May 27 2015

Famous Nude Statue Featured in Movie

Linda Christian Oh, the time has come...

It took three months for Alvin K. Bubis, producer of “The Devil’s Hand,” currently showing at the Leathbridge Theatre, to convince Linda Christian to allow her famous nude statue to appear in the picture.

Filmgoers will recall that this undraped, lifesize, perfect likeness of Miss Christian was the talk of Hollywood several years ago. Tyrone Power, her late husband, commissioned a famous sculptor to do the nude reproduction of his wife for the garden of their home.

Many Hollywood columnists wrote stories on the remarkable statue, and it was the main topic of conversation at every Hollywood party. One of the reasons that Linda objected to the statue being used in “The Devil’s Hand” was that she feared that the furor would start all over again.

However, audiences can be glad that Bubis was able to persuade her to relent. The statue plays an important part in this story about a voodoo worshipping cult operating in the middle of a big city. Linda is the reincarnation of their love goddess, and her nude statue stands in the center of the cult’s strange temple.

Robert Alda co-stars in “The Devil’s Hand,” playing the part of a man lured into the dangerous and deadly set by the beautiful and wicked Miss Christian.

[This post is based around one of many prepared articles included in the pressbook for The Devil’s Hand. With the exception of adding a theater name in order to mimic how this would have looked in an old newspaper, the article has been unchanged. Given the typos and gross inaccuracies about voodoo, leaving this untouched was harder than usual. It’s sad how this was the only article about the film in the pressbook with the most horror connections. To see more, head on over to From Zombos’ Closet.]

May 20 2015

Robert Kinoshita (1914-2014)

Robert Kinoshita was born in Los Angeles, California in 1914. His architecture and design degree in from the University of Southern California prepared him well for his future career in film. Some sources claim the first film he worked on was One Hundred Men and a Girl in 1937, but his earliest confirmed work in the motion picture industry wasn’t until 1954 when he designed the robot costume for Tobor the Great (not relation to the robot of the same name from the Captain Video and His Video Rangers series). I suspect the delay was due to his having spent time in an Arizona interment camp with his wife, including the journey back and other issues surrounding the release of Japanese Americans from the camps in 1945. Getting back to the subject of his film career, 1955 saw him working in the art department for the television series Luke and the Tenderfoot and as an art director for Science Fiction Theatre. He would work in similar positions far a wide variety of films and television shows. His involvement in Forbidden Planet led to one of the most iconic characters in science fiction: Robby the Robot. Part of the robot’s design was based on his design for tubs used in washing machines! The character was so popular that not only did he appear the the film The Invisible Boy, but the costume has been reused in many films, TV shows and commercials over numerous decades. You can even still find toy robots inspired by Robby in stores!

Kinoshita also designed the Jupiter 2 and the B9 robot for Lost in Space (two episodes saw Robby making guest appearances). This robot, which Kinoshita nicknamed “Blinky,” was later reused in the series Mystery Island. He later visited his Tobor creation in the Here Comes Tobor pilot in 1957. That year also saw him working on films like The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent and Pharaoh’s Curse. 1961 saw him acting as an associate producer on the film The Phantom Planet. He officially exited the film industry in 1984, but would still appear in documentaries from time to time. He was also very open to meeting with fans, as demonstrated inn the following videos from famousbots and Thomas R:

I think it’s safe to say the only thing as impressive as Mr. Kinoshira’s legacy is how he lived until the ripe old age of 100!

May 16 2015

6’+ Episode 148 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Did the hiatus drive you MAD? Well, we’re back with music from NIGHT NURSE, THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING, KLINGONZ and more. Monstermatt Patterson decides to go crazy — and finds out it doesn’t take that long in a new MONSTERMATT MINUTE. And Kraig Khaos putts the crazy cherry on top of this nutzo sundae with another KILLER KUT.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

May 14 2015

Free Zombie Music, Volume III

Check it out, one of the victims is copping a feel!

In honor of Zombie Awareness Month, here is my annual selection of 13 zombie tracks arranged in no particular order. I’m not kidding, either. One of my favorite selections from this batch is actually the final track. There’s a lot of great music to be found here and I’m actually a bit envious of listeners who will get to experience some of these bands for the first time all at the same time. Just be sure to click on the link on the left for the free download and the one on the right for the artist’s official website:

“RadioActive Teenage Zombies”Skattered Union
“Night of the Living Dead”The Renfields
“Dawn of the Dead”The Renfields
“‘Night of the Creeps’ Barrel​-​Chest Burger Combo”The Renfields
“The Graveyard Plague”Anima Morte
“The Revenant”Anima Morte
“Zombie Girl”Shake Jack
“I, Zombi”Gore Obsessed
“Zombiefied”Gore Obsessed
“The Dead Hate The Living”Gore Obsessed
“Don’t Say the ‘z’ Word”Lupen Tooth
“Zombies on Acid”Dr. Slothclaw
“A Priest And A Zombie Rent A Fishing Boat As Friends”DIEMONSTERDIE

As always, Ray O’Bannon is offering free printable CD sleeves and tons of other zombie goodies for you to enjoy. If you burn this compilation to a disc, I highly recommend using one of his sleeves to store it in. You can even print out the image illustrating this article and glue it onto the sleeve if you want to!

Special thanks to the CDC for the open source image (and to Bob Hobbs for creating it)!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

May 11 2015

SMBC Theater: Zombies

Remember SMBC Theater and their humorous takes on vampires and werewolves? Here’s their warped take on the living dead:

I wonder if they’ll ever do one on ghosts…

May 07 2015

6’+ Delay: Spring Break

Hello, Dear Listener.

As you’ve noticed, there hasn’t been an episode in over week! Well, this remote corner of the Front Office of Gravediggers Local 16 is currently getting renovated. So, me, the Intern, the Atomic Mystery Monster, Monstermatt Patterson, Kraig Khaos and all the other 6ftplus crew are on break!

The next episode will drop sometime next week (of May 11th). Sorry for the disruption as of late. We’re trying to nail this down – honest!

I’ll talk at you soon. Until next time, Dear Listener, stay spooky.

-S. Jason

May 06 2015

Eccentric Pop Records Emergency Sale

unnamed   Eccentric Pop Records. The independent label that has brought such great releases as the Horror Selection/Eaten Back To Life split LP and Groovie Ghoulies reissues needs your help.

Having been slapped with a whopping $7000 bill to fix the dilapidated roof of the ECR house, the guys over there have decided to have a huge sale. 30% OFF your entire purchase. Just enter the code NEWROOF at checkout to get the deal. These guys aren’t asking for a hand-out or a donation. Just a little help. And in return, you can save  a little money on that Kepi Ghoul solo album, or that Jetty Boys colored vinyl you been looking at.

And while supplies last, all orders will receive a Simpsons Kirk Van Houten “Can I Barrow A Feeling” cassette tape insert for FREE!unnamed

So help out this awesome label and get yourself some cool tunes to help kick of your summer. Go on over to http://eccentricpoprecords.storenvy.com/ and have a look around.

May 06 2015

Midnight Syndicate, AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

Midnight Syndicate
Official Site
Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Linfaldia Records 2013

I can't wait for the follow-up film, 'Pecos Bull Goes Nutzoid.'

The Dead Matter is not the only project Midnight Syndicate has created a soundtrack for. In addition to The Rage, they have also provided the music for Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan. I have not seen the movie but the reviews make it sound like the soundtrack is superior to the film itself. I’m sure it feels as weird to me as it does to you that I am doing Midnight Syndicate review without it being under the “Music to Haunt By” banner, but I think you will see why I chose to do so once you read the following:

“Axe Giant Main Title” starts off with a opening fanfare reminiscent of King Kong. This is the first of many times Max Steiner’s influence is felt in the album. The pounding provides a sense of something large and dangerous while the lighter notes and wordless female vocals add to sense of mystery. The folksy and calm “Minnesota 1894″ is filled with soft ‘n pretty banjo pickins’ and the use of drums and flutes in “Babe’s Grave” is almost “Asian” in feel (albeit with some menacing undertones at the end). “S.T.U.M.P. Medley: The Adventure Begins/Meeks’ Theme/Sgt. Hoke’s Theme” is divided into three distinct parts, the first of which uses drums to create a feel of laid back adventure. This feel gradually builds up and is joined by horns. The next segment has some banjo strummin’, but is more serious than the last track to feature the instrument. Finally, militaristic drums and a reprise of the adventure music close things out. “Bunyan at Babe’s Grave” conveys sadness with touches of the main theme to show the danger of a mourning monster. The low, slow buildup of “S.T.U.M.P.s Meet Bunyan” leads to another awesome Kong homage. The mix of contrasting heavy and light notes helps the listener imagine humans fleeing from the massive killer. Bunyan’s footsteps are conveyed musically once again in “No Escape,” where percussion and strings create a low key sense of dread as well.

“The Legend of Paul Bunyan” really makes you appreciate the range of the banjo. It can be happy, like it was in the second track, but can be downbeat and moody like it is here. This track is also the longest one on the album and is also a musical roller coaster of shifting moods. Sometimes Bunyan’s musical footsteps appear to give chase, sometimes they combine with the banjo work and sometimes strings and tolling bells appear to add more dread. “Zack’s Last Stand” also has the feel of someone on the run due to its fast paced and frantic music while “Bunyan’s Cave” revisits lots of elements from previous tracks to create a suspenseful and uncertain feel. The fast-paced tone of “Bunyan on the Move” will easily make someone think of a chase and the fearful violin buildup and occasional tolling bells of “Final Showdown” create a feeling of death. The militaristic drums are a nice touch as well. “Legend’s End” is appropriately majestic and mournful while “The Ballad of Paul Bunyan” is a catchy acoustic guitar track summarizing film’s plot. Since I can’t do into detail in order to avoid potential spoilers, let’s concentrate on how this is a great track from Hick’ry Hawkins. He’s a wonderful vocalist and the track reminds me of something from an old Rankin-Bass television special at times. “Meeks at the Cabin” is quite spooky despite its short length and makes for a nice close to the album.

It’s just as weird for me to write a review a Midnight Syndicate album without it being under the “Music to Haunt By” banner as it is for you to read it. But I felt it was the only way to do the album justice. Since most of the album is a mix of spooky and not spooky material, I would be left with a bunch of tracks that are unsuitable for a haunted attraction. I could see “Minnesota 1894″ working in a weird west setting (especially if it’s used in a room based around the area before it became haunted), but that’s about it. And since the spooky tracks are all based around Paul Bunyan, all my suggestions would involve rooms involving chases and rooms with a huge monster inside. That just would not make for a good article and I thought it would be better to approach this strictly from a music review standpoint. And you know what? I’m completely fine with it! There’s so much wonderful music to be heard that any potential use in haunted attractions doesn’t matter. Just sit sit back and enjoy the mix of relaxing and exciting music. Several tracks have already entered my year-round playlist and I’m sure you will make a similar decision.

I asked Edward Douglas for his thoughts about the album and he was kind enough to let me post the following quote: “The ‘Axe Giant Soundtrack represents some of my favorite scoring work I’ve done to date. It was equally challenging and rewarding and gave me the opportunity to spread my wings a bit as a composer.” After listening to the album, I’m sure you will agree with him. The score is also part of the reason he was inducted into Cleveland’s Independent Filmmakers’ Hall of Fame. If all that doesn’t convince you to pick it up, I don’t know what will!

Special thanks to Entity Productions for the review copy!

May 05 2015

El Santo de Mayo 2015!

Are you disappointed that you never got to see El Hijo del Santo in action before he had to retire a few years back? Thankfully there’s a YouTube video featuring him battling the adopted son of his father’s sometimes friend, sometimes rival the Blue Demon.

Since the above match occurred in 2002, let’s look at a match that’s 40 years older featuring the original El Santo:

Unlike the El Hijo footage, this wasn’t from a sporting event. Instead it’s a clip from the movie Santo vs. The Vampire Women (aka Samson vs. the Vampire Women to those in the USA)

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!

May 02 2015

It’s Free Comic Book Day!

It’s that time of year again. Today is the day for all of us to band together and support our local comic book stores. Thanks to the Free Comic Book Day Facebook page, we’ve compiled a list of some of the horror/sci-fi related titles that should be of interest to our readers:

Scooby-Doo! Team-Up – DC Comics
2000 AD – Rebellion/2000AD
Doctor Who – Titan Comics
And Then Emily Was Gone – Comix Tribe
Bodie Troll – Red 5 Comics
Attack on Titan – Kodansha Comics
Terrible Lizard – Oni Press
The Tick – New England Comics

That last one might see, like an odd choice, but a story about the Tick being haunted by the ghost of a previously unknown sidekick definitely qualifies. Seriously.

No participating comic book stores in your area? Fear not! Our unofficial celebrations usually include some goodies for you. Here’s a free streaming comic book from DARKTOP INC.:

It’s also worth noting how the theme music for this comic was created by Verse 13 especially for the series. Speaking of artists who were covered at Gravedigger’s Local 16 with a comic book connection, Michael Hedstrom has reissued his soundtrack for a horror comic and even included some new material! You can stream it for free at his Bandcamp page, but the comic is sold separately.

Happy Free Comic Book Day!

Apr 28 2015

Free Comic Book Day is Coming!

You know the drill: the first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for May 2nd, because you don’t want to miss any of the awesome free goodies!

For more information, please check out Free Comic Book Day’s official website and Facebook page. We’ll also post a reminder on the big day (along with some special surprises)…

Apr 27 2015

6’+ Episode 147 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Braaaaiiins…..A Zombie-rific episode featuring music from DIESMONSTERDIE, Rezurex, The Mission Creeps and more! Plus, Monstermatt Patterson tries to recreate’s Trash’s cemetery scene from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD but gets eaten alive instead in another MONSTERMATT MINUTE!”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Apr 22 2015

Brute Force

Hi, I'm the main reason to watch this movie!

Feeling snubbed by his girlfriend at a party, Harry Faulkner finds himself dreaming of the past where a tribe of cave people is attacked by a rival tribe for their women. Numerous fights and occasional encounters with prehistoric monsters ensue.

I’m sorry for the shortness of the synopsis, but there really isn’t much plot to be found in Brute Force. The arms race between the two tribes for control of the women takes up the bulk of the film, but the main reason to watch this are the “dinosaurs” that appear early in the film. There’s a normal sized boa constrictor with a horn glued on it, a photographically enlarged juvenile alligator with rubber attachments, and a huge moving model of a Ceratosaurus. Said model is rather impressive for the time despite it only being able to move its mouth, bob up and down, and shake its tail. Its brief appearance that closes around 8 minutes into the film marks the final time any dinosaurs appear and I have to wonder if there was originally more footage featuring it that wound up on the cutting room floor. Deleted dinosaur scenes would explain why what appears to be a turtle suddenly wandering around in the background of one scene featuring the alligator. Speaking of the alligator, its appearance must be seen to be believed. It has wings and so much other prosthetics glued on that it’s less of a dinosaur and more of a walking mess of rubber. The rest of the film’s 24 minute running time is devoted solely to the cave war and does manage to be fairly entertaining in spite of how many scenes go on for too long. The over the top acting by the rival tribe is downright hilarious and while it is enjoyable, it does clash with the film’s high body count. There’s even a point where one of the bad guys strangles a child to death!

Brute Force is actually the sequel to an earlier, dinosaur-free film called Man’s Genesis. At some point, footage from both films sloppily edited together to create a movie known as The Primitive Man and you can often find the subject of this review erroneously listed under that name in film listings. Despite being released on 8mm for home viewing by Blackhawk Films (and being the work of D.W. Griffith), Brute Force has never surfaced on VHS, DVD, or Blu-Ray! It’s a shame, as has an important place in the history of motion pictures. Why? It appears to be the earliest example of a film using living reptiles to depict dinosaurs onscreen. Thankfully you can easily find a copy online if you decide to give the movie a try.

Apr 18 2015

6’+ Episode 146 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“The countdown is on for you to vote in the RONDO AWARDS this year. We also make note of RECORD STORE DAY in between tracks from FIVE-EAUX, TOMBSTONE BRAWLERS, GWAR, SAM HAYNES, THE BIG BAD and more, along with THE MONSTERMATT MINUTE!”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Apr 18 2015

Record Store Day Is Here!

The only thing better than vinyl LPs are vinyl kaiju toys.

It’s the third Saturday of April and it’s once again time for our unofficial celebration! Since all the details about the official stuff were discussed earlier in the month, let’s skip right to our list of goodies. First up is a list of suggested vinyl purchases:

Uncommon Interests
The Drool Brothers
Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion!
The Panic Beats
The Monster Ones
Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space
Mondo Zombie Boogaloo
Los Straitjackets
Man Or Astro-Man?
Dionysus Records
The Satin Chaps
Slasher Dave

Next up are tracks you can select your own price for. Although you can get them for free, hopefully some of you will show these bands some love:

Lupen Tooth has a few EPs available while Eddie Golden III and -MERRIN- have full albums. Ron HeXe (of Ghoul Squad fame) has plenty of albums available under this payment model as do White Blacula (which are linked to Zombina and the Skeletones), Wolfmen Of Mars, Lo-Fi Kabuki, and Horror-Punks.com. Alfa Matrix is the label that carries Zombie Girl and you had better believe she’s included on their online compilations.

And of course we have a fine selection of free downloads:

DIEMONSTERDIE, Snowbeast Records, Sam Haynes (limited time only), and Monsters From Mars.

If you like the freebies Forbidden Dimension has available then you should check out the free streaming goodness of Creepsville ’13.

Happy Record Store Day!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

Apr 16 2015

The Torments-The Creamer 7″

photo-26    From Hidden Volume records comes this great instrumental surf 45 from the relatively new band, The Torments. Pressed on orange vinyl with a limited run of 300, the first 50 with a set of glow in the dark buttons, these 2 songs on The Torments 2nd 7″ hit you with a one two punch of sonic rock.

Ohio’s The Torments are not exactly an instrumental band as how they have plenty of songs with vocals. And even on the A side of this record, The Creamer seems to use the sparse  vocals almost as a separate instrument more than words for a song.

I’m making this short and sweet. This record is a must for your collection. You can go on over to http://hiddenvolume.com/  and pick up a copy. You might as well pick up that new Insomniacs white 7″ while you’re at it. You can also pick up The Torments record at http://www.slovenly.com/ and tell them Kraig Khaos sent ya.

I also wouldn’t be too surprised to hear The Torments on any future episodes of some of  your favorite podcasts.

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