Friday, November 25, 2022

Talking Comic Shows Coin-Op Machine

Buried in the back aisle of a midwest Ozark antique shop I spotted a great old Talking Comic Shows coin-op machine. Sad looking, silent, and in very poor condition, this child-size contraption harkened back to a time when cartoons weren't so readily available as they are these days any 'ol time you want (ie: on DVD, a dozen different pay channels, or the internet.) Yep, as we see here, your 5 cents delivered full color, animated entertainment featuring funny animals like Tom and Jerry, or maybe even a Daniel Boone adventure! Just plunk in your nickel and place your peepers up to the viewer for some awesomely antiquated, flicker box fun! Of course "adult" versions of these also existed, --a quick search on the www will also provide you quite the tanlizin' show!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Trouble Mug

Found a funny 60's kitsch drinkin' mug a while back featuring a curvy blonde beach babe running into some trouble with a precocious pooch! A nicely painted 3D effect wraps around about 3/4ths of the entire ceramic container, but alas, the spoils of all this classic Coppertone-esque trouble is not to be revealed. CLICK HERE for more frisky beach fun on a mug that I posted about last month!

Sunday, November 20, 2022

VAMPIRES Blood-shot One-Shot

It's a few months late, but better late than never! In stores everywhere next week on November 23rd comes the foul-fanged follow-up to Mr. Karswell's bloodsuckin' debut at Asylum Press-- the Vampires Blood-Shot One-Shot! Over 30 pages of ghastly, gruesome, Golden era terror classics, plus a titillatingly terrific, *ADULTS ONLY* clothed and non-clothed variant cover from dynamic Drazen Kozjan! If this one doesn't spoil your Thanksgiving appetites-- nothing will!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

The Brides of Barlow

This day in November 1979 marked the CBS broadcast debut airing of part one of Stephen King's, made-for-tv horror film, Salem's Lot. Directed by Tobe Hooper and starring David Soul, James Mason, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayers, Reggie Nalder, and my childhood hero, Lance Kerwin, this great adaptation of my favorite King novel about a writer returning to his boyhood hometown only to discover that a vampire invasion has begun, is a bonafide nightmare classic. So for Halloween this year I wanted to do something different and created a Salem's Lot themed display, highlighted by my newly constructed, life-sized Mr. Barlow action figure, (see PARTS ONE and TWO HERE if you missed them), along with a few lovely ladies from my vintage mannequin collection, (heck, even Vampira makes a appearance!), PLUS, some well placed web netting and LED colored lights in my attic rafters. I was also hopefully determined to deliver an answer to the question that I've heard so many people ask over the years about the film: "Where exactly is Mr. Barlow throughout most of the film?" And yes, while it's true that most of Barlow's terrifying combined screen time could probably be clocked in minutes comparable to the total length of a typical 70's commercial break (less is definitely more though, you know!), we now learn that while the vampirically transformed townsfolk were busy infecting their neighborhood friends and family, Mr. Barlow actually kept himself quite busy with his trio of lovely brides. What's going on behind that light burning in the upper story of the haunted old Marsten mansion up on the hill, you ponder? Well, let me show you...                                                               

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Making Mr. Barlow PT. 2

That's right, PT. 2... did you miss PT. 1? Just CLICK HERE for it. So okay, picking up where we left off in the previous post: I had the amazing Death Studios "Vampyre" Mr. Barlow display mask and hands, as well as the velvet cape / decorative collar piece that I fashioned out of an old halloween costume-- now I just needed to dig out some of my own tight black clothing: shirt, pants, socks (it's actually kind of funny to think about a monster like Mr. Barlow putting on socks for the evening), and then wrap all of it around a sturdy, standing framework. Lucky for me, --though unlucky for Macy's department store-- a local mall here has closed down, and most of the MIA stores there have been selling off their display fixtures and fashion mannequins for dirt cheap. Thankfully when I got there, they still had one very tall male mannequin, minus the head, and complete with metal supportive stand. Dressing the mannequin took mere minutes, as I'm sure by now, most of you already know I collect vintage mannequins and do dress application daily. Adding the final touch of monster mask and the ghastly, livid hands and HOLY OMG MOLY he looked perfectly terrifying, --even scaring all of the bugs out my work garage in seconds! The cape was of course too short, but I wanted to wait until I got him inside to extend it to the floor anyway, to avoid getting it dirty from the garage that I never sweep. You'll have to scroll all the way to the end of this post for a few of the long cape indoor pix. 

Okay, so now I have Mr. Barlow himself finished, what next? Surely he needed a victim. In the previous post I tested him out a'creepin' on a nun, but it just felt kind of meh. Then I started mulling over the idea that a victim could be more interesting with something that was sort of hinted upon in relation to the doomed Susan Norton character in Salem's Lot. Taking that thought a few steps further, we've also all seen that in every version of  Dracula he has a stable of beautifully devoted brides, --so couldn't Barlow have some as well? 

Stay tombed for the third and final, fright-filled act-- THE BRIDES OF BARLOW! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Meeting Lance Kerwin / Making Mr. Barlow PT. 1

Back in July I met one of my childhood idols / heroes at the Days of the Dead horror convention in Indianapolis, --70's / 80's Tiger Beat heart throb and superstar actor of TV and film, Lance Kerwin! And yes, specifically I am also talking about my all time favorite made for TV vampire movie, Salem's Lot (1979), which is based on the awesome Stephen King novel-- also one of my absolute favorite books. Lance, who played the overly confident, though still somewhat sensibly brave, vengeance filled character of Mark Petrie in the film, was the kid I wanted to be in life, as we were both roughly the same age around the same time the movie first aired. And aside from being a bad ass vampire hunter, he had the Aurora monster model kits, Don Post masks, and magic / horror poster filled room that I always wanted to have, (my own mother, unfortunately, was a bit strict on how I could decorate my room.) And now here Lance / Mark was, in person, just incredibly cool, signing all my Salem's Lot stuff and answering all of my giddy fanboy questions about James Mason, Reggie Nalder, James at 15, The Loneliest Runner, etc. It was truly a great moment that I (and my sister too) will never forget. While at the con I spotted another Salem's Lot fan walking around with a Mr. Barlow mask. Mr. Barlow is of course the terrifyingly, Nosferatu-esque vampire master of the film, which now leads us to the second half of this post. 

After the con, and after much online inquiry, I discovered that Death Studios makes very excellent, high quality Halloween masks, including various color versions of "Mr. Barlow", aka "Vampyre", --as well as the amazing clawed hands to go with it. Now, as much as I love the blue skin tone of the monster in the film, it doesn't quite seem to translate that well to me on the mask, whereas the grimmer grey tone variant seems much spookier, and in my opinion, better showcases the excellent attention to detail by the mask sculptor / painter. I also purchased the non-wearable display version instead of the slit-back, eye holed version, because I had other serious plans for his wonderfully horrific face, as you will see below. I even found a black crushed velvet vampire gown (at Goodwill) with an ornate, gold detail around the sleeves that I knew, after a few modifications, would also look great for the trim around the collar. It's not really "screen accurate" but close enough. I put what I had together and tried a few puppet style photo concepts: attacking one of my mannequins dressed as a nun, and 2-- placing him in my rather large living room foot rest, which conveniently enough opens up just like a half sized coffin. But alas, as mentioned before, I had a bigger, sexier, battier idea fluttering around in my brain, and Halloween was fast approaching...