What can you expect from the Saturday Frights Halloween Special IV? How about a visit to the Haunted Drive-In for a movie marathon? Furthermore, the Projectionist and myself are joined by a host of friends this time. All gathered to discuss that maestro of horror, Stephen King! We cover the likes of his books, film adaptations and even TV miniseries. Of course since we are at the Haunted Drive-In, you can expect plenty of surprises and vintage audio treats.
As for what we cover on the Saturday Frights Podcast Halloween Special IV. It ranges from Cujo to the The Running Man.Pet Sematary and The Ramones – up to the author’s influence on the hit series Stranger Things. I think we have certainly thrown a wide net on King’s work. However I feel there is one movie in particular that managed to plant seeds of fear with more than one of us.
We hope you will listen and share your own King memories in the comments section!
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I do believe that after almost seven years with The Retroist I have made it clear I love Halloween. As well as movies and older film technology like 8 mm projectors. So when PlCary contacted me – telling me he picked up two 8 mm reels. I was interested, but then he told me one was a 1966 Halloween party, I was all ears.
Be that as it may, there was one problem. Phillip didn’t have access to an 8 mm film projector. Thankfully I could help with that issue and we agreed to meet up at the arcade. As I felt my co-workers would certainly want to see this bit of history.
However, as fate would have it, my 8 mm projector chose that moment to break. Under those circumstances you can understand how disappointed we were. Having said that though, Phillip was able to secure a projector all his own. One that I might add cost him the staggering sum of fifty cents!
So Phillip and I agreed to meet up again. Furthermore he had made sure to check the mechanical aspects and the bulb itself. All was good to go. In addition to the 1966 Halloween reel we would be able to watch something called “Kay’s Navy”.
On the contrary, it seemed fate was aligned against us one more time. I will let you take a look at the Bell and Howell projector yourself. See if you can spot what the issue might be.
Despite our best efforts of checking everything, the projector that Phillip purchased didn’t have the actual lens. In the light of this predicament I rushed home and stole the lens from my non-working projector.
In spite of all these difficulties we were able to overcome the obstacles at last. As a result we were totally treated to this Cub Scout 1966 Halloween short film. Furthermore both it and the “Kay’s Navy” were filmed at Grand Lake in Oklahoma, just about an hour and a half away.
It was an amazing treat for Phillip and myself to finally see the film.
The Cub Scout 1966 Halloween party was the real treasure although having said that we were all shocked at how well the film has survived.
Coupled with what looks to me to be a Ben Cooper or Collegeville skeleton costume it is certainly an undeniable pleasure. In fact if you look closely at the moment where the costume is shown there are vintage lunchboxes too!
I’m not joking when I say that at nine I was paying attention when I saw John Carpenter’s name. In 1978 the Director helped start the slasher craze with Halloween. One year later and also at the 62 Drive-In I was able to see The Fog. The same in 1981 when Carpenter really delivered a welcome dose of awesomeness with Escape from New York. Not only did the action/sci-fi film make me a lifelong Kurt Russell fan but it also gave my first taste of apocalyptic movies. Not to mention that I learned what an antihero was after watching the badass that is the core of Snake Plissken.
Now in the movie – in case if you’ve not had the pleasure of seeing it, a Lifeclock helps to keep Plissken motivated. Because when the counter reaches zero it means the end of Snake’s mission to deliver the President back safely. As a matter of fact it means the time to safely administer an antidote to the poison he was injected with has run out too. As has been made clear to Snake from near the beginning of the film.
So please do try to imagine my surprise when I was contacted by e-mail the other day. To let me know about a new Kickstarter that was started up from the Ridgewood Watch Company. Furthermore it is a campaign to deliver an authentic and official replica of the Lifeclock as seen in Escape from New York!
Unlike the model used by Snake Plissken, The Lifeclock One sports a few extra features. Since our society tends to value be connected to each other course. Moreso than a loner like Snake that is. Obviously.
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.
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?
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…
And even restless spirits traipsing up and down the halls filling our sacks with delicious loot.
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!
This Peter Pumpkin PSA is a great example of how many retro treats remain to be discovered. I stumbled upon this late 70s TV commercial thanks to attempting to find a monster related ad. There is something special about these animated public service announcements from back in the day.
I suppose it might be the lightness – the jovial character of Peter Pumpkin even. While getting across very important safety tips for even kids today it remains upbeat. Fun.
You certainly have no need to take my word for it. Set aside the mere 30 seconds it takes to watch it for yourself!
This PSA featuring Peter Pumpkin was something of a mystery.
I am being totally honest. You might have noticed from the video it is listed as being from 1985. Back in 2011 though a forum user calling themselves Gobby Gruesome was asking for help finding the ad on the Halloween Forums. They totally recalled the appearance of Peter Pumpkin and what he was getting across to kids but not the exact year.
Thankfully someone came across Robatsea2009’s upload on YouTube and set Gobby Gruesome’s mind to ease. This caused quite a few comments on the video itself and it looks like this ad probably debuted around 1978. For myself this is actually the first time I’ve ever seen this PSA, although I certainly remember a 1977 ad that stood out. I still swear that the narrator for that PSA is Carrie Fisher!
I might add that if the name Gobby Gruesome sounds familiar it is because of the Flintstones. Gobby is the child of none other than the Gruesomes – those spooky neighbors of the famous animated family. Why not take a couple of minutes to see how Gobby’s pet spider gets along with Fred Flintstone?