Monday, May 30, 2016

NIGHTMARE IN BLOOD / Xeromega - 1977

Here's a wild one, it was filmed in the bay area including Half Moon Bay, where we used to vacation back in the early sixties. The story's about disappearing attendees at a horror-film convention in San Francisco. It turns out that the guest of honor, Malakai, is a real vampire, and his henchmen are kidnapping the convention guests! A horror writer and an Israeli Nazi-hunter set out to stop him before everbloody's dead.

I have a sound clip for your approval, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button located there by our haunted coffins, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula!.. Here's a sample from... NIGHTMARE IN BLOOD!

A lot a time is spent in the San Francisco Comic Shop, our heroes' thinkin' spot. Ahh, the good old days, simple pleasures and plenty of that there eye candy!

Our guys end up on a local TV horror show to discuss the bloody murders.

Here's a warning for Eegah!!.. He's our resident golfer, and, many of his balls end up in the rough! I just want to let him know that there are maniacs out there just looking to slice up anybloody who loses their balls in the rough!!

Welp, in SF, if you're planning on hunting Draculas, you'll need this lightning bolt talisman!

Malakai sleeps in his coffin all day, then get's up to go work in his lab with his two little helper goons. There are always plenty of things to do, like...

Injecting this dude in the brain with a special double needled syringe... Fun stuff!

Our heroes use Malakai's own lab amenities against him and his pals, one dude gets a jar full of acid thrown on him! OUCHIE!!

Malakai gets the Star of David stuck to his head and he goes into freak out mode, looks like the little guy did the job!

But, to make sure, they bring in the big sharp stake to finish off the Dracula! Eegah!! takes the reigns on Wednesday, no telling what he will have for us, so, until then...

Saturday, May 28, 2016

THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Boris Karloff (1957)

 I consider this to be a super "Saturday Night Special!," and any true lover of classic horror films will agree, no doubt!
Enjoy this modest homage to Dungeon Superhero Boris Karloff!

"This Is Your Life" was a 1950's 30 minute TV series that did just what the title suggested, a surprise retrospective of classic character's lives, a REAL reality TV show!

"This Is Your Life" was on from 1957 to 1961 and featured people like Dick Clark, Jayne Mansfield, Kirk Douglas, Jesse Owens, Connie Francis, etc., and on this particular night....

Mr. Boris Karloff!

The basic premise was that they would bring people on the show to be part of a surprise for somebody else, and then turn the tables on the unsuspecting victim! Boris was set up! They bring out an old an elementary school buddy from his past, Jeffrey Taylor, and they have a glorious nostalgic interchange!

Doesn't it just make you just feel good to see Boris Karloff smile?

Just to see Boris in all these classic shots is worth the price of admission!
There's no need for words!

Maybe I'm screwy in the head, but I just don't honestly think that there will ever be a group of people making movies to match the magnitude of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Lorre, John Carradine, and Vincent Price! It would be like somebody running a mile in one minute, I just don't think it's possible no matter how much technology runs amok!

Makeup artiste extraordinaire Jack Pierce also shows up in a really neat sequence!
Jack Pierce did not only create Boris's makeup in "Frankenstein," he was also responsible for the makeup in "White Zombie," "The Mummy," "The Invisible Man," "The Black Cat," "Werewolf Of London," "The Wolf Man," "Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man," "Son Of Dracula," The Brain From Planet Arous," etc. etc. The list goes on and on!

With these five photos of Boris, I rest my case!

How awesome is it to see a photo of the man who was Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Ghoul, goofing on his wife!

In the last segment, Boris's daughter Sara makes an appearance!
I love this shot of Father and daughter together!
The best part is you can watch it for free, right here; it might just be some of the best 24 minutes and 53 seconds of your life!

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Origin of DWRAYGER DUNGEON / 2 Monster Dudes - 1964

Back in 1964 Eegah!! and I were both sophomores in high school, Famous Monsters was our moniker and so we decided to create our own little Monster Magazine. DWRAYGER is a combination of our last names, we printed out the pages on a freaking lo-tech ditto machine, making a limited run of about 20 copies of each page. There are 3 known copies still in existence, making them pretty rare collectibles...

I did a 2-color cover of CURSE OF THE DEMON, one of our favorite flicks. One note, we never got around to doing the Marvel Spider-Man feature, we dudded out there.

Here's our Monster Quiz, simple questions if you knew anything about monster movies. You will need to click on all the pages with text to easily be able to read them.

This is a generic Werewolf I created for page 3, there were tons of werewolves by 1964.

This is page one of our movie reviews, yeah, they're not real professional, but, we were comedians, not historians. You'll notice that both EEGAH! and FROM HELL IT CAME ended up on the list, pretty funny when you think about it.

More crappy movies, goofy reviews abound!

The last page of reviews ends with our little 2 minute 8mm movie we made one night, our review was spot on. Unfortunately, the movie is lost somewhere in Delano, CA.

My drawing of creepy old NOSFERATU as he creeps around somewhere in your house!

Here are our 'original' stories, stupid as Hell, but, fun to read...

My drawing of a generic Ghoul, love the word, ghoul.

Last page is a drawing of a Movie I saw at the Theater in 1957 with my neighbors, a great way to end the show. Check in again tomorrow when Eegah!! makes his splash.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DER SCHWARZE ABT - "The Black Abbot" - Martin Böttcher (1963)

Wow! I actually found enough time to get around to watching a full-length film this week, and I'm glad I did, cause it was a good one!
Welcome to the "Black Abbot," and the Wednesday edition of The Dungeon!
One of the reasons I started this whole blog in the first place was to showcase the music of some great musicians and composers, and one of the best in the business is the brilliant German composer Martin Böttcher! Here's a bit of the theme from "Der Schwarze Abt" for your enjoyment, and if that whets your appetite, there's lots more to found at BSC Music!

The next time someone asks me a rhetorical question like "Who in history would you like to have dinner with," I'm going to say Edgar Wallace and Alfred Hitchcock over for some BBQ ribs, and a couple of beers sounds like a night to remember for me!

And here they all are, Joachim Fuchsberger in the middle, Klaus Kinski on his left, and Eddi Arent on his right! The gentleman on the far right is Charles (The Terror Of Dr. Mabuse) Régnier as Detective Puddler! Actually, a dinner with this group would also have been pretty damn interesting! Fuchsberger, Kinski, and Arent are like a German theatrical version of a power trio like Cream! Fuchsberger could be Clapton, Kinski Ginger Baker, and Arent Jack Bruce! 
Krazy nice colour credits for a black and white film!!

There is no way in Hell I can try and explain what's going on in this film in a handful of photographs! It's Edgar Wallace, you're not supposed to be able to explain it in just a few words!

There's lot of sneaking around, peeping, and a hiding!

You've got this whole anti-relationship thing going on between the despicable Werner (Das Phantom Von Soho) Peters character, and Grit (Code Name:Jaguar) Boettcher, the gal he's madly in love with!

This shot looks like it came from a Hitchcock film!

At first, it's kind of hard to tell what this is, but it's a bat hanging upside down!
I kept expecting a vampire to show up at any given time!

No vampires, but lots of hooded creeps wandering around!

Here's another great shot that looks like it came out of a Hitchcock film!

This one, not so much!

No matter where they go, there seems to always be somebody watching!

Here's a reverse shot, from the inside looking out after Eddi falls into a hole!

You never knew for sure, but as it turns out, there was some treasure that was worth all the loco commotion!

Will the joyful couple go off and live happily ever after?

It's an Edgar Wallace movie, what do you think??

If you like movies that keep you guessing, then "The Black Abbot" is right up your alley, because it's fairly fast paced, has a great atmospheric look like an older Universal film, and is unpredictable because basically everybody is a suspect at some point, and it's readily available from 

Monster Music

Monster Music
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