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Halloween Countdown: Vincent the Vegetable Vampire

Posted in absurd, halloween, music, music video, retro, undead with tags , , , , , , , on October 26, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I urge you to drop everything and watch the inimitable Morgan Freeman in the role of a vegetarian vampire (he starred in The Electric Company 45 years ago). Within 10 seconds, you’ll realize the combination deadpan delivery and exaggerated vaudevillian charm is nearly impossible to describe…but utterly fantastic.

I’ve actually never seen this show. Has anyone watched it?

Halloween Countdown: When Gothic Was Born

Posted in halloween, horror, TV with tags , , on October 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I meant to watch this as part of my Halloween season last year, but never got to it. There were a bunch of free full episodes on the BBC website, but when I attempted to play them I got an error message stating that the content is unavailable in my country.

Has anyone seen this series?

Twilight Zone Doorway Decal

Posted in decoration, home, sci-fi, TV with tags , , , on July 8, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Would you like your home to contain a 5th dimension beyond that which is known to man? A dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity? A middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, that lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge?

Well, you’re in luck. This “life size” Twilight Zone wall decal contains the iconic (eyeconic?) eye and clock from the opening credit sequence, floating in the endless vastness of space.

I’m tempted. Oh yes.

Preorder Here

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: An Unlocked Window

Posted in horror, TV, vintage with tags , , on June 7, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve been back on an Alfred Hitchcock kick lately, and last night I re-watched one of my all time favorite episodes (perhaps of ANY TV show). If you haven’t seen The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: An Unlocked Window, the full episode is on YouTube for free and I highly recommend it.


A group of nurses, caring for an ailing patient, are trapped in an old manor on a stormy night with a notorious nurse killer on the loose outside of the house.

And someone left the basement window unlocked…


Leave it to Hitchcock to take a subject as potentially cliche as “killer on the loose during a storm” and, through masterful direction, lighting and dialogue, turn it into a story no viewer will soon forget. It’s perfectly crafted…and even more amazing the second time with the insight of retrospect illuminating how carefully these scenes were constructed.

This episode should be shown in every film writing class. Watch for yourself!

Summary Bug

Posted in film, humor, TV with tags , , on June 1, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Summary Bug is a roundup of hilarious, unintentional text glitches in Netflix (and cable) show descriptions.

My favorite:

Hm. They’ve taken some artistic liberties in this adaptation, and let the Hunchback branch out into the career he always dreamed of: time traveling paleontological ophthalmologist.

I knew his noble stoicism was a front.

A phenomenological tour de force, no doubt:

Followers are starting to post their own fabulous glitches. Some are truly amazing.

I hope these glitches never get fixed.

Summary Bug

Tenth Doctor Collectible Action Figure

Posted in geek, sci-fi, toys, TV with tags , , , on April 3, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I very rarely post action figures here, but this one is worth pointing out.


Here is the dialogue that ensued when my best friend showed me the link to this product:

Ron: Does that thing not capture all the misery of the latter era Tenth Doctor? I want to give up just looking at it.

Dana: Tenth Doctor figure with EXISTENTIAL CRISIS ACTION!

Ron: He should be able to talk, and say really sad things, like “I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry,” and “I don’t want to go,” or “I may not die, but it feels like dying.” It should also come with a device that makes it rain on him.


Is this not the most internally conflicted action figure you’ve ever laid eyes on?

Here are six different angles of pain.


David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor was unequivocally my favorite in the series. Glad they’re capturing his tortured charisma in collectible figures.

Tenth Doctor Collectible Action Figure

The Day My Kid Went Punk

Posted in 80's, absurd, humor, TV, video with tags , , , , on November 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I missed this Afterschool Special growing up, but it’s truly a (temporary spray-on hair color covered) gem. I highly recommend it.


Terry, the leading man, transforms instantaneously in an airport bathroom from an awkward orchestra geek to the world’s most innocuous punk. Is the resulting appearance-based prejudice he encounters a warning for parents to keep their children from going down this “bad” path, or a commentary on a shallow, judgmental society*?

*They make a point of having Terry save the day for a sad little girl with leg braces…by somehow materializing a doll with identical leg braces…while at a horse stable, after her mother is denied permission to just “strap her to a horse.” I’m not kidding.

Only one thing is certain: the special is entirely ineffective, and quite marvelously fails, at any of its possible aims. In other words: watch this ASAP.


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