The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

Don Knotts spent a sizable portion of the 60s delighting television audiences with his comedic portrayal of the bumbling Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show. His skittish, afraid-of-his-own-shadow demeanor won the actor three Emmy Awards for his efforts. So, when Universal Pictures was looking for the perfect candidate to spend a harrowing evening inside a haunted house in their 1966 film, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, they turned to the beloved, bug-eyed actor and the results were comedic gold. Continue reading...

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

Part spoof, part homage, all comedy, Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, released in 1974, did for old-fashioned horror what his Blazing Saddles had done for westerns earlier that year. Shot in black and white, with a spooky score from John Morris, and even using the lab set from 1931's original Frankenstein, Brooks' film looked and sounded every bit the serious horror film ... at least until the first slapstick gag. Let's take a look back at this classic 70s comedy. Continue reading...

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

Nobody ever said it was easy to be dead. But, no matter how exasperating eternal life might be, a recently deceased couple learned the hard way that one should be careful of what they wish for – they just might get it. Such was the plight of the Maitland family in Tim Burton’s wonderfully quirky and decidedly dark 1988 comedy, Beetlejuice. Continue reading...

House of Wax

House of Wax

While the 1933 film, Mystery of the Wax was the inspiration for this flick, it simply couldn’t hold a candle to the 3D adventure that was 1953’s House of Wax. With the inimitable Vincent Price in the lead role and screen-popping special effects, House of Wax was destined to become a classic. Continue reading...

Big

Big

Every young boy's fantasy came true for little Josh Baskin in 1988's Big. Thanks to a mystical carnival machine, little Josh became big Josh overnight, only to discover that the adult world wasn't all it was cracked up to be. With Tom Hanks in the "big Josh" role and former Laverne and Shirley star Penny Marshall directing, Big captured the innocence of childhood with humor, tenderness and insight. Continue reading...

WarGames

WarGames

Home computers were quite the fad in the early 80s but most people didn’t know what exactly could be accomplished with them other than very simple word processing programs and rudimentary games. WarGames, released in 1983, showed the world the advantages (and disadvantages) to be had from computers’ increasingly important role in our lives. Continue reading...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

James Bond and Mary Poppins might seem strange bedfellows, but when the creative talents behind each joined forces, the results were nothing short of magical. Released in 1968, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang delighted children of all ages with a fanciful tale about a flying car. It remains a beloved film by many to this day. Continue reading...

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

There are almost as many similarities between Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins as there are between the Kennedy and Lincoln administrations – although those of the former are certainly less coincidental. Both films incorporated animation into live-action sequences. Both had magical guardians who managed to spellbind the precocious children under their care. Both took place in London and actor David Tomlinson had a supporting role in each film. Other than that, they were completely different. Continue reading...