Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Hate to See You Go, But I Love to Watch You Leave!

Ya'll come back now, ya hear!
In the hopes that some of my Countdown to Halloween visitors may stop by from time to time, figured I'd tell people where they can read more of my stuff!

I'm the movie critic for, and post new reviews there every Friday; come on by! This Friday I'll have a review of Doctor Strange, and next Friday I'll have one for Arrival. Here's the archive of all my past reviews and columns.

I also write a column called Ask a San Francisco Native. Have any burning questions you'd like to ask someone who was born, raised, and still lives in San Francisco? Send one my way!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 31

Let's light those jack o'lanterns one more time! 

Happy Halloween!

I can't believe it's already here. I hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend, and are able to cap it off with some more treats this evening. I also want to thank everyone for stopping by this past month, and keeping this blog a little undead throughout the month of October. Thanks also to the creators of the blog-based Countdown to Halloween for keeping this going year after year. I hope to partake again in 2017.

As for today's Maniacal Movie offerings, as tends to be the case very often during October, TCM is really the place to be. They've been offering up spooky fare since the wee hours of the morning, and will continue on into the evening. Here's the rest of today's line-up, all times PST.

11:30 AM - Dead of Night (1945)
1:30 PM - House on Haunted Hill (1958)
3:00 PM - The Haunting (1963)
5:00 PM - The Devil's Bride (1968)
6:45 PM - The Mummy (1959)
8:30 PM - The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
10:15 PM - Scream of Fear (1961)
11:45 PM - The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1961)
1:30 AM - To the Devil, a Daughter (1976)

Of those, of course my pick would be The Haunting, a movie that still, after many viewings, creeps me out. Especially this scene.

Have a creepy, crawly, and safe Halloween! Just make sure you know whose hand your holding...

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 30

Trick or treat!
I can't let Halloween pass without a viewing of John Carpenter's Halloween, but as has been the case for the past several years, its only broadcast is on AMC, (tonight at 10PM) which is just intolerable because of the amount of commercial they shove into it. I was just watching a little bit of it right now, and they actually cut to a commercial as Laurie is walking up the stairs and about to find...well, for the two people who haven't seen the movie, I won't spoil it. I'll just say it's NOT the right place to stick in a happy commercial for a car.

I'm not sure why AMC has the monopoly on it and all its inferior sequels, but it IS available to stream via Amazon and iTunes, so at least there's that option. Luckily I have a nice Bluray I can watch, although I usually just end up watching the first half. I love how the movie is able to set up the mood of a brisk Halloween day, as it slowly turns in to night. If it wasn't for the all the green leaves, and a few palm trees here and there, you'd almost believe it wasn't filmed in Los Angeles.

OK fine, maybe it doesn't really look like a town in Illinois, but I still love it.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 29

I'm looking forward to tonight's Svengoolie because he'll be showing Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and I haven't see that movie in years.

I have seen it many times, but mainly when I was a kid, and Abbott and Costello movies were aired every weekend on a local channel. Watching all those movies is what lead to me having my weirdest celebrity crush. On Lou Costello.

Bela Lugosi only played Dracula twice on screen, in the original film, and in this, which is a pretty weird thing to realize, when he is so strongly identified with the character. Boris Karloff does NOT play Frankenstein's monster, but did join the duo the following year in Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff.

Svengoolie airs at 10PM on MeTV. Until then enjoy some bloopers from the filming.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 28

Now this is my kind of party!
TCM is airing a full night of classic horror movies that includes Dracula, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, and The Wolf Man.

But my personal pic is 1934's The Black Cat, directed by B-movie legend, Edgar Ulmer, and starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. It's an amazingly beautiful movie, with insane art deco sets, and a kind of looney plot that bears little resemblance to the Edgar Allan Poe story it was "based" on.

You can watch it at 10:30PM on TCM, or right here, though I can guarantee you that TCM's copy of the movie will be a lot better.

And here's the evening's complete line-up.

5:00 PM - Dracula (1931)
6:30 PM - The Mummy (1932)
8:00 PM - The Invisible Man (1933)
9:15 PM - The Wolf Man (1941)
10:30 PM - The Black Cat (1934)
11:45 PM - The Uninvited (1944)
1:30 AM - Island of Lost Souls (1933)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 27

It's almost Halloween, which means it's just about time for a viewing of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, wouldn't you say?

It's on BBC America at 1:30PM, and can also be streamed via Amazon Prime.

Here's that famous trailer where Hitch gives a tour of the crime scenes, and Vera Miles stands in for Janet Leigh, letting out that final scream in the shower.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 26

I want to suck your a minute. I have to sit down first.
Billy the Kid vs. Dracula is one of those movies that exists simply because the title makes you go, "Huwhat?!" John Carradine plays Dracula, and I guess he became a count in his later years, because he's definitely not the "forever young" Dracula we're used to. Chuck Courtney is Billy the Kid. It was filmed in "Shockorama," whatever that is!

Watch it at 11:15PM on GetTV.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 25

Ahh c'mon, gimme a hug!
Late late tonight, at 1:40AM, the Fox Movie Channel (didn't even know that was a channel, actually!) will be showing The Alligator People. Although, if I remember it correctly, there's only one alligator person in it, so the title is a bit misleading. Also, the alligator person doesn't have a tail, so really, he's only half-a-gator.

But whatever! Beverly Garland is in it, so it's worth watching, which you can also do right here, right now!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 24

Well, we're down to the final stretch: Just one more week until Halloween! And TCM has an appropriate day lined up for it, full of nothing but Christopher Lee Dracula movies, starting at 5PM (PST). Here's the complete line-up:

5:00 PM - Horror of Dracula (1958)
6:30 PM - Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1965)
8:15 PM - Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)
10:00 PM - Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
11:45 PM - Scars of Dracula (1970)
1:30 AM - Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

In my opinion, the first one, Horror of Dracula, remains the best one. I'm not sure if TCM is airing the restored version, but they tend to be pretty good about stuff like that. We'll see.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 23

Gee, your hair smells terrific!
He may look like Dracula, but don't be fooled! In The Return of the Vampire Bela Lugosi plays a bloodsucker named Armand Tesla, because Universal wasn't about to let him play Count Dracula in a Columbia picture. Still, he's got the cape, he's got the accent, and he's got the fangs. It's about as convincing a disguise as Mr. Hilter.

Watch the movie at 8PM on GetTV, whatever that is, which is on channel 187 on Comcast.