Friday, October 31, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM CASTLE VLAD



It was a spooktacular October for Castle Vlad this year as the fang faced undead entertainer shared his weird funnies via YouTube, Vine and a live stage show. Below are some treats from Castle Vlad beginning with the traditional blooper reel from this year's season.



Last week, Vlad put on quite the shindig with his Castle Vlad's Mad Monster Party, a live stage show that entertained an all ages crowd of two hundred plus! The family friendly show featured many of the monstrous denizens of Castle Vlad. The best way to describe the show is that it was a mix of Scooby-Doo, 1970s variety hour and some vaudeville thrown in for good measure. Scroll down for some photos from Castle Vlad's Mad Monster Party.


Frankentina tells Vlad to stop whatever he's doing because the live show is about to begin!


The Addams Family show up and Grandmama let's the audience know she has stinky feet!


Vlad's Go-Go Ghouls dance the night away during the Monster Shindig. 


The Go-Go Ghouls summon Vlad out of his coffin!


Frankentina and Tonga the Man-Ape patiently wait for Vlad to come up on stage. 


Vlad puts Frankentina and unknowingly Tonga into a trance. 


Who knew Tonga was a ballet dancer? 


Frankentina tricks Vlad into letting her walk the runway. She's always dreamt of being a fashion model.


The gang finds out the theater is haunted by a phantom and plans to investigate.


Vlad feels the pain and punishment from the horrible puns of Dr. Schlock and Nurse Wound.


Zoinks! Nurse Wound is here to give everyone a shot with the biggest hypodermic needle known to man!


Children from the community submitted stories to the local newspaper. The winners had their stories acted out on stage.


Here's one of the lucky winners with his prize, a Not So Goodie Goodie Bag!


The Phantom tries to ruin the show and causes poor Nurse Wound to faint. Or course it turns out he was just a guy in a costume thwarted by some meddling kids.


Dance break! Vlad goes full hippie and performs the classic hippie song, Incense and Peppermints with his Go-Go Ghouls.  


This last photo is of Vlad's Go-Go Ghouls brought to life (or is that dead) by the LOZ Dancers and Cool Breeze Airbrushed Tattoos & Facepainting.

One last thing that is new for Castle Vlad this year are the Vine videos. These little six-second video loops are random, but always fun. (Don't forget to click on the sound symbol in the bottom corner to hear Vlad!)



You can follow Castle Vlad on Vine or at the Weird Hollow twitter page.

Once again, Happy Halloween from Castle Vlad. Thanks for watching and don't forget to follow Castle Vlad on Facebook.

HALLOWEEN WALLPAPER: HAPPY HALLOWE'EN TO YOU


Happy Halloween! I made this 1920x1080 wallpaper from an old greeting card that I posted a few countdowns ago. I think it's the perfect one to end the Halloween wallpaper series. These were fun to make and I hope everyone enjoyed 'em!

Check back throughout the day, as I'll have a few more treats before Neato Ghoulville crawls back into the grave!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CAN YOU GRAB THE GREAT PUMPKIN?

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If you can reach into your computer monitor and grab this floating pumpkin, then the Great Pumpkin will visit you this Halloween!

VLAD DIGS THE MONSTER CEREALS


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1973 NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ABOUT BOO BERRY AND MARKET RESEARCH


I've always been a fan of General Mills Monster Cereals for as long as I can remember and Boo Berry has always been my favorite of the gang. Below is an article I found about the intro of Boo and some of the market research that went into developing the famous cereal. Click on the article to go big for easier reading.


Back during in 2007, I shared an article about Boo Berry from the pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland. Here's the same article once again.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MONSTROUS GOOD TIME AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD


This past summer the first lady of Neato Coolville and myself were treated to a fun day at Universal Studios in California. I've always wanted to visit Universal Studios since I was a kid and I'm thankful we had the opportunity. For the Halloween countdown, here are some of the monster related things we spotted on our tour. We entered the park just at the right time to see the mascot parade. I love that Dracula is driving the hearse. Zoinks! If you click on the photo, you'll notice Frankenstein's monster pointing at me. At the time I wasn't sure why. At the bottom of this post I'll tell you why.


The first attraction we visited was Universal's House of Horrors. It's a walkthrough into the world of Universal Monsters. At the time, we didn't realize that 2014 was the last year for this attraction. 


The lobby has lots of monster stuff to see before you enter the walkthrough. Monster movie posters, monster mannequins, monster props and lots of monster etc. It was monsterrific!    



One of the first things you see or glimpse at is Dracula. He only shows up in a flash when lightning strikes. I was lucky to snap a pic at the right moment.


Some of the figures are real people in costume and it was hard to tell between the fake and the real. This statue vamp was a real person and it almost made me drop my phone just after snapping this pic.


Probably the coolest part was seeing the Phantom of the Opera. I wasn't able to tell if this was a person in costume or an animatronic. Sorry for the blurry grainy photos.


Though I like how this pic sort of looks like an old pulp magazine cover!


Wooooooolf Man is in the building! Or is that a Bigfoot? Yeti? Sasquatch? Hmm... I'm not sure.


The Bride of Frankenstein is sleeping on the job in this photo. Wake up Bride and say hello!


Old Frank kept reaching out and trying to grab people. My terrible photo makes him look more like Michael Myers than Frankenstein.

This was a fun walkthrough and it's sad that the attraction went dark forever. Hopefully they'll come up with something else to honor their monsters. Click here to watch a video of the final walkthrough.


Now for the main attraction, the Universal Studio Tour. The hour+ wait was worth it!


The closest I will ever get to the famous Stage 28. This is where some of the greatest Universal Monster movies were filmed including The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula and The Bride of Frankenstein. Sadly, this historic stage was demolished back in September.


The Court of Miracles is hallowed...or maybe I should say, horrored ground. On this site, famous monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, Wolf Man and the Hunchback of Notre Dame walked the streets. Even though the original sets burned back in the late 1960s, it was cool for this monster kid and his bride to see the replicas. 


 The Black Lagoon! We didn't see the Creature, but I bet he was just below the surface lurking.


We're going to need a bigger tram!


It might not look like it, but this is where the Munsters lived on 1313 Mockingbird Lane. I snapped the photo below of a production model of the Munster House located in the lobby of the House of Horrors attraction.


Production model from the 1988 TV show, The Munsters Today.


Neat, it's a Halloween Universal Studios yard sale! Nope. Just a bunch of props left on the street. Probably from the Home & Family show. They tape in one of the house sets close to the Bates Motel. I'm not sure, but some of those Halloween props look like the work of fellow Halloweeen Countdowner and prop master Dave Lowe.


There! The Bates Motel just looks better in black and white! The house sits just behind the motel.



Mother Bates sits and watches all the trams go by. Day after day after day. When you go on the tour, be sure to wave to Mother when you pass the Bates house.


This almost does it for my monster tour of Universal Studios. Here's the reason Frankenstein's monster was pointing at me in the first photo. He needed an abby normal brain! I said Beetlejuice three times for some help, but that just made matters worse. Luckily, my old Weird Al shirt saved me! Thanks Al!

I will leave you with two Frankenstein images below.


Outside the park and on the Universal's CityWalk is a cool theater with a neat Frankenstein front!


The best parking garage name ever, Frankenstein Parking! 

HALLOWEEN WALLPAPER: HOUSE OF USHER


Feeling a little boxed in? Well... this 1920x1080 wallpaper from the House of Usher will not help, but it will look cool on your desktop this Halloween season. Click image to save to your computer.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HAKE'S HALLOWEEN: 13 ITEMS FROM AUCTION #213

Originally this post was going to be for the League of Extraordinary Bloggers. I didn't realize during my blogging absence that the club had disbanded. For the past few Hake's auctions, club members were posting virtual auction shopping sprees and it was one of my favorite assignments from the club. So in honor of LOEB, here we go for one last time.


Halloween might be around the corner but whenever I get the latest Hake's Auction catalog, it feels like Christmas! Their newest auction #213 is ready for bidders and it closes out on November 11-13. This appropriately numbered auction has lots of treats for the Halloween/monster collector and since we're approaching the end of the Halloween countdown let's take a look at thirteen items.


Glass candy containers are always fun but this neat little Jack-O wins the cakewalk of cool! For something from the 1920s, it's amazing that it still has most of its original paint. 


I love looking at original comic art and it's always great to see pieces from the golden age. This Famous Funnies cover features a fun Halloween theme by artist Stephen Douglas. With Famous Funnies, Douglas was one the first editors in comics and was a mentor to many great comic artists. This cover was a gift from Douglas to the great Al Williamson.


Karloff's likeness as Frankenstein's monster is portrayed in this fantastic painting. Even though the painting was created by amateur artist James Vesey, it's still a special piece. Besides the excellent rendering, it was created in 1936, just five years after the original release. Talk about an early example of Fan Art!

Go ahead and just stare at this wonderful box art! Aurora had some amazing artists designing their boxes. So what happened to the Addams Family? Did they simply move away or did something nefarious happen to them? Anyway, Aurora evicted them and the house became haunted. 



Here's another way to look at some fantastic Aurora artwork and that's by flipping through the retailer's catalogs. One lucky winning bidder will have access to the awesome textless box art. This lot features catalogs from 1970, 1971, 1973 and 1975.

    
6. Aurora Assembled Monster Model Kit Lot

There's just something neat about seeing a collection of built-up monster models. I'm sure if I was born a decade earlier these monsters would have been proudly displayed on my bookshelf as a kid. 


Back when I worked at an antique shop, these little Rosbro Halloween toys never stayed in the store for very long. They always sold and for good money. My favorite has always been the witch on a rocket!


This original art is crazy man, crazy! 1960s kids were lucky to have so many wild model designs to choose from. I think a rock band should buy this and repurpose it into their next album cover.


This Monster Beach Hat almost leaves me speechless! Sure, there are items in Hake's latest auction that eclipses this for quality and value, but this piece is simply awe inspiring. (Be sure to click on the link to see the other monsters that wrap around the hat.)   


 I hope the kid that wore this Outer Limits monster costume got a bunch of candy and also a few screams from grossed out 1960s moms!

11. Remco Universal City Studio's Carded Monster Action Figure Set

 Such a classy line of action figures and a set that's gaining in value each year. Also, the Wolfman worked perfect, back in the day, as an extra figure for the Star Wars Creature Cantina playset!

12. Frankenstein Oil Painting By Numbers Boxed Hasbro Set

Wow! There were Universal Monsters paint-by-numbers sets?! I love paint-by-numbers and I didn't realize that Hasbro offered them back in the 1960s. Hake's has three boxed sets in individual auctions. Besides Frankenstein, there's Wolf Man and Dracula. These sure beat the boring old farm and pony set you always see in flea markets! 


 Now this is nice to see! About twenty years ago, I saw one of these at a comic book show and ever since I've always admired this amazing piece. Truly, this is the 8th Wonder of the Collecting World!

It was difficult only showing thirteen when Hake's has a ton of other neato cool items up for auction, but you'll just have to investigate auction #213 for yourself.

Happy Hake's Halloween!

(By the way, this post is not sponsored by Hake's in anyway. I just enjoy looking at all the amazing items up for auction. Just saying.)