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AWESOME-tober-fest 2019: Fangoria Mail Order VHS ads

Posted in AWESOME-tober-fest, Blog Series, Fangoria, Halloween, holiday, magazine, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , on October 16, 2019 by Paxton

Awesometoberfest 2019

It doesn’t get much more 80s than mail order horror VHS tapes.  And Fangoria magazine is rife with all kinds of awesome mail order VHS ads. Here are a few.


From Fangoria 21 (1982).  Driller Killer!  Snuff!  I’ve never heard of Snuff.  I’m going to have to look that up.  Look at the prices.  $44.95 for ONE tape (plus $3 s/h, of course).  That was the sell through price!  Before that studios used rental pricing and it was over a hundred bucks!


From Fangoria #23 (1982).  An Unholy 9.  I love that.  A few gems in here too.  The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  Fulci’s Zombie.  Man, that I Spit on Your Grave is a tough watch.


From Fangoria #54 (1986). I love the art on this Mail Order Nightmares! from Mail Box Video.  Silent Night, Deadly Night is a classic.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen Make Them Die Slowly, but it sounds AWESOME.


This is from Fangoria #49 (1985). It’s not a mail order ad, per se, it’s actually a call in phone order.  It’s still a pretty great ad.  I *totally* remember that Doctor Gore VHS cover.  I never got to get it, but I remember it in Fangoria a lot and I think it showed up at my local video store.



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AWESOME-tober-fest 2019: Looking back at the history of the Nerd Lunch Halloween Episodes

Posted in AWESOME-tober-fest, Blog Series, Halloween, holiday, movies, podcast, pop culture with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2019 by Paxton

Awesometoberfest 2019

I’m going to break with the Fangoria theme here for just a second.

As you may, or may not, know, the Nerd Lunch Podcast is winding down. We only have a few more months before it ends. Today, is the final installment of the Nerd Lunch Halloween Special.  Our Halloween episode has a long and storied tradition, so let’s take a walk down memory lane and see all the previous Nerd Lunch Halloween Specials leading up to today’s final entry.

Click the titles to go listen to the episodes one final time.

Paul Lynde
Nerd Lunch Episode 59: Halloween Specials (2012)
We didn’t do a Halloween special our very first year, 2011. Our themed Halloween episodes started with episode 59 in October 2012. We had Jay and Shawn on to discuss two Halloween specials, the 1976 Paul Lynde Halloween Special and 1986’s The Worst Witch starring Fairuza Balk, Charlotte Rae, Diana Rigg and Tim Curry.

Dead Lunch
The next year, 2013, we did a whole month of Halloween shows. It was called BRUCE-tober and it celebrated the man, the myth, the legend, Bruce Campbell.  This is the only time Jay didn’t join us for a Halloween episode.

Here’s what we did all 4 weeks of BRUCE-tober 2013.
Week 1- 102 – Give that Bruce Campbell Guy Some Work – We all come up with the perfect movie/TV project for Bruce to work on.
Week 2- 103 – Bubba Ho-Tep drill down – We review Bubba Ho-Tep
Week 3- 104 – Nerd Lunch reads Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way – We all read Campbell’s farcical book about Hollywood.
Week 4- 105 – Evil Dead drill down – We watch and review the very first Evil Dead movie.

NL Halloween 2014
Episode 152 – 2014 Halloween Episode
For the 2014 Halloween episode, we were joined by Halloween guest stalwart Jay as well as, for the first time anywhere, Matt from Dinosaur Dracula. This is where their Purple Stuff Podcast got started.  For this episode we talked about Halloween-ized retail products and we even made up a few things of our own. Also, that Halloween, we did an Extra Helping where Jay joined us to review the awesomely bonkers 1978 movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.


Episode 202 – 2015 Halloween Episode
For this episode we were again joined by Jay and Matt, this time to talk about two Rankin Bass Halloween specials; 1972’s Jack O’Lantern and 1962’s Mad Monster Party.

NL Halloween 2016
Episode 249 – 2016 Halloween Episode
In 2016 we were joined by Jay and newcomer Will (aka @veggiemacabre on Twitter) to do a spooky version of our franchise topic Movie Menus.  We were each assigned a scary movie and a fast food restaurant and had to come up with a themed menu.

Halloween 2017
Episode 289 – Halloween Horror Show 2017
For the Halloween episode in 2017, Matt and Jay came back to talk all about Elvira’s 1986 MTV Halloween Special.

Halloween 2018
Episode 316 – 2018 Halloween Episode
Last year Jay came back and we were also joined by my good friend Mr Michael May. We did a Sweet 16 of Movie Monsters to determine who is the best Movie Monster out there.


Episode 340 – The Final Halloween Episode
And that leads us to this year. 2019. This will ultimately be the final Nerd Lunch Halloween Special. I’m not going to lie, it’s a bittersweet ending. We are again joined by Jay as well as Robert Zerbe and we are doing a spin off of Movie Menus.  We are all assigned spooky pop culture characters or movies and we have to build a restaurant from the ground up around our assignment.  So we come up with the name, the building, how it’s decorated, how the servers are dressed, any onsite entertainment, and even a few of the menu items.  It’s a lot of fun and I want to eat at all of these places.

And that’s it.  That should be all for the Nerd Lunch Halloween episode.  It’s been a blast doing these every year.  I hope you guys have enjoyed listening.

 



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AWESOME-tober-fest 2019: Fangoria Scream Greats: Ghostbusters

Posted in AWESOME-tober-fest, Blog Series, Fangoria, Ghostbusters, Halloween, holiday, magazine, movies with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2019 by Paxton

Awesometoberfest 2019

Okay, here we go with the third week of AWESOME-tober-fest.  Now I’m going to switch over from Elvira to a more general Fangoria focus and we’ll look at posters, pin-ups, interviews, articles and ads from all eras of Fangoria.

One of the best things about Fangoria are the Scream Greats posters.  I showed you one of Elvira’s last week.  This week, here’s a pretty great Ghostbusters poster featuring Slimer that appeared in issue #40 from 1984.

And just a few issues earlier, in Fangoria #36, they did a whole article on the ghosts in Ghostbusters.





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AWESOME-tober-fest 2019: Elvira Scream Greats poster

Posted in AWESOME-tober-fest, Blog Series, Fangoria, magazine with tags , , , , on October 7, 2019 by Paxton

Awesometoberfest 2019

Last week I did a full week of Elvira.  All Elvira, all the time. I had so much fun, I’m going to do it again.  So this week is going to be all about Elvira as well.

As you saw last week, Elvira has been all over Fangoria, especially in the 80s. Along with articles there were several pinups, which you also saw. Elvira even made it onto one of the coveted Scream Greats posters.

Scream Greats

I thought this image seemed an odd one to choose for the Scream Greats poster.  It looks like they’re still building the sets behind her.  But, now, after seeing the movie just recently, I realize that *was* the set.  They were restoring an old house in the movie and that’s where this shot was taken.  She’s even wearing those weird buckle pants in the movie.



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AWESOME-tober-fest 2019: Elvira Busts Out

Posted in Fangoria, Halloween, holiday, magazine, movies with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2019 by Paxton

Awesometoberfest 2019

In Fall 1988, Elvira was getting ready to release her first movie, Elvira Mistress of the Dark. And, of course, she got some coverage in the September 1988 issue of Fangoria (issue #77).

I’m honestly surprised she didn’t get a full cover for her first movie. She always had a great relationship with Fangoria.  But if you are going to get bumped, Freddy Krueger in a new movie is the news that’s going to bump you.  *Especially* in 1988.  And *especially* if the magazine has available to them a pic of Freddy with a baby arm coming out of his head for the cover.

This article is an interview with Cassandra Peterson about making the movie Elvira Mistress of the Dark.  She talks about having the longest bit of dialogue to do on the first day and that no one really explained to her how to play the character on the big screen.  Sometimes she was playing it too big, sometimes she played it too small.  It took several days to work it out and get comfortable.  She also makes sure to play up the humor in the movie.  She wants people to know it’s not a horror movie per se, it’s a comedy.  And she hopes that people understand that when they go see it.

It’s a pretty good article, but it always is with Cassandra Peterson.  She’s always funny.  Unfortunately for this movie, New World Pictures went bankrupt the day the movie was released and instead of opening on 2500 screens, it opened on 600 screens.  Even though it tanked at the box office, it has since picked up a big cult following on the home video market.

I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I love Elvira and I have since the mid to late 80s. As you see, I bought her appearances in magazines, I loved it when she was the Coors Light “spookswoman”, and when she had bizarre cameos in movies like Stroker Ace.  We even covered her 1986 MTV Halloween Special on the Nerd Lunch 2017 Halloween Special.  But for some reason, I never got around to watching either of the Elvira movies.

So tomorrow, for Fangoria Movie Friday, I’m going to take a look at her first movie, Elvira Mistress of the Dark, from 1988.  Should be fun, I can’t wait.



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