Thursday, October 31, 2019

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 31

It's midnight, which makes it officially Halloween, so why not get this movie party started early?

First, I want to thank everyone for stopping by on the daily, and to John at the Halloween Countdown for keeping it going year after year. Every October I tell myself I'm crazy for participating, and every year I'm happy I did. I hope to see you all the same time in 2020!

As for today, it will come as no surprise when I say TCM is the place to be, all day and all night. But for those who can't "be there," I'll try to offer some viewing options below. So, here's the lineup, and where available, some full movies to watch!

Happy Halloween!

3:45 AM - Freaks (1932) (full movie below)

5:00 AM - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

6:45 AM - The Bat (1959) (full movie below)

8:15 AM - House on Haunted Hill (1958) (full movie below)

10:00 AM - From Beyond the Grave (1973)

11:45 AM - Black Sabbath (1963) (full movie below, Italian with English subtitles)

1:30 PM - Chamber of Horrors (1966)

3:15 PM - House of Wax (1953)

5:00 PM - Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

6:30 PM - The Devil-Doll (1936)

8:00 PM - House of Usher (1960)

9:30 PM - Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

11:00 PM - The Haunted Palace (1963)

12:45 AM - Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

2:15 AM - The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 30

Holy friggin moly, it's only one more day till Halloween! I wish I could just hunker down for the next two days watching scary movies, but stupid things like life and work are getting in the way.

For those who DO have time, TCM has you covered. Tonight they're offering Val Lewton and Jacques Tourner classics, as well as Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and two of Roger Corman's best.

Here's the lineup, some trailers, and one full movie!

7:30 PM - Cat People (1942)

8:45 PM - I Walked With a Zombie (1943)

10:00 PM - The Walking Dead (1936)

11:15 PM - Mark of the Vampire (1935)

12:30 AM - Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

1:45 AM - A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 29

As we near the end of the countdown, I think it's proper to pay ode to a work of non-fiction that has had, perhaps, the biggest influence on my life.

I am speaking, of course, about The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film by Michael Weldon.

Above is my copy, which is pretty beat up, but in a lot better condition than the first copy I ever read, which my family got the year it was released, in 1983. I believe that copy is held together with tape and kept in a ziplock bag. Since 1983 The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film has been my go to whenever I want to learn about some obscure "psychotronic" movie. (Welden released a sequel in 1996 called The Psychotronic Video Guide, which is usually my go to for reading about relevant movies released after 1982.)

I've often wondered where Weldon ended up, and turns out he owns a store in Augusta, Georgia called Psychotronic Records, and now I have a reason to go to Augusta, Georgia. (He also has a website, though it hasn't been updated in several years, and seems to post frequently on Facebook.)

Here's a video from back in the 1980's featuring Weldon bemoaning the gentrification of 42nd street.

There's also some kind of documentary in the works, though I don't see many updates about it on their Indiegogo page. The creators have offered up some video clips about Psychotronic's history, though. Enjoy.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 28

Rory Calhoun, doing what he does best

Motel Hell is a horror comedy about a farmer who uses his motel guests as livestock, and the way he preps them for the slaughter is truly the stuff of nightmares. You can watch it all at 10PM on the thisTV channel, or free on Vudu.

The farmer is played by Rory Calhoun, a name I can't hear without immediately thinking of Mr. Burns and The Simpsons.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 27

"Nobody believes me."
It's Sunday, so time for the final of the three movies I just have to watch every October, and it will probably come as no surprise to learn it's...Halloween.

Of course I mean the 1978 Halloween, and not last year's reboot/sequel, which is also called Halloween, and don't get me started on how that can just lead to Abbott and Costello levels of confusion when discussing the original and its sequels....

Costello: What's your favorite Halloween sequel?
Abbott: Halloween.
Costello: Right, what's your favorite sequel?
Costello: Yes, which one??? Halloween 2? Three? FOUR?
Abbott: YES IT IS!
Costello: NO IT ISN'T! *takes out knife, starts stabbing.*

And for the record, Halloween is the best Halloween sequel.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 26

Watching some Godzilla last night has me hankering for some MST3K versions, particularly Godzilla vs Megalon, because that crazy tail maneuver was featured in the opening credits for years. That episode is actually kind of hard to find, but DailyMotion does have it available in four parts. Enoy.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 25

It's the last Godzilla Friday of the year, which also means it's the last Godzilla Gif Party of the Countdown! Let's go go Godzilla!

Godzilla, I'm going to miss you most of all!

Here's tonight's lineup on TCM:

5:00 PM - Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
6:30 PM - Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
8:00 PM - Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
9:30 PM - The War of the Gargantuas (1966)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 24

If only David...if only

It's Thursday, which means it's another night of "Horror Classics" on TCM! Tonight's theme is the Undead. Here's the line-up:

5:00 PM - Horror of Dracula (1958)
6:30 PM - The Gorgon (1964)
8:15 PM - Plague of the Zombies (1966)
10:00 PM - The Night of the Living Dead (1968)
12:00 AM - The Hunger (1983)
4:45 AM - Nosferatu (1922)

Aside from the mythical Gorgon, the line-up is strictly zombies and vampires, and you can't go wrong with most of them, though I am of the opinion you could go wrong with the The Hunger, because it's a terrible movie that also has some very memorable scenes and effects. But the movie as a whole is pretty silly, and if you think I'm wrong I just need direct you to that ending, which doesn't make a lick of sense.

But as an example of the film's pros, I direct you to its opening credits, which features Bauhaus and the immortal song Bela Lugosi's Dead. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 23

Season two of Castle Rock premieres on Hulu today, and as was the case last season, we've got some familiar characters from the Stephen King universe making an appearance. This time it's Annie "Misery" Wilkes, played by Lizzy Caplan, and members of the evil Merrill family.

You'll also notice another familiar town, known more for its bloodsuckers than its blood transfusions in stories past....

And what of those season one Castle Rock characters? Your guess is as good as mine!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 22

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. Another tradition? Reposting....

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 not before 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.