Saturday Frights Ep 40

Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 040 (The Return Of The Living Dead)

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 talk a bit about 1985’s cult classic “The Return of the Living Dead”, we briefly discuss the synopsis for the film as well as our favorite bits of trivia and the Projectionist has brought some vintage Drive-In ads for your enjoyment.

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 contact 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.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (The 45 Graves of Wales), if you have musical needs why not contact him at peachy@Retroist.com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page.

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Bugs Bunny - A Wild Hare

Happy 75th Birthday To Bugs Bunny!

It was 75 years ago today on July 27, 1940 that the rabbit that we more or less identify as Bugs Bunny made his appearance in “The Wild Hare” and uttered his famous catch phrase of ‘What’s Up Doc?’.

Created by Tex Avery, if you go by what the legendary Chuck Jones had to say on the matter…and you should, it was however Virgil Ross (Star Trek: The Animated Series) that was the credited animator for Bugs Bunny’s debut. The Wild Hare also gave soon to be fans of Bugs Bunny’s signature madcap humor his relation with the often befuddled hunter, Elmer Fudd. Bugs wasn’t named in this particular short for what it’s worth, that would come with Chuck Jones’ next short ” Elmer’s Pet Rabbit”.

So raise a glass in toast to Bugs Bunny, a comedian who is thankfully still going strong at 75 years young!

[Via] Bugs Bunny TV

Retro Radio Memories Ep 26

Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 026 (Atari’s Asteroids)

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 time I am flying solo once again because this is the 26th of the month which means it’s Atari Day! So instead of our usual old time radio show I’ve selected the 1983 Kid Stuff Records’ Asteroids. Grab a big bowl of cereal and put on those 1970s oversized headphones and journey back to when Atari was supreme!

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

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

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 VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook of course.

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

Showbiz Pizza - Billy Bob

Watch This Concept Unification Video For ShowBiz Pizza…And Be Horrified!

Now before I go further in this post you must understand that in my neck of the woods ShowBiz Pizza was one of the most magical places a young person could find. Rows upon rows of the latest video games and more importantly the entertaining Rock-afire Explosion band that did covers of the Beatles, the Monkees, and Beach Boys songs to name a few.

[Via] Macattac294

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Now I’m in no way knocking those of you that grew up with Chuck E. Cheese but I personally think that Showbiz was hands down the best. But by 1990 after ShowBiz Pizza purchased Chuck E. Cheese due to bankruptcy and due to a legal scuffle over rights with Creative Engineering (Who created and built, designed, and provided the voices for Billy Bob and the rest of the Rock-afire Explosion) forced the company to go it’s separate ways, the owners decided to turn all ShowBiz restaurants into Chuck E. Cheese establishments, putting into effect “Concept Unification”.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia. This isn't a photo of me but it WAS taken at the Fayetteville Arkansas ShowBiz Pizza.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia. This isn’t a photo of me but it WAS taken at the Fayetteville Arkansas ShowBiz Pizza.

What that means is all of the Rock-afire Explosion animatronics and sets were stripped to be repurposed for Chuck E. Cheese with Munch’s Make-Believe Band. To be fair, Circus Pizza Fan has added some sad music to the video but seeing some childhood friends like Dook LaRue, Billy Bob, Rolfe and Earl, Beach Bear, Mitzi Mozerella, Looney Bird, and the always impressive Fatz Geronimo…skinned and gutted is heartbreaking no matter what.

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I Finally Got My Own 1984 Talking Star Wars Alarm Clock!

A few months back I shared my horrid experience with that vile and unholy concoction that mankind has labeled as Fruitcake, in that post I also shared an image from the 1984 Sear Wishbook, a collection of clocks.

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Just a couple of days ago while visiting a wonderful local record shop called Block Street Records, I spied sitting on a television what appeared to be a vintage Star Wars talking alarm clock. The forty-five dollar price tag gave me pause, not because I thought it was too expensive as it was in excellent condition but…you know…we all have bills to pay. Now it just happens that my Father was with me while we checked out the store and he went back the next day and bought it for me, a very nice surprise to find when I returned from the arcade to be sure.

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It works quite well and I’ve made sure to place it in my curio cabinet so it can be protected from accidental falls while trying to shut off the alarm. While C-3PO is rather rude with his translation of R2-D2’s cheery beeps, “You have to get up right away, don’t be so polite, this young rebel is going to be late.”…at least the duo aren’t as violent as the Star Trek Alarm Clock!

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Image courtesy of Greymatter Art

Check Out This “Explorers” Poster By Francesco Francavilla!

Okay. If you’ve been visiting the Retroist for any period of time you will undoubtedly have realized that I am absolutely blown away by the artwork of Francesco Francavilla. There is just something about his style of art that constantly brings a smile to my face, I mean every single time.

Now imagine my delight when one of my favorite Directors of all time, the legendary Joe Dante, tweeted the amazing artwork created for the film’s 30th anniversary that you see up above. You can hop on over to GreyMatter Art and secure yourself a print for a mere $45. It would look mighty nice next to the original on your wall if you ask me!

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.Com

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.Com

Peter Cushing - British Pathe

Did You Know Peter Cushing Was Into Miniature Gaming Thanks To H.G. Wells?

Of the many talents that Peter Cushing displayed in his many years of being an actor I will have to admit that nothing I had ever seen in his vast career would have made me aware in any shape or form that he was a fan of historical miniature gaming.

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Much less that he was using a book of rules for miniature warfare that had been written by none other than H.G. Wells!

[Via] British Pathé