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 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 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 | 2017-09-24T22:24:57+00:00 October 21st, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|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 | 2017-09-24T22:24:59+00:00 October 16th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 14: The Creeping Flesh!

Creeping Flesh (1973)

First up for tonight, we go to your friends and ours, Mitchell & Webb, for a brief interpretation of Dracula as delivered through their madness. I think I’d like to see David Mitchell be the protagonist in some insane horror movie, pretty much played the way he plays it here. This is from their radio series, That Mitchell & Webb Sound.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:00+00:00 October 13th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 22: The Beast Must Die!

Beast Must Die

As Day 22 is Peter Cushing Day, that means it’s time for the 1974 werewolf film from Amicus: The Beast Must Die. Like a lot of genre films, a very rich individual invites a bunch of people over to his place to hang out…but he has a hidden agenda. The film comes complete with the gimmick of “The Werewolf Break,” a pause in which you have a chance to reflect and decide who in the film is the werewolf, since that’s the mystery at hand. (Although I think other films might do well with a “Werewolf Break,” like Pearl Harbor or Cars 2.) Alongside Cushing, other suspects include Michael Gambon and Charles Gray (Rocky Horror). Good luck in your detective work…

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:58+00:00 October 21st, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments