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  1. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021: 1. THE HAUNTING (1963) * Premier Viewing! TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS COLLECTION (Horror) - DVD set 2. HOUSE OF WAX (1953) 2-D Version. TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS COLLECTION (Horror) - DVD set 3. THE DEVIL BAT (1940) Premier Viewing...
  2. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    22. DR. PYCKLE & MR. PRIDE (1925) - Stan Laurel Silent Comedy For those who have a bit of time before retiring this Halloween Night, why not check out this gem of a Stan Laurel comedy short parody of Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, which played on a recent Ben Model Silent Comedy Watch Party episode on...
  3. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    21. ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) – DRACULA COMPLETE LEGACY COLLECTION Blu-ray set (Universal) The ONE film everyone in our household can always agree on for Halloween night viewing! Anyone who doesn’t at least like this film probably doesn’t like any of the original classic...
  4. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    I'm so sorry for your loss, Suzanne! :( Your public viewings sound like they were very interesting and worthwhile outings, and represent a sort of triumph given the past 19 months, or thereabouts. Let's all hope for a better 2022! CHEERS! :)
  5. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    19. GHOST CHASERS (1951) - THE BOWERY BOYS VOLUME 2 DVD Set (WB) This early ‘50s Bowery Boys feature includes a rather endearing performance by Lloyd Corrigan as a Pilgrim like spirit who is determined to put an end to some fake psychics’ money making shenanigans. I especially love his and...
  6. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    18. MASTER MINDS (1949) - THE BOWERY BOYS VOLUME 1 DVD Set (WB) This is easily my favorite among the Bowery Boys scare fests. Huntz Hall (Satch) is rather convincingly scary and Glenn Strange (Atlas The Monster) really gets Satch’s mannerisms down pat. Bernard Gorcey is also rather good at...
  7. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    17. SPOOK BUSTERS (1946) – THE BOWERY BOYS VOLUME 2 DVD Set (WB) This early Bowery Boys Feature by Monogram marks the first of four in that long running series with a spooky and/or monster theme, featuring Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and company (A fifth entry, SPOOK CHASERS from 1957, was made...
  8. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    16. SHIVER MY TIMBERS (1931) – THE LITTLE RASCALS Volume 3 DVD (RHI-Vivendi) This Hal Roach two reel short’s premise is that the gang who have been listening to old pirate yarns while playing hooky be scared into not wanting to be pirates anymore. Even Miss Crabtree gets into the act, being...
  9. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    15. THE LIVE GHOST (1934) – LAUREL & HARDY: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION DVD Set (RHI-Vivendi) This Hal Roach two reel short is more nautical comedy than horror, but the premise is based on a sea captain who resorts to shanghaiing (With assistance from Stan & Ollie, who evidently innocently see...
  10. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    14. DRÁCULA (1931) - Spanish Universal DRACULA COMPLETE LEGACY COLLECTION Blu-ray Since this version’s reemergence in the early 1990s (Thanks, in no small part, to horror film historian David Skal’s efforts!), much has been documented about this unique Spanish Version of Dracula being in many...
  11. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    13. DRACULA (1931) Universal DRACULA COMPLETE LEGACY COLLECTION Blu-ray Although this iconic Horror classic is now over 90 years old, it never gets too old to enjoy, and this excellent 2012 restoration means we get to see (and hear) Count Dracula, Renfield, Van Helsing, Harker et al with more...
  12. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    12. THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1921) Buster Keaton (KINO 2011 Blu-ray Edition) Among Buster Keaton’s earliest post Arbuckle silent comedies, this 20 minute short features an abandoned house designed by a bank cashier and his band of counterfeiters to appear haunted in order to scare off Police. Add...
  13. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    11. THE GHOST TALKS (1949) This late 1940’s Three Stooges short features a ghost knight who has been waiting a thousand years for Lady Godiva’s return. While Moe Howard is noticeably aged by this time, Larry Fine and especially Moe’s brother Shemp have really stepped up in filling the shoes of...
  14. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    10. THE LAUREL~HARDY MURDER CASE (1930) After viewing the loose remake IF A BODY MEETS A BODY (1945) by The Three Stooges last night, it only seemed fitting to give its Laurel & Hardy 3 Reel ancestor a fresh viewing. This short certainly gets full points in terms of spooky atmosphere. Where it...
  15. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    7 – 9. THE THREE STOOGES (All from Sony DVD Volumes): WE WANT OUR MUMMY (1939) SPOOK LOUDER (1943) IF A BODY MEETS A BODY (1945) Tonight, I elected to view another 3 horror themed shorts by The Three Stooges, all of them featuring the Moe, Larry & Curly lineup. Out of these three, my...
  16. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    6. THE THREE STOOGES: SPOOKS (1953) 3-D Anaglyph Sony DVD No, optimal 3-D quality like what was released by Twilight Time on Blu-ray a few years ago (Along with PARDON MY BACKFIRE from the same year!) as an extra for the 3-D restoration of THE MAD MAGICIAN (1953), courtesy of Bob Furmanek &...
  17. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    6. THE MONKEES MINI-MONSTERTHON (3 Episodes) From THE MONKEES Season 1 & Season 2 DVD sets by Rhino, I viewed the following 3 Episodes: Season 1: I WAS A TEENAGE MONSTER (Episode 18) Season 2: A COFFIN TOO FREQUENT (Episode 43) MONSTROUS MONKEE MASH (Episode 50) These episodes were a lot of...
  18. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    5. SCARED TO DEATH (1947) Premier Viewing! Although also on the Direct Source DVD set, I elected to instead view a version from YouTube, as the transfer on the DVD was Black & White, rather than the Natural Color process that was used in the making of this early post war Horror Feature. The...
  19. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    4. THE CORPSE VANISHES (1942) Premier Viewing! Also from the Direct Source DVD set, this B Feature by Monogram stars Bela Lugosi in another mad scientist role, in which Brides are mysteriously dying at the altar….or are they? While not a great film by any stretch, the casting is pretty solid...
  20. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    3. THE DEVIL BAT (1940) Premier Viewing! Several years back, I purchased a Triple Bela Lugosi Feature 3 disc DVD set by Direct Source dirt cheap (Around $2.50, as I recall)!. Unfortunately, the first disc that I popped in of SCARED TO DEATH (1947), which is billed as Bela Lugosi’s only...
  21. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    2. HOUSE OF WAX (1953) 2-D Version: I first saw this title in its original 3-D format back in 1983 at the now defunct Reportory Theatre on Richmond Street in London, Ontario, where I grew up. How fitting that my second viewing would be after moving back there, albeit in 2-D on the TCM GREATEST...
  22. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    Wow, I had no idea the Stan Laurel parody "Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride (1925)" was available on Blu-ray! That's good to know! I have seen this parody, and I agree it is hilarious!! CHEERS! :)
  23. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    1. THE HAUNTING (1963) * Premier Viewing! Despite having had this title on DVD for at least several years now (As part of the TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS COLLECTION-HORROR), I only finally got around to viewing this creepy chiller for the first time last night. I found the first 40 minutes to be...
  24. Tony Bensley

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    I'm in for the 13, Michael! 👍 CHEERS! :)
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