Tuesday, October 1, 2013


As I mentioned yesterday, the month of September came and went so quickly that it was the last day of that month before I realized that I hadn’t cobbled together a look at what’s in store for us on The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ for October.  I think this may be the first time I’ve forgotten to do a “Coming Distractions,” and when I realized my mistake I knew I wouldn’t have time to get it done yesterday (more on this in a bit).

So I’m going to do an abbreviated version here: Monday and Tuesday nights, TCM will still be hosting the documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey, in addition to showing some of the films referenced on that program.  Thursday nights in October—and I do regret not being able to go into more detail on this one—the channel’s Star of the Month will be longtime TDOY fave Vincent Price.  To coincide with the Blu-ray release of The Vincent Price Collection on October 22, methinks—originally, there were seven films announced in the set (Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Haunted Palace, House of Usher, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Witchfinder General and the American version, Conqueror Worm) but apparently sticky copyright issues are keeping Worm out of the collection, according to Facebook compadre Cliff “Laughing Gravy” Weimer (and he wouldn’t lie to me, unless money was involved).  And because it’s the Halloween season, Friday nights are horror movie nights (yay!).  There—all you need to know summed up in one paragraph.  (I ought to do this more often…)

All seriousness aside, I really do regret the oversight—it’s just that things have really been frightfully busy around Rancho Yesteryear of late: a few outside projects plus Project eBay (which reminds me—I have another auction starting at noon).  I’m really hoping to get some substantial pieces up on the blog this month—some movie reviews and a book report or two—but until that time I ask that you only be patient and…hey!  Someone made us a snack!

“They eat the dinner…they all come here and eat the big dinner...”
Okay, it’s back to the grind…don’t forget, the Decorations Committee meets at 3pm this afternoon!


Stacia said...

HA! Well, the good news is that at least half the things on the table are dinner related...

grouchomarxist said...

It's pretty inexplicable to me that, when they're already including Witchfinder General, whoever put together that Vincent Price horror collection picked Conqueror Worm instead of Dr. Phibes Rises Again.

I've had a DVD copy of Witchfinder Generalfor several years now; viewed it at least four or five times. (Price's performance as Matthew Hopkins is truly amazing.) Although it's been quite a few years since I saw Worm on late-night tv, I don't recall that the American version of the film is better or even different enough to make me want to own both versions. (Unless they were on the same disc.)

Besides, DPRA was one of those rare sequels that's just as good, if not better, than the original.

Stacia said...

There really isn't that much of a difference between Witchfinder and Worm, you're right. I have Worm on VHS around here somewhere, I should try to dig it out, but my recollection is the US version just has some violence and nudity edited out. In fact, I think the host the night I recorded it said that (I have no idea what channel I got it off of, but I assume it was either Joe Bob Briggs or Bob Osborne).