Thursday, October 31, 2013

1986, 2008 Halloween Tips with Elvira

Happy Halloween 2013! Here a three videos of Trick or Treat tips, Halloween safety tips and how to carve a pumpkin brought to you by Elvira.

Trick or Treat tips as shown on Elvira's MTV Halloween Special from 1986:


Elvira's 5 Halloween Safety Tips from 2008:


How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin with Elvira also from 1986:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

1970 Tales of Washington Irving

This 1970 animated special contains two versions of Washington Irving's most popular stories; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - about the headless horseman (who makes a too brief appearance), and Rip Van Winkle - the man who fell asleep and awoke years later. It originally aired on TV between Halloween and Thanksgiving in the early 1970s and was later released on VHS home video by MGM in 1987 but it's currently out of print.

The animation is not all that good, but the beautiful autumn colors in the spooky backgrounds and the chilling musical score make up for it. Many may recognize the cast of famous voices from old Hanna Barbara cartoons like The Flintstones and The Jetsons and the voice of the classic Looney Tunes shorts, the multi talented, Mel Blanc.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

1988 Hollowgate

Hollow Gate is an awful shot-on-video horror film from 1988. It concerns Mark, a young boy who is almost killed by his drunken, alcoholic father at a Halloween party. Fast forward 10 Halloween's later, a traumatized Mark decides to butcher a group teenagers one by one while wearing various costumes (soldier, doctor, cowboy). Over acting, bad writing, boring story and not one bit scary or suspenseful but it is unintentionally hilarious if you like these kinds of bad 80's horror films. Unrated; Gory Violence and Profanity. No official DVD release here in the USA but it is available on Region 2 DVD in German.


Monday, October 28, 2013

1997 Animaniacs - Spooky Stuff

This is a recreation of an Animaniacs VHS video called Spooky Stuff that was released on August 26, 1997 but is currently out of print. The Animaniacs animated series ran for 5 seasons (1993–1998) and had a total of 99 episodes plus one film. The Spooky Stuff videocassette contains the following 6 spooky Halloween/horror themed segments from various seasons all written by John P. McCann:

Draculee Draculaa: The Warner siblings spend the night at Count Dracula's castle. Dan Castellanetta guest-stars as the voice Dracula.


Phranken-Runt: A Rita and Runt spoof of Frankenstein with Rocky Horror-esque or Little Shop of Horrors-type songs.


Meatballs or Consequences: Yakko, Wakko and Dot vs. the Grim Reaper (Who turns out to be Swedish).


Hot, Bothered, & Bedeviled: The Warners torment Satan in Hell.


Scare Happy Slappy: On Halloween, Slappy Squirrel takes her nephew Skippy Squirrel, who's dressed in a Buster Bunny costume, out trick-or-treating.


Witch One: Another Rita and Runt short about the Salem Witch Trials.

Friday, October 25, 2013

1986 Horrible Horror

Zacherley, the Cool Ghoul, hosts a collection of mostly public domain trailers and clips from over 50 cult films, camp horror films, sci-fi films as well as TV serials from the '30s through to the '60s. The whole video is tremendously entertaining but some of the best parts include Zacherley's segments, fun rare bloopers and outtakes from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and a section dedicated to Bela Lugosi including rare interviews, a Betty Boop clip with Dracula and clips of Lugosi's movies including The Ape Man, Bride of the Monster, Glen or Glenda, The Phantom Creeps and Spooks Run Wild. Officially released on VHS in 1986 by Good Times Video but no DVD release.


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