Saturday, October 20, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 20

"A Netflix remake that's being called 'This Is Us' with ghosts? NO!!!!!! HOLD ME!"

1963's The Haunting is one of those rare movies that is as good as, and maybe even in some ways better, than its source material, in this case, Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House. I basically recommend a viewing every Halloween. Consider this entry that.

Netflix recently launched a TV series based on the book (loosely based, I should add). It's also called The Haunting of Hill House, and all episodes are available to stream now.

I've only watched one episode, and I'm intrigued enough to continue. But I will say I didn't find anything in the first episode as scary as anything in the 1963 movie. There's an annoying tendency to loudly ANNOUNCE scares with loud music or sounds. Still, it sets up an interesting premise: Every family has ghosts. They just aren't always the kind that walk through walls...


Friday, October 19, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 19

It's Friday, and as I said last Friday, that means it's Perennial Favorites Day. So let's talk Halloween.

I definitely watch the original Halloween every year, even if it's more of a "playing in the background while I do other things" kind of watching. But this year there's an added bonus: a direct sequel starring Jamie Lee Curtis was released today, and I have a review of it you can read over on my sister site,!

This sequel is set in a world where none of the other sequels (including Halloween II, and Halloween H20) exist, basically picking up 40 years after the events of the first film. Being that I never bothered to watch the majority of the sequels, or any of the reboots, I didn't have a problem with that.

I think it's a film most die-hard fans of the original are going to enjoy....

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 18

Halloween is just not Halloween without at least one viewing of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown which you can watch at 8PM tonight on ABC. Since I do include this every year, I'm going to to crib from myself and quote last year's entry:

Watching Peanuts specials as an adult makes you realize how inherently odd it is that there are no adults around. What kind of parent lets a kid spend the night in a freezing pumpkin patch? In the Thanksgiving special, all the kids end up at Charlie Brown's house for an early dinner, and then his grandmother's house, which when you think about it is pretty sad, right? Either they have no parents, or no parents that care enough to actually spend Thanksgiving with them.

So no wonder Linus has created an imaginary deity that will appear to him on Halloween and show him the kindness missing from his home life. And sure, Lucy does eventually rescue him from a death by hypothermia, but before that she stabs a pumpkin to death in front of him. The horror!

In what has become a tradition, it is followed at 8:30PM by the Pixar special Toy Story of TERROR! which is one of the better modern holiday specials to make it into yearly rotation. It deserves accolades for this moment alone.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 17

It's Wednesday, so it's Horror Stars Day on TCM. Today's star is Boris Karloff, though the line-up is, sadly,  Frankenstein-free. So to make up for that, here's a picture of Karloff in his makeup, enjoying a nice cuppa.

As for the actual line-up, if you can only watch one, make it The Old Dark House. All times PST.

5:00 PM - The Old Dark House (1932)
6:30 PM -  The Walking Dead
7:45 PMIsle of the Dead  
9:15 PM - Bedlam
10:45 PM -  Die, Monster, Die!
12:15 AM -  The Sorcerers
2:00 AM -  The Terror

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 16

There was a time in my life when I watched a lot of Adult Swim, but that almost feels like a life lived by someone else; like some kind of dream. Who was I?!

Since I haven't watched anything on it in a number of years, I've only stumbled across their weird horror shorts by accident. The one I distinctly remember watching right after it aired was Unedited Footage of a Bear, which is not that, and is also not the infomercial it eventually turns into.

I think that one was actually preceded by Too Many Cooks, which begins like a sitcom title sequence and ends like your worst nightmare.

And there's This House Has People In It, which I hadn't heard of until this week. It's kind of like Paranormal Activity, in that its comprised of footage from house and security cameras and...

Well, that's actually where the similarity ends because Paranormal Activity was terrible, and this is much, much weirder.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 15

The 1974 AIP film Madhouse stars Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, with the "participation" of Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone, even though by 1974 both of them had been dead for years. That "participation" is just clips from some of their films, as Price's character is a horror movie actor famous for playing a madman, who goes....MAD! You can watch it on the thisTV channel (!?) at 5pm.

In the meantime, can you take the trailer? CAN YOU?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 14

Mummy may I?

Today's mummy movie line-up on TCM goes the comedic route, with Abbott and Costello, Wheeler and Woolsey, and robot and mummy. All times PST.

5:00 PM - Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
6:30 PM - Mummy's Boys (1936)
7:45 PM - The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (1958)

The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy was also an early Joel episode of MST3K, which you can watch here.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 13

This is for the ten people who will recognize it.

Saturday night is horror movie host night in the Bay Area, with Svengoolie at 8PM on MeTV, and Creature Features (or "Creature Feature" as my TiVo seems to think it's called sometimes) at 10PM on KOFY.

Of the two hosts, Svengoolie is probably the less annoying, as he at least knows a lot about the movies he's hosting. Meanwhile, Creature Features host Vincent Van Dahl's gimmick is a bad British accent and awkward interviewing skills.

But I'll take what I can get. May the horror movie hosts never die off completely!

Not sure what's on Creature Features, but Svengoolie will be airing 1944's Cry of the Werewolf.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 12

When you're turned down for that loan you were hoping for.

I'm declaring Fridays "Perennial Favorites Day," and today's yearly Halloween re-watch belongs to Carnival of Souls, the only feature film by writer, director, and co-star Herk Harvey. (He plays the leader of the spooky souls haunting the heroine.)

Part of the movie, including it's finale, was filmed in Salt Lake City, at the Saltair Pavilion. I got to check out a later version of that Pavilion during a cross country trip in 2002, and while it had been rebuilt since the film was made in 1962, I'm pretty sure it was still haunted...

You can actually watch Carnival of Souls on the Retro channel tomorrow night, but it's also available via YouTube, so why not perk up your Friday and treat yourself to a viewing?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 11

The Virgin Mary. Don't leave home without it!

The creepy little horror movie Don't Leave Home opened in limited release last month, and is now available to stream via on Amazon. If you like miniatures, sketchy Catholic priests, and Ireland, this might just be the movie for you!

You can read my full review on my other site,