Stan Lee’s Garbage Monster

March 25, 2018 UntoldHorror 0

Initially, the idea of a lauded French New Wave auteur teaming up with a Marvel comics personality seems absurd, but from its early days in the 1950s, the cinematic movement had an obsession with American pop-culture – including its directors celebrating Alfred Hitchcock films in Cahiers du Cinéma, Jean Paul Belmondo imitating Humphrey Bogart in Jean-Luc Goddard’s Breathless. Alain Resnais, who became famous for Hiroshima mon amour (1959), Last Year at Mareinbad (1961) and Je t’aime, je t’aime, loved Marvel comics so much that he wrote a fan letter to Stan Lee. They became pen pals, and eventually Resnais travelled to America to meet Lee and stay at his house on Long Island. The friendship between the two creators led to them collaborating on a pair of unrealized film projects. One of them, titled The Inmates, was described by Lee – in the 1970s, in the Marvel fan magazine FOOM – as a philosophical sci-fi meditation about humanity’s place in the universe. “It’s not a far-out science-fiction thing,” he noted. Lee wrote a treatment for the film but it never went past that stage. The other project, however, did become a screenplay. Titled The Monster Maker, it was a socially-conscious creature feature. In video interview recently posted at, Lee delves into the project, recalling that the story revolved around a B-movie maker named Larry Morgan, who’s in love with a woman named Catherine Reynolds, but she has her sights set on a respected British auteur filmmaker named Peter Hastings; meanwhile Larry doesn’t notice that his writer, Patricia Hill, is in love with him.  “I started out by basing it on a fellow named Roger Corman, who had done many inexpensive movies that did very well st the box office,” says Lee. “They weren’t intellectual movies; they were low budget, […]

Unknown Untold: L.A.B.C

March 9, 2018 UntoldHorror 0

In our ongoing research into Untold Horror, we have uncovered a variety of projects which for better or worse went unrealized.  Many of them only exist in pitch material artwork if nothing else.   This ongoing series, entitled “Unknown Untold”, will shine a light on artwork for movies that never existed beyond what is seen on the page. If you have any further knowledge of any of the images posted, please let us know – Email with any details you may have about these projects! “Whacked out Mutants on a Rampage Without Credit Cards” –  Tagline for “L.A.B.C” … Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? It’s been a while, but today we’re back with another addition to our “Unknown Untold” series.  Taking a look back at some of the amazing and evocative artwork created for trade magazines, for films that were never realized. Today, we’re looking at what would have been a Charles Band produced film under the “Beyond Infinity” and “Titan Productions” banners.  Credits for both companies  line-up with other Empire-Era Band films, such as Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama,  Breeders, Robot Holocaust, and  Robot Holocaust, during the mid-late 1980s. And looking at this poster – it certainly fits the look and feel of all those films.    Implications of over-the-top, insane violence and gruesome fun, with monsters and mutants.    Next to Cannon Films, the most fun delving into some of these old trade magazines is finding Sales art for Band productions – is seeing some of the wild artwork for movies that never were…. And some of the unrelated sales art for films that were. I mean, a side note.. But take a look at this Variety advertisement for Ghoulies.   So much… and maybe 1% (The titular Ghoulies and house, I guess?) of it is actually related to the […]