Swamp Thing - Video Comics

Do You Remember Nickelodeon’s Video Comics Featuring…Swamp Thing?!

Okay, I have to admit that the 1979 to 1981 show on Nickelodeon entitled Video Comics or as it was sometimes called Video Comic Book is a program that I absolutely 100% have no recollection of…and considering how huge of a comic book fan I have always been I believe I would have remembered seeing this promo.

I suppose it was quite possible that in my neck of the woods we didn’t get Nickelodeon as part of basic cable until after this show had finished it’s run…or for some strange reason I was watching something else when it aired. Whatever the reason I am so glad that TV Guy 1979 uploaded these vintage pieces of Nickelodeon’s past.
Swamp Thing - Nickelodeon - Video Comics
Video Comics actually began on Columbus Alive! on a cable television service called QUBE before making it’s way to Nickelodeon. I guess you would call the show an early version of motion comics with a narrator who read the comic itself while viewers would get a pan and scan view of the comic panels with also sound effects and additional voice acting by William Hamilton, Charles Pickard, and Diane Disque.
Swamp Thing - Video Comics - Nickelodeon
It seems that besides Swamp Thing there were episode featuring his fellow DC Comics’ heroes like Green Lantern, The Flash, Adam Strange and even The Atom. So whether you remember this awesome TV show from back in the day or like myself it is your first experience with Video Comics, I hope you can take the time and enjoy watching Swamp Thing in Dark Genesis!

Tales from the Darkside - Inside the Closet

September 6th Will Bring The Chills Thanks To The Complete Series For Both Friday The 13th And Tales From The Darkside!

Many of you I am sure will have fond memories of spending their youth back in the early and late ’80s planted in front of the television set like I did every Saturday night and Sunday so you could catch the latest episode of Tales From The Darkside…

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…and Friday The 13th: The Series.

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If you count yourself among the legions of fans of those two shows then you might want to sit down because I have some great news. Paramount Home Media Distribution and CBS Home Entertainment are releasing the complete series for both of those classics TV shows to DVD starting on September 6th!
Trick or Treat - Tales From The Darkside
We don’t have a whole lot of information just yet but we will be sure to let you know as soon as we hear anything more. The brief announcement for both DVD sets are below:
Friday the 13th the Series Logo
“Micki Foster inherits an antique store from her Uncle Lewis, but this is no ordinary antique shop. Lewis made a deal with the devil — in exchange for material wealth, he will sell cursed antiques. Micki, along with cousin Ryan and her partner, retired magician Jack, have the duty of recovering the antiques to be sealed in their basement, where the items can’t cause more harm.”
Tales from the Darkside Logo
“This horror/fantasy anthology series follows in the vein of The Twilight Zone. Each week presents another standalone story of horror fantasy, and/or science fiction. Some episodes are gruesome, a few are of a lighter comedic style. Like many such shows, Tales… adapted the work of famous genre authors of the period such as Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. Many episodes also featured veteran actors of the 40’s and 50’s that saw very little work in their later years.”

Labyrinth - Worm

‘Allo. It’s Labyrinth’s 30th Anniversary!

It was 30 years ago today that my Father and I stepped into the lobby of the Mall Twin Cinema, a mall movie theater in our neck of the woods that had two auditoriums…naturally. We were there to see Jim Henson and George Lucas’ new live action collaboration entitled Labyrinth. It might be considered a classic now or perhaps a cult classic but I can assure you that when we saw it…there was probably about 20 people in the theater to witness the magic the Jim Henson Company, Brian Froud, and of course the late great David Bowie managed to bring to the big screen.

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I’ve mentioned this before but my Father was never ever a fan of animated fare…or even films that were aimed to a younger audience. He would take me to see the latest Disney movie or things like Transformers: The Movie but he would often find himself having to step outside the theater. This was never the case in regards to the Muppet movies or even the Muppet Show or other works by Jim Henson, including The Dark Crystal and of course Labyrinth. My Father was just as excited about the film as I was and for good reason, right? While I think that Labyrinth is quite a bit lighter in tone than say 1982’s The Dark Crystal it has it’s moments of threat or hints of danger like when Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) happens upon the Firey clan!

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While I do love both films I happen to prefer Labyrinth over The Dark Crystal, only because it is more up my alley. Thanks in no small part to the wonderful designs for the Goblin hordes by legendary illustrator Brian Froud, this was also probably a hold over for my love of the titular characters of 1984’s Gremlins – though the Goblins tend to be less dangerous.
Brian Froud - Goblins
Of course we can’t overlook the many talented performers from the Jim Henson Company who managed to help suspend our disbelief while watching Labyrinth, like how they brought the Helping Hands to life from Terry Jones’ screenplay.

[Via] The Jim Henson Company
So why not take some time today and enjoy revisiting your old friends in the Labyrinth? I can assure you they are still there…through dangers untold. And hardships unnumbered. In the castle; beyond the goblin city…happy to entertain and sing you a song even 30 years later.

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Eddie Murphy - Matthew Laurence - Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live Sports Featuring Eddie Atari (1981)

There are many names that rank as legends in the Golden Age of arcade and video games. Ralph H. Baer, Nolan Bushnell, Allan Alcorn, Walter Day, Billy Mitchell, and Todd Rogers to name just a very few. But there is one name that seems to have been all but forgotten these days, a young man who was once a champion and received national attention on the likes of Saturday Night Sports…
Joe Piscopo - Saturday Night Live
…I’m of course talking about the once legendary Eddie Atari. The man who pioneered the “Italian Maneuver” and some of you might recall when back in 1976 during an Asteroids exhibition he hit his hyperspace button and disappeared for two complete years.
Yes, it turns out we just thought that Atari released Asteroids back in 1979. Being such a rising star it is absolutely hard to believe that anyone could have forgotten the name of Eddie Atari…as well as the tragedy that Saturday Night Sports reporter Matthew Laurence and head anchor Joe Piscopo witnessed on that evening back in 1981 during this live interview.

All my silliness aside, Eddie Murphy is on fire and this skit is worthy of your attention not just to help bring a smile to your face but as a nice reminder at how big arcade games were at the time to enter into such popular television shows like Saturday Night Live!

Ms PacMan - Australian Commercial

Happy Atari Day! What Is Going On In This Australian Ms. Pac-Man Commercial?

The 26th of the month has come upon us once again and you know what that means, right? It’s time to join in the celebration of all things Atari – even when that means experiencing this slightly surreal television commercial for the Australian port of Ms. Pac-Man to the Atari 2600!
Let’s take stock for just a moment before we watch the advertisement. When Ms. Pac-Man reached the Atari 2600 it was I believe a rather pleasant surprise to fans of the Pac-Man Family. It certainly had better graphics than the often unfairly maligned Pac-Man port in 1982 but to be honest the gameplay for Ms. Pac-Man certainly was more faithful to it’s original source.

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So the Atari 2600 home port of Ms. Pac-Man certainly had reason to crow about their achievements, it only made sense they would advertise it heavily on TV, right?

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The Australian Ms. Pac-Man commercial is rather amazing as they didn’t just show that ad above but decided to follow a different marketing path. Embrace the beautiful and bizarre spectacle of watching a young woman, dressed in yellow and red with a giant red hued bow, rollerskating past cardboard maze walls and snatching fruit hanging from fishing wire. It was 1983, friends…it was 1983.
Ms PacMan - Atari 2600

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Atari Logo

Image courtesy of Atari I/O's Facebook page.

Image courtesy of Atari I/O’s Facebook page.

To learn even more about the fun of Atari Day be sure to hop on over and check out fellow Retroist writer Atari Atari I/O’s site by following the link here!

Retro Radio Memories Ep 068

Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 068 (The Mysterious Traveler)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week we will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. Today we are heading back into more familiar territory, you know with the macabre and supernatural with an episode of The Mysterious Traveler entitled “Queen of the Cats”!

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The Changeling

Saturday Frights Suggestion: The Changeling (1980)

The other day a friend to the Saturday Frights Podcast, Mark Derksen, was kind enough to contact me. He wanted to know if perhaps the Projectionist and myself could start making a weekly post – suggesting a horror film or TV episode that was worth watching. I talked it over with the Projectionist and to my surprise he was actually all for it.
Why would I not be amiable to the suggestion, Victor?
Well…even before we became…closer…you always seemed hesitant to embrace new ways of doing things.
Hogwash. Slander at the very least!
Fine. Fine. Let’s get right to the point then. For this week’s Saturday Frights Suggestion we recommend 1980’s superbly creepy tale of ghostly revenge The Changeling.
The Changeling Mansion
Yes. If you are looking for a taught supernatural film you could do far worse than The Changeling. In which George C. Scott plays a character named John Russell who has been subjected to a horrible loss in his life. Things do not exactly improve when he takes us residence in a stately home with a rather checkered past, eh?
That is something of an understatement, Projectionist. Scott ends up teaming up with a woman named Claire Norman – who was played by the actor’s real life wife Trish Van Devere to uncover the grisly secrets of his new home.

It remains to be seen though if they can do this before the angered spirit takes out it’s fury on them first!

[Via] Frightism

I’ve mentioned this before on the site but this is one of those slew of films I caught at the 62 Drive-In of my youth. You briefly see it in the trailer but to this day the ball on the stairs scene will literally make me stand up and turn on the lights in the house when I watch it.
Heh, heh. So very skittish, Sage. There are many fine actors in this feature film, Dear Viewers. Melvyn Douglas as well as Jean Marsh are two that spring to my mind.
Agreed. Although I would add that John Colicos who played Count Baltar in 1978’s Battlestar Galactica and Barry Morse of 1972’s Asylum turn in wonderful performances. Just remember this is something of a pot boiler, the fear slowly builds but the payoff is incredible.
You can see The Changeling for yourself right this minute on DVD, for just a mere six dollars over at Barnes and Noble.Com…I don’t see anything about a Blu-Ray however besides a Japanese import. Of course you could look around online. Ahem.
You would not wish to do that however. That is a fine way to get on my bad side. Heh, heh.
The Changeling - Wheelchair
So there you have it, friends. Our first suggestion for Saturday Frights Suggestions. A big thanks again to Mark for the wonderful idea and please be sure to contact the Projectionist or myself and let us know how you liked the movie!