Atari: Game Over Trailer Debuts!

Atari Game Over - XBox
One of the most exciting things I’ve seen from the Comic-Con this year was this debut for the Atari: Game Over trailer by Microsoft. This is the documentary by Zak Penn (X-Men 2, The Incredible Hulk) that you might recall hearing about a few months ago when they began to excavate dumped Atari cartridges from the Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill. While the trailer definitely seems to be playing to the Atari’s E.T. was the worst video game ever made crowd, what really took me by surprise is the angle on Howard Scott Warshaw (Yar’s Revenge, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.) and this is definitely what makes me want to see this documentary very badly.

A rough cut screening for the documentary at Comic-Con is said to have been met with standing ovation, so I think that’s a good sign of what is to come this Fall. I believe it will be made available to all XBOX Gold members on it’s release, we will update as we learn more about it.

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Retro Records: Power Records – The Incredible Hulk At Bay! (1974)

Image courtesy of the Power Records Blog.

Image courtesy of the Power Records Blog.


With the Comic-Con winding down it felt like the appropriate time to share this 1974 Power Records presentation of “The Incredible Hulk at Bay!” and as you can see from the cover provided by the Power Records Blog, the Hulk has to contend with the likes of the Abomination and the Rhino in this story!

This story was written by Steve Englehart (The Defenders, Doctor Strange) and Gerry Conway (Spider-Man, Justice League of America) with the art by Jack Abel (Iron Man, Tomb of Dracula) and Herb Trimpe (The Incredible Hulk, Machine Man). This tale also has Hulk nemesis General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross playing an unexpected role and it all ends rather oddly for a Power Record.

So grab your favorite beverage and set aside a mere fifteen minutes of your day as you join us on Retro Records as we experience the Incredible Hulk at Bay!

[Via] Brandon Hex

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Saturday Frights: Lights Out By David F. Sandberg

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Welcome friends to a very special late night screening here at the Retroist Vault on Saturday Frights! The Projectionist and Daniel XIII have returned from their road trip, both are being very tight-lipped about what they picked up…but I saw the two of them stacking crates on the freight elevator earlier this evening. I will assume they were able to score a sweet pile of films for the Vault…though I thought that one of the crates may have something stenciled on it that read “Sumatran Rat Monkey”.

For tonight’s viewing entertainment we present David F. Sandberg’s short film entitled “Lights Out”, a wickedly delightfully tale of a poor woman who as she prepares to go to bed discovers that when she switches the hallway lights off their is a silhouette of woman standing at the end of the hall.

Lights Out was the recipient of the Best Short award at the 2014 Bilbao Fantasy Film Festival and David won for Best Director in the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge.

I highly recommend that you turn down the lights in your own room and turn up the volume while you watch this fantastic short film.

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Retro Radio Memories: The Orson Welles Almanac With Guest Star Groucho Marx (1944)

Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.

Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.


Welcome back friends to another installment of Retro Radio Memories! This week we share the first episode of the Orson Welles Almanac featuring special guest star Groucho Marx, which originally aired back on January 26, 1944.

The show came about thanks to the legendary Welles stepping in as host on the popular Jack Benny Program, doing so when Benny became ill for four straight presentations starting on March 14, 1943 and lasting until April 4th. The show featured all manner of subjects from drama, magic, world news, and very humorous personal commentary by Welles himself. It only lasted 26 episodes and was mostly recorded while Welles visited U.S. military camps where he was peforming before the troops.

One reason it didn’t last longer than 26 episodes might have something to do with Welles and his battle against his sponsor, Mobil Oil and Gas…which you’ll hear him take a jab at in the first two minutes of the radio program. The Orson Welles Almanac or as it was also known The Orson Welles Comedy Show only played in California and Arizonia, a victim of those battles against Mobil.

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Space Station ’76

Space Station '76

With the tagline ‘Welcome to the future of your past.’, this new comedy starring Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler looks like it will be a lot of fun when it hits later this year.

It looks like they got the 70′s view of the future just right, so they already have me on board!

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Behind The Scenes: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

I have very strong memories of seeing Close Encounters of the Third Kind when it originally was released in theaters back in 1977. At five years old it was the perfect film to not only keep me captivated for the running time but I can remember being equal parts terrified (Especially during the scene when Barry Guiler is abducted) and amused by Richard Dreyfuss’ antics.

Another of those memories involved the entire audience in attendance at the Razorback Theater roaring with laughter when the alien mothership makes first contact with a bass note that shatters an observation booth window.

[Via] MovieClips

Thanks to Join You In The Sun’s Imgur Page we have this behind the scenes image of a young Steven Spielberg during a quiet moment on the set. It looks like he is trying to imagine what the Mothership would like up close and personal.

Image courtesy of Join You In The Sun.

Image courtesy of Join You In The Sun.

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Big Foot Board Game By Milton Bradley (1977)

Image courtesy of the Vintage Toy Archive Tumblr.

Image courtesy of the Vintage Toy Archive Tumblr.


Thanks to Tom Berges who a couple of days ago posted the article Bigfoot: The Legend of Sasquatch it got me thinking about not only when I saw that film at the local Drive-In of my youth but of a board game that I was able to play over at a friends house around that time. It took me a little while to find it because in my rusty memory banks I was positive it was called Sasquatch but when I found that cover art above thanks to the Vintage Toy Archive Tumblr it all came back to me.

I was hoping I could find a TV commercial for the board game but at least BoardGameGeek had some photos to share.

Following images courtesy of BoardGameGeek.

Following images courtesy of BoardGameGeek.

Big Foot A - BoardGameGeek

Big Foot B - BoardGameGeek

Players took on the role of prospectors in Alaska hoping to strike it rich with the mother of all Gold lodes, too bad there have been sightings of a Bigfoot in the area. While you moved around the board you would land on certain spots that would allow you to move the Bigfoot, you pre-loaded the plastic Sasquatch with discs and when it passed over a player you would press the Bigfoot down, if it deposited a Bigfoot symbol on the player you were out of the game…which meant the beast probably tore your prospector to pieces. It was a kid’s game though…Milton Bradley probably didn’t feel like adding that in the artwork…but we kids knew what was happening.

The game was released under the titles of Big Foot, Big Foot: The Giant Snow Monster Game, as well as Yeti. I think I’ll have to keep my eye out when visiting flea markets for this game, looks pretty fun.

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