Boo Berry Obsession

A Serious Boo Berry Obsession

Halloween is over, but for many of us, this is just the start of the Monster Cereal eating season. My favorite is Boo Berry. I always thought that my love for it could be described as a Boo Berry Obsession. Now I am not so sure. In 2004 this segment about a true Boo Berry Obsession appeared on the Fred Willard hosted VH1 documentary series “Totally Obsessed.”

In the segment we meet Roger Barr. Roger takes his love for Boo Berry to levels that make my craving for it seem mild. Claiming to have had at least 1 bowl of Boo Berry every year since he was 7 years old.

I have shared this video with several people over the years. They all tell me that it seems made up. They think Roger is “faking it.” I do not. Maybe it is because I want to live in a world where someone loves Boo Berry this much. To me that means that there is still a spark of magic left out there (In Roger form). The segment is pretty short. So why not watch it yourself and accept the fact that there is still beauty left in this cold grey world.

Watch Roger Barr’s Appearance on “Totally Obsessed”

Not enough Roger and Boo Berry? Check out his other appearance on “Unwrapped”. Then visit the great Unofficial Boo Berry Page.

Watch Boo Berry on “Unwrapped”

Halloween Special - III

Saturday Frights Podcast Ep. 62 (Halloween Special III)

Welcome to the third Halloween Special for the Saturday Frights Podcast! What better way to celebrate a long night of festivities than listening to memories of slasher films?

This Halloween Special the Projectionist and I are joined by Doug McCoy, Allison Venezio, Daniel XIII, I See Robots, RetroArtBlog and the Retroist!

I think you will agree that this podcast is a relative Halloween-palooza! One that finds most of us transported to none other than Crimson Creek! Will we survive long enough to tell our thoughts on the slasher genre?
Halloween Special - Crimson Creek

Listen and find out for yourself!

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.

Our intro was graciously provided by the one and only Metagirl!

Our ending theme is “Twisted Toys” provided by the talented Tony Longworth. You can visit his site by clicking that link provided or hopping over to his SoundCloud!

Subscribe to the Saturday Frights Podcast:
[RSS MP3] Add the Saturday Frights Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically.
[iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3)

Directly download the Saturday Frights Podcast:
Episode Mirror #1 (MP3)
Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)

This Halloween Special contains a cast that deserve links to their spots on the internet!

  • If you find yourself in fact tempted to brave Crimson Creek yourself. Then you need merely order a copy of the game yourself at Toystorian Enterprises!
  • Daniel XIII can be located in his creepy corner of the internet. You can read his movie reviews and more by visiting The Outre Eye of Daniel XIII!
  • Doug McCoy has a whole slew of podcast and works you can find over at McCoyCast!
  • Allison Venezio when she isn’t writing for The Retroist is sharing her works at Allison’s Written Words!
  • To check out all of the groovy and not to mention retro things from Greg aka RetroArtBlog – just click the link!
  • Of course you can always check out the awesome podcasts of I See Robots by visiting his site on the web!
The Hatbox Ghost - Haunted Mansion - DisneyParks Blog

Family Circus Visits Disney’s Haunted Mansion

family-circus-haunted-mansion
I know that Marvel Comics and Slave Labor Graphics have published comic books about The Haunted Mansion, but this cute Family Circus cartoon is the only place I’ve ever seen where it was mentioned in a comic strip.

This cartoon is a part of a long story where the family travels to Disneyland for a vacation.
family-circus-on-disneys-main-street

The story begins with this cartoon and runs for a few weeks.

I realize that a comic strip from 2015 isn’t really retro, but the Haunted Mansion and Family Circus have both been around since the 1960s.

Want more Haunted Mansion goodies?

Please stop by my pop culture food blog – Between the Pages. I’ve featured tons of cool Haunted Mansion treats.

All images courtesy of the Family Circus.Com

elvira-mugs-root-beer

1989 Mug Root Beer Ad Featuring Elvira!

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark – is a perfect spokeswoman for the Season. After making her debut in September of 1981 with Elvira’s Movie Macabre she quickly became an icon. For one thing I think viewers appreciated the self-depreciating humor of the character. In addition there were the puns…those wonderfully horrible puns.

[Via] karpinterodx

Furthermore by the time this particular Mug TV commercial aired – Elvira had already appeared in her 1988 movie. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark of course!
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

I am afraid the film didn’t exactly set the box office on fire with its ticket sales. In spite of attempting to do that very thing to her in the movie.

Elvira though proved you can’t keep a good ghoul down!


I doubt that way back in 1981 when Cassandra Peterson came up with the character, she ever thought that she would be featured in comic books, video games, and two Bally/Midway pinball tables.

On the other hand – her natural charm makes her the go to gal for Halloween, right? I can recall seeing this ad back in 1989. I drank a lot of Mugs Root Beer. Owing to the fact that I really wanted that chance to visit Universal Studios and see the Bates motel. The opportunity to hang out with Elvira…that was totally a cherry on top.

In spite of guzzling gallons of Mugs – I didn’t win. On the other hand we are all winners thanks to Dinosaur Dracula uploading this commercial!

Did you happen to spy The Hills Have Eyes Michael Berryman in that ad? You can see him at around the 15 second mark!
elvira-michael-berryman

Haunted Mansion - Knight

A Knight For A Fright In Disney’s Haunted Mansion


I’ve ridden the Haunted Mansion dozens of times. But one time I rode it was different from any other. I vaguely remember that one of the very first times I rode Haunted Mansion, there was someone in costume that jumped out at you.

Turns out my memory is correct. In the 1980s, Disneyland had a cast member dressed up a knight in armor. They were part of the ride and would jump out at guests.

All images courtesy of DoomBuggies.Com

All images courtesy of DoomBuggies.Com

The wonderful Haunted Mansion site DoomBuggies has an interview with one of the cast members who played the knight.

Want more Haunted Mansion goodies?

Please stop by my pop culture food blog – Between the Pages. I’ve featured tons of cool Haunted Mansion treats.

(One of my favorite posts from Karen’s site is this Hatbox Ghost by Dan Szczepanski – Vic)
hatbox-ghost-between-the-pages

halloween-costume-starter-kits-travis-falligant

Travis Falligant’s Halloween Costume Starter Kits!

With only ten days away until Halloween – it’s a good time to start looking at costume kits. Now you can certainly head to your local mall and pick up a zombie mask or some such. Likewise you could really stand out this year and take a look at Travis Falligant’s Halloween Costume Starter Kits!

They are NOT coming soon anymore - they are here!

They are NOT coming soon anymore – they are here!

Don’t you share a lot of Falligant’s artwork?


Yes, I most certainly do. Whether it be “lost” Scooby-Doo episodes or a mash-up between The Breakfast Club and The NeverEnding Story. Travis Falligant is a very talented artist and in addition he is one heck of a nice guy. In fact if you visit the Saturday Frights Facebook Page you will see how much art he has graciously shared.
Images courtesy of Travis Falligant.

Okay. Question answered. What about these Halloween Costume Starter Kits?


I was getting to that. Travis also has a wonderful taste in movies. Cult movies that is to say. Given that the three Costume Starter Kits he is offering for example have been inspired by the likes of Blacula, Frankenhooker, and the Howling II!

I will start off with my favorite – the “Blood Sucka”!


All images courtesy of Travis Falligant.

All images courtesy of Travis Falligant.

Each of the three Costume Starter Kits cost a mere $18 and come with:
1 High quality mask printed and pressed on E-Flute Cardboard and matte laminated. Ready to wear!
1 T-Shirt Transfer Kit complete with tee design, iron-on instructions, and transfer paper.
2 Laminate stickers featuring the artwork of the character you have chosen.
Candy Starter kit to get your Trick or Treat game begun!

Dead Dame!


dead-dame-travis-falligant-halloween-costume-starter-kits

The She-Wolf!


she-wolf-travis-falligant-halloween-costume-starter-kits

You can order the Halloween Costume Starter Kits right this second over at Travis’Etsy Store. Furthermore you can order all three so you can truly fit in with any creature of the night!

paas-halloween-make-up-kits

1984 PAAS Halloween Make-Up Kits Commercial

Halloween make-up kits were rarely used in my youth. While they might have been safer – at least in terms of no costume to get tangled up in. They couldn’t compare to the majesty of dressing up as Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and Stormtroopers.
darth-vader-boba-fett-stormtrooper-halloween-costumes

I might also add that the lure to play the hero was incredibly strong during Halloween. How could a kid resist donning the garb of Superman, Wonder Woman, or even Batman?
batman-halloween-costume

At the same time there was definitely one year at least where Halloween make-up kits reigned supreme. These were the very same make-up kits that PAAS was advertising on television in 1984. I was twelve and found myself attending church related “Fall” events. After all we were not supposed to be celebrating Halloween, right?

Of course that didn’t stop a parade of Werewolves…
paas-halloween-make-up-kits-werewolf

Vampyr…
vampire-paas-halloween-make-up-kits

And even restless spirits traipsing up and down the halls filling our sacks with delicious loot.
ghost-paas-make-up-kits

Now is just so happened to be that I was invited to three different celebrations that year. Two at churches and one at school. None of them being held on Halloween itself of course. The PAAS Halloween make-up kits were available at our local grocery store and quite cheap. In the light of this discovery I was able to wear three of the four kits in this 1984 commercial!

[Via] The Creepy TarHeel

I was a veritable Lon Chaney Sr. as I proudly became a Vampire one night, Werewolf the next, and finally a Ghost! Although I have absolutely no fear of clowns they’ve never been my thing.

Halloween make-up kits had their downsides!


Now I will not argue that the make-up kits definitely made it easier to see, with no mask to obstruct your vision. But to be honest they had some problems too:

  • The chemical smell really messed with my eyes – I’m not sure if I was allergic or what. They would just start to water if a breeze or AC was blowing in my face.
  • The face paint was easy to smear and you had to be careful to make sure that obviously nothing touched your face.
  • The plastic teeth would shred your gums – to be fair this had equally the same result with any plastic teeth back in the day.

Be that as it may, the memories of those three Halloween events remain very vivid. All thanks to the PAAS Halloween make-up kits!