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!!!

CASUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MORE BOWLING!!!

•October 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE TRADES HIS BOWLING BALL FOR HANDCUFFS THIS WEEK

UNCLE PETE TRADES HIS BOWLING BALL FOR HANDCUFFS THIS WEEK

All those so-called edgy TV cop shows with all the letters – you know, NCI, SUV, SIC, EIEIO – they’re just a bunch of boring cookie cutter same old thing kinda shows (and not in a good way either).  Join UNCLE PETE this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN for some real down to earth cop action with the 1976 feature Cop In Blue Jeans (aka – Squadra Antiscippo).  It’s off to the land of vino and salami (UNCLE PETE’s favorite breakfast) for this Bruno Corbucci directed thriller starring Tomas Milian as Nico Giraldi, a tough, no-nonsense, earthy undercover cop who makes his own rules as he goes along and always gets the job done.  Nico is investigating a well-organized group of thieves swiping everything from purses to jewelry to motorcycles.  But things really start to heat up when one of the gang snatches a briefcase containing 4 billion lira (I think that’s about a buck-eighty American) and belonging to big time mobster Norman Shelley (played by Dark Vault fave Jack Palance).

And it’s another of our new remixed, remastered, re-upholstered episodes with bigger color, higher sound and all that good stuff!

     UNCLE PETE is back in the DARK VAULT this week, returning triumphant from his ’round the world bowling tour.  He, and especially his bowling ball, are a bit the worse for wear after their little delay in the German Airport, but that won’t stop him from channeling his inner street-wise tough guy cop.  But he might be better off channeling Houdini when he has a bit of trouble with a set of official handcuffs (and a flashback to that weekend in Altoona).

So join UNCLE PETE for Cop In Blue Jeans this Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 17 (Sayre), and channel 99 (Elmira/Corning/Hornell).  It’s our October kick-off presentation on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!

IT’S A SPAGHETTI HORSE OPERA AND BOWLING THRILLS THIS WEEK!

•September 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment
SUMMER MEANS FUN AND WESTERNS AND BOWLING

SUMMER MEANS FUN AND WESTERNS AND BOWLING!

We all enjoyed last week’s singin’ and shootin’ extravaganza. so how ’bout another heapin’ helpin’ of Spaghetti Western shootin’, ridin’, brawlin’, and a little comedy this Saturday on the DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN as UNCLE PETE  brings you They Call Me Trinity.  Directed and written by Enzo Barboni, this gem from 1970 stars our favorite Italian duo Terence Hill (as Trinity) and Bud Spencer (as Bambino).

Bambino pretends to be a small town sheriff (after scuffing up the new sheriff on his way to town) while he waits for his bad guy buddies to show up.  But first Bambino’s brother Trinity, a first class slacker, fighter and gunman, rolls into town.  Meanwhile, evil rancher Major Harriman (Farley Granger) is trying to run a bunch of Mormons off their land so he can take it over as a horse ranch.  Trinity, who has become enamored of a couple of attractive Mormon girls, convinces his brother that they should help the Mormons fight this evil land grabber.  Fightin’ and fun ensue in this action packed horse opera also knows as My Name Is Trinity.

UNCLE PETE is off on a bowling tour again.   Unfortunately, he runs into a little trouble, as usual, at one of the airports.  It seems some of the stuff that UNCLE PETE typically travels with has Airport Security a bit concerned.

Plus, it’s another of our recently remastered remixed DARK VAULTS with enhanced and improved video and audio and some new material.

So barbecue up a bunch of spaghetti and beans and tune in this Saturday night September 27, 2014 from 10PM til midnight on Binghamton’s channel 4, Sayre’s channel 17, and Corning/Elmira/Hornell’s channel 99.  It’s western action, bowling thrills and a good dose of wackiness as UNCLE PETE presents They Call Me Trinity on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, HAAAAAAAPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

•September 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment
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UNCLE PETE AND EL VATO DON THEIR ANNIVERSARY PARTY GARB ONCE AGAIN!

It’s time for another big celebration this week in The Dark Vault!  (Actually it’s been a big celebration all week which is why we didn’t get this announcement out until now.)  It was exactly 7 years (and 1 week) ago this Monday when episode one of THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN first hit the air.  The date was Saturday, September 15, 2007, when the television airwaves in the Broome County, NY area were altered forever as long-time radio fixture UNCLE PETE made his TV debut along with clone sidekick El Vato and the feature presentation Abby.

OXNARD CELEBRATING AT LAST YEAR'S ANNIVERSARY PARTY

THE SPIRIT OF OXNARD STILL DWELLS IN THE DVOPD!

We’re into year number eight now, and we’re still on the air in the Binghamton area.  And we’re still on the air in the Atkinson, NH area (twice weekly).  And now we’re also on the air in the Sayre, PA area and also in the Corning/Elmira/Hornell areas.  Over the years, we’ve also been on the air in all kinds of places across the USA too!  On top of all that, we’ve introduced the very popular DARK VAULT Fashion Line with shirts in two stunning styles (contact UNCLE PETE to get yours)!

There’ve been some occasional transmission issues over the past year due to changes in the cable system we are carried on, but these all are addressed as soon as we find out about them (if you have trouble getting the show, let us know).  The rumors for the upcoming year are that we may be further expanding our viewing area to cover a much larger hunk of New York State (if the technical details can get ironed out).  And there are also rumors of an expanded,, international, interplanetary production being developed for which to create brand new episodes.  And we still have our special holiday and new Christmas traditional episodes to air.  So celebrate with UNCLE PETE, El Vato, and the whole gang and let your friends and strangers know about THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN – it’ll make the world a better place.

Thanks to all our supporters and viewers!  Keep on watchin’! And, if you’re interested in Dark Vault Shirts or getting us on the air in your area or anything, let us know (unclepeteshow(at)gmail.com or darkvault.wordpress (with a .com at the end there).  We’ll keep your cathodes glowin’!

WESTERN SPAGHETTI AND MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC!!!

•September 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE AND VITOBOT(TM) DISCUSS THE FEATURE

UNCLE PETE AND VITOBOT(TM) DISCUSS THE FEATURE, CHEESE, AND LAUNDRY

Somebody famous once said “I feel a song coming on” (we think it was either UNCLE PETE or the guy that invented the jukebox).  This week in THE DARK VAULT, UNCLE PETE and the Clones feel lotsa songs coming on and a bunch of rip-roarin’ six-gun western action too!  So tune in Saturday as UNCLE PETE brings you the rarely seen spaghetti western/musical/romance/comedy Little Rita Of The West. It stars Italian pop star Rita Pavone as Little Rita – a straight shootin’ buckskin clad babe ridin’ through the Old West righting wrongs. Rita believes that gold is the root of a lot of bad stuff, so she, along with friends Francis (Lucio Dalla) and Sitting Bison (well-known Hercules-type movie star Gordon Scott aka Gordon Mitchell) sets out to blow up all the gold she can locate.  But a bunch of bad guys want to get the gold before she blows it up.  Along the way, Rita crosses paths with the one that makes her heart go pitty pat – Black Star (Terence Hill) – who seems to have eyes more for the gold than Rita (or does he).

    Originally, Little Rita Of The West was entirely in Italian and contained all kindsa songs, but when it was released in English, all the songs were cut. We’ve unearthed a rather rare print of this film that not only has the English dialog, but also has all of the original songs included, and in Italian. Another DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN exclusive (or there abouts)!  Plus, we’ve also remastered our copy with improved sights, sounds and smells (for those sets so equipped)!

EL VATO AND ROJO GATO OFFER THEIR VERSION OF A SNACK

El Vato and Rojo Gato are hard at work doing their version of sprucing things up around the DARK VAULT.  UNCLE PETE, just back from a trip, searches for a snack, and digs up a couple of musical adventures from the old Scopiatones section of the Cinema Graveyard before having an unfortunate power tool incident.

So join UNCLE PETE and the Clones this Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on  Binghamton’s channel 4, Sayre’s channel 17, and Elmira/Corning/Hornell’s channel 99 for Little Rita Of The West, our feature presentation on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

 
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