Monday, February 20, 2017

The Celluloid Coffin 2017

Greetings ghoulies! I know, I know....I've been away for quite awhile. I really need to get back on some kind of regular monthly basis or something. My apologies to the handful of people who actually follow this blog. With that said there are some new titles awaiting you inside the coffin!

In the fall of 2016 I was excited to finally be able to offer this deluxe 2 disc set of one of the most classic werewolf films of the 1950's. I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957) is one of the most iconic 50's horror films. Michael Landon stars in his first big screen role as the troubled teen with some extreme anger issues that are amplified by a doctor with an alternative agenda. This 2 disc set includes a composite print of the feature film. It's a  nice widescreen presentation but the ending credits were damaged so I dug in the crypt and found a nice 4:3 print and edited in the end credit sequence. It's certainly not a revelation but it does provide a nice complete feature. Also included is the seldom seen Halloween episode of Landon's hit T.V. series from the 1980's "Highway to Heaven". The episode is titled "I Was A Middle Aged Werewolf" and also co stars Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes). As an added bonus you also get a set of 5 postcard size reproduction lobby cards! This is the biggest project I have had the pleasure of working on and it was a team effort. I have to thank Monsterkid Josh for helping out with the lobby card repros. He did a bang up job cleaning them up and making them look nice!

 You can never have too much Bela Lugosi in your life so the Celluloid Coffin wants to give you more. Bela stars in this 1933 old dark house thriller and he doesn't disappoint. He portrays a creepy butler who also happens to be a mystic. The main problem is that he needs more screen time in this one but it's still a fun early film with Lugosi at his peak. It also stars Wallace Ford (The Mummy's Hand, The Mummy's Tomb) who as always delivers a great performance.

Also available is the rarely seen 1983 Italian Giallo, The House of the Yellow Carpet starring Vittorio Mezzogornio, Beatrice Romand and Erland Josephson. A tense piece of Italian film making from director Carlo Lizzani. Almost all of the film takes place inside one location which adds to the tense atmosphere you expect from this type of genre film. It's not a gory ultra violent thriller like the offerings of Dario Argento but it's still a great thriller that captures your attention and never lets go!

These titles are always available at the Ebay and Etsy stores! So feel free to drop by and take a gander at what lies rotting in the Coffin!

Coffindan's Ebay Store

The Celluloid Coffin Etsy Shop 

There will be plenty more coming from the Celluloid Coffin in 2017. Hopefully another Giallo film that has rarely been seen in the U.S. I have my fingers crossed on this one. I'm also looking forward to possibly getting some film titles from Desert Island Films who have an extensive library of films that might get a chance to fly under the Celluloid Coffin moniker. I will also try and keep active here at the old coffin and that means more of my thoughts and some reviews of some great films! Stay scary folks!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

They're coming! The monsters are coming!

Every year the monsters make their appearance at the Chesapeake Central Library in Chesapeake Virginia. For the 13th time, they will invade once again!

On October 1st, this Saturday as I write this entry, Monster Fest 13 will be happening. Every first weekend of October I look forward to visiting and sometimes hosting a discussion panel at this one day free convention.

Rob Floyd and friend.
The convention is organized by Rob and Phyllis Floyd, two great folks who have become good friends of mine. I have been attending the fest and the bi monthly series Fantasmo Cult Cinema Explosion, for the past seven or so years. Each year the fest gets bigger and better.

One of my favorite things about the fest is the appearances of some of the local t.v. horror hosts from years past. Dr. Madblood, who still has a yearly Halloween special, is always on hand along with a cast member or two from the show. Rick Clark aka The Keeper from Chamber Theater will also be on hand this year as well. These two figures were a staple in my horror t.v. diet growing up. It's always a joy to talk with them as well because they are such nice people.
Dr. Madblood

The fest also features a ton of vendors as well as great panel discussions of genre films and subjects. There is also live music for those who need to get their spooky funk on. For past several years The Cemetery Boys have been playing all day during the fest. There is just so much fun to be had and if you are in surrounding area of Chesapeake Virginia or even if you are a couple of hours away it is worth your while to come check it out.

Don't forget that after the fest at 7pm there will be the Monster Fest episode of Fantasmo Cult Cinema Explosion. This year's double feature will include the classic Frankenstein (1931) and the classic slasher Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D! Two great films that represent the core of what the fest is about (the celebration of monsters and horror) but also a nice symbol of this being the "13th" year.

A few frightful things you will find at the Celluloid Coffin table.
There's just way too much going on for me to really type up in this entry so I am going to leave some links for you clickity click on. If you come out be sure to drop by the Celluloid Coffin table and say hi to me, Coffindan.

Stay cool ghouls!

Monster Fest the 13th

The Cemetery Boys

Dr. Madblood

Fantasmo Cult Cinema Explosion

Bloke's Terrible Tomb of Terror

Monday, September 12, 2016

It's almost upon us!

Greetings ghoulies! It's getting very close to that oh so wonderful time of the year! Yes, you know what I'm talking about, HALLOWEEN!

It also means that there is a lot going on at the Celluloid Coffin as well. There are several new releases that are ready for your trick or treat pail and the Celluloid Coffin will be making an appearance at this years Monster Fest in Chesapeake, Virginia! I've been attending the fest for several years now. I've also been part of a couple of discussion panels there as well. One on the magnificent artwork of the old VHS days and another on the history of zombie films. This will be the first time I have been a vendor though. I am extremely excited! Check out the link to Monster Fest 13 won't you? If you are in the Chesapeake area or would just like to spread the word wherever you are, check out the flyer, download print and distribute to all your favorite ghouls and haunts!

Monster Fest is a one day convention that is in, well as you can guess by the number, in its 13th glorious year. Each year the fest has gotten a little bigger and has always been a great time. Once the convention ends the fun times aren't over because there is a double feature that night! This year they are screening Frankenstein (1931) and Friday the 13th Part 3.....wait for 3D! You can't beat that with a stick....or body part! So come on down if you are in the area or if you'd like to make the trek to beautiful Chesapeake, Virginia.

In other news there are two new Celluloid Coffin Video releases ready for all you spooks and goblins to add to your cauldron in preparation for the greatest month of the year!

The Coffin continues it's double feature releases with a double header of shock! Francis Ford Coppola's directorial debut, "Dementia 13(1963)" and the always spooky "I Bury The Living (1958)". 

I have to be honest, I hadn't seen Dementia 13 in quite some time when I decided to pair these two together and I was taken about by how great this film is. It's stark black and white photography pairs incredibly well with the (for its day) ultra violent content. It's low budget doesn't shine through like so many productions that came out of the Roger Corman studios in the 50's and early 60's. A real shocker and a true gem!

I Bury The Living has always been a spooky good time. Richard Boone plays the part of a business man who has to take on the responsibility of running a cemetery for the firm he works for. When he accidentally switches pins in the cemetery map, marking living people for dead......well they end up dead! Soon he is caught in a swirling pool of madness. Well filmed and acted. It's directed by Albert Band whose name you probably don't recognize. He is the father of Charles Band who gave us Media Home Entertainment, Wizard Video, and Full Moon Entertainment! Both prints for these films look really nice to be hanging around in the public domain.

Last year I put together and fun little DVD entitled Coffindan's Haunted Halloween Hootenanny. A fun tribute to the old Super 8mm digests of yesteryear. Well I decided to go back to the grave for some more fun!

Son of Halloween Hootenanny is another trip down Super 8 memory lane. Chock full of classic trailers and spooky fun cartoons plus four great "features" done up in that classic digest format. Prepare yourselves for "The Giant Gila Monster", "The Ape Man", "I Was A Teenage Werewolf" and "Plan 9 From Outer Space".

All are great fun little films shrunk down to the 10 - 15 minute run time that was the norm for film companies such as Castle Films and Black Hawk Films. A fun time for all and makes a great party DVD to have playing in the background at your next cemetery bash! Both Hootenanny presentations are also a great way to introduce the classic horrors to the little budding monster kids running around your lab too! Son of Halloween Hootenanny also features some great spooky music from Norfolk, Virginia's Cemetery Boys. The Boys created some of the greatest spook rock this side of of the old abandoned sanitarium. Check out the opening credit sequence of Son of Halloween Hootenanny and listen for  yourselves!

These two new titles plus more are available at the Celluloid Coffin Etsy Store as well as the Ebay Coffin so drop on by and check us out! And if you like what you hear from the Cemetery Boys drop by their Bandcamp Mortuary for some more spooky rock!

Stay cool ghouls!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Netflix gets Stranger!

So I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other morning and came across two posts about a new Netflix series called "Stranger Things". The comments really piqued my interest and so as I sipped my first cup of coffee, I checked out the first episode.

Without spilling any beans about specifics of the story of Stranger Things, I am going to try and sum it up as best I can. A 12 year old boy goes missing while on his way home from his friends house one night. He wasn't taken by someone but rather some thing. As the story begins to unfold around the boys disappearance things get strange.....yeah I did that, glad you noticed. Something seems to have escaped from a near by testing facility. Something scary and really weird. A young girl has also escaped from the same facility and she is wee bit strange as well. The local sheriff is called in to investigate the disappearance of the boy and begins to discover more than he bargained for. The boys mother also begins to experience some paranormal happenings in the house which leads her to believe her son is somewhere and able to communicate with her. Pretty soon the boys friends and family all become involved together in a race to find their friend and save their little town from something very, very evil.

Twenty minutes into the first episode I was totally SOLD! The story takes place in 1983. In that time frame I was 12 years old. Many of the main protagonists in this show are 12 years old. So I TOTALLY identify with their characters. Add to that fact, there are so many nods to my childhood in this show. A Jaws and Evil Dead poster are spotted on the walls of bedrooms. Atari 2600 games pop up on top of a t.v. console. The game of Dungeons & Dragons is on display at the beginning of the first episode and is actually referenced several times throughout the story line. Throw in late 70's automobiles, rotary phones, tube socks, The Clash and everything else that made the early 80's great and I am in a time warp that quite frankly, I don't wanna come out of. Oh and the story line is incredible!

The writing is good, the acting is good, the special effects are good. I honestly cannot find anything wrong with this show. Some have said it has moments that are too "The Goonies" and while I have never seen that movie (WHAAAAT!? YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN THE GOONIES!?), I think I understand where they are coming from. I doesn't bother me though. I like the interaction of the kids in this show. I guess because it just really takes me back to such a simple time. I think my time was more simple than these kids though. I didn't have any child abducting creatures running around in the woods behind my house. Although I think one time a friend and I were chased by a least we think it was a hobo. We didn't look back, we just ran our asses back to my house.

Speaking of acting, I just want to give a nod to Winona Ryder. Her acting as the distraught mother who believes her child is communicating to her from the "other side" is top notch. It's nice to see her on the small screen too. She is scared to death but yet is able to portray a sense of strength that she didn't know she had. David Harbour (Black Mass, Quantum of Solace) stars as the hard nosed sheriff that is battling his own personal demons but is able to screw his head on straight enough to battle the evil head on.

And nay nay, Ryder is not the only 80's star to make an appearance in this show. Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises, Full Metal Jacket) is the sinister head of the testing facility out to capture the young girl who has escaped and is a threat to his entire operation. There....a little tidbit of the story line that doesn't really give too much away.

I'm just gonna say that as I write this I have only one episode left to watch. There are only 8 total so it's not too bad of a binge watch if you have a day to kill. I've purposely refrained from binging and have watched 2 episodes back to back max. It's hard not to click on the "Play Next Episode" button believe me!

So if you are a child of the 70/80's who loves their horror then this show is definitely for you. I've already heard that Netflix is signed on to do another season which sounds good to me even if I have no idea how this season ends. The creators of the show, The Duffer Brothers (Hidden, We All Fall Down) have really knocked it out of the park. Their work on this makes me want to check out some of their other material since I had never heard of them before. This is only the second original Netflix series I've watched. The other being Daredevil which I think is a fantastic series. My wife is hooked on Orange is the New Black so I think Netflix has been firing all on cylinders with their programming. Stranger Things definitely gives the big network a run for their money!

So until next time kids, Netflix and SCREAM!

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Queen is screaming at Etsy!

Greetings! Another double feature release is now available from the ole Coffin! This double feature includes two of Barbara Steele's classic Italian gothic horror films. The Ghost (1963) and Nightmare Castle (1965).

Steele, as usual, is outstanding in both of these films. The Ghost is a continuation of the Dr. Hichcock theme that starred Steele in the 1962 film "The Horrible Dr. Hichcock" that was also directed by Riccardo Freda. A slow burn type of horror film but well acted and filmed. This was one of Steele's films that I hadn't discovered until about five years ago. Nightmare Castle is one of Steele's most well known films probably taking second fiddle to Black Sunday (1960). Directed by Mario Caiano who claims the film was a tribute to Gothic cinema and to Steele herself. Steele knocks it out of the park with her dual performance. Story wise it fits right in with the Hichcock themes which makes this a very nice double feature. It also stars the lovely Helga Line (Horror Rises From The Tomb).

Celluloid Coffin Video also has a new home on Etsy! We will still list on Ebay but I thought it might be a good idea to expand so we will see how things go. I mean come on you can get your craft on and pick up some great horror, sci-fi and euro spy flicks! Right now only domestic shipping is available through the Etsy store but that is only temporary. For our international customers you can continue to pick up titles through Ebay. So come on by and check us out!

Celluloid Coffin Video at Etsy

Celluloid Coffin Video at Ebay

The next Halloween Hootenanny disc is in the editing stages. I've got some great ideas for what I hope to be another great fun release that will include some giant monsters, angst ridden werewolves, outer space invasions gone awry and hopefully Vincent Price! Also another double feature release will happen soon. I've got an idea that's been kicking around the coffin that involves fangs, the living dead and everyone's favorite Spanish lycanthrope, Paul Naschy! So stay tuned and stay scary!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Slash O Rama Drive-in is here!

Greetings again fellow ghoulsters! I am happy to announce the all new Celluloid Coffin Video trailer compilation entitled "Coffindan's Slash O Rama Drive-In". I finally put the pedal to the metal and finished this little gem before the summer hit. 97 minutes of heart pounding, blood splattering, throat slashing horror! A tribute to one of my favorite sub genres in horror, the slasher film. Along with these great trailers are also plenty of drive-in theater intermission ads. A lot of fun to be had on this little disc and a sure fire hit for your next family get together.....if your family is a bunch of psychopaths....not that there's anything wrong with that!

Also available from the Coffin is "Don't Look In The Basement" / "Messiah of Evil" double feature!
A double dose of shock and sleaze! Both films
were filmed in 1973 and are staples of low budget horror and exploitation. No trailers on this disc just bare bones horror!

I'm a bit of new comer when it came to "Don't Look In The Basement" so it was a treat to check
this one out before figuring out what to pair it with. "Messiah of Evil" has been in my horror vocab since the 8th grade when I discovered the old Video Gems big box rental. It certainly isn't the be all, end all zombie flick but it's a cool twist on the sub genre. What I love about both of these films is that they really show off their birth dates of 1973. The settings, the fashion, the hair, just ALL of what made the early 1970's so bell bottommy glorious!

Be sure to drop by the ole Ebay Coffin and check out the new titles. There are more on the way as I come up with a few more double features in anticipation of having a vendor table at this years Monster Fest 2016 in Chesapeake, Virginia. Plus another Halloween Hootenanny is on the drawing board and I hope to get that started and finished in the next few months!

Stay Ghoulish!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The mummy must return to it's tomb....

Due to rights issues Celluloid Coffin Video is discontinuing La Venganza De La Momia. This 1973 film also known as The Mummy's Revenge was one of the first titles in the Coffins canon and as a small time DIY I was rather proud of this one. It was a good print, uncut, widescreen and in Spanish with English subs, a real treat for collectors of Spanish horror.

The good news is that Dorado Films has acquired the rights to this title which is a great thing! I know I can't do it justice with limited funds. I'm just a collector who's offering titles to other collectors. Dorado will do this up nicely. From what I have seen of their product, I have been impressed. Finally this wonderful film is getting an official U.S. DVD release (not sure about Blu-Ray) and I look forward to seeing the end result!

Stay groovy ghouls!