Month: October 2014

Michael Jackson: Thriller

Two things are a necessity at Halloween. The first is watching Michael Jackson’s iconic video Thriller. The second is eating 234 Snickers bars (full size, none of this bite-sized bullshit). Since I don’t seem to have any Snickers around, I guess we will watch the video for Thriller. “Did you eat all the Snickers?” NO! “Common man, there are Snickers wrappers in your teeth. You clearly ate 234 Snickers and didn’t even bother to unwrap some of them” Whatever! I don’t need to take this from you! You aren’t my real dad! Enjoy Thriller everyone!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Headless Horseman aside, the craziest thing about this cartoon is that it was made in 1949! This is proof that cartoons are timeless. I loved this cartoon as a kid and still recommend it as a Halloween staple. Seriously though, 1949? If you asked me even a couple weeks ago I would have bet money this movie was made in the 80s or 70s at the earliest. For those of you who don’t know, Sleepy Hollow is the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, based on Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and is narrated by Bing Crosby (who sounds somewhat drunk…then again all narrators back then sounded drunk…probably because they all were). If you haven’t seen it, give it a watch, It’s only 32 minutes long. And if you have, well take a trip down Nostalgia Lane, hang a right at Memory Road and tell them Bill sent ya (that means re-watch it). Enjoy.

The Monster Mash

It was a graveyard smash! Believe it or not this song was not written by Bobby Brown and Mike Tyson. Nope, this song is actually written and performed Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers back in 1962. It was the #1 song on in American from October 20-27th that year bumping off ‘Sherry’ by The Four Seasons for the #1 spot. Decades later, The Monster Mash is still a Halloween favourite.

The Last Halloween

Back in 1991 a Halloween made for TV movie premiered titled The Last Halloween. I loved this movie. I even recorded it on VHS and brought it into class and my teacher played it for us on Halloween. I know right? Halloween at school was the best! Candy and movies! Take that education! Anyway, since then I had long forgotten what the title of this movie was and really anything about it other than the fact that there were aliens from Mars that called candy coobi. For years I waited for this movie to re-air or turn up somewhere but alas, it did not…until now! I recently found it on YouTube and after 20+ years of waiting, I finally got to see the movie that had such a lasting impact on my life and you know what? Meh. It’s okay. I guess the animation was pretty amazing for it’s time (it actually won a prime-time Emmy) but otherwise who cares. It’s like that ancient proverb goes: You may have liked a Halloween movie back in …