Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vintage Friday! Moltar, "The Prince of Chaos" from Remco's The Saga of Crystar Action Figures (1982)


This is going to be the final post for week 3 of my Countdown to Halloween.  This week's theme has been HALF HUMAN, HALF HORROR: Vampires, Werewolves, Apemen and More, a Week of Human Beings Crossed With Horrible Things!  I've been focusing on half human, half animals all week, but this guy's a little different, he's half man, half lava!  It's Moltar, the Prince of Chaos and Leader of the Magma Men, from Remco's The Saga of Crystar Action figure line.  Let's check him out after the break in this bonus, non-Friday edition of Vintage Fridays!

Half Human, Half Horror Music Playlist


This week's playlist is "Half Human, Half Horror: Vampires, Werewolves, Apemen and More! A Playlist of Human Beings Crossed With Horrible Things."  It's divided up in sections for the type of monster below, but the playlist itself runs together.

ARE WE NOT MEN?
  • (Sound Effects - Wild Animal Sounds)
  • Elastica - See That Animal
  • The Germs - Manimal

HALF HUMANS
  • Butthole Surfers - Human Cannonball
  • The Cramps - Human Fly
  • Elastica - Only Human

CAT PEOPLE
  • The Kills - Cat Claw
  • Cindy Nahaeeka - Cat Wants Cheese
  • Godz - White Cat Heat
  • The Cure - The Lovecats

MONKEY MEN
  • Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
  • The BellRays - Monkey House
  • Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters - Monkey Man
  • Does It Offend You, Yeah? - The Monkeys Are Coming
  • Nirvana - Very Ape

BAT PEOPLE
  • Frankenstein and the All-Star Monster Band - Who are the Casual Girls (in a Vampire Video Game)
  • Gorillaz - Dracula
  • Meco - Love Me Dracula
  • Hot Blood - Soul Dracula
  • Total Coelo - Dracula's Tango
  • Arctic Monkeys - Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But...
  • Screaming Lord Sutch - Dracula's Daughter
  • Roky Erickson & the Aliens - Night of the Vampire

WOLF MEN
  • Guitar Wolf - Planet Of The Wolves
  • TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
  • The Nomads - Where the Wolf Bane Blooms
  • The Born Losers - Werewolves On Wheels
  • Radiohead - A Wolf At The Door (It Girl. Rag Doll)
  • Lee Kristofferson - Night of the Werewolf
  • The Cramps - I Was a Teenage Werewolf
  • Howlin' Wolf - I'm the Wolf
  • Southern Culture On The Skids - Werewolf
  • Round Robin - I'm the Wolfman
  • Swans - The Wolf
  • Vincent Price - To Become A Werewolf
Embedded playlists you can listen to after the break:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Wolfman (2010) Unrated Director's Cut



I was pretty excited about The Wolfman, Universal's 2010 remake of it's classic 1941 horror movie The Wolf Man.  But then the movie came out, and got pretty bad reviews and word of mouth.  I still wanted to see it to judge for myself, but I kept letting it getting pushed back in my queue in favor of other flicks.  But it's directed by the same guy who directed The Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avenger, so it should be good, right?  I finally got around to watching it yesterday, only four years late!  And you know what?  I likes it!  Is it a classic?  No, not really, but it's still pretty darn good.  I'll talk about it a bit after the break.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Vintage Friday! "The Remco Dracula Picture Show," Featuring the 1979 Remco Mini Monster Dracula


The Mini Monsters were a line of 3 3/4 inch officially licensed Universal Monsters action figures released by Remco in 1979.   They are very similar to classic Kenner Star Wars figures and have the standard five points of articulation.  Dracula originally came with a vinyl cape that was black on the outside and red on the inside, but my figure has a replacement cape of all black.  The action figures joining Dracula in today's photo series are a vintage Kenner Princess Leia, Zica Toys' Six Million Dollar Man, and Funko ReAction's The Goonies Sloth.  One note, my Dracula figure has a piece of paint chipped of off his nose, but I touched it up in the photos.

And now, on with "The Remco Dracula Picture Show..."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vintage Friday! Beastman, from Mattel's Flash Gordon Action Figures (1980)


Half human, half gorilla, and half Smurf... if my math is right, that equals one scary monster! It's "Beastman," a figure from Mattel's 1979 Flash Gordon line of action figures.  Let's check him out after the break, in this bonus Countdown to Halloween Thursday edition of Vintage Fridays!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Retro Wednedsay! Bif Bang Pow's Twilight Zone Action Figures: Bob Wilson and The Gremlin


I've mostly been reviewing Funko and Super 7's ReAction figures on Retro Wednesdays, but they aren't the only people making retro figures in this scale.  Today I'll be checking out two of Bif Bang Pow's Twilight Zone figures: Bob Wilson and The Gremlin, from the classic William Shatner starring episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."  Check them out after the break!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Half Human, Half Horror


Don't really have time for a full post today, so here's an animated gif from my upcoming pictorial of Remco's Mini Monsters Dracula.  The complete set will be up in a few days.  And I've got lots of good stuff coming this week, so I'll hopefully make up for the lack of a substantial update today.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sundry Monday! Raceway Lily and Hotrod Grandpa Action Figures from Diamond Select's The Munsters

Week 3 of my Countdown to Halloween officially begins with this post, as I begin HALF HUMAN, HALF HORROR: Vampires, Werewolves, Apemen, and More, a Week of Human Beings Crossed With Horrible Things!  I'm kicking it off with a look at two action figures of Half Human, Half Bats, aka Vampires!  It's Grandpa Dracula himself, along with his daughter Lily, from Diamond Select's The Munsters action figures.  In particular, it's "Raceway Lily" and "Hotrod Grandpa," both based off of their appearance in the Munsters episode "Hot Rod Herman."  let's check them out after the break.

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