Midnite Mausoleum

Midnite Mausoleum
Midnite Mausoleum Midnite Mausoleum

Your cuddly cadaver Marlena Midnite and her friends Wolfred, Franklin, Robyn, Grimms and Bones bring you a dose of Horror and Sci Fi cinema... and a few laughs as well!

A long time ago, Marlena had a plan to be a star... but fate seemed to have other plans, or did it? As she had no known family, a standard autopsy was preformed and her body was to be donated to science...however upon meeting the grim reaper who was suppose to ferry her soul to the other side, Marlena used her “Gift of gab” to persuade him that if he “let her slide, this one time” she would happily make him as famous as she was going to be before her untimely demise. The reaper, being accustom to hearing things like this from cadavers being as most of them had little to no brain left, glossed it over and tried to ignore it but there was something different about this one and so he reluctantly agreed, but with a set of rules of his own. The grim reaper escorted Ms. Midnite to her new digs (which happen to be an abandoned mausoleum) and informed her she could do what ever she wanted as long as no one figured out she was actually dead.

So with that in mind she set to work making herself some servants and friends from whatever she could find laying around. After a couple decades of hard work no one could even tell Marlena was undead as long as she kept her scar covered, and over the years it has gotten easier and easier to blend in, especially with the ever growing popularity of tattooing. So now armed with the friendship of 3 puppets Wolfred (Marlena's main partner in crime who is a were-pire or vam-wolf, a sassy pitcher plant who is stuck in the 1970's along with his family, her cobbled together zombie monster Franklin, and her best friend who travels the open road when ever she needs a "break", and a new lease on life (LITERALLY!) she has set out to make her mark on the world! After nearly 100 years everything has seemingly come together finally as the widely acclaimed television program “Midnite Mausoleum” is being featured on WQAD My TV 8-3 and chronicles the wacky adventures of Marlena, Robyn, Wolfred, Franklin, and the Charley family as they watch whatever movies they can find and eat their own weight in popcorn in nearly every episode!

In: Horror Hosts, Television

Tales From the Crypt Intro Animated in 3D

Tales From the Crypt Animation
Tales From the Crypt Animation Tales From the Crypt Animation

This is fan art 3D animation of the famous television series Tales from the Crypt created by Adel Benabdallah and Peinoit Damien. FX help from Omar Meradi and Toufik Mekbel.

In this respectful homage to the Tales from the Crypt TV show, we added a modernized direction while staying true to the original creator's vision by recreating the introduction sequence completely in CG to show their passion for the TV show and digital art.

The Team
Peinoit Damien - Director / Producer / CG Artist
Adel Benabdallah - Director / Producer / CG Artist
Toufik Mekbel - FX Artist
Omar Meradi - Fx Artist

All credits goes to the original respective owners. Original score by Danny Elfman.

In: Television, Videos

Witch’s Night Out

Witch's Night Out

A Haunting Halloween Classic!

It's a spooky surprise when a witch's magic wand falls into the wrong hands in this nostalgic Halloween special! A treat for the whole family, this magical animated adventure returns to you just in time to celebrate this spooktacular season!

When a witch hears of a party being held at her haunted mansion, she decides to bring on the fun! Showing off her magical tricks by turning the kids into whatever they want to be for Halloween. However, when her wand disappears the town is turned upside down!

Featuring the voice talent of Gilda Radner. Artwork by Jim Perez.

$10 @ Amazon.com
In: Cartoons, Television, Vintage

Halloween Specials

Halloween Specials

Reviews of Halloween specials and cartoons, both old and new hosted by Adam Selzer.

It just doesn't seem like Halloween without a viewing of Garfield's Halloween Adventure, Witch's Night Out, or Halloween is Grinch Night. There was a time when these were aired yearly, and it wasn't that long ago.

Alas, though we now have roughly 10 times as many tv channels as we did when I was a kid, most of the great old Halloween Specials have been swept under the rug of pop culture. Tossed into the dustbin of history. Hurled over the brink of relevance. Whatever. Many have never even been released on VHS, let alone DVD.

For the most part, Halloween specials stopped being made in the late 1980s. Many people had cable by then, so a TV special wasn't as big of a deal as it had been before. More importantly, the home video market had taken off. Suddenly, the annual airing wasn't your only chance to see any given special. At the same time, it started seeming like a better investment for companies to just make made-for-TV movies instead of half hour specials. Full length movies tended to sell better than 22 minute specials on the video market. But as the shows stopped being aired and VHS went out of date, most of the Halloween specials got lost along the way, surviving only in our memories, our VHS storage bins, and (eventually) on youtube. Relatively few of these have seen an official release on DVD.

With this site, I hope to compile some reviews and information about all of the great specials - as well as the great Halloween-themed episodes of various cartoon series (the line between "Halloween episode" and "Halloween special" can get a bit blurry, as you'll see), as well as some of the made-for-tv or straight-to-video Halloween movies that have come out over the years. And, while I'm on the general subject, I'll review the many versions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that have been released over the years (a special interest of mine).

In: Blogs, Cartoons, Television, Vintage

The Elvira Show – Unaired Pilot

Elvira has moved to Manhattan, Kansas, with her wacky aunt Minerva and their talking cat. Elvira is working as a fortune teller and selling love potions on the side! Everything is going just swell until Elvira falls for a hunk named Chip who is actually an undercover cop there to bust her for a phony love potion that put one of her poor customers in the hospital!

In: Television, Videos

Rod Serling’s Night Gallery

Rod Serling's Night Gallery

For those old enough to remember, Night Gallery was creator-host Rod Serling’s follow-up to The Twilight Zone. Set in a shadowy museum of the outré, Serling unveiled a dark and disturbing collection of canvases as preface to a highly diverse anthology of tales in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction vein.

Bolstering Serling’s thoughtful original dramas were adaptations of classic genre material—short stories by such dark-fantasy luminaries as H. P. Lovecraft, Fritz Leiber, A. E. van Vogt, Algernon Blackwood, Conrad Aiken, Richard Matheson, August Derleth, and Christianna Brand. Variety of material brought with it a variety of tone, from the deadly serious to the tongue-in-cheek, stretching the television anthology concept to its very limits. But conflicts over the series’ direction arose between Serling and producer Jack Laird. The disgruntled host found himself excluded from the producer’s circle. Despite the tensions, Serling continued his dramatic contributions and ultimately scripted more than a third of the segments.

In: Television, Vintage
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