THANKSGIVING STARTS EARLY ON THE DARK VAULT

•November 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

OXNARD IS RIVETED BY UNCLE PETE’S TALE ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE

You’ll probably have a turkey somewhere around the house next Thursday so we thought we’d bring one to your TV this Saturday to kick off Thanksgiving Week on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN.  Join UNCLE PETE and OXNARD this week for some body snatchin’, swamp swimmin’ horror as we present Swamp Of The Lost Monster.  Bodies and villagers are disappearing in the village near the swamp and there’s rumor of a creature with a bad attitude roaming about.  Gaston (Gaston Santos), bullfighter, cowboy, and all-around good guy, gets involved when the body of a relative disappears at the funeral.  Astride his mighty steed Rayo de Plata (Moonlight, or perhaps Silver Ray), he heads out after the evil, foul-smelling, gilled monster.  Also starring Manola Saavedra as Julietta, from 1957 it’s Swamp Of The Lost Monster.

AN EXHAUSTED OXNARD HELPS UNCLE PETE FIGURE OUT THE PRE-FAB DARK VAULT KIT

     UNCLE PETE and his little buddy OXNARD are hanging around Lake Dark Vault recounting scary maritime tales about the fate of the SS Ella Fitzgerald, mysteriously lost with all hands on board during a routine evening party mission  (we just passed the anniversary of the loss of that other Fitzgerald boat, but this here is the real deal!).  They also work on trying to figure out the recently delivered pre-fab Dark Vault kit.  UNCLE PETE finds time to present another episode of  The Veil  hosted by Boris Karloff (Happy Birthday Boris – Nov. 23) to follow up last week’s dose.

ELECTRICITY CAN BE TRICKY

It’s spookiness and monsters with Swamp Of The Lost Monster this Saturday night, November 21, 2014 on channel 4 in Binghamton, channel 17 in Sayre, PA, and channel 99 in Corning, Hornell, and Elmira from 10PM to midnight.  You’re in for fun and scariness with an appearance with our gone but not forgotten friend OXNARD as UNCLE PETE tries his hand at some special electricical wiring on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!  (And check here this week for news about the annual Uncle Pete Thanksgiving Eve Special coming up!)

IT’S TV ON TV!!!

•November 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE ABSORBS SOME CLASSIC CATHODE RAYS

UNCLE PETE ABSORBS SOME CLASSIC CATHODE RAYS

If you have one if those newfangled flattened out televisions, head down to the used TV storehouse and get yourself an old one cuz it’s time to warm up those old cathode ray tubes again! Join UNCLE PETE in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN this week as he brings you the CLASSIC TELEVISION SPECTACULAR (Part I).  It’s down to the Dark Vault Den again as we open up the Dark Vault Classic Television Archives.

First up is an episode of Clutch Cargo from 1962 featuring the special Synchrovox process which combined animation and live action speaking parts.  Clutch, his sidekick Spinner and that pugnacious pooch Paddlefoot meet up with Mister Abominable.  More action follows  from 1967 with episode 1 of Johnny Socko and His Flying Robot.  Johnny, his pal and his giant robot defend the earth against all sorts of evil and assorted giant beasties.

Next we turn to suspenseful spookiness with an episode from one of our favorite little seen series from the 50′s – The Veil  hosted by Boris Karloff.  Then it’s Destination: Outer Space and a return to the Synchrovox process with Space Angel.  In this episode from 1962 – The Ghost and Crystal Mace (yes, Mace not that other stuff you were thinking of) Space Angel and his crew encounter a planet inhabited by some very upset and mischievous ghosts.

Finally, it’s back to earth where evil is afoot once again in The Adventures Of Dr. Fu Manchu, one of the first syndicated television programs.  This episode finds the evil doctor kidnapping a famous plastic surgeon to do some work on an evil-doer who has been in hiding since the fall of  his former stomping grounds – Nazi Germany.  Naztiness abounds in this episode entitled The Master Plan Of Dr. Fu Manchu.

Back at the Dark Vault Den, UNCLE PETE  tries to get his robot buddy to demonstrate the process of Luffing (and we’re still not sure what Luffing is), and grows an instant Fu Manchu moustache.  Plus, there’s a cameo appearance by our friend, Mr. Yuk, the guy who replaced the old Skull and Crossbones as the symbol of poison  (whatever happened to Mr. Yuk anyway?).

So whether you have a black and white set or one of those new color console sets, 2D, 3D, or 4D, smellavision or not, make sure it’s good and warmed up  this Saturday night November 15, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in Binghamton, channel 99 in Elmira/Corning/Hornell, and channel 17 in Sayre, PA.  It’s a walk down Television Memory Lane with UNCLE PETE and the Classic Television Spectacular on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

RADIOACTIVE TURTLE – FULLY COOKS YOUR THANKSGIVING TURKEYS IN 3 SECONDS!

•November 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE WATCHES THE RESULTS OF HIS LASTEST EXPERIMENT

UNCLE PETE WATCHES THE RESULTS OF HIS LASTEST EXPERIMENT

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No, it’s a turtle!!!  Join UNCLE PETE on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN for the 1965 big screen debut of our favorite giant turtle in Gamera The Invincible (a.k.a. – Daikaiju Gamera).  And it’s another DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN remastered broadcast – biggerer, brighterer, betterer, and turtley-er then before.

GAMERA HAS SOME FUN IN THE WATER

GAMERA HAS SOME FUN IN THE WATER

When a bomb blast wakens our sleeping hero, he gets up a little cranky and takes a walk through some of Tokyo’s hot spots (at least they are after he gets through with them).  Gamera The Invincible was the only film in the original crop of Gamera movies that was released in American theaters.  Re-edited and longer than the original Japanese release, the U.S. version added several scenes and American actors (including Brian Donlevy and Albert Dekker) to the original line-up starring Eiji Funakoshi and Harumi Kintachi.  Directed by Noriaki Yuasa.  From 1965, it’s Gamera The Invincible.

THE DARK VAULT EMERGENCY ROBOT GETS A LITTLE OUT OF HAND THIS WEEK

THE DARK VAULT EMERGENCY ROBOT GETS A LITTLE OUT OF HAND THIS WEEK

Back in The Dark Vault Laboratory, UNCLE PETE is working under a secret contract with an unnamed party to develop a size enhancement formula.  The enlarging fluid does more than expected as it turns a robot into a rampaging, stomping, flying giant pain in the neck and UNCLE PETE sends El Vato out to clean things up.  You know, the usual.  But UNCLE PETE still finds time between disasters to bring you some music, including a video by the Plastics, and a cartoon about a meanie up north called  The Snowman to help prepare you for the coming chill.  It all happens this Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 17 (Sayre, PA), and channel 99 (Elmira/Corning/Hornell).  So dig out your atomic turtleneck sweaters and join UNCLE PETE and EL Vato for Gamera The Invincible on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!

ONE MORE SCARY MOVIE TO FINISH UP YOUR LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY!

•October 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE AND OXNARD ENJOY A LITTLE WHITTLIN' FUN

UNCLE PETE AND OXNARD ENJOY A LITTLE WHITTLIN’ FUN

Since Halloween falls on the night before the show this week, we thought we’d give you one more dose of fright as we air the battle of two of the scariest movie monsters ever  – Dracula Vs. Muggs.  Join UNCLE PETE and his ever faithful Beagle OXNARD at LAKE DARK VAULT this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN as they bring you the suspense filled 1943 comedy thriller Ghosts On The Loose.  Muggs (Leo Gorcey), Glimpy (Huntz Hall), Danny (Bobby Jordan), Scruno (Sunshine Sammy Morrison) and the rest of the gang are preparing for the wedding of Glimpy’s sister Betty (played by Ava Gardner in one of her early roles).  Jack (Rick Vailin), Betty’s intended,  has purchased a little home in the suburbs for which to settle in with his new bride and the Gang decides to go do a little extra fixin’ up for the happy couple but mistakenly goes to the mansion next door.   Meanwhile, when a stranger tries to buy the cottage from Jack, we find that the mansion next door is said to be  haunted.  Mysterious things have the Gang thinking there are ghosts about, but they don’t realize that Emil (Bela Lugosi) has his Nazi bunch hidden in the mansion plotting all kinds of evil.  One of the most classic exchanges in all of filmdom occurs between Scruno and Emil as the Boys explore the secret passages and Scruno utters the immortal “Who Dat!” The film also features popular film star Wheeler Oakman as Tony and Stanley Clements as Stash.  Clements, who didn’t appear in any more East Side Kids films would resurface in the 1950′s as Duke, the leader of The Bowery Boys after Leo Gorcey’s retirement.  Plus, make sure to listen for (and watch) Bill Bates as Sleepy, who actually plays the organ in his only East Side Kids appearance in this week’s feature – Ghosts On The Loose.

UNCLE PETE, OXNARD, Max and Stone Dog are doing some relaxin’ at LAKE DARK VAULT.  And while engaging in a little whittling with his 47 blade pocket knife – including the sterling steel dinner service,  UNCLE PETE finds time to bring you a 1936 short from our favorite trio The Three Stooges in Disorder In The Court. Who Dat Say Who Dat When I Say Who Dat?  Find the answer in two hours of hound dogs, ghosts and a few eye pokes this Saturday,  November 1, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 17 (Sayre, PA), and channel 99 (Hornell/Corning/Elmira).  Grab a hunk o’ board and your pocket knife and whittle the time away with UNCLE PETE and OXNARD as they bring you Ghosts On The Loose, the next feature presentation on the DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!  (And don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour after the show – who knows, maybe you’ll get an extra hour of THE DARK VAULT too!)

THE HALLOWEEN TRADITION CONTINUES

•October 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE (AND AN UNEXPECTED VISITOR) IN THE CINEMA GRAVEYARD

It’s just about a week away from the day when all manner of strange and scary creatures will flood towns and cities all across the country.  No, I’m not talking about Election Day, I’m talkin’ Halloween!.  So join UNCLE PETE on a rare trip to The Cinema Graveyard for our annual Halloween week DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN screening of the horror classic – Night Of The Living Dead! The Clones have been so busy, no one remembered to fetch a feature from the Graveyard.  So it’s into the Dark Vault Cruiser and off to the wide stoney spaces for a feature always worthy of the holiday.

Night Of The Living Dead is director George Romero’s first foray into the horror film world.  Set in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area (and that’s pretty scary all by itself), we find the dead have risen from their graves everywhere and have an appetite for human flesh.  One theory in the film is that contamination from a returning space probe is responsible, but I always suspected fluoride.

Our movie opens in a fun place that looks much like the Cinema Graveyard.  Barbra (Judith O’Dea) and her brother encounter the first of many walking dead (Bill Hinzman) who kills the brother and pursues Barbra (guess the dead ate the “a” out of her name) to a farmhouse where she meets our hero Ben (Duane Jones).  A few other regular folks drop by.  And then it’s a non-stop parade of hungry ghouls.

Although called ghouls rather than zombies in the movie, this film set the tone for zombies to be thought of not as products of voodoo, but flesh-eating meanies.  From George Romero, whose previous directing included industrial safety films, commercials, and some MisterRoger’s Neighborhood episodes, it’s 1968′s Night Of The Living Dead.

TOM AND JERRY ON THE CASE

It’s fresh air and wide open spaces for UNCLE PETE out in the Cinema Graveyard.  While poking around, he also finds a great cartoon extra.  From 1933, it’s one of our favorite cartoon teams – Tom and Jerry (the tall guy and the short guy, not the cat and mouse) on the trail of a mummy thief in Magic Mummy.  But UNCLE PETE is not alone.  There’s a slow-moving friend approaching from behind with the air of rotting flesh – and he looks hungry!

UNCLE PETE ENTERS THE CINEMA GRAVEYARD

So tune in this week, Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in Binghamton, 99 in Hornell/Corning/Elmira, 17 in Sayre, PA and make sure to tune in early to see the original Dark Vault Cruiser tour through the Cinema Graveyard - some rare footage not unlike the opening of our movie.  It’s UNCLE PETE (and uninvited friend) bringing you Night Of The Living Dead on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

 

ZOMBIES, VAMPIRES, AND OTHER FUN STUFF – HALLOWEEN’S COMIN’!!!

•October 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment
VITO GOLD TAKES THE CONTROLS FOR A SOLID GOLD SALUTE THIS WEEK

VITO GOLD TAKES THE CONTROLS FOR A SOLID GOLD SALUTE THIS WEEK

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away and all the residents of the DARK VAULT (living and maybe sort of not really living) are all excited about one of our funnest nights of the year.  So UNCLE PETE has decided to pull out one of our favorite zombie-vampire-kung fu-comedy-action movies on this week’s DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN.  It’s the 1982 gem – Kung Fu Zombie starring Billy Chong.

A shifty businessman has a grudge with our hero’s father and enlists the help of an evil magician to zombify a gang to settle the score.  But things go awry and our bad guy gets croaked and accidentally re-animated as a zombie himself.  Along the way, a vampire with a grudge makes the scene as well.  It’s good guys versus bad guys and zombies and a vampire versus everybody in a non-stop kung fu battle royale with a good dose of fun thrown in for good measure.  Directed by Hua I Hung and also starring Chan Lau and Chiang Tao, it’s Kung Fu Zombie.

 

VINTAGE FOOTAGE FROM UNCLE PETE'S BROADCASTING HISTORY

VINTAGE FOOTAGE FROM UNCLE PETE’S BROADCASTING HISTORY

And since we’re in a festive celebratory kinda mood, we’ve got VITO GOLD himself hosting the show and presenting a VITO GOLD Salute To UNCLE PETE:  50 Years Of Television Magic.  It’s a look at the (now) 50 plus years of UNCLE PETE’s television career spotlighting some of his pre-DVOPD shows including UNCLE PETE’s Cartoon Treats featuring a Croatian cartoon called Once Upon A Time; Public Perceptions with UNCLE PETE – a public affairs show highlighting an instructional ditty called A Snort History, and Rock-O-Rama, a rock and roll extravaganza with an appearance from The Thirteenth Floor Elevators performing their hit You’re Gonna Miss MeVITO GOLD also has and episode of Kung Fu Alley starring UNCLE PETE and featuring 42nd Street Jimmy as they present this our feature.

 

UNCLE PETE'S BREAKFAST FAVE!

UNCLE PETE’S BREAKFAST FAVE!

Plus we’ve remastered all this stuff to give you even better stuff like sound you can see and pictures you can taste (depending on your television).

So tune in this Saturday night, October 18, 2014, from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in Binghamton, channel 17 in Sayre (PA), and channel 99 in Elmira/Hornell/Corning.  It’s a salute to 5 decades (or if you prefer, 50 years) of UNCLE PETE on TV and Kung Fu Zombie, our next feature presentation on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

 

BOWLING CAN BE DANGEROUS DURING A FULL MOON

•October 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE MARKS THIS WEEK’S ECLIPSE WITH MOON SNACKS, MOON BEASTS, AND SOME GOOD TIME BLOOD AND GORE!

This past week, most of the country got to see a total lunar eclipse, or Blood Moon as we in the DARK VAULT like to call it.  Here in the greater DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN viewing area, we got to see the clouds get darker then lighter again underway.  But that didn’t stop us from being safe and applying generous amounts of Moon Screen lotion to prevent that pesky moon burn.  But the moon sometimes affects people in odd ways as UNCLE PETE and El Vato will show you this Saturday the feature presentation from 1976 – Track Of The Moon Beast.  It stars Chase Cordell as Dr. Carlson, a rock hound who gets bonked in the head by a meteorite (and they told you not to worry about such things).  Not long after, some of the locals, including one poor soul coming home from bowling, start turning up slashed and hacked and generally in a pretty unhealthy dead condition with marks made by no known animal (except for maybe some of the guests at one of the DARK VAULT All-night shindigs).  The only clue is some ancient American Indian paintings.  Directed by Richard Ashe and co-written by Bill Finger whose writing credits also include episodes of the Batman TV series, 77 Sunset Strip and The Green Slime, it’s Track Of The Moon Beast!

And it’s a brand new remastered Moon Beast too with bigger better pictures and new stuff!

Meanwhile, UNCLE PETE and Max enjoy the beautiful moonlit night and several moon related refreshments.  So, break out a fresh jug of moonshine and bake up a moon pie (take one can of moon filling, poor into a frozen 9″ pie crust, cover with the second crust and bake for 35 minutes at 1200 degrees) and join UNCLE PETE Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on Binghamton’s channel 4, Hornell/Elmira/Corning’s channel 99, and Sayre’s channel 17.  It’s Track Of The Moon Beast, the first of several of October’s monsters and ghouls on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!

 
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