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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Shatner and Hitchcock

William Shatner turned 89 last Sunday.
So it's fitting that 99 Red Balloons by Nena played on the radio that day, since Captain Kirk is mentioned in it.
Shatner's character in Impulse (1974) hated balloons though. As you can see:


The lyrics to Son Of Sam by Elliot Smith reminds me of him and the video features a red balloon, so I must share it:


Just like Son Of Sam, he kills people. Starting with his mother's lover when he's a kid.


Speaking of mothers, Shatner is in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents titled Mother, May I Go Out To Swim? (1960)


In it, he thinks his new girlfriend wants him to kill his domineering mother. So he thinks of her as La Belle Dame Sans Merci from the poem by John Keats.
You can read it and listen to it sung in this video here.

Shatner was in another Hitchcock Presents episode, which I posted here.

He and Hitchcock were also both in an episode of Tactic (1959), a public service show about cancer.
In it, Hitchcock talks about fear and supervises a short improvised scene with Shatner playing a doctor and Diana Van der Vlis playing a patient.

You can watch a clip from it here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Green Ghost With The Most

Slimer, who made his debut in Ghostbusters (1984), ruled the late 80s.
So I wasn't surprised when I found out he's the ghost of a King.


You can read the whole story in issue #22 of The Real Ghostbusters comic here.


Slimer had his own comic, which ran for 19 issues.


He also had his own cartoon, which ran from 1988 to 1990.


There was a plethora of Slimer products, from cereal to toothpaste.
Ecto Cooler was and still is the most popular.


It's appeared in movies and shows, including ALF.
Dinosaur Dracula posted about that here.

You can see ALF and Slimer in this PSA movie from 1990 here:


Ecto Cooler's latest appearance was in season 4 episode 4 of Rick and Morty.


That's Rick's hand holding the box. It was part of a dragon's hoard.
Speaking of which, I posted Dragon Treasure pudding here.

Have a spooky St. Patty's Day!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

A Vampire She Was


I had to buy that book after reading the intriguing synopsis here.
I loved it, especially the shocking ending.
I felt sorry for the guy being used by Theda though.
Just like The Fool in A Fool There Was (1915).
The film that made Theda a star and one of the few that wasn't lost in a fire.


Theda plays The Vampire who drains men of everything but blood.




Many women tried to be like her.
There's even songs about it.
Since Sarah Saw Theda Bara is one of them.
You can listen to it here.

Theda said "there's a little bit of vampire instinct in every woman."

She last appeared as a vampire in 1937.
At a costume party thrown by Mr. & Mrs. Basil Rathbone.
This photo from it was in Life magazine: