Thursday, October 3, 2013

Day 3 of Brainsmoke's 31 Days of Halloween in 2013

Mad Monster Party?

Mad Monster Party? was produced by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass and released in 1967. This is a nostalgic childhood favorite of mine, as it would air on TV around Halloween back in the late '70s and early '80s. It's stop-motion animation in the same vein as other Rankin/Bass-produced holiday favorites such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, among others. They made quite a few Christmas holiday favorites, but Mad Monster Party? was their only Halloween-themed production. It features the voice (and animated likeness) of Boris Karloff as Baron Boris von Frankenstein, who wants to retire from the "science" business (also, he has created a matter-destroying device that has the potential to annihilate the world, and he doesn't want it to get into the wrong hands). He sends out invitations for a party - a Mad Monster Party - where he will elect his successor. Those invited include Dracula, The Invisible Man, Jekyll & Hyde, The Wolfman, The Mummy, The Hunchback and The Creature (you know, the usual people you would want to entrust with a world-destroying device)...oh, and Dr. Frankenstein's nephew, Felix Flankin, was also invited. The reason I picked this movie for today is that October 3 is Harvey Kurtzman's birthday. Kurtzman created MAD Magazine in 1952, and he also co-wrote the screenplay to this movie, hence the "mad" in Mad Monster Party?.

Misfits - "Evilive"
"Check into Horror Hotel This place is creepy and it's somber too And a little vampira wrapped on my neck, said Say something, say something You wanna start something with me"

Misfits - "Monster Mash"

This single by the Misfits was recorded in 1997 as a promotion for the release of Mad Monster Party? on DVD.

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