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Scream Factory is once again making the horror community collectively shriek with joy. Why? Well for starters, they’re releasing a Amityville Horror Trilogy Blu-ray Box Set. Fans had hoped & pleaded for a 3D Blu-ray release of Amityville Horror 3-D since that’s how it was released in theaters back in 1983. And that’s exactly what we’re getting!
News just broke from their official Facebook page that Scream Factory is indeed releasing a Blu-ray 3D version of Amityville Horror 3-D! A 2D copy will also be included for those without 3D players or HDTVs. Although after last year’s 3D Blu-ray’s of Creature From The Black Lagoon, Dial M For Murder, the upcoming House Of Wax release, and now this, I’d say now is the time to invest in that extra dimension.
The Amityville Horror Trilogy Blu-ray Box Set will be released this October, with more details to come. »
- Justin Edwards
Last week we talked to makeup effects specialist/designer/horror attraction mastermind Shane Morton about his work on the new Adult Swim show Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell (and if you haven’t caught this little slice of depravity, which airs at midnight on Thursdays, what are you waiting for?). Our conversation roamed far beyond Hell, though. So, here’s a bit more with Morton, who talks about his role in building up the Southern horror scene, monster wrestling, and his time on the set of Rob Zombie’s Halloween II. FEARnet: You seem to have either found or created a lot of opportunities to work in the effects industry while remaining in Atlanta, Georgia. Has that been difficult? Shane: Not at all. Atlanta is the horror capital of the country. People ask me that all the time. The Silver Scream Spookshow (a live, horror-centric variety show) has lines around the building. »
- Blu Gilliand
Props to our pals at Bloody Disgusting for this sweet find: during the shooting of the Universal monster classic Creature from the Black Lagoon in 1953, Life Magazine sent a photographer to snap a series of promotional images featuring the Gill Man in various threatening poses, including the iconic image of the Creature and his lovely co-star Julia Adams. Color-corrected by Kerry Gammill, these incredible photos reveal the details of the monster costume in action (most likely, it's Ben Chapman in the suit here, whereas Ricou Browning wore it for the underwater scenes). You can see the complete set of large images at Gammill's site Gammillustrations (also the home of Monster Kid magazine), along with a link to the unaltered originals. »
- Gregory Burkart
There are few films out there that I have a softer spot in my heart for than 1959's Creature From the Black Lagoon rip-off The Monster of the Piedras Blancas. It had everything from severed heads to handicapped kids fleeing for their lives! In a word it was rather strange.
Now, after many decades, the Monster is ready to surface again in a new short film entitled The Redemption of The Monster of the Piedras Blancas. The flick directed by Kerrigan Mahan stars Tess Endersby, Victoria Heckman, Casimir Pulaski, Ally Rose, and Cosimo Casola as The Monster.
This film is first and foremost a community fundraiser for the children of Cayucos, CA. All proceeds generated by the screening of this film and its DVD sales will go directly to the Cayucos School Foundation. The time and energy required to make this film have been generously donated by professional and amateur »
- Uncle Creepy
“Not since the beginning of time has the world beheld terror like this!”
Gills, webbed hands, claws, an ugly face only a mother could love, and a body full of scales, The Creature From The Black Lagoon from 1954 is easily the greatest man-in-a-monster-suit movie ever made. The celebrated sequence where the Gill Man is swimming along below white one-piece-wearing star Julie Adams is a sequence of beauty, grace, menace and sensuousness unrivalled by anything on screen before or since.
Check out my interview with Julie Adams Here
The Creature From The Black Lagoon may be 59 years old, but it still holds up as a very entertaining film, with plenty of thrills and chills of the old school kind. Nothing blows up and no-one cusses. If it was made today, all you’d hear would be “I’ll kill that muthaf***ing fish-stink bastard!” and »
- Tom Stockman
Talk about a blast from the past. Images that somehow never made it into a 1953 Life magazine article covering Creature From The Black Lagoon have been found. They feature Gill-Man and Kay, and they look absolutely gorgeous now that they’ve been restored to colorific, resplendent glory. Check them out in the gallery below.
Jack Arnold’s Creature is one of the hallowed Universal classics, and came out in 1954. But you knew that.
Thanks to Bd for the head’s up. »
- Andy Greene
On a personal level I make no bones about it... The Creature from the Black Lagoon is one of my all time favorite movie monsters, and to this very day it holds up as one of the best monster suits ever created. Get ready to take a full color look at him in all his gilled glory!
Kerry Gammill of Gammillustrations recently color corrected copies of images that were taken for Life Magazine from the 1953 set of the film. Unfortunately they never made it into the magazine itself, but here they are in all of their full color glory. Big thanks to Bd for making us aware of these, and even bigger thanks to Kerry for taking the time to restore these little seen pieces of classic monster glory.
There's been a lot of talk of a possible Creature from the Black Lagoon remake, but nothing has ever come to fruition. »
- Uncle Creepy
Mockbusters were around way before The Asylum. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and its subsequent sequels Revenge of the Creature (1955) and finally The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) also had an illegitimate cousin.
In 1955 the crew who worked on Jack Arnold's sequel to the seminal Universal classic, entitled Revenge of the Creature, thought it would be fun to produce and shoot their own Creature spoof/knock-off at Florida's Marine Studios. The fruit of their labor was the little known and even littler seen Return of the Creature. The twenty-minute flick was shown at the wrap party for Revenge and never seen again.
Now, after 58 years of speculation as to whether or not this flick actually existed, a researcher named Tom Weaver has uncovered the long lost film, and there are plans to screen it at this year's Monster Bash in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Weaver explains to RoboJapan, "About 15 years ago, »
- Uncle Creepy
Elliot Brodsky’s spring 2013 Monsterpalooza convention was a rousing success as usual, and if you weren’t there... well, that’s just unacceptable! But to show we're happy to share - and to whet your appetites for the next one - here are some photos from the infamous event.
Held as always at the Marriott in Burbank, California, the FX-focused horror convention attracted record crowds (I’m going to go out on a limb and state that perhaps Monsterpalooza has outgrown the venue) and showcased the talents of such FX gurus as Tom Savini, Megan Areford, Mike Hill and Jordu Schell as well as dozens of other top-notch FX artists and companies in addition to an array of horror talent including Creature from the Black Lagoon’s Julie Adams, Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Virginia Madsen (Candyman), Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Barbara Steele (Black Sunday), Kyra Schon (Night of the Living Dead »
- Sean Decker
The votes have been tallied, and what can we say but "you like us, you really like us!" As we help announce the results of the 11th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, let us thank you, the voting public, for once again naming Dread Central as the best horror site on the web. It means the world to us. Thank you.
The Cabin in the Woods took top film honors with "The Walking Dead" being the favorite small screen offering. You can see the full list of winners at the official Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards website.
From the Press Release
Today's grisly takes on zombies and terror shared honors with some of Hollywood's oldest monsters in the results of the 2013 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon's homage to 80's teen thrillers, was named Best Horror Film of 2012 while AMC's hit series »
- Scott Hallam
Toy Hunter with Jordan Hembrough premiered last year, and first episode of Season 2 airs later tonight on Travel Channel. I spoke with Jordan Hembrough last year, and had the chance to catch up with him recently to talk about how his life has changed since the premiere of the series, The Walking Dead collectibles, and what we can look forward to in Season 2.
We last talked before the premiere of the first season of Toy Hunter. Has your life changed a lot since then? Have you noticed a big increase in toy selling and hunting inquiries?
Jordan Hembrough: It has been crazy and we have been getting 500 emails a day. I sift through emails for about an hour and a half each day, and I can’t get through it all. I try my best to get back to everyone and it’s a big task, but I’m loving it. »
- Jonathan James
The Universal Monsters have loomed large in the imaginations of my kids even before they saw a single film about them. There are Frankenstein and Dracula and Creature From The Black Lagoon toys in the house, and there was a series of monster books that were given to Toshi by his godfather when he was born that were some of his earliest bedtime fascinations. It's been a slow process of actually introducing the films to them, though, and one of the ones that I've been holding off on was "The Invisible Man." Then one recent afternoon, we were looking at Reelizer, »
- Drew McWeeny
These really neat collectible toy cars are ingenious takes on the classic Universal films. I particularly like the Creature car and the Bride of Frankenstein 1959 Caddilac. There’s something about the way the back of the funny car is shaped that's reminiscent of the Bride’s beehive. The Wolfman van is a clever play on Teen Wolf and also just looks like something that a tough guy like the Wolfman would drive, complete with the painting of him howling at the moon.
via The Rock Father
- Sara Castillo
"I hate baking!" says Gizzi Erskine, a trained chef turned food writer and television presenter. She jabs the air with a buttermilk-fried chicken wing for emphasis. "I mean, I don't hate baking, of course, but if I turn on the telly and see another twee girl making cupcakes, I'm going to jump out of the window. It bores me; everything is very safe. You will never see me cooking to camera, really sweet and lovely, because it's just not me. I want to do the boys' stuff."
Erskine, who is 33, has been on the food scene for a few years, but she wonders sometimes if she is a bit "weird" – her word – for the mainstream. She might have a point, too. Before training at Leiths School of Food and Wine in her early20s, »
- Tim Lewis
After their boxed set of classic horror titles were released last year, Universal has announced that they are splitting up the set and selling the movies as individual Blu-rays. The first wave will be released on June 4th, and includes The Mummy, Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Invisible Man. Continue reading for a look at the cover art and a list of bonus features for each title:
Creature From the Black Lagoon: “ Perfectly blending Universal’s classic monster heritage with the science-fiction explosion of the 1950s, Creature from the Black Lagoon tells the mythical story of a dangerous half-human, half-fish creature lurking in the depths of the Amazon. After discovering a unique prehistoric claw fossil on an expedition deep in the jungle, archeologists investigate its origins which lead them directly to a mysterious creature. Led by marine life specialist David Reed (Richard Carlson »
- Jonathan James
Speaking personally, I cannot have too many collectibles inspired by the Alien franchise. The Xenomorph is probably my third most favorite creature ever (right behind Frankenstein's monster and the Creature from the Black Lagoon). If you're like me, then get ready to drool.
First from Neca...
Based on the Dark Horse comic Aliens: Genocide, the set stars a black and red Alien Warrior. Each 9-inch tall figure features over 30 points of articulation, including extending inner mouths, bendable tails, double elbows and knees. The Aliens: Genocide 2-pack is due for release this June and will be followed in August with a Hicks vs. Warrior 2-pack (blue Alien w/exploding head), and a Hudson vs. Warrior 2-pack (brown alien w/body damage) in October. The Colonial Marines in the last two sets will feature new helmeted head sculpts and expressions as well as new accessories. The Genocide 2-pack will be the only »
- Uncle Creepy
As early as the 1950s, photographer Bruce Mozert went where no campy photographer had gone before, sealing his beloved camera in a handy water-proof case. Et voila! An underwater pin-up girl is born:
Mozert's shots feature Ginger Stanley, stunt actress in "Creature from the Black Lagoon," in astounding clarity while cavorting below sea level. According to the Photography Office, Mozert snapped the tantalizing shots in Silver Springs, Florida, where they were later picked up by MGM Studios.
[h/t It's Nice That]
- Priscilla Frank
This week in horror history, fans around the world were introduced to a few of the weirdest, and most iconic characters, to ever hit the screen: The Crypt Keeper, the Creature, and the king of shadowy gentlemen, Nosferatu.
The Freddie Francis-directed Tales from the Crypt is a classic - the best in horror anthologies. Based on the EC Comic franchise, the story kicks off with a group of people taking a tour of a crypt – as you do- who find themselves locked in a room with a strange man who turns out to be the Crypt Keeper come to tell the group how each of them has died. It has to be noted that this original Crypt Keeper is slightly less skeletal than the television we all know and love, but he's memorable in his monk-like ensemble, all the same. Each tales is well-crafted and fun to watch, the »
- Sara Castillo
Submit your vote for Reviewer of the Year!
Every year, the Classic Horror Film Board recognizes the best in the horror/sci-fi/fantasy realm with the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Fans of the genre can vote for their favorites in over thirty categories, and this year, Cinelinx would like to ask you to vote for one of our own, staff writer Victor Medina, as Reviewer of the Year (Category 29)! We've even included the ballot below so you can vote!
Votes must be submitted by copying and pasting the ballot into your personal email, making your choices, including your name, and sending it in. Votes for Reviewer of the Year are write-in only, so you must be sure to include Vic's name yourself under Category 29 when you vote. Pre-filled ballots are not allowed, so we can't do it for you! Remember, you must write in "Victor Medina, Cinelinx.com" yourself. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
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By Harvey Chartrand
Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series is now available for the first time ever as a 4-dvd box set from Timeless Media Group… all 34 episodes, with a running time of about 840 minutes. Mr. Lucky– created by writer/director Blake Edwards (Peter Gunn) – ran for only one season (from 1959 to 1960), even though it was a hit with viewers.
This adventure/crime drama is a sort of Peter Gunn Lite, featuring a lush, organ-powered theme song by Henry Mancini (a bonus CD of Mr. Lucky’s soundtrack is included in the set), an assortment of shady characters aboard a floating casino, and competent acting by series regulars John Vivyan (as suave professional gambler Mr. Lucky), Ross Martin (as his sidekick and business partner Andamo), Pippa Scott (as Mr. Lucky’s girlfriend Maggie Shank-Rutherford) and Tom Brown (as Lieutenant Rovacs, Mr. Lucky’s »
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