FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES (1988-1990): FORGOTTEN TELEVISION

Freddy's Nightmares

Freddy’s Nightmares

FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES (1988 – 1990) – With Halloween just over a week away what better time to examine this forgotten series! I’ve always been a Freddy Krueger over Jason Voorhees kind of guy. I found Voorhees a dull imitation of Michael Myers from the Halloween movies, plus it isn’t even Voorhees doing the killing in at least two of the Friday the Thirteenth films. Throw in a mention that the boring as hell slice and dice man didn’t even don his iconic hockey mask until the third movie. Now add the fact that no matter how bad some of the Nightmare on Elm Street sequels were NONE of them were as lame as so many of the FT13 flicks.

I always thought the Continue reading

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ISLAM IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH DIVERSE CULTURES

A REMINDER OF WHAT'S AT STAKE IN THE CLASH BETWEEN THE CIVILIZED WORLD WITH ALL ITS FAULTS AND THE TYRANNY CALLED ISLAM.

A REMINDER OF WHAT’S AT STAKE IN THE CLASH BETWEEN THE CIVILIZED WORLD WITH ALL ITS FAULTS AND THE TYRANNY CALLED ISLAM.

Do spineless, groveling apologists for Islam ever get tired of trying to defend the most intolerant religion in the world at this particular point in history?

To Muslim fanatics tolerance is a one-way street. They expect to be able to take their homophobia, misogyny and savage superstitions with them everywhere they go and demand that their host countries adapt to all of their own built-in hatreds rather than adapt to the 21st Century. Most repulsive is Islam’s insistence on carrying its treatment of women – slavery in other words – everywhere it spreads.

American Liberals are cowardly hypocrites because they would NEVER accept that from people migrating from Christian or Jewish nations but they twist logic as severely as they have to to side with hate-filled Islam. American Liberals are no doubt already preparing their excuses for the Muslims opening fire on the Canadian Parliament on the day they are considering honorary citizenship for Malala Yousafazi. One soldier is reported dead and one of the Muslim attackers was also supposedly slain.

Not content to just shoot Yousafazi when she was fifteen for  advocating educating women and letting them vote, I.S.L.A.M. (Intolerant Savages Loathing All Modernity) had to perpetrate additional outrages. All they know how to do is kill and kill and kill. Continue reading

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PRESSURE BUILDS ON CONTENDERS AS COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS LOOM

dog-in-football-uniformWith the publication of the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings less than a week away, a number of key Week 9 matchups take on even greater importance, with nation’s top-ranked teams looking to catch the eye of the CFP selection committee.

No. 1 Mississippi State has risen to the top of the national rankings following three straight wins over top 10 teams, and will be looking to improve on their perfect 6-0 record when they travel to Kentucky to take on the Wildcats.

The Bulldogs, who opened the season outside the Top 25, are pegged as early 13.5-point road favorites over Kentucky in college football betting odds published at bettingsports.com. Mississippi State is currently riding a nine-game winning streak and have rewarded bettors with a 9-1 record ATS in their last 10 games, but will need a win to keep ahead of the other two undefeated teams vying for CFP consideration.

No. 2 Florida State, SU winners in their last 23, head into a bye in Week 9 at 7-0 following a 31-27 win over No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday night. While the Noles have padded their SU record, they have been a disappointment to bettors, covering the spread just once in their last eight dating back to last season’s national championship Continue reading

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GHOSTS OF HANLEY HOUSE (1968) ON THE TEXAS 27 FILM VAULT

The Ghosts of Hanley House

The Ghosts of Hanley House

In the middle 1980′s/ Way down on Level 31 …

Before MST3K there was The Texas 27 Film Vault! Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of this neglected cult show from the 1980′s. My interview with Randy Clower, my research through VERY old newspapers and emailed memories from my fellow Film Vault Corps fans are helping to reconstruct elements of the show’s history.

EPISODE ORIGINALLY BROADCAST: Saturday October 26th, 1985 from 10:30pm to 1:00am.

Flash Gordon Conquers the UniverseSERIAL: Before showing and mocking the movie Randy Clower and Richard Malmos, our Film Vault Technicians First Class showed and mocked a chapter of the 1940 serial Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe.

FILM VAULT LORE: Randy and Richard’s presentation of Ghosts of Hanley House has occupied a very odd niche in pop-culture trivia for quite a long time. To those of us who remember The Texas 27 Film Vault this episode is famous as “the one where Psychotronic‘s Michael Weldon seems to have confused T27FV with MST3K.”

In Weldon’s 1996 book The Psychotronic Video Guide he refers to Ghosts of Hanley House as having been riffed on by the folks at Mystery Science Theater 3000. Actually MST3K NEVER showed Ghosts of Hanley House but The Texas 27 Film Vault DID. Weldon was a fan of Movie Host shows like Ghoulardi, Zacherley, Elvira and others, so it’s possible he had also sampled episodes of Randy and Richard’s show in the 80’s but the subsequent years blurred his memory to the point where he confused T27FV with MST3K in this instance.

It’s a very easy mistake to make given the similarities between the shows.

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SHARYL ATTKISSON: THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY IDA TARBELL

America's sole remaining journalist.

America’s sole remaining journalist.

If there’s only one true journalist left in the United States it would be Sharyl Attkisson. She’s the only one doing what the self-infatuated “Fourth Estate” is SUPPOSED to do – follow a story no matter which political party it embarrasses.

Attkisson got targeted by Obama during his abuse of the NSA, got fired from CBS for continuing to pursue the ONGOING investigation into the Benghazi coverup and has kept on digging and digging into the countless Obama scandals, making her the only journalist who can use the cliche “speaking truth to power” without hypocrisy.

Obamacare corpseNow Attkisson is among those reporting how bad the “sticker shock” for the unfortunate victims of Obamacare will be. The new rates were – conveniently of course – delayed for AFTER election day but they’ve been unearthed and the cheapest Bronze Plan alone will go up an average of THIRTEEN POINT NINE PERCENT. This will put an even greater burden on the poor and working class, but Obama’s callous and unfeeling supporters simply will not care.    Continue reading

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GOTHIC HORROR: ANOTHER NEGLECTED STORY FROM THE 1800’s

Halloween month continues at Balladeer’s Blog with another look at a Gothic horror tale that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

Killcrop the ChangelingKILLCROP THE CHANGELING (1828) – By Richard Thompson. Gothic horror stories always earn extra points from me if they spotlight a supernatural menace that is NOT a vampire or a ghost. This tale features a goblin child who changes places with a human child.

Killcrop the Changeling features the nearly forgotten version of goblin lore, which presented them as supernatural humanoid vermin who mystically inhabit old, uninhabited buildings. In this case the London building in question used to belong to an undertaker who also sold equipment for infants. The establishment was called Both Ends in reference to this cradle and grave specialization, NOT because it was a gay bar. Continue reading

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A NEW REVIEW OF AN ANCIENT GREEK COMEDY IS COMING THIS WEEK

puck1It’s very nice to learn that some of you are so fond of my examinations of ancient Greek comedies that you’ve been asking when the next one will be up. I can guarantee it will be this week, thank you. Don’t let the Halloween posts discourage you, my regular topics will still be showing up. 

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