Monday, October 31, 2016

2001 Halloween VHS Recording of....

1966's It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and 1996's Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh with commercials recorded on Halloween 2001. Happy Halloween everyone!

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Winnie the Pooh halloween the 2001 from HALLOWEEN CARTOONS OF THE DAY on Vimeo.

Friday, October 28, 2016

1995 Monster Mash: The Movie

Monster Mash: The Movie is a Comedy/Horror/Musical based on the Bobby "Boris" Pickett song "Monster Mash" and the 1967 stage musical, I'm Sorry the Bridge Is Out, You'll Have to Spend the Night, also by Pickett and Sheldon Allman. The film stars Pickett himself as Dr. Frankenstein. Songs featured in both the stage musical and film "I'm Sorry the Bridge Is Out, You'll Have to Spend the Night," "Play Your Hunch," "All Eternity Blues," and "Things a Mother Goes Through." The songs "On a Night Like This," "Too Late to Change Your Mind" and "On a Night Like This (Reprise)" were written and recorded specifically for the film. A new version of "Monster Mash" was also recorded and used, even though the song does not appear in the original stage play. The film feels like a TV movie but was originally released to cinemas in November 14, 1995, produced and distributed by Prism Pictures. Released to VHS on August 25, 1998, never released to DVD.

Two teens, Scott (Teen Wolf's Ian Bohen) and Mary (Full House's Candace Cameron), are on the way to a Halloween party dressed as Romeo and Juliet when their car breaks down in front of a sinister mansion. Seeking help, they fall into a party of monsters led by Dr. Frankenstein (Pickett), who immediately wants to transfer Scott's brain into his monster (Deron McBee), Igor (John Kassir Voice of the Crypt Keeper) develops feelings for Mary, thinking that, once Scott's brain has been removed, Igor's own brain can replace it. Wolfie (Adam Shankman) is constantly struggling with his lycanthropy and worrying his mother (Mink Stole), and hides to keep from devouring the newcomers. Count Dracula (Anthony Crivello) and his wife, Countess Natasha (Sarah Douglas), decide to spice up their lifeless marriage by trying to feast on Mary and Scott respectively. Elvis (E. Aron Price) returns from the dead as a mummy and with the help of his manager, Hathaway (Good Times' Jimmie "J.J." Walker), needs the blood of a virgin in order to fully restore the king to life. Lots of cheesy campy silliness follows.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

1989 The Wickedest Witch

Matt from uploaded this rare Halloween special to his YouTube account this week. Check out his post about the special here at, which is so much better than anything I can write here. Here is the synopsis below:

Avarissa is a witch so evil she has been banished to the underground kingdom of the Greevils. She discovers in order to be freed she must convince a human, pure of heart, to commit one despicable deed.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

1998 Svengoolie - Halloween (1978) and Halloween III (1982)

Svengoolie is a horror movie show, named for its host, who introduces each movie, provides background info on the movie, and performs skits and jokes during intermissions. The show is a long-running local program in the Chicago area and in recent years expanded nationally, airing Saturday nights on MeTV. I'm not sure when "Halloween 1978" aired on Svengoolie but the "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" episode aired November 7 1998.

Horror host Svengoolie sings "I Don't Wanna Work, I Want to use Halloween to Slay!" which is parody of the song "Bang on the Drum" by Todd Rundgren. Originally shown during an airing of "Halloween '78" and retooled for an airing of "Offerings" (which was a big rip-off of the Carpenter classic):

Svengoolie's show opener for "Halloween III: Season of the Witch":

Svengoolie explains why there's no Michael Meyers in "Halloween III: Season of the Witch", but his version is wrong, the real reason why no Myers in HIII is because he died in Halloween II and John Carpenter wanted to continue the films as an anthology series where each sequel would tell a new horror story that takes place on Halloween. But HIII bombed at the theaters so they brought back Myers in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. I would have loved to see a new John Carpenter produced Halloween horror film every year, HIII is my favorite flick from the franchise.

Svengoolie's song "Puttin' on the Mask!" performed during the airing of "Halloween III". The song is a parody of "Puttin' On the Ritz" a song written by Irving Berlin in May 1927 and first published it in December 2, 1929. The tune has enjoyed a number of revivals, cover versions of the song were performed by Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Neil Diamond, a humorous duet by Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick (Von) Frankenstein and Peter Boyle as the inarticulate monster in Mel Brooks' 1974 film Young Frankenstein, 80's pop star Taco, even Robbie Williams performed the song on his 2013 Swing/Pop album Swings Both Ways, plus many other lesser known musicians:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

1995 A Spine-Tingling Look At Tales from the Crypt

This is an in-depth documentary about the making of the horror anthology television series Tales from the Crypt (1989-1996) as well as the season 6, 15th episode called "You, Murderer". This came out on HBO around the time "You, Murderer" aired, which according to iMDb was on 25 January 1995. Plenty of behind-the-scenes footage as well as interviews with many famous actors and filmmakers who starred and produced the show.


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