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Your Weekend Justice #203: Fancy Hats and Evilness
Posted on 10.11.13 by Widge @ 5:20 pm

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that wants to put Dirk Benedict and Abe Vigoda in a new TV show where they team-up and fight crime. And don't pretend you wouldn't watch the hell out of that.

Jabberjaw

Agenda:

  • The joy of DVRs
  • Aiding to the delinquency of a minor. Well, several minors.
  • Death rays on a budget
  • Rox vs. The Giant Ants
  • ScottC vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes
  • The Blacklist (SPOILERS)
  • Sleepy Hollow(s)
  • Breaking Bad vs. Newhart
  • Abe Vigoda, in a van, eating ice cream, going off a bridge backwards. At a concert.
  • Blackfish, psycho sea life and the psychos that hang out with them
  • Miscommunicating with Mildred
  • Agents of SHIELD confessions
  • A preference for shooting the hostage
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    32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 11: Murders in the Zoo!
    Posted on 10.10.13 by Widge @ 11:37 pm

    Murders in the Zoo

    Before we get to the feature presentation, which was remade most recently as We Bought a Zoo, we bring you a pair of old-time radio jewels.

    First things first, and the reason I came up with this opening: I didn't know until just today that Basil Rathbone had started in a comedy/mystery radio show entitled Tales of Fatima. At first, I was wondering what the hell Rathbone was doing dramatizing stories of the apocalypse that were told to three youngsters in Portugal. But no, apparently Fatima was the brand of cigarettes that sponsored the show. Then next, I was amused to hear that Rathbone is playing a fictionalized version of himself.

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    To Have Or Have Not: Breaking Down the Missing Episodes of Doctor Who
    Posted on 10.10.13 by Rob Levy @ 12:06 pm

    Patrick Troughton from Doctor Who

    For the last few months there have been persistent rumors of a "major" discovery of missing Doctor Who episodes. These rumors went into overdrive over the weekend thanks to articles in The Mirror and The Radio Times claiming that an announcement was imminent.

    It appears as though the Beeb wanted to keep this thing under wraps for a while longer, but the cat is out of the bag now and they had to act. Thus we arrive at today, a time when all of the classic Doctor Who fans are waiting like a groom at the altar for a bride they know is probably beautiful...but they'd like to see for themselves.

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    32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 10: Vampire Over London!
    Posted on 10.09.13 by Widge @ 9:58 pm

    Bela Lugosi in Vampire Over London

    First things first...in previous years I've posted some Japanese trailers of English language horror movies. The theory was that the really deep, booming, scary voice speaking Japanese over horrific imagery made things even scarier than usual. I had no idea what they were saying: they could have been coupling Day of the Dead with a dramatic reading of Dr. Seuss or something and how would I know? However, I amend my earlier theory to say that...I think trailers in Japan are more fucked up in general. Case in point: The Amityville Horror was a bit scary...but this Japanese trailer...sans narration...makes it look like a change-your-shorts piece of insanity. Check it out...

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    32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 9: The Evil Mind!
    Posted on 10.08.13 by Widge @ 9:39 pm

    Fay Wray and Claude Rains in The Evil Mind/The Clairvoyant

    For Day 9, we begin with something I never thought I would hear: Bing Crosby, Boris Karloff and Victor Moore singing a song together for Halloween. This is from the Philco Radio Hour. And it's more proof that Karloff had great comic timing.

    Then before we get to the feature presentation, a very vintage reading of "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Bela Lugosi.

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    32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 8: Chamber of Horrors (1940)!
    Posted on 10.07.13 by Widge @ 10:13 pm

    Chamber of Horrors aka The Door With the Seven Locks

    Before we get to today's 1940 feature presentation, let's stop off at the most excellent anthology series, Thriller, hosted by your friend and mine, Boris Karloff. This episode is based on the short story by Robert E. Howard, "Pigeons From Hell." It may sound like Bert's greatest nightmare, but it's much more sinister than that. Speaking of sinister, Karloff is so damn good you don't even care that he's obviously reading off of cue cards.

    Next we have a reading of Poe's poem "Annabel Lee" by Basil Rathbone. I'm not sure where this was available...the Caedmon Poe collection (which also features Price) doesn't have a track listing on it and I couldn't lay hands upon mine without strip-mining my CD collection.

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    32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 7: The Undying Monster!
    Posted on 10.06.13 by Widge @ 9:42 pm

    Undying Monster

    Day 7 of 32 Days of Halloween we've done some fun with anthologies, so this year is no different. Tales From the Darkside was George Romero's entry into the TV anthology series. Apparently, since Creepshow was a success, it could have been made into a series--but Warner Brothers owned the rights to that specifically. So if you strip out the comic-y nature of that film but keep the EC Comics feel, you get Tales. It lasted four seasons and I did really enjoy the intro, in which the magic of flipping a camera to negative was still amazing. At some point, I did the same thing with my parents' video camera while I was filming some piece of parody nonsense.

    This is the pilot episode, "Trick or Treat." Scribed by Romero himself, it was directed by Bob Balaban (Close Encounters) and stars the normally-kindly Barnard Hughes as Gideon and ALF's dad, Max Wright, as Mr. Kimble. If you don't recognize Hughes by his voice alone, then you need to go and refresh your knowledge of 80s films.

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    32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 6: Boris Karloff in Arsenic and Old Lace
    Posted on 10.05.13 by Widge @ 5:40 pm

    Boris Karloff and Erich Von Stroheim in Arsenic and Old Lace

    Holy shit, I'm excited. More on that in a second. First up, one of the best voices ever was Karloff. He could make anything terrifying. Granted, when it comes to "Today's Teens," he doesn't have to work very hard. Some horror movies are simply timeless. "Marx and Lenin never taught them this!!"

    And then for our feature film, which comes second, it's 1932's The Old Dark House. If you don't have time to check out the full thing, take a moment and appreciate the disclaimer at the beginning. Lovely old school marketing.

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    32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 5: Monster From the Ocean Floor!
    Posted on 10.04.13 by Widge @ 9:20 pm

    Monster From the Ocean Floor!

    We'll get to our feature presentation shortly, but before then a couple of stops: firstly, Christopher Lee is on hand to read Dracula for you. And more than that, someone's taken the 1966 comic adaptation and put the two together. Then, since we've got a Corman-produced flick for today's main event, poking about for more Corman-related material found 1990's TV special, Horror Cafe, in which Clive Barker does a sort-of expanded Dinner for Five routine. Among those in to have a nosh are Corman, John Carpenter and Ramsey Campbell. If you feel the onset of cheese, just keep telling yourself over and over: "It's only 1990, it's only 1990..."

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    32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 4: Guillermo Del Toro Breaks Some Sort of World Record, We're Sure...
    Posted on 10.03.13 by Widge @ 9:16 pm

    Guillermo Del Toro vs. The Simpsons

    ...for number of horror movie references crammed into less than three minutes. The only thing I can figure is that because he has so many damn projects in the works, this enables him to get at least thirty or so out of the way. You will see this every damn place on the Internet. Because it's that amazing. Any video that has Matthias from The Omega Man and Phantom of the Paradise? It deserves to be every damn place on the Internet. Enjoy.

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