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The Chaney Blogathon: Hosted by The Last Drive In & Movies Silently

Posted in horror, movies, USA with tags , , , , , , on November 14, 2013 by goregirl


Lon Chaney Jr. transforming into a werewolf?! What is the deal Goregirl?! Are you not doing a silent horror film feature?! Lon Chaney Jr. did not transform into a werewolf in a silent film!! No he did not. If I had any sense at all I would have chosen to review a film starring his father Lon Chaney who was a star of the silent era. Well, sense is for sensible people, and they can have it. I will be taking an ever so brief detour from the silent horror movies with a weekend post for the mucho under-appreciated House of Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff, John Carradine, Lionel Atwill and of course Lon Chaney Jr.! House of Frankenstein is my contribution to The Chaney Blogathon running November 15th to 18th hosted by The Last Drive In and Movies Silently.

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All Good Things Must Come To An End: DAY FIVE of the William Castle Blogathon

Posted in movies, William Castle Blogathon with tags , , on August 2, 2013 by goregirl

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This was my first time co-hosting a blogathon which had me eager with anticipation but nervous as hell! This was really Jo’s baby and I am just honored and thrilled to have joint custody. William Castle was a child at heart who probably gave his mother fits once upon a time. I wonder what it might have been like growing up in the Castle household. I wonder if Mr. Castle’s children were like Jo and I when we were kids. Haunted houses in the garage, magic tricks, detective kits, begging our parents to buy crappy junk from the back of Sabrina the Teenage Witch comics; it goes without saying neither Jo nor I could resist the acquisition of sea monkeys! But above all else, Jo and I loved movies. In the 70s you could always catch great flicks on television; especially on a Sunday afternoon. Elvis Presley, Ray Harryhausen, Roger Corman, Godzilla and his Toho cohorts, Ninjas, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and lest we not forget; William Castle! Just a few of the wonderful movie memories of my childhood. My dad was a pop culture junkie who was a huge fan of horror and science fiction. That meant lots of trips to the movie theatre and drive in. At least until home video. My dad was particularly fond of the films from the 50s and 60s that he grew up with and William Castle was a favourite. This blogathon would have pleased my father immensely. Thank you so very much for inviting me to take this awesome trip with you Jo! William Castle genuinely loved what he did and it showed. With a huge heart, an endless imagination and a love for entertaining Mr. Castle brought a special magic to the world of cinema. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to this celebration of William Castle. Your fantastic features and reviews made Jo and I look like superstars! I made some new friends and discovered some amazing sites now you should all come over to my place for a drink.

HOLD ON! The fun isn’t over yet!! We have one hell of a day for you! We are going out BIG; the way William Castle would have liked it!

Wonders in the Dark Reviews Christopher Komeda’s Score for Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Journeys in Classic Film  reviews the documentary Spine-Tingler: The William Castle Story.

Tales of the Easily Distracted are reviewing William Castle’s 1962 film Zotz!

Classic Movie Night is reviewing the television series Ghost Story/Circle of Fear.

50 Westerns from the 50s reviews William Castle’s 1954 film The Law vs. Billy the Kid.

Last but certainly not least; Jo, my monster-tastic co-host over at The Last Drive In brings you her feature Back Story: What Ever Happened to William Castle’s Baby? (Rosemary’s Baby).
Left tor right, William Castle, Mia Farrow, and Robert Evans during the production of ROSEMARY'S BABY, 1968.

And don’t forget to check out the features from the rest of our spectacular guests!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for making The William Castle Blogathon Kick Such Serious Ass…

50 Westerns from the 50s
Anti-Film School
Cinema Schminema
Cinematic Catharsis
Classic Movie Hub
Classic Movie Night
Critica Retro
Forgotten Films
Furious Cinema
Films From Beyond The Time Barrier
Journeys in Classic Film
Lasso the Movies
The Midnight Monster Show
Midnight Only
Mondo Heather
The Motion Pictures
Movies Silently
My Kind of Story
Once Upon a Screen
Scenes from the Morgue
Shadows and Satin
She Blogged by Night
Silver Scenes
Silver Screenings
Tales of the Easily Distracted
The Droid You’re Looking For
The Nitrate Diva
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
Weird Flix
Wide Screen World
Wonders in the Dark

Visit every single one of these awesome sites daily!

THE WILLIAM CASTLE BLOGATHON: Schedule July 29 – August 2

Posted in movies, USA, William Castle Blogathon with tags , on July 25, 2013 by goregirl


This is it folks! The last update for The William Castle Blogathon. The fun begins this coming Monday, July 29! Thanks again to our spectacular contributors! Just look at this lineup!!

Schedule of Events: JULY 29 – AUGUST 2, 2013

***JULY 29***

(Aurora) Once Upon a Screen – The Night Walker (1964)
(Rich) Wide Screen World – Top 5 William Castle Gimmicks
(Le) Critica Retro –Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1948)
Furious Cinema -William Castle: Mad as Hell Movie Showman
(Lindsey) The Motion Pictures -Favorite Things About… House on Haunted Hill
Forgotten Films -Macabre (1958)
(Barry) Cinematic Catharsis -13 Ghosts (1960)
(Jo) The Last Drive In -House on Haunted Hill (1959)
(Terri) Goregirl’s Dungeon -Fun with GIFS: The William Castle Edition

***JULY 30***

(Kristina) Speakeasy -The Houston Story (1956)
(The Metzinger Sisters) Silver Scenes – Busy Bodies: Promoting Castle’s Camp & The Films of William Castle
(Heather Drain) Mondo Heather -13 Frightened Girls! (1963) & Bio
(Ray) Weird Flix -Slaves of Babylon (1953)
(Lindsey) The Motion Pictures -The film Matinee (1993) and how it was inspired by Castle
(Ivan) Thrilling Days of Yesteryear -The Chance of a Lifetime (1943)
(Karen) Shadows and Satin -Mysterious Intruder (1946)
(Terri) Goregirl’s Dungeon -The Women of Castle

***JULY 31***

(Brian Schuck) Films From Beyond The Time Barrier -Strait-Jacket (1964)
(David Arrate) My Kind of Story –It’s a Small World (1950) Image Gallery
(Lindsey) The Motion Pictures -Macabre (1958)
(Rob Silvera) The Midnight Monster Show -Homicidal (1961) & House on Haunted Hill (1959)
(Jo) The Last Drive In -Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949)
(Terri) Goregirl’s Dungeon -Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Alex North & Vic Mizzy

***AUGUST 1***

(Ruth) Silver Screenings -The Old Dark House (1963)
Classic Movie Hub -The Busy Body (1967)
(Paul) Lasso the Movies -The Tingler (1959)
(Lindsey) The Motion Pictures -Tribute/Bio
(Ray) Weird Flix -The Saracen Blade
(David Arrate) My Kind of Story -Masterson Of Kansas (1954) Image Gallery
(Ivan) Thrilling Days of Yesteryear -I Saw What You Did (1965)
(Stacia) She Blogged by Night -Let’s Kill Uncle (1966)
(Steve) Anti-Film School -Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
(John) The Droid You’re Looking For –William Castle Gimmick Infographic
Scenes from the Morgue -Showcase of newspaper ads for William Castle films
(Terri) Goregirl’s Dungeon -Favourite Five Series: William Castle

***AUGUST 2***

(Vinnie) Tales of the Easily Distracted -Zotz! (1962)
(Jenna Berry) Classic Movie Night -Ghost Story/Circle of Fear
(Sam) Wonders in the Dark -Christopher Komeda’s Score-Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
(Kristen) Journeys in Classic Film -Spine-Tingler: The William Castle Story
(Toby) 50 Westerns from the 50s -The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954)
(Dorian) Tales of the Easily Distracted -The Spirit is Willing (1967)
(Gwen) Movies Silently -After the Silents: Chills! Thrills! William Castle Special!
(Jeff Kuykendall) Midnight Only -Bug (1975)
(David Arrate) My Kind of Story –It’s a Small World, Malcolm Shanks
(Misty) Cinema Schminema -Project X (1968)
The Nitrate Diva -When Strangers Marry (1944)
(Jo) The Last Drive In -Back Story: What Ever Happened to William Castle’s Baby? (Rosemary’s Baby)

See you Monday! I will be tweeting these features and other Castle related fun all week long! If you are on Twitter and you are participating in the blogathon check my William Castle Blogathon list. If you don’t see your name and want to be included contact Jo or myself on Twitter @thelastdrivein or @ggsdungeon
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