Monday, March 30, 2015

It's RONDO voting time!

This blog has had more than 350,000 hits since we launched it... let's find out if that means anything.

Below you will find (nearly) the ENTIRE RONDO BALLOT, with instructions. You cut. You paste. You choose. You email.

There are FOUR OUTER LIMITS-related categories, for those of you who REALLY (you might also note that you've voted so we can see who you are!)

Take a deep breath ... and ... BEGIN:


Here is the official ballot for the (Gasp!!) THIRTEENTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS.

Since 2002, the Rondo's have been fandom's only classic horror awards -- decided by fans, for fans. Every nominee below is being recognized for significant work or achievement in the year 2014. So add your voice and help make a difference.


-- All voting is by e-mail only. Simply copy this ballot and send an e-mail with your picks to me, David Colton, at by Sunday night at midnight, April 19.

-- You can cut-and-paste the ballot and highlight your choices, or place an X next to your choices; or you can type your choices in an e-mail. And no, you do not have to vote in every category.

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-- Feel free to spread the word about Rondo nominations -- place Rondo banners on websites, go social on Twitter or Facebook, urge fans and friends to vote. But please remember that overly organized voting campaigns (mass duplication of ballots, for example), are prohibited. Let's try to keep this a fun vote.

Finally, thanks as always to the thousands of fans, pros and friends who have voted year after year. We look forward to hearing from you again. Let's make RONDO XIII the best ever. Here is your ballot:

This year's awards are dedicated to Dick Smith and Leonard Nimoy.



-- Or write in another choice:


-- AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, 'The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks,' 1.8.14, FX. The mystical rock goddess herself is recruited at the school by Fiona. 'Don't be a hater, dear. It's a theramin.'

-- DOCTOR WHO, 'Listen,' 9.13.14, BBC America. At the end of the universe, the Doctor reveals what he's really afraid of. 'The clock's stopped. this is the silence ... at the end of time.'

-- GRIMM, 'Chupacabra,' 12.12.14, NBC. A legendary monster is more than it seems. 'My grandmother used to blame the Chupacabra for everything -- dead relatives, missing pets, even lost keys.'

-- ORPHAN BLACK, 'By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried,' 6.21.14, BBC. Season Two finale finds the clone conspiracy deepening. 'I like your hairs.'

-- PENNY DREADFUL, 'Grand Guignol,' 6.29.14, Showtime. A sudden transformation turns an ally into a monstrous menace. 'Pull the trigger. I'd rather be the corpse I was than the man I am.'

-- SLEEPY HOLLOW. 'The Indispensible Man' > 'Bad Blood', 1.20.14. Two-part finale shakes Tarrytown with the identity of War and George Washington's secret. 'I married a witch. How cool.'

-- THE STRAIN, 'The Third Rail,' 9.21.14, FX. Searching for the Master in a subway tunnel beneath the World Trade Center. 'I will take everything from you. Your son. Your wife. I am a drinker of men.'

-- SUPERNATURAL, 'Fan Fiction,' 11.11.14. CW. The 200th episode centers on a high school's musical production of Supernatural. 'Carry on, my wayward son.'

-- THE WALKING DEAD, 'The Grove,' 3.16.14, AMC. The innocence of childhood, the undead and an impossible choice. 'Look at the flowers like you're supposed to.'

-- Or write in another choice:

3. Best Classic Horror DVD/Blu-Ray

-- DIE, MONSTER, DIE! (Shout!)
-- DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1920; Kino)
-- THE INNOCENTS (Criterion)
-- JUDEX (Criterion)
-- NIGHTBREED: The Director's Cut (Shout!)
-- SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM (Universal Vault)
-- THE TIME MACHINE (1960, Warners)
-- Or write in another choice:


-- BATMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1966) All 120 episodes.
-- THE GAMERA COLLECTION (Mill Creek). All 11 movies, including the three modern films.
-- HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (Anchor Bay). Every film, some with multiple versions.
-- JERRY WARREN COLLECTION VOL. 2: (VCI) Attack of the Mayan Mummy, House of Black Death, Creature of the Walking Dead

-- OLD DARK HOUSE COLLECTION (FCE) 25 haunted house mystery films from 1920s to 1950s.
-- THE TWILIGHT ZONE: The Complete 80s Series (Image). All three seasons collected.
-- UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: Complete 30-Film Collection (DVD format)
-- THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION Vol. 2: (Scream Factory). The Raven, Comedy of Terrors, Tomb of Ligeia, Last Man on Earth, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Return of the Fly, House on Haunted Hill.
-- Or write in another choice:


-- THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI: 1920 film now in a pristine 4K version.
-- COUNTESS DRACULA (Synapse) Strong upgrade from earlier versions.
-- HALLOWEEN 6: The Producer's Cut (Anchor Bay Halloween Limited Edition). The full high-def re-edit of the Curse of Michael Myers film
-- NIGHTBREED: The Director's Cut (Shout!) 40 minutes of new or altered scenes restore the lost 'Cabal' cut.
-- THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (Kino) First release in original widescreen format.

-- A MESSAGE FROM MARS (BBC Arts). Rare 1913 sci-fi film restored with new soundtrack and posted online.
-- MESSIAH OF EVIL (Code Red) Widescreen version.
-- RED SKELTON SHOW: THE EARLY YEARS. Includes eisode from 1954 featuring Lugosi, Chaney and Vampira.
-- SLAUGHTER HOTEL (RaroVideo). 1971 giallo restored from original negatves.
-- THEATRE OF BLOOD (Arrow). High def upgrade of 1973 Price classic.
-- VAULT OF HORROR (Shout!) Restores gory scenes cut from American release.

-- Or write in another choice:


-- PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, Video Watchdog editor Tim Lucas
-- LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE: Actress Pamela Franklin
-- NIGHTBREED: Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller.
-- NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE (Shout): Klaus Kinski in German with subtitles.
-- RETURN OF THE FLY (Shout) Film historian David del Valle and actor Brett Halsey.
-- SLEEPAWAY CAMP (Shout), Justin Beahm moderates actors Felissa Rose and Johnathan Tiersten.
-- THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO/THUNDERBIRDS 6: Geek Magazine's Jeff Bond and Twilight Time's Nick Redman.
-- TOMB OF LIGEIA (Shout): Historian Constantine Nasr.
-- Or write in another choice:


-- THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Kino), Caligari: When Horror Came to the Cinema. 52-minute documentary.
-- COUNTESS DRACULA: Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life of Ingrid Pitt
-- THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS, Interview with executive producer Mel Brooks and others.
-- JUDEX (Criterion), Franju de Visionnaire, a 1998 French documentary.
-- LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE: Interview with director John Hough

-- THE INNOCENTS (Criterion): Interview with cinematographer John Bailey about Freddie Francis.
-- NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT: Tribes of the Moon: Making Nightbreed, 72-minute documentary
-- PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE: Interview with Paul Williams and Guillermo del Toro.
-- PIT AND THE PENDULUM (Arrow), Behind the Swinging Blade, directed by Calum Waddell.
-- PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (Scorpion). 20 minutes of original Kendall Schmidt score not available on video.
-- Or write in another choice:


-- AS TIMELESS AS INFINITY: THE TWILIGHT ZONE LEGACY, directed by Daniel Griffith. New interviews and history of the classic show. See video clip here.
-- CLAWING: A Journey Through the Spanish Horror, directed by Victor Matellano. Tracing the Spanish horror boom from the 60s to the 80s. See video clip here.
-- FANTASM, directed by Kyle Kuchta. An eye-opening visit to six horror conventions. See video clip here.
-- THE GREEN GIRL, directed by George A. Pappy Jr. The bright but unfulfilled career of Susan Oliver. See video clip here.
-- INVALUABLE: The True Story of an Epic Artist, directed by Ryan Meade. Celebrating Evil Dead's make-up effects mastermind Tom Sullivan. See video clip here

-- JODOROWSKY'S DUNE, directed by Frank Pavich. The story behind the 'greatest movie never made.' See video clip here.
-- PAINTING DRACULA. Artist Daniel Horne shows how he painted a portrait of Christopher Lee. See video clip here.
-- UNCLE FORRY'S ACKERMANSIONS directed by Strephon Taylor. Home movies from fans and friends walk you through the Houses of Ackerman. See video clip here.
-- WHY HORROR?, directed by Nicolas Kleiman and Rob Lindsay. Exploring why fans feast on fear. See video clip here.
-- Or write in another choice:


-- A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. More chills than politics with a vampire girl in Iran.See video clip here.
-- ASMODEXIA, directed by Marc Carrette. The chilling adventures of a traveling exorcist. See video clip here.
-- ATTACK OF THE GORILLA, directed by the late Dave Shaw. Send up of a 50s monsterfest. See video clip here.
-- CALL GIRL OF CHTHULU, directed by Chris LaMartina. Be careful who you hook up with! See video clip here.

-- CHIP & BERNIE'S ZOMANCE, directed by Pasquale Murena. Undead wackiness, with Tim Conway. See video clip here.
-- THE CARETAKERS, directed by Steve Hudgins. The care and feeding of a vampire leads to complications. See video clip here.
-- THE HANOVER HOUSE, directed by Corey Norman. A tragic car accident is just the beginning. See video clip here.
-- HOUSEBOUND, directed by Gerard Johnstone. Sentenced to a Gothic home of horrors, including a zany mother. See video clip here.

-- GODZILLA BATTLE ROYALE, directed by Billy Dubose. A 90-minute fan film of homemade kaiju thrills. See video clip here.
-- THE LASHMAN, directed by Cameron McCasland. Horror goes back to the woods. 80s-style. See video clip here
-- LIFE AFTER BETH, directed byJeff Baena. It's hard to keep a straight face when living with an undead girlfriend See video clip here
-- WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. A send-up of classic vampires struggling to remain scary in a modern world..See video clip here.

-- Or write in another choice:


-- BROKEN, directed by Adam Ciolfi. Poignant look at a cyborg that wouldn't die. See video clip here.
-- BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP: The Apocalyptic Rendition, directed by Rue Morgue's podcasters. The agony of losing a Rondo. See video clip here.
-- DANIEL, directed by Peter Dukes. Monsters in the closet are not always what they seem. See video clip here.
-- GAVE UP THE GHOST, directed by Gregory Lamberson. A creepy search for a manuscript lost in a computer. See video clip here.
-- GLOSSOPHOBIA: Fear of Speaking in Public, directed by Scott Perry and Debbie Rochon. The time of the apocalypse is no time for phobias. See video clip here.

-- JUNK HEAD 1, directed by Takhidi Hori. Clones and monsters in an underworld nightmare. See video clip here.
-- THE MILL AT CALDER'S END, directed by Kevin McTurk. Gothic puppet animation unearths the secret of an old windmill. See video clip here.
-- MONSTRO!, directed by Christopher Romano. An animated journey down the Amazon to a dark lagoon. See video clip here.
-- THEATRE FANTASTIQUE: MADAME LA SOEUR, directed by Ansel Faraj. A seance, a disappearance, a mystery with Lara Parker. See video clip here.
-- WITCH GIRL, directed by Ricardo Ughagon Vivas. A fan film version of Arche's very creepy Sabrina. See video clip here.
-- A ZOMBIE NEXT DOOR, directed by Trish Geiger and Frank Dietz. What to do with your pet zombie once the apocalypse is over? See video clip here.

-- Or write in another choice:

11. BEST BOOK OF 2014

-- THE ART OF JAPANESE MONSTERS, by Sean Linkenback (softcover, 208 pages, $39.99). Posters and ads from more than 60 films.
-- ATOMIC AGE CINEMA, by Barry Atkinson (Midnight Marquee Press, softcover, 320 pages, $25). A survey of the films that scared us, or amused us, in the scary 1950s.
-- THE BRIDE OF MONSTER SERIAL, edited by Wallace McBride (CreateSpace, softcover, 198 pages, $11.99). Essays on the shared love of horror cinema.
-- THE CREATURE CHRONICLES: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy, by Tom Weaver, David Schecter and Steve Kornenberg (McFarland, hardcover, 408 pages, $60). From monster suit origins to production and that unforgettable score, the definitive look at Universal's 50s franchise.

-- DISORDERS OF MAGNITUDE: A Survey of Dark Fantasy, by Jason V. Brock. (Rowman & Littlefield, hardcover, 336 pages, $75). Numerous interviews with genre stars trace the roots of horror and fantasy from the 1800s to today.
-- GORGO, by Philip Riley and Bill Cooke (Bear Manor Media, softcover, 218 pages, $25) Production details, the script and novelization.
-- HAMMER FILMS PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS, 1950-1972, by David Huckvale (McFarland, softcover, 204 pages, $39.95). A look at the studio's sometimes obscure but influential mystery and thriller films.
-- THE HOUNDS OF ZAROFF: The Most Dangerous Game as a Persistent Muse to the Movies, by Michael H. Price and George Turner (Create Space, softcover, 252 pages, $25). How the classic humans as prey horror has influenced movies, TV and today's reality shows.
-- THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF DON POST STUDIOS, by Lee Lambert (Dr. Shocker presents, 494 pages). A limited edition history of the legendary monster mask studio.

-- I SAW WHAT I SAW WHEN I SAW IT: Growing Up in the 1950s and 1960s with Television Reruns & Old Movies, by Frank J. Dello Stritto (Cult Movies Press, hardcover, 415 pages, $30). How horror films and TV intersected with real life events in post-war New Jersey.
-- LIONEL ATWILL: The Exquisite Villain, by Neil Pettigrew (Midnight Marquee Press, softcover, 328 pages, $25). Far beyond the horror roles, but those are here too, the tragic life and career of one of horror's most familiar character actors.
-- MOST DANGEROUS CINEMA: People Hunting People on Film, by Bryan Senn (McFarland, softcover, 296 pages, $45). A survey of the most dangerous films of all.
-- THE OUTER LIMITS AT 50, by David J. Schow with Ted C. Rypel (Creature Features, softcover, 150 pages, $24.95). Crystal clarity about the show, along with rare behind-the-scenes photos, props, new artwork and analysis.

-- REPUBLIC HORRORS: The Serial Studio's Chillers, by Brian McFadden (Kohner, Madison & Danforth, softcover, 276 pages, $19.95). Beyond cliffhangers, attention is paid to neglected horrors like Catman of Paris, Revolt of the Zombies and others.
-- SUBVERSIVE HORROR CINEMA: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present,by Jon Towlson (McFarland, softcover, 256 pages, $45). Brings insight and social analysis to films rare and familiar.
-- VAMPIRA: Dark Goddess of Horror, by W. Scott Poole (Soft Skull Press, softcover, 320 pages, $16.95). How the horror host's brief reign as a cultural icon left a lasting influence on the culture.
-- THE VERY WITCHING TIME OF NIGHT: Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema, by Gregory William Mank (McFarland, softcover, 444 pages, $45). True stories and new revelations about Cat People, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Lionel Atwill, Helen Chandler and more.

-- Or write in another choice:


-- Cinema Retro
-- Diabolique
-- Famous Monsters of Filmland
-- Fangoria
-- Filmfax
-- Freaky Monsters
-- G-Fan
-- Horror Hound
-- Little Shoppe of Horrors

-- Mad Monster
-- Mad Scientist
-- Monster!
-- Monster Attack Team
-- Monster Bash
-- Monsters from the Vault

-- Paracinema
-- Phantom of the Movies Videoscope
-- Rue Morgue
-- Scarlet
-- Scary Monsters
-- Scream Magazine
-- Screem
-- Shadowland

-- Shock
-- Video Watchdog
-- We Belong Dead
-- Or write in another choice:

13. BEST ARTICLE (Please select two; one will win)

-- 'Anthony Hinds,The Man Who Made Monsters,' by Denis Meikle, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #32. A tribute to the late Hammer architect in his own words from interviews and correspondence.

-- 'Arkham House Publishers -- 75 Years of Scares!' by Mark C. Glassy, Ph.D, SCARY MONSTERS #94. A collector's look at the 1939 publishing house that preserved HP Lovecraft's work.

-- 'The Bell-Ringer of Hollywood,' by Michael F. Blake, SCREEM #28. Setting the record straight on myths behind the filming of the 1923 Hunchback of Notre Dame.

-- 'Carnival of Monstrosity: The 70th Anniversary of House of Frankenstein,' by Greg Mank, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #33. The inside stories behind Hollywood's first monster rally.

-- 'The Complete Godzilla Chronology,1954-2004,' by August Ragone. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #274. Every stomp, every era, every film assessed by a master Tohologist.

-- 'Days of Future Past: Remembering The Outer Limits,' by David J. Schow, SCREEM #29. Why the sci-fi show's transmission matters even more today.

-- 'Dick Smith -- An Appreciation of the Master of Make-Up,' by Scott Essman, BELOW THE LINE (film crew industry website). A look at the man who changed the face of Hollywood.

-- 'Family Man,' by James Gracey, DIABOLIQUE #20. How the films of Tobe Hooper disrupted the traditional film family.

-- 'For the Love of Schlock,' by Nathan Hannemann and Aaron Crowell, HORRORHOUND #46. A full 56 films, some beloved cult favorites, are discussed and given a schlock-meter rating.

-- 'Ghost Stories for Christmas,' by Kier-la Janisse, VIDEO WATCHDOG #176. Examining the British love of ghosts at the holidays.

-- 'I Was Jack Pierce,' by Perry Shields, MONSTER MEMORIES 2014. Remembering the make-up genius tribute stage show from 2003.

-- 'Lady Impunity,' by Max Weinstein, DIABOLIQUE #22. The blood-filled legacy of the life of Countess Elizabeth Bathory.

-- 'Loving the Unloved Giant Behemoth,' by Stephen R. Bissette, MONSTER #12. Reconsidering the often maligned radioactive beast that trampled London.

-- 'The Making of Dracula, Prince of Darkness,' by Bruce G. Hallenbeck, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #33. An in-depth look at the sequel that brought back Christopher Lee.

-- 'Marshall Thompson: Straight Arrow,' by Debbie Painter, CLASSIC IMAGES #470. New insights into one of the more familiar scifi heroes.

-- 'The Monster Movie Art of Feg Murray,' by Pierre Fournier and George Chastain. FRANKENSTEINIA blog. How the syndicated 'Seein' Stars' cartoons highlighted classic monsters.

-- 'The Mysterious Launch of Spaceship 1,' by Jon C. Rogers. FILMFAX #137. Revealing the forgotten science fiction film of 1930s Germany.

-- 'Nuclear Dragon: Godzilla & the Cold War - 1954,' by Allen A. Debus, G-FAN #105. The real-life incident, initially covered up, that inspired the first Godzilla film.

-- 'O''Brien vs. Dawley: The First Great Rivalry in Visual Effects,' by Stephen Czerkas, CINEFEX #138. New facts about the little-known feud between Willis O'Brien and Herbert M. Dawley that almost derailed production of The Lost World.

-- 'The Real Malificent: The Surprising Human Face Behind the Sleeping Beauty Villain,' by R.H. Greene, SALON website. The untold tale of how Maila Nurmi (Vampira), was one of the live-action modelsfor Disney's evil witch.

-- 'Recording Hammer Memories,' by Ted Newsom, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #33. Lining up interviews with reclusive horror stars is a story in itself.

-- 'Resurrected Once More,' by Michael Doyle, RUE MORGUE #142. Exploring Hammer's Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.

-- 'Reviving the Vampire: Dracula on Stage in 1943,' by Bill Kaffenberger and Gary Don Rhodes, FILMFAX #138-139. Through clippings and interviews, tracking Lugosi's U.S. Dracula tour.

-- 'A Scary Childhood in the Bronx,' by Dennis P. Mitchell, SCARY MONSTERS. A continuing chronicle of films and double-bills seen in the 1950s.

-- 'Siodmak's Brain,' by Scott MacQueen, FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE #76. A poignant portrait of visits with Siodmak in the twilight of his years.

-- 'A Triple Life: King Kong's Trinity of Reincarnation on Film,' by Steve Vertlieb, GULLCOTTAGEONLINE. A look at the three major Kong eras.

-- 'Universal's Dracula,' by Martin Arlt, MAD SCIENTIST #29. Viewed with fresh eyes, an assessment of the 1931 Dracula.


14. BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer)

-- Chris Alexander, interview with Werner Herzog about Kinski and the Nosferatu remake. FANGORIA #334.
-- Michael Doyle, interview with Ivan Reitman about Ghopstbusters, 30 years later.
-- Jessica Dwyer, interview with Anne Rice on why she's returned to Lestate after a 10-year hiatus. HORRORHOUND #48.
-- Brett Homenick, interview with Linda Miller, star of King Kong Escapes. G-FAN #106.
-- Tim Lucas, interview with Josephine Gill, translator of the Arsene Lupin series. VIDEO WATCHBLOG, October, 2014.
-- Joe Moe, interview with creator John Logan about Showtime's Penny Dreadful. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #276.
-- Rod Labbe, interview with Dark Shadows' Jerry Lacy. SCARY MONSTERS #90.

-- W. Brice McVicar, interview with Wes Craven about the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise,. FANGORIA #337.
-- Interview with Thom Eberhardt about Night of the Comet. VIDEOSCOPE #92.
-- Shade Rupe, interview with director Alejandro Jodorowsky about his unborn Dune project and more. SCREEM #28.
-- Ashley Thorpe, interview with John Hurt about the chest-bursting scene in Alien. FANGORIA #336.
-- Don Vaughan, interview with pulp, poster and model kit illustrator Mort Kunstler. FILMFAX #137.
-- Tom Weaver, interview with Jo Swerling Jr., on creating Thriller's Karloff intros. MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #33.

-- Or write in another choice:


-- DIABOLIQUE #22: Dark side of feminine horror, from Carmilla to childbirth to Countess Bathory.
-- FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #272: Science fiction and Richard Matheson.
-- FANGORIA #330: Barker, Cronenberg and the extended Nightbreed.
-- FILMFAX #137: Robots of Metropolis and the silents.
-- G-FAN #106. G-fans speak out on the new Godzilla.
-- HORRORHOUND #48. Horror writer issue devoted to Stephen King, Anne Rice.

-- LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #33. Revisiting Dracula: Prince of Darkness.
-- MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #33. Karloff in House of Frankenstein and Thriller.
-- PHANTOM OF THE MOVIES VIDEOSCOPE #89. Winter chills and filmfests.
-- RUE MORGUE #151. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters retrospective.
-- SCARY MONSTERS #93. Werewolves and wolf-men, oh my.
-- SCREEM #28. From the Hunchback to Godzilla.
-- VIDEO WATCHDOG #177. The Eurocrimes that rocked the '70s.
-- Or write in another choice:


-- Diary of the Deb, by Debbie Rochon, FANGORIA.
-- Diskflix, by David J. Hogan. FILMFAX
-- The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS
-- Fright Gallery, curated by Gary Pullin, RUE MORGUE
-- Grey Matters, Richard J. Schellbach, MONDO CULT ONLINE
-- It Came from Bowen's Basement, by John W. Bowen. RUE MORGUE
-- Larry Blamire's Star Turn, VIDEO WATCHDOG
-- The Phantom Speaks, by The Phantom (Joe Kane). VIDEOSCOPE

-- Ralph's One-and-Only Traveling Reviews, by Richard Klemensen. LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
-- Ramsey's Rambles, by Ramsey Campbell. VIDEO WATCHDOG
-- Scare-News, by John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS and MONSTER MEMORIES
-- Tales from the Attic by Tim Lucas, GOREZONE
-- They Came from the Krypt, by Jon Kitley. HORRORHOUND


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-- All Sci-Fi Nothing but pure science fiction.
-- Cinefantastiqueonline. The digital home for the influential magazine.
-- Count Gore de Vol's Creature Features Films, interviews and horror host news updated weekly.
-- Dread Central Latest news, insider info from the horror industry.
-- Famous Monsters of Filmland News and reviews from the first monster magazine.
-- Film Noir Foundation Keeping suspense and shadows alive.

-- Home of the Horror Host Hall of Fame.
-- Horror Society A voice for independent horrors.
-- Icons of Fright Team of bloggers survey the horrror field.
-- Latarnia: Fantastique International Discussions of all things Euro and culture.
-- Louisville Halloween. Where's it's always late October.
-- Mick Garris Interviews The writer-director offers interviews archived and new with horror personalties.
-- Mondo Cult Online Horror, politics and music. A message board, too.
-- Monsters from Hell From the U.K., all things Hammer.
-- MovieScreams Horror Show. Showcases short horror and sci-fi films.
-- The Shelley-Godwin Archive Library partnership digitizing handwritten draft of Frankenstein and more.

-- Trailers from Hell Joe Dante and top talents offer commentaries on vintage trailers.
-- Universal Monster Army The friendly and knowlegeable headquarters of monster toy talk.
-- Witch's Dungeon Multimedia home for Hollywood monsters, history and preservation
-- Or write in another choice:
-- Bay of the Living Dead David-Elijah Nahmod's monthly horror column in SF Weekly.
-- Blood Curdling Blog of Monster Masks. A peek behind decades of masks.
-- Cinema Dave A journal of horror and film.
-- Classic Movie Monsters Photos, art and horror artifacts from the past.
-- Collinsport Historical Society All the comings and goings in Barnabas' home town.

-- Cyberschizoid Latest monster magazines and cult updates.
-- Day of the Woman 'A blog for the feminne side of fear.'
-- Dr. Gangrene's Mad Blog Musings from Nashville's maddest horror host.
-- Doc Terror News and reviews with a crazed doctor from the 50s.
-- Final Girl Stacie Ponder still running to the next locked room.

-- Frankensteinia Pierre Fournier's journal of all things Frankenstein.
-- The Good, the Bad and the Godzilla August Ragone's G-blog is wise among giant monsters.
-- Gravedigger's Local 16 Even ghouls need a union label.
-- Groovy Age of Horror Fearless and unexpected.
-- The Horrors of it All When horror corrupted more than the comics.
-- Monster Magazine World An essential newsstand for monster mags past, present and future.
-- The Peter Cushing Appreciation Society Tribute to Hammer's classic actor.

-- Scared Silly. Where jeepers meet creepers.
-- Sin Street Sleaze John Harrison's look at cult, pulp and monsters.
-- SciFi Japan The home of Monster Zero News
-- Terror from Beyond the Daves Double the Daves means double the horror coverage.
-- Too Much Horror Fiction Reviewing words of terror from the 60s, 70s and 80s
-- 250 Lines of Resolution Rebekah Herzberg dissects the genre for Geek Juice.
-- Vampire Over London: The Bela Lugosi Blog. Journal of the undead
-- Video Watchblog Tim Lucas' musings on film and life.
-- The Vincent Price Journal. Features his hand-written notes from a 1928 trip abroad.
-- Zombos Closet All manners of horrors pour out.

-- Or write in another choice:

20. BEST CONVENTION OF 2014 (write-ins encouraged)

-- Blob Fest (Phoenixville, Pa.)
-- Chiller (Parsippany)
-- Cinema Wasteland (Cleveland)
-- Cthulhu Con and Lovecraft Film Festival (Portland, Ore.)
-- Crypticon (Seattle)
-- Days of the Dead (Indianapolis)
-- Dragon Con (Atlanta)
-- Flashback Weekend (Chicago)
-- Fright Night Film Fest (Louisville)
-- G-Fest (Chicago)

-- Horror Hound weekend (Indianapolis)
-- Horror Realm (Pittsburgh)
-- Kirk von Hammett's Fear Festevil (San Francisco)
-- Mad Monster Party (Charlotte)
-- Monster Bash (Butler, Pa.)
-- Monster Fest (Chesapeake, Va.)
-- Monster-Mania (Cherry Hill, N.J.)

-- Monsterpalooza (Burbank)
-- Rock and Shock (Worcester, Mass.)
-- Rue Morgue's Festival of Fear (Toronto)
-- Scare-a-Con (Verona, NY)
-- Scare Fest (Lexington, Ky.)
-- Spooky Empire (Orlando)
-- Texas Frightmare (Dallas)
-- Wonderfest (Louisville)
-- Or write in another choice:


-- BLOB PANIC RE-ENACTMENT: Fans run from same theater in Phoenixville, Pa. where The Blob was filmed. Blobfest
-- EDGAR ALLAN POE BRONZE BUST PROJECT: Sculpture of Poe placed at Boston Library thanks to Kickstarter campaign.
-- EVIL DEAD CAST REUNION, Bruce Campbell and every 'Evil' actor unite at Horrorhound Weekend.
-- FRANKENSTEIN: MODERN PROMETHEUS,by Quicksilver Radio Theatre presented on public radio on Halloween night.

-- GODZILLA IN YOKOSUKA: Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima appears at Armed Forces Day attended by Americans and Japanese. Hosted by Monster Attack Team magazine.
-- IFUKUBE 100 A LEGACY ON MONSTER MUSIC: Concert at G-Fest of Godzilla music conducted by John DeSentis and 52-piece orchestra.
-- KARLOFF: A ONE-PERSON SHOW, directed by and starring Randy Bowser, authorized by Sara Karloff. Four shows in Salem, Ore.
-- MAC OF THE RED BETH, performance of 'Masque of the Red Death' by Veronica Carlson, Martine Beswicke, Yvonne Monlaur and Caroline Munro at Monster Bash Octoberfest.

-- OUTER LIMITS art show at Creature Features, Burbank, included cast members along with artwork..
-- ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW screening with cast members Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn and Little Nell at Mad Monster Party (Charlotte, NC)
-- THE SHINING'S TWINS, Lisa and Louise Burns, make first convention appearance at Monster-Mania (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
-- SUPERMAN PLAQUE DEDICATION in Tarzana where episode of 50s TV show was filmed,. Celebration included tour of Pasadena Playhouse. Jack Larson among attendees.

-- THAT $#!% WILL ROT YOUR BRAIN rough cut of Bob Tinnell's documentary on How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture, WonderFest
-- WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS CAST REUNION: Russ Tamblyn, Haruo Nakajima, and others with translator/host Jim Cirronella at Monsterpalooza.
-- WITCH'S DUNGEON full-figure monster exhibit relocates to Bristol Historical Society in Connecticut.
-- Or write in another choice:


-- AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla. (Archie). Zombies in Riverdale are no joke.
-- BELA LUGOSI'S TALES FROM THE GRAVE by various. (Monsterverse). More rather grim tales from the Count's archives.
-- CARBON by Daniel Boyd, Edi Guedes, Alzir Alves (Caliber). Prophetic horror from a Garden of Eden.
-- CLIVE BARKER'S NEXT TESTAMENT, by Barker and Mark Miller (Boom!) Is it God, the devil or both?

-- DINOSAURS ATTACK, by Gary Gerani, Herb Trimpe and Ned Norem. (IDW). Classic cards return as graphic novel.
-- EDGAR ALLAN POE: Morella and Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Richard Corben (Dark Horse). Interpretations of Poe by a comics master.
-- THE GOON: Occasion of Revenge, by Eric Powell (Dark Horse). Eight-part miniseries features return of Zombie Priest witches.
-- HAUNTED HORROR, compiled by Craig Yoe, Cliizia Gussoni, Steve Banes (IDW). Rescuing forgotten horrors from the 1950s.

-- IN THE DARK: A Horror Anthology (IDW). Hardcover collection of new stories.
-- THE WALKING DEAD, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. (Image). Surviving, still, the zombie apocalypse.
-- Or write in another choice:


-- BEYOND THE DARK PARANORMAL ADVENTURES Home of the Pope Lick Monster and more.
-- BLOODY GOOD HORROR Reviews of the monstrous.
-- BLOODY PIT OF ROD Home of the Naschycasts.
-- B-MOVIE CAST Talk and horror history in this podcast.
-- CULT RADIO A GO-GO! Still thriving pioneer of Internet horror talk.

-- DARK DISCUSSIONS Podcast of horrors on film and print.
-- DEADPIT RADIO Hillbilly horror from the hills of Kentucky.
-- FANTASTIC FILMS OF VINCENT PRICE A film-by-film video review of Vincent's output by Dr. Gangrene
-- FORGOTTEN HORRORS PODCAST John Wooley and Michael H. Price explore cult cinema.

-- FROM DUSK TIL CON RADIO Interviews and more from the East Coast Horror Group.
-- HORROR HAPPENS RADIO SHOW Home of smart talk with Jay K and The Ghost.
-- INVISIBLE MAN WEB SERIES Five-part adaptation of H.G. Wells novel.
-- ISOBEL ORLOK'S DEN OF CIN Trailers and cin-tillation from Madame Orlok herself.
-- KAIJUCAST More than 100 episodes, many live from conventions.

-- KILLER POV podcast. Film previews and interviews.
-- KREEPY KASTLE Devoted to shows from horror hosts.
-- MONSTER KID RADIO. Interviews, reviews, monsters.
-- 1951 DOWN PLACE: Podcast discussions of Hammer films.

-- POE FOREVERMORE RADIO THEATER. Mark Redfield's tributes to tales by the mystery master.
-- THE PROJECTION BOOTH Podcasts target genre films and more.
-- SIX FOOT PLUS A weekly podcast that finds a monstrous rhythm.
-- TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE New audio drama and horror the old-fashioned way.
-- TALES TO TERRIFY Radio chills with a literary touch of gothic .
-- THE TIM-O AND HARLEY SHOW Horror and sci-fi discussions from Browning to Bigfoot.

-- TOMB DRAGOMIR Video interviews and 'rue-full' reviews.
-- WEIRD-O-RAMA Hosted by Victor Von Psychotron
-- WELCOME TO NIGHTVALE Strange doings from a strange desert town.
-- Or write in another choice:

(If your favorite is missing -- there are far too many to list here -- please write them in)

-- THE BONE JANGLER (Illinois)
-- KARLOS BORLOFF (Monster Madhouse, Washington, DC)
-- COUNT GORE DE VOL (Creature Features)
-- COUNT GREGULA (Count Gregula's Crypt)
-- DR. GANGRENE (Nashville)
-- Dr. MADBLOOD (Virginia Beach)

-- THE GHOULIGANS (On DVD and online)
-- MR. LOBO (Cinema Insomnia, California)

-- NIGEL HONEYBONE (Australia)

-- PROF MORTE (Atlanta)
-- PENNY DREADFUL (Shilling Shockers, New England)
-- REMO D (California)
-- SON OF GHOUL (Ohio)
-- SVENGOOLIE (Chicago)
-- WOLFMAN MAC (Chiller Drive-In, Michigan)
-- Or write in another choice:


-- BIG BAD (HorrorHound): Horror punks style and profile from West Virginia.
-- BLOOD WATERS OF DR. G A collection of bands from Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny.
-- CHARNEL HOUSE ROCK, Zombina and the Skeletones. Horror punk for a Saturday morning.
-- GODZILLA SOUNDTRACK (Death Waltz). Reissue of Akira Ifukube's monster marches.
-- JUVENILE JIVE (Monstrous Movie Music). Music from Date Bait, High School Big Shot and High School Caesar by Nicholas Carras and Gerald Fried.

-- THE MOON-RAYS: Something Wicked (Rough Draft). Songs devoted to Tarantula, the Bride and more.
-- MUSIC OF FORGOTTEN HORRORS VOL. 3 (Cremo). Michael H. Price collects vintage horror from the 20s and beyond.
-- PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (One Way Static). New soundtrack by The Laze for 1925 classic.
-- SPINE CHILLERS: Halloween haunt Music by Sam Haynes. Chilling mood music from the 70s and 80s.
-- Or write in another choice:

H/t, as always, to our friends at the Universal Monster Army!

Legends of Cthulhu
Retro Action Figures

Diamond Select Creature
(Amok Time)

Forrest J Ackerman
statue (Dark Horse)

War of the Gargantuas

40-inch 2014 Godzilla

ReAction Universal
Monstes figures

Hallmark Frankenstein

Karloff as Fu Manchu
8-inch figure
(Distinctive Dummies)

Lily Munster
Maquette Tweeterhead

(Sputnik Supplies)


If you're still with us (thanks for getting this far!), please take a look
at the write-in categories


Which classic horror film, either released or unreleased, do you think most deserves a restoration or video upgrade?

28. WRITER OF THE YEAR (for 2014)
(Award named for late fan artist Linda Miller)
Which visionary artist (designer, illustrator, sculptor, modeler, photographer), should be recognized? (Award named for the late monster maker Henry Alvarez).
33. INTERNATIONAL MONSTER FAN Which overseas fan is making a difference in the wide world of monsters?

Help us choose this year's recipient: Who deserves to be named 'Monster Kid of the Year' for efforts beyond the call of duty to build a better world of gods and monsters? Send us your suggestion.


And finally, help us again: Who do you think should be this year's inductees into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame?

ALREADY INDUCTED ARE: Bob and Kathy Burns, Forrest J Ackerman and James Warren, Zacherley and Vampira, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Alex and Richard Gordon, William K. Everson, Rick Baker, Basil Gogos, Roger Corman, Dick Klemensen, Gary and Sue Svehla, James Bama and Bobby 'Boris' Pickett, Paul and Jackie Blaisdell, Joe Dante, Don Glut, Jack Davis, German Robles and Frank Frazetta; Bernie Wrightson, Ben Chapman, Cortlandt Hull and Dennis Vincent, Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth, Archie Goodwin and Ghoulardi.Ken Kelly, Jim and Marian Clatterbaugh, Bob Wilkins, Calvin Beck, Paul Naschy, Lux Interior, Bob Lemon and Ray Meyers, Bill Warren, Dennis Druktenis, Sammy Terry and Frederick S. Clarke; Tim and Donna Lucas, William Stout, Ron Borst, George A. Romero, Tom Weaver and Verne Langdon. Also Julie Adams, David Skal, George Stover, Michael Stein, Morgus, Mark Frank, Ted Newsom, Jessie Lilley, Gary Dorst, Steve Bissette, JD Lees and Count Gore De Vol; Gregory Mank; Don Post Studio; Del and Sue Howison, Mike Vraney, Bhob Stewart and Larry Ivie..

Who should join them? Tell us your suggestions. We'll pick six more.

Whew! That's it!!!


AGAIN, TO VOTE simply copy this ballot and make your picks by highlighting your selection, or by putting an X by your selections, or by typing out your picks separately. Whatever is easiest. Then e-mail your picks to

And thanks, whatever you are!

Friday, February 20, 2015


Yes, just as we did with the “lost” Joe Stefano film THE HAUNTED so now do we encore with a freshly-restored 35mm print of another “lost” Leslie Stevens film – PRIVATE PROPERTY (1960), starring Corey Allen, Warren Oates and Kate Manx (then Mrs. Leslie Stevens). Stevens’ hope was “to bring the (French) New Wave crashing into the heart of Hollywood,” and the movie was promptly condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency for tackling such taboo themes as dominance, rape fantasies, and "latent" homosexuality. This is a pristine, sparkling restoration that has to be seen to be believed, thanks to Scott MacQueen and the preservationists at the UCLA Film Archive. Funding courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute.

DJS WILL EMCEE (unless Scott tears the podium away from him). Come celebrate with us! (It’s also the UCLA Film & TV Archive’s 50th Anniversary!)

Presented on no less than FRIDAY THE 13th (March 13th) at 7:30 P.M. at the Billy Wilder Theatre (Courtyard Level at the Hammer Museum).

The Billy Wilder Theater box office opens one hour before show times. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024.

General Admission: $9
Seniors: $8
UCLA Alumni Association Members: $8
Non-UCLA Students: $8

Purchase tickets online: $10 via:…

Parking is available in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire Blvd.

Monday - Friday before 6 p.m.: $3 for first 3 hours with museum validation and $1.50 every 15 minutes thereafter. To obtain validation, show your ticket stub at the welcome desk in the museum lobby.


Produced on a minuscule budget reportedly just below $60,000, Leslie Stevens’ controversial directorial debut Private Property was hailed by Variety as a “possible forerunner of an American ‘new wave’ movement” and was equally condemned by the National Catholic Legion of Decency for its exploration of seduction, rape and latent homosexuality. Due to the film’s taboo subject matter, the Production Code Administration denied the work a code seal, making Private Property the first U.S. feature to be released without MPAA approval since Otto Preminger’s stark exploration of heroin addiction, The Man with the Golden Arm, in 1955. Lack of Code approval, however, which kept major distributors from picking-up and widely releasing Private Property, didn’t prevent the disquieting independent film from eventually grossing over $2 million in box office receipts and enjoying successful art house runs across Europe.

Framed by Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Ted McCord’s gritty noir shadows as juxtaposed against a tony, sunbathed Beverly Hills location (in reality, Leslie Stevens’ own home), Private Property showcases a trio of edgy, superbly understated Method-esque performances by leads Kate Manx (in her screen debut), Corey Allen (Rebel Without a Cause, 1955), and Warren Oates (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, 1974). As a vulnerable, affluent young woman driven to psychological distress by a sexless marriage, and further menaced by a pair of sociopathic drifters, Manx conveys a muted, permeating melancholy that effectively serves to anchor the drama’s purposeful excesses of Freudian symbolism.

Married prior to the making of Private Property in 1958, Manx and Stevens would divorce in 1964, with the actress tragically dying later that year from a reported overdose of sleeping pills. Stevens continued to successfully work in film and television into the1990s, and is best-remembered for creating and writing and directing episodes of the cult-classic science fiction television series, The Outer Limits (1963-1965). —Mark Quigley

(Director: Leslie Stevens. Production: Kana Productions, Inc., Daystar Productions. Distribution: Citation Films, Inc. Producer: Stanley Colbert. Screenwriter: Leslie Stevens. Cinematographer: Ted McCord. Editor: Jerry Young. Music: Alex Compinksy. Cast: Corey Allen, Warren Oates, Kate Manx, Robert Wark, Jerome Cowan. 35mm, b/w, 79 min.)

Restored from a 35mm acetate composite dupe negative, a 35mm acetate print and a 35mm acetate track negative. Laboratory services by The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio, Simon Daniel Sound.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Your Quick Reference Guide to WACT

Welcome to We Are Controlling Transmission! While we've finished our 49-episode marathon viewing and reviewing an episode of The Outer Limits a day, we hope you'll come along for the ride after the fact and post your comments on the episodes as you make your way through the series. While you can access all of the entries in the Blog Archive in the sidebar, we thought it would be helpful to provide this index with links to each of the episode reviews, spotlights, season and series wrap-ups, all of the interviews we conducted, and the other special features posted.

The We Are Controlling Transmission (WACT) Crew (L-R): Peter Enfantino, David J. Schow, John Scoleri

An Introduction to We Are Controlling Transmission
David J. Schow's Season 1 Primer 
David J. Schow's Season 2 Primer  
Season 1 Wrap Up 
Season 2 and Series Wrap Up

Season 1 Episode Reviews
  1. "The Galaxy Being" Review - Spotlight
  2. "The Borderland" Review - Spotlight
  3. "The Human Factor" Review - Spotlight
  4. "Tourist Attraction" Review 
  5. "The Architects of Fear" Review - Spotlight
  6. "Controlled Experiment" Review 
  7. "The Hundred Days of the Dragon" Review
  8. "The Man with the Power" Review - Spotlight
  9. "A Feasibility Study" Review - Spotlight
  10. "Specimen: Unknown" Review - Spotlight
  11. "The Sixth Finger" Review - Spotlight
  12. "The Man Who Was Never Born" Review - Spotlight
  13. "Moonstone" Review 
  14. "O.B.I.T." Review - Spotlight
  15. "Nightmare" Review - Spotlight
  16. "Corpus Earthling" Review - Spotlight
  17. "The Zanti Misfits" Review - Spotlight
  18. "It Crawled Out of the Woodwork" Review - Spotlight
  19. "The Mice" Review
  20. "The Invisibles" Review - Spotlight
  21. "ZZZZZ" Review - Spotlight
  22. "Don't Open Till Doomsday" Review - Spotlight
  23. "The Bellero Shield" Review - Spotlight
  24. "The Children of Spider County" Review - Spotlight
  25. "The Mutant" Review - Spotlight
  26. "Second Chance" Review - Spotlight
  27. "Fun and Games" Review - Spotlight
  28. "The Guests" Review - Spotlight
  29. "Production and Decay of Strange Particles" Review - Spotlight - Second Spotlight
  30. "The Special One" Review 
  31. "The Chameleon" Review - Spotlight
  32. "The Forms of Things Unknown" Review - Spotlight
Season 2 Episode Reviews
  1. "Cold Hands, Warm Heart" Review - Spotlight
  2. "Soldier" Review - Spotlight
  3. "The Invisible Enemy" Review - Spotlight
  4. "Counterweight" Review - Spotlight
  5. "Behold, Eck!" Review 
  6. "Wolf 359" Review - Spotlight
  7. "Keeper of the Purple Twilight" Review 
  8. "Expanding Human" Review - Spotlight
  9. "Demon with a Glass Hand" Review - Spotlight
  10. "Cry of Silence" Review - Spotlight
  11. "I, Robot" Review 
  12. "The Inheritors – Part 1 and 2" Review - Spotlight
  13. "The Duplicate Man" Review - Spotlight
  14. "The Brain of Colonel Barham" Review - Spotlight
  15. "The Premonition" Review 
  16. "The Probe" Review - Spotlight
Interviews in The Outer Limits Tavern
Additional Special Features

And please be sure to bookmark our next blog, To the Batpoles!, in which we turn our attention to the 1960s Batman.

Friday, April 1, 2011


Production Order: 01
Broadcast Order: 01
Original Airdate: 3/26/1995
Starring: Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, Dylan Bridges.
Written by Melinda Snodgrass, based on the novella by George R. R. Martin.
Directed by Stuart Gillard.

Simon Kress (Bridges) is an obsessed scientist who sacrifices his family and his life to propagate a species of—brace yourself—ant-like Martian life forms.

JS: Talk about under-promising and over-delivering! It's no wonder the new Outer Limits went on to last seven seasons and 154 episodes. They kicked things off with their own take on "The Zanti Misfits." And just like that episode, there's no disclaimer indicating that none were harmed in the making of the episode.

PE: My first question would have to be: "why was this series so dismissed by the original OL crowd?" Not once during the initial series was I so enthralled by such a smorgasbord of evil delights. Yellow puddles of fright formed around my feet yet I found myself so entranced by and drawn into the drama that I could not rise from my bean bag chair to clean myself. I've read Martin's original story and it was a little too highfalutin' for my tastes (too many of those big sci-fi words) but Snodgrass seems to have found that middle ground between genius and stupidity. I'm in awe.

JS: This episode brings together three generations of Bridges; the always hilarious Lloyd, his grandson Dylan, and his other son Beau. Seeing them all together reminds me what an amazing talent Jeff is.

PE: Actually, John, if you squint, Lloyd is Jeff! Take Beau's silly pony tail and Lloyd's persnicketyness and you've got Bad Blake. Maggie Gyllenhall makes a rare uncredited appearance as one of the sand kings.

JS: It's not hard to believe that Beau was nominated for an Emmy for his performance. Not since Tony Randall in The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao has a single actor portrayed so many varied roles. From the way he tears apart a head of lettuce, makes himself up to look like Fu Manchu, and auditions for the Val Kilmer role in the TV movie on the making of Oliver Stone's The Doors, he's at the top of his form. Yet none of that prepares us for his performance as a sand sculpture.

PE: I'm sorry, I'm still thinking about Maggie Gyllenhall. That's Val Kilmer? Looks like Gyllenhall.

JS: I really enjoyed the Martian death-match. These guys are far more realistic than the inarticulate Zanti puppets of years past. And the sand towers are pretty cool (when they don't look like Beau Bridges). If you look closely, you can even see the little Anti-Misfits scaling the walls of the sand-skyscrapers in the closing shot.

PE: Old-OL fans are so fucking uptight. Get a life, ferchrissakes, I says. This series blows away that dinosaur. And it's in color!!! I thought, given that Projects Limited had $47 per episode to spend on spfx, they did an admirable job of making tumbleweeds and frogs scary. This incarnation of OL obviously had quite a bit more to blow on their little creatures and Land of the Lost sets. I'm really looking forward to discovering new territories and reaching out to new OL fans (especially ones who can appreciate my wit).

JS: The episode falls short of perfection in that it's lacking an OL-babe, but future episodes will rectify that. Alyssa Milano here we come!

PE: Actually, John, if the subsequent stories are just as compelling, I don't need babes. I really do appreciate David J. Schow for changing his views on this show and urging us to cover it after all. Kudos to you, DJS! I'm looking forward to the next 14 months!!!



David J. Schow on "Sandkings":

From The Outer Limits Companion, Copyright © David J. Schow, 1986, 1998.  All Rights Reserved.  Used by permission and by special arrangement with the author. 

Coming soon:

Next Up...

You didn't think we were serious, did you? A very happy April 1st to you all!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Special Thetan Ray Blasts!

It's time for the We Are Controlling Transmission honor roll recognizing our own little band of Zanti Misfits.

The following artists put aside their work, deadlines, crossword puzzles, and pottery to help make WACT the definitive statement on The Outer Limits, for which we are extremely grateful.

Larry Blamire
Matthew R. Bradley
Wayne Carter
Matthew J. Dewan
Peter Farris
Christa Faust 
Jeffrey Frentzen
Gary Gerani
David Holcomb
Mark Holcomb
David Horne
William Lenihan III
Steve Mitchell
John Kenneth Muir
Mark Philips
Larry Rapchak
Ted C. Rypel
Tom Weaver
The Cult of Flat Zanti

We also have to thank the hundreds of readers who made a point to stop by the site every day. When you take on a project like this, it's a huge inspiration to know that there are people anxiously awaiting that next post you're working on.

Last, and definitely not least, we all bow down before the master of the WACT treehouse, David J. Schow. DJS shepherded this nuttiness from the very beginning. Without his dedication and regular contributions (both in the posts you saw and his tremendous behind the scenes efforts), WACT would not have been anywhere near the success it turned out to be. So thanks again, David.

We hope that our small contribution to the legacy of The Outer Limits will continue to attract new fans and instigate further discussion for years to come.

Your Misfit Hosts,

John Scoleri & Peter Enfantino

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ted C. Rypel Presents: An Interview with Joseph Stefano

By popular demand, we bring you Ted Rypel's interview with Joseph Stefano from TOLAIR!

Special Thanks to Ted Rypel for sharing this with the WACT family.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Outer Limits - The Wrap-Up

Here we are, at the end of our 49 episode journey. Unlike Season One, it wasn't easy coming up with a "Top Ten" list for Season Two. In fact, we're taking advantage of the fact that it was essentially a half-season, and narrowing it down to our top 5 picks. (Any more and we may just have to pick from the tripe. -PE)

Our Season 2 Top Five Lists

Peter's Picks:
  1. The Inheritors
  2. Cry of Silence
  3. Expanding Human
  4. Soldier
  5. The Invisible Enemy (and see! I did have to scrape the bottom-PE)
John's Picks:
  1. Soldier
  2. Demon With A Glass Hand
  3. The Inheritors
  4. Cry of Silence
  5. The Invisible Enemy

Season 2 Best Actor

Peter's Pick: Steve Ihnat "The Inheritors"

John's Pick: Lloyd Nolan "Soldier"

Season 2 Best Actress

Peter's Pick: None

John's Pick: Arlene Martel "Demon With A Glass Hand"

Season 2 Best Babe 

Peter and John's Pick: Marriana Hill

Season 2 Best Bear

Peter and John's Pick: The Sand Sharks "The Invisible Enemy"

Our Picks for the Best of The Outer Limits

Top 10 Outer Limits episodes

Peter's Picks:

  1. The Man Who Was Never Born
  2. Architects of Fear
  3. Corpus Earthling
  4. The Inheritors
  5. The Sixth Finger
  6. The Special One
  7. The Zanti Misfits
  8. The Forms of Things Unknown
  9. It Crawled Out of the Woodwork
  10. The Hundred Days of the Dragon

John's Picks:
  1. Soldier
  2. Corpus Earthling
  3. Demon With a Glass Hand
  4. The Architects of Fear
  5. Tourist Attraction
  6. The Zanti Misfits
  7. The Man who Was Never Born
  8. The Sixth Finger
  9. Inheritors
  10. The Invisibles

Best Actor

Peter's Pick: Robert Culp "Architects of Fear"

John's Pick: Lloyd Nolan "Soldier"

Best Actress 

Peter's Pick: Salome Jens "Corpus Earthling"
John's Pick: Vera Miles "The Forms of Things Unknown"

Best Babe 

Peter and John's Pick: Mariana Hill

Best Bear

Peter and John's Pick: The Zanti Misfits (was there any doubt?)

We've pleased to report that we've had more than 50,000 hits on the site since we started.

Your Top Ten Visited Episodes are:

  1. Architects of Fear
  2. The Galaxy Being
  3. The Invisibles
  4. It Crawled Out of the Woodwork
  5. Demon with a Glass Hand
  6. Behold! Eck
  7. Soldier
  8. The Invisible Enemy
  9. The Forms of Things Unknown
  10. The Inheritors 

We look forward to hearing your picks, so bring on the comments!