Retro Radio Memories Ep 12

Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 012 (The Shadow – The League Of Terror)

Welcome back friends to the Retro Radio Memories podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will briefly discuss a classic old time radio show before sharing said program with you listeners. This week we present an episode from the immensely popular Shadow radio series from 1938 entitled “The League of Terror”!

If you have any suggestions for radio programs you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at You can also follow me on Twitter and on Facebook of course. The Projectionist may be reached at if you have any comments or questions for the shadowy cinephile from Haddonfield.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Benny Goodman of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not contact Peachy at peachy@Retroist.Com . And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page.

If you like what you heard from this particular Shadow episode then be sure to visit the Internet Archive to hear more adventures!

Diary of An Arcade Employee - Ep 1 - Moon Patrol

Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 001 (Moon Patrol)

Welcome friends to the first episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. I’ve also included some vintage audio treats that pertain to the game for this show which is Moon Patrol!

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at You can also follow me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by “Liking” their Facebook page!

For more information on the Bootleg games I mentioned on the show be sure to visit Earl Green’s Phosphor Dot Fossils site!

I also certainly hope you will share your own memories of not just Moon Patrol but your favorite arcades in the comments section. Thank you for your listening time and have a great weekend!

John Carpenter - Night

Saturday Frights: John Carpenter’s “Night” (Official Music Video)

Hello there, dear viewers! I have just returned early this morning to the Retroist Vault, having completed my work in Haddonfield. Heh, heh. I do humbly apologize about leaving Victor in charge of your entertainment choices on Saturday Frights these last few weeks but what options did I have?

Perhaps the news that we are about to record a new Saturday Frights radio broadcast might lessen the sting of his dubious tastes?

Judging by some of your electronic correspondences that you have been kind enough to send me, some of you feel that I am not a Hepcat, that I may have lost touch with what you youngsters find to be enjoyable music. This is not so. To prove these baseless accusations are false I present a musical short featuring the famous Director and Songsmith, John Carpenter.

(Ahem. Thanks to Io9 for the heads up on this music video featuring John Carpenter entitled “Night”, which is a track from his “Lost Themes”album. The video was directed by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst – Vic)

Adventures In Babysitting - Wax Wrapper - Shawn Robare - Branded in the 80s

Ready For Those Adventures In Babysitting Trading Cards?

There are many films from the 80s for one reason or another that never had the opportunity to get their own card set, that is just a sad fact. Predator, Alien Nation, Night of the Creeps, and so many more. Which is why it’s great that talented people like Shawn Robare of Branded in the 80s is on the job and picking up that slack!

You might recall last September when he took it upon himself to craft a set of virtual cards for 1987’s The Monster Squad. Well, he has done it again but this time has set his sights on the Chris Columbus 1987 teenage adventure/comedy Adventures In Babysitting.

All images courtesy of Shawn Robare and Branded in the 80s.

All images courtesy of Shawn Robare and Branded in the 80s.

I saw Adventures in Babysitting along with my Cousin Brandon back in the day when it opened on July 1st, 1987. It was the perfect film for us with it’s mixture of teenage comedy and the threatening but almost comic book villains. This movie also made me fall head over heels for the beautiful Elisabeth Shue, a crush that I had for quite a few years.

[Via] Club 1981 Channel

Adventures in Babysitting Trading Cards #9 - Shawn Robare - Branded in the 80s

I really want to give a big thanks to Shawn for letting me share these cards with you but make sure that you hop over to Branded in the 80s to see the whole set. The amount of detail and work that he has put into them is more than just a little awesome!

The Spirit Pencil Test

Check Out The 1980 Pencil Test For “The Spirit” Animated Film That Could Have Been!

Thanks to Daniel XIII, who was helping me move some crates that the Projectionist brought back with him from his trip to Haddonfield, we got to talking about the Will Eisner’s legendary sequential art icon The Spirit.

After we had securely stored the crates inside one of the vaults…I still think it sounded like something was whimpering inside one of them…Daniel XIII asked if I had ever had the pleasure of seeing the pencil-tests that were done for an abandoned 1980 animated feature film for The Spirit.

I believe the look on my face gave him all the answer he needed because before I knew it he had pulled up the test footage on his laptop. To say this is incredible is putting it mildly. This was uploaded by Steven Paul Leiva(Stay Tuned, Space Jam) on his YouTube Channel who not only tried to get the film made back in 1980 but was working with Gary Kurtz (Star Wars) and Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles)!

From his YouTube upload:
“In 2008 as Frank Miller’s live action feature film based on Will Eisner’s “The Spirit” was being released I wrote a piece for the Los Angeles Times on the time, back in 1980, when I became involved with Brad Bird and Gary Kurtz (producer of the first two “Star Wars” movies) in trying to get into production an animated feature based on “The Spirit”. I spoke of a pencil test “trailer” for the our proposed film that was made by Bird along with several classmates from Cal Arts, most of whom were working at Disney at the time. Quite a few people who read the article contacted me about seeing the film. I did have it on an old VHS, but it was deep in storage at the time plus as I did not really own the film, I told them they would have to look elsewhere to find a copy. Later, I found the VHS and put it aside. Recently Andrea Fiamma, an Italian journalist writing on the subject for the website Fumettologica,” asked again if the film could be seen. As it is a small piece of animation history, I’ve decided to post it here.”

Night Flight - Aeryk Pierson

Night Flight is Back!

Breaking News (as of April 16, 2015): Those of us who grew up with Night Flight have reason to run screaming into the streets like children jacked up on sugar and Christmas. Night Flight posted a video on their YouTube page titled Night Flight’s Back. It’s both wildly wonderful and deeply depressing.

Wildly wonderful because I can’t imagine what they come up with in this day and age. Deeply depressing because there is absolutely NO details about when, or where, we will see the new Night Flight goodness.

I will keep my vigilant watch and pass on any information as it becomes available. For now, here’s the teaser:

[Via] Night Flight


HesWare pleases the Tough Customer

HesWare has some pretty decent games for your home computer, but this ad with its arcade imagery and ample neon really sells the games a bit too hard in my opinion. Sure RetroBall was fun and I really liked MazeMaster, but I am not sure they really invoked the arcade experience that is captured in this ad. I guess as a customer I am just a little too tough.