Splatterday Mourning Cartoon: Count Duckula – A Fright at the Opera

Velcome, Kinky Kreeps!Today’s abominable animation is a FOWL terror tale that dares to reinvent to of Ho-rror’s most ghastly figures… as ducks!

That’s F-right, my monstrous minions… we summon the dread Count Duckula to terrorize y’all’s neighborhood!
And he’s brought with him a creep that swung from the chandelier long before another veiled musician made it cool… The Phantom of the Opera!

Well, a more finely feathered version, that is.

We here at Kinky Horror just love a good monster mash! There’s just someTHING eXXXciting about two (or more) icons of the macabre sharing the scream-screen together. Curiously though, this one of the very few times The Phantom and Drac have crossed paths. I mean, it’s a pairing that’s to DIE for! Both are cape-wearing, urbane creatures of the night with a tendency to sleep in coffins. And both are evil geniuses, so it would be a spectacular battle of the minds! Having two of fiction’s darkest gentlemen go face-to-mask would be a SCREAM!

Howl-ever, since there’s no true film crossover, we’ll gladly take this duck-based version!

The  webbed-foot Phantom in this terror toon is a Frankenstein of a few different versions of the masked menace. His mask resembles that of Claude Rains and his association diminutive lackey brings to the Hammer Ho-rror interpretation. There’s also a fair bit of Chaney in the the way he’s presented. And like all Phantoms, he really knows how bring DOWN the house… if you know what I mean.
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Big Trouble in Little China: The Game gets an awesome new trailer… Yessir! The check is in the mail!  /FILM

The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame creep into the Dark Universe! Vive la France! Coming Soon

It looks like TNT’s Tales from the Crypt is staying buried. 🙁 Bleeding Cool

(Literally me when I found this out… :()

Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose… Beetlejuice joins Lego: Dimensions in Halloween.   Nerdist

Watch Dokken rock Dream Warriors live… AIN’T GONNA DREAM NO MORE!!!!!!!! 🙂 Bloody Disgusting

The Blob remake poster looks a little… Alien. Movie Web

Wonder Woman’s Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright will bring Amazonian power to Justice League. 🙂 Den of Geek!

#FuckFreddy: Five Rad Robert Englund Roles (in Ho-nor of Our Birthday! :)

Happy Birthday to the Man of our Nightmares, Mr. Robert Englund!! (I hear a lot of folks born on June 6 are pretty badass… ;))

Good Ol’ Robby E…. we all know him as Freddy Krueger, the pizza-faced freak who gives good glove. I mean, there’s no denyin’ that ghoul’s place in ho-rror history. At this point, he’s (arguably) on the same level as Dracula and Frankenstein. As Heather Langenkamp said in New Nightmare, “Every kid knows who Freddy is. He’s like Santa Claus, or King Kong.”

However, as eXXXcellent as Mr. Englund is in that role, we feel that some of his other work goes underappreciated. In ho-nor of birthday, we’re shining a light on some Robert Englund characters that don’t get nearly the same amount of love as Fred Krueger! They may not be as dreamy as The Springwood Slasher, but these performances are a cut above the rest! Without any further a-BOO (I kill myself! ;)), here are five kickass Krueger-free Robert Englund performances! 🙂

1.) The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

Let’s start off with a Fright at the Opera! Yes, my Dark-lings… Mr. Englund took a stab at one of the all-time great monsters of cinema and showed that he really has an ear for music… but I’m not sure whose ear it is! 🙂

This film is an awesomely bizarre (and bizarrely awesome) fusion of Gothic Ho-rror and Slasher Terror, loaded with both gruesome gore and chilling atmosphere. Englund is simply amazing here, juggling hammy monster awesomeness and real emotion with ghoulish grace. Take a bow, Mr. Englund!

2.) Doc Halloran in Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

Unfortunately, we don’t get to see that much of this “Ahab” (the heroic nemesis of the slasher) in this awesome horror-comedy mockumentary, but what we do see is freakin’ magic! Essentially, Doc Halloran (named after Dick Hallorann from The Shining) is Robert Englund playing Dr. Loomis from Halloween,,, and that’s as cool as it gets! He may not be in it for long, but it’s great to see Robert Englund play a hero for once.

3.) The Riddler in The Batman (2004)

Riddle me this: what happens when Freddy Krueger and Marilyn Manson have a son together? This version of The Riddler from The Batman, of corpse! While this animated series was nowhere near The Animated Series, it still had its fair share Bat-Awesome, including Mr. Englund’s creepy take on The Riddler. Talk about a Questionable character!

4.) Bill Gartley in The Mangler (1995)

The Mangler is perhaps the finest film about a demonic industry laundry press that folds people to death. Stephen King, Tobe Hooper, and our boy Robert join forces to create a pretty bonkers movie about the evils of Capitalism! Caked in old-age make-up, Mr. Englund is deliciously evil, but I suppose that a man who owns a machine called “The Mangler” has to be.  You gotta know when to fold ’em!

5.) Prof. William Wexler in Urban Legend (1998)

Last but not BEAST is the mysterious Prof. WeXXXler, my personal favorite! Okay, so it’s not a flashy part, but I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE me some Urban Legend! Robert Englund may just be a red herring (or is he…? ;))  but he rocks every bit of it! Props, Prof!

Happy Birthday, Birthday Twin!! 😉 xoxo

PS- It’s also Danny Strong’s birthday. Yay! 🙂

Scary Shorties: Spooks (1930)

For a creature who seldom ventures away from the Paris Opera, The Phantom of the Opera certainly gets around! While not quite as popular as Dracula or Frankenstein, The Phantom does have a highly respectable number of adaptations and spoofs to his name. The Phantom has haunted slasher films, monster movie crossovers, Mexican parody films, and even cartoons! In fact, The Phantom has starred in a great number of cartoons over the years! Some are scary, some are silly, but all are a testament to the hypnotic hold The Phantom has had on audiences for decades.

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In 1930, Universal had made a killing off of a re-release of 1925’s The Phantom of the Opera with a brand-new score and dialogue recorded for the film. Once again, the Opera Ghost scared up a lot of money for Universal, proving that the Old Ghoul could delight audiences in the sound era. With The Phantom’s “phantastic” success, it made a great deal to capitalize on this with a crossover with another universal property: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

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The result of this pairing was Spooks, a creepy cartoon caper and an absolute gem. There are few things I love more than a spooky old cartoon, and this short is just rich with the kind of imagery that reminds one of the glory of Halloween. The animation on display is a bit on the sketchy side, but that only adds to its charm. Our Phantom is very Chaney-like in appearance, complete with a surprisingly gruesome deformity. At the very least, he’s creepier than Gerard Butler.

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For your viewing pleasure, here is Spooks: