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Tag: 31 days of halloween

‘Freaks and Geeks’ and “Tricks and Treats”

This time every year I am so glad that Freaks and Geeks had the foresight to do a Halloween episode during their first season, before being prematurely cancelled. “Tricks and Treats”, the show’s third ep, aired on October 30, 1999, and is a high point in a way-too-short series of high points. When the episode… Read More ›

Halloween Traditions: Yours and Mine

For this year’s Halloween Giveaway, I requested that all entries submit a personal Halloween tradition. From movie marathons and candy to pumpkin patches and old-school memories, reading through these gave me instant holiday warm and fuzzies. THANK YOU. From where I stand, Halloween has always been an essential holiday—as it has for most of you…. Read More ›

Rise of the Midnight Sons: A Halloween Retrospective

Damn, the early 90s gave us some good comics. Amidst the speculator boom, the mass explosion of comic shops (and subsequent closings of same), polybags, Rob Liefeld and price guides, there was some serious ass kicking going on during the decade’s infancy. And for me, the saga of the Midnight Sons shines the brightest. I’ve… Read More ›

Finding the Halloween in ‘High Spirits’

What defines a Halloween movie? Must it ooze haunts and candy from every frame? Or will a casual reference or pumpkin suffice? Well, how about something in the weird middle: High Spirits, the 1988 supernatural comedy by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game). The story centers on a soon-to-be repossessed Irish castle-turned-hotel. In a last ditch… Read More ›

Halloween with ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’

For most people, the Roseanne Halloween episodes are the sitcom tent pole around which this whole season is built. I dig those too, for sure, but my October staple has always been the seasonal episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Redemption Viewing (Halloween Edition): ‘Satan’s Little Helper’

Third time’s a charm, yeah? About this time 10 years ago, we were young and and free (sans kids) — consuming any and all Halloween-themed movies/TV episodes we could get our hands on — for better or worse. This was when we unearthed Satan’s Little Helper, the 2004 Halloween night romp about an annoying little kid with… Read More ›

Re-visiting Rob Zombie’s Halloween II

Seven years ago, on Halloween night…or, well actually, it was like in August I think, we watched Halloween II, the sequel to Rob Zombie’s divisive Halloween remake. Both Joanna and I hated it. So, of course, we had to watch it again and see if our initial hatred was warranted or if, with the passage… Read More ›

BP Podcast, Episode 18: Redemption Viewings for Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween II’ & ‘Satan’s Little Helper’

Every movie deserves a second (or third) chance, right? Sure, why not. So, this week, we continue our October celebration by re-watching two movies we did not care for

Meet The Spiders: Alice Cooper’s Garage Punk Band

This is not breaking news or anything, but Alice Cooper was once in a 60s garage punk band. In fact, most of original Alice Cooper band were. They were called The Spiders and they kicked ass. Now, aside from their name, there was nothing too spooky about the band, but Alice is the king of… Read More ›

Halloween Décor: Come on in!

Aside from gorging on candy corn and pumpkin beer while watching Halloween and/or Trick ‘r Treat, there is no better way to get in the festive mood than by decorating your house, apartment, room, car, office, whatever. Pulling out those orange bins and finding old familiars, while re-discovering those items you bought last year in early November…. Read More ›