Halloween Assortment by Betty Cracker| October 31, 20145:57 pm| 252 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailHere’s ours: I stashed some Twix for myself and put some Crunch bars aside for the mister. Got candy? Open thread.
Notice 1) how much smaller the candy is now and 2) how much more expensive it is.
Trick or treat!
I’ve got a wingnut who is scared to death about illegal aliens voting telling me NPR ran a story last night estimating some 6.8 M illegal aliens voted in 2008. I can’t find it anywhere, nor any mention of it.
Anybody hear or see this story recently?
@Lavocat: I got an assortment with Heath Bars and they were teeny tiny. It also had Raisinets – do kids like those?
We get most of those chocolates in Malaysia, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen Starburst or Almond Joy here.
Same thing with everything else. Take a look at toilet paper sizes/costs from just a few years ago compared to now. Also notice they made the cardboard roll center wider so you wouldn’t see how much less you’re getting per roll.
Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN)
@Amir Khalid: You have missed exactly nothing.
Howard Beale IV
@Corner Stone: No, but uber-liberterian Mike Shedlock is doing his bit to spread that meme along. Naturally, he’s relying on Fox
@Corner Stone: There was something like that discussed at LG&M this week. Maybe from the Washington Post?
Don’t know if you ever buy those mixed bags of different chips? The ones with Fritos, Cheetos, Lays, etc in small one person bags?
They always put some few bags of some chip nobody likes in those, so you get a mix of the popular ones and some dead weight to put in the cupboard.
I remember that in one of his essays, Stephen Jay Gould plotted on a graph the diminishing size of his favourite chocolate bar, and predicted a date early in this century when it would come in a zero-ounce size.
@Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN): Huh. Almond Joy’s got nuts. Mounds don’t.
That picture is so you, Betty. I knew before I even read the byline who took it. =D
Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism
My husband made homemade Mounds Bars a few weeks ago to surprise a friend who loves coconut. I think I’ll go suggest that he make some more this weekend.
Already had one tiny late afternoon trick or treater; toddler named Abigail dressed as a nurse or doctor.
@Corner Stone: for wingnuts, every day is Halloween, and we are the ghouls.
I could not stand to be that het up all the time.
Twix, Heath “bars” and Air-heads – all very tiny. Hmph
Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN)
Honestly, does the internet get any better than watching a very talkative porcupine enjoy eating a pumpkin?
Probably not the best pet to cuddle with, though.
A Willy Wonka assortment, and some ghoulish gummy body parts: a brain, a foot, a finger, an ear, and plenty of eyeballs!
I actually got to buy candy this year because our new apartment building does trick-or-treating. I have some Halloween pretzels as well, so I’ll probably give one bag of pretzels and a couple of mini candy bars to each kid.
I have no idea how the cats are going to respond to trick-or-treaters, but I have a feeling they’re not gonna like it.
@Mnemosyne: I’d lock them up. They just moved in. If they get out, they will be terribly confused geographically.
@beth: I think I found what you meant, but that is the WaPo thing from a few days ago.
This is a claim about NPR and 6.8M votes in 2008.
Now, he may be confusing NPR repeating this WaPo article nonsense, it’s hard to tell.
We live so far out we don’t get any Halloweeners but we are ready any that show.
I have a very nice treat in the form of a job offer.
Just watched Carnival of Souls. Fave cult movie. Shot in Lawrence, Kansas and at the Saltaire Pavilion near Salt Lake City for $33,000 in 1962. A near perfect B&W B movie, and the amateur acting works for the unworldliness of it.
RIP director Herk Harvey, who lived until 1996 and did see his movie succeed on the rebound.
Mike in NC
@Corner Stone: I blame the Koch brothers, those greedhead bastards!
Anyone seen the latest TIME cover?
Cyberdyne Systems is on the case. I’m hearing good things about their T-800 line…
I haven’t quite made up my mind yet. It’s a secure building, so even if they got out the front door, they would have to figure out how to run to the front of the building, down the stairs, and open the building’s front door to get anywhere. But I don’t know that I would want to deal with the stress of trying to figure out which hallway they ran down.
What I really wanted was to put up a child gate in the front hallway to temporarily block any adventurism, but none of my co-workers with kids still have one laying around.
Ever since Nestle took the cocoa butter out of their chocolate products, the chocolate-heavy bars like Crunch and Hershey’s have been inedible for me.
I just want to say… I fucking hate Halloween. I can’t stand the kids coming to my door begging for candy, their insufferable parents, and the parade of young, drunk 20-something amateur drinkers making asses of them selves out at bars. I’m 27 myself, but an uber introvert, and this night is just the worst. Guh. What a horrible night.
I guess the kids who are allergic to chocolate leave your house going “FUCK, Starbursts?!!? At least it isn’t candy corn.”
Steve from Antioch
Full size snickers bars or pocket copies of selections from the Book of Mormon – depending on whether they made an effort at a costume.
Caramel apple Milky Way bars. Just sayin.
I got the giant 150 piece Costco bag of name brand stuff. We live on the outskirts of town and usually only get 5 to 10 kids. Each kid will get a big handful and the rest goes to work with me on Monday.
Holiday times upon us and there is way better fattening food than candy.
Tree With Water
Just bought candy, but have no idea if kids trick or treat in this neighborhood as it’s my first Halloween in the house. Narrow country lanes, bad lighting make me tend to think not, but I’m ready if they dare (and about 5 lbs heavier if they don’t).
@Steve from Antioch:
I wonder if anyone has ever made foil-wrapped chocolate versions of Joseph Smith’s gold tablets…
I tried to find a bag of bite-sized PayDay bars at the store. No luck.
Like we’ve done for the last few years, we’re taking our butts out of the house and going out to dinner rather than be home to give out goodies.
It’s not because we’re old cranks, it’s because we have an autistic son who we can’t persuade to stop getting into the candy and it gets very tiresome to guard it all night while waiting to give it out to the kiddies.
Thankfully – for us, at least – the weather around here is very windy and it’s a bit chilly, too. IOW, not very trick-or-treating friendly.
Howard Beale IV
@Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN): Teddy Bear the Porkie been around for quite a while.
I’m giving kids bitcoins this year.
Am objectively pro-Almond Joy (and Mounds, notably absent) while the two immediately above would kill me. Literally.
Thus, I shall instead eat pizza and drink. In several hours, as the sun doesn’t set for quite awhile.
@Timurid: That would crack me up. They’d probably have to be decaf chocolate.
Iowa Old Lady
@wmd: Good for you!
Good god. Half tempted to subscirbe so I can loudly cancel in protest. Bastards.
already ate a Halloween cupcake and I feel like barfing. no candy for me
Sigh – some little girl (in no kidding, a princess costume) just told me she didn’t like that candy and could she please have something else? At least she said please.
Here’s this week’s roundup of Good News.
I’m still working. No Halloween candy for me.
Howard Beale IV
@Timurid: Why not the Pearl of Great Price?
Tree With Water
@beth: I hope you gave her a rock.
Ah, for f*ck’s sake, from the Bezos WaPost:
Then authors spend 3 paragraphs backpedaling about extrapolating from very small sample sizes, some self-reported.
Authors say over 80% of non-citizens vote Democratic.
I always hated getting the cheap crap as a child and when I lived in town, always bought good candy for Halloween. Now I live in the country and no one comes down my 1000′ driveway. When my daughter was younger, we always tagged along with a friend who lived in a housing development. We were one of “those” people that vile woman was worried about although we were in the same income level as the neighborhood we went through.
@Howard Beale IV:
Would that be… a big chocolate book? Or something more symbolic? A big shiny sucker or jawbreaker?
Thank gawd I live in a retirement community where Trick or Treating is banned. Bah Humbug!
If anyone showed up at my house I would freak out. WTF? How did you find Gondolin?!
A Humble Lurker
@Steve from Antioch:
You’re just begging to be egged. And you’d deserve it.
It looks like Mitch McConnell’s father-in-law may have calves the size of cantaloupes.
40 kilos of coke found aboard ship owned by Mitch’s pappy in laws’ company.
@kindness: Yup, went the Costco route myself. Gonna have way too much candy left over.
I loved trick or treating on military bases when we were little. Scads of kids, and some of the parents went way out with scary displays and monsters in coffins.
I don’t do Halloween, mainly because of a really bad experience I had with one of my black cats years ago. I turn my light off and stay home.
Picking up from what John said about the discount stores downstairs, we have one called “Nicks and Dents” and it is brilliant. I can get Diet Coke 2 liters for 99 cents, I can get bags of flour that normally cost me $2.89 for 89 cents (and I use a lot of flour, I bake two or three loaves of bread a week) I usually go there once a month when my DH gets paid and stock up on all the essentials, which means I am never without the ingredients I need for a dinner even if I just thought it up that night. I LOVE these places, they save me a ton of money, and mean that I am never without food in my cupboards. Oh and “sell by” dates and “best before” dates are totally arbitrary. They were invented to make grocers rotate their stocks, they were never meant to say that food is inedible after that date.
Good example, my local Food Lion has a “sell by” date on its cheese. So when it is nearing that date they reduce it for quick sale. At that point I buy up a boatload, because cheese NEVER goes out of date. It just gets better. I have cheese in my fridge (farmhouse white cheddar) that I bought at a discount in May, and I have put it away (just as you would a good wine) to get better with age. I obviously wouldn’t buy three month old out of date milk, but you have to educate yourself about the shelf life of most food. It is a lot longer than you think.
Get off my lawn, you spooks!
@Elizabelle: Here I was thinking WaPo was already as crappy as it could be. How naïve of me!
@Elizabelle: I grew up on military bases and in retrospect, loved it. So many kids, and being inside a giant fence gave the parents license to let their kids out and about. Halloweens were always awesome.
Howard Beale IV
Actually, five of ’em’.
Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN)
@Howard Beale IV: And yet, the internet STILL hasn’t gotten any better.
Got my candy ready (chocolate bar assortment), but since the Chicago weather right now is “60 mph winds + hail”, I’m not expecting too many visitors. One family so far.
@Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism
In the area where once lived was a graveyard with a large sign announcing Cemetery of Saints Peter and Paul.
Whenever had visitors, it became a habit to slow down while driving by, point out the sign and casually mention the graves were therefore Peter Paul mounds.
The Other Chuck
Actually, the “peanut butter” in Reeses Peanut Butter Cups doesn’t contain a trace of peanuts at all.
Sorry to hear re Chicago weather. Heard it was snowing in Michigan today.
We’ve got lovely TorT weather in Northern Virginia: briskly cool, with half a moon up there.
It’s in the upper 30s, raining and the wind is blowing at 20, gusting to 40. It’s an awful night for trick-or-treaters around here.
We’re not doing it this year (one of us is recovering from an ailment), and have our light off. Still, we have gotten 5 doorbell rings (as smart as this town thinks itself, these kids don’t know their Halloween etiquette) with an hour to go on the official hours.
@redshirt: It was a good way to grow up. School did not feel as “cliquey” either on a military base, but maybe that was due to age…
Have to go earlier to catch those. PayDay loans are big business these days.
(ducks into deep cover from pun police)
If I could find Zagnut here I’d snap that up in a New York minute.
I’ve got Three Musketeers, Almond Joys, Gummie Bears, and Twizzlers — mainly because I don’t like any of them, so I won’t be tempted.
I have no idea if I’ll get trick-or-treaters this year. It’s the first time I’ve lived in a house, and I have no idea whether lots of kids will be out or none at all.
Whenever I decide to shut out the light, though, I’m popping the classic 1963 version of “The Haunting” into the machine so I can watch the best horror film ever made.
Howard Beale IV
@Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN):
Like all material things, the Internet suffers from Sturgeons Law: 90% of everything is shit.
@Elizabelle: I walked home through a hailstorm, and combed chunks of ice out of my hair as soon as I got inside. I immediately raided the candy stash; I figure I deserved it.
Just Some Fuckhead
@Corner Stone: I use all the rightwing fretting as an excuse to push nationalized elections with a national ID card, like a SS card with a picture. Solves all the imaginary voter fraud problems AND the real equal protection problem everyone likes to ignore.
Weirdly, no one ever jumps on board. Almost like solving isn’t the point.
@SatanicPanic: WaPost ran that piece on a blog called “Monkey Cage.” As in, flinging poo.
@Howard Beale IV:
Although when I think of “pearls of great price,” the first thing that comes to mind is “Two pearls have been dissolved, 27 gold coins have been lost and of the silver and copper the total cannot be cast up.”
A black powder battle deadlier than Nagasaki? That’s a pretty scary thought for Halloween…
I love The Haunting. Caught it last week on TCM. The sound effects make that movie.
TCM has Repulsion on now, and Night of the Living Dead at 8 p. Great lineup today. Did not get much done.
Candy pr0n, nice.
long national nightmareNC senate race is nearly over, and both candidates are bringing out the Big Names for last minute stumping… Tillis deployed the Mittbot and Hagan brought Bill and Hill. Unfortunate local teevee news chyron: Clinton In Triangle
The classic Zagnut commercial, crafted by the legendary Stan Freberg.
Does anybody anywhere know anyone who actually got a razorblade in an apple?
I guess this year’s boogycandy will be marijuana-laced whatever.
Or Ebola Pops.
Howard Beale IV
@Timurid: Eeesh-that was a nasty skirmish.
ISIS Pez dispensers.
I bought two big bags of candy at Costco because hubby likes to plop big handfuls into the kids’ pumpkin buckets. Of course at the moment it is pouring rain here in extreme drought country. The rain should be minimal by the 6pm witching hour (I hope since I can’t eat any of the candy).
The candy isn’t small; it’s ‘fun size!’ Back when Rosie O’Donnel had her daytime talk show, she’d rail about teeny Halloween candy bars and made it her mission to give out full size bars.
Got in a bag each of Almond Joy and Kit Kat. Also had some press-on tattoo’s to add to the mix.
Very bummed out that there hasn’t been any takers.
Halloween’s taken a punch here in our neck of the woods. Two years canceled in a row; once for a freak blizzard, the second cause of Hurricane Sandy. Last year it was if kid’s had got out of the habit. Same today.
I rank the candies pictured:
Iowa Old Lady
Mr IOL hands out our candy. He likes doing it.
Can’t pinpoint the exact year stopped doing so*, but used to hand out comic books instead of candy.
*likely when the price jumped to several bucks per issue.
Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism
@redshirt: Since I can’t have chocolate, I’ll take the Starburst you leave behind.
so, IOW: typical summer weather….
If you get a chance to see Val Lewton’s Bedlam, you’ll immediately recognize the scene that Polanski did in Repulsion as a tribute to it.
In my ‘hood, ya know it’s Halloween when you hear Thriller or some version of it at least 3x or more! I swear, I heard Thriller on the radio when I went in to work and when I left. Have you tried NOT to do the Thriller dance when the song comes on? Shoot, I was driving with one hand, dancing with the other…lol
I mean, I didn’t learn the whole dance as a teenager just to not perform it cause I’m driving ;-)
ETA: Oh and yes, I can recite the entire Vincent Price “rap” including the “horror chuckle” at the end.
Iowa Old Lady
@Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: You can’t have chocolate? I feel faint.
I was planning to go for the good stuff this year, but my meeting ran long on Monday and I didn’t have time to hit the Ghiardelli store at SFO before running for my flight. So it’s the same old Mars/Hershey/Nestle stuff, with a bag of Lindt truffles in reserve if we run out. Nothing with nuts, on the off chance that we get hit by one or more kids with nut allergies.
Weather is crappy (by local standards) in SoCal, overcast and temp in the 60s. If we don’t get cleaned out I’m taking the leftovers with me to a headphone-enthusiasts meetup in Coronado tomorrow so that I’m not tempted.
My dad always loved Halloween. He never bought cheap candy-and refused to pass out the cheap peanut butter kisses my mom bought one year. He loved to take me trick-or-treating when I was little, and taught me to say, “Trick or treat! Candy for me and a beer for my old man!” Only at certain houses, of course.
Thank you. I am ordering that multi-disk Lewton set, and DVRd Repulsion since I’m too busy candy-dispensing and beer-swilling to catch it in real time.
Liked I Walked with a Zombie and Cat People immensely. Had seen the 1980s Nastassia Kinski Cat People remake with the David Bowie soundtrack.
It’s on in the background. Had to laugh out loud at the scene a few minutes ago when she nailed a plank over a door (with only one nail on each end) and totally ignored the inch-thick deadbolt.
Have you seen it with the “Frozen” characters doing the dance?
They also have it with the kid versions of those characters.
@Mnemosyne: ok, that was funny~
Not sure what level of sad to ascribe to this statement.
@Scott S.: ‘The Haunting’, great , I agree. But also don’t miss tonight on TCM ‘Curse of the Demon.’ Good spooky fun. Love the scene where the good doctor is being chased thru the dark wood by that mysterious billowing ball of smoke.
Well, to be fair, none of it is actually happening, except for her killing the landlord.
(Do I need to put spoiler alerts on a movie from 1965?)
Crunch bars here. two bags, but the way things are going tonight I doubt I’ll give out much. I live in one of those subdivisions where the duplexes are way separate from the family homes, and there’s not many families who live in my duplex cul de sac.
I dread if I run out of candy though. That happened to me when I lived in a real neighborhood up in Gainesville and wasn’t prepared for the number of kids (I think some were bussed in dammit) my first year living there. I couldn’t turn off the lights because there were still too many families roaming, so I ended up giving out dollar bills (I had no smaller change!) to the last five families that showed at the door.
It is the awesomest! I pick up a lot more when I can watch it on my own schedule.
@shelley: Curse of the Demon is in my top five. Awesomely done, and rather original with the way the curse happens.
Also one of my favorites. I have many black-and-white horror movie favorites (and some color ones, mostly Hammer).
The seance always creeps me out. And I love the conversation Karswell has with his mother as a character moment — you can really feel his desperation to escape what he’s started.
Come to think of it, I haven’t heard ‘Monster Mash’ in years.
You know which link that necessitates, yes?
@WereBear: Mine too. But I always regret the actual appearance of the demon at the end. A tad goofy looking, and the way he attacks , it’s like Nelson from the Simpsons,”Stop hitting yourself, why are you hitting yourself?”
Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism
@Iowa Old Lady: Save the earth! It’s the only planet with chocolate!
Sad = 0. It’s a fun way to hear new a lot of new gear that doesn’t have good distribution, and catch up with people I don’t see all that often.
Do you have the ‘Devil’s Bride’? It’s a hoot! Starring Christopher Lee as the good guy for once. And Charles Gray from the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ as the demonic villain.
Since people were discussing Val Lewton, here’s my favorite Halloween song
Yes! It’s a good companion piece to Curse of the Demon since they have somewhat similar stories. I’m not as fond of the later Hammers where they were all about blood and boobs, but most of the early ones (especially their takes on Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Mummy) still hold up really well.
If we’re going for Christopher Lee movies, I have to put in a plug for the original version of The Wicker Man. Accept no imitations.
@shelley: I believe the studio insisted on a seen monster.
But it doesn’t ruin the movie for me at all.
First trick or treaters I’ve had in 17 years and want to do a happy dance. I sold my big ass empty house in the middle of nowhere to move to a duplex in a busy neighborhood last month. I’ve always loved Halloween, and forgot how much fun it is to see kids all doin’ it still old school. Two girls even had pillow cases. You gotta respect that.
Most wonderful. Especially do not accept Nicholas Cage imitations. I don’t know when I’ll get over seeing that remake.
You are correct — Tourneur wanted to stick with his Lewton roots and never show the monster, but the studio insisted. I think it’s a pretty good monster, but I’m a sucker for stop-motion/puppet animation.
@WereBear: OK. Will tape Curse of the Demon too. Up on TCM at 10 Eastern tonight. They have the demon up in a thumbnail.
Def DVRing Eyes without a Face overnight.
@redshirt: hate those Maeglin costumes!
How would Nestle changing their recipe affect the taste of a Hershey product? Different companies.
A favorite snatch of dialoguw from a horror flick (The Black Cat? – memory fails me at the moment), but only when properly heard in Karloff’s ponderous tones is “The phone is dead. Even the phone is dead.”
I don’t think handing out candy is mandatory.
The demon looks a little papier mache, but maybe it’s better moving.
Lull in kids arriving. Come on big kids. Still a tad too much candy in the house…
I got the 250pc bag o little Hersheys, Twizzler, Reeses, Jolly Rancher, and KitKat. We’ve given out about 2/3rds of it — unlike last year, where we had 12 kids, this time we’re closer to 50. And WarriorGirl got two baskets full in 5 blocks, even with half the houses blacked out or with their porch baskets empty.
Fortunately, WG likes Twizzlers, so what’s left over will do just fine for her.
Weirdly enough, we only had 3 Elsa’s (including ours); I saw more Harry Potter and Monster High costumes than anything else.
I bought lindt dark chocolate with chili pepper for myself. We handed out butterfingers, snickers, 100,000 bars, and starburst. Just came back from trick or treating. Good thing we were on foot because my friends were serving wine with candy tonight.
Now I have to figure out how to take out all of the plastic snakes pinned in my hair.
Beserkers and beheaders.
Good weather but things are pretty slow thus far in the (self-proclaimed) Renaissance City. About $20 remain of original $48 candy investment, and none eaten-yet- by me.
@redshirt: Maybe they heard Hurin calling or they captured Maeglin.
@NotMax: I look forward to it. Not sure there have been any Karloff movies on TCM today. Bela Lugosi in a few; Lon Chaney in the recreated from stills London after Midnight in predawn hours today…
@dmsilev: Weather’s not any better to the west of the city, either.
Bob In Portland
Trick or treat.
Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism
@Elizabelle: Snopes on pins, needles, and razor blades.
No one else at home wants to watch a scary movie for Halloween night. Was hoping to put in John Carpenter’s The Thing.
Well my neighborhood goblins came. Actually I had one spiderman and two princesses. The lights go:off at 9 so any stragglers better come soon.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two crashed in the Mojave today. One pilot dead, one ejected and is injured.
Not a good week for commercial space entrepreneurs.
@dmsilev: They are expecting snow in the GA mountains and we might get a mix. The wind is suppose to be strong tomorrow but not close to your speeds.
@Elizabelle: I blame Obama.
@Mnemosyne: The M.R. James short story that Curse of the Demons was based on, “Casting The Runes,” is well worth seeking out.
@Elizabelle: Yes, haven’t seen hide nor hair of the classic ‘Dracula’, ‘Frankenstein’ et al.
Talking again about ‘Curse Of The Demon.’ It was adapted from an M.R. James story, “Casting The Runes.’ I have a compilation of his ghost stories, titled appropriately ‘A Warning To The Curious.’
Check them out sometime.
@shelley: Come to think of it, I haven’t heard ‘Monster Mash’ in years.
Craig Furgeonson ‘Monster Mash’ opening
The Mistfits – Project 1950 – Monster Mash (1999 cover)
[‘Here’s your treat.’]
Gin & Tonic
@The Other Chuck: The first ingredient listed on the label is peanuts.
NYTimes: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test Flight
You remember (mostly) correctly — Karloff’s character was addressing Lugosi’s character, so it was, “The phone is dead. Did you hear that, Vitus? Even the phone is dead.”
That movie terrified me as a kid because Karloff being skinned alive is pretty darn graphic. Pre-Code, don’t’cha know.
TCM seems to feature different films in different years. Last year was a whole Lewton fest, but other years have been mostly Hammer or mostly Universal, or whatever.
I’ve read other James, but I can’t remember if I’ve read that one. “Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad” is not something to be read on a dark and stormy night.
This whole idea of illegal aliens voting is so ridiculous. I’ve never understood why anyone thinks illegal immigrants have any interest in voting. They’d be so careful trying to avoid authorities and not getting noticed that I doubt they’d risk going into a voting place and impersonate an actual voter. And what’s the upside? Plus most democrats can’t be bothered to vote in midterm elections. I can’t imagine that illegal alien democrats are so highly motivated that they would risk jail time to vote. I was a legal immigrant at one time, but was not eligible to vote. It didn’t even occur to me to vote (didn’t know who the candidates were since I had no say in anything). I wouldn’t have jeopardized my resident status for anything because I’d have lost my job and been kicked out of the country. The idea that illegals are voting is laughable!
The only thing that surprises me is how idiot republicans believe this nonsense.
@Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:
Thank you. From your link:
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/needles.asp#k8HOlTKAP6GxSI34.99
I remember going to a costume party where someone came dressed as a Tylenol capsule.
They never found the perp, did they?
Casting the Runes. Thank you both. Will check it out. Love a good suspense tale.
Guy was convicted of sending a ransom note demanding $1,000,000 “or I’ll do it again.” AFAIK he was never convicted of murder.
Yep. Another top 5 entry.
@Ripley: Ya beat me to it. A few years ago I read another, updated take on ‘Casting The Runes.’ In this one the curse was delivered by email.
Did you watch The Tingler? It was my favorite terrifying movie when I was a kid, but I didn’t remember that they do something with a cat. So when they got to the part where Darryl Hickman was telling Vincent Price that he had trouble catching the black cat, I had to turn it off. But I’m sorry I missed Vincent Price’s L S D trip.
Okay, I was trying to decide whether to turn on the TV for that one. Dana Andrews in a horror movie is a bit of a cognitive dissonance for me.
There are three people left in my office, and we’re calling security to come lock up our building at 5:45 pm. Seriously, Halloween is a full-on holiday at the Giant Evil Corporation — very little gets done and people book out early.
Halloween Kitteh has a cautionary tale to tell.
Cheese in my fridge gets moldy and gross after a while. How do you deal with that?
He’ll win you over. He’s the skeptic who’s not entirely sure he buys all of this supernatural hooey. It also works because he’s an American in England, so you have a bit of the fish out of water thing going, too.
This isn’t anything close to Peggy Cummins’ best role though — that would be Gun Crazy.
Absolute bedlam on Boulevard in Athens. I didn’t dress up so I got candy duty. Hundreds and hundreds of Kids!
Night of the Living Dead is always a good Halloween choice, too.
@gogol’s wife: He plays a bit of a pompous American. You’ll be fine :)
Warren Zevon for the Halloween Win: Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner and Werewolves of London.
@Elizabelle: It’s only a light sprinkling of snow mixed with rain in SE Michigan, but there are horrible winds and it’s 36 degrees out. Brrrrr. The most miserable Halloween I can remember isn ages……and I’m old.
I remember wearing a snow suit under my costume when I was a kid, but that was just because it was cold out and my mom made me.
I bought 2 Costco 150 piece bags of the good stuff (Betty’s assortment less the Starbursts and with both types of M&Ms). Didn’t get home from work until well after 7. Had three kids, and they each got a big handful of candy. I’ve seen a few run by in the street (corner lot) but they seemed to be running home, not stopping. Lights are off and I’m done for the night…..
@Elmo: A hard cheese like Cheddar or Gruyere? Just cut off the moldy and weepy parts. A soft cheese? Toss.
@shelley: I watched “Night of the Demon” a couple weeks ago. One of my very favorites. Karswell is one of my favorite characters ever. :)
@Mnemosyne: If you haven’t seen the BBC production of “Oh, Whistle,” here’s a link. It’s low-key, but pretty nifty. :)
Random Night/Curse of the Demon trivia: A bit of its dialog is sampled at the beginning of Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love.
Saw probably 2/3 of The Tingler. Missed part about the cat. Loved the cheesiness of the creature, and wondered why people in the 1950s were watching what seemed to be a silent movie. But loved the theatre scenes.
Vincent Price was so good.
Watched the documentary about The Tingler’s producer, William Castle. He ended up buying rights to Rosemary’s Baby and producing the movie, which people attribute more to director Roman Polanski. It was Castle’s only brush with A-list fare. He sounded like a cool guy.
Good spread Betty.
@dr. luba: Ah. A better night to sit by a fire than trick and treat.
And you with all that candy. Somebody will get lucky.
Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy (live)
Bow Wow Wow – Do You Wanna Hold Me [HD] (costumes!)
[‘Children, I wanna warn ya/’Cos I’ve been to California/Where Mickey Mouse is such a demon/Where Mickey Mouse is as big as a house’]
I love William Castle. People actually did go to see silent movies in the 1950s as a nostalgia thing. As a kid I didn’t “get” that Judith Evelyn was a silent film character in a sound film. I just loved the scene where she gets scared!
William Castle has some fantastic scenes in his movies. I think my favorite is the gal in Macabre who’s blind but drives her convertible all over town.
@max: Lou Reed does it in one.
@the Conster: I’m jealous! And looking forward to the day many years from now when I can bail on Michigassippi and head back to Chicago and have trick or treaters again!
We didn’t just have snow BTW, we had a mini blizzard with big fat blinding snow clumps coming down. It didn’t last, but it was ferocious with the wind and blowing snow.
Mr. Castle had fun showing up for work, and his daughter seemed like a normal and decent human being.
John Waters was a big Castle fan; noted that critics detested Castle movies and kids lived for them.
I was never a fan of Lee Ho Fook’s, but I did wind up there a lot.
@Anoniminous: Tylenol is probably the most dangerous over the counter drug on the market.
@Elmo: I freeze my cheese.
NOT a good idea. We use “baby gates” (aka security gates) to keep the dogs away from forbidden areas, including the front door, but the cats leap over them with no problem — don’t even break stride. In fact, we use gates to keep the dogs out of some areas that the cats can use as “dog-free zones” for just that reason.
There are extra-tall gates, but the cats would probably just resort to climbing the mesh to get over them.
@Mike J: I don’t think Lee Ho Fook’s has Beef Chow Mein on the menu. Think it was the special that day?
Guess it would tilt more into the thriller genre than horror*, but if you can ever catch Crack in the World, do so.
*Really sort of where the Venn diagram of thriller, disaster film, science fiction and horror intersects.
@Omnes Omnibus: It was one of the few places you could get peking duck without ordering ahead.
@NotMax: Andrews gets name-checked in Science Fiction/Double Feature from Rocky Horror for this very film.
@Mike J: I only ate there once. I was drunk* and have no memory of what I actually ordered.
* I was 20 and it was Soho.
We’ve had THREE kids show up this year. It’s about 9:15 and we’re getting ready to turn out the lights and head upstairs.
As a precinct captain in Virginia, where we have elections every year, I always save my leftovers to give out to voters on Election Day. My precinct is also a Rec Center so I get swimmers and exercisers as well as voters. I always ask, before handing out sample ballots, “Are you here to vote or float.” Sometimes it even gets a laugh.
@Lavocat: And how little variety there is available on the mass candy market these days. It’s sad.
Picked up a couple bags of Reeses, knowing fully that the kids don’t come into our condo building. But just in case! The witches out in Chicago tonight are probably freezing their tits off in their brass bras. It is COLD!
Night of the Living Dead:
“Kill the brain, and you kill the ghoul.”
They should line them up in front of Fox News.
Aw, but ghouls just wanna have fun.
@Omnes Omnibus: They were also open fairly late. If it was after 11 and you needed food, it was there or the KFC in Leicester Square.
@NotMax: I’d have gone with “But then what happens to Pinkie?”
@Mike J: I lived on the Bayswater/Paddington boundary. There were a few kebab places open until about 2:00 a.m. over near the dodgy, hookery hotels on Sussex Gardens.
For no reason other than the day, this.
We always get a bunch of kids who can’t eat peanuts or who don’t like chocolate, so always try to have an assortment for them. But this year, we got a group of Hindu kids who can’t eat gelatine, so that made the gummies off limits. It gets tougher. Still, so fun to see the kids in their costumes, from the little ones who are paralyzed with the awesomeness of the whole thing to the big teens trying to be cool. A great holiday. And the leftovers are a bonus.
For this specific purpose, I think it would work — the main reason would be to give them a second’s pause of Do I really want to run towards the strange humans or away from them? Over the gate would be towards the strangers.
But I was unable to find one in time, so the cats are locked up instead.
Waiting for my first trick-or-treaters. The person organizing it said they would probably start sometime between 6:30 and 7:00, so hopefully soon.
@NotMax: Loved, loved Zacherley’s show. Watched it every Saturday. My mother could not understand why I liked it. (Maybe because she didn’t like it???? No, not really, he made me laugh and that was a big part; how he used hamburger meat and liver, etc.)
Iowa Old Lady
@Shana: We had over 90 kids and ran out of candy. We had to turn out the lights and hide.
Tricker treaters are tapering off; looks like we’ll have leftover candy — hooray! I’m watching a godawful Vincent Price movie — Dr. Phives! I met Vincent Price ages ago when I worked at the university performing arts center. He was very kind to an awestruck bumpkin.
Fair warning to you, jeffreyw. Next fall I am going to be coming through your area, and I have every intention of doing a Balloon Juice meetup with you, and Tommy, and anyone else who lives in southern Illinois and environs. I have a Met Opera friend in the area, too, whom I’d like to meet in person. There’s nearly a year to plan!
I have always heard that he was a very polite and kind man.
I like Dr. Phibes. It’s pretty campy, though (on purpose), so you have to be in the right mood to appreciate it. Closer to a horror comedy, but with some creepy/disturbing parts — for some reason, the death of the guy who gets his head crushed by the frog mask always freaks me out.
@Mnemosyne: I saw some on my street when I went out for a smoke. So I went inside and turned off all the lights.
Yay! That’s wonderful!
Yup yup. He’s still kicking, well into his nineties now.
Have mentioned this before, but met him once (albeit briefly; even more personable and nice than one would hope) at the after party for a movie premiere. We were seated at the same table. To this day don’t know what the drink was which he ordered, only that it was gray. Deep gray.
“Good night, whatever you are.”
I never met Vincent Price, but I did meet Basil Rathbone
He worked closely with East Los Angeles College and endowed a museum there with a large part of his personal art collection — they were recently able to build a really nice new facility for their current collection. He was a huge believer in arts education and wanted to make sure that students in the poorer parts of Los Angeles would have access to fine art.
ETA: IIRC, dance around in your bones once sold an Oriental rug to Vincent Price. Because of course she did. ;-)
@SiubhanDuinne: I am ever so envious. Aside from Sherlock Holmes fame, he was an awesome villain in swashbucklers. He also won an M.C. during WWI for sneaking out in between the trenches to do in person observation while serving as his unit’s intel officer.
As you said, of course she did.
@jeffreyw: Did you dress up any of your kittehs for the occasion?.
Rathbone is still considered by far the best fencer that Hollywood ever saw. He had to work hard to make his co-stars look good.
Showing the demon is a mistake. A horrible, horrible mistake.
There is nothing that idiot republicans(but I repeat myself) will believe that surprises me. We call them idiots for a reason.
Srsly. And so early.
Nice. Was it MAD magazine which always ran the same caption under a solemn, grim-faced picture of him? “It only laughs when I hurt.”
ZOMFG you met Basil RATHBONE?!!!
dating myself but – my fave actor of all time bar none. SPILL!!
Me too. I’m glad to find someone out there who thinks that Halloween is a gigantic crock of shit.
@Steeplejack: I actually co-wrote a screenplay several years ago (it got an honorable mention at the Cleveland International Film Festival that year) which featured a discussion of that very point. As long as I am bragging, the short film we entered was shown at the festival as well.
@Elmo: Interesting undercurrent of fondness for Mr. Rathbone flowing through the commentariat.
Come to think of it, may have been Esquire.
So long ago, it’s all a bit fuzzy.
IIRC, according to Danny Peary (in one of his classic Cult Movies books), Tourneur’s plan was to only show the demon at the end, and the dispute was that the producers insisted on putting it at the beginning as well. That probably would have worked better since it would have been a pretty terrifying reveal.
(I suspect that Peary is right because the demon appearance at the beginning seems quite tacked-on compared to its suspenseful appearance at the end.)
@Mnemosyne: I think they could have done without showing the demon at all. Unseen demons can be much more terrifying.
(darkly) There Are No Accidents.
We are a sophisticated bunch with educated tastes. I have seen every single one of his movies multiple times, including Hellzapoppin, and I have all his radio plays. I was obsessed with him and Leonard Nimoy as an adolescent.
BBC had Jimmy Savile and now CBC has Jian Ghomeshi:
“Imagine Fresh Air host Terry Gross ensnared in a lurid S&M sex scandal and you’d have a good sense of the public disbelief — and indignation — all over Canada over the firing by CBC of Jian Ghomeshi”
That sure sounds a lot better than saying “We’re a bunch of weirdos.”
That’s why I love The Haunting so much — you never actually see anything, although you always think that if they would just move the camera a few inches, you totally would. But it can be pretty powerful to finally show the monster at the end after hinting at it during the rest of the film. As I said, the appearance at the end seems much better staged than the appearance at the beginning, so Tourneur was probably right.
@The Other Chuck:
But Hershey puts peanuts on the ingredient list. Are they liars or is it somewhere else?
@Mnemosyne, @Omnes Omnibus:
Not just the demon’s early appearance but its cheesiness sort of deflates the rest of the movie. A late reveal, no matter how cheesy, leaves less of the movie to be damaged.
When the guy first saw the demon approaching, it looked like a ball of smoke. (I haven’t watched this movie in years and have forgotten a lot of the details.) That would have been fine for most or all of the movie.
Dana Andrews was wearing some big-ass cufflinks for a while, but now he’s changed out. Weird how you pick up on odd details like that.
@Mnemosyne: My tastes may be jaded by years of better special effects, but I just don’t find that demon to be scary. At the same time, Lon Chaney in the original Phantom of the Opera was brilliant.
I like it because the ghost leaves behind chalk……
or something like chalk.
@Mike J: Dry board markers?
The ball of smoke works, damn it.
I love him too! The closest I got was seeing his son (named Rodion, oddly enough) at a Sherlock Holmes film festival at Yale.
I think he’s the best Karenin there ever was.
@gogol’s wife: Yoicks. Another one.
Finally remembered the movie I was trying to think of where the late reveal is much, much better (although the monster is not cheesy): Forbidden Planet.
@Steeplejack: I think that avoidance of cheesy monsters is key. The rest of the movie (Night/Curse of the Demon) is quite well done.
Dana Andrews is being kind of a dick to everybody. I’m almost starting to hope he does die on the 28th.
@Steeplejack: I have been informed that prunes gave him difficulties.
Gonna have to finish this movie tomorrow. Rare sinking spell, and I need to go to bed. Plus I’m house-sitting at my (non-RWNJ) brother’s house, and the sighthound is letting me know it’s past her bedtime, too.
ETA: Whatever is the opposite of screen magnetism, Peggy Cummins has it.
ETFA: What the hell? Just realized this movie only has another 10-15 minutes to go. I can hang around for that. I guess it has been a bit leisurely so far.
@Steeplejack: Only a few minutes left.
I again assert that the ball of smoke would have been more than sufficient.
ETA: The stop motion demon ruins the movie for me.
Agreed, cheesy monster is cheesy. The smoke-wreathed train bearing down on you is quite frightening enough and could be freighted with sufficient supernatural overtones.
Okay, it’s official: Robert Osborne blames Hal Chester for all the cheesy-monster dick moves.
The other thing about the early reveal of a cheesy monster is that you (the audience) then expect it to keep reappearing, and when it doesn’t you get disappointed, even if only subconsciously. I was misremembering this movie as being longer than it is because I was expecting the monster to appear.
@Steeplejack: There was a US version that was only 83 minutes long; TCM showed the full 95 minute version.
I was just expecting more stuff to happen. Something slightly off about the pacing. And once you’ve shown the monster it’s hard—unsatisfying to the viewer—to drop back to psychological menacing.
You need to see Gun Crazy. Go find it tomorrow. It will completely transform your view of Cummins.
We just started watching it and the better way to do the initial view of the demon probably would have been the glowing cloud, and then that shot of the giant foot next to the professor’s body. That probably would have been sufficient. Showing the whole demon at the very beginning removes any possible suspense.
@Mnemosyne: Not even the foot. Ever. I swear that this is a movie I would have found wonderful but for the cheesy demon. Use the unseen; it appears that the director and others knew that, but pressure from above won out.
She was great in Gun Crazy but a cold fish in this one. But there weren’t any pheremones wafting off Dana Andrews either.
@Steeplejack (tablet): FWIW, I am not a particular fan of Dana Andrews.
@Elizabelle: My niece and nephew away at college. 50/50 split.
Like a lot of “leading men” of the ’40s, he didn’t age well. Excellent in Laura and The Best Years of Our Lives, and The Ox-Bow Incident is truly wrenching.
Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again)
Alright, lady, what’s the deal with the Hershey bar w/out almonds? You think we’re going to make s’mores later on?
Alright, boys, bust out the t.p.!
For some reason, I noticed this time around that he was constantly drinking or asking for a drink. Which is a little odd because he was one of the first actors to go public about being an alcoholic.
half a TBogg unit. not bad for a candy thread. :)
I understand their impulse — if you didn’t know there were real demons, then you wouldn’t be as exasperated with Dana A. But for me the scariest scene was the seance. You think the medium is a fake but then Maurice Denham’s voice comes out of him — terrifying! You really didn’t need the demon after that.
Oh, have I got candy. I wasn’t really expecting a lot of trick-or-treaters (I live in a large building with a buzz-in entry), but figured I’d better have something on hand, just in case. Then the weather got absolutely horrible in the afternoon — 37 degrees, north wind at 35-40 mph (gusts up to 50), and mixed rain/snow.
So yeah, I’ve got candy.
So today I’m going to try to remember to vote — there’s an early voting location en route to my usual haunts, which is easier to get to than my polling place. That way, it’s done.