Friday, February 29, 2008

THE DUNWICH HORROR - Les Baxter - "Theme & Freak-Out" (1970)

Pushing the edges just a bit, not because we have to, but because we want to, Here's " The Dunwich Horror" which was released January 14, 1970, so that means it was essentially made in 1969. It's based on a short story by the master of the macabre, H.P. Lovecraft, and is driven by a super cool Les Baxter soundtrack! If you are not familiar with the work of Les Baxter, then just search this blog, and you will be! 
It stars 1960's Pop Icon Sandra Dee (Can you say Gidget?). 
And kind of like another 1960's Pop Icon, Frankie Avalon, it's always weird to see beach perfect people in horror movies, and it always adds that extra special element of Yeecchh!!!! 
Who's got the acid? Gimme, gimme, gimme! Now, kiss me! 
Sandra looks Great even with this Hellish psycho nightmare going on! 
Okay, ugly dream guy, can you get just a little closer?? 
It's a Paycheckdelic Freak-Out !!!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

CURSE OF THE FLY - Bert Shefter - "Title Credits" (1965)

It's not often you get to see a woman in her bra and panties running across the screen as the opening credits are being rolled, well, at least not in 60's horror movies anyway, but indeed, in "Curse Of The Fly," that's exactly what you get, but of course, she's nuts!! We've written about Bert Shefter a lot because of his work on so many cool films, but he also wrote the music for, count 'em, 133 "Hawaiian Eye" TV episodes, the film "Faster, PussyCat! Kill! Kill!" and much more! 
Another interesting sidenote is that the father of modern Nigerian Art Music, composer Fela Sowande also shared some of the musical composition credits, and I think it shows! Fela is probably the most internationally known African composer of classical music, and this basically is the only film he ever composed music for! 
"Judith?!" "Judith!?" 
Stan Simmons as the 'big ugly guy' had a cool career in film as prison guard, thug, warrant officer and Rag "n" Bone Man, and is creepy as all get out!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

GHOST OF DRAGSTRIP HOLLOW - Ronald Stein - "Theme and Intro" (1959)

Okay, "Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow" might be a stinkball of a movie, but the soundtrack is top notch from start to finish, and music's what we're here for! Stripped of the visuals and the dialogue, listen to what's playing during the opening credits and the intro to the movie, and marvel at the quality. Sure, the opening theme is a little hokey in a TV kind of way, but the arrangement and choice of instruments is bizarre, and then out of nowhere it has that great rockin' sax solo break toward the end! 

There is no way you can possibly go wrong with Girls in Hot Rods!!! 

The Race Is On 

  It's the maestro Ron Stein all the way, with a drivin' draggin' intro where you wish there were no sound effects so you could enjoy the total coolness of this song!! We've written about him so many times it's redundant, but what can we say? Ronald Stein was a genius!!! Period! Turn it up!!! 

Great Cast!! Killer Soundtrack! Get One! Make Popcorn! Have A Slumber Party! Rock Out!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

DUNGEON OF HARROW - Pat Boyette - "Lepers" (1962)

Well, here's yet another fascinating story! "Dungeon Of Harrow" was written and directed by Pat Boyette! Pat also wrote the music, and I'm sure this tune was helped along by musical supervisor Patrick Aron. It's really hard to know exactly what is going on with this music because of the tremendous amount of reverb they added to the whole thing to make it scarier, I guess! Texas born Pat Boyette was a comic book artist of some repute, and had done some pencils for DC in the late 50's, then after trying his hand at movies in the 1960's, he returned to what he did best, and basically became the 'go to' guy at Charlton Comics for about 20 years. He developed the character "The Peacemaker" and wrote and drew hundreds of stories before Charlton's demise in the 1980's! He also did some work with Warren on some "Creepy" and "Eerie" issues. Unfortunately, Pat passed away in 2000, but he left us a legacy of work! Cheers to another great overachiever!!! 
So, yeah, "Dungeon Of Harrow" really does have a timeless Charlton Comics feel to it, and even though it was made in Texas, it seems more like it was made in Europe! 
Comic characters all the way! Dungeons are us!! 
I'm sorry but, there's just something about lepers I don't like! Maybe it's prejudice, but I just don't like being around them!! 
Again, in classic comics style, at the end, as a new group stumbles upon the island, we all find out, "They're Lepers!!!"

Monday, February 25, 2008

THE BLOB - DEMENTIA - "In The Theatre"

So, when John Parker couldn't do anything with his film "Dementia" and producer Jack Harris got his hands on it, and couldn't really get anything out of it either, even after the changes, somebody finally got some good from the film when Jack Harris decided to use "Dementia" or "Daughter Of Horror" as it would be known in it's new incarnation, with chopped scenes of chopped hands and added narration by the ever spooky Ed McMahon, as the film that would be playing when "The Blob" oozes into the theatre! 
The music is probably by George Antheil, but the names of Ernest Gold and Shorty Rogers also come into play. Nobody came to see "Daughter Of Horror" when it finally came out, but this theatre is packed and the people are laughing out loud, they're roaring and guffawing like they're watching a "Francis The Talking Mule" or an "Abbott & Costello" movie, and this movie is not even close to being a comedy. 
The insanity, the laughter and taunts in "Dementia" are like the plague, and easily passed on to the uninformed participants who are also about to fall into their own whirlpool of despair and madness! 
 The kids leave the theatre and go outside, and in the front of the theatre there's a poster for the movie that's playing with a picture of Robby The Robot from "Forbidden Planet" and it says something about a vampire in the title on the poster. See, you just can't trust these people making movies, they try and trick you all the time! 
They've been tricking us for years!! 
The music from "The Blob" shifts from the movie theatre and the music from "Dementia" to the kids trying to spread the warning. Oops, too bad they came to a pad with a bunch of drunk party-goers listening to some swinging music by composer Jack Carmichael and then a place where the barkeep tells them... 
"We get monsters in here all the time" before shifting back to the theatre to finish up! Obviously, you need to get both films, but everyone should own copies anyway!! 
The music from "Dementia" is brilliant, like a supercharged nightmare, and it was perfect the way they recycled it in "The Blob"!! And, how many more inside jokes are there anyway???

Sunday, February 24, 2008

THIS ISLAND EARTH - Mancini/Salter/Stein - "Opening Credits" (1955)

Time for yet another killer classic, and this time the musical credits all go to Henry Mancini, Hans J. Salter and/or Herman Stein, and might just as well be credited to musical supervisor Joseph Gershenson for all we know. Now this music doesn't rock or swing, but it's Very spacey and just a taste of what you're about to see and hear in this amazing film! 
Not quite "Forbidden Planet", but still a great film to watch with one of the coolest and classic monsters of all time. 
This Woody looks like the one Ted used to own, bet you anything, it's got a flathead six in it! 
It's funny how Rex Reason is completely unrecognizable in this picture, but you can still tell it's Faith Domergue! 
What a difference a few hours can make! Larry, Moe, and wait, there's two Larry's and one's a woman! That's what the sight of Mutant Monsters will do to you! 
Actress Milicent Patrick was the person who designed this classic 'Mutant' monster, and she also is credited with designing , are you ready, "The Creature From The Black Lagoon." I say the whole world owes a monstrous debt of gratitude to Ms. Patrick. Can we hear one big collective Thanx Milicent!!! 
 If there's a monster heaven, the 'Mutant' from "This Island Earth" is having the time of his life with Frankenstein, The Thing, Godzilla and the rest of his buddies up there! 
This shot looks like a piece of classic art!!! 
The one thing I don't get, is with all their advanced technology, you would think these space people could at least design a seat that you can sit in without having to slouch over or sit on the edge!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

WOMANEATER - Edwin Astley "Theme and Bongos" (1958)

Spotlight on a different member of the family, presenting Tabonga's second cousin, "Womaneater!" Composer Edwin Astley had a lengthly career spanning three decades and besides this film, composed the soundtracks for many other films including "Devil Girl From Mars", "The Giant Behemoth", and the Herbert Lom version of "The Phantom Of The Opera." 
Bongo Boy has to always set the scene with one of his bongo solos, kind of like saying grace before dinner! Here's a little sound collage that should make you want to go and get your own copy of this great film! As it is also known, Get ready for ...................."The Woman Eater"!!!
 Now "Womaneater" isn't as mobile as Tabonga, so he can't chase the pretty girls down, they have to bring them to him, which always adds that extra fun element of going out to bars etc, to pick up chicks! Edwin came up with some great lounge music in the background In The Bar
So what have we learned here? Even if your boyfriend's a scuzzball, it's still always better than accepting a drink and going home with some freak!!!!! Well, maybe she deserves it, really! You decide!
 Dinner's served!! 
Novel idea, using the monster as a cameraman!! Wonder if it got paid double?

Friday, February 22, 2008


Not dead yet, so don't worry Little Billy, we still got enough material for 2, or maybe 3 months yet. Tonight we've got another Blue Demon film that we don't know a whole lot about, "Blue Demon Contra Las Invasoras" , or "Blue Demon Y Las Seductoras" as it is sometimes called. Tabonga's copy was taped off of Mexican TV back in the 80's, so the sound and stills aren't that great, and since it was never released in English, we don't even know the spacewench's name who is singing this song, but it's got to be either Griselda Mejía, Gilda Mirós, Gina Morett, or Regina Torné. If you know, let us know, and we'll update the info, but this song is just too good to be left behind. The rest of the soundtrack is very solid because it's the same rockin' sounds that were in "Blue Demon Contra Las Diabolicas." 
This gal from space appears to be normal enough in a seductive sorta way. 
And she obviously got this guy's attention!!! 
Female space invaders? Okay, you got a better idea?? 
Blue Demon in his Mustang!! Spanish Spacewench Seductress Song Oh yeah!!!!!!! Cheers and Jeers to the MonstersHD TV Channel! Cheers for recently showing some of our favorite titles Like "Horror Of Party Beach", "Frankenstein Meets The Space Monster", "Blood Of Dracula", "Invasion Of The Neptune Men" and "Playgirls And The Vampire", all doctored up and lookin' good in cool Hi-Def!! Jeers for only rotating 3 or 4 titles in a 24 hour period! But at least they're showing them, and nobody else is doing it, so we'll take what we can get! Keep 'em coming!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

GAMERA TAI UCHU KAIJU BAIRASU (Destroy All Planets) - Kenjiro Hirose - "Gammera's Theme" (1968)

Sheesh!! Been doing this blog for 7 months almost nonstop, take a couple of days off to rest up, and come down with some kind of distant cousin to "Captain Trips" flu, so let's just get the ball rolling again, so I can go back to bed, with something quick and cool. From the 1968 film "Destroy All Planets" or as some people know it "Gamera Vs Viras", here's what I'm told is the real Gammera theme! As in all 1960's Young Guy A Go-Go movies, the music here is by Kenjiro Hirose!
 And in the 'why not?' department, here's a funny little tune from the scene where the submarine is out of control, because the kids got in and messed it all up! 

Monster Music

Monster Music
AAARRGGHHH!!!! Ya'll Come On Back Now, Y'Hear??