Tonight it’s a smorgasbord of horror icons in The Black Sleep, but first let’s enjoy some outtakes from the absolutely mental set of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. I highly recommend the audio commentary that comes on (at least this is where I found it) the Universal Legacy Collection Blu-Ray for The Wolfman. That’s where you can learn about how the film had a substantial pie budget, a “court jester” and so forth.
Tonight we’re in 1955 with the French classic thriller Les Diaboliques, but first…we stop in with our old friend Boris Karloff. His series, Tales of the Frightened, we’ve touched on before. Short creepy stories read with that awesome voice. Perfect for October. We have a twofer for you: “The Man in the Raincoat” and “Mirror of Death”.
And so we come to our feature presentation: it was remade in 1996 as Diabolique to a lesser effect. And it has been an influence on many films that came after. So watch the original and enjoy. (Note: you may need to hit the CC button below on the YouTube embed to see the subtitles.)
Hello. Thank you for giving me lots of tasty things to drink in the time since I returned to your products. Thank you also for having more than just Killian’s Red to offer me when I returned. There is something a lot of you are doing these days that I find a little baffling, so hear me out.
You’re making the information about you, what the beer’s called, what it tastes like, etc. very hard to read on your beer labels. Take for instance the very strong stout Black Hole by Mikkeller. What is that on there, 5 point type?
Look. I get it. You want the beer label equivalent of bands that make their names un-Googleable. You also want me to pause and really take in the bottle I’m looking at. But. I am an old man now. My eyes are crap. It takes me five times as long to peruse a beer shelf if all the labels are trying to pull this stunt. And a lot of you are.
Your beers are probably tasty. (Black Hole certainly is. Although it’s so sweet and somewhat chocolately I should have bought a large brownie to soak in it.) But sometimes I just want a tasty beer and not a tasty beer that reminds me of my own mortality and encroaching decrepitude. So please, help a guy out.
No, I’m not kidding. That is an actual movie and not only is Boris Karloff in it but Peter Lorre is as well. But more on that in a moment. It’s the time of year for turning pumpkins into decoration and pies. So don’t start your own project without watching this informative video from a world-renowned expert.
Holy crap, we’ve done so many of these we’ve actually run out of the regular Friday the 13th films to grab titles from. So I guess that makes this…32 Days of Halloween vs. Jason. Halloween is just like honey badger, it takes your September 30th because October is not big enough to contain this madness. We kick off with some Oingo Boingo, which I honestly had forgotten was tied to the Rodney Dangerfield film Back to School.
This is going to be strange. I am someone who makes desserts and tries to use every possible dessert ingredient in the pantry. My last batch of brownies was titled The Rise and Fall of Western Civilization as Expressed in Brownie Form. (Yes, that’s italicized. That batch was truly a work of art.) I believe that nothing exceeds like excess.
Ben & Jerry’s needs to calm the hell down. There is a time to lump ingredients (turn turn turn) and there is a time to just let one thing speak for itself. For example: there is a new line of “Truffles” flavors. It appears to be exclusive to Wal-Mart. At least, that’s the only place I’ve found it locally. (Update since my first draft of this: I found the Milkshake flavor at a Kroger.)