The Hammer Horror Blu-Ray Campaign

Sunday, April 20, 2014

'Satanik' A Surealistic And Erotic Italian Movie Featuring The 1970 Penthouse Cover Girl Magda Konopka Using Her Powers Of Seduction To Humiliate Men

SATANIK (1968, Italy)
Original "Affiche" Italian Poster

Italian "Affiche" Theatrical Movie Poster (Alternate Style)
SATANIK (1968)
   Synopsis: A withered old hag turns into a beautiful young woman after drinking a youth formula. This Spanish-Italian co-production tells an interesting and weird story about Magda Konopka (Dr. Bannister), a woman that not only has the best years behind her, but also has a scarred face that makes her look like a freak. But in Madrid, a professor she knows has conducted some experiments on animals with a substance which regenerates cells. The experiments were successful, but the animals became aggressive. Because the professor won't allow Dr. Bannister to be the first human guinea pig, she kills him and consumes the substance. She becomes a beautiful young woman, but also a vicious killer when it comes to keep her secret a permanent secret.


Beware of SATANIK!
Review By: Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe

   In Italy they call Fumetti Neri all the hard boiled comics with lethal characters. Most of them first appeared at the beginning of the 1960s. 
    
   The most famous one was Diabolik a masked master of villainy. Created by the Guissani sisters in 1962, this evil character was descended from the diabolical Fantomas, a French hooded villain invented by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain. From his origins in 1910, Fantomas went on to delight generations of pulp novels readers and film goers. 


  The Guissani's Diabolik was invariably accompanied by the blonde femme fatale Eva Kant. They were an instant success and are still immensely popular in Italy today. Diabolik's enormous popularity prompted other publishers to launch their own super-criminal series. Soon the newsagents were selling comics with covers sporting colorful villains like Kriminal (1964 by Magnus & Bunker) &  Mister X. Photo novels were also launched with Killing, who wore skeletons tights and went even further in terms of sex and violence. 


    But something was missing from the evil men's club. A villainess!! Thus the arrival of Satanik, the Luciferian daughter of Magnus & Bunker. This series of hugely popular fumetti were published from 1964 to 1974 and narrate the misadventures of Marny Bannister. Marny is a disfigured old maid, whose employment in a chemical laboratory bring her into contact with a new serum for eternal youth. The long-suffering assistant decides to take a new lease on life, killing the inventor of the serum and inoculating herself with it. 


   Presto! Change-o! Marny is transformed into the seductive and dastardly Satanik and launches herself into a masked life of crimes more chilling than can be imagined! Unfortunately for Marny the effects of the serum are temporary and she reverts back to her ugly former self,  needing ever more frequent doses to regain her form as Satanik!!


Original Theatrical Italian "Locandina" Poster
IL MARCHIO DI KRIMINAL
     Immoral, humorous and sexy all these Fumetti Neri are wonderfully entertaining power fantasies for adults. If you had the money and the physical strength would you be a boring do-gooder like Batman or would you be a daring bank robber like Satanik? Despite their Catholic traditions both France and Italy are inclined to find entertainment in anti-establishment fictions where the figure of authority are mocked and ridiculed! Such comics would have been unthinkable in the America of the 1960s and 1970s, where the Comic Code exercised totalitarian powers of censorship. 

Original Italian "Affiche" Theatrical Movie Poster
DIABOLIK DIABOLIK (1968)
Starring: John Philip Law, Marisa Mell, Adolfo Celi, Terry Thomas
Directed by: Mario Bava

Original US Theatrical "One Sheet" Movie Poster
DANGER DIABOLIK (1968)

      The Italian film exploitation industry was always on the lookout for lucrative new material and it was only natural that the comic super-villiains would eventually find their way to the big screen. Mario Bava’s Danger Diabolik (1968) is the first film to come to the mind when thinking about this peculiar genre. And rightfully so as this film starring John Philip Law and Marisa Mell with an amazing Ennio Morricone soundtrack is a pop art masterpiece, striking just the right balance between camp humor and sheer anarchy.

Original Italian Theatrical Movie Poster (Alternate Style)
SATANIK (1968)

SATANIK DVD BOX COVER
  Directed the same year by Piero Vivarelli and starring the mesmerizing Polish actress Magda Konopka
came the screen version of Satanik. Along with it’s enjoyable anti-social stance, what’s fascinating about this movie is it’s twist on the Jekyll and Hyde mythos. This time Lady Jekyll is ugly and long- suffering and Sister Hyde is beautiful, using her power of seduction to humiliate men (if not kill them). 

   I can't praise Artus films enough for unearthing this surrealistic & erotic gem with enough tongue in cheek action to please all lovers of high camp. Stylistically Vivarelli's film is inventive and it’s plot and characters are great fun. On top of that, the heroine is a constant fashion show with her ever-changing stylish outfits and hilariously deadpan dialogues. 

Original Italian "Locandina" Theatrical Movie Poster
SATANIK (1968)
Original Italian "Locandina" Theatrical Movie Poster
SATANIK (1968)

   Magda Konopka (Marnie Bannister) performs an erotic night club strip tease in a scene from SATANIK (1968).

   SATANIK (1968) 
    DVD Box Cover from ARTUS FILMS

SATANIK (1968)  aka SATANIC
Run time: 86 minutes
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: April 16th, 1968
Language: English or Italian (2 separate audio tracks)
SATANIK
Turkish Theatrical Movie Poster

- Director: Piero Vivarelli
- Writers: Eduardo Manzanos Brochero (screenplay), Eduardo Manzanos Brochero (story) 
- Starring: Magda Konopka, Umberto Raho, Julio Pena, Luigi Montini
- Studio: Artus Films (Visit website here)
- Details: Ciné-Fumetti. Collector's Box includes 64 page softcover book which is richly illustrated and very informative on all the Italian & Turkish super-villain & heroes genre. High fun !! 
- Countries Of Origin: Italy, Spain
- Synopsis: Marnie Bannister ( Magda Konopka), a disfigured old woman goes to a scientist, inventor of a method that can rejuvenate the skin. Having experienced the product on animals, he refuses to treat a lady like a guinea pig. She then kills the scientist and injects itself the miracle liquid, but more than enough. She soon becomes a gorgeous young woman, ready to take revenge on her past. She becomes Satanik!  Order Satanik here

Acknowledgements: A Special thanks to Kevin (Artus films) and Bart Johnson for their great help.
www.aardbart.com 
https://trueoutsider.wordpress.com/


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RARE MAGAZINE COVERS AND SEXY PHOTOS FEATURING MAGDA KONOPKA

  
   Whether all of these camp qualities are intentional or not are the subject of hot debate but at the end of the day what matters is only that the show is uplifting entertainment. So fall for Satanik's hypnotic gaze. Dying for love has never been so pleasurable. 

    A further enticement for movie trivia buffs is that the sultry Magda Konopka was the June 1967 PENTHOUSE "Cover Girl" (Volume 2  No. 8) which also included an interview with surreal artist Salvador Dali. Additionally, she was also featured in the May 1970 and Volume 2  No. 7 1967 issues of PENTHOUSE. Magda was also a lover of Sean Connery for a short period! Just imagine life being stranger than fiction with James Bond 007 being trapped in Satanik's web of love! 





April 13th, 1971 

Sexy MAGDA KONOPKA on the cover of rare 1971 ILUSTROVANA POLITIKA (Illustrated Politic). EXTREMELY RARE AND VERY HARD TO FIND ex-Yugoslavian magazine.



No. 1449  Week-Ending Saturday, September 16th, 1967
1967 Parade UK Magazine 
 Magda Konopka on cover

Magda Konopka On Cover
Rivista TEMPO  No. 47 - November 26, 1972
Popular Italian Magazine



MAGDA KONOPKA
LACH Nr. 4 / 23-1-1970/ f 1.- / BF 20





Publicity shot from:
WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH (1970)
Hammer Film Productions




Magda Konopka
GIRL ILLUSTRATED (Circa 1975)




DIABOLIQUE   -  The Premiere Horror Genre Magazine

About DIABOLIQUE
   Engage your heart, your mind and your taste for terror within the pages of Diabolique magazine... a lavishly illustrated, bimonthly print and digital magazine exploring every aspect of horror film, literature and art. The magazine's focus on critical perspectives brings fresh analyses to subjects old and new, foreign and domestic - from ancient folklore and Gothic classics to contemporary film releases and modern literary gems. Each issue brims with insightful commentary, criticism and engrossing information complemented by photos, illustrations and handsome, full-color design. Past issues have included contributors from such horror luminaries as Jonathan Rigby, David Del Valle, David Huckvale, Paul Murray, and Elizabeth Miller among others!
 
Quotes: 

   "DIABOLIQUE takes its horror seriously, and the content reflects it...A heady, well-written excursion into the horror world...One of the best produced horror film mags introduced in recent years... A top 'Best Of' contender." - Monster Magazine World

   "Horror Happenings highly recommends DIABOLIQUE. A great horror magazine." - Examiner.com

   "I love DIABOLIQUE. Elegant magazine... Beautiful." - Chris Alexander, Editor-in-Chief, Fangoria

  "DIABOLIQUE brings back the feeling of joy and awe you experienced when you cracked open your first horror magazine... Truly the cream of the crop!"
 - Fatally Yours Horror Reviews

    "Quite insightful. An intriguing look into the history of horror while also keeping readers abreast of current events." - Flamesrising.com

    "Still a relatively new kid on the block, DIABOLIQUE is already cementing its reputation as a horror mag with class... I would urge anyone to pick up an issue of DIABOLIQUE and give their brain a workout." 
- Cyberschizoid.com

    "Thought provoking writing on venerable horror classics, side-by-side with pieces on lesser known works... Meaty, detailed pieces on horror writers old and new... Think of DIABOLIQUE as the 'Vogue' of the horror genre. (Maybe even the 'Vogue Paris')." - Kyle Marffin, author of Gothique, Waiting for the 400 and Carmilla: The Return

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Mysteries of Midi Minuit: France's Premiere Horror Genre Magazine Now Available As New Edition With DVD


The Mysteries of MIDI-MINUIT
  By: Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe  

MIDI-MINUIT FANTASTIQUE
Volume # 1 (1962)
   Every once in a while there are publications that transcend their status as magazines
and become symbols of a cultural revolution. Think back to the early issues of Rolling Stone, Les Cahiers du Cinema, and International Times. You can add to the list Midi Minuit Fantastique, the first magazine ever to take the fantastic and horror genre seriously while creating a wonderful visual style all its own. Now let  me take you back through time and space to the Paris of
1957. In that year Cinéma 57 released a whole issue devoted to ‘’Le Fantastique.’’ Cinéma 57 was a pocket-sized magazine published by the ‘’Federation Française des Cinés-Clubs’’ (French Federation of Film Clubs’’), which was a very important organization devoted to promoting film appreciation in schools, campuses and other cultural venues. The issue featured Universal’s Werewolf on its cover and was full of  fascinating black and white photos. The articles were written by ‘’la crème de la crème’’ of French film critics and scholars, among them Lotte Eisner, Ado Kyrou, and Pierre Philippe. Even though the magazine was published solely in French it’s impact was widespread internationally and even inspired Forrest J. Ackerman to begin work on his Famous Monsters project. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ladyaslan Presents: Victorian Days and Punk Rock Nights

Article from Gothic Beauty magazine (November 2013)
Victorian Days & Punk Rock Nights
Author: Ladyaslan


  New Radio Internet Radio with The Asylum on BlogTalkRadio
The Asylum Episode 6: Better Off Prophecy Feat.
 Diane Franklin & Morrison's Prophecy
     Get Ready Inmates... The Asylum Radio Show is about to go on a MOST EXCELLENT ADVENTURE!!! Joining us for this special April Fool's Day Show is The Last American French-Exchange Most Excellent 1980's Babe Herself DIANE FRANKLIN!!! Diane is the star of such films as TERRORVISION, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR II, SECOND TIME LUCKY, BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE and of course her Iconic Roles in 2 80s Cult Classics...THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN & BETTER OFF DEAD. Diane will be chatting with Nico Nice about these films, her autobiography and much, much more. LadyAslan has something special brewing in Dark Delights with special Muscial Guest Morrison's Prophecy. Lady A will be spinning the tracks and keeping you up to date on some other happenings. Chatroom Ricky will be stopping by to give his Video Game Review. All this and much more! The Gates Officially Open At 10pm EST!

   Victorian Days and Punk Rock Nights is a thoughtful and easy read into the mind of the author. Plagued with intriguing despair and soulful love, it is a poetic journey into music, humor, and spiritual insight from a Wiccan point of view. Plainly, its mad thoughts let loose on paper. Ladyaslan paces up and down the creaking floorboards of the dark side of your mind and reveals what has been hidden in the mysterious closet in your imagination.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Diabolique Magazine Spearheads Campaign to Convince Warner Bros to Restore and Release their Classic Hammer Horror Films on Blu-Ray

Diabolique Magazine Spearheads Campaign to Restore and Release the seven Warner Bros Classic Hammer Horror Films on Blu-Ray


 Boston, MA, April 10, 2014 - Diabolique, the premiere horror genre magazine is spearheading a signature campaign to ask Warner Bros to restore and release their classic Hammer Horror titles on blu-ray. Warner Bros owns the most important titles from Hammer Studios, the company that was singlehandedly responsible for reigniting the horror genre in 1957 with their groundbreaking The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula. Major film studios are mostly releasing titles they consider big moneymakers, thus disregarding over 80% of their classic catalog titles. Diabolique is trying to demonstrate that there is great demand for classic titles in the home video marketplace. Every signature is important, to ensure that classic horror and other classic titles get restored and released in the HD video format.

To sign Diabolique’s campaign, just click on this link: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/

Diabolique Magazine, has launched a signature campaign to get Warner Bros to restore and release their classic Hammer Horror titles on blu-ray. Still active as a production company today, Hammer Film Productions was singlehandedly responsible for launching and rejuvinating the worldwide horror craze in 1957 with their groundbreaking films, The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula. Hammer’s classic horror films from the 1950s - 1970s represent the very fabric of British film history, and Warner Bros holds the rights to their best and most important titles! 

Since Warner Bros is watching the campaign, every signature is extremely important, to ensure that classic horror and other classic titles get restored and released in the HD video format.


   WHY IS HAMMER HORROR IMPORTANT?                             

In 1957, Hammer Film Productions, a tiny film studio on the banks of the Thames River in England changed the horror genre forever. The Curse of Frankenstein, Hammer’s first Gothic horror film featuring their classic team - stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, director Terence Fisher, composer James Bernard and art director Bernard Robinson, was officially released in the United States by Warner Bros to spectacular box office results. It was the first Frankenstein film in color, and the first to feature Hammer’s signature style: lavish Gothic period detail, a bold sexual element and far more gore than audiences were accustomed to at that time. Hammer quickly became a household name around the world and the company still thrives today; their 2012 theatrical release The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, became the most successful British horror film in more than twenty years!

To sign Diabolique’s campaign, just click on this link: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/

THIS IS A PROVEN FACT! 
Hammer Horror Films are a vital part of, not only the horror entertainment genre, but of Britain’s cinematic legacy. Currently, Warner Bros owns the rights to 7 of the best and most important titles in Hammer’s significant output. Like the recent restoration of The Godfather by Paramount Pictures, Diabolique Magazine feels these 7 Hammer titles should be scanned, restored in HD, and released on blu-ray without delay, since the film elements continue to degrade.


The 7 titles that Warner Bros owns rights to are:



 British actor Shane Briant was quoted saying on Diabolique’s campaign page ... "As you will most probably know, I starred in 4 Hammer Movies. I get hundreds of requests from people who are craving blu ray editions. I'm not saying this for my personal gain as I don't earn a penny from the new blu rays but I know there's a huge market out there."


 Bruce G. Hallenbeck, a Rondo Award-winning author stated... “All seven films cry out to be restored on blu-ray so that a new generation of fans (as well as the older generation) can appreciate the thrills, color and style of Hammer horror at its best. They are not only a huge part of the history of Hammer Film Productions, they are an important part of the history of Warner Bros as well.”

To sign Diabolique’s campaign, just click on this link: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/



With this signature campaign, Diabolique also seeks to draw attention to the fact that big studios are reluctant to release more than 80% of their catalog titles on BD due to the expense of scanning and restoration, as well as limited shelf space at stores. Instead, they release a limited group of films that they consider big moneymakers, over and over again. Diabolique wants to demonstrate to the studios that there is demand for culture out there that goes beyond blockbusters, and thus help create a greater diversity in the home video marketplace.


DID YOU KNOW THAT Celebrities like...
Guillermo del Toro, Bob Burns, Douglas McKeown, Mark Verheiden, Exene Cervenka, Shane Briant, Svengoolie, and Chad Crawford Kinkle have already signed the campaign! 

Diabolique’s goal is to reach 10,000 signatures by April 30th, 2014.


To sign Diabolique’s campaign, just click on this link: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/


About Diabolique Magazine

Diabolique is a lavishly illustrated, bimonthly print and digital magazine exploring every aspect of horror in film, literature, and art. The magazine brings fresh analyses to subjects old and new, foreign and domestic – from ancient folklore and Gothic classics to contemporary film releases and modern literary gems. Each issue brims with insightful commentary, criticism and engrossing information complemented by photos, illustrations and handsome, full-color design. Past issues have included contributions from such horror luminaries as Jonathan Rigby, David Del Valle, David Huckvale, Paul Murray, and Elizabeth Miller.


DIABOLIQUE   -  The Premiere Horror Genre Magazine

About DIABOLIQUE
   Engage your heart, your mind and your taste for terror within the pages of Diabolique magazine... a lavishly illustrated, bimonthly print and digital magazine exploring every aspect of horror film, literature and art. The magazine's focus on critical perspectives brings fresh analyses to subjects old and new, foreign and domestic - from ancient folklore and Gothic classics to contemporary film releases and modern literary gems. Each issue brims with insightful commentary, criticism and engrossing information complemented by photos, illustrations and handsome, full-color design. Past issues have included contributors from such horror luminaries as Jonathan Rigby, David Del Valle, David Huckvale, Paul Murray, and Elizabeth Miller among others!
 
Quotes: 

   "DIABOLIQUE takes its horror seriously, and the content reflects it...A heady, well-written excursion into the horror world...One of the best produced horror film mags introduced in recent years... A top 'Best Of' contender." - Monster Magazine World

   "Horror Happenings highly recommends DIABOLIQUE. A great horror magazine." - Examiner.com

   "I love DIABOLIQUE. Elegant magazine... Beautiful." - Chris Alexander, Editor-in-Chief, Fangoria

  "DIABOLIQUE brings back the feeling of joy and awe you experienced when you cracked open your first horror magazine... Truly the cream of the crop!"
 - Fatally Yours Horror Reviews

    "Quite insightful. An intriguing look into the history of horror while also keeping readers abreast of current events." - Flamesrising.com

    "Still a relatively new kid on the block, DIABOLIQUE is already cementing its reputation as a horror mag with class... I would urge anyone to pick up an issue of DIABOLIQUE and give their brain a workout." 
- Cyberschizoid.com

    "Thought provoking writing on venerable horror classics, side-by-side with pieces on lesser known works... Meaty, detailed pieces on horror writers old and new... Think of DIABOLIQUE as the 'Vogue' of the horror genre. (Maybe even the 'Vogue Paris')." - Kyle Marffin, author of Gothique, Waiting for the 400 and Carmilla: The Return

The Hammer Horror Blu-Ray Campaign



Sign the petition to ask Warner Bros to issue their Classic Hammer Horror titles on Blu-Ray, fully restored and mastered in 1080p for maximum picture quality!

Sign here: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/

Why is this important? WB’s Hammer titles represent the British company’s very best output, and for many reasons, including cultural and historical, we believe these films should be restored and released in the new digital medium without delay.

Major studios are reluctant to release most of their catalog titles on BD due to the expense of scanning and restoration, as well as limited shelf space in stores. Instead, they focus on a limited group of films that they consider big moneymakers. Our goal is to show them that there is a robust market out there that goes beyond blockbusters. Supporting this campaign is a vote for classic films in general, and for greater diversity of titles in the home video marketplace.

The importance of this campaign to cinefiles can not be overstated. That’s why Guillermo del Toro, Bob Burns, Douglas McKeown, Mark Verheiden, Shane Briant, Svengoolie, and Chad Crawford Kinkle have all signed!

Warner Bros is listening! Make your voice heard NOW!

Sign the petition here: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/