October 2008 archive

Local Ghoul Makes Good

Blase Debris Site. MySpace I lived around the Albany, New York region for some-three years. I like Albany. If there was more there for me, I wouldn’t mind living there. But the job prospects sucked and it had the strange cultural live of a town that might be pretty cool, maybe if more bands came …

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The Little Monsters 1-900 Number

Remember the movie Little Monsters? You know, the one about the kid who befriends a monster living under his bed that starred Fred Savage and Howie Mandel? Anyway, I was surprised to learn that it had a tie-in contest that one could enter by calling a 1-900 number. Said contest was promoting using a mind-searingly …

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Cold War, Warm Hearts

Messer Chups Official Site MySpace Buy their stuff here. Can’t recall where or when I came into the Messer Chups. It was a chance meeting with an illegal method but since they still have the mystery of international espionage and that sexy, sexy accent, I think it’s appropriate. If you can afford to, don’t go …

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It’s Alive! Frankie Stein and his Ghouls

Frankie Stein and his Ghouls A couple years ago, Scar Stuff introduced me to Frankie Stein and His Ghouls, a band that put out four vinyl releases of instro-horror-surf-frug-goodness that has been in my rotation ever since. A lot of it is really nice late-fifties inspired music meant for people to dance to. Frug. Twist. …

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It’s time to meet the Muppets…

Not only has the fansite Toughpigs.com spent a week with Halloween-related Muppets stuff, but they also have an semi-annual “Halloween Parade” of Muppet costumes: First Halloween parade Second Halloween parade Third Halloween parade Fourth Halloween parade Fifth Halloween parade Some are good, some are bad, and others defy description, but the comments are all great. …

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Barrett’s Haunted Mansion

I'd pay to see this movie if it were real. Seriously.

Location: 1235 Bedford Street (Rte 18) Abington, MA (Directions) Dates/Times: Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 12-13, 17-31, 7:00 to 10:30 pm (Dates/Times and prices subject to change as years go by) Admission: $17 per person (Credit cards not accepted) Phone: (781) 871-4573 Website: http://www.bhmansion.com Although many would assume the best haunted house in Massachusetts would …

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Give me some light!

Zacherely The first thing taken from Richard Scrivani’s ‘Goodnight, Whatever You Are’ is a sincere appreciation for both the classic horror films of his youth and the television host who made them a little less scary and a little more fun. That admiration is undeniable throughout his chronicle of his life alongside John “Zacherley” Zacherle. …

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Dracula’s Castle

I bid you velcome...

Location: 59 Wharf Street, Salem, MA (Directions) Dates/Times: October 1-31, 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm (Dates/Times subject to change as years go by) Admission: $8 per adult, $6 per child under age 12. Phone: (978) 745-5888 Website: http://www.draculathecastle.com/draculascastle.html Dracula’s Castle was first haunted attraction I went through when visiting Salem in the late 90’s. With …

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The Gremlins Return…Again!

While browsing the Halloween countdown at the blog, “Lost in Schlock,” I found a link to a fan-made film showing the Gremlins interrupting a “video on demand” (VOD) showing of Gremlins 2: The New Batch. You see, the theatrical version of that movie had a segment where the Gremlins took over the projection booth of …

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Savage and Looney

Screaming Lord Sutch Another well-known unknown to me, David Sutch is in the history books for his political career as well as his music. He featured lo-fi horror show antics, involving making an entrance out of a coffin, alluring female audience members to the front of the stage with a handsome member of his band …

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Half pint of snakebite.

A quick pre-review preview. I’ve noticed that the main problem with with writing a biography, or any non-fiction, is the separation of author from the subject, specifically maintaining that distance so the biography remains impartial and in such, pure. When the author and the subject are intertwined, the bias is unavoidable. It’s impossible for one …

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The Gremlins Return!

Although it’s not a third Gremlins movie, fans of the franchise will be interested to learn that the Gremlins appeared in a 2008 TV ad for British Telecom. The special effects are 100% “old school” puppets and no CGI appears to have been used. You can check it out here. Wikipedia claims that “[a] ‘Gremlins …

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Visiting Godzilla Island

Godzilla Island was a Japanese tv series about Godzilla and other monsters battling invaders from Planet X that ran from 1997-1998. What makes this show so interesting is how each episode was only three minutes long and that most of the monster scenes used toys being moved around. Okay, technically they were figures made from …

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Graveyard Smash

Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett A grand Halloween favorite, ‘the Monster Mash,’ created by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett. Two versions here, one with John ‘Zacherley’ Zacharele and one in color back in the heyday. In addition, some Mr. Show.

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This Is All

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I learned all about roots from living in the forest without no blanket and no food. I learned how to eat certain bark, plants, and flowers, how to get certain stones out of ponds and rivers and make rock soup and how to cure pains and cuts with certain plant – strictly …

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