Kids & Monsters
There was something extra special about a monster movie that featured a kid as one of the main characters in a monster movie. When we saw this, as a kid, it was an instant acknowledgement and affirmation. WE could be that kid in the movie. We understand his, or her, plight. Whether it was facing ghosts, a giant cyclops, Martians invading….usually, the parents and adults won’t believe. You understood the kid’s frustration…and fear!
Some of these movies that really struck a chord with me when I saw them as a kid.
There was little Charles Herbert in a house full of ghosts in THIRTEEN GHOSTS (1960). He wavers between fun with the ghosts and all out scares. The colorful 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958) had a genie (Richard Eyer) who helped our hero and heroine…that was a magical kid to be envious of! Though not monsters, Charles Herbert and Susan Gordon were up against pirates in a time travel dream for Bert I. Gordon’s film THE BOY AND THE PIRATES (1960).
How about dinosaurs…it was a natural to bring kids into the fold with those cool prehistoric behemoths in DINOSAURUS! (1960), THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN (1958), JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME (1955) and THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1967). That was exciting…seeing young kids mixed up with dinosaurs!
Then in some memorable science fiction projects. Richard Eyer was back as a boy genius (weren’t we all!?) with a robot buddy in THE INVISIBLE BOY (1957). One of the best “no one believes me” nightmares that involves little boy Jimmy Hunt in INVADERS FROM MARS (1953). The police, and even his parents, are controlled by evil Martians! The delirious dream of a young boy brought us ROBOT MONSTER (1953) too!
On the TV, we were in tandem with kids too. Susan Gordon had an alien from outer space rescue her from a horrible home life in THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode “The Fugitive” in 1962. There was the quirky Wednesday and Pugsley who could help their dad blow-up train sets indoors for THE ADDAMS FAMILY! And, of course, who didn’t want to be like Eddie Munster (Butch Patrick) with his own pet dragon that lived under the staircase in THE MUNSTERS.
We connected with the kids on the screen, when we were kids. And, we never forgot.
-Ron Adams, January 2020.
On with the show, now let’s check out the new cool stuff and classic monster news…
Now That’s a Billboard!
This above photo sent in by a reader.
A health care billboard for sleep issues that sports a photo of Boris Karloff with Glenn Strange in the HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944)!
New! Dennis Druktenis is Back With the New MONSTERS AND HEROES
Wow! we are so excited.The heartfelt words and fan friendly presentation of our dear friend, Dennis Druktenis, is back. From the desert in Arizona…comes a new monster magazine, bigger than ever before from Dennis….186 pages!
Get your copy of this monumental publication now…it’s here and in shock stock at Creepy Classics:
MONSTERS AND HEROES #101 (First Issue) – Magazine Book
SCARY MONSTERS founding editor/publisher Dennis Druktenis is back with a stunning new magazine book! Image FAMOUS MONSTERS and SCREEN THRILLS magazine coming together! Articles on monsters and heroes of classic movies, TV and serials. Loads of photos and great articles…186 pages!!!
Plow through this giant-size book for Flash Gordon and his monsters, Tom Corbett – Space Cadet, mystery books for young adults from the past, Prehistoric Animals, SUPERMAN AND THE MOLE MEN, Silver Age Comics, Funny Monster Vintage Trading Cards, TV’s Science Fiction Theatre, ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE, The Lone Ranger, Kent Daluga’s back too with masks and monster models, Batman, The City of Lost Souls, The Crimson Cobra Strikes with Johnny Scareshock and Zacherley is in there too!
Get yours now, right now…they’re here and ready to ship from our on-line Creepy Magazine Newsstand, here at Creepy Classics. Order on-line or call with credit card to (724) 238-4317
You can also, go the good ol’ fashioned way and send a check or money order to: Creepy Classics, P.O. Box 23, Ligonier, PA 15658.
This big book is 16.95, plus 7.50 S&H in the USA (for any size order at Creepy Classics…even if you order 20 items, the S&H stays at 7.50).
New! THE CREEPS Magazine #23
Yikes! Look at that cool cyclops cover…my eye is popping out over it! It’s here and in stock right now…ready to slither to your door:
THE CREEPS #23 – Magazine
It’s just like 1975 again and your black and white horror comic magazine is here! Just like the old CREEPY magazine….this issue features a cover by the great Ken Kelly. Stories on cyclops monsters, The Last Vampire on Earth, The House with the Brick Kiln, Bug-Eyed Monsters and more!
Get it in The Creeps Department in our on-line Creepy Magazine Newsstand at Creepy Classics! That’s a lot of creeps.
Now Available – VIP Admission Memberships and Vendor Tables for MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2020
MONSTER BASH’s OCTOBERFEST goes giant-size and prehistoric this next October 16-18, 2020! It’s guest stars Victoria Vetri (WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH), Elizabeth Shepherd (TOMB OF LIGEIA, THE AVENGERS), Jackie Joseph (THE LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS, THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW), TV Horror Host SON OF GHOUL…and Pamula Pierce! Actress from THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK and BOGGY CREEK II! Her dad was the director!
Plus….out of this world guest, Ann Robinson! Legendary actress Ann Robinson lands in Mars, PA for MONSTER BASH! Starting off as a stunt girl, she is the star the original Martian invasion in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS! Her career goes beyond WAR OF THE WORLDS as she has appeared in ABBOTT AND COSTELLO IN THE FOREIGN LEGION, as well as many TV roles. On television she was a regular on ROCKY JONES, SPACE RANGER. You can see her in episodes of DRAGNET, FURY, CHEYENNE, PERRY MASON, RAWHIDE, PETER GUNN, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, DEATH VALLEY DAYS and that’s just to name a few!
Details on the show, CLICK HERE. Or call (724) 238-4317.
VIP Admissions are reduced for a limited time and dealer tables are $50 off for a limited time.
CLICK HERE to sign-up for your full 3-Day VIP Membership (All events, vendors & meeting guests)
CLICK HERE to get the discount on dealer tables for this show!
Hurry, these prices will not be in effect for long.
New! Hammer Studio’s THE MUMMY’S SHROUD on Blu-Ray
It’s here, in stock, at Creepy Classics….Hammer’s THE MUMMY’S SHROUD on crystal clear Blu-Ray:
THE MUMMY’S SHROUD (1967) – Blu-Ray
Stars the great Andre Morell. Good, old-fashioned mummy on the rampage romp from Hammer studios. The last Hammer film to be shot at the famed Bray studios in England. Extras include a “Making Of” feature, World of Hammer TV episode on Mummy films, trailer, stills, commentary and more!
Get it in our New Blu-Ray Department…just inside the tomb here at Creepy Classics! Don’t mind that shuffling noise behind you…
Re-Shocked! Price Drop on the Great Big Hardback Book MONSTER MASH!
If you grew up in the Monster Boom Generation, like me, you’ll want this illustrated, full color big hardback that chronicles the monsters, the merchandising, the promotions, the TV, the horror hosts…the whole ball of monster mash wax! From toys to masks to magazines..it covers it all…wonderfully with spirit. Order yours today, a be proud of this monstrous heritage:
MONSTER MASH – Large Hardback Book
Time-trip back to the frightening era of 1957-1972, when monsters stomped into the American mainstream! Once Frankenstein and fiends infiltrated TV in 1957, an avalanche of monster magazines, toys, games, trading cards, and comic books crashed upon an unsuspecting public. This profusely illustrated, full-color hardcover covers that creepy, kooky Monster Craze through features on Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, the #1 hit “Monster Mash,” Aurora’s model kits, TV shows (Shock Theatre, The Addams Family, The Munsters, and Dark Shadows), Mars Attacks trading cards, Eerie Publications, Planet of the Apes, and more! FOREWORD by TV Horror Host icon Zacherley!
Zip into our Creepy Bookstore and snare your volume today from Creepy Classics…shipping immediately to your dungeon doorstep.
New! Retro Fan Magazine is Here
Time to head into the Creepy Classics lab and pull that lever on the throwback scrutinizer machine….we’ll be transported to the days of growing up in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s….with RETRO FAN magazine. Get your copies now….articles and beautiful color photos of all the stuff we grew up with…toys, masks, TV shows, movies:
RETRO FAN #2 – Magazine
All glossy retro magazine for all of us who grew up in the 1960s-1980s! Inside this issue: TV Horror Hosts and Elvira, Superhero Viewmasters, Dinosaur Land, Collector Lunch Boxes, The Groovie Goolies, Ben Cooper Halloween Masks…great articles and beautiful color stills!
RETRO FAN #6 – Magazine
The all gloss, all color retro magazine for all of us who grew up in the 1960s-1980s! Inside this great issue: Svengoolie, Butch Patrick and Horrorific Hot Rods, The original Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch, Pinball Machines, Dobie Gillis, Naugas Monsters and more!
Snag your copies now in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand here at Creepy Classics! You’ll love it!
Get Your Plans in Order for THIS Year’s MONSTER BASH Shows!
1) First off, it’s the June MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE (June 19-21, 2020) at the Double Tree Hotel, Mars, PA. Hotel phone: (724) 776-6900. Ask for the Monster Bash block, or they’ll say it’s sold out. A few rooms are left at the time of this writing. Web site: https://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash-June.html
New June 2020 video produced by Kevin Slick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ajkud4do68
You can get your hotel room for June on-line too, CLICK HERE.
2) Then it’s the MONSTER BASH BELA LUGOSI FILM FESTIVAL (August 14-15, 2020) at The Palace Theatre, Canton, Ohio. Closest hotel where most Basher stay, The McKinley Grand Hotel. Hotel phone: (330) 454-5000 for reservations. Web site for all the details: https://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash-August.html
3) And to wrap up 2020, it’s MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST (October 16-18, 2020) at the Marriott Pittsburgh North (Mars, PA, Cranberry Township). Web site for October’s show: https://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash-October.html
Hotel reservation block open now at the discounted rate of $109 a night. Hotel phone: (724) 772-3700. Make sure to say you want the “Monster Bash” rate. Order your on-site hotel room for the October Bash now, on-line, CLICK HERE.
Get all your reservations lined up, so you are ready to BASH in 2020!
New! ….and In Stock Now…TWO ON A GUILLOTINE on Blu
Yes, it’s here now, sharp and ready to ship to you. It’s the screamer TWO ON A GUILLOTINE on crystal clear Blu-Ray:
TWO ON A GUILLOTINE (1965) – Blu-Ray
Stars Connie Stevens, Dean Jones and Cesar Romero. A young woman must spend the night in her estranged father’s house after his death to receive the inheritance. Now the house is rumored to be haunted and is rigged with magician’s tricks.
Gt it in our New Blu-Ray Department for fast shipping right to your dungeon door from Creepy Classics!
Rest in Peace, Natalie Trundy
This in from friend Tony Russo:
“A moment of silence for the passing of Actress Natalie Trundy who starred in several Planet of the Apes Films.”
BTW – Natalie also appeared in three favorite TV shows: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Twilight Zone and Boris Karloff’s Thriller. -Ron
Additional info from MONSTER BASH Magazine’s Leonard Hayhurst:
Actress Natalie Trundy died Dec. 5, 2019, of natural causes in Los Angeles, California, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She was 79. Trundy was born Aug. 5, 1940, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Trundy appeared in four of the five original Planet of the Apes movies as she was married to series producer Arthur P. Jacobs. She played a mutant in BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, Dr. Stevie Branton in ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES and Lisa the chimpanzee who was the wife of Caesar, played by Roddy McDowall, in CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES.
Trundy also appeared in the movies THE MONTECARLO STORY, THE CARELESS YEARS, WALK LIKE A DRAGON, MR. HOBBS TAKES A VACATION and a 1974 musical adaptation of HUCKLEBERRY FINN. Television guest appearances were on THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THRILLER, BONANZA, WAGON TRAIN, THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, 77 SUNSET STRIP and PERRY MASON among many others.
Trundy took over Jacobs’ film company, APJAC Productions, after his sudden death in 1973. The following year she married Gucci executive Carmine Roberto Foggia and had two children with him. In later years, Trundy volunteered at Mother Theresa’s hospice in Kolkata, India, often bringing medicine and other supplies with her.
….and now, photos of fun from past MONSTER BASH shows! Stay up-to-date with MONSTER BASH Shows: