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Saturday Frights Vidcast: My Bloody Valentine (1981)

Friends, with it being February the 14th, it seemed the perfect time to discuss My Bloody Valentine. Now granted the Projectionist and I haven’t resurrected the Saturday Frights Podcast. But we did in fact decided to put together a special – a vidcast of sorts. Concerning the 1981 Canadian slasher film, the classic My Bloody Valentine!

In the vidcast, which runs about fifteen minutes. I share not just some of the elements I love most about the movie. Additionally I must admit that this is in fact probably my favorite film in the slasher genre. But furthermore the Projectionist and I also give a few fun facts about the film itself. As well as the 2009 remake by Lionsgate – My Blood Valentine 3D.

With this in mind, I do feel I should admit this isn’t going to be like the podcast. At no point do I go into the synopsis of the film itself. On the other hand we do bring up the soundtrack, in particular the memorable Ballad of Harry Warden. Which if you count yourself as fan, the soundtrack is available at Waxwork Records!

Image is courtesy of Waxwork Records.

So when you get a moment of free time, check out the vidcast. Perhaps the Projectionist and I will convince you that a horror movie is the perfect thing to watch today?

From the Projectionist and myself – we wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Saturday Frights: The Smiling Man

It’s been a bit since the Projectionist or myself have had the free time to share a good horror related TV show or movie outside of those we discuss on the Saturday Frights Podcast…or even a frightening short film for that matter.

I’m going to try and make up for that with this spooky little offering entitled The Smiling Man. It is a seven minute short focusing on a little girl who notices something amiss occurring in her home…like the discovery of brightly colored balloons in the hallway and stairwell attached to plastic wrapped…things…like a doll head and sticks and what might be chicken bones.

The short was written and directed as well as edited by AJ Briones, who after watching this creepfest – which is indeed enjoyably disturbing, I think just needs to get a contract to start making horror films or at the very least be allowed to transform this short film into a feature length offering. I know the Projectionist wouldn’t approve of my choosing a short from 2015 but I’ve said it before and I will say it again, there is nothing more retro than horror…especially when it taps into those fears we had in our youth of the unknown.

The Smiling Man kitchen

So turn off the lights and lean a little closer to your monitor as we pay a visit to The Smiling Man on Saturday Frights!

[Via] AJ Briones

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Saturday Frights: Seasons Of Belief (1986)

Welcome back to another installment of Saturday Frights. The storm seems to have certainly kept the usual crowd away tonight but like yourselves a few have trickled in…so make sure to visit Stevie behind the concession counter to get some treats before we start tonight’s presentation.

Since yesterday was Christmas I felt that we should present something a little festive and the first thing that came to mind was the 1986 Tales from the Darkside episode entitled “Seasons of Belief” which just so happens to star Creepshow’s E.G. Marshall as a Father who is ready to spread some scares to his children in the form of the tale of the Grither. His Wife, played by Margaret Klenck, joins in on the fun of doing their best to terrorize their bored kids…but then awfully strange things begin to occur…could the Grither be more than a made up story?

Let’s find out together on Saturday Frights as we enjoy the Seasons of Belief!

[Via] Cold Dark World

Saturday Frights: A Krampus Carol And Other Celebrations!

Happy Krampusnacht! I’m in charge of your programming again tonight down here in the Retroist Vault and I’m truly beginning to wonder if I’ll ever see the likes of the Projectionist again. Although we did receive a memo this afternoon from the Retroist himself that states no Retroist Industries employee is allowed below level 12 in the Vault…so I assume that has something to do with the Projectionist be absent for so long.

Anyway. Since tonight is Krampusnacht, I felt the best way to go is provide you with two wonderful shorts that will remind you again why you should be on your best behavior this time of year! First up we have a delightful…if you aren’t a naughty child that is…stop-motion animated short that was written by none other than Anthony Bourdain, in fact this was intended to be part of his television show “No Reservations” but got pulled at the last second.

[Via] Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.

Next up we have a suggestion that comes from Daniel XIII himself, a popular commercial from the late great G4 channel, featuring a catchy little tune inspired by the lore of Krampus!


This is also the perfect time to remind you that Warpo Toys is winding down it’s own ode to the ages old German folklore of Krampus with it’s “Don’t Cuddle the Krampus Kickstarter!

All images courtesy of Warpo Toys.

All images courtesy of Warpo Toys.

Don't Cuddle the Krampus Kickstarter - Warpo Toys
Being Krampusnacht and with the incredibly awesome Krampus Film by Michael Doughtery having just been released, I think it’s safe to say that if you have loved ones that need just a little more Krampus in their life…or perhaps a friendly warning on how they are behaving this Holiday season…you should hop on over and secure your pledge.

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Saturday Frights: In Search Of The Ghost Ship/Mary Celeste (1980)

Welcome back friends! Before we talk about our spooky offering this week I want to thank all of you that have sent in e-mail concerning about the health and well being of my co-host on the Saturday Frights Podcast, the Projectionist.

While it’s true that he has yet to return to the control booth or even show up to record for the Retro Radio Memories Podcast, there have been confirmed sightings in the lower levels of the Retroist Vault of our friend. Of course many of my fellow employees here at Retroist Inc. have also mentioned they’ve seen him carrying dynamite and gasoline…so perhaps it’s best not to try and pry?

For this evening I thought we might step away from the usual TV show or short and instead present a wonderful episode of In Search Of, this one being entitled The Ghost Ship/Mary Celeste. In the episode the late great Leonard Nimoy does his typical great job of ratcheting up the creepiness of the Mary Celeste with his masterful narration. Presenting the facts of how the Canadian brigantine Dei Gratia came upon the abandoned and undamaged Mary Celeste on December 4, 1872 and then presenting In Search Of’s own theory as to what occurred to her crew.

Join us as we go In Search Of The Ghost Ship Mary Celeste, here on Saturday Frights!

[Via] The In Search Of

If you need to learn a little more about the legendary Leonard Nimoy, why not listen to Episode 008 of the Retroist Podcast?