Friday, October 31, 2014

1985 A VHS recording of Halloween Cartoons

An evening of Halloween entertainment from 1985 with commercials. Taken from an old VHS cassette. Happy Halloween 2014!

Halloween 1985 by scratchbomb

Thursday, October 30, 2014

1980s-1990s Halloween Tales from the Darkside of the Crypt

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE - Trick or Treat (1983):

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE - Halloween Candy (1985):

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE - The Cutty Black Sow (1988):

TALES FROM THE CRYPT - Only Skin Deep (1994):

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2003 The Haunted Pumpkin Of Sleepy Hollow

It's Halloween and friends Nick and Kate are on a mission to find the biggest pumpkin in the patch. Unfortunately, the pumpkin they choose is haunted by the ghost of the Headless Horseman, and he wants his head back.

The only Sleepy Hollow/Headless Horseman video posted this year. A family friendly modern rendition of the Headless Horseman story with mild scariness mixed with humor. An okay version not as good as Disney's, but it does have a catchy tune much like the theme song from What's New Scooby Doo.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1977 & 1978 The Muppet Show - Halloween Episodes

Another one of my favorite shows from my childhood.

The Muppet Show Halloween special with Vincent Price (1977):

Alice Cooper - Halloween on the Muppet Show (1978):

Monday, October 27, 2014

2009 Bravo's 13 Scarier Movie Moments

After Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments and 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments, another follow-up episode titled 13 Scarier Movie Moments aired in October 2009 which also just updated the list with mostly recent entries. View a list of all 13 films at

13 Scarier Movie Moments

Friday, October 24, 2014

1988 Primal Rage

Synopsis: A scientist at a Florida university inadvertently creates a 'rage virus' while performing experiments intended to restore dead brain tissue in baboons. When a journalist for the college paper breaks into the campus lab, he's bitten by one of the infected baboons; the virus soon spreads to a trio of troublemakers and a valley girl, all of whom go on killing sprees.

A decent 1988 horror movie with okay gory makeup effects. Contains a great Halloween party scene and very 80s music throughout the film. Rated R. The official DVD released by Code Red is sold out and hard to find for a reasonable price but you can buy a bootleg on for $8 or you can watch below.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

1962 ROUTE 66: Lizard's Leg & Owlet's Wing

As first broadcast on October 26th, 1962, here's the famous Halloween episode of ROUTE 66, complete with original network commercials, a rare slice of classic television just as it was seen a half-century ago. Featuring three of classic horror's biggest stars: Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr., and Boris Karloff! Chaney Jr. gives his take on his father's classic role as Quasimoto in the silent The Hunchback of Notre Dam and also appears as Kharis the mummy. Additionally this program marks the last time Karloff and Chaney would don the classic makeup of both the Wolf Man, and Frankenstein's Monster.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1972 Jack O'Lantern - Rankin/Bass

Here is the Halloween episode of the Rankin Bass animated series titled Festival of Family Classics. 18 episodes (including two two-part episodes) were produced from 1972 to 1973, this episode is called Jack O'Lantern and originally aired October 29, 1972.

SYNOPSIS: Grandfather tells the story of an elfish wil-o-the wisp, Jack O Lantern. Jack is a good soul, who has turned himself into a pumpkin seed to hibernate for the winter. The local farmers are threatened to have their crops destroyed by Zelda the witch and her ghouls, but Jack is back and launches an offensive against the evil-doers with the help of two of the farmers children.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

1984 The Fall Guy - October 31st with Elvira

Here is a post for Ladydragon Queen who is also participating in the 2014 Countdown to Halloween. You can view her blog at

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and veteran horror movie actor John Carradine guest star in a Halloween haunted house mystery solved by The Fall Guy which is a TV series that starred Lee Majors as Hollywood stuntman Colt Seavers (also nicknamed The Fall Guy) who moonlights as a bounty hunter. Carradine's sons Keith, Robert, and David Carradine also made a cameo appearance with their father but that scene seems to be missing from this video.

This is the 7th episode of the fourth season of The Fall Guy that originally aired on October 31, 1984. It's called October 31st and is the first of two episodes of the series that Elvira guest starred. The second episode was called October the 32nd and aired the following year, I posted that episode during 2012's Countdown, you can watch it here.

A YouTube playlist of 8 parts that adds up to 41 minutes:

or watch a complete WLS-TV broadcast from 10/31/1984 with commercials:

or watch without commercials:

Monday, October 20, 2014

2006 Bravo's 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments

Two years after Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments, another special entitled 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments premiered on October 2006, mostly consisting of movies that just barely missed the first list, and included new horror films that had been recently released at that time. View a list of all 30 films at

30 Even Scarier Movie Moments (30-1):

Friday, October 17, 2014

1988 Hack-O-Lantern

A kindly old grandfather initiates his innocent grandson into a devil-worshiping cult at a tender age, culminating in his induction as a full-fledged member in young adulthood on Halloween. Also called Halloween Night on

Part slasher, part satanic horror film that takes place on Halloween with a music video by real life '80s heavy metal band DC Lacroix, an odd standup comedy routine in the middle of a Halloween party and a twist ending. I liked it.

Hard to find for a reasonable price on VHS, finally released to blu-ray by Massacre Video on January 30, 2018 or you can watch on YouTube:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

1967 Accidental Family - Halloween's on Us

To become a member of the Junior Gargoyles, young Sandy must throw the best Halloween party ever. His Dad Jerry, a comedian, along with impressionist Dewey try to make the party a big hit, but they only succeed in showing just how out of touch they are with Sandy's generation.

16 episodes of Accidental Family were produced from 1967-1968. The 6th episode originally aired October 27 1967 and contains lots of great vintage Halloween costumes and decorations from way back then.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1995 Tiny Toon Adventures: Toons from the Crypt

This is for all you Tales from the Crypt fans out there. Not really a Halloween special but I guess it's Halloween related. In the early 90's, the folks at Tiny Toons decided to do a little homage to the classic HBO horror series. When they presented it to the Fox censors, they rejected it saying it was too gruesome for network television and was never shown on Fox Kids. However, some time later Nickelodeon got a hold of it and aired it on their cable channel in reruns and syndication in Fall 1995 up until 2000. Buster Bunny portrays the Cryptkeeper. Coincidentally, John Kassir, the voice of the Cryptkeeper, would later become Buster's second voice actor after Charlie Adler quit after being denied a part on Animaniacs.

Tiny Toon Adventures - Toons from the Crypt from Dan Aitken on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1958 Tales of Frankenstein - Dr. Gangrene Presents:

Dr. Gangrene is an award winning Nashville based tv horror host portrayed by writer/artist Larry Underwood. In this special Halloween episode of Dr. Gangrene Presents the Dr. hosts the 1958 failed pilot TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN from the Ghouls at Grassmere event at the Nashville zoo. You can view more episodes of Dr. Gangrene Presents plus other videos at his Youtube page by clicking here.

TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN SYNOPSIS: Dr. Frankenstein has recreated his creature, but wishes to correct his previous mistake. He wishes to prevent his creation from any further murderous rampages by placing the brain of a good man inside the skull of the monster. The arrival of a woman and her terminally ill husband offer the doctor an opportunity to try his new theory.

Monday, October 13, 2014

2004 Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments

Description from Originally telecast for 5 nights leading up to Halloween 2004, Bravo counted down the 100 Scariest Movie Moments, which has become one of the cable network's most popular and oft-encored specials.

The movies featured were from different periods and sub-genres, including the silent screamers, the Universal monster movies, sci-fi films, Italian giallo, slasher pics, thrillers and even Asian horror. View the whole list of movies at

Part I (100-76):

Part II (75-51):

Part III (50-31):

Part IV (30-11):

Part V (10-1):

Friday, October 10, 2014

1959 Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow

A fun corny 1959 American International Pictures comedy/horror film with teenage hot-rodders, a malt shop, a talking parrot, twangy guitar rock n roll music and a Halloween dance party in a haunted house. During the Halloween party, look out for two monsters from other 1950's drive-in films, the She-Creature wearing gym shoes and someone with a Saucer Men mask on:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

1986 Elvira's MTV Halloween Special - Rockula Retrospective

A 1986 MTV Halloween special, hosted by Elvira, featuring skits and music videos. Presented by Rockula Retrospective a Youtube show that features reviews, webcasts, commentary and mashups on a wide range of topics. Rescued from an old VHS recording that was recorded on Halloween night 1986 in Dallas Tx. Commercials included.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo - That's Monstertainment

The gang settles in to watch the 2 AM Spine Tingler Movie, "The Son of the Bride of the Ghost of Frankenstein," hosted by Zomba. They quickly come to realize however that Zomba is one of the escaped demons when she proceeds to imprison them in the film. While "Dr. Frankenscoob" fends off angry villagers and Mr. Van Ghoul tries to find a means of escape, Zomba searches for The Chest of Demons.

That's Monstertainment is the 5th episode of total of 13 episodes made of the Hanna-Barbera animated series The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. Which is the seventh incarnation of the Saturday morning cartoon, Scooby-Doo. The series ran for one season on ABC where it premiered on September 7, 1985 and ended on December 7, 1985. This episode was first shown during the month of October 1985.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

1992 Sightings Halloween Special

Sightings is a paranormal news TV series hosted by Tim White that originally ran from 1992-1998 and produced several specials, home video releases and even a film released in 2002. Sightings (along with Unsolved Mysteries) were my first introduction to stories about the paranormal, which I still like to watch to this day.

The Sightings Halloween Special was the 7th episode from season 2. It originally aired on October 30, 1992 and contained the following 3 segments: Scotland's House Of Horror, Vampires and Witchcraft.

Monday, October 6, 2014

2003 Channel 4's 100 Greatest Scary Moments

Description from In 2003, over two nights coming up to Halloween (25/26 October specifically), British television network Channel Four counted down the 100 Greatest Scary Moments on film and television, as voted for by the viewers. Presented by comedian Jimmy Carr, the list had a fairly even mix of movies from different periods and sub-genres, including the silent screamers, monster movies, slasher pics and even Asian horror. Moreover, the list included films and television series outside the horror genre because they contained classic examples of Nightmare Fuel. It was similar in style to the American show 100 Scariest Movie Moments broadcast on Bravo a year later. Celebrity guest interviews included Sigourney Weaver, John Carpenter, Janet Leigh, Wes Craven, Alice Cooper, Robert Englund, Christopher Lee and Steven Spielberg. View a list of all the movies/series featured at

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Friday, October 3, 2014

1991 Haunted-Ween presented by Reel Freaks

Haunted-Ween is a mediocre 1991 horror/comedy about a group of college kids having a party in a haunted house to raise money. Considered a cult classic among film students at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, where it was filmed. Presented by the horror hosts called:

Reel Freaks! Where the side shows act of horror and scifi come to you. Join your legendary Barker, Jacob, and his corny but love able side-kick twins, Joel and Nelson as they present some of the worst movies that have ever seen the big screen.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

1982 Tim Burton's Hansel and Gretel

Youtube description: AT LAST!! For you obscure media fans, here is one of legendary filmmaker Tim Burton's early efforts in collaboration with The Disney Channel that aired only once on Halloween night in 1982.

This is Burton's unique, twisted, Burtonesque version of the classic Grimm Fairy Tale featuring an all Asian cast. Hansel and Gretel are the two children of a poor toymaker, whose evil stepmother wishes to do away with them to avoid starving. After being intentionally led away in the woods, they come across a gingerbread house attended to by a bizarre, but seemingly nice old hag with a candy cane nose! (played by the same male actor as the Stepmother) who turns out to have evil designs for our heroes!

After the initial airing, Disney Channel execs were so distraught by the frightening subject matter, that they never allowed the film to be shown again. Thankfully, someone managed to tape it that night, which provides us with this footage.

Hansel - Andy Lee
Gretel - Alison Hong
Stepmother / Wicked Witch - Michael Yama
Father - Jim Ishida
Dan Dan the Gingerbread Man (voice) - David Koenigsburg

Features early work by Stephen Chiodo of the Chiodo Bros. Studio as well as the late Joe Ranft of Disney and Pixar.

Music by John Costa of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood fame!

A very special thanks to Ricsie and his source for locating this!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1980's The Real Ghostbusters - Halloween Episodes

Ghostbusters (1984) was my favorite movie from my childhood which made The Real Ghostbusters (1986-1991) my favorite animated series. I still have the Real Ghostbusters toys (the ecto-1, all 4 ghostbusters, slimer and a can of dried up ecto-plazm) that I got on Christmas of '87 or '88. I loved the whole series especially the 3 Halloween episodes.

When Halloween Was Forever (1986):

Halloween II 1/2 (1987):

The Halloween Door (1989):

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