Saturday, October 30, 2021

I Believe It's Magic

Got a quick start this morning with breakfast and The Three Stooges. They did several horror-themed shorts over the years, but I went with "Spooks!" from 1953. One of two 3D shorts they did has them as detectives in search of young woman who was kidnapped by a mad scientist. He wants to switch her brain with that of his gorilla. The Stooges dress as pie sellers and go after her, only for the scientist and his henchman to toss a variety of weapons at them in order to scare they off.

Called Uber just as the short ended. The guy picked me up within 8 minutes. No messing around this time. He got me right to work down the Black Horse Pike.

My long cashiering shift was...almost exactly the same as yesterday with better weather. It did get cloudy and a bit windy later, but it never rained. In fact, it was a bit warm. Otherwise, we were once again off and on busy with people buying goodies for trick or treat, Halloween parties, and election night dinners. I shelved candy between customers. My relief was a smart teen girl who was right on time. Got an Uber driver in less than three minutes; was home in five. 

Went straight into writing when I got home. Not being able to reach Brett's head at the moment, Queen Betty turns her wrath on the Red King instead and orders his head chopped off. He calmly tells her that she's the one who'll be sent into exile...because he's taking over the kingdom...

Jodie called while I was online and told me I could do the laundry at her side while she wasn't there. I didn't have the heart to tell her I already did it last night. I desperately needed clean work clothes this morning. 

Broke for dinner at 6:30. Had leftovers while watching Halloween Hall of Fame. Mom recorded this vintage Disney special off what's now Fox 29 in 1988, and I've watched it in some form or another almost every year since. Johnathan Winters is a security guard at the Disney Studios who discovers a jack-o-lantern in a crystal ball (also Winters) while goofing off with props. Seems Jack's in hiding because he doesn't think the holiday is scary anymore. Winters directs him to parts of "Pluto's Judgement Day," "Trick or Treat," and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad to prove otherwise. 

Made gingersnaps while watching Disney's Halloween Treat. This special from the early 80's ran on The Disney Channel for years; Mom taped it a few days after Hall of Fame. "Trick or Treat" and "Pluto's Judgement Day" are joined by "Lonesome Ghosts," "The Old Mill," "Donald and the Gorilla," the Wizard's Duel sequence from The Sword and the Stone with Madam Mim, and a segment from the Disneyland anthology series on the cat's contribution to history. There's also a segment from a later Disney anthology show featuring Hans Conried as the Magic Mirror introducing clips featuring various villains from animated films, including the one he voiced, Captain Hook from Peter Pan

Finished the night online after a shower with Monster Mash. No, not the one I watched the other night. I go further into the very different animated retelling of the famous horror novelty rock song from 2000 at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

The website for the cable channel Freeform currently has Ghostbusters (and Ghostbusters II) for free with ads. Paranormal professors Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Egon Spangler (Harold Ramis), and Ray Stanz (Dan Ackroyd) are fired by Columbia for their shoddy work habits, so they go into business for themselves as professional ghost catchers. Their first client is classical musician Dana Barrett (Sigorney Weaver) who claims she saw a monster in her ice box. Womanizing Peter is interested in her case and her in general and looks further into it. Meanwhile, business has gone from nothing to booming, so much that they have to hire another member, Winston Zeddmore (Ernie Hudson) to help handle it all. 

The head of the EPA Walter Peck (William Atherton) isn't pleased with the mess they leave and shut them down. This overloads the containment system and spews ghosts all over New York, just as Dana and her neighbor Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) are possessed by the spirts of an evil demon who lives in their apartment building. Now the Ghostbusters have to catch this nasty Sumerian god and the giant marshmallow man stomping around New York, or they're going to face time behind bars...or worse, an afterlife covered in charred whipped corn syrup.

The second movie isn't that bad and I still think the all-female remake got a bad rap, but the original remains the one to see, with its hilarious script and still-amazing special effects. 

If you enjoyed Ghostbusters, here's even more vintage Halloween programming to enjoy before and after trick or treating!

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