Happy Halloween and upcoming junk and stuff

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First off I’d to wish everyone a happy Halloween! I hope to review one more Halloween this week. If I don’t to it today then it will be out on Friday. Since I hate to see Halloween end I am making next week Halloween leftovers week to stretch the holiday a little. I hope to have reviews of Halloween 3, Return of Dracula and Bubba Ho Tep plus some pictures of my little Halloween decorations before I pack them up and maybe some stories of some memorable Halloweens for me if I get time. After that I’ll get back to mixing it up more between sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

The Addams Family-Halloween Addams style

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1965

Guests-
Yvonne Peattie as Penelope who is dressed as a witch for a scavenger hunt but gets mistaken for being a real witch Aunt Singe. She only 30 some credits but it was stretched across 40 years.

Don Mcart as crazy Cousin Cackle. He had a handful credits, but this it the one I know him best for. A small role and he looks to be dubbed, but it’s memorable.

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What’s this about?
It’s the greatest holiday of all and the Addams Family are excited. Gomez carves a pumpkin with Fester as a model. Then Gomez and Fester bob for apples only in their version they each get on the end of a giant seesaw and go up and down face first trying to get an apple first. That’s freakin’ bonkers. The holiday festivities are disrupted because Wednesday is upset because a neighbor said there are no such things as witches. The horror, the horror. Wednesday begins to worry because she has never actually met a witch-oh the poor deprived child. The rest of the family put out an ad in the paper seeking a witch no takers. Oh, drat I thought that would get some crackpots responses for sure. Grandmama holds a false séance to contact family relative and witch Aunt Singe, but really Lurch provides the voice and promises to visit Wednesday. A normal but grumpy woman dressed as a witch named Penelope is on a Halloween party scavenger hunt. She splits from her husband to go to the Addams place to look for her share of the items for the scavenger hunt. Boy are you in for it lady. The family mistakes her for Aunt Singe and treats like royalty you know only in a kooky way. She eventually gets freaked out by all the weirdness in the house and jumps out the window with a broom in her hand. Wednesday and the others are impressed and satisfied as they think it was a broom flying launching rather than a terrified person. Oh, well roll the credits.

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The negatives-Nope, it’s classic Addams family. The only thing might be that Pugsley isn’t in it although he is mentioned early on.

The positives-All the regulars get a fair amount to do. Wednesday in particular is in fine form. The bobbing for apples see saw is classic. The guests were solid too. The plot fit in with the show as well. A must see for fans of the show and classic tv.

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Bewitched-Trick or treat

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1965

Guests-
Jack Collins as client Jack Rogers. A fairly busy character actor who was in several Bewitched episodes plsu Dallas, The Rockford Files and more.

Maureen McCormick as the young version of Endora. You know her as Marcia Brady of course. She also had a small role in an earlier episode of Bewitched.

Really hardcore classic tv fans may recognize the magician trick or treater as David Bailey who played Opie’s friend Trey in a few episodes of the Andy Griffith show.

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Endora tries to talk Samantha into going into hiding because it’s Halloween and you know how those mortals trivialize witches around Halloween. Samantha refuses because she needs to stay because Darren is having an impotant client over-wait aren’t they all important? Anyways Larry (the boss from hell) sends Samantha and Darren a box of typical Halloween decorations to put up. Endora really gets her dander up over this. Shortly before the dinner Endora turns herself into a trick or treater and casts a spell on Darren. You know w-e-r oh not that kind of spell but the witchy kind. The client and Larry arrive and Darren gets all hairy and learn that the spell has turned him into a werewolf-oh cool. He tries shaving the fuzz but it comes back even faster-oh isn’t that always the way. The young version of Endora struggles to remember how to reverse the spell- f-l-o not that kind of spell again not even in reverse. Larry and the client finally see Darren as a werewolf but he and Samantha explain it away as it being a new costume. Oh that makes sense well no not really. Eventually they Darren reversed and everything works as it always does even in the hi-jinks of being married to a witch. Roll the credits.

The negatives-It’s Dick York era Bewitched so no complaints.

The positives-A show about a witch frequently had monster type topics, but this is a really good one. A werewolf, spells, trick or treaters in 60’s style costumes and more.

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Home Improvement-The haunting of Taylor house

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1992

Guests-
Jessica Wesson as Jennifer the sort of girlfriend of Brad. SHe played this character for several episodes of Home Improvement. Later she was in several episodes of Judging Amy.

Rider Strong as jerko Danny. He has had a fairly steady career since he was 11 and he’s 33 now. Probably most known as Shawn on Boy meets world.

Aaron Freemon as neighborhood pain in the rump Curtis. he only had a handful of roles in the early 1990’s including two episodes playing this character.

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What’s this about?
On his show Tim blows a pumpkin apart with MORE POWER, what a man. At home they are getting ready to have a Halloween party for the kid’s that night. Jill doesn;t get the costume she wants and is stuck being a huge carrot “ahhhhh, hide the dip”. As always Tim goes overboard and has a bunch of decorations and scary crap everywhere-hey no objections about that from me. Brad comes out and Raggedy Andy and Tim promptly disowns him well, not quite. Seems Brad and his little girlfriend are supposed to dress up as Raggedy Ann and Andy- oh how beautiful. Then Jennifer shows up a biker girl and what’s worse is smug Danny is with her dressed as a little biker dude-what a turdball. Brad gets upset, but Jennifer is mad at him so he tries to figure out why. Tim gives him lame advice that doesn’t work, but eventually Brad finds out what’s wrong and apologizes to her. Danny is being annoying by putting down the party so the kids are all lead downstairs. The basement is all cobwebby and creepy only you know in was decorated that way for the holiday unlike my basement which is always icky like that. Everyone is impressed except creepazoid Danny who is way too cool for such kid’s stuff. Tim comes out as Nanastein a creaky old woman oh yuck what a bizarro. This really creeps kids out except Danny who becomes ever more of a annoyance. So Tim lets out some more elaborate scares and Danny probably used the bathroom on himself as he flees upstairs-wahahaahaha. Roll the credits.

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The negatives-Now as you can tell this one does focus more on Brad’s relationship with Jennifer than just Halloween oh that darn need for a plot.

The positives- I liked this show quite a bit for the first 4-5 episodes and this episode is a good one. I very much like the decorations and costumes in this episode too.

I watch this almost every year around this time.

Goofs-Both Brad and Tim trip at different times and I don’t think either was intentional. Brad’s may have been due to the big Raggedy Andy shoes he had to wear, but I guess Tim was just clumsy.

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Happy Days-Haunted

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1974

Guests
Linda Purl as Gloria, Richie’s girlfriend. Purl would come back as a different character and be Fonzie’s love interest much later in the series.

Beatrice Colen as Marsha the waitress. Colen played this role in a handful of episodes during the first three seasons of the show. You may also recognize her as a regular from the first season of Wonder Woman.

Neil Schwartz as Bag a jerk and member of the Demons. He had a handful of roles but this is probably the one he is most known for as he played Bag in nine episodes of Happy Days.

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Richie, Ralph and Potsie are planning their annual Halloween party. However they don’t want the goofy gang the Demons to crash their shindig so they need to have it at a different location. Ralph decides on an old abandoned house that everyone thinks is haunted-the Simpson house which is supposed to be haunted by Magnolia Simpson. Richie gets picked to check it out oh, dear what a horrid job. He stops at the house with Joanie who is already and then Richie gets scared of something and races out all wide eyed. Later he tells his dad he thought he saw a headless person in the closet and his dad tells him no way, Jose or something like that. He tries to forget the horror of such an image but it still bothers him oh the poor boy, but hey cheer up it’s hallowfreakinween! Richie lies to Ralph and Potsie and says the house is okay. He and Gloria go there for the party and everyone is having a good time. Then Richie has to go to the closet and see the headless body but it’s just a dummy in a rocking chair oh I knew it wasn’t a real ghost. Oh, everything is just fine and they can get back to their wild party of dancing around and eating lunch meat with no bread. Wait another headless body comes down the stairs and everyone is ready to pee in their costumes except Richie who steps forward and exposes the headless thing as Demon member Bag who has been a real rear end through the whole episode. Richie dumps soda on Bag’s head and now Halloween is okay. Roll the credits.

The negatives-Not a whole lot although just to be a little nit picky at the party the hose seems a little bigger and in far better shape than when Richie first saw it.

The positives- Happy Days was at it’s best during this time in my opinion when it was about Richie and Fonzie was still a supporting character. I remember seeing this episode when I was really young and it kind of scared me then so it stuck with me as one of the most memorable episodes of the show and it’s a pretty good one. I also enjoy their costumes and all of the Halloween decorations.

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Halloween/scary episode meaningless trivia of sorts-
Ronnie Howard enters a haunted house in two different shows with this one and when he was much younger as Opie in the Andy Griffith Show.
Beatrice Colen plays the reoccurring role of waitress Marcia in this episode. Cohen also had a small part in the CHiPs Halloween episode a few years later and she was in a Halloween episode of Night Court in the mid-80’s. Which gives her a total of being in Halloween episodes in three different shows. Can any other actor or actress beat or even tie that?

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Dr. Smith’s Insult of the week

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Oh, dear it is almost Halloween. Not that such things frighten or concern me you see it’s just…uh too much silliness for my liking. However I shall go along with the spirit of the holiday for a moment. Therefore this week’s insult is Ferrous Frankenstein. Feel free to use it amidst your trick or treating, bobbing for apples and such activities.

The appeal of Halloween episodes

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If you are a fan of the holiday then it’s not like this really needs to be explained too much, but I’ll just throw it out there. There’s not as many Halloween episodes of shows as there are Christmas episodes, but there are far more Halloweens episodes than there are any other holiday episodes. Some times it was shows where it wasn’t a stretch like Bewitched or the Addams family who were already horror/monster themed so tossing in the holiday that celebrated it wasn’t much of a stretch. Other shows would set their episode at Halloween and include a party, trick or treating and decorations. Halloween is my favorite holiday and always has been so when a show I liked had a Halloween episodes I was always excited. Even now I love to go back watch Halloween episodes of older shows. In some ways it’s even cooler now because the decorations and costumes now represent different periods and it’s cool to see those in these shows as well. Frequently it was comedies that took on the holiday but on occasion action shows would bring in October 31st as well.

***So do you have any favorite Halloween episodes?

****In case you are wondering why I have a picture of CHiPs but I’m not reviewing it this week just know that I am saving it for review when I do an Erik Estrada week (no, really I am) likely some time before the end of 2013.

Halloween episode week schedule and other

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So this coming week will be Halloween episode week where between Sunday and Thursday I will attempt to review five Halloween episodes. Right now I’m thinking the five shows will be Happy Days, Tales from the darkside, Bewitched, The Addams Family and Home Improvement. I ran out of time for watching Bubba Ho Tep this week so I will bump that over until the first week of November which will be Halloween Leftovers week at my blog.

Enjoy!

Upcoming stuff and junk

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My son the mummy and my daughter the sock monkey on their way to trick or treating at the mall the other night.

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Waiting in line for Malloween to start.

I still hope to have a review of Bubba Ho Tep on Saturday and Dr. Smith will drop by. Next week will be Halloween episode week with reviews of Halloween episodes from five shows. Off to a Lions Club Halloween party with the kids tonight. Next week we are going to Halloween activities at open houses at local businesses and a monster science program at the library plus on Halloween I am hoping to make a classic monster themed meal for the family. I am taking off from work on Halloween as I have done for the last 7 or 8 years.

Take care!

Blood from the mummy’s tomb

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1971

Andew Keir as Professor Julian Fuchs an archaeologist, a man in the middle of a curse and wearer of a big bushy beard. Keir was a Scottish actor who had over 100 credits. Hammer fans will also know him from Quatermass and the pit, Dracula prince of darkness and the Viking Queen.

Valerie Leon as Margaret Fuchs (daughter of the above) and Queen Tera -cursed Egyptian royalty missing a hand, but she may or may not be on her way back to the land of the living. A tall british actress who is most know for this film and being in a couple of the comedic Carry On films, she also had small parts in two Bond films.

James Villiers as Corbeck another expedition member and he wants Queen Tera to come back. He worked in a lof of British television and had a great voice, but wore lousy hair pieces.

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What’s this about?
Back in the ancient Egyptian days some scalliwags thought they were hot stuff by cutting off some queen’s hand and tossing it to the jackals/dogs. However a mist came rolling in and resulted in these guys getting a case of the slit throats. Oh, my gosh. Boom now it’s England in the 1970’s, I can tell by the floppy hair and groovy fashions. Margaret is given this big old red ring by her daddy oh, wowee says her boyfriend. Meanwhile her daddy the professor has all sorts of Egyptian artifacts in the basement that no one else is allowed to see. This smirky looking guy moves in nearby and spies on Margaret for a while like he had nothing else to do. Actually most people in this film just seem to either…
A-stand around talking
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B-act like loons
Anyways eventually we learn all these people were involved in finding this ancient Egyptian queen the handless one from earlier. Well Margaret was born in England as this queen’s arm stump begin bleeding so there must be a link between the two (?!). So pretty soon Margaret starts acting funny, everyone involved with the finding of the queen soon begins to die because they all have these cursed artifacts that start scaring the beejeezus out of them. Oh, my a cheap looking artifact help me please!. Margaret’s boyfriend gets suspicious and rip his throat gets sliced open for all to see. The smirky guy was part of the dig too but he wants to bring the queen back which seems to mean the end for Margaret. Smirkyface tries reading from the scroll but the Fuchs family puts an end to him. Not before the queen comes back to life and begins battling with the father and daughter. Hey gravity and curses happen and the ceiling comes down crash. Now we are in a hospital and one woman has survived but she was hurt badly and is bound up like….a mummy! Which woman is it? Roll the credits and figure it out on your own.

The negatives-The script is a bit all over the place at times. There seems to be a lot going on, but only a thing thread between some parts.

Eventually it kind of comes together, but the acting and visuals do more than the script does.

The positives-The acting across the board is pretty solid. The film looks well enough for the small budget. Overall it’s a different kind of mummy film, but I think it’s the second best of Hammer’s four mummy films.

This film was based on a story by Dracula author Bram Stoker. Peter Cushing was originally cast as Professor Fuchs but after the first day of filming his wife took ill. He had to leave the film and they brought Andrew Keir in. Director Seth Putnam also died of a heart attack with one week to filming. Hammer head Michael Carreras came in to direct the last week and wrap it up.

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