Saturday, January 21, 2017

TWIN PEAKS - David Lynch - Pilot Episode (1990)

Tonight's Saturday Night Special is the pilot for the wowser David Lynch TV show from 1990 called "Twin Peaks!" Personally, I always knew about "Twin Peaks," but missed it the first go round, my daughter had just turned one, if you know what I mean! So I got this copy, and so now, I'm hooked, and I'm going to binge watch the whole series most likely!

And I did not know until I started writing this, that a new 25 years later continuance story of "Twin Peaks" is due to be on TV in a couple of months, but since I don't think it's a channel I get, I'll have plenty of time to watch these original episodes in the meantime!

These opening shots are great!

"Twin Peaks" is obtuse, so any tribute to it like this should be too!

Your first introduction to Laura Palmer!

If you have no clue what this all about, and you see this shot, does it make you want to see this show?
If not, it should!

Looks like a postcard!


Now I'm hungry!

Damn! I had a crush on Peggy Lipton forever, and she looks just as good as she did in "Mod Squad" some 20+ years earlier! I just saw she will also be in the new version, so now I'm going to have to watch it for sure!

I truly hope they can re-create the feel successfully in the new version!

It's just a hunch, but I will bet you dollars to doughnuts there will be feet shots in the new version too!

It's about 20 degrees out, and this gal is walking on a bridge in a dirty negligee! I really want to get this done right now so I can watch the next episode!

The always amazing Russ (Tom Thumb, West Side Story, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Human Highway) Tamblyn is Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, and he is also going to be in the new 2017 version! He was cracking me up here!

You want to talk about being distracted?

Okay! No Shit! This is my favourite shot for 2017 so far!
"Gas Farm?" Sounds like a Spinal Tap song!

And this is my second favourite shot!!

Okay, somebody get me some coffee!!

Friday, January 20, 2017

MONSTER X STRIKES BACK: Attack The G8 Summit / DefStar Records, Eisei Gekijo - 2008

Guess what happened in 2008?.. Good old Monster X came back to Earth to cause even more trouble! This time, all the world leaders have gathered together at a G8 Summit meeting in Japan. Then, a meteorite crashes into the heart of Sapporo and releases the monster Guilala (Monster X). The monster rampages through Sapporo, leaving death and destruction in his wake. After leveling the city, Guilala transforms into a giant ball of fire and flies to Hokkaidō, making its way to the G8 Summit! The Prime Minister of Japan proposes cancelling the Summit for the safety of all involved, but the President of the United States convinces the other world leaders to stay and fight.

After the meteorite crashes in the city, the title card shows the big guy emerging from the fire and rubble... They actually show clips from the original 1967 production, THE X FROM OUTER SPACE, in flashbacks.

So, here are the disorganized world leaders getting the G8 Summit going. By the way, this is a freakin' sci-fi comedy flick!

In a weird scene, a jet fires a missile at X, but, the missile turns around and flies away from the monster! What the Hell! Actually, they want it to chase the missile into the mountains.

This is really uncanny, the American president (in the yellow hard hat) is a dead ringer for Trump!! Here's the G8 group out cheering the military on to kill the monster!

Wow!!.. They even use a small Monster X toy to represent it on this war games table!

At one point, a group of hot Japanese girls come into the summit meeting with assault rifles and stop it in its tracks!

Of course there's plenty of fireworks, but, bombs don't seem to work that well against the oncoming hulk!

The Japanese president calls on the Take-Majin to take care of Monster X. The statue transforms into a giant and the battle between the two is ready to begin!

The fight is pretty funny, looks like Take-Majin is ready to punt Monster X in the top photo! Gawd, I'd love to have a pair of those gold shoes, so cool!!

Anyway, Monster X gets its head knocked off, and then...

The thing blows itself back to Hell... Okay then, we'll see you again tomorrow with more from... The Old Dungeon Gang!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WHERE THE ACTION IS - Season 2, Episode #231 (1966)

Welcome to "Where The Action Is!" Wednesday from inside the music room of The Dungeon!!

"Where The Action Is!" was a 30 minute show on Monday through Friday for three years from 1965 to 1967 at about 4:00 PM in the afternoon, just in time for when the kids got home from  school! It was a Dick Clark production with time on each show for three or four artists to do one or two songs! Like the AM radio of the time, it featured music of all genres from Rock to Pop to Soul to Folk to Country, and there basically were no boundaries! Let me give you a couple of examples, the talent included Captain Beefheart, Buck Owens, James Brown, Otis Redding, The Standells, The Music Machine, Marvin Gaye, The Byrds, ? and The Mysterians, Al Martino, The Kingston Trio, Roy Orbison, The Seeds, The Yardbirds, The Zombies, Sam & Dave, The 13th Floor Elevators, Love, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on and on forever!

 Dick puts an exclamation point on "Where The Action Is!"

 Our sponsors tonight are Clorets breath mints with Retsyn and.......

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First up, the main act on this episode was The Vogues! You'd probably have to talk to their P.R. guy to find out what the que pasos are with the sombreros and serapes!

This sequence of The Robbs with a bunch of young ladies singing "Younger Girl" is just creepy!

The Vogues are back with their big hit, "Five O'Clock World" that made it to number 4 on the Billboard charts in January of 1966!

Odd photo bombing 1966 style!

Sometimes the host of the show was Paul Revere and The Raiders, the rest of the time it was this guy Steve Alaimo! As hard as they tried to make Steve a major commercial success, it just never quite panned out! Steve had 9 songs that made it into the Billboard top 100, but he never had one song break into the top forty!

Shake it, don't break it!

Although he was extremely talented, they just couldn't break Keith Allison either, despite the fact that he played on a lot of other people's successful albums like The Monkees, so he ended up joining Paul Revere and The Raiders for three years! Still rockin' today, Keith currently plays with the Waddy Watchtel band!

Bobby Moore plays his hit, "Searching For My Love," that made it to #27 on the charts, and to #7 on the R and B charts in 1966!!

They even took the show on the road, and were still pushing Steve Alaimo and Keith Allison, and with headliners like The Young Rascals!! Look at those prices kids, four bucks for the best seat in the house!

So, as it turns out, the phrase "Where The Action Is!" will always be now, and was never destined to become where the action was!

 "Where The Action Is!" has continued on through the decades and refuses to slow down!

Because  let's face it, no matter what, you'll never go wrong, as long as you are...
"Where The Action Is!"

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