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Jonathan Maberry’s Favorite Horror Movies!

Posted in Authors, Horror, Movies, and Trivia

Jonathan Maberry recently requested

Name your favorite:
1. Vampire Movie
2. Werewolf Movie
3. Zombie Movie
4. Monster Movie
5. Haunted House Movie

And he listed his…

1. Near Dark
2. Dog Soldiers
3. Dawn of the Dead 2004 unrated directors cut)
4. Aliens
5. The Haunting

So here’s mine…

  1. Dracula (1931)

  2. Curse of the Werewolf

  3. Night of the Living Dead (Romero Original)

  4. Aliens

  5. The Changeling


11 Dizzying Facts About “Vertigo”

Posted in Books, Celebs, Movies, and Trivia

Tara Aquino and Mental Floss present 11 Dizzying Facts About Vertigo.  Here are three of my favorites…

Marred by mixed reviews, the $2.5 million Vertigo did comparatively less than Hitchcock’s previous movies, and was widely recognized as a failure. Frustrated with its reception, Hitchcock partly blamed star Jimmy Stewart’s aging appearance. At the time of filming, Stewart—who had starred in Hitchcock’s three previous films—was 50 years old which, according to the director, was too old to convincingly play then-25-year-old Kim Novak’s love interest.

According to associate producer Herbert Coleman, it wasn’t Hitchcock who came up with the film’s famous camera technique (which essentially involves zooming forward while pulling the camera backward); rather, it was an uncredited second unit cameraman, Irwin Roberts. “He didn’t get screen credit on Vertigo because they gave the screen credit to another close friend of ours [Wallace Kelley] who did all the process work on the stage,” Coleman said.

The French source novel, D’entre les Morts, was set in Paris, but Hitchcock believed that San Francisco was more interesting. As noted by Auiler, with the city’s vertiginous streets and hilly landscape, the location perfectly matched the film’s themes. In a city where there were such extreme physical highs and lows, awful for anyone with acrophobia, Scottie’s vertigo became a character in and of itself.

Me-TV Can Guess Your Age Based on Your Taste in Cartoons

Posted in Humor, Trivia, and TV

Me-TV made the bold prediction:

We Can Guess Your Age Based on Your Taste in Cartoons.

So, I took them up on their challenge.  They said the following about my age.

The truth of the matter is I’m 59, so close enough.  I’m pretty sure my enjoyment of Tom & Jerry and Roadrunner gave my time on this planet.

11 Forgotten TV Detectives and Crime Solvers of the 1970s

Posted in Celebs, Crime, Trivia, and TV

MeTV presents 11 Forgotten TV Detectives and Crime Solvers of the 1970s.  Here are three of my favorites (and some comments)…

1. ‘Dan August’ (1970–71)

After putting down his blacksmith’s apron and leaving Gunsmoke, Reynolds turned TV detective, first in the flop Hawk in 1966. Half a decade later, the former football player landed another headline role in Dan August, as a homicide detective in the fictional town of Santa Luisa, California. Though it came from hitmaker Quinn Martin, creator of The Fugitive, Cannon, The F.B.I. and Barnaby Jones, the drama lasted a mere season. Not that it hurt Reynolds, who made the leap to movie star soon afterward. Maybe all he needed was the mustache. (Craig – I was a big Dan August fan.  In fact, for a while there, Dan August was the reason I started wearing my hair shorter again.)

2. ‘Longstreet’ (1971–72)

A bomb hidden inside a champagne bottle explodes, killing and woman and leaving her husband blind. He continues his role as an insurance investigator. What sounds like a setup for a Daredevil comic book is the premise of Longstreet, starring James Franciscus (Mr. Novak, Naked City).  (Craig – Little known fact: Bruce Lee appeared on the show! Lee trains the newly blind Longstreet!  I enjoyed this show as well.)


5. ‘Toma’ (1973–74)

Tony Musante starred in a series based on the case files of David Toma, a real-life detective in Newark, New Jersey. Surprising the network, Musante decided to step away after one season. ABC recast the role with Robert Blake, then opted to completely retool the show from the ground up, turning the production into Baretta. (Craig – I vaguely remember Toma, but I never missed Baretta!)

7 Darn Tootin’ True Facts about ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’

Posted in Celebs, Humor, Trivia, and TV

MeTV presents 7 Darn Tootin’ True Facts about The Beverly Hillbillies. Here are three of my favorites..

1. The Critics Loathed It
If there was ever evidence of the divide between critics and the public, this is it. Few seismic hits have ever received such a drubbing in the press. According to the book Blockbuster TV: Must-See Sitcoms in the Network Era, upon the Hillbillies premiere, The New York Times deemed the show “strained and unfunny.” Variety said it was “painful to sit through.” Time decried that “the pone is the lowest form of humor.” The elitist uproar hardly seemed to matter.

2. It was a Ratings Behemoth
The number are truly staggering — like being punched by a kangaroo. A mere six weeks after its debut, The Beverly Hillbillies was the most watched program on television. Between the years 1962 and 1964, the show averaged 57 million viewers. The episodes that aired January 8 and 15 in 1964 rank as the second and fourth most watched television episodes of the entire decade, respectively. The former of those, “The Giant Jackrabbit,” remains one of the most watched half-hours of all time. It ran the same day at LBJ’s first State of the Union address. Bear in mind, this show was luring around 60 million viewers at a time when the U.S. population was approximately 190 million. At some points in its run, 44-percent of all American televisions were tuned to the show.

5. Sharon Tate Appeared in the Biggest Episode
Wearing a brunette wig, blonde bombshell Sharon Tate actually appeared in fifteen episodes as Janet Trego, including “The Giant Jackrabbit.” Her character was a secretary at the bank. Tate, who was close with “Jethro” portrayer Max Baer, Jr., would end up as a tragic victim of the Manson family killings. In Stephen Cox’s book The Beverly Hillbillies, director Joe Depew is quoted as saying, “When we first got her, she couldn’t even walk through the door convincingly.”

The Arcade Game Cyclone is Designed to Maximize Taking Your Money

Posted in Trivia

I’ll bet most of us have played or allowed our kids to play the arcade game Clyclone.  It’s the one that has a light speeding around a dome.  You press a button to stop the light and if it stops directly in front of you, you win.

As it turns out, the game is rigged.  There’s no skill involved and it is designed to make you think you’re close to winning so you’ll keep playing.  Check out the video below for full details.

Gene Roddenberry’s Original Pitch for “Star Trek”

Posted in Trivia, and TV

Don Kaye and SyfyWire posted Firsts: Gene Roddenberry’s Original Pitch for Star Trek that will be of interest to fans.  Here are just a few things I found interesting…

  • The first captain of what became known as the U.S.S. Enterprise was not Christopher Pike or James Kirk, but Robert April.

  • Spock was originally conceived as “probably half Martian,” with a reddish complexion, semi-pointed ears, and a “Satanic” look.

  • Dr. Phillip “Bones” Boyce was the doctor not Leonard McCoy.

  • A shuttlecraft was used to take folks from the ship to other planet surfaces.  There was no transporters… no “Beam me up, Scotty.”

  • There were no phasers for the crew. They were originally going to carry rifles and pistols that fired either bullets, tranquilizer pellets, or explosive projectiles.

Thanks to Miguel Lopez for the heads-up.

10 Reasons Jack Lord was the Most Interesting Man on Television

Posted in Art, Celebs, Movies, Trivia, and TV

Me-TV presents 10 Reasons Jack Lord was Truly the Most Interesting Man on Television.  Here are three of my favorites…

4. He was an accomplished painter.
In his youth, Lord also studied at NYU — where he had a football scholarship, no less — and earned a degree in Fine Arts. Yes, he was an artistic athlete. He had at one time hoped to be an art instructor. At the age of 20, he had two of his works accepted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can spot his paintings through Hawaii Five-O, hanging on the walls, in episodes like “Invitation to Murder,” “How to Steal a Masterpiece,” and “‘V’ for Vashon.”

6. He was offered the role of Captain Kirk before Shatner.
In some alternate universe, Star Trek reruns are airing with Jack Lord and Martin Landau in the roles of Kirk and Spock. (Now that sounds like a Star Trek plot.) After the captain of the original pilot episode, Jeffrey Hunter, was given the boot on the show, Gene Roddenberry offered the new lead role of James Kirk to Lord. However, Lord had rather high salary demands. He reportedly wanted 50% ownership of the series. Shatner was simply cheaper.

7. He holds a notable place in James Bond history.
While he never made it aboard the Enterprise, Lord did take part in another iconic series. In the first James Bond film, Dr. No, Lord portrayed Felix Leiter, the familiar C.I.A. ally of 007. He was the first actor to play the role in the film series. He might have appeared in more — but money was again the issue. For Goldfinger, Lord wanted more screen time and higher billing. Alas, these are Bond movies, not Leiter movies.