Reliving the past with The Furs & The Creature

IT WAS QUITE the “flashback” weekend at the Everson abode!

On Friday, my friend Brad came over and I introduced him to the ’70s visual genius of French director Jean Rollin with one of my favorite films of his, Living Dead Girl, which has just come out on Blu-Ray thanks to Kino-Lorber. The remastered edition is astonishingly crisp, and made for a great popcorn movie.

The next night, I took Geri out to relive our youth at a Psychedelic Furs concert. Singer Richard Butler is seemingly as agile as ever, but still looking his age these days, behind a big ‘ol set of glasses. And while he once performed all of these dramatic twirls and prayer motions and other stage moves with an austere seriousness, these days he seems to be laughing at his pretentious younger self as he moves through the expected choreography with a constant, big grin.

It was a great show, featuring most of the Furs classics: “Pretty In Pink,” “Love My Way,” “President Gas,” “Heartbreak Beat,” “Heaven,” “Ghost In You,” along with fan faves like “India” and a cover of Love Spit Love’s “Believe.” We ended up scoring phenomenal seats — we sat in the second row balcony, but the theater bouncer staff threw their coats across the row in front of us, so we effectively were “front” row the whole show, since they never sat down. (click photos for larger versions)

After the show, since Shaun was staying over at his aunt’s, we got to hang out downtown in Chicago for a couple hours — we walked down to Matilda’s and then Sheffield’s Bar, where we had some awesome fries and barbecue brisket sliders (and beer!) And we watched the Yankees choke to Detroit’s aggression (always a good time!)

Finally, on Sunday, since all of us were a bit worn out, Shaun and I camped out on the basement couch and watched the new Blu-Ray remastered edition of The Creature From the Black Lagoon. It’s actually the first time I’ve seen the whole movie, and it was the first thing we pulled from my new box set that includes all of the classic Universal Monster Movies (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy…). I ordered my region free Blu Ray set from AmazonUK, since it was half price compared to the U.S. version AND comes in a cool coffin box:


Overall… an awesome weekend – family, friends, and some visits with the best of days gone by.


About John Everson

John Everson is a Bram Stoker Award-winning horror author with more than 100 published short stories and 14 novels of horror and dark fantasy currently in print. His first novel, Covenant, won the Bram Stoker Award for a First Novel in 2005. His sixth novel, NightWhere, was a Bram Stoker Finalist in 2013. Its sequel, The Night Mother, was released in June 2023.

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