Sunday, February 5, 2012
Me, with Bill Hinzman at the Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend
It's with deep sadness that we bring to you the news of the passing of Bill Hinzman this evening. We've lost another icon of the industry and more importantly one of the nicest and most genuine people we've ever had the chance of knowing.
Best known to fans everywhere as Zombie #1 or the Graveyard Zombie from the George A. Romero classic Night of the Living Dead, Hinzman has died after losing a bout with cancer. He was 75.
Bill Hinzman worked on numerous projects over the years, several of which were with Romero, such as There's Always Vanilla, Hungry Wives aka Season of the Witch, and of course The Crazies. On his own he tried his hand at directing with one of our favorite flicks, Flesh Eater.
A fixture on the convention circuit, Bill was always there with a smile for fans, often appearing in costume as the famed ghoul we all grew up with.
We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest condolences to Bill's friends, family, and constituents. Rest in peace, sir. You will be incredibly missed.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Born on January 20th, 1900, Colin Clive had a relatively short acting career, due to his death at the age of 37. Colin starred on both stage and film, and although only 3 of his films were actual horror films, we will always remember him as Dr. Henry Frankenstein in James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein. Who could forget his wonderful performances in both films as Dr. Frankenstein, the man who made monsters! His performance as the Dr. Frankenstein set the stage for future portrayals of crazed scientists for years, much in the same way Bela Lugosi set the standard for Dracula. I would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to my favorite mad scientist!
Monday, January 16, 2012
Born January 16, 1948, John Carpenter went on to be one of horror's favorite sons. The man who brought us such contemporary classics as The Thing, Christine, The Fog, Escape From New York, and the ultimate classic, the one and only original Halloween! I had the privilege of interviewing John at Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2010, and he was definitely an incredible individual. Below is the footage from the interview. John is truly a master or horror, and I personally want to thank him for bringing us such wonderfully frightening films! Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a John Carpenter movie marathon in honor of his birthday! Happy Birthday to the Horror Meister!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger was born January 15th, 1879, and although his career spanned over 5 decades, we will always remember him as the flamboyantly quirky Doctor Pretorius in James Whale's masterpiece The Bride Of Frankenstein. Ernest took on many roles during his career, but horror fans will always cherish the characters he played in the horror films, such as Dr. Pretorius, Horace Femm in another James Whale classic, The Old Dark House, Laing in The Ghoul, starring Boris Karloff, and his small but memorable role as the undertaker in the 1951 classic Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim (considered the best version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and definitely my favorite version!) Read all about Ernest's film work on his Wikipedia page. Happy birthday you mad scientist!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Universal Home Entertainment will be introducing a limited edition 100th Anniversary Collector’s Series featuring some of the aforementioned film restorations on Blu-ray in collectible, book-style packaging showcasing rare movie memorabilia and brand new 10-minute video featurettes. In addition, special collections will be released throughout the year, culminating in the highly anticipated Blu-rayTM releases of Universal’s Classic Monster and Alfred Hitchcock series. A selection of movies that have shaped Universal’s legacy will also be released in commemorative packaging, many of them on Blu-rayTM for the first time ever. Some of the films listed are:
Bride of Frankenstein
All Quiet on the Western Front
Out of Africa
Out of Africa
To Kill a Mockingbird
Finally! JAWS on blu-ray!!!
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Hell-o there boils and ghouls!
Welcome to 2012 and the 38th installment of
MONSTER SPOOKSHOW RADIO...
It's a new year, and that means an all-new Monster Spookshow Radio Fearshow! I know 2011 was a little sporadic
with the Spookshow Radio postings, as well as postings in general. Unfortunately I don't have the luxury that my last job afforded
me by sitting at a computer all day, allowing me to create the Spookshows, as well as having the accessibility to log online
post stuff on the blog, and for that I apologize. Hopefully 2012 will be a better year for me, personally, and for Monster Spookshow Radio!
This Month's moldy oldies (and some new ones too!) are:
THE HAUNTING - The Misfits
GHOST TOWN GUNFIGHT - The Gore-Gons
ZOMBIE A GO GO - Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures
GOO GOO MUCK - Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads
ADAM WEST VS. THE VAMPIRES - Hawaii Samurai
THE GHOST SONG - Salty Holmes
DRACULA - The Zane Bros.
GHOSTHOUSE - Cadillacula
GHOULS NIGHT OUT - The Crimson Ghosts
DADDY WAS A MUMMY - The Family Ghouls
KING KONG STOMP - Gene Moss
BRAINS! - Voltaire
WEREWOLF WATUSI - Don Hinson and the Rigamorticians
HIGHSCHOOL WITCH - 5,6,7,8s
THE HEARSE SONG - Oscar Brand
MONSTER'S LOVE - Danny and Lenny with The Hollywood Ghouls
WITHCRAFT - The Spiders
MONSTER HIGHSCHOOL PARTY - Kitty In A Casket
MAMBO MUMMY - Dickie Goodman
KEEP THEM COLD ICY FINGERS OFF OF ME - PeeWee King & His Golden West Cowboys
AMERICA WEREWOLVES IN LONDON - Wednesday 13
Just click on the image above to get the latest installment of
MONSTER SPOOKSHOW RADIO!
George Van Orsdel
Monday, October 31, 2011
HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all my little boils and ghouls! Make sure to have Monster Spookshow Radio are your preferred choice for your spooky Halloween party music! And to make it easy for you, here is a collection of all my past Halloween Spooktacular Specials, all together in one happy post! Have a safe a very Happy Halloween!!! Happy Haunting!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
I know I posted about this movie last Halloween season, but I honestly can't get enough of it. It is now my second favorite Halloween-themed movie, second only to John Carpenter's Halloween of course! A great movie, featuring cleverly written stories that are woven together by our little friend Sam Hain. Starring Anna Paquin (Miss Sookie Stackhouse herself), Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, and Quinn Lord as little Sam. If you've never seen it, treat yourself to a great film,...if you have seen it, don't deny yourself the pleasure of watching it again!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
It wouldn't be a Halloween countdown without the listing of the one and only John Carpenter's Halloween. The film that started it all, and although there have been many sequels and even a remake, none will ever compare to the original. I am sure I don't have to tell all you fans of the Halloween season about this movie, and I am assuming you have all seen it....if not, shame on you!!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Elsa Sullivan Lanchester, was born October 28, 1902, and went on to become a very accomplished and successful actress of theatre, film and television. Her most popular and endearing character, The Bride Of Frankenstein, will live on forever in film and horror history, with the iconic image of the Bride with her hair standing on end and the white stripe on the sides, as well as the woman who created her, Mary Shelley (also portrayed by Elsa in the same film.). Elsa had a very long and diverse film career, starring in over 66 films. Elsa passed away on December 26, 1986 of pneumonia at the age of 84. Happy Birthday to the original Bride!
Check out this cool video of clips from The Bride Of Frankenstein, set to Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"!