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.
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.
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.
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.”
Day 10 already? Damn, 32 Days of Halloween flies when you’re having fun. We’re going to go back to that out of print treasure trove of Poe readings and songs, Closed on Account of Rabies. This time let’s hear Diamanda Galás read “The Black Cat,” followed by Jeff Buckley reading “Ulalume.”
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.
Hello. Day 7 of the tenth year of 32 Days of Halloween plows forward. For tonight’s main event, we’ve got 1970’s Cry of the Banshee.
But first, a double helping of classic Twilight Zone. First, I picked “One for the Angels” because Halloween, like most everything, is improved by more Ed Wynn. Here he’s trying to outwit Death. Good luck with that. Then we have TZ irregular Bill Mumy playing a kid with a very special phone in “Long Distance Call.”
Day 6 of 32 Days of Halloween is upon us. Soon, we shall confront The Amazing Transparent Man. But before then…it’s time for a Peter Lorre twofer.
First up, a bit from the Disneyland TV show where Walt Disney introduces Kirk Douglas to introduce Peter Lorre to talk about working with a giant squid. That’s of course from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…and this is apparently a bonus bit from the DVD entitled “Monsters of the Deep.” This is not only gold because you get to see the subtle humor that Lorre can bring to the table, but you also see the now-centenarian Douglas back when he was just a lad.
Then we head over to What’s My Line for a bit showcasing how one has to get around having an extremely recognizable voice.
Hello. And welcome back for a fifth day of this 32 Days of Halloween insanity. We’ll get to The Snow Creature in a moment, but let’s take a moment first to enjoy a couple of things.
Christopher Lee reads for you from Hammers Presents Dracula, a release from 1974. Don’t panic when you hear the first voice…that’s Bill Mitchell, apparently. And then, if you, like me, didn’t get a chance to find a place where Guillermo Del Toro’s At Home With Monsters exhibition was happening, then you will appreciate our next video. If you did catch it, then…well, I hate you. In a very friendly way, of course. Regardless, that video…someone posted a walkthrough featuring lots of the awesome stuff that Del Toro just has, you know, because he can.