Wednesday, June 29

Cemetery Plots #2

My buddy Dan Johnson and the folks at Empire Comics Lab have released Issue 2 of their horror anthology CEMETERY PLOTS! Full info below, digital download available for just a buck!! Check it out!


Can You Dig It!? Cemetery Plots #2 Is Here! Press Release from Empire Comics Lab- Monday, June 27, 2016 The mad scientists at Empire Comics Lab have been hard at work preparing the second issue of Cemetery Plots, the company’s premiere horror anthology, and they are now ready to unleash it upon the world.

Cemetery Plots #2 contains three brand new stories that are guaranteed to chill your blood. First up is the terror tale, “Not Wrapped Tight,” about a female mummy who longs to return to the land of the living. Unfortunately for her, her long-suffering mate prefers the peace and quiet of the afterlife. Next is “120,” and, despite its title, this story is nothing you would call ‘by the numbers.’ Set in a future where robots have the final say in all matters, “120” was written by Roger McKenzie of Captain America and Daredevil fame. The final fright fest in this issue is “Thanksgiving.” Set in the old west, this is the story of two outlaws who stumble upon an isolated town in the mountains and find out too late that this paradise will be their doom.

Cemetery Plots #2 also features a special sneak peek at Empire Comics Lab’s upcoming web comic, Two Sentence Horror Stories. Rounding out this issue is a special prologue and epilogue where the book’s host, D.O. Mann, welcomes the reader to his domain, River Shore Cemetery, and gives them a chilling tour of the grounds. Empire Comics Lab is extremely proud of their latest offering and of the talented writers and artists that joined forces to bring this second issue together.

Besides McKenzie, the book features contributions by Will Boyer, Brandon Bullock, Daniel Gorman, Dan Johnson, Barbara Kaalberg, Andy Korty, Marvin Mann and Gary O’Donnell, with a cover by Paul Tuma. Cemetery Plots #2 is available for digital download at this time from the company’s website,

Digital copies of Cemetery Plots #2 are just $1.00 for a limited time, and will be available at this low price until the print copies are available in mid-September. Also, for a limited time, readers can purchase a special combo pack featuring digital copies of Cemetery Plots #1 and #2 for just $3.00.

For additional information about Cemetery Plots and Empire Comics Lab, contact Dan Johnson at or Andy Korty at

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Friday, June 24

Horror Hootenanny 13 Details Announced!

Ok Fright Fans, the gory details have been nailed down and it's my pleasure to announce that this year we are bringing Canadian horror rock legends FORBIDDEN DIMENSION back to the US for DR. GANGRENE'S HORROR HOOTENANNY 13!!

Joining them in the musical mayhem will be Nashville's own THE CREEPING CRUDS, and garage/surf rockers MUMMULA.

The action all takes place SATURDAY OCTOBER 1st at THE END in Nashville. So make plans now to kick off the Halloween season in style with Nashville's host with the most, Dr. Gangrene, The Creeping Cruds, Mummula, and Forbidden Dimension, and stay tuned for more updates and bloody details!!

About the Hootenanny:

Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny is Nashville's premiere rock and shock event. Since 2004 the event has brought horror music and madness to Music City, hosted by the Physician of Fright, Dr. Gangrene, and featuring a plethora of bands throughout the years including The Creeping Cruds, The Koffin Kats, Forbidden Dimension, Psychocharger, Dead Dick Hammer, Daikaiju, and many more. For more information and updates check out the facebook group or the blog at

Thursday, June 16

Tales from Parts Unknown reviewed in new Rue Morgue Magazine

Great news - my new short story collection Dr. Gangrene's Tales from Parts Unknown was reviewed in the new RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE, issue #167 June 2016.

It got a great review in their Ninth Circle section! Check it out, on news stands now! thanks

Wednesday, June 1

Fantastic Films of Vincent Price #60 - The Masque of the Red Death

Vincent Price plays Price Prospero, a practicing Satanist who has retreated to his castle with a group of fellow aristocrats to avoid the Red Plaque that is ravaging the countryside. He has taken prisoner a peasant girl named Francesca (Jane Asher) to try and corrupt into his life and religion. One of the better Roger Corman films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

About this series:
Dr. Gangrene, Physician of Fright and Award-winning Nashville-based TV Horror Host (aka writer/film historian Larry Underwood) explores the films of the merchant of menace, Vincent Price, in chronological order from first to last, approaching them from a scholarly perspective, offering commentary, review and criticism.

Friday, April 22

The Tomb of Ligeia

In episode #61 of THE FANTASTIC FILMS OF VINCENT PRICE Doc takes a look at the 1965 Roger Corman film TOMB OF LIGEIA.

In this gothic romance Vincent Price plays Verdan Fell, a man grieving over his late wife Ligeia (Elizabeth Shepherd). He meets and falls in love with another woman, Lady Rowena (also played by Shepherd) but is still obsessed over Ligeia, and harbors a dark secret within the walls of the ancient abbey. This is the final film Price made with Director Corman, and is one of his best.

About this series: Dr. Gangrene, Physician of Fright and Award-winning Nashville-based TV Horror Host (aka writer/film historian Larry Underwood) explores the films of the merchant of menace, Vincent Price, in chronological order from first to last, approaching them from a scholarly perspective, offering commentary, review and criticism.

Music: "Backed Vibes", "Hot Swing" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Opening Credits Artwork: Used by permission from Mark Maddox, All film clips © respective studios and used purely for academic purposes and Fair Use under Copyright Act 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107

Tuesday, April 12

Jim Ridley Honored at this Year's Nashville Film Festival

Sam Adams at posted the news yesterday that the Nashville Film Festival will hold an empty seat in every theater "from now on." Sounds like they mean not only this year but every year going forward, from that statement, which is a remarkable tribute to an equally remarkable man.

Jim's passing continues to stun and sadden me. Jim was always such a great friend and ally to all of us here, a true champion for all of Dr. Gangrene's creative ventures. He was so excited back when I first started my TV show, I remember him telling me how great it was that Nashville had a horror host again. He made mention of my events time and again in those early days of cable access zaniness.

I remember a couple years back I ran into him in Nashville one day shortly after I'd started my Fantastic Films of Vincent Price series. He was so excited to hear about it and told me one of his favorite Price films was HIS KIND OF WOMAN, starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, and of course Vincent Price. It is a great film; zany, unusual, quirky and energetic - much like Jim himself. Makes total sense he'd love that one!

As editor, Jim was naturally the one who gave the go-ahead for a Dr. Gangrene cover on the Nashville Scene. I remember he had me come in for a photo shoot to accompany the article (written by Randy Fox), but instructed friends at the Scene (like Randy) to keep the fact I was going to be on the cover quiet, so it would be a surprise for me. And quite the pleasant surprise it was!! Time and time again he would write reviews or mentions of events we were hosting over the years, from live shows to movies, events and more -  and he'd even work humorous mentions of Dr. Gangrene into other folks' events, such as the following from Jan 22nd 2016, during a blurb for a Creeping Cruds show:

The Independents w/The Creeping Cruds & The Lonesome Town Drifters 

When: Fri., Jan. 22, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $12
To non-fans, “horror ska” is redundant, but South Carolina’s The Independents are still skankin’ to wake the dead after almost a quarter-century of shock rock. Managed for a few years by the late Joey Ramone, an ardent admirer, founders Evil Presly and Willy B. have moved farther from the band’s early ska elements toward a punk sound that’s not as garage-y as, say, The Cramps, but still laden with references to black angels, corpses in the rain, and even the much-missed Rudy Ray Moore. Joining them are Nashville’s own psychotronic rockers The Creeping Cruds. If you plan your evenings around the chance of spotting horror host Dr. Gangrene, here’s a pretty safe bet. JIM RIDLEY
Too funny! That one I stumbled across totally out of the blue. But that's how Jim worked, making kind gestures like that without a second thought or expecting anything in return. He got a kick out of it, and I would have thanked him next time I saw him - to which he would naturally have shrugged it off as if it were nothing.

At last year's 12 HOURS OF TERROR festival Jim handed out stacks of paperbacks to the crowd for free.  He gave me one called THE SCREAM by John Skipp and Craig Spectre, which is a heavy metal horror (a favorive sub-sub genre of mine) novel. Jim raved about how much he loved Skipp and Spectre's writing. The book is fantastic, I need to do a proper review of it.

I'll leave you today with this shot of Jim from last year's 12 HOURS OF TERROR fest, where he  introduced THE EVIL SPAWN. Thank you again for your friendship and everything you did for us over the years, Jim. You rock, my friend.

Friday, April 8

Farewell Jim Ridley

It is with great sadness that I bid farewell to Nashville Scene Editor and friend Jim Ridley. I first met Jim in college at MTSU, and we stayed in touch over the years. He was always super-supportive of my horror host gig, and always more than happy to provide coverage for Dr. Gangrene events, and even allowing Dr. Gangrene to grace the cover of the Scene Halloween 2011. Over the past couple of years it seemed I kept running into him around town, at The Belcourt theater, some random event, or McKay Books, and Jim always had a huge smile on his face and wanted to know what I'd been up to lately. One of the friendliest, kindest and funny fellas you could ever hope to meet. Farewell Jim, you will be missed my friend.

This picture was taken by my son Luke at last year's 12 Hours of Terror film fest at the Belcourt theater. Pictured here is Jim (pointing at me), myself and Belcourt film guru Jason Shawhan. This was taken the morning after the fest, all of us celebrating having survived the overnight terrors. Jim was ALWAYS excited about the 12 hour festival, and always hand-picked a zany film to screen at the festival. If you looked at the lineup and there was one entry that was uber-bizarre and wacky, chances are it was a Ridley contribution to the lineup. I will always remember him enthusiastically pelting the crowd with candy midway through the event. I HATE that he won't be able to see the Belcourt theater in all its restored glory this summer. I know he would have loved and sung its praises in THE SCENE. This year's 12 Hours of Terror will not be the same without you. Farewell buddy.

BTW, there is a Jim Ridley memorial fund to help pay medical and funeral expenses and support his family in their time of need. Our thoughts go out to his wife and kids.

Thursday, April 7

Update and Brains, Brains, Brains!

So good news! The powers that be over at SHOUT! FACTORY got wind of my recent posts and released their claim on my hosted version of  THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE. Woo hoo!

This is excellent news, and I'll be posting the entire episode here on the blog shortly.

Thank you to Shout Factory for the assistance with this matter!

Speaking of Shout Factory, I mentioned in the first post about this topic that they had released an impressive blu-ray edition of THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE. They did a new HD transfer, cleaned it up, and packed it with extras. Including new footage previously missing. There is also a nude scene alternate cut, not sure if it is on this release or not though. The Shout Factory version includes:
    • NEW High Definition (1080p) Transfer From The Negative Restored To Its Uncut Version
    • Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode - The Brain That Wouldn't Die (Standard Definition)
    • NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman And Writer Tony Sasso
    • Alternate Scene From The International Cut
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Still Gallery
Who would honestly have ever thought this film would get that kind of treatment? THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE on Blu-ray? Gotta love it!!

BTW - For more information than you'd ever want to know about this film check out THE PROJECTION BOOTH podcast Episode 144 THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE. Host Mike White takes an amazingly in-depth look at this film, one of my favorite episodes of that podcast, actually.

Shout! Factory Shenanigans and YouTube

UPDATE: Since the time of this initial posting SHOUT! Factory has reviewed and released claim on the video in question. See my post here for full details.

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post about SHOUT! FACTORY and THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE. This has been a hot topic here and on facebook, where I posted the article. Lots of people are angry and disappointed that SHOUT! FACTORY would continue pushing such a flimsy narrative as the fact they “own” this public domain film. That begs the question, why are they doing this?

It is very simple. Money. If you go to YouTube and type in “The Brain that Wouldn’t Die” you are presented with multiple pages of videos of that film – some feature the entire film, some just clips from it, some reviews. YouTube offers 22 videos per page – and there are hundreds of videos that can be “claimed” by a copyright holder. Some have views in the thousands (even hundreds of thousands).

Even if the monetary amount from any one video isn’t that much, multiply that by hundreds of videos and you see it quickly adds up. My fellow horror movie host Karlos Borloff in the DC area was mentioning this morning that he is having a similar issue, once again from our good friends at SHOUT! FACTORY. BUT it is with a totally different film – ATOM AGE VAMPIRE.

Who knows how many public domain films SHOUT! FACTORY is claiming “ownership” of on YouTube and monetizing.

The truth of the matter is that the blame for this lies with YouTube themselves, for allowing this to continue. They have a system in place where a person can claim to own a video and not have to show any proof. If it is questioned they merely continue to say they own it, and YouTube takes them on their word.
When I disputed the claim from SHOUT! FACTORY, here is the response I got back from YouTube:

Hi drgangrene,
After reviewing your dispute, Shout! Factory, LLC has decided that their copyright claim is still valid.
Video title: Dr. Gangrene's Creature Feature - The Brain that Wouldn't Die
Includes: Audiovisual content
Claimed by: Shout! Factory, LLC

SHOUT! FACTORY decided their claim is still valid!
Well of course they did! They’re not going to arbitrarily give up their easy money! How about you look at it yourselves YouTube, and make a determination, make them show proof of ownership – which doesn’t exist! -  before allowing them to make money off other people’s work!

It’s my hope that if enough people continue to expose YouTube’s shameful copyright system - as well as the shady practices of companies such as SHOUT! FACTORY - that something will eventually be done about this.

In the meantime here are the host bits – without the movie – for my hosting of THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE, for your enjoyment… at least until Shout! Factory decides to claim ownership of it, too.

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