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TODAY'S MONSTER BASH PHAN FOTO: The Frankenstein Monster might get burned up again! It's Boris Karloff in the fireplace...this time made-up as Santa Claus. Happy Christmas season, as Creepy Classics fills Santa's bag with Monster Kid goodies.

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New! It's Here...the Highlight DVD of the Most Recent MONSTER BASH

This is from our most recent MONSTER BASH in October of 2019...produced by Kevin Sick. Here are the details:

MONSTER BASH is the gathering of classic monster movie and TV fans from across the country that get together to meet stars and share stories. Fun, family, friends and film. These clips from the show include interviews and fun with Donnie Dunagan (SON OF FRANKENSTEIN), Janet Ann Gallow (GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN), Mark Goddard and Marta Kristen (LOST IN SPACE), Victoria Riskin (Fay Wray’s daughter), John Russo (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD), Horror Host Mr. Lobo, Monster Muppeteer and prop collector Bill Diamond and more!

Get your copy now in our New DVD Department or the Monster Bash Store at Creepy Classics.



New! Collectible Theatrical Promo Piece

Here is a rare promotional piece issued to theaters to help get booking and promote the film itself. Original promo item from 1974:

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) - Theatrical Promo Fold-Out
This is a tri-fold, card stock ad promo distributed to theaters in 1974 to promote the film YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. It opens up at the zipper image to reveal the theatrical poser image in beautiful color. The back features opening theater dates in major cities. Rare collectible.

Get this promotional collectibles in our Original Pressbook Department a Creepy Classics.



Monster Basher Down, Please Help with Card & Emails

We are saddened to say that Monster Bash staffer, Bob Kennedy has had a very bad accident on his motorcycle. On November 5th he was life-flighted by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital. He had many broken bones and a skin graft needed. While thankfully he pulled through this bad accident, he has been in the hospital and now, rehab nursing home since November 5th.

Due to virus restrictions he has not been able to see his wife, family or friends since November 5th and is expected to be in the nursing facility through Christmas with no visitors.

Show the spirit of ths season and think of Bob. He would love your cards, thoughts, emails and prayers.

Here's how you can cheer him up in his isolation through this Christmas season...

Please sends cards (Get Well or Christmas) to:

Bob Kennedy, Patient, UPMC Heritage Place, 5701 Phillips Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

email to:

He is a huge fan of 1950s science fiction, William Castle movies, GORGO and all the classics. Our MONSTER BASH love goes out to him during this very trying time.



MONSTER BASH #40 is Here, In Stock

We are proud to present MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #40! The cover is a masterpiece of monsterdom....Karloff as the Monster from the hand of legendary artist Basil Gogos through the Gogos estate.

Keeping the legacy of Basil Gogos and Forrest J Ackerman alive and well in the 21st century...MONSTER BASH:

This 40th issue anniversary special features writers Frank Dello Stritto, Tom Weaver, Dennis Druktenis, Thom Shubilla, Leonard Hayhurst, Ron Adams, publicity for FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN from the vaults of 1943 and your Fan Flashbacks! Click and order yours now, it's ready to ship to your doorstep:

The 40th anniversary issue! Inside: The Horrors of Flying Monkeys and Witches - THE WIZARD OF OZ, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, Interview with Universal Frankenstein stuntman Gil Perkins, The Lost TV Show SHIMPENSTEIN, Fan Flashbacks, Rare Photos and cover by iconic artist Basil Gogos!

See all the issues, CLICK HERE!

Here are some peeks inside this current issue:



New! Vintage Movie and TV Tie-In Paperbacks

Grab the ones you want quick, these movie and TV tie-in paperbacks go quick! In stock as of this typing:

10th VICTIM (Movie Tie-In) - Paperback Book
1965 first edition paperback movie tie-in book. Novel made into the movie starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress. Like new, tight and unread condition. Only typical age tanning. Center photos from the movie.

1984 (1959 Signet Edition) - Paperback Book
Really great cover on this 1959 edition of the George Orwell classic. Tight spine, appears unread, but some very slight cover wear.

I AM LEGEND (OMEGA MAN Movie Tie-In) - Paperback Book
By Richard Matheson. The 1971 edition of the classic novel ties in with the feature film THE OMEGA MAN. Tight, like new, unread condition, just typical age tanning.

NIGHT MUST FALL (Movie Tie-In) - Paperback Book
1964 first edition paperback. MGM Albert Finney movie tie-in book. Novel by William Drummond. Totally like new book except tiny chip on top right corner of the cover. Tight, unread condition.

THE OMEN (1976 Movie Tie-In Edition) - Paperback Book
1976 movie tie-in first edition. By David Seltzer. Terrifying new shocker, now a movie from 20th Century Fox. Like new, unread condition. Tight spine.

PHANTOM (By Susan Kay) - Paperback Book
By Susan Kay. Haunting and unforgettable, the dark love story that has never been told before. Like new, unread condition. 1991 Dell first edition. 532 page thick paperback!

THE POWER (1968 MGM Movie Tie-In) - Paperback Book
By Frank M. Robinson. A 1956 novel made into a movie in 1968. This is the first edition movie tie-in. A novel of science fiction suspense. Used book but in good condition. Crease on cover. Spine still tight, no markings.

PSYCHO (1962 British Book, Movie Tie-In) - Paperback Book
A 1962 movie-tie in edition from British publisher Corgi Books. By Robert Bloch. Tight, unread condition, just slight crease on cover (very slight).

SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (Movie Tie-In) - Paperback Book
1965 Crest Book first edition and movie tie-in. By Mark McShane. Startling and different...suspense and the supernatural. Like new, unread condition. A gem!

A 1958 Dell First Edition paperback! est sci-fi and fantasy short stories from 1957-1958. A great year for stories...include THE FLY (which became the movie)! Stories by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Henry Kuttner, Zenna Henderson, Brian Aldiss and other greats! Tight, excellent condition!

THE SHINING (Movie Tie-In) - Paperback
1980 movie tie-in paperback. Stanley Kubrick film starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Like new, unread condition. Center photos.

SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER (Movie Tie-In) - Paperback
Ray Harryhausen movie tie-in paperback. 1977 first paperback edition. Like new, unread condition. Totally tight spine, like right off the rack in 1977.

STAR TREK 2 (TV Tie-In) - Paperback Book
By James Blish. The ultimate trip! Based on the exciting TV series. Excellent, unread tight condition. Only the very slightest cover wear.

STAR TREK 3 (TV Tie-In) - Paperback Book
1969 edition by James Blish. Mind reeling journeys based on the hit TV show STAR TREK. Like new, tight and unread condition.

STAR TREK 5 (TV Tie-In) - Paperback Book
By James Blish. More thrilling adventures from the prize-winning television series. 1972 edition in like new, unread condition.

STAR TREK 6 (TV Tie-In) - Paperback Book
By James Blish. More amazing episodes from the award-winning television series. Like new! Unread condition. Beautiful copy. 1972 first edition.

STAR TREK 8 - Paperback Book
Like new,clean, tight, unread condition! By James Blish...this 1972 paperback is like fresh off the shelves. Perfect for your collection, maybe an upgrade for you!

STAR TREK 10 (TV Tie-In) - Paperback Book
By James Blish. Featuring six episodes. First time in paperback. From 1974. Like new and unread condition. Tight spine. Beautiful copy.

STAR TREK FOTONOVEL #3 (TV Tie-In) - Paperback
An amazingly cool paperback. Color photos act as comic book panels through the book with balloon dialogue. It's the story/TV episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" in color photo comic book form. Like new, unread condition! 1977 first edition.

STAR WARS (1977 Movie Tie-In Edition) - Paperback Book
The 1977 paperback book movie tie-in edition. Center color photos. Like new, unread condition! Perfect for the STAR WARS collector!

The exciting original story of SUPERMAN by Elliot S. Maggin. Ties-in with SUPERMAN - THE MOVIE featuring 16 pages of photos from the movie. 1978 first edition. Like new, unread condition, tight spine. Very nice copy.

WILLOW (Movie Tie-In) - Paperback
Like new, tight...just some typical age tanning. 1988 Ballantine paperback first printing. A wondrous tale of a child...a prophecy...and the power of magic. Includes center color stills from the movie!

Get these great paperbacks and many, many more in the stacks at our on-line Creepy Bookstore from Creepy Classics.



Relive The Excitement of The Toys YOU Wanted For


Here they are, those toys you begged Mom and Dad for when you were a kid! These are the things you had to have...a real flashback blast from the past on DVD:

A nostalgic look back at the greatest toy commercial from the 1950s and 1960s. You'll see young actors like Billy Mumy (LOST IN SPACE), Kurt Russell, Shari Lewis and others. Plus, all those great toys we grew up with. Scores of TV commercials that will take you back to yesterday.

We are stocked on this retro wonderland DVD right now, get yours to play through the season and on Christmas morning! It's in our Holiday Department here at Creepy Classics!



Perfect! Let Your Monster Movie Fan Decide

It's the perfect gift for that monster movie buddy or family member...they will love a gift certificate to pick out what they want from Creepy Classics! They're are three denomination available:

$100 Creepy Classics Gift Certificate
A hard copy gift certificate will be mailed to you for great monstrous gift giving! Good for anything on the Creepy Classics web site: Monster Bash Admissions Memberships, Blu-Rays, DVDs, Model Kits, Posters, T-Shirts, Collectibles...everything for that special Monster Movie Fan!

$50 Creepy Classics Gift Certificate
A hard copy gift certificate will be mailed to you for great monstrous gift giving! Good for anything on the Creepy Classics web site: Monster Bash Admissions Memberships, Blu-Rays, DVDs, Model Kits, Posters, T-Shirts, Collectibles...everything for that special Monster Movie Fan!

$25 Creepy Classics Gift Certificate
A hard copy gift certificate will be mailed to you for great monstrous gift giving! Good for anything on the Creepy Classics web site: Monster Bash Admissions Memberships, Blu-Rays, DVDs, Model Kits, Posters, T-Shirts, Collectibles...everything for that special Monster Movie Fan!

You'll be mailed a certificate that you can package any way you'd like for that special monster fan on your Christmas list. You can CLICK HERE to pick out the certificate you want from Creepy Classics.




Get these beastly beautiful back issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS magazine right now...only one each available, so don't miss out:

The classic monster movie magazine produced by James Warren and Forrest J Ackerman. Like new, tight spine, only a slight small dog ear crease on bottom right corner of the cover. Inside this issue: TIME AFTER TIME, The ALIEN Movie, The Muppet Monsters, Horror Star Birthdays, STAR WARS and more.

The classic monster movie magazine produced by James Warren and Forrest J Ackerman. Like new, unread condition! Inside: Disney's Super Space Thriller THE BLACK HOLE, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, Christopher Lee, Buck Rogers Legacy, Teenage Monsters and more.

The classic monster movie magazine produced by James Warren and Forrest J Ackerman. Like new, unread condition! Inside this issue: SATURN 3, THE CRIMSON CULT with Barbara Steele and Boris Karloff, Manikins of Menace in the Movies, CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN, Horror Star Birthday.

The classic monster movie magazine produced by James Warren and Forrest J Ackerman. Excellent, right off the newsstand - just tiny dog-ear on corner of cover! Inside this issue: Fright Films of Freddie Francis, David Prowse Interview, Creeper - Rondo Hatton Story, HUMANOIDS OF THE DEEP and more.

Get the above magazines in our FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND Department right now...before they're scooped up by another collector. Right here in our on-line Creepy Magazine Newsstand at Creepy Classics.



Re-Stocked! The Perfect Christmas Gift

Okay, you've got a fellow monster movie fan and you'd like to get them something for Christmas. But, perhaps you're not sure what movies they already have in their Blu-Ray and DVD collection. Well, here's the perfect gift....a CD of 1960s styled monster music from Mark Statler and his Creepy Classic Chiller Band!

We've just re-stocked on this factory sealed great CD. Fun, monster songs in surf-guitar, rock-a-billy and "Monster Mash" styled tunes:

Original 50's rock-a-billy monster songs that will send chills of delight to everyone from the monster boom generation! This is the CD, to put on in the car, roll the windows down and cruise to. It's high-top sneakers, blue jeans, bowling shirts and classic pop rock for the fans of monster movies. Tracks include: DRACULA'S DAUGHTER, SILVER SCREEN MONSTERS, HAUNTED HOUSE, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, EXPERIMEMT IN TERROR, MOONGLOW, MYSTERY OF THE BLACK LAGOON, BATMAN-WOLFMAN- FRANKENSTEIN OR DRACULA, THE WAY TO DRACULA'S CASTLE, MAKE-UP MAN, THE BALLAD OF FRANKENSTEIN AND HIS BRIDE, and MONSTER BASH!

What a great re-stocked stocking stuffer in our Creepy CD Department at Creepy Classics.



New! Vintage 1968 Unused Bumper Sticker

Super cool, rare collectible promotional bumper sticker from our childhood, just one available:

This is an unused bumper sticker from the 1960s promoting the movie THE GREEN SLIME. Back of sticker peel-off paper is showing age tanning. Front is still vibrant yellow and green. Be great to hang like a school pennant with your movie collection! About 12 inches by 3 inches.

Get this in our Creepy Collectibles Department here at Creepy Classics!



New! Super Cool, Super Strange Vintage Monster Movie Magazines

Here are two very cool magazines from the 1960s-1970s. Every monster kid needs these glorifying their magazine collection:

HORROR (British Premium 1971) - Quality Magazine
Premium quality 1971 magazine on horror films from the Universals through the Hammer age. Beautifully reproduced photos and information. Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Peter Cushing, The Chaneys. 54 pages on heavy stock paper and hundreds of photos. A striking magazine book. Part of the quality Ian Allan Film Album series. A must for classic horror fans. Like new, appears unread!

3-D MONSTERS #1 - Magazine
Rare vintage monster mag from 1964! The Monster Boom was in full swing....articles include: Half Human Monster Movies, Fiends Like THE WOLF MAN and THE MUMMY, TARANTULA, EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN with Peter Cushing, TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN, plus 3-D photo pages. Glasses not included, just some light cover wear, spine wear, slight tear, spine still tight, normal page tanning.

Snag these right now from our Miscellaneous Magazine Department in our on-line Creepy your creepy corner store, Creepy Classics!



New! Fanzine Mania

Here are some really creepy cool fanzines from the 1960s...the don't get harder-to-find than these. Heartfelt, true blue Monster Kid projects from 50 years ago:

CINEMAGICDOM #1 (Rare 1964) - Fanzine
Very rare 1964 fanzine by Ken Dixon. Produced in Springfield, PA. 16 pages. First issue dedicated to actor/stuntman Jock Mahoney. TARZAN'S THREE CHALLENGES movie reviewed. Article on features THE TIME MACHINE, THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, THE RAVEN, Harryhausen's FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. Nice condition.

CINEMAGICDOM #2 (March 1964) - Fanzine
Very rare 1964 fanzine by Ken Dixon. Produced in Springfield, PA. 20 pages. In this issue: Batman and Robin, Future Films, SON OF SAMSON review, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS review, Jason and The Skeletons - Ray Harryhausen Genius, TARZAN'S GREATEST ADVENTURE. Nice condition, just age tanning.

CINEMAGRAM #3 (Sept. 1966) - Fanzine
Rare 1966 fanzine by Richard Pomeroy. Produced in Seattle, Washington. 10 pages. Dedicated to amateur films, sci-fi and horror films. Steve Kaplan (now with Alpha Video) early Avant Garde film. Hammer Films remade and reviewed, illustrations and photos. Nice condition, just age tanning.

Get these fan publications of the past in our Miscellaneous Magazine Department in our Creepy Newsstand on-line at Creepy Classics.




JUST SOLD OUT 12//2020, Another Case on the Way

Here it is....we've got it in stock now...the kick-off color Hammer Horror movie, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. We are ready to ship this Frankenstein right to your's stomping around our dungeon riht now. In all its gory 4K glory:

Peter Cushing plays Dr. Frankenstein and Christopher Lee is the creature. Still startling and a cornerstone for Hammer Horror! This is a two disc set. The film in 4K new scan on disc one. Second disc has an "Open Matte" HD version, plus four new featurettes on the film and its music.

Be the first Monster Kid on your bashin' block to spin this on your Blu-Ray player. Ready to ship immediately to you. You'll unearth it in our New Blu-Ray Department, or in our Hammer Horror Department here at Creepy Classics. Order your today.



Make It A Creepy Classics Christmas!

Here are the tried and true Creepy Christmas items. If you don't have this arsenal of fun for your season...get the ones you need and be prepared! If you have a fellow monster movie fan on your Christmas list...these are stupendous ideas for them:

CHRISTMAS FRANKIE (Green Shirt) - T-Shirt
100% Pre-Shrunk Cotton comfortable green tee shirt with quality silk-screened image. Heavy Guildan shirt. Santa claws is here. While supplies last, sizes are men's SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE, XL, 2X, 3X. Select size in pull-down option. Retro Christmas Frankenstein Santa. Face is BIG on front of shirt.

The horror-day issue for good monster boys and ghouls everywhere! THE MUMMY'S HAND lurks, Snow Monsters, Spooky Things in Haunted Houses, Agnes Moorehead's Manor House, Fan Flashbacks and more, more more! Writers Frank Dello Stritto, Tom Weaver, Leonard Hayhurst, Rich Scrivani, Ron Adams.

Martian children cry out for their own Santa Claus, just like the one they see on TV transmissions coming from the planet Earth. Not to disappoint, Martians head for earth to kidnap Santa. Cult weird Sci-Fi classic known for featuring Pia Zadora as a child.

SANTA CLAUS (1959/Santa Meets The Devil!) - Blu-Ray or DVD
This is it! The Christmas movie that warped the minds of a generation! Released in the Unite states to the children's matinee market during the holiday season through the 1960s. It features Santa Claus fighting a devil from Hades named "Pitch." Pitch has tried to teach the children of earth evil, but Santa Claus won't have it and is risking everything on Christmas eve to save the holiday from the demons of the dark! A wizard, Santa's sci-fi lab, robot reindeer, a creepy dream sequence of giant dolls taunting a little weirdness. You'll find yourself simply shaking your head in disbelief. Imported from Mexico and dubbed in English. A holiday must for every fan of strange cinema. An alternate title could be SANTAS CLAUS VS. THE DEVIL!

Load up your sleigh...or shopping cart here at Creepy Classics today...get ahead of the game for the Christmas season!

....and don't forget, we have CREEPY CLASSICS GIFT CERTIFICATES too. In various denomination...just CLICK HERE to see the options.

Happy Holidaze!



MONSTER BASH is for MONSTER KIDS everywhere of every age!

Make Sure You're Caught Up On Your MONSTER BASH Magazine Collection!

Do you have all of these?

Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Creature From the Black Lagoon, King Kong, The Phantom of the Opera, Mr. Hyde...they're all here, at home in MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE.

Collect them all....Click Here to get them right from the publisher (us!), new glossy mags shipped bagged and boarded for protection to you!

All at Creepy Classics, right now!

Creepy Classics/Monster Bash Reader Hits Ground Zero

Above is Creepy Classics/Monster Bash reader Kevin Mulligan with a friend fromthe stars, Gort! Kevin is in the UFO Museum at Roswell, New Mexico...ground zero for UFO activity. Thanks for sharing the great photo , Kevin!

New and Re-Stocked...Disney Blu-Rays

New to Creepy Classics, the Blu-Ray edition of THE ROCKETEER:

THE ROCKETEER (1991) - Blu-Ray
A total throwback to the serial cliffhangers of the 1940s! A Nazi threat, a rocketman hero, beautiful gal in distress, a master criminal spy and a brute henchman that looks just like Rondo Hatton! A totally fun, pushed aside adventure thriller from Disney! An amazing film.

...and re-stocked, a Disney Cult Classic is here:

Stars Patrick McGoohan. Originally a three part made-for-TV Disney movie that has production quality above most theatrical period films! "The Scarecrow" is a mysterious and frightening character that rises above bands of British enslavers. Mixed in smuggling, The Scarecrow, becomes a dark justice fighter. Amazing, creepy, and full of pre-revolution color. 151 minutes.

Get THE ROCKETEER in our New Blu-Ray Department and get THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH in our "S" section of the Creepy Blu-Ray Department.....they're here at Creepy Classics just for you.



Above: David Prowse as the Frankenstein Monster in HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN (1970).

Another Hammer Frankenstein Leaves Us...with a Darth Past

Rest in peace Hammer Frankenstein actor David Prowse. Here's more from MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE writer Leonard Hayhurst:

Actor and bodybuilder David Prowse died Nov. 28, 2020, after a short illness according to The Guardian. He was 85. Prowse was born July 1, 1935, in Bristol, England. 

Prowse is best known for appearing in the Darth Vader suit for the original Star Wars trilogy of STAR WARS in 1977, EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in 1980 and RETURN OF THE JEDI in 1983.

His first acting roll was as Frankenstein’s Creature in the James Bond spoof CASINO ROYALE in 1967. He also played versions of the monster in THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN in 1970 and FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL in 1974. Other films included VAMPIRE CIRCUS in 1972, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE in 1971, JABBERWOCKY and THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT in 1977. He also had television roles on episodes of DOCTOR WHO and SPACE: 1999.

Prowse received the Order of the British Empire in 2000 for his work as the Green Cross Man in a series of advertisements promoting road safety from 1975 to 1990. He was up for the part of the Man of Steel in 1978’s SUPERMAN, but after it went to Christopher Reeve Prowse was hired to be Reeve’s trainer. Prowse was the British Heavyweight Weightlifting Champion from 1962 to 1964.

David Prowse is a MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE alumni.

So sorry we lost David Prowse this weekend. Both times I met him, he was very welcoming and greeted me with a big smile. I shared with him how frightened I was watching Horror of Frankenstein. He then autographed his photo saying, ”Glad I gave you a scare”. A true gentleman.

-Dave Heywood, FL

Hi Ron,

Very sorry to hear about the passing of David Prowse. I got to see first hand as a kid what a very nice, and very strong guy he was.

In 1977 I was working for Round Table Pizza (my first job at 16), and next door was a Star Trek / Sci-Fi collectibles shop called The Galactic Starport (one of first of it's kind). In conjunction with that shop, a small press gathering of reporters was held in the Round Table dining area to promote Star Wars. Anthony Daniels & David Prowse (both very nice guys) were there.
My favorite memory is after a reporter asked about Prowse's body building, Prowse proceeded to pick up two of our female employees, one with each arm, and set them on his shoulders and state "Does this answer your question?".

John Clemons
Union City, CA

It was with sadness that I learned over the weekend actor David Prowse had passed away on November 28, 2020, at age 85. Dave Prowse, of course, was the man who inhabited the costume, cape, and cowl of Darth Vader in the first three phenomenally successful "Star Wars" pictures.

In 2001, Prowse was a special guest at the Pittsburgh's Monster Bash, the annual weekend-long fan event, which was held that year at the Holiday Inn in nearby Monroeville.

While the biographies noted that Prowse stood six-and-a-half feet in height and had once toiled as a professional bodybuilder, the years had not been kind. By 2001, the actor was bent and hobbled with arthritis. He walked with the aid of a cane, in carefully measured steps which appeared at odds with his famous character's imposing stride.

On the final afternoon of the event, I brought my young niece along with me to meet some of the convention's famous guests. At twelve years of age and already over six feet tall, Catherine was enduring a lot of ribbing from her friends and at school because of her unusual height.

When we arrived at the convention, Prowse was seated at a table in one of the hotel's banquet rooms. He looked Catherine up and down as we approached. In soft and gentle British tones which belied Darth Vader’s malevolent snarl, the actor asked Catherine her name, and her age. And then he nodded, and asked her height.

After my niece replied, Prowse paused and said, “Catherine, you’re a perfectly lovely young lady. And you should never, ever think otherwise...although you’ll surely meet people in life who’ll want to make you try.”

Then for the first time that weekend I watched as David Prowse rose from his chair and straightened to his full towering height. Gazing soberly at my niece, the actor intoned, “Promise me you'll never stoop over because of your size, or try to pretend that you’re less than who you really are. And always remember--you heard that from Darth Vader.”

The world will doubtless remember Dave Prowse for his appearances in the “Star Wars” pictures. But I’ll always bless the man for his kindness...and for his simple decency.

Carl Schultz,
Johnstown, PA



New! Restocked, the Out-of-Print LEGEND'S DRIVE-IN THEATER

Only a few left of this cool DVD here at Creepy Classics:

Out-of-print, but in stock now! New and factory sealed. Features the two Bela Lugosi films THE CORPSE VANISHES and VOODOO MAN. Plus, packaged in a drive-in experience with pre-show shorts, intermission, announcements by the management. Under the stars with Bela Lugosi!

Get this DVD for your can purchase it now in our Complete DVD Catalog at Creepy Classics.



Rondo Remembers: Thanksgiving & Kong

Here we are, another Thanksgiving and it always brings up some of my best memories. I've been waxing about this on the Internet for 23 years now, so humor me means a lot.

Thanksgivings were magic for me back in the late sixties and early seventies. We lived in State College, PA beginning in 1968. (I moved to the Pittsburgh area in the early 1980s). We had early cable in 1968. It was Centre Video. If we didn't have cable, we only got three channels...Altoona, Johnstown (fuzzy), and University Park (PBS). Channel 16 from Scranton came in, fuzzy, with a lot of rabbit ear antenna struggling.

But, with cable...we got eight channels! Imagine that -- eight channels to choose from. And, believe it or not, there were more choices I liked to watch than with the 200+ channels today. It was all because of three New York City stations (technically one was Secaucus, New Jersey): WNEW 5, WOR 9, and WPIX 11. Wow....independents that played an almost non-stop barrage of movies from the 1930s-1950s.

On Thanksgiving, Channel 9 started a tradition that would carry on for over a decade. KING KONG on Thanksgiving Day. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, I think there were a few Thanksgivings that KONG played multiple, multiple times during the day. MIGHTY JOE YOUNG would be in the mix as well. And, in between things, I'd flip over to Channel 11 for the Thanksgiving showing of MARCH OFTHE WOODEN SOLDIERS! Laurel and Hardy meeting up with those maniamals - The Bogeymen. Hideous man-beasts that lived in caverns below the earth.

So, it is with joy, that Thanksgiving was KING KONG (1933), SON OF KONG (1933), MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949), and MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS on TV. All this while, the aroma of baking turkey came from the kitchen. The house, overly warm from the oven being on since the wee hours of the morning. And, that smell of sage meant stuffing (my favorite) soon to be had by all!

During commercial breaks, I would slip out to the kitchen and snitch a green olive and a piece of celery. Sugar cookies had been baked by my mom and my sister.

The meal and family are together and Carl Denham has captured the biggest gorilla ever. Stan and Ollie have beaten the Bogeymen and the evil Barnaby. Joe Young was climbing a tree and saving a little girl from a burning orphanage. It's all the 8th Wonder of the World.

It's KING KONG, it's Thanksgiving.

I'll be watching all of those films, again now, cooking the turkey and making the stuffing with my wife, daughter, her husband and some close friends. My daughter knows that Thanksgiving and KING KONG are inseparable, branded, and hopefully she will carry on the tradition.

Hop in the Creepy Classics/Monster Bash Time Machine:

Let's go back, back to the Thanksgiving we grew up with, CLICK HERE to go to WOR-TV in the 1970s-1980s...Thanksgiving.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers.

Ron Adams
Ligonier, PA
November 2020

I also enjoyed TV much more when we had a few channels alone. In school, your friends would usually watch the same programs as I did so, we had much more in common back then. Today, no one watches the same programming or even listens to the same radio stations. I miss the good times. Happy Thanksgiving!

-Randy Tuggle

Hello, All! Happy Thanksgiving, too!

Growing up in the 1970s in the NYC tv market meant WOR-TV's Holiday Movie Special was an annual event. Our television was positioned just outside our kitchen with a full view of the screen... provided I could grab the chair directly in the line of viewing. Fortunately, my "job" for each Thanksgiving was to place the table leaf in the dinner table. Then...helping my sister set the table...I made sure to secure my place setting at the prime viewing seat, ready for KING KONG, SON OF KONG, and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. Still, to this day, that tradition remains in tact. Unfortunately though, when we accept an invitation to celebrate Thanksgiving at someone's house, I am forced to divide the "3 Gorilla Pictures" into separate viewings...but always KING KONG before SON OF KONG. Then, "Mr. Joseph Young of Africa!!" comes next...all well anticipated fun for Thanksgiving.

Chris Moniz
Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

You're the best Ron,I've read this 5 times and loved reading it everytime.I love reading it every year because it brings back tons of memories for me...I grew up in Harwinton (in the sticks) and we also got 3 channels, channels 3,8, and 5. But, 5 was snowy. We endured it as there was so many good shows on it. The aromas from my wonderful Mom's kitchen were fantastic.

Your fan, Ron Hughes

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The above photo and greeting sent in by Michael Travis in Wilmington, North Carolina. Thanks Michael!


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