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 | 2017-09-24T22:25:56+00:00 October 25th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween V, Day 32: Paul Frees Sings!

Paul Frees

If there’s one thing I love, it’s the voice of Paul Frees. He handled everything from the Haunted Mansion to Hardware Wars to Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. But somehow I missed this. And it’s shown up in time to make the cut–and it’s fitting it closes out our short form stuff for 32 Days this year.

It’s his album, Paul Frees and the Poster People. I didn’t even know it existed, but it’s him singing in many of the voices he was known for doing impersonations of. I’ve snagged four for you to peruse: Peter Lorre, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Sydney Greenstreet. The latter one made Rox chortle wildly, so there you have it.

This album is woefully out of print…which blows my mind, honestly. If you can find it for less than $20 on vinyl, snag it without thinking twice.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:35:50+00:00 October 31st, 2011|32 Days of Halloween|1 Comment

32 Days of Halloween IV, Day 17: Kurt Russell & The Osmonds at The Haunted Mansion

Young Kurt Russell and an Osmond at the Haunted Mansion

It’s no secret that here at Need Coffee, whether it’s 32 Days of Halloween or otherwise, we’re big fans of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. We post about it in October whenever we can. That’s why it’s pretty awesome to find this snippet of Disney‘s Wonderful World of Color, which takes you behind the scenes of the creation of the attraction. Sure, it’s filled with puns and Osmonds (and remember, this is back when Kurt Russell was doing a lot of work for Disney–if this is truly the debut of the Mansion then we’re talking 1969) and people narrating what’s happening like they’re either recording a radio show or written by Chris Claremont but it’s still pretty cool. Especially when you see the archaic means by which they worked the animatronics. Would love to see an updated backstage tour…anybody have one?
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By | 2017-09-24T22:47:19+00:00 October 16th, 2010|32 Days of Halloween|2 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IV, Movie Night No. 13: Earth vs. The Flying Saucers

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

Movie Night #13 is traditionally our celebration of sci-fi mayhem. And when you’re looking for some of that classic sci-fi craziness, you need look no further than the 1956 classic, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor (and you know, the rest of humanity) vs. the aliens!

And just any aliens…ones piloting flying saucers running on pure Harryhausen. Sweet.

Our previous experience in this arena is Phantom From Space (last year’s pick), then before that it was Devil Girl From Mars and then Year One we were having fun with giant ants–the original and fantastic Them!
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By | 2017-09-24T22:47:27+00:00 October 12th, 2010|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween III, Day 32: Odds and Ends

Hitchhiking ghosts

Wow. As always with these things, I can’t believe we’re nearing the finish line for 32 Days of Halloween PART III. It’s our third year of doing this, so thanks to everybody for coming out–and for being receptive to the addition of all the daily audio bits. Yes, we’ve got one more movie to go this evening (three guesses as to what it is) and an audio finale I’ll post later today. As always, on our way out the door with this, it’s time for some lovely bits of miscellanea that we couldn’t stick anywhere else.

First up, it’s quite possibly the most surreal and spoooky episode of The Dating Game ever. You’ll quickly ascertain why. And check out that outfit. Seriously, WTF? And also–the bachelors are scarier than the special guest. Which takes work.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:57:48+00:00 October 31st, 2009|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween II, Day 32: Odds and Ends

Thurl Ravenscroft and Paul Frees Haunted Mansion busts

Christ, I can’t believe it’s over already. 32 Days of Halloween PART 2 is about to draw to a close. I’d like to thank everybody who turned out to see our parade of weirdness, I’d like to thank everybody who sent in stuff and the staff, especially Rox, Rob and Scott. Still one more movie to go–and I bet you can guess what it is–but for now, here’s some bits that I couldn’t fit in anywhere else and I felt you should have them before we close for another year.

First up, “Uncle” Vincent hosts something for the kiddies. Is there anybody who wouldn’t want Vincent Price to read you a story? Is there an audio collection of the masters of horror reading fairy tales? If not, WHY NOT?
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By | 2017-09-24T23:10:15+00:00 October 31st, 2008|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Something Odd #57

Previously…on Something Odd. Orvil and Eye have decided to celebrate saving the world from green space pigs by turning their apartment into Disneyworld. This has pissed off Sig, who has brought his date, Judy, home for some implied nookie, only to find a giant tea cup from Disneyworld, purchased via eBay, dominating their den. Judy has decided to hang out in the tea cup and Sig retires to the balcony, only to find that Satan has joined the party.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:13:54+00:00 August 18th, 2008|Something Odd|0 Comments

Super President: His Power Was Born in a Cosmic Storm

Super-President

You know, I used to think that I had a pretty good grasp on the breadth and width of scary retro animation. However, it seems that every single week, some new piece of terrifying stuff comes up. Case in point: Super President from 1967. I mean…wow, I would love to see some more of this.

It’s Paul Frees giving the narration here obviously (and apparently he was the voice of the titular character as well, according to Wikipedia) and it’s an American president given superpowers. You know, sort of like Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina on blotter acid, only totally different.

Opening and closing credits plus groovy musical wonderment after the break.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:29:00+00:00 August 1st, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments