Friday, 24 February 2012

VINCENTENNIAL Nominated for a Rondo Award

Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration, which took place in St Louis last May has been nominated for a Rondo Award for “Best Fan Event”. Now in their 10th year, The Rondo Awards (named after the famous 1940s character actor Rondo Hatton) are given out annually for the year’s best horror-related ephemera by horror film fans and presented at the Wonderfest Hobby Expo in May in Louisville, Kentucky.

Check out Tom Stockman's fantastic round-up of the Vincentennial by clicking here. And don't forget to vote Vincentennial by going to the Rondo Awards website (just click here).

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The World Premiere release of Roger Corman's The Masque of the Red Death Original Soundtrack

NEWS JUST IN.... The score to Roger Corman's 1964 classic The Masque of the Red Death by British composer David Lee is being released for the first-time ever through Quartet Records. Here's what they have to say...

Lee, a renowned jazz musician and songwriter for London’s West End, had already written music for a few British films, but The Masque of the Red Death was his most ambitious assignment. He wrote 50 minutes of score in less than three weeks, recording with a symphony orchestra at Pinewood Studios in London. The result was one of the most fascinatingly gothic and original scores ever composed for a horror film. It includes a lovely, lengthy waltz, perfectly synchronized with the film, in the crucial masquerade scene.

The masters containing the music recorded at Pinewood in 1964 were either lost or destroyed; thus, the score of The Masque of the Red Death, long demanded by fans, could not see the light of day – until now. This CD has been mastered from the film’s well-preserved music stem, courtesy of MGM. Unfortunately, of the 10 DME reels, only 9 have survived, so about eight minutes of music could not be included. Our sound engineer, José Luis Crespo, has done an amazing job of restoration, subjecting tracks to the most advanced CEDAR technique, and carefully adjusting the ups and downs in volume, now virtually undetectable. The final master was supervised and approved by Mr. David Lee, who is happy to see his work finally published – 48 years after it was composed!

The package includes a lavish 28-page full color booklet, with liner notes by the always-amazing Daniel Schweiger – including an exclusive interview with Roger Corman and David Lee.

Prelude / The Old Woman and the Red Death (1:49)
Prince Prospero (2:30)
The Red Death / The Fire (2:26)
Francesca (1:09)
Prospero's Court (3:44)
Affront to Alfredo (0:43)
The Forbidden Room (0:49)
Night Castle (0:40)
The Falcon Training / Scarlatti / Francesca and Gino (2:33)
The Satan Mark / The Prison (5:44)
The Black Wood (0:46)
The Ape and the Dwarf (0:35)
Witchcraft (3:03)
Juliana's Death (0:53)
Gino and the Red Death (1:19)
The Masque Ball (2:33)
Prospero and the Red Death (6:45)
Epilogue and End Titles (3:07)

Limited Collector's Edition of 1000 units.

Click here to order now

Friday, 10 February 2012

COMING SOON ! Bluewater's Vincent Price Presents - House of Horrors

Bluewater have just announced an all-new four-issue mini-series from the Master of Horror. The first issue, which is expected out in May, will be written by Jay Katz, and illustrated by Stefano Cardoselli and LP Dopp. Here's the blurb, so far.

Nicholas Stastny is a saintly lad. He loves his maker, his family, and above all, his animals. He loves 'em to death! Experience the most disturbing story from Bluewater yet as we learn the gruesome truths to becoming a "Good Boy."

Available soon.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

London’s Old Vic Tunnels play host to some Hammer horror classics | WIN! The Hammer Vault scrapbook

With the new Hammer horror The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, being unleashed this Friday and a fortnight of classic horror movies from the iconic studio being shown at The Old Vic Tunnels starting this weekend, we have one copy of The Hammer Vault for you to win, courtesy of Titan Books.

This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of Hammer Films through previously unseen treasures from the company’s archive and is a must for any fan of classic horror to own.

To enter, just click on this link to enter.

Friday, 3 February 2012

London's Old Vic Tunnels play host to some Hammer horror classics in February

OK so this post isn't about Vinnie, but do you fancy seeing a a host of Hammer horror in the dark dank depths of The Old Vic Tunnels in London? Well, starting Friday 10 February, and Hammer are presenting bloody classics like The Reptile, Frankenstein Created Woman and The Vampire Lovers and bringing them face to face with their 21st century counterparts: Wake Wood, Let Me In and the eagerly-awaited The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe.

While the screening for The Woman In Black sold out weeks ago, there's still a feast for fans, with special guests like novelist/film critic Kim Newman, historian Marcus Hearn and Hammer veteran Madeline Smith treating attendees with readings and introductions, plus there's the world premiere of the new HD version of Dracula that's not be missed.

Saturday 11 February
3pm Twins Of Evil
7.30pm Vampire Circus (HD screening)

Sunday 12 February
3pm Hands Of the Ripper
7.30pm The Hound Of the Baskervilles

Thursday 16 February
7.30pm The Lost Continent

Friday 17 February
7.30pm The Vampire Lovers (HD screening)

Saturday 18 February
3pm Dracula (HD world premiere)
7.30pm Quatermass And The Pit (HD screening)

Sunday 19 February
3pm The Reptile (HD screening)
7.30pm The Plague Of The Zombies (HD screening)

Thursday 23 February
7.30pm The Witches

Friday 24 February
7.30pm Dracula Prince Of Darkness (HD screening)

Saturday 25 February
3pm Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell
7.30pm Frankenstein Created Woman

Sunday 26 February
3pm Wake Wood (HD screening)
7.30pm Let Me In (HD screening)

To book tickets online, click here.