TV terror Tuesday-Night Court

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Halloween, too

1985

Harry is planning his annual Halloween party which includes costumes, games and lots of decorations. Christine is excited about it because she doesn’t know any better. Bull tries to make a jack o’lantern by punching. Dan is told by Harry that he needs to were a costume to the party this year or he will lose his great parking spot. So everything is shaping up for the party then Harry runs into Kim and boom preparations for the holiday turns into a bunch of mush. Harry and Kim fall in love fast and do a bunch of silly junk together while making everyone else sick -bleccccccchhhhh. Then Kim is arrested and comes before Harry in court because she’s a witch.  Which? No, witch. This is her lifestyle, her passion, her uh role for this show. A sleezoid reporter is roaming the building and everyone is afraid he will write something about Harry and Kim the witch that will affect Harry’s job. So they try to dodge the reporter. Harry tries to sway Kim from being a witch blah, blah, blah. She can’t give up being a witch so they go their own ways. At the end we finally get to Harry’s party. Harry is sad because he and witchypoo had to part ways, but now we get to see everyone in costume which provides some of the biggest laughs of the episode. Roll those 1980’s TV credits.

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The negatives-The main storyline with Kim is really average at best. Only the nasty reporter chasing them adds much to it.

The positives-It’s early third season and this is the season where I think the show was coming into it’s own.  The chemistry between the characters was really starting to come together at this point. The Halloween costumes, decorations and the glimpses of Harry’s love for the holiday are all worth seeing.

Craft time-Monster duct tape wallets

I did this program at my work yesterday and I did it a few years ago to. You have to make a simple duct tape wallet first. Here is a link to Wikihow for how to make that. Once you have the wallet you move on to the exciting part of this project the monster.

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For the monster flat sheets of duct tape work best. Wal-Mart, Michaels and AC Moore all carry these. Measure for approximate size of the monster you want. Flip the duct tape sheet over. Draw your monster on the paper side, pen works best. Cut out your monster, peel off the paper backing and stick it on the wallet. For the city have a black duct tape sheet handy. Measure the length of you wallet and cut strip that length by three blocks high (the blocks are pre-marked on the paper side. Using the paper side to guide you cut down and up to make the outlines of the city building. Then peel of the backing and put it on the bottom of the wallet over the bottom of the monster to make it look like it is terrorizing the city. Use sharpie markers to make details on the monsters.

I did the red one years ago and the green one last week.

 

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I did this rainbow bird monster at the program yesterday. I discovered that my gold sharpie makes some good lights on the buildings.

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There you go.

First fright Friday-Werewolf in a girl’s dormitory

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Well, how was I to know we’d all be wearing the same outfit?

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Aieeee your hands are cold!

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I can’t act so I’ll just stare at you.

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Why didn’t get a perfect hair helmet?

1961

Ten things about this movie.

1-By girl’s dormitory they mean correctional facility for 30 years olds posing as 20 year olds.
2-Everyone uses fifteen words to say something that would take five words.
3-Security is real light at this place as everyone seems to sneak out at night.
4-All the men except the scuzzy guy wear bad hair pieces.
5-This film has more red herrings than a fish packing place or so I assume as I’ve never been to a fish packing place.
6-With all the killings going a lot of people still continue to run alone in the woods at night.
7-The werewolf must be kind of weak or neat because he doesn’t rip out of his suit.
8-They sure fill up the little graveyard in this film.
9-They should have left that werewolf in the shadows because it’s about as lame as it gets.
10-For a film with a werewolf, blackmail, science experiments and multiple murders this one sure was dull.

Upcoming junk and stuff

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Still planning on doing a First Fright Friday with likely Werewolf in a girl’s dormitory tomorrow. Beyond that Sunday will see another Sleepy Hollow Sunday with possibly the Tim Burton Sleepy Hollow film. For next week TV terror Tuesday and Thursday will be Green Acres and Night Court. Then another First Fright Friday next week and hopefully I’ll get around to see doing Lady Frankenstein for that.

TV terror Thursday-Get Smart

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Weekend Vampire

1965

Max is playing chess with another agent. When Max goes to get coffee a shadow appears, a tune plays and the other agent falls over with two marks on his neck. Turns out he is the third agent to get killed in this way. Professor Sontag examines the dead agent and begins to say something, but then clams up. The media thinks it’s a vampire, but the chief thinks it has to be something else. Max and 99 overhear Sontag talking to a fella named Drago. Apparently Drago had worked for their organization at one point, but got the boot for doing nasty experiments. Max and 99 pose as honeymooners (not not Ralph Cramden) and go off to Drago’s place to see what’s going on. The pretend their car broke down and go to Drago to stay for the night. He puts on the unfriendly mad scientist act but agrees to let them stay. He also has a huge, mute assistant named Hugo and a hidden lab that you enter through a coffin. Other then that every is uh yeah far from normal. The agents get locked in their but use secret agent type expanding rice and explosive toothpaste to blow the door open. Good thing they didn’t put that junk on their teeth. It turns out that their suspicions were right and Drago has been killing these agents. They were the ones who testified against him to get him kicked out so he wanted revenge-don’t they all? He invented this flute with two holes that plays a tune and shoots out ice darts. So they caused the holes, but then melted and left people thinking it was a vampire. It all makes perfect sense…well in the world of a 1960’s sitcom maybe it does ..er maybe not. Anyways Sontag shows up to save Max and 99. Drago and Hugo are stopped and the case has been figured out. During the de-briefing Max almost kills the chief with the dart flute so things are back to normal.

The negatives- Not so much unless you are like my wife and hate this show for some reason.

The positives-However if you are like me or my son then you know that this is classic great Get Smart. The guests are good and the horror aspects are a welcome addition even if there wasn’t a real vampire.

 

 

Classic monsters in the 1970’s

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Classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman dominated horror in the 30’s and a large part of the 40’s. Maybe WW2 scared people more than those monsters as their popularity faded around the end of the war. The  1950’s saw invaders from other planets as well as plenty of giant beasties. However by the end of the decade Hammer films decided to revive the classic monsters and Dracula, Frankenstein, the mummy and others lived again. This new found interest in old creatures kept on through the 1960’s. However films like Rosemary’s Baby and the Night of the living dead popped up at the end of the decade and they showed audiences scarier things than dusty vampires and creaky mummies. By the early 1970’s Hammer was trying to keep their monsters going, but tried different takes on some of them like bringing Dracula into modern times, making a Frankenstein comedy and having a mummy’s curse film with a beautiful woman instead of a bandaged sack of dry flesh. However films the Exorcist and the Texas chainsaw massacre were outdoing the gothic tales of Hammer and by the middle of the decade the studio that dripped blood was almost done. In Spain Paul Naschy was starring in films with mostly werewolves and some vampires. He stayed busy for a long time and actually the 70’s was a very good time for this sort of film in Spain as far as amount of films they made. These films had their audiences but they certainly didn’t their genre as they usually went by the same old very basic formula that we have seen over and over. Vampires have always been the monster that seems to show up in the most films and despite the decrease in classic monster films overall in the 70’s the blood suckers still did alright. Maybe the middle of the decade didn’t see too many films, but 1979 saw a relative explosion of vampire films with remakes of Dracula and Nosferatu plus Salem’s Lot , the spoof Love at first bite and on TV the short lived show Cliffhangers had the Curse of Dracula series. The phantom of the opera saw a 70’s glam rock revival in the all too overlooked Phantom of the paradise. On the small screen it seemed variety shows all had to have a Halloween episode normally with someone dressing as a square headed Frankenstein monster or somewhere in traditional Dracula outfit complete with cape and a bad Bela Lugosi impersonation. For me the most memorable small screen classic monster show of the 1970’s was the one season show The monster squad. Made by some of the same people that did the 60’s Batman show this had an even stronger camp element to it and featured wax figures of Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman that could come to life to fight would be master criminals including a mummy, a skeleton, a witch and more. As far as classic monsters go I think it was split between movies and shows that tried new takes on the character and ones that either spoofed the classic version or just did the same old thing. As someone who grew up in this decade and developed a love for classic monsters in this decade I was glad to see enough attempts at keeping the characters going or re-inventing them.

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TV terror Tuesday-The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew

 

 

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1977

The Hardy Boy’s dad Fenton is off in Europe on business and he disappears-poof. So they go over to see what’s up. All too conveniently Fenton Hardy was working for Nancy Drew’s dad so she pops overseas as well to find what he’s discovered involving some mysterious deaths. So this loosely formed plot has thrown together the main characters and tossed them into another setting. Long range stock footage and voice overs also convince us that oh yes they are in Europe and not you know in some back lot in Hollywood. The Hardy boys meet investigator Hans Stavlin (Lorne Greene) who had met their dad but doesn’t know where he is now. Eventually the Hardys and Nancy Drew meet and Nancy flips Frank onto the floor (one of the real highlights of this two parter) although Joe probably deserves it more because you know that he is going to “sing” at some point soon. They share what they know about mysterious deaths and the whereabouts of the Hardy’s dad. All roads seem to point to Transylvania. Where a concert is taking place at Dracula’s castle. The headliner is Allison Troy (Paul Williams) sort of a cross between Alice Cooper and Elton John. It also looks like murders coincide with places where Allison Troy has stopped on his tour. So he may doing harm with more than just his music. Somewhere around this time we go into a part two which has about as much structure as the first part which is to say not much. Some people turn up with bite marks on their necks-aieeee! There are some rubber bats posing as vampire bats doing some attacking. Nancy snoops around like she always does. Some villagers get angry and think the rock festival is evil…evil I tell you. There’s some running around and eventually Mr. Hardy pops up and the mystery gets solved. However despite the smallness of the event the rock concert and the castle overshadows the mystery that’s going on for the viewers. I mean despite the lack of rockin’ there’s still music, 70’s fashions, everyone in costume and it’s all at a castle. Everything gets wrapped up and roll the credits before Shaun Cassidy sings again…oops too late there he goes.

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The negatives-This was the beginning of season two and quite honestly the mystery part here and most of the second season isn’t nearly as strong as it was in the first season. The thin plot seems stretched even thinner over two parts.

The positives-Paul Williams seemed like and odd pick for a hipster 70’s rock star here and he has some lame lines, but overall he handles it well and proves to be one of the real draws of the second part. Even though I preferred the Hardy Boys when I was a kid I now that Pamela Sue Martin’s Nancy Drew puts them to shame as far as TV detectives go. The Hardys were often clueless while Nancy was relentless.

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Sleepy Hollow Sundays-The legend of Smurfy Hollow

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2013

So Hefty and some other Smurfs are smurfing around the campfire-wait is that dirty or not? That’s what comes from using the same word for so many things. Anyways Narrator Smurf comes up and yes apparently there really is such a character at least for this show. He tells the story of the legend of Smurfy Hollow as it changes from CGI to old style animation to appease old stuck in the mud, grumpy people. So years ago they had a smurfberry collecting contest thingiemasomething. Brainy had won nine years in a row and was bragging that he’d win again. Gutsy smurf says he will this year. In case you missed the new movies Gutsy is the Scottish themed Smurf. SO the contest starts and everyone avoids Smurfy Hollow because apparently of you cross the covered bridge to get there you will end up running into all kinds of nasty trouble-oh, dear. Gutsy follows Brainy and is shocked to see him go across the bridge and over to Smurfy Hollow. Gutsy follows and is shocked to see that that there is a huge stash of Smurfberries growing there that Brainy has never told anyone else about-the skunk. Gutsy decides to play a trick and creates a fake headless horseman then he scares Brainy off and collects tons of Smurf berries for himself. He hauls them back to the village to claim his prize. All goes well until everyone wonders where Brainy is. Gutsy feels guiltsy I mean guilty and goes to looks for him. Smurfette follows as she suspects something is up. Gutsy tells her what he did and they both go to Smurfy Hollow to find dorky I mean Brainy. They find him in one of Gargamel’s traps and of course then they both get trapped like a couple of smurfheaded Smurfs. Azrael the cat sees them and goes off to inform Gargamel. The smurfs thinks they are up smurf creek without a paddle until Gutsy and Briany get loose, but the baddies arrive before they can free Smurfette so they take cover nearby. Gargamel gets Smurfette out but she escapes. The baddies go after the three Smurfs and then headless horseman appears as a glowing green thingie and chases them. The Smurfs head to the covered bridge with Garagamel and Azrael behind them and the headless horseman chasing behind. The Smurfs make it across the bridge-whew I was worried. Gargamel and Azrael make it to the bridge but unwisely taunt the headless, glowing guy who trows a glowy pumpkin at them and the evil guy and his cat fall in the water-ker-splash. The three Smurfs get back to the village and they are all nice to each other now and all if forgiven. Off to the far side we see that Papa Smurf magically transformed a goat in the headless horseman to help the smurfs and he turns it back into a goat. We go back to our CGI Smurfs who get scared by bats and roll the them Smurfy credits.

The negatives-Not so much. If you didn’t like the Smurfs already you won’t like this, but you probably know that.

The positives-Fans of the old Smurfs will like this with it’s flashback and the 1981 style animation. It also captures the feel of the original series. My kids and I all enjoyed this one.

We get the voices of Hank Azaria, Tom Kane and even Frank Welker in this one so a good story and some voice acting talent. Can’t go wrong with that.