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  • Like Vampires? Check out this new Site with Vampire Killing Kits by CRYSTOBAL

    Posted on August 30th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    Screen shot 2013-08-09 at 4.16.01 PMYes, Vampire Killing Kits!

    If you dig cool stuff from the past, then you probably dig Dracula movies, BW vampire flicks and other assorted old Horror stuff. Something that has always been a favorite vintage “oddity” of mine has been the turn of the century Vampire Killing Kit.

    I first saw one in the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum in St. Augustine, FL about 30 years ago. I thought it was crazy fantabulous, and always wanted one for myself.

    What is a Vampire Killing Kit?

    A box or satchel filled with the tools necessary to kill a vampire. They were originally made (according to Ripley’s) in the late 19th Century, for American tourists traveling to Transylvania (after the book “DRACULA” became an international hit). They usually contained a pistol, vials of holy water and garlic oil, a crucifix, and of course a wooden stake. Some were a little more elaborate with dental tools for removing the vampire’s fangs, a dagger, and something called “secret serum” which was supposed to heal vampire bites.

    This new site showcases the new, vintage-style Vampire Killing Kits created by CRYSTOBAL, self-proclaimed vampire hunter and Gothic artist. CRYSTOBAL and I go back a long way…in fact, I have a few of his kits that he’s made over the years as part of my collection of pop culture junk!

    CRYSTOBAL has been making these kits for years, and has created his own style – “modern primitive” – for his kits. Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals have attempted to copy his style and take credit for resurrecting the vampire killing kit craze. But dig, he is the real deal.

    Click here to visit Vampire Killing Kits by CRYSTOBAL.

    how to kill vampires book

    Check out the site. It’s filled with photos of his work, and information on the history of the kits. Our book, “How to Kill Vampires because they are unnatural jerks” is also available through the site. Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you…I wrote another book, with CRYSTOBAL as the source, called “How to Kill Vampires because they are unnatural jerks”. It’s pretty cool, a little funny and very artistic. Check it out!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Halloween shop down the street from Tiki Lounge Talk

  • The Vampire Lovers, 1970: Mod Movie Monday

    Posted on June 21st, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    vampire-lovers-2It may not be Halloween, but that’s no reason not to crank up the air, curl up under the sheets and take in one of the most fun-to-watch freak-a-rama movies from the early 1970s…

    Hammer Films Presents

    The Vampire Lovers, 1970

    Starring the voluptuous Igrid Pitt, George Cole, Roger Morton, Kate O’Mara and Peter Cushing.

    For those of you who are not hip to the Hammer horror films, these are the kats who gave us the great Dracula films of the 50s-70s starring Christopher Lee as the the Count and Peter Cushing as Van Helsing. They’re also responsible for One Million Years B.C. with Raquel Welch, and other great titles like The Brides of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, and Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb. Read the rest of this entry »