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TV Casualty – 10/1/2014 Halloween Edition

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October means Halloween, and Halloween means more than enough vintage horror flicks to choke a werewolf.  We’ve got ghost stories every Thursday, mummy matinees every Saturday, haunted houses, vampires that don’t sparkle, zombies, Frankensteins, mad scientists, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Vincent Price, psychos, schizos, proto-slashers, the original angry birds and even giant-mutant-flesh-eating rabbits!  Upgrade your DVR’s memory and brew lots of coffee, because October it’s going to be wonderful.  This is without a doubt the best retro TV month of the year.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2014

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Special Theme: Ghost Stories

  • 8:00 PM Topper (1937)
  • 10:00 PM The Time Of Their Lives (1946
  • 11:30 PM The Canterville Ghost (1944)
  • 1:15 A Place of One’s Own (1945)
  • 3:00 AM The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)
  • 4:30 AM Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 03, 2014

  • 6:15 PM 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) – TCM

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 04, 2014

  • 12:00 PM The Mummy (1959) – TCM
    The Hammer Films version starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.  There will be a Mummy Matinee at high noon every Saturday this month.
  • 1:45 PM A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers (2009) – TCM
    A documentary tracing the history of the thriller genre
  • 3:00 PM Peeping Tom (1960) – TCM
    A cult classic serial killer flick about a psychopathic murder who photographs his victims at the moment of death
  • 10:00 PM The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) – MeTV
    Svengoolie hosts another fine Universal picture with cutting edge (for 1957) special effects

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2014

TCM Special Theme: Ghost Stories

I have to warn you, most of these are “romantic” ghost stories.  They’re all pre-1960, so you won’t see anything as scary as Demi Moore with short hair.

  • 8:00 PM Portrait of Jennie (1948)
    Meh.
  • 9:45 PM The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
    Meh.
  • 11:45 PM Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
    Meh.
  • 2:00 AM A Guy Named Joe (1943)
    Meh.
  • 4:15 AM The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)
    A samurai’s wife returns from the dead for revenge.  Finally!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014

  • 12:00 PM The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964) – TCM
    Part II of Hammer Films vs. The Mummy Franchise
  • 10:00 PM The Uninvited (1944) – MeTV
    Svengoolie hosts a classic Paramount Pictures ghost story

Blackula Double Feature!

The funkiest vampire rises from the grave in….

  • 2:15 AM Blacula (1972) – TCM
  • 4:00 AM Scream, Blacula Scream (1973) – TCM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014

TCM Special Theme: Ghost Stories

Yay!  Horror comedies!  I’ve been waiting a long time to see some of these.  Just look at the titles…. The late Ivan Reitman owed somebody royalties.

  • 8:00 PM The Ghost Breakers (1940)
  • 9:30 PM The Old Dark House (1963)
  • 11:15 PM The Smiling Ghost (1941)
  • 12:45 AM The Ghost Goes West (1936)
  • 2:15 AM Ghost Chasers (1951)
  • 3:30 AM Spook Busters (1946)
  • 4:45 AM Gildersleeve’s Ghost (1944)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014

  • 12:00 PM The Mummy’s Shroud (1967) – TCM
    Part III of Hammer Films vs. The Mummy Franchise
  • 10:00 PM The Wolf Man (1941) – MeTV
    Svengoolie vs. Lon Chaney Jr.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014

  • 4:00 AM The Amazing Transparent Man (1960) – TCM

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014

  • 2:15 AM The Fog (1980) – TCM
    The John Carpenter original, and much better than the crappy 2005 remake

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014

  • 6:00 AM Night Of The Lepus (1972) – TCM
    Giant flesh-eating Bunnies FTW!!!  In hindsight, this film and Mike Marano’s brilliant analysis (suggesting that the mutated, carnivorous killer rabbits were an allegory for baby boomer hippies) may have been one of the earliest inspirations for Retro in the 90s.

TCM Special Theme: Ghost Stories
Turner Classic Movies finally brings its spectral A-game.

  • 8:00 PM The Innocents (1961)
  • 10:00 PM The Uninvited (1944)
  • 12:00 AM The Woman In White (1948)
  • 2:00 AM Night Of Dark Shadows (1971)
  • 4:00 AM The Others (2001)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014

  • 12:15 PM Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) – TCM
    Starring two-time Bond Girl (and top ten all time retro-crush) Valerie Leon as the vengeful reanimated Egyptian princess
  • 2:00 PM Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982) – TCM
  • 4:30 PM Mad Love (1935) – TCM
  • 5:45 PM The Birds (1963) – TCM
    Hitchcock, baby.
  • 10:00 PM Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – MeTV
    Svengoolie, Bud Abbot, Lou Costello and a host of Universal Monsters

TCM Presents THE ESSENTIALS: CLASSIC HORROR NOVELS

  • 8:00 PM The Haunting (1963) – TCM
  • 10:00 PM Village Of The Damned (1961) – TCM
  • 11:30 PM The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) – TCM
    Hammer Films outstanding take on Mary Shelly’s legendary monster
  • 1:15 AM A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014

  • 8:00 PM Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1941)
  • 12:45 AM The Monster (1925)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014

TCM Special Theme: Vampires

  • 6:00 AM Nosferatu (1922)
  • 7:45 AM The Vampire Bat (1933)
  • 9:00 AM Dead Men Walk (1943)
  • 10:15 AM Isle Of The Dead (1945)
  • 11:45 AM The Return of the Vampire (1944)
  • 1:00 PM House Of Dark Shadows (1970)
  • 3:00 PM Horror of Dracula (1958)
  • 4:30 PM Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1965)
  • 6:15 PM Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)

TCM Special Theme: Horror Anthologies

  • 8:00 PM Dead of Night (1945)
  • 10:00 PM Twice-Told Tales (1963)
  • 12:15 AM Kwaidan (1965)
  • 3:00 AM The House That Dripped Blood (1970)
  • 5:00 AM Torture Garden (1967)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014

8:00 PM  Psycho (1960)
Gus Van Sant remade this in 1999 shot-for-shot… further evidence for the blog’s premise.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014

TCM Special Theme: Ghost Stories

  • 8:00 PM House On Haunted Hill (1958)
  • 9:30 PM The Legend of Hell House (1973)
  • 11:15 PM 13 Ghosts (1960)
  • 1:00 AM The Haunting (1963)
  • 3:00 AM Burnt Offerings (1976)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014… HALLOWEEN, BABY!

24 HOURS OF HORROR on TCM

  • 6:00 AM London After Midnight (1927)
  • 7:00 AM Mark Of The Vampire (1935)
  • 8:15 AM The Devil-Doll (1936) EXPAND
  • 9:45 AM I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
  • 11:00 AM Cat People (1942)
  • 12:15 PM The Tingler (1959)
  • 1:45 PM Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)
  • 3:15 PM Dementia 13 (1963)
  • 4:45 PM Carnival of Souls (1962)
  • 6:15 PM Repulsion (1965)
  • 8:00 PM Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    It just wouldn’t be Halloween without the George Romero classic
  • 10:00 PM Curse of the Demon (1958)
    If you haven’t seen this one, make sure you do.  It’s really a lost gem.
  • 11:45 PM House Of Wax (1953)
  • 1:30 AM Poltergeist (1982)
  • 3:30 AM Strait-Jacket (1964)
  • 5:15 AM Eyes Without a Face (1959)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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TV Casualty – 9/2/2014

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September, baby!  There are a couple of really worthwhile views this month, so if you can drag yourself away from NCAA football and the NFL, check out the following.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2014

  • 5:00 PM  The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) – Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
    Evil Dead hero Bruce Campbell’s favorite movie

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2014

  • 10:30 AM  The Devil Commands (1941) – TCM
    Obligatory Boris Karloff
  • 10:30 PM  The Asphalt Jungle (1950) – TCM
    A very influential heist flick

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 06, 2014

  • 10:00 PM Werewolf of London (1935) – MeTV
    Svengoolie hosts Universal’s first werewolf film

Women in Prison Night on TCM!

  • 2:45 AM House of Women (1962) – TCM
  • 4:15 AM Caged (1950) – TCM

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 07, 2014

  • 1:45 PM  East Of Eden (1955) – TCM
    Obligatory James Dean

Planet of the Apes Double Feature!

  • 8:00 PM  Planet of the Apes (1968) – TCM
  • 10:00 PM  Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) – TCM

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

  • 3:15 AM  The Vampire Bat (1933) – TCM

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Jerry Lewis Night!

  • 8:00 PM  The Nutty Professor (1963) – TCM
  • 10:00 PM  The Caddy (1953) – TCM
  • 12:00 AM  Three on a Couch (1966) – TCM

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

  • 12:45 AM  Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1932)
  • 3:45 AM  Freaks (1932)
    Gabba gabba we accept you one of us!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

  • 10:00 PM The Thing That Couldn’t Die (1958) – MeTV
    Svengoolie hosts this classic tale of decapitation.

Vincent Price Double Feature on TCM!

  • 2:00 AM  Madhouse (1974) – TCM
  • 3:45 AM  House Of Wax (1953) – TCM

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Shaft Double Feature!

  • 12:00 AM  Shaft (1971) – TCM
    He’s a bad motherf…… hush your mouth!
  • 4:00 AM  Shaft in Africa (1973) – TCM

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

  • 6:15 PM  The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958) – TCM

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

  • 8:00 PM  Patton (1970) – TCM
    Arguably the finest war movie ever made
  • 1:15 AM  Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964) – TCM

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Be sure to check back in October for enough outstanding retro horror to choke a wolfman!

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TV Casualty – 8/1/2014

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The pickings are slim this month, but it’s August and you should be outside enjoying the summer anyway.  Quality over quantity, baby.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014

  • 10:00 PM Son of Dracula (1943) – MeTV
    Svengoolie hosts and Lon Chaney Jr. stars as the Count.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014

  • 12:30 AM Forbidden Planet (1956) – TCM
    Best sci-fi movie ever

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2014

  • 9:45 PM The Thin Man (1934) – TCM
  • 10:00 PM Curse of the Undead (1959) – MeTV
    Svengoolie hosts the original vampire western

MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2014

  • 10:15 PM The Wild One (1953) – TCM
    Marlon Brando stars in the granddaddy of all outlaw biker flicks

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014

  • 10:00 PM Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943) – MeTV
    Svengoolie, Bela Lugosi & Lon Chaney Jr…. oh, yeah.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014

  • 5:45 PM Cool Hand Luke (1967) – TCM
    Paul Newman’s best film.  The Reverend Horton Heat was also a big fan.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014

  • 10:00 PM Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953) – MeTV
    Svengoolie and Boris Karloff…. together at last.
  • 1:30 AM The Wild Bunch (1969) – TCM
    Sam Peckinpah’s ultra-violent western

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2014

  • 8:00 PM The Maltese Falcon (1941) – TCM
    Film Noir 101 with your professor, Humphrey Bogart

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014

  • 8:00 PM Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) – TCM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014

  • 8:00 PM How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) – TCM
    Obligatory Marilyn Monroe
  • 10:00 PM The Mad Ghoul (1943) – MeTV

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014

  • 8:00 PM Shane (1953) – TCM
    Arguably the finest western ever made

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TV CASUALTY – 7/1/2014

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I’m a lazy slacker and I was going to take the summer off of bloggin’, but there are so many outstanding and obscure drive-in-worthy flicks on the tube this month that if I let you miss them, I’d have to kick my own ass on general principle.  There’s stuff playing that I’ve never seen.  If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times, one can’t understand meta-retro without first understanding retro.  Thus, I, your humble narrator, will continue to peruse the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) schedule and other basic cable listings to highlight all the classic Horror, Monster, Sci-Fi and Cult films from the Golden Age of American cinema that regularly resurfaced throughout the 1990s.  Tune in, turn on, and veg out!  

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014

  • 8:00 PM The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) – TCM
    Not the 1923 version starring Lon Chaney Sr., but still worth watching

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014

  • 4:30 AM The Raven (1963) – TCM
    Roger Corman directs Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Jack Nicholson in this Edgar Allen Poe adaptation

SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014

  • 12:00 PM Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) – TCM
    Allison Hayes stars in this drive-in classic which arguably generated the best movie poster of all time
  • 10:00 PM The Invisible Woman (1940) – MeTV
    Svengoolie hosts a screwball comedy loosely based on the work of H.G. Wells

SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014

  • 12:00 PM Viva Las Vegas (1964) – TCM
    Elvis & Ann-Margaret vs. Sin City

Ray Harryhausen Double Feature on TCM!

  • 8:00 PM Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
  • 10:00 PM The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014

  • 12:00 PM Queen of Outer Space (1958) – TCM
    I’m so gaga for Zsa Zsa
  • 10:00 PM Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) – MeTV
    Svengoolie vs. my favorite Universal Monster

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014

  • 12:00 PM The Wasp Woman (1959) – TCM
    Another high quality Roger Corman Bee movie
  • 10:00 PM Svengoolie – Revenge of The Creature (1955)
    The second entry in Universal’s Creature From The Black Lagoon trilogy.  If you’ve never seen this one, make sure you do it now.  Outstanding.
  • 3:45 AM Tentacles (1977) – TCM
    Nothing goes better at 3 AM than a giant octopus flick

SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014

  • 2:15 PM His Girl Friday (1940) – TCM
    Cary Grant being awesome

MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014

  • 5:00 PM I Married A Witch (1942) – TCM
    Gratuitous Veronica Lake
  • 6:30 PM The Ghost Goes West (1936) – TCM
    The horror comedy Ed Wood wishes he made

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

  • 8:00 Bullitt (1968) – TCM
    Steve McQueen’s 2nd best film

SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014

  • 10:00 PM The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) – MeTV
    Svengoolie hosts the thrilling conclusion to the Creature trilogy.
  • 12:45 AM The Mummy (1932) – TCM
  • The Boris Karloff classic!  “Do you have to open graves to find girls to fall in love with?”
  • 2:15 AM Spider Baby (1964) – TCM
    I’ve literally been waiting for years to see this obscure cult horror gem that influenced Rob Zombie and Mike Patton

SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

  • 2:00 PM The Blackboard Jungle (1955) – TCM
    The first film to ever feature a rock n’ roll soundtrack
  • 4:00 PM Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – TCM
    Obligatory James Dean
  • 8:00 PM Cat People (1942) – TCM
  • 9:30 PM The Curse of the Cat People (1944) – TCM

Good luck facing yourself in the mirror if you forget to set the DVR.

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Random Retro Reaction – 5/14/2014

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Last night I was catching up on my DVR and I watched The Misfits (1961) with Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable.  This was a great film, written by Arthur Miller and directed by John Huston, that centered on a newly divorced woman who met an aging cowboy and just decided to go with it.  There’s a memorable scene where they’re in a saloon at a rodeo with a bunch of drunken cowboys, and Marilyn makes a bet over how many times in a row she can paddle a ping pong ball.  (The action starts at about 0:55.)

So, I’m watching Marilyn with her;

  • 1950s-pointy-bra mams
  • tiny waist
  • fertile hips
  • squeezable booty
  • small feet
  • graceful movements
  • wide doe eyes
  • delicate jaw line
  • and her high-pitched, almost musical, uber-feminine voice

And for some reason I had the following thought,

“If she suddenly started doing kung fu and beating the crap out of all these cowboys….. that would be absolutely f***ing retarded.” 

Fortunately, that didn’t happen, and the story was not ruined.  None the less, I’ve come to the conclusion that in 60-plus years, IF we still have the technology to enable things like films, DVRs and television, people will look at all the action flicks from this decade starring Scarlett Johansson and laugh in much the same way we laugh at “guy in a rubber suit” monster movies from the 1950s.

So, Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Lucy (2014), and Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (2015), enjoy your days in the sun, for you will soon be the new Gamera.
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UPDATE

Vox Popoli further extends the premise and gets in a couple of really good burns on Joss Whedon.

http://www.voxday.blogspot.com/2014/05/mailvox-pulp-future.html

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TV CASUALTY – 5/1/2014

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Spring has sprung, and here at Retro in the 90s that means even more vintage sci-fi, retro horror, exploitation, and film noir!  Enjoy the shows.

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014

  • 10:00 PM It Came From Outer Space (1953) – MeTV
    Svengoolie vs. Ray Bradbury in a no holds barred death match!

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014

  • 4:00 PM Our Man Flint (1966) – Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
    I’ve heard this influenced Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997).
  • 2:00 AM Blue Sunshine (1979) – TCM
    “Sweeten the ride, YEAH!”  White Zombie references a plenty, I reckon.
  • 10:00 PM Island of Terror (1966) – MeTV
    Svengoolie and Peter Cushing!

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014

Retro Horror night on TCM

  • 8:00 PM The Haunting (1963)
    An excellent ghost story remade in 1999.
  • 10:00 PM The Legend of Hell House (1973)
  • 3:30 AM Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)

Svengoolie

  • 10:00 PM The Deadly Mantis (1957) – MeTV
    If Godzilla (2014) is sold out at your local multiplex, here’s your consolation prize!

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014 – Bonus Retro Horror night on TCM

  • 1:45 AM The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
    A classic from Hammer Films.
  • 3:15 AM Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
  • 4:45 AM The Haunted Palace (1963)
    Roger Corman and Vincent Price!

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

  • 12:15 PM The Big Sleep (1946)
    Noir, baby.  Noir.

SATURDAY, MAY 24

Svengoolie

  • 10:00 PM The Land Unknown (1957)
    Man vs. dinosaurs in the Antarctic jungle!

SATURDAY, MAY 31 – Vintage Sci-Fi on TCM

  • 4:30 PM World Without End (1955)
    Kind of like Planet of the Apes, only with mutants instead of apes.
  • 6:00 PM From The Earth To The Moon (1958)

Svengoolie

  • 10:00 PM Munster, Go Home! (1966) – MeTV
    The Munsters’ first Technicolor trip to the big screen.

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