32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 30: Inner Sanctum!

Raymond Johnson, host of Inner Sanctum

Inner Sanctum was a rather large media franchise: Simon and Schuster had their mystery novels, there was a series of movies, a television series, and a series of films starring Lon Chaney Jr. But my favorite iteration is the old-time radio show, hosted originally by the creepmeister Raymond Edward Johnson. That's him up top there.

My favorite story about the show can be found on Wikipedia, but I've heard it from elsewhere as well: the creaking door isn't a door at all...the effect was provided by a squeaky desk chair. At one point, someone mistakenly oiled the chair, removing its ability to creak--and the foley guy had to just mimic the sound himself. Nice.

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By |October 29th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 29: Necromancy!

Necromancy (1972)

And you thought Michael Gambon in Toys was a weird guy to run a toy factory. But being militaristic is almost normal when compared to Orson Welles, who runs the toy factory in a small town and is trying to use his position of power to return the dead to life. As you do. It's Necromancy, though it's gone by other names such as The Toy Factory, The Witching and A Life for a Life.

Also of note: this is directed by Bert I. Gordon, helmer of Earth vs. the Spider, Food of the Gods and everything in between. And I have read online about multiple re-cuttings of the film...so there's no telling which version we actually have here. Regardless. Enjoy.

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By |October 28th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 29: Garth Marenghi's Darkplace!

Garth Marenghis Darkplace

Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade, two very disturbed individuals, are also Garth Marenghi and Dean Learner, two even more disturbed individuals, and they bring you this 1980s lost series by way of 2004: it's Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. This is quite possibly one of the best 80stastic sendups in all of television history...and if you don't get why it's so terrifyingly accurate, then you should probably ask your parents. This series was followed by a chat show hosted by Learner, Man to Man With Dean Learner, and sadly I'm not sure we've seen any of Marenghi since. Because this is so wrong it goes back around to right again, rings the front doorbell and runs off.

This is the first episode of six. Sadly, despite actually being shown stateside, it isn't in print on Region 1. Your best bet is to snag it and Man to Man in this boxed set. It's worth it.

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By |October 28th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|2 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 28: The Boy Who Cried Werewolf!

Boy Who Cried Werewolf

Not the Nickelodeon film. No, this is the 1973 film which was the last film directed by Nathan H. Juran, helmer of such classics as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (not to mention a slew of Irwin Allen TV episodes). And yes, it stars Kerwin Mathews (who was the aforementioned Sinbad). Mathews plays a divorced father who saves his son from a werewolf, only to be bitten himself. And truly, hijinks thus ensue. Enjoy.

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By |October 27th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 28: Holiday Haunted Mansion and Mystic Manor

Dueling Ghost from Disney Haunted Mansion

Yes, more of the Haunted Mansion. I am a bit obsessed. But, to be fair, this is the day we have previously posted video of a ridethrough of Disneyland's mashup: when The Nightmare Before Christmas invades the Haunted Mansion. So we have that for you. And then, a ridethrough video of Mystic Manor, the version of Haunted Mansion they have at Hong Kong Disneyland. I was at D23 when they were showing the concept info for this...so thrilled as hell to see the ride now. It'll do until I can get over there. Enjoy.

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By |October 27th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Of Dammiting Hydra and Engaging the Masses

Two big things happened this past week. One was quiet, but the other was very loud.

The quiet and more recent one was Marvel's Epicly Smooth rollout of the Age Of Ultron Trailer--yes, smooth, even in the face of it being leaked. Pretty much instantaneously, they popped it on their main YouTube page and all commercials for the upcoming Agents Of SHIELD episode with which the trailer was supposed to premiere went from "world premiere" to "world BROADCAST premiere" like it was Nothing. As I've said before, there's probably a "Leak Team" in most big studios these days, and if there isn't, there SHOULD be.

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By |October 27th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 27: Space Invasion of Lapland!

Space Invasion of Lapland

I'm sure I must have heard of tonight's pick previously...but a title like Space Invasion of Lapland, well, it seems like that would stick in the mind. It's apparently also known by many names, sort of like Prince...those names include Horror (or Terror) in the Midnight Sun and even Invasion of the Animal People. A co-production between the U.S. and Sweden, it features a terrible monster from space that crashes to Earth in a ship mistaken for a meteor, then starts to show an utter disregard for life--even attacking innocent reindeer! It was directed by Virgil W. Vogel, a guy who directed the hell out of some TV...everything from Wagon Train to Airwolf. Enjoy!

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By |October 26th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 27: Appointment With Fear!

Old-Time Radio

Let's go back to the realm of old-time radio horror for today's entry. Specifically, we're going to go across the pond and check out Appointment With Fear, the British radio series that's been going and coming since 1943. Hosted by The Man in Black (who was most recently portrayed by Mark Gatiss--as though anybody would be surprised about that...), it was your standard hosted dramatized horror play. Alas, only four episodes are to have survived, of which we have one below. The second episode we have for you is from the version called Fear on Four with the man being played by Edward de Souza (Kiss of the Vampire (1963)). And yes, we have another Dahl story for you in the latter episode...but "William and Mary" is just so much horrible fun...Enjoy.

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By |October 26th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 26: Monster From Green Hell!

Monster From Green Hell

Wasps. They're a nasty piece of work sometimes. Sometimes, they just fly about and are minding their own business. Sometimes, they seem to be very pissed off and want to sting you. And sometimes, they've been shot into space, returned to the planet and crash-landed in Africa, been exposed to a great deal of cosmic radiation and grown to ginormous size. Oh, and then they're pissed off and want to sting your face clean off. That's Monster From Green Hell, the 1957 B-movie giant wasp extravaganza that you had no idea was missing from your life.

Now you might ask: if they were exposed to cosmic radiation, why didn't they get the ability to stretch or turn invisible or something...and why didn't they go fight some crime? And all I can say is: if I had the answer to such deep questions as that, I'm sure I wouldn't be running a pop culture website. Enjoy.

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By |October 25th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 26: Quality Time With Uncle Ray

Ray Bradbury

For our first entry of Day 26, let's have some time with your Uncle Ray. Ray Bradbury, of course. The best creative writing teacher I never had.

I realize we've posted "The Veldt" previously, but this is from the radio series Bradbury 13, which I recall as being on BBC Radio...but may have wound up (or originated) elsewhere. The reason we're going back to that story is that it's narrated by Paul Frees, for crying out loud. You can't deny Mr. Frees. Then after that, we go to a fantastic tribute to Mr. B from The Neil, "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury." Enjoy.

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By |October 25th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments