"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog


Monday, October 20, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 20!
Tod Browning's Dracula (1931)

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU'S "Creature Features" presentation on August 5, 1972!

"On the twentieth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twenty cobwebbed corridors, nineteen bats flying, eighteen butcher chops, seventeen premonitions, sixteen bullets silver, fifteen limbs severed, fourteen Igors fluting, thirteen nightmares tormenting, twelve hunchbacks helping, eleven brains transplanting, ten ghouls feeding, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Happy Birthday, Bela Lugosi (born October 20, 1882).

Sunday, October 19, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 19!
Frank S. Strayer's The Vampire Bat (1933)

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's "Creature Features" presentation on July 22, 1972!

"On the nineteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, nineteen bats flying, eighteen butcher chops, seventeen premonitions, sixteen bullets silver, fifteen limbs severed, fourteen Igors fluting, thirteen nightmares tormenting, twelve hunchbacks helping, eleven brains transplanting, ten ghouls feeding, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Saturday, October 18, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALOWEEN: DAY 18!
Creature of the Walking Dead (1960/1965)

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's "Creature Features" presentation on July 1, 1972!

"On the eighteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, eighteen butcher chops, seventeen premonitions, sixteen bullets silver, fifteen limbs severed, fourteen Igors fluting, thirteen nightmares tormenting, twelve hunchbacks helping, eleven brains transplanting, ten ghouls feeding, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Friday, October 17, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 17!
Harold Young's The Frozen Ghost (1945)

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's "Creature Features" presentation on June 17, 1972!

"On the seventeenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, seventeen premonitions, sixteen bullets silver, fifteen limbs severed, fourteen Igors fluting, thirteen nightmares tormenting, twelve hunchbacks helping, eleven brains transplanting, ten ghouls feeding, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Thursday, October 16, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 16!
William Beaudine's Billy the Kid vs. Dracula '66

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's "Creature Features" presentation on May 27, 1972!

"On the sixteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, sixteen bullets silver, fifteen limbs severed, fourteen Igors fluting, thirteen nightmares tormenting, twelve hunchbacks helping, eleven brains transplanting, ten ghouls feeding, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 15!
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter '66

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's "Creature Features" presentation on April 8, 1972!

"On the fifteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, fifteen limbs severed, fourteen Igors fluting, thirteen nightmares tormenting, twelve hunchbacks helping, eleven brains transplanting, ten ghouls feeding, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 14!
Erle Kenton's The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's "Creature Features" presentation on March 4, 1972!

"On the fourteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, fourteen Igors fluting, thirteen nightmares tormenting, twelve hunchbacks helping, eleven brains transplanting, ten ghouls feeding, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Monday, October 13, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 13!
William Castle's The Night Walker (1964)

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's "Creature Features Presentation on February 27, 1972!

"On the thirteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, thirteen nightmares tormenting, twelve hunchbacks helping, eleven brains transplanting, ten ghouls feeding, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Sunday, October 12, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 12!
Henry Cass' Blood of the Vampire (1958)

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's "Creature Features" presentation on February 12, 1972!

"On the twelfth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twelve hunchbacks helping, eleven brains transplanting, ten ghouls feeding, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Saturday, October 11, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 11!
Arthur Lubin's Black Friday (1940)

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's "Creature Features" presentation on January 15, 1972!

"On the eleventh day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, eleven brains transplanting, ten ghouls feeding, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Friday, October 10, 2014

"ULTRAMAN MAX" COMES STREAMING TO THE US!
2005 Ultra Series Premieres October 13, 2014

今『ウルトラマンマックス』は世界中でストリーミングされます!


One of the best of the post-1970s series will stream world-wide!

The Ultra Series goes streaming on premier anime streaming site, Crunchyroll, this Monday, October 13th with ULTRAMAN MAX! This announcement seems to be a two-sprong strategy by Tsuburaya Productions to breech the US market and establish the brand to English-speaking countries around the world — the first being the "Ultra Hawaii" travel campaign established in the Islands, coupled with the English Subtitled broadcast of ULTRAMAN LEO (1974) on Honolulu's KIKU-TV. The Crunchyroll presentation of ULTRAMAN MAX will be available in the United States, Canada, Latin America, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.


DASH agent Kaito Toma (Souta Aoyama) who transforms into Max!

ULTRAMAN MAX was originally aired on Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting from July 2, 2005–April 1, 2006 with 39 episodes (and one "farewell special"), and while following the direction of the modern Ultraman series, such as ULTRAMAN TIGA (1996), also took a step back to its roots with references to the original Ultra Series from the 1960s, ULTRA Q, ULTRAMAN, and ULTRA SEVEN. This retro respect also included three actors Susumu Kurobe, Hiroko Sakurai, and Masanori Nihei, who were in the main cast of the original ULTRAMAN — Kurobe played Hayata, Sakurai played Fuji, and Nihei played Ide (Ito in the US version) of the Science Patrol.


Max gets a chokehold on old-time Ultra Kaiju favorite, Red King!

Many of the original Ultra Kaiju were brought back to life for ULTRAMAN MAX, in addition to all-new monsters and alien creatures (with Episode 29 being as a full-blown homage to ULTRA Q), although the series is set in its own unique universe. In addition to the familiar monsters, a number of guest stars from the long history of the franchise, including Kenji Sahara (ULTRA Q), Sandayu Dokumamushi (ULTRAMAN), Koji Morisugu (ULTRA SEVEN), Ryu Manatsu (ULTRAMAN LEO). Not to mention original ULTRAMAN directors Toshihiro Iijima (Baltan) and Akio Jissoji (Jamila), as well as modern directors including Shusuke Kaneko (Heisei Gamera Trilogy), Takashi Miike (AUDITION), Hirochika Muraishi (DENJIN ZABOGA) and Takeshi Yagi (ULTRAMAN NEXUS).


Director Kaneko behind-the-scenes with actress Hikari Mizushima.

In the very first episode, a strange visitor from space notices Kaito Toma's bravery when the young man risks his own life to help save a lost little boy from danger. The alien gives Toma (Souta Aoyama) the power to become the mighty superhero Ultraman Max, a towering red and silver giant 40 meters tall. When two gigantic monsters threaten the world, Toma uses his new powers to destroy them.

Captain Shigeru Hijikata (Kai Shishido) of Team DASH (Defense Action Squad Heroes), an elite squad of the United Defense Federation, learns of Toma's brave actions and invites him to join Team DASH. To defend from otherworldly dangers, their fantastic arsenal includes the fighter jets DASH Bird 1 and DASH Bird 2, located at their headquarters in Base Titan, a massive off-shore structure in Tokyo Bay.

The agents of DASH include Kenjiro Koba (Nobuyuki Ogawa), the hot-headed weapons expert, Mizuki Koishikawa (Hitomi Hasebe), DASH's ace pilot as brave as she is beautiful, American Sean White (Sean Nichols), and Ellie (Hikari Mizushima), who looks like a beautiful girl, but is really a high powered super android, who serves as Team DASH's operations officer.

Could this new break in North America lead to a possible DVD or Blu-ray release? Who knows, but hold fast to your Max Sparks and remember to set your browsers to Crunchyroll this coming Monday and schuwatch ULTRAMAN MAX!

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 10!
Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's World Television Premiere on January 1, 1972!

"On the tenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, ten ghouls feasting, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Thursday, October 9, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 9!
W. Lee Wilder's Snow Creature (1954)

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's "Creature Features" presentation on December 4, 1971!

"On the ninth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 8!
Leslie Goodwins' The Mummy's Curse (1944)

Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!


KTVU's "Creature Features" presentation on October 2, 1971!

"On the eighth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"