Tuesday, October 21, 2014


This makes the 2000 post of this blog. Not sure if that's impressive, or sad.

But, hey, I am obliged to note the event, right?

Remember the Treehouse of Horror 21 title sequence?

Now we are passed the 20 year mark on these shows. In 2010 what will we see?

The show opens on the Simpson home, with Homer and Bart sitting outside.

The pair are carving Jack O'Lanterns.

But Bart gets bored and decides to carve something else.

Homer responds as he always does...You sometimes forget how disturbing that is to see...Does he still do this in the show? ...It really is just wrong.

Bart, fighting for his life, smashes a lit carved pumpkin over Homer's head.

The pumpkin ignites Homer's head.

And Homer begins to run around...And I am hearkening back to a more pleasant opening with VII.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Remember the Treehouse of Horror 20 title sequence?

Passing out of 2008, we now reach the 20th anniversary of these Simpsons' Halloween Specials.

We pan up to a castle overlooking the city.


Inside Frankenstein's monster rests.


But now he rises.


And heads out.


But comes back for the lights.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sleepy Hollow (S2) Review - Episode 3 - Root of All Evil - "The other side of the coin."

Once more unto the breach for some Sleepy Hollow. Last time we got sent into the mangle. Are we out now?  No! My pinkie is still wedged in there! Ow!!!

So what is the "Root of All Evil"? Sometimes it's TV writers tormenting you. Other times it's, as the saying goes, money. How will money play into this episode?

Well I won't tell you let. Let's get to the troubles remaining from the last episode.

Irving remains locked in a psychiatric ward. When Abbie and Ichabod try to talk to him, they find they are barred by his lawyer. Henry Parrish.

So they are cut off, until later Ichabod comes up with a scheme. He visits another patient who seems to not entirely to communicate. Through that, he's able to contact Irving, and give him the bad news.

"This is so embarrassing. I didn't think you'd find out I was visiting other

Irving is in a bind. He's agreed to having Henry as his lawyer. And Henry has promised to get him out. It's been his only good news in a while. Without him, he may spend the rest of his life trapped in a psychiatric hospital.

What can he do?

Cats need there Halloween fun.

At this season it's important to let everyone in on the festivities.

So don't saddle cats with lemons.

They need pumpkin!!!

NEW Horror Host fun

It;s the time of year when we all should be giving horror movies some love. It's also a good time to appreciate the good work of any local horror hosts. (Really they are to enjoy all year long.) Of course these days it is easier to find and watch horror host shows. On some channels on my cable I have a couple of horror host shows like Svengoolie. And that doesn't even mention shows that are done, or made available online. Check them out!

Some favorites of mine who are working on new material are mentioned below:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Remember the Treehouse of Horror 19 title sequence?

Now on to the 19th year. While 2007 had it's charm, what will 2008 hold?

An election year!


Remember '08?




Trailers In Short - Adventurous Fun Edition

Adventure! Who doesn't want it? Okay, not everyone. But we all do, right? So let's quest for a feast. Let's best a good book. And let's see if anyone can hit the right note.

Feast. Librarians. Galavant.

Disney's Feast

Okay this is just too cute. I wonder what the whole short will be? But if it's just a stray that finds a home and has a love affair with food...It'll still be cute.

Why can't I hug animation?!

The Librarians

So, finally, after 10 years we are getting a series.

The Horror Of...Halloween Night, Frankenstein, MD (Web Series)

Among web series that can make some fun and interesting watching this October, I have to suggest this. Frankenstein, MD.

It comes from the PBS Digital Studios. What it enacts is a modern telling of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. But the title makes that obvious.

It deviates by making the focus Victoria Frankenstein (played by Anna Lore). She likes to talk like she is a full and proper doctor, but she isn't...yet. Just a little more work and the honor will go to her.

As she finishes her studies she delves into various areas of scientific interest, eager show her merit as a brilliant researchers. Along the way she is assisted by a fellow student, Iggy DeLacey (played by Steve Zaragoza).

The structure of the show is that she's making a web show, where she can showcase the wonders of science, and her research. Her experiments help shape where the show goes. This breaks the story of Frankenstein into episodes. The result is the tale of an eager almost doctor, her research, and how it starts to go out of control. Woe to Frankenstein, MD.

This may sound familiar to another book that was remade as an episodic take. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. This project comes from the same group, Pemberley Digital.

Remember the Treehouse of Horror 18 title sequence?

With the 2006 show passed us, let's see what the 18th year had to show?

And we are back with Marge at the open. This time she's frosting some Halloween cupcakes, instead of standing before a theater curtain.


When the camera pans up to her, she welcomes us and says that while it's been a week since Halloween, at the Simpsons house they are keeping the spirit alive and...


...then an onscreen ad for American Idol pops up over her.


And she deals with it.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Remember the Treehouse of Horror 17 title sequence?

2006 continues the Treehouse of Horror legacy. How will it measure up to the previous year?

And it is reminding me of the 12th opening, with a shot of the gates of the Burns' Estate.


But inside the gates, and racing to the front door, you can't help but notice that the mansion is looking very different 5 years later. Also, you will notice that The Simpsons team is playing with the Tales from the Crypt (TV series) music. It seems we may have a clue of what we will in the next minute.



Inside the house we see the foyer, and a quick joke about Burns' miserliness,



Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Horror Off...Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, In Short

Perhaps we have yet to escape Monday the 13th yet? What about more Jason Voorhees? And how do you top Jason fighting an X-Men?

Take him on tour, of course.

Following on in the line of silly things you can do with your horror franchise, 1989 brought us yet another in the Friday the 13th movie. Jason Takes Manhattan.

And in playing with expectations, the movie opens in New York Ciry, then spends most of the movie not in New York.

Quickly,we are back at Crystal Lake. And Jason is again awaken. A bit of electricity to his body at the bottom of the lake does the trick. (I don't know how this connects to whatever happen to Jason at the end of the last movie.)

Because electricity is magic. (And so is toxic waste.)

And soon Jason is up and hacking again.

But to change things up, Jason decides he needs a working vacation.

Remember the Treehouse of Horror 16 title sequence?

We've now it the 15 year mark...15 years of Treehouse of Horror? ...That's a whole lot of horror!

Still, it continues on, with a 16th. So, the 2005 Treehouse of Horror...


Okay. We get some baseball. This is some years into the state of things at FOX where The Simpsons' Halloween show was shown about a week after Halloween.

So they open the show on a long shot of a very slow and very boring...and average baseball game (and World Series).



And it is dull and tedious, so finally Kang and Kodos cut in, disgusted that it's taking so long to get passed this game and to the Treehouse of Horror.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Remember the Treehouse of Horror 15 title sequence?

We now come to 2004. Coming out of the brutal little domestic opening of the last year, they decide to go a bit more silly this time.

This time we open on Kang and Kodos. (Who'd they bribe to get back on?) They seem to be doing a zany sitcom.


One of them is cooking. The other pops in and frantically remind the cook that their boss is coming to dinner.


So the cook checks the meal in the oven. The Simpsons.