Well, if we're going for sci-fi tonight (and we are) and specifically Mars (yes, that too), I think there's an obvious choice for what we open with. And we've made it.
Kids today...I don't think they appreciate how far we've come with Halloween costume technology. As you will see in what we have below, a Woolworth's commercial from 1977, you weren't so much going as the thing you wanted to go as...but more the idea of it. And in some cases, you weren't even really going as it...notice the Superman costume has a cheap red mask involved. The Toys R Us commercial from 1985 isn't much improvement.
So all you kids with your tiny muscle outfits and your molded plastic (that doesn't slice your eyeballs) and such, watch these and appreciate living in the future.
To begin tonight's festivities, we go to a very disturbed thing: a selection from Silence! The Musical, which we've praised before. The brainchild of Jon and Al Kaplan, it's exactly what you think it is: a parody of Silence of the Lambs. From the original cast recording, please enjoy this NSFW selection, "Put the Fucking Lotion in the Basket."
To kick tonight off, let's go to a story from your friend and mine, Boris Karloff. It's from his series Tales of the Frightened. This is "The Deadly Dress."
Out today on DVD from Candy Factory Films are two contenders for your Halloween watch list (that is if you have any room left after the gems of 32 Days of Halloween). Both films focus on young women haunted with questions surrounding the unnatural death of a parent and the dark places they go (literally and figuratively) as the mystery envelops them.
The Midnight Swim is a POV/documentary style chiller which follows the story of three girls whose mother previously disappeared into Spirit Lake (a body of water of immense and indeterminate depth). In the classic tradition of people in a horror films making less-than-wise choices, they decide the only logical thing to do is go into the lake themselves to try to find out what happened to her.
Sarah Adina Smith wrote and made her directorial debut with this film (she has since worked as a director on the 2016 films Holidays and Buster's Mal Heart). It debuted in 2014 at Canada's Fantasia Film Festival and had a limited release in the US in 2015, winning awards at multiple film festivals from 2014-2016 (including AFI Fest and the Nashville, Denver International, Starz Denver, and Sun Valley festivals.
The movie is available to rent for $3.99 (or buy for $6.99) on Amazon Video or to purchase on DVD for $13.99.
In Girl in Woods, Grace and Jim's romantic getaway into the Smoky Mountains is cut short when [...]
Vincent Price was a true renaissance man. In addition to acting, he was a connoisseur of art and also of food. I believe we've discussed before the series of albums he released going over various world cuisines and providing recipes. Here, however, is a completely different sort of recipe: for a nice dish called "The Hand of Glory."
Tonight is the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead. It is going to be rough, as somebody is going to be Lucilled, presumably out of the starting gate. If you're not up for that level of violence, may we humbly recommend watching this instead: the 1936 The Walking Dead, starring Boris Karloff as a convict brought back to life in order to seek out those who framed him. This is barbed-wire-laced-baseball-bat free. Enjoy.
For tonight's opening salvo, we go to 1954 and the Popeye short, "Fright to the Finish." In it, we have one of the classic love triangles--Popeye, Bluto and Olive Oyl--put through the filter of Halloween. And in Washington Irving fashion, the pranks that guys will create to get one over on their rivals. We're just that way. It's hard wired. Honest.
Day 22 has been considered Peter Cushing's day in the past, so today is no different. Tonight we start with an interview from 1983 where Cushing is out promoting House of the Long Shadows. It might seem like the sort of interview you've seen a dozen times before, but do yourself a favor and watch it through to the end for a surprise.
For this evening, we set off with a pair of silent horror films from the dawn of cinema. The first is from frequent 32 Days filmmaker, Georges Méliès. It's The Infernal Cauldron. Its title stateside was, apparently, The Infernal Caldron and the Phantasmal Vapors, a trend of making sure you spell out what's going on for American audiences that's continued through the Harry Potter series. Yes, the film is less than two minutes long. But it's from 1903, so what do you want?