Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Snagglepuss, "Fraidy Cat Lion"

Today at the Countdown, I present a 60s-era Hanna-Barbera cartoon featuring Snagglepuss called "Fraidy Cat Lion."

Snagglepuss has the misfortune to run into HB's Mr. and Mrs. J. Evil Scientist and their miscievious boy, who are in the vein of the Munsters and the Addams Family. The properly-named family is enough to make the demure cat say "exit, stage left!" Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: The Twilight Zone (1985), "Dealer's Choice"

This week's Tuesday's Overlooked TV is an episode of the 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone titled "Dealer's Choice."

Four male buddies are having their usual weekly poker game with one unusual circumstance--their normal fifth player is absent, replaced by a supposed friend of his. But, this being The Twilight Zone, it turns out that the mysterious "friend" is in fact Satan, who has come to play for one of the men's souls (I have when that happens). The other four do their best to outplay Lucifer, but the fate of the unlucky one rests in the hands of the most unlikely of the gentlemen.

Although the poker game is being played for very high stakes, the tone of the episode is much lighter than the description I'm giving it would imply. It's a fun installment, especially due to the actors involved--Dan Hedaya (as Satan), Garrett Morris, M. Emmet Walsh, Barney Martin (Jerry's dad on Seinfeld), and some guy named Morgan Freeman. Oh, and the episode was directed by Wes Craven.

Here for your enjoyment is the episode. Thanks! For more Tuesday's Overlooked goodness (Halloween related or not), check out Sweet Freedom by Todd Mason!

Monday, October 20, 2014

You Guys! Witch's Night Out and The Gift of Winter Are Out on DVD!

Holy Hanna! I received some great news this morning. I received a comment on my old post about the Christmas TV Special The Gift of Winter that the special and it's sequel, the Halloween special Witch's Night Out, are out on official DVD releases! Witch's Night Out was released back on September 16th, and Winter drops tomorrow, October 21st. Bonus features include 10 public domain spooky-themed short cartoons on Witch's and a making of featurette on Winter.

I received this comment directly from the creators of the specials, Cross/Rogers Productions. Thanks for finding my blog, guys!

For more information, you can check out the Web sites for both specials, and

Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween: Resurgence Fan Film

And so closes out week 2.5 of the Countdown to Halloween. For this weekend, I offer a fan-made take on a sequel to John Carpenter's Halloween.

Halloween: Resurgence was made by a group of novice filmmakers for a film festival that never took place. Thanks to the Internet, however, it's available on YouTube for us to enjoy. I've featured fan films for other franchises on the blog before, and they always intrigue me.

Admittedly I haven't actually watched this yet, so I'll be seeing it fresh right along with you. Halloween is my favorite horror film, so I'm curious to see this.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend! Do Halloween stuff!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stay Indoors

A lot can be said about me, but one thing that can't be said is that I'm an "outdoorsy" guy. My schedule and my physical appearance will prove that. But after seeing today's Countdown offering, that may not be such a bad thing.

The following short film (and I do mean short--a scant two minutes) details one unfortunate young woman's choice of locale for a nature trek. This is likely to keep me homebound for life! Please enjoy Stay Indoors but be warned; although not terribly gory, there is a fair amount of (fake) blood, so this may not be suitable for everyone. This was used as a bumper reel for films exhibited at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. Thanks!


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