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80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Amazing Stories “Go To The Head Of The Class”

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Hey friends! With everyone returning back to school the 80s Anthologies crew (Doug McCoy, Claymation Werewolf, Phishbo3s and myself) decided to present a special episode with a school based theme to it and we chose the Amazing Stories episode “Go To The Head Of The Class” to discuss in this latest podcast.

We have only the one story as this is an Amazing Stories episode but it’s a good one. Originally airing on November 21, 1986 this was episode eight of the second season of the series and while it aired in November it certainly has a Halloween theme to it.

There is a lot of talent behind the camera and in front of it with this episode. You have Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) handling the directing duties and the teleplay was written by Mick Garris (The Stand, Masters of Horror), Tom McLoughlin (Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives, One Dark Night), and Bob Gale (1941, Back to the Future).

“Go to the Head of the Class”
Amazing Stories - Go to the Head of the Class
Slightly obsessed horror fan Peter Brand (Scott Coffey) has a couple of problems in his life. His unrequited love of Cynthia Simpson (Mary Stuart Masterson) as well as his inability to get to class on time, especially when being constantly late brings down the wrath of Professor B.O. Beanes (Christopher Lloyd) on his head. After taking a fall for Cynthia cheating on an essay resulting in Peter ‘meeting the misters’ he is convinced by her that they need to teach Professor Beanes a lesson he’ll never forget.

By listening to a certain ‘Blood Sausage’ album backwards they are imparted with the means to cast a spell that will cause the Professor to be afflicted with an uncontrollable case of hiccups. Gathering up the necessary ingredients means a trip to the local cemetery to obtain the finger bone of a blood relative of Professor Beanes. Peter and Cynthia perform the spell by the stroke of midnight but did it work? Did it afflict the Professor in the way they had intended?

So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post or drop by the McCoyCast Site or iTunes and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let us know if you agree or disagree with our decisions on the merit of each segment?

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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3 thoughts on “80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Amazing Stories “Go To The Head Of The Class”

  1. Yeah, we mentioned this post on the show. I had not heard of this one (or at least had forgotten about it) until I read this post.

  2. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    I haven’t listened to it yet. The episode is a great Halloween watch.

    Unfortunately, the video highlighting the skeleton phone is gone. I love that phone.

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