Star Wars - Tie Fighter- Mighty Otaking

This Star Wars TIE Fighter Short Film Is The Anime You’ve Been Looking For!

I want to give a big thanks our friends from over at the Throwback Reviews Podcast for sharing this short film on their Facebook page the other day, because it is without a doubt one of the absolute coolest Star Wars fan-made shorts that we’ve had the pleasure of watching.

It took 4 years worth of work by OtaKing77077 to complete this 7:27 short film, working on it on his weekends, drawing as well as animating it by himself. With some help on the music by Zak Rahman and audio effects by Joseph Leyva what we are presented is a crack TIE fighter squadron that are definitely a deadly threat to the Rebel Alliance and it’s all presented in the style of 80’s anime!

[Via] OtaKing77077

Make sure to visit Otaking77077’s deviantART page where he is known as the Mighty Otaking if you want to download a copy of his poster in better detail, not to mention you need to see the rest of his fantastic artwork!


Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 032 (Night Gallery’s Marmalade Wine)

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 full synopsis for 1971 Night Gallery segment entitled “Marmalade Wine” before mentioning the notable cast and crew…plus the Projectionist has a nice TV ad 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 if you have any comments or questions for the shadowy cinephile from Haddonfield.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Gil Mellé of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not contact Peachy at And “like” him on his Facebook Page.

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The Sure Thing 30th Anniversary - Shout! Factory

It’s A Sure Thing When Shout! Factory Releases The 30th Anniversary Edition Of The Sure Thing On Blu-Ray

I want to thank our friends from Shout! Factory for letting me review their upcoming 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray for 1985’s The Sure Thing. This was a film that I first fell in love with thanks to constant rentals at my local video store and when I started to work at that same store…well…most Saturday nights if you dropped by you would see that I had this playing in the lobby.

Directed by Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap, A Few Good Men) and starring John Cusack (Say Anything, Being John Malkovich) and Daphne Zuniga (Spaceballs, The Fly II), the story for The Sure Thing involves two college students named Walter Gibson (Cusack) and Alison Bradbury (Zuniga) and the antics they get up to while having to team up to make their way to California so that they might spend time with what they assume are their perfect matches.

For Alison she has a boyfriend awaiting her arrival named Jason (Boyd Gaines) and for the ‘Gib’ it is “The Sure Thing”…who just so happens to be Nicollette Sheridan in her first film role. Now to be fair Gib is enamored with Alison before they are forced to take a cross country trip together but she won’t give him the time of day…which leads to one of the greatest character monologues in 80’s films.

[Via] William Roscoe

Eventually thanks to a board for sharing rides at the College the two kids are California bound, meeting a pretty crazy cast of supporting characters played by the likes of Tim Robbins, Lisa Jane Persky, Larry Hankin, Frantz Turner, and Fran Ryan to name a few. Along the way, Gib and Alison, just might realize they have already found their perfect matches.

The Sure Thing is a great 80s romantic comedy and as can be expected Shout! Factory has loaded up the Blu-Ray with special features:

Commentary With Director Rob Reiner
Road To The Sure Thing
Casting The Sure Thing
Reading The Sure Thing
Dressing The Sure Thing
Theatrical Trailer

The Sure Thing is scheduled to hit store shelves on 03/24 but you can still follow the links provided above to pre-order your copy today!

Retro Radio Memories - ep 8

Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 008 (Martin & Lewis)

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 week this Projectionist is absent leaving me as sole host and this time I am sharing an episode of the 1949 Martin and Lewis radio series and the special guest star for the show is John Carradine!

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 follow me on Twitter and on Facebook.

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


Saturday Frights: Twilight Zone – The Beacon

Friends, welcome back to Saturday Frights! The Projectionist has been called away on business this weekend…he was extremely giddy about finding a lost print of some film, seeing him so excited is actually a lot more frightening than the way he normally acts.

So with Daniel XIII and I just puttering around the Retroist Vault I thought we should share a rather creepy episode from the 1985 Twilight Zone revival series entitled “The Beacon”. It stars Charles Martin Smith (American Graffiti, The Untouchables) as a Doctor that has a bit of car trouble and finds himself walking into a curious town that doesn’t seemed to have been touched by modern technology. Though it does seem to have a lighthouse that shines it’s beacon on the house of those about to die. This episode also stars the legendary Martin Landau (Ed Wood, North By Northwest) and a young Giovanni Ribisi (The Gift, Saving Private Ryan).

So turn down the lights and join us here on Saturday Frights as we investigate “The Beacon”.

[Via] AM Twilight Zone

Logan's Jog - Go Hero

The Alternate Titles To 1976’s Logan’s Run

I’m a pretty big fan of Michael Anderson’s 1976 Dystopian Sci-Fi adventure film Logan’s Run. It was one of the many films I was able to catch at the 62 Drive-In though not in it’s original release. I also didn’t know until those geniuses at Go Hero shared the above image that there could have been alternate titles to that classic film…or maybe they are just having a laugh. By the way if you are in the mood to see some of the most awesome ‘Neo-Retro’ action figures on the market then make sure to visit them by following that link!

Now watch this original theatrical trailer and imagine the announcer saying “Logan’s Stroll” or “Logan’s Nap”!

[via] VIDEO

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Take A Look At This 8MM Print Ad For The 1943 Batman Serial

Working with the Projectionist down here in the Retroist Vault didn’t start my appreciation of 8mm films but it certainly hasn’t hurt either. The other day I was flipping through some of the back issues of Creepy that Daniel XIII keeps down here and came across this nifty Batman print ad from the Captain Company back in 1966.
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For a breakdown of those serial episodes:
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Now I believe that Captain Company is still in business, changing it’s name to Captain Co, I’m not sure they would still accept these order forms but thankfully we can look to YouTube to get a look at the 1943 Batman serial.

[Via] Bob Egberts