"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


Sunday, October 31, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 31
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the thirty-first day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, thirty-one Jack-o-Lanterns, thirty Druid Runes, twenty-nine Mariphasa Flowers, twenty-eight Haunted Houses, twenty-seven Poison Potions, twenty-six Pinewood Coffins, twenty-five Rattling Bones, two dozen Crimson Ghosts, twenty-three Gypsy Curses, twenty-two Feathered Serpents, twenty-one Tana Leaves, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Saturday, October 30, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 30
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the thirtieth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, thirty Druid Runes, twenty-nine Mariphasa Flowers, twenty-eight Haunted Houses, twenty-seven Poison Potions, twenty-six Pinewood Coffins, twenty-five Rattling Bones, two dozen Crimson Ghosts, twenty-three Gypsy Curses, twenty-two Feathered Serpents, twenty-one Tana Leaves, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Friday, October 29, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 29
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the twenty-ninth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twenty-nine Mariphasa Flowers, twenty-eight Haunted Houses, twenty-seven Poison Potions, twenty-six Pinewood Coffins, twenty-five Rattling Bones, two dozen Crimson Ghosts, twenty-three Gypsy Curses, twenty-two Feathered Serpents, twenty-one Tana Leaves, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Thursday, October 28, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 28
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the twenty-eighth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twenty-eight Haunted Houses, twenty-seven Poison Potions, twenty-six Pinewood Coffins, twenty-five Rattling Bones, two dozen Crimson Ghosts, twenty-three Gypsy Curses, twenty-two Feathered Serpents, twenty-one Tana Leaves, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 27
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the twenty-seventh day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twenty-seven Poison Potions, twenty-six Pinewood Coffins, twenty-five Rattling Bones, two dozen Crimson Ghosts, twenty-three Gypsy Curses, twenty-two Feathered Serpents, twenty-one Tana Leaves, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 26
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the twenty-sixth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twenty-six Pinewood Coffins, twenty-five Rattling Bones, two dozen Crimson Ghosts, twenty-three Gypsy Curses, twenty-two Feathered Serpents, twenty-one Tana Leaves, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

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MONSTER MASH: TRIBUTE TO ISHIRO HONDA
+ Screening of THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS!


Gaira ©Toho Co., Ltd. Art: Masano Koga, 1998

On Saturday, October 30th, editor of the national J-Pop mag Otaku USA, Patrick Macias and author of the lauded Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, August Ragone respond to the Halloween call with a titanic tribute to the director of the original GODZILLA, Ishiro Honda.

With more than a nod towards the recently released book Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda by Peter Brothers, the provocative pair of kaiju fanboys contextualize Honda's prolific career with rare images and clips from classics of Japanese fantasy cinema such as RODAN, MOTHRA, THE MYSTERIANS, MONSTER ZERO, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, ATRAGON, and BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE.

Plus! A special 16mm screening of Honda's THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1966), in which two hairy humanoids spawned from the colossal Frankenstein Monster (seen in FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD), wreak havoc on — where else? — Tokyo.

Doors 7:30pm/Show at 8:00pm • Admission $6.00 • Free Hot Sake! • Come in Cosplay for cinematic trick-or-treats!

OTHER CINEMA / ATA Gallery
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San Francisco, CA 94110

Monday, October 25, 2010

CELEBRATE VINNIE VIDI VICI!
International Vincent Price Day!


Vincent Price as Roderick Usher in HOUSE OF USHER (1960)

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 25
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the twenty-fifth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twenty-five Rattling Bones, two dozen Crimson Ghosts, twenty-three Gypsy Curses, twenty-two Feathered Serpents, twenty-one Tana Leaves, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Sunday, October 24, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 24
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!



On the twenty-fourth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, two dozen Crimson Ghosts, twenty-three Gypsy Curses, twenty-two Feathered Serpents, twenty-one Tana Leaves, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Saturday, October 23, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 23
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the twenty-third day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twenty-three Gypsy Curses, twenty-two Feathered Serpents, twenty-one Tana Leaves, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Friday, October 22, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 22
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the twenty-second day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twenty-two Feathered Serpents, twenty-one Tana Leaves, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Thursday, October 21, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 21
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the twenty-first day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twenty-one Tana Leaves, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BELA LUGOSI!
October 20, 1882 - August 16, 1956

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 20
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the twentieth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twenty Trembling Tabongas, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 19
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the nineteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, nineteen Creepy Uncles, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Monday, October 18, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 18
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the eighteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, eighteen Eerie Cousins, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Sunday, October 17, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 17
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the seventeenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, seventeen Famous Monsters, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Saturday, October 16, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 16
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the sixteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, sixteen Spiders Spinning, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Friday, October 15, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 15
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the fifteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, fifthteen Witches Brewing, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Thursday, October 14, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 14
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the fourteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, fourteen Voodoo Dollies, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 13
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the thirteenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, thirteen Ghosts a-Haunting, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 12
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the twelfth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twelve Ghouls a-Grumbling, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Monday, October 11, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 11
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the eleventh day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, eleven Skulls a-Screaming, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Sunday, October 10, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 10
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the tenth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, ten Zombies Feasting, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Saturday, October 9, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 9
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the ninth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, nine Werewolves Howling, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Friday, October 8, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 8
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the eighth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, eight Mummies Crumbling, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Thursday, October 7, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 7
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the seventh day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, seven Vampires Preying, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

THE BLACK CAT STRIKES!
Janus Releases Kaneto Shindo's KURONEKO


©1968 Toho Co., Ltd. Art: ©2010 Sam Smith/Janus Films.

One of the mainstays of traditional Japanese folklore and the subject of scores of motion pictures since the silent era, including Nobuo Nakagawa's MANSION OF THE GHOST CAT (1958), the Kaibyo or Bakeneko, is a monstrous Yokai feline, possessed by the violent spirit of a woman, which takes vengeance upon the murderers and their families. Kaneto Shindo's 1968 film, known in Japan as THE BLACK CAT IN THE GROVE (Yabu-no-naka-no Kuroneko) is a masterpiece of the genre, and while previously released on DVD in the UK by Eureka Entertainment's "Masters of Cinema" line in 2005 (and in Japan by Pioneer in 2001), KURONEKO will finally be getting its due in North America — and it's about time!

Just when you thought it was safe to pet the kitty again, Janus Films is following up its theatrical release of Nobuhiko Obayashi's HOUSE (1977) with a new 35 mm print of Shindo's KURONEKO (Black Cat). This 1968 ghost story from master of dreamlike terror Shindo (who also directed the Halloween must-see ONIBABA) is an eerie, atmospheric horror story unlike any other, a Noh-inspired spook tale full of incredible imagery. Shindo's horror masterpiece stars Kichiemon Nakamura (CHUSHINGURA), Nobuko Otowa (ONIBABA), Kiwako Taichi (ZATOICHI IN DESPERATION), and Kei Sato (HARAKIRI).

In war-torn medieval Japan, a demon haunts the Rajomon Gate, ripping out the throats of samurai in the bamboo grove beyond. The governor sends a war hero to confront the spirit, but what the man finds are two beautiful women who look just like his lost mother and wife. Both a chilling ghost story and a meditation on the nature of war and social hypocrisy, KURONEKO is the second horror triumph from director Kaneto Shindo (ONIBABA), who mixes stunning visuals (photographed by Kiyomi Kuroda and edited by Hisao Enoki), an evocative score by Hikaru Hayashi (DOUBLE SUICIDE), and influences from Noh theater to create an atmospheric, haunting, and emotionally devastating masterpiece.

Janus Films' new 35mm print of KURONEKO opens at New York’s Film Forum on October 22nd, before expanding to other cities, including Boston, Portland, and Los Angeles, in the following weeks. Check out the official Janus Films' KURONEKO page for updates, locations, and information! Beware! The Black Cat may be coming to your town!

UPDATE: SEE! The English Subtitled Original Japanese Trailer from Janus Films, HERE!

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 6
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the sixth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, six Creatures S'laying, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 5
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the fifth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, five Ghoulish Things, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Monday, October 4, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 4
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the fourth day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, four Severed Limbs, three Shrunken Heads, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Saturday, October 2, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 2
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster Posters!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the second day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, two Devil Bats, and a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com

Friday, October 1, 2010

THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 1
Rob Kelly's Classic Monster PSAs!


Art ©Rob Kelly/NAMTAB

"On the first day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, a Senior Lon Chaney!"

Guys and Ghouls, it's finally that bewitching month of the year again: October! And October means Halloween! My favorite time of the year — so, much so, that I celebrate the Halloween Season all month long, and why shouldn't we? This year, each and every day, I will be posting some fang-tastic poster art by illustrator Rob Kelly. For those who are unaware, Rob Kelly is a freelance illustrator from New Jersey, with many psychotronic interests, who has created some amazing tributes to the classic monsters of cinema in the form of wry PSA and re-imagined movie posters! Among his favorite movies are ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, 12 ANGRY MEN, and IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD — reason enough for us to bow our shrunken heads to him! His clients include Harper Collins, National Basketball Association, Popular Science, Time Out New York, The Grammy Awards and Vibe.

HARPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!

Please visit Rob Kelly's site at www.namtab.com