RIP: Jonathan Frid (1924 – 2012)

Wow. We have certainly lost some very important people in the retro entertainment circle this week. First we learned that we had lost the fantastic character actor, William Finley(Phantom of the Paradise, The Funhouse), and the next day it was announced that the “World’s Oldest Teenager” Dick Clark had also left us. Now we have word that Jonathan Frid(Dark Shadows), Barnabas Collins himself has passed on at age 87.

A huge thanks to Phil Nobile Jr. over at Badass Digest for the heads up on this sad bit of news. Make sure to visit Phil’s link to read about how Jonathan almost didn’t get the part for Dark Shadows and more interesting facts.

“Never Sleep Alone” Zombie Duvet Covers!

The real question with this awesome zombie inspired duvet cover by the evidently talented Melissa Christie is twofold:

1) Will I actually get a full night’s rest with these on my bed?
2) Can I actually convince my poor Wife that we DO need this Duvet?!

Follow the link up top to secure your own…who knows…perhaps when the Zombie Apocalypse occurs this duvet will save your life?

A huge thanks to Devin over at Badass Digest for the heads up on this!

Halloween Safety PSA From The Norfolk Public Schools!


What if I were to tell you that a PSA concerning Halloween existed that not only had tie-fighters in the opening credits but was introduced by a Wizard, had Visitors from the Stars observing kids to make sure they were being safe while Trick or Treating and also had a kid dressed up as Michael Jackson doing the Moon Walk way too much? Would you agree it was the greatest PSA ever created?

A huge thanks to the Badass Digest site for uploading this “awesome” video from the Norfolk Pulic School system from back in the 1980’s.

It’s Almost That Time Of The Year…

Thanks to Badass Digest for the heads up on this rather moving commercial reminding us that, yes, these last few weeks have seen kids going back to school…but that we’re coming up on that very special time of year.

Remember that here at the Retroist on October 1st we go straight into Halloween mode 24/7…prepare yourself. You might also make a mental note that one doesn’t laugh at those of us who keep the Halloween Spirit year-round or at Sam…ever.