HAIL HAIL, THE GHOULS ALL HERE!!!
It’s that time of the year when low, vile, evil creatures of the night seek you out and attack your brains. So this Saturday, take a break from all that political campaigning and spend some time with some nice wholesome ghouls. Join UNCLE PETE on a rare trip to The Cinema Graveyard for our annual Halloween DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN tradition – Night Of The Living Dead! To celebrate this special day, UNCLE PETE hops into the Dark Vault Cruiser and off to the wide stoney spaces to personally get this week’s feature.
Night Of The Living Dead, director George Romero’s first horror film, is set in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area (and that’s pretty scary all by itself). 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 scared 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 the grandfather of modern zombie movies, 1968’s Night Of The Living Dead.
Amongst the marble and granite of the Cinema Graveyard, UNCLE PETE finds a 1933 treat from 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 (or perhaps fiend) approaching from behind with the air of rotting flesh – and he looks hungry!
So start your Halloween weekend off, Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in Binghamton, 99 in Hornell/Corning/Elmira and Utica/Rome , 17 in Montrose/Sayre, PA and for our newest viewers – channel 30 in Massena.Malone/Ogdensburg/Champlain and the North Country – with replays for you late nighters at midnight and 2AM – 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!
Don’t forget – all you new viewers – drop us a line at unclepeteshow @gmail.com!
(And for all our ROKU – Beta Max TV viewers – this week’s feature is Destroy All Planets, Saturday night at 7PM!)