Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday Night at the Movies 10/3/15!

Who cares what picture we see?

Claude Akins might, or he might not. It's his choice. As for our choice, it's this one tonight...

October is here and I've switched over to all horror viewing in my solo watching - and okay, this is a TV movie and not a theatrical release (at least in the United States - it might have played on the The Big Screen overseas). So that's somebody's YouTube clip of a sort of trailer - and the "poster" looks like the front of a VHS release maybe.

A couple of years after the original Night Stalker TV movie - but before the Night Stalker TV series - producer/director Dan Curtis tried to replicate its success with a pilot for NBC about another intrepid writer (Roy Thinnes of The Invaders) investigating the supernatural. But this one had a gimmick - which predated shows like Supernatural - that the reporter had disappeared but had left a pile of audio tapes which would be played - then showing the adventure from his narration.

I guess eventually the mystery of where David Norliss was would have been answered - but NBC didn't pick up the series - so we only have the pilot movie.

It's nowhere near as good as The Night Stalker (to me, anyway - not having Darren McGavin and Simon Oakland makes for a lesser movie) but it has a terrific supporting cast - like both Night Stalker movies - and is worth a watch. I have it on a swell DVD from Anchor Bay and we could be giving it a spin any time - including this very evening, if you're so inclined.

Until next post - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy October!

Just wanted to pop in and let it be known that for this, the sixth October since the blog launched in 2010 - I am not doing a full month of 31 posts. I did it for five straight years - but I'm just not able to do it right now - I will be posting the regular department posts all month, and I will get up to some Halloweeny goodness with some other posts. I will also post a list of all the horror I watch starting today.

In the meantime, if this news upsets you - feel free to check out the 155 posts from the previous Octobers - and please leave a comment on each one you visit!

Back Saturday with a poster/trailer combo!

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Video Vault of Mora Tau 9/30/15!

We're less that 90 days away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens so let's take 12 minutes and look at my favorite Star Wars spoof of all time:

Back when my family first got Showtime - the cable channel followed the traditions of television up to that time - every movie started on the hour or half hour. Of course, some movies have run times that don't fit that prerequisite. Nowadays, they end one movie, identify the channel, tell you what's on that night, and basically start the next movie.

Back in the day, if a movie ran, say, 126 minutes - like the theatrical release of Battlestar Galactica - Showtime would start it at 1:00pm, and when it ended at 3:06pm - they would then show short subjects to fill the time so that the next movie could start at 3:30pm.

And, as a matter of fact, when Battlestar Galactica aired on Showtime, they licensed Hardware Wars to fill half of that 24 minutes - and showed another short and some previews for the channel every time Galactica aired. I watched BG several times that month - but I think I watched Hardware Wars every single time BG was on. I LOVED it.

I still think it's hilarious. I do miss the version that originally aired on Showtime - as the one above is an edited version. Yes, filmmaker Ernie Fosselius pulled a George Lucas on his movie. Originally, in the briefing sequence, it ran longer, and at one point the picture on the screen he points to showed a naked woman. It was very brief and from the distance hard to see any real detail - but the director has taken that out to make the short more family friendly. That bit has been chopped out and the remaining two bits seamlessly blended together.

I memorized EVERY WORD of that briefing scene and still remember it to this day - and the missing chunk in the short now totally throws me off. In order for it to cut back together cleanly - they cut out "Follow that baby down to the spherical decombustion atmospheric helio servo tubes"  and then it came back to "and the pneumatic centrifugal antigravity shield deflectors" and went on.

(If we're ever in the same space and you ask, I will recite the whole scene for you.)

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #231!

Spaceways  (Lippert Pictures, 1953)

One of those British flicks starring an American that they made throughout the 50's. I haven't seen this one, but I imagine it would be a slightly slow drama with some charming special effects. I'd watch it, certainly.

The Astrologer  (December 1975)

 Before The Exterminator, here was James Glickenhaus's first movie - with Exterminator II's director Mark Buntzman along for the ride. I don't know much else about it - but I was intrigued there was another completely different movie the same year called The Astrologer. Hmmm.

Juggernaught  (Grand National Pictures, 1937)
Not a horror movie per se - but more a crime drama as a couple works to poison someone slowly to death. It was made during Boris's brief return to England after his first round of Universal Horror Movies before he moved back to Hollywood for most of the rest of his career.

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saturday Night at the Movies 9/26/15!

Who cares what picture we see?

Howard Platt would - if he can stop remembering when he was Connie Sellecca's boyfriend before she moved on to Gil Gerard and then John Tesh - so we will be making this tonight's choice...

Man here's a good one! Three big time action stars! Fun villainy from Jay Robinson (Dr. Shrinker himself)! A supporting cast that includes Howard Platt, Sheila Frazier, Alex Rocco, and a young Corbin Bernsen! Scads of action and stunts!

When crazed white supremacists cook up a plan to use genetically modified poisons to wipe out the African American populations of three major US cities - it's going to take "The Big Three"  to put a stop to it. Sit back and enjoy watching Jim Brown, Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, and Jim Kelly decimate an army of racist crackers.

This one is wonderfully non-PC - starting with an opening scene of pallets of dead African American men stored in a basement and with enough N-bombs spewed out to make Quentin Tarantino blush - and almost non stop action - produced by Harry Bernsen (Corbin's dad - explaining his presence) and directed by Gordon Parks Jr. (Shaft).

It just joined the video vault in a four movie Jim Kelly set - so we could be watching it - and any or all of the other three movies - at any time - if you want to come over to my place and get your kicks along with me - even this very night.

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #230!

Theme Week!

1 Serial, 3 Chapters!

The Whispering Shadow  (Mascot Pictures, 1933)

Here's three posters from a 12 chapter serial starring the one and only Bela Lugosi. I think I have this in the video vault - but I haven't watched it if I do. I would have loved going to the movies each week and seeing a chapter of this across three months. I still really enjoy watching serials.

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday Night at the Movies 9/19/15!

Who cares what picture we see?

Hoyt Axton might - if you presented it with white cheddar popcorn - and while we pop that up and get to sprinkling - here's tonight's choice...

The incredible and short career of DIY filmmaker H.B. Halicki never fails to fascinate me. Halicki was an auto parts and junk car entrepreneur who decided to make a movie - which resulted in the original Gone in 60 Seconds in 1974. That movie was successful, but Halicki didn't make another movie for eight years - but finally he did - and here it is - another explosion of  automotive bedlam - with a couple of real actors added in this time.

I haven't seen it yet - but I did just add it to the video vault on DVD - and you could drive like a bat of hell over to my house to watch it with me at any time - even this very evening!

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!