Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Blind, the Doomed, and the Dead

Ending the month here with a Bob Powell classic from the April 1952 issue of This Magazine is Haunted #4. This one has it all, evil deeds within a weird wax museum, a frightening fun house, and finally a trippy excursion into a warped realm of death that not even Dali could have imagined!









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NEXT UP: The Perfectly Perverted Theme That YOU Asked For!
Also in June: Jack Cole, Ogden Whitney, and Alex Toth Tributes!

Dark and Stormy Night (NEWS)

This just in! More awesome breaking news directly from Larry “Lost Skeleton of Cadavra” Blamire himself about their next film! Hold onto your hats gang! Here's the scoop:


Hey Steve, Hope all is well down at ol 'blog. Been crazy busy. Some news...

This is just a quick note but it's also like a press release sort of but it's also like me just talking okay?

DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, our 1930s old dark house murder mystery spoof, is going before the cameras June 9th (with lens caps off and everything...and real film in the camera--only it isn't, it's HD). Now one of the things I'm most excited about here is that the amazing Bob Burns (yes BOB BURNS) is dusting off the old gorilla suit to do a cameo. How excited am I about that? Have you seen the Ghost Busters TV show? Do you marvel at how dang outright hilarious anyone can be under all that hair and suit and hair? And what's cool is, Bob's just as excited as we are. He told me one thing he always wanted to do was play the gorilla in an old dark house movie. Well, doesn't this work out nicely. I am most happy about this.

Bob's rounding out a great cast--many of them the usual suspects. There always seemed to be four main categories in these victims-gathered-on-a-nasty-night scenarios. First, nosy protagonists like Danny Roebuck and Jen "Animala" Blaire who play competing reporters, with Dan Conroy as the hapless cabby in tow who brought them out to the gloomy Cavinder estate. You've of course got the greedy gathered heirs drooling over the will, like Brian Howe, Fay Masterson, James Karen, Andy Parks, Jim Beaver and Christine Romeo. Then there's the my-car-broke-down-can-I-stay-the-night kind of saps--in this case medium Alison Martin, idiot me, and racketeer Kevin Quinn. Then there's the lurking help as I like to call it; cockney maid Trish Geiger, suspicious butler Bruce French, and deeply disturbed cook Bob Deveau.

And there are cameos by lovely Betty Garrett, alternate cop/heavy character actor Tom Reese and the most excellently funny Marvin Kaplan. And of course we have to have an unctuous lawyer, played here by actor-writer-director Mark Redfield, which just gives me a chance to use the word unctuous. H.M. Wynant shows up looking for an escaped mental patient. Susan McConnell's in this too, but she's in her own category that I can't divulge under pain of death (or death of pain--something like that).

The set by production designer Tony Tremblay (check the imdb) is a knockout--this is a complete soundstage mansion I tell you--it's like a freakin' maze in there. Costumes by Kristin Burke and Kristina West are authentic and real and vintage and wonderfully good in ways that are positive. Music by Christopher Caliendo who knows more notes than practically anyone I know. Producer Sara Van der Voort is producing in ways that haven't been produced before. And to top it off, ace DP A.J. Rickert-Epstein is shooting on one of the original HD cameras from the 1930s--think of it! And you know how big those suckers were.

Add thunder and lightning, a hooded phantom, sliding panels, secret passageways, a missing letter, lots of murders and what do you have? Why, the movie we're making of course. What a coincidence! Should be ripping good fun what? And I swear I am not biased in any way as writer-director and have absolutely no vested interest in saying this. It'll be great. Really.

Larry Blamire
Fri 5/30/08 10:51 PM


So who will survive… and who will not survive quite as well? For more info on Dark and Stormy Night and all of the other great Bantam Street Productions click HERE!

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Twanng!

Someone over at the Atlas Tales site thinks the art here is by Larry Woromay, can anyone confirm this? My friend Jason thinks this style is better suited to “funny books” instead of horror but I totally disagree. To me, this is some super slick stylized art that exudes loads of manic fun, intensity, and energy. Sure it’s a bit cartoony, but that’s the point. Enjoy!

From the Oct '52 issue of Adventures into Weird Worlds #11





Screaming Mimis!

Saturday night, May 31st, TCM has a suspense filled line-up of classic thrillers on hand, featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (’60), Screaming Mimi (’58 starring luscious Anita Ekberg!), Val Lewton’s The Seventh Victim (’43), Hammer’s Hysteria (’65), the Raymond Chandler classic Lady in the Lake (’46) …plus the great Val Lewton documentary The Man in the Shadows.

Check TCM for more info and show times in your area.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Monstrous Weekend 2008 (NEWS)

For those of you in or around Karswell’s hometown of St Louis MO, this October 24th-26th, at the Airport Marriott comes the inaugural Kitbuilders Monstrous Weekend 2008! And what better way to start out than by celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the classic movie "Night of the Living Dead"? Guests already booked include George Romero, Tom Savini, Judith O’Day (and most of the NOTLD cast) plus more guests TBA. Also: live music, contests, seminars, exhibitions, dealer’s rooms, etc… a horror con of the highest order! Mark your calenders, and I'll see ya there!

For more info click HERE!

Thanks to Todd Franklin for the heads up!

Fiend of the Undead

Like yesterday’s post, today’s story also comes from the Dec-Jan ‘52/53 issue of Out of the Night #6. It’s a particularly good issue with lots of spook factor and great art… I’ve praised John Blummer many times in the past and his work here, (especially the superbly atmospheric splash), speaks for itself.







Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Ghoul’s Revenge

Well, it’s getting closer to the end of the month which means I have to start thinking about how to kick off next month. I was going to make a habit of posting full issues at the start of each new month, and I actually delivered a few times, but as I’ve also mentioned before “a good full issue is a rarity.” So tell me what you want to see come June 1st, an entire issue, or maybe an artist or publisher spotlight, or maybe a theme like “killer plants,” "hot vampires," “shrunken heads” …whatever yooz want, let’s vote. In the meantime it’s--- The Ghoul’s Revenge!!

From the Dec-Jan ‘52/53 issue of Out of the Night #6






Lost Meets Mystery Tales #40

Yesterday, Xande pointed out an interesting blog called Mystery Tales 40, created by a group of dudes obsessed with the LOST tv series and how they are currently attempting to decode the puzzle behind the Atlas Mystery Tales #40 issue that one of the characters apparently showed to another character in a recent episode. They believe that the cover shows, to quote: “…so many similarities with Lost's story's possible future for us to think it may contain key details on the show's plot.”



They could be on the right track, they could be wronger than the new Indiana Jones movie; whatever the case they were willing to pool together $400 to win an issue of MT40 on ebay to find out more. I don’t watch LOST so what do I know... does anyone else have anything to add?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Shadows on the Tomb

We wind-up our 4 day Harvey fest today with a real spine chiller from the April 1952 issue of Black Cat Mystery #34, and like The Collector story post from the other day, this one also features pencils by Joe Certa. Next month I’ll try my damnedest to work in more Harvey horror for you too, until then...







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And while you’re celebrating Vincent Price and Chris Lee’s birthday’s today, here are a couple of Harvey bonus one-pagers featuring subject matter that both legends are undoubtedly very familiar with…


Monsters from the Vault #25

Sporting a howlingly awesome werewolf cover, the new issue of Monsters from the Vault is set to attack, including features on Curse of the Cat People, The Lost World, stage and screen legend Henry Hull, and more!

Click HERE for more info and to pre-order your June '08 copy now!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Amnesia

Warren Kremer is another one of those underrated Harvey greats that I’d put in the same league as Nostrand, Elias, and Powell… possessing a rich, organic line style full of dynamic, moody, atmospheric detail, and characters perfectly straddling the lines of realism and cartoony in design... in affect, the perfect type of illustrator for comics.

From the May 1953 issue of Chamber of Chills #17







I especially love Kremer’s work over at Ace Magazines on the Super-Mystery Comics covers too. Check these out!

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And here's your BONUS Harvey filler for dessert!


Unholy Trinity

Today, May 26th is Peter Cushing’s birthday. I’ll save my breath on a bio introduction because the man simply does not need one. I’ll hold my breath a little longer and kill a couple more birds with one post, because not only is tomorrow (the 27th) also Christopher’s Lee birthday, but he shares this most awesome event with the ever magnificent Vincent Price!

Good god, if you ever needed a reason to break your damn diet and eat some cake and ice scream, today and tomorrow are THE days to praise three of the greatest actors of all time!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Collector

If you read alot of pre-code horror then you probably already know how a typical story about a mean spirited, ruthless big game hunter usually ends (seems they all wind up with a similar-ish fate in the end.) But in typical Harvey fashion, I guarantee you’ve never seen a jungle scenario played out quite like this.

From the May 1953 issue of Chamber of Chills #17