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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