IT’S A HAPPY HALLOWEEN IN THE CINEMA GRAVEYARD THIS WEEK!
It’s that time of the year again! When spooky, scary things appear everywhere – on TV, in the streets, at your door – all looking for something from YOU. No, I’m not talking about election season. Of course, it’s Halloween!
And that means it’s time for the traditional annual DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN showing of the horror classic – Night Of The Living Dead! Join UNCLE PETE as he makes a rare on-screen trip into the Cinema Graveyard. What with all the Vault and Clone problems that he’s had of late, it seems no one has remembered to fetch a feature from the Graveyard, so he hops in the Dark Vault Cruiser and heads out to the wide stoney spaces himself to find something worthy of the holiday.
His choice is a good one. Director George Romero’s first foray into the horror film world is set in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area (and that’s pretty scary all by itself). But there’s more than just Pittsburgh to worry about. 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.
It’s fresh air and wide open spaces for UNCLE PETE as he brings this week’s episode to you from 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 museum 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!
So tune in this week, Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4. And make sure to tune in early to see the 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!