Thursday, October 20, 2016

1930-1960 Spook Show Theater Trailers

Between the 1930s-1960s movie theaters would have live shows that featured magicians performing magic tricks, séances, special effects and scary skits. This was at a time when people were unaware of how these seemingly incredible tricks were pulled off and it was a relatively new form of entertainment before the invention of the haunted attraction. Many of these spook shows doubled with horror movies and played at smaller movie theaters during the Halloween season or different parts of the year. This video of trailers were shown in theaters before the horror movie. Some of this stuff is genuinely scary, especially in a dark theater. Eventually these shows would incorporate bloody special effects and sometimes be referred to as Midnight Horror Shows. The shows were daring for their time, but would phase out by the end of the 1960s. This video was put together by Something Weird Video, some of the trailers featured are:

Dr. Rome The Ghostmaster in person
Halloween Convention of Spooks
Black Magic African Doctors
Chamber of Horrors

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

2009 Wolfman Mac's Chiller Drive-In

Wolfman Mac's Chiller Drive-In is a horror host series hosted by "Wolfman" Mac Kelly and his sidekick, Boney Bob, a plastic skeleton purchased from K-Mart. The series aired Saturday nights at 10 pm from March 14, 2008 to October 29, 2011 on various local television stations in Detroit and on the Retro Television Network nationally. The show typically features vintage sci-fi and horror films that are in the public domain, enhanced with retro commercials, nostalgic clips, and skits. Both the cast and crew of the show are volunteers who filmed the show at Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac, MI.

The Halloween episode originally aired October 31, 2009 and featured the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead which has been edited out. Wolfman Mac hands out candy to trick or treaters and later searches for his friends who vanish. This episode also features Lori Wild as Regan, Nina Kircher as Madame Nina, Dean Vanderkolk as Witch Doctor, Adam Showers as Morbid Melvin and Susan Valenti as Rubella.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1994 Walt Disney World Inside Out - October Halloween Episode

Walt Disney World Inside Out was an American monthly television show that aired on the Disney Channel from 1994 to 1997. The show featured footage of attractions at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The original host was comedian Scott Herriot, but in 1996 J.D. Roth and Brianne Leary took over the hosting duties with George Foreman as the guest co-host.

Time for the very special Halloween themed 5th episode of Walt Disney World Inside Out that originally aired in October 1994. Get a look at the (then new) Twilight Zone Tower of Terror with Gilbert Gottfried, the Maelstrom, and a rare look at the old Innoventions Imagineering Labs. Plus Pleasure Island, the Haunted Mansion, and other spooky haunts.

Monday, October 17, 2016

1994 The Norfin Adventures Castle of Doom

An animated special based on type of plastic doll with furry up-combed hair depicting a troll, also known as a Dam doll after their creator Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam. The toys were known as good luck trolls and were originally created in 1959, and became one of the United States' biggest toy fads in the early 1960s. They became fads again in brief periods from the 1970s through the 1990s and were copied by several manufacturers under different names. In the late 1980's, the Dam trolls were marketed under the trade name of Norfin Trolls in North America, with the Adopt A Norfin Troll logo on the tags. During the 1990s, several video games, a video show and animated specials were created based on troll dolls.

The Castle of Doom is a Halloween animated special originally released on VHS September 21, 1994. It's basically Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman as trolls, trying to scare away other trolls looking for something in mad scientist Doom's castle, you can’t beat that! A Christmas animated special called "A Norfin Noel" was released on VHS a year later. Read more about the Halloween animated special at Check out the video below after the synopsis: The magical trolls are in for a night full of ghosts and goblins as they enter the "Castle of Doom" on Halloween night.

Friday, October 14, 2016

2007 Headless Horseman

Headless Horseman is a SciFi Channel (now called Syfy) film the that's based on the Legend of the Sleepy Hollow villain and originally aired in October 2007. The movie takes the tack that the Washington Irving story was the "white-washed" version and the events in this horror film is the real story. It stars Richard Moll and Billy Aaron Brown and is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.

It's about seven college kids who take a shortcut on their way to a Halloween party and unfortunately end up in Wormwood a small town in the middle of nowhere, where the spirit of the Headless Horseman hunts them one by one.

The acting and characters were average, and the special effects were pretty good for a SciFi film. If you just want a little entertainment for an evening in, then this film is watchable, it's not great but if you don't expect too much then you can make it to the end.


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