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The Monstrous Movie Photo Of The Day: Unleashing The Newest, Biggest Double Shock The Screen Ever Got!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Today I continue on deeper into my personal collection of movie and TV related images. Like my last promotional item from " The Land Unknown " this full page advert was not something created for the eyes of the general public but instead to entice theater owners to screen the film, or in this case films, at their respective movie house. I really love this dual advertisement for the films "The Monster That Challenged The World" and "The Vampire". The graphics are really sharp, though I could do without the banner that spans across the image. Like I stated before in a previous article, every single promotional image for "The Monster That Challenged The Word" looks like human-slug intercourse . Am I wrong? Tell me that isn't what that looks like! Please! I may have a dirty mind but even Mother Theresa would say that looks a lot like the "horizontal mambo". Anyway ... as film buffs will recall both films ran

New "Dark Shadows" Complete Series DVD Set

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by Armand Vaquer Back during my junior high (called "middle school" these days) and high school years, there was a Gothic soap opera (or "spook opera") that played on ABC-TV at 4:00 PM. The show was Dark Shadows and it starred Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of the Collins Family of Collinsport, Maine and Jonathan Frid, as 175-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins. It was a real treat to unwind after school to a show that featured vampires, witches, warlocks, a Frankenstein-type monster, ghosts, werewolves and all kinds of creatures of the occult. The show ended in April 1971, but it never died. It was syndicated over the years and VHS and DVD sets were issued of the series. In 1991, it was revived as a prime-time show with a new cast. There have also been audio plays based on the series produced. Currently, it is now in production as a feature film starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins. This isn't the first feature film based on

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Han Solo (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977)

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- Han Solo: Uh, everything's under control. Situation normal. Voice: What happened? Han Solo: Uh, we had a slight weapons malfunction, but uh... everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you? Voice: We're sending a squad up. Han Solo: Uh, uh... negative, negative. We had a reactor leak here now. Give us a few minutes to lock it down. Large leak, very dangerous. Voice: Who is this? What's your operating number? Han Solo: Uh... (Han shoots the intercom) Han Solo: Boring conversation, anyway. LUKE, WE'RE GONNA HAVE COMPANY! - Han Solo (Harrison Ford)(Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope)(1977)

The Monstrous Movie Photo Of The Day: Deep In The Icy Antarctic ... A Paradise Of Hidden Terrors!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey I am so happy that everyone has been enjoying my movie photo and poster series. Since I first started doing these regular occurring features I have gotten nothing but positive feedback ... and I thank you. Today I decided to tweak things just a little bit by combining the photo and poster series. For the foreseeable future I won't be scouring the internet like I have been for images to share but pulling items from my own personal collection. Some of these images will be studio originals, others will be rare items, and yet others will be copies, that is to say images that aren't original studio photos but copies of said photos. I've got a scanner and I'm not afraid to use it people! For my fist image I have chosen a promo advert for the 1957 Universal International release "The Land Unknown". Now what sets this particular image apart from any other movie poster, magazine add, or lobby card is the simple fact that it wasn't produc

The Monstrous Movie Clip Of The Day: "You Are In Front Of Me. If You Value Your Lives, Be Somewhere Else! "

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Written By: Ken Hulsey There were plenty of great sci fi and fantasy television shows in the 1990s including the "The X-Files", "Xena: Warrior Princess" and an seemingly endless parade of programs with the word "Trek" in the title. The one show that stood out amongst all of these top-notch programs was J. Michael Straczynski's five-year space war saga "Babylon 5". Many critics at the time took the show lightly but Straczynski's strong character driven stories kept me glued to my set episode after episode. Yes ... "Babylon 5" was my sci fi soap opera. Today's clip features one of the shows most dramatic and down right awesome scenes from the episode "Severed Dreams". To set things up for you if you never watched the show the space station Babylon 5 has broken away from the Earth Alliance because of attacks on Mars civilians ... okay the story is really too complicated to get into here, just understand that B5 has

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981)

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- "Oh, Marcus. What are you trying to do, scare me? You sound like my mother. We've known each other for a long time. I don't believe in magic, a lot of superstitious hocus pocus. I'm going after a find of incredible historical significance, you're talking about the boogie man. Besides, you know what a cautious fellow I am." (tosses a gun into his suitcase) - Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford)(Raiders of the Lost Ark)(1981)

The Monstrous Movie Clip Of The Day: Dinosaur Wrangling Made Easy?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Way back in 1969 the master special effects Ray Harryhausen created one of the most spectacular stop-motion animation shots for the movie "The Valley of Gwangi". To the casual viewer this sequence may not seem like a hard illusion to pull off but to those who know how the scene was achieved it stands as a true testament to hours of hard work and an amazing attention to detail. Here is the problem that was presented to Harryhausen, "How do you get live action cowboy actors on horseback to lasso an Allosaurus model (Gwangi) that is only about a foot tall and make it look real?" The effect was achieved by having the actors actually lasso a pole that was the same height as a real Allosaurus that was mounted to the back of a Jeep. The jeep and pole when filmed with the miniature dinosaur are on a back rear projection plate and hidden by the body of the model, and the portions of rope attached to it's body are painted wires that are matc

USA Today Article On Criterion's "Godzilla" Blu-ray

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by Armand Vaquer USA Today is carrying an article on the upcoming Criterion Blu-ray edition of the original 1954 Godzilla and the 1956 Americanized Godzilla, King of The Monsters! The article also includes interview comments by kaiju historians David Kalat and August Ragone. The article starts with: From terms like "Bridezilla" to films like Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster , the thought of Japan's most famous monster usually evokes a chuckle, not a roar. But the roots of the Tokyo-stomping beast are dark and terrible. Long before its 27 sequels and endless spinoffs, the original 1954 film, called Gojira in Japan, was a fearful atomic fable from expert filmmakers, a metaphor for the bombing of Hiroshima that ended World War II just nine years earlier. On Tuesday, the highbrow Criterion Collection, which usually traffics in the world of Hitchcock, Truffaut and Japan's Akira Kurosawa, will add digitally restored editions of Toho Studios' Gojira and th

Classic Tales Of Cryptozoology: Does The Creature Really Walk Among Us?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey For centuries people from all corners of the globe have claimed to have seen all kinds of creatures ranging from dinosaurs to werewolves and if you are inclined to believe so, a real life "Gill-Man". Way back in the summer of 1972 two young men claimed that they were chased from the beach at Thetis Lake, British Columbia, Canada by the "Creature From The Black Lagoon" or at least something that looked very much like it. Was it a case of mistaken identity or overactive imaginations run wild after an afternoon of watching monster movies? At the time the local police believed the two youths and began a search for the monster. Four days later the story seemed to be validated when two fishermen spotted the monster on the opposite side of the lake. Of course the search didn't turn up any man-fish at the time yet reports of the aptly named "Thetis Lake Monster" continued on for two more decades. Initially the reported sighting

The Monstrous Movie Photo Of The Day: "The Beauty Who Designed The Beasts!"

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Throughout the history of monster movies literally hundreds of beautiful young women have been carried off in the arms of an uncountable number of various creatures. What you may not know is that one such beauty actually was responsible for designing a few of these Hollywood Horrors. Actress and artist Milicent Patrick (sometimes credited as Millicent Patrick) actually created several of the most notable and iconic monsters in history including the "Creature From The Black Lagoon", the alien xenomorph from "It Came From Outer Space" and the alien mutant from "This Island Earth." Patrick also penned an unknown amount of illustrations for Disney that included Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the gang. In 1954 Patrick was called in by Universal make-up artist Bud Westmore to design a half-man-half-amphibian monster for a little movie called "Creature From The Black Lagoon." Though Westmore was credited for the creation of the

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey 1968)

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- "I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you." - HAL 9000 (Douglas Rain)(2001: A Space Odyssey)(1968) Bonus: - "Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over."

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Zaphod Beeblebrox (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005)

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- "Hey slim, are you wearing my underwear? 'Cause I'm wearing yours, and they're not doing the trick." - Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell)(The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy )(2005) Bonus: "Yeah, Earth. I liked Earth. I got these boots on Earth ..." "Hey! Is this guy boring you? Why don't you come talk to me instead? I'm from a different planet. Seriously! ... You want to see my spaceship?" "I like those jammies."

Godzilla "Concept" Art: Nothing To See Here, Folks!

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by Armand Vaquer These images purported to be "rejected concept designs" for the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Godzilla are making the rounds over the Internet. Sites such as Shock Till You Drop , Dread Central and others have posted articles proclaiming that these are "the real deal" and, also, citing G-Fan as the source. From Dread Central : The images popped up in the latest issue of G-Fan . It should be noted these concepts were rejected, but at least they offer insight into which direction they're looking to go. Thankfully it's the right one! Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending upon one's point-of-view), the images are fan-art drawings . They are not rejected concept drawings.

"Gamera The Brave" Blu-ray Coming On May 22

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Above, Gamera and Zedus locked in battle in Nagoya. Media Blasters' Blu-ray edition of Gamera The Brave (2006) is set to hit shelves on May 22. Above, "Gamera The Brave" Japanese poster. Gamera The Brave is an entertaining movie targeted to the younger set, but it is "adult" enough so that it won't make adult viewers cringe. For Media Blasters' website, go here .

The Monstrous Movie Clip Of The Day: James T. Kirk vs The Gorn

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For today's main event we have two titan's of interstellar combat! In this corner, wearing a metallic tunic and utility belt, with slow reflexes, a bad temper and a speech impediment ... THE GORN!!!! And in this corner, wearing a yellow Starfleet uniform and pants that are tighter than they should be, with an overactive libido, huge ego ... and a speech impediment ... Captain Kirk!!!! This heavyweight bout to be decided by knock out, death, or makeshift cannon blast per Metron and Nevada Boxing Commission regulations. One has a boulder the size of a VW Beetle and the other has a tree branch ... LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!

The Monstrous Movie Photo Of The Day: "What's With The Funny Face Diana Prince?"

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Written By: Ken Hulsey "... or should I say Wonder Woman?" Sometimes on set photographers catch actors in some rather candid moments between shots. With unlimited access these studio shutter-bugs were on hand to capture everything from the makeup room to the powder room. Many of these photos were used for publicity purposes while yet others were filed away rarely to be seen by the general public. Today we have one such image of actress Lynda Carter on the set of the TV series "Wonder Woman". It is quite obvious the the actress has become bored with being chained to a wall. A candid moment from one of televisions true beauties!

THE BLUES BROTHERS - Do You Know?

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Trivia Compiled By: Ken Hulsey Sources: IMDB / Wikipedia Did You Know? The Blues Brothers is a 1980 musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from a musical sketch on the NBC variety series Saturday Night Live. It features musical numbers by R&B and soul singers James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker. The film is set in and around Chicago, Illinois, and also features non-musical supporting performances by John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Charles Napier, and Henry Gibson. The story is a tale of redemption for paroled convict Jake (Belushi) and his brother Elwood (Aykroyd), who take on "a mission from God" to save from foreclosure the Catholic orphanage in which they grew up. To do so they must reunite their rhythm and blues band, The Blues Brothers, and organize a performance to earn $5,000 to pay the tax assessor. Along the way

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Jim (Blazing Saddles 1974)

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"What did you expect? "Welcome, sonny"? "Make yourself at home"? "Marry my daughter"? You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons." - Jim (Gene Wilder)(Blazing Saddles)(1974) Bonus (because I'm in a good mood ... you lucky dogs!): "Well, it got so that every piss-ant prairie punk who thought he could shoot a gun would ride into town to try out the Waco Kid. I must have killed more men than Cecil B. DeMille. It got pretty gritty. I started to hear the word "draw" in my sleep. Then one day, I was just walking down the street when I heard a voice behind me say, "Reach for it, mister!" I spun around... and there I was, face to face with a six-year old kid. Well, I just threw my guns down and walked away. Little bastard shot me in the ass. So I limped to the nearest saloon, crawled inside a whiskey bottle... a

The Monstrous Movie Clip Of The Day: It's The Dance Craze Sweeping The Nation "The Lurch"

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Written By: Ken Hulsey "You Rang?" Hey there hipsters it's another Saturday night and you know what that means! It's time to get down and party like it's ... um ... 1965? Hmmm .... maybe not? Anyway I have dug up an incredibly strange clip from 1965 for you this evening that stars everyones favorite butler turned dancing queen, Lurch from The Addams Family. Apparently somebody over in the publicity department at ABC (The network that aired The Addams Family television program) decided that the show needed to reach out to a younger crowd so on Halloween night in 1965 actor Ted Cassidy was marched out onto the floor of the ultra-mod music program "Shindig!" to perform a new dance called "The Lurch". What would follow could be described as "surreal", "unsettling" and just plain strange. Give this a look: The Lurch (So you can sing along at home) Lurch: (Gong) You Rang? Singers: Hi, Lurch! Lurch: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh !

The James Bond Films: 50th Anniversary

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by Armand Vaquer There's one thing that movie fans or, specifically, James Bond fans, can look forward to this year is the 50th anniversary of Eon Productions' James Bond franchise. Above, Ursula Andress. It was in 1962 that the franchise was launched by the first movie based on Ian Fleming's British Secret Service agent 007, Doctor No . The film was produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli. That movie made Sean Connery an international star and it featured Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, Jack Lord as CIA agent (and Bond pal) Felix Leiter, Joseph Wiseman as Doctor No, Bernard Lee as "M" and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny. Desmond Llewelyn did not join the regulars as "Q" until the next movie, From Russia With Love . Doctor No introduced the iconic "James Bond Theme" and the Maurice Binder "gun barrel" Bond opening sequence. It had a budget of one million dollars (low-budget by today's standards) and was rele

The Monstrous Movie Clip Of The Day: 2001: A Space Odyssey [HD] Docking Sequence

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Source: Youtube Without a doubt one of the most spectacular scenes from any science fiction film! In this sequence from "2001: A Space Odyssey" Film maker Stanley Kubrick combines the elegance of The Blue Danube waltz by Johann Strauss II with the work of an amazing special effects team that comprised NASA, science advisor Fred Ordway, production designer Harry Lange, and model maker Anthony Masters under the direction of Douglas Trumbull. - Ken Hulsey Quickly: 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, and co-written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, partially inspired by Clarke's short story The Sentinel. The story deals with a series of encounters between humans and mysterious black monoliths that are apparently affecting human destiny, and a space voyage to Jupiter tracing a signal emitted by one such monolith found on the moon. Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood star as the two astronauts on this voyage, with

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: George Taylor (Planet of the Apes 1968)

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"Imagine me needing someone. Back on Earth I never did. Oh, there were women. Lots of women. Lots of love-making but no love. You see, that was the kind of world we'd made. So I left, because there was no one to hold me there." - George Taylor (Charlton Heston)(Planet of the Apes)(1968)

Kim Novak Talks About Vertigo

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Intro And Quotes Compiled By: Ken Hulsey Source: Labyrinth.net While searching online tonight for information on one of my favorite movies "Vertigo" I ran across this great 2003 interview with actress Kim Novak. In this interview the actress shared some rather intimate details about the production and her relationship with director Alfred Hitchcock and fellow actor James Stewart. Novak also revealed that while playing the part of Judy Barton she opted to go without a bra. Told ya it was an intimate interview! Here are some excerpts that I thought the readers of Monster Island News would enjoy! "The script was always the most important thing to me and I loved the script. For one thing, I’ve always admired trees. I just worship them. Think what trees have witnessed, what history, such as living through the Civil War, yet they still survive. I’ve always felt that part of why they survive is because they don’t try to intercede, to advise ‘No, that’s the wrong way,’ o

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Judy And Scottie (Vertigo 1958)

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Judy: "Couldn't you like me, just me the way I am? When we first started out, it was so good; w-we had fun. And... and then you started in on the clothes. Well, I'll wear the darn clothes if you want me to, if, if you'll just, just like me." Scottie: "The color of your hair..." Judy: "Oh, no!" Scottie: "Judy, please, it can't matter to you." - Judy Barton (Kim Novak), John 'Scottie' Ferguson (James Stewart)/ Vertigo (1958)(Paramount Pictures)