Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Where Did he Get All of Those Wonderful Toys From? (Part One)

By - Stephen Mezo

The Story Behind The Monster Toy Collection of Daniel White

Part One The Introduction

I would like to start this article with a huge thank you to Daniel White for sharing the photos of his amazing collection with us and for typing in his own words the history behind it with all of us fellow Monster Kids.

Daniel said his love of Monsters started in the city of Chicago on Monroe Street with his father Alfred and uncle Richard's love of the "Shock Theater" horror show. And Daniel says Uncle Richard was into the horror show hosted by Terry Bennett as "(Mad) Marvin" even more.

 Richard and Alfred White

Monster movie host Terry Bennett as "Marvin" from the Shock Theater Television show

Daniel: I can really remember it all started when my brother Alan and I were very young I was only 3 and he was 4 and we were in the same baby crib, my uncle came through our bed room door as The Mummy and scared the living s*** out of my brother and me too.

Uncle Richard as The Mummy

"And why would uncle Richard be dressed as a mummy?" you ask. Well about that time Daniel's uncle Richard was making one of many home monster movies complete with a set built in Alfred's basement.
 Uncle Richard on set.

Daniel: The mummy set that my Uncle made was right in the basement where we lived. And I was told to stay out of it, but there was no way that I could. I was always down there and man as soon as that mummy came around I was gone. I thought all the movies I saw on Shock Theater were the movies my dad and uncle were making, but to tell you the truth I loved it and still do. My uncle used to give me gifts signed from The Mummy and I believed it too, I still kind of do to this day.

Alfred White as The Vampire 1960's

 Alfred's fangs in Daniel's collection 2015

I remember when our uncle Pete was blown up in a gas pit explosion and was injured really bad that year. He was unable to finish his part in the movie, but when he came home I thought he was the mummy the way they had him wrapped up. It became part of why I like monsters and on top of that my dad always walked around like Frankenstein in our house all the time. No wonder why I ended up loving monsters so much. And I remember when we moved to the Burbs in 1963 my Dad made me up as Dr. Satan's robot. He used card board, masking tape and silver spray paint I remember it like it was yesterday.

The Man of Steel Robot from the "Mysterious Dr. Satan" Serials

My dad was awesome and The White brothers really had their s*** together artistically I wish I was half as good as them but I will carry on in their names trust me....
Alfred White on Halloween in the 1960's

*Note* Daniel's father Alfred and his uncle Richard were artist for the Bally Pinball company score board glass, and I have a separate showcase for Uncle Richard's works. One of which is the pinball machine in Arnolds Drive - In on the Television show Happy Days.

Daniel: 1964 came rolling around and I got my AJ Renzi Monster Car and my Horrorscope for Christmas I love them now even more then I did back then. My brother and I had the best Christmases.

Halloween of that same year (sorry for the time jump) my dad made a Zorro costume for my brother then I asked him what I was going to be? So he said "Let's go to the drug store". It was Friday night and Halloween was Saturday the next day, so he bought two boxes of cotton and three packs of brown dye. We got home and he started boiling water, he put the die in then the cotton and made my mask that night. He put the brown wet cotton in the dryer grabbed my Ben Cooper Frankenstein mask and some plastic fangs. Then glued the dyed and dried cotton onto it. The rest of the costume was made with masking tape, rubber bands, work gloves, old shoes and card board for finger nails. The mask was in two parts and he made that thing in a few hours My best Halloween ever never to be matched.

Alan as Zorro and Daniel as The Wolfman Halloween 1965
 in costumes made by their father Alfred White.

I was always by my Uncles house and he kept me out of so much trouble it's not even funny.

I got real sick in 1969 and almost died, nobody wanted anything to do with me and not one friend came to see me, but my monsters never left me and there still here for me today. My dad, my uncle and me moved on to better things like watching Castle Films Super 8 Sound Monster Movies together. Before there were any sound on them my Dad and Uncle used to put the sound to those movies, then sent them out to have them sound striped. And I was there every foot of the way, boy did I have fun watching those guys do that stuff and I still have them all. Matter of fact when my uncle worked on his art work for Bally's Pinball in his house nobody was allowed near him, but I was there and he let me watch him. We were like Bro's and he would let me have anything I wanted.

Even now as people come to see him fading away slowly he tells them to go, even family. But when I go over there to visit him he holds my hand and tells me he Loves me.

Little back tracking again, I remember playing with all the Marx monsters in my uncle's drive way with my cousin Susan that would be 63-64. Then at all the birthday parties we would play the monster old maid game.

Daniel, Susan, Linda and Alan

I used love to go by my Uncles house when he was painting those monster models in enamels oh that smell it's still in my brain.

I can remember my Aunt and Uncle making this Zorro suit for my cousin's Ken doll, wow I wanted that thing so bad but then G.I. Joe came out and that is a whole other story. My uncle would always have a monster movie playing on his reel to reel tape player that I still have. My dad had one too and I have that one as well with all of the tapes. My Uncle's house always smelled like enamels and Testors glue. Oh man between the glue fumes back when my Dad made that wolf man costume combined with my mom's hair spray that he finished it with was my first high! HA HA HA Wow...

Well I can remember when my Uncle made my cousins Susan and Linda up as Frankenstein and the wolf man and even made my brother up as the mummy and that took 4 hours alone itself. My Dad made me up as a zombie and I'll be damned, my brother came home and my Dad was trying to take home movies of him. Well he was crying and yelling "I have to pee!" and he ripped that whole costume off. Wow my dad, my uncle and me were really mad and my uncle told him "I will never make you up again!" My dad wanted to kill him but my cousins and me stayed dressed up and did our thing and that was in 1970.  By the time 1972 came rolling around the Spooktacular was getting ready to roll.

One day I was over by my uncle's house in 1972 and he asked me if I wanted to make a monster musical and I said yes. He put all the songs down on paper for me to practice acting in "Monster Movie Ball". Everything happens to me as the two headed beat nick monster and I practiced at home and his house all the time. I helped with the recordings right after dinner and also helped my uncle make all the backdrop bricks with news paper, masking tape, poster board, gray, white and black spray paint. And he even made a full skeleton by hand with wire, paper and tape. I sat there and watched him make that thing. I let everything else go in my life just to be with my Uncle this stuff. It took a couple of years to do just about everything on that set because it was all made by hand. And I remember trying to get that damn make-up off of myself. I would go to school the next day everyone would make fun of me and laugh at me, even the teachers. But I didn't care about that s*** I just wanted to make that movie with my Uncle and I would do anything for him.

 Daniel on set in 1972 with Uncle Richard's prop head.

 Uncle Richard's prop head in Daniel's collection 2015

Everybody used to call me a girl because it looked like I had eye shadow on and that went on for a long time. It didn't bother me at all and the reason the movie was finished in 74 was because my Uncle had a lot of problems with the sound. Yep it was Bell & Howell camera so he had to trash that. Then the movie got put on hold and it didn't even process right so my cousin and me made that Frankenstein movie instead.

A lot of work went into that one as well like my cousin trying to make the torch's for our Frankenstein movie and she said she would take care of that. But every time we lit that thing it would fall apart and go all over the place so I told her I would take care it. So I got some wire wrapped it around the rag and a broom stick. Then soaked in some kerosene and ran across the street to my Uncles house with a lit torch made. And many of them and they burned along time.

Then I remember when we were filming a part in that Frankenstein movie where I was lifting my hand up. I was laying on the table on my back and my cousin slammed my hand so hard on that table I had four black and blue finger nails after, my eyes were closed and I never said a word. And in a coffin shot when I ran my hand across the top of the coffin lid there were small rocks in the clay that cut the hell out of hand ...

There was actually a much bigger set in my Uncles front room but that got taken down by time 74 came rolling around. We were all set to go and I can remember my uncle making my aunt up as the mummy while I was making my cousin up as the wolf man then my Uncle had to make me up as Frankenstein. Man that was a long night but it is was a lot of fun and it was a Saturday night and I didn't get home till Sunday morning. My uncle sent the film out to get it striped and added the sound later. It was a lot of work and he had the Eumig camera when we got done. 

We all went out for dinner that night and he gave me a nice card with some cash in it. The other set got put up in the garage and we did that wolf man footage during the shutdown. I made that wolf man cane out of poster board Elmer's glue silver Testors enamels and a old broom stick. I used flower and water with news paper and put it on my face, then used a hair dryer to start the wolf man mask. I was in my bed room a lot doing monster things and I was the weird guy at the end of the street!

And that "Weird guy on the street" wound up in
 Famous Monsters  Magazine issue #92

In Part Two of Daniel White's monster collection history and story you'll get to see his museum of monsters and find out how he landed some of the Grails of Vintage Monster Collecting and more.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Talking about Dave and Al Get Coffee (2015)

By - Steve Mezo

Someone once told me that you need to work outside of your comfort zone to advance as an artist and entertainer. It may not seem like your best work striking out, but it will force you to focus your talents and the next project will be your new best. 

And that brings me to the comedy short "Dave and Al Get Coffee".
Blake Suarez as Dave and Derek Huey as Al

Dave and Al Get Coffee is a new comedy short by Rakesh Jacob, Derek Huey and John Dalbosco. With the screenplay and directing by Rakesh Jacob and Derek Huey.

I know, I know if you've been following this site you know that I am a huge fan of Derek's work, but when I was sent the screener he made me promise to keep it real. 

I'll start off by saying I really enjoyed it but it did seem to sputter in some spots. It wasn't because of anyone's performance (everyone owned their roles) or the writing (which had a lot of great bits). it was just Rakesh and Derek changing gears with a new style.
Don't read this as a bad thing because if you had watched it without seeing their prior works you wouldn't pick up on it and just enjoy it as it is. 

I had to watch it a second time to just see it as it was and it was even funnier the second time around when I caught a lot of the bits I missed the first time watching it as a reviewer. And after this I'm sure that Rakesh and Derek are going to make the second installment go to eleven. 

The Short revolves around two friends Dave and Al and two policemen Officer Ginger and Officer Rogers (I'll give you a second for that one) and how their day intersects twice while Dave and Officer Rogers deal with trouble their in with their wives.
And there is a scene between Eddie B, Derek and Blake that had me laughing till it hurt. 

  Eddie B is awesome in this scene!!!

As far as the sputters I was talking about, it was times where I knew Rakesh and Derek would have written in some kind of blood gag or a body part being severd. But with that being something that wasn't to be used from their box of tricks it was funny seeing those pauses before another gag was used. But like I said before if you haven't seen their earlier work you wouldn't even notice anything but the fun.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Storage Unit of Terror Salutes our Troops and Wishes America a Happy Birthday This 4th of July!

Today's post celebrates another birthday for America and is dedicated to those that fight the many dangers out there for us every day!

 Our Armed Forces

The Army

The Navy

The Air Force

And The Marines

I really want to thank these brave men and women for being away from their homes and families to keep us safe from hostiles that wish us harm. 
And I also want to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice...

I'm not making lite of what they really do face every day. But I've been told that when I create these "Salute" post it brings a smile to their faces, and they know I'm thinking of them and I really appreciate everything they do.  

So when you celebrate The 4th please keep everyone serving in mind and respect those that have passed.  

And if you would like to send much needed comforts of home to those serving "Any Soldier.com" is a great site to get information on what they are in need of and how to properly ship it. It even has list of what not to send (Just to keep everyone out of trouble).
The site also has links to Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guard personnel too. Just look to the top banner to find the link to the branch you wish to send supplies to. I've made sure to ask about this site with servicemen and it is one I can recommend.   

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wick'd Jfay Flashback Interview!

By - Steve Mezo

This interview originally appeared on the D'Ment'D Cinema site back on June 6, 2011 when my early incarnation of The Abandoned Mom and Pop Video Store was simply a side page called "Employee Picks". 

It was with a kind, beautiful woman who the Web World knows as "Jfay". She is extremely talented at creating wearable scents and for a while she was hand making scented candles that were amazingly aromatic without being overpowering. And she had even designed one that was chocolate peppermint for the D'Ment'D Cinema site.


And had even designed and custom cherry cola 
scented candle for my wife.

Now Jfay continues with her scent creations
 along with hand made jewelry designs at her Internet Store 

So let's use The VHS Time Rewinder and check out a interview with the artist known as Jfay.

Okay get ready, Tonight the wick'd woman of wax and potions is in the D'Ment'D Cinema's Abandoned Mom and Pop Video Store!
Jfay works in her secret laboratory conjuring Wick'd Candles and Potions for all the ghoulies to enjoy ~

I enter the Abandoned Video Store as usual to get ready for tonight's interview only to be greeted by hundreds of glowing candles.This couldonly mean one thing my guest *Jfay* arrived before me!

I call out her name and in a "Bewitched" type flash of flame Jfay

appears before me. I thank her for being here and we sit amongst her creations to talk. 

Me : So how did all of these get to be here tonight? I mean what was the inspiration for making each one so different?

Jfay: It all came about as I realized that I enjoyed mixing and blending colors and aromas, and was also craving to do something more creative. It first began with candle making.

I enjoyed experimenting with contorting wax in all types of manners to come up with different effects.  My little wax victims have been frozen, stabbed with hot pokers, "bitten" by vampires, endured hot water torture, splashed with "blood", and even put in chains. Any type of torturous effects my little devious brain can come up with, along with the help of my "always happy to participate" evil assistant, Coyote.

Currently I am planning on putting some of my one of a kind designs in my very own online Wax Museum coming soon. This idea was inspired by my dear friend and ghost hunter, "Donna Stewart" of *PSI of Oregon*.

Me: And I hear that you have some other irons in the fire too.
Care to share?

Jfay: My newest venture has been mixing up Wick'd Potions, which are actually very sinfully delicious perfumes and fragrances.

My goal when blending an aroma is to first and foremost make it

something very unique.  Sometimes they are very mysterious, and

sometimes they are just simply so scrumptious  that they would make any monster want to nibble upon your neck! And I have something for everyone -- Men's, Women's and Unisex Aromas are available. And they are bottled in Wick'd Potion Bottles and Potion Necklaces. And you simply MUST visit my Bloody Bordello of Vampire Potions It's where all the Vampires come out to play!  They are fierce and may require a nibble or two before sharing their favorite aromas with you!

I also have a new line of candles that I'm working on called the Vampire Scent Collection. They are fun little candles that the ghoulies can mix and match to create their very own personal collection of their favorite vampy scents. Some can also be paired with the same fragrances found in the Bloody Bordello of Vampire Potions.  Available now are the Blood Line Candle, Eternally Yours, So Wicked, and Ravenous Rose. There willbe more coming very soon!

Me: Wow talk about burning the candle at both ends?! *Snicker*

Oh before we snuff all of the candles and run off into the night I have a couple random questions for you to answer.

1. What was your favorite wax food, or the candy that a least said it

was edible?

Well, the first thing that comes to mind is a candy of sorts from my

childhood days.  Those little wax soda bottles filled with some sort of liquid that you would have to bite the top of the bottle off to drink and then chew up the bottle -- Remember those?  A bit ridiculous, but I suppose we thought they were fun then!

2. I always wondered is wax fruit an offering for Mannequins that may stop over to visit?

Certainly!  But they best be on guard when visiting, as me and my evil Coyote may try to use them for our experiments!  Mwhahahaha!!!

3. If someone gave you a free ride there, which would you go to The House of Wax or Waxworks, and which would you spend the night in?

Waxwork!!!  What a thrill it would be to spend an evening with so many famous ghouls.  The likes of Dracula, the Phantom of the Opera, Zombies,

Mummies... A smorgasbord of fun and frightful people!

4. You have a DVD Player that runs on an atomic battery what five DVD's you would want with you on a desert island?


Well...  I would definitely want to have The Rocky Horror Picture Show along that is one of my all time faves! Let's do the Time Warp Again!!

Next, I would have to say I wouldn't want to be stranded anywhere

without my Queen Live at Wimbley DVD gotta have my Freddie!!!

Then, I'd want to have my favorite porn flick, Ten Little Maidens, you know one wouldn't want to get bored... Murder and orgies on an isolated island and a guy killed by a rubber duckie strangling his dick what could be more entertaining?!

And speaking of entertaining, How about John Waters' Pink Flamingos??? Now, that's a wild romp!

Then, I guess to tickle my funny bone, something 3 Stooges!

5. Zombies are running in your front door and you're running out the back door. What three items do you take with you (They don't have to be survival items).

No brainer!  Beer, Cigs, and Tequila. Those zombies aren't getting a hold of my stash! Ha ha ha!!!

Me: Okay, that's the last of them and thank you for letting me keep a few candles here. And thank you for being such a great guest. 

Jfay: Thank you much Steve, and I hope to see you around the Bloody Bordello very soon!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Showcase of Jonathan Laslo's Knight Storm Photography

By Steve Mezo

Zolton The Zombie invites you to step inside
 and enjoy the Showcase of Jonathan Laslo's
"Knight Storm Photography"

He's really excited about this and wanted it to be a catered affair, but I had to remind him of our budget. I mean it's so tight that a heated up box of pizza rolls and a expired can of Hi-C Ecto Cooler would be extravagant. So we made sure to use the best unit in the complex to hang his works. 

So please no touching of the photos, copying or flash photography. Jonathan was extremely cool in giving Zoltan and me permission to do this gallery and I'm just asking for a little courtesy.  

Now your asking "Well okay Mr. exhibitionist how did you get permission to do this?!"

Well it all goes back to Jonathan and I having a mutual friend by the name of Janet Jay who is also Horror Host "Janet Decay". 

Oh yeah she has T-shirts too

And we're both part of Thomas Berdinski's newest feature 
The Giant Rubber Monster Movie Part 2

Tom is also how I had met Janet through the interwebs here and Janet does a lot of awesome modeling for Jonathan and that is how I met him on the internet through her. 

So now you know how I met Jonathan.

Now onto the showing!



Featured in The Barberton Gallery of Fine Arts




Mandi Doll

For information on hiring Jonathan, Modeling for him or any other inquieries visit him here on his Facebook