Halloween Countdown 2017: FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH!!!

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Well, how could I let the ULTIMATE Friday the 13th go by without posting my hellacious pic of getting choked by Kane Hodder? He’s one of the biggest, baddest dudes in the horror industry and an amazing example of getting through tough times. Bullied and tormented as a kid, he grew up to be a powerhouse of a stuntman only to be burnt severely in a stunt mishap that nearly killed him. The entire story of his long and excruciating recovery, the emotional and physical damage it caused, his fight to break back into the industry and the success of landing the role of Jason Vorhees, is all told in his book, Unmasked–True Life Story of the World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer.
He’s another hero of mine–the amazing Kane Hodder! Happy Friday the 13th, everybody!!!!
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Halloween Countdown 2017: Lindsey Buckingham’s “Go Insane” Video!

I have reviewed several spooky/unsettling videos on here; I still have yet to review “Rockit”,but I may overcome that this season.

A video whose song I loved and was a little freaked out by its video is “Go Insane” by  Lindsey Buckingham. Buckingham is one of those artists whom I didn’t know were part of other, bigger entities when I discovered them back in the 1980s, when my music tastes were developing. Once I learned he was part of Fleetwood Mac, I felt a little embarrassed. Same story with Paul McCartney—– once I figured out McCartney was one of the Beatles, I had to backtrack and realize that was Paul singing on on so many of my favorite old songs. I could go on—-Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Jeff Lynne, etc. Anyway, Lindsey Buckingham’s “Go Insane” video has some of the early roots of computer animation and good old superimposing at work, making some pretty wacky stuff for its time..for instance:

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For the lyric “Two kinds of trouble in this world/ 
Living, dying “, Lindsey holds up two boxes and out pops a mini-me of himself plus an adorable little skeleton marionette.

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Tom Petty is gone.

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That’s all I have to say right now. He was my favorite singer, musician..probably my favorite famous person other than Jim Henson and George Harrison.

I have a big long art post to talk about, dealing with Tom, because he inspired a few characters I have drawn and written about over the years. He was one of my greatest muses and heroes, and it is very hard for me to comprehend that he is no longer sharing the earth with us.

Halloween Countdown 2017: Tales from the Darkside–“A Case of the Stubborns”!

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THIS is the episode that made me a fan of Tales... a brilliant, funny, gross and star-studded episode called “A Case of the Stubborns”! I can remember when this debuted—my parents were out to dinner and I was alone in the house with this horrible/amazing show and for some reason I couldn’t wait to tell them about it when they got back!
First, the synopsis: Jodie (played by a darling teen Christian Slater) and his mom are eating breakfast, getting ready for the viewing and funeral of  the very recently-deceased Titus Tolliver, the patriarch of their family. He is Jodie’s grandpa and it looks like the father of his mom(I think I remember her calling him “Daddy” once or twice?). All of a sudden, who should come clomping downstairs and bellering but Titus himself!

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Halloween Countdown 2017: Boris Karloff in “The Veil”.

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Karloff introduced most of the episodes in front of a huge, roaring fireplace.

I have become a massive Karloff fan, and it mostly started with this unaired TV series called The Veil. I know he was one of our great treasures as an actor, but I had no idea of the mystique and wonder he could create with voice, gesture and personality.
The Veil was an American television series produced in 1958 by Hal Roach Studios, with a spooky and suspenseful theme. Most episodes were based upon real-life reports of supernatural happenings and the unexplained.
Due to troubles with the studio, the series as never aired is today hailed by critics as “the greatest television series never seen”.

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Karloff invited viewers to find out what lies “behind the veil.”

In the 1990s ten episodes were released to the public for the very first time, and were released later on DVD by Something Weird Video.

Click HERE to watch the whole series that some wonderful person uploaded to YouTube.

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Click here to see and share the whole Halloween Countdown 2017!