Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween Pin-ups

Dusty Anderson

Dusty Anderson

Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake

Clara Bow

Clara Bow

Anne Nagel

Anne Nagel

Hedy Lamar

Hedy Lamar

Lola Blanc

Lola Blanc

Betty Grable

Betty Grable

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anonymous

Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh

Nan Grey

Nan Grey

Dusty Anderson

Dusty Anderson

3 anonymous devils

3 anonymous devils

June Knight

June Knight

June Lang

June Lang

Joyce Holden

Joyce Holden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Psycho: Behind the Scenes

Filmed in 1959 and released in late 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho has been voted  the #3 best horror movie of all time. Made with Hitchcock’s own money ($800,000) and generally regarded as too base and cheap a property for the great director. Psycho surprised everyone, making more money than any of his other pictures. Hitch was so confident in the film that he took no fee for direction instead opting for 60% of ticket sales. He certainly played his cards right, with Psycho making well over $40 million in his lifetime, giving him a tidy fortune and the last laugh.

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Alfred and Janet - The Shower

Alfred and Janet – The Shower

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Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh

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Anthony Perkins

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Tony, Alfred and Janet

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Halloween Countdown – Goddamn those spooky kids

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Halloween Count-down: The art of Basil Gogos

Basil Gogos – During the 1960s, Gogos provided a steady stream of illustrations for a variety of New York-based publications. The majority of his work during this period was for men’s adventure magazines for which he painted scenes of World War II battles, jungle perils and crime as well as cheesecake portraits of beautiful women. However, Gogos’ greatest impact as an illustrator was the work he did for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. The magazine’s covers were usually eye-catching close-ups of horror movie characters that had become popular again with their re-release on TV. Gogos first cover featured an impressionistic portrait of Vincent Price from House of Usher painted in shades of red, yellow and green. Over the next two decades, he created almost 50 covers for Famous Monsters, many of which have become iconic images of that period.

In the late 1970s, Gogos gave up full time commercial illustration to devote himself more to his original goal of doing fine art. He produced personal art pieces in watercolor and other media, while earning his livelihood as a photo retoucher in the ad department of United Artists. While there, he also did occasional illustrations for movie posters. Gogos later moved into advertising where he produced presentation sketches and storyboards for commercials for a major ad agency.

Due to a resurgence of interest in classic horror films and collectibles, Gogos returned to the horror genre in the 1990s. During this time, new Gogos monster portraits appeared on trading cards, lithographs and the covers of Monsterscene magazine. He has also painted CD covers for rock stars Rob Zombie and The Misfits.

Vincent Price - Madhouse

Vincent Price – Madhouse

Bela Lugosi - Dracula

Bela Lugosi – Dracula

Boris Karlof - Frankenstein

Boris Karlof – Frankenstein

Lon Chaney - Mr Hyde

Lon Chaney – Mr Hyde

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon

King Kong

King Kong

Dr Sardonicus

Dr Sardonicus

Ingrid Pitt - Vampyre Lovers

Ingrid Pitt – Vampyre Lovers

The Mummy

The Mummy

Renfield

Renfield

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

Nosferatu

Nosferatu

Vincent Price

Vincent Price

Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing

Christopher Lee - Dracula

Christopher Lee – Dracula

The Wolfman

The Wolfman

Rondo Hatton

Rondo Hatton

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Christopher Lee - Frankenstein

Christopher Lee – Frankenstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design: The Bride of Frankenstein

The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935 – The first of a long list of sequels in the Frankenstein saga. The first treatment was called The New Adventures of Frankenstein — The Monster Lives!, but quickly changed. Directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff  as the Monster and 33 year old Elsa Lancaster as the titular Bride (as well as Mary Shelly in the opening sequence). The film was critically praised upon its release, although some reviewers did qualify their opinions based on the film’s being in the horror genre. The New York Telegram called the film “good entertainment of its kind”. The New York Post described it as “a grotesque, gruesome tale which, of its kind, is swell”. The Hollywood Reporter similarly called the film “a joy for those who can appreciate it” The posters and art for Bride… are all beautiful and extremely rare. The first poster below brought over $700K at auction a few years ago (there’s only one thought to exist).

Bride - teaser poster 1935

Bride – teaser poster 1935

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French poster

French poster

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Belgian poster

Belgian poster

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English re-release 1950s

English re-release 1950s

German poster

German poster

The Bride - Elsa Lancaster

The Bride – Elsa Lancaster

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Behind the scenes - tea time

Behind the scenes – tea time

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Photography: Vintage Morgue Photos (slight warning)

More creepy than gruesome, these were originally intended to be part of another Halloween post but that seemed slightly disrespectful somehow. These are, however, incredibly interesting, the doctors, the setting, the tools and the corpses themselves. These aren’t meant to show how to perform autopsy’s but more a class photo that happens to have a dead person in it. Slight warning – these are a bit disturbing so continue at your own risk.

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