The 13th Floor

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5 Times ABBOTT and COSTELLO Faced The Universal Monsters!

Sure ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN is a great monster mash but have you seen the others? For many that film was the ultimate gateway flick to discovering the classic creature features. After all, it had everything in it – the comedians were in top from and Bela Lugosi officially played Dracula for the first […]

Real Life Scares 

The Controversial Count Chocula Box That Was Pulled From Shelves!

This year marks the 45th anniversary of General Mills’ Monster Cereals, which first hit store shelves way back in October of 1971. As all breakfast historians know, Count Chocula and Franken Berry were the first two cereals to be introduced as part of the line, and they were something of a ground-breaking novelty at the […]

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Which Of These 3 Actors Is YOUR Definitive DRACULA?

In my weekly hunt for new movies around town earlier this week, I stumbled upon a great deal to own the Blu-Ray of DRACULA UNTOLD for $5 bucks. Considering how many reinterpretations there are of DRACULA, coupled with the fact that I was blown away by Bernard Rose’s update of FRANKENSTEIN, I figured… why the […]

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Rumble in the Rubble: When FRANKENSTEIN Met THE WOLF MAN!

On the moonlit moors of Llanwelly Village, Sir John Talbot rushes to the aid of Gwen Conliffe, who is being attacked by a ghastly man-beast. He clubs the creature to death with a silver-­headed cane. Gwen is saved, but Sir John is horrified to discover that he has killed his own son, Lawrence Talbot. The […]

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Public Domain Theatre: Bela Lugosi’s Weirdest Movie – THE APE MAN

THE APE MAN may be the most surrealistic Poverty Row thriller ever made! With a way-out plot that’s a Salvador Dali fever dream, nightmarish imagery, cardboard sets, low-rent lab gear, a 1940s Brenda Starr, ghost hunters and a half-human Bela Lugosi on the prowl – what more could anyone want? And lucky for us Lugosi […]

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The Kids Are All Fright: The SONS of FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA!

Over three decades after the Frankenstein Monster was “blown to atoms” at the climax of THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, Dr. Frankenstein’s son Wolf returns to his father’s estate with his wife and young son. Unfortunately, the villagers can hold a grudge for a really long time, so they’re not so pleased that a bona fide Frankenstein […]

Real Life Scares 

This is Exactly How Long it Takes a Vampire to Suck You Dry

While science has yet to conclusively prove the existence of vampires, some of the greatest minds in the field have spent some time looking into the matter… including a recent study by physics students at the University of Leicester in the UK. Testing the principles of fluid dynamics, the students decided to calculate how long […]

Films 

From Page to Screen: Bram Stoker’s DRACULA — Five Key Differences

On May 26, 1897 Irish theatrical business manager Abraham “Bram” Stoker gave the world its most eternal literary character: Count Dracula. Since the time of its publication, the book, much like the Bible (which, coincidentally, also features the story of an eternal character), has never been out of print. Although not a bestseller upon release, […]

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Ebony and Villainy: Remembering THE BLACK CAT and THE BLACK SLEEP

Almost any word can be turned into a horror film title simply by adding the word “Black.” Over the years there has been a Friday, a Zoo, a Scorpion, a Mamba, a Sunday, a Sabbath, a Christmas, a Room, a Museum, some Roses, some Sheep, some Water and a Lagoon, to name a few. There […]

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Terror Titan Smackdown! Karloff vs. Lugosi in THE BLACK CAT

It was the horror smackdown that shook the world as Bela (DRACULA) Lugosi battled Boris (FRANKENSTEIN) Karloff to the death in a Bauhaus-inspired madhouse that had nothing to do with Edgar Allan Poe’s THE BLACK CAT other than the title! The first of the death-dealing duels betwixt Bela & Boris gave birth decades later to […]

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The Gravestones of 13 Famous Horror Icons

It’s always a thrill to meet a celebrity or some other personality that you admire. If we have the wherewithal, we can keep our cool, have a casual conversation and perhaps convey how much we admire that person without coming across as a blithering goon. Have we not the wherewithal, well we are so starstruck […]

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Dueling Draculas! Bela vs. Bela in DRACULA and ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN

The five most recognizable monsters in cinema history are commonly considered to be Frankenstein’s Monster, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Count Dracula. Only one of this group was portrayed without the benefit of Universal studio’s masterful makeup department. Bela Lugosi relied on his own striking features to bring […]

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Killer POV Pick Of The Week – ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN

Even though I own ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN on Blu-Ray and DVD, I always hold out hope that it will screen somewhere in Los Angeles on the big screen. And thankfully this Halloween season, the New Beverly Cinema gave us 4 opportunities to catch it! (Next screenings are on the evenings of October 23rd […]