Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Castle of Frankenstein #9, Part 1!

And we're back to Castle of Frankenstein again... but there won't be as much monster content to look at, as you can imagine!

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This issue of Castle of Frankenstein had a November, 1966 cover date, and as you can see, the cover feature is on the Batman tv series!

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The inside front cover features this still from "Reptile," which I believe was a Hammer movie.

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Page 3 - the first of the non-slick pages - features "Ygor Hyde" and this still from "Plague of the Zombies."

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Page 4, and we have this Batman still that I'm sure you've seen many, many times!

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And with page 5, we're at the Table of Contents! Credits are Charles Foster Kane, Publisher; Calvin T. Beck, Executive Editor; Helen Beck, Associate Publisher; Bhob Stewart, Editor and Design; Mike Parry, European Editor; William K. Everson, Consulting Editor; Contributing Editors are Joe Dante Jr., Robert C. Roman, Lin Carter, Larry Ivie, Chris Steinbruner, Ken Beale, Alan Dodd, Jim Harmon, Harry Nodler, Barry Brown, Larry Hama, Victor Wiscovitch, John Benson, Richard Bojarski, and J. Ramsey Campbell. As always, a number of these names went on to bigger things after Cof!

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Page 6 brings us the Frankenstein Movie Guide! Movies mentioned are Queen of Blood ("comes as something of a disappointment"), The 10th Victim ("highly imaginative"), Who Killed Teddy Bear? ("idiotic plotting"), Planet of the Vampires ("beautifully photographed... excellent special fx"), Die, Monster, Die! ("mediocre updating of Lovecraft"), Master of Horror ("poorly written English-dubbed dialogue"), Master of Terror ("reissue of Universal's 4-D Man"), Agent for H.A.R.M. ("fair imitation of Bond"), Blood Bath ("mediocre beatnik-vampire tale"), The Great Spy Chase ("spy comedy... weakest entry in this vein"), Tarzan and the Valley of Gold ("gets the right Burroughs flavor"), War-Gods of the Deep ("passable because of fine underwater photography"), Crazy Paradise ("little to offer"), King Kong Vs. Godzilla (reissue, "waste of time and money" - I wouldn't say that, myself!), Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine ("see it for parody of Pit and the Pendulum"), Juliet of the Spirits ("incredible flight of imagination"), Film ("subjective camera gimmick seems at times like the idea of a college freshman film student"), Bunny Lake is Missing ("clumsy performance reveals ending too early"), Space Flight ("good plot... is thrown away"), and Alphaville ("thought-provoking SF adventure").

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Page 7 features this still from Plaent of the Vampires!

Next time around... the CoF Interview: Boris Karloff!

Jon

2 comments:

  1. My old boss, a dentist, always told the story of the "educational film" he and his buddies were forced to see in the airforce.
    Batman and Robin. "Holy molar, Batman, have I got a toothache!"
    And Batman would discuss oral hygiene. I wish I could have seen it.

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  2. Wow... I see it isn't on YouTube, unfortunately, but you'd think someone would've uploaded it somewhere!

    Thanks, Shellhawk!

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