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!!

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