Here's a mixed bag of horror flicks spanning from the 1960s through the 90s - some good, some godawful: Stage Fright (1980), Terror Express (1979), Evil Toons (1992), Dracula Prisoner of Frankenstein (1972), Stormswept (1994) and Blood and Black Lace (1964). Enjoy.
For me, the adult fumetti from the 1970s-1980s are the true heirs to the classic American horror pulp covers of the 1930s-40s. Peruse a cover gallery of early pulps and you'll find that same characteristic over-the-top, ultra-lurid, and uncomfortably misogynistic vibe. As we entered mid-century, things got tamer and censorship was enforced... but not in Europe where the adult fumetti kept the lowbrow horror illustration alive and well. The content is mildly disturbing (and often hilariously bizarre), but the artwork, for the most part, is pretty damn good. Have a look...
Back when Cracked wasn't a moderately interesting online listicle generator, it was a kids magazine in the vein of MAD, but with a more family-friendly brand of humor.... and a lot more monsters. My favorite Cracked issues were, without a doubt, the monster themed issues, chock full of creature feature stills with funny captions or speech balloons.
So, here's the fifth installment of my salute to those Cracked Monsters issues. Enjoy/
Vegans, shield your eyes. You're about to enter an All-70s-Meat-Zone, and it's not going to be pretty... in fact, it's going to be pretty damn disgusting. Unless you have a soft spot for sausage casing production and hog carcass washing, this may get a little bit grisly.
These images come to you from a trade magazine Meat Processing (Vol 16, No 11, 1977). Roll the meat!...
Frankenstein General Hospital (1988)/ The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Well, October has arrived. Time to get your horror on. Tonight's double feature presentations are unique takes on the Frankenstein story. The first takes a comedic angle, but manages to be nothing like Young Frankenstein. The second is a Hammer film, but manages to be nothing like the other Hammer Frankenstein movies. Love 'em or hate 'em, they're interesting variations on a well-worn story. Enjoy the shows!
The Professor and Gilligan discuss their top 3 cowbell songs of all time, then dive in to the trashy cult classic Street Trash (1984) starring Linda Blair. Along the way, there's the usual discussions on gratuitous nudity, pop culture connections, and - of course- the drinking game. Come along for the ride - download it or listen on iTunes, Stitcher, the website, on the Facebook page, or right here one Retrospace.
As always, read on for the screen shot gallery. Enjoy!
The last time fumetti made an appearance on Retrospace was June 2012 - too long of a gap for the finest examples of sleazy lowbrow art the world has ever known. Sure, grindhouse movie posters could get racy and over-the-top, but nothing compares to the fumetti in terms of jaw-dropping sleaze performed with artistic skill.
The problem for me with fumetti, is that my interest ends at the over. The insides are B&W, not artfully rendered, often pornographic, and in a language that I don't understand. Like the Warren and Skywald publications of the U.S., (which we've covered on Retrospace before), the cover is where the artistic brilliance resides. So, check out a handful of lurid masterpieces - and, if you like these, I have an even larger stack waiting. Enjoy!
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