32 Days of Halloween X, Day 22: The Snake Woman!

Snake Woman

For tonight’s festivities, let’s start with a story that I’ve learned–to my great horror, I might add–is no longer a must-read for kids these days. It’s only one of the most famous short stories ever written and it used to be the one story (along with Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”) that you could count on having been read by everybody. I’m talking about, of course, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. Here we have it adapted for radio for the show Suspense. It’s from 1945 and as Zaroff stars some bloke named Orson Welles.

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By | 2017-10-22T01:50:22+00:00 October 21st, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 21: Nightmare Castle!

Nightmare Castle

For tonight’s mayhem, let’s start with the very first episode of Boris Karloff’s anthology series Thriller. It’s very useful if you’re allowing TV episodes for Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, since you can link up Karloff with people like, say, Shatner. This is “The Twisted Image,” starring Leslie Nielsen, George Grizzard, and Natalie Trundy.

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By | 2017-10-21T00:56:48+00:00 October 20th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

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