For tonight’s horror on television, we have an episode from the second season of the Boris Karloff-hosted anthology series, Thriller.
In God Grante That She Lye Stille, Lady Margaret Crewer (Sarah Marshall) returns to her ancestral home, hoping to collect her inheritance. However, as soon becomes clear, the house is haunted by the spirit of one of her ancestors, a witch who was burned at the stake.
Granny Gargoli (Stella Stevens) is an old, wealthy, and dying. With the exception of her niece, Kelly (Shannon Whirry, wearing glasses so it’s clear that she is not a gold digger), Granny hates her entire family. When they come by for Thanksgiving dinner and start arguing about who is going to inherit Granny’s money, Granny snaps at her oldest son, “You’re the load that I should’ve swallowed!”
Since Granny does not want anyone to inherit her money, she decides that the best course of action would be to never die. She buys a magic elixir that will grant immortality to whoever drinks it. The salesman (played by director Luca Bercovici) tells her that it is very important to keep the elixir out of direct sunlight. Of course, that gets screwed up faster than a mogwai turning into a gremlin. When her family poisons her, the corrupted elixir does not keep Granny from dying. Instead, it allows Granny to return as a demon who hunts down her greedy relatives one at a time. One son is castrated. A daughter-in-law is attacked when her mink stole comes to life. Even after being killed, the members of the family return as wisecracking members of the living dead.
A mix of comedy and horror, The Granny used to show up regularly on late night Cinemax. It may not be scary (though the castration scene is the reason why I get nervous whenever I see scissors) but, with the exception of Kelly, everyone in the family is so hateful that it is still fun to watch all of the get what they deserve. Stella Stevens and Shannon Whirry are the main reasons to watch The Granny. Stella gets all the best lines while Shannon Whirry shows why those who grew up watching late night Cinema still debate which Shannon was the best, Whirry or Tweed?
Don Coscarelli, the man who brought you the PHANTASM series, scores a bulls-eye with BUBBA HO-TEP, a totally unique film based on Joe R. Lansdale’s novella. Lansdale is well known to fans of horror fiction for his books and short stories in the filed as well as other genres (crime, westerns, even comic books). Coscarelli’s adaptation is a delightful blend of horror and humor, and a bittersweet reflection on aging, if not gracefully, then with courage.
Bruce Campbell (ASH VS EVIL DEAD) stars as Sebastian Haff, former Elvis impersonator who may or may not really be The King. He believes he is, and that’s what matters. He’s stuck in a Mud Creek, Texas rest home, confined to a walker and battling a weird growth on his pecker. People at the rest home are dying, as you’d expect in a place like this, but under some strange circumstances that’re causing Elvis…
Today’s horror scene that I love comes from the 1994 Italian film, Dellamorte Dellamore.
Viewed out of context from the rest of the film, this is not an easy scene to explain. My suggestion is enjoy it for the beauty of the images and Rupert Everett’s mournful performance. And, if you haven’t seen it, watch Dellamorte Dellamore as soon as possible.
In order to claim a million-dollar inheritance, you have to find the grave of your Aunt Bedilia, dig her up, and get her locket. It will not be easy because the graveyard is haunted by zombies and other strange things. Plus, you have decided to search at night.
This is a text adventure, where you have to solve puzzles and examine your surroundings. The puzzles are not too difficult and, while the game’s descriptions are terse, they still provide you with everything that you need to know.
Still, as with most text adventures sometimes this will happen:
I turned out that the proper command was “get recorder.” Sometimes, coming up with the right command can be frustrating but it is nothing that cannot be figured out. After you get the recorder, you can find a tape and get some background information on what’s been happening in the cemetery:
The game picks up once the zombies show up.
It is not just zombies that you have to worry about. There are also bats.
Night of the Walking Dead is a very simple game but I enjoyed it. Now, if I can just figure out how to avoid those bats…
This is from a 1956 episode of the Ed Sullivan Show:
Rock and roll legend Fats Domino passed away yesterday in Harvey, Louisiana. He was 89 years old. Beginning his career in 1947, Fats Domino performed for 60 years straight before retiring in 2007. He leaves behind 5 gold records, 37 Top 40 singles, and 35 records in the Billboard Top 40.
Once, when a reporter called Elvis “the king,” Elvis pointed at Fats Domino and said, “No, the real king of rock and roll is right over there.”
4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films is all about letting the visuals do the talking.
This October, I am going to be using our 4 Shots From 4 Films feature to pay tribute to some of my favorite horror directors, in alphabetical order! That’s right, we’re going from Argento to Zombie in one month!