Retro Halloween Treat! Donald Duck and the Gorilla

Nightmare Nostalgia originally started as an ode to the nightmares of our childhood and lemme tell you growing up in the 80s, I still don’t know how we were spoon-fed things like The Secret of NIMH or The Neverending Story as a family flick. AND LAWD HAVE MERCY DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON E.T. So it only seemed fitting that we revisit this little Disney nightmare I watched quite a bit growing up- Donald Duck and the Gorilla!

Originally released to theaters as part of the cartoon shorts campaign in March of 1944, Donald Duck and the Gorilla played in pretty heavy rotation when I was a kid in the 80s via Disney programming such as Good Morning Mickey! and Donald Duck Presents. Also, was pretty much the best part of Disney’s Halloween Treat (1982) beyond the Sleepy Hollow segment. It quickly became a favorite after a brief stint of this cartoon absolutely scaring the piss out of me as a toddler.

That Gorilla was scary, OK?! He was out for blood man and it gave me some fucked up nightmares.

The gorilla, actually named Ajax, has escaped from the zoo on a stormy night as reported by a radio announcement that Donald and his nephews are listening to. The kids are obviously horrified at the thought of a giant gorilla on the loose, and in true Donald fashion, Uncle Asshole, erm Donald makes a mockery of the situation pranking the ducklings and laughing the whole way. However, the kids prank Donald right back, as hey, Uncle taught them well, by dressing up in a life-like gorilla suit which turns into a scare-fest of terrifying each other- until the real thing shows up at their front door.

Ajax breaks into the house and with Donald still assuming that Ajax is merely his nephews’ fucking around, grabs the giant monkey by the face to try and pull off the “mask” only to discover this is indeed the real goddamn thing. Donald looks the ape straight into the eye, as per the radio announcer in an attempt to subdue the animal, but only sees a tombstone in the eyes of the animal that read, “Here Lies a Dead Duck.”

Chaos ensues as the chase around the house is tense and electrifying and I gotta say it left me on the edge of my seat as a kid. It helps that there’s a transition from the initial jump-scare scenes to you laughing your ass off during the maze-like house chase and ending as a real “tearjerker”.

Also released in 1983 VHS and Laserdisc style, the short was included in the Disney Scary Tales Volume 3 release and is a national treasure if you can ever get a hold of one.

Amazon: Not mine sadly

I have some pretty fond memories of this as a kid, from the nightmares as a young Patti, to the fun of watching this one, especially during Halloween time. Both are equally tangible to me. So let’s revisit this little gem together.

That is all. Brekenridge.

‘Ghostober’ Programming Highlights With Eli Roth, Ghost Adventures, and More!

Following our recent news for Travel Channel and Discovery+ and new programming set up for the annual Ghostober event, we got even MORE highlights for your paranormal pleasures for the month of October and Halloween viewing!

GHOST ADVENTURES

New Season, Now Airing on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

Paranormal investigators Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasleycontinue their terrifying travels to haunted destinations in a brand-new season of GHOST ADVENTURES, where they meet with locals, eyewitnesses, and experts in an attempt to piece together the haunted history of each site. They then begin their “lockdown” investigation, using the latest scientific gadgets and technology in an effort to obtain physical evidence of the paranormal and uncover the truth behind each haunted mystery. 

“Nightmare at the Roxie” – Premieres Thursday, October 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

Zak Bagans and the crew go to downtown Los Angeles to investigate the long-abandoned Roxie Theater. The site of a mysterious suicide, the once majestic movie house has been left to rot, making it the perfect refuge for lost souls – and a dark, foreboding energy.

“Los Feliz Murder House Part 1” – Premieres Thursday, October 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

Sixty years after a gruesome murder-suicide in a Los Angeles mansion became a tabloid tale and urban lore, Zak Bagans and the crew gain entry. In the first-ever paranormal investigation of the long-shuttered residence, they uncover shocking secrets and a terrifying presence.

ELI ROTH PRESENTS: MY POSSESSED PET

New Series, Now Airing on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

Few things are more profound than the quiet bond between a person and their pet. But what if an evil presence takes hold of the animal and uses the trusted companion to get to us? ELI ROTH PRESENTS: MY POSSESSED PET explores the true, terrifying tales of what happens when evil spirits, curses, and demons take over family pets. Each episode will follow the chilling and deeply personal story of someone who has had their profound and loving relationship ripped apart by supernatural forces beyond their control. [Hour-long episodes]

“Eight-Legged Exorcism” – Premieres Friday, October 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

When his daughter brings home a tarantula she won at a science fair, Clint makes the mistake of naming it after an ancient Greek monster. Enraged, the vengeful demon inhabits her namesake’s body and calls forth a legion of spiders to infest the family’s home.

SEASON FINALE: “Nitro” – Premieres Friday, October 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

A spirit follows a woman home from work and opens the door for a demon to take possession of her dog, Nitro. When the church refuses to exorcise the animal, it’s up to her to save her pet.

GHOST HUNTERS

New Season, Now Airing on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

The renowned TAPS team is back with a new season of the paranormal show that started it all. Original GHOST HUNTERS members Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, and Dave Tango, along with Shari DeBenedetti, revisit their most chilling cases and investigate disturbing new hauntings inside mansions, businesses, historic sites, and more. Armed with state-of-the-art technology, their proven methodology, and a few special guest investigators, TAPS tackle disturbing paranormal activity head-on, leaving no stone unturned to reach the dead among the living. [Hour-long episodes]

“On Hallowed Mound” – Premieres Saturday, October 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

Satori Hawes and Cody DesBiens join TAPS as they take on a haunted home sitting high atop a sacred mound. Acclaimed pastry chef and Food Network judge Stephanie Boswell also comes along for the investigation as the team faces sins of the past.

“Phantom Island” – Premieres Saturday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

TAPs get stuck in the middle of the Ohio River with a historic mystery to solve when they investigate mysterious Blennerhassett Island. The team unites with the Ghost Brothers to reach out to those who remain from the island’s scandalous past.

PARANORMAL CAUGHT ON CAMERA

New Season, Now Airing on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

Some of the most amazing, eye-opening and downright scary paranormal videos from around the world are featured as a panel of experts break down the footage and analyze what exactly the eyewitnesses captured. Insights from some of the most knowledgeable specialists in the field and firsthand accounts from the people lucky enough – or perhaps unlucky enough – to witness the strange phenomena themselves just might make a believer out of even the biggest skeptics out there. [Hour-long episodes]

“Ghostly Figure Haunts an Indiana Museum and More” – Premieres Sunday, October 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

A drumming session in New York is interrupted by a chilling apparition. A ghostly guest visits an Indiana museum after hours. A giant portal opens in the sky above Oregon.

“Colorado Gugwe and More” – Premieres Sunday, October 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+

A UFO crashes a family gathering in Louisiana. In the ruins of Chernobyl, a mutated being terrifies hikers camping out for the night. A woman encounters Bigfoot’s angrier, more canine-like cousin.

“Alone in the Asylum” – Begins Streaming Friday, October 21 on discovery+

Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey take on one of the world’s largest and most iconic paranormal locations: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. The guys are more vulnerable than ever before when they split up to locate a mysterious black mass known as “The Creeper.”

HAUNTED SCOTLAND (U.S. Premiere)

New Series, Now Streaming on discovery+

In HAUNTED SCOTLAND, renowned American medium Chris Fleming and Scotland’s Gail Porter lead an expert paranormal team to investigate the chilling crimes, supernatural sightings and terrifying stories across one of the most haunted countries on earth: Scotland. With exclusive access to places where a film crew has never been allowed before, they will try to make contact with the spirits to explain the paranormal mysteries that have haunted Scotland’s most iconic landmarks for centuries. [Hour-long episodes]

“Edinburgh’s Vaults” – Begins Streaming Friday, October 14 on discovery+

Beneath the cobbled streets of Edinburgh lies its legendary vaults, where dark deeds and terrifying ghosts have tortured locals for centuries. The team struggles to handle so many spirits at once as they explore this mysterious subterranean world.

“Glencoe Massacre” – Begins Streaming Friday, October 21 on discovery+

In one of the most dramatic landscapes in Scotland lies Glencoe, the site of a treacherous massacre. Nearby stands Barcaldine Castle, said to be plagued by a curse. The team encounters a malicious male spirit when they spend the night in this haunted abode.

JACK OSBOURNE’S HAUNTED HOMECOMING 

New Series, Now Streaming on discovery+

Jack Osbourne returns to the United Kingdom to revisit his childhood home and past haunts in the county of Buckinghamshire – a notorious paranormal hotspot – seeking the dark truth behind terrifying, unexplained mysteries and experiences he had there as a young boy. On his journey, Osbourne makes stops at the family home where he spent his formative years, a local theater and ancient pub, and Missenden Abbey, a notoriously haunted locale that was the scene of regular childhood school trips. [Hour-long episodes]

SEASON FINALE: “Missenden Abbey” – Begins Streaming Sunday, October 16 on discovery+

Ghost hunter Jack Osbourne investigates Missenden Abbey in Bucks, a scene of regular school trips in his childhood. The abbey is said to be a hotbed of terrifying paranormal activity, haunted by, among others, evil monks who ran riot there centuries ago.

CONJURING KESHA (Season 1)

Now Airing Saturdays on Travel Channel

Global pop superstar Kesha has a deep passion for all things supernatural and has spent most of her life searching for answers to the world’s biggest mysteries. Now she is expanding on her fascination with the unknown in a cinematic, hands-on paranormal series chock full of mysterious adventures. Follow Kesha and some of her celebrity friends on a cosmic exploration of the afterlife, as they travel to mind-blowing haunted locations and search for all things unexplainable. [Hour-long episodes]

“A Terrifying Truth” – Premieres Saturday, October 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel

Kesha and actor-rapper GaTa check-in for a night of sheer terror at the mysterious Westerfeld House. Is master illusionist Harry Houdini responsible for the electrifying paranormal activity? Or is it the satanic rituals and an unsolved murder? They must listen to uncover the truth.

“Into Bigfoot’s Lair” – Premieres Saturday, October 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel

Kesha takes the former star of “The Bachelorette” Jojo Fletcher to Mount Shasta, California, a supernatural vortex with the most missing person cases of any national park in the United States. They enlist Bigfoot expert Ronny LeBlanc to lead them through the dark abyss in hopes of spotting the mythical beast.

Check Travel Channel’s official website for up-to-date schedules!

Join Up With Horror Legends To Celebrate Scream Factory TV And 31 Nights of Horror

Shout! Factory TV has handed its nightly lineup of diabolical double features over to the fans to celebrate Scream Factory’s 10th Anniversary! The fans have voted and created a lurid lineup and are headlined by horror icons the likes of John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Kelli Maroney, and more in helping celebrate the FREE streaming channel’s milestone.

Tune in every night for FREE starting October 1st at 6pm PT/ 9pm ET. Watch the uncensored versions of the films on Scream Factory TV or, if your heart can’t stand it, the broadcast versions on Shout! Factory TV and see if the films you voted for made… the cut!
You can watch Scream Factory TV on ShoutFactoryTV.com, or on any of the Shout! Factory TV apps, currently available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, and Roku.

A full list of platforms is available below, or you can visit www.ShoutFactoryTV.com.