October 25, 2014

Saturday Frights Podcast – Episode 021 (Twilight Zone: The Movie’s “It’s A Good Life”)
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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 and this time we chose a segment from 1983’s … Continue reading

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James K. Polk Was A…Werewolf?!
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The 11th President of the United States, James Knox Polk, has been voted the “least known consequential president” of the United States. One of those reasons might possibly be because he was trying to hide a very dark secret…that he … Continue reading

Haunted House - Cart Art - Atari Mania
Check Out This Alternate Artwork For Atari’s Haunted House!
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I received Atari’s Haunted House for my birthday back in 1981, I really enjoyed it but for some reason I got it in my head that maybe what I needed was Atari’s port of Berzerk. To be fair it might … Continue reading

October 24, 2014

Retroist Podcast – Episode 177 – The Last Man on Earth
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On this week’s show I talk all about the 1964 cult film classic, “The Last Man on Earth”. I start off talking about how the movie put me on edge after the first time I watched it. Then I talk … Continue reading

Lord Pumpkin Commands You to Watch These
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Back in the 90s Malibu comics had the Ultraforce cartoon, their answer to Marvel’s X-men show. Ultraforce was a good show, with some interesting takes on the whole superheroes shtick, but was unfortunately short-lived. Marvel comics bought Malibu and pretty … Continue reading

Haloween Kool-Aid
Treat a host of ghosts with Kool-Aid
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I’m confused by the mixed messages in this 60’s Haloween-themed Kool-Aid advert. The text states ‘treat’, but the large pumpkin-jug hovering above the tricksters suggests something entirely different to me. This isn’t the first time we’ve found ourselves troubled by … Continue reading

This Low Energy Staten Island Restaurant Commercial is Pure Magic
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I was never lucky enough to eat at the nautical-themed Top of the Mast restaurant on Staten Island despite my many trips there to visit family as a kid. It was hard to resist going after seeing this amazing commercial … Continue reading

Doctor Who Space Invaders T-shirt
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This is a fun little mashup on a t-shirt by Drew Wise of Doctor Who and the classic arcade game Space Invaders. While it looked great on a shirt, this is a mod I would not mind playing. I can … Continue reading

Ronald McDonald’s and the Chicken McNuggets’ First Case
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I love these little Chicken McNuggets puppets and could watch them do just about anything and be entertained. Whoever wrote this particular commercial should win an award. It combines a silly noir theme, a grinning red clown and a “combing … Continue reading

October 23, 2014

David Warner - Freddy Krueger - Join You In The Sun
Freddy Krueger Was Orginally Going To Be Played…By David Warner?!
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When Wes Craven was preparing to put on film his soon to be iconic supernatural serial killer in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street it turns out that Robert Englund wasn’t the first actor chosen to stalk the Elm Street … Continue reading

Cyndi Lauper Vibes Movie Promo
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I am an unapologetic fan of the movie Vibes. I watch it at least once a year since picking it up on DVD a few years ago. I know it is not the most well-written 80s comedy, but Lauper delivers … Continue reading

Photos of EPCOT Center from 1982
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As I mentioned in a previous post, I kept a scrapbook of Disney related images that I would pull from magazines and newspapers. They aren’t very well-organized, but occasionally I get a good grouping that must have come around the … Continue reading

Three Little Pigs
Christopher Walken and The Three Little Pigs
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In 1993, Christopher Walken fulfilled a lifetime ambition to entertain children on the British TV series ‘Saturday Zoo’, hosted by Jonathan Ross. Here is the great man with his take on the Three Little Pigs. Nearly 16 years later, Walken … Continue reading

Skittles Commercials of the 1980s
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The very popular fruit flavored candy Skittles was introduced in the United States and an import in 1979 and all throughout the 1980s they ran memorable commercials. One the earliest ones I remember was this animated one from the very … Continue reading

Available in different colors, (Blue, Pink, Yellow, Green, Purple, & Light Blue)
8-Bit Candle Cake Topper
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Have a birthday or special event coming up and don’t want to deal with the waxy mess and danger of burning candles? Why not add some whimsy to the cake with a pixel bead 8-Bit Candle Cake Topper. Perfect for … Continue reading

October 22, 2014

Escape from New York the Board Game
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Published by TSR in 1980, the Escape from New York the Board Game lets you take the role of the star of the Carpenter film, Snake Plissken. In it you need to fight your way out of the prison that … Continue reading

For the toughest customers
Mr. T gets his rope chains from OroAmerica
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Here’s a challenge for you. How many chains is Mr. T sporting in this 1984 jewelery advert? I think he’s managed to cover those pecks of his with 25. The funny thing about this advert is that OroAmerica have actually … Continue reading

Underrated Mascot? The Sun Country Wine Coolers Polar Bear
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The Sun Country Wine Coolers was one of those great mascots that so many people have forgotten, but here are two reason he should not be forgotten. Firstly, he was a total party animal. Able to rock out on the … Continue reading

Pixelated Paper Mario in the Real World
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Who wouldn’t smile if they were walking down the street and saw this little guy sitting atop these pipe-like flower pots? A lot of street art is there to catch your eyes or make you think, but this is my … Continue reading

The Time Magazine File Phone
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I wonder just how many households had the Time Magazine Phone File Phone? My Grandmother had one in her bedroom and I remember leafing through the list of numbers when I was a kid and getting sad because whenever one … Continue reading

October 21, 2014

Mickey Mouse using a Sperry Univac Terminal
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Just another average day at the office for Mickey Mouse. What we don’t get to see is the photo from 20 minutes later, where the terminal is on the floor, smashed to pieces by Mickey out of frustration of trying … Continue reading

Buster Brown Care Bears Shoes
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Damn you Buster Brown shoes! How dare you make children excited to go shoe shopping! That is exactly what they did for me as a kid, especially when they started theming their shoes with characters I enjoyed. If they made … Continue reading

Get the 8-bit Zombtee for Halloween
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Halloween is coming up quickly and many of you might still be scrambling for a quick and easy idea for a costume. Might I suggest one the combines the fan favorite zombie with some retro 8-bit magic? The 8-bit Zombtee! … Continue reading

The All Niter 1980s Party Album from Sessions
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“Great party! Did you hire a DJ to do your music?” “No, this is just the The All Nighter, the new eighties music party album from Sessions. It features all the hits from the 1980’s including Van Halen’s 1984, Ghostbusters, … Continue reading

Slice’s Apple Soda was delicious
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When I was going through my Slice drinking phase in the 1980s, I was briefly smitten with their Apple flavor and it set me down a life long path of drinking apple flavored soft drinks including Snapple’s Apple soda (when … Continue reading

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Scream Factory Presents: The Vincent Price Collection II (Review)
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With Halloween just a mere ten days away, the urge to fill your evenings with spooky entertainment if you are like me is at an all time high. Thankfully we have our friends over at Scream Factory making it quite … Continue reading

October 20, 2014

Saturday Frights Podcast – Episode 020 (The Midnight Hour)
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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 and this time we chose the 1985 TV movie … Continue reading

Addams Family (Games and Pinball)
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Around this time every year I break out several Halloween-themed games to play. The Addams Family lived every day as if it were Halloween. According to MobyGames, “The Addams Family” was released for the following platforms: TurboGrafx CD, Game Gear, … Continue reading

Why you should buy Sony Super Betamax intead of VHS
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This promo tape was meant to convince consumers in the mid-eighties that if they wanted really good image fidelity they shouldn’t buy VHS, but should instead purchase a Betamax. The entire video is just a series of split screen images … Continue reading

Filmed in Supermarionation
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As a young boy I was very fortunate to live in a world where the many creations of Gerry Andersons were frequently on TV. Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 were all favourites that I would watch at every … Continue reading