Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dave Dorman Sketching at Dance of the Demented Benefit Feb. 20th


Dave Dorman Sketches

On Feb. 20th at Viaduct Theatre, WildClaw will be throwing its Dance of the Demented Benefit for its next production, William Peter Blatty's LEGION (the spooky sequel to The Exorcist). Along with DJ's, dancing, drinking, and sexy horror models throughout the venue, we have invited several top-flight illustrators to do some live drawing throughout the show. Feel free to bring your sketchbooks and laptops and join them.

Our featured artists are:
Dave Dorman (Aliens/Star Wars/Indiana Jones/Batman)
Tony Akins (Jack of Fables/House of Mystery)
J Anthony Kosar (Avatar/Buckaroo Bonzai)
Ray Frenden (Burton Skateboards/Threadless/Van Halen)
Jessica Joy (smART Show)
Alex Wald (Ultraman/Shaolin Cowboy)
Charlie Athanas (WildClaw Poster Artist)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Charlie Athanas Bettie Page Interview



Horror? Well, it depends on who is watching this video. It features Charlie Athanas, WildClaw Theatre's poster artist and occasional set designer, being interviewed at Wizard World Chicago 2009 by the folks from the "Bettie Page Reveals All" documentary.

Riccardo Bagnoli: Bizarre Photo Bazaar





I gotta admit, I have no idea what anything on this website says because it's in Russian. Except that it's work by photographer Riccardo Bagnoli. Who isn't Russian, but he clearly has at least one Russian fan. Anyway, take a moment here at the end of the week to enjoy some of this delightfully bizarre work.

It all leaves me with the general sense of..."something is very wrong with the world."

Or very right.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stabbed in the Ear

spent a pleasant few minutes this Monday chatting with FOWC Michaela Petro (Great God Pan, Dreams in the Witch House) at the 11th Anniversary party of the unofficial WildClaw Theatre headquarters, The Four Moon Tavern.

we discussed the upcoming benefit for Strawdog Theatre when suddenly she was complaining of a ringing in the ears - (too much time shouting in noisy bars, perhaps?) she claimed to be looking forward an ear-candling session.



naturally, the thought of a pretty lady getting stabbed in the ear -- especially getting stabbed with something ON FIRE -- kinda got Mr. Morlock grinning. was hoping to discover all sorts of photos of gruesome ear-candling accidents out here on the interwebs, but he was disappointed. seems it is a somewhat respected procedure.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Horrorbles on WGN

 

Kitley's Krypt MYSTERY PHOTO #31

Another week, another MYSTERY PHOTO!

Jon Kitley, pillar of the Chicago Horror Community and head honcho over at KITLEY'S KRYPT, wants to challenge your horror knowledge. Week in, week out, he posts a Mystery Photo - sometimes from an obscure horror title, sometimes just an unusual shot from a well-known classic. We figured our faithful Claw readers would enjoy the challenge!

Last week's photo was none other than Oscar-winning director, writer, actor and convicted statutory rapist Roman Polanski in drag, just one of the more twisted elements from his stellar 1976 feature THE TENANT aka LE LOCATAIRE. The film represented the final chapter in his "apartment trilogy," the first two installments being Repulsion (1965) and Rosemary's Baby (1968). If you haven't seen it already, it's definitely worth a watch - just make sure you're not apartment hunting at the time...


Let's see how well you fare with this week's offering:


Send your guesses to: jon@kitleyskrypt.com

If you provide the correct answer, your name will be announced next week on the Kitley's Krypt website (http://www.kitleyskrypt.com), along with a new photo. Even if you don't know the answer, we welcome any sorta-kinda educated guess! So, send in your emails today and good luck!

Monday, January 25, 2010

House (Hausu) at Block Gallery



Vintage Japanese horror up in Evanston. Block Cinema is showing House (Hausu) on March 5 (7PM) as part of their Teen Screen series. Death by piano. Yikes!

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2410
Phone: 847-491-4000

Dracula: Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet

Get a free download of Dracula by Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet (1999) from DualTrack.

Hollywood, you suck. (WOLFMAN poster art)

Hey folks,

Our good friend Jon Kitley at KITLEY'S KRYPT weighs in on Universal's marketing team's decision to go from using kickass, genuinely intriguing poster images such as these:





to this:



Does anyone else remember the days when poster art could be cool and memorable instead of a row of faces? Sigh...

Read his full rant at http://www.kitleyskrypt.com

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Legion Review



At first glimpse of Legion you see angels, zombies, machine guns and looming Armageddon, which would seem like a great night at the movies right? Not in this case. This biblical-themed action fantasy movie was a definite bore. It was actually a struggle to stay awake. The most thrilling/interesting parts are what you have seen in the trailers. The rest is poorly scripted character development. I don't want to give away all the details and the plot of the movie for those who are planning on seeing it but the movie could definitely use less talking and more action.

Danny Boyle directs Frankenstein on stage


From The Guardian: "Boyle will make his National Theatre debut next winter, directing an adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, it was announced today." Click here to read more.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Aldo Raine Collectible Figure



"We're in the business of killin' Nazis, and boy, business is boomin'."

Hot Toys has announced they will be releasing a 1/6th scale Lt. Aldo Raine Collectible Figure from Quentin Tarainto’s Inglourious Basterds. This is the first time Brad Pitt has authorized his likeness to be used from the movie.

Kreepy Krawly essay contest - Win $10,000!


Thanks to our good friend Kreepylady Kristin for passing this info along!

Spook House Logistics Ltd. is looking for some spooky help. They are offering a contest to help create "Edgar Krawly," the creepy horror host of their haunted house attraction (currently under construction).

13 lucky finalists will win a prize package retailing around $650. Winner receives $10,000!

Send in the $29.11 entry fee along with your brilliant 500-word essay on just WHO Edgar Krawly is, where he came from, and just what the heck he does with all those stolen brains??? How does he enter haunted buildings these days, and in turn, why do folks who enter said haunts get blasted with dark visions of the utmost horror? What is the significance of the digits "29.11?"

Contest runs from Jan. 16, 2010 to June 16, 2010. Contestants must be 18yrs or older to enter, if not, they must send in essay co-signed by a legal guardian.

"PRIZES: We've put together an exciting line-up of prizes to be awarded to the 1st Place Winner, 2nd Place Winner, 13 Finalists, Top 50 Entrants, and even a $100 "Golden Stinker" Prize for the "worst, best effort."

For more information and to read about the celebrity judges (including Rue Morgue's Rodrigo Gudino, actress Brinke Stevens, author Briane Keane, Haunt guru Leonard Pickel, FX artist Robert Kurtzman & more!), visit http://kreepykrawlys.com/2911/contest/

Friday, January 22, 2010

Legion - interview with director of the film, not the play


The folks over at shocktillyoudrop.com have interviewed the director of the film "Legion", which is released today. Which is naturally nothing to do with William Peter Blatty's "Legion", or the stage adaptation of his novel that WildClaw Theatre are producing. Click here for the interview.

The Walking Dead on AMC



Over at CBR News they have some fine reporting on the news out that The Walking Dead comic book series will make its way to television courtesy of Frank Darabont and AMC.

Listen to this...Pseudopod

We here at Wildclaw know that we have been slacking in our podcasting duties. We are working to fix it...but in the meantime, check out Pseudopod! This podcast features readings of short horror fiction. The stories and great, the readers are wonderful, and I am often extremely creeped out by them. Add them to your mp3 player and you will have the luxury of listening to something really disturbing while doing mundane things such as waiting in the post office queue.

LEGION



Just in case the hundreds of thousands of you out there are intending to go to the opening weekend of the film "Legion", but mistakenly end up coming to our upcoming production of William Peter Blatty's "Legion" in two months time - thanks in advance.

Hard Boiled, Hainsworth & Klein

strange connections.

so last night, Mr. Morlock treated himself to evening alone with a VHS loaned by the worthy Charley Sherman, WildClaw Artistic Director and adaptor of the upcoming ">Legion" - William Peter Blatty's Legion, not the current goofball film "Legion," which blatantly steals that lovely moment of the old lady crawling across the ceiling.

So the film last night - "Hard Boiled." Top shelf pre-Hollywood John Woo. Fantastic, operatic shoot-em up. Obviously not horror, but something about the film was eerie...

As he refilled the paper bag with the last of his precious Easy-Off, Mr. Morlock realized what was bothering him. Chow Yun Fat. Awesome, of course. Super bad-ass, especially when squinting or sneering or pretending to play clarinet.

Then Mr. Morlock visualized him wrestling with giant rubber tentacles and suddenly it came clear: Chow Yun Fat is the Chinese Chris Hainsworth.



Hainsworth never pretended to play the clarinet, but he's been know to pretend to sing. And I doubt Chow Yun Fat could rock the bleached blond rock star 'tude like FOWC, alumnus of "Dreams in the Witch House", winner of the 2009 DEATHSCRIBE Bloody Axe Chris Hainsworth can.



Which of course reminded Mr. Morlock that he plans to see " The Artist Needs a Wife " this weekend. He knows it won't be creepy awesome like "Breed With Me," but it will funny, weird awesome. Featuring people like Hainsworth, directed by FOWC Carolyn Klein, the beautiful, creepy witch in who's house we all Dreamed, Mr. Morlock has no doubts his evening will rock. Hope yours does as well.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What Do You See?

Do you see multiple women looking in mirrors or the devil staring at you?


AAAIIIIIEEIII! The Twilight Graphic Novel



Head to Entertainment Weekly for the horror.

Haute Macabre


This bat umbrella is one of the unusual items to be found at Haute Macabre

Haute Macabre is a wicked cool site filled with some amazing stuff to buy or just look at. The folks involved have other interesting things going on around the Internets, like Zoetica Ebb. She's one of the editors of Coilhouse Magazine.

WildClaw's Favorite Fish

Thank you, Nature.

TEENAGE WEREWOLF and CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN at Horrorbles!


HORRORBLES is a one-of-a-kind horror and sci-fi memorobilia shop located in Berwyn (“Berwyn!!”). Specializing in classic and out of print films, posters, masks and memorobilia as well as newer movies, books and novelites for kids of all ages, they also showcase original horror-themed artwork by masters like Basil Gogos as well as local artists.

Open Tuesday thru Friday from 11am to 7pm, Sat/Sun from 11am to 5pm. Located at 6729 W. Roosevelt Road in Berwyn (“Berwyn!!”) Horrorbles is easily accessible via CTA and Pace - there is also ample street parking. Visit them online at www.horrorbles.com

Upcoming Screenings in the Galerie des Terrors Theatre

Sunday, January 24th: I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957) 1pm


Sunday, January 31st: Curse Of Frankenstein (1957) 1pm



**$3 includes popcorn & helps maintain the theatre ...only 16 seats available per showing...advance reservation suggested! **Please email with preference for specific event purchased for.

Email John at store@horrorbles.com or call at 708-484-7370 for more information!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Kitley's Krypt MYSTERY PHOTO #30

Another week, another MYSTERY PHOTO!

Jon Kitley, pillar of the Chicago Horror Community and head honcho over at KITLEY'S KRYPT, wants to challenge your horror knowledge. Week in, week out, he posts a Mystery Photo - sometimes from an obscure horror title, sometimes just an unusual shot from a well-known classic. We figured our faithful Claw readers would enjoy the challenge!

Last week's photo was admittedly atough one. It's from the 1982 film SUPERSTITION, which for some reason is pretty obscure. It is available on DVD, so if you haven't seen it (which even the Doc hasn't at this point), Mssr. Kitley recommends you check it out, especially if you're a fan of '80s films with over-the-top gore (evidenced by the photo below) and other outrageous stuff going on. A "Job Well Done" out to the few, the proud, the geeks, that were able to recognize the movie.


Let's see how well you fare with this week's offering:


Send your guesses to: jon@kitleyskrypt.com

If you provide the correct answer, your name will be announced next week on the Kitley's Krypt website (http://www.kitleyskrypt.com), along with a new photo. Even if you don't know the answer, we welcome any sorta-kinda educated guess! So, send in your emails today and good luck!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Radio Horror Hosts

From RadioHorrorHosts.com: "Radio Horror Hosts were rarely seen but often heard. Their voices inspired many different images in the minds of listeners. The above artwork (by Chris Terri) was just one of several unsolicitited pieces drawn by listeners imagining what their favorite horror host looked like. The actual host looked quite different."

"Horror Hosts! The words usually conjure up images of ghoulish TV personalities like Elvira and Zacherley. They often wear monster make-up and appeared on make-shift castle sets, interrupting older monster movies and telling us a few jokes or dark puns. But those guys are not the ones who really made horror hosts popular or famous. They were building on a grand tradition that preceded televison completely. The original horror hosts were top-of-the-shelf talents who not only introduced, but often narrated and acted in some the most terrifying shows mass-media ever produced. They were radio dramas with horror, science fiction, or murder themes. The hosts were sometimes famous, but more often mysterious, and they always caught our attention. There was something hypnotic about them. We never actually saw them, yet we visualized them in our mind, along with the many terrors they unleashed there. They established a dark mood and eerie ambiance. They carefully set the scene for the murder, dangerous experiment, or shocking adventure. And they were usually first on the scene after the blood was spilled to chuckle and provide us with a few more gory details. Anyone who heard The Mysterious Traveler, The Whistler, or Inner Sanctum's Raymond will testify to the fact that the host was one of the main attractions of the show. It just wouldn't be the same without them."

Click here to go the site.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

American Exorcist - Essays on William Peter Blatty

For all of you serious hardcore William Peter Blatty fans out there, AMERICAN EXORCIST is is a must have. The paper back costs 35 dollars on Amazon.com, or if you are a Kindle user, you can get it for 10 dollars.
Is it pricy? Yes. Is it worth it? In humble opinion, ABSOLUTELY.



Friday, January 15, 2010

Things I am tired of seeing in horror films...


They say there is nothing new under the sun...it's all been done before. Occasionally, someone will get lucky and present an old idea in a new way. But while watching yet another horror movie the other night and seeing the same old same old over and over...I would like to request a moratorium on the following tricks:

#1 Guy reveals that he is a demon/possessed/mummy by opening his mouth really really wide. See the Legion trailer...or as we at Wildclaw like to call it...the Legion-that-has-nothing-to-do-with-our-Legion movie

#2 Young Boy with white skin, hollowed out black eyes, creepy contacts...opens mouth and makes cat sound/dog sound/frog sound/bug sound...etc.

#3 Young girl with wet hair and bad dress.

#4 Twin children in old-timey clothes speaking in unison.

#5 Old ladies/old men who seem sweet/feeble/sick and then jump at you and eat your face off.

#6 Babies in carriages who seem cute and then eat your face off.

#7 Dogs/cats/people with upside down heads.

#8 Vampires presenting their fangs and hissing. Ridiculous.

#9 Ghost/zombie/dead/thing coming out of a tv/computer/mirror/window/water.



Here are some tricks, though used heavily, still creep me out every time I see them:

#1 Possessed/Dead people doing the creepy crab walk..especially if on the ceiling.

#2 Anything involving the removal or pulling of teeth and/or fingernails.

#3 Shock therapy.

#4 The cutting of an achilles tendon. Shudder.

#5 Eyes in places where their should not be eyes (like in your palms).

#6 Brain surgery or an exposed brain while someone is conscious.

#7 Creepy medical instruments.

#8 Foaming at the mouth.

#9 Compound fractures.

#10 Dudes in hazmat suits.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kitley's Krypt MYSTERY PHOTO #29

Another week, another MYSTERY PHOTO!

Jon Kitley, pillar of the Chicago Horror Community and head honcho over at KITLEY'S KRYPT, wants to challenge your horror knowledge. Week in, week out, he posts a Mystery Photo - sometimes from an obscure horror title, sometimes just an unusual shot from a well-known classic. We figured our faithful Claw readers would enjoy the challenge!

Last week's photo was the 1982 movie VISITING HOURS, starring the ever-so-menacing Michael Ironside. Even though he's been in hundreds of movies, he will always been known to horror fans as the psychotic Darryl Revok from David Cronenberg's SCANNERS (1981). VISITING HOURS was one of the first movies he did after SCANNERS, casting him as another villain, seen here menacing Lee Grant.


Let's see how well you fare with this week's offering:


Send your guesses to: jon@kitleyskrypt.com

If you provide the correct answer, your name will be announced next week on the Kitley's Krypt website (http://www.kitleyskrypt.com), along with a new photo. Even if you don't know the answer, we welcome any sorta-kinda educated guess! So, send in your emails today and good luck!

Cineaste: Special Focus on the Contemporary Horror FIlm

Cineaste ("America's leading magazine on the art and politics of the cinema") has put a special focus on the contemporary horror film in their Winter 2009 edition of the magazine.


Among the articles in the issue are:
- Childhood's End: Let The Right One In and Other Deaths of Innocence
- The Problem of Saw: "Torture Porn" and the Conservatism of Contemporary Horror Films
- (Un)safe Sex: Romancing the Vampire
- The Battle Inside: Infection and the Modern Horror Film

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Android Karenina

Our pals at Quirk Publishing (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies/Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters) have announced their next title in their Quirk Classics line:

Android Karenina

That's right, steampunk Tolstoy!

Fool's Views - DAYBREAKERS (2009)


What's the good doctor's feelings about the new vampire flick out (the one not for 14-year-old girls)? Let's find out...



Daybreakers (2009) (1st viewing)
d. Sperig, Michael/Sperig, Peter

The boys from Down Under follow up their high-energy, low-budget zombie flick Undead with a vampire epic that starts off with such promising and well-developed mythology that it’s more than a little disappointing when it devolves into “small band of rebels vs. the all-controlling corporate powers” action clich├ęs, complete with predictable last minute double crosses and irksome jump scares (in this case, in the form of annoying vampire bat shrieks). Which is not to say Daybreakers is a bad movie, because it isn’t – filled with capable performances from Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan (the Famke Janssen ringer who appeared in last year’s Long Weekend update) and an especially enthusiastic Willem Dafoe, as well as gorgeously stylized cinematography and production design, there’s a lot to admire from the Sperig Brothers in terms of presentation. But with two variations on all-too-familiar themes under their belts, one hopes that their next venture exhibits more than just inspired repackaging.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Carrie - The Musical


Well, we like to make people aware of all things horror-centric, and that must, I'm afraid, include the horrible too. I can't speak as whether it was really that bad, not having seen it. But The Royal Shakespeare Company's musical production of Stephen King's Carrie is one of the biggest theatrical flops of all time. But, it does have a following, including these websites - http://www.carriethemusical.com/ and http://www.graiai.com/carrie/


Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Mammals - Breed with Me

most folks don't come to mr. morlock for theatre reviews. cuz most folks know that mr. morlock ain't fully stocked in what some might call eriudition or coherentish thought. but he's going to yammer at you anyway.


The Mammals. "Breed with Me." saw it last night. damn good show. seriously. completely digging the mammals thing. mr. morlock waxed nonsensically last year about Devils Don't Forget. this time he'll be a bit more brief.




the mood, the vibe? that beautiful sense of woozy dislocation. dropped into the middle of the story with a morally ambiguous, not entirely trustworthy narrator, who in any event knows little more than we do about what the hell is going on.


the story? figure it out for yourself. spin it how you will. after the show in the Long Room, mr. morlock heard a half dozen interpretations. all correct. and all intersecting on one salient point: alien chicks are SCARY.


and speaking of alien chicks, let's oh-so-briefly mention performances. Sara Gorsky? rocks. no other word for it. brings complete A-game on four or five different levels. total package. rocks.




whole cast was solid, committed, funny. 'cept that Don Hall character. completely ruined his scary golem, Andre-the-creepy-Giant thing by having his fly open the entire performance. cheap laughs get you nowhere, pal.


like that whole thing about his fly being open. cheap laugh. got me nowhere. anyhoo.


"Breed with Me" has a few more weekends to go. see it. seriously. it's weird, disturbing, dissatisfying (like, get you angry and arguing) , thought-provoking, toe-curling, what-the-fucking?, and everything you want to see in a bad-ass basement theatre production.


cheers.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Paranormal Activity...


So Brian and I rented Paranormal Activity the other day. I had heard next to nothing about it beyond the few commercials I had seen. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Nothing too horribly original about it but it was consistently pretty darn creepy with a satisfying ending. Though if I were that girl, I would have shoved that video camera up that guy's you know where about an hour after he brought it home. So I say, if you have not been spoiled by it...it is a movie that works pretty well, perhaps even better, on the small screen from the comfort of your own home. It will definitely make you think twice about a Ouija board or doing any sort of EVP (electronic voice phenomena) dabbling. The basic moral of the story is: demons don't like video cameras.

What did you think of the movie? Let us know!

Possession, Part II: Possession Means What You Want It To Mean

We've all heard the phrase that "Possession is nine-tenths of the law." Which means the courts are really on the side of the demons. Way to go, courts.

Some really important people have had opinions on the subject of possession. Some quotable quotes are below. It's really quite fun to twist the meanings around and imagine that they were actually talking about demonic possession. In some cases, they just might have been (at least I hope so).

"See the things you want as already yours. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession." ~ Robert Collier

"The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world." ~ Max Born

"Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

"A true friend is the best possession." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"The Desire of Man being Infinite, the possession is Infinite, and himself Infinite." ~ William Blake

"The will is a beast of burden. If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills; if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills; Nor can it choose its rider...the riders contend for its possession." ~ Martin Luther

"Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true." ~ Eric Hoffer

"The desire for possession is insatiable." ~ Albert Camus

Possession, Part I: What Is Gained?

Horror Society presents B-MOVIE MADNESS 2!!


B-Movie Madness 2
January 16th, 2010
Portage Theater
4050 N. Milwaukee, Chicago IL
4pm to 2am

Featuring:
Thirsty
Hypochondriac
Incest Death Squad
Brain Dead
Night of the Demons
(35mm)

It's time to sit back in the theater and laugh your butt off with some great indie horror comedies. The good folks at HORROR SOCIETY have a great lineup this time around and some great guests as well. As always the evening's festivities are held at the historic Portage Theater on Chicago’s northwest side. A beautiful 1300 seat, full restored old time theater, the Portage has the largest movie screen in the city and has been stocked with a brand new state of the art audio and visual equipment. Best of all… they serve alcohol.

Every festival the HS crew get a horror classic that fits the theme of the festival and this time we got a great one! NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988) will be their feature film, screened in 35mm, with director Kevin Tenney in person to answer questions and sign autographs.

As always, there will be a full lobby of horror dealers and vendors and plenty of time in between the movies to check out their merchandise.

Guests:
Kevin Tenney (Director: Night of the Demons)
Marv Blauvelt (Writer: Hypochondriac)
Cory Udler (Director: Incest Death Squad)

For more info or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.horrorsociety.com/festivals

5:15 - Thirsty
5:30 - Hypochondriac
6:00 - Marv Blauvelt Q&A
6:15 - Break
7:00 - Night of the Demons (35mm)
8:30 - Kevin Tenney Q&A
8:45 - Break
9:30 - Brain Dead
11:00 - Break
11:30 - Trailers
11:45 - Cory Udler Q&A
12:00 - Incest Death Squad

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Kitley's Krypt MYSTERY PHOTO #28

Another week, another MYSTERY PHOTO!

Jon Kitley, pillar of the Chicago Horror Community and head honcho over at KITLEY'S KRYPT, wants to challenge your horror knowledge. Week in, week out, he posts a Mystery Photo - sometimes from an obscure horror title, sometimes just an unusual shot from a well-known classic. We figured our faithful Claw readers would enjoy the challenge!

Last week's photo was a little trickier, since while it might be obvious who the character is, there's a few of those movies out there. Well, the shot is of Lon Chaney Jr., making his first appearance as Frankenstein's creature, in the 1942 film THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN. That's Bela Lugosi as Ygor in the foreground, cleaning the chunks of dried sulfur off of the monster. That's right folks, sulfur, not snow. Told you it was tricky...


Let's see how well you fare with this week's offering:


Send your guesses to: jon@kitleyskrypt.com

If you provide the correct answer, your name will be announced next week on the Kitley's Krypt website (http://www.kitleyskrypt.com), along with a new photo. Even if you don't know the answer, we welcome any sorta-kinda educated guess! So, send in your emails today and good luck!

Daybreakers: Olivia Munn Interviews Ethan Hawke

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dr AC's 2009 Horror Movie Round Up


Howdy troops,

After much deliberation, here's my assessment of the year that was. All of the films listed below were encountered for the first time from January 1 to December 31, 2009 (i.e. no repeat viewings were eligible). To accommodate and acknowledge as many films as possible, I've broken them down into various categories in alphabetical order, with my top pick denoted with an asterisk.

As always, feel free to toss in your two cents worth - we'll make sure you get some change back. Thanks for the past year of rapping and chatting - looking forward to more of the same in 2010!


2009 TOTALS:
140 1st Time Horror Views (out of 289 total)

TOP 20 (or so) 2009 HORROR RELEASES


Antichrist (2009)
Baghead (2008)
Children, The (2008)*
Dead Snow (2009)
Deadgirl (2009)
District ( (2009)
Donkey Punch (2008)
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Eden Lake (2008)
Grace (2009)
House of the Devil (2009)
I Sell the Dead (2008)
Last House on the Left, The (2009)
My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009)
Paranormal Activity (2009)
Pontypool (2008)
Splinter (2008)
Thirst (2009)
Trick ‘r Treat (2008)
Uninvited, The (2009)
Zombieland (2009)

MIXED BAGS


Book of Blood (2008)
Burrowers, The (2008)
Friday the 13th (2009)
Martyrs (2008)
Midnight Meat Train, The (2008)
Orphan (2009)
Saw VI (2009)
Smash Cut (2008)
Vinyan (2008)
Wizard of Gore, The (2008)
Unborn, The (2009)
Zombie Strippers (2008)







DISAPPOINTMENTS


Carriers (2009)
Collector, The (2009)
Halloween 2 (2009)













TOP HOME VIEWING HORROR DISCOVERIES



Carry On Screaming! (1966)
Creature (1985)
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
Girly (1970)
Isle, The (2000)
Lost, The (2005
P2 (2007)
Red (2008)
Sadist, The (1963)
Scream Bloody Murder (1973)
Spiral (2007)
TerrorVision (1986)
Timecrimes (2007)*
Stone Tape, The (1972)
Watcher in the Attic, The (1976)
Witchcraft (1964)

PLEASANT SURPRISES (NOT AMAZING, BUT WORTH SEEING)



Cold Prey (2008)
Dance of the Dead (2008)
Flight of the Living Dead (2008)
Les Revenants (2004)
Midnight Movie (2008)
Shredder (2003)









HOME VIEWING DISAPPOINTMENTS



Mirrors (2008)
Prom Night (2008)
Return to Horror High (1987)
Revolt of the Zombies (1936)
Trigger Man (2007)











TOP 13 “WHAT THE ^&@%^@% DID I JUST SEE?” FLICKS



After Last Season (2009)
Bad Biology (2008)
Boarding House (1982)
Fantom Killer (1998)
Island of Death (1975)
Mr. No Legs (1979)
Multiple Maniacs (1970)
Redeemer, The (aka Class Reunion Massacre) (1978)
Sting of Death (1965)
Rock n’ Roll Nightmare (1987)
SS Experiment Camp (1976)
Raw Force (1982)
Wicked, Wicked (1973)
Zaat (1975)



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Devil Hunter (1980)