Darren McGavin

Darren McGavin On Larry King (1992)

I do believe that once or twice on the Retroist there have been those of us that have declared our love for the late Darren McGavin. A wonderful actor that left behind a fantastic legacy when he passed away back in 2006. He was in numerous TV series and films such as Mike Hammer, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Natural, and of course the beloved A Christmas Story to name a few.

With 181 acting credits it is quite hard to stop and shine a spotlight on his most important acting gig but I think it is a safe bet to say he is best remembered for his role as that wisecracking street reporter, Carl Kolchak, who to his dismay constantly found himself thrust into the dangerous world of the supernatural each week in Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
kolchak the night stalker
Thanks to Videoholic’s YouTube channel we can watch this almost 5 minute clip with McGavin on the Larry King Show discussing a bit about his career. Sadly they do not bring up the Night Stalker but the actor does address the reason he wasn’t credited in 1984’s The Natural as well as why he enjoyed being an actor.

Of course if you need to know more about Kolchak: The Night Stalker why not listen to episode #60 of the Retroist Podcast?


Don’t Laugh At Trog…

Until a couple of months ago I am sad to say I never knew about 1970’s Trog. It stars Joan Crawford as an anthropologist who discovers a troglodyte hiding deep in the caves of England. In an attempt to learn from “Trog” she uses surgery and tries to train it to be less bestial but when Michael Gough (Batman) releases the beast it goes on a rampage…or it might just be visiting a local park judging by the trailer.

[Via] Movieclips Trailer Vault

I’ve yet to see the film for myself and hopefully I can take care of that this weekend but if the poster is anything to go by I think I am in for some B-Movie goodness! I really do miss the days of creative poster design…hopefully they will make a return one day.
Trog - 1970

Image courtesy of the Vintage Toy Archive.

Tremble At Topper’s 1969 Motorized Monster Maker!

I have always wondered if everyone when they are kids do not long for the heady thrills that the character of Dr. Frankenstein experienced by bringing into creation a monster by mad science and sheer will…I think the answer is a resounding yes judging by the amount of make-a-monster toys like the wonderful Mad Scientist Monster Lab sets from the late 1980s.

A couple of days ago I stumbled upon the Galaxon Space Monster Mold Kit over on the Vintage Toy Archive which you can see at the top of this post, making me realize that even back in the 60’s there were kids who wanted to create their very own monster to shock and amaze. I can honestly say I haven’t ever seen one before but apparently there was a whole line of kits available as you will see in the commercial below!

[Via] My Footage

It seems that Topper Toys was also responsible for the Johnny Lightning die-cast metal car line, the Dawn Dolls, Suzy Homemaker, and of course the incredibly awesome Ding-A-Ling line of Robots!

Images courtesy of Collectiondx and Robokeith.

Images courtesy of Collectiondx and Robokeith.

The Exorcist - Good Morning America

The Exorcist Cast Reunion On Good Morning America (1984)

I think it’s safe to say that when I first saw 1973’s The Exorcist I was totally too young to comprehend the horror it was presenting. I guess I saw it when I was probably around seven or eight thanks to it airing on the Movie Channel. All in all I was actually bored by the film, especially when my Father talked up how absolutely horrifying the film was when he first saw it, the shocked audience members, the young women fainting, etc.

Having said that though when I watched the film about eight years later…boom…I was absolutely terrified by it. I had a very, very hard time getting to sleep that night, my brain kept playing over the ultimate nightmarish scenario of what was said to be true events. Of course being a fright fan means that in some masochistic way I really do enjoy being absolutely terrified out of my mind…so that is why I revisit the Exorcist on dark and stormy nights now and again.

The other day I stumbled across this 10th anniversary interview from a 1984 episode of Good Morning America featuring host Joan Lunden discussing the cultural impact with Max Von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, and of course Linda Blair. William Peter Blatty, the author of the novel that the film was based on as well as screenwriter for that script is interviewed as well.

[Via] Behind the Exorcist

Retro Radio Memories Ep 36

Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 036 (Lights Out – Death Robbery)

Welcome to the 36th episode of the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week we will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. This week we have a 1947 episode of Lights Out entitled “Death Robbery” and starring Boris Karloff!

If you have any comments or feedback for the Projectionist and I you can contact us at by way of VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also reach us by Twitter and of course on Facebook.

The music on the podcast was provided by Peachy. You can contact him at Peachy@Retroist.com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page.

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Saturday Frights Ep 44

Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 044 (Madman)

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. All this month in celebration of October we will have a new episode every week and to start us off this time we will be discussing 1982’s cult movie “Madman”!

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.

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The NEW ending music for the show is entitled “Twisted Toys”…suitable for working with the Projectionist and was provided by Tony Longworth, you can visit his site by clicking that link provided or hopping over to his Soundcloud Page!

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Leave A Universal Monster Everywhere You Go With These Reuseable Stickers!

Here is a fun idea for all of us Universal Monsters fans for this October. We need to scour the internet and purchase all of these 1982 Reusable foil stickers featuring our favorite monsters and wherever we happen to visit post one…in a legal spot and without vandalizing anything…to let other Retroist fans know we’ve been there!

Say like if you were going to visit the Monster-Mania Con this weekend?


You can hop on over to Embrace123’s Etsy shop to pick up this particular sticker pack.