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. ūüôā

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#TerrorTrailerTuesday: The “All You Need is Lovecraft” Edition

Ho-wdy, Fright Fiends!

Lovecraft is in the air this #terrortrailertuesday! We’ve summoned up some trailers for some of the most eldritch H.P. Lovecraft adapations known to man or Great Old One! These ancient, terrible trailers are of an unutterable and blasphemous ho-rror so great that they can drive mortal minds to pure insanity… so enjoy! And remember, Kinky Kreeps…

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

From the¬†nightmare corpse-city of R’lyeh, here are… THE TRAILERS!!!¬†

Splatterday Mourning Cartoons: Scooby Doo – Nightfright

Ho-wdy, Meddling Kids!

I don’t know about you cats, but I think Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated is HIGH-LY underrated!

There are more incarnations of Scooby-Doo then there are stars in the sky, but Mystery Incorporated ¬†tried to shake things up, while still staying true to the spirit of Scooby-Doo. Cl-ass-sick characters are fleshed out, the monsters are menacing, and it had a genuinely intriguing mystery element. Plus, it had a surprising dark tone. I mean…
Dark!

This was a Scooby-Doo that really knew to give you the willies!

And it had monsters! By Cthulhu, did it have monsters!


Its backgrounds were simply gore-gous! I’d proudly hang any of these in my tomb!
Beast of all, the show was clearly made for us fright freaks. Nearly every episode is loaded with references to the best genre media has to offer. From Twin Peaks..

…to Phantom of the Paradise

This guy’s name is WINSLOW FLEACH

… to Hellraiser

…to a Jeffrey Combs-voiced H.P. Lovecraft parody….
…to Harlan Ellison voicing Harlan Ellison (!)…

…to an entire episode paying homage to War of the Gargantuas. They even include the song from the movie!


In ho-nor of this underrated cartoon, we’ve provided our absolute favorite episode! It’s one big tribute to the greatness of Vincent Price, with plenty o’ nods to the Merchant of Menace!
Happy¬†Splatterday,¬†Kinky¬†Ho-mies! ūüôā xoxo


 

Happy Beaster: Five Rotten Rabbits to Haunt Your Horrorday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Beaster, you egg-cellent fright fans! ¬†As an Easter gift to all you perturbing Peeps out there, I thought I’d draw attention to a race of creatures capable of unfathomable terror… Bunnies!
On this site, we often talk of ghouls, ghosts, madmen, creatures, demons, bugaboos, boogeymen, freaks, creeps, and just about everything that goes bump in the night… but it’s the Bunny you must fear above all. With teeth as sharp as daggers and eyes that are often as red as fresh blood, the Bunny hops along this earth with silent menace and a nose twitching like an unhinged lunatic. The worst of these creatures is The Easter Bunny: a being who barges into the homes of little ones, leaving… eggs. Why does he do this? Nobody really knows. Perhaps, when they hatch, they’ll unleash horrible, toothy beasts with taste for human flesh. Maybe that’s how he spies on you… each egg serving as his eyes. ¬†Whatever the reason, it must be nefarious. That is, after all, the nature of the Bunny.
To celebrate the day, I have arranged a list of the most terrifying bunnies to ever haunt the screen.  I must warn you, dear readers, that there will be intense bunny-based horror in the following videos and images. Now that you have been warned, we can hop right into the madness.

1.) The Hat Rabbit from Twilight Zone: The Movie

Our first beastly bunny makes the briefest of appearances, but leaves a heck of an impression. Appearing in Joe “Gremlins” Dante’s wonderfully cartoonish take the classic It’s a Good Life story, this featured creature turns¬† Kevin “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” McCarthy’s simple hat trick into a feat of monstrous magical mayhem! Ta-Da!

2.) The Lepus from Night of the Lepus

This is film, coincidentally, has the same plot as my recurring nightmare: a group of giant, mutant rabbits ravage a small town and feast upon the innocent. To make things even more ghastly, the filmmakers used actually bunnies to portray the monsters! Janet Leigh stars as one of the humans hunted by the rabid rabbits. I hope they don’t make her go Psycho…

3.) The Easter Bunny from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey¬†

Without a doubt, the most terrifying thing in a film that deals with Hell, Satan, and Death! In Hell, Ted is forced to face his “irrational” fear of The Easter Bunny. I always knew that The Bunny was in league with The Devil!

4.) January Q. Irontail from Here Comes Peter Cottontail

How could one resist a stop-motion bunny from Rankin-Bass and Vincent Price? Dressed to scare in frightful black, this Price-voiced fiend will stop at nothing to do Easter HIS way. Irontail’s Easter would include chocolate tarantulas, octopi, and Easter galoshes replacing the Easter bonnets. Where do I sign up for this Easter?

5.) The White Rabbit¬†from¬†Jan Svankmajer’s Alice¬†

Jan Svankmajer is certainly a stop-motion genius, but darn if he doesn’t know how to scare the stuffing out of us. Why, he does the same to his characters. In his take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, his White Rabbit is a taxidermy rabbit who is losing sawdust, which flows out of his stomach. When his stuffing falls out, he simply secures the whole in his chest with pins and eats the sawdust! I bet Walt Disney wishes he had come up with that quirk!

Honorable Mention:  The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

I excluded this big bad bunny from the main list because I wanted to spotlight lesser-known rabbit creeps. Most people are very familiar with this¬†bad-tempered rodent. However, that doesn’t mean he isn’t a formidable fiend. I mean, he’s got a vicious streak a mile wide! He’s a killer! There’s much to fear about this fuzzy lil’ devil.

Happy Beaster! Don’t let the Easter Bunny get ya!

Happy Birthday, Roger Corman!

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

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!! ūüėČ
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! ūüôā

To see Red, click on the box below:

Happy Birthday, Mr. Corman! You rock our¬†kollectively Kinky socks!!¬†ūüôā xoxoxo

Happy Birthday, House on Haunted Hill!

On this day in 1959, frightmeisters William Castle and Vincent Price opened the doors to the House on Haunted Hill,¬†a true classic of fright cinema and a fiendish favorite of ours here at Kinky Horror. Fusing camp and creep together in a way that only Master William Castle could, this terror classic remains a masterpiece of the macabre that’s often imitated, but never duplicated. The unprecedented success of this picture inspired Alfred Hitchcock to produce a black-and-white¬†gothic horror of his own: a little-known picture called Psycho. Castle’s film was the first (and last) film to be shown in Emergo, a brilliant bit of ballyhoo that involved an¬†elaborate pulley system to carry a plastic skeleton over the audience. Such was the bizarre genius of Mr. Castle. For a taste of what Mr. Castle had in mind, here are a few bone-chilling recreations of Emergo! Beware! These videos are not for the faint of heart:

Our little haunted house party is about to begin.There’ll be food and drink and ghosts… and perhaps even a few murders. You’re all invited. If any of you will spend the next twelve hours in this house, I will give you each ten thousand dollars, or your next of kin in case you don’t survive. The party’s starting now, and you have until midnight to find the House on Haunted Hill.

For those attending, watch the full movie below… if you have the stomach for it…

Happy Birthday, House on Haunted Hill! You’re just as gruesome today as you were in 1959!

#TBT: Vincent Price’s Dracula

Is there any name more synonymous with exquisite terror than “Dracula?” If there is, it would probably be “Vincent Price.”

Considering how often Dracula is resurrected for film, it’s rather curious that legendary¬†gentleman ghoul Vincent Price never gave us his interpretation of The Count. ¬†Sure, Mr. Price played Dracula’s cousin in a charmingly silly episode of F-Troop, but that’s hardly the same as a full-blooded portrayal of the Prince of Darkness. Casting the ever-elegant Price as the urbane bloodsucker seems like a rather natural choice, but it never happened. We can only speculate on what a Vincent Price Dracula would’ve been like, but that doesn’t that Mr. Price stayed clear of the Dracula legend entirely…

The 1982 documentary Vincent Price’s Dracula (or Dracula: The Great Undead) begins with an opening worthy of any gothic picture: an old carriage cuts through the fog towards an ominous castle.The carriage speeds away, leaving us to wander up to the old fortress. We soon discover that our host for the evening¬†is none other¬†Vincent Price, sporting a smoking jacket and welcoming us in his own inimitable way, informing us that his servants are away. The title appears in a bold, dramatic font: “Vincent Price’s Dracula.”

From this point on, Master Price begins to tell us all about the history of the Count, from the real-life Vlad the Impaler to the Bram Stoker novel to the various films. During the presentation, we are treated to clips from Nosferatu (1922), Vampyr (1932), Mark of the Vampire (1935,¬†erroneously referred¬†to as a 1936¬†Dracula sequel here), Return of the Vampire (1943), The Vampire (1957) and Return of Dracula (1958).¬†Curiously, the Lugosi Dracula and the Hammer Dracula films are absent here, but I suspect that may have something to do with copyright. At one point, Mr. Price reads an excerpt from Bram Stoker’s Dracula¬†and it as glorious as one would imagine.

Filmed in a spectacularly gothic fashion, Vincent Price’s Dracula is the rare horror documentary that’s as entertainingly dramatic as a true monster movie. Vincent Price is sheer perfection here, but I doubt that would surprise many horror fans. With his trademark humor and¬†regal bearing, Mr. Price seems to relish every moment of the material. Mr. Price was always delightful in everything he graced, no matter how strange or morbid it was. There are few men in horror that are as consistently charming as Vincent Price was and this documentary is drenched with that signature Price charm. In addition to its perfect host, this macabre feature is rich with classic horror embellishments that make this a fantastic watch for all you vampire lovers out there. To my knowledge, it is the only documentary in which the host transforms into a bat at the end.

For you, the Creatures of the Night, I present Vincent Price’s Dracula:

Man Meat Monday: The Jules Verne Edition. :)

Yesterday was legendary sci-fi author (and notorious panty-dropper)¬†Jules Verne’s birthday, so to celebrate, I’m¬†shining the spotlight on his genius inventor/madman/master of the skies,¬†Captain Robur the Conqueror. (Specifically Vincent Price’s portrayal in the 1961¬†adaptation of Master of the World,¬†cause you know anything starring the Devine Vinnie P. equals Lady-Wood for me!! ;))

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(Rawwwwwr, baby, rawwwwwwwr!!! :))

Robur is a brilliant, idealistic inventor who is in command of the Albatross, an
airship equipped with tremendous power (which is pretty darn Meat-tastic, too, I must say… ;)).

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(Ah yeah…That’s the stuff. ;))

Robur plans to end all wars, even if he has to use the almighty Albatross to bombard military targets all over the world.

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Cap is more-or-less just¬†Nemo¬†in the air, but doesn’t prevent him
from being intriguing (and seXXXy) in his own right. Vincent Price is as amazing
(as always :)) and he oozes urbane charm as the mad genius. You end up respecting
and admiring him as much as you fear him. The idea of wanting to achieve world
peace is a noble one, even if his methods are a bit…eXXXtreme.

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Speaking of Nemo (the James Mason/ non-fishy version :)), he was quite the bit o’Man Meat, too. #DemBrowz <3333

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For that matter, so was Kirk Douglas in that movie…I had HUGE crushes on both of these pieces of Manly Meatiness when I was little.

(Look at him shakin’ #datbooty…Kirk Dougl-ASS, amirite?? ;))

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(Man Nips…#Score!!! :))

Now that I think about it, I had an awfully lot of crushes (man, woman, and otherwise…I’m looking at you, Robin Hood the FoXXX!!! :)) when I was little. Perhaps that should have been my first clue that something was a little “off” about me… ūüėČ xoxoxo