32 Days of Halloween X, Day 17: Planet of Dinosaurs!

Planet of Dinosaurs

We’re now past the halfway mark for the tenth year of 32 Days of Halloween. Sweet Jesus, I need to get a life. But enough about that, let’s start with a very disturbing Halloween commercial from Japan. I’m not sure what is happening here but it is all vaguely terrifying. I watch this and I’m getting a Sid & Marty Krofft’s Lord of the Flies vibe.

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By | 2017-10-16T22:51:59+00:00 October 16th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Headsup: Jokers, Singers, Killers, and Queens

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the fourth title featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

Red-Christmas-Blu-rayIt’s almost Halloween, and what does that mean?  HOLIDAY SEASON IS COMING!!!!  A film drawing from both the spectacle of Christmas and the horror of Halloween is Red Christmas from Artsploitation Films (how much do we love that name?).  The cinematic debut of television director and actor Craig Anderson, the film tells the story of a family in a remote house during Christmas who must fight off a deformed and mysterious  attacker bent on revenge.  Starring genre icon Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T., Cujo, Critters), the film was an official selection at multiple festivals, including Fantasia Film Festival, Frightest: London, Buried Alive Film Fest, and Los Angeles Cine Fest.  Red Christmas is being released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 17 and offers a fair selection of bonus features.  Leading the extras are a director’s audio commentary, “Dee Wallace Speaks!” (a twenty-minute interview between Director Craig Anderson and Dee Wallace), and a ten-minute interview between Craig Anderson, Sam Campbell, and Gerald Odwyer.  Additional extras include a mini-interview (2 minutes) with Craig Anderson, a deleted scene, and a blooper reel.  Pre-order Amazon pricing on this one is pretty wonky as of this writing, showing the DVD available for $17.99 and the Blu-ray for $11.99… not sure if this is based on typos or what, but I’d say if this film is up your alley and you like having stuff on Blu-ray, grab it before someone makes a pricing correction.

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By | 2017-10-15T21:14:15+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 15: Terror is a Man!

Terror is a Man

For Day 15 of our celebration, we start off with an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents with an ending that was considered so freaky at the time, it was never shown. Shows with episodes you can syndicate, though, are as good as gold, so of course it eventually found the light of day. It’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

Then we have James Rommel the Desert Mason giving you a reading of “Silence” by Edgar Allan Poe.

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By | 2017-10-14T22:00:54+00:00 October 14th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 14: The Man They Could Not Hang!

Man They Could Not Hang

It’s Friday the 13th and yes, we could go for the old hockey mask routine…but that would be too obvious. Instead, we start off with a double feature of absolute classic SCTV bits. Count Floyd is here to introduce a pair of Dr. Tongue’s horror classics. The quality’s not great, but I’m sure the Count would understand. Get your 3D glasses ready, kids.

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By | 2017-10-13T22:06:38+00:00 October 13th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 13: Monster on the Campus!

Monster on the Campus

You need to see the opening of this one, so I haven’t skipped to the meat of this video. It’s Boris Karloff on I’ve Got a Secret and his opening for the show is short but excellent. Once you’ve watched that, unless you want to view the whole thing, you can skip to around 21:40 to get to Karloff’s segment. Please excuse the weird framing.

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By | 2017-10-12T21:09:51+00:00 October 12th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 12: Chosen Survivors!

Chosen Survivors

Today, let’s go back to Vincent Price and his days of (sometimes) personally interacting with situations filled with mystery and horror. Yes, it’s The Price of Fear, his radio show from the 70s and 80s. The whole “Price getting caught up in the fiction” business makes me wish somebody would have created a TV show where Price went around solving mysteries, playing himself. And then maybe he could share a recipe before the closing credits. Regardless, here are two more episodes, “Is Anybody There?” and “Specialty of the House.”

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By | 2017-10-11T23:17:47+00:00 October 11th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 11: The Uncanny!

Uncanny (1977)

Widge’s Note: Back over to Rox for what she’s found while creeping through pop culture’s catacombs…

Based upon Nikolay Gogol’s short story, The Portrait, directed by Wladyslaw Starewicz, is the tale about a young penniless artist who purchases a painting. This painting’s subject comes alive much to the young man’s horror. This eight minute piece is the only surviving part of a larger forty-five minute work that has been long lost. Even though this clip is only eight minutes it is quite terrifying. People who love to purchase paintings at estate sales and antique stores may want to reconsider their purchase after viewing.

Wladyslaw Starewicz is a pioneer and giant in the realm of early 20th century stop motion photography. One of his better known works is called “The Cameraman’s Revenge.” “Revenge” is a stop motion short film utilizing insects to tell a story. When Starewicz was young, he studied etymology, and he became interested in filming when he tried for days to use cameras to record a battle between two uncooperative stag beetles. They kept dying under the extremely hot lights. He then decided to use stop motion filming which proved to be most effective way to tell a story using insects. Starewicz’s career expanded through the decades, escaping from revolutions and survived through wars, and his work has been regarded highly among film makers such as Terry Gilliam and Wes Anderson to name a few.

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By | 2017-10-10T23:12:39+00:00 October 10th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 9: Curse of the Undead!

Curse of the Undead

First things first. As I’ve fully admitted to before, the Haunted Mansion is a slight obsession with me. One of these days I’m going to get around to visiting the international variations, including Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland. We’ve previously posted a ride-through video, but now we have ostensibly the full enchilada. This video includes the attraction from end to end. And I am a bit of a completist. So.

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By | 2017-10-08T22:48:11+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Stimuli|0 Comments