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THE VORTEXX: COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN

THE VORTEXX: COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN

2. Vortexx Halloween theme (1) / The VortexxObviously, Halloween is a special time of the year for the denizens of The Vortexx, your home away from home for horror hosts, B-movies, and cult flicks. In celebration of the Season of the Witch, we've put together a great line-up of Halloween-themed shows starting on October 20 and continuing through All Hallows' Eve itself. Unless otherwise indicated, each show begins at 9 (ET). Please come on by, enjoy our shows, and if you are so inclined, join our friendly chatters in The Vortexx chat room. You can find us at horrorhost.net.
4. Oct 20. Night Chills Theatre / The VortexxOur Countdown to Halloween kicks off on Friday, October 20, with THE NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. Host Vincent Grimmly and special guest Vlad give the deliciously cheesy Spanish horror thriller VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES (1973) the MST3K treatment. Horror great Paul Naschy stars in a triple role. Some gratuitous nudity, a little gore, and an undeniably groovy free-form jazz and progressive-rock score add to the fun.
5. Oct 21. Sicko Psychotic / The VortexxThe Countdown continues on Saturday, October 21, with SICKO-PSYCHOTIC'S TWISTED HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! In a tribute to the Silent Screams of yesteryear, Sicko is presenting two rare and seldom-seen classics -- Georges Méliè’s THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (1896) and the earliest surviving version of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1912) -- followed by Sicko's twisted and tasteless alteration of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920).
6. Oct 22. Sir Graveson Show / The VortexxThen come back on Sunday, October 22, at approx. 10:30 (ET) as THE SIR GRAVESON SHOW presents a SPECIAL HALLOWE'EN SPECIAL. Sir Graveson and his friends attempt to have a knock-out Halloween show, but a pesky casket salesman keeps interfering! In addition to some delightful host bits, this one-hour show will include movie trailers and clips, cartoons, vintage TV commercials, and musical guests The Petty Ghouls.
7. Oct 24. Vortexx Halloween Show 2016 / The VortexxThe Countdown continues on Tuesday, October 24, with a VORTEXX HALLOWEEN PARTY from 2016. Our Monster of Ceremonies will be Mortimer Van Creep, host of SKUNKY CINEMA, who will be presenting CARRY ON SCREAMING (1966), the twelfth installment of the long-running British "Carry On" series. It's a hilarious parody of the Hammer horror films of the 1960s starring Kenneth Williams and Fennella Fielding.
8. Oct 25. Mummy TV Halloween Show / The VortexxOn Wednesday, October 25, our ancient host Mr. Mummy continues our Halloween celebration with MUMMY TV HALLOWEEN TRICKS & TREATS. Mr. Mummy likes to keep the details of his upcoming shows under wraps (so to speak), but based on his previous holiday specials we're guessing that Mr. Mummy will be entertaining us with a plethora of Halloween-themed cartoons, trailers, retro TV commercials, and original song parodies -- some of which may well feature members of The Vortexx staff! There will be a spotlighted Vortexxian who will be revealed at the start of the show. Last time 'round it was The Crimson Executioner; who will it be tonight?
9. Oct 29. Vortexx Halloween Show 2015 / The VortexxThe Countdown swings into high gear on Sunday, October 29, with A VORTEXX HALLOWEEN, a re-broadcast of our 2015 Halloween show. Mortimer Van Creep will once again be our Monster of Ceremonies, and he has a couple of very creepy movies lined up for us tonight -- BLACK SABBATH (1964), a trilogy of terror from Mario Bava starring Boris Karloff, and Mary Roberts Rinehart's THE BAT (1959) starring Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead. In addition, there will be special appearances by some of your favorite horror hosts and Vortexx denizens, along with numerous other extras and special features.
10. Oct 30-31. Morty's Monster Party (1) / The VortexxWe conclude our Halloween festivities with MORTY'S MONSTER PARTY! This brand-new Halloween show featuring a collection of Mort's Monster Shorts is so overwhelming that we're airing it in two parts on two successive nights -- Monday, October 30, and Tuesday, October 31. If you're not familiar with Mort's "shorts," they're 9-10 minute versions of classic horror movies from the '30s, '40s, and '50s originally released on 8mm and 16mm film by Castle Films. Although the originals are under copyright, these abbreviated home movies are not!
11. Oct 30-31. Morty's Monster Party (2) Movies / The VortexxAmong the "treats" in store for you are the Universal's original Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931), and The Mummy (1932), along with Universal classics from the 1940s such as The Wolf Man" (1941) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and classic sci-fi thrillers from the 1950s such as Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) and The Deadly Mantis (1957).
12. Oct 30-31. Morty's Monster Party (3) Hosts / The VortexxAnd if that isn't awesome enough, each movie will be presented by one of our horror hosts. The hosts who have signed up so far include Arachna of the Spider People, Bobby Gammonster, Charley Macorn, Master Vyle, PumpkinMan, Sicko-Psychotic, Uncle Edward, and Wolfie from the Late Dr Lady Show, as well as several hosts on the Vortexx staff -- Dr. Sigmund Zoid, Sluggo, Cerberus, and Destroyah.
3. Vortexx Halloween theme (2) / The VortexxWhether it be Halloween or any other day or night of the year, if you're in the mood for entertainment -- or just want to relax and unwind -- the Vortexx is here for you. Our movies run 24/7, our chat room is open day and night, and we have a featured movie and a moderated chat at 9 (ET) every night of the week. We’ve been around for seven years, and we'll keep the doors open as long as you keep coming around. Happy Halloween!
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In Memoriam: Basil Gogos

In Memoriam: Basil Gogos

It is with a heavy heart that House of Tortured Souls announces the passing of another horror icon - acclaimed artist https://reprosource.com/hospital/viagra-eyal-barkan/72/ master thesis acknowledgement pdf http://almadenyoga.com/clinic/buy-viagra-california/65/ best admission essay editing service texting and driving essay http://www.naymz.com/problem-solving-hire-purchase/ source site order viagra online canada source site essay on hindi subject in english https://greenechamber.org/blog/technology-in-education-research-paper/74/ need proofreader get link english extended essay help prescription free cialis https://aspirebhdd.org/health/viagra-patch/12/ visa credit card only genric viagra viagra with high blood pressure see url click source link master thesis citation cheap home work ghostwriting website au https://web.ics.purdue.edu/~asub/?doc=best-argumentative-essay-writers-services-uk viagra highstreet cheepest viagra .ca https://www.guidelines.org/blog/buy-paper-jewellery-boxes/93/ se vende viagra en la farmacia top book review ghostwriters sites au https://www.go-gba.org/15199-article-review-example-apa/ homework help 123 https://www.sojournercenter.org/finals/hobbies-english-essay/85/ Basil Gogos. If you don’t know his name, you certainly know his work. Gogos was responsible for nearly 50 Famous Monsters of Filmland covers, with the first being the late, great Vincent Price in House of Usher on issue 9, November 1960. His work in and influence on horror and horror art ultimately led to a 2006 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award in Special Monster Kid Hall of Fame .Basil-Gogos-Famous Monsters of Filmland-November 1960-09 / Fair use doctrine.
Egyptian-born to Greek parents, Gogos and his family emigrated to America when he was only sixteen. Gogos attended several art and design schools and studied at the Art Students League of New York under acclaimed illustrator Frank J. Reilly. His professional career began when he won a Pocket Books competition to illustrate the cover for Pursuit, a paperback western, in 1959. Following this, Gogos worked on covers for men’s adventure magazines as well as Eerie, Creepy, and other horror comics. Gogos was drawn to horror art both because of the challenge in painting the unreal and also because it allowed him to experiment with a variety of techniques. He is most known for offering a unique view of his subjects, using bold, striking colors which seemed to bathe them in several lights. He also embraced his subjects, striving to render them sympathetic as well as horrifying. Because of this, he had the honor of painting many horror icons, such as Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, and, as mentioned earlier, Vincent Price.
Although he decided to focus on fine art in the 1970s, he continued to work occasionally as a photo retoucher and movie poster illustrator before moving into advertising for a while. Gogos returned to horror art in the 1990s, painting CD covers for The Misfits, Rob Zombie, and Electric Frankenstein.

A Small Gallery of the Art of Basil Gogos

If you would like to see more of the art of Basil Gogos, check out the 2005 Vanguard Productions publication entitled Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos on Amazon.com.
Basil Gogos died on September 14, 2017, at the age of 78, and the world became a little bit darker.Basil Gogos / Image: LuigiNovi

Thank you for everything, and rest in peace, Mr. Gogos.

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History of Horror in December

History of Horror in December


By Woofer McWooferson

Join House of Tortured Souls as we celebrate significant dates in the history of horror in December. Click on thumbnails for full images.

December 1 - 7


12/01/1944 – House of Frankenstein (1944) released theatrically

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Howling II / Fair use doctrine.


12/01/1985 – Howling II: Stirba – Werewolf Bitch released theatrically



12/02/1924 – John Herbert “Jonathan” Frid (Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows) born

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London After Midnight / Fair use doctrine.

12/03/1927 – London After Midnight released theatrically



12/04/1954 – Tony Todd (actor in Night of the Living Dead (1990), Candyman, and Final Destination) born

Tony Todd / Fair use doctrine.



Cat People / Fair use doctrine.

12/06/1942 – Cat People (1942) released theatrically



12/07/1945 – House of Dracula released theatrically

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December 8 - 14


Blade: Trinity / Fair use doctrine.

12/08/2004 – Blade: Trinity released theatrically



12/10/1992 – Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe

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Paul Wegener / Fair use doctrine.

12/11/1874 – Paul Wegener (director of The Golem: How He Came Into the World) born (d. 1913)



12/12/1941 – The Wolf Man (1941) released theatrically

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Phantom of the Opera / Fair use doctrine.

12/12/1943 – Phantom of the Opera (1943) released theatrically



12/12/1997 – Scream 2 released theatrically

Scream 2 / Fair use doctrine.



Wendie Malick / Image: MingleMediaTVNetwork

12/13/1950 – Wendie Malick (actress in the Tales from the Crypt episode “In the Groove”) born



12/14/1955 – Tarantula released theatrically

Tarantula / Public Domain.



Ted Raimi / Image: GabboT

12/14/1965 – Ted Raimi (actor in numerous horror films) born



12/14/2002 – Cabin Fever released theatrically

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King Kong / Fair use doctrine.

12/14/2005 – King Kong (2005) released theatrically

December 15 - 20


12/15/1974 – Young Frankenstein released theatrically

Young Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.



Ghost Story / Fair use doctrine.

12/15/1981 – Ghost Story released theatrically



12/16/1970 – Night Gallery premieres on television

Night Gallery / Fair use doctrine.



The Keep / Fair use doctrine.

12/16/1983 – The Keep released theatrically



12/16/1976 – King Kong (1976) released theatrically

King Kong / Fair use doctrine.



Nancy Kyes / Fair use doctrine.

12/19/1949 – Nancy Kyes (usually credited as Nancy Loomis, actress in Halloween and The Fog) born



12/19/1956 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956) released theatrically

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Little Shop of Horrors / Fair use doctrine.

12/19/1986 – Little Shop of Horrors released theatrically



12/20/1996 – Scream released theatrically

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Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira) / Fair use doctrine.

December 21 – 27


12/21/1921 – Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira) born



12/21/1966 – Kiefer Sutherland (actor in The Lost Boys and Flatliners) born

Kiefer Sutherland / Image: Gage Skidmore


Freddie Francis / Fair use doctrine.

12/22/1917 – Freddie Francis (director and cinematographer of many horror films) born

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12/22/1932 – The Mummy (1932) released theatrically

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Son of Kong / Fair use doctrine.

12/22/1933 – Son of Kong released theatrically



12/22/1944 – The Mummy’s Curse released theatrically

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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse / Fair use doctrine.

12/22/1989 – Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan



12/23/1971 – Corey Haim (actor in Silver Bullet and The Lost Boys) born (d. 2010)

Corey Haim / Image: Bree from Worcester, MA



Diedrich Bader / Image: Gage Skidmore

12/24/1966 – Diedrich Bader (actor in Dead & Breakfast) born



12/25/1946 – The Beast with Five Fingers released theatrically

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The Innocents / Fair use doctrine.

12/25/1961 – The Innocents released theatrically in France



12/25/1997 – An American Werewolf in Paris released theatrically

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The Faculty / Fair use doctrine.

12/25/1998 – The Faculty released theatrically



12/25/1999 – Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan

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Wolf Creek / Fair use doctrine.

12/25/2005 – Wolf Creek released theatrically



12/26/1973 – The Exorcist released theatrically

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The Invisible Woman / Fair use doctrine.

12/27/1940 – The Invisible Woman released theatrically



12/28/1888 – F.W. Murnau (director of Nosferatu) born (d. 1931)

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau / Public Domain.

December 29 - 31


Ghost in the Machine / Fair use doctrine.

12/29/1993 – Ghost in the Machine released theatrically



12/30/1942 – Fred Ward (actor in Tremors and Tremors 2: Aftershocks) born

Fred Ward / Fair use doctrine.



Eliza Dushku / Image: Alex Archambault from Dallas, TX

12/30/1980 – Eliza Dushku (actress in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Soul Survivors, Wrong Turn, and Open Graves) born



12/31/1931 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) released theatrically

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / Fair use doctrine.



Sean Cunningham / Image: GabboT

12/31/1941 – Sean S. Cunningham (creator of the Friday the 13th series of films) born



12/31/1957 – The Strange World of Planet X released theatrically

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Zombie Revenge / Fair use doctrine.

12/31/1999 – Zombie Revenge released on Dreamcast and arcade

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SCHEDULE: TCM Horror Classics 2016

SCHEDULE: TCM Horror Classics 2016

By John Roisland

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In keeping with the spirit of the Halloween Season, TCM (Turner Classic Movies) has brought forth a most impressive line-up for our viewing pleasure. TCM has truly gone into the vault and dug out some of the most obscure and brilliant classics.

Some of these rare gems date back as early as the 1920s! These films are where horror movies began. Please take the time not only to enjoy the films, but also to appreciate them.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Terror Classic Movies:
20s Horror

  • 8:00 PM – Nosferatu (1922)
  • 9:45 PM – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
  • 11:15 PM – Unholy Three (1925)
  • 1:00 AM – The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  • 2:45 AM – Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
  • 4:45 AM – The Penalty (1920)

Saturday, October 8, 2015

  • 7:30AM – Mad Love (1935)
  • 9:00 AM – Isle of the Dead (1945)
  • 2:00 AM – The Zodiac Killer (1971)
  • 3:30 AM – The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1977)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Monster of the Month:
Frankenstein

  • 8:00 PM – The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
  • 9:15 PM – Frankenstein Meets Wolf Man (1943)
  • 10:45 PM – House of Frankenstein (1944)
  • 12:15 AM – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
  • 2:00 AM – House (1977)
  • 3:30 AM – The Haunting (1963)

Monday, October 10, 2016

  • 8:00 PM – The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)
  • 1:30 AM – Nothing but the Night (1972)
  • 3:15 AM – Scream and Scream Again (1970)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Terror Classic Movies:
Horror Comedies

  • 8:00PM – The Cat and the Canary (1939)
  • 9:30 PM – The Fearless Vampires (1966)
  • 11:30 PM – Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
  • 1:00 AM – Young Frankenstein (1974)
  • 3:00 AM – Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)
  • 4:30 AM – Spooks Run Wild (1941)
  • 5:45 AM – Ghosts on the Loose (1943)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

  • 8:00 PM – The Innocents (1961)
  • 12:00 AM – Eye of the Devil (1966)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Monster of the Month:
Frankenstein

  • 8:00 PM – The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  • 9:45 PM – The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
  • 11:15 PM – Black Cats and Broomsticks (1955)
  • 2:00 AM – Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)
  • 3:30 AM – The X from Outer Space (1967)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Star of the Month:
Christopher Lee

  • 8:00 PM – Horror Hotel (1960)
  • 9:30 PM – Horror Express (1972)
  • 11:15 PM – The House That Dripped Blood (1970)
  • 1:15 AM – The Creeping Flesh (1972)
  • 3:00 AM – The Oblong Box (1969)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

  • 6:15 PM – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Terror Classic Movies:
Evil Scientists and Doctors

  • 8:00 PM – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
  • 10:00 PM – Eyes Without a Face (1960)
  • 11:45 PM – The Body Snatcher (1945)
  • 1:15 AM – Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)
  • 2:45 AM – Macabre (1958)
  • 4:00 AM – The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
  • 5:15 AM – The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

  • 6:45 AM – The Killer Shrews (1959)
  • 8:00 AM – The Devil Bat (1940)
  • 9:15 AM – The Seventh Victim (1943)
  • 8:00 PM – Jaws (1975)
  • 10:15 PM – Jaws 2 (1978)
  • 12:15 AM – Jaws 3 (1982)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Monster of the Month:
Frankenstein

  • 8:00 PM – Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
  • 10:00 PM – Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! (1970)
  • 12:00 AM – The Phantom Carriage (1922)
  • 2:00 AM – Epidemic (1987)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Star of the Month:
Christopher Lee

  • 3:15 PM – The Gorgon (1964)
  • 4:45 PM – The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  • 6:15 PM – Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966)
  • 8:00 PM – Horror of Dracula (1958)
  • 9:30 PM – Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1965)
  • 11:15 PM – Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)
  • 1:00 AM – Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
  • 2:45 AM – The Scars of Dracula (1970)
  • 4:30 AM – Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • 6:00 AM – Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (1965)
  • 7:15 AM – The Time Machine (1960)
  • 9:00 AM – Time After Time (1979)
  • 1:00 PM – The Ice Pirates (1984)
  • 2:45 PM – Satellite in the Sky (1956)
  • 4:15 PM – Logan’s Run (1975)
  • 6:15 PM – Soylent Green (1973)

Friday, October 28, 2016

Terror Classic Movies:
Universal Horror

  • 8:00 PM – Dracula (1931)
  • 9:30 PM – The Mummy (1932)
  • 11:00 PM – The Invisible Man (1933)
  • 12:15 AM – The Wolf Man (1941)
  • 1:30 AM – The Black Cat (1934)
  • 2:45 AM – The Uninvited (1944)
  • 4:30 AM – Island of Lost Souls (1933)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

  • 6:00 AM – The Devil-Doll (1936)
  • 9:00 AM – Bedlam (1946)
  • 12:00 PM – The Black Scorpion (1957)
  • 1:45 PM – The Blob (1958)
  • 3:15 PM – Village of the Damned (1961)
  • 4:45 PM – The Thing From Another World (1951)
  • 6:30 PM – Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
  • 8:00 PM – Blood and Black Lace (1964)
  • 9:30 PM – Carnival of Souls (1962)
  • 11:00 PM – It’s Alive (1974)
  • 12:45 AM – The Baby (1973)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Monster of the Month:
Frankenstein

  • 12:00 PM – The Tingler (1959)
  • 1:30 PM – The Hinchback of Notre Dame (1939)
  • 6:00 PM – The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
  • 8:00 PM – Young Frankenstein (1974)
  • 10:00 PM – Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  • 12:00 AM – The Monster (1925)

Monday, October 31, 2016

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  • 9:45 AM – Dementia 13 (1963)
  • 6:00 AM – Mark of the Vampire (1935)
  • 9:30 AM – I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
  • 12:45 PM – Black Sabbath (1964)
  • 11:15 AM – House of Wax (1953)
  • 2:30 PM – Dead of Night (1945)
  • 4:30 PM – House on Haunted Hill (1958)
  • 6:00 PM – The Haunting (1963)
  • 8:00 PM – The Devil’s Bride (1968)
  • 9:45 PM – The Mummy (1959)
  • 2:45 AM – The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1961)
  • 4:30 AM – To the Devil, a Daughter (1976)

Thank you, TCM, for reminding us of where it all began.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Keep it Evil...

Posted by John Roisland in HORROR NEWS, 2 comments
Welcome Back Boo-Berry!

Welcome Back Boo-Berry!

By Dixielord

BooBerry

Yeah, it's that time of the year when horror fans and cereal fans unite to welcome back the Monster cereals. Many of us grew up with Boo-Berry, Count Chocula, or Franken Berry part of our breakfast ritual. But, wait, maybe some of you reading this have been living under a giant boulder for the last 40 years or so and have never heard of monster cereal. The monster cereals collectively refer to a group of cereals first created way back in 1971 by General Mills. The cereals all had a monster theme featuring a somewhat friendlier version of well known cinematic monsters.

The first two cereals released back in 1971 were Count Chocula and Franken Berry. Count Cholcula featured a chocolate loving vampire named Count Chocula, whose catchphrase was, “I want to eat your cereal”. The cereal was chocolate flavored frosted bites with chocolate flavored marshmallows. The Count was voiced on television commercials by Larry Kenny impersonating Bela Lugosi as Dracula. Kenney is also known for being the voice of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird (He's Cuckoo for Coco Puffs!) and Lion-O from the classic Thundercats cartoon. As a trivia note, Larry is also the father of Kerri Kenney-Silver, who portrayed Deputy Trudy Weigel on Reno 911.

Also debuting in 1971 was Franken Berry, based on the Frankenstein Monster from Universal Pictures. The monster represents a more kid friendly and pink version of Karloff's monster. On commercials, Franken Berry was voiced by Bob McFadden impersonating Boris Karloff. The cereal itself was a strawberry flavored frosted cereal with strawberry flavored marshmallows. McFadden had a long career of voice acting before he sadly passed away on January 7, 2000.

Then, in 1972, the two monsters were joined by Boo-Berry, the friendliest ghost since Casper. Boo-Berry was a blueberry loving ghost who bore a resemblance to horror icon Peter Lorre. Boo-Berry cereal is a blueberry flavored cereal with marshmallows. It is believed to be the first blueberry flavored cereal ever produced. Boo-Berry was voiced in television commercials by Paul Frees. Frees did Boo-Berry's voice in the style of his lookalike Peter Lorre.

Outside of the monster cereal gig, Frees had an interesting career in voice acting. He provided the voice of Boris Badenov in the popular Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. He also provided English dubbing for the legendary Toshiro Mifune in the film Midway. Frees also dubbed Tony Curtis in Some Like it Hot (his female voice), and Humphrey Bogart in The Harder They Fall. Bogart was suffering from throat cancer and had to be redubbed to be heard. Off screen, Frees also provided may voices for the attractions as Disney theme parks such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion.

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Everyone remembers the original three monsters (well maybe not that guy under the boulder), but not so many remember the fourth monster. “What? There was another monster cereal?” Well yes, actually two more. In 1974, buoyed by the popularity of Boo-Berry, Franken Berry, and Count Cocula, General Mills added Fruit Brute to the pack. Fruit Brute's mascot was a child friendly version of a werewolf. Fruit Brute was a mixture of fruit flavored corn cereal, and lime flavored marshmallows. Yes, lime flavored marshmallows. Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about this. Lime belongs in mixed drinks, not kid cereals. Kids may have felt the same way as Fruit Brute was the first of the monster line to be discontinued in 1982. It was briefly reintroduced in 2013 for a Halloween special, but is not available now. Original boxes of Fruit Brute cereal are considered collectibles.

General Mills tried again in 1987, introducing Fruity Yummy Mummy. Yummy Mummy was basically a reintroduction of Fruit Brute cereal with vanilla marshmallows instead of lime and an Egyptian mummy as the mascot. Sadly for fans of the Egyptian undead, Yummy Mummy soon went the way of Fruit Brute and was discontinued in 1992. It, along with Fruit Brute, received a short curtain call in 2013, but, alas, it is no longer available.

Over the years since their introduction, they have faced some controversy but they have survived. It kind of makes sense that parents might complain about a kids cereal based on movie monsters. However, the controversies were stranger than you might imagine. Apparently the original run of Franken Berry had a food coloring that wasn't digestible by the human body. The dye was harmless, but passing though a kid's intestine had the unfortunate side effect of causing the stool to turn bright pink. It looked a little too much like the kids were passing blood for the comfort of parents. The dye was quickly replaced.

To add to the controversy, it's possible this whole event was just an urban legend. The Internet is mixed on whether this really happened or not. It's wide spread enough that Stephen King referenced it in his book Cujo and its movie adaptation. If you remember your parents freaking out, or perhaps a rushed visit to the Emergency Room after a diet of Franken Berry back in the early 70s, please let me know. It would be nice to confirm it.

The Count had a bit of controversy himself. It wasn't, as far as we know stool-related, although there's no proof it doesn't turn your stool brown. Instead, there were concerns about the sugar content of the cereal. Parents, under the misguided belief that health was more important than sugary fun, complained. Thus, Count Chocula was briefly pulled and the caloric content was slightly reduced.

Through all this, Boo-Berry has remained pretty much controversy free. While supposedly eating too much Boo-Berry, or any berry cereal can discolor your poo, it has never caused hysteria. Seeing blue or green in the toilet apparently isn't quite as fright inducing as red or pink.

The three originals - Boo-Berry, Count Chocula, and Franken Berry - are still going strong. They are still produced and sold though only during the Halloween season. They might be a bit harder to find, but they are available. The boxes have been redesigned with new artwork, but the three monsters are still out there haunting our breakfasts.

So go out while the season is right, and grab yourself a box or a dozen. Whatever your favorite, Boo-Berry, Count Chocula, or Franken Berry, they are available now. Enjoy the hell out of them because once Halloween is gone, so are the monster cereals. And while we enjoy our monster cereal and the Halloween season, let's all have a moment of silence for those monsters no longer with us. Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy, you are gone but not forgotten. Okay, maybe outside of us horror nerds, you are forgotten, but hopefully you will make another Halloween appearance in the future.

Lastly, I'd like to give a shout out to my friend Stevie, who is no longer with us but truly will never be forgotten, and he loved his monster cereal. RIP my friend.

Posted by Allen Alberson in FOOD AND DRINK, IN THE SPOTLIGHT, PRODUCT REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments

COMING SOON: Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU:
Hotel Transylvania 2

By John Roisland

The Drac pack is back! This time around they're reenacting Three Men and a Baby...only with monsters! Seems our Mavis and Jonathan got busy and popped out a little demon of her own. Now its up daddy and all his monster pals around the Hotel, to keep the little spawn entertained to yet again , try to keep daddy Dracula's little angel happy so she wont leave the hotel and go out on her own. Being as how she got knocked up, it looks like the hotel life might not be the best bet!

I did, however, enjoy the first film, and no doubt I will see this one! It is a fun horror-ish animated film, full of all your classic monsters from,Dracula and Frankenstein to The Wolfman and The Mummy, and that's just to name a few. This is one for the entire family (MY GOD, DID I REALLY SAY THAT OUT LOUD?). The film is set to open soon, September 25, 2015, so be prepared to have to take your screaming kids to the movies that weekend. I might.

The film has a huge cast of all of Sandler's suspects. The stars, Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Kay, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Nick Offerman, Dana Carvey, Rob Riggle, Chris Kattan, Jon Lovitz, Nick Swardson, and (I saved the best for last), Mel Brooks!

Hotel Transylvania 2 is brought to you by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animated. The film directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and was written by Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel.

Enjoy your day out with the kids!

Posted by John Roisland in HORROR NEWS, 0 comments