Monsters from the Vault #23
MFTV #23 includes:
THE IMHOTEP OF RED ROCK CANYON: Locations of the Golden Age by Richard J. Schmidt. MFTV's newest scribe, Richard J. Schmidt, takes us on a tour of California's Red Rock Canyon where many films were shot during Hollywood's Golden Age (mainly of interest to our readers, The Mummy).
PERSONAL APPEARANCES OF KARLOFF AND LUGOSI by Greg Mank. Longtime MFTV scribe Greg Mank looks at the personal appearances Karloff and Lugosi made together including "The Black Cats Parade," "The Film Stars Frolic," and "The Gambol of Stars."
AN INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE R. SNELL by Gary D. Rhodes. Author Gary Rhodes talks with director George R. Snell about his stage productions of Arsenic and Old Lace and Dracula which featured Bela Lugosi as his leading man.
TREASURES FROM A MONSTER CLUB: The Old Dark Clubhouse and the Monster Premiums of Monster Bash by Richard Olson and Angie Olson. Richard and daughter Angie look at the Premiums (a tradition begun in 1998) given out at Monster Bash over the years. The creativity, inventiveness, and complexity of these fantasy items is astounding! (The interior front and pack covers feature a collage of the items.)
APE FIENDS OF THE SILENT ERA, PART II by Gary L. Prange. In the mid-1920s, apes were everywhere. Evolution was still debated in science academies, in the courtroom, and in the nation's newspapers. In the conclusion of his article (an abridged chapter from his upcoming book, Symphony of Horror: How the Horror Film Came to Be), Gary his looks at two of the earliest films (The Gorilla and The Wizard) that featured apes and humans with ape-like features as vicious killers.
GEORGE BARROWS, GORILLA GUY! by Bob Burns (As Told to Tom Weaver). Bob and Tom return to the pages of MFTV with an article on George Barrows (one of the original gorilla guys). Bob had the good fortune to see Barrows' gorilla suit (possibly the only suit belonging to an original gorilla guy that's left) at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles and included are many photos from the visit. Bob was also a personal friend of George and appeared with him on an episode of The Lucy Show.
FILMS FROM THE VAULT: DVD Reviews by Mark Clark. Reviews of Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection, Inner Sanctum Mysteries: The Complete Movie Collection, The Boris Karloff Collection, and Icons of Horror Collection: Boris Karloff.
BOOKS FROM THE VAULT: Reviews by David Colton, Gary L. Prange, Jim Nemeth and Bryan Senn. Books reviewed are Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios, Kenneth Strickfaden: Dr. Frankenstein's Electrician, The Astounding B Monster, and Mexploitation Cinema: A Critical History of Mexican Vampire, Wrestler, Ape-Man and Similar Films, 1957-1977.
All this, plus editorial comments, letters, and tons of photos. Published Spring 2007.