Monday, October 23, 2017

Bugs Bunny's Howl-Oween Special


Today begins the last full week of the Countdown to Halloween. The big night is a week from tomorrow. Get your last-minute spooky fix in while you can!

Today I offer the 1977 CBS special Bugs Bunny's Howl-Oween. This is a collection of classic Looney Tunes cartoons, each with a spooky theme and perfect for Halloween. There were several such Looney Tunes specials during the late 70s and early 80s made the same way for other holidays. They certainly weren't classics the way the Great Pumpkin and Witch's Night Out are, probably because Looney Tunes cartoons were much more accessible in those days than other cartoons, but they were still welcome additions to prime time children's viewing. For a fun cartoon fix, you usually can't go wrong with Looney Tunes!

Enjoy, Doc!


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.

Enjoy!

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.

Enjoy!


Friday, October 13, 2017

The Monster of Frankenstein (1981)


Rounding out Week 2 of the 2017 Countdown to Halloween is the 1981 Japanese animated movie The Monster of Frankenstein!

The movie was created by Toei Animation and aired on Japanese television on July 27, 1981. This English-dubbed version I feature today was released on home video in the States in 1984. This version stays pretty close to Mary Shelley's novel.

Although this is an animated movie, don't think this is a family film! There is graphic violence in this version, so viewer discretion is advised!

Enjoy! Have a great spooky weekend! Happy Friday the 13th!



Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Legend of the Haunted Toys R Us!


There's a legend in Sunnyvale, California about a ghost haunting. A ghost haunting in...a Toys R Us?

Yep!

The following clips from the 80s TV reality series That's Incredible! and the 1991 special Real Ghosts II will tell you all about it. Both shows feature late psychic Sylvia Browne. Enjoy--if you dare!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Halloween TV Commercials 2017 Edition Part 2

As promised, here are more spooky TV commercials to put you in that Halloween mood!

It wouldn't be Halloween without the involvement of McDonald's. Here is a Happy Meal commercial with the ever-popular McNugget Buddies!



Next, here are promos for CBS Saturday morning programs from 1981, as well as a promo for two long-forgotten Halloween specials, Bugs Bunny's Howl-O-Ween and Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile (featured previously at this blog)!



I can't let a Countdown to Halloween go by without at least one mention of the Monster Cereals. Here they are pushing their monster-sized marshmallows!



Here is a fun ad for the defunct party supply store iParty involving zombies hungry for Halloween savings!



This is an awesome TV spot from 1980 for the first Friday the 13th movie. I see commercials for horror movies all the time today, but there's something about the older ones that seem to have more...something. I don't know what, but I think you know what I mean!



Vampires are tough. Vampires are ruthless. Vampires...can be stopped by a set of Audi headlights.



This commercial was recorded off of a camera pointed at a TV screen, but it doesn't make watching this ad for Play-Doh's Fuzzy Pumper Monster Shop any less fun!



Finally, here is a great one for T-Mobile. Dr. Frankenstein can be such a condescending bore!



Even better, outtakes from that same commercial!



Maybe--maaaaaaaaaaybe--I'll have one more installment of commercials for this year. I don't want to go this well too often, but I have such a large collection this year that I may not be able to resist.

Thanks!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: Hunter, "Killer in a Halloween Mask"


This week's Tuesday's Overlooked TV is a Halloween episode of the NBC police series Hunter.

Hunter revolved around the titular cop, a Dirty Harry for television, and his straitlaced partner. This episode's title is "Killer in a Halloween Mask." That pretty much says it all.

Also, Jesse Ventura guest stars. Bonus!

Enjoy!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Mickey's Safety Club, "Halloween Surprises"


The first week of the Countdown is already over. Yikes! Time to get right in to Week 2 before it also becomes history!

Today I offer an installment from Disney's educational video series Mickey's Safety Club, released in 1989 and 1990. In this installment, a little girl learns about Halloween safety from the Disney gang in "Halloween Surprises."

Gather the kids around for this one. Enjoy!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)


As we approach the first full weekend of October, I've decided to make Fridays movie days during the Countdown. This week, I offer the 1972 Spanish zombie film Tombs of the Blind Dead.

Tombs concerns an undead order of knights who wreck havoc on living vacationers in Spain. You can check out the Wikipedia entry for the full description. I prefer to just dive right into the flick! The MPAA rating is only PG, but I'd still recommend viewer discretion just in case (although this American edit is supposedly much more tame than the original Spanish version).

I hope you've enjoyed the first week of the Countdown to Halloween here at Me and You. Please stay with me, there's plenty more to come!

Have a great weekend! Do Halloweeny things! Bob for apples! Drink pumpkin beer! Buy or make a costume! Carve a pumpkin!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

List O' Links Halloween 2017 Edition!


Without the Internet, Halloween celebrations like the Countdown wouldn't be possible, so I'm very thankful for the 'Net's existence. You will be too, as you peruse the following awesome Halloween Web sites throughout the month!

First up, I can't put off mentioning the awesomeness that is Dinosaur Dracula. Site owner Matt has been counting down to Halloween since 2003 at his old site X-Entertainment, and he continues the tradition in bigger and better fashion every year at Dino Drac. Videos, junk food reviews, his music jukebox, and his wonderful writing are all the ways Matt will make you feel warm and spooky inside. Go to his site now!

If you're a big fan of Halloween music--and I know you are--check out Halloween Hits. The mysterious curator offers a great set of Halloween tunes every year at the site, which is only functional throughout the month of October. If you try to visit on September 30th or November 1st, you'll be out of luck! I suggest you rush on over and download all 14 volumes (!) of great music, ranging from hard rock to spooky standards of the 30s and 40s. You never know what you'll find!

Cable channel AMC once again brings its FearFest marathon of horror movies to the small screen. Unfortunately, it's only one week this year, but it's still worth it. Check out this article from Bloody Disgusting for the full lineup!

While we're at it, here are the Halloween programming options from Turner Classic Movies and FreeForm's 13 Nights of Halloween as well!

If you're a fan of both Halloween and classic TV like I am, you'll love these photos of classic TV stars in Halloween costumes!

On October 27th, CBS will air a one-hour animated special loosely based on Michael Jackson's song "Thriller," complete with an appearance by Michael in the special's finale. OK.

Finally, this site lets you know what America's favorite Halloween candy is by state. While I don't enjoy Sour Patch Kids myself, I'm not surprised they came in first place in my current state, New Jersey.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Halloween TV Commercials 2017 Edition Part 1

Some of my favorite Halloween posts of all time have been my collections of Halloween TV commercials. They're society's way of recognizing that the season is upon us. I have a large amount of creepy commercials to share with you, so I'm showcasing them in multiple posts. Enjoy part one now!

This first quick clip features a promotion by Bonkers fruit candy for a Mad Balls rip-off called Ugly Balls. 15 seconds of pure creepitude!



In this next clip, the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz meets her match in the Energizer Bunny!



Snickers is always one of the most popular Halloween candies, and they're also one of the best advertisers around. This Spanish language commercial makes excellent use of a zombie in the workplace!



This next commercial may be the most elegant one I've ever featured in the Countdown. Using Lux bath soap may save your life!



Poor Phil the Vampire. He should have chosen a more understanding partner with whom to take to dinner at Sonic!



Vincent Price appeared in countless commercials and is a Countdown staple here and at many other blogs. He always performed in every commercial as if it were an Oscar-worthy production. Here he gives it his all as the spokesman for the Milton Bradley game Stay Alive. I'd be too scared to play against him!



Finally, this commercial from Hostess snack cakes features a tween boy bullying his sister's sweet-looking doll--a choice he soon regrets!



I'll have plenty more spooky commercials for you later this month. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: Mork & Mindy, "A Morkville Horror"


Hello all! Today the Countdown to Halloween starts in earnest, and it also starts by participating in another multi-blog undertaking.

I occasionally take part in Tuesday's Overlooked A/V, a feature hosted by my friend Todd Mason at his blog Sweet Freedom. On Tuesdays, several of us blog about a particular movie, TV series, or other audio/visual project we believe is worth reminding readers of. This month, as I've done in past Countdowns, I will feature spooky-related programming, all with a certain theme. One year, I focused on crawling hand movies; last year, it was killer cars; and this year, it will be spooky-themed episodes of classic TV series!

This week, I feature an episode of Mork & Mindy titled "A Morkville Horror." In this episode, Mindy is selling her childhood home and is feeling wistful about it. Little does she know that the ghosts of two of her ancestors haunt the house and wish to drive away potential buyers. It's up to a frightened Mork to save the day.

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Welcome to the Countdown to Halloween!


WELLLLLLCOOOOOOOOME TO THE COOOOOOOUNTDOOOOOOWN TO HALLLLLLLLLLOWEEEEEEEEN!

Hi.

I am thrilled to take part yet again in this multi-blog event. All month long, I and my Halloween blogging sisters and brothers will give you thrills, chills, spills, and other words that end in "ills." You'll see spooky TV commercials, weird movies, creepy images, and all-around Halloween fun. Maybe even a surprise or two!

Be sure to check out the host site of the event, where you will find dozens of participating blogs! A hearty hallowed thanks to curator John Rozum for organizing this event every year!

I'm getting a late start considering I'm writing this at 7 o'clock at night, but better late than never. Let the Countdown to Halloween officially begin!





Friday, September 1, 2017

List O' Links for Friday, September 1, 2017


Hello all! I hope you haven't forgotten me. If not, thanks for checking in, even when I'm absent for awhile. I still love this blog and those who read it!

As we say goodbye to the commercial summer season, let us relax with these links!

I love the Cartoon Network series Teen Titans GO!, and I also love the '80s. The two combine perfectly in the characters' love for a real life song, "The Night Begins to Shine." Read how the show made this stock music library track a cult hit!

Comic books based on hit TV series are not uncommon in comics history, but it's not just hit series that have been adapted that way. Here are 13 comic books based on TV series you may not have know existed!

Did you know Mickey Mouse once suffered from extreme depression? Yep, it happened!

With the summer season about to wind down, this may not do you much good now, but next time you go back into the water, here are steps to help you survive a shark attack!

Beloved actor Bruce Campbell has a new book out, and season 3 of Ash vs Evil Dead has wrapped production, but you can also check out a rare homemade horror film of his from way back in 1974 called Curse of the Werewolf thanks to the horror news Web site Bloody Disgusting!

Finally, learn a little more about Labor Day and celebrate the way the holiday's founders intended--by doing nothing!

Have a great Labor Day weekend! Enjoy the fruits of your hard work! I hope you had a great summer! And stay tuned right here, as the blog will be back in business the rest of the year!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: Nova, "Jaws, The True Story"


This week, Tuesday's Overlooked TV is the documentary film "Jaws: The True Story."

Produced by the BBC, this first aired in the US as an episode of the PBS documentary series Nova on December 4, 1984, but the taping I feature here is from the Australian documentary series The World Around Us. The special is a bit exploitative here and there, and we know much more about sharks today than we did then, but it's still interesting to see a shark documentary created pre-Shark Week.

Enjoy!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hollywood Palace Hosted by Adam West


Hollywood Palace was a lavish variety show that ran Saturday nights on ABC during much of the 1960s. Each week featured a different host with a cavalcade of big name guest stars. This episode is hosted by Adam West, and guest stars Ray Charles, George Carlin, Joey Heatherton, and Roy Rogers & Dale Evans just to name a few. It's a throwback to a form of entertainment you don't see anymore, so it may be an adjustment if you haven't seen this sort of thing before, but it's well worth your time.

And yes, I did say this episode is hosted by Adam West. I am intent on writing a full tribute, but time is a precious commodity, so this will stand as a fine tribute in the interim.

Enjoy!


Friday, May 26, 2017

List O' Links Star Wars 40th Anniversary Edition!


Welcome to Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy it, use it to kick off your summer celebrations, and remember to keep in your thoughts the fallen men and women who died in wars past and present.

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars film. To celebrate, here is a Star Wars-only edition of List O' Links to peruse while you make the Kessel run in 14 parsecs!

Star Wars.com, the official Star Wars Web site, has an entire hub dedicated to several anniversary-related articles. Check them out!

The gang at the Nerd Lunch podcast did several great episodes regarding the entire Star Wars franchise. Do give them a listen!

If you're not familiar with the conceptual artwork of Ralph McQuarrie, you're in for a treat. His Star Wars work is beautiful and has been collected in book form. Read all about it!

Finally, if you love the music of Star Wars--and surely, you do--but always wanted to hear it played metal-style, look no further! Galactic Empire is a great band that performs all your Star Wars favorites in full headbanging fashion. They're playing my hometown of Philly next weekend. See if they're coming to your town!

Have a great holiday weekend! May the Force be with you!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Milton Berle Show (1966) Guest Starring Adam West, Van Williams, and Bruce Lee


Legendary comedian Milton Berle is most famous for his program Texaco Star Theater from the 1950s, but he also had a show during the 60s named after himself. In this installment from 1966, Berle plays an actor starring as two difference villains in two different series, Batman and The Green Hornet

The problem is, he's filming both series at the same time, which turns out to be--physically challenging in several ways. Unfortunately, one of the villains he plays is a gross Asian stereotype which plays into the skit. I can only imagine what Bruce Lee thought of this.

Thanks!

Friday, May 19, 2017

List O' Links for Friday, May 19, 2017


I haven't posted a List O' Links since February, so I'm long overdue for one. Enjoy your unseasonably hot Friday (on the east coast, anyway) with these cool links!

Want to weed out unwanted selections from Netflix's not-so-accurate algorithms? Here's how!

Here are some gorgeous backgrounds from the great Hanna-Barbara action-adventure cartoon Thundarr The Barbarian. 

One of my favorite sitcoms of all time is Happy Days. Here are some fun photos taken from the series from behind the scenes, including the late Erin Moran.

If, like me, you still have a big collection of audio cassettes laying idle in your house that don't often see the light of day, you may have a way of listening to them in the near future. I give you--the Elbow, the next portable cassette player!

I don't normally address 1990s nostalgia here, as I'm much more of a 70s and 80s guy, but for any of you that do have a soft spot for the decade, you may also have a soft spot for the classic 90s song "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger. Check out the Onion AV Club's spotlight on the song.

A great deal of people are looking forward to the new Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot, including me. Why not prove your love to the Wonder Woman in your life by getting here these lovely Wonder Woman bracelets, tiara, and lasso. And they're only 400 FREAKIN' DOLLARS!!!

Finally, have you ever driven by a building that looks suspiciously like a Pizza Hut and yet doesn't serve pizza? It happens a lot more than you think--so often that someone has created a Web site called Used to Be A Pizza Hut. You'd be surprised how many former Huts have been repurposed for any number of enterprises. Take a look!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Genesis Live on the Mike Douglas Show, Philadelphia, 1977


Following up on my Genesis article from a couple weeks ago, here is a neat treat--the band performing two songs from their Wind and Wuthering album on The Mike Douglas Show, which originated in my hometown of Philadelphia. This aired sometime in 1977 (the footage doesn't provide an exact date, unfortunately).

A favorite band of mine performing on a Philadelphia-based broadcast institution? How can I resist?

Plus, Phil Collins has an amazing beard here.

Enjoy!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

April's Underappreciated Music: The Evolution of Genesis


I've been on a Genesis kick the last couple of weeks. I've been downloading various albums from them off of Spotify, as they're a band I've always been a fan of but never got to listen to their deeper catalog before. 

For those of you only familiar with their later hits such as "Invisible Touch" and "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," you may be surprised to know that their early work was much more progressive. In fact, after listening to  a few of their early albums, they may actually "out-prog" their contemporaries such as Yes, Jethro Tull, and the Moody Blues.

The lineup changed a bit during their first two albums in 1969 and 1970, but their first steady and more famous lineup consisted of guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford, keyboardist Tony Banks, drummer Phil Collins--yep, THAT Phil Collins--guitarist Steve Hackett, and original lead singer Peter Gabriel.

Yes, the "Sledgehammer" guy.

Their music was quite out there, with fantastical lyrics and long, suite-like compositions. Gabriel's swan song with the group was the double album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Gabriel then left the group, leaving the remaining band members looking for a new lead singer. They heard over 400 audition tapes with no luck. In order to begin recording their new material post-Gabriel, they asked Collins to take the lead on a recording in the meantime. Collins agreed only reluctantly, but the band was so impressed with this vocals they talked him into being their new singer.

As the 1970s progressed, and they lost another band member with Hackett's departure, their music slowly became more mainstream-oriented, recording songs such as "Misunderstanding," "That's All," and "Invisible Touch." It was with these mainstream pop songs that they had their greatest commercial success, but even on the later albums there was always one or two songs that still harkened back somewhat to their progressive roots.

Here are just a few songs that demonstrate their evolution, but for the full story, I recommend checking out their albums on your own. Enjoy!


Genesis - That's All by SoldierClad

Friday, February 3, 2017

List O' Links for Friday, February 3, 2017


Welcome back everybody! I hope you all had a great holiday season (it's weird asking about your holidays when February has already started). It has been far too long since I've written here, and I only have time to show you some cool stuff at other sites, but I'm still worth your time, aren't I?

Oh. Well, here are some fun links anyway.

When I got into comic books heavily at the end of the 80s, I came across an awesome "choose your own adventure" style book featuring Batman; I still have it to this very day! Coincidentally, The Retroist has a brand new article about it. Check it out!

It's that time of year again--time for McDonald's to bring back the ever-popular Shamrock Shake! But they've kicked it up a notch this year. In fact, they've kicked it up three additional notches! This year, McDonald's is offering four versions of the shake! Bring on the calories!

If you love awesome toys from the 70s, then you'll love THESE awesome toys from the 70s! I totally had the green and black Roaring Hot Cycle!

I can never get enough foreign-made posters for popular America movies. Their outtake on our films are always both crazy yet full of insight that we Americans lose. Try these foreign movie posters on for size!

Finally, I have had the new Chocolate Strawberry Oreos, and they are goooooooooood! Don't believe me--check out the word of Stunt Zombie. He likes them too!

Have a great weekend!

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