Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spook-A-Rama vs. Ghost Hole

Highlights from my recent trip to NYC (Coney Island) where I was of course ready to stroll the beach and boardwalk and ride the classic Cyclone wooden roller coaster, but even more psyched to check out some spooky dark ride action! Spook-A-Rama was a ton of cheesy animated horror prop fun, jam packed with zombies and skeletons and jets of frozen air loudly blasted right into your face. Wonderfully designed on the exterior with a giant leering dragon and Death tearing ticket booth, PLUS you gotta love the lurid, eye injury gore on the spinning doom buggies! Ghost Hole unfortunately is either permanently closed or maybe just wasn't open yet for the season, but as with most of these dark rides, 9 times out of 10 the heavy metal album cover inspired painted facade is cooler than the inside anyway, and I seriously do love that pot stirring devil and horned monstrosity backed-up by a nice Cryptkeeper swipe and hilariously off-model Freddy Krueger painting. So come on, get your ticket and climb aboard for a fast little bang around in the dark-- this is basically what a ride version of Haunted Horror is after all! ;)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PROM Magazine '67 (PART 2)

I showed you a handful of fun Famous Barr xmas images from the December 1967 issue of PROM Magazine in our previous STL post (click HERE for it), and today we have a few more from their local rival department store, Stix, Baer, & Fuller-- plus!! a sampling of neato advertisments also from the many fabulous retailers from around the greater 60's St. Louis area. Anyone get their picture taken at a Vincent Price Portrait Studio?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Famous Barr, Xmas Dec. '67 (PROM Magazine PART 1)

Here we have a half dozen fun pictures of groovy local St. Louis MO cuties hanging out at a Famous Barr department store (downtown location) in December 1967, hence the reason that jolly 'ol St. Nick is seen creepin' around in the backgrounds. And yes, apparently the pet shop at Famous sold monkeys! These are scanned from a cool STL magazine I picked up recently called PROM, a monthly 10 cent zine aimed exclusively at the youth of our fair city, and according to the cover blurb (see our next post), PROM magazine was read by 92.5% of all the "under 19 year olds" in town! That's a pretty faithful readership :) --more from this mag up next!

(Girls pictured: Judi Wessel, Colleen Schoendienst, Carolyn Phillips, and Donna Grief)

FAR-OUT BONUS PHOTO from the Leggy Looks Show, as featured in the previous issue!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Exorcist Manga

I know it's been awhile since I posted anything here, and all apologies... I am currently working on a larger post though that I hope to get up later this week. In the meantime I thought I'd share these cool images I found scattered about online at various tumblr sites, and taken from an apparent 70's manga version of The Exorcist. It's an interestingly creepy, and highly surreal mix of recolored stills from the film plus wild artwork inserts by manga master Kazuo Umezu. If I, or anyone else, find more pages from it I'll be sure to update this post accordingly.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Kills 'Em Dead!

Cute, but deadly art adorning the shelf edges of a vintage metal RAID / OFF! bug spray display stand that I saw at an antique mall this afternoon. God, I would love to have it and display my own plethora of cute 'n deadly junk upon it, but unfortunately it wasn't for sale-- wah!