32 Days of Halloween X, Day 32: Night of the Living Dead!

Duane Jones from Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Well, sorry to be so predictable. But there’s no better film to watch on Halloween and our traditional way of ending 32 Days: Night of the Living Dead. The original. You know, the good one. I finally saw it on the big screen just a week or so ago–and it was the 4K restoration. Seeing it in a cinema with an audience was kind of amazing. Here’s a brief Q&A held at the Museum of Modern Art after a screening there. You’ve got left to right: Papa George Romero, producer and “Johnny” Russell Streiner, and sound engineer Gary Streiner.

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By | 2017-10-31T22:09:45+00:00 October 31st, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 32: Night of the Living Dead! (Naturally)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Well, we’ve come to the end of another rollicking romp through the madness of First Halloween. Day 32, so you know what’s coming…but before we get to that, we go to some classic audio. First, 1944 for Vincent Price appearing with Ida Lupino in an episode of Suspense. Then…a more recent recording, that of Christopher Lee reading a tale of Ambrose Bierce.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:45+00:00 October 31st, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 7: More Tales From the Darkside!

Tales From the Darkside

So last year we posted the pilot episode, “Trick or Treat,” of Tales From the Darkside, a George Romero-created anthology series that was occasionally goofy, occasionally cheesy, but oh it was 80s-TV-tastic. This year we return to the Laurel-produced well with a double dose from the series.

Firstly, “The Devil’s Advocate,” written by Romero himself and starring Jerry Stiller as a radio talk show host having an increasingly bad day. Then, “Halloween Candy,” directed by Tom Savini and starring Roy Poole in one of his final roles. Both episodes are from the second season. The second season is available as a stand-alone release although the whole shebang is on sale as I type this for just $45. Nice.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:05+00:00 October 6th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 32: That’s Another One For the Fire

Bill Hinzman, Zombie Number One from Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Bill Hinzman, the first modern zombie (1936-2012)

It’s that Night of Nights. Six years in a row, we’ve given you the original (and only real) Night of the Living Dead. This year is no exception. It’s the thing that started the entire zombie subgenre as we know it today. Watch the film. Love it. Give it a nice hug. Without it, you get no Shaun, no Walking Dead, no 28 Days Later. And low budget horror would look completely different. Would somebody else have come up with the transition from Haitian voodoo zombies to flesh-eating ghoul zombies? Oh sure. Would it have gone down the same way? Nowhere close.

First, let’s go to August, where the 45th anniversary of the film brought Johnny and Barbra back to the cemetery where it all started. The video quality is crap, but hey, it’s sort of awesome this happened. (The crowd looks really, really thin, doesn’t it? Weird. Almost as weird as the fact the vid won’t let me center it. Oh well.)

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:01+00:00 October 31st, 2013|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 7: The Undying Monster!

Undying Monster

Day 7 of 32 Days of Halloween we’ve done some fun with anthologies, so this year is no different. Tales From the Darkside was George Romero‘s entry into the TV anthology series. Apparently, since Creepshow was a success, it could have been made into a series–but Warner Brothers owned the rights to that specifically. So if you strip out the comic-y nature of that film but keep the EC Comics feel, you get Tales. It lasted four seasons and I did really enjoy the intro, in which the magic of flipping a camera to negative was still amazing. At some point, I did the same thing with my parents’ video camera while I was filming some piece of parody nonsense.

This is the pilot episode, “Trick or Treat.” Scribed by Romero himself, it was directed by Bob Balaban (Close Encounters) and stars the normally-kindly Barnard Hughes as Gideon and ALF’s dad, Max Wright, as Mr. Kimble. If you don’t recognize Hughes by his voice alone, then you need to go and refresh your knowledge of 80s films.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:10+00:00 October 6th, 2013|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 32: You Know What Time It Is

Duane Jones from Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Year Six of 32 Days of Halloween has reached its close. Our special thanks to everybody who’s contributed, suggested and just enjoyed this madness that we’ve been doing for six long years. As always, the final movie night goes to Night of the Living Dead, the original accept-no-remakes zombie film from the mind of George Romero classic. The film that pretty much defined the genre we all know and love. Without this film, you get no Shaun of the Dead, no Walking Dead, and none of your fun zombie video games. So show some respect, grab some popcorn and enjoy.

Maybe we’ll do this again next year.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:08+00:00 October 31st, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Kickstarter Kthursday #6: Zombie Docu, Dice Rings & the iFlask

Doc of the Dead

So it’s not news that one of the principles that Need Coffee lives by is: “If it’s undead and bleeds, it leads.” We’re zombie fiends here and we’re not ashamed of that fact. So when somebody wants to make a documentary about the rise of zombies in pop culture–and what looks to be a comprehensive and damn good one, too–we take notice.

It’s Doc of the DeadSimon Pegg and George Romero are already interviewed for the thing…and for my part, I want to back it just so I can lay hands upon the footage of the “unique trans-generational zombie town hall meeting featuring George A. Romero, Max Brooks (World War Z) and Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies), in partnership with Mr. Romero himself, the Denver Film Society and the Mile High Horror Film Festival.”

I know, right? For more info you can check out the official site and the Kickstarter is here. The Kickstarter vid which includes their first trailer comes after the jump:

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:13+00:00 October 25th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: David Lynch Presents The Tom & Jerry Movie

Mouse drumming in hell

Each week we like to lead off with something that makes your head spin around. A little disorientation, our researchers have found, helps with the ability to make it through the work week relatively intact.

So The Daily What states this is a Keyboard Cat video directed by David Lynch. I’ll take it one further–this is the lost demo reel for The Tom & Jerry Movie, directed by Lynch. At the end of the film, because they have been so mean to each other and so wantonly destructive of property, they are condemned to an entire of being the backing band for a bad Slim Pickens impersonator who sings for an audience of damned children.

P.S. I’d like to also point out that the first video that comes up on YouTube for me after watching this is of an exorcism. YouTube…it’s smarter than you think it is.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:33:29+00:00 January 23rd, 2012|Mental Sorbet|1 Comment

32 Days of Halloween V, Movie Night No. 32: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Happy Halloween 2011 by Rox of Spazhouse

Fantastic image by Rox of Spazhouse.

We’ve reached the fifth year of 32 Days of Halloween. Thanks to everybody who came out, who contributed, who suggested things, the whole nine yards. If you enjoy this sort of thing and want to see it continue for Year 6, may we humbling suggest you check out options to help support the site at either our Support or Sponsorship pages. It’s quick and easy to do and it goes a long way towards keeping the site alive.

We’re at our final movie night. And every year, Halloween night belongs to a single film: Night of the Living Dead. The original George Romero classic. The film without which we wouldn’t have zombies as we know them today. Enjoy. And thanks again.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:35:49+00:00 October 31st, 2011|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments