Monday, October 31, 2011

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #41 / 2011 Halloween Horrorfest


If the day goes as planned, I will spend a big chunk of it putting the last few films of the 2011 Halloween Horrorfest in front of my eyes, and in the evening my doorbell will ring several times, and a big bowl of candy bags will empty out bit by bit...

In the meantime, it's also Maniacal Movie Poster Monday, and that means we need to take a look at three movie posters! So let's do that, in and around some other tomfoolery of one sort or another...and let's finish out the Halloween Blogfest Blowout with three scary movies well worth a watch on Halloween...or any other day you want to see them...

Carnival of Souls  (Herts-Lion International Corporation, 1962)

This wonderfully creepy old chiller is in the public domain and consequently easily found on DVD in just about any bargain bin. If you've never seen it - you really should. It's just a good movie.

And with that let's watch the opening to one of my favorite TV shows ever, with classic scary theme music...

Creepshow  (Warner Bros., 1982)

George Romero and his regular crew - including makeup whiz Tom Savini - team up with Stephen King for a five story anthology film tribute to the old EC comics? Definitely a fave of mine - and one I certainly recommend!

If you've never heard Orson Welle's and the Mercury Theater's famous Halloween radio play of War of the Worlds - which panicked a great portion of listeners the night it aired -  here's your chance - at almost an hour it's the longest clip I've ever posted - but it's a fun listen.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch  (Universal, 1982)

No one seems to like this movie - except maybe just me. But the same people who complain about this movie also take the later Halloween sequels to task for bringing Michael Myers back too many times. So which is it?

Personally, I think the idea of John Carpenter and Debra Hill to produce an ongoing series of unrelated horror movies under the Halloween title banner on a yearly basis was freaking awesome, and I wish they were still coming out (they'd be on something like Halloween 31: We're Down to Scary Stuff Involving Penguins by now)

And that said, I like this goofy horror movie that tries to do something different that the usual stalk and slash maniac with knife movies that were popping up everywhere at the time.

Another of my favorite scary shows as a kid: Rod Serling's Night Gallery. Here's a cool promo for a recent cable airing - followed by the opening with another creepy theme song...

But we're not done -
Here's some TV shots of today's spooky watchings...

Spider Baby (1964)

House of Dracula (1945)

Vacancy (2007)

Munster Go Home! (1966)

The Raven (1964)

I was planning to watch the recent remake of The Wolfman, but time ran out and the last trick or treaters came while Vincent and Boris were still battling, so The Raven brought my month-long Halloween Horrorfest to a close. Not a bad way to go out, I must say.

Here then is the list of everything I watched in October:

Dark Ride
Masters of Horror: "Pelts"
Sorority Row
The Evil
Masters of Horror: "Imprint"
Bread Crumbs
Elvira's Movie Macabre: The Giant Gila Monster
Tales from the Crypt: "The Switch"
Twice Dead
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Masters of Horror: "Sick Girl"
Tales from the Crypt: "Cutting Cards"
Night of the Strangler
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)
Harvest of Fear
Alone in the Dark (1982)
The Ruins
Zombie Strippers
Blood Feast
Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence
The Evil Dead
Elvira's Movie Macabre: Night of the Living Dead
Death of the Dead
Spider Baby
House of Dracula
Munster Go Home!
The Raven (1963)

and several episodes of Freddy's Nightmares!

And that wraps up October, and the 2011 Halloween Blogfest Blowout! But we're not done with daily posts - no sir! Tomorrow LGOOH starts participating in November's Nine Days of the Ninja Blogfest - thanks to Blog Pal Steve Miller and his cadre of wonderful pop culture blogs! See you then, and until then - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!


  1. I personally think you can never, ever bring Michael Myers back too many times. Hey, he deserves a shot at nano technology just like Jason. :) Season of the Witch, well you know my feelings on that. I think it's a cool idea except for the plot. ;)

    I love Munster Go Home! Herman and Grandpa rock. I admire your list here, some truly excellent choices.