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Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Doctor Who Season One & Jack the Giant Killer

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 16, 2018 07:16pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi, where I review recent Blu-ray releases. Both of these Blu-rays came out in the past three months.

Doctor Who: Tom Baker - Complete Season One, BBC Video:
These are the episodes that first introduced the Doctor Who franchise to the American public. The series Doctor Who Season Onehad already run for more than a decade in England where the venerable Doctor had long been considered a national icon and a variety of stars had already played the role of the Doctor, but Tom Baker is the face and personality that made him beloved by legions of North American fans. So it makes perfect sense that these would be the first episodes of the long running series to get a deluxe Blu-ray upgrade here in the US. These were originally shot on video so there has been a lot of handwringing online about how good these would look due to the low quality of the original source materials. Many fans have questioned whether it is worth upgrading from DVD to Blu-ray. Well, as soon as I popped in the first disc of this and saw the beautiful sharp picture quality and heard the flawless sound, I realized this was a total no-brainer. This set is a huge improvement over the DVDs and possibly the best restoration I have ever seen of something that was originally shot on video. The image quality is flawless. Once in a blue moon there is a weird lighting artifact that the restoration couldn't cover up, but these are few and far between. Yes, this does reveal many of the shortcomings of the special effects. Now you can see like never before that all the monsters are made of bubble wrap and paper mache, but that is actually half the fun of this set. The production budget for these shows was comparable to what you would see for a local high school play. The special effects crew did the best they could with what they had and there is a funky low-fi style to their effects, which looks charmingly nostalgic in the harsh naked light of this Blu-ray.

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Bigfoot Bonanza in SF, 3/10-3/11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 25, 2018 05:45pm | Post a Comment

Bigfoot Bonanza

Are you interested in the Unknown (with a capital U, of course)? Have you ever felt like there's more to American Bigfootthis world than meets the third eye? Fancy yourself an amateur cryptozoologist? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to join Amoeba Music at the Super Shangri-La Show's second annual Bigfoot Bonanza festival, happening March 10th & 11th at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco.

Spend two days running wild among Bigfoot-themed cult classics, documentaries, and TV shows, and listening to talks from some of the top specialists in the field, including Loren Coleman, Seth Breedlove of Small Town Monsters, Peter Von Puttkamer (Sasquatch Odyssey: The Hunt for Bigfoot), Daniel Perez of the Bigfoot Times, and Matt Ralston of Cryptozoologist.

A smorgasbord of Bigfoot movies and documentaries such American Bigfoot (2016), Beast of WhiteHall (2016), Man Beast (1956), Horror Express (1972), and (of course) The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), and television episodes of Leonard Nimoy's In Search Of, Ultraman, Jonny Quest, and more will keep you on the furry edge of your seat.

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Gill-Men Gone Wild

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 28, 2018 06:18pm | Post a Comment

Island of the Fishmen

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"There are many strange legends in the Amazon. Even I, Lucas, have heard the legend of a man-fish."
-- Lucas, Captain of the tramp-steamer Rita, in The Creature From the Black Lagoon

So, did the Shape of Water get you all Gilly for more frustrated Fish Dude movies? In 1987, when I was The Amazonjust a young lad of 14, there was only one thing I saved all my allowance for -- a Nintendo Entertainment System. And it was for one game only -- Pro Wrestling. I would become a master of playing Starman, however there was only one enemy I always feared to square off with -- The Amazon (with his famous Piranha Bite and Outlaw Choke). I've been a fan of angry Fish Guys ever since. Well, maybe being a Pisces helps too.

Gill-man characters have been around for quite some time, but The Creature From The Black Lagoon was probably everyone's first favorite fish-man monster from the Devonian period. "What happened to the Universal Gill-Man after the Creature trilogy?" you have often pondered while scooping clams at a 99 Ranch Market. Well, some of you may remember Uncle Gilbert visiting The Munsters family. Herman says Gilbert's wealth was mostly attributed to salvaging lost treasures in the seas.The Munsters, Uncle Gilbert

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Sophisticated Monster Muu-zak and Buried Horror Films to Howl For

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 29, 2017 05:26pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Close you eyes and picture in your mind that Gomez and Morticia Addams are throwing a party. One can not imagine them playing Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Rap" or Elvira's "2 Big Pumpkins." I see Lurch pulling the cobwebs off their record collection and tossing the needle on such classics as The Zanies' "Russian Roulette," Ken Nordine and his Kinsmen's "Strollin Spooks," and of course all five of the amazing Frankie Stein and the Ghouls records.







If you find yourself humming the theme to Experiment in Terror every time you cross the Emperor Norton bridge late at night or cruising up to Twin Peaks for a super burrito at Taqueria Miraloma, then this is the truly the Hallow's eve music for you. The 1960's was the golden ghoul era of Monster music and here are a just a few LPs and 45s to keep your eyes peeled for...not to mention a couple spooky flicks.

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October at Balboa Theatre: Vampires, Hell Houses, and Yokai Monsters!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 11, 2015 06:37pm | Post a Comment

Yokai Monsters

San Francisco's Balboa Theatre and the mysterious forces at Super Shangri-La Show bring you an October to remember with three weeks of Wednesdays of super weird Halloweeny viewing!

Yokai MonstersThe fun starts Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30pm with Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968), the second in the Yokai Monsters movie trilogy. A Babylonian demon is awoken and flies to ancient Japan to take over the body of the local Magistrate. The small country yokai monsters must team up to defeat him. It's a classic little monsters vs. evil big monster scenario and is not to be missed! In Japanese with English subtitles.

What's a yokai? According to Wikipedia: "Yokai (ghost, phantom, strange apparition) are a class of supernatural monsters in Japanese folklore. The word yokai is made up of the kanji for 'bewitching; attractive; calamity' and 'apparition; mystery; suspicious.'" I'm sold. RSVP on Facebook for entertaining updates.

Wednesday, October 21st unleashes Mario Bava's 1965 sci-fi/horror classic Planet of the Vampires. This movie features two great tastes that go great together: space and the undead. Its a stylish adventure with hot Italian chicks in space suits, and many critics say that it inspired Ridley Scott's Alien. RSVP on Facebook, invite your friends and family.

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