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,

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 10

Say cheese!

I just got back from New Orleans and boy is my liver tired! Hence, this brief reminder that today is Horror Stars day on TCM, and today's star is Christopher Lee. Here's the line-up:

The Devil's Bride
Horror of Dracula
Dracula, Prince of Darkness
Horror Hotel
The Face of Fu Manchu
Rasputin: The Mad Monk

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Monday, October 08, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 8

Today's offering is J.D.'s Revenge, airing late tonight at 12:30AM on Comet. It's a blaxploitation/horror movie about a college student who is possessed by the spirit of a 1930s gangster.  Glynn Turman and Louis Gossett star.

Interestingly, The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film (my bible) claims Prince sings a song in it, but that's a mistake. Someone named Robert Prince does the soundtrack, and he sure as hell ain't Prince Rogers Nelson.

That said, trailer makes it look like a hoot and a holler.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 7

Keep walking backwards slowly and you'll outpace him soon enough.

Sundays in October on TCM are devoted to the mummy, perhaps the most boring of all the classic monsters.

OK, that's not entirely fare. Mummy movies have their archeological charms. I just tend to find slow-moving, silent, bandage-covered monsters a tad on the tame side.

Here's today's line-up. All times PST

5:00 PM - The Mummy's Hand (1940)
6:30 PM - The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
7:45 PM - The Mummy's Curse (1944)

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 6

There aren't a lot of remakes that are better, or at least just as good as the originals, but I think John Carpenter's 1982 The Thing and the 1951 Howard Hawks produced The Thing From Another World are the rare exception to this rule. They're both terrific. (I'm going to pretend the dumb 2011 remake, that was also somehow a prequel, doesn't exist.)

You can watch the 1951 version at 1:15PM, PST on TCM.