Wamg Tribute: Director Jess Franco – 1930-2013

Sad news from Spain. Legendary director Jesús Franco Manera, aka Jess Franco, aka Clifford Brown and a couple dozen more pseudonyms, often took from the names of the American jazz musicians he so admired, has died at the age of 82. Franco suffered a stroke last week from which he couldn’t recover.

His Erotic Rites Of Frankenstein featured a shrieking, silver-skinned Frankenstein’s monster relentlessly whipping a man and a woman tied together over a bed of spikes. It was but one of countless sublime images from the output of the most prolific Exploitation director of all-time (yes, that includes Corman). With a repertoire of over 200 titles, Franco enriched the world of Eurohorror/Exploitation by writing, directing, and scoring a vast variety of films, including masterpieces such as Female Vampire, Count Dracula, Faceless, Night Of The Bloody Judge, Eugenie De Sade, and Venus In Furs, an epic amount of art,
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Retro Active: The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman (1971)

by Nick Schager

What's new is always old, and in this recurring column, I'll be taking a look at the classic genre movies that have influenced today's new releases. In honor of the latest beast-vs.-bloodsucker saga Underworld: Awakening, this week it's León Klimovsky's Spanish monster-mash-up The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman.

Largely unknown stateside except in die-hard horror circles, Paul Naschy was for decades the undisputed maestro of Spanish horror cinema, and few of his many monstrous efforts were ever quite as memorable—or as financially successful—as The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman, aka Werewolf Shadow, one of the leading man's dozen films in which he assumed the role of lycanthrope Waldemar Daninsky. A dashing stud tormented by his beastly curse, Daninsky finds himself forced to face off against an evil bloodsucker in León Klimovsky's rollicking B-movie, which—after an intro in which two doctors debate
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FrightFest 2011 Review: The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry

The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry

Hosted by Mick Garris | Written and Directed by Angel Agudo

Since the introduction of the Discovery Screen as part of the London Film4 Frightfest documentaries have made up a great part of the infamous horror festival. From I Think We’re Alone Now to Best Worst Movie, some of my all-time favourite documentaries have screened in the darkened depths of what Frightfest fans have dubbed the “disco screen.” This years offering, The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry, tells the story of the legendary Jacinto Molina, aka Paul Naschy, one of Europe’s most beloved horror icons who, despite not becoming a mainstream name, is hailed as one of the true horror cinema greats, right up there with Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

Hosted by Us director Mick Garris, the film spans the entire life of Naschy, from his childhood in war torn Spain,
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Creepy Images – number 5 is now available!!!

After a short delay the 5th issue of Creepy*Images is now available!!! The new issue has again 64 pages (14,8 x 21 cm), is – like always – complete printed in full color and high quality and features rare and hard to finde movie memorabilia of the following movies: Jean Rollin’s Grapes Of Death / Pesticide Complete German lobby set and poster George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead Complete French lobby set and both posters The Rebirth Of Terror Special (8 pages) about the German horror movie memorabilia from the 60s Sergio Martino’s All Colors Of The Dark Complete Spanish lobby set and poster Amando de Ossorio’s Ghostship Of The Blind Dead Complete German lobby set and poster León Klimovsky’s Werwolf Vs. Vampire Women / Werewolf’S Shadow Complete Italian fotobusta set for this classic with Paul Naschy For further information, example pages and orders, please visit Related Posts:Book
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In The Folds Of The Flesh

There's something special about saucy European sleaze horror in the 70's.

That unique blend of morally bankrupt, American potboiler pulp noir attitude combined with a distinct haute couture informed Euro-sexuality and sensationally stylized level of graphic, phantasmagorical violence just speaks to me. I worship Dario Argento, swoon over Sergio Martino, bite my lip at the name Leon Klimovsky, click my heels over Antonio Bido, pump my fists at the mere mention of Lucio Fulci…yes, I love these men and the maniacal works of misbehaving, lush, junk-shock cinema they once slung (and in some cases, continue to sling).

I've seen and own so many fantastic Italian, Spanish and French genre films from this period that I consider myself something of a connoisseur, a man who knows and loves his Eurotrash and can differentiate between a really good lurid treat, a middling one and one that couldn't cut the mustard in
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Latest South African Horrorfest details

Fango got the details on the fourth annual South African Horrorfest, which gets underway October 30 and stretches until November 6 at The Labia Theatre (68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town). As always, the fest (organized by Fango scribe Paul Blom) is a mix of old, new, rare, indie and cult films, many of them making their debuts on African screens.

Yearly traditions remain intact, as there will be a silent classic with live concert accompaniment, a Halloween dress-up and the Shadow Realm short film collection. While screening times and exact dates have yet to be announced, the full lineup consists of:

• Shadow Realm Short Film Collection: A variety of horror minimovies from all around the globe, screened in three feature-length blocks on Oct. 30, Nov. 1 and Nov. 6.

Last House On The Left: The infamous Wes Craven shocker about two girls kidnapped and tortured to death in the woods and the violent justice that awaits their killers.
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