Saturday, October 26, 2019
I came across this theatre programme for the Ken Hill musical 'The Curse of the Werewolf' quite recently. I had heard of Ken Hill before and I knew that he also did plays/musicals for 'The Phantom of the Opera' and 'The Invisible Man'. When I looked him up and saw that he also did 'The Curse of the Werewolf' I was intrigued. I have no idea if it is based at all on the Hammer film starring Oliver Reed, but seeing this brochure with the wonderful drawing of Oliver Reed as Leon the Werewolf which I think is the same artwork from the adaptation of the film by John Bolton featured in 'House of Hammer' magazine, I just had to have a copy of the programme. I have only included a few pages here which are more relevant this blog. One nice little touch is the mention of selling Walls 'Monster' lollies during the interval. I wonder if these are the 'Magic Monster' ice lollies which came out about the time of this production in 1980, the ones in which the wrapper would reveal a monster on the front when the lolly was taken out the wrapper. See an ad below. Never actually seen a photo of them or remember them from that time.
An artist friend of mine has started a Patreon page which supports him in his artistic projects. By donating a small amount each month he will create a glow-in-the-dark monster sticker as a thank you for donating and supporting his projects. There are 3 stickers produced at the moment of a 'Killer Shrew', 'Creature [from the black Lagoon]' and 'Creeping Terror', these are beautiful pieces. I have just received the 3 stickers from him today and can assure you they really are a worthy edition to any monster collection. Also by joining his patreon page you can also make suggestions for any future stickers. Another project he is hoping to get off the ground is a self published book which will feature 30 original paintings devoted to 1980s/90s monster/horror nostalgia. Please check out his page which also contains some of his youtube videos which shows him painting in time lapse, some great paintings here one of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and John Carradine together [House of Long Shadows], Frankenhooker, Joe Bob Briggs [Monster Vision] etc.
He is a great guy and I know he will be really happy with the support and appreciation of his talents. Thank you.