Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Ape Vs. The Ape Man

Before Ape-ril ends, we must have a Monkey Match!
Who do you bet on in a fight between these two?


Boris Karloff as The Ape (1940)

Boris plays a doctor who disguises himself in an ape's carcass
so he can kill townspeople in order to extract their spinal fluid,
which he uses for a serum to cure a young woman's polio.
Does it work? Watch here and see!

Or

Bela Lugosi as The Ape Man (1943)

Bela, who also plays a doctor, turns himself into an ape man.
He also kills townspeople to extract their spinal fluid,
which he uses to create a serum to cure his condition.
Does it work? Watch here and see!


My Bet:

Though I liked the story of The Ape more,
I have to go with The Ape Man.
Cause he's not just in an ape's carcass,
he actually is part ape, so he's stronger.
He also has an ape sidekick,
so they could be a tag team!

Agree or disagree?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Raised By Bats

Happy Bat Appreciation Day!


Celebrate by listening to the title track of Voltaire's newest album:

The album actually came out this February instead of last May.
You can listen to excerpts from it here and purchase it here.

I own and love the whole album,
but the title track is my favorite.
It's like an outsider anthem.
 Plus it features two of my other favorite fellows,
Ray Toro on guitar and Brian Viglione on drums.

Speaking of favorite fellows,
check out my batty buddy Jason's new fangtastic film set:
The Vampire Lovers, Lust for a Vampire, and Twins of Evil
are the Karnstein Trilogy I posted about looong ago here.

They were gifts from his wonderful wife Randi,
who's the founder of Ratchet Raven Productions.
Dig the new logo?
I do and I'm so proud to be a part of the company!

Randi is also a model for Jason's new photography project,
which is a tribute to the women of 70's Hammer horror films.
More info on it here.

I'm proud to be creating jewelry for their first shoot too!

Monday, April 14, 2014

OneShotVariety.com Review and Giveaway

OneShotVariety.com generously let me pick one of their items to review.
So, I chose this sweet Talking Skull Candelabra:

As you can see, he also SINGS!
He croons a creepy version of the song 16 Candles,
which you will hear soon.

He came with batteries, so I was able to light him right up!
He's activated by flipping a switch then waving at his nose,
er where his nose once was.

Then sit back and let him serenade you, like so:
video

He shimmies forward as he sings, as you can see.
So don't put him near the edge of a table like me.

Except for that, he's pretty much perfect!
And reminds me of Svengoolie's candelabra:

Sadly he's out of stock,
but OneShotVariety.com has other spooktacular stuff!
Like these Shrunken Heads:
I have one and love it!


GIVEAWAY TIME!

 The first Holly's Horrorland follower to purchase anything from the Oddities section
(It's been marked as out of stock,
so nobody else can purchase it.)

Here's how the giveaway works:

For example, you purchase a Shrunken Head for $2.95.
You then email them at customercare@oneshotvariety.com.
Please provide your first and last name or name on the order (to verify order)
and let them know you're a follower of Holly's Horrorland.
Then they'll reply to tell you they'll be adding the diorama to your order completely free!
(You're also welcome to email them first and ask if there was already a winner,
so you won't have to purchase just to find out that the diorama is gone.)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ape-ril is in full swing

This month isn't just about apes though.
It's about all animals,
but mainly the curious ones, of course.


Do you have a peculiar pet? If so, I want to see!
Send a photo of it with it's name to blacklacewings85@aol.com
I'll post them all on my Facebook page at the end of the month.

The Ape-ril Creative Challenge will also be posted at the end of the month.
To give us more time to create something based on a song about an animal.
Like this one by 50's horror hostess Tarantula Ghoul:


A Kong documentary is in the works actually.
You can donate to help make it happen here.

I have some musical items to review too.
So stay tuned for those and a giveaway soon!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Delightfully Dark Dioramas


The Rodent Funeral

Two young mice named Stinky and Pain are now all on their own.
As they spontaneously went on a far away hunt for food, their father was sound asleep.
They made a big mistake for not waiting for dad to wake up.
Their irresponsible move resulted in the loss of their father.

As dad woke up, he immediately went on a mission to find his children.
After hundreds of miles, he did not find them.
Unfortunately, he ended up in a desert with no food or even water.
He suffered from dehydration and eventually passed away.
His body ended up mummified in the middle of a desert.

Luckily for his children, the body was eventually found.
Thanks to a white mouse priest, Stinky and Pain get to have a real funeral. 
The priest was on a spiritual mission and found his dead body slightly buried in the sand.
He later chose to lead the service for the devastated sons.

Although Stinky and Pain continue to blame themselves for their foolish mistake,
they must continue to stick together if they want to survive.
Of course, we hope they will make better choices in life.



Rat Zombie Attack

A small rat named Brainlover has risen from the dead with one thing in mind, revenge!
A land filled with rats slowly became a land filled with pigs.

A massive growing population of pigs had taken over the rats entire land.
This lead to the slow death of all rats because the pigs left them no land or even food.
Well, all rats except one. Brainlover came back to life to reverse the entire situation.

His goal is to eat the bodies and brains of every single pig in his land.
He is on his last pig (mummified dissected fetus)
before he starts up another rat population on a now empty land.
Now he just needs to find a female.



Flying Insect Zombie Attack

A former evil ruler (flying lizard from Indonesia)
named Brainzilla was kicked out of Planet Lizzylick.
Because he was a dictator and killer of thousands, the rebels literally booted him out.

His only shot at survival was to find another planet that provides food and water.
He also had planned on destroying anything in his way.
After three long days without any food or even a drop of water,
he continued to fly and found a suitable planet.
Although Planet Castle (only thousands of miles away from Lizzylick) is small,
it offers the perfect land and the perfect food for Brainzilla.
The planet is populated with plenty of tiny (three Sagra longicollis from Thailand) 
and some medium-sized (two Sagra buqueti from Malaysia) colorful beings.
Fortunately for him, they are weak and defenseless.

He ate their tasty brains and even drank their refreshing blood.
Although he is thriving and getting all of the proper nutrition,
what will he do after he takes his last bite and drink?
The colorful beings will all be gone. Unfortunately, 
he also doesn't realize that the next closest planet is a long 20,000 light years away!



It's A Boy

Giant Green (Phyllium giganteum from W. Malaysia) 
and Mommy Green (Phyllium celebicum from N. Thailand)
are finally happy and first-time parents!
They have been trying to conceive a baby for three consecutive years. 

After many failed attempts, they finally became successful and had their first child.
Mommy Green gave birth to a happy and healthy baby boy 
named Shorty Green (Phyllium celebicum from N. Thailand).
This made Giant a very happy man. He always wanted a baby boy.
Now that the Green family has their nursery all completed,
they are now ready to show him off to all of their visitors.


This guest post was written by Joseph Caltabiano.
He's the owner of OneShotVariety.com,
the store that sells these and other creepy curiosities.

Check out more of their dioramas in this post here.