Monday, October 31, 2016

Three horrific autographs

I had originally planned on doing a number of posts featuring horror related collectibles throughout this past month, unfortunately that plan didn't work out so well, the reason being that pretty much everything I would have wanted to talk about is still in boxes from last year's move.

When I moved I left my ginormous display case behind as there was almost no way it would have survived the cross country trip intact. And even though I have gotten a few smaller display cases since moving, I still haven't found anything nearly as big as the one I had, which means a good portion of my stuff remains boxed up, much to my soul's dismay.

I briefly thought about doing a series on Halloween decorations, of which I have much. That would have been a very easy series to do, especially considering all that stuff has been up since the middle of September. The only problem with that idea was that it would have just ended up being me waxing poetic about things that I've had since early childhood, and then quickly devolving into a "they just don't make things like they used to" series of posts. So for the sake of views (or lack thereof) I scrapped that idea pretty quickly.

Even with all that being said, I at least have one thing, or rather two things available for a suitable Halloween post. Said two things being a pair of signed 8x10's that were gotten earlier this year via eBay. Both were purchased from Our Disappearing Planet, which is a UK based save the planet type organization, that has a fairly large list of celebrities that sign stuff for them on regular basis an in attempt to raise funds for the organization.

First up is a fun still from the set of 1974's Madhouse, signed by Linda Hayden, which also features an absolutely wonderful image of the great Vincent Price. There were quite few signed photos of Ms. Hayden available at the time, but this was the one I Had to have. I'm not going to provide any sort of review here, but this movie, which also stars the equally great Peter Cushing, as well as Robert Quarry (Count Yorga), was one that I enjoyed a quite a bit when I first saw it in the early 90's. This was one of those films that was borrowed from on a fairly regular basis in later horror movies of the 80's and 90's.
Next up is a dual signed photo of Shane Briant and Madeline Smith from Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell:
This was the sixth and final installment of Hammer's Frankenstein series, which starred Peter Cushing as Dr. Frankenstein. I fully agree with the people that say this is Hammer's goriest movie, which is why it might be my least favorite of all the Hammer horror pictures, as I have always been of the opinion that you don't need gore to make a good horror film.

Both Shane Briant and Madeline Smith were no strangers to horror movies, which is why even if I'm not a big fan of the film that the still comes from, I still very much wanted this photo.
Hopefully by this time next year, everything will be unpacked and easily accessible, so that I may provide some more appropriate Halloween season related posts for everyone's reading enjoyment.

And remember, the things that go bump in the night can't get you... if they're too busy Dancing!

Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.


  1. Storage and display are some of the biggest problems with being a collector. There never seems to be enough space! I am not a huge horror fan, but I do agree that you don't need a lot of gore to make a good scary film.

    1. I couldn't agree with you more on there never being enough space. Especially when talking about non card stuff, i.e. action figures, models, statues, etc. Since I'm a very visual person, I like to have everything that I can on display, but that usually means cluttered shelves and things set up in ways that they probably shouldn't be, just so I can have everything out. Plus, having moved quite a few times over the years, I have found that at this point in my life, I really hate looking at boxes!