sounds, it's wonderful with McGavin perfect in the role. Great guest stars. Complete TV series, over 17 hours.

LA LLORONA (1933/In Spanish, no subtitles) - Used DVD
The evil spirit of a wronged woman. A vengeful ghost whose wail is heard just before death. Dream-like. Superb photography. A milestone in horror films from Mexico. In Spanish - no subtitles.

LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973) - Used DVD
Stars Roddy McDowall, Pamela Franklin, Clive Revill and Gayle Hunnicutt. One of the scariest haunted house movies ever made. It's right up there with the original HAUNTING. McDowall is REALLY effective as a world-weary soul who knows the house and what it can do. He, rather reluctantly, finds himself on a research team trying to figure out what all the negative buzz around this house is about. Really frightening stuff.

LEOPARD MAN (1943)/GHOST SHIP (1943) - Used DVD
THE LEOPARD MAN (1943) A serious of brutal murders blamed on an escaped leopard. But suspicions are that it's more than a leopard....perhaps a human monster. THE GHOST SHIP (1943)A Val Lewton masterpiece of subtle, building terror. A sailor pits his life against an insane sea captain.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990 Tom Savini - Romero) - Used DVD
Like new! Original DVD release! A 1990 film directed by Tom Savini and starring Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, and Tom Towles. A remake of George A. Romero's 1968 horror film of the same title. Romero rewrote the original 1968 screenplay he had originally co-authored with John A. Russo. Russo produced.

PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961) - Used DVD
Midnite Movies series. Out-of-print! Stars Vincent Price and Barbara Steele. Classic Corman-Poe film.

RODAN/WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS - Used DVD
Like new, this super rare DVD set! Two classic Toho giant monster romps. It's RODAN (1956) and the great WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1966). Two disc set from Classic Media/Toho.

Get these and hundreds more in our Used DVD Graveyard. Jump in and start digging at Creepy Classics.

 

 

New! RETRO FAN #23 Magazine

This issue is full of our memories of cool kid stuff from the 1950s-1980s...wowza:

RETRO FAN #23 - Magazine
The pop culture blast from the past. Everything we loved growing up! In this issue: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and all the merchandising, Colorforms, YELLOW SUBMARINE and The Beatles, FLASH GORDON - The Saturday morning cartoon, THE PRISONER TV show, TV's ZOOM for kids and more! All color, glossy mag.

Get your very own copy to clutch and read in our RETRO FAN Department here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

The "Mazurczak Monsters" Are Back at Bash!

Here they come...an army of life-size classic monsters will appear again at MONSTER BASH this October. Get your photo taken with your favorite classic monster!

It's just part of the biggest gathering of classic monster movie fans in the country. Get all the details and get you 3-Day VIP admission memberships right now! Regular price $60...in advance now...only $40. It's time to meet up with your fellow fans of the classic monsters. CLICK HERE for details and to sign-up.

 

 

New! More ReAction Retro-Styled Action Figures

They're a blast! It's the cool articulated mini-action figures from ReAction...these ones now here at Creepy Classics:

REACTION: JET JAGUAR (Glow!) - Action Figure
Packaged on a special die-cut cardback, you’ll love adding this glow-in-the-dark 3.75” Jet Jaguar ReAction Figure to your Toho collection- we’ll shake on it! ReAction figures celebrate the iconic 3¾ action figure of our childhood. The iconic size and sculpting style!

REACTION: GODZILLA '54 - Action Figure
The original King of the Monsters! The Kaiju that started it all is immortalized with this Godzilla 1954 ReAction Figure! Standing 4” tall, this figure of Godzilla ‘54 is in grayscale as a nod to the original film, and features a broader face and four toes indicative of the earliest versions of Godzilla.

Pick these up today from Creepy Classics for shipping to your dungeon door! You'll locate them stomping around our Models, Toys & Action Figures Department at Creepy Classics.

 

 

Time To Ramp Up For MONSTER BASH OCTOBER 2022!

The excitement is building for this autumn's MONSTER BASH...in Halloween season! The show is October 14-16, 2022, just when the leaves are in full color in Pennsylvania and monsters are in the air.

150 vendor tables, guest movie and TV stars, autographs, original movie posters, film fest and classic monster special events!

Thanks to Kevin Slick for producing this video promo, CLICK HERE.

Get all the details to join monster movie fans from across the nation, CLICK HERE.

 

 

DieCast Podcast Interviews Ohio Horror Host Legend....Son of Ghoul

Steven Turek is back with another great interview. It's TV horror host Son of Ghoul...who's been on broadcast TV for over 35 years! Check out this amazing get together right now! CLICK HERE!

 

 

New! The Ultimate Mummy Action Figure

Stocked now, the Ultimate Mummy Action Figure with lots of accessories and deluxe box:

ULTIMATE MUMMY - Posable Action Figure Box Set
A perfect rendition of Boris Karloff as The Mummy. Black and white figure, 7 inches tall with all kids of accessories! Different attachable hands, heads, wrappings, scroll box. Beautiful design in a deluxe box that has a poster image on the cover. Opens to reveal background and figure, plus accessories.

Packed in embalming fluid and rushed to you from the tomb in our Models, Toys & Action Figures Department at Creepy Classics.

 

 

New! Re-Shocked...THE AMICUS COLLECTION DVD Set

Peter Cushing, werewolves, disembodied crawling hands and more gore from Amicus movies in this creepy set:

AMICUS COLLECTION (3 Features) - DVD Set
Three favorite Amicus horror films. The studio that was sister to Hammer Studios. In this DVD set: AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS, ASYLUM (anthology with Peter Cushing), and THE BEAST MUST DIE (werewolf!). 270 minutes of Amicus horror!

This is back in shock stock now...ready to ship to your creepy crypt. It's in our Complete DVD Catalog here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

New! A Used VHS for the Godzilla Collector

Just like vinyl records, VHS tapes are the vogue again! Construct your own retro video store/movie room! Here's a stompin' good one for the VHS tape collection:

GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (1972) - Used VHS
An evil force from outer space has taken control of an amusement park. They summon giant monsters Gigan and King Ghidra from outer space to help in the destruction of mankind. Godzilla and Anguirus are recruited from Monster Island on Earth to fight the threat to Earth! A rompin' entry in the Godzilla series. Used VHS.

You'll find it crushing our Used VHS Graveyard here at Creepy Classics.

 

 

Coming to MONSTER BASH October! From DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN, Zandor Vorkov

Added to MONSTER BASH in October, Dracula himself, from DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN...Zandor Vorkov. Zandor worked with Lon Chaney, Jr., J. Carroll Naish and Forrest J Ackerman on the cult drive-in classic film DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN. The film was covered heavily in FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine back in 1971. In 1971 he also appeared in the horror film BRAIN OF BLOOD. He has risen from the grave to reunite with fans at MONSTER BASH!

Quick, get your VIP 3-Day admission to MONSTER BASH OCTOBER 2022 right now...CLICK HERE for all the details.

Direct link for VIP passes, CLICK HERE.

 

 

Art Submitted For Your Viewing

Always great to see art from our friend Dave Heywood. He's been on a kick of these cartoon-styled paintings. It reminds me of those crazy Eerie Publication covers from the 1960s and 1970s. So much freaky fun! Thanks for sharing Dave.

 

 

Actress Louise Fletcher Passes Away

This in from MONSTER BASH magazine writer Leonard Hayhurst:

Actress Louise Fletcher died Sept. 23, 2022, at her home in France, according to Variety. She was 88. She was born July 22, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Fletcher is best remembered as Nurse Ratched in 1976's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, for which she won the Oscar for best actress. In the American Film Institute's list of the greatest villains of the movies, Ratched ranked fifth.

She appeared in several horror and sci-fi flicks. They included EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC, MAMA DRACULA, STRANGE BEHAVIOR, STRANGE INVADERS, BRAINSTORM, FIRESTARTER, INVADERS FROM MARS remake, THE BOY WHO COULD FLY, SHADOWZONE, NIGHTMARE ON THE 13TH FLOOR, THE STEPFORD HUSBANDS and FRANKENSTEIN AND ME.

Television appearances included ONE STEP BEYOND, WORLDS BEYOND, THE TWILIGHT ZONE revial from 1985, THE HITCHHIKER, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, THE RAY BRADBURY THEATER, FANTASY ISLAND revival from 1998, BRIMSTONE, and as the recurring character Winn Adami on STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE.

 

 

Rondo Remembers: Monsters That Got Away

As a young kid reading FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine, getting excited about every horror or science fiction movie that came on TV, there was some things that were just out of reach. Missing pieces of the puzzle. Certain movies were just plain elusive, yet I was totally aware of them.

We won't go into LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (1927) starring Lon Chaney. The most sought after lost film of all time. That's a tale for another day.

When I was young I never saw (among other minor features) the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954) or THE BLOB (1958). At least I never saw the movies. They just didn't appear on the television stations we got. Now my parents did have early cable in central Pennsylvania in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Lots of classic movies came in from the independent New York stations, channels 5, 9 and 11. I actually had a diet of monster movies almost daily and many on Saturdays.

Apparently these stations didn't have a syndication package that included CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON or THE BLOB. I found out decades later from other fans that in the New York area there was a channel 7 that played CREATURE. That channel I didn't get. For maybe many reasons in those pre-Internet, pre-home video days I never got to see those two films. Those two stand out since they are so iconic.

I sure was aware of them. Heck, I had the CREATURE Soaky Toy when I was three or four years old. I then saw many photos in the monster magazines, the Creature in comic books, the Aurora model kit and various merchandising just about everywhere I looked. Now THE BLOB I was told about by both my mom and dad. They had seen it in the theater when my mom was pregnant with me. It scared the wits out of my mom and she would always say she never wanted to see that movie again. My dad apparently liked it. So there was that family story that permeated my brain. And, maybe, my mom being so scared of THE BLOB when she was pregnant somehow made its way into me! Look what it did! Heh.

It wasn't until the days of home video that I was able to actually see these movies in the early 1980s. Weird, huh. How these two amazing, iconic films eluded me when I had really wanted to see them for years. I'm sure you probably have a movie or two that you always wanted to see when you were a kid and...somehow, someway they remained unseen for years.

Now the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (and its sequels) along with THE BLOB (1958) are seen pretty darn regularly here at home. I guess I'm making up for lost time in my youth.

Ron Adams
Ligonier, PA
September 2022

Rondo,

I also have wistful memories of movies just out of my reach. I remember reading so much about Night of the Living Dead, but I was only three (!) when it first came out, so I had to wait for a TV showing. And wait. And wait. Just the title kept me frightened all those years! I was so glad when I finally got to see it, sometime in the late 70s on a showing from Channel 18 out of Milwaukee. Another movie that I waited a looong time for was Dracula, Prince of Darkness. It just never seemed to show on any of our channels. Around 1989 my wife and I were living in California and one of my wife's friends asked her if we wouldn't mind house-sitting for them for a weekend. They had a cable package we didn't have (or couldn't get in our part of town), and while we were there that weekend I noticed DPoD was showing -- at about 4 in the morning. I set my alarm and got up to watch it. It was worth the wait.

Good things are worth waiting for!

-Brian Nichols, Bryan, TX

The first time I saw "Creature" was indeed on Channel 7; when it was Monster Week on the 4:30movie...

Here is the intro...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2es-lfRSDOI

-Kevin Browne, Fountain Valley, CA

One movie that got by me was Teenagers From Outer Space! I was about 10 years old and in trouble! I have no memory why, but Mom sent me to bed just as Fantastic Theater on KVOO, Channel 2 out of Tulsa, Oklahoma (we were in southeast Kansas) was coming on. 

From my room upstairs I could here the creepy theme music and host Peter Harts rich German accent saying, "Welcome, mein freunde, to Fantastic Theater! Tonigh'ts film....Teenagers From Outer Space...." OH! The horror! I listened from my bed  as the film began trying to imagine what the space ships looked like! Finally, I could take it no more! I creeped along the floor and laid at the top of the stairs and peered down between the banister posts just in time to see "ZAP", and the little dogs bones crumbled to the ground! "DONNIE! GET BACK IN BED!!!"

Sigh.....That image haunted me for nearly 30 years before I finally saw the whole movie on American Movie Classics (Before commercials! Remember?) Still a favorite today and I still get a thrill from that "ZAP"! lol

Don Richardson, Chanute, KS

Hello Ron,

Boy, isn't that the truth! There were some films that just seemed out of our grasp in the Pre-VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, Streaming, YOUTUBE days. I'm sure this added to the allure for all Us Monster Kids, especially after seeing pictures in Monster magazines or hearing about it from someone. My Mom had seen WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE in the theaters (I was a Baby at that time) and I was forbidden to watch it as it was "Just horrible". It was on a couple of times in 1971-1972 on San Francisco TV, but even then I knew I had more to fear from her than from Baby Jane. I finally saw it on Chicago TV in 1977 and as is the case, found it sort of funny.

Oddly enough Ron, The Creature was one of the first "Classic" monsters I saw in the Spring of 1971 and managed to catch it a second time the following year. I also caught THE BLOB around the same time. Like You, The Creature certainly gets the love in this household.

The two that seemed to elude Me were THE WOLF MAN and THE MUMMY'S TOMB. Although Bob Wilkins played so many Universals the year I watched CREATURE FEATURE (1971-72), THE WOLF MAN never seemed to be in the playlist....always a repeat that I had already seen. It was going to be on THE GOOD OLD SCARY MOVIE the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend 1972. My family was going to Yosemite that weekend, but I was Gung-Ho (and Dumb) enough to ask if We could leave for our trip after THE WOLF MAN. I'm sure You can guess what the answer was...

I finally saw it in Spring of 1978 on a Chicago TV station, but had my first serious girlfriend over, so really didn't pay much attention. Finally got to view it when it came out on Video in the late 80's.

THE MUMMY'S TOMB was on CREATURE FEATURE in Spring of 1972, and I was looking forward to checking it out. My Mom found out the week before that I had gotten to bed at 1AM and was up by 8...."That's only Seven hours!", so for the next couple of week (so I could get enough sleep) , I was only able to watch the first offering on the Double Feature and TMT was #2 on that particular night. Oddly enough, I was soon allowed to go back to watching both offerings again.
Flash forward to June of 1984 and TMT was being shown on GHOST HOST (Channel 45 from Baltimore). Around this same time, Donna (my fiancee) and I had split up twice, but on Movie night, We had a long "Heart to Heart" hashing out annoyances etc and I felt Kharis could wait for another day. Donna and I got married on Valentines Day 1985 and are still together.

At long last, I finally caught up with THE MUMMY'S TOMB in the summer of 1994 when the old Arbutus MD library moved to a bigger location across the street and the former building became Movie Time Video, a wonderful place which had all the classic monsters for rent. Sadly, 10 years old had turned to 32 and TMT did not make a favorable impression and it still is the least of the series for Me.

Steve Schimming
Sanbornton, NH

I was meaning to tell you that I enjoyed reading your post about classic films you didn’t see until years later.

For me it was THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN.  Growing up in the NYC area we had both CHILLER THEATRE and CREATURE FEATURES on Saturday night.

So you could choose whatever film struck your fancy.  But, for whatever reason, TGOF never seemed to be broadcast or maybe I missed it. 

I finally saw it in 1986.  I was working in the advertising department of a now defunct department store chain and the guy writing ad copy there was John Brunas, co-writer with his brother and Tom Weaver of UNIVERSAL HORRORS.

John invited me and my then girlfriend to his house as he had a 16mm print of TGOF which he ran for us.  So cool!

Probably didn’t see the film again until 1993 when Universal put it out on VHS.  I bought every tape in that series and still have ‘em though I have upgraded media over the years.  But the box art was the best on those VHS tapes.  I couldn’t get rid of them… 

-Hank Reineke

 

 

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