The town’s leading citizen becomes a homocidal maniac after his wife deserts him.
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett will be hosting a special screening of the classic 1934 horror film The Black Cat, which stars Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi and was directed by Edward G. Ulmer. The screening will be held on April 13th at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA. Tickets can be purchased here
The full schedule for the event can be seen below. READ MORE
Reviewed by Patrick Cooper
The zombie thing is outta control. The genre has become so mainstream my mother references The Walking Dead. So let’s all knock it off, take a step back, and enjoy the classics. Like White Zombie, the 1932 pre-code zombie flick directed by filmmaking bros Victor and Edward Halperin. The film has grown mighty in stature over the years – some musician named Rob even named his band after the film – and now it’s getting a well-deserved Blu-ray treatment from Kino Classics. READ MORE
This is a very cool video entitled “Monsters” from New Zealand based band Porcelaintoy. The video used digital body-snatching to place the members of the band into the 1932 Bela Lugosi classic White Zombie. The visual FX were done by Frank Rueter (Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and the video was directed by Andrew Armitage. The video just oozes atmosphere and is well worth checking out below, especially if you’re a fan of classic black and white horror films.
I thought this day would never come! Erle C. Kenton’s groundbreaking Island Of Lost Souls is finally making its way to Blu-ray and DVD on October 25, courtesy of the fine folks at Criterion. If it’s anything like the last few genre discs they put out (Hausu, Night of the Hunter and Cronos), the release should be nothing short of reference material.
A twisted treasure from Hollywood’s pre-Code horror heyday, Island of Lost Souls is a cautionary tale of science run amok adapted from H. G. Wells’s novel ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’. In one of his first major movie roles, Charles Laughton is a mad doctor conducting ghastly genetic experiments on a remote island in the South Seas, much to the fear and disgust of the shipwrecked sailor (Richard Arlen) who finds himself trapped there. Erle C. Kenton’s touchstone of movie terror is elegantly shot by Karl Struss, features groundbreaking makeup effects that inspired generations of monster-movie artists, and costars Bela Lugosi in one his most gruesome roles.
Features will include:
- New high-definition digital restoration of the uncut theatrical version (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
- Audio commentary by film historian Gregory Mank, author of ‘Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff’ and ‘Hollywood’s Maddest Doctors’
- New video conversation among filmmaker John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Videodrome), and genre expert Bob Burns
- New interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal (The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror); filmmaker Richard Stanley (Hardware, original director of the ill-fated 1996 remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau)
- New interviews with Devo founding members Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, whose manifesto is rooted in themes from ‘Island of Lost Souls’
- Theatrical trailer
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood
As if your wallet isn’t crying hard enough already, Criterion will also be putting out Kuroneko a week earlier on October 18. In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic Onibaba, Kuroneko is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography.
Features will include:
- New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
- Video interview with director Kaneto Shindo from the Directors Guild of Japan
- New video interview with critic Tadao Sato
- Theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and an excerpt from film scholar Joan Mellen’s 1972 interview with Shindo
Earlier this year we brought readers an exclusive first look at Monsterverse Entertainments upcoming horror anthology “BELA LUGOSI’S TALES FROM THE GRAVE” that will attempt to resurrect readers’ interest in the horror icon. Inside you can find the cover of the very first issue that is illustrated by none other than the legendary Basil GoGos! Read on for the skinny. “The new full-color anthology to be done in the classic EC and Warren tradition will have each fantastic tale hosted by iconic horror film star Bela Lugosi. The book will be the premier publication from Monsterverse Comics, which will launch other horror and monster related titles in the months ahead. Editors Kerry Gammill (Powerman and Iron Fist, Deadly Foes of Spider-Man, Superman, THE OUTER LIMITS) and Kez Wilson (Hammerlocke, Scarlett, Power of the Atom, SPACE JAM) will be adding their artistic talents throughout the series, along with associate editor and writer Sam F. Park (Horror films: HALFWAY HOUSE, DEATH’S DOOR and the upcoming “The Need” for screenwriter turned producer Stiles White of BOOGEYMAN and KNOWING).”
Why does this remind me of a “ROBOT CHICKEN” skit? Inside you can find all the details on Monsterverse Entertainment’s upcoming comic book series centered around none other than the legendary Bela Lugosi. The series boasts some very high brow genre names such as John Landis (“AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON”), Mick Garris (“THE STAND”, “MASTERS OF HORROR”), Bruce Timm (“BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES”, “VAMPIRELLA”), James Farr (“XOMBIE”) and more! Plus we have an exclusive capture from the series courtesy of Monsterverse. Read on for the skinny.
“Godfather of Goth” Peter Murphy has never been far from the music scene in which he was key in creating. His band Bauhaus, probably best known for their hit “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, was integral in the stabilization of the Goth genre of music. Even though they broke up in 1983 (they reunited for a tour in 1998, and again in 2006 with Nine Inch Nails, as Bauhaus was a huge influence on Reznor’s work), Murphy has been toiling on his solo work ever since. Murphy has had success in his solo career with singles like “Cuts You Up” off of 1990’s Deep, and “I’ll Fall With Your Knife” from 1997’s Cascade. In 2008, Murphy revealed he had plans to release a new album in 2009. Trent Reznor is rumored to have been producer on this new album, which will hopefully see release in 2010.
What is definite for 2010 is that Murphy will be embarking on something he calls the “Secret Bees Series”. A series of web casts starting in February which will feature Murphy and a group of musicians he has hand chosen. The first episode will be set in the Catskill Mountains in Upstate NY at a yet undisclosed location featuring Murphy, Brian Viglione (The Dresden Dolls) on drums and John Andrews(Peter Murphy band) on guitar. Murphy and his band will play his own solo classics as well as never before performed Bauhaus songs.
To keep yourself updated on the location, and times when the series will be broadcast, check out Murphy’s site: http://www.petermurphy.info/
England, 1872. The night before he is to be hanged for a murder he did not commit, young Dr. Gordon Ramsey is visited in his cell by his old mentor, eminent surgeon Sir Joel Cadmund. Cadmund offers to see that Ramsey gets a proper burial and gives him a sleeping powder to get him through the night, which Ramsey takes, unaware it is really an East Indian drug, “nind andhera” (“the black sleep”), which induces a deathlike state of anesthesia. Pronounced dead in his cell, he is turned over to Cadmund, who promptly revives him and takes him to his home in a remote abbey. Cadmund explains he believes Ramsey is innocent and needs his talents to help him in an project, which he is reluctant to immediately discuss further. In fact, Cadmund’s wife lies in a coma from a deep-seated brain tumor, and he is attempting to find a safe surgical route to its site by experimenting on the brains of others, whom Ramsey comes to learn are alive during the process, anesthetized by the “black sleep”, and are taken to a hidden recovery room in the abbey from which few emerge, though they still live…
Dr. Varnoff captures twelve men for his experiment: to turn them into supermen using atomic energy. Newspaperwoman Lawton gets too snoopy for her own good.
On their way to perform in Guam, nightclub performers Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo find themselves stranded on a seemingly treacherous island, known by the natives as “Kola Kola”. The natives are quite friendly, especially Nona, the tribal chief’s daughter, who tries to help the two get off the island. Though Paradise has been found, for the time being, the duo soon discovers that a mad scientist named Dr. Zabor (Bela Lugosi), lives on the other side of the island. Seeing a chance to get help, the two visit the strange doctor. Tension mounts as Duke falls in love with Nona. Seeing Duke as a threat, a jealous Dr. Zabor plans to literally make a monkey out of Duke, for he too loves Nona. Sammy tries to help his pal, with unexpected results.
The legendary Bela Lugosi as “the Vampire” teams up with Britain’s much-loved “Mother Riley” in this hilarious comedy adventure. The Vampire plans to control the world with the help of his robot, which accidentally gets shipped to Mother Riley. Through radar control, he contacts the robot and orders it to come to him, bringing along Mother Riley! But his life is turned upside down when he holds this most meddling of mothers captive. “My Son the Vampire” is the last of the Mother Riley film series (1937-1952), lighthearted, immensely popular British comedies that featured the slapstick antics of Arthur Lucan as an Irish scullery maid who gets herself into all sorts of tough spots.
From a slab in the morgue, a dead young woman tells the bizarre tale of how she got there, through a maze of murder involving a hypnotist, a midget and a mysterious figure in a blue mask.
The world of freight handlers Wilbur Grey and Chick Young is turned upside down when the remains of Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula arrive from Europe to be used in a house of horrors. Dracula awakens and escapes with the weakened monster, who he plans to re-energize with a new brain. Larry Talbot (the Wolfman) arrives from London in an attempt to thwart Dracula. Dracula’s reluctant aide is the beautiful Dr. Sandra Mornay. Her reluctance is dispatched by Dracula’s bite. Dracula and Sandra abduct Wilbur for his brain and recharge the monster in preparation for the operation. Chick and Talbot attempt to find and free Wilbur, but when the full moon rises all hell breaks loose with the Wolfman, Dracula, and Frankenstein all running rampant.
Two inept press agents are ordered to the island of San Sebastian to get a zombie for an opening night publicity stunt of a nightclub. They find a likely source in Dr. Paul Renault, who has spent much time studying (and experimenting) on the subject, but Renault has other ideas.
In Edinburgh, renowned surgeon and now teacher of anatomy Dr. MacFarlane, has been paying John Gray, a cabman, to clandestinely bring him exhumed bodies of the recently deceased for classroom demonstration purposes. With cemeteries being increasingly guarded, Gray turns to murder to provide MacFarlane with fresh bodies. Realizing that he will never be rid of Gray, who constantly taunts him with his knowledge of MacFarland’s past indiscretions, MacFarlane engages the malevolent Gray in a hand-to-hand fight to the death, the ultimate results of which provide the victor with an episode of unprecedented psychological horror.
While on an Arctic expedition, two scientists find the frozen body of a prehistoric caveman. They bring him home to their laboratory, but decide that in order to fully utilize (and control) him, they must transplant a more developed brain into the caveman.
Dr. Richard Marlowe uses a combination of voodoo rite and hypnotic suggestion to attempt to revivify his beautiful, but long-dead wife, by transferring the life essences of several hapless young girls he has kidnapped and imprisoned in the dungeon beneath his mansion.
n 1918, an English family are terrorized by a vampire, until they learn how to deal with it. They think their troubles are over, but German bombs in WWII free the monster. He reclaims the soul of his wolfman ex-servant, and assuming the identity of a scientist who has just escaped from a concentration camp, he starts out on a plan to get revenge upon the family.
Insurance salesman Albert Tuttle arrives at the Cyrus J. Rutherford estate to sell the millionaire some life insurance. Rutherford is already dead and his heirs have gathered at the mansion to hear the reading of the will. Rutherford’s will won’t be read until he is properly entombed and the heirs are forced to stay on the premises or be denied their inheritance. Tuttle soon finds himself mixed up in shenanigans involving Rutherford’s niece, secret passages, a missing body and murder.
Glimpy’s surprisingly beautiful sister is getting married to Jack, a young engineer, and moving to a ‘bargain’ suburban house neither has ever seen. During the honeymoon, the East Side Kids decide to fix up the house for the newlyweds…but mistakenly pick the ‘haunted’ house next door, which is occupied by some mysterious live men, dodging in and out of secret panels and clearly up to no good.
Graverobbers open the grave of the Wolfman and awake him. He doesn’t like the idea of being immortal and killing people when the moon is full, so he tries to find Dr. Frankenstein, to kill him, but Frankenstein is dead and only his Monster is alive and this one wants to live, not to die like the Wolfman.
Conducting weird scientific experiments, crazed Dr. James Brewster, aided by his colleague Dr. Randall, has managed to transform himself into a hairy, stooped-over ape-man. Desperately seeking a cure, Brewster believes only an injection of recently-drawn human spinal fluid will prove effective. With Randall refusing to help him, it falls to Brewster and his captive gorilla to find appropriate donors.
Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Bela Lugosi uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things get out of hand, Lugosi kills his henchmen, who wind up as zombies in the cellar of the soup kitchen.