I was 8 years old and spent a lot of time in front of my mom and dad's old black and white tv they had in there room. Most of the time it was watching reruns of The Brady Bunch and Different Strokes. But during Christmas break of 1978, the black and white glow was full of police who have begun one of the grisliest excavations in the history of American crime. Probably the scariest clown to affect my life would be John Wayne Gacy.
For weeks to come, Chicago and the nation watched in horror as the crawl space under the home of 36-year-old John Wayne Gacy, a one-time children's clown, was revealed to be a makeshift tomb. The bodies of 29 young men were eventually recovered from his Norwood Park neighborhood home. Four others were found in Illinois rivers.
The first victim died in 1972, the last in 1978, only 10 days before Gacy's arrest. DesPlaines is only an hour and a half away from me so as a child I was frighted. I think this is when the world changed. We could no longe…
Although Nina Simone's hit "I Put a Spell on You" real purpose of the song was to inspire black women to define beauty and identity for themselves without the influence of societal impositions during the civil rights movement. The song's power filled with sadness has become a Halloween staple many years later.
As with most great songs, many have covered this classic but none have captured the deep sadness as the original. Probably the most famous cover would be Screamin Jay Hawkins from 1956.
You will never have a problem finding a 70's version of mostly covers from the 50's so here is CCR's version.
And probably the sexiest version by Robyn Adele ft Darcy Wright and Sarah Krauss
With all those covers and much more out there nothing is better than the sultry voice of Nina. Her version will always on my Halloween playlist.
1972 | Color | 25 Min | Family | G | Rankin Bass
Arthur Rankin Jr.
William J. Keenan (adaptation)
A leprechaun, who had changed himself into a pumpkin seed to hibernate for the winter, comes to life as Mr. Jack O' Lantern, who then uses his pumpkin shell to help scare away Zelda the Witch and Archibald the Warlock.
So after putting up some Halloween decorations the other day we thought why not watch one of the many DVD specials we have. I settled on one I picked up a few years ago and never watched called Mad Mad Mad Monsters. But first being the goof that I am I checked the special features because that is what you do right? Lo and behold it was one simple short called Jack O'Lantern. *Gasp* I never heard of this one let's check it out!
Immediately you could tell we were in for a treat as (for me anyway not my 9-year-old) the familiar artwork of Rankin Bass popped onto the scre…
The Great Halloween Puppy Adventure
2012 | color | 1 Hr 20 Min | Family | G | Rapid Heart Pictures
David DeCoteau (as Mary Crawford)
Writer: Andrew Helm
Light-hearted family adventure. Linda (Kristine DeBell) and her boyfriend Ted (Eric Roberts), along with Linda's son Adam (Evan Crooks) and girlfriend Molly (Stephanie Shemanski), are looking forward to their Halloween break. But events soon take an odd twist when Ted finds himself inhabiting the body of a loveable bulldog after Molly experiments with a spell found in an old dusty book.
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What the heck did I just watch? I feel dirty for some reason after watching this train wreck. Was this really for kids, because the sexual tension between the charters was a little hard to handle. How was this a Halloween movie?
So today the weather is cold and dark the perfect time for a Halloween film with the kids. We loved S…