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Rent your videos at Movies to Go!

It is amazing not just how many local video stores we once had, but how many regional chains existed. In the mid-eighties, Movies to Go was a rising power in the midwest and you can see some of what they offered in this classic commercial (did you spot “The Last Starfighter”?).

Sadly the last Movies to Go shut its doors in 2013. Which is actually amazing when you consider how many bigger chains it outlasted.

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Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 034 (The Long Rain)

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. For this episode we give a full synopsis for an episode of the Ray Bradbury Theater entitled “The Long Rain” plus the Projectionist shares some choice Drive-In Ads for your listening pleasure.

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.

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Late Seventies Pizza Hut Magic

It took a long time before I finally stepped foot into a pizza hut, but for most of my life I have been watching their commercials. I do not remember seeing this peppy late seventies one, but it has some great fashion and a fun jingle. Most notably it also has Jimmy Olsen, or at least one version of Jimmy Olsen. Marc McClure, who played Jimmy in four of the Superman films. He was also the older brother in Back to the Future, but somehow he took time out of his busy schedule to make Pizza Hut look like the place to be.

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Kaptain Keds Stickers from Cheerios

This always seemed like a strange team up, but since I had a few of these stickers as a kid it must have worked. In the late seventies Cheerios ran a promotion where they would give away stickers featuring the Keds’ Sneakers mascot Kaptain Ked. All I remember about the Kaptain is that he had HUGE muscles, but the face of a little kid.

It was very disconcerting.

They should totally bring back the Cheerio Yodel.

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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.

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Enjoy this Spooky TV Commercial for CBC Nightfall Cassettes

Nightfall was a CBC radio drama series that ran on CBC Radio from July 1980 to June 1983. It focused mostly on the supernatural/horror subjects with the occasional detour into Sci-Fi and mystery. Unfortunately it was not in my listening range when I was growing up, but I have become acquainted with it recently and it is a great show to listen to when you need a good scare.

In the mid eighties they started to release the show on cassette and they used this wonderfully creepy commercial to sell them…

Want to give Nightfall a listen? Tune into any one of the episode from this player courtesy of the Internet Archive.