#MonsterMovieMonday: Creature from the Haunted Sea

Ho-wdy, Monster Mashers!

Today’s fright fest is a creepy cheapie from the King of the Bs, Roger Corman. It’s a MAD Magazine mash-up of monsters and mobsters known as…
Creature from the Haunted Sea is the third in a series of funny fright films Corman produced in the late ’50s and early ’60s, the previous two being  A Bucket of Blood (1959) and The Little Shop of Horrors (1960). While those brilliantly bloody burlesques are seen as B-movie masterworks, Creature has dwelled in relative obscurity for decades now. The advertising sold the film as a straight Ho-rror picture, which it certainly is not. Naturally, the film pissed of a lot of creep-seekers and the film did poorly.  That’s a shame, because this a pretty groovy Ho-rror comedy.
Okay, so it ain’t the most hilarious film ever made and it didn’t spawn a musical remake with Rick “King of Kings” Moranis, but it’s stuffed with quirky ideas and a deliberate goofiness. Its combination of spy spoof, crime comedy, and Ho-rror humor is very much of its time, but that only makes it serve as a goofy sort of time capsule. Plus, it has one of the greatest goofball monsters of all time…
Ho-ly crap! That’s what happens when you don’t give Cookie Monster a cookie!

Do you dare face the “terror” of… The Creature from the Haunted Sea?!

#MonsterMovieMonday: The Wasp Woman (1959)

“I’d stay away from wasps if i were you, Mrs. Starlin. Socially the queen wasp is on the level with a Black Widow spider. They’re both carnivorous, they paralyze their victims and then take their time devouring them alive. And they kill their mates in the same way, too. Strictly a one-sided romance.”

Ho-wdy, Monster Maniacs!

We’re just buzzing with eXXXcitement about today’s creature feature! It’s a stinging work of terror from the King of the Bs, Mr. Roger Corman!  Can your heart withstand the shocking ho-rror of…
Released in 1959, The Wasp Woman tells the story of Janice Starlin, played by Susan Cabot. Ms. Starlin is the founder, owner, and spokeswoman for a large cosmetics company. When her company’s sales begin to plummet, her aging appearance is blamed for their decline. In a desperate attempt to appear young, she becomes the willing guinea pig for an eXXXperiment that uses the jelly of the queen wasp to reverse the aging process. Of corpse, it goes wrong and we’re treated to some cl-ass-sick monster madness!
Okay, so the plot’s a little groan-worthy (feminist, it ain’t) and it’s more than a little goofy, but this film is a really groovy creepy cheapie. Susan Cabot is actually pretty compelling as the were-insect, and the rest of cast is good(ish ;)). It’s been called one of the “worst movies ever,” but that’s hardly fair. While I do wish it had more of the tit-ular creature, what we do see is spooky stuff. Bonus points for Susan Cabot actually being in the mask!
Feel the sting of The Wasp Woman below:

SIDE NOTE: We also rec checking out the 1995 remake with the dreamiest of Dream Warriors, the incomparable Ms. Jennifer Rubin. 🙂 xoxo

News Bleed: The “Dobaara the Glass Monster” Edition

Go to Hell… again! Hellboy is getting a reboot from Neil Marshall! 🙂 IGN

The new Blade Runner 2049 trailer is here and it’s more human than human! 🙂 Variety

American Horror Story gives us a SHRIEK peek at a featured creature from the upcoming season. 🙂 People

American Horror Story Season 7 tease.

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No strings attached! Take a look at the new Puppet Master puppets! Bloody Disgusting


Oculus gets reflected in Dobaara, a Bollywood remake! 🙂 Bollywood Life

Get Out director Jordan Peele signs a first-look deal with Universal. EXXXpect some more Social Ho-rror very soon. 🙂 Hollywood Reporter

Roger Corman plans to race into Death Squad and the final Death Race 2000 sequel!`:) JoBlo

Check out the damn fine trailer for the new Twin Peaks. 🙂 Flickering Myth

#TerrorTuesday: The Terror (1963)

Salutations from the Other Side, Ho-rror Ho-unds! It’s a Terror-ific Tuesday here in Karloffornia, so why not take a look at The Terror with Boris Karloff?
What a tit-le! How intriguing! How vague! “The Terror” is like calling a film “Horror Movie.” And it sums up the appeal of this film pretty neatly! The plot concerns Andre Duvalier, a lost Napoleonic soldier (a very young Jack Nicholson) who is rescued by Helene (Sandra Knight), an enigmatic woman who is revealed to be a ghost possessed by a witch. Eventually, after being attacked by a large bird and being separated from Helene, he finds himself at the castle of Baron Victor Von Leppe (Boris Karloff), The Baron’s wife passed away some time ago, but Helene bears a strong resemblance to her. What dark secrets does the Baron keep, and what ghastly horrors await poor Andre?

If that synopsis reads like a game of Gothic Mad Libs, that’s because the film largely was. Director Roger Corman was working on The Raven and finished the picture a few days early.  Realizing he had a pretty groovy set going unused until its demolition, the pragmatic Corman decided to crank out another film in those last few days. Along with the sets, Corman recycled Karloff and Nicholson from The Raven. Karloff later said:

“Corman had the sketchiest outline of a story. I read it and begged him not to do it. He said ‘That’s alright Boris, I know what I’m going to do. I want you for two days on this.’ I was in every shot, of course. Sometimes I was just walking through and then I would change my jacket and walk back. He nearly killed me on the last day. He had me in a tank of cold water for about two hours. After he got me in the can he suspended operations and went off and directed two or three operations to get the money, I suppose… [The sets] were so magnificent… As they were being pulled down around our ears, Roger was dashing around with me and a camera, two steps ahead of the wreckers. It was very funny.”

All the scenes that required the castle and Karloff were filmed in three days. After that, the film was passed on to Francis Ford Coppola (yes… THAT Francis Ford Coppola ) for a couple of days, then it was handed over to Jack Hill, Monte Hellman, and perhaps others who will forever go nameless. Rumor has it that Jack Nicholson even took over for a day. Each new director was tasked with making some sense of the original footage and adding new plot points and twists to this Frankenstein.
Despite its slapped-together nature, The Terror is actually worth the watch. While its backstory is more fascinating than the film itself, The Terror is decent fright flick with a few fairly creepy moments. It’s not be a genre masterpiece, but it’s got atmosphere and thrills aplenty. For a dose of Gothic nonsense, this one will hit the spot. It ain’t The Masque of the Red Death (1964), but it’s got skeletons, ghosts, witches, and King Karloff. That’s good enough for me.

For some thrills ‘n’ chills with Jack and Boris, check out the film below:

Happy Birthday, Roger Corman!

A very Happy 91st (!) Birthday to the Pope of Pop Culture, Mr. Roger Corman! 🙂

There’s just no way overstate how Fang-Freakin’-Tastic this audacious auteur of awesome really is! He brought credibility to eXXXploitation films, made indie film-making cool, brought art films like from the likes of Kurosawa and Bergman to the mainstream, and jump-started the careers of everyone from James Cameron to Martin Scorsese. This brilliant B-movie badass also directed the original Little Shop of Horrors, so he indirectly gave us the steamy, dreamy manly meatiness that is Rick Moranis as Seymour Krelborn! For this feat alone, this man is my hero!! 😉
To skullebrate his birthaversary, we’re providing you fright fiends with one of King Corman’s favorites from his own catalogue: 1964’s The Masque of the Red Death!

While Hammer was scoring big with their takes of European fright favorites, Roger Corman went to (vampire) bat for the U.S.A. with his technicolor terror tales adapted from the works of American spookster Edgar Allan Poe. As eXXXcellent as the other Poe flicks are, I think his Masque of the Red Death is the sharpest spike on this iron maiden. Vincent “The Price is Fright” Price is at his Vincent Priciest here, cackling and creeping around as the nastiest monarch this side of King Joffrey! (#timelyreferencesaretimely ;)) The atmosphere is chilling and the cinematograophy is so colorfully creepy, one might suspect that Dario Argento took notes on this flick before making Suspiria. (#thingsthatmakeyougohmm #eventimlierreferencesaretimlier! :))

The film didn’t do too well at the time, but is now seen as a shining example of Corman’s greatness as a director. We here at KH just love it to pieces. If Ingmar Bergman decided to be awesome and make a ho-rror film, he would have made something like this! 🙂

To see Red, click on the box below:

Happy Birthday, Mr. Corman! You rock our kollectively Kinky socks!! 🙂 xoxoxo

Happy 90th Freaking Birthday, Roger Corman!!

(Submitted by Anton Phibes…Thanks, Ho-rror Ho-mie! 🙂 xoxo)

Happy (only slightly belated ;)) Birthday to beloved B-Movie God and celebrated penny-pincher, Roger Corman! (April 5, 1926)


Everyone who has ever loved lowbrow culture, gruesome cheapies, and glorious eXXXploitation has experienced the magic touch of this Barnum of B-pictures.


Corman, along with being a supplier of the greatest amusements in the schlock game, may just be the most important figure in American cinema of the last 50 years. Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, James Cameron, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, and many others owe at least part of their success to the great man. He brought both counterculture and foreign art films to US cinemas, bringing the films of Kurosawa, Bergman and Fellini to American drive-ins and made the first LSD film in The Trip.

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There are many films of his that I have enjoyed greatly, but his cycle of Poe-inspired films are some of my favorite works of art. Those films, especially Masque of the Red Death, are exquisite examples of schlock and cinematic elegance dancing entwined like lovers in the moonlight. Beauty and shock are equals and skillfully brought to life for the drive-ins. With low budgets, Coman crafted gorgeously gothic and full-color tales with visuals that will haunt us film goers till the bitter end. I recommend Pit and the Pendulum, Masque of the Red Death, Tales of Terror, and the Haunted Palace to all, for these are among my fright flicks. The Raven is also great as a delightful supernatural comedy.


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We salute you, Roger. Fangs for the years of crab monsters, sexy nurses, biker gangs, and Vincent Price gothics.

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Ho-stess’s PS– The man is 90 and still kicking all that is ass!!! Check out these stills from Deathrace 2050, which is currently in production…Rock on with yo bad self, Mr. C!! 🙂 xoxo



Belated Birthday Bizniz :)

Okily dokily, now that Easter is officially a wrap, let’s get back to Ho-biz and catch up on some of the Ho-rrific Happenings that went down whilst I was on vacay, shall we? 🙂


First up: There were 2 Super Duper Noteworthy Birthaversaries I feel any properly self-loathing Ho-rror Bloggess needs to mention. Let’s take a quick TARDIS trip so I can pretend I posted these on their appropriate dates… 😉


April 1: Lon Chaney

A very happy birthday to the world’s first movie monster, Lon Chaney!


Leonidas Frank Chaney, the man who would be Phantom, was born to deaf parents on
this day in 1883. As a result of his upbringing, Chaney learned to communicate
with his face and hands, and developed a special understanding and appreciation
of the unique and disabled. Through his pantomime, Chaney was able to weave a
tapestry of powerful emotions without uttering a word. Through his self-applied
makeup and moving performances, Chaney had a knack for creating grotesque
characters with human souls. He understood his misfit “children” and infused
with as much pathos as he did menace. While others in Hollywood at the time were
perfecting one persona, Chaney used each film as a canvas for total
transformation. You could say (and I do… ;)) that our Birthday Boy was the first true character actor.


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The “Lonster” (as I like to call him ;)) was very press-shy, granting very few interviews and seldom attending premieres. Mostly, this was done as publicity ploy, adding a macabre mystique to his already offbeat persona. Chaney was said to be very supportive of struggling actors, including Boris “McBadass” Karloff, to whom he would often give advice. Rumor has it that Lon was seen placing some baby birds back into the nest out of which they had fallen, and begged a witness not to tell anyone: “I will never hear the end of it. Everyone thinks I am so hard-boiled!” (Awwwwww!!! #MMM :))


I’m hardly unique in admitting that Mr. Chaney is a personal hero of mine. His influence can still be felt today as artists continue to consistently pay homage to his undeniable genius. As a popular saying goes, “Don’t step on that Spider! It might be Lon Chaney!” (But also, you shouldn’t do it anyway, because Spiders are rad…JS! ;))


NeXXXt up on our journey to the past (April 5, to be eXXXact :)), I give you Mr. Roger Corman. <33333


Big, wet birthday kisses to the King of B’s, Mr. Roger Corman! For nearly 60 years,
Rockin’ Roger has produced and directed films with budgets that wouldn’t
cover the cost of craft services on a Michael Bay fart flick, but have jump-started
the careers of many film making now-legends. Jack Nicholson, Robert
DeNiro, Dennis Hopper, James Cameron, Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, Ron Howard (aka #MCE #1,876 :)), John Sayles, Martin Scorsese, and many awesome others have all graduated from the “University of Corman.”



While the talent that was developed under Corman’s bat-like wing is impressive, King Corman’s own achievements as a director are pretty gosh-darn remarkable. The Poe cycle of the ’60s are among the most stupendous and graphically galvanizing works of gloriously gothic gloom to ever hit the silver screen! In my humble opinion, The Masque of the Red Death is a much a classic of grotesque cinema as Psycho or Horror of



Famously, Corman made Little Shop of Horrors in 2 1/2 days and still
managed to make a frighteningly fantastic lil’ comic horror picture. (Though it was admittedly Moranis-less, but he’s not completely to blame for that… ;))


While most of us associate Roger with eXXXploitation cinema (NOT a bad thing!!! :)), he was also responsible for bringing the artsy foreign films of Fellini, Kurosawa, and Bergman to the American drive-in, something that was unheard of at the time.


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In 2009, Corman received a well-deserved Ho-norary Oscar for his contributions to cinema.

2009 Governors Awards – Roger Corman Receives… by dreadcentral


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(Just a very few of Mr. C’s most memorable contributions… ;)) xoxo

Your Memorial Day Gift from Me…

…is a sampling of the Q&A I was at the other day with ROGER CORMAN (yes!!!) and JOE DANTE (“Dante Out”…if you get that, I love you. ;)) You are very welcome, fellow fiends. 😉

If this bit o’awesome sauce doesn’t fit right in with your plans for grilling up some dead cow flesh and drinking yourself into a zombie-like stupor (in true Memorial Day spirit ;)), then I have to assume you have no soul. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, per se… ;))

Enjoy your Ho-liday festivities, Ho-mies!! xoxo