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October 21, 2006 3:46 PM   Subscribe

Tim Curry reminds us that Anything Can Happen on Halloween. (YouTube). Via WFMU's Beware of the Blog.
posted by treepour (37 comments total)

 
No way. I actually remember seeing this when I was a kid. I think the Worst Witch was on HBO, so it came on tv a lot, and this music video was my favorite part. I had a crush on Tim Curry in the Worst Witch second only to my crush on David Bowie in the Labyrinth.

This has been a crazy week for nostalgia for me on the blue.
posted by TheGoldenOne at 3:57 PM on October 21, 2006


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posted by furtive at 4:20 PM on October 21, 2006


Woah...
posted by delmoi at 4:24 PM on October 21, 2006


My sister was a huge Rocky Horror fan, but loved this special even before she discovered Rocky Horror, and she's love Tim Curry all her life.

Last year we went to see him in Spamalot on Broadway and she waited for him outside to get his autograph, and I got to see the following exchange between Curry and my 26-year-old sister:

Her: "Oh my god, I've loved you since The Worst Witch!"

Him: "Mwah ha ha... that's adorable."

Tim Curry is awesome.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 4:31 PM on October 21, 2006


I kept waiting for him to break into "Bela Lugosi's Dead" but it just didn't happen...
posted by hototogisu at 4:31 PM on October 21, 2006


Just let me know when it's time for the Floor Show.
posted by willmize at 4:32 PM on October 21, 2006


Just seeing that made me shiver in antici--
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:13 PM on October 21, 2006


--pation!
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:13 PM on October 21, 2006


Anyone up for a Steve Reeves movie?
posted by sourwookie at 5:44 PM on October 21, 2006


I know he's well loved for Rocky Horror, but as far as I'm concerned, his best roll was as Cardinal Richelieu in the Three Musketeers. He really seemed to enjoy being evil and I've always liked that about him.
posted by quin at 5:50 PM on October 21, 2006


Tim Curry is in a class all by himself.
posted by stinkycheese at 5:54 PM on October 21, 2006


He was pretty good in Times Square, but totally upstaged by those two girls.

Spic, Nigger, Faggot, Bum--your daughter is one.
posted by sourwookie at 5:59 PM on October 21, 2006


My veels! I can't move my veels!
posted by knave at 6:47 PM on October 21, 2006


My socks! I can't move my socks!
posted by Shecky at 7:22 PM on October 21, 2006


Curry was the only thing palatable in Congo.
posted by Lex Tangible at 7:33 PM on October 21, 2006


Curry was the only thing palatable in Congo.

That's the weirdest compliment I've ever heard.
posted by nanojath at 8:02 PM on October 21, 2006


I still think Clue was the best movie based on a boardgame/whodunnit/thebutlerdidit/ movie ever.
posted by furtive at 8:04 PM on October 21, 2006


Why's (most) everybody quoting from Rocky Horror? The man has a career that spans four decades!

"There can be no light without me! For I am Darkness!"

"And monkey brains, although a popular Cantonese cuisine, is not often found in Washington D.C.!"

"My wife said to the waiter, "where did this man learn to cook? Afghanistan?"

"Beep Beep Richie! They ALL float down here!"

"She seems to have such nicely rounded diphthongs!"

"How did I get out of that tree? Oh, of course. Humans. What wonderful creatures. So clever. So helpful."

"Out in front sir. A limosuine and a pizza! Compliments of the Plaza hotel!

"All for one. And more for me."

"Upstage, lads. This is my only number."

"Over my dead body? I can accept those terms."
posted by ZachsMind at 8:07 PM on October 21, 2006


"Upstage, lads. This is my only number."

Probably my favorite Curry role, or at least in the top five. He didn't just take the role and ran with it, he broke the sound barrier. He's so gleefully over the top in that movie that you just can't help but wear a big silly grin on your face as you watch it.
posted by kosher_jenny at 8:28 PM on October 21, 2006


Lex Tangible : Curry was the only thing palatable in Congo.

Heresy. Bruce Campbell was in Congo. Bruce Campbell is like unto a god. Ergo, you are wrong.
posted by quin at 8:29 PM on October 21, 2006


Communism was just a red herring!

Love Tim Curry. We used to watch his music videos after hours on the big screen at the 8th St. Playhouse, after all the Rocky Kids were gone.
posted by bink at 8:43 PM on October 21, 2006


Agreed, Kosher_Jenny. Curry as Long John Silver was a casting stroke of genius. I think the various muppet movies get far less respect than they often deserve. Well, some of them. ..Okay. The ones with Tim Curry in them deserve more respect.

Bruce Campbell rocks too, but that's perhaps a whole 'nother thread. I did a search in YouTube for Bruce Campbell Halloweeny vids, and came up with this but my God there must be something better out there for old Brucey.
posted by ZachsMind at 8:44 PM on October 21, 2006


I know he's well loved for Rocky Horror, but as far as I'm concerned, his best roll was as Cardinal Richelieu in the Three Musketeers. He really seemed to enjoy being evil and I've always liked that about him.

Then you really must check out Legend and just ignore Tom Cruise as much as possible.
posted by dreamsign at 10:22 PM on October 21, 2006


Two things I've never gotten tired of since I saw Clue as a kid: the song "Sha-Boom" and Tim Curry.
posted by slimbob at 11:13 PM on October 21, 2006


Ok, sorry. I may have accidentally and unintentionally turned this into a Campbell thread (praisebeuntohimwhoisash!) That was not my intent.

Curry deserves his thread and I don't want to be the guy who takes anything away from him.

The guy makes me laugh. And for that alone, I'll defend him to the end.
posted by quin at 11:36 PM on October 21, 2006


Gabriel Knight 1, a relatively early Sierra adventure game, featured Tim Curry as the voice of Gabriel. He was just awesome. The game's narrator was an old lady with a rich, deep, slooow Cajun drawl. She was just as good, but I have forgotten her name. Between the two of them, they totally made that game happen. All these years later, I can still 'hear' both their voices... they were that good.

The game was an occult mystery set in New Orleans, (back before it drowned :( ). Very adult, although not in a bad sense at all. Sierra was known for family-friendly games, and this was much more literary... dark and a bit twisted in places.

This was the first game to actually get the 2D characters to move their lips correctly when they spoke, which will give you an idea of how long ago it was in computer years. But it is still an extremely good game, and should hold up well even now. It'll probably run on XP. I think it was an early Windows 3.1 game.
posted by Malor at 11:41 PM on October 21, 2006


dreamsign : Then you really must check out Legend and just ignore Tom Cruise as much as possible.

I liked Legend a lot, and as a rule I ignore Tom Cruise out of principle. I will not deny his skills, movies like Collateral and War of the Worlds demonstrate that he has acting ability, but the guy just isn't interesting enough to foul my radar. I mean, he may be a big star, but he is no Bruce (paisebeuntohimwhoisAshandacarriesachainsaw).
posted by quin at 11:43 PM on October 21, 2006


Me, I do the only thing that still makes sense to me...
I do the Rock YouTube
posted by spacelux at 12:07 AM on October 22, 2006


Thanks for posting this.

My sister (who is 25 now) watched this movie over and over again when we were kids. It would get to the end and she would rewind it and start it over again. What this says about my sister (or my parents for that matter) I don't know (well, actually I'm pretty sure what it says about my parents).

The funny thing is I clicked the youtube link without my speakers turned on, and watched about a millisecond before I knew what movie this was. Crazy.

Oh yeah, props to Bruce Campbell... and Clue
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 12:28 AM on October 22, 2006


hototogisu: "I kept waiting for him to break into "Bela Lugosi's Dead" but it just didn't happen..."

Well, I kept waiting for him to pull out a tambourine and reference an old George Gershwin tune. And that did happen.

See, the trick to being satisfied is to wait for the right thing.
posted by koeselitz at 3:14 AM on October 22, 2006


I really enjoyed Tim Curry's performance as a henchman who is driven insane by the Shadow's maniacal laugh in the 1994 movie.
posted by JDC8 at 7:53 AM on October 22, 2006


from London to Idaho ?
posted by Frasermoo at 8:45 AM on October 22, 2006


thegoldenone- I am right there with you. I had a love for both curry and bowie for the same reasons. I still feel a little funny when I see the worst witch and the labyrinth. Hot stuff.
posted by greta simone at 1:24 PM on October 22, 2006


can any of you curry-heads confirm that he is a vegetarian?
posted by oigocosas at 10:00 PM on October 23, 2006


Ummmm. I was noticing, as I watched a few more youtube clips of this special (which, somehow, I missed, despite being the target demographic at the time) that Tim Curry is billed as The Grand Wizard which is hilarious in and of itself.
posted by sara is disenchanted at 7:20 PM on October 24, 2006


Tim's recordings of the Lemony Snicket books are excellent as well.
posted by sineater at 6:47 AM on October 25, 2006


Seconded.

I discovered these b/c of my kids but they could be enjoyed by any age. Tim Curry is a one man radio drama marvel, and it is a real pity that the series as it stands is missing Curry's naration from, I believe, Books 3 & 4 (?) only - as Lemony Snicket (IMO foolishly) endeavoured there to tackle his writing's narration himself. I could only stand about fifteen minutes of it before I gave up entirely and skipped ahead.

Contrasted with Snicket's own steady affected whine, Curry is like Hendrix at Monterey on the Lemony Snicket series - able to give each character a whole different feel and personality, seemingly with ease, relentlessly creative and fearlessly out there. Mr. Poe's cough, for instance, got so extreme and overwrought as the books went on that I feared Curry would lose his voice; eventually, he did scale it back.

I'd love to think his fantastic delivery on these books would be recognised, and that Snicket would allow their audio re-release with narration delivered as only Tim Curry can.
posted by stinkycheese at 10:39 PM on October 25, 2006


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