32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 23: Revenge of the Zombies!

Revenge of the Zombies (1943)

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.

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By |October 22nd, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 22: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

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.

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By |October 21st, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 21: Invisible Invaders!

Invisible Invaders

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?

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By |October 20th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 20: Count Yorga... Vampire!

Count Yorga Vampire

For tonight's opener, I feel like we haven't had enough Edgar Allan Poe this year. Of course, you can't really get enough of the guy. Nor can you get enough of Vincent Price. So here's two great tastes that taste great together: Price reading Poe's "Ligeia."

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By |October 19th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 19: The Mummy's Tomb!

Mummys Tomb 1942

Let's kick it off with Lon Chaney Jr. tonight...did you know he was a damn fine singer? Here he is (still using his real name, Creighton Chaney) from the 1934 film, Girl o' My Dreams...

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By |October 18th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Headsup: Monsters and Machines

Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Blu-Ray Nazi Mega Weapons Season 3 DVD

Loosely based on the ancient epic poem, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands follows the battle-weary title character as he reintegrates himself back into his home community of Herot, where he has to fight politics, family tension, and the monster Grendel.  The series was pitched as ITV's answer to Game of Thrones--it had a budget of £17 million ($23 million US) and was rumored to have offered the actors contracts with options to return for five years.  The show's creators didn’t shy away from the comparison--Tim Haines (co-creator and executive producer) described the juxtaposition of the two by saying that "Game of Thrones... is a great series but many people, including younger viewers, can't watch it because of the level of sex and violence.  Beowulf is a show that delivers epic fantasy, danger and excitement but that three generations can enjoy and, we hope, find fascinating for many series."

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By |October 18th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series on DVD


Inspector Lewis (or simply Lewis as it's known in the UK) is the highly successful spinoff from the much-loved Inspector Morse series, which featured Robert "Robbie" Lewis in the sidekick role of Inspector Morse's sergeant.  Now promoted to Detective Inspector, Lewis and his sergeant James Hathaway pursue posh criminals against the beautiful backdrop of Oxford, England (which many fans love as much as the characters themselves).  The show ran for nine seasons (ending in 2015) and only stopped because the stars, Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox, decided they wanted to go on to other things (especially understandable on Whately's part, as he had been playing Lewis since 1987).  Both actors delivered well-executed performances throughout the run of the show, even earning the pair the UK's Crime Thriller Award (how fun is that?) for "Best Detective Duo" in 2012.

Out today is the DVD set of the entire series, which includes all 33 episodes plus an hour of nice bonus material featuring a special on the making of the show along with an interview with Kevin Whately on what it's been like playing Lewis over the past three decades (which sounds like an immense amount of time until you compare it to William Roache and his 56-year run as Ken Barlow on Coronation Street).

Fans of the show who are Amazon Prime members can stream all but the final season for free, and barring that you may be able to catch some episodes on PBS (depending on your local station).  If, however, you want to have access [...]

By |October 18th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 18: Face of the Screaming Werewolf!

Face of the Screaming Werewolf

Before we go to tonight's feature film, I have to share a couple of sick things with you. Sick as in "I'm going to hell because I'm laughing at this" not "Is it Captain Trips this time?" They're both mashups and...well, they both kind of need no introduction...

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By |October 17th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Headsup: Doctor Thorne on DVD


Available tomorrow (October 18th) on DVD is Doctor Thorne, the period miniseries from Julian Fellowes which has widely been described (and even marketed) as emotional methadone for Downton Abbey addicts going through show withdrawal.   The drama is based on the novel of the same name by Anthony Trollope and follows the romance between the poor (but kind and beautiful) Mary Thorne and her childhood friend, Frank Gresham, whose elevated social status and snobbish family members complicate what would otherwise be a straight ride off into the sunset.

I would encourage any viewer who has not seen the series to manage expectations if comparing it to Downton Abbey--the two have very different attributes, not the least of which is that while Downton Abbey had fifty-two episodes in which to develop characters and tell its story, Doctor Thorne has four.  Also continuing with the "Downton Abbey Lite" theme is the lack of substantial bonus features on the DVD set: there are a few short snippets that talk about the characters and themes, a tiny featurette on the making of the series, a bit from Julian Fellowes about adapting the novel for the screen, and that's it.  Considering that the creators obviously want viewers to draw parallels between the two (the trailer and DVD cover for Doctor Thorne both prominently reference Downton Abbey by name), I would have thought they might flush out the bonus features a bit more if they're trying to bridge the divide for fans [...]

By |October 17th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 17: Dracula AD 1972!

Dracula AD 1972

So as we enter the second half of our seasonal extravaganza, we come to footage of an event that I really do need to do someday. It's on The List. It's the Procession of the Ghouls, which takes place every year at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. They show a classic film (this year it's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), followed by exactly what it says on the tin. The footage is from last year's and it's very dark and shaky, but it's the best I could find. You should definitely check out our first entry on this, as it shows a mini-docu about it. Nothing about this looks non-awesome.

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By |October 16th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments