Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 31

Happy Halloween!

Let's have a gif party!

I'll be stuck at the office all day, but I do plan on keeping TCM streaming in the background for the majority of it. Here's their full lineup (all times PST, but I think some of the ones that aired earlier may be available to stream on their app sometime today):

3:00 AM - Hands of a Stranger (1962)
4:30 AM - Dementia 13 (1963)
6:00 AM - Cat People (1942)
7:15 AM - Carnival of Souls (1962)
8:45 AM - Spirits of the Dead (1968)
11:00 AM - From Beyond the Grave (1973)
1:00 PM - Black Sabbath (1963)
3:00 PM - Dead of Night (1945)
5:00 PM - House of Wax (1953)
6:45 PM - Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
8:15 PM - The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
10:00 PM - House on Haunted Hill (1958)
11:30 PM - Theatre of Blood (1973)
1:30 AM - The Last Man on Earth (1964)

As you can see, at five, they're starting their final Horror Stars night, featuring Vincent Price, who I paid plenty of tribute to last week. I promised a rant about their Horror Stars programming, but let's keep it light, it's Halloween after all! So I'll just say: four weeks, and not one night devoted to a scream queen?  No Barbara Steele? No Jamie Lee Curtis? No Fay Wray? Do better TCM!

With that out of the way, I want to wish you a very happy and spooky Halloween. Thanks to all of you who stopped by, especially those who left comments. (I read them all! Even if I didn't have time to respond to any of them, do know I appreciated it!)

And a hearty shout out to the creators of the Countdown, and all its other participants. (Have some fun today by doing a little virtual trick or treating and visit some on the other blogs on the list.) Every year I tell myself I'm crazy for participating (no time!) but every year, I'm glad I did. I deeply appreciate the continued existence of the Countdown.

Until next year, keep on screaming!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 30

No, it's not "Alien Vs Predator," I promise

Here's a movie I've never heard of, despite it starring Dennis Christopher from Breaking Away and Fade to Black, Martin Hewitt from the original Endless Love (what ever happened to him? Aside from this?), and Lynn-Holly Johnson of Ice Castles fame.

The plot involves Skylab crashing and the resulting alien invasion of a Spanish town, and...that's probably all that needs to be said about that.

It's being aired as The Falling on Comet at 10PM, but it was also released as Alien Predators. I'm not sure the movie itself is worth watching, but this trailer definitely is!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 29

Pictured: Baby, and NOT a baby mama

Today is/was Scary Kids Day on TCM. (It started really, really early in the morning.)

Here is/was the line-up:

3:30AM - The Curse of the Cat People
4:45AM - The Bad Seed
7:00AM -  Children of the Damned
10:15AM - Village of the Damned

Of course all of the above films are worth watching, though The Curse of the Cat People is definitely my favorite of the bunch. Because of that, I couldn't help but notice a whopping error in the essay about the film on TCM's site. To wit:

Picking up where Cat People left off, we now find that Oliver Reed (Kent Smith) has remarried and has a six-year-old daughter, Amy (Ann Carter), by his late wife, Irena (Simone Simon).

Amy isn't Oliver's child with his first wife, Irena! His first wife (spoiler alert!) dies before they ever sleep together. And that whole not-being-able-to-sleep-together thing? Is kind of the movie's KEY plot point!

So, no, Amy is NOT Irena's daughter in the movie, and I think Alice would (and does!) take offense at even the implication. See below.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 28

If you've been watching Fox, you may have seen some commercials disguised as short films this Halloween. They've been dubbed "Bite Size Horror," and they're....OK I guess. By the nature of their medium I supposed they can't be truly scary. You can watch all of them here.

To me, none of them are as creepy and disorienting as this Snickers commercial from a few years back that is supposed to be funny, but is actually the stuff of nightmares.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 27

It's the third season premiere of the latest incarnation of Creature Features (did you see the recent article about the show in SF Weekly? Interesting stuff!), and they'll be showing 1933's The Vampire Bat, starring Fay Wray and Melvyn Douglas.

As the movie is barely an hour long, you can expect a lot of between-movie shenanigans will be filling out the two-hour time-slot, especially as they are promising a slight revamp of the series with this season. 10PM on TV20!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 26

Let's continue the Vincent Price appreciation with two Price pics, both airing on thisTV, starting at 12PM PST.

The first is War-Gods of the Deep, another AIP Edgar Allen Poe adaptation (the poem City in the Sea was the inspiration). Its biggest claim to fame is that it was the last film directed to Jacques Tourneur.

Costarring Tab Hunter and some gill men!

It's followed by a much better Poe adaptation, The Masque of the Red Death.

I can't guarantee the above trailer will run an ad for the new Suspiria movie before it like it did for me, but I will say, that's pretty appropriate, as Masque is almost as garishly colorful as the original Suspiria was.

And since we're on the subject of the Suspiria remake, here's a question: Why? If ever a movie was inexorably tied to a director and his aesthetic, it's the original Suspiria and Dario Argento. It's not the story that made it memorable.

Also, the remake is TWO AND A HALF HOURS LONG!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 25

I  ❤️ Vincent Price

Spoiler alert: Vincent Price will be TCM's Horror Star on Halloween night, but I have a bit of a rant planned surrounding that, (not about Price, but about the whole "Horror Star" thing). So I'll use today's post to praise Vincent Price. Or more accurately, Vincent Price impersonations, which are definitely in my top five fave celebrity impersonations

Here's a classic from comedian Dana Gould.

Gould's is pretty great, but I'm not sure anyone can top Bill Hader's. His Vincent Price holiday specials were always an SNL highlight.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 24

Goth goalz

 It's Horror Stars night on TCM, and tonight's star is Bela Lugosi.

I guess you can celebrate the career of Bela Lugosi by NOT airing Dracula or The Black Cat, but really TCM, what kind of celebration is that?

For what it's worth, here's what they are airing (all times PST):

5:00PM - White Zombie
6:15PM - Mark of the Vampire
7:30PM - Night Monster
9:00PM - The Human Monster
10:30PM - The Devil Bat
11:45PM - The Corpse Vanishes
1:00AM - Spooks Run Wild
2:15AM - Bowery at Midnight

And here's YouTube's rentable version of The Black Cat, just because.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 23

Time for some relaxing radioAAAAAAAGGGGHHHHH!

Let's move away from spooky things to watch, and over to spooky things to listen to. Specifically, spooky podcasts!

Here's two I enjoy and listen to regularly.

First, is Twelve Chimes It's Midnight, which, full disclosure, is produced by a friend of mine. The third season premieres tonight, which means you have two full seasons to catch up on in the meantime. It hearkens back to the glory days of radio dramas, with a voice cast, and original stories that are often humorous and always spooky.

You can subscribe via iTunes here.

And here's a live episode from earlier this month.

My other fave is The Truth, which, full disclosure (again), is produced, this time, by a friend of friend. It's been running for a number of years now, and their stories vary. Some are scary. Some delve more into the realm of science fiction. But they are always unusual and frequently unpredictable.

You can subscribe via iTune here.

And here's one of my favorite episodes, which I won't tell you anything about, lest I spoil its surprises. (Slightly NSFW for language.)

Monday, October 22, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 22

It's the 200th anniversary of the writing of Frankenstein, and TCM is celebrating by....not showing the 1931 Frankenstein or its sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein.


Here's what they are showing (all times PST):

6:00 PM Son of Frankenstein (1939)
8:00 PM Strange Life of Dr. Frankenstein (a new documentary about the book)
9:00 PM The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
10:30 PM Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
12:15 AM Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! (1970)