Thursday, January 11, 2018

Puppets and Monsters and Bears! Oh My!

Before I post about the next holiday (Vampire's Day!),
I must share these creepy Christmas specials:

The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973)
Watch it here.

A live action short film begins after the cartoon ends at the 25:25 mark.


A bear reporter tells about Ted E. Bear's other holidays,
while pictures from the books about him are shown in it.

The first creepy book is Christmas Comes To Monster Mountain,
which you can borrow from the virtual library here.


The second creepy book is The Great Bear Scare,
which was made into an animated film in 1983.

Even if you're over 10, you can watch it here.

You can also listen to Ted E. Bear records here.


The next film is Pinocchio's Christmas (1980). Watch it here.

I love the fairy in it, Lady Azora, who's pictured (center) below.


She has a sleigh pulled by white rats!



The last (but not least) film features a Vincent Price puppet!

Gorgo's Christmas Carol (2017):


It reminded me of the Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea episode with Vincent.
He played an evil puppeteer. Get all the info on it at David Hedison's site here.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Murray Christmas

I found the believed lost Mother Goose's Birthday Party (1970)!
It's at the beginning of Santa's Enchanted Village (1964).
The version on Amazon here.

Stinky the Skunk, Ronald McDonald, and Merlin the Magician

In this 4 min film, host Ronald shows how to make a party hat.


Happy Birthday is sung before blowing out the cake's candles.


Then the 12 min film Santa's Enchanted Village (1964) begins.


As you can see, Merlin isn't listed in the credits, but he's in it.
He's also in K. Gordon Murray's infamous Santa Claus (1959):

Watch it here.

That's Murray's longest Santa film. He has two other shorts.
They are Santa Claus and His Helpers (1964)
and Santa's Magic Kingdom (1966).
You can watch the first here. I can't find the second online.
I can't find Murray's Mother Holly (1954) either, sadly.
She's a witch by the way.

Speaking of witch,
Marfi of Incipient Wings made me this pretty painting:


It's inspired by Holly, Ivy and Rose by Tori Amos:

I'm so vain, because I think this song is about me.

My sister Ladan posted a Creepmas poem about me as a witch here.

I want to wish a very happy belated birthday to her
and my other sister from another mister, Ashley.
She gave me the best gift, a Goddaughter!

I gave her that Jack Skellington bow.

The rest of my family gave me money.
I'll let you all know what I blow it on.

I'm going to watch Repeat Performance (1947) now.
It's set on New Year's Eve.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wolf Devil Woman (1982)


The LSD-fueled battle epic from Taiwanese filmmaker Pearl Cheung Ling!
Writer-director-star Ling plays a woman who was raised in the snowy mountains
by wolves for one purpose -- to crush the evil warlock who slayed her parents.
Released by the same company that distributed dozens of Godfrey Ho ninja movies,
WOLF DEVIL WOMAN is an hallucinogenic onslaught of hyperactive kung fu brawls,
zombies wearing rubber Dracula masks,
and a final boss who has a Freddy Krueger glove on each hand.


You may have seen HAUSU, INFRA-MAN, and Francois Truffaut’s THE WILD CHILD.
But have you ever seen them all in one 85-minute sitting?
All hail Pearl Cheung Ling.


I HAD to see this after reading that description by Joseph A. Ziemba.
I watched it on Amazon and agree, we should all hail the lovely Ling!
This movie is awesome! It's also fitting for Christmas,
cause it features a baby who grows up to save people from the Devil,
a Rudolph, snowmen, and of course wolves.
(Find out what wolves have to do with Christmas here.)

I found out Wolfen Ninja is the same movie,
but with a different dub and missing scenes.

These would've been the perfect treat to eat while watching it:

Naughty Ninjas from my Creepmas post last year here.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Monday with Cab Calloway and Rose Marie

The Old Man of the Mountain (1933)
The third and last Betty Boop cartoon starring Cab Calloway.

If the dialogue between Betty and the Old Man sounds familiar,
that's cause it's used in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
In this scene between Santa Claus and Oogie Boogie,
also featuring music similar to Calloway's Minnie the Moocher,
and dance steps close to his own:


Rose Marie, who is in International House (1933) with Calloway,
is also in a Betty Boop cartoon. See it, Sally Swing (1938), here!

Perhaps that's why her character on the Dick Van Dyke Show is named Sally.
She may say in Wait For Your Laugh, the new documentary about her.
I hope she talks about her doll collection in it too.


Speaking of which, I'll be reviewing a documentary about doll collectors soon.

This post is for Marfi's Merry Monday ♥

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The 12th and 13th Doll of Creepmas

Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak 

Sadly this custom doll is sold out here.

You can watch the first Kolchak movie, The Night Stalker (1972), here.
At the 28:58 mark his girlfriend plops a book about vampires on his lap,
which reminds me of this scene from A Christmas Story (1983):


Before fighting a witch in the Kolchak series,
McGavin fought one in Witchcraft (1961).
It's a pilot for a TV series. You can watch the intro and outro here.
You can watch the episode, fittingly titled Doll in Brambles, here.

That leads me to the last doll of Creepmas:

LaBefana The Italian Christmas Witch
You can get her here!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The 10th and 11th Doll of Creepmas

Patience and Prudence

Lenore from The Raven

They were made by Rhissanna.

Speaking of Poe,
this Bender Bound book is on my Creepmas wish list:

Saturday, December 9, 2017