Showing posts from October, 2009

Now For Your Halloween Viewing Pleasure - Elvira Presents - 'Count Dracula's Great Love'

Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is an American actress best known for her on-screen horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ wearing a black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. Her wickedly vampish appearance is offset by her comical character, quirky/quick-witted personality, and valley girl-type speech. In the late spring of 1981, five years after Larry Vincent (who starred as host Sinister Seymour of a local Los Angeles weekend horror show called Fright Night) died, show producers began the task of bringing the show back. Deciding to use a female host, producers asked 1950s horror host Maila Nurmi to revive The Vampira Show. Nurmi worked on the project for a short time, but eventually quit when the producers would not hire Lola Falana to play Vampira. The station continued with the project and sent out a casting call. Peterson auditioned agai

Move Over Power Rangers & Ultraman - Korea's 'SFX Fantasy Rayforce' Is Here!

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Over the past decade, the creators of Korean fantasy films and television have been doing their best to take on the Japanese entertainment industry head-to-head. Nothing has been sacred, the Koreans have even taken on the giant monster film genre, made famous by the Japanese with their Godzilla and Gamera film series, with the highly acclaimed, "The Host" and the heavy effects driven, "D-War" (Dragon Wars). Now, T3 Entertainment, which has made quite a name for itself in the video game market is trying to reinvent the Asian super hero genre with, "Shigong Jhun-gi Rayforce" (Dimension Chronicle Rayforce or SFX Fantasy Rayforce), a series which looks like it's designed to give Japanese shows like, "Super Sentai" (Power Rangers to us westerners) and "Kamen Rider" a swift kick to the gonads. The series looks like Japanese occult anime, superhero and giant robot series all thrown in

Scarlet Salem Is A Graveyard Cowgirl

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Scarlet Salem Photo Credit (s): H Morgen I know that I promised a 'weekly' posting of the horror themed photographs of actress/model Scarlet Salem taken by photographer H Morgen. Well, I have had a lot on my plate the last two weeks, so I missed a post. Sorry about that. Every time I do one of these, I sing the praises of both Morgen and Salem, and I'm sure that you have had enough of that, so I'm skipping that part. As you probably already know, over the past month, in celebration of Halloween, I have featured the duo's horror tributes featuring Scarlet as Vampira, the horror hostess and star of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and as Janet Leigh in a recreation of the infamous 'shower scene' from Alfred Hitchcock's classic film, "Psycho". Today I have a set of pics featuring Scarlet in a cowboy hat and a bikini top. This time around the photos are a tribute to scream queen Sherri Moon. Moon, as you may

Orson Welles Classic War Of The Worlds Broadcast On The Internet 10/30/09

Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Joblo / Avery Guerra Way back on October 30th 1938, Orson Welles radio play, which was presented in the format of a live news broadcast, of H.G. Wells classic novel, "War of the Worlds", caused mass panic, as thousands believed that the Earth was indeed being invaded by an army from Mars. Hopefully society has become a little more sophisticated in 2009, as again, Welles reading of Wells will be rebroadcast as a promotional tool to draw attention to Richard Linklater’s upcoming film "Me And Orson Wells". The film, which will hit theaters on November 25th, stars Christian McKay, Claire Danes, Zac Efron, Kelly Reilly, Zoe Kazan, Eddie Marsan and James Tupper. To listen in to a very important bit of sci fi history, and, for that matter, American history, go to on October 30th at 8:00 PM EST. See Also: A Modern Take On Wells The First Men In The Moon For BBC Four / War Of The Worlds: Goliath Steam-

Tsuburaya Making Giant Monster Halloween Costumes!?

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Popfi Okay.....this may be the coolest f**king thing I've ever seen in my life! The Japanese are eons ahead of us westerners, let's just face it. They have human looking robots that can move around and talk, and now they have animatronic giant monster Halloween costumes that have flashing eyes, breathes smoke, and can even roar. How can we compete with that? No, the costume featured in the video above isn't for an upcoming movie, though the monster featured, Gomora, is in the upcoming film, "Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend", it's being made for everyday schmucks like you and me. That's right, you will soon be able to buy one of these babies. This Gomora costume is part of a brand-new line of animatronic monster suites, called “Dekaiju”, being produced by Tsuburaya Productions for sale to the general public. The Gomora costume stands in at over ten feet tall, and twenty feet long, and is controlled solely by

A Modern Take On Wells The First Men In The Moon For BBC Four

Source: BBC (Press Release) Mark Gatiss (League Of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) is to star in his own adaptation of HG Wells' thrilling scientific romance The First Men In The Moon alongside Rory Kinnear (Waking The Dead, Silent Witness), in a one-off 90-minute drama from Can Do Productions for BBC Four. Mark Gatiss says: "I'm completely delighted to have the chance to bring this wonderful, funny, charming and scary story to BBC Four. It's very rare to be able to adapt a genius like HG Wells for the small screen and we hope to do full justice to his extraordinary vision." It's July 1969 and, as the world waits with baited breath for news of the Apollo 11 astronauts, a young boy meets 90-year-old Julius Bedford (Rory Kinnear) who tells an extraordinary story of two men's journey to the Moon, way back in 1909. As a young man, Bedford chances to meet Professor Cavor (Mark Gatiss), a somewhat unworldly scientist with an amazing invention: Cavorite – anything to

Timeline (2003)(Paramount)

Written By: April Hulsey Since it's April's birthday, I decided to post one of her classic reviews from This one is extra special to her because the film stars one of her favorite actors, Gerard Butler. What can I say, she likes the 'filthy Scotsmen'.......of which, I am not. Another great movie involving time travel. This movie is based on a Michael Crichton novel (i.e. Jurassic Park, Lost World, Congo, Sphere). This movie was action packed and intelligent. However, any time you deal with a movie involving time travel, the believability is always questionable (i.e. Back to the Future). A group of researchers from the International Technology Corporation manage to develop a teleportation device which goes haywire and ends up transporting people back to 13th century France. Given that they know nothing about the 13th century and the fact that a couple of their experts have been trapped back in time, the group befriends a professor of history named E

Vampire Bats (2005)(CBS)

Source: CBS From The Archives Lucy Lawless ("Zena: Warrior Princess," "Tarzan") and Dylan Neal ("Dawson's Creek") reprise their roles as Dr. Maddy Rierdon and Dan Dryer from the CBS Television Movie "Locusts" in VAMPIRE BATS, a television movie that was broadcast as the "CBS Sunday Movie," Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. In this suspense thriller, Rierdon discovers that a deadly species of vampire bats are responsible for a series of bizarre murders and she must find a way to stop them before they are completely out of control. Brett Butler ("Grace Under Fire") and Timothy Bottoms ("DC 9/11: Time of Crisis") star with an appearance by Craig Ferguson, host of CBS's "The Late Late Show." A former USDA voracious insect specialist who is now a college professor, Rierdon, in search of a simpler life, has moved to Louisiana with her husband, Dr

Locusts (2005)(CBS)

Source: CBS From The Archives "Locusts" was a television movie starring Lucy Lawless ("Xena Warrior Princess," "Tarzan"), It was originally broadcast as the "CBS Sunday Movie," Sunday, April 24, 2005 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network In the disaster drama, a deadly breed of bioengineered locusts create a new and unimaginable threat to the United States by forming multiple swarms covering thousands of square miles and destroying everything in their path. Dr. Maddy Rierdon (Lawless), a USDA voracious insect expert, is hoping to work on her struggling marriage when a locust outbreak erupts on both coasts of the United States. After she is called upon to assess the situation, Maddy discovers that the locust swarms are a product of a colleague's experiment, and are in fact bioengineered super locusts that can reproduce at a rate 10 times greater than a typical one. They are also three times longer than an ordin

Another Reason To Not Wander Around In The Woods At Night - Wes Sullivan's 'Nightbeasts'

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Wes Sullivan Okay, that's it! I'm officially proclaiming 2009 as 'The Year Of The Bigfoot Movie"......or "The Year Of The Sasquatch Movie".......maybe "Skunk Ape Movie?" Whatever. If it's eight-foot-tall, covered in hair, and walks on two legs, then this is the year to make a movie about it. Let's do a quick run-down for any of you out there that haven't been paying attention. The list of 2009 American primate films include, "Savage", directed by Jordan Blum, "The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot", directed by James Baack, "Trailer Park Geocachers Meet Bigfoot", by David Carriere, "The Shrieking", by Shawn Hunt and Brian T. Jaynes "Boggy Creek". Well, "Boggy Creek" is supposed to have some sort of swamp monster in it, not necessarily Bigfoot, but it is based on the 1972 Charles B. Pierce classic, "The Legend of Boggy Creek", and that had Bigfoo

Mr Lobo Invades Los Angeles To Host American Scary Tonight!

Written By: Mr Lobo OCTOBER 27 at 8pm TV Horror Host Night! Featuring “American Scary” Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater 611 N. Fairfax Avenue.. Los Angeles, California 90036 Hey, who was your horror host? If you're tempted to respond, "Whaddaya mean, my horror host?", you probably grew up in the post-local television era. Which means you spent your childhood without a mordantly sardonic costumed creep to introduce (and heckle) your Z-grade shock/shlock fare when you were staying up way too late. Horror hosts are one of the folkways of TV, beginning in the 1950s when broadcast was both local and live, with the indelible Vampira. Each station spawned its own variations on the theme, from the classic "cool ghoul" Zacherley in ..New York.., to ..Chicago..'s undead hippie, Svengoolie, to ....Cleveland....'s beatnik-styled Ghoulardi (director P. T. Anderson's father!) It just gets weirder from there, in the documentary American Scary, which digs deep t

Just In Time For Halloween - New Monsterous Music From Prof. Morte And The Silver Scream Spookshow

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Timothy Price Many a movie studio, and movie buff, has pondered the question, "How do you build a perfect monster?" Well it seems that Prof. Morte, his sidekick Retch and all the other ghoulies from Atlanta's famed "Silver Scream Spookshow", have embarked on a musical journey to accomplish the monumental task for the CD, "Building the Perfect Monster." The tracks on this new album pays homage to many of the classic monsters who have graced movie theaters around the world in a style that is similar to Blue Oyster Cult's hit from the 70s, "Godzilla." Timothy Price from Silver Scream Spookshow explains, "Homage's to all monsters show up on their quest (Morte & Retch) to build this album. The album has already received airplay in Atlanta on "The Pop Culture King Show" and the CD is available on-line and at many different music stores through out Georgia. All songs are classic rock to

Legendary's Godzilla: A New Hint?

Photo by Armand Vaquer. Legendary's Godzilla: A New Hint? by Armand Vaquer In a recent issue of Rue Morgue magazine, Michael Dougherty was interviewed about his new movie, Trick R Treat . In the interview, Dougherty said this: Every project I do goes back to what I was exposed to as a kid: X-Men , Superman , Halloween . I can't elaborate too much on my next film, but I will just say my other passion growing up was Godzilla. I'm crossing off the checklist that I first wrote when I was about nine. Longtime Godzilla fan John DeSentis noted on his Facebook blog: What does that have to do with anything? Simply that Michael Dougherty has been a collaborator of Bryan Singer's since X2 and Singer's LEGENDARY PICTURES produced Trick R Treat . Now the rumors would SEEM to have a bit more too them...even if nothing is set nor might be set. So it appears that this may be a not-too-subtle hint that the rumored Legendary Pictures' Godzilla project is ne

The Los Angeles Comic & Sci Fi Con Prepares To Get Invaded By The Green Slime

Source: Bruce Schwartz (Press Release) 40TH ANNIVERSARY FILM SCREENING OF THE GREEN SLIME WITH STARS ROBERT HORTON AND LUCIANA PALUZZI TAKES PLACE AT THE LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2009 The LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION spotlights a 40th Anniversary Film Screening of THE GREEN SLIME on Sunday, November 8, 2009. Attending will be stars ROBERT HORTON and LUCIANA PALUZZI, reunited for the first time since the release of THE GREEN SLIME , for an on stage interview on the making of the Movie. THE GREEN SLIME is considered a Science Fiction cult classic for its low budget Special Effects, wacky theme song, and very splashy Movie Poster Art. A Space Station is invaded by tentacled green alien creatures that multiply when hit with laser guns. This leads to the grand Outer Space battle with the crew suiting up with flying jet packs to destroy THE GREEN SLIME by blowing up the Space Station. THE GREEN SLIME was he

What Is Elvira Doing For Halloween?

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Every year, I like to check in on the ' Grande dame' of horror hostesses, Elvira, to see what she's got brewing for the Halloween season. Actually I feel odd calling her a ' Grande dame'. She looks better than most women half her age. Last year, Elvira, actually actress Cassandra Peterson, packed up her legendary cleavage and high-tailed it to Pennsylvania, this year, it's the fine folks in New Jersey that will get to bask in the timeless beauties presence. New Jersey?......really.......well it seems that the 'Mistress of the Dark' has chosen an area of our fair country that doesn't have the greatest of reputations. Let's just hope Elvira doesn't get whacked.......okay......everyone remembers the joke from the movie. Here is Elvira's itinerary for next week (courtesy of October 30 th 2009 Chiller Theatre Expo. Parsippany , NJ. Appearance by Cassandra Peterson from 6pm -

Missing Your Rachel Grubb & Elske McCain Fix? Maybe You Should Take A Shower?

Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Rachel Grubb / Elske McCain Photo Credit (s): Clive Promhows (1) / Elske McCain (2) It may have seemed as if Monster Island News had become a Scarlet Salem fan site as of late, with her rather frequent photos posts and movie news updates. Well, I assure you that is not the case, we try very hard to give all the lovely horror movie actresses that have been featured here a fair shake. As you probably have noticed, both Rachel Grubb and Elske McCain have both joined the 'staff' here at MIN. Rachel has posted a couple of really good articles over the past couple of months. Elske has been, 'missing in action', though she has some really good reasons why, I will explain more about that in a moment. I talked to Rachel this morning and she informed me that she has another great article brewing in her mind about her experiences on the set of "Bad Girls". As soon as she is done working on yet another movie, she will share that with u

Laeta Kalogridis To Write 3D 'Ghost In The Shell'

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Variety Dreamworks has just signed Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) to write the live-action 3D adaptation of Masamune Shirow's manga and anime, "Ghost in the Shell". Kalogridis replaces Jamie Moss, who was hired on when Dreamworks acquired the rights to the Japanese series last year. The writer, who has recently worked with Martin Scorsese, joins a production team that includes producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul of Seaside Entertainment . Here is the plot: Ghost in the Shell is a futuristic police thriller dealing with the exploits of the cyborg Motoko Kusanagi, a member of a covert operations division of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission known as Section 9. The unit specializes in fighting technology-related crimes. Kusanagi may be named after one of the three Imperial Regalia of Japan, and Shirow makes reference to them at the end of the second manga. Although supposedly equal to all other members, Kusanagi fi

Yoshiyuki Tomino Celebrates 30 Years Of Gundam With 'Ring Of Gundam'

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: TVkon / Anime News Network I first off, want to apologize for taking almost two weeks to get this clip online. Sometimes life comes at ya pretty fast, and a person can get behind on things. As you probably already know, I do that a lot. Well, I want to finally showcase a very special bit of Japanese anime here on Monster Island News today. As many of you probably already know, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the giant robot series, "Gundam". To honour this prestigious event, the creator of "Gundam", Yoshiyuki Tomino, teamed up with the Robot anime studio to produce "Ring of Gundam", a five minute mix of traditional animation and computer animation. According to sources in Japan, Yoshiuki played a trick on fans of the series at the Gundam Big Expo in Tokyo, telling them that they were seeing a sneak preview of the short, when in fact, they were seeing the entire finished product. No one was the wiser, until the

Lobotronic Film Show 7 To Feature The Best In Indie Horror

Written By: Mr Lobo We kick off the Sacramento Horror Film Fest with The Seventh “Lobotronic Film Show” showcases a parade of bizarre short films, monster movie trailers, vintage commercials and twisted cartoons that might otherwise go unseen by mainstream audiences. Film clips will be provided by prominent ..Northern California.. film collectors, that have put on “Psychotronic”-style film shows since the 1970's mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Lobotronic show for the 2007 Sacramento Film Fest packed the house and inspired enthusiastic response! Because the crowd was so enthusiastic laughs and howls from the crowd. This year’s SHFF engagement promises to be even better with EXCLUSIVE horror content. Hosted By Mr. Lobo and The Queen Of Trash. Performances by The Common Men and the Phantom Jets! Thursday, Oct 22, 7pm Historic Colonial Theatre ....3522 Stockton Blvd..... ....Sacramento.., ..CA.. ..95820........ .. .. October 23-25 ....Sacramento.... Horror Film Festival,