Ghouls Across America chapter 6

This time, things get emotional in a good way: “Joe and Alex bid farewell to Pennsylvania as they travel through New York on their way to New England. They hit up the Salem Witch Museum in Massachusetts, and spend a couple of great days in Portland, Maine dining on the best chowder on Earth, touring Casco Bay, and much more!”

Ghouls Across America episode 5

Episode 5 of Ghouls Across North America is here! The guys are still in Pennsylvania, and pay a visit to their pal Bill Van Ryn, who gives them a tour of Drive-In Asylum and Groovy Doom HQ, along with a bit of history on the two. Evans City, PA is the next stop, where they check out the Evans City Cemetery, where the opening to Night Of The Living Dead was filmed! Naturally, the Living Dead Museum was the next stop to bask in all of it’s undead awesomeness, before we visit with Joe’s childhood friend Sarah Graves Barnett, who runs the Little Foot Quilt Shoppe! To cap off an awesome day, we head to the Riverside Drive In Theatre in Vandergrift, PA with our buddy Roger Braden to attend the 13th annual Drive-In Super Monsterama!

Drive-In Asylum #18 now on sale!

SAM’S NOTE: I love when a new Drive-In Asylum comes out. This issue has an article from me about Santo and Blue Demon Vs. The Monsters, as well as several paintings I made of Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith! I even included a sneak preview below!

Here’s the hype!

Richard Blackburn’s Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural is one of those films that has gained momentum over the years. Now considered an unsung classic of low budget cinema, Lemora continues to haunt the imagination of those who appreciate the unique, terrifying world that it contains within its reels. Richard Blackburn talks to DIA about the creation of the film, as well as his involvement in cult phenomenon Eating Raoul – and even better, the interview is conducted by Harry Guerro of Garagehouse Pictures and Exhumed Films.

Other features in #18 include a list of our top 5 favorite releases from Something Weird Video, a profile of Doris Wishman’s career in exploitation films, and of course reviews of fantastic films selected by DIA reviewers. We talk about Santo and Blue Demon Vs. The Monsters, The Big Boss, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, Horror of the Zombies, She Mob, U.F.O. Abduction (aka The McPherson Tape) and Dark August.

We’ve got plenty of the vintage newsprint ads you love to see in DIA too, with galleries devoted to actor John Saxon, nightmarish wedding fails, the return of Also Known As (movies in disguise with alternate titles), and lots more!

5.5 x 8.5, black and white (some pages are printed on colored paper), 52 pages.

You can buy it at the Drive-In Asylum Etsy store!

Episode 4 of Ghouls Across America!

Episode 4 of Ghouls Across North America has arrived! In this episode, Joe and Alex travel to Cleveland, Ohio to visit A Christmas Story House and bask in all of its awesomeness before heading to Pennsylvania to hang out with their long time pal Bill Van Ryn, creator of Drive-In Asylum and Groovy Doom. Bill plays tour guide at the Monroeville Mall, the setting and filming location for George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie classic Dawn of the Dead!

PODCAST ALERT: Crackpot Cinema

Mike McPadden — who we interviewed about his book Teen Movie Hell — has a new podcast that we think our readers will love.

Here’s the first episode: “For the maiden voyage of the SS Crackpot, Mike McPadden and Aaron Lee reflect on their past as HUSTLER magazine pros with four films dedicated to the “men’s sophisticates” game: the decidedly non-obscure THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1996), Steve Coogan in THE LOOK OF LOVE (2013), the documentary PORN KING: THE TRIALS OF AL GOLDSTEIN (2005), and the Don Knotts/Nat Hiken head-scratcher, THE LOVE GOD? (1969).”

Check it out at the official site and Twitter.

Episodes 2 and 3 of Ghouls Across America!

Get ready for two new episodes!

Episode 2: Joe and Alex travel to Louisville, Kentucky to hang out with their pal Roger Braden, who runs the Facebook groups Valley Nightmares and Spikes Pit. While they’re in town, they also hit up the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, pop in on Colonel Sanders at the Cave Hill Cemetery & Arboretum, visit with the nice folks who run Caufield’s Novelty, and explore the Pope Lick train trestle, home of the infamous Goatman!

Episode 3: The guys head to Ohio to hang out with their friends from LegacyVerse Productions, LLC! Keith Munden and Richard Buathier give us some LV history and talk about their passions for acting and filmmaking, and fellow LegacyVerse actors Austin Rospert and Rick Davis also pop in. They also meet Chad Knauer, director of Skeleton Cop, who killed them off in his upcoming movie Murder Clown.


Emerald Run trailer

Hey guys!

The PR company behind Emerald Run asked us if we would run the trailer. Once I saw the cast, which includes David Chokachi (Baywatch), Yancy Butler (WitchbladeHard Target), Chris Mulkey (Hank Jennings from Twin PeaksFirst Blood), Vernon Wells (so many films, but let’s say Commando, Mad Max 2: The Road WarriorWeird Science and Innerspace), John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard) and Michael Pare (Streets of Fire).

It’s like the old days of Italian film with all these recognizable actors in one movie!


Our friends Alex Lopez and JH Rood spent several weeks traveling across the country, checking out horror spots near and mostly far.

Starting on Saturday, September 14th, 2019, the boys embarked on a road trip of epic proportions which took them through 21 U.S. states, 4 Canadian provinces and ran up over 9,338 miles on the “Ghoul Wagon.”

Now, they’ve finished the first episode of their video series that shows all of the places that they made it to, including Pittsburgh to see Monroeville Mall and attend the October drive-in event in Vandergrift, PA. In fact, I’ve been told that Becca and I may appear in that episode.

You can even see our friend Matt Hanke discuss Bill Van Ryn and the awesome Drive-In Asylum! Matt’s movie collection makes me jealous.

This is a really fun project and I hope you’ll check it out!

Get your Christmas Special of Drive-In Asylum!

Last year, the gang at Drive-In Asylum released an all-holiday issue that featured movies like The Dorm that Dripped BloodLast Stop on the Night TrainTerror TrainSilent Night Bloody NightSanta’s SlayBatman ReturnsNew Year’s EvilHome for the Holidays and Black Christmas.

Now, that issue has returned for a limited time! You can grab it now from Drive-In Asylum‘s Etsy store.

I created two paintings for this issue, along with reviews of ElvesSanta Claus vs. the Devil and Tales from the Crypt that are completely different from the ones on this site.

Get an issue now for the crazy film lover in your life! Do it!

Look for Rowdy Herrington’s new book on Amazon soon

We were so happy to get the chance to talk to Rowdy Herrington this week. As mentioned in the last part of our series, he’s just written a book entitled Father Christmas that will release on Amazon in the next few days.

He’s already getting all sorts of praise for it.

Malcolm McDowell — yes, the Malcolm McDowell — said, “If you are looking for a wonderful book this holiday season, look no further than Rowdy Herrington’s Father Christmas. It is a beautifully written tribute to fathers and their daughters, mothers and their sons, and the true spirit of Christmas we all should share. It will touch your heart.”

Rafaella De Laurentiis, the daughter of Dino and the producer of Conan the Barbarian, said, “When Annie O’Neill comes face to face with Father Christmas for the first time it will touch the heart of every reader. This book is a holiday gem.”

And John Harrison, who directed the Tales from the Darkside movie, said “Rowdy Herrington is a born storyteller – in any medium. And his skills are in full display here as he reminds us all, in the tradition of O’Henry, Dickens and the Grimms, how the Christmas season can restore our faith in each other.”

I’m really excited to read it myself. I’ll share the Amazon link when it comes out. Thanks again to Rowdy for being part of this site.