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

Headsup: Twilight Zone Sets Galore!

twilight-zone-complete-series-dvd

Out now from CBS/Paramount are multiple Twilight Zone sets just in time for holiday shopping.  They have large, medium, and small options, with pricing to match pretty much any budget if you have over $5 to splurge on a gift (or yourself).  Here they are from large to small:

LARGE:

The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension – Perfect for the mega-fan, this is a limited edition 41-disc (yes, you read that correctly) DVD box set.  It includes both the original series and the one from the 1980s as well as more than twenty hours of bonus features.  It is currently available on Amazon for $159.99.

The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series – This 25-disc DVD set includes all 156 episodes of the original series.  No bonus features on this one, but you still get to see your favorite storylines and guest stars (including Ron Howard, Burt Reynolds, Carol Burnett, and about half of the Star Trek cast members) along with some pretty awesome box art so it looks snazzy on the shelf.  You can get this one on Amazon for $46.95.

The Twilight Zone: Definitive Editions – The Definitive Editions DVD series features both single seasons and a complete series set.  On Amazon, the Complete Series (28-disc) set goes for $95.99.  Special features include radio dramas and interviews with the cast and crew as well as audio commentaries.

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32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 3: Twilight Zone Double Feature!

Rod Serling with film projector

Ah, The Twilight Zone. The most famous and influential dark sci-fi/fantasy TV anthology show of all time. How we love you. And generally, this night has been when we throw two back to back episodes at you. Most of our traditions have collapsed since, well, we’ve been doing this for eight goddamn years and you tend to run out of items of a particular flavor. But Rod Serling brought us the gift that keeps on giving. And if when you watch episodes like these you think, “Hey, I’ve seen that before.” It’s because Serling and company, in a huge number of situations, got there first.

We have two classics for you: first, the original “Eye of the Beholder,” written by Serling and remade for the CBS revival in 2003. Then “Five Characters in Search of an Exit,” again written by Serling but adapted from a story by Marvin Petal. This would go on, apparently, to inspire the cleverly mental feature film Cube in 1997.

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32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 19: Invasion of the Bee Girls!

Invasion of the Bee Girls

Tonight, before we get to the madness of our feature presentation, we pay a visit the 1980s reworking of The Twilight Zone, to one of my favorites of that series. It’s “Nightcrawlers,” the answer to what would have happened had Stephen King been the author of First Blood. (It was based, actually, on a short story by Robert R. McCammon.) Incidentally, the trooper is played by James Whitmore Jr. Yes, son of Shawshank Redemption‘s James Whitmore.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:05+00:00 October 18th, 2013|32 Days of Halloween|2 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 13: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

Le Chien des Baskerville

Well, today’s been a fairly crap day. We had to say goodbye to our very own Hellpuppy Kora, after an extended battle with cancer. In her honor and memory, we present an array of hound-related media for your enjoyment.

We begin with a cheese-ridden favorite: Zoltan: Hound of Dracula, in which man’s best friend becomes man’s best fiend. It’s sort of like Benji but with more vampires. After that trailer, we switch over to a given: the Twilight Zone most appreciated by animal lovers everywhere–“The Hunt.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:07+00:00 October 12th, 2013|32 Days of Halloween|1 Comment

32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 3: The Old Man in the Cave & Death Ship

Death Ship: Twilight Zone

Day 3’s feature presentation has normally been The Twilight Zone as a twofer, but we’ll get to that in a moment. The first bit of audio we have for you today is an outtake from Michael Jackson and Vincent Price’s studio time for “Thriller.” It’s obvious they were able to trim the truly cringe-worthy bits of Vincent’s “rap,” but here you get an additional verse of it. It would be really terrible stuff but Vincent sounds like he’s having a blast. So like tons of other sub-par material, he saves it.

Then next, an appearance by Boris Karloff on Spike Jones’ show from 1949. The whole thing is about twenty-four minutes long, but if you’re pressed for time, skip to 18:55 in for the high point of Karloff’s involvement. If anything, it makes me wish we had more of Karloff doing comedy…because he’s excellent. Wish somebody had thought to record him as Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace.

You can find both of those goodies after the jump.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:11+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 3: Double Feature in the Zone!

William Shatner from The Twilight Zone: Nick of Time

That’s right…Movie Night #3 isn’t a movie at all but a double feature of episodes from one of the most badassed designed-with-Halloween in mind shows ever: The Twilight Zone. Your episodes tonight…well, when The Shat isn’t freaking out on a plane he’s hanging out in a small town, getting his fortune told by a freaky devil-headed gadget. You don’t need me to tell you that things can’t end well when you follow that. Then we go to Dick York, who gets a certain extra ability when a rare occurrence happens.

Both brilliant. And the Blu-Ray boxed set is brilliant too. Normally I’d be the first to tell you to snag the DVD since it’s cheaper–but they had to be bastards and load the Blu-Rays up with scads of extra features. They’re evil like that. It’s pricey. But damn, is it awesome.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:47+00:00 October 2nd, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #162: Down the Road That We Must Travel

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that just can’t be content to leave the past in the past. If bad pop culture was Karloff’s Mummy, this podcast would be dumb enough to break the seal on the tomb. I think that’s what I’m really trying to say here. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Cayenne pepper

Agenda:

  • Degrees of basketball fandom
  • Aaron vs. Poland. Plus researching jokes.
  • Inuit racism
  • Ukraine vs. The Boy Scouts
  • Places boys can laugh at in Ireland
  • Words With Friends breakups
  • Game of Thrones
  • Mockingbird Lane
  • Grimm
  • Bring It On in Broadway
  • Queer Eye for the Straight Tent
  • The Fate of Mr. Mister
  • Elementary preview
  • Rock Lobster saves us! Not really.
  • DJing for fifth graders.
  • Mad Men discussion! Sorta.
  • World War Z, Twilight Zone and anthology shows
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:31:27+00:00 June 8th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|2 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: The Trouble With Holy Whatever Batman Jokes is That They Were All Used Up By 1978

    Adam West and bomb from Batman

    Some sites want to rephrase every press release they get. And post every photo. As the philosopher once said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” Here’s all the pop culture news you actually need in a single post. Enjoy.

  • Trying to get this up as quickly as possibly because I know there are a few Star Trek: Next Generation fans out there. The Blu-Ray Motion Picture Collection is the deal of the day at Amazon. It’s 62% off the list price at present, clocking in at $26.49. That’s today only and while stocks last. Good luck.
  • Well, they’ve finally worked out the Batman merchandising. And by that, I mean the 60s television series. And by that I mean that they’ve been limited as to what they could do with merch since they didn’t have a deal in place to use the likenesses of the actors and whatnot. I think I would be happy with an afforable Shakespeare bust, myself. But regardless, you can look for stuff to rollout quickly. Source: Variety.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:31:28+00:00 June 7th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments