32 Days of Halloween X, Day 11: The Uncanny!

Uncanny (1977)

Widge’s Note: Back over to Rox for what she’s found while creeping through pop culture’s catacombs…

Based upon Nikolay Gogol’s short story, The Portrait, directed by Wladyslaw Starewicz, is the tale about a young penniless artist who purchases a painting. This painting’s subject comes alive much to the young man’s horror. This eight minute piece is the only surviving part of a larger forty-five minute work that has been long lost. Even though this clip is only eight minutes it is quite terrifying. People who love to purchase paintings at estate sales and antique stores may want to reconsider their purchase after viewing.

Wladyslaw Starewicz is a pioneer and giant in the realm of early 20th century stop motion photography. One of his better known works is called “The Cameraman’s Revenge.” “Revenge” is a stop motion short film utilizing insects to tell a story. When Starewicz was young, he studied etymology, and he became interested in filming when he tried for days to use cameras to record a battle between two uncooperative stag beetles. They kept dying under the extremely hot lights. He then decided to use stop motion filming which proved to be most effective way to tell a story using insects. Starewicz’s career expanded through the decades, escaping from revolutions and survived through wars, and his work has been regarded highly among film makers such as Terry Gilliam and Wes Anderson to name a few.

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By | 2017-10-10T23:12:39+00:00 October 10th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 7: Cry of the Banshee!

Cry of the Banshee

Hello.  Day 7 of the tenth year of 32 Days of Halloween plows forward. For tonight’s main event, we’ve got 1970’s Cry of the Banshee.

But first, a double helping of classic Twilight Zone.  First, I picked “One for the Angels” because Halloween, like most everything, is improved by more Ed Wynn. Here he’s trying to outwit Death. Good luck with that. Then we have TZ irregular Bill Mumy playing a kid with a very special phone in “Long Distance Call.”

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By | 2017-10-06T23:14:37+00:00 October 6th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 6: The Amazing Transparent Man!

Amazing Transparent Man

 

Day 6 of 32 Days of Halloween is upon us. Soon, we shall confront The Amazing Transparent Man.  But before then…it’s time for a Peter Lorre twofer.

First up, a bit from the Disneyland TV show where Walt Disney introduces Kirk Douglas to introduce Peter Lorre to talk about working with a giant squid.  That’s of course from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…and this is apparently a bonus bit from the DVD entitled “Monsters of the Deep.”  This is not only gold because you get to see the subtle humor that Lorre can bring to the table, but you also see the now-centenarian Douglas back when he was just a lad.

Then we head over to What’s My Line for a bit showcasing how one has to get around having an extremely recognizable voice.

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32 Days of Halloween X, Day 5: The Snow Creature!

Snow Creature (1954)

 

Hello.  And welcome back for a fifth day of this 32 Days of Halloween insanity. We’ll get to The Snow Creature in a moment, but let’s take a moment first to enjoy a couple of things.

Christopher Lee reads for you from Hammers Presents Dracula, a release from 1974.  Don’t panic when you hear the first voice…that’s Bill Mitchell, apparently.  And then, if you, like me, didn’t get a chance to find a place where Guillermo Del Toro’s At Home With Monsters exhibition was happening, then you will appreciate our next video.  If you did catch it, then…well, I hate you.  In a very friendly way, of course.  Regardless, that video…someone posted a walkthrough featuring lots of the awesome stuff that Del Toro just has, you know, because he can.

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By | 2017-10-04T20:44:52+00:00 October 4th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X Begins Here! (Holy Crap!)

Jason X

September 30th is upon us. And you thought it was dead. You thought the stake was in its heart, that you cut off its head and stuffed a Kenny G CD into its mouth…but you should know better. It cannot stay dead. And sooner or later, when you least expect it (despite the fact you own a calendar), it will rise again. Thus: 32 Days of Halloween X. Our tenth year celebrating the best goddamn holiday anywhere. Yes, even better than National Coffee Day. How is that possible, you ask? Because everyday is National Coffee Day. So coffee is a given. Like breathing. Which brings me back to where I started: the thing that should not be, and the thing that doesn’t need to breathe. Namely: this festival.

We begin in a random vein (ha!) with some Oingo Boingo, a band that just feels Halloweeny even when they’re not playing a strictly Halloweeny song…but they are playing it on Halloween. So it all works. Also, I think Danny Elfman is 65% water and 25% Halloween. Anyway, here’s “Clowns of Death” from their Farewell concert back in 1995.

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By | 2017-09-30T18:55:59+00:00 September 30th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments