Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween is here!

Mickey Mouse visits a house infested with the creations of mad science... but will be in time to save Pluto from a fate worse than death in "The Mad Doctor"?


Halloween is here!

Mickey Mouse is partying the night away with ghosties and ghoulies in 'The Haunted House.'


Happy Halloween!

Enjoy this Silly Symphony with an Egyptian Halloween theme in celebration of the Big Day!



Zita Johann doing the Egyptian Boogie on the set of "The Mummy"

Have a Silly (Symphony) Halloween!

Enjoy this classic cartoon from the early years of Walt Disney!




 And if these evil cultists knew how goofy Hell really is, I don't know if they'd bother with this Halloween summoning ritual. (Art by the great John Buscema.)

Halloween is here!

Have a happy and safe Halloween! (Watch out for the monsters and low-flying witches!)




Monday, October 22, 2012

The greatest Universal Frankenstein films
return to the big screen!

Without "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein"--and several other Universal Pictures productions from the early 1930s--the horror film genre would have taken a very different path. Yet, there are many of us horror fans who have never seen those great classics... and even fewer of us have seen them on the big screen.

Frankenstein's Monster (Boris Karloff) menaces Frankeinstein's Bride (Valerie Hobson)
in a scene from "Bride of Frankenstein"
But some of us will have the chance to rectify that situation this Wednesday, October 24, 2012, as Turner Movie Classics and Fathom Events brings "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein" back to the big screen for one night only.

You can get more information about this really cool opportunity by clicking here. Local screenings are listed on a subpage at that site... and I'm lucky enough to have three choices within reasonable distance of where I live.

You can click here if you want my take on those films.



Movie Monday: Images

Here's another short horror film that you can watch in its entirety, right here at your computer, in celebration of the fast-approaching day of Halloween.

It has one glaring flaw, but otherwise is quite suspenseful.

Images (2010)
Starring: Dennis Dicusar and Claire Sheppard
Director: George Streicher

Monday, October 15, 2012

Movie Monday: Monster

Every day this month, there's a new short film over at the Terror Titans blog for the annual 31 Nights of Halloween celebration..

However, we want to prepare lovers of black-and-white movies and drawings for the coming Big Day, so today we're offering a short horror feature here as well. It's a little tale of Mom vs. Monster.

Monster (2005)
Starring: Susan Prior and Luke Ikimis-Healy
Director: Jennifer Kent
Rating: Seven of Ten Stars

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween is coming....

... and the Shaolin Death Squad is celebrating with an excellent version of Danny Elfman's "Dead Man's Party".

(Sure... the lead singer seems to flub the lyrics at one point during this live performance, but damn if this isn't a great and energetic version of the Halloween anthem! I think these may be the best guitar work on the song since Oingo Boingo recorded the original.



Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Groucho Monthly

Groucho Marx appears on "What's Your Line" and causes chaos and embarrassment for everyone on the stage.



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The June Collyer Quarterly:
Halloween is coming...

... and June suggests you dress up as your favorite (or least favorite) country. She will be going to the big party as the Netherlands.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Halloween is coming...

... so here's a chance to watch one of my all-time favorite horror films, right here at Shades of Gray, uncut and digitized from a print that I think was in better shape than the one used to make the DVD copy I paid good money for.



Click here read my review of "White Zombie"--and the sit back and enjoy the wonderfully creepy show!

White Zombie (1932)
Starring: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Robert Frazer, John Harron, and Joseph Cawthorn
Director: Victor Halperin
Rating: Nine of Ten Stars



Monday, October 1, 2012

Halloween is coming...

... and there'll be a different horror short film every day for you to be spooked by over as the annual 31 Nights of Halloween celebration returns to the Terror Titans blog!

 And while the short film embedded below didn't make the cut over there, it's being featured here, because it's kinda fun, and the kids who made it recognize that the vast majority of truly great horror movies are in black-and-white!

Tommy (2009) 
Starring: Becky, Liam, and Rachel
Director: Natalie
Rating: Five of Ten Stars