32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 25: The Unknown (1927)

Lon Chaney in The Unknown (1927)

Vincent Price was a true renaissance man. In addition to acting, he was a connoisseur of art and also of food. I believe we've discussed before the series of albums he released going over various world cuisines and providing recipes. Here, however, is a completely different sort of recipe: for a nice dish called "The Hand of Glory."

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By |October 24th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 24: The Walking Dead (1936)

The Walking Dead (1936)

Tonight is the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead. It is going to be rough, as somebody is going to be Lucilled, presumably out of the starting gate. If you're not up for that level of violence, may we humbly recommend watching this instead: the 1936 The Walking Dead, starring Boris Karloff as a convict brought back to life in order to seek out those who framed him. This is barbed-wire-laced-baseball-bat free. Enjoy.

By |October 23rd, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 23: Revenge of the Zombies!

Revenge of the Zombies (1943)

For tonight's opening salvo, we go to 1954 and the Popeye short, "Fright to the Finish." In it, we have one of the classic love triangles--Popeye, Bluto and Olive Oyl--put through the filter of Halloween. And in Washington Irving fashion, the pranks that guys will create to get one over on their rivals. We're just that way. It's hard wired. Honest.

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By |October 22nd, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 22: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Day 22 has been considered Peter Cushing's day in the past, so today is no different. Tonight we start with an interview from 1983 where Cushing is out promoting House of the Long Shadows. It might seem like the sort of interview you've seen a dozen times before, but do yourself a favor and watch it through to the end for a surprise.

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By |October 21st, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 21: Invisible Invaders!

Invisible Invaders

For this evening, we set off with a pair of silent horror films from the dawn of cinema. The first is from frequent 32 Days filmmaker, Georges Méliès. It's The Infernal Cauldron. Its title stateside was, apparently, The Infernal Caldron and the Phantasmal Vapors, a trend of making sure you spell out what's going on for American audiences that's continued through the Harry Potter series. Yes, the film is less than two minutes long. But it's from 1903, so what do you want?

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By |October 20th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 20: Count Yorga... Vampire!

Count Yorga Vampire

For tonight's opener, I feel like we haven't had enough Edgar Allan Poe this year. Of course, you can't really get enough of the guy. Nor can you get enough of Vincent Price. So here's two great tastes that taste great together: Price reading Poe's "Ligeia."

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By |October 19th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 19: The Mummy's Tomb!

Mummys Tomb 1942

Let's kick it off with Lon Chaney Jr. tonight...did you know he was a damn fine singer? Here he is (still using his real name, Creighton Chaney) from the 1934 film, Girl o' My Dreams...

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By |October 18th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Headsup: Monsters and Machines

Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Blu-Ray Nazi Mega Weapons Season 3 DVD

Loosely based on the ancient epic poem, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands follows the battle-weary title character as he reintegrates himself back into his home community of Herot, where he has to fight politics, family tension, and the monster Grendel.  The series was pitched as ITV's answer to Game of Thrones--it had a budget of £17 million ($23 million US) and was rumored to have offered the actors contracts with options to return for five years.  The show's creators didn’t shy away from the comparison--Tim Haines (co-creator and executive producer) described the juxtaposition of the two by saying that "Game of Thrones... is a great series but many people, including younger viewers, can't watch it because of the level of sex and violence.  Beowulf is a show that delivers epic fantasy, danger and excitement but that three generations can enjoy and, we hope, find fascinating for many series."

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By |October 18th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series on DVD


Inspector Lewis (or simply Lewis as it's known in the UK) is the highly successful spinoff from the much-loved Inspector Morse series, which featured Robert "Robbie" Lewis in the sidekick role of Inspector Morse's sergeant.  Now promoted to Detective Inspector, Lewis and his sergeant James Hathaway pursue posh criminals against the beautiful backdrop of Oxford, England (which many fans love as much as the characters themselves).  The show ran for nine seasons (ending in 2015) and only stopped because the stars, Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox, decided they wanted to go on to other things (especially understandable on Whately's part, as he had been playing Lewis since 1987).  Both actors delivered well-executed performances throughout the run of the show, even earning the pair the UK's Crime Thriller Award (how fun is that?) for "Best Detective Duo" in 2012.

Out today is the DVD set of the entire series, which includes all 33 episodes plus an hour of nice bonus material featuring a special on the making of the show along with an interview with Kevin Whately on what it's been like playing Lewis over the past three decades (which sounds like an immense amount of time until you compare it to William Roache and his 56-year run as Ken Barlow on Coronation Street).

Fans of the show who are Amazon Prime members can stream all but the final season for free, and barring that you may be able to catch some episodes on PBS (depending on your local station).  If, however, you want to have access [...]

By |October 18th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 18: Face of the Screaming Werewolf!

Face of the Screaming Werewolf

Before we go to tonight's feature film, I have to share a couple of sick things with you. Sick as in "I'm going to hell because I'm laughing at this" not "Is it Captain Trips this time?" They're both mashups and...well, they both kind of need no introduction...

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By |October 17th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments