Saturday Frights Podcast – Episode 017 (Salem’s Lot)

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Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will discuss a particular horror movie or horror themed TV episode from the Retroist Vault and this time we chose the 1979 made for TV movie adaptation of Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot”. We discuss the synopsis for the movie and its notable cast and crew, and the Projectionist has also brought along some Drive-In ads for your listening pleasure from the Phillip Cary library!

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.Com. You can also follow me on Twitter and on Facebook. The Projectionist may be reached at https://www.facebook.com/projectionist.haunteddrivein if you have any comments or questions for the shadowy cinephile from Haddonfield.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Harry Sukman of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not contact Peachy at peachy@retroist.com. And “like” him on his Facebook Page.

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Land of the Lost Nodniks

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I found these a few weeks ago at an antique mall. They’re not old, but they’re from an old TV show and they were so adorable that I just had to pick them up and put them on my desk.

The first person that saw them asked me why I had Godzilla and King Kong on my desk. I kindly directed them to the nearest dimensional portal and sent them on their way.

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Singles Bars hate the new Video Dating

Here is another great ad for a technology still in its infancy that is promising to revolutionize daily life, video dating. Which according the service “Great Expectations” is the future because busy professionals don’t have time or energy to hit the bars. Instead they are using the power of video to help them decide who they want to date.

Video dating is the direct predecessor of online dating (sans matching algorithms) and it is amazing how little things have changed in the way they advertise their services.

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Raiders Re-Imagined

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Here’s an intriguing item that popped up recently. Steven Soderbergh has posted a re-imagined version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, replacing the audio and removing the color, all to enhance the ‘staging’ of the movie. The film producer has a point; even without the classic score, quote-friendly dialogue and saturated colors, the film fizzes with atmosphere and I’m sure others could learn a lot from this toned-down masterpiece.

I read somewhere that Spielberg originally wanted to produce the film in black and white. Whilst I’m glad that he didn’t, I can see his reasoning. Visit Soderbergh’s Extension 765 website to see the film.

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Rob McElhenney from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” does a Nineties Anti-smoking PSA

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When I first started watching, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, I thought the creator of the show and the guy who plays Mac, Rob McElhenney, looked really familiar. I looked him up online then and saw he had a few credits, but none of them seemed familiar. It took until just last week for me to find out where I saw him. It was this mid-1990s anti-smoking PSA where he plays a too cool for anything teenager who almost can’t be bothered talking to the camera.

The part I remember so much is when he tells his friend to wait for him. His delivery of it seemed like something I had heard a million times when I was a teenager in high school.

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William Tecumseh Sherman and the Power Glove

Many people remember William Tecumseh Sherman for the total war “Scorched Earth” tactics he used during the American Civil War, but did you know that “Uncle Billy” was also a skilled user of Nintendo Power Glove? Try talking to a historian about him and they will lecture you for hours about his March to the Sea, but will not have a word to say about his prowess at Super Glove Ball.

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This wonderful piece of speculative art was created by Mads Frantzen.

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G.I. Joe Commando Attack Board Game

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The G.I. Joe Commando Attack board game by Hasbro came out in 1985 and it was on all my circle of friends’ Christmas lists. My friend who lived around the corner got a copy and it became an obsession up through the summer of 1986 for all of us.

It wasn’t the most complicated game, and much of the game mechanics are based on luck through the roll of dice, but it had enough decision-making to make it just challenging enough for a bunch of hardcore Joe collectors. In the game you moved your pieces across the board trying to defeat your enemies and capture objectives. Even though the pieces were cardboard, they were great looking pieces, because they featured the figure package art for each character.

As an added bonus, the bases could also be used to support the actual action figures, so not only could you use them in this game, but you could use the base to help hold up your figures when playing around in the yard.

Here was the commercial that really won us over to the game…Go Joe!

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