Monday, February 19, 2018

'Monster Rings'

These plastic monster rings were around for quite some time certainly during the 1970s, possibly during the 1960s too. The box of rings you see here are from the 70s judging by the price. Made by Leaf here in the UK and another company in America. I've seen various different designs of the box art on the Internet and a number of colours of the rings including silver. There were 6 different designs of the rings, from what I can make out these were as follows: Skull, A tiger beast thing?, A Bat, An Alien type creature?, A Monster of some sort, and bizarrely a Ladies hand with painted finger nails.
I remember buying some of the rings during the 70s or maybe even into the 80s. I still have 3 of the Skull rings which you can see being worn beautifully by the rubber severed hand. I did used to have a Bat as well [Green I think it was], don't know what happened to that, must of flew off. I am also wondering if you could get the rings in those slot machines like with the bubble gum machines.
They maybe cheap but I like the charm of them, quite nice designs as well.  

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Mystery Vampire bat toy

I have had this for a long time, no idea where I bought it from and it certainly wasn't new at the time. Its certainly something that I haven't seen again anywhere else, can't even find anything on the Internet about it either. The face of the bat is made of plastic and the wings are a vinyl material. You probably noticed the tufts of black hair/fur around the edges too, I think it would of had more than this originally.  The back of the bat has a battery compartment and switch on the side which makes the bats eyes light up red. The only markings on the back are Creata 1986 Made in Hong Kong.   So its a bit of a mystery what the toy is called and whether it was part of a particular toy line. If anyone knows anymore about it please share here. Thank you. 

Thursday, February 01, 2018

How my horror/monster passion began

Hello everyone

As many regular visitors to the Cobwebbed Room may of noticed the total lack of posts, its been nearly a year now since I posted anything. Well I don't have any excuses apart from nearly every week I kept telling myself I must start putting something on the site but of course I never did, I think one of the reasons I didn't bother was because I was using Internet Explorer and every time I attempted a post it kept acting weird and not letting me upload pictures or if they did upload it would place them in a random place which made the page look terrible. So now I am using Google chrome which seems a lot better. I am so sorry if you have been returning to the Cobwebbed Room every so often and not seeing anything new for so long. I am hoping to get in to the swing of things again. I have a few ideas of things I want to post about but if you yourself can think of something you would like to see on here then please do let me know or maybe you would like to contribute an article or something.
Thank you.


I thought I would tell you how my horror/monster fascination began. I remember it well, I was 5 years old in 1973 and in March [I managed to find the actual date and time from the issue of the TV times of that week] there was a showing on ITV of the Universal monster classic 'Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein', I was engrossed, sat there on the floor in front of the telly, I don't remember the whole film from that time but just certain scenes. This is also the first film I do remember watching as well.
Another thing I remember was my Dad and his best mate doing  impressions of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster and Bela Lugosi as Igor, I was quite amused by their antics but I had no idea who these movie characters were, maybe they told me at the time but I don't remember. One time when me and my brother went to London with our Mum to see our Nan, stayed there for about a week. Dad didn't bother coming with us. Anyway when we got back home my Dad had painted a large mural on the living room wall of a spooky scene complete with a castle, trees, and Dracula all painted in black and white. Well I thought it was amazing, Mum wasn't too pleased though. Dad also had 3 Aurora monster kits that he kept on the window sill of Dracula, Forgotten prisoner of Castel Mare and The Witch. He had these until the early 1980's, 2 of them must of got damaged and thrown out, only the Dracula kit survived. He gave me this one eventually. My Dad I guess must of been a monster film fan at the time, he didn't carry it on as such like the collecting side of things but he still enjoyed the monster films.
What memories do you have of your first interest in horror and monster films etc?  

My Dad's original Aurora Dracula kit, few pieces missing and little paint work


Sunday, January 21, 2018

'Ghost Stories' Trailer 2018

Well I didn't realise that the film version of the successful stage play by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson was going to made until I saw this trailer posted on another site. I really like the look of this and it'll be Interesting to see how the play adapts to film. I should imagine they have a few things up their sleeves to make it work and make you shiver and Shake. Looking forward to its release. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Play for Today - 'Vampires' (1979)

Wonderful TV drama about 3 kids whom after watching a Dracula film on television believe that they have seen a real Vampire in the local cemetery. Love this kind of thing reminds me when I were a kid back then. One of the highlights in 'Vampires' for me is the man who runs 'The Wizards Den' joke shop, what a great character. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Dekker 'Horror Make-up' kit Instruction manual

I had a request from somebody to ask if I could put up the rest of the Instruction manual to the Dekker 'Horror Make-up' kit. Well here it is, hope that it will be useful enough, would be Interesting in seeing what the make-up you choose looks like.

Friday, October 16, 2015

'Hammer presents Dracula' LP

I sometimes used to listen to this in the dark or with candles on, the sound of Bill Nelson's deep voice on the Introduction and the creepy music added to the atmosphere of the darkened room and then Christopher Lee's atmospheric narration of the Dracula story with its eerie music and sound effects. The stereo on this album is wonderfully crisp and clear with sounds occasionally jumping from speaker to speaker; listen to it on headphones for that full effect. I won't go into the story on the album or any other highlights, that I think will be best for you to experience yourself. I am pretty sure that you will certainly enjoy this atmospheric version of the Dracula story written by Hammer films Don Houghton. Music on the album is composed by James Bernard and arranged & conducted by Philip Martell.

Side 2 is titled 'Four faces of evil' and contains theme music from 4 of Hammer films:

'Fear in the night'
'The Vampire Lovers'
'Dr.Jekyll and Sister Hyde'

Played with relish by The Hammer City Orchestra

'Hammer presents Dracula' was released in 1974 by Studio 2 Stereo/EMI Records Ltd and comes in a gatefold sleeve which comes with notes on Vampirism by Basil Copper. I understand a single sleeve copy of the record was also released at some point. Just recently the album has been re-released on vinyl as a 40th anniversary limited edition from Dust bug records. I understand that they will also be re-releasing the 2nd Hammer record that came out during the 1970s - 'Legend of the 7 golden Vampires' narrated by Peter Cushing with scenes from the film.

In 1992 Hammer presents Dracula was released by Silva Screen on CD under the title 'Horror of Dracula'. As well as this re-release the cd also contains music from Hammer's Dracula (1958) as well as 'Dracula Prince of darkness', and 'Taste the blood of Dracula'. The album doesn't contain the 4 themes that were on the original album release and also the titles to the Dracula story are also listed here on the cd that were not on the original album.

Track Listing:

1.Main theme - Dracula
2.Inside Castle Dracula/The lure of the vampire woman/Dracula's rage - From 'Dracula' (1958)

'Hammer presents Dracula'
   The Hammer house of horror
   The Lord of the Vampiric Hordes

4.'The Horror of Dracula' narrated by Christopher Lee
The Legend
Castle Dracula
The Kiss of the living death
The Blood splashed bride
The death of Dracula
The final horror

Epilogue- narration by Bill Mitchell

5.Funeral in Carpathia from Dracula Prince of Darkness
6.Romance at dusk
7.Pursuit/The death of Lucy
8.The victory of love [from 'Taste the blood of Dracula']

Tracks 1,2,5-8 conducted by Neil Richardson. These first appeared in 1989 on Silva Screen records.

If you want to know more about Bill Mitchell follow the link below which has a radio documentary about him.

Bill Mitchell Radio Documentary