Saturday Frights Podcast Ep. 097 – Squeeze

Friends, we do apologize about the tardiness of this episode of the Saturday Frights podcast, I am afraid that the new work schedule has thrown a monkey wrench into the usual recording plans. This week though, the Projectionist and I tackle our first episode of The X-Files, that long-running series featuring the exploits of special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. As brought up in the show itself, this episode was suggested by a listener, and after we presented a poll of the Top 5 scary episodes of The X-Files, the Vault staff as well as the Saturday Frights Facebook group picked the 1993 episode entitled “Squeeze”. In all honesty I really thought it was going to be “Home” that won the poll, especially considering that it caused so much controversy when it originally aired that it was banned from being broadcast again for quite some time.

As this is the first time we’ve talked about The X-Files on the podcast, we have a bit of interesting trivia to share about the creation of the series. In addition to some things you might not have know about “Squeeze”, including a little trouble behind the scenes during the production of the episode. Or how the screenwriters, James Wong and Glen Morgan, were inspired to write the episode featuring the mutant serial killer and fan favorite Eugene Victor Tooms (Doug Hutchinson). In addition to how their popular Final Destination film series was based off what originally had been intended to be an episode of The X-Files. In fact I provide a quote in this episode from an interview with Jeffrey Reddick at Den of Geek on how it would have played out if it had been made into an X-Files episode.

Without further ado, please join the Projectionist and myself at the Haunted Drive-In as we discuss 1993’s “Squeeze” on the Saturday Frights podcast. As always we want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to listen to the show, and hope that you are enjoying season three of the podcast so far.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in a future episode – or possibly you have comments on the current show itself, email them to me at VicSagePopCulture@gmail.com You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook. In addition I certainly hope you will take the time to visit the Saturday Frights Facebook Page. There you can find posts from Rockford Jay, Preston Griffith and myself on a daily basis.

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Saturday Frights Podcast Ep. 089 – Shadow In The Cloud

Friends, I think it will speak volumes that for this brand new episode of the Saturday Frights podcast – the Projectionist and I have decided to discuss Shadow in the Cloud. The World War II action/horror film that was just released on VOD and in select theaters just five days ago – starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Although I make a point of mentioning it in the show itself – this particular podcast is kind of a throwback to the original episodes of the show, in that we do not go fully into spoiler territory. It seemed like the most logical choice as many of you will not have had the opportunity to catch Shadow in the Cloud yet. We stick to mostly a brief overview of the film, touching on only that which you could see in the trailer itself. Which means that this episode has a shorter running time that our standard show – we hope though that you will be entertained nonetheless.

In addition the Projectionist has managed to bring along a few audio treats for your listening pleasure – to say nothing of the fact that he fills us in on the history of gremlins. I manage to even share a story from my Grandfather who served during World War II as well as the Korean War – he had some run-ins with more than a few pilots who swore they saw a Gremlin on their plane.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in a future episode – or possibly you have comments on the current show itself, email them to me at VicSagePopCulture@gmail.com You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook. In addition I certainly hope you will take the time to visit the Saturday Frights Facebook Page. There you can find posts from Rockford Jay, Preston Griffith and myself on a daily basis.

We sincerely hope you are enjoying the new season of the show – if you have friends or family that are fans of horror – let them know about the podcast. HAPY NEW YEAR!

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Saturday Frights Podcast Ep. 087 – Cutting Cards

Friends, on this episode of the Saturday Frights podcast, we are once again going to be discussing an episode of the hugely popular Tales from the Crypt television series that aired on HBO – beginning it’s seven season run on June 10th of 1989 and lasting until July 19th of 1996. On this show the Projectionist and I discuss the 1990 episode entitled Cutting Cards which happens to star the likes of Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark) as well as Kevin Tighe (Emergency!, Rose Red) – as two high-stakes gamblers who are willing to go to painful extremes to see the last of each other. While as always we have done out best to shine the spotlight on those in front of and behind the camera – on this particular show we have presented a pretty deep dive into the history behind EC Comics – the original comic publishers of Tales from the Crypt.

As I mention on the show itself, a lot of great information was found thanks to Digby Diehl’s Tales from the Crypt: The Official Archives. If you consider yourself a fan of the HBO produced series, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this book – you can find an affordable used copy on Amazon.

You might be surprised to learn just how many people it took for the TV adaptation of Tales from the Crypt to make it to HBO in the first place. It was only the combined Hollywood power of Richard Donner (The Goonies, Lethal Weapon), Walter Hill (The Warriors, Streets of Fire), Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), David Giler (Alien), and Joel Silver (Die Hard, The Matrix) that allowed the proposed series to get the greenlight.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in a future episode – or possibly you have comments on the current show itself, email them to me at VicSagePopCulture@gmail.com You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook. In addition I certainly hope you will take the time to visit the Saturday Frights Facebook Page. There you can find posts from Rockford Jay, Preston Griffith and myself on a daily basis.

We sincerely hope that you are enjoying the third season of the Saturday Frights podcast so far – before you deal yourself a new hand of cards though – we hope you will take the time to listen to our discussion of Cutting Cards.

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Saturday Frights Podcast – Prelude To Season Three

Friends, hopefully we have an unexpected treat for you today with this bonus episode of the Saturday Frights podcast – as the title itself points out – this is a prelude to Season three of the show. Starting next week, the Projectionist and I will be delivering new episodes of the Saturday Frights podcast – discussing the best in horror films and television shows. Although having said that, I feel it is safe to say that after listening to this prelude to Season three – you will agree that the time away hasn’t improved the Projectionist’s demeanor or temperament. Though I suppose his little freak out on this particular episode has the unexpected consequence of you getting a sneak peek at some of the movies and TV show we are going to tackle this Season.

In fact I would say that the first listener that can tell us the names of all the films and television clips we share on this bonus episode – has certainly more than earned themselves a prize from the Vault collection. Feel free to submit your answers in the comments section or by email or even on Facebook – although some are more obvious than others.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in a future episode -or possibly you have comments on the current show itself, email them to me at VicSagePopCulture@gmail.com You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook. In addition I certainly hope you will take the time to visit the Saturday Frights Facebook Page. There you can find posts from Rockford Jay, Preston Griffith and myself on a daily basis.

The Projectionist and I are really looking forward to finally bringing you Season three of the show, as always we thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to give it a listen. Without further ado – welcome back to the Haunted Drive-In and the Saturday Frights podcast!

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Saturday Frights Podcast Ep. 082 – Creepshow – The Finger

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Friends, we have a new Saturday Frights podcast for your listening pleasure – this episode focuses on The Finger – yet another one of the segments from Shudder’s fantastic Creepshow television series. We touch upon this in the episode but this will be the last show before we start doing Podcast Seasons – beginning with the Diary of An Arcade Employee Podcast, then Saturday Frights, and since the Pop Culture Retrorama podcast is going to be presented in an entirely different format – that one will be the last one that is produced. It felt appropriate though to get in one more Saturday Frights episode before the change up and to be fair The Finger is a good segment to be sure – it is a creature feature involving a rather charming… if bloodthirsty critter that is simply known as Bob.

Bob does love popcorn though!

Showrunner and iconic make-up and special effects guru, Greg Nicotero, helms this particular segment of Creepshow – with David J. Schow (The Crow, DJSturbia) penning the teleplay. A darkly humorous tale featuring DJ Qualls (Supernatural, Z nation) as a down on his luck soul named Clark Wilson – who happens during a late night walk to come upon a strange elongated finger. Taking it home to study it or at least identify what bizarre animal it might belong to – Clark’s life is about to get a whole lot stranger when the digit begins to regrow it’s entire body.

I am joined by the Projectionist on this episode – after a rather costly run in with the Plague Rat known as Bobby Joe. As always, my co-host has managed to track down some vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure.

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So with that we hope you will join us once again for the Saturday Frights podcast – take a trip with us we take in the Creepshow and The Finger!

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Let’s Talk About The Podcasts – Bonus Episode

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Friends, with the end of March fast approaching I’ve found myself running out of time on producing the latest Pop Culture Retrorama podcast – which means in the end that it has been nearly two months since the last episode. Quite frankly with the way things have been going of late I haven’t quite felt I possessed the energy to do all of the research for the new show – that goes for both Diary of An Arcade Employee as well as the Saturday Frights podcast. So I thought I would sit down in front of the microphone and talk about the state of the shows and what has been weighing on my mind in regard to their direction and possible futures. Don’t worry, as I state in this bonus episode for all three podcasts (crosses fingers that it uploads to all three properly) – I’m not doing anything drastic like quitting writing or podcasting. This is just a situation where I can sit down and say “Hey, let’s talk about the podcasts”!

In addition I hope besides acting as an apology to all of you that have been loyal to the podcasts – you will understand the circumstances that have delayed the shows. As well perhaps as some new directions I might take – if you the listeners think that is prudent – with each podcast. As always with an episode I am honest with you – although in this case I hope in addition I been able to properly explain the situation I find myself in as a creator. Actually even though it is addressed in this bonus episode, if you possibly have thought about becoming a writer and might like to share your personal memories and experiences on pop culture or retro related subjects – throw me a line at VicSagePopCulture@gmail.com!

All right then, I want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to listen to this Let’s talk about the podcasts episode – to say nothing of your support and understanding in the matter of tardiness of said shows.

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Saturday Frights Podcast Matinee – Creepshow – Bad Wolf Down

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Friends, thanks for joining us once again for a new episode of the Saturday Frights podcast – this episode is one of our ‘Matinee’ shows – where we discuss something that is not quite so retro. In this case we are taking a good look at the first segment of the second episode of Shudder’s first season of Creepshow with a fun little offering entitled Bad Wolf Down. It is hard to go wrong with a Weird World War II story featuring the likes of Re-Animator‘s Jeffrey Combs as a Nazi… or the fact as you probably tell from the title also features Lycanthropes. As I mention in the episode itself – with Bad Wolf Down it is becoming more clear what showrunner Greg Nicotero is intending with the Creepshow series – in terms of tone. Which is an attempt to expand the type of story we are used to seeing in those first two films from the late and great George A. Romero as well as Stephen King.

As always on the Saturday Frights Podcast, I have done my best to throw in some trivia and facts that I find of interest. Although there is not as much behind the scenes information for Bad Wolf Down – I was able to locate an interview with the Writer and Director – Rob Schrab (Monster House, Rick and Morty). It was conducted by Jacob Hall as part of an on the set interview and as I point out in the show itself, the original setting for Bad Wolf Down might surprise you. After you have listened to the episode you should head over to SlashFilm.Com and check out the full interview with Schrab for more details.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in a future episode -or possibly you have comments on the current show itself, email them to me at VicSagePopCulture@gmail.com You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook. In addition I certainly hope you will take the time to visit the Saturday Frights Facebook Page. There you can find posts from Rockford Jay, Preston Griffith and myself on a daily basis.

So without further ado, join the Projectionist and myself down in the Vault beneath the Haunted Drive-In – as we tackle Creepshow‘s Bad Wolf Down!

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Saturday Frights Podcast Ep. 080 – Burnt Offerings (1976)

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Friends, while the Projectionist and myself might have failed to bring you a new Saturday Frights podcast in the month of November – we have just finished recording a show that tackles 1976’s Burnt Offerings. As you will learn in the episode itself, this appears to be a film that has the ability to divide the viewing audience right down the middle – some appreciate the slow burner of a haunted house film… while others feel it is just boring. In fact, this movie which was directed by Dan Curtis was a film that I suggested to Sean and Nicole Johnson of the excellent Horrified Chicken podcast – as promised in the episode I have provided a link to their take on Burnt Offerings – please remember though they use adult language in their show. By the way, the late and great Dan Curtis’ name should ring a bell with you if you happen to be a fan of retro-related horror movies and television shows – he helped to co-create the likes of Kolchak: The Night Stalker in addition to directing the epic 16 hour Winds of War!

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As always on the Saturday Frights podcast, we do our best to attempt to give you not only interesting trivia about film itself – but we have brought along some vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure too. In addition I share my first experiences with Burnt Offerings and provide some reviews from when it was first released to theaters back in 1976.

The strength of Burnt Offerings which was based off the 1973 book of the same name comes from the actors that Curtis assembled for his picture. You have the likes of Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart, Lee Montgomery, and the iconic Bette Davis. Although I mention it in the podcast – this is a film that is not about cheap scares but instead manages to ratchet up the tension until the shocking climax.

So without further ado, please join the Projectionist and myself at the Haunted Drive-In – as we discuss 1976’s Burnt Offerings!

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Top Ten Halloween Song Picks For 2019

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Friends, things are starting to get hopping down here in the Pop Culture Retrorama Vault – as was shared on the latest Halloween Special of the podcast – the Vault Halloween party is about to begin. Working alongside the likes of the Projectionist… and his new… minions – we obviously all enjoy this time of the Season. But tonight is even more magical and while I will admit that I was shocked to see the Plague Rats handing out complimentary Halloween masks from the Silver Shamrock corporation – thankfully Rockford Jay alerted security and all of them were confiscated. You know, I have to be honest with you here and admit that I was under the impression the Silver Shamrock corporation had gone out of business 37 years ago… Anyway, the reason for this article is that Rockford has been keeping the Vault in the Halloween Spirit courtesy of his spooky song list – we’ve been listening to his picks all day. I felt you might need a little something to enjoy while you are out trick or treating with your Family or possibly getting ready to head out to a Halloween gathering of your very own. So for 2019 here are the top ten Halloween song picks courtesy of Rockford Jay and your friends from the Pop Culture Retrorama Vault!

Number 10: “Graveyard Rock” – Tarantula Ghoul & Her Gravediggers (1958)

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Tarantula Ghoul was a late night horror host very much like Vampira – on the 1957 – 1959 House of Horror series, which was broadcast on Portland, Oregon’s KPTV station. This 1958 tune entitled “Graveyard Rock” was apparently the B-Side of a 45 rpm single with the A Side being “King Kong”.

Number 9: “Mr. Ghost Goes to Town” – The 5 Jones Boys (1937)

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Here is a curios one indeed as there isn’t very much known about The 5 Jones Boys – although thanks to an article I found from Chris Bodenner of The Alantic, they were known for having no instruments in their songs – which is pretty evident from this wonderful little 1937 tune. It does appear however that Vic Mizzy (The Addams Family, Green Acres) composed a cover of “Mr. Ghost Goes to Town” for 1966’s The Ghost and Mr. Chicken!

Number 8: “Return of the Fly” – The Misfits (1996)

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Time to kick the party into high gear with this 1996 song by The Misfits – “Return of the Fly” which was featured on their album Static Age. Nothing wrong with a song that references the 1959 sequel to The Fly, right?

Number 7: “I Dig You Baby” – Bob McFadden (1959)

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Here is a delightful as well as playful tune from the 1959 album Songs Our Mummy Taught us from 1959 – by Bob McFadden & Dor. McFadden is well known in pop culture thanks to his voice over work which included the like Frankenberry, Milton the Monster, and even numerous voices for the ThunderCats animated series such as Snarf, Slithe, and Captain Bragg among many others.

Number 6: “Monster Rap” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett (1984)

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I doubt that anyone in the World does not know Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s classic novelty song “The Monster Mash” but have you heard his “Monster Rap” tune? This is one that I was introduced to thanks to the amazing Dr. Demento radio show in my youth – while I do prefer the original I will admit this later song has definitely grown on my over the years.

Number 5: “The Monster Hop” – Bert Convy (1958)

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When Rockford Jay was playing his top ten Halloween Songs for 2019 over the Vault speakers this afternoon – this particular tune made me stop in my work – because I have not had the pleasure of every hearing this one before. After doing some research I was shocked to learn that this 45 rpm single featured another tune which was entitled “The Gorilla” and it was performed by Bert Convy – yes – the very same host of such game shows as Tattletales, Password Plus, and Win, Lose or Draw!

Number 4: “Soul Dracula” – Hot Blood (1975)

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All you groovy boils and ghouls need to get up and onto the dance floor with 1975’s “Soul Dracula” by Hot Blood from their album entitled Dracula & Co.. I have nothing to really add about this other than I wish the construction on the Vault roller rink was completed because this is the perfect song to skate to!

Number 3: “That Halloween Night” – (?)

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We have something of a conundrum with this tune, my friends – as we have no information on who performed it or when it was released. I can at the very least say it is the perfect song for slow dancing – especially after finishing “Soul Dracula”!

Number 2: “Frankie and Igor At A Rock And Roll Party” – Bob McFadden (1959)

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We have another Bob McFadden and Dor pick for the next to last top ten Halloween songs for 2019 – this humorous spoken word tune was also featured on the album Songs Our Mummy Taught Us!

Number 1: “Happy Halloween” – John Zacherle (1962)

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What a way to end this year’s top ten list for Halloween songs – with the iconic John Zacherle’s 1962 tune entitled “Happy Halloween” – from his album Monster Mash/Scary Tales! John Zacherle truly lived up to Dick Clark’s nickname for him – “The Cool Ghoul” – and was one of the most memorable horror movie hosts in my opinion. Zacherle or as he was also known depending on the era – Zacherley – produced numerous horror related singles such as the chart topping Dinner with Drac Pt. 1/Pt. 2 and four albums.

All right, friends – Rockford Jay just called to say the Vault Halloween party has started and that I need to shake a leg and get down to join the celebration. So from everyone here at Pop Culture Retrorama – we wish you all a very safe and Happy Halloween!