32 Days of Halloween X, Day 12: Chosen Survivors!

Chosen Survivors

Today, let’s go back to Vincent Price and his days of (sometimes) personally interacting with situations filled with mystery and horror. Yes, it’s The Price of Fear, his radio show from the 70s and 80s. The whole “Price getting caught up in the fiction” business makes me wish somebody would have created a TV show where Price went around solving mysteries, playing himself. And then maybe he could share a recipe before the closing credits. Regardless, here are two more episodes, “Is Anybody There?” and “Specialty of the House.”

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By | 2017-10-11T23:17:47+00:00 October 11th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

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

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 IX, Day 28: Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Kids today…I don’t think they appreciate how far we’ve come with Halloween costume technology. As you will see in what we have below, a Woolworth’s commercial from 1977, you weren’t so much going as the thing you wanted to go as…but more the idea of it. And in some cases, you weren’t even really going as it…notice the Superman costume has a cheap red mask involved. The Toys R Us commercial from 1985 isn’t much improvement.

So all you kids with your tiny muscle outfits and your molded plastic (that doesn’t slice your eyeballs) and such, watch these and appreciate living in the future.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:46+00:00 October 27th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 25: The Unknown (1927)

Lon Chaney in The Unknown (1927)

Vincent Price was a true renaissance man. In addition to acting, he was a connoisseur of art and also of food. I believe we’ve discussed before the series of albums he released going over various world cuisines and providing recipes. Here, however, is a completely different sort of recipe: for a nice dish called “The Hand of Glory.”

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

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 16: This is Vincent Price’s Life

Vincent Price: This is Your Life

Previously we posted the This is Your Life episode with Boris Karloff. Well, now it appears that the Vincent Price episode has become available online. Amusing mostly to watch the shift from bewildered to slightly taken aback to delighted as Price moves through the proceedings. Kids ask your parents, but the whole idea was to ambush celebrities and then bring them in to have people from their past trotted out to say a few words. In case it’s not clear, the first man from the past for Price was Hans Conried.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:01+00:00 October 15th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments