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Holidays – Halloween

Happy Halloween!!

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon Mask

October 1969

October 1960

October 1973

October 1973

jack-o-lanterns

Illustration by Adam McCauley

CapriSun Ad

1984 Advertisement for CapriSun

Sun Maid Raisins Advertisement, October 1965.

Sun Maid Raisins Advertisement, October 1965.

Advertisement by the California Raisin Advisory Board, October 1975.

Advertisement by the California Raisin Advisory Board, October 1975.

Advertisement for Nickel Stainless Steel, 1964.

Advertisement for Nickel Stainless Steel
Life, September 18, 1964.

Ricky's Poster Advertisement, 2003.

Ricky’s Poster Advertisement, 2003.

Ricky's Poster Advertisement, 2003.

Ricky’s Poster Advertisement, 2003.

Halloween in Switzerland

October 24, 197[?]

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Mythology & Fairy Tale – Monsters & Devils

We continue our pictorial lead up to Halloween with a  bit of the beastly. In the Mythology & Fairy Tale – Monsters & Devils folder you will find 93 images. Below we offer, like so many virgins on a satanic alter table, a sampling. Please enjoy the smooth electro stylings of the Electric Hellfire Club while you peruse them.

 

Old Rosicurian Order Illustration of Kabbalistic symbolism

Old Rosicurian Order Illustration of Kabbalistic symbolism
Ritual America, 2012, by Adam Parfrey and Craig Heimbichner.

"The Last Judgement" by Fra Angelico

“The Last Judgement” by Fra Angelico
(detail)

Goya, 1795

Illustration CA. 1910-1919, reprinted in Smithsonian Magazine, 2003

Illustration CA. 1910-1919, reprinted in Smithsonian Magazine, 2003

The Life Book of Christmas

The Life Book of Christmas, Vol 2: The Pageantry of Christmas, 1963.
“Horror and Drollery are combined in this 15th century illustration of a miracle play. It depicts angels battling a band of devils for possession of the Castle of Faith.”

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"Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons" by Martin Schongauer

“Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons” by Martin Schongauer
From the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jacob S. Rogers Fund, 1920.

Previews, July 1991.

Previews, July 1991.

Dürer, the harrowing of hell, 1512

Dürer, the harrowing of hell, 1512

Devil

Previews, July 1991 [?]

Previews, July 1991 [?]

The Phantom of the Opera

Scenes from the unreleased ending of The Phantom of the Opera, Dir. Rupert Julian, 1925.
Pictured: stars Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin
“The Phantom is redeemed by Christne’s compassionate kiss.”

Monster Movie

Eyes Without a Face

Film Still
Eyes Without a Face, 1960, Dir. Georges Franju.
Starring Edith Scob (Pictured)

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Freddy Krueger

Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street

Film – Stills (Scary)

We have over 700 film stills spread throughout  37 “Film – Stills” subcategories in the Picture Collection. These folders are sub-categorized alphabetically, but there are also a hand-full of films that have their own folders:  Alien (1979), The Birds (1963), Black Hole (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Clash of the Titans (1981), Conan the Barbarian (1982-), Eraserhead (1977), Forbidden Planet (1956), Salem’s Lot (1979), Star Trek (1979-), Star Wars (1977-), Superman (1978-), The Thing (1951 & 1982), Wizard of Oz (1939).  etc.  Inside these folders you will find production stills, still-frames from the film, behind-the-scenes photographs, interviews with crew members, and segments from articles which once appeared in such acclaimed publications as Cinefantastique.  Below are a few  scary film stills, just in time for Halloween.

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Samantha Eggar in The Brood, 1979

Cinefantastique

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The Thing, 1982

Cinefantastique

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Ghost Story, 1981

Cinefantastique

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Ghost Story, 1981

Cinefantastique

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The Funhouse, 1981

Cinefantastique

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Tippi Hedren in The Birds, 1963

Cinefantastique

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The Birds, 1963

Cinefantastique

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Creature From the Black Lagoon, 1954

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Christopher Walken in The Dead Zone, 1984

Cinefantastique

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Scenes from Dawn of the Dead, an incredibly gory reprise of Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, made by Tom Savini.

Middle: Romero directs actor David Bartholomew (right) who got to be a ghoul for a day.

Photography: Jody Caravaglia

Cinefantastique

Cinefantastique

From the official Cinefantastique website:

“During a decade when many mainstream critics were dismissing THE EXORICST as sadistic pornography, and when Forest J Ackerman was filling Famous Monsters with puny puns (e.g., “A Clockwork Lemon,” referring to a malfunctioning robot in FUTURE WORLD), publisher-editor Frederick S. Clarke created a little magazine with a big ambition: to cover the genre better than anybody, and to do it with all the seriousness of Cashier du Cinema, American Film, or Film Comment.”

spineFor anyone fascinated by sci-fi, fantasty, or horror films riding on big dreams and a tiny budget, Cinefantastique is a goldmine. The writers do not simply dismiss their subjects as many critics are apt to do with genre films, nor do they shower their subjects with praise as in a fanzine. Cinefantastique was composed with both the genuine passion of a devoted fan and the thoughtful insight of a critic, resulting in an engaging editorial. Interviews, critiques, and in-depth explorations of special effects and prosthesis are complimented by film stills and behind-the-scenes shots on every page. There are also fantastic full-color spreads throughout, framed by well-designed layouts and text. Feature articles are prodigiously in-depth and as such have left behind invaluable sources for research and admiration relating to dozens of seminal genre films.  There are very few advertisements and most are beautifully painted film posters regardless, making the magazine all the more enjoyable to read.

In 2000, Frederick Clarke, publisher since 1970, committed suicide. Mindfire Entertainment bought the magazine, renamed it “CFQ” and entirely remodeled its approach and aesthetic in an attempt to meet the demands of today’s consumer. In 2006 the last issue of CFQ was printed, and has been exclusively published online ever since.

In the periodicals section you will find 15 volumes of  Cinefantastique beginning with the 4th volume, published in 1975, up until the final 2006 issue.

Cinefantastique, Volume 20, Number 05. May 1990.
She-Creature by Jackie and Paul Blaisdell

Cinefantastique, Volume 20, Number 05. May 1990.
Blaisdell’s Venusian

Cinefantastique, Volume 20, Number 05. May 1990.

Cinefantastique, Volume 6, Number 01. 1977.
Brian DePalma’s “Carrie”.

Cinefantastqieu, Volume 6, Number 02. 1977.
Stills from stop-motion films by Ray Harry Hausen.

Cinefantastique, Volume 07, Number 03. 1978.

Cinefantastique, Volume 07, Number 03. 1978.
Tom Burman’s Aliens.

Cinefantastique, Volume 08, Number 01. 1978.

Cinefantastique, Volume 09, Number 02. 1979.

Cinefantastique, Volume 10, Number 04. 1979.
Animation in “Superman” and “Xanadu”

Cinefantastique, Volume 11, Number 01. 1981.

Cinefantastique, Volume 11, Number 02. 1981.

Cinefantastique, Volume 11, Number 02. 1981.
“Altered States”

Cinefantastique, Volume 13, Number 01. 1982.
“Creepshow”

Cinefantastique, Volume 13, Number 01. 1982.
Left: Madeline Kahn. Right: Jerry Lee Lewis.

Cinefantastique, Volume 17, Number 01. 1987.
“Necropolis”