Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween/Television Edition – The Weird

Hello my lovely readers!
This week I’m participating in the Thursday Movie Picks series by Wandering through the shelves. For a change the topic focuses on TV instead of movies – and it’s a Halloween special. So let’s talk about The Weird…

 

A little note before I get started. I decided to focus this post on animated show. When I read about the topic the episodes below were the first things to come to my mind, so it’s animation exclusive. 😉

 

Hell on Earth 2006 – South Park:
South Park featured some great Halloween episodes but this one is my favorite – and also the weirdest one. In Hell on Earth 2006 Satan wants to throw a Halloween party My Super Sweet Sixteen style and wears a Britney Spears school girl costume. Weird enough for you?

 

Treehouse of Horror – The Simpsons:
When we talk about Halloween episodes nothing is more classic than the Treehouse of Horror episodes featured in every Simpsons season since the second one. The one I enjoyed most the original – the first Treehouse of Horror episode ever broadcasted. It’s split into three stories: one is about a haunted house. The second one deals with the Simpsons being abducted by aliens. But my most treasured story of all is The Raven. The poem by Edgar Allan Poe is brought to life in this episode. And what’s weirder than a raven saying only “nevermore”?

Nightmare on Ocean Avenue Street – Bob’s Burgers:
The Halloween episodes featured on Bob’s Burgers are always brilliant. I just watched this year’s special and I am so excited. The best (and the weirdest) thing are costumes: Louise is a dragon with a girl tattoo, Tina is a nun of your business. The kids have to have a thief who steals all the Halloween candy. So it’s upon the Belcher children to save this holiday!

 

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12 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween/Television Edition – The Weird

  1. I love The Simpsons and their Halloween specials. I think my favourite(s) is where Burns is Dracula and the one where Homer has a time machine and nothing made me laugh than hearing James Earl Jone’s voice coming from Maggie. I have not seen the Southpark episode but I have seen a quick clip of satin dressed like Britney

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  2. A double theme within the theme, love those! Wish I could say that I was a bigger fan of your choices. As far as animation goes I’m a marginal fan at best on a good day so while I’m familiar with all three shows I’ve never watched a full episode of any of them. Love that you went with all Halloween segments.

    I know the idea was to go with more horrific fare but my second while not being horror was such a perfect fit with the weird theme I had to include it.

    Dark Shadows (1966-1971)-The first and probably only daytime horror soap opera. Young governess Victoria Winters arrives at the Collins’ estate-Collinwood, in Collinsport, Maine. Greeted by shut-in matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (40’s film noir queen Joan Bennett) and other various members of the family including cousin Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) and the seemingly sweet but truly evil Angelique (Lara Parker). She is soon plunged into a world of strange occurrences and terrifying happenings that includes vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe. Enormously popular in its day this spawned a couple of theatrical features during its run, an unsuccessful relaunch in prime time in the 80’s and the Tim Burton misfire.

    Cop Rock (1990)-A police drama in musical form! Truly peculiar show that tried to blend those two disparate elements. For example in the premiere as the judge addresses the jury they rise as one and sing the verdict-“He’s Guilty”-Gospel style! There’s also dancing shootouts and harmonizing lineups! In the late 80’s no one was a hotter ticket in TV than producer Steven Bochco following the successes of Hill Street Blues & L.A. Law and he had achieved a level of carte blanche rarely achieved. This is what he did with it? It has been cited as both one of the 50 Worst TV Shows of All Time and the single most bizarre TV musical ever.

    American Gothic (1995-1996)-Taking place in the town of Trinity, South Carolina the story revolves around the seemingly good natured but corrupt Sheriff Lucas Buck (Gary Cole), a murderous rapist manipulating people to “fulfil their potential” usually towards evil pursuits by way of supernatural powers. His main goal is to control and mold Caleb Temple (Lucas Black) into his image. Dark secrets abound including the fact that Caleb is Buck’s son via a rape committed in front of Caleb’s older sister Merlyn (Sarah Paulson), who is murdered in cold blood by Buck in the first episode but whose ghost guides Caleb aided by the town’s newly arrived Dr. Crower (Jake Weber) and Caleb’s out-of-town cousin Gail Emory (Paige Turco). Pitch black, truly eerie and brilliantly acted especially by Cole and Black this was conceived by Shaun Cassidy of all people and ex-produced by Sam Raimi. Sadly it only lasted one season.

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    • Thank you for the comment!
      American Gothic is still on my to-watch-list, just like Dark Shadows. I’ve only seen the Tim Burton film, but despite that being a huge let-down, I could tell that the original show must be great.

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  3. Awesome picks! I love the Treehouse of Horrors. It’s fun when Fox or FX runs a marathon of episodes, so you can watch one right after the other and see how they have changed over the years.

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