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A Gallery Of Great Monster Movie Posters - Part Drei

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Movie Info From Wikipedia Halloween is upon us kids so I thought that it was about time for another installment of my ever so popular monster movie poster features . As usual I have collected a nice mix of the classic and the mind numbingly strange for you to feast your blood-thirsty eyes on. Enough talk lets get to it! Revenge of the Creature For the sequel to "Creature from the Black Lagoon" Universal really wanted to play off the success of movies like "Godzilla" and "Them!" by bringing the Gill-man to civilization where he could go on a rampage. The poster for the film echos this with a giant Creature carrying off a woman while a mass of people in the foreground flee in terror. A little history: Revenge of the Creature is the first sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon. The film is notable for being the only 3-D film to be released in 1955; the only 3-D sequel to a 3-D film; and for being the first screen role for Cli

Old Bigfoot And Mothman Video Footage

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Source: Monster Island News on Youtube Rare Bigfoot and Mothman footage. In many cases old film footage of Sasquatch such as these have remained hidden in attics and closets for decades. Many people fearing ridicule never released them to the public. The Abominable Snowman (aka The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas) is a 1957 British horror film, directed by Val Guest and starring Forrest Tucker and Peter Cushing. The film is based on The Creature, a BBC Television play by writer Nigel Kneale, and follows the exploits of an English anthropologist with an American expedition as they search the Himalayas for the legendary Yeti. Kneale adapted his own television script into the film screenplay. Cushing, along with several other members of the cast, had also starred in the original version (the role of Tom Friend in the television play was taken by Stanley Baker). The film was produced by Hammer Film Productions and released on 26 August 1957 in the UK. It was subsequently relea

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Henry Frankenstein (Frankenstein 1931)

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"Dangerous? Poor old Waldman. Have you never wanted to do anything that was dangerous? Where should we be if no one tried to find out what lies beyond? Have your never wanted to look beyond the clouds and the stars, or to know what causes the trees to bud? And what changes the darkness into light? But if you talk like that, people call you crazy. Well, if I could discover just one of these things, what eternity is, for example, I wouldn't care if they did think I was crazy." - Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive)(Frankenstein)(1931)

Godzilla On Monster Island Video Slot Machine

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: IGT It seems that there is some sort of conspiracy going on to get me into a casino. Yes, a very definite conspiracy to get my big white parked in front of a slot machine. Sure I play the slots from time to time, who doesn't, but I'm no high roller and I can easily resist an urge to plunk my hard earned dough into a one-armed bandit. That will power is starting to ebb however with the recent introduction of a slot machine that is classic Universal monster theme d. I loved to play the old "Creature From The Black Lagoon" slot machine so I figured that I give the new game a shot. Anyway, I can resist "The Creature", "Wolfman" and "Frankenstein" when I want to ...... but can I resist "Godzilla"? Probably not. Yes, the "King of Monsters" has invaded the casino! Here is the skinny from slot machine manufacturer IGT: Launch into the explosive world of monsters and mayhem with Godzilla on

King Kong Musical To Give Regards To Broadway?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Huff Post Generally when you mix monsters with musicals you get a rather mixed bag. On one side you have Andrew Lloyd Webber's monster hit "Phantom of the Opera" and on the other you have Universal's mind-numbingly dumb "Creature from the Black Lagoon." Now producer Carmen Pavlovic has adapted "King Kong" for the stage with the assistance of Tony award nominated writer Craig Lucas and composer Marius de Vries. Though "Kong" will feature over 40 actors and singers the true star will be a 40-foot-tall animatronic gorilla that is being designed by Global Creatures the same company that produced the dinosaurs for "Walking With Dinosaurs." If all goes well for "Kong" in its initial run in Melbourne, Australia later this year than Pavlovic will move the production to Broadway in 2012 before returning in 2013. As the producer describes it the musical version of the "beauty and the beast

AIP Dub In Media Blasters' "Destroy All Monsters" DVD/Blu-ray?

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by Armand Vaquer Above, the box art for ADV Films' DVD of "Destroy All Monsters" from 2004. Media Blasters hasn't released any photos of their upcoming box art. They say they have a few "surprises" in store. Media Blasters' DVD and Blu-ray editions of Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla vs. Megalon are days away (slated for October 25) from being released. The big question in fans' minds is, "Will they include the AIP (original distributor American International Pictures) dub on DAM?" Fans generally agree that the Toho "international dub" is horrendous (I am in this camp) and that the inclusion of the AIP dub would be a big selling point. Well, once people start receiving their discs and post reviews on the Internet, we will know for sure! It is rumored that the AIP dub had been sourced from a 16mm print of DAM. The last video release of DAM by ADV was back in 2004 (for Godzilla's 50th anniversary) and it only includ

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Sir John Talbot (The Wolfman 1941)

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"Gypsy woman? Now we're getting down to it. She's been filling your mind with this gibberish. This talk of werewolves and pentagrams. You're not a child Larry, you're a grown man and you believe in the superstitions of a Gypsy woman!" - Sir John Talbot (Claude Rains)(The Wolfman)(1941)

Penny Dreadful’s Shilling Shockers Season 8 Is Upon Us!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Danielle Gelehrter As many of you know we simply love horror hosted programs here at Monster Island News and do the best job possible to help spread the word about them. In the past we have embraced many such shows with a west coast flavor, most notably "Cinema Insomnia" (hosted by Mr. Lobo), yet in recent months a couple of programs from America's eastern half have caught our attention. On such show is "Penny Dreadful's Schilling Shockers" hosted by the buxom witch Penny Dreadful. Like CI Penny's program is a showcase for the best public domain movies and B features that we all love. Never seen "Shilling Shockers"? Fear not my horror movie fanatics the shows 8th season is upon us! Here is the press release: Award-winning cult TV show Penny Dreadful’s Shilling Shockers continues giving monster movie fans an alternative to the drudgery of reality TV and infomercials. Penny Dreadful, the witch hostess, pr

ODD ENCOUNTERS Is Open And Ready For Unearthly Business

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Ray Fox Back in July I posted some press information about a new paranormal website called "Odd Encounters" where people can post their own stories about monsters, UFOs and ghostly visits. Earlier this week the site's founder Ray Fox shot me an email stating that he loved Monster Island News and he was thrilled that I had posted the info on his site. Ray also went on to note that Odd Encounters was now up and running and ready for people to submit their stories. Here is an updated press release: OddEncounters.com is seeking true tales of the paranormal--real ghost stories, ufo reports and reports of brushes with strange creatures. The first edition of bizarre stories has been published and is now live on the site. Now we want to hear your story! Along with the stories, photos and videos of the paranormal, an Odd Encounters Forum has been established to allow visitors to discuss the features posted on the site, as well as talk about

News From The Black Lagoon: Creature Feature And Julie Adams Book

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Wakulla County News and Information / Julie Adams Official Website It's that time once again! Time for the residents of Wakulla Springs, Florida to celebrate their favorite monster ... The Creature From The Black Lagoon. As most of you already know Wakulla Springs State Park doubled as the infamous "Black Lagoon" (along with the back lot at Universal) in the first of three Gill-man films. Every October the park shows the movie and holds events to pay tribute to the monster that they love so dearly. Here is the info from Wakulla.com: Wakulla Springs State Park will present "Creature Feature" on Friday, October 21, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm. Entrance will be free to the public. The event is being hosted by Wakulla Springs Lodge on the big screen TV in the hotel lobby. The gift shop will be open during the event for refreshments! Choose from a full range of snacks, drinks and candies. The Creature will

The Criterion Collection: "Godzilla"

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Details on the upcoming Criterion Blu-ray and DVD of Godzilla (1954) are now available at Criterion's website. Both the Blu-ray and DVD editions will be available January 24, 2012. Features include: New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series) New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr Audio commentary for Godzilla, King of the Monsters by Kalat New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube Featurette detailing Godzilla’s photographic effects New interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay featuring hi

AMC FEAR FEST vs TCM CLASSIC HORROR 2011!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: AMC / TCM It's time once again to pit the two top classic movie networks against each other mano-e-mano in a cage match of Halloween programming. As in the past decade or so I have given the schedules from both networks a once over to name the king of Halloween movies. In the early part of the last decade AMC (American Movie Classics) ruled the cable wire with their "Monsterfest" celebration of horror, monster and sci fi films. As the years moved on AMC began to migrate their programing from the "classics" to modern slasher films and my interest migrated right along with it to other networks. Likewise TCM (Turner Classic Movies) began to pick up the slack with a better selection of films though they never put together anything as magnificent as the long-dead "Monsterfest." That was then, this is now and TCM has put together a schedule of classic horror films for 2011 that harkens back to the good old days. Here is y

Universal Monsters Invade The Music Box Theatre In Chicago This Month!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Music Box Theatre I know that Monster Island News has a lot of readers/fans in the greater Chicago area (yes, I'm talking to you James Baack ) that will find this very, very interesting. In fact they may have a monstergasm of some sort! Your welcome! Indeed the Music Box Theatre in Chicago is hosting week long festival of classic Universal Studios monster films beginning October 21st. All the usual creatures will be on hand including ... um ... The Creature, Dracula, Frankenstein, Mrs Frankenstein (okay they never really got hitched) The Wolfman and of course a Captive Wild Woman (you can't let em loose to roam the street!) Here are your films: Murders in the Rue Morgue October 21, 2:40pm; October 22, 2:00pm; October 22, 5:15pm Robert Florey, 1932, 61m In 19th Century Paris, the maniacal Dr. Mirakle abducts young women and injects them with ape blood in an attempt to prove ape-human kinship… The Invisible Man October 21, 4:00pm; October

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Steve Martin (Godzilla: King of the Monsters 1956)

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"This is Tokyo. Once a city of six million people. What has happened here was caused by a force which up until a few days ago was entirely beyond the scope of Man's imagination. Tokyo, a smoldering memorial to the unknown, an unknown which at this very moment still prevails and could at any time lash out with its terrible destruction anywhere else in the world. There were once many people here who could've told of what they saw... now there are only a few. My name is Steve Martin. I am a foreign correspondent for United World News. I was headed for an assignment in Cairo, when I stopped off in Tokyo for a social; but it turned out to be a visit to the living HELL of another world. " - Steve Martin (Raymond Burr)(Godzilla: King of the Monsters)(1956)

MORAV: MISSIONS Is Go!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Fon Davis For the last couple of years I have been chronicling the progress of what looks like an amazing giant robot themed sci fi series called " M.O.R.A.V .". Late last month I got a couple of emails from the team behind the project, including creator Fon Davis, about spreading the word about a fundraiser on Kickstarter to .. well ... give the series pilot a kick start. Giant robot fans responded to this ... and how, pledging to donate above and beyond the $40,000 Davis and his crew needed. This overwhelming support caught Davis off guard as this message he posted on Facebook illustrates: "I have been staring at my computer with my jaw dropped for some unknown amount of time, just taking it all in. With less than a day to go you funded MORAV: Missions. Then I thought, what on earth can I say that would express the excitement we are feeling at my studio right now and verbalize the perfect "thank you" you all deserve for s

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Lucas (Creature From The Black Lagoon 1954)

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"I can tell you something about this place. The boys around here call it 'The Black Lagoon'; a paradise. Only they say nobody has ever come back to prove it." - Lucas (Nestor Paiva)(Creature From The Black Lagoon)(1954)

Ghostbusters Gozer's Terror Dog Light-Up Statue

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Source: Entertainment Earth Order Yours Today From Entertainment Earth For Only $67.99 Ghostbusters Gozer's Terror Dog Light-Up Statue Terror Dog from the classic Ghostbusters movie! Gatekeeper of Central Park West in Manhattan! Gozer's dog shines brightly to protect your collection! The hit Ghostbusters statue line continues with a fierce Terror Dog! Standing guard on the roof of 55 Central Park West in Manhattan for nearly 60 years, Zuul the Gatekeeper and Vinz Clortho the Keymaster awaited the return of their master, Gozer the Gozerian. When the time grew near, they shed their stone shells and descended into the building below to possess human hosts and bring about the end of the world at the hands of the Destructor. Luckily, the Ghostbusters were there to stop them! Standing 7-inches tall with a Ghostbusters logo-adorned base, this statue will shine brightly in your room or office until Doomsday.

Godzilla Final Wars Earth Defense Force Logo Black T-Shirt

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Source: Entertainment Earth Order Yours For Only $18.99 At Entertainment Earth Godzilla Final Wars Earth Defense Force Logo Black T-Shirt The Earth Defense Force is humanity's last line of defense against the kaiju hordes in the long-running series of Godzilla films. Join this elite paramilitary team with the Godzilla: Final Wars Elite Defense Force Logo 1 black t-shirt! The black shirt is made of cotton and machine washable!

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Helen Grosvenor (The Mummy 1932)

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"Do you have to open graves to find girls to fall in love with?" - Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann)(The Mummy)(1932)

News Headlines Thy Name Is FRANKENSTEIN

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Stories Compiled By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Various and Noted With Halloween quickly approaching is it any wonder that the news headlines over the past 24 hours have been dominated by Frankenstein's monster! “I, Frankenstein” starring Aaron Eckhart will release in U.S. Feb 22, 2013 By: Anastasia Alvarado (Hollywood News.com) HollywoodNews.com: Aaron Eckhart will play Adam Frankenstein in the Lakeshore Entertainment, Hopscotch Features and Lionsgate production of “I, Frankenstein,” commencing in Australia in January. The film was written and is to be directed by Stuart Beattie (director of Australia’s breakout hit “Tomorrow, When the War Began,” and writer of such films as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “G.I. Joe,” “30 Days of Night,” and “Collateral”), and is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, co-creator of the “Underworld” franchise. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the United States, Lakeshore will handle international sales and E1/Hopscotch will distribute in Austral

Monster Japan Travel Guide Discount Ends In 4 Days

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Above, Yuu Asakura with "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan." Photo by Armand Vaquer. The 20% autumn discount sales for The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan are going well. Strangely, sales through ComiXpress (without the discount) are also going well. Orders sent directly to me (not through ComiXpress) postmarked through October 10 can get the guide for $12.00 plus $2.00 shipping & handling for a grand total of $14.00. So, between now and October 10 (four more days) send your orders to: Armand Vaquer 18618 Collins Street #105 Tarzana, CA 91356

Leonard Nimoy Ends Convention Appearances, But...

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by Armand Vaquer An era has come to an end. Dallas News.com reports: Leonard Nimoy attended what he says was his last Star Trek convention Sunday in Rosemont, Ill. The 80-year-old, best-known for playing Mr. Spock in the original TV series, formed four fingers into a V for Vulcan sign and intoned Spock’s most famous phrase: “Live long and prosper." However, the Fox News.com's blurb on the Nimoy story has his Trek character slightly wrong: Dr. Spock was a famous baby doctor who died years ago.

Legendary Pictures' Godzilla?

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by Armand Vaquer Is this the design for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla? Maybe so, maybe no. Anyway, Dread Central posted this photo on their site. They won't bet the farm on it, but can't rule it out either. Fans are dubious. As for me, it is too spikey for my tastes, but it at least looks like Godzilla and it is a major step above the Sony/TriStar version of 1998. We'll have to wait and see. To see Dread Central's write-up on it, go here . UPDATE: Turns out this picture has been floating around for a while.

A Scottish Monster Legend Revisited In BROCKEN SPECTRE

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Carrbridge Films / Avery Guerra A little over a year ago I broke the story about a very interesting independent film being produced in Scotland called "Brocken Spectre." As many of you know monsters resembling Bigfoot or the Himalayan Yeti have been spotted all over the globe for centuries, what you may not know is that Scotland has such a monster legend often times referred to as "Fear Liath Mor" or "Big Grey Man of Ben MacDhui". Yes, The Loch Ness Monster grabs all the press and limelight while the ape men of Ben MacDhui wander around in obscurity. A group of young film makers at Carrbridge Films thought that the local legend would make the perfect subject for a film centering on possible rational explanations for the strange sightings. Director Fergus Thom just shot me press release stating that filming on "Brocken Spectre" is now completed and a trailer is forthcoming: Shooting has now “wrapped” for Brock

31 Days of Halloween – Universal Monsters

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Story Found By: Ken Hulsey Source: Cliqueclack Written By: Chuck Duncan I ran across this nice article about the classic Universal monsters: If you love Halloween as much as we do, then you’ve come to the right place! Welcome to CliqueClack Flicks’ 31 Days of Halloween. All month long our coven of writers will dust off some of our favorite horror movies and discuss what makes them a seasonal favorite. To kick off the month, we’ll start with what is arguably the movie famous and beloved collection of movie monsters ever committed to celluloid — the Universal Monsters: Dracula, Frankentstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Invisible Man (the Creature from the Black Lagoon is often lumped in with this group, but the Gill Man didn’t come along for another 20 years). Dracula (1931) was based on a stage play which was based on Bram Stoker‘s novel — the first official adaptation of the book (Nosferatu was, infamously, nearly erased from existence when Stoker’s