Tickets go on sale 06/17/22 at 10 am. (local times) HERE.
Tickets go on sale 06/17/22 at 10 am. (local times) HERE.
ACWNN are teaming up with The Witch's Dungeon to bring the Metaluna Mutant from the 1955 Sci-Fi classic to The WItch's Dungeon. Opened in 1966 by a then 13-year-old Cortlandt Hull (Nephew to Henry Hull of Universal's 1935 classic "Werewolf of London "), The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum has become the longest-running wax museum/classic horror memorabilia exhibit of its kind.
Along with displaying one of a kind props costumes and set pieces, The Witch's Dungeon takes visitors on guided tours that feature highly accurate life-size figures based on the classic films of Lon Chaney, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and others from the golden age of horror & sci-fi cinema.
Currently, The Dungeon houses 20 of these striking figures, but having recently moved to a larger location, it has been presented with the opportunity to use the extra space to expand its collection- more specifically in the area of its "Atom Age Alcove".
Occupying this shadowy corridor is "The Creature From the Black Lagoon " whose impressive 6 ft. 3" figure cast entirely from the original suit mold from the 1954 classic. Neighboring the Gilman is one of the "Mole People " from the 1956 film whose head and hands have also been cast from the film's original costume molds.
Missing however from this Atom Age trifecta has been the iconic "METALUNA MUTANT" from the groundbreaking sci-fi film "This Island Earth" (also released by Universal in 1955). Missing until now.
Just recently The Witch's Dungeon located an incredible lifesize (7 ft) figure of the eerie mutant expertly sculpted by artist Doug Hildebrand, but we need YOUR help in securing the remaining funds needed to bring him home to The Dungeon.
The Witch's Dungeon is and has always been a NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION that exists SOLELY on the generosity of donations made by its wonderful patrons. Every aspect of its exhibits have been either hand-built by Cortlandt or donated directly by the studios or the families of the actors it tributes.
For this reason, we are calling on all Monster Kids out there for the donations needed to bring this icon of Sci-Fi celluloid to The Dungeon- where its story will be preserved for the enjoyment of generations to come.
For those donating $50 or more, we will add your name to a commemorative plaque that will feature the names of all those who donated to this campaign. This plaque will be placed in the "Movie Prop Room" next to the ORIGINAL Metaluna Mutant headpiece used in the actual film which is on display year-round at The Dungeon. This headpiece (the only one in existence) was gifted to The Dungeon by makeup artist John Chambers who saved it from being thrown away back in the 1970s.
If you'd like to make a donation please visit www.gofundme.com/witchsdungeon and help bring this figure to a place where its story can be preserved for generations to come.
LONG LIVE THE HORROR!
The next installment of the BLITZKID illustrated lyric book series ascends the murky depths and into the shadows of www.acwnnstore.com
In keeping with the series' classic CRESTWOOD HOUSE MONSTER BOOKS theme, this newest addition presents 18 pages of handwritten/hand-drawn illustrations-covering each track off of Blitzkid's 2003 album- TRACE OF A STRANGER!
Each 8.5" x 11" book features full-color glossy pages and is bound in a satin-finished saddle-stitch cover.
In conjunction, we are also releasing a new shirt/sticker design directly inspired by the Crestwood Monster Series itself.
BOOKS! Check em' out!
April 17th is International BAT APPRECIATION DAY- and to help celebrate our most nocturnal of allies- Blitzkid will be conducting a charity fundraiser sale from which all profits will be donated to the bat conservation program at “The Wildlife Education & Conservation Center” in Garfield, NJ.
As a band, Blitzkid has an enduring fascination with these amazing mammals, and for years has wanted to help contribute to the much-needed education and protection of these oft-misunderstood creatures. To accomplish this- we are launching a limited edition ”BLITZBAT APPRECIATION DAY” design on Friday that will be available for one week as a T-shirt, racerback tank-top, and die-cut Sticker. Afterward, we will vault the design and donate all profits to the Wildlife Education & Conservation Center.
As a registered 501 C (3) non-profit organization, the Wildlife Education & Conservation Center has been helping bats and many other species of incredibly important wildlife for over 20 years. From outreach educational programs to their hands-on mini-zoo, they are exceedingly dedicated to the preservation of this vital species.
Items go on sale at 12:00pm (EST) this Friday (04/16) at www.acwnnstore.com and will be available until noon on 04/23 so be sure to join us in lending a hand to these endearing icons of the night!
For more info on The Wildlife Conservation & Education Center, please visit www.thebatcave.org
LONG LIVE THE BATS!
Argyle Goolsby. TB Monstrosity.
The Witch's Dungeon and I have been jointly nominated for two Rondo Awards in the categories of
BEST FILM RESTORATION for our reissue of "Nosferatu" with my score/commentary, and
BEST DOCUMENTARY for "Unmasking the Masterpiece" (The Phantom of the Opera documentary which I produced for the Witch's Dungeon).
The Rondo Awards (named after the cult character actor Rondo Hatton) have been a renowned accolade within the horror world for nearly two decades now. Each year they recognize and award the top contributors of research, creativity, and preservation within the realm of classic horror through a fan-voted system.
If you have both a minute and the inclination to do so- cast your votes in the aforementioned ballots by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and copy/paste the following statement into the email body:
"I vote for "Nosferatu" in category #5 and "Unmasking the Masterpiece" in category #10".
Be sure to include your first and last name with the vote, and that's it!
The deadline for votes is April 25th and more info on voting can be found HERE. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND VOTES!
Long Live the Horror,
As the calendar page turns into another month, so does the rotating exhibit at Black Hydra Tattoo. Throughout the month of March, Argyle Goolsby will be the featured installation in the “Ephemeral Gallery”- where signed artist prints of the design series he's created in conjunction with his recent Nosferatu musical score will be on display as well as available for purchase.
Whether you missed the monster-muppet rock and roll extravaganza that was Blitzkid’s ALL HALLOW’S STE’EM, or you were there and wish to relive your daring escape- you’re in luck!
On 01/15/21 at 3:00PM EST Blitzkid will launch a limited run of 250 DVDs of the entire performance that will include a special features photo gallery of over 100 behind the scenes photos and a bonus audio CD of the performance! (DVD is NTSC/ Region 0) .
For those itching to trap the madness in wax, we’ve got you covered as well! On the same date and time, Blitzkid will simultaneously release a limited run of 250 double LPs of the show- available in 2 color configurations (featuring an exclusive silkscreen logo print on Side D) and housed in a sleek, reverse stock gatefold jacket!
Both of these items will move FAST, so dont miss them!
Finally- If you’re alarm is set, but you’re still biting your nails to hear it- you can head to www.acwnnprod.com/digital-downloads (or CLICK HERE) now and download the entire album in either wav or FLAC, and be automatically entered to win a DVD and Vinyl bundle signed by the entire band!
Blitzkid will draw the winner live on 01/28/21, and contest entries end 01/25/21. The digital download includes a 90 page booklet featuring an array of behind the scenes photos from the performance.
(DVDs and Vinyls will ship out the third week of February)!
I’m pleased to announce that I will be joining the very talented crew of Black Hydra Tattoo in Fitchburg, MA as a resident artist and collaborator. Black Hydra is an artist owned & operated custom body art studio headed by three of central Massachusetts’ most vetted and adept body art practitioners- Mat Gallagher, Emily Shortsleeves and Brad Touchette. I’ve been a long time admirer of their collective skillsets as well as professionalism so I consider it a great honor to have been asked to work amidst their ranks.
For more information on the shop and appointment inquiries- please check us out at www.blackhydratattoo.com and give us a follow at www.facebook.com/blackhydratattoo as well as instagram (@blackhydratattoo) to keep up with future announcements as they unfold!
Long live the horror!
Argyle Goolsby will be guest hosting all guided tours at The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum on Friday Jan. 1st, 2021. Ring in the New Year with your favorite fiends from the silver screen! More info HERE.