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A Taste of The Epic Untold Saga of Frankenstein The True Story

The Epic Untold Saga Behind
FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY (1973)
Explodes in the Special New Issue of
LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #38

by Sam Irvin

I’ve been a fan of Frankenstein: The True Story ever since it was first broadcast on NBC-TV in two parts in 1973. First of all, the cast was incredible: James Mason, Leonard Whiting, Michael Sarrazin, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Nicola Pagett, Agnes Moorehead, Sir Ralph Richardson, Sir John Gielgud and Tom Baker! The scope of the movie was epic – and I later learned it had the highest budget of any made-for-television movie AND the highest budget of any horror film up to that time.

When Richard Klemensen, editor and publisher of Little Shoppe of Horrors, offered me the opportunity to spearhead an issue of the magazine devoted entirely to Frankenstein: The True Story, I couldn’t resist the opportunity.

This movie inspired an entire generation of writers and directors, myself included. Immediately upon seeing the film, Anne Rice was directly inspired to write Interview with a Vampire – and she has contributed a foreword to the issue.

Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) is another fan who contributed an essay called “Queer Frankenstein” examining the gay subtext of the film – which was scripted by legendary gay couple Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy.

Guillermo del Toro wrote that the movie is “quirky, brilliant and moving.”

So why is this film so often forgotten? It is my mission to rectify that injustice and to present, for the very first time anywhere, a detailed analysis of the making of this groundbreaking milestone – with over twenty interviews of cast and crew, including Leonard Whiting, Jane Seymour, David McCallum and co-screenwriter Don Bachardy. Whether you are a fan or not, the adventure behind its creation is so astounding, it is an epic unto itself. Prepare to catch your jaw before it drops to the floor.

To give you just a taste of what I have uncovered during years of investigation, here is an excerpt to whet your appetite – a chapter entitled The Elsa Lanchester Crisis:

Hunt Stromberg Jr., producer of Frankenstein: The True Story, set his sights on collecting guest stars to play the various featured roles in the film. For the part of Mrs. Blair, the nosy landlady of Dr. Frankenstein – which Ingrid Bergman and Bette Davis had already turned down – Stromberg wanted a “Una O’Connor type,” referring to the quirky Irish character actress who played Minnie, the mettlesome and skittish housekeeper, in Bride of Frankenstein.

In 1942, when Universal released The Ghost of Frankenstein, critics noted that certain actors in the movie, such as Lionel Atwill and Dwight Frye, had portrayed different characters in earlier Frankenstein films, prompting the studio to issue a press release stating that it was “the custom of the studio” to bring back some of “the same faces in each succeeding feature of the Frankenstein series.”

Inspired by this hallowed tradition, Stromberg suddenly became obsessed with the idea of Mrs. Blair being portrayed by Elsa Lanchester, 70 – next-door-neighbor of Frankenstein: The True Story screenwriters Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy – who had so memorably played Mary Shelley and the female creature in Bride. Stromberg met Lanchester in early 1935 when he was just 11-years-old – when she was simultaneously shooting his father’s movie Naughty Marietta at MGM and Bride of Frankenstein at Universal – and, from then on, she’d remained a family friend. In the 1960s, when Stromberg was VP of Programming for CBS, he personally cast her as a guest star on a number of CBS shows – and, impishly, he made a habit of ending letters with this tongue-in-cheek wrap-up: “Must close now, as Elsa Lanchester has just arrived to show off her new wart.”

Though she occasionally grumbled about her fame as the Bride, in truth, Lanchester basked in the glory of her most famous role – and, in the autumn of her career, she did not shy away from spooky projects that played upon that image, including Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968), Willard (1971) and an episode of Night Gallery (1972). And she certainly had no problem adding those two familiar wavy white streaks to her frizzy mane when she guest-starred as a mad scientist on The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Brain-Killer Affair (1965) – a shameless sendup of her electrifying coiffure in Bride. That gig also introduced Lanchester to U.N.C.L.E. series regular David McCallum who would work with her again in Frankenstein: The True Story if Stromberg had his way.

Lanchester truly wanted to do it – but, alas, she was already committed to shoot two back-to-back, low-budget horror films in Hollywood at the very same time – Terror in the Wax Museum and Arnold for Bing Crosby Productions. Gnashing his teeth, Stromberg offered to buy out Lanchester’s contract but the producers held firm. Then, he turned to his associate producer Ian Lewis and said, “My father managed to work around Bride of Frankenstein in order to get Elsa into his movie. Why can’t we figure out a way to do the same?”

I remember ‘the Elsa Lanchester crisis’ very well,” recalled Ian Lewis. “Hunt damn near drove us crazy but, ultimately, she just couldn’t be reasonably scheduled.”

Heartbroken, Lanchester honored her contract and remained Stateside to perform in two of the most forgettable films on her resume. What’s even sadder is that, after finishing those films, she didn’t work again for two-and-a-half years (until her comeback in the all-star spoof Murder by Death).

For the role of Mrs. Blair, Stromberg finally landed Agnes Moorehead, 72, who had won an Emmy, two Golden Globes, and four Oscar nominations – not to mention her iconic role as Endora, Samantha’s witch of a mother, in Bewitched (1964-1972).

As luck would have it, Moorehead knew Una O’Connor quite well, having worked with the actress in RKO’s Government Girl (1943). So, Stromberg’s directive to play Mrs. Blair as “a Una O’Connor type” was taken to heart – resulting in Moorehead affecting a thick Irish accent and hamming it up for all it was worth.

This is just a tiny sliver of my 50,000-word exposé that is presented in Little Shoppe of Horrors #38. The making of Frankenstein: The True Story is jam-packed with surprises beyond your wildest imagination and reads like a Who’s Who, directly involving such luminaries as Marlon Brando, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Francis Ford Coppola, John Boorman, John Schlesinger, Jon Voight, Roman Polanski, Warren Beatty, Franco Zeffirelli, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Jacqueline Bisset, François Truffaut, Angela Lansbury, Boris Sagal, Barbra Streisand, Jon Peters, Mia Farrow, Sid Sheinberg, Lew Wasserman, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Geoffrey Holder, Harry Saltzman, Peter Ustinov, James Bridges, Albert Finney, Rex Harrison, Simone Signoret, Julie Christie, Lindsay Anderson, Richard Chamberlain, Mervyn LeRoy, Alec Guinness, Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave, Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich, Valerie Hobson, John Profumo, Robert Morley, Peter Yates, Candice Bergen, George Seaton, Alan Bates, Maurice Jarre, Anthony Perkins, Michel Legrand, Burt Lancaster, John Barry, Anthony Quinn, Richard Rodney Bennett, Tuesday Weld, Neil Diamond, Ernest Borgnine, Mae West and Queen Elizabeth. I kid you not.

To help us celebrate the completion of this issue, events are being scheduled as though this were a book. Well, it pretty much is!

To kick things off on the West Coast, Creature Features – Taylor White’s amazing store and gallery in Burbank, California – is hosting a retrospective discussion and exhibit (of FTTS memorabilia and all the original artwork in the magazine) on Sunday, June 18, 2:00-3:30 PM, with guest panelists James Duke Mason, Julian Barnes (supporting actor in the film), Denise Mellé (widow of the film’s composer Gil Mellé), artist Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and yours truly. Limited edition prints, signed and numbered, of the cover mural artwork by Mark Maddox will be on sale exclusively at the Creature Features store/gallery and website.

On the weekend of June 23-25, LSoH editor Dick Klemensen, cover artist Mark Maddox, interior artist Neil D. Vokes and I will be attending the Monster Bash Convention near Pittsburgh, PA, to meet, greet and drumbeat the issue.

Then, it’s on to Manhattan where Dread Central & Forbidden Planet are co-presenting a FREE screening and discussion of Frankenstein: The True Story at the Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011, on Tuesday, June 27, 6:00-10:00 PM, hosted by legendary Tony Timpone (former editor of Fangoria). A unique 16mm print will be projected with everything from the original telecast, plus extra seconds of censored footage only seen in the foreign theatrical release. Guest panelists will include Alec Smight (son of the late Jack Smight, director of Frankenstein: The True Story), Philippe Spurrell (founder of Cinéclub/Film Society of Montreal; curator of this unique 16mm print), James Anthony Phillips (who wrote the sidebar on Gil Melle’s score for the issue) and, again, yours truly.

And, finally, on Thursday, June 29, from 6:00-8:00 PM, I will be signing copies of the magazine and chatting up a storm at Forbidden Planet, 832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, thanks to the store’s intrepid manager / gore guru Matt Desiderio.

I look forward to seeing you at these special events and/or communicating with you on my Facebook page. I hope you enjoy the issue! It has been the ultimate labor-of-love.

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Girls & Corpses signing Nov 11th

Attention Forbidden Planet customers! Prepare yourself for a massive signing for the premiere horror/comedy magazine Girls & Corpses!
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GIRLS and CORPSES MAGAZINE signing at Forbidden Planet NYC
Friday November 11th 5:30 pm to 8 pm
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

with special signing guests:

ROBERT ‘Corpsy’ RHINE Girls and Corpses Founder/Deaditor-In-Chief (Exec Prod Rob Zombie’s 31)
ROY FRUMKES (writer/producer Street Trash, Slime City Massacre, Killer Rack)

JOEL REED (director Blood Sucking Freaks, Night of The Zombies, Blood Bath)
WEYLIN Coyote WEGNER (Senior corpsepondant Girls and Corpses)
BRIAN ORLOWSKI (Illustrator for Girls and Corpses and Last Laughs book)

and the bands:

NECRO (NY Death Rapper)
KISSING CANDICE (Long Island deathcore)
QUENTIN and WENDELL JONES (The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns / Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame)

This is the first East coast signing ever for Girls and Corpses Magazine! All celebrity guests will be signing their issues of Girls and Corpses and also their films, posters and photos.

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The store signing at Forbidden Planet will be followed by a Midnight screening of the film PARASITES (executive produced and co-starring Robert “Corpsy” Rhine) as part of the NYC Horror Film Festival at the Chelsea Cinepolis Movie Theater (260 West 23rd Street, NYC)

Parasites Info, tickets and movie trailer here: http://nychorrorfest.com/movies/parasites/

 

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Tales of Poe DVD Release Party October 26th 7-9PM

Forbidden Planet and Wild Eye Releasing team up once again for a DVD release party of spooky proportions.

Wednesday October 26th from 7-9 get freaky with the cast and crew of Tales of Poe.

Just check out this guest list…

Alan Rowe Kelly Director The Blood Shed
Randy Jones Actor Can’t Stop The Music (The Cowboy from The Village People)
Brewster McCall Actor
Cartier Williams Actor
Joe Quick Actor Horrorween
Joe Zaso Actor Nikos The Impaler
Douglas Rowan Actor
Desiree Gould Actress Sleepaway Camp

Wanna get your Tales of Poe DVD signed by the cast and crew but can’t make it to our release party on October 26th? No sweat. Just order a copy from www.fpnyc.com and we will make sure to get it autographed for you by all guests attending and then we will send it out.

Order link… https://www.fpnyc.com/Tales-of-Poe-DVD/760137882596/DVDs

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Based on the timeless horror works of Edgar Allan Poe. Three of Poe’s most popular stories (The Tell Tale Heart, Cask of Amontillado & Dreams) receive unique retellings by directors Bart Mastronardi & Alan Rowe Kelly. A compelling and shocking journey into madness and the macabre, and featuring some of the most beloved final girls in horror movie history from series like Friday the 13th.
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Model Hunger DVD Release Party July 13th

Wednesday July 13th from 6:30 – 8:30 come celebrate the DVD release of Model Hunger at Forbidden Planet NYC!

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One of our favorite companies, Wild Eye Releasing is putting out the feature film directorial debut of Debbie Rochon, one of our most favorite people in the world, and we’re gonna have a release party of epic proportions to celebrate!  Just look at this guest list…

Debbie Rochon – Director
James Morgart – Writer, Executive Producer
Mary Bogle – Star
Voltaire – Star
Kaylee Williams – Star
David Marancik – Star
Michael Thurber – Star
Carmine Capobianco – Star
Suzi Lorraine – Star

You probably know Debbie from at least one of her two hundred plus roles (you read that right… TWO HUNDRED PLUS – that means more than two hundred). In fact IMDB currently boasts 246 acting credits. She’s been directed by a countless number of independent auteurs, so it’s about time she got behind the camera to give us her visceral vision. I’m sure anyone who has been directed by the likes of Lloyd Kaufman or Chris Seaver has said to themselves… “I can do that!” and we here at FP are glad that Debbie did.

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Former model and actress Ginny (Lynn Lowry) had been cast aside by the modeling industry when she was a young woman due to her body type – and she didn’t take the rejection well. When new neighbors Debbie and Sal move in, they begin to notice strange things happening, as the list of missing young women begins to grow. What has Ginny been doing in her basement all these years, and can she be stopped’

So come down to Forbidden Planet to celebrate the release of Model Hunger and get your copy signed by a whole slew of people! Wait… what’s that you say? You can’t make the event but you really want to support  independent cinema and grab an autographed copy of Model Hunger. Well don’t you worry your pretty little head. Forbidden Planet is now taking pre-orders for signed copies! All you gotta do is order your copy now and we will make sure that director Debbie Rochon as well as all cast and crew members in attendance sign your copy at the event before we ship it out to you. This way you can reap all the benefits of attending this killer event without even putting your shoes on.

What: Model Hunger DVD release party and signing.
Who: Debbie Rochon, James Morgart, Mary Bogle, Voltaire, Kaylee Williams, David Marancik, Michael Thurber, Carmine Capobianco, and Suzi Lorraine
When: July 13th 6:30 – 8:30
Where: Forbidden Planet NYC 832 Broadway NYC
Why: Support independent cinema!

Click right HERE to pre-order signed copies.

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Upsidedown Cross DVD Release Party This FRIDAY 2/26

Exploited, Abused, Addicted and Sick… Nadine Survived the Streets, but Can She Survive an Exorcism?

Find out this Friday February 26th from 7 to 9 at the Upsidedown Cross DVD release party at Forbidden Planet NYC!

Check out this video Alternative Cinema put together promoting the film and event!

Once again Forbidden Planet will team up with Alternative Cinema home entertainment to host an in-store event of epic proportions! This time for for the release of Upsidedown Cross, the newest feature film by director William Hellfire (Duck! The Carbine High Massacre, An Erotic Werewolf in London). Celebrate with the stars and crew and get your copy of Upsidedown Cross signed!

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About the Film…

Nadine (Erin Russ/Porkchop), a drug addicted young prostitute in the throes of withdrawal, returns to her childhood home and the mother she ran away from. Nadine’s mother, Delilah, is a delusional religious fanatic that believes demons have possessed her daughter. In search of a “cure” for her daughter’s erratic behavior, she finds a rogue preacher (David Yow of The Jesus Lizard) willing to exorcise the demons.  But neither mother nor daughter recognize the true devil until it is too late!

This collector’s edition of Upsidedown Cross – limited to 1,000 copies – includes a 2-sided cover featuring original photography by Jackie Cerniglia, an illustrated Chick Tract comic by notorious underground comic artist Mike Diana, and image galleries featuring photos and original illustrations inspired by UpsideDown Cross.

What: Upsidedown Cross DVD Release Party and signing.
When: Friday February 26th 7 – 9PM
Who: William Hellfire: Duck! The Carbine High Massacre, An Erotic Werewolf in London
Erin Russ: Porkchop, When Black Birds Fly
Tina Krause: Nikos The Impaler, Woodsman: Forest of Pain,
Mike Hunchback: The Long Island Serial Killer, Diary Of A Deadbeat
Rick Savage: Silence of the G.A.M.S., Backdoor Lambada
Jimmy ScreemerClauz: When Blackbirds Fly, Where the Dead Go to Die
Why: Support independent cinema!
Can’t make it to our in-store event with the cast and crew of Upsidedown Cross? Don’t sweat it it, Forbidden Planet has got your back! You can pre-order a copy of Upsidedown Cross now at www.fpnyc.com and we will get it signed for you by all guests in attendance on February 26th. Then after the event we will ship it right to your door. So if you live in another state or are just really lazy you can still get a signed copy of Upsidedown Cross and lie to all your friends about how great a time you had at the Upsidedown Cross in-store event at Forbidden Planet NYC!

Too lazy to even go to our site and use the search engine to find Upsidedown Cross? Well click right HERE to order!

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UPSIDEDOWN CROSS DVD RELEASE PARTY

Exploited, Abused, Addicted and Sick… Nadine Survived the Streets, but Can She Survive an Exorcism?

Find out at the Upsidedown Cross DVD release party on Friday February 26th from 7 to 9 at Forbidden Planet NYC!

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Once again Forbidden Planet will team up with Alternative Cinema home entertainment to host an in-store event of epic proportions! This time for for the release of Upsidedown Cross, the newest feature film by director William Hellfire (Duck! The Carbine High Massacre, An Erotic Werewolf in London). Celebrate with the stars and crew and get your copy of Upsidedown Cross signed!

About the Film…

Nadine (Erin Russ/Porkchop), a drug addicted young prostitute in the throes of withdrawal, returns to her childhood home and the mother she ran away from. Nadine’s mother, Delilah, is a delusional religious fanatic that believes demons have possessed her daughter. In search of a “cure” for her daughter’s erratic behavior, she finds a rogue preacher (David Yow of The Jesus Lizard) willing to exorcise the demons.  But neither mother nor daughter recognize the true devil until it is too late!

This collector’s edition of Upsidedown Cross – limited to 1,000 copies – includes a 2-sided cover featuring original photography by Jackie Cerniglia, an illustrated Chick Tract comic by notorious underground comic artist Mike Diana, and image galleries featuring photos and original illustrations inspired by UpsideDown Cross.

What: Upsidedown Cross DVD Release Party and signing.
When: Friday February 26th 7 – 9PM
Who: William Hellfire: Duck! The Carbine High Massacre, An Erotic Werewolf in London
Erin Russ: Porkchop, When Black Birds Fly
Tina Krause: Nikos The Impaler, Woodsman: Forest of Pain,
Mike Hunchback: The Long Island Serial Killer, Diary Of A Deadbeat
Rick Savage: Silence of the G.A.M.S., Backdoor Lambada
Jimmy ScreemerClauz: When Blackbirds Fly, Where the Dead Go to Die

Why: Support independent cinema!

Can’t make it to our in-store event with the cast and crew of Upsidedown Cross? Don’t sweat it it, Forbidden Planet has got your back! You can pre-order a copy of Upsidedown Cross now at www.fpnyc.com and we will get it signed for you by all guests in attendance on February 26th. Then after the event we will ship it right to your door. So if you live in another state or are just really lazy you can still get a signed copy of Upsidedown Cross and lie to all your friends about how great a time you had at the Upsidedown Cross in-store event at Forbidden Planet NYC!

Too lazy to even go to our site and use the search engine to find Upsidedown Cross? Well click right HERE to order!

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DMC at FPNYC September 2nd!

DMCPosterWEBDarryl “DMC” McDaniels of the legendary hip-hop group Run DMC will be appearing at Forbidden Planet NYC on Wednesday September 2nd from 5-7 for the debut of the all new single issue DMC #1.5!  This new comic will be exclusively available at Forbidden Planet until NYCC, so get the jump on the newest release from DMC and meet a living legend in the process!

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DMC #1.5: LAK6 REMIXED! As promised by our publisher Darryl DMC McDaniels we are expanding the DMC universe! In DMC #1 we were introduced to 13 year old Leticia aka LAK6, the graffiti writer brave enough to take on Mr. Marx and guide Charlie Cooper throughout the city to track down the mysterious b-boy hero DMC! In this special issue LAK6 suits up to become the next superhero in the DMC universe! Written by Amy Chu, illustrated by Allison Smith, graffiti by Lady Pink, colored by Kristin Sorra, lettered by Kyung Jeon-Miranda based on a story by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez. Cover art by Tula Lotay! Character design by Tula Lotay and Edardo Miranda-Rodriguez! This issue feature a short story and bonus content featuring character designs, poster and a sneak peak to DMC #2 written by Amy Chu and illustrated by Juan Doe!

So you want a signed copy but can’t make it to the event because you live on Antarctica, have a funeral to attend or are just all around lazy… well you can still get your hands on a copy of DMC #1.5 signed by Darryl “DMC’ McDaniels by pre-ordering it from www.fpnyc.com. All pre-orders will be mailed out after the event, and If you haven’t picked up a copy of the DMC GN #1 why not pre-order one as well and we’ll also have that signed!

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So one more time…

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels  signing DMC #1.5 & DMC GN #1
Wednesday September 2nd 5-7PM
Forbidden Planet NYC 832 Broadway NYC
Can’t make it? Pre-order singed copies by clicking the following links.
http://www.fpnyc.com/DMC-%231.5/DMC/Comics175134
http://www.fpnyc.com/DMC-GN-%231/9780990463603/Graphic-Novels156707

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Terror Assaulter release party with Ben Marra!

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Join us at Forbidden Planet NYC on September 16th from 6PM to 8PM in celebration of Fantagraphics’ Terror Assaulter! Artist, writer, all around cool dude Benjamin Marra will be on hand signing copies of his newest slice of psychotronic comics. Marra has been a Forbidden Planet favorite since the release of his 80’s stripper slasher opus Night Business, and his newest work promises to be filled to the brim with all the sex, violence, and tongue in cheek humor that we’ve come to know and love him for. These are not independent comics, they’re exploitation comics!

If you can’t make the event? Well boo on you, but that doesn’t mean you have to be left out. Preorder signed copies of Terror Assaulter now from www.fpnyc.com and we will ship them to you after our event on September 16th.

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Cartoonist Benjamin Marra brilliantly satirizes America’s obsession with justice — and disinterest in consequences — via a highly stylized, hyper- masculine style that gushes with violence, sex, and international intrigue, battering down the boundaries between psychedelia, political commentary, and aggressive expressionism. Terror Assaulter must defeat Terror at all costs, as long as it leaves time for steamy dates with hot chicks. The man’s codename is O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) and he is the world’s greatest protector, and a villain’s worst nightmare. This is a hilarious satire of American foreign policy over the last decade, neocon philosophy, the state of American masculinity and sexuality, and male power fantasy in escapist entertainment.

What: Benjamin Marra signs Terror Assaulter (O.M.W.O.T.)
Where: Forbidden Planet NYC 834 Broadway NYC
When: Wednesday, Sept 16th 6-8 PM
Link for signed mail order: http://www.fpnyc.com/Terror-Assaulter-O.M.W.O.T./9781606998830/Graphic-Novels174991

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April 30th Troma Signing with Lloyd Kaufman, Ethan Hurt & Lisa Gaye!

Forbidden Planet is stoked to announce a Troma signing on Thursday April 30th at 7PM! The Troma Team and Ship to Shore Phone Co. are celebrating the release of the Class of Nuke ‘Em High Original Soundtrack Lp and the Blu-ray releases of Class of Nuke “Em High Part 2 and The Toxic Avenger part 2!

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Meet Lloyd Kaufman (Troma President and creator of The Toxic Avenger), Ethan Hurt (Composer of the Class of Nuke ‘Em High Theme), and Lisa Gaye (star of Class of Nuke ‘ Em High 2 & 3, Toxic Avenger 2-4, and many more Troma classiscs!

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As usual we make sure that people across the globe will be able to take part in this event! So pre-order a copy of the Class of Nuke ‘Em High LP, Class of Nuke ‘Em Blu Ray, or Toxic Avenger 2 Blu Ray DVD Combo from www.fpnyc.com and it will be signed by all guests attending our event!

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Get SuperTrashed TONIGHT with Jacques Boyreau at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk!

This weekend at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema get SuperTrashed with cult connoisseur Jacques Boyreau for a screening of the psychotronic Shatner classic Impulse!

Fri April 17th and Sat April 18th at Midnight
Impulse @ Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Avenue
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SuperTrash presents the dark side of William Shatner in 1974’s IMPULSE.

In Impluse, The Shat perfs a very touchy cat, Matt Stone, a matricide survivor who’s become a honeymoon slayer. Forever cuckoo’ed by his trauma, Shatner plays the role like Hamlet — if Ham was a prism of Sonny Chiba, Robert Goulet, and Dracula‘s Renfield. Impulse is breezy and sleazy, like easy-listening grindhouse with an immaculate 70’s vibe. William Grefe directs exploitation with–shall we say–seriousness, as seen in other Grefe works like Stanley and The Hooked Generation. Perhaps the real-dealio credit belongs to writer Tony Crechales, who was definitely on a psychodrama bender having previously penned The Killing Kind and So Evil, My Sister.

Presenting Impulse is a SuperTrash pleasure for curator-author Jacques Boyreau and designer Joe Niem–with thanks to archivist Scott Moffett. For the curious and cogently unhinged, we include a gallery of SuperTrash legacy, representing museum shows, books, underground cellars, and upcoming web commerce…Pig in and dig out…!

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April 30th Troma Signing with Lloyd Kaufman, Ethan Hurt & Lisa Gaye!

Forbidden Planet is stoked to announce a Troma signing on Thursday April 30th at 7PM!

Meet Lloyd Kaufman (Troma President and creator of The Toxic Avenger), Ethan Hurt (Composer of the Class of Nuke ‘Em High Theme), and Lisa Gaye (star of Class of Nuke ‘ Em High 2 & 3, Toxic Avenger 2-4, and many more Troma classiscs!

Troma-Signing-PosterWEBAs usual we make sure that people across the globe will be able to take part in this event! So pre-order a copy of the Class of Nuke ‘Em High LP from www.fpnyc.com and it will be signed by all guests attending our event!

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“SQUIRM’s” Jeff Lieberman joins NYC’s Forbidden Planet signing of “FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER”

Veteran horror director Jeff Lieberman, creator of cult classics including SQUIRM, BLUE SUNSHINE and JUST BEFORE DAWN, has joined the growing list of horror celebrities who have come on board the signing event for FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER at New York City’s Forbidden Planet (832 Broadway near Union Square; [212] 473-1576). The event will take place this Thursday, April 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lieberman’s films also include the sardonic Halloween horror film SATAN’S LITTLE HELPER, the alien-invasion-via-video opus REMOTE CONTROL and the mad-science TV movie DOCTOR FRANKEN. Appearing with him will be genre all-stars such as: splatter king Tom Savini; BASKET CAST, BRAIN DAMAGE and FRANKENHOOKER auteur Frank Henenlotter; legendary FAMOUS MONSTERS cover artist Basil Gogos; Larry Fessenden (director of THE LAST WINTER, HABIT, WENDIGO); Debbie Rochon (actress, Fango columnist and former host of Sirius’ much-missed FANGORIA RADIO); and screenwriter/playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (CARRIE and THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, Broadway shows SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK and upcoming AMERICAN PSYCHO). In addition, staffers Tony Timpone, Thomas DeFeo, Michael Gingold, W.R. Mohalley and Ken Hanley will be on hand to sign as well. Copies of FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER will be available for purchase, but autographs will be free, as they should be! (Please note, celebs will be signing the book only.)

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Frank Henenlotter joins NYC’s Forbidden Planet signing of “FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER”

The one and only Frank Henenlotter has been added to Forbidden Planet’s Fangoria Cover to Cover event this Thursday April 2nd at 6PM!

Come down and meet a ton amazing genre personalities or pre-order signed copies from our web-store. http://www.fpnyc.com/Fangoria-Cover-To-Cover-HC/9781587674501/Books

Sounds like a win win!

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Cult movie filmmaker Frank Henenlotter—the notorious director behind BASKET CASE, FRANKENHOOKER, BRAIN DAMAGE and BAD BIOLOGY—has joined the growing list of horror celebrities who have come onboard the New York City Forbidden Planet (832 Broadway near Union Square; [212] 473-1576) signing of FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER. The event will take place on Thursday, April 2nd (next week!) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Besides directing some of the wildest independent horror films of all time, Henenlotter won kudos for his archival work with distributor Something Weird and helming the much-praised documentaries HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS: THE GODFATHER OF GORE and THAT’S SEXPLOITATION! His latest film, a caper picture called CHASING BANKSY, debuts later this year.

Appearing with Henenlotter will be genre all-stars such as: splatter king Tom Savini; legendary FAMOUS MONSTERS cover artist Basil Gogos; Larry Fessenden (director of THE LAST WINTER, HABIT, WENDIGO); Debbie Rochon (actress, Fango columnist and former host of Sirius’ much-missed FANGORIA RADIO); and screenwriter and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (CARRIE and THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, Broadway shows SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK and upcoming AMERICAN PSYCHO). In addition, staffers Tony Timpone, Thomas DeFeo, Michael Gingold, W.R. Mohalley and Ken Hanley will be on hand to sign as well. Copies of FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER will be available for purchase, but all autographs will be free, as they should be!

 

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Tom Savini joins FPNYC’s Fangoria Cover to Cover event!

Scream great Tom Savini—one of the terror talents most associated with the long history of FANGORIA—has joined the growing list of horror celebrities who have come onboard the FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER Book Signing at New York City’s Forbidden Planet (832 Broadway near Union Square; [212] 473-1576). The event will take place on Thursday, April 2nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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“Tom Savini has been a presence in the pages of FANGORIA, and in the hearts of horror fans, since the first issue of the magazine,” says former Fango editor Tony Timpone, who edited FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER. “It will be an honor to welcome Savini at our first-ever book store signing on the East Coast. We are thrilled that Tom will be sitting with us and meeting with Fango’s faithful followers.”

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Appearing with Savini will be genre all-stars such as: legendary FAMOUS MONSTERS cover artist Basil Gogos; Larry Fessenden (director of THE LAST WINTER, HABIT, WENDIGO); Debbie Rochon (actress, Rondo-nominated Fango columnist and former host of Sirius’ much-missed FANGORIA RADIO); and screenwriter and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (CARRIE and THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK and upcoming AMERICAN PSYCHO on Broadway). In addition, staffers Timpone, Thomas DeFeo, Michael Gingold, W.R. Mohalley and Ken Hanley will be on hand to autograph. Copies of FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER book will be available for purchase and signing by all of our guests, and all signatures will be free of charge, like it should be!

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More special guests will be added, so keep checking back. Please come on out and help FANGORIA celebrate its amazing 35-year-old run on April 2nd in NYC at Forbidden Planet, located in the bloody heart of Union Square.

Can’t make it to the event? Pre-order a copy of Fangoria Cover to Cover and we will get it signed for you and have it sent to your house. That way you can tell everyone you came, even though you really didn’t.

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