Friday, October 20, 2017

Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula (BBC Radio Drama, 1981)

Closing out Week Three of the Countdown to Halloween is the 90-minute radio drama Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are inserted into the classic Dracula story, working, somewhat contentiously, with Professor Van Helsing to stop the famous Count. This program aired on BBC Radio 4 on December 19, 1981.

It's a bit weird to hear the rational Mr. Holmes easily accepting the presence of supernatural beings such as Dracula, but the story is so fun and well done you can put that peccadillo aside for the sake of the story.

Enjoy! Have a great weekend! And please come back Monday for the last full week of the Countdown to Halloween!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Little Dracula (1991)

Today I feature the obscure animated TV series Little Dracula.

Little Dracula aired very briefly on Fox Kids in the fall of 1991. Thirteen episodes were produced, but only 6 aired, including an episode on Halloween. The series is based on a line of British children's books published in the 80s.

I was able to tell this was a Fox Kids series even before I looked it up; it has a Fox Kids "feel" to it. Give this episode a spin and maybe you'll see what I mean. Keep an ear out for actors Joe Flaherty as Big Dracula and Jonathan Winters as Igor and Granny.

Enjoy this kid-friendly treat now. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween TV Commercials 2017 Edition Part 3

I can't resist. I just can't! I still have so many great spooky TV commercials that they can't wait until next year. I have to share them with you now. YOLO, right?

Also, last week's installment of commercials has been one of the most visited articles I've written in a very long time. I have to give the public what they want. Thank you all for your support!

Without further ado, here are more great commercials!

For starters, in case of vampires, hope that there is plenty of Heineken beer around!

Sticking with the vampire theme, here Dracula enjoys a hearty soup with plenty of cheese!

You don't get to type that sentence very often.

Next, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble encounter some strange visitors as they enjoy their Pebbles cereal.

Not only is the zombie in this Starburst commercial the living dead, he's also very cranky!

This commercial for a local Kia dealer isn't all that spooky, but I still love it because it at least makes the effort to acknowledge the holiday even when it doesn't have to. It some ways, those are the best Halloween commercials, because they actively try to celebrate the day by choice rather than the necessity to sell.

Same thing with this other local Kia dealer, which goes even farther with its Halloween commercial. It's hokey, it's crudely produced, it has talking dogs--I love it!

As I've said before, Snickers has some of the best Halloween/spooky commercials of all time. In this extra long example, the product shilling takes a back seat to the star of the commercial, pumpkin carver John Neill. He is excellent!

In this next one, Snickers goes in a different direction. The host of a fictional budget Halloween kids special is obviously hungry--and obviously unprofessional!

Finally, the master of horror himself, Stephen King, praises the powers of his American Express card in this classic spot (the first time I ever saw King was when I was a kid when this commercial aired).

I'm thoroughly convinced that's his real house and not a set.

Thanks again for the support! I really mean it!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: Highway to Heaven, "I Was A Middle-Aged Werewolf"

This week, Tuesday's Overlooked TV features a Halloween episode of the 1980s NBC series Highway to Heaven.

A Halloween episode of Highway to Heaven, you say? Absolutely!

For those unaware, Heaven starred Michael Landon as Jonathan, an angel who traveled the country with his human friend Mark (Victor French), helping people God deemed in need of their help. In "I Was A Middle-Aged Werewolf," Jonathan comes to the aid of a young boy in an attempt to help the boy overcome his fears on Halloween. The episode is inspired by Landon's performance in his younger days in the movie I Was A Teenage Werewolf.


Monday, October 16, 2017

The Crown of Bogg (1981)

Welcome to Week 3 of the Countdown to Halloween. With October half over, it's time to put the pedal to the metal and shift your Dragula into second gear to the big day!

Today I present the 1981 Showtime children's special The Crown of Bogg. This was created by Paul Fusco, the creator of ALF and predates that series by several years. Two factions of trolls/gnomes/creatures/whatever are competing for rule of their people. The two contenders must bring back a cursed artifact from the human world to take reign.

And yes, all of this does tie into Halloween.

This special is obscure to be sure, but others have written about it before me.



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