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You Can Now Watch Both “Alligator” Movies For FREE and More Via Scream Factory TV: Summer Of Fear!

The adorable Ramon is finally getting his just desserts and not just human flesh thanks to the wonderful Scream Factory TV and its upcoming Summer of Fear programming schedule!

With so many streaming services available and in competitive mode these days making it both frustrating and overwhelming to society currently dealing with ridiculous inflation, it’s always nice to see free options available; and great ones at that! Scream Factory TV is a free 24/7 channel that is every fright-fan’s final resting place for horror, sci-fi, thrillers, and more! Immerse yourself amongst the snarling monsters, stalking slashers, terrifying aliens, and shocking moments that have haunted you for years. Every one of its spine-tingling movies comes uncensored and ready to terrify. And we as horror fans, appreciate the hell out of that.

Again, so does baby Ramon.

Along with uncensored 24/7 thrills and chills, Scream Factory TV is celebrating Summer with the SUMMER OF FEAR: a special block of Summer themed double features beginning every Saturday night from July 2nd – August 20th at 5pm PT / 8pm ET.

Line-Up:

July 2nd 

Alligator 

Alligator 2 

July 9th 

Mermaid: Lake of the Dead 

Creature From the Haunted Sea 

July 16th 

Sleepaway Camp 

Camp Cold Brook 

July 23rd 

Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda 

Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf

July 30th 

Attack of the Crab Monsters 

The Horror of Party Beach 

August 6th 

Piranha (1978) 

Killer Fish 

August 13th 

Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Attack of the Giant Leeches

Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Tormented 

August 20th 

Encore Presentation of:

Alligator 

Alligator 2

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. 

For more information about where to find Scream Factory TV, please visit ScreamFactoryTV.com.

Promotional images are provided courtesy of Scream Factory TV.

Believe It’s Magic! The Painstaking Special Effects of “Ghostbusters”

I think it goes without saying Ghostbusters is a once-in-a-lifetime movie experience that can and never will be replicated, and a lot of that credit goes towards the special effects of the film. In 1984, this sort of visual sorcery wasn’t running rampant across filmmaking. With few exceptions like Star Wars and Poltergeist, (both of which Ghostbusters visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund worked on) audiences were bedazzled with the hypnotic effects the movie presented within.

Let’s take a ride and talk about that.

A mere year after the visual stunner of Poltergiest, Ivan Reitman and his crew were tasked to make Ghostbusters in UNDER A YEAR. In this case, is asking the impossible with the sort of movie that called for such heavy special effects to sell the story. But according to Ivan Reitman, it had to be done in such a way as to balance the comedy with the “ghosts” so as to not make it too silly, or too scary as doing so would damage the film entirely.

“The special effects are just as important as the comedy. We’ve never seen this level of first-class effects in a comedy film before and it has to be evened out.” – Ivan Reitman

Much of Dan Akroyd’s vision for the creatures were on a large scale, some of which even ended up in space if you can just picture that! However, the budget for the film was about $5 million and Reitman worked with Akroyd to rewrite the script and the creatures in a way that would work in a beautiful balance of comedy and terror. Though they ended up around $700,000 over by the time the film was locked, if Dan Aykroyd’s original script had been filmed, according to associate producer Joe Medjuck, it would have had “50 large scale monsters”.

Enter Richard Enlund, head honcho of Boss studios. Launched in 1983 specifically for Ghostbusters, who knew the importance of not making these creatures into flat-out jokes for the film. And what we ended up with was some of the best damn practical effects of apparations still to this day.

In the instance of the Marshmallow Man, Edlund and his team went through dozens of ideas and designs before opting for the simple, yet practical 100-foot monstrosity we all know and love.

Part of what made the effects so, well, effective, was their practical nature. You just can’t beat practical movie magic no matter how much technology you throw in front of it. The clip below from Ghostbusters.net gives us a short and sweet breakdown of some of the wizardry undertaken in bringing the Library Ghost, Slimer, and more to life in the film.

Made in just ten months and filmed in 55 days, Ghostbusters is the prime example of practical effects done in a time-crunch without the technology of a computer. Cliche to say it has aged like fine wine, so we’ll just say it has aged as well as Keanu Reeves in 2022. Charming, beautiful, breathtaking, and as soft and nostalgic as a twinkie.

With that, I’ll leave here with my personal favorite shot from the movie- the ghost escape from the firehouse that wreaks havoc on New York City all leading up to the climax of Gozer. I’m actually kind of obsessed with this scene as it has everything that is great about this movie all rolled into two minutes of spectacular energy. It’s ominous, a bit silly, but not so much to where you can’t overlook the sense of dread that is coming. Paired with Mick Smiley’s “I Believe It’s Magic”, this is just cinematic gold right here. And I believe what Ivan Reitman set out to do in balancing terror and comedy, marries perfectly in this one scene alone.

The Rare Unearthed Test Footage From John Carpenter’s Halloween!

The Rare Unearthed Test Footage From John Carpenter's Halloween!

We’re just a little over halfway to Halloween, and every reader is entitled to one good reminder that this exists on the interwebs.

About ten years ago, the horror internet exploded with this never-before-seen footage from John Carpenter’s “immortal classic”, Halloween and I think it’s overdue to dig out those pumpkin seeds and resurrect this glorious footage once more. Uploaded on VIMEO by user Billy Kirkus, what you’re about to see is the FIRST ever Panaglide test by Dean Cundy and Ray Stella inside and outside of the Panovision studio right before principal photography began on the Halloween set.

Panaglide at the time was revolutionary and had only been used in three other films prior to Halloween, with Days of Heaven being the first on record to use the cutting-edge technology. As we’re all aware, the use of this continuous camera shot is all over the film, most importantly in the opening shots from little Michael Myers’ perspective.

In just under five minutes, Dean Cundy with Stella in tow operating the Panaglide gives us a demonstration via a test run before shooting the actual film with it.

Pretty cool stuff that should not be forgotten. And after being brought to the surface back in 2013, I’m still here talking about it almost 10 years later to remind you that it’s still cool as shit.