Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Odds and Ends

With October 31st mere days away, I'm running out of both time and material. So today I just want to give you a few small treats that I think you will enjoy that may not necessarily warrant a blog post unto themselves. Consider these items Halloween hors d’oeuvres to tide you over until the full course of Halloween night. Let’s get to it!

By the way, I had to Google how to spell “hors d’oeuvres.” See how much I love you fine folks?

First up: the Muppets’ own Dr. Bunson Honeydew and Beaker go ghost hunting—with hilarious results!

Next, here is an adorable video about how to greet deaf or hard-of-hearing trick-or-treaters this season!

Here is the recording of the great Vincent Price's voiceover for Michael Jackson's Thirller without the music, plus with extra text that didn't make it into the single. You really get to hear how amazing Price's work is on the song--not that you couldn't tell that with the music. This is further evidence that Vincent Price was the ultimate pro!

You've never heard the theme from Alfred Hitchcock Presents until you've heard it played on the banjo!

Here is a fun TV promo for the much beloved 80s horror series Tales From The Darkside!

Speaking of TV promos, I can't let a Countdown to Halloween season go by without mentioning It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at least once!

Finally, here is by far the most bizarre and graphic clip I have for you today. This is  John Carpenter's The Thing as recreated with characters from the foreign children's program Pingu the penguin. Even if you're not familiar with Pingu--and you probably aren't--you should find this both disturbing and hysterical! VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED!

Time's running short! Get your Halloween on now!


Caffeinated Joe said...

This is a great post! So much different Halloween goodness. That Price narration is just so good.

Phillyradiogeek said...

And when Price mentions how fun it was to do that reading, he meant it! Listen to the joy in his voice as he laughs that final laugh!

Caffeinated Joe said...

It is great. Love it.

Tom said...

If I was told I had to give up everything about Halloween except one thing, I think I'd choose "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". Brings back the childhood excitement of Halloween.

Phillyradiogeek said...

Tom: indeed! Of course I'm biased, as I'm one of the biggest Peanuts fans you'll ever meet. A stroll through the blog's archives will prove that :)

For me, the yin and yang of Halloween media are The Great Pumpkin and John Carpenter's Halloween. They represent both aspects of Halloween: the childlike, fun aspect and the scary aspect.

Todd Mason said...

Pingu THINGu is an old favorite that kept being pulled down at one point, presumably at the request of the Pingu people...

Charles Gounod: "Funeral March of a Marionette"