Monday, October 18, 2021

1994 Fox Halloween Bash with commercials

VHS Recording of Fox Halloween Bash from 1994. Almost 2 hours of Simpsons Halloween Specials from Fox 13, out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Video uploaded to archive.org by @nostalgia1990s2. Includes the following episodes WOC with original commercials:

Treehouse of Horror II (cuts in during the second segment)
Treehouse of Horror III
Treehouse of Horror V
Treehouse of Horror IV



Friday, October 15, 2021

2001 Exposure: Deadtime Stories

Exposure is a short-film oriented science-fiction anthology series that aired on the Sci-Fi Channel between the years of 2000 and 2002. The series showcased the short sci-fi films of both unknown and known (Tim Burton, George Lucas and Kevin Smith) filmmakers, giving rise to the channel's own Exposure Studios. Hosted by actress Lisa Marie, the films presented a wide range of science fiction subject matter.

The series received poor ratings and was canceled in the fall of 2002. The series was originally shown on Sundays at 10:00pm EST and was repeated the following Saturday at 2:00am EST, later on the time was changed to 11:00pm EST and still repeated the following Saturday well after Midnight, which probably is a major reason for the poor ratings this show received.

Deadtime Stories is the 2001 Halloween episode of the series and features the following short films:

"Freak Show" Director: Marcus Wagner
"The Lonely Widow" Director: John Gorman
"Fulfilled: A Halloween Story" Director: Stacy Arnold
"Bowlin' Fer Souls" Director: Oliver Wolfson
"Vincent" Director: Tim Burton



Thursday, October 14, 2021

1998 Nosferatu: The First Vampire

Nosferatu: The First Vampire is the classic 1922 silent horror film Nosferatu, presented with a soundtrack by gothic metal band Type O Negative with an introduction by David Carradine. The video below was was restored by Geno Cuddy and uploaded to the film's producer, Wayne J. Keeley's YouTube account. Here is the video's description on YouTube:

RESTORED FULL MOVIE - TYPE O NEGATIVE VERSION. This is a cleaned up version of my original 1998 version of "Nosferatu", with music by Type O Negative and an intro by David Carradine. I produced the original for Arrow Video back in 1998. This restoration, was lovingly carried out by my dear friend and business partner Geno Cuddy. There is more text about the restoration in the opening of the video.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

1995 The State's 43rd Annual Halloween Special

The State is a 1992-95 sketch comedy TV series that combined bizarre characters and scenarios to present sketches that featured a broad range of comedic styles from satire to forays into absurdism that won the favor of its target teenaged audience. The cast consisted of comedy troupe The State, who were 11 twenty-something comedians who created, acted, wrote, directed and edited the show. The group formed in 1988 and its members have continued to work together in various configurations ever since. After years of legal issues related to the soundtrack to many of the episodes, the series was released on DVD on July 14, 2009.

The series was originally broadcast on MTV between December 17, 1993, and July 1, 1995. CBS optioned to buy the show after its second year on MTV in hopes of increasing viewership among younger demographics and potentially providing competition against NBC's Saturday Night Live. CBS intended to test the waters with The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special, which aired in prime time in 1995. The special received generally good reviews (including some from critics that gave them harsh ones earlier), but due to little promotion, it received low ratings. The show was not picked up for further broadcasts.

I don't really get this special, besides the title card, there's nothing really Halloween or horror related shown. I guess that's the biggest joke or the most bizarre thing they could come up with, is make a Halloween Special with nothing related to the holiday in it. This video is from a pre-broadcast source and contains the full ending, which got cut off for some reason during orginal 1995 CBS broadcast.



Tuesday, October 12, 2021

1979 Struck By Lightning

Struck by Lightning is an American TV sitcom about Frankenstein's monster, which aired on CBS from September 19 until October 3, 1979. The show was cancelled after three out of 11 episodes were aired in the United States, although all 11 completed episodes did end up being shown in the United Kingdom on ITV in 1980 and six out of the 11 episodes were screened on ATN-7 Sydney in Australia from December 26, 1980 to March 1, 1981. As of this writing, Struck by Lightning has not been released on home video. The video below is the pilot episode WOC (With Original Commercials) that aired on Sept. 19th, 1979. It was uploaded by the YouTube channel The W/O/C Archive. The premise of the show is explained below.

Ted Stein (Jeffrey Kramer) is a science teacher who inherits a spooky old New England inn inhabited by its hulking, good-naturedly homicidal caretaker Frank (Jack Elam). It turns out that Ted is the descendant of the original Dr. Frankenstein and Frank is the Monster who needs a special serum every 50 years to stay alive, and he wants Ted to recreate it for him ("If you don't, I'll die," he explains, "Let me put it another way, if you don't, you'll die"). Ted agrees to stay and continue his ancestor's experiments while keeping Frank's identity a secret. Elam claimed in an interview in Variety that he accepted the role of Frank after being told by the producers that he would not have to wear monster make-up because his naturally gnarled and bulgy-eyed appearance was already perfect for the part.