Thursday, October 19, 2017

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 19

Tonight brings the return of a Halloween tradition I treasure: The airing of It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown at 8pm on ABC. 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!

It's followed at 8:30pm by Pixar special Toy Story of TERROR! which is one of the better modern holiday specials to make it into yearly rotation.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 18

Here's something silly for the day: TCM's "Which Classic Movie Monster Are You?" quiz.

I got the Bride of Frankenstein, and have to admit I'm pretty pleased by that. Who did you get?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 17

Hey girl, let's listen to spooky tunes and eat candy corn
Let's talk spooky music. Around this time of year I tolerate endless replays of The Monster Mash and Thriller, but my favorite spooky record has got to be Dead Man's Bones by Dead Man's Bones.

Who are Dead Man's Bones? Well, Ryan Gosling is involved.

Wait! Come back!

I swear this isn't the kind of music you'd expect from a former Mickey Mouse Club member. It reminds me of the Langley Schools Music Project, which featured a 1970's school choir doing pop songs,  and which, if you've listened to that record, is itself a little creepy. But this time the youth choir is singing about zombies, ghosts, and graves.

Sadly, their 2010 album is, so far, their only one and I doubt there will be another; it kind of feels like a lightning in a bottle sort of thing.

You can listen to the whole record on this playlist, and below is my favorite song.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 16

The terrifying shirtless future!

TCM is airing a lot of "horror" movies this morning and afternoon, but my pick is the 1975 flick The Ultimate Warrior, which, no, is not a movie about a wrestler, but is a post-apocalyptic flick starring Yul Brenner and Max Von Sydow in 2012 New York City, which I've oddly never seen. Odd because I'm a sucker for anything post-apocalyptic, especially these days....

It's on at 3:15pm.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 15

Always a mad scientist, never a bride.
You shouldn't let an October go by without watching at least one Ed Wood Jr. movie, right? So tonight's your chance, as RetroTV is airing Bride of the Monster at 10pm. This was Bela Lugosi's last speaking role on film and ends with him (well, a stunt double) fighting an octopus. In other words, perfect.

It was also featured on a Joel episode of MST3K, which you can watch right here, right now!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 14

That ain't mistletoe
We're almost halfway through the month, and now is as good a time as any to watch the It's a Wonderful Life of Halloween movies.

I'm speaking, of course, of the original Night of the Living Dead, a film that is black and white, in the public domain, aired repeatedly throughout the month, and a bit of a downer. Of course, It's a Wonderful Life isn't in the public domain anymore, so isn't played repeatedly in December, but it used to be, and I feel the comparison still stands


Friday, October 13, 2017

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 13

Ugh. Blood Red Velvet cupcakes are the worst!
Happy Friday 13th! For this special occasion I'm going to do something a little different, and recommend a movie hitting theaters today: Happy Death Day, which is, yes, basically a horror version of Groundhog Day. Or I should say, a slightly more horrifying version of Groundhog Day since, when you think about it, the premise of that move is already pretty horrifying.

You can read my full review of the movie up on now!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 12

Come to mommy!
Now that I've kissed cable goodbye, I'm paying more attention to the weird broadcast channels that exist out there, and their offerings. Of course a lot of them are either shopping channels or foreign language, but there are also things like Decades, GetTV, Laff, and, of course Movies! (Yes, the exclamation point is included in the channel's name.)

Tonight at 7:30pm Movies! is airing Full Circle, a 1977 horror movie starring Mia Farrow as a bereaved mother living in a haunted house in Kensington, England. It's also known as The Haunting of Julia, and was based on the novel Julia by Peter Straub. (And it's clear the programmers at Movies! know this, since they're airing the unrelated but identically titled Julia, starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave afterwards.)

It's also available on YouTube, and you can watch that version below. And if nothing else the film serves as an excellent PSA about the value of learning the Heimlich maneuver...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 11

Oh TCM and their crazy categorization. Tonight at 10:15pm you can watch that classic of horror, 1960's The Time Machine!

I mean, the Orlocks are creepy and all, especially if you have a phobia about really long loin cloths, but this is science fiction, through and through.

Science fiction, mixed in with some hair styling tips.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Musty TV's Maniacal Halloween Countdown - Day 10

Poor misunderstood monster. He's just trying to give the Golden Gate Bride a hug!
San Francisco has a long tradition of being attacked and/or destroyed in movies, and the first film to show the Golden Gate Bridge as the target of a monster is 1955's It Came From Beneath the Sea, which you can watch this morning at 9:30am on the Movies! channel.

And if seeing the Golden Gate Bridge come to an untimely end is something you enjoy, you'll love this supercut featuring just that.