Friday, September 14, 2012

Starting the Halloween Countdown early

As you can see at the top of the sidebar when you visit the blog, I'm participating in the annual Countdown to Halloween again this year. It officially kicks off on October 1 and I've got what I hope will be a fun feature planned for it, but... I'm antsy to start celebrating now.

One of the things I do every year around this time is marathon my way through a series of horror movies. This year, I'm working my way through the super-cheap 50 Horror Classics DVD set that I picked up several years ago, but have never watched front-to-back. As you can see from the cover above, there's a wide range in quality from the masterpiece Nosferatu all the way down to The Killer Shrews. I figured it would be fun to talk briefly about each film as I see it, so starting tomorrow, that's what I'll be doing. In order to finish on Halloween, I'll have to hit a couple of movies the first two days, but starting Monday we'll do a film a day until October 31.

Also starting tomorrow, I've got a fun, comics-related feature planned that will help us count down, but I'll let it introduce itself. Then on October 1, I'll start what I had planned for the Official Countdown to Halloween. It's similar to what I did last year.

That makes three spooky features to help get us excited for the big day. I'll also try to keep up with Song of the Week and Everyone Hates Cephalopods, but other than that, Halloween's taking over the blog for the next month-and-a-half. Hope you're ready!


Wings1295 said...

Sir, I am more than ready! But I do need to get MY Halloween-Counting-Down-Butt in gear for my own site! LOL

Michael May said...

You got lots of time. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

Wow. Where has this boxed set been all my life? I have a number of these movies that I've obtained individually for cheap. Having them all in one place would be like the clouds parting and heaven opening up. Good Deal!

I need to get started on my own halloween movie watching. Got to get the inspiration blood pumping to crack out some spooky artwork in time! Thanks for the reminder.

Michael May said...

Even if you can't find this specific set, I see collections like this all the time at Half-Price Books. Or just search Amazon. All the movies are public domain, so anyone can release a collection and that's why they're so inexpensive.

Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

Oh yeaj, I found it on Amazon easily enough. I just wish I'd found it say five years ago, before I started seriously collecting older movies. It really is an impressive list of classics.

I was surprised that "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" wasn't in this set, but I see that it is in the 100 Pack as is "Manos: The Hands of Fate"!

Michael May said...

I'm still looking for a DVD print of Caligari as good as my VHS copy.


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