Saturday, 28 September 2013

Goblin 2013 Melbourne Concert Review

Seeing as the legendary Italian prog-rock/soundtrack masters Goblin have just landed on U.S. shores as part of their triumphant international tour, I thought I'd include a belated link here to my review at the Cinemadrome forums of their 5-star show in July this year in Melbourne.

The review can be read here:

Audience shot of the full-to-capacity Melbourne Billboard gig:

Another audience shot of the again sell-out Melbourne town hall show, November 2012:


An extension of the original 2010 web video series RETURN OF THE BLOODSUCKING NAZI ZOMBIES, created and written by Robert Monell and directed by ‘Mathis Vogel’ aka highly innovative and talented up-and-coming genre filmmaker Alex Bakshaev. A no-budget ($50!!! Yes you read that right) semi-sequel to Jess Franco’s OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES. “Evil genius Dr. Orloff dispatches Andros, a murderous android, to Earth on a mission to start a global zombie outbreak. See the mad Dr. Mabuse, the sinister Dr. Orloff and crazed cultist Howard Vernon battle for the control of humanity!” Great use of location shots, lighting effects and music in the series shows just how much you can achieve even with a micro-budget and I’m really looking forward to the full-length feature.
Watch the original series here:

Some teaser stills from the feature film...coming soon!


Friday, 13 September 2013

A 'mystery' Jess Franco title - 'He's Dead Because of the Burglars'

A filmography of Jess Franco films in an old issue of the UK horror magazine Samhain (Issue 5, Sept/Oct 1987) has something called 'He's Dead Because of the Burglars' listed as one of his films from 1979, though in my years of reading Franco articles/information I’ve never seen any other reference to this extremely bizarre ‘mystery’ title. Neither have renowned Franco experts Robert Monell and Francesco Cesari. This could be either (a) an obscure retitling (b) a never-filmed project (c) an error by the authors of the filmography (d) a fictitious title made up by someone (e) a long-lost film (unlikely). Note that The Hot Death aka 99 Women has been erroneously included here.


I highly recommend writer and fellow genre expert Allen Kupfer's very entertaining and original spin on the Dracula legend, The Journal of Professor Abraham Van Helsing. An addictively spooky and atmospheric novel written in ‘diary’ style, the plot entails the author Kupfer unearthing an old journal in his grandmother’s attic which turns out to have belonged to the legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing (who was a close friend of Kupfer’s grandfather). The diary traces Van Helsing’s journey to Hungary where at the residence of vampire specialist Dr.Borescu, he first encounters the beautiful, hypnotically seductive female vampire Malia and witnesses the devastation the plague of the undead is causing across Eastern Europe. Van Helsing flees home to Amsterdam by the skin of his teeth, but soon discovers that nothing will stop Malia from capturing her prey upon realising his beloved wife has been infected. Realising that he may never escape the vampires, Van Helsing delves into research to try and find a way to stop their evil reign and discovers the possibility that it was in fact Malia who transformed Vlad the Impaler into a vampire, and that Malia and her ilk originated from the Middle East centuries ago. Thus continues Van Helsing’s grisly quest as he ventures to the exotic locales of Transylvania and Mosul where the ghastly creatures continue to wreak bloody, brutal mayhem...
Fluid and action-packed, the ‘journal’ format doesn’t distract from the reading experience at all and really enhances it, particularly with the addition of footnotes, annotations and eerie pencil ‘sketches’. An excellent addition to the vampire literature genre and a must-read for all vampire and horror fans.
Available at Amazon: