Saturday, December 12, 2009

Lovely Linkiness

Believe it or not, I can't watch EVERY Christmas-themed horror film ever made (mostly since Netflix seems to have lost the triple feature disc of Xmas Massacre, Satan Claus and Psycho Santa. Also, doing so could endanger my very well-being and eventually cause me to resemble my office mascot, pictured above with his December makeover). It's a major humbug, but have no fear: Santa Claws  and Feeders 2: Slay Bells are up for this week, plus several more that are hopefully--dear god hopefully--improvements. 

In the meantime, I'll be enjoying yet another cup of hot cocoa while performing my yearly tradition of watching The Star Wars Holiday Special with far too much enthusiasm. 

Orrrrrr, for a change of pace, I'll be watching The Star Wars Holiday Special while listening to the former MST3K gang Rifftrax-along with it. Best way to do so? Head to the snazzy podcast, Outside the Cinema's home page and click on the Rifftrax link at the lower left of the page. This way, you're still landing on a wonderful collection of snappy cinematic panning, but you also earn OTC a few bucks so that they may continue to screen and discuss such classics as Ticks and Werewolves On Wheels.

In the meantime, stay warm, snuggled, and more smiley than Magic Johnson in the Pee Wee Christmas Special.


  1. I've always wanted to see the Star Wars Christmas Special, but I've never gotten a chance. Is the song, What Do You Get a Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb) in it or was that just on the Wars Christmas Album?

  2. Bugg, you must must MUST put yourself through the indescribable experience that is The Star Wars Holiday (not Xmas--it's all about LIFE DAY!) Special. I don't think I could begin to do it justice.

    Sadly the Wookie song (best title ever) is on the separate Star Wars Xmas album, along with my favorite, R2D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas (sample lyric: and if the snow's a little deep/just give a little beep/we'll go back by the fire/and warm your little wires). The TV special does, however, feature a Jefferson Starship performance, Bea Arthur singing to the rowdy cantina crowd, and Carrie Fisher warbling out a tone deaf original carol.

  3. While being a pretty major Star Wars fan, I too have never seen the Special. I feel like a jerk.

  4. Whaaaaaaaaaaaah????

    Actually, a true Star Wars fan may be the one who avoids this travesty at all costs to preserve the sacred memory of the SW universe in the 20th century. But seriously, The Star Wars Holiday Special is one of the most amazingly jaw dropping media experiences a person can possibly encounter. Anything that George Lucas himself deems unworthy of a video release has to be insanely bad, but there are no words in the English language to adequately describe these two hours.

    However, I'm sure there are plenty of expressions in Wookie speak, which you can learn easily since the first ten minutes is spoken in their language. With no subtitles.

  5. I always loved the fact that Magic Johnson and Magic Screen are cousins. That's genius. And Werewolves on Wheels is totally a classic all on its own! The key to appreciating that movie is to understand that the biker gang is meant to be a bunch of incompetent wussies (as the director said, what kind of badass bikers go around scaring *cows*?).

  6. Oh my goodness do I love Pee-Wee's Christmas Special. Yes, the rationale for the Magic Johnson is pure brilliance, almost as much as the k.d. lang and Grace Jones dance numbers are insane. My favorite moment is when Mrs. Renee tells Pee-Wee she's Jewish and he answers with a shocked and slightly disappointed whisper, "You areeeee?"

    I myself haven't see Werewolves On Wheels (and those dear rascals at Outside the Cinema weren't overly charmed by it, if I recall), but I do appreciate a good wussie biker gang, and knowing they can't even summon the bravery to mess with a more menacing creature (such as a goat or horse) does push it off the cinematic ledge wherein jumpers land in my growing queue.