Here’s a treat for fans of Patrick McGoohan (like me): The movie Kings and Desperate Men is available in full on YouTube. Written and directed by McGoohan friend Alexis Kanner, the film features McGoohan in a hostage tale that is similar to the later film Die Hard (Kanner thought it was TOO similar, and sued – he lost).
First, Elvira and Vincent Price guesting on The Tonight Show…
Vincent in a dramatic reading of Poe’s The Raven…
A documentary on the making of the movie Halloween…
And here’s a full Vincent Price movie, Madhouse!
Zacherley was a television horror movie host in New York and Philadelphia in the 1950s and 60s, and he was one of the pioneers that helped make Elvira, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, and many other shows/hosts possible. Zacherley developed quite a fan base… so much so, that Zacherley merchandise is still sold today.
Here’s one of the first items that was sold – a life-size poster that was advertised in (my current obsession) Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. 6 feet tall! Hundreds hours of laughs! Everyone wants a life-size Zacherley!
In the spirit of Halloween, here’s the scanned program from the 1974 Famous Monsters Convention! I would have loved to have attended, unfortunately I was only four years old at the time…
Since American Horror Story: Freakshow is getting lots of attention of late, I thought it would be appropriate to post this, a magazine ad for a book on human oddities from the mid 70s. “The struggles, loves, and triumphs of human oddities.”
Another scan from a Christmas Catalog, this one is the 1980 JCPenny page that features Buck Rogers toys!
The “Laserscope Space Fighter” was never shown on the TV series, but it’s really cool. Here’s some more info on that toy.
I still have a couple of the small figures – they were lacking in any significant detail, and the only way you could tell the difference between Buck and Wilma was the fact that Wilma had breast bumps.
And I still have that 24-figure Space Case…
Since Halloween is coming up, I thought it was appropriate to post this for everyone’s enjoyment – a downloadable PDF of Famous Monsters of Filmland’s first issue. Famous Monsters magazine influenced hundreds of filmmakers, from Joe Dante to Steven Spielberg, and I was lucky enough to have met the creator and editor of FM before he passed away, Forrest J. Ackerman (you can read that story here).
Here’s the issue. Enjoy.
Ah, 1968. The year where every movie studio decided they simply must put out a movie about peace, love, drugs and the counter-culture. Some, like Skidoo, are confusing and completely wrong-headed. Others, like Easy Rider, are acclaimed as classics (it was filmed in 68, released in 69). Even the Monkees got into it with the underrated HEAD.
And then there’s Psych-Out.
Produced by Dick Clark, Psych-Out stars Susan Strasburg as a deaf girl Jenny who has run away to Haight-Ashbury searching for her brother Steve. There she encounters characters played by actors who will go on to better things: Jack Nicholson, Henry Jaglom, Dean Stockwell, and Bruce Dern. Through her eyes you see the seamy underbelly of the hippie scene. Drugs! Sex! Bad acting! Low-budget sets!
To go to the obvious joke, it is a really bad trip. Three saving graces: the great footage that plays over the credits of the real San Francisco counter-culture scene, the great music that is featured throughout, and the raw young talent on display. Nicholson, Dern and Stockwell play the material for all it’s worth, which isn’t much… but they get an A for effort.
But don’t take my word for it! Watch it now, on YouTube: