The BBC back in 2011 brought in Richard Coyle ("Mr. Sock Gap" himself from Coupling) to perform some Lovecraft...among them was this excellent version of "Shadow Over Innsmouth." Coyle was so good at playing a complete goofball on Coupling that he might not be your first choice to go after eldritch horror with gusto, but he does it and then some. We had previously posted his reading of "At the Mountains of Madness."
For tonight's feature film, we're going double right out of the gate. Because when you've got two films both representing "Planet X," how can you not? Planet X, long before it became an X-Men storyline (how did it take them until 2004 to do that...?), it was the placeholder name for whatever might be lurking beyond the orbit of Neptune. (Because mankind simply could not be satisfied with just eight planets, right? I mean...we're even now discovering all these crazy exoplanets--we're insatiable! And we haven't even used all the planets we already have! Typical.)
And where there's a placeholder name...there's the potential for terror! Or...something like that. Anyway, we kick off with 1951's The Man From Planet X, starring an uncredited Pat Goldin as the titular man, who looks menacing...and yet very, very sad. Goldin went on to play one of the best character names you will hear this week: from an episode of Perry Mason, "Joe Hudson, Old Man in Devil's Costume."
Oh my stars and garters, can it really be that time again? Yes, by my sainted uncle's liver--the fourth hand on the Ouija Board tells me that it's time. October storms forth and takes the last day away from September (which, let's face it, wasn't really using it anyway) and thus we declare Year Eight of 32 Days of Halloween. Because thirty-one day Halloween celebrations are for pussies.
Generally speaking, we begin each year with some form of cartoon, alternating between Disney and Looney Tunes. It's Looney Tunes time again, which led me naturally to the final Looney Tunes appearance of Witch Hazel (voiced by June Foray) in A Haunting We Will Go from 1966.
But very quickly it became clear that we had two other "Haunting We Will Go" films out there--and they deserved a place as well. First things first. Daffy Duck, kick us off, sir.
So it's like this. I would say we met a new hero while at the Need Coffee Fun Fest at DragonCon this year, but frankly, you were all heroes. However. One among you was knighted by not only the Queen of the Fun Fest but she is also Empress of the Daleks--both titles look very impressive on a C.V., by the way.
When I first conceived the notion of a Bad Poetry Slam contest, incorporating bongo playing, interpretative dance and, yes, bad poetry...I had no idea that by giving the topic of "Krispy Kreme" to a trio of enterprising maniacs we would be graced with such...well, Art.
It's the art book covering both of the new (and actually good this time) Planet of the Apes films. Here's what they have to say for themselves:
Rob Levy and Tuffley drive the panel getaway car with Widge mostly passed out in the back seat as The Sound Board makes its annual DragonCon appearance to discuss British music, give updates on what's coming and throw a slew of recommendations out to the masses. This was a Sunday morning panel. Be kind.
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that is the one thing that we have up on John Waters.
It's Episode #179 for Guardians of the Galaxy, in which our protagonist is taken back to the sci-fi cheese of his (long dead) youth, appreciates the soundtrack (along with everyone else in the country) and is thrilled that Marvel has...so far at least...kept its track record going.
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Now that the smoke has cleared and the rubble of candy wrappers, makeup removal sponges and discard Predator gloves (no, really) has begun to slide into the mists of time, we take a moment to reflect on DragonCon 2014. And when I say "we," I mean me. Widge. Because if you saw our schedule, you know we were collectively all over the damn place.
Dear God. Don't look now, but DragonCon is this weekend. I said not to look! It will sense you staring at it. And then it will pounce. But the time is not right. Almost. But not yet. Remember: when the time comes, You Cannot Show Fear. The Con will maul anyone who shows fear.
Use this as your guide to the stuff we're doing. We're sure going to use it.
Follow our Needcoffee feed for last minute updates. Where available, everyone's first mention has their Twitter ID linked up--so feel free to follow folks for their latest weirdness. (Except in cases where they've been added to an earlier panel than I first had them--so they're Twitter-linked on here somewhere. I'm old and lazy.) As always, this list is subject to change without notice or sense.
As always, inevitably, there will be formatting and other stupid errors on this schedule. If you find something wrong, just ping me and we'll get it fixed. Danke.
Version 1.01 - Added "Needcoffee vs. Sherlock"; added Rox's "Adventurous Women" in Alt History; added the BritTrack After Dark panels for Scott
Version 1.02 - Added Tuffley's and Wolven's panels.