Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Return of the Living Dead (Blog)

OMG! It's almost October! And that means this blog is once again coming back from the dead to help you count down the days until Halloween!

This will be the ninth year I've participated in this blog-based Countdown to Halloween, which means I started doing it back when people still actually read blogs! Ah, those were the days, weren't they? When you had to actively choose to read what someone had to say, instead of having it thrust upon you because you just can't seem to avoid checking Facebook every day, no matter how hard you try?

Of course, the main way I'll be getting people to actually read this is via Facebook, but that's neither here nor there.

Per usual, I'll be posting daily, suggesting something spooky you can watch on the teevee, primarily, but will also look for other viewing options when available.

This is the last month before the possible beginning of the end times, so why not amp yourself up for it by watching a bunch of nightmare fodder for 31 days? It couldn't hurt!....


Lindsey! Lindseeeeeey! The boogie man is coming!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 31

This is it folks! Happy Halloween! Let's dance.

As a treat I'm giving you one of my all-time favorite horror movies, and the inspiration for my "costume" this year. It's Carnival of Souls, the best (only?) horror movie to ever come out of Salt Lake City. Sadly, it didn't seem to make it to television this year, but it's one of those public domain flicks that can be found all over the web. There's a really clear HD version on YouTube, the only bummer being the subtitles are permanently on. But perfect for you hard-of-hearing types!

If you're still looking for some scary viewing, you might give TCM another look late tonight as they'll be airing a whole bunch of shorts directed by David Lynch, spanning his entire career. That fun starts at 11:55PM with The Grandmother. Of course there are plenty of other horrific offerings on TCM all day, including Dead of Night at 7PM. Check out the full schedule here.

I want to thank all those who visited this month! It's been a lot of fun sharing these movie picks with you. If you haven't had a chance, be sure to take a peek at some of the other blogs that have been partaking in the Countdown to Halloween this month, there are plenty of treats to be found.

And until next year, may all your days be just a little bit spooky.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 30

Goly Moses! It's one more day till Halloween! I can hardly believe it.

This has easily been one of the most frustrating weeks of my life, and it's got me feeling like a Halloween Grinch. Hopefully, once I cover my face in gothy white makeup and get some candy in my belly, my outlook will improve. Well, that, and a cocktail or two of course.

SO! Today, TCM is all horror, all day, with Dracula, Frankenstein, and Mummy movies ruling the afternoon, and Val Lewton ruling the evening.

That Lewton festival starts with Cat People at 5PM.

Again, check the full schedule here for the rest of the Lewton offerings. Basically, if you've got TCM, and no desire to leave your house, you should be all set for the day. That actually sounds pretty appealing. A whole day in bed, filing my claws. Cozy!

Le mew...le purrrr

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 29

As we get ever closer to Halloween, TCM is increasing their daily offerings of fright. You can see today's full line-up here. But my pick is Roger Corman's horror comedy A Bucket of Blood, airing at 2:30PM. It stars Dick Miller as Walter Paisley, a busboy at a beatnik coffee house who wants nothing more than to be an artist. One problem: he has no talent. Until, that is, a murder turns things around.

Dick Miller (who is still alive!) went on to play characters named Walter Paisley several more times throughout as his career, primarily in movies from director Joe Dante. But this first Walter will always be the best Walter.

Be a nose!!

A Bucket of Blood is one of those movies you can find online pretty easily, including on Amazon Prime and YouTube. So put on that beret, load it up, and get ready to snap your fingers in approval.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 28

I wouldn't list The Abominable Dr. Phibes and neglect to include the sequel, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, heavens no! So, watch it tonight at 9PM on MGMHD.

Dr. Phibes ventures to Egypt in search of the secret to life after death, in the hopes of reviving his still-dead wife (Caroline Munro). Along the way, people continue to die in highly creative ways.

You can also rent it from Amazon. Just don't try to watch it on your phone...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 27

Have a potato!

The Old Dark House, by William Castle, is a 1963 remake of a much better 1932 movie by Frankenstein director James Whale. The original isn't on TV this week, but the remake is, tonight at 5PM and 9:15PM on KTVUDT3 channel 195.

But, the good news is you can watch the original on YouTube, should you want to do any comparing. I HIGHLY recommend it.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 26

Today's pick is on late, late, late tonight, AKA tomorrow morning. It's Eye of the Devil, and you can see it at 3:15AM on TCM. It stars Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence, David Hemmings, and David Niven, as a vineyard owner who will do just about anything to improve his grapes.

If you watched the above trailer, you probably noticed what is the most intriguing aspect of the movie: Sharon Tate. She co-stars as a sexy witch, and this was her first major film appearance.

The Lamb, the Witch, and Her Awesome Wardrobe

Eye of the Devil is also available via Amazon.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 25

There are a couple of movies I always have to watch in October. Halloween is, of course, one of them. Another is the original Night of the Living Dead, which you can see at 11:30PM on Ovation.

But even if you don't have whatever Ovation is, you can basically see the movie anytime you want, as it's available to watch online all over the place. Including right here!

You can also rent it on Amazon, and stream it via Hulu Plus.

I've always thought a perfect couples' Halloween costume would be Johnny and Barbara from the opening of the movie. Someone do that this year, OK?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 24

In 1930, while Universal and director Tod Browning were filming the classic Bela Lugosi Dracula, another cast and crew were using the same sets, at night, to film a Spanish version of the same script. Since its rediscovery in the 1970s, (it was once thought to be a lost film), some have argued that it's actually the superior version of the movie.

I've always found the 1931 Dracula to be a bit of a snooze--it's based on a slow play, and the movie doesn't do much to speed things up--but it's still worth watching for Bela Lugosi's performance. So I kind of agree with one of the commentators in the above clip. Too bad Lugosi didn't get to star in director George Melford's Spanish version as well, because Carlos Villarias is no Lugosi.

You can watch it at 10PM on KOFYDT2 channel 196 in the Bay Area, or, if you REALLY want to experience both movies the way they should be, TCM is presenting them in theaters tomorrow, around the country. Tickets and showtimes can be found here.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 23

It's "Literary Horror" night on TCM, and you can watch such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), and The Picture of Dorian Grey (1949). But my pick is the 1941 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, and Lana Turner.

Because this:

I mean, if you know of a better movie in which Lana Turner and Ingrid Bergman are whipped like horses, I want to know about it!

Bet you can't guess which one is the hooker!

You can watch it at 5PM on TCM, or rent it via Amazon.