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Scream Factory Delays Release of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi Blu-Ray Collection

Fans of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff will have to wait a few months longer for the blu-ray debut of some of their vintage team-ups, as Scream Factory’s upcoming collection has been delayed three month to June 18.

Scream Factory announced on twitter that “..unforeseen discussions behind the scenes” were responsible for the delay (perhaps Poelzig and Dr.  Werdegast had another dispute).

**Update on THE BORIS KARLOFF / BELA LUGOSI COLLECTION** Sorry guys but we've had to move our Blu-ray release a couple of months due to some unforeseen discussions behind-the-scenes. The new planned street date is now 6/18/19. read more

Tristan Eaton Creates Massive Universal Classic Monsters Mural on Universal Studios Lot

Universal Studios decided to spruce up their lot with a tribute to several of their all time greats. Nothing says “monster” like a 50×200 foot mural dedicated to the most famous ghouls of all time, and street artist Tristan Eaton has really delivered on the Universal Studios lot! The prolific painter began his journey in mid-January, working from a boom lift nearly 25 feet in the air; and now he’s ready to unveil his work to the public.

The Hollywood Reporter documented Eaton’s work in their latest issue, and they featured several interesting facts about his newest project. Eaton says he went through about 40 cans of spray paint per day as he crafted beautiful testaments to Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Donna Langley, Universal’s film chairperson, said they chose spray paint for the project because the classic monsters, “were the outsiders, outcasts, rebels and outlaws of their time.” For Eaton, the massive image is a labor of love: “I’m working my butt off for this because I love it so much.” read more

‘Mr. Higgins Comes Home’ Artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: The Horror News Network Interview

Just in time for Halloween, Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell have cooked up a delicious original graphic novel treat for all fans of classic Universal and Hammer horror films entitled Mr. Higgins Comes Home. Horror News Network had the pleasure of speaking to artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell and he discussed his unique style, monster movies, and “sad werewolves”.

Horror News Network: How did you become involved with Mr. Higgins?

Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: Mike and I were on a Sketch Panel at the UK’s Thought Bubble Festival and we got the chance to briefly chat and he suggested we might work on something together. He is such a hero of mine; I dared not think that would turn out the way it did. He got back in touch with this idea he had and I was amazed, then Scott Allie got in touch too and slowly it started to become an actual reality. I would get physical pangs of excitement while working on the pages and I still find it hard to believe even though the book is (about to be) on the shelf now. I cannot thank Mike, Scott and Dark Horse enough. read more

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Brings his Extensive Horror Poster Collection to Salem this Fall

The worlds of heavy metal and horror have always gone together perfectly.  Whether it was the original metal band Black Sabbath taking their name from the 1963 film starring Vincent Price, the devilish artwork that graced an Iron Maiden album cover, or the ominous chords of Metallica intoning “the Call of Ktulu”, metal fans are by nature horror fans.

And of course, none are bigger than Metallica’s guitarist Kirk Hammett.  In 2012, Hammett shared his love of horror and his extensive memorabilia collection with the world through his book entitled Too Much Horror Business and he is about to share his collection in  a much more personal way.  read more

Full Trailer for “The Mummy” Reboot Starring Tom Cruise is Released

Last week we posted the teaser trailer for Universal Pictures’ newest reboot of The Mummy franchise and now the full trailer has landed. Featuring Tom Cruise in what looks to be a very “action movie”-style take on The Mummy story, we get a larger view of Sofia Boutella as the title character.

The Mummy is the first in what Universal is hoping to be a reboot of their classic monsters with Javier Bardem slated to take on the role of Frankenstein and Johnny Depp to tackle The Invisible Man. Also, according to writer/director/producer Alex Kurtzman, it seems that all of the separate movies are to culminate in a “meeting of the monsters” Marvel-type film. read more

Star of Spanish Dracula Lupita Tovar Dies at 106 Years Old

Lupita Tovar, star of Universal’s Spanish-language Dracula (1931), has died at the age of 106.

Tovar was one of the last remaining stars of the original Universal Monster film cycle that began with Tod Browning’s Dracula in 1931.  The Mexican-born actress had a long career in Hollywood, but genre fans will always remember her for role as Eva Stewart in director Paul Kohner’s version, which many critics contend (David Skal in particular on the Universal Horrror documentary currently available on the Frankenstein Complete Legacy Collection blu-ray) is a technically superior film to Browning’s classic.  She also starred in the Spanish-language version of The Cat Creeps.   read more

The Autograph History of Hollywood Legend Lon Chaney Sr.

For some horror collectors, owning a genuine piece of autographed memorabilia can be the ultimate prize. There’s nothing better than owning a precious item signed by a legendary member of Hollywood royalty. Some folks begin their journey of collecting autographs in person at local conventions. Others collect in person at press events or celebrity hotspots. And then there is another style of autograph collecting… a method that involves tremendous research and a historical perspective. At some point in a collector’s life, owning signatures of the Freddys and Jasons of the world isn’t enough. Now it’s time to go back to the beginning. It’s time to add the greatest monsters of all time: the original Universal Monsters! read more