Wednesday, October 31, 2018

1980s-1990s A Very Arcade Halloween!

A 1hour 49min video edited to look like a block of kids programming featuring cartoons, shows and commercials about video game characters and Halloween. Watch Dr. Frankenstein's monster and Count Koopula vs. Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad in Turtlevania on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show (1990-1991). A spooky episode of Video Power (1990-1992) with animated short The Power Team: Big Footenstein. Saturday Supercade (1983-1984) features three animated segments, Frogger and friends track down the campus Phantom, ghosts haunt Q-bert and the Ghostgetters, and Pitfall Harry with his pet mountain lion Quickclaw and his niece Rhonda try to stop the Shark and his band of pirates. Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

1998 I've Been Waiting for You

I've Been Waiting for You is a 1998 made-for-TV horror/slasher film directed by Christopher Leitch. The film was released in a time when teen horror films like Scream (1996), The Craft (1996), and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) were very successful. It was even advertised as made by the creator of I Know What You Did Last Summer, not Kevin Williamson the writer of the 1997 film, but the author of the book version Lois Duncan who also wrote the 1997 novel Gallows Hill that this film is based on. Reception was largely negative, with reviewers particularly criticizing its similarity to other teen slashers. You can find a VHS of the movie on eBay and Amazon for a low price but expect to pay 3x more for the film on DVD due to it being out of print and a rare find.

The film is about single mom Rosemary Zoltanne (Markie Post) and her smart-ass teen daughter Sarah (Sarah Chalke) who move from L.A. to a big house in Massachusetts where a witch was burned at the stake 300 years earlier. Sarah makes friends with a geeky outsider (Ben Foster) but also attracts the attention of teen members of the "Descendant's Club"-- obnoxious jocks (led by Christian Campbell, brother of Neve) and the high school bitch queens (led by Soleil Moon Frye) who think she's the reincarnation of the dead witch. Sarah gets harassing phone calls ("I've been waiting for you!") as a killer lurks around with a witch mask and a steel claw that looks like a bad cross between Freddy's glove and Wolverine's claws.


Monday, October 29, 2018

1980s-2010s The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Promo Collection

A collection of promos for The Simpsons Halloween Specials aka Treehouse of Horror. The first one aired on October 25, 1990 as part of the second season, since then there have been one new special airing every year for the last 28 years. I stopped watching The Simpsons years ago, but every year I still love watching the new THOH episode on FOX and the THOH marathon on FXX.

Friday, October 26, 2018

1987 Friday Night Videos with Elvira

Friday Night Videos (later becoming Friday Night and then Late Friday) is an American music video show that was broadcast on NBC from July 29, 1983 to May 24, 2002. It was the network's attempt to capitalize on the emerging popularity of music videos as seen on MTV and VH1 of the same era.

In 1985, FNV began featuring celebrity guests as weekly hosts. Elvira Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson) hosted this episode the day before Halloween in 1987. The music videos were edited out due to copyright reasons but I included a YouTube playlist below that contains all the official music videos/songs that aired. Video uploaded by Josh Hadley:



Youtube playlist of music videos that were edited out of the above video:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

2007-2008 Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festival

Chiller's Dare 2 Direct was a short film contest held in 2007 and again in 2008 by the now defunct Chiller Network, a channel that ceased operations on December 31, 2017 and specialized in horror, thriller and suspense programming and films. Viewers uploaded 300 short films to the Chiller website. The winners received a $5000 prize and Chiller aired the shorts they liked best as a Halloween special on All Hallows Eve.

YouTuber James Coker video-recorded both of these specials back then and edited both of them into an hour long video with the commercials cut out. To those who remember the Chiller Network and the short film contest Halloween specials...Enjoy



Here is the same video but with an introduction by James Coker:

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