Friday Night Double Feature!
This time Halloween itself is coming under fire from all angles!
The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t (1979)
If The Witch doesn’t fly over the moon, apparently Halloween doesn’t truly begin, cause I guess that’s a thing. So, The Witch in this late 70’s chunk of TV Halloween goodness is holding the entire holiday to ransom.
She wants some recognition, a little respect, and some t-shirt revenue. Mostly she just wants Dracula to take her to the disco, though.
This shit is ridiculous, with Taxi’s Judd Hirsch playing perhaps the goofiest Dracula ever recorded. He’s assembled a veritable mash of monsters together to deal with the mutinous Witch. The Wolf Man, The Mummy, some Zombie King and Frankenstein’s Creature all beckon to Dracula’s call.
And it’s the kind of thing television simply doesn’t produce anymore, but I’m glad I remember a time when it did. A time when this sort of specialized bizarre bullshit filled the airwaves around Halloween.
It’s goofy as hell, occasionally actually funny, at times unintentionally hilarious and totally spooked-out. It’s short too. It’ll all be said and done before you even know it. YouTube has a number of clips available for your enjoyment.
Last Halloween, Rifftrax released it as a holiday special and that’s good for an extra layer of laughter on top.
The Real Ghostbusters’ “The Halloween Door” (1989)
But since that’s hardly enough Halloween to tide you over, double-down with the awesome Halloween episode of The Real Ghostbuster’s called “The Halloween Door” for a double dose of Halloween threats.
In this episode, (the interestingly named) Dr. Crowley hates Halloween and tries to enlist the Ghostbusters to help him end the holiday once and for all, figuring (of course) that they’d hate it just as much.
But they don’t. In fact the get up on stage at a school assembly and belt out an awesome Halloween song. Keep an eye out for that one further down the playlist.
Crowley says bugger to all of that and fires up his Halloween ray, which effectively zaps all traces of the holiday clean from the planet.
Only problem is, seems we people of earth had a pact with the creatures of the night. They’d chill out the rest of the year if we gave them one night to roam free. Well now, thanks to Crowley and his stupid Frankenstein head, the deal is completely off, and all hell breaks loose.
It’s a great episode of the show with some top notch Halloween imagery and of course, that awesome Halloween song.
Designation: Double Treat!