Fangs for the Memories, Basil Gogos.

Filmland has just lost one of its most famous monsters…

Legendary artist Basil Gogos was, without a doubt, one of the finest painters known to horror. His jaw-dropping, mind-melting portraits of cinema’s greatest fiends graced the covers of many, many issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland. Starting with an eerie portrait of Vincent Price for Famous Monsters #9, Gogos created almost 50 wondrously macabre works for the publication. Gogos often bathed his monstrous subjects with brilliant colors from multiple light sources, highlighting their fearsome features with expressionistic radiance. His subjects included The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, King Kong, Godzilla, Gill-man, Mr. Sardonicus, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and many other beloved fright icons. Mr. Gogos also brought his distinctive flair to CD covers for rock acts Rob Zombie, The Misfits and Electric Frankenstein.

Farewell, Basil Gogos. Your paintings brought out the beauty in the beast and inspired generations of monster lovers. Thank you for bringing color to black-and-white monsters. 🙂

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Splatterday Mourning Cartoon: Monster Force – The Rage of Frankenstein’s Bride

Ho-wdy, cartoon creeps!

It’s Splatterday Mourning again, and we’ve got the perfect cartoon caper to make you scream!

This week’s abominable animation is Monster Force, a 13-episode series by Universal Cartoon Studios and Canadian studio Lacewood Productions. The story is set in approx. 2020 and centers around a group of teenagers (with attitude!!!) fighting the Universal Monsters with futuristic weaponry. It’s a series that proves that Universal has been trying to do the “Dark Universe” thing long before Tom Cruise and The Mummy.

Both Monster Force and The Mummy resurrected the grand ol’ monsters, but with less scares and more radical action. The “Dark Universe” was clearly inspired by the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this series actually got Marv freakin’ Wolfman to write some episodes! I guess it makes some sense… there always was a strange connection between superheroes and monsters….
Considering that nobody ever talks about this one, it’s actually a lot of fun! It’s G.I. Joe fighting cl-Ass-Sick fiends with sci-fi weapons…and every bit as cool as it sounds! 🙂 It even manages to sprinkle in some references to the actual films. Heck, the score in today’s episode quotes the score of Bride of Frankenstein! Plus, check out these monsters:
Groovy.
Check it out below…Happy Splatterday, Kinky Kreeps! 🙂 xoxo

Splatterday Mourning Cartoons: Monster in My Pocket – The Big Scream

To all you Kinky Kreeps, I say…

It’s another delightfully frightful Splatterday Mourning here at Kinky Ho-rror! You know what that means…

CARTOONS!!!!!!!!!!

This week’s terror ‘toon is based on a cl-Ass-Sick toy-line from the late eighties/early nineties. It’s…

…or am I just happy to see you?

The Monster in My Pocket toys were these little ghoul-shaped figurines made of brightly colored plastic. So, they were basically just Halloween-y versions of the M.U.S.C.L.E. figures… and that awesome by us!

Of Corpse, being a toy-line from that period, there was an attempt at a cartoon tie-in…

In 1992, there was an animated special that was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired on Halloween of 1992 on ABC. It concerned a group of heroic monsters fighting evil monsters… and that’s about it. But really, does it need to be any-Fang Morgue than that? It promises monsters and gives us monsters! I’d say this one-off does its job!

This one’s got a mummy, a vampire, an Invisible Man, a Jamaican Werewolf, a  Fay Wray knock-off, and Scream-Fu! Three Stars! Check it out!

#SupernaturalSaturday Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

Ass-uming you’ve never seen it, 1932’s The Mummy may be a tad unexpected. For a film that inspired an entire sub-genre of mummy monster movies, it bares very little resemblance to subsequent films. There aren’t any real action set pieces and the story is a strangely poetic fantasy of a love that transcended the ages. The tit-ular mummy (played by the beyond great Boris Karloff) is only bandaged for a short time at the beginning, so there’s very little shambling. It’s a deliberately paced film with gloomy, eXXXpressionistic atmosphere. After over 80 years of other mummies in its wake, the film still feels unlike any other film to feature a bandaged ghoul. One such film that it has very little in common with is 2017’s The Mummy.

Universal actually has a history of rebooting this particular monster. While commonly referred to as “sequels,” the truth is that the Mummy films of the 1940s were hardly a continuation of the Karloff original, despite the first installment’s (The Mummy’s Hand) use of sets and footage from it. Imhotep of the original was replaced with Kharis, the shambling mummy most audiences vaguely recall. The Kharis films moved at a faster pace, had more action, and more comedy. They were all a great deal of fun, but none of them came close to the beautifully eerie original. When Universal took another crack at the sarcophagus with 1999’s The Mummy, they clearly found more inspiration in Kharis than Imhotep, although they did borrow the latter’s name.
With this new Mummy, it seems that the filmmakers drew from the 1999 film more than any of the other previous films. There’s hardly an ounce of Karloff left in it. In essence, it’s the reboot of the reboot of a film made 85 years prior. With that in mind, it’s pretty easy to divorce it from the first film. And as one in a long line of monster movies, It’s pretty enjoyable. If viewed as just a bit of fun monster nonsense, it’s a good deal of fun. This film is precisely the sort of film you should be watching with an eXXXtra large soda in one hand and a plastic tray of nachos (and/or Twizzlers and Reeses’s Cups :)) in the other.
I’m also pleased to report that, for the most part, the film is a ho-rror film. That is to say that there’s a good deal of zombie-ish mummies, creepy critters, terrible curses, shocks, thrills, and soul-sucking. I doubt there’s anything that’ll give you lasting nightmares, but it’s always fun to see some theme park-y scares on the big screen. The action and spook-scares compliment each other nicely and make for a groovy night at the movies. While I would’ve preferred something a little more Gothic, what we have pretty entertaining.
The film stars Tom Cruise as a scrappy treasure hunter (very similar to Brendan Fraser’s Rick O’Connell) and Sofia Boutella as the tit-ular Mummy. Mr. Cruise seems like he’s having a blast and gives charm to a somewhat jerky character. Ms. Boutella is striking and fairly menacing as the Mummy, but she really isn’t given much too do. This version of the monster is devoid of any of the tragedy of the role once had. As much as I enjoy Mr. Cruise (and trust me, I do!! :)), I do wish they had focus more on the Mummy as a character. Instead, she seems like secondary figure in what should be her film. Also in the film is Russell Crowe in the role(s) of Dr. Jekyll  and… you know who. He’s fun in the film, but it seems like they plan on eXXXploring that character(s) in a potential sequel.

The Mummy is intended to be the first in a series of new Universal Monster Movies and I do ho-pe it does well enough for sequels. By no means is this a great film, but it’s a fun popcorn flick. The Universal Monsters are among my dearest ho-mies, so any eXXXcuse to bring them back is fine by me. Ho-pefully, the sequels will embrace the Gothic nature of the original films and bring back some of the cl-ass-ical horror that made them immortal. For now, The Mummy is monstrous enough for me. To a new world of Gods and Monsters.

Scary Shorties Double Feature: Wot a Night (1931) and Magic Mummy (1933)

Ho-wdy, Kartoon Kreeps! It’s another supernatural Saturday Mourning.. um, morning here in Karloffornia. You know what that means…

YES!!! Is there anything in this crazy ol’ world of ours better than a cartoon? Yes… TWO CARTOONS!!

We’ve got a doozy of a double feature of shorts starring Tom and Jerry, but not the ‘toons you’re thinking of…
Before the Cat and Mouse played their game of cat-and-mouse, these two were in shorts and they did… everything! These kartoon kats were lawyers, hunters, plumbers, hobos, and every other job with potential for shenanigans! Oh, the shenanigans! 🙂

Our first Fright-Toon is a decidedly un-smutty submission by the eXXXtraordinary Smutmaster Eric! Thank you, you morbid master of media! xoxo 🙂

This is the first film in Van Beuren’s Tom and Jerry series, later re-issued as Dick and Larry.

The Van Beuren Studios was an American animation studio which produced theatrical cartoons from 1928 to 1937.

Our second film is Magic Mummy, in which T&J run afoul of a Phantom of the Opera-like spook and a musical mummy. With Universal’s The Mummy coming out next week, I figured this was one worth unearthing. Heck, this ‘toon beat Universal to the punch with its lady mummy, although I’d bet the new one doesn’t sing like Betty Boop. 🙂

Speaking of Betty Boop, this cartoon does have that kind of surreal, Fleischer-like vibe that we love here at Kinky Horror. It’s got rubbery limbs, skeletoons, and all the spooky-cool cartoon craziness you need for a kickass Saturday Morning! 🙂


If you’re looking to unwrap some more cartoon madness, check out the short below:

News Bleed: The “Paranormal Strangers” Edition

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke is set to cast a musical spell on the Suspiria Remake. Rolling Stone


Alice Cooper will welcome us to his latest nightmare with Paranormal! 🙂 Ultimate Classic Rock

Universal is making May 20th Mummy Day and we should all get wrapped up in it! Deadline

The Strangers are finally coming back and they’re bringing Christina Hendricks with them! Bloody Disgusting
Doug Bradley raises hell in full Pinhead make-up for the first time in 12 years! 🙂 JoBlo

Mother Pus Bucket! A dinosaur is named after a Ghostbusters creep! 🙂The Atlantic

#TataTuesday: The Outdoor Nudity Edition, Part 5

(Submitted by our beloved Smutmaster, Eric…Thanks, Kinky Ho-miebot! 🙂 xoxo)

Featuring: Kayden Kross, Sophie Dee, Ania Spiering, Kellie Cockrell & Monique Parent

The Hungover Games (2014)

 Blood Scarab (2008)


Bonus:

Diana the Vampire Slayer.

(LOL Aww…Thanks for including me, Smutmaster! 🙂 xoxo)

Scary Shorties: Superman, The Mummy Strikes (1943)

Boils and ghouls, your attention please! Kinky Ho-rror presents an all-old cartoon program, featuring a thrilling adventure of an amazing and incredible personality. Faster than a speeding demon! More powerful than a loco maniac! Able to leap tall tombs at a single bound! Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bat! It’s a witch! No, it’s…
That’s right, boils and ghouls! We’re presenting a classic outing of the Man of Steel in glorious Technicolor! Of course, with our minds in the grave, we picked a short that’s a little on the fright side…
The Mummy Strikes (1943) is the fourteenth of seventeen Fleischer Studios/Famous Studios Superman shorts, but it almost feels like a condensed Universal horror film. There’s a dead Egyptologist. an assistant accused of murder, a terrible curse, and two very unfriendly mummies. The two mummies are actually rather unnerving for a superhero short. It may be rather silly to admit, but this scene still gives me the willies…
I mean, it ain’t Boris Karloff driving a man insane in The Mummy (1932), but that’s still one heck of a resurrection!
This short isn’t as heavy on the superheroics as the other 16 shorts, but it’s got ominous atmosphere in spades. It’s creepy, it’s thrilling, and it has the Big Blue Boy Scout  roughing up some ancient abominations. I’d say there are worse things to get WRAPPED up in on a Saturday Morning!
Hey, if you think that’s a groaner, this short ends on the most wonderfully ho-rrible pun imaginable. It’s a play on a line from Blues in the Night, and I can’t imagine a better way to end a mummy story!
For thrills, chills, mummies, heroes, and puns, click on the moving picture box below:

Have a Super Saturday, Kinky Ho-mies!! 🙂 xoxo

News Bleed: The “Big Mummy in Little China” Edition

The writer of Aquaman goes swimming with The Creature from the Black Lagoon. 🙂 Deadline

Is The Blob creeping again? Dread Central

Some endings are like people: some shine and some don’t… The producer of The Shining reveals some alternative endings. Entertainment Weekly

The Shin Godzilla VFX team unleashes another terrifying monster… to promote Kitakyushu tourism! 🙂 JAPAN TODAY

Yessir, you best believe I ordered me the Big Trouble in Little China board game!  io9 – Gizmodo

Bela Lugosi’s “haunted” home is now on sale! Bloody Disgusting

Get a better look at the horror of The Mummy with this new trailer! 🙂 Rolling Stone