Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Lon Chaney Jr. Lou Costello

Here’s some fun stuff for you to look at while you’re waiting for my next review. First up is a fake commercial for monster action figures (based on the movie "House of the Wolf Man" - but more on that in a moment).

Not that there weren’t ever real monster action figures – there were, and you can read about (and see photos of some of) them here – but this particular commercial is a spoof of the commercials that used to air for Mego’s World’s Greatest Superheroes action figures in the 1970s and ‘80s.

I guess that’s only fitting as among the various companies that manufactured monster figures the Azrak company (again I refer you to this link) patterned not only the figures but their packaging on Mego’s endeavors.

So... no, there is no “Wolfmobile” but it’s fun to pretend there is one, right? Especially since it’s bound to be cooler than anything in the big-budget “Wolfman” remake that Hollywood is about to dump on us this Friday (if the trailer and TV commercials are any indication... not to mention the fact that the film's release was postponed by a whole year)...

...which brings me back around to "House of the Wolf Man." If you choose to see the "Wolfman" remake, it's my opinion that you're barking up the wrong tree. Because there is an alternative: don't go see it. Watch Lon Chaney Jr.'s grandson Ron Chaney in a faithful homage to the classic Univeral horror films instead. Ron is a featured player in Eben McGarr's "House of the Wolf Man" currently making the rounds of various film festivals and soon to be available on DVD. I think Bud, Lou and Lon would be proud.

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