Friday, February 03, 2012
So what else is an Aardvark to do on a Friday night? I have an overabundance of weariness, tiredness rather than ennui. I am beat. Got no oomph. AND I have no clue.
Our TV weaning continues apace. We go whole days without the squat one-eyed Buddha enlightening our lives. For some years now, Saturday night has been devoted to the enjoyment of those hollow echoes of Chillerdom, Elvira's Movie Macabre and Wolfman Mac's Chiller Drive-In.
The charm and gruesome gags of Zacherley, Dr. Morgus, and Ashley Ghastley are gone. The heart is missing from these resurrected horror shows. The movies are more dreadful than the old days, and apparently culled from the Public Domain section of the Internet Archives. The compression artifacts are so terrible that the screen often looks like a checkerboard. Movies like "Teenagers from Outer Space", "The Giant Gila Monster" (actually, not a bad flick...it has some decent acting and character interaction. The less said about the Gila Monster itself, the better.), "Horrors of Party Beach", and that stinker of stinkers "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" (Doctor's girlfriend is decapitated in an auto accident. Doc carries the head wrapped in his Jacket to his lab nearby, keeps Sweetiekins alive in a Petri Dish of Unusual Size, then does what any normal researcher would do: kills strippers to Use Their Bodies for Science. Sweetiekins, meanwhile, develops Mind Powers, and it all goes downhill from there. Moral: Don't tamper with Things You Are Not Meant To Know.)
Well, we don't have to be held hostage by Mac's bad makeup, and Elvira's boobishness. Our little Roku hockeypuck grants us access to Pub-D-Hub, a channel for public domain movies, TV, cartoons, documentaries, cautionary films, commercials, serials, and old time radio episodes. Their free service displays some artifact issues, but for a whopping two dollars per annum, you can get the premium package with more content, at better quality.
Where else are you gonna see Winsor McKay's "Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend", a Chinese language cartoon "The Conceited General", and "Duck and Cover" all in an evening?
Pass the popcorn. And the rarebit.