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One Christmas in the Mid-1960s

This flashback memory flickers in my brain…I was only five or six years old and I was in the basement furnace area helping my dad. We actually had a coal furnace at that time on College Avenue in Grove City, Pennsylvania. I had a toy gas station down there that I liked to play with as my dad worked. I remember talking about some new movie called SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS with Dad. I would end up seeing that at a Kiddie Matinee in the Guthrie Theatre. But this little essay isn’t about that experience…which seems like a Disney experience next to another holiday matinee I saw….

In those days it was not uncommon for parents to drop off their kids to a “Kiddie Matinee” and go shopping. My mom frequently dropped me off at the Guthrie Theatre on a Saturday mid-day. The theatre would be full of kids from five to twelve years old. I’m sure the theatre staff just “loved” those matinees of screaming, unruly kids running everywhere. There would be cartoons, maybe a Three Stooges short, then the feature film. It was 35 cents to get in.

I can remember seeing these features on weekend matinees (the fairy tales were Mexican or German imports, dubbed in English): RUMPELSTILTSKIN, SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED, JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME, TOM THUMB AND LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE MONSTERS), TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD, SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS, THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT and….something simply called SANTA CLAUS. Now we get to it.

It was one Christmas season and Mom dropped me off at the matinee. I can still remember the happy looking movie poster behind glass at the theater. It did look like a Disney movie. Cheerful, festive, full of Christmas spirit. That’s what I saw, that’s what I’m sure my mom saw. Neither of us noticing the little image of a Satan-like devil mixed in there.

I was probably five or six, sitting in the theater filled with kids. Our parents all gone off shopping for Christmas. The audience was loud and crazy, as kids are, then suddenly silent at spots in the film. This thing was dubbed in English (I didn’t really get it at the time), a product from Mexico and K. Gordon Murray. Murray was a film distributor, quick to find ways to make money from these inexpensive foreign features dubbed and shilled to American kid audiences.

This holiday film had these horrifying scenes that twisted how us kids saw the holiday forever: dancing demons in Hades, a devil pawn called “Pitch” who was charged to stop Santa Claus and his good-deed doing. There was a dream sequence where eight foot dolls with “dead” eyes haunted a young girl, Merlin the wizard somehow ended up at Santa’s workshop which was off in space floating somewhere in clouds. Santa’s workshop had bizarre equipment, including a giant eyeball on a metal hose that spied on children to see if they were naughty or nice. And, white robot reindeer. In one sequence parents leave a child alone on Christmas Eve as they run off to a nightclub….on and on.

This film was filled with nightmare sequences for any young kid. There were good intentions there, but presented in a pretty disturbing, crazy way! Seek it out. My mom never knew how creepy and twisted this movie was. I loved it.

Now it’s tradition in the Adams household. I play it on various screens around the house for our holiday dinner get-togethers with family and Monster Bash staffers. People are always stunned and dumbfounded by it. It still holds its “charm.”

Merry Christmas to you and your family from Ron Adams and Creepy Classics/Monster Bash.

-Ron Adams
Ligonier, PA
December 2019

BTW – We hope to “Facebook Live” the annual Monster Bash Company Christmas Party this Saturday evening (12/21/19). Our Facebook page is “Monster Bash Conference.” Make sure to include “Conference” in your search. It will be an eyeful of festive weirdness and fun.

On with the show, now let’s check out the new cool stuff and classic monster news…

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Holiday Classics For Monster Kids!

What would the holidays be without these two films? The wonderfully wacky SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964) and the unbelievable SANTA CLAUS (1959)….the dubbed in English, Mexican matinee masterpiece or weirdness. Grab yours today to watch through your holiday break, both in stock:

SANTA CLAUS (1959/Santa Meets the Devil) – DVD or Blu-Ray
This is it! The Christmas movie that warped the minds of a generation! Released in the United states to the children’s matinee market during the holiday season through the 1960s. It features Santa Claus fighting a devil from Hades named “Pitch.” Pitch has tried to teach the children of earth evil, but Santa Claus won’t have it and is risking everything on Christmas eve to save the holiday from the demons of the dark!

A wizard, Santa’s sci-fi lab, robot reindeer, a creepy dream sequence of giant dolls taunting a little girl….total weirdness. You’ll find yourself simply shaking your head in disbelief. Imported from Mexico and dubbed in English. A holiday must for every fan of strange cinema. An alternate title could be SANTAS CLAUS VS. THE DEVIL!

Restorded. American English and Spanish versions. Lots of extras: Commentary by documentary maker Daniel Griffith. Making of featurette. Trailer. TV and radio spots, vintage Santa shorts, “Howdy Doody Christmas” Castle Film and more!

SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964) – DVD or Blu-Ray
Stars John Call, Leonard Hicks, Vincent Beck and Pia Zadora. Martian children cry out for their own Santa Claus, just like the one they see on TV transmissions coming from the planet Earth. Not to disappoint, Martians head for earth to kidnap Santa. Cult weird Sci-Fi classic known for featuring Pia Zadora as a child.

Grab them from our Holiday Classics Department here at Creepy Classics….and Merry Christmas.

We are shipping multiple times daily right up through Christmas Eve.

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Creepy Classics Gift Certificates Available

Nothing Says “You’re the Best” To A Monster Kid Than A Gift Certificate From Creepy Classics. We offer gleefully ghoulish gift certificates in the denominations of $25, $50 or $100.

Order yours now in our “Gift Certificate Department,” where else? It’s right here at Creepy Classics. We have over 7,000 classic horror and science fiction products in stock! Blu-Rays, DVDs, Monster Magazines, Monster T-Shirts, Monster Models and various collectibles.

…and don’t forget the Horrorday T-Shirt that’s here too (pictured left):

In a handsome pallid green with the pasty Frankenstein Monster cheerfully adorning this great shirt!

Get yours in our Creepy T-Shirt Department at Creepy Classics.

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Get Your Hotel Room Booked Now for MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2020

Next year’s MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST will be at the Marriott Pittsburgh North. Guests line-up has begun….Victoria Vetri (WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH), Elizabeth Shepherd (TOMB OF LIGEIA), Ann Robinson from THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, Pam Pierce from THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK, Son of Ghoul (Ohio TV Horror Host Legend), Bill Diamond (Monster Muppeteer)….and MANY more to come.

It’s October 16-18, 2020. Get your hotel room now…on-site rooms for BASH now discounted to $109 a night. CLICK HERE to book now.

Or, call and ask for the MONSTER BASH rate: (724) 772-3700.

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New! Limited Time Super Special…Creepy Classics’ Santa’s Grab Bag

We are soooo happy to bring you this deal….save hugely. Get a grab bag of a dozen DVDs (actually boxed so our mail guy doesn’t damage them) at well over a 50% savings!

Here’s the deal:

CREEPY CLASSICS CHRISTMAS GRAB BAG – 12 DVDs for 49.99
We’re clearing out the 2019 inventory and you can help and get cool DVDs! This grab bag is loaded with 12 random DVDs. All movies on DVD that we normally sell…it will include some major label DVDs…all factory sealed and new! No returns or exchanges…just a great surprise box ‘o’ DVDs! Worth at least $100 or more! Limited time!

Maybe you’ll get something you already have, no problem…use it as a gift for a fellow fan!

Find this deal in our Bashin’ Bundle Packs Department here at Creepy Classics.

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New! UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION Volume 3 on Blu-Ray

Four great ones on this set:

UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION Vol. 3 – Blu-Ray Set
Four classic Universal horror films from the 1930s-1940s! Includes HD masters of TOWER OF LONDON (1939) with Rathbone and Karloff, MAN MADE MONSTER (1940) with Lon Chaney Jr., THE BLACK CAT (1941) with Rathbone and Lugosi, HORROR ISLAND (1941). Commentaries by Tom Weaver, Gary Rhodes, Steve Haberman, Ted Newsom.

Get it now, on-line in our New Blu-Ray Department here at Creepy Classics!

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New! A Fresh Load of Used DVDs…Many Out-Of-Print

We just had time to creep over to our dungeon and start scanning some great used DVDs….get some great ones, some rare ones right now:

Titles now in stock like THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS, THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES, THE GREEN SLIME, KISS OF THE VAMPIRE, JACK PIERCE – MAKER OF MONSTERS, THE HAUNTED HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN, THE HAUNTED PALACE/TOWER OF LONDON, THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, HAMMER HORROR COLLECTION and many more.

Start perusing our Used DVD Graveyard right now…you don’t what you might dig up here at Creepy Classics.

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THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH Blu-Ray Stocked and Ships For Delivery in the USA Before Christmas!

On Amazon for $56.41. At Creepy Classics for $29.99.

SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH, THE (1963) – Blu-Ray
Stars Patrick McGoohan. Originally a three part made-for-TV Disney movie that has production quality above most theatrical period films! “The Scarecrow” is a mysterious and frightening character that rises above bands of British en-slavers. Mixed in smuggling, The Scarecrow, becomes a dark justice fighter. Amazing, creepy, and full of per-revolution color. 151 minutes.

Originally appeared of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color in three parts. Here it is, re-mastered in its entirety!

Get your copy in our New Blu-Ray Department here at Creepy Classics!

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New! IT’S HERE in Shock Stock!!!

Get Your Copy Right NOW…MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #38

Get your copy of the new MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE right now! Don’t miss out on getting it right away from Creepy Classics…home of MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE.

Whaddah issue:

MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #38 – Magazine
The horror-day issue for good monster boys and ghouls everywhere! THE MUMMY’S HAND lurks, Snow Monsters, Spooky Things in Haunted Houses, Agnes Moorehead’s Manor House, Fan Flashbacks and more, more more! Tales of The Moleman, Your Chance to Win a Blu-Ray, Monsters at Christmas, Rondo Hatton . Writers include Frank Dello Stritto, Tom Weaver, Leonard Hayhurst, Rich Scrivani, Ron Adams and Joseph Cole.

Order before midnight, so you don’t forget!, CLICK HERE, or call (724) 238-4317.

It’s in our “Monster Bash Magazine Department” now at Creepy Classics!

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New and Back in Stock! Two Great Paramount Factory Sealed Flicks

Now in stock and ready to be stocking stuffers! It’s I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (1958) and FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL (1973). Both widescreen and ready for your collection or to give as a gift to your fellow monster movie fan:

I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (1958) – DVD
Alien that looks like a tree-creature that escaped from THE WIZARD OF OZ snatches the body of a young married man. His wife suspects something’s different about her hubby. He’s developed a mean streak and looks like the alien when lightning flashes. A rocking 50’s sci-fi classic. Widescreen.

FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL (1973) – DVD
Peter Cushing is back as Baron Frankenstein with a beautiful mute female assistant. The monster is a bit Quasimodo looking (anyone that looks like Quasimodo is okay in my book!). He’s portrayed by David Prowse (the monster in HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN too). Widescreen and commentaries. Hammer Horror!

Get them in our New DVD Department here at Creepy Classics…right this second and get them shipped right to your very own crypt door.

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MONSTER BASH BELA LUGOSI FILM FEST Advance Admission Membership NOW Available!

Everything is now set and in place…for another wild adventure…a Bela Lugosi film marathon at the grand Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio. It’s August 14 and 15, 2020. A Lugosi extravaganza with some of his best and most fun films ever, plus a bonus film to wrap-out Saturday night…Tim Burton’s ED WOOD. Get your advance VIP admission, CLICK HERE.

All the show details, click here: https://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash-August.html

View your Lugosi favorites in a real grand movie palace. We’ll also feature the popular prize-toss late Saturday night! Free Blu-Rays, DVDs, Monster Magazines and Monster Toys will be pitched into the audience.

If you haven’t been to one of our summer marathons at The Palace yet….you really need to do it. A gorgeous restored grand theatre from the 1920s. A real pipe organ with music between showings.

And author Frank Dello Stritto will give two power-point presentations on Bela Lugosi…on the giant screen. One of the biggest screens in the state of Ohio.

Who let the bats out??? Why, MONSTER BASH! Sign-up for this August fear fest now…it will be a once in a lifetime event.

Secure your VIP admission membership for all films, talks, prize toss, CLICK HERE!

….and now, photos of fun from past MONSTER BASH shows! Stay up-to-date with MONSTER BASH Shows:

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Monster Bash….good times, good monsters and great times!

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