Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Countdown: Garfield Thanksgiving!

I've come to the realization that doing a Thanksgiving week countdown and not touching on the amazing Garfield Thanksgiving Special would be an absolute crime. One that I would deserve a severe beatdown for excluding...


Released today in 1989 on CBS, this classic has gone forgotten by many people, mainly due to it's lack of reruns over the years. Now I'm gonna tell you something you may not like and owning it as MY opinion alone, but I actually believe this to be even better than A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Make no bones about it, I'm the biggest Peanuts fanatic in the world and I love watching Snoopy's insane junkfood dinner, but just in terms of fun and Thanksgiving-ness, Garfield takes the pumpkin pie here. But that's a very close call to make. Now why would I make such a bold claim and make up a term such as "Thanksgiving-ness"? Well, let's take a look at this beloved holiday special and hopefully we're on the same page by the end.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Countdown: A Gingerbread Turkey!

We've all enjoyed the tradition of making a gingerbread house for the Christmas season. There's not a lot of traditions that can make people smile and satisfy their holiday theme hunger quite like it. Personally, I find building a gingerbread house frustrating and time consuming. But it's usually worth and leads to happy faces and tummies and a nice photo for Instagram. Now...what if I told you that you could capture that same feeling but for Thanksgiving.

Yes folks, I'm talking about a GINGERBREAD TURKEY!!!!




This new tradition comes to the Thanksgiving table thanks to our friends at Trader Joe's. Always a popular spot for some good holiday treats and food no other store will have the balls to offer. I mean, where else can you find turkey and gravy potato chips that taste so close to the real thing, you're gonna need a nap after?



Ok, they're not the greatest. In fact, they taste downright bizarre but points for originality. Let's focus on something that you can consider the greatest.

There it is. I physically did a double take when I saw this box in the store. I knew I had to own it and assemble the greatest piece of holiday food art I could. Wasn't gonna be easy, but for my love of sweets and Thanksgiving, I would at least try. Are you ready for this? I don't think you are. I know I wasn't. This is life changing on a grand scale. Thanksgiving will never be the same again and all other food related traditions have been put on notice...


All the pieces are here to make your turkey. The tools of the trade are also included. You want to make a fabulous turkey with sprinkles, gummies and generic M&M's? Great! You don't? Hey, that's ok! It's your turkey. You be as over the top creative or just keep it basic. I'm not judging. Fair warning though, you will have to make the frosting yourself. I'm ok with that. Give me homemade, fresh frosting over that weird tubed frosting any day. That's part of the magic of this fun kit. You gotta earn it. And earn it I did.

Making a turkey to reflect my personality, was no easy task. But I did it. Not a bad looking guy so far. I'm almost gonna hate to eat him later tonight while watching Survivor Series but for the time being, he's rather precious. Sure, he looks more like that guy who fell in toxic waste in Robocop mixed with the Cryptkeeper than what's on the box, but we're not done yet. Almost there. With a little help from the wife who has more steady hands than I do, we created quite the beautiful turkey...

TA-DAH!

A gingerbread turkey! Well, kind of. A turkey mixed with the NBC Peacock, but hey since they're airing the Macy's Parade, isn't that kind of appropriate?




Now, as a gingerbread enthusiast, I rank this pretty high but as a Thanksgiving fantatic, you can't get much higher of a recommendation. If you're gonna be offering anything as a pre-Thanksgiving treat, it may as well be this. I mean, 'tis the season for everything gingerbread, but why not bridge the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas with this?


-Chad

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving Countdown: Talkin' Turkey With Corey Chapman




The HorrorMovieBBQ Podcast is back once again with one of my favorite people in the world and Thanksgiving fantatic, Corey Chapman of the Chap Report (maybe returning soon?) to discuss one of my favorite days of the year THANKSGIVING!


It's a great time of year, it provides some fun moments with family and you get some relaxation, unless you're one of the people going insane and running around like a chicken without a head. Or is that turkey?


Topics discussed:

-Where has Corey been?
-Corey's favorite pregame ritual.
-Black Friday legacy.
-Naps
-Katie Holmes as an art school goddess.
 -The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
 -That time I drove around around town all morning to buy a bunch of wrestling figures.


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-Chad

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Joker At The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Well, Thanksgiving is almost here, but the Thanksgiving Countdown has begun on the blog. I'm a huge fan of this very special day. Why? There's a lot of reasons I'll explore throughout the next week or so, but quite frankly one of the big reasons I love the big day is none other than the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

The pageantry! The floats! The lip syncing! The dancing turkeys! How can I not love this parade? There is literally nothing to hate. And it bridges the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Once you see Santa coming down that street, it's all over. You're ten years old again and you believe in everything great this world has to offer. It's a beautiful 2 hour time period where absolutely nothing can bother you or go wrong.

Welll...There's always an exception to the rule. Just like there's always a Joker in the deck...

1989 was the year. A pretty solid year for the Parade but a pretty huge year for Batman. Now, obviously, Batman was the biggest movie of the year and anything that had black and gold was automatically a license to print money. Of course, anything that had the Joker involved as well became white hot. So obviously, the natural inclination is to include either Batman or the Joker into the Parade somehow right? Maybe have The Joker run around and steal things from kids in the audience, maybe even recreate the float scene from the movie and have Batman fly in and beat him up? Not bad ideas, really. I mean those could work big time. Especially since the VHS was being released a week or two before. It would be great hype for that and a great time for the Parade.

Therein lies the problem.


They gave us The Joker, but they didn't really give us The Joker we knew and loved. He at least threw money out to the crowd and kinda resembles the scene from the movie. But why is there an elephant on the float? I mean, ok, to his credit he looks like The Joker, but instead of playing pranks, shooting people and calling out the Caped Crusader to the ol' duke-a-roo, someone decided to put him on a float with a bunch of kids singing about clowns. I always have to keep in mind that this event is for families and no way would they ever consider a poison gas expelling float while The Joker laughs at people dying. The Joker would never wear yellow gloves either.



Part of the appeal of this act wasn't just the man in purple, but who was PLAYING him. The announcers of the show kinda hinted at that the man behind the makeup was someone famous, but it was our task to guess WHO.
There he is...

So let's see our options. It's a Joker. It's 1989. Hmmm...

Bill Murray? Nah. He's prolly back home watching the parade with his 800 brothers.


Robin Williams? Expecting him to even consider it after being lied to by WB would be silly.




Hulk Hogan? No way, brother.

So who could it be? I'm stumped!

The big reveal finally comes. The answer is...



FRED TRAVALENA.


WHAT.

Yup, Presidential impressionist and comedian extraordinaire, Fred Travalena became The Joker. It kinda makes sense they'd get a comedian if you think about and it's probably best they chose Fred instead of say, Andrew Dice Clay or Sam Kinnison. Mr. Travalena is a funny guy and all, but stepping into that purple suit after Nicholson was an unenviable task. Now, I'll admit, Fred tried his hardest to make this his own and really seemed to have fun but I could forgive him a lot more if his choice of song wasn't so corny. I'm making a bigger deal about this terrible than I should but I still find it insanely irritating. It's a song about clowns and playing cards. Listen to it without punching your screen and I'll buy you a Pepsi.







As a fan of The Joker, I was pretty let down by this but as a fan of the Parade, I give it some slack and let it slide. It is what it is, it's silly, it's fun, and everyone involved is having a ball. And in the end, isn't that what the spirit of the Parade is all about? Corniness and fun?


-Chad

Friday, November 10, 2017

What A Lovely Day For A Transforming Exorcism...

A few weeks ago, I found myself down in the DC area for a fun afternoon of toy robots and legendary voices. I must be in town for TFCon, the annual Transformers convention! I also attended the Toronto edition in July with my longtime buddy, JD of General Geekery, where I met voice actors Michael Bell and Arthur Burghardt, but this show was a bit different. Toronto was a lot of fun and I hope to make it back next year, especially if the caliber of voice actors is what it was this year!


Arthur Burghardt aka Destro

Michael Bell aka Duke, The Hulk, Chucky's Dad on Rugrats, jeez I wish I had more space...

Whereas the Toronto edition overtook the entire hotel, this show was only given two ballrooms for the voice actors, panels, and vendor area. Obviously, there was a giant difference. Now this sounds like a bad thing on paper, but the show was packed on a Sunday, which is very hard to do for most shows. Of course not attending the show on the busy day, Saturday, didn't give me the opportunity to witness just how big it could be. For me, the main draw is always meeting the voice actors and getting a chance to shake the hands of those who provided me with such entertainment in my youth. In my opinion, voice actors just don't get enough credit for what they do and the volume of work they amassed int heir careers, so it's always an honor for me to shake their hands and say thank you.

The guests in attendance for this show? Neil Ross and Jack Angel.

Neil Ross aka Shipwreck from GI Joe, among his other amazing roles!


Jack Angel aka The Flash, Hawkman, Ultra Magnus, WetSuit and so many countless others!
You definitely know them from Transformers, GI Joe, Hannah Barbera and just every cartoon in existence. Both men have worked extensively in animation and have some of the most impressive resumes ever. I only spent a few moments with each, but I got them to sign my GI Joe The Movie DVD, which is running out of room, and even told me a fun story or two about working on them. I was absolutely thrilled to finally meet them.


So after the show, my friend Andrew and I headed to Taco Bell for some lunch and a suggestion came out of me:

"Hey, Andrew. We're 30 minutes away. Why don't we hit the Exorcist Stairs once and for all?"

Andrew looked at his taco, looked at me, took a sip of his Mountain Dew Baja Blast and replied:

"Let's f'ing do this, man.".


Well now. Andrew has a had a busy weekend, was probably a little worn out from my bachelor party, his NY Giants were about to play this afternoon, so I didn't expect him to be so open. Not that I would've been upset had he said he just wanted to go home considering how busy he's been carting me around all week, but hey we once drove 3 hours for White Castles, what's a 30 minute trip to see a famous movie location? Nonetheless, after some nachos and stopping at a gas station for a cigar and some bottled waters, we were off.  For years when I lived in MD, I've talked about hitting these legendary steps before but never made my way out to Georgetown to do so. I just never made it my highest priority. But, once I moved up to NY I started to regret never going. So it made perfect sense that if we were only 30 minutes away, we should at least  attempt to head over.

Well...after a drive on the beltway, which apparently they were doing work, because this drive was not 30 minutes after all, we pulled in to a small parking lot adjacent to a gas station and lo and behold...WE'RE HERE!



 And so were many other locals to check it out as well!





First impression of the steps? Man, these suckers are HIGH!  I was expecting a lot of steps, but if you've never been here, the pictures you see don't do it justice. There's a lot of steps here and they're STEEP too.  People in better physical shape than me were having toruble conquering the devilish creation. I tried my hardest to walk up and down these things 3 times and I needed a nap afterwards. It wasn't common to see people walk or jog up, and take a breather halfway.

At the bottom of these iconic stairs is a plaque, recognizing it's legendary status as well as it's role in the movie. Not bad for a horror movie icon, eh?

I swear I'm not urinating

So of course, being a big ham, I had to wear my Exorcist 3 hoodie from Fright Rags and that lead to lots of locals asking me to play tour guide and wanting to know more about the movie. Now, that wasn't my intention, I just wanted some cool photos but hey, you wear a cape, you gotta be prepared to save people I guess!





Again: STEEP. For someone who's completely uncoordinated and trips over his own rabbits when they race around the apartment, I got a little overwhelmed here.







Just don't look down. You WILL feel like you're about to fall and plummet to your doom. Looking down from the top to bottom can especially cause a little fright. Not like Vertigo, of course but it's still a lot to take in. Thankfully I didn't fall to my death like Father Merrin...

Oh wait...


slipped on a banana peel...





I'm so glad I finally had the chance to check these stairs out. If you're a horror fan and are in the area, stop by. It's well worth the drive, and the visit! Of course, if it's at night, I bet they're even creepier...

Big thanks to Andrew for being willing to travel this day to both TFCon and The Exorcist steps. I wouldn't have been able to have as much fun without him!


-Chad

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The HorrorMovieBBQ Podcast: The Death of Superman!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's back! The HorrorMovieBBQ Podcast is ready to hit the airwaves again and boy do I have a fun discussion for you! Today's episode is all about the comic book event that changed everything, the Death of Superman! Released this month in 1992, an event so big that it even garnered big mainstream media attention, which back then, just wasn't common. We discuss it's impact on the comic game, the media, the adaptions and...yes...my love of Batman Vs. Superman!

My guest today is none other than the host of the wildly popular NerdLunch podcast, Carlin "CT" Trammel. CT is known for his wit, amazing hair, vast knowledge of everything geek and...something I never knew...interning at Marvel? Huh. I feel like I would've heard that brought up on the podcast before. ;)


So pull up your chair, open up your brown paper bag, put that black Superman armband, call Martha and enjoy today's fun episode of The HorrorMovieBBQ Podcast!



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-Chad




Umbrella Entertainment's October Releases

Well, folks, I'm a little behind on blogging. But with my wedding taking up all my free time last month, I'm sure my absence was more than excusable. But thankfully, I'm back! In the past month, I've received tons of fun screeners from my friends down under at Umbrella Entertainment, who has become my favorite movie distributor in the world, and it's time to sit down and check them all out!

CAT'S EYE:



I previously reviewed the Warner Brother release of this great anthology, an almost EC Comics movie mixed the King's irreverent style and one of my main issues was that it was a bare bones release. No extras for this classic? Come on! Thankfully Umbrella picked up the pieces and put out their own release and save the day. An interview with Robert Hays and Teresa Ann Miller, the animal trainer on set, provided some fun insight to the making and impact of this movie. A trailer is also included as a bonus feature as well.

The transfer and sound are pretty good too but let's talk about these great covers. One of the many things that sets Umbrella apart from it's American counterparts is absolutely insane covers. For Cat's Eye, we get more a worn out book cover look, which actually adds to the allure of this great release. Don't get me wrong, I love when companies use the original artwork for their blurays but done the right way, I can totally get into alternative artwork. Definitely a must own if you're a Stephen King fanatic who has to have every release. I'd actually put this over the American release as well.

Oh and if you thought this was the only Stephen King classic coming from our pals in Austraila, guess again. Umbrella is loading up the gun and shooting out what is to be a very coveted title in January...

Yup. SILVER BULLET. That is a must own. And that cover is just as sweet as Cat's Eye. Just don't put those blurays too close, they may fight like cats and dogs.

Yes I know it's a bad joke, but screw it, I went for it!

THE DEVIL'S REJECTS:



Speaking of awesome alternative covers, Umbrella also wanted to make their release of Rob Zombie's cult favorite, The Devil's Rejects stand out with a sweet comic book-looking cover. I dig the original poster, but this one definitely looks better on the shelf.

Umbrella recently released their own edition of House of 1000 Corpses earlier this year, so a lot of people, myself included, naturally thought that a Devils Rejects would follow shortly thereafter. Porting over some extras from the US release, I'm glad to finally see this receive the bluray release it truly deserves. For a movie that looks great on dvd, it looks even better on bluray.

Extra's Include:

  • Bloody Stand-up (02:17)
  • Matthew McGrory Tribute (01:59)
  • Buck Owens: Satan's Got to Get Along Without Me (01:52)
  • "Mary the Monkey Girl" Commercial (00:59)
  • Captain Spaulding's Xmas Commercial (00:56)
  • Otis' Home Movies (00:51)
  • Deleted Scenes- Swamp Escape (0:50 sec) 
  • Family Argument (0:25 sec) 
  • Keep Your Cool (0:25 sec) 
  • Dr. Satan Attacks (1:51 min) 
  • Snake Bite (0:31 sec) 
  • French Tickler (0:47 sec) 
  • Pork Rind (0:44 sec) 
  • Marshmallow Ass (1:37 min) 
  • Keep Your Mouth Shut (0:48 sec) 
  • Otis And Candy Make Funky Music (3:40 min) 
  • Personal Escort Into Hell (1:46 min)
  • Blooper Reel (05:22)
  • Make-up Test (13:09)
  • The Morris Green Show (13:19)

FANTASTIC PLANET:


 I'm a huge animation buff, so when I heard that Umbrella was releasing Fantastic Plant, I nearly exploded through my roof. The French animated classic is one of the most gorgeous animated movie's you'll ever lock eyes onto. The story of giant, alien creatures who keep humans as pets, borders on the line of creepy at times but captivates you the entire time. This movie has been often likened to Planet of the Apes and I certainly see the similarities but this masterpiece certainly stands on it's own. I'm sure in any other form of film, specifically live action, this movie wouldn't be as effective. It's outstanding animation and unique storytelling separates it from just about any other animated scifi film. A warning though, the movie is done in French with English subtitles, so if you're expecting dubbing, you're landing on the wrong planet!

NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD: 


 One of the GREATEST entertainment documentaries to date, Not Quite Hollywood tells the amazing and entertaining story of Ozploitation films. Mark Hartley, director, would go on to also tell the great story of Cannon Films in Electric Booglaoo (also released, with Machete Maidens, by Umbrella earlier this year, which I also reviewed). This documentary was something I was excited for, as I had only watched it partially but never finished it. Boy, am I glad I got a hold of this, because this really told the story of not just Austrailia's great film history but also the culture down under, that maybe we don't know about. Some great stories by some of your favorite directors, actors and writers including Quentin Tarantino, Dennis Hopper, the scream queen herself, Jaime Lee Curtis and so many more! I loved hearing so many great stories and memories and that's what makes this such an incredible doc. Mark Hartley taught me a lot and I'm extremely grateful for this.


Now, you're thinking to yourself, how can this bluray get any better? Well, surprise surprise, Umbrella does it again by delivering 9 HOURS OF EXTRAS. Don't believe me? Fine, check them out for yourself!

  • Audio commentary from Ozploitation auteurs.
  • Deleted and extended scenes.

  • The lost interview: Chris Lofven.

  • A word with Bob Ellis.

  • Quentin Tarantino and Brian Trenchard-Smith interview.

  • MIFF Ozploitation panel.

  • MIFF red carpet footage.

  • Behind the scenes footage from the crew.

  • UK interview with director Mark Hartley.

  • THE BAZURA PROJECT segment.

  • THE MONTHLY conversation.

  • THE BUSINESS interview.

  • Extended Ozploitation trailer reel.

  • John D. Lamond: CONFESSIONS OF AN R-RATED FILMMAKER.

  • Richard Franklin on-set interview.

  • Terry Bourke’s NOON SUNDAY reel.

  • BARRY McKENZIE: OGRE OR OCKER documentary.

  • INSIDE ALVIN PURPLE documentary.

  • TO SHOOT A MAD DOG documentary.

  • Ozploitation stills and poster gallery.

  • NQH production gallery.

  • NQH pitch promos.

  • Original theatrical trailer.


You're essentially getting a THE history book on Ozploitation in the form of a bluray. This is perhaps Umbrella's greatest releases to date. I cannot tell you how great these extras are. I'm a big fan of entertainment history and to disregard this one, fan of Ozploitation or not, would be absolutely foolish.I had a lot of fun learning about a genre of movie I had only dipped my toes in but now, I'm finding it my duty to watch as much insane Ozploitation as I can.

With all these amazing releases and extras, it's no wonder why I continue to fall in love with Umbrella Entertainment. They think outside the box with their discs, covers and extras. If you're a fan of this company, no matter what country you live in, you owe it to yourself to follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. They truly do not lie when they say "We Love Film".


Oh...I almost forgot...Umbrella sent me another movie that I am dying to review. But that's gonna wait for it's own review...

SOON.


-Chad

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

5 VHS To Get Out Of That Post Halloween Slump!

It seems every has a case of the post Halloween blues and some are even  hesitating embracing Thanksgiving and and Christmas. Look, I get it, guys. Halloween rings in the season and everyone gets wildly excited for pumpkins and Roseanne Halloween specials. I don't blame them. Afterall, the rest of the year can be a bit of a bore unless you're a fan of locking yourself indoors during a snowstorm with french bread pizzas or sitting out by the pool with a fancy drink.

Thankfully, getting out of that slump is pretty easy and I have a few good VHS tapes to help you accept the change in holidays. Now there's no "Halloween Night" theme going on, so you'll have to pardon me if it's a bit of a reach, but they're all great choices for your "I'm in the mood for Halloween NOW" afternoon.

Monday, November 6, 2017

What I've Been Watching: Warner Brothers Edition

Annabelle Creation:


Synopsis: Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.


Since I never saw The Conjuring or Annabelle movies, I figured starting with the prequel would be a good idea. IAnnabelle had a lot of acclaim and I heard nothing but positives for this one so I was ready to check it out. This movie had some amazing contributions to horror's very successful year.. This movie offers a LOT of scary moments in this movie which puts it head and shoulders above some of the other horror movies I've seen this year. That alone makes it worth your time. Also, good to see Anthony Laplaglia back in on the screen as the father of the title character


Annabelle Creation  hit a home run with both critics and audiences and I think this was a good way for me to head into Annabelle and the rest of the series. I'll definitely be checking out Annabelle. If it's anything like this, I'm sure I'll be very happy.




Batman Vs Two-Face:

Synopsis: "Former Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent, one side of his face scarred by acid, goes on a crime spree based on the number '2'. All of his actions are decided by the flip of a defaced, two-headed silver dollar."
 Adam West sadly passed away earlier this year but before he left us, he recorded one last performance as Batman, the role that brought him the most notoriety. Also joined by Burt Ward, Julie Newmar and after much anticipation, William Shatner in his role of the evil TwoFace! I always heard the rumor that Clint Eastwood was considered for TwoFace but was abandoned after the script originally written was just too violent for the tone of the show. However, Shatner stepped into an otherwise untouched role in this particular universe and nailed it.

Two-Face hasn't been explored as much in the DC Animated universe and I hope that changes. Always liked him as a character and thought the possibilities for more stories. I know it's more inline with Batman mythology to move on to another villain in further installments, but I hope Shatner's TwoFace is considered for more sequels.  What we received was a delightful tribute to the 1960's series. A lot of fun gags, great voice acting and of course, amazing animation by Warner Brothers, and of course a hint at who will be the next villain...or is that...villainess, puddin'?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Remembering The Last Halloween!


We all seem to have that one holiday special that we remember watching as a kid but only about 3 other people in the world remember. It could be a variety reasons but the one thing I always try to remember is not everyone shares the same nostalgia and as time goes on, a lot of the specials fall through the sands of time and go forgotten. Which stinks if you're one of those people constantly looking for more info and can find nothing. I know that because I was one of those people. Until a few years ago that is.


Today's subject is about one of those specials. From 1991 "The Last Halloween" was a special that aired on CBS and from what I can tell, created exclusively as a one shot for the network by Hanna Barbera and Mars Candy and directed by Savage Steve Holland. Now, remembering this particular movie was a bit of struggle for years. I had seen it on it's airing in 1991 and quickly loved it but for some reason, when I'd try to bring it up in discussions with fellow Halloween geeks (pre-Youtube of course) my description would always lead to a response of "nah, don't remember it" or "Oh, you mean the Mars candy commercials". Which, the commercials aren't too far off and I'll touch on those in a second but it's not exactly what I'd remember. Since the special aired once or twice and not to much fanfare, the name of the special always escaped me. Until one day I saw a discussion on Tumblr where someone described the special in great detail. So, at last I had someone else who knew about it. I emailed the person who posted about it and sure enough, they lead me to the YouTube video. After about 20 years of going insane, trying to prove to people that I wasn't making this up and it wasn't the Mars commercials, I finally found it. Closure had finally come and now every year, I add it to my Halloween viewing playlist!



 So let's discuss the story. A fun little special about 4 adorable aliens who visit Earth on Halloween night from another planet to find candy. Apparently on their planet, candy is known as "Coobi" and is one of the most rare and precious resources. Thanks to two local children, Michael and Jeanie, the aliens mission goes into high gear and candy is sought out. But that's where the fun ends for our heroes. However, it begins lot of wacky hi-jinks as Rhea Pearlman plays Mrs Gizbourne, an evil, almost witch like character(minus the powers) who is obsessed with finding the secret to eternal youth running multiple experiments and draining the nearby lake, Crystal Lake. And who is her bodyguard/driver, Hans in the special? Oh, none other than Richard "Bull" Moll, who looks like he was having a lot of fun in the role. He's definitely a highlight of the special.


 
Hmm...Crystal Lake...why does that sound familiar...?

So as they drain the lake, it's also revealed the lake is also the power source of the local candy factory which could lead to a factory meltdown. Now of course, that means no Halloween for anybody. But how are those adorable aliens gonna be able to find candy if the factory is kaput? If I were the aliens, who are a lot more trusting that you'd expect aliens to be especially after that V nonsense, I'd fly to like England or Scotland or something. Just seems like America was a bad spot to fly to at this point.

After Mrs Gizbourne kidnaps the children and one of the goofier looking aliens. Apparently they needed to find a bug big enough to survive a meltdown but Hans mistaken the alien for said bug. Thankfully, the evil villains diabolical plans are foiled by the kids father and in return, the candy in the factory is restored and taken by these aliens. But as a token of their appreciation, these lovable aliens give the kids a special skipping stone that will grant them one wish. Let's think. It's the early 90s. What could these kids possibly ask for?

 A robot made out of a tv and a VHS?




Roller blades?



Lifetime supply of Pizzarias?


 No, but that would've been my choice.



The kids could make any goofy and selfish choice, but instead they just make the right decision and make the lake fill back up and restoring the candy factory back to it's fully functioning state.



Which, in theory is pretty cool, but if the whole town depends on a candy factory, wouldn't that encourage obesity and gluttony? I don't know. I feel like that town would just turn against the all powerful candy factory and destroy it and build a Whole Foods over it some day. Eww.





Sadly, Last Halloween aired only about 2 or 3 times afterward. It never received a vhs or dvd release and doesn't seem to be a high priority on the "must make a bluray" list.



Photos credit: CollectingCandy.com


So that's all the fun the TV special had to offer us but don't think for a second the fun truly ends there! No way dudes! It's the early 90s, we had to squeeze every bit of juice out of this. There's a little bit of ET regret on the part of Mars and I wonder if by 1991, they still hadn't gotten over it. Be that as it may, Jason of CollectingCandy did a little digging and found out that these lovable scamps were indeed meant to be the flag bearers for the company during the season. Introduced in commercials a year before in the previously mentioned "Mission To Mars" campaign, which was an almost prequel to the TV special. Mars kept these guys around for a few years and would get some fun mileage out of them, but sadly they've got forgotten except those who still love and cherish this special. I'm sure it's a bit of a stretch, but every Halloween I always hope for Mars to bring them back. They just look so cool! MARS ARE YOU READING? PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!


Thanks so much to my buddies Sammy Hain, DinosaurDracula.com and Jason of CollectingCandy for their assistance of this article! Truth is I have been wanting to cover this for quite sometime and I'm glad I got it out! Thanks to everyone who assisted! :)


-Chad