Hansel and Gretel
is a 34 minute television special directed by Tim Burton for The Disney Channel in 1982. Brimming with practical effects and long thought to be lost
, the film has recently resurfaced via a recording made from its single broadcast at 10:30 p.m. on October 31, 1983. [more inside]
"The cinema was made for horror movies. No other kind of film offers that same mysterious anticipation as you head into a dark auditorium. No other makes such powerful use of sound and image. The cinema is where we come to share a collective dream and horror films are the most dreamlike of all, perhaps because they engage with our nightmares.
" And so Mark Gatiss
opens his three-part series, A History of Horror
. "One of the great virtues of this series is that it is thoroughly subjective. Gatiss does not feel any particular obligation to give us an A to Z of horror, but instead lingers lovingly over his own favourites,
" taking the viewer with him from the Golden Age of Hollywood horror through the American horror movies of the 1960s and 1970s. [more inside]
Ringo, the TV Special, 1978
With guest stars Art Carney, Angie Dickinson, Mike Douglas, Carrie Fisher, John Ritter, and George Harrison.
I shit you not.
You may remember an animated film from the early '90s. Set somewhere in 'Arabia,' a land of bazaars and minarets, the story featured a bored, harem-panted princess, an orphan boy, a treacherous vizier with bird sidekick, a rotund and oblivious sultan, a blue-skinned magic user, et al.
But it wasn't Aladdin
- and the movie
had started production
in 1964 ... [more inside]
It has been 30 years since it was first recorded, and almost that long since it was released as a single
and a extra-long music video
(alt. link: YT
), but Thriller
has remained at the top of lists for best Halloween songs
) and best Halloween videos
). You know the dance
, and you've read Vanity Fair's extensive Thriller Diaries
), or at least Los Angeles Times' 25 Thriller facts
, but have you seen the almost hour long making of the video
? Have you heard the voice-over session with Michael and Vincent Price
, with the bonus unreleased "rap" vocals by Price? You remember that Vincent did Thriller just to make fun of himself
, like he did when he worked with Jack Benny
and Red Skelton
, right? Or maybe you're in the mood for more of the comedic horror that Michael liked, such as his collaboration with Stephen King
, Michale Jackson's Ghosts
(HD, with Japanese subtitles and intro). [more inside]
Day at Night
was an interview series on the public television station of the City University of New York that aired from 1973-4. CUNY TV is in the process of digitizing and uploading the 130 episodes that were produced, with 46 done so far. The episodes are just under half an hour in length. Among the people interviewed by host James Day are author Ray Bradbury
, actress Myrna Loy
, medical researcher Jonas Salk
, singer Cab Calloway
, writer Christopher Isherwood
, nuclear scientist Edward Teller
, comedian Victor Borge
, tennis player Billie Jean King
, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky
, composer Aaron Copland
, actor Vincent Price
and boxer Muhammad Ali
In 1971 a children's librarian in Troy, Michigan wrote dozens of letters to various celebrities and political leaders and asked them to send back inspirational messages to the children. Ninety-seven of them wrote back
Meet Messer Chups
, whose main influences seem to be B-movies, sci fi, theremin, surf rock and Vincent Price. [more inside]
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has put 675 reels of archival 16 mm film online
via the Internet Archive. Most of the film is unedited, and stems either from Museum research, or was donated by interested amateurs. Much of it is silent, reflecting the technology of the day. One highlight are the four surviving reels
of the long-running TV show 'What in the World" (look for the episode starring Vincent Price), but the archive is full of other hidden gems, such as the 1950s archaeological expedition to Tikal
, a 1940 film "A 1000 Mile Road Trip Across America
", and Glimpses of Life Among the Catawba and Cherokee Indians of the Carolinas (1927).
The films are downloadable in various formats, including MPEG2, Ogg Video, and 512Kb MPEG4. Happy browsing! via.
Every Halloween I think about him
Vincent never wanted to be an actor
. What with the degree from Yale in Art History
and English. His intent was certainly not to be one the classic Masters
(YTV) of Macabre
(YTV). Never the less his legend surpasses his own humble ambitions. Part of our collective childhoods
(MP3) gone but not forgotten. [more inside]
Michael Jackson's Thriller...in Lego form!
This must have taken days and days to put together. For those of you who remember the video well, you'll be amazed. I love the Internet!