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Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2014 by undeadjohnny

Hey, kids!

If you’re here for the first time or a returning visitor, you’re going to want to move on to THE WORLD OF THE WEIRD MONSTER BLOG’S new home, http://wowmonstershow.blogspot.com/

All posts in the future will be on that blog.  Including 2014’s 31 Days of Halloween movie list!  Go check it out.

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31 Days of Halloween: End of October Round Up

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2013 by undeadjohnny

Hey kids!  Well, the best holiday of the year, Halloween, has passed.  Which means its time to wrap up this series of posts.  I started this month with a blog about all the movies I had set aside to watch this month in honor of the best holiday of the year.  I wanted to watch at least one thing from this Halloween box of videos each day.   You can see the list here: https://wowmonstershow.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/31-days-of-halloween-the-list/

And you can see how I did in week 1 here: https://wowmonstershow.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/31-days-of-halloween-week-1/

And week 2 here:  https://wowmonstershow.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/31-days-of-halloween-week-2/

I fell off a bit after that unfortunately.  Actually, week 3 turned out pretty well, but week 4….let’s just say since it is one of the busiest weeks in the year for me, I fell below my expectations in movie watching.  And the biggest bummer was I was saving my favorite Halloween flicks for closest to the holiday (Great Pumpkin, Halloween, Halloween III) and I never watched them.  So I think Halloween has to be extended another month.

That being said, here’s the last of my October viewings.

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FRANKENSTEIN SINGS….The Movie (AKA MONSTER MASH, THE MOVIE)

Its says on the box…In the Tradition of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  But, brother, this is no Rocky Horror.  Based on the musical “I’m sorry the bridge is out…you’ll have to spend the night”  by Boris “Monster Mash” Pickett.

Yep, Boris is even in this movie!

monstermashand his hunchback assistant is played by John Kassir (The Cryptkeeper!)   In the “Janet” role is one of the chicks from Full House.

Guys this movie is horrible.  Like really, horrible.  Not even funny horrible.   Here:

Even Mink Stole can’t save this.  Oh, and yeah, they play The Monster Mash at least three times.

Of course all this being said, my wife is amazing for finding it and I’m of course going to watch it every Halloween.

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You know what movie is great?  THIS ONE.  Okay, okay, it wears thin for maybe the last 15 minutes or so.  But it’s the funniest movie funded by DOW CHEMICALS to spend their Yugoslavian money that they were not allowed to move out of the country (it’s true!  On both counts!)   But I find this movie absolutely hilarious.  I do.  And if you don’t, frankly you’re just wrong.   If WOWMS ever makes a movie, it would be like this.  In fact I once had a loose outline to a WOWMS movie that was quite similar in some respects.

Plus, this:

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lords of salemTHE LORDS OF SALEM

I LOVE this movie.  I pretty much love everything Rob Zombie has done (even the two Halloween movies have grown on me.)  But I really, really just dig the whole vibe on this one.  And with the fall Salem setting, it’s also perfect Halloween viewing.  I know this movie isn’t for everyone, but I loved it.

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THE HOWLING

Man, I love this movie.  And the new Scream Factory Blu-Ray looks gorgeous.  They just don’t make them like this anymore.  The 80’s was a great time.  You had all these directors that grew up on the Hammer films, the AIP films, as well as stuff like NOTLD and Blood Feast…but also saw the rereleases or horror hosted screenings of the old Universal classics, etc.  So you had films like the Howling which felt like a mixture of the classic and the new….the atmospheric and the splatter-tastic.   Just a great, great flick.

night of the demonsNIGHT OF THE DEMONS

I did get in a few classic “Halloween Night” movies and this is one of them.  I remember the first time I saw this, my smile kept getting wider and wider as they checked off plot points….Halloween night….deserted house….old funeral home….built on Indian graveyard….seance….etc, etc.  What’s not to love.  Plus, Angela’s dance to Bauhaus’ Stigmata Martyr blew my teenage mind.

quaterQUATERMASS AND THE PIT

Was not on my original list but I pulled it off the shelf one night when the mood struck me.  Great, great film.  Grasshopper devil alien martian monsters!

fridaylogoFRIDAY THE 13TH THE SERIES

I also watched a ton more of this show….and it made me remember how much I loved it back when it came on in syndication.   You know, it’s amazing we live in a world where at the drop of a hat I can watch THE WARRIORS or a million other movies on my phone at any time.  But back in the 80’s it was kind of cool that the stuff we loved was harder to find.  You had to search it out, and when you found it, you treasured it more.  To have this show on weekly was amazing and I loved it.  It really is a pretty great horror anthology type show.  And one of the great things about it is the awesome core cast of three.

friday-13-tv-seriesOkay…that guy on the right is not Jack Marshack, the bad ass old magician.  But it is a nice picture of Robey.

haunted_palace_poster_02THE HAUNTED PALACE

Another great flick.  Roger Corman and Vincent Price were having such great success with the Poe films for AIP and Corman wanted to try a Lovecraft film.  AIP said no way, Poe was too popular.  So they took the title of a Poe poem, made that the title of the film and went ahead and made an HP Lovecraft movie anyway, based loosely on “The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward.”

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Another one that had not been on my list….but I’m so glad we watched it as I hadn’t seen it in a very long time (at least 10 years.)  Remembered how great it was.  I had bought the Blu-Ray for cheap a long time ago but never even unwrapped it.  Such a great, great flick.

Elvira-Image-elvira-2670866-600-516monsterclubTHE MONSTER CLUB (Hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.)

Another great, fun, movie.  I believe this is now on Blu-Ray…but I love my thriller video Elvira VHS.  Just perfect for a fun, Halloween, Monster filled romp as this.  If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out.

So that’s another Halloween season behind us.  But, as we always say here on The World of the Weird Monster Show….everyday is Halloween!

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31 Days of Halloween – Week 2

Posted in Uncategorized on October 16, 2013 by undeadjohnny

Hey kids!  Well, we’re now two weeks into the best month of the year, October!  Which means we’re getting closer and closer to Halloween.  I started this month with a blog about all the movies I had set aside to watch this month in honor of the best holiday of the year.  I wanted to watch at least one thing from this Halloween box of videos each day.   You can see the list here: https://wowmonstershow.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/31-days-of-halloween-the-list/

And you can see how I did in week 1 here: https://wowmonstershow.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/31-days-of-halloween-week-1/

 

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PRINCE OF DARKNESS

I just got the new Scream Factory Blu-Ray of this and wanted to check it out.  It looks beautiful and has some cool extras on it as well.  It’s funny, when I first saw this movie as a teenager I liked it all except the ending.  I think I wanted it to be straight supernatural horror and was upset and some of the sci-fi trappings.  But I got over that years ago and love this movie now.  John Carpenter does his best Nigel Kneale take on Lovecraft and those are two things that go great together (also love that the main character had gone to KNEALE College and Carpenter’s pen name is Quatermass.)

I love that, like in many of Lovecraft’s Miskatonic University stories, the film is about a group of scientists doing an investigation that takes a bizarre paranormal turn.  Awesome John Carpenter direction and music and just an all around great movie.  Plus it basically stars young pseudo Tom Atkins.

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MYSTERY INCORPORATED: NIGHTFRIGHT & THE GATHERING GLOOM

Yep, more Scooby Doo.  And this is a great one with the Scooby Universe version of Vincent Price: Vincent Van Ghoul

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And parodies of THE FLY, DR. PHIBES, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH and HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL:

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That’s an animated Dr. Phibes, man!!

 

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VISITOR FROM THE GRAVE hosted by Elvira

So this Thriller Video release has Elvira hosting an episode of the HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR TV series.  It’s not too bad.  Elvira is of course, amazing.  And the flick is kind of fun.  Plus it has Kathern Leigh Scott from DARK SHADOWS in it!

 

 

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HALLOWEEN WARS

Much like MAKING MONSTERS, this Food Network show is now a Halloween tradition.  A bunch of teams featuring a pumpkin carver, a cake artist and a sugar artist compete to make ghoulish creations.  This week’s guest judge: Danielle Harris!

 

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ARCHIE’S WEIRD MYSTERIES: Halloween of Horror.

I’d never seen this Archie meets the Night Stalker cartoon series but picked it up dirt cheap.  Was kind of cool, but wasn’t as great as the comics.  If Veronica is going to be at a Halloween party, then damnit I want Vampironica!

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Right?

I did however read one of the best horror comics I’ve read in a long time (and one that deserves it’s own blog) AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE (which I might add, does feature Veronica as Vampironica as a Halloween costume and Betty as a sexy nurse.)

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FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES   “PIRATES PROMISE” and “SCARECROW”

Yep, this was a day when I worked a lot so watched a lot of short stuff.   I LOVED this show as a kid when it was first in syndication.  I had a huge crush on Robey and thought this was the best horror show ever.  I still like it.

But I’d like to talk about Ryan Dallion (the protagonist along with Robey’s Mikki and Jack) and his sweaters.

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If you’re going to a seaside town (Pirate’s Promise) to look for a cursed foghorn….don’t wear a sweater with anchors all over it.

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You can’t see it in this image from SCARECROW but let me tell you that Ryan’s sweater has a HOCKEY PLAYER on it’s back.  Just a huge, knitted HOCKEY PLAYER.

Also, according to People Magazine, I wasn’t the only one who had a crush.

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PHANTASM:

It was almost 2am and that meant it was the perfect time to watch Phantasm.  I can watch this movie anytime, but for some reason it seems even better in the early hours of the morning.  Classic.

 

 

 

OCTOBER 13:

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WEREWOLF: TV series

In Rockford, Illinois where I grew up, we did not have FOX when it first came on the air.  You remember, back when there were only 3 Networks and TV would go off at 1-2am every night?   Friends talked about Tracy Ullman (and something called The Simpsons) or Married with Children.  I, on the other hand, was bummed I could not watch the new werewolf TV show.  See,, I love monsters.  But my favorite monster is probably the werewolf.   So I finally watched the pilot of this show and you know what?  pretty damn good.  I think you could reshoot it now with the same script and it would be a hit–especially in today’s serial TV world.  Will have to watch the rest of them when I have time.

 

 

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DEAD SCARED (THE HAZING)

So on cable where I first saw it…and on the DVD I own, it’s called THE HAZING.  But I like DEAD SCARED much better.  This is a fun little horror film that very much wants to be NIGHT OF THE DEMONS meets EVIL DEAD II.  And you know, what?  It kind of succeeds.  It’s a lot of fun with some cool gore and some over the top crazy moments–and it takes place on Halloween night.  Plus, the two main leads look like this:

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Yeah, that’s Tiffany Sheppis dressed as a space girl with a chainsaw.   I’ll let you go watch this movie now.

 

 

That’s it for week 2.  As we get closer to Halloween I’ll start watching more and more of the classic Halloween films and movies that take place on the holiday.

What have you been watching?

31 Days of Halloween – WEEK 1

Posted in Uncategorized on October 9, 2013 by undeadjohnny

Hey kids!  Well, we’re one week into the best month of the year, October!  Which means we’re getting closer and closer to Halloween.  Last week I posted a blog about all the movies I had set aside to watch this month in honor of the best holiday of the year.  I wanted to watch at least one thing from this Halloween box of videos each day.   You can see the list here: https://wowmonstershow.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/31-days-of-halloween-the-list/

So far I’ve done pretty good.  I’m saving many of the real Halloween titles (that take place around the holiday) until I get closer to the actual date.  But it’s been a good start so far.  Here’s what I’ve watched so far.  How about you guys?  What are you watching this month?

OCTOBER 1:

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E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY: SCREAM QUEENS

Yep, kicked off with an E! special from about 10 years ago.  This 2 hour special, hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, was a nice way to kick off the season.  I couldn’t pick just one film, so why not watch something that covers them all.  While called “Scream Queens,” the special actually tracks portrayals of women in horror films from the 30’s to the present (albeit not too in depth…this is E! after all.)   But it was cool to see some of my favorite actresses like Dee Wallace and Angela Bettis get interviewed and was fun to see so many clips from so many great movies.

 

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SCOOBY DOO AND THE VAMPIRE STRIKES BACK

And of course, some Scooby Doo.  This episode from “What’s New, Scooby Doo” features the Hex Girls so of course it’s awesome.  And I always love that Jane Wiedlin is one of the Hex Girls.

 

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THE FRIGHTENERS

So I kicked off movie watching proper with The Frighteners, a movie I always love seeing.  Peter Jackson, Michael J Fox, Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace….how can you lose?   I’m always bummed Universal released this in the middle of summer rather than waiting for an October release.  It could have been a much bigger hit.   Yeah, the CGI effects have lost some of their luster (and I wasn’t a huge fan of them to begin with) but it’s still a very cool, fun flick.  And Jeffrey Combs as an FBI agent who’s been forced to work undercover in various cults and sects for decades is just amazing.   

 

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HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS

“Come see how the Vampires do it!”  Gotta love that.  I’m a big fan of the old TV series Dark Shadows.  Once my car broke down outside of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.  Transmission shot.  I had to spend 5 days there in a hotel.  My hotel got the Sci-Fi Channel (you know, back when it was called the Sci-Fi channel for Science Fiction….not SyFy for…well, who knows.)  Dark Shadows was on each morning for a couple of episodes.  I dug it.  When the first DVD set of 40 episodes came out I bought it.  I believe it was only $20 or so.  I figured, hey, for 40 episodes that’s not a bad deal, I’ll give it a shot.  The DVDs started at the point in the show where Barnabas the vampire shows up and I was hooked.  Bought the next 7-8 DVD sets.  Just a great fun gothic horror show.  And since it was a daytime soap it could really take its time.    Now this movie is only 90 minutes long, and is kind of an alternative universe story of the same characters, but I love it.  It’s cool to see everyone in a movie where they can actually do more than one take if necessary.  And they all look great.  Add to that the late 60’s clothes and it’s just awesome.  Especially love Carolyn in this (one of my favorites in the show) and how she goes all vamp!   Also, I love it when a movie or show has the entire police force as believers of paranormal activity early on.  RIght off the bat the entire force is armed with crosses and stakes and that’s awesome.   Have never seen Night of Dark Shadows.  Should check it out soon.

 

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MYSTERY, INCORPORATED: “The Shrieking Madness”

So this was one of the nights where I worked late and had to get up early so I had to resort to a short entry for this day and so I went to one of the best cartoons ever, Mystery, Incorporated.  This episode from the first season, “The Shrieking Madness” features Harlan Ellison as himself and has Jeffrey Combs as HP Hatecraft.  So obviously, it’s all about HP Lovecraft and it’s awesome.

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Seriously, just check it out.

 

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990)

I dig this movie, I really do.  Directed by Tom Savini and written by George A Romero himself I consider it to be one of Romero’s zombie movies.  It’s just a cool film.

Plus Barbara is a bad ass:

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And Bill Mosely is a great Johnny

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But Romero (and Savini also in staging some gags) takes everything you know about the original and slowly subverts it as the movie goes on.  Ben (the awesome Tony Todd) and the others almost seem like characters trapped in the original B&W film while Barbara watches on.  Everything the people represent slowly changes from the original and it definitely makes it a film that can stand on its own (quite a few things towards the end George used in his own LAND OF THE DEAD as well.)  But the way George subverts the original and changes it around gives me chills when the iconic final line is said “that’s another one for the fire.”  If you never gave it a chance because it was a “remake” then do yourself a favor and give it a shot.

 

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SCOOBY DOO MEETS BATMAN AND ROBIN

Another night where I had no time due to work.  So again, went back to Scooby Doo.  Hey, it’s not the great show Mystery, Inc is, but this still has the Mystery, Inc gang talking about the Joker and Gotham City and if that’s not cool, I don’t know what is.  Also, the Mystery Machine and the Batmobile share the frame which is like a dream

 

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MICROWAVE MASSACRE

Okay, so I try to normally stick to more spooky/Halloween type movies in October.  Haunted Houses, monsters, etc.  For example, DAWN OF THE DEAD is one of my favorite movies, but it’s not what I consider a good Halloween movie (NOTLD fits because it has got that creepy one night trapped in a house thing going for it…cemeteries, etc.)  MICROWAVE MASSACRE isn’t really a spooky movie either, but I picked it up last year at Days of the Dead and have been looking forward to watching it.

How is it?  I think the title screen sums up the type of film it is well.

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That’s the kind of movie this is.  Actually, its way more a black comedy (with a few good laughs) than a horror movie.  And at just over an hour it has a pretty good run time.  But there’s really no Microwave Massacre per se.  Actually, not even much of a microwave.  But it was good 80’s VHS fun.

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Also, according to one review I read, this is supposedly Paul Reubens in an uncredited cameo. 

 

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MAKING MONSTERS (Travel Channel)

I also watched an episode of MAKING MONSTERS.  Now while I do plan on watching some TV in my 31 Days of Halloween (Scooby Doo obviously, maybe a Friday the 13th the Tv Series episode) I don’t really plan on counting stuff currently airing.  (example: I plan on watching American Horror Story cause it’s about a coven of witches, but I won’t count that.)  But Making Monsters is only ever aired during the month of October every year.  They make 8 two hour episodes and air 2 of them back to back every Sunday in October.  And that’s it.  No reruns during the year, just around Halloween.  The show follows the gang at Distortions Unlimited as they create various gags and props for the haunt and halloween community.  It’s a great, fun show and it’s become a Halloween tradition (Like Halloween Wars on the Food Network.)

 

Well, that’s it for week one.  So far, so good.  And I’ve got some great flicks coming up in the next couple of weeks.  Happy Halloween, everyone!  Chime in with some must sees on your list.

 

 

 

 

31 Days of Halloween – The List

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1, 2013 by undeadjohnny

Hey, everyone!

The World of the Weird Monster Show Blog is back!  And hopefully I won’t let it languish as before.  I will try to keep posting WOWMS content that I think you all may find interesting (including continuing the “making of” look backs at past season) as well as other stuff that interests me.

But today is October 1st and that means one thing!  It’s time for 31 days of Halloween movie viewing!  I know we say “everyday is Halloween” but this is the one time of year where I try to make sure I watch one movie a day.  I’ve already scoured my video collection and put together a list of films to choose from this season.   I’ve also included some 30-60 minute shows as well for those late nights where I may not be able to fit something in due to work, etc.

I will try to write little mini-reviews as I go and let you know what films were selected.

Without further adieu, here is the list of films, in no order, chosen for this year:

 

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The E! 100 SCARIEST MOVIE MOMENTS:  I had forgotten I’d burned this to DVD and decided to throw it in on the chance I needed something that I didn’t have to pay super attention to.  Or on some night where I couldn’t make up my mind.  This is a fall back title, probably won’t watch.

 

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY: Here’s one of those 30 minute picks for a late night after work.  Every October I need to at least watch the 2 part episode which takes place on Halloween where Gomez and Morticia talk about how they first met.

 

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ARCHIE’S WEIRD MYSTERIES: Another 30 minute choice.   Have never watched, but love the idea (and I had to use this image with the Archies/Scooby Doo mash-up because, well, awesome.)

 

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THE CHANGELING: One of my favorite movies that can really give me the chills and it’s been way too long since I’ve watched it.

 

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CREEPSHOW: Got the Blu-Ray for this a long time ago and have yet to put it in.  That changes now.

 

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CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF:  Had to throw in some Hammer Horror and this is one I haven’t watched in a long time.

 

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DR. PHIBES RIDES AGAIN!:  It demanded to be watched.

 

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VISITORS FROM THE GRAVE Hosted by Elvira:  Have a few Elvira hosted films this year.  Because, hey, I love Elvira and not many things say Halloween like Elvira hosting a movie.

 

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THE EVIL DEAD:  Another Blu-Ray I bought awhile ago and haven’t watched.

 

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THE FOG: One of my all time favorite horror films.  Just got the new Blu-Ray and can’t wait to watch.

 

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FRIDAY THE 13TH THE SERIES:  Another “short” choice, I love this show.  Robey!

 

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THE FRIGHTENERS:  What’s not to love?

 

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VAMPIRE JOURNALS: Hosted by William Shatner’s Full Moon Fright Night:  Okay, horrible movie….but one of the only available titles from Shatner’s horror host show.  Must watch!

 

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GINGER SNAPS:  Love this movie!  And it takes place on Halloween and it’s been way too long since I’ve seen it.

 

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IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN:  C’mon.  It’s the best.  Will most likely watch right around 10/31.

 

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HALLOWEEN III SEASON OF THE WITCH: One of the best Halloween movies ever.  If you don’t like this movie, you are wrong.  It’s just that simple.  Atkins!

 

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HALLOWEEN:  Best watched on Halloween itself.  I think I may watch the extended TV version this year.  Because, you know, I think I own like 456 different copies of this.

 

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HALLOWEEN I & 2:  I just can’t tear my eyes from the Rob Zombie remakes.  I’ve loved everything he’s ever done.  But did NOT like the first Halloween.  Did like the 2nd.  But as time goes by I like each one more and more.

 

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HAUNTED PALACE: Don’t let the “Edgar Allen Poe” fool you, this is all HP Lovecraft and Vincent Price and it’s awesome.

 

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THE HAZING;  another fun Halloween night movie.  Tiffany Sheppis!

 

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HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES:  Again…on Halloween night.  Love this movie.  Also, one of the best looking Blu-Rays I’ve ever seen.

 

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HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS:  Love it.  Loved the series and while these films aren’t as cool, they’re still just fun to watch.

 

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THE HOWLING: One of the best werewolf movies ever.  Have the new Blu-Ray, looking forward to seeing it.

 

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THE LADY IN WHITE:  Another Halloween picture and just a great little movie.  I’ve always found this pretty unique.

 

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THE LORDS OF SALEM:  I loved this movie and it’s crying out to be watched around Halloween.

 

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MAY:  Another great flick.  Another that takes place on Halloween.

 

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MICROWAVE MASSACRE:  How could I not watch this?  Bought it at Days of the Dead last year.  Still haven’t watched.

 

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NIGHT OF THE DEMONS:  Such a great Halloween night classic!

 

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PHANTASM:  perfect for a late, fall night!

 

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PRINCE OF DARKNESS:  Just got the new Blu-Ray, looking forward to checking out the new transfer.

 

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SCOOBY DOO:  I LOVE Scooby Doo and Mysery, Inc.  So somewhere this month I’ll be watching multiple versions of this show.  Possible the HP Lovecraft episode of Mystery, Incorporated.  Maybe this one where they met Batman and Robin.  Maybe where they first saw the Hex Girls.  Who knows?  But I love Scooby Doo.

 

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SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES:  A Halloween requirement.  A must watch.

 

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TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000:  Or as I like to call it, WOWMS the Movie.  I love this movie.  Geena Davis Vampire!

 

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TRICK R TREAT: Owned this on Blu-Ray for years.  STILL have yet to see it.  Will this be the Halloween I finally watch this?

 

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UNIVERSAL MONSTERS: Blu-Ray:  Not sure which films yet.  I know at least THE WOLFMAN as it’s one of the transfers I haven’t looked at yet.

 

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WEREWOLF Tv show:  For a night when nothing else will do.

 

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THE WICKER MAN:  One of the best horror films ever.  Have to watch.  And early October film.

 

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WILLARD: Been way to long since I’ve watched this.

 

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WOLFMAN:  Haven’t seen since the theaters and have been wanting to see again.

 

Okay, that’s it.  Sure I won’t get to them all, but I’m going to try to see as many as possible (and I’m sure others will sneak in.)  How about you guys, what’s on your list for must see Halloween movies?

 

 

World of the Weird Monster Show Rises from the Depths! Season 3

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2010 by undeadjohnny

Okay…the show never went anywhere, so the subject line is kind of a stretch…but this blog did during the holiday!  And now it rises again.

So…season 3.  2006.  As with between seasons 1 and 2, we took a slight break between 2 and 3.  Which left us refreshed and ready to begin again.  Season 3 was a very solid season.  We were firing on all cylinders and we knew what we were doing now…which allowed us to experiment in some episodes and do some new stuff.   It was definitely the time when we had the biggest cast.  From beginning to end, there were a LOT of people involved in season 3.  We started off with many people who had been there from the beginning…and a few left the show over the course of the season and we ended up with more or less the beginnings of the cast we have now.  And it was some of the people leaving–or more correctly, just having a hard time getting free to do the show–that led to the recruitment of one of the most important people in the show’s history.

Season 3 was the birth of the “Girls of the World of the Weird Monster Show.”  Almost all of the “Girls” had been on the show previously, but this was when we made a bunch of posters in the style of old lobby cards for sci-fi/horror flicks with the girls from the show.  We made a calendar and everything out of these as well as prints for our convention appearances (something I’m thinking of doing again as we may be at 3 cons in 2011…recreating old movie posters with our cast on green screen.)

This was also our second year at Flashback Weekend…and it was a blast, setting the stage for a lot of future activities as well as a couple brief brushes with possible fame and more exposure.

We also did our first Christmas Special in season 3, it was the first season I directed an episode personally.  And the first time we resorted to doing a clip show.

So, as with previous entries, I will go over this season episode by episode.  Unlike season 1 and 2…I barely have any dvds of our 3rd season episodes so I couldn’t watch that many.  so there won’t be as many instances of “This is the first appearance of….” etc.   But as I go I’m sure I’ll remember lots of juicy details.

I do believe it was somewhere in this season that we started showing trailers of old films.  anyway, here we go!

3.1 MANSTER

Okay…so we were fresh from our break and hot off the success of what was our best episode to date…ZONTAR, THE THING FROM VENUS.  But still, as with our premiere episode of season 2…we didn’t actually finish this episode.  We broke this streak in season 4.  But yes, a couple plot lines are left open and Tom’s character disappears completely since he had to grab a camera and help us finish.  And the big fight scene (which we actually rehearsed in a park outside my apartment) was shot in 5 minutes at the very end of the shoot…and it shows.

But this was a fun episode.  Our characters went to Japan (we even had Raiders style map with the red line that went from Viseria to Japan.)  Demonia, Johnny’s assistant was a prominent character…she had much more screen time in season 2.  Sadly, this was her last season.  Demonia was in this episode, reappeared in 3.5 and then made her swan song in our Christmas Special at the end of the season.   At the beginning we made a big deal about Johnny hitting on Demonia…we stated that Dementia had left Johnny for a fling with Zontar, while they were on his home planet making TV shows during their hiatus (as explained at the end of ZONTAR.  Sheesh.)  This was also…much like Season 2’s premiere, a pretty much Dementia free episode.  Dementia appears at the very end–I’m assuming because she couldn’t be at the station till a certain time for some reason.

Tom played one of my favorite characters–who I just had back in our latest episode (WHITE ZOMBIE…which premieres on 12/3!) HarveyBob Weinberg….a two headed asshole who was a parody of the Weinstein Brothers and Dimension studios (who churned out crap sequel after crap sequel and killed movies…as well as bought the rights to great foreign horror filcks and then sat them on a shelf.)   I took a toy lightsaber, broke it in half and attached it to a t-shirt with duct tape so it rested across the back.  Tom wore this under his jacket and we taped it to him.  The other head was attached to this spike.  Tom has said this was incredibly painful and I don’t doubt it…it was a funky rig.  But it was funny and he did great!

Dementia at the very end. Chin Doun, the psychic from 1.5 made an appearance as well

Demonia (Roxanne) and Nicole strike a pose! We spent a whole lot on costumes in season 3!

Igor, Johnny and HarveyBob reach Japan! We also parodied the “scary kid” type Japanese horror films in this episode when Matt’s sister played an amazing Samara

HarveyBob Weinberg

Demonia and Johnny

3.2 NOSFERATU

This was a very fun episode.  This was the first time we did something really different.  Also, I believe this was the first time where the show was not “the show.”  While in season 2 our BLACK SABBATH episode focused on Undead Johnny’s Creepy Room…it was still our show.  This episode is an entirely different show on Channel 666 altogether…a special tribute to Silent Films by Channel 666 show’s Slasherpiece Theatre and World of the Weird Monster Show hosted by Peter Graves.

I had wanted to do a silent film for awhile.  There are a lot of good, fun, cheesy public domain horror films…but not a whole lot of classics.  There are a few, but not many.  Some of the silent films are definite classics…like Nosferatu.  But I didn’t want to do something like Nosferatu without making it special somehow…different from a normal episode.  So I came upon the idea to make our versions of silent film classics.  Let me tell you, parody is so much easier when it’s brief.  By doing one movie a segment, you can take the cpl of things the film is known for, make a play on it, and there you go.  Short, sweet and hopefully funny.

So we shot them all in Black & White and various shades of sepia.  And we just had a great time.  Not having sound made things go so much faster, hahaha, cause we could shout at the people on camera.  One of my favorite bits is when Johnny shoves Gunderschloss into the black and white frame of our Nosferatu parody….where he half heartedly kills the vampire.

I also liked how Peter Graves introduced each film with completely the wrong information.  For Hunchback he described “Rudy”  For Metropolis he described Superman.  For Phantom of the Opera he described Phantom of the Paradise and for Nosferatu he described Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream.  Johnny also says Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is about a killer cabinet roaming the German countryside.

This was also our first episode more or less with Matt gone.  I believe…it was around here.  I know he left towards the end of Manster and Tom and I shot the fight scene.  As I stated before in Season 2…I think it just got frustrating for Matt…we have to do things so fast, and many times, it’s not what any of us want, but that’s how it is.  And not being able to get things the way he wanted them just got to him I think.  At least that’s how I saw it.  There were no “bad terms” or anything…he came back to write and direct an episode later in the season, but that was pretty much the end.

Our Hunchback of Notre Dame focused on Quasimoron’s infactuation with the club Notre Dame’s newest feature dancer…Esmerelda (Holly)

Phantom of the Opera!

Mindwarp is back with Metropolis!

And Batboy returns for Nosferatu

Johnny ends the show with his tribute to the Silent Era (which he decides should have sound and be in color) King Kong vs Godzilla vs the 50 foot woman.

3.3 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

Hey!  Didn’t you guys already host this movie?

Why, yes, yes we did.

So what’s the big deal?

Well…if I remember correctly, we were supposed to shoot WEREWOLF IN A GIRL’S DORMITORY…when Holly had to back out for some reason.  So there we were, we had a shoot day scheduled and we couldn’t do the episode I had written.  So we did what any self respecting television show would do!  We mounted a clip show!

Yes…except, unlike most shows, like Stargate, our clip show was not just there so we could save money for effects on the big season finale.  It just was there.  I wrote up a quick (and not too great) script about how Dementia couldn’t come to the station for the shoot since there was record breaking sunshine in hell and she couldn’t leave her dungeon (told you it wasn’t great.)  So, not thinking Johnny could do a show himself, she cancels the WEREWOLF shoot. Johnny responds by trying to do a show anyway, so Dementia, knowing it’s an emergency, shows up.  Yeah…kind of stupid.  But aren’t most Clip Show framing devices?

I don’t even know what we showed.  I do know we showed a 15 min version of our Zontar segments…the rest, I can’t remember beyond a montage of all the times Johnny was hurt/killed.

Dementia looking good!

3.4 WEREWOLF IN A GIRL’S DORMITORY

So then we finally shot the episode that was supposed to be 3.3.  This was well into the time now when I didn’t pass the scripts around before we shot…meaning for another eye to look at them.  Astute readers will remember that while I was story editor and head writer, I did have Matt looking over scripts for the 1st two seasons.  Now the scripts were pretty much unadulterated me.  The show had always come from my head…and as anyone who edits knows, being the editor also gave me a huge amount of control of the overall feel of the final project.  But now that was even more so since I didn’t write for someone else anymore…but just entirely for myself.

This episode was a lot of fun.  Greg was back for a big role and he is always fun to have on the set.  Holly and Irina were dressed a school girls…score.  And Nicole made a super cute Red Riding Hood.  That was for a bit Tom, Nicole and I shot at my apartment.  Red Riding Hood was defending werewolf rights and had been living with a werewolf and the footage showed their idyllic life together—then Dementia had footage showing trouble in paradise.  It was very funny.

There were some great Igor/Johnny moments as well as a couple cool shots of the station hallways with wolf howls over them, etc….very American Werewolf in London.  We steal from the best!  And of course, the episode ended with us all breaking out into dance and freeze framing.  Because…well, just because!

Red Riding Hood (Nicole) and the Wolf (I was the wolf)

Irina, Dementia and Holly

Holly has mastered the art of airhead style blowing bubbles with bubble gum

I always thought this was a total “Nancy Drew” type shot…but with Undead Johnny

3.5 MUNSTER GO HOME

So Matt came back with this episode which he wrote and directed.  he also brought back Keith (Bela) for this episode as well.  Now this episode sounds great….Johnny has an idea for a sitcom, which is basically the Dick Van Dyke show but with Johnny.  Cut to our version of the Dick van Dyke opening credits, complete with music.  Then Johnny in a B&W sitcom home and then the office of the variety show he works at.  While there, he remembers his past jobs and we have parodies of WKRP, CHEERS and TAXI…which are three of my favorite shows as well as Matt’s.   And while it’s not that bad…in fact, if you watch it now it doesn’t really seem any worse than some of our other episodes…and some of the bits from these shows are quite well done….overall this ranks as most of ours least favorite episodes and one I pretty much never air.  Why?  I don’t know.  I don’t think we had a very fun time making it.  Matt was back, but we had now done one or two shows without him….and the script was pretty funny and he really loved these shows….but we just couldn’t recreate them well enough on our time and no budget.  So I think he wasn’t thrilled as we were shooting which rubbed off.  I don’t know.  It’s not that bad…but it’s not remembered very fondly by many of us.

The office….which was Jeff’s office at the time.

Cheers parody…always happy to have Roxanne back.

Our Cheers bar, “Glooms” sign I made. Die hard viewers will recognize this establishing shot from our Geek Fantasy Hour episode…this is where Johnny and Romy are drinking.

Our Taxi parody. Which also featured Monsieur Grovelling and El Santo (played by Bill this time)

WKRP parody

3.6 DEEP RED

Well, we may not have been happy with 3.5, but from this point on, we just killed the rest of the season with some really solid episodes.  starting with this one.  I had wanted to do a “tribute” to slashers if you will for awhile…as well as bring back some blood into the show…it’d been awhile since we were nice and gory.

So I came up with having 3 girls, a’la Halloween (they were even named Jamie, Nancy and PJ) come to Channel 666 as interns.  They’re stalked and killed by Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers (with a crowd pleasing Scream-Ghostface Killer cameo.)  This was the first episode I directed as well…only because I had it so clear in my head.  This was one of those episode like ZONTAR, CARRY ON SCREAMING, HORROR OF PARTY BEACH where things just fell into place and you knew it was going to be something cool while you were doing it.

We had a ton of fun making it.  Got a lot done in a short time and go nice and bloody.  We screened this episode at Flashback Weekend and got a great reaction and sold a ton of dvds.  This was just one of those cases where everything went right.

It was also the first episode we did an audio commentary for as well!

Initial ideas for the episode

Johnny greats the coeds! Holly played PJ, Dementia played Nancy and Marissa played “Final Girl” Jamie.

First off, Holly and Tom did some of the best fake sex ever. Then they were both sports and got bloody as hell.

This single shot…about 3 seconds of screen time, inspired me (and Jeff) to create about 3 other sketches based on the idea of Igor and Micheal Myers having a TV show together.

GIRLS OF THE WORLD OF THE WEIRD MONSTER SHOW CALENDAR

So before we get to our next episode, which was for Flashback Weekend, we should cover this.  After our first Flashback we thought it would be cool to have more stuff at our table to sell.  Mike, who created Flashback, loved the show (had been on it as a zombie) and he always gave us two tables together so we had room…one for the show, one for the girls.  So we didn’t want to just take “cheesecake” style shots of the girls and sell them.  I decided to make fake movie poster lobby cards–in the style of old horror flicks/exploitation films.  It was a lot of fun.  The girls had a great time dressing up and goofing around on set.  And it was fun to create the posters.  We did two series of these, but I’ll cover them all here….or at least some of them.  The fans really dug them.  Cause they were still sexy pics of the girls they liked on the show…but they were also kind of kitchy horror posters as well.

First, some behind the scenes shots:

Nicole as Red Riding Hood…Tom as the wolf

Holly, Nicole and Marissa…though the poster just ended up being Holly and Nicole.

Dementia and Nicole, with Holly as the creature. We ended up doing a scene like this in two of our shows….one later this season and one for a Ladies of the HHU special

Holly & Nicole in the coffin couch

Nicole as a Bad Girl…about to go to hell

And some of the posters:

You know what was fun? Drawing a pentagram on the station floor, lol.

This character ended up in an episode later this season…nod to Captain Kronos Hammer film

We did a few character ones, too….here’s Demonia’s

This was always a big favorite. Nicole in the Undead Johnny shirt as the Girl Who Loved Halloween.

3.7 HORROR EXPRESS/ FLASHBACK WEEKEND SPECIAL 2006

So here we were, back at Flashback!  Now that we had one con under our belts, this one we were a little more prepared for.  Meaning we didn’t drag the coffin couch to the hotel.  We had more episodes on DVD ready to go…and better ones, frankly–as some of our better work didn’t come until after the first Flashback Weekend.  We had the Girls of the WOWMS Calendar (We brought like 5 I think…sold out.)  As well as individual posters of many of the pictures.  We had a good chunk of the cast there.  We were ready and we had a blast!

It’s hard to say which Flashback Weekend was the best…but this was a fun one for sure.  We had a great time.  Got lots of the celeb guests to do bumps for the show (which I need to find…we have all these people who did stuff for us, from Robert England as Freddy to Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Sid Haig, Lance Henrikson, Ken Foree, Danielle Harris, Heather Langenkamp and on and on and on…and we never use them in other episodes!  we need to correct that.)

Our neighbors were Troma.  Which was a delight.  I met some great people there and we bonded with Troma right away.  Obviously we have slightly similar sensibilities and we just got along real well.  Lloyd did a bunch of stuff for our show and we gave Ron and everyone at the table (including good friends Merrie and Jeremy….Jeremy who then went on to guest in an episode in the 4th season.)  This of course led to many things.  In 2007 we were Troma’s neighbor’s again and had a blast.  I went on to do numerous editing jobs for Lloyd.  I’m not sure if it’s out yet, but on the Produce Your Own Damn Movie DVD box set, I edited the interviews with Monte Hellman, Mick Garris and Steven Paul (and I think another one…it’s all a blur.)  Lloyd gave a speech about Media Consolidation in Washington and he had me edit together that speech with his one from Fangoria Weekend of Horrors in Chicago and a few other jobs.  Was always a pleasure and whenever I’d see Lloyd he was hugely appreciative…which is why Troma can get all of use working for free!  We even went so far to submit for Lloyd a Demo of the “Troma TV Primetime Movie” which would be us hosting Troma films.  But more on that later in season 5-6 when we get to it.

Another cool person we met was Joe Sena from Fearwerx (who is now also the brainchild of 100 Years of Monster Movies at 100YMM.com.   Joe was great, we gave him a bunch of our episodes, which he watched the first night of the con.  He even went so far as to take a bunch of episodes to Fangoria TV (this was as it was about to launch…it never happened of course.)  He of course didn’t…and couldn’t promise us anything, but he liked our show’s sensibility and humor and thought it would be great for the network if it got up and running.   We also got a bunch of Joe’s Z.E.R.O. line of merch and even used it and the organization–with Joe’s okay–on our Christmas episode.   We’ve seen Joe a couple times over the years at Flashback and he’s such a nice guy.  We always make sure we give him copies of our latest El Santo episodes.

Then, about a week after Flashback, we were contacted by a MyNetworkTV in Rockford.  Now, Rockford, Illinois is where I am from originally.  This was after UPN and the WB became the CW.  Most of the UPN stations went back to being indies and the one in Rockford was becomming a MyNetworkTV.  They had a Saturday night movie slot already on the books for 1030pm and were curious about whether or not we’d like to syndicate our shows to them.  This was super exciting for many reasons.  1) Recognition.  It’s nice to be liked.  2) 10:30pm, Saturday and even the same channel was the time slot I grew up watching Uncle Don’s Terror Theater…which would be amazing to be on at the same time.  3) Money!

So I contacted some family I had who knew about such things and we went cheap and said $100 an episode.  The idea being if it did well, there were MyNetworkTV’s all over and if it spread from city to city, that $100/episode would start to add up.  Where it fell thru was a) we would have to reshoot all our shows since we weren’t formatted for commercial breaks, the right length segments, etc.  And we couldn’t give them enough episodes to start with.  b) Although public domain, we didn’t own the films we showed…meaning we didn’t own a print (not too mention much of the music we played was not PD.)  This station, Channel 39, lost most of their movie library to a flood (including all the tapes of Uncle Don’s terror Theater!!!)  so while they had movies to play obviously, they didn’t have many of the old horror stand bys and we would have to shoot all new episodes, etc  Which, at the time there was no way we could do on a weekly basis, etc.  What it came down to was them pretty much wanting it wrapped up and handed to them right away for like 20 weeks…and since it wasn’t, they just went ahead and showed the films like they originally planned.  We were kind of a last minute after thought.   But nice to be asked!

We hosted our FW show from the Dream Reapers set they had there.  Dream Reapers is an amazing Haunt here in Chicago.  Pat Mcspadden took some amazing shots of us and did a photo shoot with Dementia and Holly at the haunt after the con on Sunday.  It was a blast.

We met so many cool people…people we were friends with for years afterwords (and still are!) and had a lot of cool stuff come from the con.  As well as learning that people actually watched us!

Us during our photo shoot

Could she be the cutest, nicest person ever? Danielle Harris everyone!

Michael Berryman

Erin Brown (Misty Mundae) – who was just great to us

Ezra Buzzington…who Holly had a huge crush on…came on over to our table and made Holly’s weekend!

Our good friends The Bone Jangler and Nocturna!

Lloyd!

Holly and Dementia shoot some intros

Our first real promo shot!

And last, but not least…Sheppis!!!!

3.8 FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD

Back in the studio!  So I realized the Burgermeister Johan Gunderschloss was a pretty bad Burgermeister.  I mean, he was all fierce and full of monster killing vigor in his first few appearances.  But then Johnny said he’d make him a TV star, he hung out at Channel 666…he lost his way.  Plus I figured that if he spent all his time hanging out with monsters…he was a pretty crappy monster hunter.  So I had the village of Viseria fire him.

In his place they hired the bad ass Ilsa Kronos.  As she was an actual threat, Johnny got nervous.  Since she would try to kill Dementia–and as Johnny saw it, no Dementia=no show.   So he arranged to make a game show where the prize would be the job of Burgermeister for life!  So he rigged it.

Dementia also hypnotized Ilsa with her boobs.  Yeah, that’s how I write.

It was pretty funny and featured one of our best “Game Show” sketches to date.

Original idea notes

Ilsa Kronos, daughter of Captain Kronos

Dementia and Ilsa…after she’s been turned to the dark side!

3.9 FRANKENSTEIN VS THE CREATURE FROM BLOOD COVE

Okay…so I had been working on some ideas for LADY FRANKENSTEIN when I was contacted by William Winckler.  William had just finished a film called FRANKENSTEIN VS THE CREATURE FROM BLOOD COVE and was looking for ways to get his film out there.  I helped him get in touch with a bunch of horror hosts who showed his film all over the country.  It was a fun movie, in B&W, that had a frankenstein monster, a bride of frankenstein, ghosts, a creature from the blac lagoon type creature…and nudity!  Was a blast.  We were thrilled to show the film aHals Halloween season was approaching and this would be perfect!  Also, we got to show a more recent film as well as help out an indie filmmaker.  William was awesome to work with (we showed another film of his in season 4)

I wanted to make this a special episode since we were doing something out of the norm…showing a new film!  So we went all out with lighting, sets, etc.  I crammed in a Frankenstein monster (who was a female so it covered the Bride aspect as well.)  We had a werewolf, complete with lap dissolve transformation, as well as a Vampire.  We had a blast.  It got really rushed towards the end as we ran out of time, but we did it and it stands as one of our best episodes.  Certainly the best looking.

We were allowed to show the film for one year.  After that, we repurposed the segments and used them to host…LADY FRANKENSTEIN.

original notes

One thing to note in the above is the mention of a “Carrie” to play the vampire that Holly ended up playing.  I’ll address this more at the end.  Also, note there was going to be a Mummy as well as all the others, played by Marissa, but she bailed out of the shoot and we scrapped all those scenes.  I should dig em out, I think they were funny!

Holly and I on one of our sets

This was shot in our proproom!

3.10 PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE/ 2006 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

This one was fun!  I remember sitting at home one night, trying to think of TV conventions we hadn’t made fun of yet, like Soap Operas, etc….when I thought:  Telethons!  So I decided for our Halloween Special you would see the tail end, the last two hours, of a ridiculously long telethon hosted by Undead Johnny and Dementia…where we lost money.

It featured “previews” of 666 shows your money would support.  We really had fun with this.  It also featured a cross over with the Bone Jangler and Nocturna at home watching the telethon, as Johnny sings Monster Mash a’la Shatner.  We had a Peter Graves “Inside the Horror Actors Studio.”  We had “I Can’t Take it Anymore” which was our suicide game show.  And of course Father Murder’s Satan Hour (sponsored by the Happy Time Bunny Store…which we made a commercial for in Season 4.)

3.11 EL SANTO VS DRACULA Y EL HOMBRE LOBO

So I decided to do another El Santo episode…and ever since we now do one a year.  One episode that focuses on El Santo and El Johnny No Muerto.  And I have to say, they get sillier and more stupid ever time.  For this one we had…well…lots of really stupid goofy things.  And it ended up being fantastic!  Just great if I do say so myself.  Eric took over the role of El Santo’s brother and nemisis, El Malo.  And he was amazing.

The best part was dressing an inflatable dummy up, and getting him to stand by stringing him up in the middle of a parking lot…and then hitting him full speed with a car so it looked like Brian got run over.  It was the height of stupid…and so much fun!

I could go on and on….this was just a pleasure.  The El Santo eps allow me to be as crazy and silly as I want.  And from the White Snake training montage to the end wrestling match…this ones a keeper!

3.12 SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT/ 2006 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

This ranks as one of my all time favorite episodes.  You know…as a kid you grow up watching all kinds of stuff.  And some of your favorite shows do specials and they end up being something you watch ever year.   To me, this episode fits the bill.  It’s silly, stupid and bloody…and to me it just gushes with Christmas spirit and joy.  I really feel like we did something special.

I was excited to write a Xmas Special.  I decided we would have Johnny try and get Jesus as his guest…the birthday boy!  Of course he wouldn’t come to hell so Igor got a zombie to play Jesus…as Jesus was the world’s 1st zombie.  Zombie Jesus then bites Igor, setting off a full fledged zombie outbreak inside Channel 666.  Dementia calls in ZERO and Capt Buck Murdock and his troops show up to deal.  Demonia returns in a super cute santa girl outfit, Johnny introduces the “Undead Johnny Christmasettes” El Santo sings Felize Navidad…it’s just fun.  and Buck Murdocks dialogue is some of the funniest I’ve ever written.

It may not look like it, but we came the night before to decorate the set!

Holly, El Santo (Tom) and Irina

Zombie Jesus begins the outbreak

ZERO to the rescue

The Christmasettes go zombie

Demonia and Dementia looking super holiday cute!

I also made a point of bringing back the blood–as again–we had lightened up a bit.  So the pantyhose filled with mashed potatoes and covered in karo syrup blood made a triumphant return!

 

WRAP UP

So Season three was a lot of fun.  Some people who had been with us from the beginning said their goodbyes, but we also gained some new people.  We met tons of cool people, did a lot of cool stuff and really had fun.  Besides one or two here and there, it was a pretty stress free season and we had a blast!

Coming soon….Season 4!

Scooby Doo! Halloween fail…sort of

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by undeadjohnny

Hey all,

Apologies for the lack of entries.  Been swamped!  But planning on getting another WOWMS bts blog up tomorrow (covering season 3!)

I’ve kind of failed in many of my Halloween goals this year.  The important things I’ve covered…I bought some cool stuff, I and my wife carved pumpkins for our front steps…the first front steps either of us have had as adults!  So yes, we’ve decorated the front yard and got pumpkins out as well as an awesome Halloween tree and animatronic cat.  And frankly, that’s really all I needed.  So cool.

Bought some candy for trick r treaters this Sunday!  Can’t wait to have trick r treaters at my door!  Now, this is our first year in the house, so who knows….we may get barely anyone…or we may get alot.  Either way, I’m happy just to set up a big bowl of candy and throw Halloween on the TV while waiting.  Or the Great Pumpkin!

But my movie watching has been lackluster.  Sigh.  I knew I’d never make my goals, but I haven’t even come close.  And while many things I’ve watched have been awesome and are old faves (Horror of dracula, Brides of Dracula, Masque of the Red Death, Monster House) none were really on my list.  So many things I wanted to watch….I mean, I’ve wanted to watch for a long time but was too busy..I figured Halloween would give me an excuse, but it didn’t happen.  I have a few days left but between right now (at work) and Sunday when I get off work—I figure I have about 4-5 hours non-sleep free time.

I have caught some cool stuff on Food Network…which I now declare officially THE best Halloween network.  Yes, it’s food, but they have more cool Halloween programming than most any other network.  It’s great!

No Halloween special for WOWMS this year.  Which marks the second time that has happened.  I’m kind of bummed about this.  We have gone to a very, very limited shooting schedule and I need to make that change.  My life has been otherwise occupied in the last couple of years but I’ve got to make time for the show.  I’m happier than I’ve ever been…but that shouldn’t mean I have to drop the thing that kept me slightly happy when I was miserable, hahaha.   Hopefully, a change in shooting schedule days towards the end of the year and into next year will bring back at least monthly new episodes (the main obstacle has been work schedule related)    We are showing LADY FRANKENSTEIN for Halloween…which is perfect for the season.  Just wish we’d done a new one.  I had some great ideas, too.  Oh, well, next year!

I also have been watching a bunch of the new show, SCOOBY DOO! MYSTERY INCORPORATED which is awesome!  Great animation, wonderful character designs…very moody, atmospheric…colorful (I think one of the things I dig about Scooby Doo so much is the colors.  Honestly, the color combinations of the costumes, the van, etc….just hits me the right way.)   I could do without a bit of the Velma all over Shaggy (cause really….who would really want Shaggy?)  But I like the fact that there’s an overarching mystery as well as the stand alones.  I love that Casey Kasem is Shaggy’s dad.  I love that Jeffrey Combs played HP Lovecraft.  I love that Harlan Ellison played himself!

It’s just a very, very cool show–and it also kind of confirms to me that Daphne and Velma are two of the hottest cartoon/comics characters…and kind of a fantasy.  So girls….you’ve got two days left.  Ditch that witch costume, or lady gaga crap or “Sexy” whatever it is you were planning on…and go as Daphne or Velma.

great lighting effects in this show, too...and lots of greens, purples, etc...I always thought of a WOWMS cartoon and how it would look. It would look just like this which is maybe another reason I like it so much.

Just cool.

Great titles, too. I think the HP Lovecraft one was "The Shrieking Madness"

 

 

I think this season the Mystery Inc gang may have to come back to WOWMS

And while not relating to this post...Velma and Scooby surving in the zombie wastelands is just cool. Did I mention I can't wait to see Walking Dead on Sunday night??!?!

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