This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: August 15 – 21st

~YOUR MUSICAL INTERLUDE~

The Voyager Interstellar Record – The Sounds of Earth

Access the record’s complete playlist here.

(Thank you to my son for finding it and bringing it to my attention.)

This week, I’m most excited about:

stranger-things

~THE MOVIES~

NEW NETFLIX & REDBOX:

Stranger Things (2016) Netflix Original Series 

Not yet Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
Based on what I’ve seen in your Facebook feeds, most of you have already discovered this little gem. I still need to watch the last episode or two, but I love it, of course. It’s especially charming for those of us who grew up (as nerds) in the late 70s / early 80s. I’ve received several messages from junior high school friends asking if it looked familiar. (The actual time setting, btw, is 1983.) So far I think the appeal is mostly in the nostalgia, because the story is a little on the thin side for me. Still, well worth a watch.

After her young son inexplicably vanishes, Joyce joins an intensive but fruitless search for him. As the mystery deepens, Joyce begins to suspect that supernatural forces may be involved in the boy’s disappearance. Winona Rider.
Description from Netflix.

The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) British Documentary 

Not Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
Not On IMDb.
I’ve added this to my queue, but it’s clear from the reviews that it doesn’t really have anything to do with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Working on a tip, police start to unravel the case of a British former mental patient who hoarded guns and have links to a famous Texas crime.
Description from Netflix.
(No video.)

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Sleepy Hollow (1999) R 

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
This is an old favorite that is included in my Halloween Movies list … which is a like a movie-a-week film festival of 13 Halloween-themed movies to be watched as we journey toward the big day. (We are only 11 weeks out from Halloween, as of today, btw, so if you want to get going on that, now’s the time.)

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.
Description from IMDb.

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Slow TV

Not Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
Not On IMDb.
I am surprised to see that “Slow TV” has come to Netflix this month. This is a strange and wonderful concept brought to us by the Norwegians. The shows (when they are at their best) are minute-by-minute, real-time recordings of a time-consuming, “normal” event or activity.

Most folks think it’s boring once you get past the novelty, but I think there’s something deeply soothing about it.  

If you want to see what you think of it, I’m going to recommend that you start with Train Ride: Bergen to Oslo, just as I did when I discovered the concept a year or so ago. (The entire recording is SEVEN hours long.) It’s utterly hypnotic. One of my favorite features of this particular piece is the tunnels … the longest of which is 13 km (8 miles) long. The recording goes almost entirely pitch black after entering a tunnel, while the sound of the train continues. Other topics include: firewood, knitting, salmon fishing, a canal trip, and additional train trips. Just enter Slow TV into the search at Netflix to see the whole selection.

Best played when you plan to read, write, knit, etc.  Be aware that the sample “clip” I’m providing below is an hour and eighteen minutes long 😀

The television program Bergensbanen minute by minute – train journey across Southern Norway was … the 7-hour train journey from Bergen to Oslo along the Bergen Line. The event was planned as part of the 100 year anniversary for the existence of the Bergen Line. Four cameras were used to produce the documentary, showing both exterior and interior views, along with interviews with both crew, train conductors, historians/past workers and passengers. (I’ve yet to see one of these interviews while watching, but I assume they are in there somewhere.) The train went through 182 tunnels. The show was first broadcast on November 27, 2009, while the recording had been done earlier during summer.

The program was followed by an average of 176,000 viewers, and 1,246,000 Norwegian viewers (20% of the population) were watching the event at least once during its screening time. The event received attention in both Norwegian and foreign media, and has in relation to the Slow TV event Hurtigruta minutt for minutt, received both renewed attention and appreciation, mainly among its Norwegian followers.
Description from Wikipedia.

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Black Widow (1987) R 

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
1987. When watching the trailer for this, I was shocked at how incredibly dated it looks and sounds. If you’re into Stranger Things on Netflix right now, this might be fun too … it’s just a bite later, but very evocative of the 80s, if from a more adult angle. Film Noir-ish.

An inquiring federal investigator becomes intrigued — then fixated — when she uncovers and unusual pattern of deaths by seemingly natural causes. Debra Winger, Teresa Russell.
Description from Netflix.

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NOW PLAYING IN THEATERS:

Nothing exciting in the theaters right now, I’m afraid.

~ON TV~

All quiet on the TV front too.

 

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‘Sorry to be so short and sketchy folks. I may have missed some good stuff, but I’m eager to move on to other things now.  My Ogre took last week off, during a lull between projects, so I’m just getting back into the swing of things today. I’ve been writing a fair bit of fiction around the edges of his vacation, and I’m excited to be able to throttle up this week. I hope to be back with some additional blogs later this week too, but we’ll have to see how deep the story takes me into fictionland.

Remember, only 11 weeks until Halloween!

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Find links to all featured Macabre & Mysterious Media here.

The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Have not yet experienced. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Have experienced. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Have experienced. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Have experienced. Recommended. A good movie that lives up to its reputation.

This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: June 27 – July 3

~YOUR MUSICAL INTERLUDE~

A conversation with composer and musician Rob Kapilow,
about the magic of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

As July begins, there isn’t much in the way of newly released ghost- or monster-based media around, but I’ve found a selection of sci-fi and fantasy films that should keep us entertained. (Plus my usual one complete outlier, in the form of The Great British Baking Show, which comes back to PBS on July 1st.) The July 2016 Netflix new releases list has a few fresh-from-the-theater titles, but mostly it looks like they went into the vault to pull out and dust off some old stuff. So many classics are being made available, in fact, I had to add a special section to M&M Media this week, to list old favorites returning to streaming. (They aren’t macabre or mysterious, but when it’s this hot outside, we need lots of viewing options as we seek cool, dim places.)

This week I’m most excited about:

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~THE MOVIES~

NEW NETFLIX & REDBOX:

Dreamcatcher (2003) R 

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix July 1st.
Not Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
I’ve read the Stephen King novel, of course, but I’ve not yet seen the movie. I’m wondering how the filmmakers will deal with the … indelicate nature of the symptoms caused by the parasite. I find the story itself and the relationships within it to be compelling, but Constant Writer’s descriptions of the intestinal distress experienced by the protagonists was just too visceral for me. In this case, for that reason, the film might be better than the book for me. All that aside, I do love watching a deep-winter movie in the heat of high summer. (And vice versa.) Stars Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee. 

Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they’re vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.
-from IMDb.

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The Lovely Bones (2009) PG13

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix July 1st.
Not Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
Here again, I’ve read the book, but haven’t seen the movie. With this one, I suspect the film will be less enjoyable than the novel. It’s tough for a movie to capture the magical realism of a written story without going over the line. The shots of Susie’s “own perfect world” in the trailer below feel forced to me. I should confess, too, that I’m one of the few people who didn’t go gaga over the novel. Reading it was a pleasure, thanks to its elegant prose and rich characterizations, but I found the ending unsatisfying … which is my usual response to literary fiction. 

Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.
-IMDb.

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Pandemic (2016) NR?

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix July 1st.
Not Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
I’m looking forward to firing this one up. I love a good post-apoc and this one seems to be a crowd-pleaser (85% audience score at Rotten Tomatoes.)

Pandemic is set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its only hope is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren (Rachel Nichols) is a doctor, who, after the fall of New York, comes to Los Angeles to lead a team to hunt for and rescue uninfected survivors.
-from IMDb.

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Terminus (2015) R 

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix July 1st.
Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
An Australian indie film that many critics are praising as sophisticated and low key sci-fi. Hmm.

Following a near-fatal accident, David Chamberlain makes an unprecedented discovery that will not only determine the fate of his family, but of mankind.
-from IMDb.

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) PG13

Not yet Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
The way they use the song I Think We’re Alone Now in this trailer is brilliant. It hits the perfect creepy/unsettling chord for me. Some reading around the net tells me this movie is a favorite with both fans and critics, with the critics loving it a little more than the fans. That puts it square in my “I’m probably going to love this” sights. I think I’ll go ahead and rent it this week, rather than waiting for it to hit Netflix.

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.
-from IMDb.

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Catwoman (2004) PG13 

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix July 1st.
Not Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
This movie is legendary in some circles for being so very, very non-canon. And, at the 25th annual Razzie Awards, it won for Worst Actress, Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Director. Is this so bad it’s good? Should I add it to my queue?

A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.
-from IMdb.

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Batman: The Movie (1966) NR

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix July 1st.
Not Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
Luckily for Batman fans, Netflix is also going to stream this gem.

The Dynamic Duo faces four super-villains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.
-from IMDb.

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Phenomenon (1986) PG

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix July 1st.
Not Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
I honestly can’t remember if I saw this. If I did, it didn’t leave much of an impression. As I read reviews though, I ran across the phrase “Capra-esque”, which intrigues me. John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forrest Whitaker, Robert Duvall. Should I give it a go?

An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.
-from IMDb.

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 ~Titles in the following section are linked directly to Netflix for your queue management needs.~

OLD FAVORITES RETURNING TO NETFLIX STREAMING JULY 1ST:

* Lethal Weapon1 (1987), 2 (1989), 3 (1992), & 4 (1998)  *
* Beverly Hills Cop 1 (1984) & 2 (1987) *
* Back to the Future ~ 1 (1985)2 (1989),  & 3 (1990) *
* Big Trouble in Little China (1986) *
* The Sting (1973) *

HEADS-UP ON MOVIES LEAVING NETFLIX IN JULY:

* 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) ~ leaving July 1st *
* A Clockwork Orange (1971) ~ leaving July 1st *
* Medium, seasons 1 -7 ~ leaving July 1st *
* all the Star Trek movies ~ leaving July 1st *
* Serenity (2005) ~ leaving July 16th ~ Tell me it ain’t so! *

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NOW PLAYING IN THEATERS:

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) PG13

In general release as of June 24th.
On IMDb here.
Oh, dear. The reviews coming in aren’t good, which is sad, because I loved Independence Day (1996). (You can get that one from Netflix DVD.) The only good thing I’m hearing is that the special effects are amazing … and plentiful. I’ll be waiting for this one to come to me on Netflix.

Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?
-from IMDb.

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The Legend of Tarzan (2016) PG13

In general release July 1st.
On IMDb here.
Now this looks like fun. It even has Christoph Waltz as the bad guy. The trailer is so chock full of pretty and awe-inspiring visuals that I know I want to see it on the big screen while I can. (I have a thing for big gorgeous apes … speaking of which, my husband wants to see it too.) This, I believe, is certain to earn our movie money this week. 

Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.
-from IMDb.

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~ON TV~

The Great British Baking Show | PBS | Fridays | 9/8c | Season 3 starts July 1st

I’m slightly less excited about this than I normally would be, because I accidentally found a spoiler last year, and I know which contestant wins. (Such are the perils of watching British shows on PBS, a year after they air in the UK.) Though I’m still annoyed about that, I’ll probably forget all about it once the season gets underway for me. After all, this is less about who wins and more about the baking itself — which is a soul-soothing experience for an American TV watcher like me. (There’s just something so wonderful about watching a reality show that doesn’t emphasize or fabricate drama between the competitors.)  

Follow the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.’s best. Each week, the bakers tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds. Mary Berry, a leading cookbook writer, and Paul Hollywood, a top artisan baker, serve as judges. Together with hosts and comic foils Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, Berry and Hollywood search for the country’s best amateur baker by testing the competitors’ skills on cakes, breads, pastries and desserts, crowning a winner after 10 weeks of competition.
-from the PBS homepage.

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Overall, I think we’re in pretty good shape for the upcoming long holiday weekend. 

What are you doing to celebrate? What will you be watching?

Because the Ogre has been working long hours and some weekends lately, he’ll be taking some extra time off this week. That should give us enough time to build some bookshelves, make beef jerky with our daughter, hang out at the pool, and watch a hell of a lot of movies. (We still need to go see The Conjuring 2 even!) 

PS: I suppose I should’ve mentioned that The Purge: Election Year (2016) is also coming out (on July 1st) but, blech. 

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Find links to all featured Macabre & Mysterious Media here.

The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Have not yet experienced. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Have experienced. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Have experienced. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Have experienced. Recommended. A good movie that lives up to its reputation.

This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: June 13 – 19, 2016

~YOUR MUSICAL SPOKEN WORD INTERLUDE~

Christopher Walken reads The Raven

The first M&M Media of each month is always more extensive than those that follow, but the following paltry offering is ridiculous. I promise, I’ve checked all my sources; this week is just a dud for new macabre and mysterious entertainment. Remember to check last week’s edition if you missed it, because all the media I featured there is still available.

How bad is it that the most exciting thing about this list, for me, is my own nostalgia for an imported melodrama I watched for a while 30+ years ago?

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~THE MOVIES~

NEW ON NETFLIX & IN REDBOX:

Orange is the New Black, season 4 

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix – seasons 1-3 already available, season 4 arrives June 17th, 2016.
Not Available from Redbox.
Not a movie. Not paranormal in any way, but a guilty pleasure, nonetheless. I drifted away from watching this show after the second season, for no particular reason. It’s ideal for a marathon though, so there may be a stretch of too-hot-to-think days ahead that will allow me to catch up with the women.
On IMDb here.

That reminds me: Does anyone besides me remember the show Prisoner: Cell Block H? (Fun article at that link, from Den of Geek.) I got totally sucked in as a very young teenager, when I could watch it in syndication in the afternoons. Netflix has a DVD collection on offer, but by all accounts it’s terrible. (Incomplete, out of order, etc.) All 692 episodes, however, are apparently available on You Tube. Just sayin’.

NOT-NEW, BUT GOOD, ON NETFLIX:

Dream House (2011) PG13

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
I had completely forgotten about seeing this until I ran across it today while desperately searching Netflix. This movie belongs on two of my existing best-13 lists, and on one I’m still compiling. There’s some controversy around this film, including the idea that the trailer below gives away too much. (Skip it if you want to go in completely cold.) I don’t mind. I think the story is compelling and the atmosphere is delightfully mysterious. Excellent acting by Daniel Craig. Visually striking, lovely to look at. If you haven’t seen it, you should.
On IMDb here.

Angel Heart (1987) R 

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
Ah, I found a gem. I’ve seen this movie, but I’ll be honest and admit that it was so long ago that all I can remember is thinking it was amazing. It’s now in my to-watch queue. I’ll reserve my final color coded judgement until the re-watch, but it’s either going to be green or orange (I’m pretty sure it’s REALLY intense, possibly too intense for some.We’ll see what my older, kinder, wiser self thinks of it.)
On IMDb here. (linked)

~ON TV~

Mother May I Sleep with Danger? | Lifetime| June 18th| 8/7c 

I’m too old for this, right? I mean, the original was a 90s phenomena, and I’m more of an 80s chick. That’s gotta mean at least part of the cool factor here is lost on me. (But the way, I checked; the ’96 version is NOT available on Netflix.) I’ll have to go in clueless. Still, I love James Franco, so I’ll give it a shot.

From the homepage:
“In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the cult classic, “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?,” Lifetime and Sony Pictures Television team up with James Franco to remake the classic TV movie … The retelling stars Franco and reunites Tori Spelling and Ivan Sergei from the original film …With a story by Franco, this updated classic features a vampire love story that brings a whole new meaning to “sleeping with danger.””

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Find links to all featured Macabre & Mysterious Media here.

The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Have not yet experienced. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Have experienced. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Have experienced. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Have experienced. Recommended. A good movie that lives up to its reputation.

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This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: Oct 26-Nov 1

~YOUR MUSICAL INTERLUDE~

Danse Macabre


recommended by Joanna Wagner at Danse Noir

This week, I’m most excited about:

HALLOWEEN ITSELF!

For this installment of M&M Media, I looked for stuff that seems particularly appropriate to this very special week. At Netflix, I’m concentrating on the best scary films that are currently available on streaming.  Many of them are classics, others are more recent entries into the macabre & mysterious genre. (Click on the linked title to add the film to your Netflix streaming queue or to watch straight from your desktop.) When it comes to television, I’m highlighting nostalgic programming. See the TV listing info provided and set your DVR appropriately.

Speaking of retro, check out THREE fabulous Halloween safety videos, over at Patrick Keller’s Big Seance blog.

~THE MOVIES~

BEST OF NETFLIX FOR HALLOWEEN 2015:

classics:

Note: there’s a big difference between the R rating of today (which usually indicates a lot of blood and gore) and the R rating of classic horror (which usually indicates adult themes.) There’s something telling about that, isn’t there?

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) R

On IMDb here.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) NR

On IMDb here.

The Omen (1976) R

On IMDb here.

The Fly (1958) NR

On IMDb here.

Metropolis (1927) NR

OLD school sci fi.
On IMDb here.

Children of the Corn (1984) R

Perfect if you’ve got a trip to a corn maze planned for later in the week 🙂
On IMDb here.

Laura (1944) NR

Not remotely horror, rather noir suspense / mystery. If you haven’t seen it, and it you want something involving but not scary, per se, give Laura a go.
On IMDb here.

Barbarella (1968)

This is one I have not actually seen. After watching the trailer, I’m not really inclined to change that. All I can say is WOW. Interestingly, Netflix says it’s R, while IMDb days it’s PG.
On IMDb here.

ghost stories & hauntings

The Others (2001) PG-13

A pretty gentle ghost story, nice if you don’t want much blood or gore.
On IMDb here.

The Awakening (2011) R

Ditto.
On IMDb here.

Dream House (2011) PG-13

I’m sharing a short clip here, because the actual trailer really spoils the movie. This movie is somewhere between horror and drama. I loved it, but it is sad.
On IMDb here.

The Sixth Sense (1999) PG-13

Pretty sure everyone has already seen this on, but sometimes it’s fun to let a  classic play while one’s attention is on other things, like carving pumpkins, or putting final touches on costumes or decorations.
On IMDb here.

Housebound (2014)  NR

I’ve raved about this movie before. If you haven’t seen it yet, it really is great fun (and well written) and quite spooky to boot. (A bit of gore but that’s not the point.) It’s more understated than the the trailer suggests.
On IMDb here.

The Pact (2012) R

A great haunted house story with a female lead character who isn’t an idiot.
On IMDb here.

Others

Let the Right One In (2008) R – Original Swedish Version

Yes, it’s subtitled. I think this is superior to the American remake, in part because the kids seem more like kids, which is creepier.
On IMDb here.

Byzantium (2012) R

Not the easiest  or most straightforward film, but lovely in its own way. This is a real drama wrapped in a real vampire story. It’s a bit annoying in some parts, but overall, I think it’s worth the time it takes to watch it.
On IMDb here.

The Corpse Bride (2005) PG

Tim Burton doing his thing. 
On IMDb here.

V/H/S (2012) R

An anthology style film with a lot of fans. Some segments are better than others. Note that R rating. It’s earned.
On IMDb here.

Silence of the Lambs (1991) R

Another that you’ve probably seen, and perfect for background ambiance. 
On IMDb here.

We Are What We Are (2013) R

A darkly beautiful, slow burner. Yes, it is about what you think it is, so no surprise there, but the performances and the atmosphere are memorable.
On IMDb here.

The Addams Family (1991) PG-13

My favorite love story ever.
On IMDb here.

Nightbreed (1990) R

This is fantasy, not horror. Very Clive Barker. Very 1990.
On IMDb here.

Stonehearst Asylum (2014) PG-13

A fairly faithful retelling of the Poe tale, The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether (You can read the short story at this link.) Lovely to look at. Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine. This is a great movie for anyone who doesn’t want grue & violence but does want something macabre & mysterious. Again, I’m sharing a clip rather than the trailer which gives away the plot. (What’s up with that anyway?)
On IMDb here.

The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) R

I’ve recommended this before. A brave, absolutely stunning performance here by Jill Larson, who plays the title character. The first 2/3 of the movie is the best … really, really creepy.
On IMDb here.

Twixt (2011) R

A surreal, beautiful film. A bit of a challenge, and (as is so often the case) it devolves toward the end. There’s some sharp, witty moments in the writing … especially about writing. Quirky. I love it for the look and feel more than the story.
On IMDb here.

~ON TV~

MeTV HALLOWEEN EPISODES

(Check you cable/satellite provider directory,  or go here to search for it. You probably have this channel which features retro TV shows. I’ve shared the original air date, but most of us saw these in syndication.)

Svengoolie presents “Frankenstein”

James Whale’s 1931 horror masterpiece for Universal Pictures returns in a gorgeous new print. See Boris Karloff’s monster in crisp detail. What better flick to put on for Halloween night?

See it on MeTV on October 31 at 10PM | 9C

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THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW “THE HAUNTED HOUSE”

Original air date: October 7, 1963

 Beware that old Rimshaw house! Opie and his pal hit a ball into the decrepit manor. They hear eerie noises inside. Andy sends Barney and Gomer to investigate, and those two get spooked as well. We won’t give away the ending, but anyone who’s watched Scooby Doo can surmise it’s not supernatural.
 
See it on MeTV on October 30 at 9PM | 8C.

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THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES “TRICK OR TREAT”

Original air date: October 31, 1963

 This early episode, the sixth overall, has a premise that seems unlikely to modern ears: The Clampetts have never heard of Halloween. The new Beverly Hills residents make the rounds to meet neighbors and are delighted to earn candy along the way.
See it on MeTV on October 30 at 8AM | 9C.

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CHIPS “TRICK OR TRICK”

Original air date: October 21, 1978

 Thirteen black cats jump from a van in front of Ponch, kicking off an array of lighthearted Halloween capers. The saddlebags are filled with candy and costumed kids — sporting some great boxed Ben Cooper costumes of the era — are about. It all makes for one of the most enjoyable CHiPs outings.
See it on MeTV on October 30 at 6PM | 5C.

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HAPPY DAYS “HAUNTED”

Original air date: October 29, 1974

 The gang sports some great costumes here. Richie wears a classic skeleton suit, like the punks in The Karate Kid. Ralph is Alfred Hitchcock. Potsie is a superhero. Fonzie is, well, the Fonz with a mask. At one point, Joanie tells Richie that it looks as if, “Bela Lugosi sucked all the blood out of you!” Learn how Fonzie bobs for apples.
See it on MeTV on October 30 at 9PM | 8C.

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LAVERNE & SHIRLEY “HAUNTED HOUSE”

Original air date: March 22, 1977
Laverne and Shirley and Lenny and Squiggy head to a supposedly haunted Ramsdale Manor for a couch. Shirley warns, “Beware the legend of the Ramsdale Hairy Thing!”
See it on MeTV on October 30 at 9:30PM | 8:30C

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M*A*S*H “TRICK OR TREATMENT”

Original air date: November 1, 1982

Just as Cheers was starting, George Wendt appeared as a guest on this late M*A*S*H— as a Private with a pool ball stuck in his mouth. Again, there are some fantastic costumes here, perfect for a deep reference for your next Halloween party. Hawkeye is Superman, BJ is a clown, Hot Lips is a geisha, and Potter is a cowboy. A psychologist would have a field day with those decisions.

 See it on MeTV on October 30 at 7:30PM | 6:30 C

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PERRY MASON “THE CASE OF THE DODGING DOMINO”

Original air date: November 1, 1962
The wonderful Ellen Burstyn is in the horror hall of fame for her role in The Exorcist, a genuinely disturbing film. A young Burstyn plays a part in this Halloween mystery, too. Saying any more might give away whodunnit!

See it on MeTV on October 28 at 9AM | 8C.

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MY THREE SONS “MONSTERS AND JUNK LIKE THAT”

In  “Monsters and Junk Like That,” father Steve is stuck wearing a costume of a Tin Man.

See it on October 30 at 6AM | 5C.

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Elsewhere on the airwaves:

On History

The Real Story of Halloween 

 “A look at how our modern-day Halloween traditions have ancient roots.”

See it on Oct. 27 at 4PM | 3C OR Oct. 31 at 6PM | 5C

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On PBS

American Experience: “War of the Worlds”

“Recalling the 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” by Orson Welles and his “Mercury Theater on the Air” crew, which occurred on Mischief Night. Some listeners believed the program’s account of a Martian invasion to be true and panicked due to the format, which featured “reporters” breaking into “regular programming” with realistic accounts of an in-progress attack. Included: remarks from film historian Peter Bogdanovich; and Welles’ daughter, Chris Welles Feder.”

See it on Oct. 27 at 8PM | 7C

Secrets of the Dead: “Vampire Legend” 

This episode follows a group of scientists as they uncover ‘deviant’ burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves. Predating Eastern European legend, these discoveries force a reexamination of modern vampire lore. The show features an interview with a modern-day vampire slayer, who, for the first time publicly, gives his account of the vampire-slaying ritual.”

See it on Oct. 27 at 9PM | 8C

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On ABC

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

“An hour-long special that includes the original Peanuts classic and the bonus cartoon “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown.”

See it on Oct. 29 at 8PM | 7C

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On FXX (Look up your channel here.)

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror

“All 25  episodes air in consecutive order.”

Oct. 31 from 12PM-12:30AM (Central time:11AM-11:30PM)

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DON’T FORGET THESE SERIES, WHICH START THIS WEEK:

Wicked City | ABC | Tuesdays | 10/9c | Oct 27

Ash vs Evil Dead | STARZ | Saturdays| 9/8c (?) | October 31

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Find links to (nearly) all featured Macabre & Mysterious Media here.

The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Have not yet experienced. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Have experienced. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Have experienced. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Have experienced. Recommended. A good movie that lives up to its reputation.

This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: October 5 – 11, 2015

~YOUR MUSICAL INTERLUDE~

Star by Luluc

–Don’t give up until you hear the cello … that’s when the song takes a turn into a beautifully creepy place.

This week, I’m setting a goal to watch some of the films I was excited about, that are now on streaming:

american-horror-story-hotel

And, of course, this on Wednesday!

~THE MOVIES~

NEW ON NETFLIX & IN REDBOX:

Air (2015) PG-13

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
Norman Reedus. Hmm. I had no idea this was out there.

From IMDb: In the near future, breathable air is nonexistent and two engineers tasked with guarding the last hope for mankind struggle to preserve their own lives while administering to their vital task at hand.
On IMDb here.

The Daughter of Dawn (1920) SILENT

Not Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
A totally not-on-topic outlier, but fascinating. NPR wrote an article about this movie that caught my eye, so I watched the film over the weekend. Here’s the article: Rare Film Is Glimpse Of A Distant America. I’ll let you decide if you want to check it out.
On IMDb here.

Dogs on the Inside (2014)  – DOCUMENTARY

Not Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
Another outlier, but it looks interesting. (I’m a sucker for any story that underlines the symbiotic nature of the relationship between  dogs and humans.) I believe there is a similar relationship between horses and humans, at least to some extent, but for me it will always be about the dogs.

From IMDb: Filmed in a Massachusetts prison, DOGS ON THE INSIDE follows the birth of a relationship between abandoned rescue dogs and prison inmates as they work together toward a second chance at a better life. Giving a voice to a forgotten dog and a forgotten man, the film is a life-affirming testament to the power of second chances.
On IMDb here.

IN THEATERS:

 Wow. Well other than the stuff I’ve already featured, I’m just not seeing anything very exciting in the theaters right now. I did get to see The Martian this weekend, and have updated the original listing with my thoughts.

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~ON TV~

The Widower | PBS| Sundays | 10/9c | THREE-PART SERIES

From the homepage:
The Widower is the 3-part true story of Malcolm Webster — an infamous wife-killer who marries, and then attempts to kill, a succession of woman to mask his debts and cash in on their life insurance policies.”

Sorry I missed giving you the heads-up on this last week, but if you can’t find in replaying on PBS,  or available on demand, you CAN watch part one at PBS.

For the latest on TV premieres, check out the special edition of M&M Media that went up recently:

Fall 2015 television schedule:
TV for lovers of horror, suspense, mystery, paranormal, super-normal, and the like.

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Find links to all featured Macabre & Mysterious Media here.

The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Have not yet experienced. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Have experienced. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Have experienced. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Have experienced. Recommended. A good movie that lives up to its reputation.

This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: September 21 – 27, 2015

~YOUR MUSICAL INTERLUDE~

Johnny Cash – Delia’s Gone

This week, I’m most excited about:

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~THE MOVIES~

NEW ON NETFLIX & IN REDBOX:

Gotham – Season 1 is available now on streaming.
(Season 2 starts tonight, Sep 21)

The Walking Dead – Seasons 1- 5 are available now on Netflix streaming.
(Season 6 starts Oct 11)

(NO LONGER ) IN THEATERS:

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) PG

In general release on Sep 25

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
The first one is available on Netflix DVD
I haven’t seen the first one. Should I?
On IMDb here.

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Before I Wake (2015) PG-13

In general release Sep 25

Can be saved to you Netflix DVD queue for when it IS released.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle this one … one of my kids had night terrors. (I was just a sleepwalker, as far as I know, when I was a kid.)

From IMDb: A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps.
On IMDb here.

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Pay the Ghost (2015) R?

In general release Sep 25

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
Nicholas Cage. AND it’s set, at least in part, on Halloween. I’m in.

From MovieWeb: …Intense and chilling thriller about one man’s desperate search for his missing child. One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Lawford (Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can’t explain. Together with his estranged wife (Sarah Wayne Callies, The Walking Dead), he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son—and, in doing so, he unearths a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past.
On IMDb here.

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Psycho (1960) R

PLAYED NATIONWIDE ON SUNDAY SEPT. 20th & WEDNESDAY SEPT. 23rd, 2016

Learn more and buy your tickets HERE.

We went on Sunday and it was awesome. Not enough audience to make it as good as it could have been, but the film quality was stunning. Seeing it on the big screen makes it easier to notice all the details Hitchcock embedded in the settings, and highlights the exceptional performances by Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. You’ve got one more chance to see for yourself, on Wednesday night.
On IMDb here.

Last week, I shared the actual trailer for the film, from 1960. Here’s a fan-made re-cut, to match more modern trailer conventions, just for fun. (Give the guy a like, this is fine work, though I think he reveals a little too much.)

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~ON TV~

For the latest on TV premieres, check out the special edition of M&M Media that went up on Saturday:

Fall 2015 television schedule:
TV for lovers of horror, suspense, mystery, paranormal, super-normal, and the like.

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Recent Macabre & Mysterious Media links here.

The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Have not yet experienced. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Have experienced. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Have experienced. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Have experienced. Recommended. A good movie that lives up to its reputation.

This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: September 14 – 20, 2015

~YOUR MUSICAL INTERLUDE~

Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou (Cover of Bruce Springsteen’s) Nebraska

OMG! (squeeeee) I’m going to see PSYCHO on the big screen!

Psycho_(1960)

(more information below)

~THE MOVIES~

NEW ON NETFLIX & IN REDBOX:

Sleepy Hollow (1999) 

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix. 
Not Available from Redbox.
Here’s one  that I feature on my 13 Halloween-Themed Movies, freshly returned to streaming.
On IMDb here.

Reservation Road (2014) 

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
Now here’s a cast to catch the eye: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Connelly. I didn’t know this was out there until I just found it in Netflix. It looks like a straight-up drama as opposed to a mystery, so it’s off topic for the blog, but that’s not going to stop me from watching it.
On IMDb here.

Dark Was the Night (2014)

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
No longer Available from Redbox.
From IMDb: “An evil is unleashed in a small town when a logging company sets up shop in the neighboring woods.” Hmm. If I had more time, I’d watch more movies.
On IMDb here.

Tormented (2015?)

Not Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not Available streaming on Netflix.
No longer Available from Redbox.
Well, hell. This is CLEARLY set on Halloween, so I’m probably going to have to watch it for possible inclusion on the 13 Halloween-themed movies list. I hate home invasion movies. I hope there’s a twist in this.
Oh. Dear. Not On IMDb?!? Well that doesn’t bode well. UPDATE: I “missed” it, and no it’s nowhere. Oh well.

~STATUS CHANGES ON PREVIOUSLY FEATURED MOVIES~
(See original listing, with updated info, by clicking movie title.)

IN THEATERS:

Psycho (1960) R

PLAYED NATIONWIDE ON SUNDAY SEPT. 20th & WEDNESDAY SEPT. 23rd, 2015

Learn more and buy your tickets HERE.

My beloved Ogre has already reserved our seats. I can’t wait until Sunday!
On IMDb here.

Cooties (2015) R

Playing how and where? It SAYS the release date is 9/18 … but you can also get it on DVD right now?

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
I love both Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, but this otherwise don’t appeal to me, based on the trailer. (I’m really not a fan of horror comedy.) If you see it let me know how you did so, and if you’d recommend it. Probably I’ll be waiting for it to come to Netflix streaming. 
On IMDb here.

Pawn Sacrifice (2015) PG-13

In general release September 16th.
Not paranormal perhaps, but maybe a little mysterious? Okay. It’s an outlier. Regardless, I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve always had a bit of a fascination for Bobby Fischer.

From MovieWebIn a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world. 

On IMDb here.

The Visit (2015) PG-13

Available on DVD from Netflix.
No longer Available streaming on Netflix.
No longer Available from Redbox.
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan is back, with a story about scary, scary grandparents. I have hopes, but they aren’t high. ‘Trying to hang onto my faith that the guy who who made The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable will return one of these times. UPDATE: Okay. This was pretty good. In fact I loved it until, like most modern horror movies, it took a turn into some … grossness that I didn’t like. I think it’s worth the watch though.
On IMDb here.

~ON TV~

I’ll get back to you on the television front, later this week.

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INDEX TO ALL MACABRE & MYSTERIOUS MEDIA FEATURES HERE

The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Have not yet experienced. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Have experienced. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Have experienced. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Have experienced. Recommended. A good movie that lives up to its reputation.

Last updated 2016.06.03