Retro Film Report #50: Zombies, Ghoulies, and Killer Plankton

In the spirit of the season, let's take a walk through a trio of fun horror movies: The Astro-Zombies (1968), Ghoulies IV (1994), and Plankton (1994) AKA Creatures from the Abyss. Enjoy!


Ads #79: Music Ads

Yes, Mrs. Johnson, your new Yamaha Electone Organ will definitely bring you closer to your punk daughter.

Here is a collection of randomly chosen music related ads.  I steered away from advertising for specific artists and albums - these pertain to instruments, audio equipment and media, etc.  We'll start with cassette tapes....


The Horshack Redemption #29: There's Nothing Out There (1991)

Gilligan and the Professor count down their top three best and worst vampire movies of all time, then head into the 1991 horror film "There's Nothing Out There". As always there's plenty of discussion about the gratuitous nudity, the film's "drinking game" and the usual bounty of pop culture connections. Enjoy!


Double Feature #14: Showgirls Versus Vampires

The Playgirls and the Vampire (1960)/ The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960)

These two Italian B&W vampire movies couldn't be more alike.  Both involve a troupe of lovely showgirls stranded in a castle with a mysterious vampire lurking about.

I'd love to know the backstory to these two films, as to how such carbon copies came to exist.  The actors, the directors, the writers, and the production companies are all different; yet, somehow, two identical films came to be in 1960.  Enjoy.


Album Covers #44: Butts on Record

What was with the massive amounts of album covers featuring butts in the 1970s (and early 80s)?  Call me crazy, but I’d say it’s the most repeated theme of all time.

There were plenty of musicians that tried to be artistic, but not every artist had the creative juice to create a Sgt. Pepper.  Mostly, records just featured a blah picture of the band, or some cheesecake.... and when they opted for cheesecake (which was pretty damn often), it defaulted to butts.

I could show you thousands of examples, but that would be a booty overload.   Instead, I’ve lovingly handpicked a selection for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy.


Vintage Scan #41: Parade (February 20, 1972)

The cover stories may be of more historical importance; but this isn't your history class, this is Retrospace.  So, let's look at some groovy advertising, a scary ventriloquist dummy, jungle pattern bedspreads, and topless Hungarians.  Enjoy.


Foxy Ladies #28: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Halloween is all about candy.  Eye candy, that is.

Back in the glory days of the pinup, they had no shortage of holiday themed cheesecake custom made for calendars or simply to be carried in a G.I.'s sack.  Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a generous supply of old-school Halloween pinups. All feature a pumpkin/jack-o-lantern.  Stay tuned: sexy witches are on deck.  Enjoy!


Double Feature #13: Trashy Women Mystery Murders

The Playbirds (1978)/ Massage Parlor Murders! (1973)

Tonight's presentations have lots in common:
1. Lots of girls of ill repute getting offed one by one Ten Little Indians style by a mysterious killer.
2. Both actually have at least one massage parlor employee biting the dust
3. The motive for the killer in each film is exactly the same. Without giving away any spoilers, I'll just say the killer in Playbirds and Massage Parlor Murders are almost identical

 Let's watch!


Vintage Scares #35: Shock! A 1958 Universal Pressbook

So, I came across this 1958 pressbook put out by Universal Studios marketing their horror films to television stations.  The book begins with some interesting promotional ideas.  Then, it's on to each film in their catalog, with recommended 10 and 20 second on-air promotions, TV news releases, and much more.

Each page is pictured below.  Or just download the whole shebang here.  Enjoy!


Retro Film Report #49: A Look at Six Horror Movies

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.


Fumetti #5: Horror Fumetti (Part 2)

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...

Just for Laughs #12: Monster Party V

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/


Food & Drink #21: Meat

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!...


Kid Stuff #21: 1972 Kenner Fun Catalog

My 1972 issue of Boris Karloff's Tales of Mystery comes with a special treat inside: a 16 page catalog of Kenner toys.  Let's have a look, shall we?


Double Feature #12: Frankenstein

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!