Spotlight on Castle & Ken Films
Fun for the Entire Family!

Move over BUD & LOU! Here come KEITH & JOE (aka "Shorty")!...

Keith Wilton, Joe Shorty Caruso & Steve Osborne
Fantasy Castle Films title, THE BIJOU BOYS MEET THE MUMMY, features Super 8 superstars Keith Wilton, Shorty Caruso & Steve Osborne!

8mm MOUSE-terpiece movies from Castle Films!...

Starring Jailbird Mouse & Mischievous Mouse!
Starring Jailbird Mouse & Mischievous Mouse!

A Castle Films Scoop: 1st Time in 8mm-16mm Movies!...

W.C. Fields makes his Castle Films debut!
W.C. Fields comedy gem -- as famous to home movies as "The Great Train Robbery" was to motion pictures!

Lou Costello encounters a Wild Oyster Stew!...

One of the best A&C Castle digests had Lou battling Lon Chaney Jr. and an oyster -- both equally beligerent!
One of the best A&C Castle digests had Lou battling Lon Chaney Jr. and an oyster -- both equally beligerent!

Gorgeous Screen Redhead makes Castle Films Debut!...

1st time in 8mm-16mm movies!
1st time in 8mm-16mm movies!

All I want for Christmas is my 8mm Howdy Doody Complete Edition!...

Idol of millions pf kids in a delightful Yuletide comedy!
Idol of millions pf kids in a delightful Yuletide comedy!

"Here I come to save the day!" That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!...

New Laugh Treats For All Projector Owners!
New Laugh Treats For All Projector Owners!

African Pygmy Thrills!...

Cost Less Than Unexposed Film!
Cost Less Than Unexposed Film!

Woodpecker adds "Spice" to Film Shows!...

Only $47.25 each -- quantities limited!
Only $47.25 each -- quantities limited!

Best Castle Film Ever: Headless Girl! Bearded Lady! India Rubber Girl!

Bathing beauty loses head!... Human fly defies gravity!...

Lady, that's impossible!...

Own All This in One Film!:

  • Disappearing Girl
  • Food From the Air!
  • The Lake Mirage
  • Bathing Beauties Swim on Dry Land!
  • Girl Holds Her Man!
  • Headless Girl!
  • India Rubber Girl!
  • Human Fly!
  • Split Stage Trick!
  • Horse Race Run Backwards!
  • Fish Jump into Boat!
  • Bearded Lady!
  • Waltzing Jeep!
  • Cinderella & Magic Wand!
  • 6-in-1 Drum Majorette!

No contest -- simply the best 180 feet of 8mm ever!

Puddy the Pup: Forgotten Cartoon Sensation of Yesteryear!...

Own a Puddy -- one or more -- NOW!
Own a Puddy -- one or more -- NOW!

The Kids Love Us!... So Do the Grown-Ups!...

Get Your Kicks with Kiko the Kangaroo (and Puddy, too!)
Get Your Kicks with Kiko the Kangaroo (and Puddy, too!)

Muddled in Mud, Wonder Dogs in Action & Chimp the Aviator!...

Castle Films: Offering more Variety! Fun! Thrills!...
Castle Films: Offering more Variety! Fun! Thrills!...

Cartoons in Color: Castle Films making Home Movie History!...

Cost No More than Unexposed Color Film!
Cost No More than Unexposed Color Film!

End Home Movie Doldrums with Ken Films!...

End Home Movie Doldrums with Ken Films!
End Home Movie Doldrums with Ken Films!

Sure, their wonky film editing or print quality frequently broke your heart, but no film company screamed exploitation quite like Ken Films! Rival Castle Films may have had the upperhand in the technical department (e.g., cogent editing and savvy box art), and they certainly had a more durable stable of attractions with perennial "cash cows" like Abbott & Costello, Woody Woodpecker and the Universal Monsters, but Ken Films occasionally hit a homerun with one of their digests, and could boast of its own unique roster of star attractions, too:

 

"Laugh with Jerry Lewis, thrill to Joan Crawford and Cary Grant, follow the exciting adventures of John Wayne and Charles Laughton!"...

 

Really, if you were itching to pursue the exciting adventures of John Wayne and Charles Laughton, there was no other game in town but Ken Films (at least, until the advent of Tom Dunnahoo's gray market Thunderbird Films in the 1970's, but that's another story!)...

Boffo Box Art from Ken Films!
Boffo Box Art from Ken Films!

Castle Films: Queue the Wayback Machine!...

Castle Films' Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
The World's Best Entertainment for the Home!
Wayback Controls Dialed to 1968 and 1970!
Wayback Controls Dialed to 1968 and 1970!

Reel Image assistant, Sherman Osborne, has set the controls of the Wayback Machine to the years 1968 and 1970, for some nostalgic perusals of the coveted "Science Fiction" section of the Castle Films catalog!...

 

 

 

 

 


First stop is 1968, when Aurora Monster Models still inhabited toy store shelves... and every kid's secret wish was that Pop would forsake his corny "News Parade" collection and latch onto any film on this page!...

Put Action, Terror, Fantasy on Your Screen in 1968!
Put Action, Terror, Fantasy on Your Screen in 1968!
The Incredible Man-Made Shrinking Monster film page!
The Incredible Man-Made Shrinking Monster film page!

 

And one final adjustment of the Wayback's dial for a glimpse at the "Science Fiction" page from the 1970 catalog!...

Free to All Projector Owners!
Free to All Projector Owners!

Wouldn't it be great if we could still send for this vintage 1947 Castle Films catalog today? You will note it was offered absolutely free to all legitimate "projector owners" -- they being a very elite group indeed back in the day! Just imagine the unparalleled thrill of finding this in your mailbox and poring over those descriptions of "170 thrilling home movies"!

 

And just gape at those prices: $1.75 for 50-ft "Headline" in 8mm ($2.75 for silent 16mm headliner), and $5.50 for the "Complete" edition on 200-ft. reel (that's a whopping $17.50 for all those high rollers equipped with 16mm sound!). Surprisingly, those prices pretty much held steady into the 1960's! And as paltry as these prices might seem today, they remained pretty much a king's ransom to us boomer kids of that era! At best, we might have wangled a solitary "Complete" edition for an occasional big event like a birthday or Christmas gift (it would have never been a coveted "monstuh" title though; rest assured that Mom & Dad would probably spring for a "Zippy the Chimp" before they would ever consider "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man")!

 

Be sure to check out the multipaged gallery of Castle Films box art offered by Mark Evanier by clicking on "The Mummy's Tomb of Castle Film Boxes" photo below! Mark also serves up a nice concise history of Castle Films!

The Mummy's Tomb of Castle Films Boxes
The Mummy's Tomb of Castle Films Boxes!

Now Showing on The Reel Image Virtual Elmo!...

And here for your online viewing pleasure we have threaded up "The Reel Image Virtual Elmo Projector" to present the following nifty recreations ("re-imaginings"?) of those great one-reel Super 8 horror and sci-fi digests of the past in a special salute to Castle Films and their "poor distant cousin," Ken Films! All but "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Return of Frankenstein" were edited by one Henry Senerchia, who may be contacted at creature8859@aol.com to direct your comments. Each film is guaranteed to produce 9 minutes of "warm fuzzies" for any "monster kid" who was lucky enough to grow up in the heyday of those great boxed film digests that winked seductively from spinning racks of camera stores or from the "Captain Company" ads in the back pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland!...

Castle Films' "Bride of Frankenstein" Sound Digest Recreation!...

Ted Newsom's "Return of Frankenstein" Castle Films "Fantasy" Sound Digest!...

Ted Newsom edit of "House of Dracula" becomes a "fantasy" Castle digest replete with box art!
Ted Newsom edit of "House of Dracula" becomes a "fantasy" Castle digest replete with box art!

Castle Films' "The Wolfman's Cure" Sound Digest Recreation!...

Ken Films' "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" Sound Digest Recreation!...

Ken Films' "War of the Colossal Beast" Sound Digest Recreation!...

Ken Films' "The Spider" Sound Digest Recreation!...

Steve Osborne, Keith Wilton & Shorty Caruso
8mm Amigos Steve, Keith & Joe Salute Castle Films!
ESC Lamp Buy Out: That's REALLY All, Folks!
ESC Lamp Buy Out: That's REALLY All, Folks!
The Reel Image is published by Steve Osborne!
The Reel Image is published by Steve Osborne!
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REEL-y Nice Tuscan Reel/Can Sets Now Available from The Reel Image!
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Online Editor,

Alfred E. Osborne,

invites you to peruse

our super library of

archived articles on

Our Back Pages!

Click for Archive of Reel Image Articles!
Click for Archive of Reel Image Articles!

Plenty of vintage

8mm Memories on tap

at the newly-updated

Castle Films Tribute

page!...

W.C. Fields makes Castle Films debut
Click for Vintage Castle Films ads!

We pity the fool

who doesn't visit

our updated

Funny Film Fotos page!

As Boris Karloff would say, "This is a Thriller!"
As Boris Karloff would say, "This is a Thriller!"
Wanted! More Reel Image Readers like Joey Schmidlap!
Wanted! More Reel Image Readers like Joey Schmidlap!

Bijou Bob Statzer

overcomes "50-ft. Frustration"

and finds "REEL FUN"

with Double Digests!

Twice the Footage!... Twice the Fun!
Twice the Footage!... Twice the Fun!

2006 "Rondo" Award Winner

Bob Statzer

is back with a memoir of his misspent youth as a Super 8 movie-maker!:

BEAUTIFUL NOISE:
The Making of a
Silent Musical

Bijou Bob owns the World's Only Silent Musical!
Bijou Bob owns the World's Only Silent Musical!

Read Bob Statzer's "Remembering

Ray Harryhausen"!...

Bijou Bob's Tribute to Ray Harryhausen!
Bijou Bob's Tribute to Ray Harryhausen!
Steve Osborne's Funny Film Fotos
Click for Funny Film Fotos from The Reel Image!

Be sure to visit our good pal Phil Sheard at

Classic Home Cinema!

Classic Home Cinema at The Reel Image
Be sure to visit Classic Home Cinema

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INTERMISSION

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Sir Roger says Cinema Retro is "a Must!"

John McElwee's

Greenbriar Picture Shows is hands down the best site for general film essays on the internet, period! 

Visit John McElwee's Greenbriar Picture Shows
Visit John McElwee's Greenbriar Picture Shows

If your heart beats faster at the mention of "Forrest J. Ackerman," "Aurora monster models" or "Shock Theater," be sure to check out artist Kerry Gamill's Classic Horror Film Board.

Our good pal "Bijou Bob 8mm" Statzer is one of the board's resident kibitzers and pontificates there much and profoundly, to our continual edification!

Visit the Classic Film Horror Board
Visit the Classic Film Horror Board

This classic Super 8 tips site has been rescued from cyberspace after enduring a Kryptonic blast from its web host!

It's a bird... it's a plane...

it's Michael Nyberg,

alias Super8Man!

Super8Man for Super S-8 Tips!
Super8Man for Super S-8 Tips!

Great minds think alike???...

Both Steve Osborne's The Reel Image (in the USA) and David Ollerearnshaw's The Reel Image (in the UK) sprung up somewhat simultaneously -- but they remain entirely unrelated to one another (except, of course, for Steve & David's

shared enthusiasm

for 8mm and Super 8!)...

  Be sure to visit David's UK site for his latest box artwork scans and film catalogs, including a terrific nostalgic look at a vintage Thunderbird Films flyer from the 1970's!...

Download a vintage Thunderbird Films catalog at The Reel Image (UK)!
Download a vintage Thunderbird Films catalog at The Reel Image (UK)!

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