A new documentary on pre-code horror, science fiction, and crime comic books of the 1950s, HAUNTED THRILLS explores the lesser known publishers and titles of the era and spotlights the writers and artists who made it happen.
Haunted Thrills features exclusive interviews with pre-code artists Everett Raymond Kinstler, Joe Sinnott, and Victor Carrabotta. Sinnott and Carrabotta talk about working for Stan Lee and Atlas Comics in the Empire State Building with some great stories about Stan and Marvel comics legend Jack Kirby.
Haunted Thrills is midway through it’s 2021-2022 film festival run and is an official selection in 11 festivals so far, garnering 5 awards for Best Short Documentary Film. This doc is a companion piece to Mike Lyddon’s previous feature film WITCH TALES, a horror anthology movie that adapts pre-code horror comic book stories to the screen.
Filmmaker Mike T Lyddon’s new doc about golden age pre-code horror comic books titled HAUNTED THRILLS will be screened as an official selection at the GAINESCON Film Festival in the Tampa Saint Petersburg area of Florida.
The film will screen Friday, November 19th or Saturday the 20th at the Studio Movie Grill, an amazing movie theater where you can dine while watching first run movies. Film festival winners will be announced on November 20th.
This two day event features real indie films in the genres of action, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.
“I was very pleased to get HAUNTED THRILLS on the festival board at Gainescon as an official entry and I plan to attend the event.” Lyddon said. “It’s great to break the ice at the start of fall festival season and I couldn’t think of a better event than Gainescon to begin the journey.”
This short documentary is a companion piece to Lyddon’s previous feature film WITCH TALES that contains stories adapted from those awesome pre-code horror comics of the 1950s.
Lyddon’s film will play several festivals before being officially released on RUMBLE and subsequently on Youtube and a few other platforms.
HAUNTED THRILLS (2021) will have its world premiere in October or November of 2021 and then released across multiple platforms including Rumble, Youtube, Bitchute and others.
A companion featurette to Mike T. Lyddon’s horror anthology movie WITCH TALES aka CUENTOS DE LA BRUJA (2020), the Haunted Thrills documentary looks at many of the publishers and artists who drew horror comics that were considered so extreme that it led to the Comics Code Authority stamp, one of the largest cases of industrial censorship in U.S. history.
Everyone knows about Stan Lee and Marvel Comics but few know that he was one of the original pre-code horror editors when he worked for ATLAS in the late 1940s. We interview two artists who worked at Atlas, Joe Sinnott and Vic Carrabotta.
Also, we speak with the great Everett Raymond Kinstler about his days with AVON and ZIFF-DAVIS publishers.
Trailer is now on RUMBLE and YOUTUBE, or watch it here –
Filmmaker Mike T. Lyddon is a guest on the WICKED HORROR SHOW podcastwith hosts Tony and Kevin. They discuss Lyddon’s latest feature length horror anthology movie WITCH TALES, his last film FIRST MAN ON MARS, and his latest project, a pre-code comics documentary called HAUNTED THRILLS covering all the lesser known publishers of sci-fi, horror and crimes comics of the early 1950s.
Also, we talk about THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and the surging popularity of COSMIC HORROR in both print and movies. Fans of H.P. Lovecraft will find this of particular interest.
Was THE BLOB the first film made about Cosmic Horror?
Lyddon is an award-winning writer, producer, director and special makeup effects artist known for the films Cut Up (1994), Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras (1999), Horror Anthology Movie Vol. 1 (2013) and Vol. 2 (2014) and First Man on Mars (2016). Short films include The Cordyceps Principle (2013), Thing in the Shed (2013), Footage Found Arabi (2013) and By the Hair of the Head (2014). He also filmed over 100 live indigenous and traditional music videos in South America for HowlingEarth.Com. Witch Tales: On Halloween night, the enchanting girl next door wants to invite you in for a treat….or a TRICK. Witch Tales is a horror anthology movie featuring three gruesome tales of terror presented by a seductive witch while she concocts a very special brew during Halloween eve. The English version trailer is presented in the show. First Man in Mars: The countdown to terror has begun. Astronaut Eli Cologne became the first man on Mars, but something went horribly wrong. Infected by an alien organism, he returned to Earth a savage monster with an unquenchable thirst for human flesh. The original trailer is presented in the show. Click here to watch the show.
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Cuentos de la Bruja aka Witch Tales, the latest feature film by Mike Lyddon, has ended it’s year long festival run having been selected in 13 film festivals worldwide winning 6 awards including best feature film.
Witch Tales, also known as Cuentos de la Bruja, was filmed in Peru. Mike Lyddon is currently editing the English language version of the film. The Spanish language version is an official selection in one last festival, Horror On Sea, taking place in January, 2020.
The film has three stories adapted from the lesser known pre-code horror comic books of the 1950s. Lyddon is a big fan of those comic books and is also working on a documentary called Haunted Thrills which will hit the festivals in 2020.
He has also just sold his first short story, “Thing in the Shed,” which has been published by Deadman’s Tome in the collection titled “Monster Party” and is available here.
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