Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1994 Nickelodeon Frightfest

Nickelodeon Frightfest is a compilation of three Halloween themed episodes of Nicktoons that originally aired on "the only network for kids" and then released on this 50 minute VHS on August 23, 1994 by Nick and Sony Wonder. It contains: Rugrats: Candy Bar Creep Show (aired January 5 1992); Doug: Doug's Halloween Adventure (aired October 31 1993); and Ren and Stimpy: Haunted House (aired 21 November 1992); I always thought Ren and Stimpy was and, after watching this, still hilarious but I never got into watching Rugrats or Doug.

Here is the synopsis on the back of the VHS cover: Come on-there's nothing to be afraid of! They're only cartoons. Sure they're a little spooky. Like when Tommy Pickles and his RUGRATS friends set off to investigate mysterious costumed creatures lurking in the yard. Or When DOUG and his friend Skeeter get trapped in an amusement park where not all the monsters are mechanical. And when REN and STIMPY drop in on a haunted mansion-well, you wouldn't let a little chainsaw-wielding ghost worry you, right? Here are your favorite Nicktoons characters in their three most comically creepy episodes ever.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

1992 The Vault of Horror - Horror Bites

This video contains most of the Horror Bites segments from BBC2's The Vault of Horror, an all-night Halloween movie marathon that originally aired on October 31st 1992 starting at 11:00pm and lasting until 7:30am in the morning. The marathon was introduced and linked by horror host Dr. Walpurgis, played by Guy Henry and created by Kim Newman.

The segments featured interviews with horror film directors, writers and special fx-makers including Clive Barker, George Romero, Stephen King, James Herbert, Sean Cunningham, Wes Craven, Tom Savini, Shaun Hutson, Mary Lambert, Alan Jones, Lloyd Kaufman, Charles Band and aired in between the following films: Creepshow (1982), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Death Line (1972), and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).

The other memorable event of that 1992 evening was the broadcast of the infamous Ghostwatch on BBC1 which I wrote about here back during 2015's Halloween Countdown. For the next three years Dr. Terror's Vault of Horror (1993-1995) was broadcast on Fridays on BBC1 and featured the return of Guy Henry's horror host character, though he was renamed Dr. Terror. The gentleman-demon introduced mostly classic horror movies.

Friday, October 11, 2019

1998 Addams Family Reunion

Addams Family Reunion is a 1998 supernatural children's film based on the characters from the cartoon created by cartoonist Charles Addams. Directed by Dave Payne, the film was intended to serve both as a reboot of the franchise, and as a pilot for a new proposed television series produced by Saban. The film stars Daryl Hannah and Tim Curry as Morticia and Gomez Addams respectively while Carel Struycken (Lurch) and Christopher Hart's hand (Thing) are the only ones to reprise their roles from the last two movies, The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993). Nicole Fugere was later cast again as Wednesday for The New Addams Family, an updated version of the 1960's sitcom that aired on Fox Family from 1998 to 1999, and she appeared in nearly all of the program's 65 episodes.

Payne had intended to give the film a dark, edgy tone, but Saban had interfered with the development, insisting that the story be aimed solely at entertaining children and lack much of the black comedy and anarchic satire of the previous entries in the franchise. Saban, however, wanted Payne to imitate aspects of Paramount Pictures' popular 1991-93 duology, and the 1964 TV series, and rejected any original idea developed by Payne and the film's screenwriters. As a result, the film was poorly received by critics, who panned the film's screenplay, special effects, production design and much of its acting, while singling out Tim Curry's performance for praise, calling Curry the best part of the film. Addams Family Reunion was released straight-to-video. Only released on VHS, the film has never been released on DVD.

SYNOPSIS: Gomez (Tim Curry) and Morticia (Daryl Hannah) discover that grandpa (Kevin McCarthy) and grandma (Estelle Harris) Addams are afflicted with a horrifying illness that is slowly but surely making them (gasp) normal! Seeking a family witch-doctor the entire Addams clan heads off for a gala family reunion. Wednesday (Nicole Fugere) and Pugsley (Jerry Messing) are making new friends.. explode, whilst Fester (Patrick Thomas) and Lurch (Carel Struycken) are searching for their little lost Chihuahua... before it eats everyone else. so join the party as the family that puts the "fun" in dysfunctional unleashes the weirdest, wackiest Addams adventure ever!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

MTV Halloween October 31 1989 Broadcast

Two MTV broadcasts with original commercials from October 31, 1989. 2 hours of Headbangers Ball hosted by Alice Cooper followed by a 30 minute presentation of The Rocky Horror VIDEO Show hosted by the writer of the 1973 musical stage show, Richard O'Brien, who presents the best scenes and songs from the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

2003 WB's Outrageous Halloween Outtakes (incomplete)

WB's Outrageous Halloween Outtakes is a TV special that originally aired on the long gone network The WB on October 24, 2003. The incomplete 28 minute video below was found on a VHS tape and is missing the first 15 minutes of the opening. I hope you enjoy watching, and perhaps the entire special will surface someday.

Comedian Anthony Anderson (who back then was in the WB sitcom All About the Andersons and the horror/comedy Scary Movie 3) hosted the originally one-hour special which consisted of bloopers from more than a dozen horror movies, including classics The Fog, Evil Dead 2, The Howling, The Birds, X-Files tv series, remake of Willard with Crispin Glover, Jaws, Alien, Tremors, Wrong Turn and lesser known horror films like Blood Dolls and Delta Delta Die (The Exorcist & Young Frankenstein outtakes are missing). The special also included hidden camera/practical jokes and Halloween home videos.


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