Welcome back you fright friends to another installment of Saturday Frights! Tonight we are sharing an episode of the Ray Bradbury Theater entitled “The Playground”, a chilling thriller starring William Shatner. I want to thank our very own Doug McCoy for the suggestion of this episode by way of his awesome Found Footage Films Podcast. His latest podcast deals with the many wonderful TV anthology shows we were lucky enough to have back in the 80s like Tales From The Darkside, Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Amazing Stories, and of course the Ray Bradbury Theater to name a few. In the podcast Doug is joined by Claymation Werewolf and Phishbon3s to discuss their favorite episodes of some of the mentioned series including this very episode we present tonight.
The story deals with Charles Underhill (Shatner) who lives in a suburb with his young son Steve (Keith Dutson), but he does not allow Steve to play in the nearby playground with other children. Charles has a childhood trauma with the bully Ralph and his friends, and he frequently sees his nightmarish spectre challenging him, until the day he decides to go to the playground with Steve and face them down. What price might he have to pay to stand up to Ralph?
Thanks as always to Sean Hartter for the awesome artwork you see up top.
We here at the Retroist have pretty fond memories of the M.U.S.C.L.E. line of toys. If you find yourself unfamiliar with them make sure to click that link provided to Doug’s awesome post from a few years ago.
But check out these awesome retooled Masters of the Universe inspired M.U.S.C.L.E. figures! They come to us by the way of Rick Dries or Plastic Playhouse as he is known on his deviantART page.
A huge thanks to Weirdo Toys for the heads up on this project.
As you can see from that awesome artwork by Retroist Regular, Sean Hartter, fellow writer Doug McCoy has a new book out and it’s the perfect read for those of us who miss standing shoulder to shoulder in those now lost entertainment palaces of import in our youth, the arcades!
That is indeed the same Doug that has recently shared his fond memories of The Weepuls and The Magic Wiggly Worm just last week! With his new book, Arcadian, Doug takes us on a pleasant and warm stroll down memory lane with his usual charm in regards to some of the classic arcade games of all time:
Donkey Kong Jr.
Yie Ar Kung Fu
You might also recall that Doug has another fantastic book about video games, that one concerning the titles he cherished on the Nintendo Entertainment System entitled ANESthetized.
Now Doug gave me the heads up on something special for us Retroist fans. Over on the Smashwords site you can download both Arcadian and ANESthetized absolutely free of charge for a limited time. All Doug asks of you kind readers is to take the time and leave a review of the books on Smashwords as way of thanks.
There should be exciting news concerning the books on Amazon.Com and other outlets soon, we’ll keep you informed. Now go grab your favorite beverage and settle into your favorite reading spot and prepare to once again become an Arcadian!
A big round of thanks to Vinnie Rattolle over at the Gremlins Wiki for that ad you see up top. Retroist regular Doug had an excellent post concerning Christmas Movies on Thursday. It jogged my memory banks in regards to this set of storybooks and records that Hardee’s sold during the release of Gremlins…which as you know is takes place during the Christmas holiday.
I still have the set of Gremlins book and records somewhere in my house…though it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen them to be honest. I should pull them out and give them a listen tomorrow morning perhaps?
Thanks to Canibaloxide over on YouTube for sharing this commercial on YouTube!
Thanks to Doug’s awesome Nightmares: Bishop of Battle post last week I received an e-mail from fellow Retroist fan, Dax. He wanted to know if the game that Emilio Estevez is hustling on was in fact a real arcade game or just made up for the Bishop of Battle segment. That is indeed a real game and it was called Pleiades or Pleiads depending on which country you played it. It was released into the wilds of the arcades back in 1981 by Tehkan (Which later became Tecmo) and Centuri…and it is “based” on the arcade title Phoenix.
Beside being featured in Nightmares, Pleiades also made an appearance in Blood Simple. For a quick look at the gameplay and cabinet check out the video by CenturiNet posted below.
A big thanks to the always impressive Arcade Flyer Archive for the scanned Flyers up top.