Saturday, July 04, 2020

Happy 4th of July!

You may have detected a theme in this year's images. 

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Jungle Movie Summer

I think that it's the heat that has me watching these movies. 
The heat. That's it! 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Beyond Naschy #31 - THE BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER (1963)

THE BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER (1963) is a gothic horror film set in 1884 which has a small cast of characters wandering around a huge castle-like home searching for different things. At times the castle search is for the origin of a strange nighttime noise (Is that a man moaning in pain?) or for a missing companion (Did they go down to the dungeons for some reason?). Sound familiar? But, in the end, everyone is searching for both romance and the answer to a family mystery. Well, usually that’s what happens in these types of movies. Actually, this film throws us several curveballs by, at first, having a haunting mystery at its center (“Oh, you silly dear. You didn’t really see what you clearly saw.”) and then tossing it out for a darker plot involving disfigurement, madness and murderous intent. It all revolves around family curses so at least that aspect of gothic tales is kept all the way through!

Troy and I step carefully through this film’s dark corridors holding our candelabras aloft searching for the meaning of it all. We discuss the Gothic Romance as a genre and I outline my newer understanding of it. We talk about the usual tropes of these tales and the ways in which this one adheres and deviates from them. I was actually shocked that there was no incest! The period setting and real castle locations work well to create a fair amount of atmosphere and the fact that we can almost always see the actor’s breath adds to the chilly mood. It is really a shame that this movie’s status as a Public Domain work continues to keep a good looking print available. The black and white photography cries out for sharp resolution without the dark, muddy smearing that obscures from view the efforts of the legendary cinematographer Alejandro Ulloa. I sincerely hope that we one day get a remastered version of this interesting film. And did I mention the Helga Line is in this? 

We end the show with a new instrumental song called Mystery Machine from Troy’s band The Exotic Ones. This tune is on their forthcoming EP and it drops in the next few days. Check it out! The podcasters can be reached at with any comments or suggestions. As is evidenced by this episode we do take advice from listeners, so add your voice to the proceedings. We’re always interested in what Naschy related films we could cover next! Thank you for listening.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Video - Zero-X - Planet of Bones - Part 3

The birth of a whole new species! 
Here's the final part of this exciting Zero-X story in motion comic form. 
Is that genocide we're witnessing there at the end? 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Audio - Good Neighbors by Frank Oreto

This is an episode of a podcast called Overcast. This show features my good friend Frank's short story 'Good Neighbors' and I recommend it highly. I'm not sure if this is my favorite of his work but it is in the top five. Do yourself a favor and check it out! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Comic Books!!

How am I only now learning of this five issue run of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser comic books from 1973? Holy Hell! Written by Denny O'Neil? With art from Howard Chaykin, Jim Starlin and Walt Simonson? 
This just jumped to the top of the 'Must Read' pile! 
Trade collection ordered! 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Video - Gerry Anderson's Zero-X: Planet of Bones Part 2

In part two we get all kinds of action including reanimated dinosaur bones attacking astronauts! And what is that luminous liquid in the cave? Curious.