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

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 7: Cry of the Banshee!

Cry of the Banshee

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.”

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By | 2017-10-06T23:14:37+00:00 October 6th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 6: The Amazing Transparent Man!

Amazing Transparent Man

 

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.

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By | 2017-10-06T00:25:41+00:00 October 5th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 5: The Snow Creature!

Snow Creature (1954)

 

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.

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By | 2017-10-04T20:44:52+00:00 October 4th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Headsup: That’s Life… Being a Drunk, Being a Girl, Being a Ninja

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

 

Shameless Season 7 Blu-rayA remake of the British series of the same name, Shameless is a comedy-drama series that follows the misadventures of alcoholic single father Frank Gallagher (Oscar nominee William H. Macy) and his six children. In Season Seven, Frank wakes up from being in a coma for the past month only to realize that no one came looking for him when he went missing (having been tossed into the Chicago river). Things aren’t calm for the rest of the clan either, as they deal with relationship and job problems, the challenges of single parenthood and post-rehab life, and important decisions such as whether to get circumcised and if starting a topless maid service is a savvy business decision. Now out on DVD and Blu-ray is Shameless: The Complete Seventh Season, featuring all twelve episodes of Season Seven. Special features include two new featurettes, “Growing Up Shameless” (where Emma Kenney and Ethan Cutkosky discuss their amusing real-life journey growing up on the set of Shameless) and “The Shameless Politics of Frank” (which examines Frank’s politics while drunk and sober), along with some unaired scenes.  The season is available digitally on Amazon (which includes “The Shameless Politics of Frank”) and on iTunes (which includes both featurettes) for $29.99, but the cheaper option on this one would definitely be to get it in disc format—on Amazon you can currently snag the DVD for $22.99 and the Blu-ray for $27.99.

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By | 2017-10-04T20:13:17+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments