Monday, April 2, 2012

Monster Mash

I think as a kid where did we come up with the boogie man?  Maybe late one night listening to a monster show on the radio, that felt real.  You go to bed and it's just too quiet, hearing every little sound, what was that?  As the covers pulled over your head, as if it's some sort of shield.  Now you're listening even harder, Oh No the boogie man!

Some monster movies will just remain timeless like,
Them, Forbidden Planet, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Wolfman, Dracula, Creature from The Black Lagoon just to name a few.  They were so well written and the actors brought the creature into your room late at night.  As filming evolved and the special effects were enhanced, wow Exorcist, Damien, Jaws,  Friday The Thirteenth, Jason, Pin Head, and Alien all had you glued to the seat at the theater. Where to this day is the best movie experience because of the big screen, in your face and the audio surround.

It's close to midnight and something evil is lurking in the dark.
Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart.
You try to scream but the terror takes the sound before you make it.
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes.
You're paralyzed".

Like the movie, the song Thriller has to be one of the best written, along with the video for its time.

So here we go, the spook shows.



Monster Mash

Another great classic song that I'm sure is in a time capsule.
Bobby "Boris" Pickett reaching # 1 on the top 100 Billboard on October 20, 1962 just in time for Halloween.  

This came off the LP The Original Monster Mash.  Pickett would imitate Boris Karloff, (where he got his middle name) he did this one night while performing The Diamond's, Little Darlin the crowed loved it and this lead to more imitations of Boris Karloff  from Pickett.    



The film begins with New Mexico State Police Sergeant Ben Peterson (James Whitmore) and his patrol partner Ed Blackburn (Chris Drake) discovering a little girl (Sandy Descher) wandering the desert near Alamogordo, mute and in a state of shock. They retrace her steps to a trailer owned by an FBI agent named Ellinson, who was on vacation in the area with his wife and two children. The side of the trailer has been ripped open from the outside, and the rest of the family is missing and presumed dead. The girl briefly responds when strange sounds echo out of the desert wind, but the troopers miss this.

One of the first of the "nuclear monster" movies, (1954) and the first "big bug" film, Them! was nominated for an Oscar for Special Effects and won a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing.


Professor Gerald Deemer, who is trying to prevent the food shortages which will result from the world's expanding population. With the help of atomic science, he invents a special nutrient on which animals can live exclusively, but which causes them to grow to many times their normal size. In his laboratory, he houses several oversized rodents and, inexplicably, a Mexican red rumped tarantula. This film was made in 1955.

A real spider was also used for shots where the whole monster was shown, with models reserved for close-ups (and its skyscraper-sized version), resulting in a rather more convincing monster than the giant ants in the earlier big-bug film Them! (1954)

Watch the full movie


The Black Scorpion

A volcano erupts (1957)  and the culprits behind the disappearances and deaths are revealed as giant prehistoric scorpions. After attacking a trio of telephone repairmen, the scorpions turn their attention to San Lorenzo itself, with the guns of Major Cosio's troops having no effect on them. Come morning, the scorpions have returned to their underground lair which, in addition to the scorpions, is home to giant worms and spiders, leaving the authorities to seek the help of renowned entomologist Dr. Velasco. It is up to him, Hank, and Arturo to figure out a way to either destroy the scorpions or seal off the entrance to their cavern home, before more innocent lives are lost.


Creature Features

Creature Features was a generic title for a genre of horror TV format shows broadcast on local U.S. television stations throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The movies broadcast on the various shows generally classic and cult horror movies of the 1930s to 1950s, the horror and science-fiction films of the 1950s, British horror films of the 1960s, and the Japanese "giant monster" movies of the 1960s, and 1970s.

Creature Features was introduced into the Chicago metropolitan area on Chicago's WGN Channel 9 in the fall of 1970. Hosted by Carl Greyson, and later Marty McNeely, this version of Creature Features ran until 1976.The show used the theme music of Henry Mancini's Experiment in Terror. After WGN canceled its version, WFLD Channel 32 briefly used the title (sans 's' - it was called "Creature Feature") for its own weekend screenings of horror movies; no host appeared on the WFLD version. This show ended with the premiere of Son of Svengoolie in 1979.


Go for a Swim?                                    

The year is 1975, with the boat immobilized the trio attempt a desperate approach.  Hooper dons scuba gear and enters the ocean inside a shark proof cage, aiming to stab the shark with a hypodermic spear filled with strychnine. The shark attacks the cage from behind, causing Hooper to drop the spear. When the shark gets tangled in the wrecked cage, Hooper escapes and hides in the seabed. As Quint and Brody raise the mangled cage, the shark leaps onto the boat, crushing the transom and causing the Orca to raise up. Quint slides down the watery deck to the shark and is killed after a bloody tussle, stabbing the shark in the head with a machete. When the shark attacks again, Brody shoves a pressurized scuba tank into its mouth, then takes Quint's rifle and climbs the sinking Orca's mast. The shark, with the tank still in its mouth, begins charging Brody. Brody shoots the scuba tank, causing it to explode and blow the shark to pieces. Hooper swims to the surface and they use the barrels to swim to shore.

Holy mother of real monsters,  I remember after seeing this you were in no hurry to go for a dip in the ocean.  Man this monster is real,  real big and them damn teeth!


Hellraiser (also known as Clive Barker's Hellraiser) is a 1987 British horror film based upon the novella The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, who also wrote the screenplay and directed the film. The film spawned a series of sequels. A remake was announced and might be presented in 3D.

Somewhere in Morocco, Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) buys an antique puzzle box from a dealer. Back in the attic of his house in London, Frank solves the puzzle box, prompting hooked chains to emerge from it and tear deep into his flesh. Black robed, horribly mutilated humanoids appear and attack Frank with hooked chains, tearing him into pieces.

"There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery".

To think you hesitated,  to watch these series. 

Erin Galbraith

Feel Like a Monster 
This is pretty heavy metal, to the monsters.
Skillet is a Christian rock band out of Memphis Tennessee, over the last 16 years since the band formed in 1996 only John Cooper remains the original member. 
Skillet Site        


Aliens Vs Predator Hellbound 

I think for me the first time I was really freaked out in the theater was the viewing of The Exorcist, that movie forget about it. Next would be Jaws, Steven Spielberg 1975.  Man I don't think many people went swimming in the ocean for awhile after you saw Quint (Robert Shaw) get dragged of the back of the boat while he stabbed the Great White.

How about Alien, wow man you did not turn from the screen and that saliva dripping double  jaws, what's up with that!  The facehugger plants a Alien dude in your belly and pop!  The Chestbuster blows through Kane's (John Hurt) chest, everyone in the theater moved back in their seats, like a wave!

One of my favorites, Predator with Schwarzenegger and the rest of the cast was perfect against the Predator, that frickin three slash laser mark on your head and pink mist!

This clip is a cool twist to this movie.  

ALIENS vs PREDATOR HELLBOUND [Part 1] from TrastucaT ProductionS on Vimeo.

The King

King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, wow when was the last time you heard him called that?  King Kong has been about much as a battle on screen as off.  The original creature of Kong was Merian C. Cooper approached RKO Pictures and produced the 1933 movie King Kong.  The sequel Son of Kong came the same year.  In 1949 RKO and Cooper produced Mighty Joe Young and won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.  (this award was not available in 1933) The award was presented to Cooper but in recognition to Willis O'Brien efforts and supported team, the award was given to him.  I think that was very modest of Cooper.

Years to follow all hell breaks loose on Kong's copy rights, between Cooper, RKO who leased out rights to Toho (Japanese Film) who made King Kong verses Godzilla in the 1960s.  Then Dino Laurentiis paid RKO remake rights for King Kong in 1976 with Paramount.  Right up to the time of 1976 a court order finally gave some of the rights to the Cooper estate, which later Cooper sold most of the rights to Universal Pictures.  Wow 2005 King Kong "the eight wonder of the world", the remake from the original movie from 1933. 




We have all been a big fan of Japan's monster since 1954 thanks to Ishiro Honda and Toho Co.,Ltd.  The name Godzilla comes from two Japanese words, goriar (gorilla) and  kujira (whale) a cross between quite fitting.  The sound of Godzilla, well talk about branding this is known world wide.  Akria lfukube produced the sound by rubbing a resin covered leather grove along the loose strings of a double bass and then slowed the playback, man I love that sound!

The American version which Sony Pictures got the rights from Toho  in 1992 and was released in May of 1998.  The last film made was Godzilla's Final Wars done out of Japan. 


 New Godzilla?

Back in March of 2010 Legendary had received  rights from Toho to do a film. This was supposed to be ready for 2012 but still in the making, Gareth Edwards is going to direct the film and he says "we want to get this right for the fans".

So in the mean time this clip from Clash of The Titans -Release The Kraken would be a good version for the new Godzilla. Can't what until the producers let the new Godzilla Out!

Gábor Tóth

Godzilla May 2014

An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures is slated to open May 16th 2014 and not only in 2D but 3D and IMAX at selected theaters. Holy mother of Zilla, this will be Epic. After the release of 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars, marking the 50th anniversary of the Godzilla film franchise, Toho announced that it would not produce any films featuring the Godzilla character for ten years.

In August 2004, Yoshimitsu Banno, who had directed 1971's Godzilla vs. Hedorah , announced that he had secured the rights from Toho to make a Godzilla IMAX 3D short film at his Advanced Audiovisual Productions (AAP) production company. The film was tentatively titled Godzilla 3D to the Max, and was to be a remake of the Godzilla vs. Hedorah story. In 2005, Banno and producer Kenji Okuhira added American Peter Anderson, ASC 3-D as the cinematographer, visual effects supervisor and as a co-producer on the project. In 2007 through Anderson, American producer Brian Rogers was introduced to Okuhira and Banno and he was added to the project. In 2007, also through Anderson, Kerner Optical then came on board to develop the technology and to produce the 3-D film. And with Kerner's backing, in the Fall of 2007 the team met with Toho in Tokyo where they re-negotiated this production to then be released as a feature-length 3-D theatrical production.

In 2008, with Kerner facing financial troubles, Rogers, Anderson and the then-proposed director Keith Melton met with Legendary Pictures where the production was pitched as a 3-D theatrical film. In 2009, it was "green-lighted" by Legendary to go to production. From the AAP production team, Banno and Okuhira would remain on the project as executive producers and Rogers as a producer.

I can remember when this was all being rumored that the producers wanted to get this right for the FANS!

Merry Christmas

Godzilla Site


Thanks for all the great movies

The birth of the creep flicks, long before many of us were born, with Universal's Tod Browning's Dracula, filmed 1931 with Bela Lugosi then came James Whale's Frankenstein about the same time. The Mummy was produced (1932) and to follow in 1933 was the Invisible Man.
In 1940 this thrill horror production continued with The Wolfman (1941).
Rouben Mamoulian's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was Paramount's monster (1931). Michael Crutiz's Mystery of The Wax Museum with Warner Brothers (1933).

Paramount puts out The Island of Lost Souls (1933) and Val Lewton's Body Snatchers in 1945 for RKO Pictures which also featured Lugosi.

Long live the creep flicks!

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