32 Days of Halloween X, Day 33: Voodoo Man!

Boris Karloff in Voodoo Man

No, not a hallucination. Not an alternate reality. It’s the 33rd day of 32 Days of Halloween, because it’s Thanksgiving, which I celebrate as 2nd Halloween. Trust me, it’s therapeutic. For our opening salvo of goodness, we have an episode of the anthology series Telephone Time from 1958. It stars Boris Karloff and if Wikipedia is right (which it always is) then this was a back door pilot for the never-broadcast Karloff-hosted The Veil. This is “The Vestris.”

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By | 2017-11-23T17:27:09+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Happy 2nd Halloween Everyone!

Happy 2nd Halloween
So today marks an American tradition. Not only is it the day that we celebrate everything that we’re thankful for by stuffing ourselves with ridiculous amounts of food but it’s the official start of a holiday season filled with family, family discord and other sources of unnecessary stress. (Please note: I realize you probably started seeing Xmas directions back in July, but I’m talking about the official start.)

Three Halloweens is my own particular way of dealing with this mayhem. Thanks to this brilliant suggestion by The Oatmeal, instead of being said that Halloween disappears November 1st, I have two more Halloweens to look forward to! It has saved my sanity. I hope it helps you as well.

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By | 2017-11-23T09:55:53+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Stimuli|0 Comments

Black Phoenix Halloween 2017

Black Phoenix Halloween 2017

I don’t know if I should be worried or impressed that the bunny is scarier

I’m getting worried about our dear leader, Widgett Walls. I sent him a email saying my post about the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Halloween perfumes would be late, he said I have pretty of time because we’re coming up on Second Halloween. I spent like a half an hour trying to remind him that it’s actually Thanksgiving. He has taken The Oatmeal’s suggestion WAY too seriously. I know the last couple of years haven’t been easy but I am concerned. Mostly that I might have to take over if Widge “takes a vacation” and I don’t need that kind of pressure.

(Widge’s Note: Too Seriously? He has NO idea… Moohoohahaha.)

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By | 2017-11-22T04:32:52+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

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 X, Day 31: Tentacles!

Tentacles (1977)

For the 31st day of our madness, we’ve decided to go out with the potential for some seriously lethal hugs. It’s the 1977 flick Tentacles, and the notion of a killer octopus reminds me of course of It Came from Beneath the Sea. And of course that film makes me think Harryhausen. So let’s start off with a short bit of Harryhausen lore, from his work on Mysterious Island.

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By | 2017-10-30T23:36:24+00:00 October 30th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 30: Raw Meat!

Raw Meat (1972)

So as we draw towards the final stretch of 32 Days of Halloween–our tenth year, Gods help us–it becomes a struggle to find the good stuff that we want to make sure we include. It sort of shifts–at the beginning, you wonder if you’re going to have enough stuff. At the end, you realize there’s too damn much. Sort of like life, really. So that’s why after the selection of our feature film, it was easy to post this episode of This Is Your Life, featuring Christopher Lee and a ridiculous amount of talent coming out to talk about him. Priceless stuff.

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By | 2017-10-29T23:38:08+00:00 October 29th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 28: The Lady and the Monster!

Lady and the Monster (1944)

Things just wouldn’t feel right around here without posting something available that stars Burgess Meredith. Thus we go to 1953 and the anthology series Tales of Tomorrow, which has a fantastic opening sequence to kick things off. Then what follows is “The Great Silence.” Why are people losing the ability to speak? An illiterate mountain man is about to find out.

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By | 2017-10-28T06:26:26+00:00 October 27th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments